Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Hello Family!Sounds like a fantastic weekend you all had!! Send me some pictures if you took any!!Yep, I'm staying another transfer here in North Shores!! Sister Williams is leaving so I will be getting another companion... I'm actually SUPER EXCITED! I love getting to serve with different sisters and learning new things. President asked me if I will be the senior companion, so I hope I know what I'm doing :) Just kidding, it will be great! Real quick though, please send packages to the mission office which is:
33505 State St. Suite 101Farmington, MI 48335
Just because our mail gets here atand we aren't home and then it just sits outside our door, and I don't really trust our neighbors. So yeah thank you! THANKS SO MUCH for the package!!!!!!! I REALLY LOVED IT!!!!! I promise I will be using everything in it!
we saw the Mayo's. Their house is seriously the coolest thing I have ever seen! I will have to bring you here and show you sometime! She is the most creative person ever! Her house seriously could come straight out of a magazine! Nancie was able to come to a baptism and she cried through the whole thing! She loved it and felt the spirit so strong! She loved how personal it was, unlike hers in the Penacostle Church where people just lined up to get baptized one after another. Afterwards we all told her how excited we are for when she will have this experience and she just nodded and agreed! I don't know when but she is going to get baptized! I feel a little impatient but I just want her to receive the blessings that come so bad! You will all HAVE to meet her someday! I promise she will change your life because I know she's changed mine!!!!
Nicolle came to church for the first time! We got her a couple skirts from the clothing drive so she had no excuse to not come :) She is progressing so much and her dad keeps telling us how he loves the great example we are to her! Now we just need to spread our example to him a little bit :)we had exchanges and I went down to Belle Isle again! I LOVE it there! Let's face it I LOVE It everywhere!!
and we had the clothing Drive and there were SOOOO many clothes! It was so amazing to see so many people in need come in and just get free clothes. I know we helped hundreds of families!! People were so happy and grateful for all that we were giving them! Many of these people are homeless, or women and children who are abused, families with no jobs and needing winter coats and boots for their little children. My heart was so soft towards these people and I was able to share my testimony of how the gospel REALLY brings Happiness and peace in my life! We have never taught so many lessons. I LOVE SERVICE and I love showing others how they can find happiness! Nothing makes you feel better than helping others!
I think I have shared this with you before but I have REALLY come to LOVE the strippling warriors! As I was reading about them this week this verse really stood out to me "Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith It was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them." I love where it says they obeyed with EXACTNESS! As missionaries something we always hear is obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles! I KNOW this is TRUE!! Lots of missionaries take the white handbook and bend it saying "It's flexible". I have heard missionaries doing some crazy things and what it comes down to is what kind of miracles do they want to see. The strippling warriors had an incredible miracle of "not one soul of them falling" Their lives were all spared and they had never even fought before! We all have agency and God is a very just God. We reap what we sow. Elder Holland even shares that we will reap even greater than what we sow. So if that's the case we better sow something great and then in return we will reap something FANTASTIC! I know when we try our best and are obedient to what our Heavenly Father has told us to do we will be incredibly blessed! (Thanks Mom for teaching me!! )
I love you all so much! Have a safe week!Love, Sister Samantha Tracy :)
Family!!!WOW!! Conner is going on a date!! That is so crazy to me! Conner make sure she's a good one and that she knows her own individual worth :) And take lots of pictures for me :)Didn't you just Love General Conference!!! I love our prophets and church leaders! They are truly amazing men and women and are truly inspired in the things they say! It was neat, all of the questions I wanted answered for myself and for people in my area WERE answered! I think it is important to always remember these talks that were given to us! I was reading a talk by Pres. Uchtdorf and this is the story he shared.
"A fine member of the Church was talking with a neighbor who was not of our faith. When the topic of discussion turned to general conference, the neighbor asked, “You say you have prophets and apostles? And twice a year in a worldwide conference they reveal the word of God?”
“Absolutely,” the member replied with confidence.
The neighbor thought about that for a moment. He seemed genuinely interested and then asked, “What did they say in the last general conference?”
At this point the good member of the Church went from feeling excited about sharing the gospel to feeling embarrassed. Try as he might, he couldn’t think of the details of a single talk.
His friend found this troubling and said, “You mean to tell me that God speaks to man in our day and you can’t remember what He said?”
I thought this was a great story to remind us of how important the general conference talks are! The words that are said are truly the word of God and just like Elder Hales shared in his talk on Sat. Morning. most of the things we learn from conference are after the conference is finished. I'm excited to study the talks even deeper!!! (So maybe you could order another Ensign next month and send it to me!) I would love to have these talks, we can only print so much paper and are limited on our computer time. Conference was definitely the highlight of our week, but I did have some other great things happen this week!
