Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Big Bear for P-day - August 21, 2017 - Apple Valley

I'm soooooo sorry this is going to be the quickest email ever. We got permission to go hiking in Big Bear for Sister Clarke's last p-day. 

Our week was incredible. our newer investigator S has her baptismal date for October 14!!!!!!!!!! she is incredible and wants this more than anything. We can feel God's love for her so strong

Yesterday we also had 2 investigators at sacrament. One of them was L!!! We hadn't seen her in almost 2 months. And guess what. HER DAD CAME WITH HER!!!!!!!! It was a great day. 

Again, I’m so sorry for this tiny tiny email but Sister Clarke has wanted to go to Big Bear for so long and now we have the opportunity. 

I hope your week is wonderful my beautiful mommy mom!!! I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK!!!!

Sister Allred

PS I’m super super proud of Preston. He is amazing๐Ÿ˜

Give my sweet family all hugs for me! I will let you know what happens for transfers next Monday. Be safe and I love you TONS!!!!!

Sister Allred

From Mom:
Preston's last day attending our ward was today. He blessed the sacrament, went to his other meetings, went to BYC, came home and then went home teaching, came home, and then went to SYM, came home, and then we went to his Court of Honor. What a day!

We did get some studying done tonight. We are in 2 Nephi 20... and we also finished the first discussion. WOW! We read a page a day in Preach My Gospel, and usually 2 pages a day in the Book of Mormon. 2 Nephi is a bit challenging (especially the Isaiah chapters), so I keep telling him that when we make it through those chapters, it will get a lot easier to understand. We have had some profound discussions about the Restoration. It is amazing. It has strengthened my testimony also, to study all of that in depth, and to discuss it with Preston! I really wish I could go on another mission someday. Maybe in about 10 years!

I love you to the moon and back! Enjoy Big Bear! Wow! Hope you get some great pictures!

From Mom:
Preston had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor tonight! He did it! I think it finally feels official to him, but remember he had his board of review on Dec. 14, 2016, so he has waited 8 months for the court of honor. But, there were four boys that were honored: Preston, Dallas, Brevin, and Noah. So, it was cool. Here are some pictures....

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A qualified missionary - August 14, 2017 - Apple Valley

Our beautiful area๐Ÿ˜

Here are the new house mates we got at the beginning of the new transfer!
I can't believe I haven't told you about them yet!!
Sister Staples is a brand-new missionary!
And Sister Mayo is from the Philippines. They both are AMAZING!!!! 
We are soooo blessed to live with them and serve with them!  

!!WARNING!! So sorry if my email is all over the place and doesn't really make much sense. I have a really bad migraine haha!

My dearest Mommy,

Thank you for your email! I'm glad to hear that my sweet family is doing so well. Thank you for praying for me and Sister Clarke always. I love how loving you are to my dear companion. She is such a blessing to meThank you for being such a wonderful mother!!!!!!!

Yesterday at church the focus was on marriage and families!! It made me so happy. And for young women's we read through the Family: A Proclamation to the World and Sister Clarke and I just wanted to talk about our families ALL DAY! 

So, last week was CRAZY! We found 3 new investigators. All just so willing to learn. How blessed are we to teach them!?!? 

S was a referral from the YSA elders. She is a single mom with 2 kids. She has already been to church 5 times at a different ward. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she soaked everything in. She is so ready.  Before she was passed over to us she had already created a plan for her to stop drinking coffee. Like WHAT??? In her words, she's eager to be worthy to be baptized! She's incredible!! 

Also, her daughter, age 6, I swear is just like me when I was a little girl. Boy is she sassy! She is obsessed with animals and princesses. She's just a little tom boyish and loves to climb on things. Her favorite chores are mopping and dusting. Shannon said that since her little brother was born she has not been wanting to "give up her spot" and started getting anxiety after her father left. Sound familiar!? Haha I bonded with her really fast and S was surprised! My goodness I love that little girl!!!!

