Friday, November 22, 2013

Hey Family,

How are you all this week?  We had a pretty good week.  It's starting to get colder!  But good thing we are well equipped with warm stuff.  But it's still hard going around in a skirt when it so cold!  But that's the life of a sister missionary!  We struggled to find new investigators this week.  But we did meet some friendly people that weren't interested, but we were able to share the restored gospel with them.  Sister Kiser and I taught this man.  He's Catholic and has talked with missionaries before.  He pretty much wanted to bash with us.  But we just calmly taught him about how Jesus Christ's church was restored upon the Earth.  And so was that priesthood power.  That this is Christ's original church restored today.  And that we have a prophet that receives revelation from God.  And that we ourselves can receive personal revelation from Heavenly Father.  He couldn't believe that!  It was so sad!  I would be so lost if I couldn't receive revelation from Heavenly Father.  That's a way that He shows His love.  We talk to Him through prayer and He answers us through the Holy Ghost.  Sister Kiser is awesome!  She kept asking him questions and he was running himself up against the wall with his responses.  But it ended well.  We are really trying to work more closely with the leadership in the wards.  Things are going well, but they could be better.  I'm so glad that we get to be companions!  We have had a great transfer together!  I hope we get to spend next transfer together as well.  She reminds me so much of my sisters!  We laugh all the time.  And then there are times when we shouldn't be laughing and we have to hold it in.  Just like this day this last week.  We had a lesson with an investigator.  He's in his 70s.  We were teaching him about the Fall of Adam and Eve.  We had him read a scripture and then he asked a question and we told him to keep reading.  And then he started over reading the scripture.  And we didn't correct him.  But he kept reading the same scripture over and over.  And we couldn't help but laugh.  We were trying so hard to not laugh out loud.  I kept wheezing and that made Sister Kiser laugh more.  And then she asked me to read the rest of the scripture and I could barely read it and I would play it off and cough.  And the tone of my voice was going up and down as I was trying to read the scripture and keep from laughing.  It was a good lesson though.  We realized that he hasn't been taught the doctrine at all.  I think in the past he would just ask missionaries really hard questions and they would teach based on that.  And we just started teaching him the doctrine.  We hope that will help him to build a testimony on his own.  That's the reason why he won't get baptized.  Well, it's been a great week!  Transfers are next week.  This transfer has FLOWN BY!  I can't believe it!  I hope Sister Kiser and I get to stay together as companions.  At least for Thanksgiving and Christmas!  That would be awesome.  But it's in the Lord's hands.  I know that Jesus Christ LIVES!  That Heavenly Father loves us and He sincerely answers prayers.  And that we must act on those answers.  Even if it is hard.  We don't know what the Lord wants us to learn.  We just have to trust in Him.

Sister Marlow

I love the example of Esther!  Watch this video about her and courage! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hey Family,

It's hard getting to Mondays and then trying to remember what happened this week.  Our week started off kinda slow.  We weren't able to meet our goals.  We had a really good Zone Meeting and they talked to us about what keeps us from being able to reach our goals.  Both Sister Kiser and I said for our companionship, that we lack faith to find people.  So that is something that we are working on.  And slowly and surely it's building.  I've always struggled with the principle of having faith.  Of trusting that the Lord can make things happen if it's His will.  As a zone we read some scriptures to help us to be able to recognize how we can do better.

Mormon 9:20-21, 25
 20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
 21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.
 25 And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing, unto him will I confirm all my words, even unto the ends of the earth.

I love these scriptures!  It really helped me to recognize what I've not been doing.  I usually read these scriptures when when we are teaching about after Jesus Christ was crucified and the apostles were killed and the priesthood power and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was no on the Earth.  But it totally applies to me!  It really made me evaluate where I am and what I can do better.  So I've been praying for faith!  And I know that the Lord will help me to develop more faith.  

We picked up a new investigator!  His name is John.  He has been taught many times in the past.  His problem is that he says he has not received an answer from the Lord that he needs to be baptized.  I'm not doubting the man, that he hasn't received an answer for himself.  Maybe he just hasn't recognized it.  I'm not sure.  But we are going to teach him and we hope and pray that he'll be able to receive his answer.  We are teaching to other young girls too.  They said they aren't ready to be baptized, but said that we could come and continue to teach them.  We are hoping that we'll be able to help prepare them to be baptized when they make that decision.  Oh, something else really cool.  One of our wards invited everyone in their neighborhood to come to a special sacrament meeting and they had an open house afterwards.  It was way cool!  Non members and less active members came!  So cool!!!

Mission life is going great.  It is hard at times.  And that's even an understatement.  But I'm loving it.  It's so great being companions with Sister Kiser.  She is so awesome and we are always laughing.  I hope everyone is doing great!  Keep praying and reading the scriptures!  And reading talks from General Conference!  They are awesome!!!

Sister Marlow   

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hey Fam!

So it seems like every week is a blurr!!!  I guess it's because I am lovin' missionary life!  It is the best!  Seriously, you all should serve a mission!  We had a good fun week!  Tuesday we had our car worked on in SLC.  A member followed us there and drove us back.  And then she drove us to our appointments and drove us back to pick up our car!  She's great!  That day we did some service for a sister in the ward.  She just had a baby and can't pick up heavy stuff.  So they live in a split level house.  And the doorbell rang.  It was our ride.  And I went down the stairs to open the door.  And of course me being clumsy.....I slide down the stairs and landed on my bum.  We all just started laughing.  I entertain Sister Kiser a lot because I'm always falling down!!!!  It was so funny!  Wednesday we had interviews with President Eberhardt and we also made lunch for an elderly man that is a widower in one of the wards.  Then we headed down to South Jordan to go to the Jordan River Temple as a mission.  I LOVE the temple!!!!!  Then on Thursday, Halloween, we had a party with the mission.  We had a variety show and missionaries, sang and played the piano and other instruments.  It was a lot of fun.  Then on Friday we took a less active to temple square!  It was so fun to be there.  We watched The Testaments.  If you haven't seen it, you should!!!  The Spirit is so strong when you watch it!  I just love how you can feel the Lord's love!  And another CRAZY thing, we saw Sister George!  I'll send you a picture that we took with her!  That's so awesome.  Three sisters from the same stake!!!  I love it!  So we have been really struggling trying to find new people to teach that are ready to prepare to be baptized.  We are really trying to work more with the members and with the leadership.  Something, I don't feel like I'm very good at.  Hastening the Work of Salvation is all about working together.  Sister Kiser was already trained in that in the MTC, so she's really helping me to learn to trust the members and to focus on building their faith to share the gospel with others.  She's awesome!!!  I'm so glad we are companions!  She's the best, ever!

Oh, hey!  You all should read Mosiah 12-13.  It's when Abinadi teaches the 10 commandments.  And he totally throws down the wicked priests!  And after he teaches them he asks them this:

Mosiah 13:25-26

 And it came to pass that after Abinadi had made an end of these sayings that he said unto them: Have ye taught this people that they should observe to do all these things for to keep these commandments?  I say unto you, Nay; for if ye had, the Lord would not have caused me to come forth and to prophesy evil concerning this people.

I love it!  I am so grateful that we have the prophets from the Bible and the Book of Mormon to teach us the doctrine of Christ.  To help us to come closer to the Savior.  To know who He is and what His gospel is and how to live it.  I am so grateful that we have a prophet today to lead and guide us.  His name is Thomas S. Monson and he speaks for the Lord and directs this church through revelation received from God.  I love being a missionary!  Love you all!!  Have a great week!!!!

Sister Marlow