Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Week #48 - July 28th, 2015 "I WILL SURVIVE!"

Crazy Sister's keeping me form
going crazy from being sick!
Thanks Dad!
I survived a week down with strep throat! Weird thats what the blood results came back saying even though that was not what anyone though it was. I feel alot better now, after being on meds! I spent pretty much the whole week at home with another Sickyyy, Sister Sami from Fiji. She is hilarious, and laughter is the best medicine so that helped. My days consisted of sleeping, studying and watching 17 miracles too many times. hahaha. Sister Eging was on exhange with our zone leaders all week, it was sad not being able to work. I really missed being on the square and wanted to work, but now I am healthy and am back in the swing of things.

The Johnsons saved the day and dropped off soup, fruit and lots of good stuff! They are awesome! So grateful!  The flowers Dad sent me in the mail brightened my day!  All the sisters saw a box with flowers and my name on it and of coarse they started freaking out that it was from a boy hahaha ummm no. Speaking of flowers this morning Sister Eging and I were walking to the square, we passed a mentally ill/homeless man on the street he stopped us then pulled a flowers out of the ground gave one to each of us... I was so flattered but then he asked for spare change in return for the flower hahahaha. I  then started to run to the square, we kept the flowers.
Pioneer Day Parade!
Graff Family
Grandma & Grandpa
On Friday I went to the Pioneer Parade in the morning and back home in the afternoon. I never realized how big of deal it was here in Utah! For good reason too! Our amazing Pioneers deserve a day of remembrance, they had so much faith and sacrificed everything for the gospel. Special to be here at Temple Square and being constantly reminded of their hard work in faith by seeing the Temple and buildings everyday. Words can't express how grateful I am for my ancestors and their testimonies. At the Parade we sat right next to Elder and Sister Perkins of the seventy who just recently spoke to the mission when I was in Virginia. It was fun to chat with them and we took a picture for them to send to the Wilsons! Saturday was my first day back on the square! I saw the Graffs and Sister Eging and I were glad to be reunited! It felt good to be back at work again and talking with people. Sunday I got Surprise visit from Grandma and Grandpa Pulsipher! It
Edler & Sister Perkins
was so good to see them!

The Lord still blessed us with much success this week, despite being gone for most of it. We were a powerhouse as soon as I got back and saw his hand in our work. Sunday night, we had 10 min before we needed to leave the square and we were determined to accomplish our goal of tours on the square for that day. We knew God would put someone in our path, we started to walk across the Square and we met Elizabeth (young girl in 20's) taking pictures of the Temple. We talked with her quickly found out she wasn't religious at all but saw the temple from her hotel and wanted to check it out. We set up a time to meet on monday to give her  a tour. We had a very spiritual tour, focusing on the Savior the whole time. She had never thought before that he died for her.... She said it was like He has always been there right by her but she never knew till now. She wants to know more about him, and how following him will bless her life. I was almost in tears of joy. She felt the spirit, she left now knowing that Jesus Christ is her Savior and has a desire to know him.  This is our purpose as missionaries. Nothing more rewarding in life then helping someone come closer to Christ. I love being a representative of Jesus Christ.
Music & The Spoken Word
With watching 17 miracles many times this week, this quote from a pioneer women crossing the plains is included in it and is so powerful, "I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other. I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I have said, I can go only that far and there I must give up, for I cannot pull the load through it.” [And a wife with a baby in her arms by his side!] “I have gone on to that sand and when I reached it, the cart began pushing me. I have looked back many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one. I knew then that the angels of God were there.“Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company.” [“Pioneer Women,” Relief Society Magazine, January 1948, p. 8]
I know God is by our side, always helping us along the way. Thinking of what they went through, is humbling knowing I
Sister Eging Passed Off
all her tours for the Square...
now for dinner at the
Lion House!
have sacrificed so little compared to them. There steadfast faith will always be an example and a reason to me to keep moving forward. Times of trial make us rely on God and realize sometimes all we have to hold on to is our faith. I am grateful for the time I have had on my mission to become acquainted with God.
With love,
Sister Sughroue

