Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So many new friends...

Hey, Mom and Dad

Sister Kaylyn Coltrin is so nice, they live on a ranch and it is so cool. The husband is so sweet and the dinner was so good. (We got a phone call the other night from a Sister Kaylyn Coltrin after she ate dinner with them telling us that she looked good and that she had a sweet spirit in their home and in the ward and thanked us for sending her out on a mission to them. That was such a nice surprise!)

Thank you for the suggestion of root beer floats. They were good and I loved it! They are a great family, too (referring to the Rollins family who had them over for dinner on Monday night).

About faith mom - it is hard, but I know that if I trust in the Lord, he will help me. Thank you for these words: “This is the best, most important work you will ever do other than raise righteous children with a supportive priesthood-bearing husband. Enjoy every moment and get to work. (Those were President Hinkley's father’s words.) I love that! It is so true! Thank you Mom. I love you!

Thank you dad for your letter, I loved it! I am happy that you are able to sell the trucks. Hopefully that will be a good car for mom! I have been praying for you to have blessings! So thank you for writing me. I love you so much!

The work is going good! I love it. Next time I will write a story for you. I love you all and pray for you all the time!
Love, Sister Musick
Hurrah for Israel!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sister Musick's dinner meeting tonight ... courtesy of the Rollins Family

Hi Cathy,
We just finished dinner with your daughter and her companion, Sis. Au Sue. We loved having them in our home. What a wonderful spirit they bring with them! You daughter looks well and happy. They had just come from teaching some investigators who had some tough questions about women and the priesthood and why you have to be baptized if you were already baptized in another church. We had a great conversation and I know my husband really enjoyed helping them to know how to answer their questions.

We had rootbeer floats for dessert and Sister Musick seemed excited about that. Thanks for the suggestion! Next time we have them over we will have taco soup, which is a family favorite for us too. Your daughter appreciated the message I passed on about her nephews.

After dinner, they taught a short lesson about faith. Sister Musick seemed much more comfortable teaching today. She talked a little about her shoulder and how she is trying to have faith about that. She did mention that she had had a blessing for her shoulder. We could see how she has already grown in just the short time she has been here.

Sister Au Sue is also a wonderful missionary. She has been here for 4 1/2 months but she is hoping that she won't be transferred in Dec. She said the mission president had said she wouldn't be and she is hoping he won't change his mind. They seem to have bonded and are close and since they are hoping Sister Au Sue won't be
transferred, I thought that was a good sign that they must get along well.

Thanks for sharing your daughter with us! We feel privileged to have sisters serving in our ward. They have touched many lives. We really enjoyed getting to know Sister Musick a little better today at dinner. We hope to have them back when our daughter is back at Christmas to prepare for her mission. Since we have to share them with 5 wards, we don't get to have them a much as we would like to but I know Heidi will want to meet them.

I am hoping that Heidi and Stephen do run into each other at the MTC. I think that would be so neat! Thanks for sharing your family blogs. It helped me get to know your daughter a little better. Your grandsons are adorable. I don't mind if you post what I have written to you on Sister Musick's blog. I have been trying to decide if I want to do something like that for our missionaries. I have never done a blog before, so I will have to look into it. It seems like a nice way for family and friends to keep up with what is going on. But I'm not sure I will have the time to keep it up. If there is anything I can do for you or your daughter please let me know. I am so glad to have connected with you!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

A fellow Missionary Mom in Meridian!

I saw a new mom had joined the Sister Missionary North email group and that she was also sending her son out and would have two missionaries out at the same time. Since we have that in common and she was from Meridian, Idaho I introduced myself to her and received this delightful response:

Hi, Cathy. Thanks for you welcome. I was thrilled to hear from you. Your daughter is serving in our ward right now. In fact she is coming to dinner on Monday! I knew she was from CA and wondered if it was near where our daughter is going to be serving. She and her companion came over and taught us a lesson about 3 weeks ago, probably shortly after she got here. Your daughter is very sweet and did an awesome job. Her companion is wonderful and has been instrumental in really reaching out to the members around here. We loved having them here and are really looking forward to having them for dinner on Monday! Is there something special your daughter might like for dinner? Do you have any messages or anything for your daughter? I will give her a "Mom" hug for you!

As far as our kids, yes they will be in the MTC together. Heidi will be there about 3weeks before Stephen arrives. We are assuming he will only be there 3 weeks before he goes to New Zealand and Heidi will be there about 8 weeks since she will be learning Spanish so she will still be there when he leaves. We don't know for sure on the timing because we haven't heard anything on that yet. Is the Los Angeles temple in the San Fernando mission? [No it isn't.]

I am excited to have connected with you. I love these groups! It sure helps make the world (especially in the church) a little smaller!

