Monday, February 16, 2015

Livin' on Prayer

Dear family and friends,

Taking over Madison has seriously been such a 'baptism by fire' type of experience. These last few days have been absolutely insane. Possibly some of the most trying and most rewarding moments of my mission thus far. I've definitely felt tried and stretched, but by turning to Heavenly Father in prayer I have been given the strength to keep moving forward. My faith and testimony of the Savior and the power of the Atonement have been strengthened ten fold this week! I truly have felt strengthened and sustained through prayer. We're only 4 days into this new transfer and I've already grown a ton! Can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for us here in Madison these next few weeks!

Goodbye Sister King:
Aww man saying goodbye to Sister King was rough! We spent her last full day in Madison teaching lessons to Rachel, Janet, Sarah, and Emily. Kendall took us out for breakfast that morning at the Basset Brunch Club - aw man it was incredible! Then the Thurston's had us and the English Elders over for dinner. It's crazy to think Elder Harmon is home now! We had a powerful lesson with them talking about why we are grateful for the Savior. The spirit was so strong. In every lesson Sister King bore her testimony of Christ and coming to know Him through the Book of Mormon. She's an incredible missionary and has taught me so much these last two transfers! I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to serve with her(:

Transfer Point:
Wednesday I spent all day at the Madison Stake Center waiting with other missionaries in the Madison Zones for our new companions to make the trip from the central transfer point in Oshkosh! We all went out to lunch at Subway after doing studies and having a little devotional. Sister Cosgrove and I stuck together - she's amazing! Then finally the new missionaries arrived and I got to meet Sister Schlosser! She just finished her training in Green Bay so she's been out for 3 months. She's 21, from Oregon, and is a pre-animation major at BYU! She's got the cutest curly red hair and is a really hard worker! Getting a new companion is always a transition and it took a few days to figure things out, but we are excited to see miracles happen in this area as we work together!

The Daily Grind:
This week has been such an adventure navigating the busses! We've only missed one bus which I am pretty proud of. Ha so it is going decently well I would say! Sister Schlosser has been so patient with me! We've spent a lot of time out contacting and finding. We just really need new investigators who will progress! We got a couple new investigators after lots of prayer and hard work! We made passing out copies of the Book of Mormon a big focus this week and saw so many miracles from it!

Valentine's Day:
Hope you all had a lovely Valentine's day - ha I know we sure did! We passed out a few copies of the Book of Mormon and ate KFC with a Janet, this cute old lady recent convert in the ward(: Remember last Valentine's day when I opened my mission call?! Crazy to think it's been a year and now here I am in Wisconsin absolutely loving it! Ha I've learned and grown a lot since then for sure!

Thanks for the Valentines and the homemade granola! I may or may not have eaten most of it already...(: I love and miss you - you're always in my prayers! Have a good week and enjoy President's day today! Go on an extra snowmobile loop at the cabin for me!

Sister Kelley(:
Last sports with Sister King! I sure miss her! 
Goodbye Sister King :(

Goodbyes are so hard! Sister King transfers and Elder Harmon goes home! 

Hello Sister Schlosser!
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