Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 67: oh what a beautiful day

Well this week was great! As it always is, for real.
Fall here is so beautiful and i love it with all my heart.
We had our ward trunk or treat and we got to be the chili cookoff judges. how official haha
and i climbed a tree this week. that was really fun. also we got to sing to old people at a nursing home and that was the best.
A cool experience we had this week was when we got a referral for a lady who wanted a Bible. So we stop by and its this adorable older lady lets us in and lets us teach her the restoration. She was so intrigued she pulled out a notebook and was taking notes on everything we said. it was adorable. She then said that if she prayed and knew that this is what God wanted for her, that she would be all in and do it. And we were just so happy! She is the cutest and such a tender mercy.
I love this quote:
"If we can just stay with God, trust Him, and keep doing the things that bring the Spirit into our lives, then light and healing can enter, even though at the moment, things look dark and gloomy."
-Jonathon G. Sandberg
I love that so much! The light of Christ is everything we need. Hope y'all keep a smile on your face this week!
Love you,
Sister Tracy

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 66: fifteen months!

Hello from Colorado!
We've been talking to so many people and it has been great.
Well this week was interesting for sure. But it was really good.
I hit 15 months this week which is crazy. Time is flying for sure.
We met with the man we met last week who approached us to teach him. His name is David and he is amazing. He has such sincere questions and such a desire to know the truth. We taught him about the plan of salvation this week and he told us that he "just felt deep in his heart and in his mind that this is the truth." He told us he went to the mountains this week to read the Book of Mormon and that it was a really great experience.
Also we taught this lady in this laundry mat and it was incredible. Her name is Joyce and she has such faith. It is amazing. We taught her the restoration with music blaring in the place and the Spirit was still so strong. It was incredible. God is so good.
Funny moment from this week:
I had a dream this week and I woke myself up because I realized I was talking out loud and saying, "Well today we are going to be talking about the law of chastity." And I was teaching a lesson in my sleep hahah missionary probs for real.
I finished the New Testament this week and I loved learning of Christ and His apostles. What amazing examples for us to follow.
One of my favorite scriptures I found was in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
Its so simple yet so profound. If we want to live a happy life, we just have to follow that pattern, be happy, pray, be thankful, and do this Lord's will.
Love y'all!
Sister Tracy

PS someone gave us a bunch of free food and we were happy. that is all

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 65: Fall is here

Well what a #blessed week. Isn't every week? I think its because God loves each one of us that life is a blessing.
This week was great. And the leaves are changing colors and it is a delight. I love fall.
We had some really awesome experiences this week.
We stopped by these former investigators at like 8:45 at night and they actually opened the door and let us right in! We taught them about the Book of Mormon and they said that they were interested in meeting with the missionaries and coming to church. It was a nighttime miracle.
Also, we are tracting in this trailer park one day. And there's a guy sitting in his car and so we knock a few more doors and then Sister Snider is like, we really need to talk to that guy. So we approach the car and as we approach, he gets out of the car and tells us that he wants to learn about our religion and that he was afraid he was going to miss his opportunity if he didn't stop us right then. We taught him of the restoration and he told us that we were "healing his mind." It was an incredible experience.
We also had the Fort Collins Temple dedication yesterday. It was amazing. Elder Uchtdorf spoke as did Elder Renlund. It was super incredible and I could feel God's love so strongly. It is such a privilege to be a part of the temple open house and dedication.
One more funny story:
This week we were out walking and it was dark and all the sudden, this dog barks really loud and it scares me to death. So I scream and grab Sister Snider and pull her and me to the ground and she's just standing there like what are you doing?
It was hilarious. maybe it doesn't sound like it but it was, okay?
Anyway, something I loved this week was at the dedication, Elder Uchtdorf quoted George Q. Cannon who said,
“Every foundation stone that is laid for a Temple, and every Temple completed according to the order the Lord has revealed for his holy Priesthood, lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness, moves the heavens in mighty power in our behalf, invokes and calls down upon us the blessings of the Eternal Gods, and those who reside in their presence”
I know that there is so much power in heaven and in the temples, we just have to use it and God will help us!
Have a great week, I love you all!
Sister Tracy

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 64: wandering around confused

OHHHHHHHH man people. This week was probably the most confusing week of all time.
It was also great. We are loving life.
So sadly, I had to leave Parker which was pretty sad but now I'm in this great new area. Its kinda ghetto but also super awesome. We show up in the area and we have no area book, no area map, we finally figure out where our apartment is. Speaking of which, no one has lived in this apartment for quite a while and man was it nasty. But the power of cleaning supplies is great.
So over time, we finally have gotten some more information, but we're still trying to figure everything out so mostly we've just been wandering around, hoping we're in our area haha but we've talked to tons of people and gotten tons of new investigators because of it so I guess wandering around is actually effective haha
People here are great. They are so funny and always do weird things that make our day.
Like the other day, we were just walking around and this really old man pulls up next to us in his car and he's like "I can't open my garage. Will you help me?" And we're like sure why not. So we proceed to try to tell him that yes we will help him for like 5 minutes because he was very hard of hearing. After 5 minutes, he's like "Wait, you're not Carla!" And we're like, no its true, we're not. And so he just drives away and leaves us standing there, very confused. haha
so yeah, me and sister snider are getting along great and loving life. We both love random adventures and talking to everyone so its made for some interesting experiences.
Well this week I've been thinking a lot about the classic scripture, Proverbs 3: 5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths"
I've really been thinking a lot about trusting in God and just in the plan He has for us. It doesn't say trust the Lord with most of your heart, it says, trust with ALL your heart. And that's what I'm trying to do!
Hope y'all have a great week!
Much love,
Sister Tracy

1. standing on a soap box preaching like
2. never stop biking
3. this is the map we finally got. its kind of large
4. first day selfie
5. bye to the best companion in the whole world ♥♥
6. bye to the best jeep in the world


Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 63: Transfers are upon us

This is Allison's mother - Allison refers to General Conference, which took place last weekend.  Twice per year, our leaders speak to us over two days, including our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  It is a great opportunity to be inspired, to feel the Holy Spirit, to be reminded of our blessings and covenants, and to think about making improvements in our lives.  If you have interest, here is a link to the talks:

Well I'm getting transferred. :( I'm so sad to leave the best area and the best companion. It's going to be different but I'm headed back to the same zone I was born in but a different ward. We're sweeping in so we will see how that goes.
Me and Sister Kastner had a great week.
We had sisters' p day on monday. We also got to help our recent convert paint her house so that was fun. We got to go help out at a food drive at a grocery store so that was good.
Also Kyle got his answer that the Book of Mormon is true which was such a blessing! He is doing so great and is seeing so many blessings come from his obedience to the commandments of God.
I also ate pheasant this week. That was interesting.
And best of all of course was general conference. That was the best thing that has ever happened to the world.
Overall, I would say my favorite line of all of conference was:
"God needs brave sons and daughters." He really does. Sometimes He asks us to do hard things and we have to just trust in him and do it.
I hope y'all have a great week!
Much love,
Sister Tracy