Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hey, Mom and Dad-
Well, I got the debit card, thank you so much. Now I am going to have to make the time to go shopping on P-day. If you send me any clothes I would wear them. But you do not need to. I do have a top for that plaid skirt.

I am not going to sign (ASL) at the fireside, so I am happy about that. I like doing it in Zone Conference - that was OK. I was scared, but it was good.

It sounded like you had a good time on the trek. I miss doing that. The family that we are living with are doing that this year, too.

Well, this week has been crazy, not because we are busy, but one of the sisters here went home, too. It is sad because Sister Thomas trained her. So we had to say bye. She said she is coming back, I just hope so. Mom, Keep praying for me. I was hard to see that sister go and to think that could be me.

So I have a question for you. Where does our name come from? Is dad a convert to the church? Give me some family history. That would be great.

I am happy to talk to you on Mother’s day, but you have to ask me questions, so get ready! Well, I love you all. I hope you all doing good. I will talk to you soon.

Love Sister Musick
Hurrah for Israel!

I will be sending some pictures home for you - I hope you like them and I will be sending the questionnaire too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Zone Conference and A Happy Girl

Hey, Mom and Dad
It is getting warmer here so my clothes are too warm for me. Can you send me my red and brown skit, the plaid one? That will be nice. Can you send some money so I can buy cooler clothes? That would be really nice, too. I need to send home the winter clothes soon, too. I will wait for my card to get here for that. If you can send that stuff as soon as you can I would love you a lot. If you don't send me that stuff soon, I will still love you. So whatever you want to do. I just need cooler clothes.

Well, I need to tell you a great story. Here goes... So yesterday we had Zone Conference; it was nice. I had a hard time listening as I had a lot on my mind. They talked about Christ. (Side note: we are having a musical fireside about Christ and testimonies - on May 1st - it will be great.) So I got to sign a song in Sign Language. It was “I Know the My Savior Lives.” It was fun. So at the end of Zone Conference I just wanted to cry because I did not feel the spirit and I felt like I didn't learning anything. Sister Ah Sue knew that something was wrong so she asked if I wanted to talk and I said yes. So we went off into a room and we talked for a little bit and she said that I should go pray, so that is what I did.

(This is the good part) So I went off to a room and I got down on my knees, and at that time I could not talk out loud, it was so hard. But in my mind I was saying “I can do this - just say Heavenly Father, it will be OK.” It felt like someone was holding my mouth shut. I finally could speak and I said, “Father, help me, just help me.” So I finished with my prayer and I went to clean my face off. Then I went to talk to my companions and they asked if I needed to talk to Pres. Yardley and I said yes. But Pres. Yardley was in a meeting, so we waited. But Sister Ah Sue asked, “Do you want to go outside?” “Yes” so we went outside and we started walking and running around the church building. Then I came back in and played the piano. When I got to talk to Pres. Yardley, it was a good talk. I like him a lot. He said that I can go home on the 8th of March [2011]. He said that I can do that. Crazy! That was so cool and he said that when I get back, we will be playing basketball together and we will look back on the mission and talk about it and say “You did it”. Satan hates me right now - it is great!

So when I was writing about it in my journal last night. I look back and I felt like Joseph Smith did. That is so crazy! I feel so good now. It is like I am starting over again. I like it.

So mom I got your letter and the questions you sent me. I will be sending it to you, later today I hope! I love you Mom and Dad; thank you for your prayers and for putting my name in the Temple. The gospel is true! The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that my Savior died on the cross for me! I know he lives and He will come again!!

Love, Sister Musick
Hurrah for Israel!!

We also received these emails from Katie's cute companions ....

Sister Musick,
I just wanted to write you and tell you that your daughter is amazing!! I have thoroughly enjoyed serving with her and learning from her. She is such a strong individual and has persevered through a lot in the last 6 months. Yesterday was a great day for her as I'm sure she shared with you. Seeing her smile and have a renewed sense of strength is so heartwarming. The Savior has really been walking with her every step of the way and I know He touched her heart again yesterday at Zone Conference as everything was centered on Christ. I love your daughter and truly appreciate who she is and what she has taught me about not giving up. Thank you for sharing her with us! :0) Have a wonderful week!

Love, Sister Thomas


Sister Musick,
I just wanted to drop you a quick line and tell you how much I love your daughter. Thank you for sharing her with us! I have really loved serving with her and I have especially loved watching her improve and grow so much. I see her grow every day and am amazed with her testimony. She has really been smiling a lot more lately and I love seeing her joke around more and smile more. We had a great zone conference yesterday about the Savior and I think it really helped her. Thank you for everything and please let me know if there is anything else we can do for her. We really love your daughter and just think she is amazing! Hope all is well in Bakersfield! Take care.

All the Best, Sister Ah Sue

Aren't they great!!! Katie is so blessed.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

a little bit of this and a little bit of that and transfers to boot!

Questionnaire answered March 23rd - received April 10, 2010

Has the time change affected you and worn you out? (It has me!) Yes, a little bit.
I know this is a new area and not very busy, but do you like it? Yes, we serve a lot of people here.
Whose horse did you get to groom and walk? A lady that is not a member, her husband is a less active.
How are your new companions? Great, I love them!
Do you get along in a threesome? Yes, it is good.
Is one of you in charge or do you all take turns leading out? Sister Thomas leads, but I like in other ways.
How is it going in your new house with all those people and children? I love being here, the girls are funny and the little boys are cute.
Are you in the basement again? No, in a room.
Do you have a little privacy, your own kitchen/living area? No, we share with the family.

Note sent on March 30th - received April 10, 2010

Dear Mom and Dad, well I know that I emailed you today but I wanted to write you! Thank you for the Easter Box, I loved it and my companions, too!

I also wanted to send the questionnaire back to you. I am feeling a little home sick today. The reason is because I am sick and just need my home, mom and dad. But I am so happy conference is coming up this Saturday and Sunday. Today has been a crazy p-day, no time to do things!
Well, I love you lots and lots!
Love, Sister Musick
Hurrah for Israel!

Email Received April 9, 2010

Hey, sorry Mom and Dad, I could not get my e-mail to go. But I finally got it to work! I am with Sister Ah Sue again and Sister Thomas. We had transfers on Monday and Wed. I think this transfer is going to be good.

I will talk to you later!
Love Sister Musick
Hurrah for Israel!!