Oct 17, 2011

Texas Snow!

The picture is of the cotton fields here!!!  They are all pure white right now.  They call it "Texas Snow."   It's pretty cool.  the field is literally "white and ready to harvest."

October 13, 2011 Letter

October is already half way over!  How crazy is that?   Well this week has been good.  We've been able to teach a lot of lessons this week.  I know that the Lord is blessing us with people to teach.  This week we have been focusing on studying the "The Gospel of Christ-The Missionary Purpose."  It really makes me so thankful to have the gospel in our lives.  We have such a blessing to be able to take this gospel to people around the world.  I think we forget that sometimes. 

Next week we are having Zone Conference and we are going to be visited by Elder David S. Baxter of the 1st quorum of the 70.  I'm pretty excited for it.  I will take good notes and let you all know how it goes next week.

Okay so this week we had a fun thing happen.  Our stake held a "Share Fair."  The Share Fair was a two day event.  On Friday people from three different wards brought all the things that they didn't want any more.  Kinda like garage/yard sale stuff.  But there was everything from furniture, to kitchen, to crafts, to clothes. Pretty much everything you could think of.  We organized it on Friday and there was seriously so much stuff!!! Almost every room in the building including the gym was packed with stuff.  Then on Saturday they opened the doors, and members and their friends came in and took what they needed.  Everything was FREE!!  So needless to say it was packed!   Then around four we put a sign outside for the public saying that everything was free!  We had a good turn out and a lot of the stuff was taken, but we had a ton of leftovers too.  The Salvation Army brought a huge moving truck and we filled it full with all the leftovers.  It was quite the project, but I know that it really helped a lot of the families out.  Sister Lao and I worked at it the last shift on Saturday, so we went through the left overs and found some pretty sweet stuff!!!  Sister Lao got this awesome Christmas dress that has a vest attached to it!  Ha Ha And I was able to get this pretty sweet Mexican looking vest thing!  I love it!   I can't wait to come home from my mission and wear it all the time! :)  I will have to send pictures of all of our awesome finds next week.

Well that's about all the news I have for this week!   I hope you know that I love you all so much!!   My prayers are with you!  Stay strong and don't forget to rely on the Lord! 

Love Always,

Sister Tracy

Oct 10, 2011

October 6, 2011 Letter

So Yesterday was officially my 9 month mark!   Crazy right?!?!  It's weird to think that I'm about half way done.  Time just goes by too quickly. I took some pretty sweet pictures to celebrate my 9 months out.  I send one with this email so hopefully you enjoy it! :) This has been a busy week because of transfers.  I'm staying here in Lubbock with my companion.  But we got five new sisters in.  Two of them were coming from the Salt Lake City, Temple Square mission.  One of them was from Brazil and the other from Bolivia.  We had the privilege of taking them out with us for the day.  I seriously learned so much from these two in just the few hours that I was able to spend with them.  Their testimonies were So strong.  They really made me want to be a better missionary.

This next transfer is going to be a great one.  We are really excited for the work to take off here even more. 

Conference was great!!!  We got to watch all of the sessions including the Relief Society Session.  I look forward to hearing conference each year.  I know that it is such a blessing to be able to have a living prophet today who can lead and guide us in the things that we need to know.  Many people here don't see a need for a living prophet...not because we don't need one, but because they think the Bible is all we will ever have for guidance.  But something that I have come to love, is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father loves us each so much.  Yes; the Bible can help us and teach us timeless truths, but the world is changing and we need that constant guidance for the things that are coming in our times today.  God has always called prophets in the past and it wouldn't make sense for him to stop now that the world is going out of control.  I'm so thankful that we can hear the words of our prophet Thomas S. Monson, and then go to our Heavenly Father in prayer to know if he really does lead and guide this church.  Each of us needs to have our own testimonies of prophets today.  When we do have our own testimonies we will see that life becomes easier.  We want to obey the commandments, not out of obligation, but because we know the blessings that come from following our leaders.  I'm SO thankful for the fullness of the gospel in my life and the joy and the peace it brings me.

One other thing that I saw this week that I loved was a video found on "youth.lds.org."  If you scroll down the home page, on the right hand side you will see a tab for "videos."  Click on it and then scroll down till you see the video of some football players.  The title of the video is, "Sanctify yourselves."  It was a very touching story about a boy who was struck by lightning while playing football.  While is coaches tried to save his life, the assistant coach held this boys head in his hands.  The assistant coach had just turned 18 and had been ordained to the office of an Elder.  At that moment he remembered that he had been called and set apart as one holding the priesthood, or the power of God on earth.  As they continued to work on the young boy, the assistant coach gave him a blessing...It saved his life.   It made me think of my three brothers.  It made me think, that if one of my brothers had been hit by lightning, that there would be someone, who was worthy, who could give them one of those blessings.  We never know when "lightning can strike."  and in that moment we must be prepared to do whatever we can to "save a life."  It inspired me to make sure I am spiritually prepared.  You never know what life can throw at you and if you have not prepared, when that time of need comes, you will not be ready.   I hope that each of you can take five minutes of your time to watch this video!  It was great!  And then do whatever it is you need to, to prepare yourself for the things that life has in store for you.

Well I love you all so much, I hope all is going well!!

Love Always,

Sister Tracy

September 29, 2011

So another week has already come and gone.  This is the last week of the transfer and it's weird how fast time goes by.  Sister Lao and I are pretty confident that we are going to be staying here in the Canyon West ward.  (that's what they told us would happen, so that's why we're pretty confident.) 

It was another slower week.  But We have faith that things will really start to pick up here!!   One exciting thing did happen!  We were able to set a date with a man named Joseph!  He is going to get baptized two days after their wedding on November 13.  Him and his almost wife Erica are so awesome!   They are such examples of faith and have really caught on the the importance of the gospel in their lives.  Their testimonies touch me every time we teach them.

Today we got to go to the Fair.  We went with a family from the ward.  It was fun.  Being in Texas there was lots of fried foods and everything was BIGGER!!!   I mean what else could you expect!! I seriously love carnivals!   They are the best.  I can't wait to go when I get home!!!   Today we are also going to play football with the elders.  I'm super excited for that.  I LOVE the picture of Hope throwing the football.  What a stud!  She is pretty awesome.  I am sad that I can't see the boys play as well.  You all better do it again next year so I can come and watch all of your games!

So weather here in Texas is bipolar!!!!   It will be cold in the mornings, but then super hot in the afternoon.  We'll have really nice days in the 70s.  Then it will be freezing and then today it's back to 100.   Ha Ha It can't seem to make up it's mind.   I haven't heard about any fires going on, but who knows, we don't really get to hear much of the news.  One thing that I do know though is that there is no rain!   We will get showered on every once in a while.  But it only lasts a few minutes.  I think a few weeks ago was the most rain we had seen all year. 

Well I love you all and miss you even more!  If you need anything on my end just let me know!  Love you all lots!

Sister Tracy