This week we had a less active find out she didn't have cancer, so YAY for her!! We were able to have our 2 most solid investigators both watch General Conference, so Yay again!! We actually had a really great lesson with Nancie before conference about prophets. We watched "On the Lord's errand" Which is a great movie on Thomas S. Monson! The spirit was so strong in the room and she told us how she felt chills so strongly when he was praying! She told us she Knew she would recieve her answer of when she was to be baptized at General Conference. Then when we watched Conference with her on Sunday morning she was crying as President Monson stood up to the pulpit and spoke! I could see the excitement in her eyes as she realized that this man is a prophet of God and how much love he has for each and every one of us! IT WAS SO COOL!
Tuesday we had exchanges and Sister Decker came to North Shores with me :) It was fun!! We had Lunch with Sister Preiss by the Lake! There are a lot of trees here and especially being so close to the lake makes the leaves just look so Beautiful!!! I Love it! I love Sis. Decker too! She's so crazy busy being Sister Training leader! We have 47 sisters, I think, and only 4 Sister Training Leaders. So she is pretty busy! Seeing all of the things she has to do, made me then think of the other leaders like our Zone Leaders, Assistants, President and Sister Gerber, and then Bishops and Stake Presidencies and even more the Apostles, and Prophet! They have such a huge responsibility and are probably SO overwhelmed with the things they have to do! Seeing these leaders accomplish their work is a testimony to me that the Lord is on their side! But we ALL have different responsibilities and life can seem like too much sometimes! No matter how much we have to do and how overwhelmed we are, it can and WILL be done when we Trust in the Lord!!! I have come to LOVE this scripture "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever," Alma 26:12. We are completely weak and we need to recognize that everything we do is because of the strength of the Lord! I have learned how I think I can do it all but especially after conference, I've had to humble myself, become meek, and remember to put my trust completely in the Lord! What a great feeling to know we can do ANYTHING with the lord on our side! But that when we forget to exercise our faith, we can't progress (Alma 37:41, Look it up :)) Don't forget to exercise our faith and Trust in the Lord, because I know that when I have, miracles have ceased, and I stop progressing!
I love you lots! Sorry for the rants, I just really love the Gospel and am learning so much as I study and pray EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I LOVE YOU!!
Love, Sister Samantha Tracy :)
P.S. Grandpa, Happy BIrthday!!! I LOVE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
So was a great day! It was Sis. Williams one year mark, so that was fun! We were able to talk about baptism with one of our younger investigators and she told us she wants to be Baptized!! The feeling of having an investigator say they want to be baptized is probably the best feeling anyone could ever feel! (I'm guessing it is even greater when they actually get baptized though) :)Dear Family,This week was a good one!! We went to visit a less-active and talked to his wife, who is not a member of the church. She actually seems really interested and doesn't know very much. She told us she will start to read the Book of Mormon and we set up a time to come see her this week! She's from Mexico and gave us lots of different Mexican candies. The flavors they put together are so strange, spicy and sweet and salty all in one candy.... Kinda strange. (Mitchell did you like Brazilian candy? Was it similar to what mexican candy is like?)
This week I finally had my first prayer circle out tracting.. All the missionaries say they have prayer circles all the time, so I was pretty excited to have my first! And we were able to go to a member's home to watch the General Relief Society Broadcast! It was very good!! It made me think about the covenants I have made and how I am keeping those and what I can do to improve! Covenants really are so important and as long as we keep our end, the blessings we are promised are so Great!!!Anyways our recent convert Sis. Lamers, who I love with all my heart, drove us to our I'm a Mormon Devotional. She is one of my favorite people ever! She could probably go at least 2 hours of talking without taking a breath :) She Loves to treat us! She always sends us home with apples and caramel, or jello, or this time licorice. And she always stressed about us staying safe and giving her calls if we need help. And she loves telling her conversion story. Her mother's financial advisor invited her to a Christmas program, One Night in Bethlehem. She came and in her words "that spirit hit me so hard I bout fell over) She got baptized in July anyways she tells everyone her story and even tells us every time we see her :) She is just the Best! So she drove us to Livonia and also took us to dinner. So we were a few minutes late and the only spot left to sit was in the front, so we get up there and guess who is sitting write in front of me.... Sister Graham!!!!!! It was so hard to concentrate!!!! After we just kept hugging and it was a pretty great reunion! I love her so much! She is doing just awesome!!Yesterday at church we taught on the Word of Wisdom and Nancie was bragging that she hadn't had coffee since we first taught her the WOW. Then 3rd hour was all about missionary work. Our ward mission leader shared his experience of setting a date to have found someone to meet with the missionaries, and how he wanted to be that inspiration for the ward. He shared the success that he had with his coworker and the spirit was really strong. Sis. Williams and I talked about concerns that the members have with inviting people to learn about the