Monday, August 6, 2012
1660: Exchanges with Sister Dalsing! 1657: President and Sister Keyes 1693: Our homemade cherry pies! 1679: Sister missionaries of the Wichita zone 1682: Oregon cherries!! Heyo, It has been a really fast week. Looking back on what I did I feel like that was "forever ago". Last P-day I "dejunked" a bit and got rid of clothes that I will never wear again because I'm sick of them. Today I'll do that with other little objects that I am acquired over the mission. After leaving the computer lab, we were walking to the rest room and some guy kept staring at us. Walking back from the restroom, he stopped us and asked if we were Jehovah's Witnesses. We told him who we were and sat down and taught him in the library. New investigator! Woohoo! Tuesday was exchanges with the sisters in Valley Center, and I stayed in Hutch while a new missionary, Sister Dalsing, came to Hutch. It was great as we were busy with appointments all say. We also had interviews with President and Sister Keyes beforehand. It was so sad for me! There's another elder in the zone going home at the same time I am and President's remarks before the interviews commenced were geared towards us. I think President is trying to make us trunky, haha. No, he really does care about his missionaries and wants us to be sure he knows he appreciates what we have done and continue to do. It made me sad, but it was good. I felt very comforted by the fact that I still have time left as a missionary and that things at home will be okay. Wednesday was crazy being the first day of August. Not okay! Sister Anderton, who has a baptismal date for August 15th, my very last day as a missionary in the field, taught us how to make fruit pies from scratch, and she made us aprons!! She's the best!!!! When we confirmed her baptismal date, she replied, "Yippee!!" Too cute! On Friday we had a cool miracle. The membership clerk of the ward gives us lists of unknown members to contact to see if they are still at that address, etc. We put in an address into the GPS and it led us to a back road on one side of the highway... the wrong side. There was one house there. We started to drive away thinking we'd just go to the other side of the highway to find it, when I had a very strong spiritual impression to "go back". I told Sister Jones and we did, knocked on the door, and an older woman answered the old. She said she was baptist and not interested but we continued to just shoot the breeze with her as I prayed in my heart for a door to open for us to share the gospel. She randomly decided to let us in and offered us water. We met her 13 year old daughter, and her husband came home while we were standing the living room. Then, the door: "what do you guys believe, anyway?" Bam! We taught the first missionary discussion, testified, and the 13 year old daughter accepted a Book of Mormon and sat down to read it before we could end our visit. They also gave us a referral and we found a mother/daughter pair looking for a church from that. Miracles. If we didn't heed that spiritual prompting, we wouldn't have been able to give them an opportunity to hear the gospel. I'm still in awe over that day. What else... a lot has happened. We helped a lady in the ward move and during it her van's battery died. I knew exactly what to do! We knocked on the neighbor's door, got cables, and got her up and running. I felt so self-reliant. We also got a call to go see a LA young adult in the ward. She had made some poor choices and is so down. She came to church for the first time in several months. It really concreted my testimony of living the commandments. They really do protect in emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. And Sunday was great. We had 5 investigators there, we taught gospel principles about the Word of Wisdom, and had a wonderful lesson in Relief Soceity about missionary work. That day we taught several lessons and the Knapps so graciously fed us. Things are great. This week we have a baptism on Saturday as well as the blood drive. I can't donate blood as a missionary I guess but a couple of our investigators have offered to help. I LOVE SEEING THEM GET INVOLVED! This church is Christ's church! This is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior. He atoned for all my flaws and imperfections and gives me true and lasting faith and hope. This is where we all need to be, and I am so grateful to know this... to feel this. I love my mission and I will finish strong! I pray that I will have become enough of a saint through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that you will notice a difference in me at the airport in a couple weeks. Christ lives! Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 12:12 PM
Monday, July 30, 2012
1638: Lunch with Debbie and her friend/parents. 1653: See the bruise on my forehead? Funny story of how that happened... ask me later! :) Hello family and friends! I speak to you today... exhausted. Haha. What else is new? Things are going really well in Hutch. Sister Jones and I made a baptismal goal of 4 for the transfer. We've seen one. I've been trying to achieve that goal and the Lord is fulfilling His promises. We have 2 that committed to baptism this week! On the 11th, so I'll get to see these two dear sisters baptized before I leave Hutch. Debbie and Maxine. I'm amazed at the mercy that the Lord offers to us as we follow His commandments. I was reading Alma 37 and 38 this morning and Alma preaches again and again to his sons to keep the commandments of God and they will prosper, and if they will not they will be cut off from His presence. We see that again and again in the Book of Mormon, and I know that to be true in my own experience. The Lord lives!! What else matters? He has eternal glory and everlasting joy that He wants to give us. All we have to do is keep His commandments. Why is that so difficult? So, the inevitable truth is that I am going home soon. I have been asked about it from members and investigators for several weeks now. it has been announced over the pulpit already... haha. We live with the Knapps and Brother Knapp is in the Bishopric. He came to me last night as we were coming in and told me he's trying to be home for when my parents come out. He is supposed to be at a youth temple trip. That just melted my heart. The love I feel from the ward is unreal. I don't feel like I deserve it. I am here to serve them. I am here to serve God. I am doing my duty and laboring with love. It's heart wrenching to think of having to leave all these people I've grown to love so dearly. I don't want to leave my companion. She and I have SO much fun together it should probably be outlawed. But, Sister Jones and I were talking about it the other day. I feel at peace about coming home. I feel like the timing is right and that I have done what I can and more importantly, have become who I was supposed to. I don't want to be like some missionaries that fall back into old bad habits when I'm a civilian again. Our mission is supposed to change us for the better. I plan on taking the heart that has been refined with me home. I didn't come out and serve for 18 months just to go back to who I was. Oh man, I don't even know what to write about. We have interviews with President Keyes tomorrow as well as exchanges. Our investigator, Debbie, makes the most AMAZING homemade pies and offered to teach us how to make the dough. SCORE! So we are going to do that this week as we teach her one of her lessons. haha. I'm going to come home and amaze you with my pie making abilities. I probably won't be able to reach Henry's ability though. :) Life is so great. I'm so happy. I'm sad about leaving. Excited about the baptisms coming up. Grateful to see family and friends soon. It's been a wonderful journey and I can't wait to see what happens in the next 2.5 weeks! Miracles are just around the corner. I can feel it. I know Jesus is the Christ, the chosen Messiah. he is our Savior. He has given us a way to rid ourselves of the natural man and be healed. That is where I gain my peace. That is where we all can gain peace. I love my Lord and Savior. I love my Heavenly Father. I feel that my capacity to love has grown and I am so grateful for that. I know that the restored gospel is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that we have a prophet on the earth today; Thomas S. Monson. This gospel has saved my life is countless ways.... and I will serve for the remainder of my days. Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 1:48 PM
