Sunday, July 15, 2018

John David Allred - March 13, 2017 - Apple Valley

From Mom (email about John's passing, Rebecca's dad):

Dad passed away on Friday morning, March 10th, about 3:40 a.m. The Rehab Center called Spencer to tell him, and then Spencer called me. Spencer and I had stayed with Dad the night before (Thursday) until about 10:00 pm. I cried some on Thursday night as I sensed that the end was near. Then we went home. Spencer and Gentry cried a lot when we went back to the rehab center after they called us about his passing. Spencer and Gentry have really taken care of Dad this past month. I cried a lot more than I expected. We have really come full circle.

I believe that Grandpa Allred came and got Dad when it was time. One thing that was sweet--the nurse that found him, came and talked to us when we were there in his room after he passed. She told us that it was very peaceful in the room when she came to check on him. And then she said he was facing the window (he couldn't move much and so he head was always facing the side). But, when she found him, she noticed a tear going down his cheek. She said that she had never seen that before.

I've thought about that. I know that he loved the time he spent with his four children. And I believe that it was hard for him to move on, to go through the veil. It must have been bittersweet for him to leave earth life. But, it was time. Anyway, I have to believe that the tear on his cheek represents the deep love he had for his family, his children and the bittersweet feeling he had in leaving earth and at the same time crossing the veil into eternity.

Your dad suffered and struggled for most of his life. And I believe he finally, during these past few years, began to feel the love from his children that has always been there, but he was finally able to feel, as he started to come to know each of you. Keep those memories in your heart, my sweetie girl. Dad loved you.

Here is what Spencer posted on Friday:

"My dad passed away early this morning. He has been battling brain cancer for almost 18 months. Without going into detail, my dad taught me to come close to the Savior. My dad was not around for most of my growing up years. However when I was 20 years old and serving the Lord in Sacramento, I found it in my heart to forgive my father. I was able to feel the love our Jesus Christ and feel the anger I held onto for so many years leave. After a tumultuous and trial filled life, my father has left mortality. I know he rests without care or sorrow with his dad, my grandpa. I love my dad. I know that all things will be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."

And here is what Gentry posted on Friday:

"early this morning my sweet father-in-law, john, passed away after battling brain cancer. nothing really prepared me for the pain and sadness spencer and i have felt today. john was not around much of spencer's young life, in fact, they didn't gain much of a relationship until a few years ago. i know that spencer was truly inspired to regain that relationship so that we could have the opportunity to care for john the last month of his life here on earth. my testimony of the atonement, forgiveness, and the plan of salvation are what are carrying me and lifting me up today! i know in heaven he will find the light he has been searching for, for so long. i love you dad."

I know that he is finally free from pain and suffering. I keep seeing him in a peaceful state, with his father, and he is learning so much already. I believe that he is also being healed of the many trials and challenges that fell on him throughout his life.

Someday, we will understand everything. For now, please know that we all love you. I am so grateful for my four children, and Dad is part of each of you. I believe that you received his best qualities, and you can move forward in your life, knowing that is what you got from him. And he does love you.

And I love you. I love you so much! Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful girl! May the angels be round about you to bear you up.

I love you!

Mommy Mom


From Sister Allred:

I don't know how much I am willing to email this week. I hope everyone is okay. I'm so touched on what you shared with me. Thank you mom. I really do have an amazing family. I miss everyone so much and I'm never going to forget that time that we were able to spend with dad before I left. When I got the call from President Taylor I really never thought that I would get the news so soon. I sat on my bed and cried. As I did so I felt that dad was with me. I know he loves me and I will miss him so much. Later on that day I was pondering about dad and his situation. I felt so much peace. I imagine that Grandpa Allred came and got him as well and that he gave dad a big hug. I know dad has been forgiven.  I have been praying for all of you constantly especially Spencer. I can't express how grateful I am for Spencer and his willingness to forgive. He set the example for all of us. And I'm so grateful for you mom and for how much you were willing to show love towards dad. I know it wasn't easy but with the Lord's help we can do hard things. I love my Savior. I know Christ will help us through this trial. I am so grateful for the atoning sacrifice that Christ was so willing to give us. I know my Savior lives. I know that we will see dad again and he will be perfected. Thank you for all of your prayers.

