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.”

Prayers - July 3, 2017 - Apple Valley

Sister Sowby took this picture of us this morning while we were studying. 
She says our comp unity is the best she's seen๐Ÿ˜‚

She is my dearest friend๐Ÿ™‚ and she is a goof hahaha

My dearest Mommy Mom,

We don't have tons of time today. also, I’m sitting next to this guy in the library and he is really irritating.... forgive me for being a little un-Christlike.

We had president interviews on Tuesday and as we mentioned to president Taylor about how the people we are teaching are doing and we described their progress. he suggested that we prayfully consider dropping people. WHOA!! We were a bit upset because we are teaching so much! However we really trust president Taylor’s counsel.

So, not much else happened this week except we tried to visit a lot of potentials and formers because we dropped a few of our investigators and we dropped a ton of less-actives! We have a lot of tracting planned. It's going to be awesome!!

We did have a really cool experience on Saturday. Our appointment fell through with our investigator M. Her window shattered because the heat made her window expand........ That was ridiculous!! Anyways so our back up plan was tracting. As we parked our car to begin our quest to find prepared people, a rough looking man approached us and asked us if we needed help because he thought we were lost. We ended up talking to him for about 45 minutes!

This guy was so cool! He asked us where our church was and said he wanted to come. To our surprise (because it's so hard getting people to come to church) he showed up like he said he would! He had never talked to missionaries before and definitely hasn't been to an LDS church. He stayed for 2 hours. It was awesome!

We will start teaching him this week. He even mentioned that he wants his 3-year-old son to have a religious foundation. He ran into just the right sisters if that's what he wants๐Ÿ˜‚ We were just mind blown with this guy!

OH!! Our 12-year-old investigator, L, went to girl’s camp last week!!! whe loved it so much. The young women leaders are amazed with her. She bore her testimony at camp! AND... she bore her testimony yesterday at church!!! My goodness sister Clarke and I were very proud missionaries.

I may have mentioned this to you already but keep her and her dad in your prayers! L really wants to be baptized but her dad won't let her. Which is fine! we need to respect her dad. But they need the gospel so much and we can only imagine how much it would help them.

Also, can you pray for M?? We invited her to be baptized and she didn't quite get it. It was frustrating! We are scared to tell her that even though she was baptized already in another church, it wasn't done through proper authority. We might just have to be super bold. which is what we are supposed to do but IT'S SO SCARY!!! But we will have the Lord's help๐Ÿ™‚

Okay that's so cool you are reading Preach My Gospel with Preston!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite chapters are chapters 1,6 and 10. Also chapter 5 might be really good to go over because it's all about the Book of Mormon and its holy greatness!!!! I am obsessed with preach my gospel! Sometimes on really hard days I would just like to curl up and study the Book of Mormon and preach my gospel all day long!!

Anyways, thank you mom for helping Preston! I used to stress over him because I just want so badly for him to be really prepared to be a missionary. but in his email to me he told me how he has learned more from you in 2 weeks than he has in 4 years of seminary!! WOW THANK YOU!!!!!! It truly makes me the happiest, proudest sister. I love him so much!

Thank you, mom, for all your prayers! I for sure feel them daily. I am so blessed to have a family who supports me while I serve. not every missionary has that. so, I am very grateful๐Ÿ’•

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


Sister Allred

Favorite quote from Mom:

Elder David A. Bednar, "I witness that the Savior knows and is mindful of each of us one by one and name by name."

I love teaching the gospel - June 26, 2017 - Apple Valley

I love my mission family!!!! 

We had a breakfast party with the sisters in our zone this morning
and it was sooooooo fun!!!

Oh the one hugging me is sister Ysasaga! I became very close with her as she was one of my first STLs.
She is going home in 2 weeks. WE ARE GOING TO MISS HER!!!!