Friday, July 27, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK MOMMY!!!! And happy anniversary Will & Kimberly! :) ugh. Time is measured only unto man, but it sure does go by quickly. it's the end of July... where is my mission going?! We had been seeing a lot of baptisms here almost every week, but Satan is out to get us. A lot of our investigators have had issues. Serious issues. I'm trying to work as diligently as I can and I am SO tired. All I want to do when I get home is sleep. There's a bed ready for me, right? It's unreal to me that my mission is coming to a close. As I keep saying I'm trying to make the most of it. I feel like there is so much so do and so little time to do it. The heat is a major factor that we are trying to be careful of. Sister Jones and I made a goal of 4 baptisms this transfer. We've seen one. I'm learning just how willing Heavenly Father is to grant us such blessings and to see divine help in our lives. I can't adequately express how in awe I am on the matter. For example, there is a couple here that we are teaching. For a while, the wife was going to get baptized. She has gained a testimony and absolutely loves learning from us. Her husband is less than excited but really enjoys us, so he's listening. She's slowly starting to soften his hard. One Sunday they stayed for just Sacrament and told us they had to go home to talk about church. NERVE RACKING. We went back ASAP on Monday and that lesson was so guided by the spirit... We ended the lesson by reading Moroni 10:4-5, Moroni's promise to all of us in these last days to read the Book of Mormon and then to ask if it is not true. The wife read it, and said, "Oh! So, if you want to know how to say a prayer you can just read it right out of the scriptures" and then recites verse 4 in a way that she is speaking in prayer, asking for an answer. As soon as she ended, the Spirit penetrated our hearts. It was so unexpected and the joy that filled my heart was indescribable. I looked up at Sister Jones, and she at me, and we whispered to each other "did you feel that?!" Never before in my life have I received an answer so direct to a question. It was memorable, for sure. On Friday we had a special zone training where the zone leaders taught us for about 3 hours of things President Keyes wants us to start focusing on. it was so good!!! One of the zone leaders said something about taking home keys. When you board the plane to go home, how many keys to the Celestial Kingdom will you have in your pocket? It was intense. I want to go invite everyone to be baptized now!!! Sister Jones and I sang in church, a song called "I'll Find You My Friend". There wasn't a dry eye in the audience. Every time I do something in Sacrament the congregation cries. I hope that's a good thing! Let's see let's see... We really felt inspired to see a less active girl. When we got there she was very kind and said she is not Mormon anymore but is going to another church. We asked for referrals and she said to try the house down the block. We did and found a family to teach!!! it was really neat. When we follow the Spirit, we know we can't go wrong because the Lord always fulfills His end of the deal. More and more do I see how true this gospel is. It scares me deeply to have to go back into the world soon. I know things will be okay, but after hearing about so many evil things happening, and SEEING so much as we enter into people's homes, I can't help but ask, "Why don't people hearken to our words more?" The Iron Rod leads us to safety. it leads us to have hope in something real and reliable. I know that embracing and immersing ourselves in the teachings of the prophets and the restored gospel is the only way to happiness. That is God's plan for us to be happy. There is no other way. None. Zilch. Zero. The gospel is true! I will shout it from the rooftops! I can't wait to be a missionary for the rest of my life. How blessed am I for the gospel in my life. Brothers and sisters, I know in my heart, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that these things are true. I'm eternally grateful for the gospel and all that have helped me see the beauty of it. Thank you all for your love and support and investment in me. I want you to know that I am trying to choose the right. Always, Sister Moore (The picture is of an investigator. His birthday was last Saturday and we made him cupcakes. :) )
Posted by Sister Moore at 2:01 PM
Monday, July 16, 2012
I remembered. Been a good week! Sister Jones has been sick and so we have been in a lot sadly... so not a lot to report, other than we had a baptism! Heather was baptized on the 14th... the same date I got baptized 4 years ago. It was SO special... At the baptism, there was a great turn out. Heather had been wanting to invite her dad and a few friends not of our faith and they all told her they were coming. Then, the day before they all told her they weren't coming. We were so sad for her, and worried. But she told us that she wants to be baptized. She wants to press forward, and she did! So while her friends weren't able to come, the ward came and supported her and it was beautiful. Sister Jones gave a great talk that set the tone for the Spirit to dwell, then our ward mission leader baptized Heather. I was so overcome with the beauty and power of the Spirit. I felt the same on Sunday when she was concerned. I cry all the time now! She's so great and is so happy. We're so excited for her! Our RC Richard had been MIA for a could weeks, but then he showed up Sunday in a white shirt and passed the Sacrament for his first time! WOW! It melts my heart to see them serving. I gave my talk in Sacrament and it was alright. I was so nervous, which I find odd because I knock on strangers' doors and expect them to let us in, and do many other things. I don't really remember what I said. I was asked to speak on my conversion, my mission, and what they mean to me now. I remember sharing a song's lyrics from The Work: A Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries. I might be too lazy to type it up... we'll see if I have time. I got so many kind comments afterwards... I was swarmed. I very much so felt the ward's love and was so grateful for that. The Spirit helped me do that. I know that I am strong when I have him. So, here's a cool little "small world" story. Our ward mission leader and his family had us over for dinner last night... the Williams family. They have a son on a mission in Longbeach, CA. They were telling us that he had a companion from KC, MO. They then showed us pictures. I recognized their son's companion! It was Sam Bischoff, who is from the Odessa ward. I fell in love with his parents and his brother's family out there. They were so tickled that I made that connection. Just little tender mercies from the Lord. I love it. And here's a funny story: We live in the basement and study in a couple of recliners because we don't have a desk. Sister Jones couldn't breathe sleeping in her bed. One morning I woke up and my companion was MIA. It was the scariest thing! She moved out to the recliner... haha. Well, one night right before bed I suggest that we put the recliner in our room... it was pretty funny watching us carry that recliner into our bedroom. It barely fit through the door. It's so much more funny if you could see what we did! So now she sleeps at the foot of my bed in a recliner. OH! Another miracle from Sunday. We had been seeing this LA woman, probably in her 50's. She joined the church over 23 years ago and hadn't really been back since. We had invited her to church on several occasions and she said she'd see us there, but every Sunday some excuse would show up on our phone. Well, her visiting teachers visited her this past week. We were having dinner with the RS president when she got a call. "Will you pick up Diann for church?" The LA woman, Diann, came to church for the first time in over 23 years, and wept as she partook of the Sacrament. She referred her son and his fiance to us and is doing great. It's a miracle. The power and importance of visiting teaching. We as missionaries can only do so much. We need the members to get involved to see progress and retention. So, it's been good. We are headed down to Wichita today for zone p-day. It's hot. Another heat wave came in. I love this work. I love having a purpose and seeing the power of God each and every day. I was going to type up the song, but I kept my journal at the house. Maybe next week. Well, I love you all. I know through my own experience that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That He has taught a gospel, and the fulness of it is back through a modern day prophet. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the Atonement is real and has the power to transform us. Life is beautiful. Let us go forward with faith and discover what we have waiting for us. Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 11:13 AM
Monday, July 9, 2012