Sister Allred


From Mom:
Also, remember that the veil is very thin between the spirit world and the Lord's missionaries. You are "now" one of the Lord's missionaries, and that means that Grandpa Allred, and Dad are looking after you. And Grandpa Larson also. You can know with absolute certainty that the Lord loves you, and that He cares for you and watches over you. He will guide you in all things. When things get overwhelming, we can call on the powers of heaven to lift us up, and strengthen us.


From Sister Allred:
I know missions are supposed to be hard. Just like Elder Holland says that this work is hard because salvation is not a cheap experience. And that missions aren't easy because it was never easy for Him.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

We are massively blessed - March 6, 2017 - Apple Valley

March 6, 2017

My dearest mommy mom,

I love you so much and I miss you tons!!! I listen to my music in the mornings and sometime that one song comes on that goes "we are children holding hands around the world" I don’t remember what it’s called but it lightens up my day because it makes me think on my sweet mommy mom! Is Preston still going to do trek? I hope he is doing well in school and I hope he is going to SYM and studying preach my gospel. Preach my gospel is the absolute coolest thing on the face of the earth! I wish I hadn't underestimated it. Give Preston a big hug for me! I pray for my beloved family every day! Hey mom will you tell dad that I pray for him every day? I might have already asked you that last week but I don’t remember. We should have time to go to the post office today so that I can email my letter to grandma :)

I have been struggling mom. I’m pretty home sick. There are a few other things but ben and spencer will know that there is only so much I can say. I’m trying to stay positive but it’s hard!!

I did bear my testimony yesterday as well. I really wasn’t planning on it but you know how the spirit gets you, my heart wouldn't stop pounding. I didn’t want to get up because I bore my testimony last month. The spirit was speaking very loudly to me so I just went for it without knowing what to say. A sweet Hispanic lady went up right after me. She looked me in the eyes and thanked me and it just brought tears to my eyes.  I don’t remember what I had said but I have never had so many people come up to me after a testimony meeting. It really meant a lot to me to receive as much love from the ward as we do. It’s overwhelming to me whenever I think about how amazing our ward is. WE ARE MASSIVELY BLESSED!!!!

Well yesterday really was the highlight. Sorry this email wasn’t much but please know that I am okay but I’m going through some trials right now. Last week I printed out that email you sent me last week of Elder Holland's talk of missionary work and the atonement. you couldn't have sent that to me at a better time. I know the Lord is with me. I was so grateful for yesterday because I was strongly reminded of my Savior's love for me and how He suffered and died for me. Missionary work isn’t easy because it was never easy for Him! I love being a missionary for the true church of Jesus Christ. the Lord is hastening His work and I’m grateful to be a part of it :) I love you and I feel the blessings of your prayers constantly! I love you!

Love Sister Allred

haha explanation for these pictures.
1) we were doing service and this tree looked really nice to I did hahaha
2 & 3) these ones were a couple weeks ago. this was some persons yard hahaha it was so funny when we passed by it we couldn’t stop laughing! we knocked on their door to ask if we could take pictures and they said "Absolutely!" we have met some interesting people😂

Missionary work is the best - February 27, 2017 - Apple Valley

February 27, 2017

Dear my beloved mommy mom!

That’s so special that you were able to give a talk with the other missionary parents! Did you cry? AWE I MISS MY MOM!!!!❤❤❤ I’ll have you know that I have been especially grateful for your incredibly strong testimony this week! I remember it constantly! And I have been feeling your prayers. Thank you for being the best mommy mom you can be!!!❤😄

How are you? How’s school and choir? How’s corg juna ben lindz and gike?? I did end up getting Preston’s email. I love his emails!! He always makes me laugh! Oh and how is dad doing? I have been praying really hard for grandma! She is a tough cookie! I have definitely been thinking that she would love a card from me and I’m working on it! We don’t have time to send one this week so I will send her my letter next week. Tell her how much I love and appreciate her and all that she has done for us and others. She is AMAZING!!!