My dear Mommy Mom,

I hope you are hangin in alright! It sounds like things are winding down a bit but it still sounds like a lot. Hahaha I wouldn't be able to do what you do!!!!! But you are such a tough cookie. The amount of faith I have in my wonderful mom is insane!!!! I mention you in quite a lot of conversations with people. You are just so amazing I can't help but talk about you :)  On Mother's Day, we were at A's house and so of coarse we were talking about all of our moms. I told her about you and she just stared at me for a moment and said "..........she is one heck of a woman." except she didn't say heck๐Ÿ˜‚ she was in complete awe over you! I felt very proud of you. You really are a spiritual giant! And that is how you get through life with grace. I think of how much you have endured. Because you have centered your life as well as ours, on Christ, you have been able to overcome such adversities. AHHHH MOM! YOU ARE SO COOL!!!!!!!!!

I came to the realization of something the other day. Again, you were on my mind. I was thinking of how well you raised us and was trying to figure out how you did it. I have compared you to loads of parents that I have meet here and I have yet to meet someone as righteous as you. Spencer, Ben, Preston and I have all learned to follow Christ. Even though raising us was extremely rocky at times (SORRY!!) your faith, hope, charity, dilligence, humilty, obedience, (the list goes on) only strengthened. Mom you are truly remarkable. I firmly believe that Heavenly Father was putting us all through that refiner's fire because he knew that our Mother would stay true and faithful. And because of that we know what we need to do to follow our Redeemer even when times are too much to bear. If you haven't notice I just admire you so much and I am so grateful for you.

Alright so highlights on last week! Most of what I'll say is that the heat is getting scary. We are at the end of the month and the miles on our car for this month are shot. So guess what that means! BIKES!!!!!!!!! I have so much respect for missionaries who don't have cars at all. It's brutal!!!!!!!! Something that we have mastered is smiling and waving at people even when we feel awful! But the amazing thing is that we stay happy and surprisingly it makes the bike ride easier. It really does! We had a discussion a couple of weeks ago of how much we love to smile and wave at people. We want people to know that even when its hot and we are riding bikes in dresses, we love doing the Lord's work! And it's true!

A couple of days ago for some reason I was having yet another really rough day because I just couldn't stop thinking about dad. After we talked to a few people that morning Sister Clarke insisted that we eat lunch early. We sat and talked and she let me cry. Really I was just feeling so concerned for dad. I wanted to know if he was happy but doubt was overcoming my thoughts about it. Sister Clarke suggested I get a blessing ASAP. I agreed and immediately I felt strongly to have brother Heywood give me the blessing. I have come to be very close with him and his wife. Their relationship reminds me a lot of Doug and Rochelle :) Brother Heywood dropped everything and came to the church. He began his blessing and the spirit flooded the room. We were all crying. I had never received such a powerful blessing. I wish I could explain all that was said but for now I am holding it sacred. It was exactly what my spirit needed. I know dad is happy and that he is watching over me. I'm grateful for the Plan of Salvation.

Last night we went over to A's. We had planned a perfect lesson for her and we were super excited! Half way through our visit our excitement completely changed. She got extremely defensive after we explained how God can fully bless us when we keep his commandments. She immediately thought we were calling her out because she recently drank. She even called her cousin who is a pastor to help defend for her. Since the past 4 months that we have been teaching her she has never fired back at us. We were shocked. I couldn't hold back my tears. I haven't been bashed out here until last night. I wish it hadn't been from someone that we love so dearly. It was awful. We did however leave on a semi good note. We knew we couldn't leave without her knowing how much we and Heavenly Father loves her regardless and we did. I hope we never go through that again. We know there is a valuable lesson to be learned however we are still figuring it out. The next visit we have with her we will drop her. It is going to be hard but it's what needs to happen.

Are you ready for the tender mercy?? After we got home there was mail sitting on my bed! Both from you. I received dad's funeral dvd. Naturally I hesitated because why would I want to cry more after we saw A??? Sister Clarke felt very strongly to watch it anyway. So we did. As I watched my beautiful family, love and peace overpowered my restless soul. I felt dad with me to comfort me. After my blessing and watching his funeral the spirit testified to me again that he is happy and is using the healing power of the Atonement. I love him and miss him but I know without a doubt that he is learning and accepting the gospel once again.

Thank you for all that you do mom. Thank you for praying for Sister Clarke and I. I feel your prayers. Thank you for helping me serve a mission. I would not be here if it weren't for you. I love teaching the gospel!!!!!!!!!!!!