I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK. It's been a crazy week! I thought I was being transferred since my mission president told me I was... haha. But I stayed and will finish my mission is Hutch. It's kind of disgusting to think that I'm on my last transfer. But one cool thing is I'm still with Sister Jones. I started my mission with her and now I will end my mission with her. How many missionaries can say that?! And I'm really grateful to stay in the area because we are working with 5 different groups of investigators that all have a desire to be baptized. We are just working on the repentance progress. 3 of the 5 have to get married... but one set is getting baptized this Saturday, the 14th, which is cool! Anyone remember why? I was baptized on the 14th 4 years ago! She's so ready, too. The 4th of July was fun. I was sick but the ward did a breakfast from 7 to 9am for the community, so we attended that for a little bit and went over to watch the parade. We had a couple of investigators and members in it so we went to support them. We got a referral for an 88 year old woman who wants to be baptized. Her daughter and her family joined years ago, but she never did. Her daughter came to her after a lesson in relief society the other day and said, "if you are given a fair chance to accept the gospel here, and you don't, you can only make it to the Terrestrial Kingdom". She decided that she has better get baptized. How cool!!! She was in the hospital for the 4th, but we visited her, sang a hymn for her, and should be seeing her this week. We got invited to 3 different dinners... all of them were hamburgers and hotdogs. As we would drive to appointments we would see fireworks and I was just loving it. We studied about how America was preserved for the Restoration of the Gospel and how this land and Constitution were divinely created. it's amazing, because the Book of Mormon prophesies of that. So, the 4th was good. The next couple days were hot and we had several appointments. At one appointment I found myself getting ill... and I tried to motion to my companion that we needed to leave. She wraps up the lesson and we quickly say bye, and as I walk out of the house, I threw up in their front yard. Gross, I know. I don't think I've ever done that. They were so kind, calling that night and the day after to see if I was okay. I had caught a virus and unfortunately gave it to my companion, but that was kind of the excitement for Friday! Thursday was also transfers. We didn't get transferred but had a zone meeting so went to Wichita anyway. I attached a picture of all the sisters at the Wichita transfer bus. The Andertons that we are teaching are so great! They went out of town and we were afraid that we weren't going to be able to help them progress since we couldn't see them for a week. We finally got a hold of them yesterday and as we sat down to share a message, Sister Anderton says, "I'll listen to anything you have to teach me". So cool! We just have to commit her for baptism! her husband is less than excited about the gospel, but learns because he likes us. We are praying and fasting for him to open his heart to the Spirit. We just LOVE them! We were expecting several people at Sacrament yesterday, and as the meeting started no one showed up. It was sad. 3 came in after the sacrament though. But we tried to check in with the ones that committed and didn't come. We found out one of our investigators had a miscarriage. We are heart broken for them. We are going to see them tonight, but if you could please keep them in your prayers. We got a new ward mission leader, and he and his family are just awesome. They had us and the Ramey family over for dinner last night and wow, we had a blast! They are so funny! They have a son on a mission in Longbeach, Cali, a daughter that just got married living in Utah, and then 3 other teenagers. They knew the Rameys from when Sister Ramey joined the church several years ago and both families just ended up in Hutch. Awesome! We shared the 3rd new member lesson with them all for the Ramey boys and they are so dang smart! They understand the gospel! I'm so in love with those little boys, haha. The oldest just turned 12 and has been passing the sacrament. My heart melts every time! So, things are good. We've got a lot of good things going here. We're trying to heal and work hard to make it the best transfer of our missions. And it will be!! I was asked to speak in Sacrament this Sunday about my conversion and mission and what they mean to me. I'm a pro at this topic! I'll let you know how it goes... hopefully well. I pray for you all every night. I know the Lord is watching over you. I would exhort you to be faithful and come into the gospel to see of the goodness here. I may not be a full time mission forever, but I'll be a missionary forever. I love my Savior. He lives. Stay true! Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 9:37 PM
Monday, July 2, 2012
It's been a good, HOT week! We had 2 baptisms on Saturday and they were confirmed yesterday. if anyone remembers the Ramey family... the family with all the boys that we taught... the oldest boy passed the Sacrament for his first time. As he left the table to go pass, I was so filled with the love of God, and just how much love his Father in heaven has for him. Brother Knapp was conducting and announced over the pulpit that this could be my last Sunday with everyone and invited me to bear my testimony. Oh man, my heart stopped. It's not set in stone that I am leaving as I won't know until tomorrow, and now if I show up at church on Sunday that could possibly be embarrassing... but I got up and took the boy that was just baptized on Saturday and his recent convert sister up with me, and we all bore our testimonies. I had to say I might still be here.... haha. But it was good. I could feel the love of the ward and am grateful for the 3 transfers I'd had to serve in hutch. Maybe a 4th one will be in the cards. The 4th of July is coming up! The ward here does a Community Breakfast and Flag Ceremony so we'll be going to that, and then migrate to the parade. I'm so excited for it! We have lots of appointments to teach this week and I'm stoked to go testify!! This is going to be short because I'm running out of time, but I'm so grateful for the church. Yesterday we stopped by an investigator's home and chatted with her because it had been a while. She told us she had a dream about good vs. evil in the world today, and we ended up talking about the war in heaven and agency. It was pretty neat. I walked away from that just thinking how grateful I am for the church. The church teaches us how to be in the world but not of it and how to potentially avoid serious mistakes and how to work through adversity. Where else can you find strength like that? Nowhere. I know the gospel has been restored. I know Jesus is the come Messiah and that He lives today. I'm so grateful! Transfers are this week so we'll see where I serve my last transfer. I'll let you all know next week. Thank you all for your support and love. I'm determined to serve and finish strong for the remainder of my mission. The last 1.5 years have been the most sacred experience of my life, and I owe a part of that to you. Thank you. Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 3:24 PM
Monday, June 25, 2012
Howdy, It has been another great week in Hutchinson. We literally see miracles every day, and big miracles at least weekly. I still wonder why I am so blessed to be able to see the Lord's hand in this work so apparent. We stopped by a part member family's house because we hadn't seen them in a week and wanted to see how they were doing. They asked how the work was going, we said it was well and that we have a few people who are preparing for baptism. They said they had another to add to that list. Amazing!! Their 15 year old son, Charles, went to youth conference in Wichita last week and really wants to be baptized. He's a big football fan and he told his parents that he would rather go to Youth Conference than football camp next year. Wow! He's had all the lessons, we had just been waiting for when Dad would give the okay. We are planning the baptism for this Saturday. And the non-member mother wants to give a prayer at the baptism!! Miracles!! We got a new ward mission leader which we are so excited about! Our last one was a wonderful brother, but was just always out of town and wasn't able to help us with the work at all. Our new one moved in 2 weeks ago and is already jumping in. We are so grateful for him and his family. They are going to be a great addition to the Hutch ward! I love my companion! She is wonderful! We are working well together. We are going going going and just trying to stay cool. It is supposed to be 105* here today. It reminds me of Odessa last summer. There's a couple that is investigating that we are working with and through our appointments she has come to know the gospel and church are true by reading the Book of Mormon. She brought it out at our last appointment, read a verse from 2 Nephi 30, and then asked, "So, if I don't unite with your church, I can't go to heaven?" We responded saying something like "Without those covenants and saving ordinances by the Priesthood, no one can make it". You could see the Spirit working in her. I was in awe. She came to church with her husband and she loved it. They are having us over for dinner tonight. We hope to see her set a date tonight and that her husband will make that commitment with her. Miracles everyday!!!!!!! I love Hutch! I'm excited to see all these people that I've grown to love make that commitment to Heavenly Father. There really is nothing better. People keep asking when I'm leaving. I don't know. All I know is that I am a missionary!! That God lives!! That we have so much to do in this life and that there is always something better to come! Yesterday at church we were talking about how we hadn't found any new investigators this past week. It was weird since we had been finding up a storm. I had been thinking since Wednesday "we really need to find". Well, Sunday morning came and I told myself, "if I have the faith to find, and do what I am asked to do, Heavenly Father will bless us". Well, before church we were talking to the Relief Society President and she said she had to go pick up a new sister that just moved into the area. She has a non-member fiance and that she wanted to introduce her and him to us. In church only the new sister came, but she was telling us