Friday, December 26, 2014

Week #18 - December 26th, 2014

Sister Sughroue

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas(: We had an amazing one as well!!! We decorated cookies Christmas eve and Sister Chen and I rocked our matching pajamas... everyone couldn't stop laughing because of how big I am and how small she is.  
Sister Sughroue 5'11"
Sister Chen 4'11"

Christmas Morning SNOW!
We then woke up in the morning to a day full of surprises!  The first one was snow on the ground..... my companion was soooo excited it was her first white christmas, me on the other hand was praying for no snow. We woke up at 7:30 (the usual time) and opened presents and stockings! Then we made breakfast with our roommates and some other sisters in our hall. So much fooooood.
I got to call home and hear your voices!!! Best Christmas Present ever! <333 O and JACQUELYN CONGRATS ON YOUR CALL!!!! Sydney is so awesome! I convinced some people on the square the other day I was from Australia with my fake accent.... then I told them the truth of coarse. We had a Christmas program that some of the Sisters put together and sang and played music  about our Savior it was beautiful! Then they had us all walk into the South Visitor Center by zones and there were stockings filled with goodies, a byu choir CD and a nice green fluffy blanket with a small SLC Temple on each of them for every single Sister! We are so blessed, the members here are so gracious!  After we opened presents we were back to work on the square by 3pm! A few wards signed up to provide us
Love Sister Chen!
dinner for the night so we came in to our mission office zone by zone during the night to eat! (:
Christmas on the Mission!
So Funny story.... last night we were walking through the south Visitor Center and there was this girl from Haiti reading one of the explanations by the Temple Model so I walked over to talk to her. She said she was a member of the church and just recently got baptized but hadn't been to the temple, so we walked over to Temple Model and I started to explain it to her... she then pointed to her brother sitting on the couch and said I needed to go talk to him because he isn't a member. I started to talk to him and he said he was a member and I  was soooo confused. I didn't know who was lying, he said his sister was not a member but he was laughing so I told him to come with me. We started to walk towards his sister and she started to walk away really fast hahaha but we caught her and she was all embarrassed.  We all laughed and she fessed up to lying and I sorted out the truth that her brother is the  recent member and she is not. We had a good conversation and found out she knows a lot but isn't quite ready to be baptized. So I asked for her number, she started to give me the wrong number... and her brother caught her and said it was fake, she laughed. I looked at
<3 Sister Chen 
her straight in the eyes and said, "I am serious I care about you and want to help you" I bore my testimony to her and promised that this gospel will bless her life just as it has blessed her families already, and I could tell in her eyes that she already knew it was true but she was scared. She then gave me the right number and said we could talk later this week. Just a little lesson to me and my companion to be persistent! haahahaa
Twinning with Sister Howard
 from Australia!

Not any huge updates on our investigators, everyone has been busy with the holidays! 

Nick was baptized and confirmed on Sunday and a Sister Missionary from his branch who spoke at his baptism will be coming to serve a Temple Square in just a few weeks! Such a small world! 

I am so grateful I was able to be at Temple Square during Christmas time. The spirit here is undeniable and we are constantly reminded of our Savior Jesus Christ. I love my Savior and know he lives, I have seen the power of his atonement bless so many lives. This is my favorite part from the Living Christ, "Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God.His way is the path that leads tohappiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son." I know this to be true with all my heart! 

I will send lots of pictures!

Our Sister Missionary Apartment Tree!
Have a great week!
Much Love, 
Sister Sughroue

Sister Chen & Sister Sughroue

Friday, December 19, 2014

Week #17 - December 19th, 2014

Hello familia,

Sister Sughroue at Guest Services
This week was goood real goooood. I love being with Sister Chen she is always so positive and happy so we have fun together. I love serving in guest services.... its nice being in the office when it is freezing outside so no complaints... hahaha. Everyone in Utah wants a white Christmas, but I brought the warm weather with me so it hasn't snowed yet! hahaha. 