Something I have learned in my studies is that there is a big difference from being a "called" missionary to being a "qualified" missionary. The steps that we need to be qualified missionaries is 1) having faith in Jesus Christ. 2) Having hope. 3) Having charity and love. 4) And having an eye single to the glory of God. Having learned that, I have a lot to work on! I want to be one who is qualified to be a part of His work. 

There was so much that happened last week I can't really seem to put it in words. It was amazing. Sister Clarke and I are having crazy amounts of motivation as she is getting ready to go home in 2 weeks. We are working so hard and praying even harder.

 I have developed a deep love for praying.  I now keep a prayer journal and right down questions that I want to ask Heavenly Father. I am finally getting out of the habit of robotic prayers. I love talking with Him, asking Him questions, waiting and listening to Him. 

Sometime last week I found myself frustrated with my weaknesses. Sister Clarke suggested that I ask God to help me and then she suggested that I go outside. I thought "Why on earth would I pray outside??" Then she said she notices that when we are outside I am much more calm and focused. So, I made the discovery that praying outside helps me stay focused and it also helps me feel closer to Heavenly Father. We have a teeny tiny little backyard but it's private enough for me to pray out there. So, when I prayed I asked God what I can do to turn my weaknesses into strength. My answer was to focus my studies on Christ!!! How brilliant!!! Christ was the perfect example and of course I am trying to be more like Christ every day! So, when I read that when you study the scriptures, you study about our Savior in the Topical Guide....WHOA!!!! Another answer to prayer!!! My goodness. I am so grateful. I have also been reading Jesus the Christ and I have been learning so much. I love my Savior and He is my best friend๐Ÿ’•

Thank you for all of your prayers and for supporting me in my spectacular adventure of serving the Lord and finding those searching for the truth. There is nothing better. I love every day, every minute, and every second I am out here being a missionary. Thank you, mom, for helping me get out here in the field. I love you so much and I hope your week is full of blessings!

Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.


Sister Allred

We had a special lesson with Sister Koons and her nearly perfect daughter Ella. This little girl is remarkable. We knew that Ella's 8th birthday was soon so our lesson was about how we are princesses because we are daughters of a Heavenly King. It was such a perfect lesson for her!! We gave her a little crown to wear and in the middle of it she ran and changed into her dress so she could "feel even more like heavenly father's princess" ❤

This is the handicapped man I told you about. He has a heart of gold!!

Last P-day we had fun making bath soaps at a less active member's house
and she her pitbull recently had 9 puppies๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•

We have family home evening with the sweet ladies
at the Rock Springs retirement home every Thursday night❤

Ether 12:27 - August 7, 2017 - Apple Valley

Hi Mommy Mom๐Ÿ˜Š

How are you?? How is your health doing? I'm so glad that your lesson went well. Does Preston go to that class now? Or does he still go with the youth? 

So, grandma is a bit nervous for school to start. Is her strength coming back pretty good? I pray for her. Tell her thank you for me. She sent me a beautiful letter. She is another incredible that I have been blessed with

I'm so proud of Preston. Haha I miss him so much! He is the greatest kid! He is destined to do incredible things. I'm sure you know that!! I'm sure you are proud of Spencer and Ben. I truly have amazing brothers. HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY????

We had a very very nice week. Yesterday, we sat by a sweet medically less active lady during sacrament. Last fast Sunday (this really shouldn't happen haha!) but our investigator L bribed me into bearing my testimony. Since I bore it last month I was definitely not planning on sharing it again!! So, this less active (haha she's so cute) so she leans over to me and whispers to me, "If I go up can you come with me?" What was I supposed to do? Say no?! The second she asked me I had an overwhelming feeling of the Spirit. That sweet sister softened my heart. I bore my testimony of repentance, forgiveness, the Atonement, and Christ's love. I talked about the experience that I had last week when I was emailing you and I singled out the teenagers a little bit and told them that someday I hope they forgive their parents because parents KNOW EVERYTHING! Many parents came up to me afterwards and thanked me. I hoped that my experience with the Atonement could help someone else. My goodness how blessed we are to have the Atonement!!!