that in Salina, where they moved from, a friend in the ward gave her fiance a Book of Mormon, a talk that she wrote, and bore her testimony to him. A few days later, the fiance comes to tell the sister "Your church is the true church!!! I have to be baptized!!!" So, we got a hold of him and the Lord provided that new investigator for us. Not just a new investigator, but one that will listen and is sincere. I stand all amazed. Last Saturday, we went to go see an older couple that has been investigating for over 2 years. Eternigators.... we get in there and had planned to basically ask if they would ever see themselves joining the church because otherwise we weren't going to continue to see them regularly. We got in there and the Spirit took over. I don't even know how to explain it... I read a scripture in Alma, asked a question, they responded, asked another question, etc etc etc. The things that came out of my mouth were not my own. I could feel the Spirit working in me and in them. We got out of that appointment, look at my companion, and say, "what just happened?!" I can't even portray it well!!! It was amazing! To be an instrument in the hands of the Lord and to be under the influence of the Spirit like that is incredible! The gift of the Holy Ghost is so precious... how does one even portray how incredible that gift is?! Things are going well here. I'm grateful for this time I have to serve that Lord with no distractions. I'm grateful for those that support me. I'm grateful to be a missionary and to serve in the Missouri Independence Mission. My mission is so sacred to me. God loves His children. I know this is true. So my update for the week.... the church is true! What else matters? I love you. Thank you for your love and support. Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 1:33 PM
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
HAPPY [late] FATHER'S DAY!!!!! Pictures... we found a corn field. had some fun. Epic air, right? :) It's kind of gross that I only have 2 months to go. but with that knowledge I have been given a drive to work and have been given strength. I feel like I have so much more to offer through the blessings of the Sacrament and the principle of Enduring. The Lord lives! It's been a great week!! We are continuing to see the Lord's hand in our lives and in this work. The ward is super supportive to going out on team ups with us, feeding us, and giving us rides. I'm grateful for that. Plus, I have a super awesome companion!!! Life is beautiful. :) We visited this couple we found on the street last transfer and they have decided to look into being baptized. While they wouldn't set a date, they are so great. Walking into their home I felt like they were active Latter-Day Saints because of the Spirit that was there. I felt like I already knew them. That happened again as we got a referral from Salt Lake City on our phone for a single guy. When we get there, there are 2 families with young kids in the house, all willing to learn and ready to change. The main guy that referred himself learned from the missionaries down in Oklahoma 5 years ago, and due to not being able to kick smoking he couldn't get baptized, but he's back and on our first visit, he testified to us that he knows this is the church where he wants to be and that he's not going anywhere. He's ready to quit and make that commitment. SO AMAZING. I had some heartbreak this week. One of our recent converts told us that he doesn't believe he needs to go to church to have God in his life. To be honest, I got angry when we left. For months he attended church with his very active and faithful wife and you could see a change in him. He was happy! He was on the right path! but as soon as he stopped going, he's blaming the church for his own choices and has decided to learn away from the only true gospel. I wanted to rebuke him. I wanted to tell him that he made promises with Heavenly Father. He let the world in and has decided money is more important than spiritual peace. We love this brother. I'm heartbroken. But I know we can't force anyone to do anything. They have their agency and will make their own choices. We are making a special effort to make sure that our other investigators can feel the Spirit in every meeting with us, that a member is always there to be a support, and that they are reading the Book of Mormon. We're not letting another slip through the cracks. God loves them. They have to make the choice and come to Him, otherwise they won't be able to feel of the sweetness of the gospel. Being a missionary has taught me many things. I've learned to make good choices. I've learned how to respect others' agency. And I've also learned the joy as we follow the prophets and the commandments. Mosiah 2:41. We did have a baptism!! It was small as many people that committed to come did not, but the man being baptized was so happy. His wife and 6 year old son came and he just glowed. On Sunday, he was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and received the Holy Ghost. He also was conferred to receive the Aaronic Priesthood later that day. he is ready to serve. And we got an appointment to come see the wife. We are going to see if we can help them do this together. I can't adequately express my love for this work. I see so many blessings in store for these people. We are laboring for their souls. I'm grateful to understand these blessings. Yesterday, we ate 3 full meals in 3 hours. I don't ever want to eat again. Many people invited us over for Father's Day celebrations. It was a great day. Today we are going down to Wichita for zone p-day. It'll be great! I know this work is true. I know that the Church's purpose is to gather the House of Israel. I know that Christ lives. The Book of Mormon is true and blesses lives! Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 8:19 AM
Monday, June 11, 2012
How is it June already?! Not okay! it's been another amazing week in Hutch. Sometimes I wonder why it is going so well here. We found 10 new investigators last week! That's crazy! Last P-day we taught Deonna who we have been seeing for quite sometime now. She's doing really well, but her hold up was working on Sunday. She's a single mom of 3 and can't ask Sunday off for some reason. We've been teaching her, and praying for her for something to work out. Well, last Monday she told us she has no desire to work where she's at anymore and is looking at a job that gives her the weekends off. What?! I just love her. She's the coolest lady. On Tuesday was our Zone Conference. it was incredible. I could feel the Spirit working within me all day long. We get there after leaving Hutch at 6:45am and have breakfast. They started the conference out in the chapel and spoke of an incident that happened in the mission a few weeks ago. President Keyes gets a lot of phone calls as a mission president. He got one one day that said two of his missionaries had been in a automobile accident (I'm getting emotion just thinking about this story). One was being life flighted to a hospital in Kansas, one taken by ambulance to a hospital in Independence, MO. He and Sister Keyes get in the car to go see these elders, praying that they would somehow end up at the same hospital. Seems like a small thing, but they needed to be with their missionaries. When they arrived at the hospital in Independence, they called the other hospital somewhere in Kansas to ask if a missionary had arrived via life-flight yet. The nurse said that no missionary had arrived, and none were expected to come. it turned out, that in mid-flight, they changed course and brought the other missionary to Independence, to where President Keyes could see both elders. They were given Priesthood Blessings, and the Keyes stayed the night. The next day, both elders walked out with a limp and one in a wheelchair. The doctors were in awe, saying "people don't just get life flighted in and walk out the next day". The Lord wanted that to happen. He continues saying that safety is the most important thing and he and the Church are very concerned about the safety of the missionaries. It tugged at my heart as you could feel the love and the Spirit so strongly; it was virtuously tangible. The rest of conference was great. In the Wichita and Derby zones, there are only 2 companionships of sisters. So we stood out, haha. I got to see lots of mission friends and it was so wonderful to be there with other missionaries. At the end of conference, President Keyes spoke and talked about 3 Nephi 11. Christ comes and comforts the Nephite people. once they feel of that love, they cry "Hosanna!" which means "save us, save us now". What is the next thing that happens? Christ gives them the authority to baptize. That is our calling as missionaries. We are to go out, comfort the people, then use the authority we have been given to save souls. Baptism is so essential to salvation, and to be responsible for such a great task is overwhelming at times. But I know, that this is the Lord's work. On a spiritual high, President then announced that he would like all the missionaries that this would be their last zone conference to come up and bear their testimonies. This was my last zone conference. I had already been weeping all day due to the Spirit and love I had felt. My heart was about to beat out of my chest; I had to go up. I