Sister Sughroue & Sister Chen during planning time
We are still working hard to find more people to teach during this crazy holiday season. Some of our investigators just disappeared again, I think they must have lost their phone or something ahah. Nick from the Ukraine will be getting baptized this sunday!!! He came onto chat about a month ago and we called him right away to teach him, we encouraged him to go to church the next day and invited him to be baptized. Now he is getting baptized!!! He is so awesome and has such a strong testimony and great understanding of the Gospel. I know he will be a great influence on his family and friends! I will send pictures of his baptism next week, we don't get to skype because of the crazy time difference. So Golden. I am just grateful that Heavenly Father let me be an instrument in his hands to help Nick. The source of chat and phone calls is so inspired, so many miracles happen every transfer in our mission from this great source. 

We had Zone conference this week with half of the mission on Thursday. President Poulsen and our other leaders all spoke to us. It was exactly what I needed! It was so motivating and like a spiritual recharge! We have a goal as a mission
to double our baptisms and we are on track! Everything we do is centered on our divine obsession to help others come
Zone Conference in the Tabernacle
closer to Christ by entering the waters of baptism. We had a testimony meeting at the end and almost all of us Sisters shared a time when we felt the spirit undeniably on our mission. The spirit is essential to our own conversion and our investigators it manifest the truth of all things! 

Last night we got to go the Parker family's home in Salt Lake City for a Christmas Dinner! A whole stake signed up to feed the sisters in our mission, so we went with another companionship. I love going to members homes and being with families. As soon as you walk into their home you can feel the spirit and love. We ate a traditional Christmas Dinner with the Ham, cheesy potatoes and rolls..... sooooo Goood. And they sent us home with left overs!!!!!! Yummmmmm. We all went around and shared our family christmas traditions and had great conversation about the Gospel and our Savior Jesus Christ! We left spiritually and physically full.... hahaah. 
Sister Sughroue takes a selfie!

We are having Dinner with Jim and Sue Pulsipher tonight, so excited for another delicious meal.... perks of having awesome family. 

I can't believe Christmas is next week! Ahhhhh I don't really want this season to end, I just love the spirit of Christmas. Everyone has such a greater desire to serve, love and share the Gospel as they remember and focus on our Savior Jesus Christ. I hope you all have a merry Christmas and I can't wait to hear all about next friday. Much love everyone. Remember He is the reason for the Season. 

The square is open all of Christmas eve and opens Christmas day at 3pm so we will be busy busy.... Can't wait to call and hear your voices! (:

Claire Beutler came to see Sister Sughroue
Mom thanks for the matching Pajamas for me and Sister Chen we definitely will be wearing those Chrismas eve and will take a picture! <3

Love- Sister Sughroue
Sister Sughroue was crossing the street and this random person jumped out of a car and took a selfie with her! HAHAHA Love Hayley Gharring!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Week 16 - December 12th, 2014

Hi!!! It has only been a few days since I emailed last but they have been great! My P- Day will be every Friday for this transfer!
Sister Sughroue & Sister Chen
Wednesday was Transfer day so I got my new Companion Sister Chen and we went straight to work! We are assigned to Guest Services and are in there for 5 days during the week for 3 hours. It should be fun, because I am super good at answering phones. lolz. Serving at Temple Square means you have alot of different types of assignments, I have learned that they are all opportunities to serve the Lord and the other Sisters in our mission. At guest services we schedule tours, investigator lessons, etc and assign sisters to those. We also get to answer alot of questions about the Temple and Square which leads to many opportunities to share the gospel! 
Sister Richard from Perth Australia got here! She is a friend from BYU-Idaho we were in the same ward and visit taught each other and now we get to serve together! She is so awesome love her so much! I will send a picture next week.

My new roommates are from California and Switzerland... idk how to spell their names.... but they cook really good treats so this should be great!

Sister Sughroue, Sister Nakayma
(my old Zone Leader on her last day)
& Sister Ye
And now for new Companion Sister Chen... She is AWESOME! She is under 5 feet tall, so everywhere we go people always tell us how cute we are together lol. We just laugh because we know we are(: She is 26 years old. She was born in mainland China and moved to Sydney Australia when she was 11. She is a convert to the church, and is a great missionary! She is so focused and loves the work!  She says super funny and random things, so we get along great. O and She made me dumplings for lunch today.... Whats not to love!!! <3 I am so excited to learn from and serve with Sister Chen! I know the Lord will put people in our paths for us to help and teach. We are trying to help our investigators progress but a lot of people are busy with the holidays and not picking up the phone. They will answer when they are ready for the Gospel!