We have a new investigator! Her name is M. We found her street contacting and she is AWESOME!!! She talked about a few huge things that she is struggling with right now so we shared Ether 12:27 with her and she was just mind blown. She already loves the Book of Mormon. She asked us to please come back! We have an appointment with her tomorrow. We are excited to see how it goes!

Yesterday we had dinner with a member and there were 2 nonmembers there. One of them was a family member and the other his caregiver. D (the family member) is severely disabled because 6 years ago he got a flu shot and had an extreme reaction which caused him to now be special needs. Don't you think that made me feel just GREAT about shots??? AHHHHH NO!!!! Haha anyways that's not the point of why I wanted to share this. He used to ride professionally ride horses in rodeos! His speech is extremely slow. It takes him about 2 minutes to say a complete sentence. I had a really sweet connection with him. He said I sounded just like his younger sister she is also a member of the church๐Ÿ’•He was the sweetest thing. Despite his major challenges, he couldn't stop saying how much he loved life.  I thought of Joshua boy a lot while we were with him. People with special needs are warriors. They are so pure. D teared up when we shared the Restoration with him. He felt God's love for him. It was such a special experience. 

Missionary work is the best!! You can meet so many people that heavily impact your life and because of the gospel they can experience the same thing. It's a win-win situation. Why wouldn't people want to do missionary work??? Look for opportunities to be missionaries! You don't need a name tag! It's part of our divine calling as members of the church.

Thank you for everything my wonderful Mommy Mom! I hope your week goes great and that everyone treats you like a queen๐Ÿ˜„I love you to the moon and back!

Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

Sister Allred

Can you give grandma a hug for me and tell her I love her??

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Your own wondrous story - July 31, 2017 - Apple Valley

Hi Mommy Mom!

I can't imagine how overwhelmed you were this week. Oh, my goodness. Lindsay is such an amazing example! As well and Gentry, I look up to her so much. I am so blessed to have such loving, Christlike sister-in-law’s. They inspire me.

I'm glad that everyone is well! I pray for my family daily.

Alright so today for some reason I couldn't remember the pin for my mission card! So, forgive me!! I paid for all of today's shopping with my home card. Also, I did finally buy shoes. YAY!

Not a whole lot happened last week. Oh, we did have a really good lesson with M! We taught her 4 of the commandments. We connected it all with the scriptures and it was amazing to see her understand and see how the Bible and the Book of Mormon compliment and support each other. There is so much power that comes reading the Book of Mormon.

Earlier this week during my studies I pondered on the scripture that we should all know, D&C 4:4 "For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;" We all know that the field are the ones who are prepared to enter into the baptismal covenant. I came to the conclusion that our sickle, the tool that we need to harvest, is the Book of Mormon. I have noticed a tremendous difference when we use it to teach. I have seen it soften the hearts of those who we otherwise wouldn't see future progression. I have a firm testimony of the power of the Book of Mormon. I love it.

I'm not sure why but this last week my spirit has been racked with all of my past sins and mistakes. My sweet mommy mom, I am so sorry for putting you through so much unnecessary grief, anger, sadness, and any other negative emotion that you felt because of my carelessness and for a while I do admit that I was careless. I was rude, disrespectful and unworthy. The things that you went through because of me should have never happened. You did not deserve it. Please forgive me. You are my rock and it is because of you that I am out here serving the Lord. Day in and day out I am constantly thanking my Father in Heaven for blessing me with a mother that a lot of the times I feel I don't even deserve. Yesterday I pleaded with Heavenly Father to help me to feel of His love. Today I had the most overwhelming feeling that I KNOW that he loves me and I know we loves me a lot because He has blessed me with you. I have a mother that is sweet, gentle, loving, righteous, hard working and pure. You are the perfect mom for me and I aspire to be like you. Besides my Savior you are my favorite example. I cannot thank you enough for being my mom. I love you so much.

Here is a quote by President Uchtdorf: "Be strong and of good courage. You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your “once upon a time” is now.