wait for some elders to go and follow after them, but they see me and invite me to go first. I'm thinking to myself, "what in the world do I say right now....". As I get to the pulpit, and look out over the other 40 missionaries, my mind is blank. I felt numb. The first words out of my mouth were, "I don't want to be here right now... in front of you..." And as I struggled, the Spirit helped me, and I bore testimony of what I know to be true. I know that Christ lives. I know that He restored the fulness of His gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and blesses lives. I know the importance of the family. I know that the work we do as missionaries is true, and that it is one of the greatest blessings we will have in our lives here. I don't know what all I said, but when I sat back down, I leaned over, buried my face in my hands, and wept. The reality of going home soon is sad. Just the week before, Sister Jones asked me if it was weird knowing that I was leaving soon. I said very casually that I've accepted it and that it is inevitable that it will come. But being faced with me, I really will miss serving the Lord as a full-time missionary. I was asked to say the closing prayer of the conference, so I have to get back up there again with puffy red eyes and thank God. it was powerful. it was a powerful experience for me. I wish I could portray it better. Afterwards, several other missionaries came up and thanked me for my testimony and prayer. Their sincerity made all the difference and all was well instantly. I know that this time we have is sacred and precious. I will make the most of it. I am working the best I know how. and I will, until I am told, "well done". On Wednesday we went out to Turon and watched a wheat harvest!!! And fellow shipped a part member family. Don't worry, we actually work. I sent a couple pictures. They let us stand in the middle of the field. it was so neat. Golden wheat that just went on for miles. Once they cut it it wasn't very pretty, but I learned a lot. They gave us a sample of wheat, too. I love it! The rest of the week was just as great too. We have a baptism this Friday for a guy that called us up and said, "I want to join the church. How do I do it?" Another guy is preparing for the 23rd. Same story. Called us up and wanted to join the church. We have found several other investigators that are progressing and longing for what the gospel offers them. We are tremendously blessed. One miracle that happened that I will share this week was about Debbie. We found Debbie on the street in front of her house and while she would always let us come back, she and her husband would never set a specific return appointment. after an appointment on Thursday, we get in the car and I had the distinct impression to go see Debbie. We were not planning on seeing her until the next day. We get there and she's out watering her plants. We offer to help and she tells us, "I was wondering when you girls were going to come back. I was talking to Andy (husband) and I thought 'oh, they're probably going to come Friday when I'm gone!' and it made me sad". As we continued to talk, she talks very openly with us and after we ask her how her Book of Mormon reading is going, she gets emotional and says, "I don't think I'm worthy". She needs the gospel. We invited her right then and there to a progressive dinner that the Relief Society was putting on and she came and loved it. She made connections with the sisters and is excited to learn about the gospel. if we hadn't have gone at that time, we wouldn't missed her when she needed the Lord. She left for a trip the very net morning and is returning sometime this week. I have a testimony that I know Heavenly Father is so aware of His children. He uses others to bless them. I am grateful and indebted for the gift of the Holy Ghost and how we can be used as His hands to bring the gospel to all honest hearts here in Hutch. This work is true. Hutch is a miracle area. I wonder what I did to be so blessed sometimes. To have the knowledge of the beauty of the gospel and the love that God has for each of us is the greatest blessing. Please always remember that the Lord loves you. He wants to bless you. His gospel brings love, peace, joy, and refuge into your life. I know this, for I am a witness. Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Love Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 10:41 PM
Monday, June 4, 2012
everyday. The elders, after reporting our numbers, are always asking
"what are you sisters doing?!" Haha, we work smart and exercise faith!
This last weekend was the Ramey's baptism, where the older 3 boys were
baptized by their dad. It was so spiritually moving and we even had 2
progressing investigators attend. The baptism was beautiful though.
The boys' grandparents and cousin flew out from California for it, and
both grandparents gave a talk. Brother Ramey, the father, baptized all
3 of his boys. They were just so happy and they glowed! The family
expressed great appreciation for us as the missionaries who taught the
boys but I can't help but think that we had nothing to do with it.
This is the Lord's work. I am to do my part and follow the Spirit and
the rest will fall into place. Their confirmations on Sunday were just
as powerful and brought the most powerful spirit to the meeting. All
of the testimonies borne were heartfelt and melted your heart. The two
oldest boys even got up and bore their testimonies. The oldest
brother's was really funny... he gets up there and with great
enthusiasm says, "getting baptized, receiving the Holy Ghost, and
turning 12 have been a huge slap in the face.... Good, now I have your
attention." hahaha we all laughed. He continued saying, "Now I KNOW
the Holy Ghost will help me for the rest of my life. I KNOW this is
the only true church" Matt got up and bore a very humble testimony as
well, especially thanking us as missionaries, again. I'm realizing
just now much of an impact we make on the youth as missionaries. I
love those boys... I love that family. They have forever changed my
So, it was a great weekend. We got bombarded with referrals on Sunday
from members. We had someone call us last week and said he wanted to
join the church and to continue the lessons. Seriously. This happens
on a weekly basis here. I kid you not. But the work is going well. The
ward is so involved and supports us greatly. We feel very blessed. I
remember sitting in sacrament and being able to feel the love I have
for the people here. They are so strong. Like any ward and any person,
we all have our weaknesses and struggles, but this is a family. They
are committed to the gospel. The Lord is working a marvelous work
here. And I see it everyday.
Tomorrow is Zone Conference down in Wichita. And I am SO excited! It
will be a spiritual feast!! Our car hit 50,000 the other day, so it's
getting switched out tomorrow. I will miss that little guy.
Last Wednesday, a huge, severe thunder storm hit Hutch. We were in the
library with our team up waiting for our investigator when he called
and said he hasn't eaten and wants to meet us at Subway. Ok... so we
start to walk out the door. A man that just came in said, "It's going
to hit us in 6 seconds. You better be quick getting to your car!" We
kind of brushed it off and said, "Oh ok, thanks, we'll be quick!"
Well, literally 6 seconds later we are standing under the overhang and
are drenched. The wind was carried waves of water and the streets were
flooding. It was 6 pm and it was dark already. It was the most intense
thing I've ever seen or been apart of. it was so cool! Sister Jones
and I ran out to the car and quickly shut the doors. We look at each
other and start laughing. It was just so neat! We were told to go in
early after our appointment to let the storm pass. Now I just want to
see a tornado!! Ok, maybe not really, but it would be cool.
We went to go visit one of our investigators the other day and instead
of teaching what we planned about the gospel, she wanted us to talk to
her young daughter about pornography. It was really awkward. We had no
idea what to say because this girl was 9. How does that even happen?!
But as we relied on the Spirit and opened our mouths, it started to
flow. it made me realize just how real the adversary is. I think a lot
of people don't realize that when we don't do what God wants us to do,
we become captive to the devil. it's a scary thought. He wants to take
away our freedom and agency... everything that we fight for! Follow
the gospel and be free.
A thought that really hit me during one of my studies the other day,
too, was "Perfect love casteth out all fear". I know this is truth. As
a missionary, it's scary to talk to random strangers every day. To
just show up on their door step and ask them to let you in to talk
about Christ. it's always scary to stand up to your friend when they
are doing something wrong or to tell them how to feel about something.
When we have perfect love, and strive to do the right thing, we won't
be held back. The Lord is helping me develop charity and I can talk to
anyone I want without fearing their response. I'm learning how to
communicate with companions and trying to bring our companionship into
unity. Also, I read this from Matthew 22:
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Without love, nothing else works.