So this week was very slow. Our investigator keeps canceling on us but we refuse to give up on her because she has so much potential! We also haven’t been able to get in very many houses this week. Not even the members' homes. HOWEVER last night we ate a member's home and without us asking, she gave us 2 referrals!!! And they sound amazing! We will be contacting them this week and we are so excited!! They are both very interested! A couple of days we had dinner with some members and they own their own restaurant called Johny D's so we ate there and it was SOOO good! It was like a classic little diner oh my goodness it was so cute! But anyways it was the Andersons who fed us and seriously if you meet them for the first time you would have thought he was a general authority! He is so powerful and he gave us some amazing advice. I felt like a new missionary! (I guess I still kind of am haha) but wow!! We left dinner so spiritually uplifted. It was just what we needed!

Speaking of being spiritually uplifted, zone conference highlights!! I'll just some it up real quick. But the main focus at the meeting was being the best missionary you can possibly be. They taught us to always press forward with everything we have and be the light for others to follow without getting caught up in their struggles. It’s easy for us as missionaries to be brought down while he is trying to help someone else out. Its easy for us to let their negativeness get in our head and often times that’s when the adversary can grab us and pull us down. We have to have that steadfastness in Christ so that we can continue to let our lights shine at all times and in all things and in all places so that others can follow our examples.

Something else that happened this week was our 4-week meeting!! That was also an unforgettable experience. We got to go to Rancho Cucamonga!! It was so fun! And I also LOVED seeing my MTC district! They are the best!! It was super cool to see how they have spiritually matured even after 4 weeks of being in the field! Missionary work is THE BEST!! I can’t wait to see what is ahead of us and I have so much faith in Christ!

We should be getting our heater fixed soon so that will be SO NICE! To answer your question YES I got my clothes. THANK YOU!!! They were much needed. We need to layer at night cause it gets to cold! So this whole time in the field we haven’t needed to wear jackets during the day because it will be very warm but this week has been pretty gloomy and chilly so that package came right on time! We are all just grateful that we are not in Russia or Canada. WE ARE SO SPOILED HERE!

I have a little tender mercy I would love to share. On Saturday I had a super bad migraine. We did all that I could do but sister Tate and the members that fed us that night were getting worried because it was so bad. We decided to just go home so I could get some extra rest. Of course I didn’t want to but we decided it was very necessary. Sister Tate suggested that I get a blessing from the elders. I hesitated because I felt silly getting a blessing for something that I could just sleep off. She insisted and so we called the elders and they were at the apartment within a few minutes. Elder Petrie gave my blessing. He is still fairly new and we could tell he was nervous. The second he opened his mouth I knew the blessing was coming from my Father in Heaven. After the blessing was over I stood up and was amazed. My migraine had completely been healed. I was suffering all day and it was just lifted from me. I have a firm testimony of the power of the priesthood! I’m beyond grateful for Joseph Smith and that he was worthy to restore the priesthood back on this earth! And I’m so grateful for you mom, that you have your sons who are worthy priesthood holders so that they can bless our family whenever they need it!

I love you mom and I’m so grateful for everything you have done for me! I have been missing my family a lot this week but that makes me want to work even harder because I want to make my family and my Heavenly Father proud! I love this work, I love this Gospel, and I love serving in the Rancho Cucamonga mission! All is well🤗

Love Sister Allred

* * *

From Mom: Remember we pray for you all the time. I am so proud of you. I know that missions are hard... And I know there are challenges. And I also know that you can do it, with the Lord's help. Always rely on Him. Always listen to the spirit.

Alma 33:23 - "And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen."

President Russell M. Nelson: "My dear brothers and sisters, the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives. When the focus of our lives is on God’s plan of salvation, which President Thomas S. Monson just taught us, and Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives. Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy."

I love being a missionary - February 20, 2017 - Apple Valley

Missionary work at its finest!