The church is true and the Book is blue!!!!

Sister Allred

From Mom:
I have felt strongly that Dad is going to be okay. Jesus loves each of us, and He understands us, and suffered for us. He is helping Dad get through all the difficulties of this life. It will all be okay. The atonement of Jesus Christ covers everything. Everything.

Hold onto those times when you feel Dad near you. The spirit world is very near, especially for missionaries. Dad loves you, and will watch over you.

From Sister Allred:
Wow!!!! Oh thank you❤

Favorite quote of the week, from Mom:

President Russell M. Nelson, Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ Into Our Lives.
"Covenant-keeping men and women seek for ways to keep themselves unspotted from the world so there will be nothing blocking their access to the Savior’s power."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tender mercy - June 19, 2017 - Apple Valley

Hi Mommy mom!!!! Thank you for your email! I loved it :) I hope you had a nice time with the music camp! It sounds so fun!!! 

Every week when you talk about grandma she impresses me every time. She is sooo strong willed it's insane! I admire her so much!

Father’s Day was really hard for me. I thought I was going to hold up alright but during sacrament meeting I got really emotional. Not very many members know about dad and the choir director was trying to get us to participate in the musical number. Haha I was a mess I just couldn't do it! 

Quick back story. Last week our bishop asked us to visit a young less active couple ASAP because they are struggling really bad. They hadn't been to church since my first week in the field. He didn't give details he just said to rely on the spirit when we go over to see them. We did see them on Friday and it was a very interesting visit but we were able to share an amazing message with them about the peace that Christ can provide for us.

So, major tender Sister Clarke and I were debating how long we were going to stay because I was an emotional wreck, they walked into sacrament meeting!!! We were overjoyed. The bishopric was so shocked to see them walk in! Suddenly my whole focus completely turned to them. The rest of the day I didn't feel sad or overwhelmed anymore. They were my angels yesterday. They have no idea how their effort to come to church impacted me. The less active sister later asked us if we can start to come over to visit them weekly. Sister Clarke and I feel impressed to focus on the power of the Atonement. We are so excited for them and for their desires to live the gospel again. 

All of our investigators are doing really well! We are working really for them. Something that Sister Clarke and I are really working on is teaching with the Spirit. Of course, we have always been striving to do that but we are getting better at it. Often times now we will plan for lessons and they will turn into discussions that we didn't think they needed. This is especially happening for our investigator Anita. She is happier and happier every time we go over which is a HUGE step for her!! I'm so thankful for the Spirit!!!

We found 2 more people that we are going to start teaching next week. One of them is a sweet lady from Nigeria! We just about died when we knocked on her door because when she answered it she said we could come in. We kind of hesitated and started saying that we were missionaries for church and she interrupted us midway and said in her African accent "Girls I know who you are. Come in!" WHOA!!!! Hahahaha it was awesome! We are so pumped to start teaching her!

Last week was very smooth sailing and also very hot! A member said it is supposed to get up to 120? Haha I don't know if it really will. Lots of people will offer us water! Heat stroke apparently is ridiculously common. People like to take care of us even if they aren't interested. We are so blessed!!!!!

Mom I am so happy out here. Deciding to serve a mission is the best this I have ever done in my life. Serving Heavenly Father and his children is unlike anything I imagined how amazing a mission would be. Miracles happen each and every day. I am so thankful for Sister Clarke. She never ceases to walk beside me and the Lord. She helps me rely on Christ๐Ÿ’•Besides my Savior (and Preston hahaha)
she is my very best friend! 

You know what is funny? I remember just about everything about home, but it's weird to think that it was actually real. I just love serving and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. The gospel has helped me learn how to totally live in the moment and love it no matter what. The gospel means "good news" and I have been blessed to have this opportunity to spread good news! IT'S THE BEST!!!!

Well that was our week! Thank you for all of your prayers! I can feel them. 

I love you so much my wonderful mommy mom! Thank you for always sending my gospel related things. They help me so much. I swear ever week you send me something inspired! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!! ❤❤❤❤
Sister Allred

Remembering Grandpa! We love Grandpa and Grandma!

My dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!

I loved your email last week! And I love you so much!

So, how was your day? It was an interesting Father's Day... We miss Grandpa, but we know that he is working hard in the spirit world. In fact, it is so wonderful to know that he has a purpose in the spirit world, that of teaching the gospel. So, you are both missionaries! That is amazing. And I believe that he watches over you! We know that are loved ones that have passed on before, are very close to us!

I stopped by Dad's grave... The headstone isn't ready yet. It will be awhile. Did you get the funeral DVD? Let me know. There is one song that doesn't have any sound (I Need Thee Every Hour). Not sure why they turned it off. Oh well...

We had an amazing R.S. lesson today. A young sister that is new in our ward, gave a wonderful lesson on Obedience. Then I played for her and her sister as they sang "Have You Received HIs Image in Your Countenance." Then I said the closing prayer, and right after I started to pray, I was overcome with emotion. The spirit was so strong. It was very tender.

Grandma is doing well. I took her to Walmart yesterday, and there weren't any motorized carts, so she just walked around pushing a shopping cart. She did well. It is good exercise for her. She's cute. She has something to mail almost every day. And then we take her to the bank a couple of times a week.

I pray for you all the time. Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful daughter! May the angels be round about you to bear you up. "Remember that they that be with us are more than they that be with them!"

Another scripture that I love in D&C 38:7 "But behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me."

I love the scripture. It has helped me many, many times.

I love you, my incredible darling missionary!
Mommy Mom

My favorite quote of the week:

Pres. Eyring, "My Peace I Leave With You." (from the General Women's Session)

You will at times have your faith challenged by Satan; it happens to all disciples of Jesus Christ. Your defense against these attacks is to keep the Holy Ghost as your companion. The Spirit will speak peace to your soul. He will urge you forward in faith. And He will bring back the memory of those times when you felt the light and the love of Jesus Christ.

Remembering may be one of the most precious gifts the Spirit can give you. He will “bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever [the Lord has] said unto you” (John 14:26). The memory may be of an answered prayer, of a priesthood ordinance received, of a confirmation of your testimony, or of a moment when you saw God’s guiding hand in your life. Perhaps in a future day when you need strength, the Spirit may bring to your memory the feelings you are having during this meeting. I pray that this may be so.

Put on the armor of God - June 12, 2017 - Apple Valley

It's not a trip down the hill if it's not complete with chick-fil-a.
High desert area tradition because we don't have chick-fil-a up here!

My wonderful mommy mom!

I loved your email! I just love my family soooo much and your email depicts how amazing my family is! I have been so blessed with my wonderful family๐Ÿ’•❤๐Ÿ’•❤๐Ÿ’•

Yes, I have been doing pretty well on my meds. We are going back down to Rancho this week for another follow up appointment and I think I'm going to request for a slightly higher dose. I am still getting pretty bad anxiety. My depression is pretty much no more! Only was it the other day was when I got pretty sad because I was thinking about dad. But it wouldn't be right if I had an inability to feel sad. But my emotions are very much under control!

I have apologized about this before but I’m going to do it again. I'm sorry for being spendy again! Like I have explained before, it is getting so hot here and we are spending a lot of time outside, so I have been getting a few more clothes because a lot of what I have isn't necessarily light enough for the desert. Which surprised me because I thought I should've been good to go! I hope you understand. Please let me know if I'm ever getting out of hand. I will respect you! Because just knowing me and how much I love clothes, I hope I don't get crazy about it hahaha!

So, this week...Hehehe we had a great week! However, it was pretty slow. Our finding activities weren't successful at all this week but that doesn't mean ANYTHING! We know that not every time we plan to find people we are going to find 3 more investigators! Some weeks are more successful than others and that's okay.

What made this week so awesome was that we had a wonderful lesson with our investigator Mel! We taught her about the Book of Mormon and the Spirit was present. As I have mentioned before, she and her family are actively involved with HDC (High Desert Church) and they have been planning on getting baptized. During our lesson as we were talking about the truthfulness of the gospel she mentioned, "Who knows...I could be wrong and you Sisters could be right." Hahahaha AHH!! We freaked out on the inside! She is experiencing a change of heart! We invited her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, she willingly excepted our invitation, and we also invited her to have a church tour, again she accepted!