Teresa Rollins, Meridian, ID
MM to Sister Rollins, CA, San Fernando, Spanish speaking, 2/2010-8/2011
MM to Elder Rollins, NZ Wellington, 2/2010-2/2012

Such fun for a mom to get to hear like this! I love it!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Boise Questionnaire

November 1, 2009
How was the Mission Home? We had a good lunch and I liked being with the Elders one more time.
What is President Yardley like? He is a great man and he loves being a Mission President and really loves all the missionaries.
How did your first interview go? It was easy - he gave me a blessing!
How was Sister Yardley? Sweet, loving, cares about her missionaries.
What did you do when you got to Boise? Had lunch, went to work, did a lesson with members
Where is your companion from? Camarillo, CA
How long has she been out? "a few months" - that is what she says.
How many sisters are there in your mission? 15 Sister Missionaries.
Did you get your bedding or was it provided? It was provided.
Are you in a car? Yes
Are you the navigator? Sometimes
Want your GPS? (later?) YES!
What was it like at church and meeting 5 new wards? It is hard to know all the people
How much area does that cover? Is it real small like a few blocks in Provo? It is big - not like Provo
You live with the Bishop’s family? In the basement or something? We live downstairs, the Bishop is not our Bishop.
It sounds like you have traded in your parents for newer models - Heee Heee NO!!!
So what was your talk about? Missionary work, we are talking in the singles ward soon, too! We do not cover that ward.
How long did you have to speak? About 5 minutes and that was good.
Do you teach the Missionary Gospel Essential class on Sundays? No
Gma said the Rothwells were in one of the wards and that Tianna came up to you, tell me about it. I was talking in that ward and she was visiting her friend and she came up to me and asked if I remembered her!
Do you get many dinner appointments? Who does your cooking? What do you eat? Yes! all the time. The members cook and I eat everything they put in front of me!
Where do you go for the internet? The library
How far away is the temple from you? 7 miles
Do you get to go very often? Every P-day
Did you know we love you and love hearing about your mission experiences? Yes!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Birthday in the mission field

My B-day was good, I loved it. The Elders made it good for me! Sister Meacham [who sent the picture below] is one of the ward missionaries in one of my wards. We went out to lunch; it was fun. I got 3 cakes that day. We went to a family’s house for dinner and they made me a cake. Then the people we are living with made me a cake. Amazingly, my weight is the same! President and Sister Yardley called me on my b-day; it was cute! I loved the box you sent me, thank you! Tell Kelsey that I got her letter. But the sad thing is the ring was not in there! :( I wanted a ring because everyone has a ring. But it is ok. Can you tell her to send a picture of the ring so I can see it! I need to hear about faith so the letter is all I need! I got a blessing, as I was worried that I did not have faith. Tell her thank you. I will write her today.

I love hearing about all the things at home, but you do not have to send announcements to me. It makes it hard for me! I am having a hard time being happy. (You know me!) I am having a hard time forging on in the work. I think about my friends all the time and what is going on with them! But it is ok. I am trying to be better! I write to Sam all the time on p-day. They are not long but it is ok. We talk but keep sending me things of his.

I want you to know that I know that families are so important in this church. I am so grateful to have a great family and that I know that we will be together forever! I go in to non-member’s homes and I do not feel to sprit there. But when I go into members’ homes you can feel it there.

Love you, mom.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sister Musick

We got an email to day from a sweet sister who lives in Meridian Idaho with a picture of Katie and her companion, Sister Ah Sue, celebrating Katie's birthday at lunch. We thought of her all day and hoped she would have a memorable birthday in the mission field. How very kind; thank you so much Sister Meacham!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November News

Hey Mom and Dad –

Well, Halloween was fine; I still don’t like it. But we visited some people in one of our wards.

It is getting colder here and I love it. I had my first zone conference. It was good. I played b-ball and the Elders were surprised that I could play ball. It was fun to see the look on Pres. Yardley’s face. He played with us. We went to the temple today; it was great!

I talked to the doctor at zone conference. He cannot do anything for me and my shoulder. So I am sad about that. It is hurting bad now, but that is life.

I cannot believe it is my b-day tomorrow - how crazy. The DL said he wants to do something for me. That is nice of him.

Tell Bethany I said Hi. She wrote me CRAZY. I did not think she would. That is great to hear what is going on. Tell Cherie thank you for me and I love her and Bethany. I am so happy for all of you. Sounds like fun. Dad, I love you so much and I think about you a lot. I pray for you all the time too. Keep up the good work in the church.

Mom, thank you for writing me and sending the package for my b-day. I did not open it!! So I do not know what you put in there, but thank you. The work is going good. I love sharing my testimony to people - that is what makes me happy! Thank you all! I love you, mom and dad :)

- Sister Musick