Last day at Humanitarian Center
with Sister Ye
This morning while reading my scriptures Mosiah 16:9 stood out to me. "He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death." I love how we use lights to decorate for Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Because he is the Light of our life, his light is endless and can guide all of us safely home to our Father in Heaven. People are drawn to Temple Square to see the lights but really when they come they feel the Spirit and see the Light of Christ! Ahhh... Christmas as a missionary is the best... and I feel so blessed to be on Temple Square!
Have a great week love you all!
<3 Sister Sughroue

Monday, December 8, 2014

Week #15 - December 8th, 2014


So this was my last week with Sister Ye  she leaves on Wednesday to go to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for her outbound mission. She is going to do awesome! I love her and have learned so much from her. I am done being trained and I found out who my new companion is this morning, we will start together on wednesday. Her name is Sister Chen! She is from mainland China and lived in Australia for a bit too, just like Sister Ye! Hahaha I am excited to get to know her more and start going to work! Just when I thought I might forget my small amount of Chinese I get to learn more! Maybe I will serve a Senior mission in China or something.... ahahaha

The lights at Temple Square!

The new transfer means lots of changes, I will be in the South 1 zone and my new Pday is Friday so I get two p days this week! So this email is short but I will  email again on Friday! (: I was praying for that (; I will also be working in Guest services department, and I am moving in the apartment directly underneath the one I am in now. Hahaha 

Here are some Highlights from this week!
Sister Sughroue & Sister Burton, General Relief Society President

Thursday we had Relief Society in the RS Building with the General Presidency and they spoke to us and gave a very nice card signed by all of them to every Sister in our Mission. Such a cool experience to meet in such a historical place with amazing women. 

Saturday, we attended Sarah's Baptism! We helped teach her twice when the Elders brought her to Temple Square! She is so great and we got super close to her! Her example has already brought her family back to church and now her best friends want to meet with missionaries as well. She is going to bring them to Temple Square so we can show them around and help teach them as well! 
Sarah at her baptism.
Sarah at her baptism

Sunday we went to music and the spoken word in the conference center in the morning and then at night we went to the first Presidency Christmas Devotional! We got really good seats and the talks were so inspired. I feel so blessed to be able to attend these special meetings while on my mission! I am so grateful for the righteous and chosen leaders of our church. I know they are called of God and the revelation they receive is directly from God for all of us to hear, so we can be guided on the path of happiness and righteousness.  
Look we ran into at the Christmas Devotional!
The Koford's from Temecula!

Even though the Square is packed with members, we have found people to teach! They are there you just have to be more aware of and follow the spirit! They were led there for a reason and as missionaries we get to help them discover why! Can't wait to teach the awesome people we met this weekend! 

I hope you all have a great week! 

Much love,
Sister Sughroue

My Zone!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week #14 - December 1st, 2014

Hiiiiii Everyone!
Sister Sughroue waiting to give tours after
Music & the Spoken Word featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and ate lots of turkey! We went to Brother and Sister Cook's home in bountiful, they are a awesome family and were so excited to have us over for dinner! The food was delicious and they sent us home with left overs..... ahhhhh a dream come true. We shared a spiritual message with them and really enjoyed being in a home surrounded by a faithful family! 