You are a royal spirit daughter of Almighty God. You deserve to be treated like one๐Ÿ’•. Please remember that.

I hope you have a beautiful week full of many blessings and tender mercies.

I love you my dearest Mommy Mom! God be with you till we meet again.

Love your sweetie girl,

Sister Allred

Favorite quote of the week from Mom:

Sister Jean B. Bingham (Oct 2016):

"One of the most significant ways we can develop and demonstrate love for our neighbor is through being generous in our thoughts and words. Some years ago a cherished friend noted, “The greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgment.” That is still true today."


Sister Carole M. Stephens (Oct 2016)--- this is one of my favorite talks in the past year....:

When the woman came to the well, Jesus—the embodiment of living water—said simply, “Give me to drink.” Our Savior will likewise speak to us in a voice we recognize when we come to Him—for He knows us. He meets us where we are. And because of who He is and what He has done for us, He understands. Because He has experienced our pain, He can give us living water when we seek it. He taught this to the Samaritan woman when He said, “If thou knewest the gift of God and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” Finally understanding, the woman responded in faith and asked, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not.”

After the Samaritan woman had this experience with the Savior, she “left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

“Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”

She had received a witness—she had begun to partake of the living water—and she desired to witness of His divinity to others.

When we come to Him with humble and teachable hearts—even if our hearts are heavy with mistakes, sins, and transgressions—He can change us, “for he is mighty to save.” And with hearts changed, we can, like the Samaritan woman, go into our own cities—our homes, schools, and workplaces—to witness of Him.

Answers to prayers - July 24, 2017 - Apple Valley

Ignore the mess in the back. The other Sisters were about to take out the trash. But haha in her words, Sister Sowby said she "had to capture another precious moment from Sister Clarke and Sister Allred." We love each other and we love the work!!

I love the picture too. It's one of my favorites!

Hi Mommy Mom!!

I haven't gotten the shoes yet. We just ran out of time. Hopefully next week. But I did get the dress today!!! I LOVE it! It is so comfortable and pretty and modest! I'm wearing it right now๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you for getting it for me! Also, I got that thing notarized and sent off. We just got it done at UPS. They sent it will be mailed at 3:00 p.m. today. I'm so relieved that I finally got that done!

How are you???? I was missing my family last week! I'm glad you had a nice time at the reunion. Whenever we walk past a pine tree, which isn't very often, I immediately think of Pine Valley. Do you remember when me and Preston would just go to Pine Valley?? That was so fun!

How did grandma do at the reunion? Also did Gentry go??

Your testimony is beautiful. You nearly got my tears flowing๐Ÿ’• I remember the countless times you bore your testimony to us and in sacrament meeting. I cherish those moments and memories because many times it was because of your testimony and your love for the gospel that got us through tough times.

Last week was a busy one! Sadly, we haven't been able to meet with M or L this week. However, we still contact them often. Like that last couple of weeks, we did a lot of tracting again! Several people were found that are willing listen to our message. And we are pleased to say.......We have 2 new investigators!!!! YAY!!!!! Their names are D and J.

D is as cute as a button. She is about our age and she lives with her boyfriend who is religious and he has been wanting her to "find Jesus". She is so open. We found out that she has even been to our church before about a year ago!! When we found her, we talk her the Plan of Salvation at her door and she wants to know more. She is the sweetest person ever!!! So, we are very excited to see how the gospel will bless her life :)

And sweet little J. She is about in her 60's and she's a die-hard catholic.  We tracted into her husband a couple of weeks ago and he said that what we teach is more for his wife. Last week after some of our appointments fell through, we stopped by their house. J greeted us and we talked for a little bit. We commented on the picture of Christ that she had in her entry way and she insisted that we come in and see the plaque she has of the 10 commandments. Then she offered us some water and she showed us around her house. She had some amazing historical pictures of her family! *BOOM* in came our introduction to family history! She was so giddy and excited about it! She couldn't believe that our church has a family history center! She mentioned that she really admired us that she wanted to know what we believe as Mormons and what we teach. *BOOM* Restoration!! Our lesson was nearly perfect. The spirit was so present. Tears were shed when we testified about the first vision and the restoration of the priesthood. She asked us about the Book of Mormon and then we showed her a few versus inside it. As we were wrapping up our lesson we told her that the Book of Mormon was our gift to her. She was speechless! She then eagerly asked us when we could come back. AHHH!!!! It was an experience that I will never forget.