A couple days later while we were at the church (which was 30 minutes before the schedule tour) she shows up unexpectedly with her daughter A! She said that she just had to come now and that she felt it was just calling to her. uhhhhhh WHAT?!? Haha wow!!! The church tour was AMAZING!! We had 2 other members with us who are just perfect for Mel! After we were done, Mel told us that she loves how the church has a foundation on Christ which is what she feels her and her daughter need. Apparently HDC does not have a foundation according to Mel. HDC is very "appealing" to most people. But Mel sees past all that! She is incredible! They wanted to come to church on Sunday but they were out of town. They are planning on attending next week. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Remember our 12-year-old investigator L? We now have permission from her dad to have her go to girls camp this week! It will be so good for her to feel the Spirit and build upon the testimony that she now has! We are so pumped!! She is progressing very well and she couldn't be happier about coming to church with us on Sundays. What a special girl she is!!

Something cool that I have learned so far, this transfer is about putting on the Armor of God. Why do the scriptures encourage us to put on "armor"? Well the obvious reason is to protect us from the "fiery darts of the adversary" as the scriptures say. Things that protect us from temptation and sin are studying our scriptures and having sincere prayer daily, attending church weekly, partaking of the sacrament worthily, serving our fellow man, keeping the commandments, and the list goes on. Something that I realized is that putting on armor isn't convenient. It's heavy and it's not comfortable. All the things that protect our spirit a lot of the time isn't convenient neither is it always comfortable! But what are the blessings that come from putting on the Armor of God? There are COUNTLESS blessings! Are we willing to sacrifice convenience and comfort to protect our spirit? I sure hope so.

Another thing that I happened to think of when I was pondering about this. I remembered how when we go on an airplane, they give us multiple instructions on what we need to do if anything happens to the plane. They instruct us that if the plane starts losing too much altitude, the oxygen masks will drop, and we are to put on our masks before we can help someone else. And I feel that is a lot like what we need to do when we are experiencing a trial. We have to take care of ourselves before we can be a blessing to others. If we ignore the things that protect us, then how will we help someone else? We could do it for a short amount of time but eventually we will burn out. We HAVE to put on that armor! I have just thought about these things because we see so many people out here that devote so much time to helping others and yet they don't take care of their selves. So, I promised myself and my Heavenly Father that I would do all the things I need to do to be a strong and protected missionary so that I can be that vessel that the Lord needs me to be to harvest those who are ready to be harvested. I love this work and I am so excited for the things that are to come!!!!!!

I love you mom! I hope you have a fantastic week! Remember how grateful I am for you. I can't even express it. You mean so much to me and your testimony is definitely one of the reasons why I am here. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Sister Allred

 Service at the squash farm!

 Service at the squash farm!

We make tracting fun!

The other day when we hiked up to an abandoned mansion
that overlooks Apple Valley! Its sooo pretty up there!

Overlooking Apple Valley!

We saw this at our investigator Anita's house and thought it was so funny!
Next lesson...WORD OF WISDOM!! hahaha (the things we see at as missionaries!)


My dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!!!

How was your week? I've been praying for you a lot! I pray constantly for all of you, and I pray that you will be filled with the spirit, that you will be protected, and that you will find those that are searching for the truth!

I just got home from getting my temple recommend renewed! Hooray! I had a very short chat with Pres. Almquist. He wanted to know how you are doing? So how are you? In fact everyone asks me all the time. I love to tell them that you love your mission, and that you are working hard!

I know you have had a lot of challenges, my beautiful daughter, but you are learning so much, and you are overcoming these challenges. I am so proud of you.

How is your medication? Is it helping? Keep me posted... You've been through a lot, and I pray for you all the time!

Preston and I had another great discussion last night on the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. He had a lot of questions about the gold plates, and the 116 lost pages of manuscript, and stuff like that. We had watched the beginning (first 5 minutes) of "How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon" a few days ago, which shows Moroni walking through lots of different places, including the coast, and then finally burying the plates, etc. He is really asking a lot of questions, and our discussions are wonderful. The spirit has been very strong. He meets with the bishop on Wednesday night, so hopefully he will be able to get a recommend to get his patriarchal blessing.