Remember that next time you approach someone and speak with them in a
manner that shows them you love them. We are all children of God. God
loves us all, who are we to judge?
I know that this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth
again today. Christ live and has restored His church. It is lead by a
prophet of God today, Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon came forth
by the power of God, and is true. I know in my heart that there is a
plan for our lives, and it is glorious.
Shall we not go on in so great a cause?
Posted by Sister Moore at 11:05 AM
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Good morning! Due to the holiday I am reporting to you now. Transfers have come and gone and I am still in Hutch. Sister Dodd went to the Jail and guess who came to Hutch? Sister Jones! My MTC companion. I have now served with all the sisters in my MTC district. It's awesome, haha. I attached a couple pictures from transfer bus in Wichita last week. One is Sisters Jones, me, and Dodd, and the other is Sister Dodd and I with one of our zone leaders who got transferred. It was really warm that day. We spent all of last week with our investigators and the members that wanted to say "bye" to Sister Dodd. We were running around like a crazy person but it was so good to see that the ward really loves their missionaries. Went down to transfer bus on Thursday and came back to unpack and go to some appointments. All weekend we have been running around and I don't even know what we did... we did go up to a little town for dinner and to try and contact a referral, but we didn't have miles for this month and came home. Sunday we were invited to sing in the ward choir and did so, but as we sat on the stand we were able to see everyone come in. That referral that we didn't have miles to see came to church! A less active that lives 45 minutes away came to church and stayed for 2 hours! An investigator that has never been to church showed up. it was just really neat. In relief society, they talked about sacrifice, based on the talk Elder Oaks gave in the last conference. It was so good! I thought about things such as "Why do I do what I do? What is my intent?" I also thought that I really feel like I get more than what I give. I thought, "why?" Sacrifice makes things sacred, and that is how I can make my mission special. Sister Jones and I have talked a lot recently about how we can make our missions more meaningful by being obedient. I try to figure things out in my mind a lot, and most of the time if not all the time, I can never figure out what Heavenly Father is doing. I read the scripture the other morning 1 Nephi 11:17 - Nephi answers the angel, referring to God, "I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things" I'm constantly being humbled and it is so great!! I'm learning what is really important and what will help me be the most effective missionary that I can be. We had an experience the other day... on Sunday we received a referral for a lady that was in detox in the psych ward of the local hospital. Fun, eh? We get up there Sunday night and meet a woman who really wanted a blessing. We had to explain to her that we couldn't do that but would send some brethren the next day to give that to her. In the meantime, we just talked. She kept saying over, and over, and over, that she's not a bad person, she had been sober for 3 years and doesn't know why she relapsed. Her eyes were full of sorrow and she was reaching out to anyone looking for hope. In essence, I think I wouldn't been a bit hesitant to be on that floor and talk to someone there, just from other experiences I've had. But the Lord used us both in a miraculous way, and taught us something life changing. All we felt inspired to do was tell her how much God loves her. As we did, I could feel, in an increased measure, just how deeply and unconditionally God loves His children. I didn't know this woman. She had made some bad choices and that is why we was in detox. But she was still given hope through God's love and the Savior's mercy. That was probably one of the best experiences I've had on my mission thus far. It also got me thinking about why a lot of people I meet everyday are not so fortunate in this life. In my scripture study I came across this verse: "Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; he that is righteous is favored of God..." Remember the scripture those that keep the commandments of God shall prosper? And then a couple verses later I read this: "And he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod; for they hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straitened them because of their iniquity. He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor which they had to perform was to look; and because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished." God wants us home. There's only one way to get home, and God gave us tools to get there. He is no respecter of persons. He does not love one group of people more than the other. We are all equal in His eyes. However, those that are righteous and keep the commandments are those that are favored. John 15:10 - "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love." When we walk towards God, we can feel His love. And that's the difference. Obedience is the difference. If something is easy, do we just disregard it? Because of "the simpleness of the way"? I'm learning heaps, and the more I learn the less I know. And in a sense that scares me, because I want to take as much as I can here as a missionary home with me so I can continue to serve there. I don't know the meaning of all things, but the Lord has promised His children that if we are obedient and keep His commandments, we'll be able to accomplish all those things that are expedient for us. I know this is true. I am a witness to His love. I love you all and am grateful for your support. I know God loves you and wants to bless you. Will you place yourself in a position so that He can? I know that this church is true, and that the fulness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. I know the Book of Mormon is true and blesses lives! Continue forward my friends. Run the race, finish strong. 1 Cor. 9:24 - "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 7:03 PM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Greetings!!!! This week has been crazy. Let's see what I remember... We started the week with interviews with President and Sister Keyes. We were supposed to be there at noon but got into town a little early, so we decided to go to lunch. We pop open the GPS to see what's close to the church and see Panera Bread. That's the one!! I LOVE that place. SO we get there and walk in the door to see 3 elders turn around to greet us. "Oh.. hey!" They had split the zone into 2 groups for interviews and President took the group before us to lunch and we just happen to arrive as he was paying for all the missionaries. So... we got a free lunch and got to eat with all the elders. That was a fun tender mercy. Interviews were good, too. President said he wants to get me in the Liberty Jail before I end my mission, but Sister Dodd has to leave Hutch first. So he told us early what's happening with transfers, minus who my new companion is. I don't know if that is what will happen, but my second to last transfer will be in Hutch this summer... and it's going to be 100* this week. Bring it on! On our way home from Wichita, we get a call from the wife of a RC and she wants us over there now. So we go and when we knock on the door, someone peeks through the curtain, she lets us in and then says, "we have a crisis". Turns out one of our RC is very nervous about receiving the Priesthood and serving in the church. It was a very intense meeting but through silent prayers and turning it over to the Bishop, all is well. It was amazing though, because it is an hour drive from Wichita to Hutch. During this drive, our appointment that we were going to canceled, and 5 minutes later the wife of the RC calls needing us. We were able to reschedule with the canceled appointment and the Lord had us where He needed us. It's amazing how in control He is. So that was Tuesday. Wednesday we had a prompting to for-go our morning plans and drive to Pretty Prairie, a 40 minute drive away and to try this part member family. We found the non-member ehad of the household and he become a new investigator. So, that was cool. Some amazing lessons that day, too. There's a PMF (part member family) that we are now working with the Mom in (the daughter was just baptized) and our lesson was on the Sabbath Day and the Sacrament. When we read in the Book of Mormon about the Sacrament, she volunteered the comment, "I don't take the sacrament because I figure I'm not living in accordance to the gospel just yet." It was amazing because that was the Spirit working in her. We hadn't said a thing. She and her husband (common law) are not married and are planning on doing that within the next year. We asked if they would do it in August so we can bring our parents to their wedding... haha. We got to see Deonna, a newer investigator, last week. We were a little late and when we knocked on her door she didn't answer, so we started to walk away. She comes running out of the house and says, "were you knocking? I couldn't hear you". When we got in the house she told us how it was just "one of those days" and at one point tossed her head back and exclaimed, "are they here yet??"