Elder & Sister Klien, Sister Ye & Sister Sughroue
at the Humanitarian Center
I know you all are wondering about the lights, yes the lights came on Friday night and it is so packed everynight... the line to see the Kristus is like waiting in line at Disneyland for space mountain. Except the Kristus is so much better than space mountain. We have a few new assignments and one of them is Sing and Smile.... we basically carol as a district and everyone loves it... people record take pictures and join in! Temple Square is packed with members but also non members so we talk to everyone and then we find them! haha 

HE IS THE GIFT. The church has a new initiative this holiday Season it is all over and, with a new video. I love this short video, it is so powerful and reminds us all the true meaning of Christmas. It tells us that Jesus Christ is the first Gift, and this is so true. Because of our Savior we have happiness, hope and light in our life.  I love how Temple Square is packed with members because we get to invite them to share this gift with everyone around them, this is the best gift anyone could receive this season. So if you are reading this... I invite you to 1st Discover who the Savior Jesus Christ is to you, 2nd Embrace him in your life, 3rd share this gift with some one else (: Thanks! hahaa. 
The Campos family came for the lighting of
Temple Square!

Sister Sughroue, Kathy & Sister Ye
(Kathy works at the Humanitarian Center
& is Sister Nilsen's cousin)
So last week everyone in our areabook either dropped, or just was so excited when we called they passed out and couldn't answer the phone. But anyways.... we found 3 new investigators this weekend! All of them were over incoming chat and phone! Nick is from the Ukraine speaks perfect English, he came on chat, I asked if I could call him, and after the end of our conversation he got the confidence to go to church the next day and has a baptismal date for the December 21! He is so in tune with the spirit and told me he met missionaries once a year ago but has been trying to avoid that fact that he knows the Church is true but now it is time to take a leap of faith! And I feel so blessed to be by his side as he makes his way towards baptism!

On Sunday, I got to announce after Music and the Spoken Word outside of the Conference Center it was so much fun and freezing!
Sister Sughroue announcing after Music & the Spoken Word!

This is my last week in training... then I am going to be a big girl. hahah Crazy that it is already December!

I hope you all have a great week! 

Much love, 
Sister Sughroue 
Sister Sughroue
Cassy Campos & Sister Sughroue

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week #13 - November 24th, 2014

NI HAO!  (Hello in Mandarin, I am pretty much fluent now ;)

This is the last slow week on the square!!!!!! The lights turn on the day after Thanksgiving and then it will be packed... Our schedule completely changes too, with different assignments! So excited! Everyone come and see the lights, bring some friends and feel the spirit... it is a great missionary opportunity (; Because of the Busy schedule our Pday will change from 1-9 to 10-6. So all of us can be on the square at night. 
Sister Hansen & Sister Sughroue in the call center

On Wednesday we got to go see the play Savior of the World as a zone! It was amazing. They invited our mission to see it so we could then share with everyone else what it was about! It tells the story of when Christ was born and his resurrection. The spirit was so strong, if you get a chance go see it! It reminds us the true meaning of Christmas. 

Clayton Christensen came to speak to us in relief Society on Thursday. He gave an amazing talk on how Democracy can only function when religion is the basis, because people voluntary choose to obey laws because God will judge us. He told us how important our work here on Temple Square is, with Sisters and visitors from all over the World it is critical that they know they have the freedom to believe in God. It makes me so sad that people do not know that they have a loving Heavenly Father, and he has a perfect plan for us. Our belief in God motivates us to become better and make good choices because we want to return with him again. 

Saturday we got to skype Sun Jia's baptism in Brazil! Awesome! 

So Thanksgiving is coming up and we get to go to a families house in the Bountiful Stake for dinner! Yayyyyyy! Dinner at a families home.... this is really exciting for us Temple Square Sisters, because we cook all of our meals and never get to be at a families home. A home made meal is way better than my cooking... I just can't wait for the pie.  So grateful the faithful  members volunteered to do this! I was reading a talk from President Uchtdorf this week titled, "Grateful in any circumstances". Sometimes we may feel that there is nothing to be grateful for when we are faced with lifes challenges but, we always have something we can be grateful for! You do not need to make a list of things because it doesn't matter how many are on there... it is the attitude of gratitude. When we express our gratitude to God through prayer we are acting in faith.  President Uchtdorf said, "Being grateful in our circumstances is an act of faith in God. It requires that we trust God and hope for things we may not see but which are true.... True gratitude is an expression of hope and testimony. It comes from acknowledging that we do not always understand the trials of life but trusting that one day we will." I love this and know it to be true, I would go on and on, but I would invite you all to read the talk for yourselves! 
Thankful Tom the Turkey in Sister Sughroue's apartment