gospel. One sister raised her hand and said her concern. She said how she loves the gospel so much and it is so much a part of her, that sharing the gospel with someone and having them reject, would be like them rejecting her. I think that is a concern a lot of members may have. They are afraid of rejection, but we can NOT be afraid. We have to think about how much we love it and how we want to share it with EVERYONE we love. I've never realized how sharing the gospel is a commandment. In D&C 60: 2 "But with some I am not well please, for they will not open their mouths," If anything I'm learning how I need to be a missionary for the rest of my life. I don't want Heavenly Father to not be pleased in me. Anyways I really just love Missionary work and am really passionate about it :) So I hope you are all doing what you should be doing, and making missionary work part of your everyday lives! If you have any neat experiences let me know :)Oh and I only have one more chapter left of Exodus!!! Slowly but surely I will read the whole old testament, I slacked off before my mission, but no more :)Well I have to go but I love you lots!! One last thing is when Christ comes to the Americas in 3 Nephi Chapter 17, he tells the people this "Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again." Christ tells the people they need to prepare to hear the words that are going to be said! I know that this is the same thing we have to do with ourselves for General Conference! Make sure you are preparing to hear the words of our prophet and leaders! If we don't prepare ourselves, we will not understand what Heavenly Father wants us to know! Now get excited cause it's one of the best times of the year!!!I Love you lots, Hope you are all doing well!!!! Love, Sister TracyP.S. I'll send Pictures next week :)
Friday, October 4, 2013
Hey family!!!I'm glad you all had a fun week! Happy Birthday again to Conner and Kimball! I love you both and I hope you got my presents. Sad to hear about BYU losing... Oh well I guess there are more important things in life ;) I always loved this time of year with the kids playing their games! Send me some pictures of Hope and the boys with their teams! (Hope, I know you are probably the best soccer player on the field, Keep it Up ) We have a new YW presidency! That's big news! I know the new presidency will do well. My leaders had a huge impact on me in helping me become who I am today and I Love them to pieces! It's cool how much of an affect the Leaders of the youth have and I was blessed to have some of the best!So this week we went to a cider mill and it was a lot of fun!! We picked raspberries and got pumpkins. We had a member take us and it we got some homemade cider. It really is good and the orchards are just HUGE!! It's kind of the thing to do here in Michigan. We drink cider, and eat doughnuts, and walk around, and there's music playing. They also have a haunted house, but we apparently aren't allowed to go in those.... Who would have thought? :)We had some great things happen this week with less-actives. Sometimes it doesn't seem like we are making a difference but we heard some of their testimonies and how by us visiting them they have started to feel that spirit again in their lives that they have been missing. We were able to have a few of them say the prayer with us (which they have always refused to pray). It was really exciting! Prayer shows that we love our heavenly father and trust him and believe in him!We had a neat experience as we were biking again. We saw this lady out on the porch taking a smoke break, so we went and talked to her. She works at a group home and loves to read. We shared our testimonies of the gospel and we told her she should get the Book of Mormon on her kindle (because she LOVES to read). She told us how her parents both were diagnosed with cancer and her grandmother just passed away. She said when she see's butterfly's it is her grandmother helping her through life. As we were talking, a butterfly flew up and she told us that this was no coincidence, that it had to be a sign. It was really neat! And we will talk with her again soon :)Tuesday we had Zone Conference which is always great!! We really focused on the WHY behind everything we do. Why do we read our scriptures, why do we pray, why do we go to church? Think about your lives and why we do these things. First of all we are commanded to do these things and the blessings that come are AMAZING!!! There's a newer Mormon message called Daily Bread. It talks about how the people of Israel had to gather manna and how we need daily sustenance. If we don't feed ourselves our bodies will die. It is the same thing with our spirits. They need to be "fed" daily. We need to read our scriptures and pray EVERY day. When we don't we are killing our spirits. We need to remember if we want to be strong we have to think of the necessities, which are these little things that keep us alive, CPR (church, pray, read). We also had a great talk by our Stake President. We talked about how we are afraid to fail. The truth is that if we understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and his atonement, There is NO NEED to be AFRAID to FAIL! We know that our Savior has died for us and it is because of his grace and power that we can fail. We will fail and we do fail everyday. But this failure is part of God's plan. When we fail we are able to learn from those failures and become better. The important thing to remember is to LEARN from our failures. We have to LEARN, then APPLY, then LIVE and BECOME! I'm so grateful for my Savior and the opportunity I do have to become like him and our Father in Heaven. Let us NEVER forget the gift we have been given to become!I Love you all so much!!! Hope you are all doing well! Stay Safe and always do your best! I pray for you and think about how lucky I am to have you in my life :) Talk to you next week!Love Always, Sister Tracy