/ She had been looking forward to our visit all day. So awesome! Our lesson was great because she is SO sincere. She just needs to get work off on Sundays and she's golden! On Saturday we tried to contact a referral in a little town called Marquette, which is an hour's drive. As we were traveling, we followed a trio of motorcycles and many motorcycles passed us on the way there. They would all give some sign to each other as they passed. Finally, I suggested to Sister Dodd, who was driving, to give that sign to the next motorcycles that passed us. She gets ready to and as we round the corner we are suddenly in the town.... in the middle of a huge motorcycle rally. EVERYWHERE there are motorcycles, bikers, tattoos, chaps, etc. We had to park on a side street and walk to our referral. We stood out like sore thumbs. It was great. We got a call the other night from a former investigator from last year that Sister Dodd and I have had no contact wit whatsoever. He said he wanted to join the church now and asked how to do it. Um... awesome. How often does that happen?? Lately we have been stretched so thin. A lot of members expect us to drop everything when they need us which we are always happy to help, but investigator appointments are not always so easy to for-go. it's been very interesting balancing the ward and our investigators. We are starting to really get the ward involved and it's so amazing to see connections take place. At church, a lot of investigators that said they would come didn't, and that was sad. But after church we had dinner with one of my favorite families out here! Please see attached photos of what we did after the meal and thought. Transfers are this week. Sister Dodd is going to the Jail and I am staying here. We don't know our companions just yet. We are cleaning house getting ready for it. We have a zone conference on 5 June too in Wichita. I'm really excited for that. It's my spiritual Christmas!! All is well! The mission is really hard some days. I was having a really hard time sitting in Relief Society, tears flowing from my eyes, and I was done with the things going on and the feelings inside of me. Right there during the lessons, I closed my eyes and said a silent prayer. As soon as I said Amen, peace flooded my heart and mind and all was well again. I know God hears and answers our prayers. Even for the tiniest things, He is always there. Make Him apart of your life. He loves you. I know this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my Savior. I know the Book of Mormon is true and are really "the words of life". Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 6:33 AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Pictures: 1046 - Sunset north of Hutch. 0996 - KC MO Temple 1006 - Making marshmallow temples with the Ramey family. 1145 - After watching a sister bond someone out of jail, this is us in front of the building. 1141 - A FHE group of single sisters in the ward. The one in the center sitting down is 94 years old and actually isn't a member. 1142 - Missionaries stuck in a cell phone... Greetings one and all. Talking to Mom and Dad yesterday was beautiful. I find it difficult to recall other stories that I want to report on since I told them several stories. We've been really busy this week. I've been working on diligence in my own life and I feel that the Lord is blessing me to be able to develop that Christ like attribute. Here are a couple funny stories... Earlier in the week we were trying to contact a less active member and they weren't home. We saw a lady down the street and decided to go talk to her. She talks with us and won't accept a Book of Mormon but does tell us we can come back. We'd just have to catch her; she wouldn't commit to a time. So, we try back the next couple days and she's not home. Sad. We try again Saturday afternoon and she's home! She answers the door and she says, "Ok, I guess I have 5 or 10 minutes today". We turn the corner and see her husband. We go to shake his hand and we see he has a toilet seat on his lap. We don't ask, but start to share the first discussion about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. They said they want to read it. Woohoo! We end up staying and fellow shipping them. We were there for a good 45 minutes and the toilet seat never left his lap. Finally, we inquire of it and he says they just moved in and are changing them. Pretty funny. maybe you had to be there... We were doing service for a lady we met on the street who due to a heart attack lost 3 of her limbs. She only had her left arm. When we finished with her we get back to the car and see we missed a call from a part member family. The dad grew up in the church but never had a testimony. In fact, he mocked it. His wife and 2 daughters are very nice to us but not interested in the church. We decide to call them back before our next appointment and come to find out he's not sure why we had a missed call from them. He asks us to hold on for a second and in the background of the phone, he yells to his wife, "Did you call the Mormons????" it was pretty funny. Maybe you had to be there. We have a good relationship with them as least. On Mother's Day before we called home, we were out delivering a bunch of cards to sisters in the ward who have been so kind to us and to a couple of our investigators to wish them a happy mother's day. There's one sister in the ward that several years ago was in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver, and both her husband and 2 children passed away. She was the only survivor. Due to that she hates Mother's Day and doesn't want to see anyone. We thought we'd just put a card in her back door so she'd see it on her way out eventually. We pull up, and start to make our way back to the porch. As we round the corner of the house, we see her in her car with the backing lights on. I have never felt more ninja like as we dart back to the car and drive around the block. We were afraid she might have sen us but she hasn't said anything yet! We came back and left the car after she had left. It was pretty funny. We have had a lot of funny experiences. We see miracles everyday and laugh at the quirks of life as well. On a more spiritual note, we've had miracle after miracle happen. There's a young man in town from college who joined the church in September. His mom just had knee replacement surgery and is home for a month to care for her. His sister has not made the best choices in life and is a slave to addictions. After a fight one night he shared a Mormon Message with her and she asked for something to read. He gave her a Book of Mormon and she's been reading it ever since. Her demeanor changed instantly. She wants to meet with us. She even came to church yesterday. That was a miracle. Ok, to close up my email for the week, I want to share a story that was shared in Sacrament Meeting. There was this man whose mother lived 200 miles away. He was on his way to a flower shop to order flowers to have delivered to her. Outside the shop he saw a little girl crying on the step. He asked, "What's wrong?" She replied, "I only have 65 cents and a rose costs $2. ALl I want is to buy my mom a rose for Mother's Day". The man tells her, "Well, I'll buy you one." He goes in and orders flowers for his own mother and buys the little girl a rose. He offers to give her a ride to her mom. She ends up leading him by pointing this way and that, until finally they arrive at a cemetery. He watched the little girl get out of the car and lay that single rose on her mother's grave. The story continues as the man went back to the shop, canceled his order, bought a bouquet, and drove the 200 miles to see his mother. I'm incredibly grateful for my own mother and for all those woman who do so much for their own families and the people around them. I know that I am who I am today because of my mom. She is my light and strength when everyone else seems to dwindle away. I know that woman are an important part of God's Plan for the salvation of His children. He has blessed woman in many ways to be able to be soft yet strong, compassionate yet driven, beautiful and full of love. it is a tremendous blessing to know that I am a daughter of God and have a divine purpose here in life. I can and will make a difference, just like so many faithful women like my own mother. I love you all. Always, Sister Moore
Posted by Sister Moore at 4:44 PM
Monday, May 7, 2012