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week #47 - July 21st, 2015 "STAYING ALIVE"

Selfie with the Fox Cousins
who stopped by the Square
Sister Sughroue
Sister Chazen (From South Africa)
Sister Eging
Hello sooooo I Got lots of Good news and some blehhh news, so we will start with the blehh and end on a good note! (:
It was a rough weekend, I started to get sick on saturday and slept all day Sunday until they got me into the doctors monday. My throat was swollen and ear ached on my left side, I couldn't even swallow my spit,  and I had to force my self to drink water which hurt so bad I cried like a baby. hahaa so Sister Skaggs took me to the Doctor. I had a 102 fever and they took my blood to test me for a few different things, it is some type of bacterial infection. They have me on Antibiotics and a ton of Ibuprofin. Doctor wrote Sister Poulsen saying I can not work at all for a week and have to stay off the Square and home. President Poulsen and Elder Richardson gave me a priesthood blessing of healing. Sister Skaggs got my medicine and went to the store to get me soup and ice cream, she is the best <3 I am being taken care of. I feel better today after being on the medicine and receiving the blessing, hoping I heal fast so I don't die of boredom being stuck in my apartment for a week, I have just been studying and napping. Sister Eging will be on exchange with our Zone leaders all week and they take turns to come be with me or they stick the sick sisters in my apartment so they can go on square. I feel bad I can't be there with my companion especially that she is training but she is so great and is taking good care of our people.
NOW FOR THE GOODNEWS, the Lord has blessed us with 6 new investigators this week to teach!!!! Every time we found a new one, I looked at Sister Eging and would say GOD IS GOOD HE LOVES US!  We found all these amazing people on the square just contacting people. Each contact was so powerful and had something unique and special about them. I wish I could explain them all in detail but I will give a brief explanation on a few! One engaged couple who was here for vacation, we took them to Gods plan and they were crying because they were so touched, the mans Dad passed away 2 weeks ago and he really wants to know more if he will be able to see him again. They texted us a few days later saying they decided they wanted to move to SLC and were looking for houses along with planning to go to an LDS church very soon. They are coming back to the square this week and hopefully my companion will be able to meet up with them! Another tender experience was when
Temple Square sunsets
are incredible!
Larry and his wife walked into the South VC and I said hello, I asked if he was familiar with our beliefs and he said,"No but can you sit down with me and tell me" So i sat down with them and taught them the restoration. When he heard the 1st vision, he felt the spirit so strongly his eyes started to lighten up. I gave him a Book of Mormon and he insisted on paying me for it, when I told him it was free he was sooo grateful. He knew how precious this Book was, he was so touched he reassured us he would read it and he really wanted to learn more of what we shared. He was just filled with the light of Christ.

This experience along with finishing the Book of Mormon this week reminded me how precious the Book of Mormon truly is. It is the keystone to our religion. It contains the fullness of the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a witness that God loves all his children and continues to call prophets. This past couple months reading it, I have come closer to my Savior. Understanding the role of his atonement in my life, and the lives of those I teach. I felt his love and gained a deeper understanding of him through each page. He knows me personally and is in the very detail of my life everyday. Our Heavenly Father is so eager to bless us as he was of the people in those days. It is precious.
I got 2 sweet surprises this week! On Friday Aunt Diann came with baby Josh and some of the girls! I finally got to meet him, o my goshhh he is sooo  stinkin cute! It was so good to see them! I freaked out when I got a text saying that she was here!  Such a sweet surprise. Then on Sunday, I saw Hayley for a little bit.... who is now engaged! O my goshhhh Where
Love my Fox Cousins and Aunt DiAnn!
did the time go, It feels like we were at stake dances being each others wingmans and bumping into the cute guys. lolz. Just photo shop Brooke, Jacquelyn and I into the wedding pictures!