Instead of making a list of things I am grateful for I would like to share with you my testimony, because this Gospel is why I have been so blessed in my life. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that he came to the earth to fulfill God's plan for all of us. That through him we can repent and become clean again. Because of Christ we can have hope and Light in our lives. I know the power of the atonement is real, I have seen it work in my life and in the lives of people all around me on my mission. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and contains the fullness of the everlasting Gospel, Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God. I know we are children of a loving Heavenly Father who knows each of us individually he hears and answers our prayers. You are never alone and are never too far gone to change, he wants you to live him again.  I know this is the Lord's work, and I am humbled and grateful to be an instrument in his hands to share what I know with all my brothers and Sisters! 

I hope you all have an great-ful week! Much love! (:

Sister Sughroue

P.S. Mom thanks for Thankful Tom... we hung him up and stuck all his feathers on (:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week #12 - November 17th, 2014

Hi Friendsssssss. Just another great week here on Temple Square. Teaching and testifying all day everyday and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love sharing the gospel and every time I share it, my testimony becomes stronger. Our investigators are are continuing to move forward towards baptism (: , and we are praying to find more people to help because the square has slown down. We have a baptism this week! Sun Jia is Chinese but lives in Brazil, she speaks English too, so we have been teaching her over the phone and will be able to skype her baptism on Saturday! She is so great, and has a strong desire to be baptized and live the Gospel. Her husband is catholic and does not support her at all, but she told us that no matter what she wants to join this church because she knows its true! 

Tuesday: We were at the Humanitarian Center  eating lunch in the cafeteria and Kerri Nielsen just walks right up to me and gives me a hug! Her cousin Kathy works at the front office there and she came to visit her. Such a small world, especially in Utah. haha
Sister Nielsen (Sister Sighroue's 1st Young Women's President) & Sister Sughroue

Wednesday: We gave a tour too two ladies we met a walmart a while ago and they brought there non member family! It was great, the son wanted to learn more and gave us contact info so we will hopefully be teaching him!

Thursday: Humanitarian Center... gave a tour to a member family. We taught a lot online, phone calls and chat. There are some very interesting people who call in... like I really have no clue why people just call in to troll. Do they not have anything better to do with their  time? But I do appreciate it because they strengthen my testimony and make me realize how the Gospel makes us all so happy! 
Sister Sughroue's District

The producer, director and an actor from the  "Savior of the World" show came to talk to us in Relief Society. They shared with us the main message and gospel principles the show includes. This show has been put on in Salt Lake City for many years and shows the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Church uses this show as a way to share our beliefs with everyone in the community and remind everyone the true meaning of Christmas. As missionaries on Temple Square we get the privilege of this being another tool for us to use to help teach others. On some nights we will be assigned to contact before and after the show by the theater and say the opening and closing prayer.  Our mission was given tickets for us to give to people we meet on the square or investigators. This is such a blessing! We will be able to take our investigators to this show, where they can feel the spirit and learn more about their Savior Jesus Christ. We get to go as a zone this Wednesday to watch! 

Friday: My companion and I taught in our District Meeting! We taught about companionship unity and the importance of bold baptismal invitations and using time wisely. Our recent convert Eman came to visit us on the Square. She is awesome! We talked with her and invited her to think about serving a mission!

Saturday: We found out at 10:15 that the Elders from the SLC mission called to invite us to baptism that started at 11, because they forgot until that morning.  My companion helped teach the guy when the  Elders brought him to Temple Square. So we ran to get in the car and go but the address they gave us was just 2 roads and not an actual spot.. My sense of direction is horrible and apparently so is every other Sister's serving at Temple Square. There was 4 of us trying to navigate, it was only 15 min away but took us over an hour to find the church. We got there when it was over but got to say congrats. Sam is the guy who got baptized, he is from San Clemente, 21 and knows some people from the TVHS baseball team. Small world again, O utah.  We pulled over and asked for directions twice... how many Sister missionaries does it take to not get lost? I wouldn't know because we get lost everytime.... ahahahah. 