My sleep schedule is all amiss from the weekend that is behind me now, but it was all worth it. I am going to write what I can in the time I have about my experience this past weekend in Kansas City and the like. I don't think I'll be able to accurately portray the power and spirit that has been with me, but I will do my best. On Saturday, the 5th, we left Hutch to arrive in Wichita at 10am for a zone meeting with the other missionaries and to catch the bus that would be taking us to KC. Another zone also met at that building and we all headed to Salina to pick up 4 Elders and to Juntion City to pick up the remainder of the missionaries out here. I got to chat with Sisters Payne and Porter which was great. It was 90*+ over the weekend and the bus' AC broke. With a motorcoach full of missionaries, mostly young men, in 90 something degree weather, I quickly wilted... but my spirit would not! The anticipation for this event has kept me going for weeks now! We finally arrive in KC at 3:40 pm. As I get off the bus at the side of the Marriott hotel, I held out my hand to see it shaking. We probably should've eaten more. We walk around into the Basse Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the marriott hotel where the entire mission, all 200 young missionaries, would meet with President Keyes and the like. It was unreal to think that all 200 missionaries were there. That doesn't happen in this mission. We are exhausted but the Assistants ask us to get into our zones and sit down to start our meeting at 4pm. We would be entering the event at 5pm. Being in the Wichita zone, we are dead last. but I couldn't have been happier. We had been practicing "We'll Bring the World His Truth" for weeks now. President Keyes gets up and could hardly speak due to his emotion of seeing all 200 of his missionaries together. He tells us they changed what we would be singing a little bit. Instead of all 3 verses of the song, we'd be singing the first verse and then the chorus 2 times to end it. Not only that, he said that the youth that would be performing right before us will part, like the red sea, for us to walk into the stadium. We went through how to line up and continued to practice. It was really moving, but I really had no idea what we were in for. We received tickets as memorials for the event. President also announced that we would get to actually watch the celebration. Thanks to Elder Deschler, the area seventy, he got us seats. One hundred on one side of the stadium, and one hundred on the other side. Each group of one hundred would follow one of the Assistants. So we begin our trek. Since Wichita was the last zone, I was literally 2nd to last in the army of 200 strong. On our way from the Ballroom to the Municipal Auditorium, we only had to cross the street really, but our zone got lost so many times. The first time was walking across the street due to the light. Second our our way to our seats. Going through the tunnels was an adventure and I ran more trying to keep up with the group than all month it seems. The public was starting to come too and it was difficult to maneuver around them. We get to our seats and wait. The youth start flooding onto the stadium floor at 5:45pm, and kneel. Since we were in the nosebleed section, I was trying to see where the prophet would be sitting since we were supposed to sing TO him once we got on the floor. Right before 6, the entire stadium arises as President Monson enters the arena. it was incredible. I was literally 50 yards above him. He just glowed. They start the event by having President Monson address us. He spoke of many things, but the one thing I do remember was how he loved seeing the youth dance together. To see boys ask girls and to see girls get asked to dance. How important it was to respect each other and to build friendships. he said that we might see an event going on. He sees friendships being made. And then it commenced! Because of where I was sitting it was difficult to get any pictures. The lighting was bad. I'm sending home a few of before the event started. That was special. The theme of the event was "Of One Heart in the Heartland". There were 12 stakes involved and each was involved in something devoted to the area. The early saints were mentioned a lot, as well as the early settlement of the area. The most powerful that I witnessed before going on the floor myself was from the Joplin Stake. If any of you remember, last May I took a group of Young Single Adults from the Joplin stake through the Visitors' Center and instantly fell in love with them. The very next day, the devastating tornado hit. The youth's program was completely devoted to the errand of angels in response to the tornado last year. it hit home so greatly with me. Each dance was introduced with a video presentation and narration. There were sirens, 911 calls, recordings of youth retelling their experience of not knowing where loved ones were located. As the narration played, they came on the floor. There were wooden frames of houses laid flat on the floor. Eventually, the EFY song, "Broken Things" started, sung live by Kenneth Cope himself. Another song called "Rise Up" by Spencer Lee was played during their performance. And actually, Rise Up is on iTunes and all proceeds to towards the Joplin Recovery. Go check it out if you can. I was so moved by the performance I could not hold back my tears. I'm sure I made the Elder sitting next to me feel a bit awkward. Youth in Helping Hands shirts came out. A family, broken by the disaster, ran out on the floor and I saw a little girl jump into the arms of her father. The stadium went mad. It was beautiful. After this performance we made a mad dash to the tunnel from our seats to prepare to go on with all the youth stakes. Again, we booked it, literally sprinted down 3 stories of ramps. Because I was at the end of the group, I didn't get to see much. But I heard everything. As the army of missionaries began to move, the crown up roared. We began to sing. The youth parted and knelt to make way for the Lord's servants and sang with us. As I entered the floor, I looked up to the video screen and saw President and Sister Keyes along with one of the Assistants singing. We had people on either side of us cheering and rooting us on. We stopped, turned toward the Prophet, who was standing, as well as the entire stadium, and sang. At one point I had a camera man straight in my face. As we finished singing... "We will be the Lord's missionaries to bring the world his truth". We stood there. The feeling of love I felt at that moment is really indescribable to put into words. The entire stadium was still in an up roaring, standing, cheering, for several minutes after we finished. As we walked out the youth stood and clapped for US. For US! We should be cheering for THEM. President Monson grabbed his suit coat and tugged at it, and you could see his face full of emotion from the power of the Spirit. As we left the stadium, I glanced up at the monitor one last time and saw a side view of each and every missionary walk past. It was so POWERFUL. We went back up our 3 stories of ramps and sat down to finish the event. I can't describe the feelings and power that was there adequately. We made it back to the bus, they fed us, and we rode all the way back to Junction City, Salina, and Wichita. I think I had said last week we were going to stay in KC for the dedication. That changed. We left KC at 8:15pm. Got to Wichita at 1am. We just all chatted on the bus. No one could sleep although we were all going loopy due to what just happened and our minds start to fade. It was wonderful to bond with the missionaries on our zone. it's great to say that we really are close and I consider them family. It was a long day. The sister missionaries that we stayed with wanted to go to church so we woke up at 6:30am, got ready, studied, and went to a 9am church. I bore my testimony in that ward. It was bizarre not to be in my own ward. I missed Hutch. A young couple from the ward took us to Salina where we watched the 3rd and final session of the Kansas City Missouri Temple Dedication. It was beautiful. Elder Holland, Elder Rasband, and Elder Walker all accompanied President Monson. When it was finished, I saw a returned missionary from the mission. He came back to see it. It was fun to see him. There were quite a few missionaries that had served in the MIM come back for either the dedication or the Youth Cultural Celebration. We got a ride back to Wichita from Salina, where we met at the brand new Stake Center for the Seminary Graduation, where our ride back to Hutch would meet us. That didn't get finished until 8:30. We didn't get back to Hutch until 9:30. We were so tired. We are so tired! However, before going to bed, President Keyes sent out another voice mail to the mission. He told us of all the comments we received of the missionaries at the Cultural Celebration. He told us one story... when the missionaries marched out onto the stadium arena, the men in the van that controlled the camera feed to the satellite, for everyone else worldwide to see were so touched, that it made their job difficult. They were weeping because of the power and spirit they felt. President Keyes told us that he arranged for each and every missionary to receive a copy of the cultural event and we should be receiving them next month. What a blessing! I'm so grateful for the church. I'm so grateful for a charitable and devoted Mission President. Here is a link that the church put out for the whole deal. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-monson-dedicates-kansas-city-missouri-mormon-temple My pictures and words are inadequate for the power that was there. It was the best day of my life. We may have had a warm bus ride there and back in one day and not get any sleep this weekend, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I know the church is true. I know President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives. I was contemplating what I would answer if someone asked me, "Why are you LDS?" There are many answers and testimonies to answer that. But after this weekend, I discovered mroe to the gospel. I discovered more of the love our Savior and Heavenly Father have for us. I understand more of the Atonement and the sacredness of the family. So next time someone asks me, "Why are you LDS?" I reply for them would be, "Because I believe in beauty. Truth has always been more interesting to me than fiction". We are going to be working hard. I will do my very best for the Lord these last few months. I will stand and I will not fall for truth. Arise and shine forth, my friends. The day has come. I love you all. Always, Sister Moore
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