We had our Flag Day Concert on Friday night, and it was wonderful. You would have been proud of Preston. It was also the NBA finals game, and he wanted to watch it real bad, but he willingly and lovingly took Grandma to the concert so he could be with her. He told me after that he was so glad that he came, and that it made him happy and feel good. I believe he is starting to really recognize the spirit.

Spencer, Ben, and Lindsay are taking the LSAT today (Law School Admissions Test). It is a half-day test (kind of like the ACT for law school). So, pray for them. Their scores will determine which schools they can get into!

Grandma is getting stronger and stronger. The physical therapist encouraged her to walk around the house as much as possible. So, she is doing that. He also took her out driving a few times. And then I finally took her out (where she is driving) last week, and she did well. Then Glenn took her out (he and Debbie were here all last week and helped us 24/7 with things around the house). He said she did great, and she even drove on the freeway! We are hoping that she will be ready to drive by August, when school starts, as my time will be quite limited.

Anyway, Preston and I help her a lot. She is doing the majority of things for herself now, but we need to be home just in case she needs something. 

I'm so excited that you finished the Book of Mormon! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! I'm so proud of you. I can't wait to see a picture!!!!!!!

Remember we pray for you all the time! Be strong and of a good courage my beautiful daughter! Remember "they that be with us are more than they that be with them." And may the angels be round about you to bear you up.

Mommy Mom

And I loved hearing about all your experiences.... Keep them coming! Here are some of my favorite quotes from this week!

Pres. Monson
The world needs the gospel of Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless all of His Saints—regardless of where we serve—with a missionary heart.

Elder C. Scott Grow
My young brothers and sisters, knowing God is the quest of a lifetime. “And this is life eternal, that [we] might know … the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom [the Father] hast sent.”

“Shall we not go on in so great a cause? … Courage, [my young friends]; and on, on to the victory!”

“God knows you and invites you to know Him. Pray to the Father, study the scriptures, seek to do God’s will, strive to become like the Savior, and follow righteous mentors. As you do, you will come to know God and Jesus Christ, and you will inherit eternal life. This is my invitation to you as an ordained special witness of Them. They live. They love you. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

I finished the Book of Mormon! - June 5, 2017 - Apple Valley

Hello hello my wonderful mommy mom!!

Mom! I am so excited for Preston! Thank you for making such a valiant effort on helping him prepare for his mission!

I am feeling much better!! I received a blessing and by Tuesday I felt great. I was ready to get back to work!

Again, I'm sorry! I'm going to try to make this a quick email. We are in the library today and we have a limited amount of time on the computers. Transfers happened! Sister Clarke and I are staying!!!!!! Thank goodness. I am not ready to leave this area yet! Miracles keep happening!

MOM! I FINALLY FINISHED THE BOOK OF MORMON!!! Wooooooow!!!! As I read Moroni 10, and read Moroni's dying testimony about Jesus Christ and His perfect gospel, I felt the spirit so strong I could not hold back my tears! I cannot deny that the Book of Mormon is true! I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON!! One of the Sisters captured the moment after I finished it! I will hopefully send you the picture next week! 

Here's the moment that Sister Sowby captured
when I finished the Book of Mormon!!!! 

Last week was amazing!!!!!! all starts with the lesson we had with L. I don't know how much I talked about her but she's 12 years old. Her life is very hard. Her biological father just got custody over her because her mom is a drug addict. Her stepdad who helped raised her was also killed. Her property looks like a junk yard and she lives in a tiny trailer that is separate from her dad. Kids don't like her at school but somehow, she stays really happy! At least around us. Her dad is atheist so it is a miracle that he is letting us teach her! Her dad seems to really like us because L has been behaving better since we have been teaching her. We are so thankful that we have his permission to help her about the joys that come from living the gospel!