Sam's Baptism! We finally made, late, but we made it!
GUESS WHAT! I tried chicken feet..... yes a lot of the sisters here eat it. It's international mission ahaha.There are alot of  tendons and bones and the texture is like rubber. It is really healthy for you though and it was better than I expected, not saying it is like my new favorite food or anything.  (I will include a video).
 I realized that trying chicken feet is alot like our investigators trying the Gospel, it might look strange and maybe scary to try but once you do you realize that it isn't so bad after all. All the tendons and bones are like the commandments,  to some they do not look that appealing but they keep us spiritually and physically healthy. And we can pray for the strength to do both.... hahaha. Feel free to try chicken feet so you can experience what I mean, they sell it at Walmart! 

I hope everyone has a good week! Thanks for all the letters and support! 

Sister Sughroue


Monday, November 10, 2014

Week #11 - November 10th, 2014

Hello everyone!

 Serving at a visitor center you sometimes commonly get referred to as a tour guide. This week a group of people asked if we would were the tour guides, my companion replied, "We are tour guides to help people return to God" they looked confused and then we all laughed. When this happens  we tell them we are missionaries and then the tour is a lot more spiritual then they expect, the resources we have here are great tools to invite the spirit and teach others about the gospel! 
Sister Poznanski (who served in Tyler's mission for 6 weeks waiting for her VISA) & Sister Sughroue
Or the best is when people say,  "sooooo are you all like nuns???"  hahahahaha NO.

It  has been a little slower than usual because its getting colder.... but it is about to get super busy as soon as the lights turn on. You can tell who is a native utah because they are still in just short sleeve shirts and then there is me with my layers, coat and scarf.... hahaha people can guess that I am from California. Humanitarian center has had no tours lately so we have had alot of online teaching and contacting time which is great!
We have three investigators on date for baptism this transfer, so we will meet our goal! I love goals.
We found 4 new investigators this week!  We are still finding people to teach, there is always someone you just have to look and follow the spirit!
One of those new investigators of ours is Tom from the UK. Tom came on to chat Saturday night, he said he ran into some missionaries on the street and it made him want to know more. I asked if I could give him a call right away and he accepted. We talked a little bit about church and how he would go the next day, and talked to him about the Book of Mormon and how God put him in the path of those two missionaries in the UK!We followed up the next day to see how his first time at church went, and he loved it!!!! I called him with a member present (yes we do those over the phone) who is an RM and he helped our lesson, they became best friends over the phone. Members are vital to missionary work!!!! We taught him the Restoration and have another appointment with him this week. He is just soaking everything in and is on track for baptism. It is amazing how God has slowly prepared him over time and now he is so ready!

They always find a way back.... we met this Young man named Christopher on the Square about a month ago, he referred and we could never get a hold of him so we had to drop him. This week guest services told us that he called in looking for us because he got all our messages. When we called him he said that he lost his Book of Mormon and wanted to learn more for himself instead of what everyone keeps telling him!!! We will be teaching him more this week!
This week we gave a tour to a older lady with special needs, named Pam. Pam didn't really know where she was, but she was waiting to meet someone and they asked if we could show her around. We took her to the Tabernacle last and sat down, she was telling us about her life and her cat, twiggy, sounds like an awesome cat.  We simply explained prophets and then I started to talk about prayer, and how she can talk to God and he loves her. I felt prompted to ask her to pray, we taught her and then she gave a short simple prayer that was probably 30 seconds long. She had tears coming down her face, she said "There is water in my eyes!" hahah. But she said she felt so happy, I know that God heard her pray, he was so happy to hear from her, because she is his daughter. And he wants to hear from all his children! I got teary eyed because I knew she felt the spirit, and that she knew she was praying to her Heavenly Father who loves her so much. She promised us she would say a prayer everyday. I am so grateful for this experience with Pam, it reminded me how powerful prayer is, even though she gave a very simple one.
Tanner Johnson, Sister Sughroue, Sister Ye's peace sign (she was on the phone), & Taylor Anne Johnson
This weekend we went on 24 hour exchanges with our District Leader Sister Nakamatsu from Japan. I was with her companion on Friday, Sister Radamasson from Madagascar. We would always have people guess where she is from by looking at her flag and when no one could I would just sing, "I like to move it move it!" Then they got it right away! hahaha.
I got to see the Johnsons this week! It was so great they surprised me! Love them so much(:
Thanks for all the support and love!(:
Sister Sughroue

