Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Week #65 - November 23rd, 2015

Sister Vasi & Sister Sughroue
Power of Prayer was reaffirmed to Sister Vasi and I this week, we both lost our flash drives with all our mission pictures on it, and found them!!! I also found my lost water bottle, I lose everything but whats new... prayers are always answered! 

      It is starting to get chilly here... sweater weather!!! The Lights turn on the day after Thanksgiving and we are sooo excited. The missionary department came over and gave us a sneek peek of the new Christmas initiative videos.... you will love them stay tuned they should be coming out this week! Families in a stake near by signed up to have Sisters come over for thanksgiving dinner, they put the list up this week for us to see where we will be eating. Sister Vasi and I were assigned to Elder Sitati's home!!! He is from Kenya and in the first Quorum of the Seventy, and spoke to us while we were in the MTC, We are stoked! He lives super close to Temple Square. We aren't sure if we will have an African style food thanksgiving or american but I will let you know next week! We are kind of scared to give him a spiritual thought.... hahaha.  

    This week we had  Zone Leader  mission council with President Poulsen. I love it
Goodbye to limiting ourselves!
but sometimes stressful, too many opinions to many sisters, hahaha. But we decided on a baptismal mission Goal to end this year with. We had about 800 baptisms last week, and our goal is to reach 900 as a whole mission. We know we can reach and even exceed this goal. We are giving a mission wide Gift to the Savior...900 of our brothers and Sisters entering the Waters of baptism, so they can return to live with him. The mission is so excited about this, we have a tree poster that fills up as we get closer and closer to our goal, we send out mission wide texts every time someone gets baptized with their name, place and #OurGift. We have already seen so many miracles. When President Announced it to the mission, he invited all the Sisters who were 100% committed to work their hardest to come up and sign their name on the white board, and we all flooded up there! 

Sister Vasi and I prepared all week for Zone Training Meeting, it was amazing, the spirit was strong. We focused on reaching our full potential, and leaving behind the things that limit us as missionaries. We can see miracles, do extraordinary things! We shared the story of Robert Bannister... he ran the first under 4 minute mile in the world. Everyone
Giving our Hearts to our Savior
Zone Training Meeting
thought it was impossible for a human being to do, but once they saw he could, thousands of others have accomplished the same thing.Sisters just need to be reminded sometimes, that we are the only ones that limit ourselves. "And whether we think we can or we can't we are right". As missionaries we limit ourselves, thinking no one will answer their door, we can only get 1 baptism, or have x amount of lessons. But that is only us limiting ourselves, when we rely on the Lord we can exceed far beyond what we ever imagined.So we focused on Jesus Christ calling the Disciples to be fishers of men, and asking them to leave behind their nets, he needed to disciples forever. And they left behind what was comfortable and easy, but through leaving that behind they were able to become what the Lord needed them to be. We showed a powerful Elder Holland Video that explains this, which brings almost everyone to tears. Then we gave all the sisters 2 hearts, on one we asked them to write down the things that are keeping them from reaching their full potential, then on the other we wrote down what we wanted to give the Savior to be unlimited. We all came up ripped up the bad one up and threw it in the trash, kissing those bad things behind. Then we knelt down in prayer as a zone and committed to the Lord! Every single sister felt the spirit. We left inspired, renewed and ready to give our all.  18 months is so short, the only time we have to dedicate all our time, talents and efforts to serve the Lord.  

Sister Vasi and I started the transfer with one person on date for baptism and now we have 5 of Gods children preparing to
Sometimes you just need
5 pounds of Redvines!
make this next step! Wish I could share all these miracles, but one of them is probably the most amazing experiences I have had on my mission! Which was the lesson we had with Micah on Friday! This is a combo of my and Sister Vasi's email because she wrote it already, hahaha 

  We got to go to Janna's home, she lives in apartments near by so it's perfect, we just walked there.When we walk up in the house, we wanted to find out if they were living together. It was a relief when Micah said he lived somewhere else haha. :) they are such a cute funny couple, I love them. We walked in and they are still prepping the yummy food. They were making some Mac and cheese, Micah makes the best Mac and cheese, it's amazing. We felt so blessed and spoiled.  That is when he starts talking about his background story. He was a Jew, there a different sects he explained and his sect was that they just believe that Christ was a prophet.  It's crazy how surprised we were when he began telling his story about how he came to know that Jesus is the Christ! We had called Janna before the appointment over the phone and she told us that he is a literal scriptorium for the Bible! She was right, he told us he's read the New Testament around 60-100 times. Read the full bible around 25 times. He knows his stuff! We were a little nervous in the beginning because we hardly know anything in the bible. We thought he would bring up so much deep doctrine that the bible states or contradicts to what we believe, but he never did, he just said that the gospel make sense. He brought up how everything that the church talks about is what he believed already. He said that he's gone to many different churches trying to find truth, trying to seek what's right, I thought of Joseph smith when he was telling his story. My testimony was strengthened as we sat and listened to him testify. He told us he knows with out a doubt that angel appeared to Joseph Smith and he is a prophet... I think you know what happens next,  he accepted baptism!!! After we were done we ran back to the elevators jumping for joy, couldn't hold in how happy we were! It was amazing the spirit was so strong and present with us. Felt like we were on top of the world! It was insane. Micah is literally the most prepared person we have ever taught in our 1 year and 2 months we have been out. This email doesn't adequately describe it! 

Sorry this is so long, but I just felt like I needed to share these experiences!  Hope you can be strengthened from
Don't be too scared!
them as well.