February 20, 2017

Dear Mommy Mom!

I'm constantly praying for our family! Everything that’s happening is super scary and I don’t want anything bad to happen. But I trust the Lord and His will. He will make things right.

So a little recap of this week. We had zone conference this week and it was AMAZING!!! Everything that was shared was exactly what I needed! And I love President and Sister Taylor!!!!!!! I don’t remember exactly what was said during zone conference. But next week I will bring the notes that I took so I can share them with you because they were so good!! So besides zone conference, last week wasn’t very eventful. Our appointments fell through so we didn’t really teach. But because it was Valentines Day last week we went around a bunch of neighborhoods giving members (active and less active) valentines! It was super fun and we would share a valentine scripture with them. It was Moroni 7:45, 47 & 48 and it talks about the pure love of Christ. It was super fun and cute!! Everyone loved it!

I have been getting really bad migraines since I got here and last week I had to take a few naps which was hard. I’m trying not to get discouraged but it’s hard! I just want to work!

Well that’s really it. Sorry it’s not much. Missions are hard!! I’m starting to understand how hard they are now! And I know it's definitely going to get harder! But I’m honored to serve and I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ! I love this Gospel and I love being a missionary and a disciple of Christ! Oh and I LOVE MY FAMILY!! The church is true and the book is blue!!!!

Sister Allred

From Mom:

We had lunch with Debbie today! She is the concert pianist i told you about and she's newest convert in our ward! we love her! Sister hathcock is in the light blue. Sister Lewis is the one with the glasses and then Sister Tate my lovely trainer! I love them so much and they are so fun!

A Tender Mercy - February 13, 2017 - Apple Valley

February 13, 2017

Dear Mommy Mom,

That’s so scary about grandma and dad. I’ve been praying for dad a lot. And this week I felt impressed to start praying individually for grandma. Now I know why. I love my family so much and I pray for all of you daily! I know whatever may happen, the Lord WILL provide.

This week was so good! I explained a little in the last email that it’s been really difficult to find people to teach mainly because we have been white washed in this area. But guess what...we have an investigator!! We met her through this super sweet lady in our ward. To make a long story short, she couldn't believe we would give her a free Book of Mormon (it was the cutest thing!), she told us right off the bat that she has been wanting to find the right church to be baptized in (we were freaking out haha), and next time we meet with her, she’s bringing her daughter. Were so excited!!!!!!!!!

We also met this really amazing couple. We knocked on their door and within a minute of talking them, they immediately invited us in (it was super windy). So we got to know them for about an hour, which was amazing. They have really deep questions about religion, and the husband is atheist. But for some reason they want us to keep coming back. A few visits went by and we weren't getting anywhere with them. So our last visit I told them that we would love to keep coming back, but we can’t come back unless we teach you something. And surprisingly they still want us back! They would be AMAZING members of the church. They just have that spirit about them. And we refuse to give up on them!!

Okay so I have a pretty crazy story. A couple days ago we went tracting. After a while we finally met someone who was interested. We talked with him at his door for about 20 minutes answering his questions. At the end from our visit he asked if he could have a Bible. We didn’t have one on us so he asked if he could stop by the church building to grab one on Sunday. We said "absolutely!" so Sunday rolls by and we completely forgot that he said he would stop by. We honestly didn’t think he would come but he did! So we got him a Bible but I felt a strong impression to not let him leave without a Book of Mormon even after he repeatedly told us that he "knows" that the book was just made up by some random guy. Anyways we talked to him for a while before sacrament meeting and answered more of his questions. This guy has been through heck and back. It would take way too long to explain everything but this guy is a fighter. We could feel something special about him. Anyways so the whole time we were talking, the spirit was working very strongly through both of us. I know the gift of tongues is real. We wouldn't have held the slightest conversation with this guy if it weren't through the spirit. He is a child of God and ALL of God's children deserve to be given a chance. So back to the Book of Mormon thing, I felt strongly that if we didn't get him to accept the Book of Mormon, he wouldn't get another chance to receive one. It took a lot of explaining but because we had the spirit with us, he finally accepted the Book of Mormon. It was crazy. One of the members from our ward couldn't believe that we got him to take the Book of Mormon. It was seriously the coolest experience!