We slept very deeply last week! The work is going great. We are being blessed each and every day with strength from Heavenly Father. He is answering our desperate pleas. We are finding those searching for the truth and we are loving every minute of it! I know this truly is the Lord's church on the earth. This is His work. This is His gospel. It is our duty as members of His church to declare His gospel to those who are prepared to listen. God desires His children to return to Him. They are out there and He is trusting us to find them.

Moses 1:39
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.


Sister Allred

Oh yes, I got the cookies and I shared them with the zone. hahaha I had no choice!! When missionaries spot a package of cookies.... forget it!!๐Ÿ˜‚

I told Preston a few weeks ago to ask you if you could order him some talks by Hank Smith. Did he ask you? I asked him to do that because Hank Smith is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! And he just understands teenagers. I like him better than John Bytheway and that is hard to achieve!!! Preston will really like his talks!

Did I tell you that my mtc comp, sister wood, is in my zone?? she told me to tell you "Hi"๐Ÿ˜Š BYE MOMMY MOM!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!

From Mom:
My testimony grows stronger everyday... My faith grows stronger everyday... I believe and know it all so deeply. There are no doubts for me concerning the gospel. But I also know that I must read and study and pray continually, and when I have questions, sometimes I must wait for the answer to come. It is interesting that in so many things I have had to wait for answers, and that takes so much patience and faith. I pray for strength to keep going, to keep enduring. This has been a difficult year, and it finally feels like the 2017 chapter of adversity is winding down. But I know a new chapter will open up. It always does! But I do know that as I stay faithful and keep my eyes on eternity that I can have the strength to go on.

Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful daughter! May the angels be round about you to bear you up!

I love you so much!

Mommy Mom

Quote of the week from Mom:
Elder Scott Grow, April 2017: "Scripture study becomes the channel for the Spirit to give each of us a customized tutorial. As you study the scriptures each day, alone, and with your family, you will learn to recognize the voice of the Spirit and will come to know God.”


Monday, July 23, 2018

Submit to His will - July 17, 2017 - Apple Valley

I hit my 6th month mark!

Our awesome zone before transfers!

These are the cute chinese girls that fed us AMAZING authentic chinese food!

My wonderful Mommy Mom,

I hope you had a nice week! In Preston's email it sounded like you are having the family reunion??

AHHH I miss the fam! Tell everyone I love them and give everyone hugs for me...especially the little kiddies!!!!

I feel like I had a few things to ask you but I can only think of one. Can I buy a new pair of shoes? My tracting shoes are never going to wear down haha they are so nice! But my nicer ones are starting bug me. I think they have some pretty reasonably priced shoes at Target or Ross. Just let me know.

So, last week was a real blur. We did quite a lot of tracting and found a lot of people to teach!

We did have a lesson with M. It went so well!! We did an object lesson about the church that Christ set up on the church and all of the principals he taught. So, we do it with cups and we stack them up in a pyramid.  It's a great visual for the apostasy and the restoration. Spencer and Ben probably know what I’m talking about haha! Anyways it was super cool because it helped her understand the Priesthood more. She mentioned how awesome it was that it answered some of her questions that she didn't realize she had. WHAT?! Okay we'll except that! Haha so yes M is doing well.

I have a special request. Will you pray for my dear Sister Clarke? Her grandpa just passed away. She has never experienced a death in the family before. It's hard for her because she is so close to going home and she feels like she just missed him. She is a trooper and we know her testimony will be strengthened as she endures. Please keep her in your prayers๐Ÿ’•

Not much else to report on. Ohhhhh yeah. One more thing. TRANSFERS HAPPENED! Drum roll please......................Sister Clarke and I are staying in Apple Valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHA!!! I get to send Sister Clarke home!!!!!!! This is her very last transfer!! WHAT A PRIVILEGE!!!