P.S. Love God with all your might, mind, and strength! (Moroni 10: 32)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week #10 - November 3rd, 2014

Sister Ye & Sister Sughroue sporting are matching headbands from Aunt Dana!
Dressing Festive for Halloween (I really wanted to dress-up like Emma Smith!)
So, in my second transfer time flies.... Serious the days are long, the weeks are super fast. Well we started serving in the Humanitarian Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I love it for a few reasons, 1. FREE FOOD, we get to eat lunch in the cafeteria there and they have they BYU chocolate milk.... its unlimited so I take full advantage. 2. I have learned so much about all the projects and the service the church does all over the world... It motivates me to serve everyone around me by doing small things. 3. The people that work there are hired by the Church to become self reliant. They are all immigrants or refugees from different religions and countries, they spend 4 hours working and 4 hours in English class. They do this so they can then be placed into a real job eventually. 4. The Spirit there is so strong, when everyone does a small thing it can make a big difference... It is modeled after the example of our Savior and how he served everyone.
On Halloween we went to the Church Office building for dinner then to the Temple as a whole mission. I totally wanted to dress up as Emma Smith to give tours..... but mission rules, so it was a no go. 

Halloween Fun!

Reunited! with my brother, Tyler Sughroue just home form his mission in France!
Oh, my companion caught on to me saying "cool beans" and it is so funny because she doesn't get why I say it and now she keeps saying it in her cute little Asian way. ahahaha. Oh, Hot Rod. 

On Saturday I probably got the BEST SURPRISE EVER! I was standing at the Christus and we were talking to a group of people and then all of a sudden I randomly looked around and saw TYLER!!!!!!! I just started crying but I had to finish talking to those people, and they were confused as to why I was getting emotional all of sudden...they probably thought I felt the Spirit super strong or something... hahaha. So I had to wait a few minutes before I could run over and hug him!!!! Oh my gosh I probably looked ridiculous because I couldn't stop smiling but I had tears.... and people were wondering why I was hugging a boy.... ahahaha it's my brother!!!!! I got the package of goodies, Thanks mom (; hahaha! And then we were able to go eat dinner at City Creek for a little bit! It was so awesome to see him, last time we were together he was a missionary and now the roles have switched. I am so lucky to have him as my example! All the Sisters kept talking about how much we look alike, and how we are the boy and girl version of each some sisters are more friendly then usual now that they know I have a big brother. ahahahaha.  It was also fun to have Jamey Hughes and Kassidy Walker join us! (:

This week I have truly gained a testimony that Heavenly Father knows whose Spirits can touch whose. It is hard not to get sad when your investigators drop you or they are not progressing, but this week I know that those people were placed in my life to teach me lessons. From the experiences I have had and the people I have met, I have learned love, patience and compassion. These are all so simple, I didn't realize how bad I was at these until I got on my mission, but I am starting to understand the true meaning of all of these. Wise words from Sister Tiritilli (who I absolutely love soooo much), " Heavenly
Thanks Aunt DiAnn, Uncle Ben and Girls for the Minky and pictures!
Father is aware of who he places in our path (investigators, family, friends, companions) and whose path he allows us to be placed in." I am so grateful for every one and all our past and recent investigators I have learned something from everyone of them, and I know that is why God put them in my path. As a missionary I have the ability and opportunity to help them come unto Christ, but they also help me without realizing it. I am so grateful for my calling! I love all my brothers and sisters and want them to know their divine worth and the plan God has for all of his children! 

Thanks Aunt Dana & Uncle Matt & Family for the leaves and General Conference Quotes!)