So enough craziness!! Mommy mom! This little experience was such a tender mercy! Okay I think I mentioned to you that one of the recent converts in our ward is a concert pianist. She’s like 70? By the way were teaching her the recent convert lessons. Super cool!!!  Anyways so on Saturday night, she held a little concert at the retirement home she lives at and we went. We love going there because the old people always say that we just "glow"! All the elderly people love us!! And we love serving them and hearing all their stories. Okay so Debbie put on her little concert for everyone at the retirement home. Mom it was so special. Besides the MTC, I don’t think I had ever felt the spirit so strong in my life. She wasn't even playing hymns. Through half of the concert I couldn't hold back my tears. It was kinda embarrassing. But it was just something that my spirit was thirsting for about a solid month! We grew up constantly hearing the piano going at our house and I didn’t even notice how much classical music feeds my spirit.

Well that’s all I got! I love Heavenly Father and I love my Savior Jesus Christ. He is the reason why I am out here. I am so grateful for the guidance of the spirit. I’m grateful for Joseph Smith for restoring the perfect Gospel of Jesus Christ here on the earth. I’m grateful for the blessing of families! I love this gospel more than anything and I love being a missionary. The church is true and the book is blue!

Love, Sister Allred

Pres & Sis Taylor are amazing - Feb 6, 2017 - Apple Valley

Traveling to the SLC airport! Rancho Cucamonga here we come!

February 6, 2017

MOMMY MOM!!! President and Sister Taylor are amazing!!! Yeah they know I’m from St. Geezy! Haha. They are sooo loving! That first night in the mission home was blissful. I got an amazing nights sleep and rancho is gorgeous!!

From the Rancho Cucamonga mission office: "They made it alive!"

I’m glad all of you are reaching out to dad! I pray for the spirit to always dwell in our home and I pray that he can feel it! Can you tell Preston to email me? I miss that kid!!

My trainer is sister Tate. She has just been out 5 months. We’re both learning a ton! We are white washing in Apple Valley and it is sooooo cool out here!!! Its just desert! Super dry and windy.  The streets are just covered in sand and a lot of the roads are just dirt and super bumpy. I have been getting carsick a lot! NO ONE has grass here! Their yards are just dirt! We have run into a few really rude people but we just have to love them!!

I’m obsessed with our ward! Its super small! There were only 5 people in Sunday school! I feel like we have been a part of this ward forever. Our bishop is like in his late 20s and we're all convinced that he’s going to be like president monson! All of the members know everyone and would stop at anything to help those in need. It was fast Sunday yesterday Sister Tate and I bore our testimonies! We’re having a blast meeting our ward family! Oh mom!! A super sweet old lady just got baptized into our ward 2 weeks ago. Her name is Debbie:) and she is a concert pianist! We are teaching her the recent convert lessons at the rest home she lives at. They are always playing classical music through the facility so she'll always stop us mid sentence and point out which composer that wrote the song that comes on. She reminds me of you!! She's super cute.

All right. Here’s the info on our investigators. We don’t have any. We have been working really hard to find a lot of former and potential investigators but so far no one has been interested which is very discouraging. I knew that we would have days like this, but the whole week?? Oh well. This next week we are just going to look try and pray even harder! In the MTC I was frequently praying for humbling experiences. I guess Heavenly Father has been saving them for me till I got in the field!

So yes, this week was very hard. I’ve been super sick since I got here, our heater in our apartment doesn’t work (it gets really chilly at night), my bed is uncomfortable and loud, we actually got chased by a dog and people don’t want to listen. But you know why I love all this? I haven't forgotten my purpose! I’m not our here for myself. I am out here to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to bring people unto Him! What I experienced this week is nothing compared to what other missionaries have to go through! And especially what Christ went through in Gethsemane, on the cross, and really through His whole life. After this tough week, I feel even closer to my Savior. He knows exactly how I’m feeling. Whenever a negative thought would pop into my head, I would think of Him.  Remembering Him fuels my fire to work even harder. I love being a missionary and this Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Sorry this email was kinda negative. I guess I just needed to vent a little bit! But I promise I really love it here sooooo much! I love and miss my family! I pray for all of you everyday! Give everyone hugs for me!