I honestly really didn't want to stay. I mean this is my 5th transfer and I'm still in the same ward (didn't Spencer go through this too? Except his situation was a bit rougher of coarse). I have been feeling like I need some change. We are just really comfortable here and that's not necessarily a good thing as a missionary. However shortly after we got the news, I had an unmistakable impression as to why I am staying here for so long. I'm really looking forward to what the Lord has in store for our area. I am slowly learning to submit to His will. He KNOWS what this area needs. He knows what Sister Clarke and I need. It is going to be an amazing transfer๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you for all the love and prayers mom! I love you so much and I am thankful for your good works❤❤❤

God be with you till we meet again. The church is true and the book is blue!

Sister Allred

Rancho Cucamonga for a doctor visit

Sister Clarke's awesome hair skills๐Ÿ˜„

Favorite quote of the week from Mom:
I just remembered this wonderful quote by Sister Linda S. Reeves, from the General Women's Meeting in 2015:

"Sisters, I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, “Was that all that was required?” I believe that if we could daily remember and recognize the depth of that love our Heavenly Father and our Savior have for us, we would be willing to do anything to be back in Their presence again, surrounded by Their love eternally. What will it matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?"


Saturday, July 21, 2018

I'm going to be an auntie! - July 10, 2017 - Apple Valley

This picture was right after district meeting๐Ÿ˜ŠSister Mason (the one on the very right) 
has a tradition she has every 4th of July.  Her older brother passed away when he was little 
on the 4th of July so every year she and her family will set off balloons for him.
She thought it would be a good idea to set one off for dad!  Last Monday we both 

bought helium balloons to let go on the 4th of July.  We went outside with our balloons, 
said we loved them and we let off our balloons (I had a red one for dad 
because of our last name๐Ÿ˜). It was a really sweet moment we both had. It was very special.

Hi mommy mom!!

MOM I MISS YOU!!!! And I love you LOTS!!!!! I just had to get that out๐Ÿ˜‚

CORG AND JUNA ARE GOING TO HAVE A MINI CORG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ohhhhhh my goodness I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Remember how we would always talk about how amazing parents they will be??? They are the cutest I can hardly handle it!!! I picture him with huge angelic eyes like baby corg (and juna has huge eyes too!) and with beautiful red hair like juna!!!! I'm sooooo excited!!!!! AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!!!!!!!!! Are you so happy??? Oh, wow too much excitement for Sister Allred. I’m in the library and trying not to freak out too much!

Ben sent me pictures last week! Oh, how much I miss them. I love how they are just too sweet and amazing returned missionary newlyweds. I look up to them a lot!!! Remember how much Ben use to help me in high school?? Ben really is an actual prince charming. And a teddy bear!!!

Thank you for praying for M and L!!! You are a champion! And we are seeing results from your prayers...I will tell you about it in a minute!

How is grandma's strength doing?? I hope she is happy! I'm sure she is. Grandma is incredible!!

And how are you mom?? Life is passing by sooooo fast and there has been so many changes in our lives the past couple of years! It's hard to not dwell on the past. I miss our growing up years. Well I guess we are still growing up but when we were all at home. I miss it! But I am really looking forward for what the future has in store for our amazing little family๐Ÿ’•

Last week was just nuts. It was really hard. Both Sister Clarke and I have been having a whirlwind of emotions. We were super pumped for the week ahead because we had TONS of scheduled appointments! But all except for 2 fell through. We also haven't really been getting fed. Bishop said if he has to call people and tell them to feed us he will so that will change.

Discouragement is one of the adversary's favorite tactics and we are doing our best to keep our heads held high with an eye single to the Lord. Often times we will have to sit down to take a breather and count our blessings. At least we aren't speaking a difficult language (like HMONG haha!) we don't have to walk everywhere in the heat, we have AC, we have food in our pantry, we get to help people, and I have an awesome companion who loves me! Sometimes we just need to remember how much God's hand is in our life. He is constantly blessing us!