I give my farewell talk in the Temple Square Ward this sunday.... can't believe its already my turn. Yikes! (Sisters usually speak a few months before they go home)



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week #64 - November 17th, 2015 "THE DREAM TEAM!"

Sister Vasi & Sister Sughroue
Sister Sughroue &
Sister Vasi
Its been a while without a pday, but no complaints because MY NEW COMPANION IS SISTER VASI!!!!!!! We were MTC companions, and are the best of friends!!!!! Dreams come true. She is from Idaho, but her parents are from Tonga. At transfer conference when they announced it, I screamed! hahah Its suppose to be a quiet thing ooooops. :) The past week has been a blast. I literally have to try to not laugh all the time, because Sister Vasi is hilarious. She is so consecrated and focused on serving the Lord, because of that we have seen so many miracles together already!

We are Zone Leaders over East 1, which is the Beehive house!   Soooo we spend alot of our time there, which is probably Karma for me scaring the sisters a few weeks ago hahaha. I love it! The history is so inspiring, and we try to help the guest and sisters feel that!  We go through out the different rooms in the home and teach the Gospel, restoration, plan of salvation, doctrine of Christ, etc. We have been so busy with planning trainings for the Sisters, but it is a blast. There is nothing better than serving the Lord with your best friend! Very very busy. Are goal is to unify our zone, have happy successful, hard working sisters! I could go on forever of how great it is, but I'll stop here. hahaha.
Carmen is on date to be baptized, December 5th. Just a few weeks ago her family was falling apart, but since they have started to attend church and let God into their life so much has changed. The gospel has saved their family, and she is so happy to become a member of Christs church!
We gave an amazing tour this week to 3  beautiful brazilian women and 1 man from Iraq.
Reunited! For a brief moment!
It was our first tour together and amazing. They were so interested in our faith, especially the plan of salvation. The spirit was so strong as we testified, of Gods plan for them. At the end, they all left with a  Book of Mormon and we exchanged contact info. We called Juliana who went home and already reached out to her LDS friend who got her in contact with the Local missionaries and she is planning to meet with them soon! Soo exciting!
Our Miracle Tour!
Tyler and Makayla came to music and the spoken word, that was cool! 

Yesterday we had Mission Leadership Council, Sister Vasi and I were asked to give a training on "Helping others keep Commitments: The Door to Faith and Repentance". We learned so much from preparing for this. Especially that as missionaries and members we can not Act casual about this work!!! I will just let Elder Holland continue to explain, "“The first thing you will do when an investigator tells you he or she had not read and prayed about the Book of Mormon is be devastated! … Much of the time we are just too casual about all of this. This is eternal life. This is the salvation of the children of God. Eternity hangs in the balance. … It is the most important path this investigator will ever walk. But if he or she doesn’t know that, at least you do! … So take control of this situation. Teach with power and authority, and then be devastated if the first steps toward commandment-keeping and covenant-keeping have not been successfully begun”. 
This is the Lords most sacred work and we are so privileged to be trusted with this part of his vineyard. 
Sister Sughroue & Sister Vasi

Can't wait to see what this week holds in store. Talk to you all next week!
Much love, 
Sister Sughroue

Ready for Winter with our Cool Hats!

We have grown up a lot since the MTC

Friday, November 6, 2015

Week #62 - November 6th, 2015


Sister Skaggs & Sister Sughroue
representing Temecula Valley!
I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! The Temple Square Mission probably had the best. We all ate dinner in the Church office building catered by Olive Garden yummmmm. Then did a session at the Temple. It was such a special experience to be there with 200 sister missionaries. It also felt like a family reunion at Temple Square this weekend! haha I ended up seeing Uncle Daniel's family and Aunt Dana's! It was awesome, I love seeing my little cousins, hoping that my example will make an impact on them deciding to serve a mission! 
    I have really seen the power of the scriptures in our work this week. We have had a few experiences on the square, where what we shared touched the hearts of the people, some were members struggling and others just guest. We were sitting at the Christus with a member who was struggling, after finding out about her situation, I thought I had the perfect scripture to share with her so I opened to it, but right as I was about to ask her to read it, I had an impression to turn to a different scripture, so followed that prompting..... She read the scripture and started to cry. She said, "That is exactly what I needed, you have been answer to my prayers today." I am so grateful the holy ghost prompted me to change direction, and that I listened. Studying the scriptures is a way that God answers our prayers and gives us revelation. 
Sister Rodriquez &
Sister Sughroue
This is my last week with Sister Rodriguez, transfers are on wednesday. I am sad! I love her so much.... she makes the best empanadas! We have seen miracles, and have come so close. It is amazing to see how God is so aware of all us, my companions have each helped me become more like the Savior and I am so grateful for that. President Poulsen met with me today and asked me to be a Zone Leader. I am humbled and excited for this oppurtunity to serve the sisters, learn and grow. Should be great! Monday morning we find out new companions. 
     Soooo lately Sisters have been getting scared in the beehive house at night. They say they hear noises and people, when no one is there... idk if that is true, odds are its sisters just freaking out over nothing. So we thought we would have some fun and play along. hehehe. Sister Smith came out with me  from the MTC and is probably one of the funniest people I know. So we went through the back door and quietly snuck through the house. Slammed a few doors and ran out to the back as fast as we could to watch them freak out through the window. hahahahaha. They still don't know it was us. They told security and the other sisters how scary it was, lolz. This stays between this email circle of trust. hahaha.  

Anwyays because transfers Idk when my next pday is, may not have one next week! 

Much love, 

Sister Sughroue
Sister Rod & Sister Sugh do NOT like the cold!