The church is true and the book is blue!

Sister Allred

I love the MTC - January 28, 2017 - MTC

January 28, 2017

MOMMY MOM! I love that talk!! Give a hug to everyone for me. I MISS AND LOVE MY FAMILY!!

So this week I feel like it was pretty chill. I’m getting along with my companion super well. I’m really appreciating role-plays now. THEY HELP SO MUCH! I still don’t really like them but now that I’ve seen how much they have helped our teaching, so I make sure I do them as much as I can. Teaching investigators is pretty fun now. Teaching for even 5 minutes used to scare me so bad but now me and my companion wish that we could teach for an hour because 25 minutes isn’t enough!!! Hahaha its crazy how much I’ve been learning! Sister wood and I are teaching the lesson for our district meeting tomorrow. Our topic is on enduring to the end. Could you give me some ideas?? Maybe some quotes or conference talks that we can read. That would help a lot.

We're all kind of freaking out this week because half of our district is leaving on Monday and the other half stays for another week to have visitor center training. My district/zone have become my family and I love them more than I can describe. We are so close its CRAZY!!!! We have all helped each other have the best experience we can here at the MTC. I’m going to miss them so much! I can’t believe the kind of relationships we have made in such a short amount of time. I LOVE THE MTC!!!!!!!!!

With that being said I can't wait to get out in the field. We had in-field orientation yesterday. Hahaha it was a LOOOONG day. But I learned a lot. It was ben or spencer that told me (or both of them) that having a good relationship with the members is so important. If we set a good impression/example to the ward, they will trust us to give us referrals. I didn’t even think about that!!! We also learned how to teach people in the airport or on the bus haha! It was pretty fun. So even though I’m super sad to be leaving my MTC family on Monday, I know my purpose and I really feel like I’m ready. I’m ready to get to work. I’m ready to get doors slammed in our face, to have people yell at us, to be rejected, and to be so tired that I might possibly fall asleep on my knees. But above all, I’m ready to teach those the Lord has prepared for me. The field is white and ready to harvest! Apparently it says that in the scriptures 52 times I think?? So what is God trying to tell us...people are ready to hear the gospel!!! Even if they don’t know it! The church is growing so fast! The Lord is hastening the work! The church is true! I love Joseph Smith! I know that no one else could have restored the gospel of Jesus Christ except him. He had so much faith and so much courage! I’m so grateful for the guidance of the Spirit.  I love Jesus Christ. I’m so grateful for His atoning sacrifice and His perfect example! I love my Heavenly Father. I see His hand in my life constantly every single day. I love this gospel and I love being a missionary!!!!! We'll bring the world His truth!

Sister Allred

Dear Sister Allred,

Well, this is your last P-day at the MTC! It feels like it went so fast. I can hardly believe that you will be flying out on Monday! WOW! I want to hear how you are doing, how you are feeling, and I especially want to hear about all the wonderful experiences you have been having this week.

YOU ARE ONE OF THE LORD'S MISSIONARIES! I love that my beautiful sweetie girl is serving the Lord! I'm so proud of you. I'm so happy that you are learning and growing and feeling the spirit!

Let me know your flight plans so I can think about you during that time, and pray for you. Are you allowed to call your family from the airport? Let me know.

I told you in the letter I sent that cute little Benjamin was asking for you! He really loves you (Becca)! It's hard at his age to understand what is going on. All of your little cousins love you so much. You are such a special, beautiful young woman, and you are a stunningly beautiful sister missionary!

I just watched a "Mormon Message," by Elder Holland, "Where Justice, Love and Mercy Meet." I love this quote:

Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.

May the angels be round about you to bear you up!

I love you, my beautiful sweetie girl!