Despite all of that, tracting is a part of our daily schedule now!! We do actually enjoy knocking on doors and meeting people because it's fun to have people have positive experiences with missionaries. We like having people see how much we love the work because we do!!

We were able to meet with M last week. We had planned on teaching the rest of The Gospel of Jesus Christ but as we listened to the spirit, the lesson turned into an awesome discussion about the Book of Mormon. She asked us "Why does God let bad things happen?" we turned to 2 Nephi 2 and read it with her. In her words, it answered her question so clearly! It was so cool to see the fog lift from her as the scriptures answered her question!

I have pretty big news about L! (If only it was a baptismal date but this comes pretty close!) Yesterday we called her and her dad yesterday to check up on them to see if they were okay because L wasn't at church. So, we called her dad and he said they couldn't come to church today because their water turned off and they couldn't shower. Did you catch that?? He said "they" couldn't come to church! He's been thinking about coming!! And then he went to say but they will both be at church next Sunday....AHHHH WHAT?!?!? L's dad wants to come to church!!!!!!!!!! He is having a change of heart!! Continue to pray for them please!! The power of prayer is so real.

Oh, we had a really relaxing 4th of July! We returned home at 7:30 and made homemade popcorn and watched the newer Bible videos. It was really nice!

That sums up our week! We are getting transfer calls Friday. I have been in Apple Valley for 5 months now so transfers should be interesting! The odds of me staying are slim! Whatever happens will be the Lord's will๐Ÿ™‚

I love you my beautiful mommy mom!!

God be with you till we meet again. The church is true and the book is blue!

Sister Allred

From Mom:
Spencer asked a little while ago if you had emailed. They are anxious to hear from you!!!!!!!


From Sister Allred:
I will email him in a minute!! I LOVE OUR CORGY CORG!!

Oh, my goodness I almost forgot.

So, a few weeks ago I had a very strong impression and I have finally remembered to tell you!

I don't know if you've have been starting to work on it already, but the spirit very clearly told me that our family needs to start food I don't know why but then again when do we ever know the reason to our spiritual promptings.

So please do that. I know we will all be blessed.

From Mom:

Favorite quotes:
President Henry B. Eyring: “The Lord’s work is not just to solve problems; it is to build people…. If you walk with the Savior long enough, you will learn to see everyone as a child of God with limitless potential, regardless of what his or her past may have been. And if you continue walking with the Savior, you will develop another gift He has—the ability to help people see that potential in themselves and so repent.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard: “One of the most important things we do through the gospel of Jesus Christ is to build people. Properly serving others requires effort to understand them as individuals—their personalities, their strengths, their concerns, their hopes and dreams—so that the correct help and support can be provided.”

Elder L. Whitney Clatyon: “The trial of our faith will always involve staying true to simple, daily practices of faith. Then, and only then, does He promise that we will receive the divine response for which we long. Only once we have proven our willingness to do what He asks without demanding to know the whens, the whys, and the hows do we “reap the rewards of [our] faith, and [our] diligence, and patience, and long-suffering.” Real obedience accepts God’s commandments unconditionally and in advance. Every day, consciously or otherwise, we all choose “whom [we] will serve.” We demonstrate our determination to serve the Lord by faithfully engaging in daily acts of devotion. The Lord promises to direct our paths, but for Him to do that, we have to walk, trusting that He knows the way because He is “the way.” We must fill our own waterpots up to the brim. When we trust and follow Him, our lives, like water to wine, are transformed. We become something more and better than we ever otherwise could be. Trust in the Lord, and “whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

In one of the talks in Sacrament Meeting today, Brother Pearson (they are new in the ward) quoted from the Bible Dictionary definition of prayer…. I love this so much, and refer to it often (it is on page 707 in the Bible Dictionary, 7th paragraph under PRAYER: “As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.”