We also got reassigned to Beehive House for a couple of days a week. The summer is so busy!
Welp That sums up my week! Hope everyone is loving life. This week I will be studying the Gospels in the New Testament and Jesus the Christ with all the free time I have!
Much love, 
Sister Sughroue

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Week #46 - July 14th, 2015

Sister Sughroue &
Sister Eging
Saying goodbye to
President & Sister Wilson
President Packer's
Sister Sughroue &
Sister Skaggs
I am back at Temple Square! So great to see the Temple everyday again, its so beautiful! Filled with  Asians, selfie sticks and chinese men creeping up behind us to take pictures with the blonde americans hahaha.  With my new Companion Sister Eging, straight out of the MTC!!!! Full of that Greenie Fire! She is from Centerville Virginia which is pretty close Woodbridge where I was serving outbound. I should have just brought her back with me! hahaha. She is awesome and already an amazing missionary, I feel so blessed to be her Trainer! She went to BYU provo for a year before, is so much fun and hard working! We are going to have a great time together and have already seen many miracles. I am in the East 1 Zone and Sister Skaggs (from Temecula)  is my District Leader hahaha! Crazyyyy i just keep following her in the mission! When I introduced my self in District Meeting I said "Hi Im Sister Sughroue from Temecula and I went to the better Highschool" hahahaha. I've only been back on the square for a week and have already run into 2 families I know from home...... I think serving in Virginia was the longest break I was going to get from that. hahah Just kidding I love it!
Last week on Tuesday I went on a short Exchange  with sister Ketchum my Sister Training Leader before I left for Richmond. It was fun we taught some lessons and just got to soak in my last few hours in Woodbridge! Then a Senior couple drove me down to the mission home where we had interviews with President Wilson and a small Testimony meeting. I am going to miss the Wilsons so much, They are so amazing!!!! We spent the night there and left in the morning for the airport, our flight was suppose to leave at 9:35am but was delayed till about 1pm and then our layover was pushed back.... so we basically spent the whole day in the airport. Finally got into SLC around 7. Sister Polanco and Worthen surprised me by picking me up at the airport (I was suppose to take the trax back) and I screamed I was so excited! It was funny there was a big group of missionaries going home with their families cheering and crying and I just ran over to my favorite sisters and screamed hahah! O and Quintin L. Cook was riding first class in my flight! I walked by and said Hi like 3 times but he didn't hear me because he was talking to his wife.... fail. anyways it was still cool to see him! He was wearing a goofy hat, probably to try to disguise himself. hahaha. Anyways got back to Temple Square and met my new companion Sister Eging!!!! And was just greeted by all the amazing sisters here... its like a Temple Square family!
On Friday we got tickets to the Funeral of Boyd K. Packer. It was a very special experience
to be there and hear the words of his family and our beloved Prophet. The spirit was so strong as we remembered this
Brighton's Girls Camp
loved man and the life he dedicated in the service of our God. We sat on the balcony right up by the Choir so we were really close to the Prophet. Right after that we all changed into Jeans and got on a bus heading to Brighton Girls Camp! We got to go so all the international Sisters could experience girls camp activities! So we repelled, and Zip lined and did bonding activities it was so much fun!
Being back from outbound with a new Greenie we basically had no teaching pool but we saw great miracles this week. On Saturday we set a goal to find 3 solid new investigators, we set out with faith and prayed all day we could accomplish this and we did! One was a couple and the other was a young man whose girlfriend is a member! Which is perfectttt.  Then on Sunday right before music and the spoken word we met Carlos. He basically just fell into our hands, he asked us if he could give us all his information! That never happens! He use to meet with missionaries years ago, and after coming to Temple Square felt the spirit so strongly he knew he needed this. We are so excited to be teaching him!  Sunday some of my favorite Temple Square R.M.'s came back for a visit! (I'll send a picture)! Monday we spent
The Wallwork Family
most of the day covering in the Beehive house which was interesting because we don't serve there but they needed us so we did out best ahahaha. I learned alot! And we found an awesome family to teach who was just cried through out all of the Gods plan presentation, they were so touched that our Families can be together forever. How great is my calling! I love being a missionary!
Have a good week!
Much Love, 
Sister Sughroue
"Sister" Tiritilli, Sister Sughroue,
"Sister" Gee & "Sister" Hansen