I hope everyone is enjoying life, I am learning to live in the present, and to appreciate everyday and the experiences that come along with it whether they make me laugh or cry ahahah. It is our choice to be Happy!!!! Life is goood, real gooood. I love you all, stay sweet!
Sister Sughroue

Monday, October 27, 2014

Week #9 - October 27th, 2014

Sister Sughroue & Sister Ye in the Beehive House

I can't believe I am done with my first transfer... time flies when you are doing the Lord's work. I was the youngest sister of the whole mission but not anymore... lol. 

Eman, Sister Ye & Sister Sughroue at the Church Office Building on the 26th floor lookout

My companion will finish training me this next transfer then she will go outbound. I am excited to learn more from her! We have become close and are having a good time! She always makes me laugh.. with something crazy she does or says.  This morning we had Transfer meeting... and said bye to all the Sisters leaving. We will be working in the Humanitarian Center next transfer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving tours and we will also be able to help with service there! I don't know a lot of the details but I can't wait to find out more. Our P-day is still Monday!

This week we used some more of our explore hours and toured the Conference Center, Beehive House ( Brigham Young's house, which is kind of creepy.... but still super interesting and cool), Humanitarian Center. We took our friend and recent convert Eman to  the Church Office Building Look out on the 26th floor, such a pretty view... I got sick from the elevator ride ahahaha. The new Sisters also got to go on tour of the Organs in the Conference Center and TAB. They had a specialist explain how the Organ works and we got to go behind in the Tabernacle to see all the 11,623 pipes. It was awesome.... I am still mind blown on how that thing even works.
Sister Sughroue "pretending" to play the Tabernacle organ
The Tabernacle Organ Pipes!

On Saturday we went for a Bagel run.... it's the best way to exercise. A group of us Sisters all run to get bagels in the morning for exercise, then we walk back while we eat. So yummy.... its such a good motivation to work out. lol. We had a baptism on Saturday night! He is Chinese and lives in California, we tried skyping him but it wouldn't work :/ We met him and his family on the square at the beginning of the transfer. His is a convert and he had been meeting with the missionaries for years. But when he came to Temple Square, he was prepared and ready to accept the Gospel.  We have been teaching him over the phone all transfer. The Lord sent this amazing family to us so we could help teach him and prepare him to enter the waters of Baptism! So amazing.... now the Temple is the next step for this family!
Sister Sughroue, future conductor of the Tabernacle choir (following in her great great cousin-- Gerald Ottley's Footsteps)

Sister Ye and I were in the Tabernacle one night and she told a some people that if they asked me, I would sing to on stage to show the acoustics of the building..... so these people kept bugging me and wouldn't take no for an answer soooo I made Sister Ye come with me and we went up and Sang I am a child of God for everyone.... so embarrassing...hahahaha.
This week we ran into a miracle.... yup. A young man named Jordan who is 20 years old and is so prepared to accept the Gospel and be baptized. We met him in the Visitor Center showed him around and he told us he wanted to baptized! He is so humble and has great faith in God, he wants to do what the Lord wants for him.  We will be staying in touch with him and teaching him to prepare him to enter the waters of baptism! So awesome! The amazing thing about a Visitor Center mission is that the Lord sends so many different people to you, that are prepared! And we have to be in tune with the spirit to find them. Learning to trust the spirit and let it direct your path may be hard, but when you humble yourself and just listen you will be blessed.

Sister Sughroue & Sister Ye on top of the Conference Center

This past week, I got to meet Sister Ponanski ( who served with Tyler for a little bit, but is now a Temple Square) and see Sister Thurber from Temecula Stake who came here for the MTC tour, but is heading to DC! I hope everyone is having a good week and enjoying the warm California weather... it is starting to get cold here :( I am getting whiter than ever before yes it's possible. hahaha.  This week for Halloween we are going as a whole mission to dinner in the Church Office Building then to the Temple! It should be an amazing experience!

Shout out to my cute little cousin Maddy on getting baptized this upcoming Saturday! I am so proud of you and excited for you (: Heavenly Father loves you and is so happy you are choosing the right! And Happy Birthday too <3
Much Love, 
Sister Sughroue