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week #45 - July 6th, 2015

Sister Hilton &
Sister Sughroue

Sister Thornley Sister Sughroue
My last week in Virginia was a good one! I served in Dale City which is the neighboring city to Woodbridge (kind of like Temecula and Murrietta).It is a super nice area with big suburban homes and lots of military family. I was Sister Thornley from Farmington, Utah who just finished her first transfer. President Poulsen emailed me and asked me to train a new missionary from the MTC when I get back on Wednesday. So thats exciting! It was kind of fun to "train" Sister Thornley this past week. Grateful that he and the Lord has put their trust in me to fulfill this calling. 
On Monday Sister Kellogg and I went and explored Downtown Occuquan and Tuesday I drove 5 minutes to my new area hahaha. Even though I only served in Dale City for a week, I definitely saw the Lords hand in our work and grew to love the people I met. We spent most of our time  getting in touch with Less actives and investigators in the Elders area, because they took the Elders out last transfer and now the Sisters are responsible for the whole ward. We were busy with work and the Lord placed many special people in our path. I hope the Sisters are able to teach them after I 

Chamberlain Family
4th of July Parade
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I am so grateful that we live in a country with religious freedom that allowed the gospel to be restored and for us to live it! We spent the morning marching in a parade with our District, A few wards got together and made a float. Members came and we wore Mormon helping hand vests, passed out candy and mormon.org cards! It was way fun! The Elders stood in Front with a Banner for the Church and we were able to just march along and street contact for 2+ miles! I'll include pictures (I think alot are on the Dale City ward FB page). I practiced my princess wave and think I got it down pretty good. Great exposure for the Church, and It was fun to march along with the amazing members out here! After they had fair food and a member bought us BBQ and fried oreos....Yesss the fried oreo was delicious and I thought I had died and gone to heaven! hahaha Sister Thornley spent the day visiting investigators and formers to get in contact with them.... not to many people like missionaries knocking on the door when they are drinking a beer with a bunch of family over we soon realized hahaha. We got a fourth of July Burger at the Halls home for dinner.... so it was pretty good 4th afterall. 

Okay this is random but super cool. Everyone here works for the government or is in the military. The Halls are a young couple in the Ward and we had dinner with Them on Friday and they fed us the burgers on saturday. The cool part is that they both work for the FBI!!! Sister Hall is a white collar Agent, she is such a boss. They just told us some crazy stories and
Bringhurst Family
answered our questions over dinner. She basically does exactly what the show "White Collar" is. It made me want to be an FBI agent for like 2 days and then I realized there is no way I could do that in real life. haha. We joked around we would help her catch this guy she is looking for her by tracting, and she could come with us as a missionary in disguise. She loved the idea, so we are now on the lookout for him. hahaha jk. 

It was sad to hear about the passing of Elder Packer. I am grateful for these men who are truly called of God and dedicate their life in the Lords service. It will be a special experience to back at Temple Square for his funeral on Friday. 

Downtown Occuquan
Tomorrow I drive down to Richmond spent the night in the mission home and then leave for Temple Square wednesday morning. I dont know when my next Pday, it could be back to anyday now. Virginia will always have a special place in my heart, I learned so much out here, grew to love all the people and came closer to my Savior. I know that this is his work, and I'll go where he needs me. I know there is great work to be done back on Temple Square and I will be his servant. 

I think thats about it! 
Hope everyone has a great week! 

Love you all Lots!
Sister Sughroue