So, we taught L this week and it was awesome! We brought one of our young women to our lesson about the Book of Mormon. It was such a wonderful lesson! Sister Clarke gave L a CTR ring and she beamed! We all made us a little chant with her and we shout, "Choose the Right!" at the end! AHH we love her!!! She is very enthusiastic about the things that she learns about the gospel and she loves doing the commitments or in her words the "homework" we give her. Please pray for her! This little angel needs all the prayers she can get!

We have a new investigator named K! She has been a potential investigator for a while. I met her once when I first got to the field. I just felt she was special. I don't know there was just something about her but we felt it wasn't quite her time. However, Sister Tate and I as well with Sister Clarke, has tried to see her multiple times since and we were never able to talk with her. UNTIL on Monday we tried one more time. Her boyfriend (whom we have meet before) walked out of the garage and started to tell us she wasn't home. But oh, my goodness...she walked out from behind her car and stopped him! She apologized to us and admitted that she has been hiding from us but that she felt the sudden urge to talk to us. She explained how crazy her life has been getting, the death of her brother and then losing her job that she has had for 7 years, she had fallen into depression and extreme anxiety. She has never been depressed before and it has been scaring her. We talked with her for about 45 minutes and at the end of our visit she said she knew that God sent us and she wants to hear the message that we share. We had dinner with her and her family on Friday and it was wonderful! She is really excited to read the Book of Mormon and "find Jesus again". AHHH we are so thankful!!!!

Okay one last MIRACLE!!! Yesterday, after church we noticed a missed call from an unknown caller. We called it back. A guy named R answered and he said that he noticed us talking to his friend C the day before. C is a potential investigator. He said he was the one that we waved to while he was walking his dog and that he wanted to learn more about the church. Sister Clarke and I were like "WHAAAAT?!?!?" No one ever calls us to learn more. We always have to call them! We meet him later that night. We taught him the Restoration. He was so engaged! He has a huge testimony already!! He kept saying that he feels just like Job and after we taught him about Joseph Smith, he said he feels just like Joseph Smith!! He opened up to us and said that it took a lot of courage to walk to C's house and ask questions about us. He suffers from really bad anxiety so he isn't super social. According to R, C said we were amazing girls who love God and that she recommends he talks with us. So, then he called us! He also said that last month, his pastor spoke with him and said that on June 3, two angels will show you the path that God wants you to take. And then he saw us wave at him and talk to C on that day. While he was telling us this, the spirit was so strong it was unbelievable. At the end of the lesson we asked him to pray about the things that we taught him. He said "I will pray. But I already know that what you have taught me is true because of the way I feel. I have never felt this way before and it just feels right." AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! It was soooooo incredible!!!! We had to teach him outside so we can be obedient. He is 27 years old so we passed him off to the YSA elders. He is so excited to go to check out the YSA ward! Hahaha, we could not even believe what we had experienced last night. It was soooooo cool!!!!!!!

Well that was my week! I typed this a bit fast cause like I said we have to be quick!!! But I had to talk about these amazing people! I'm so grateful for this gospel! I love this work! AHHH Heavenly Father loves His children so much!

Remember that you are always in my prayers! I love you SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful week my Mommy Mom!!!

Love Sister Allred


From Mom:

My dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!

First of all, tell Sister Clarke "thank you". I loved her letter! It was so sweet and truly made my day! I got it yesterday! Anyway, how was your week? Are you feeling okay? 

Preston had the Trek these past few days. He said he liked Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday a few girls in his family sang three songs over and over for three hours, so that kind of drove him crazy!

Cassie Whitney bore her testimony at the end of testimony meeting today and talked about Trek, and the Women's Pull. She talked about how powerful it was when the guys came down to help, and how she felt the strength of the priesthood. It was very powerful and I had a lot of tears. 

Preston and I had an amazing week. He mentioned to me last week that he doesn't understand very much when he is reading his scriptures. So, of course I prayed, but I also began researching online and at for any books that would help. We also went to Deseret Book to buy his set of missionary scriptures, as he doesn't really like his seminary set (it is a quad), and it is the small size. So, we got the same set that we got for you. He is very happy.

I felt prompted to begin studying with Preston, and I told him we were going to start with 3 Nephi 11. So, we did, and it was an amazing experience. Then we watched the video "My Joy is Full" (the one you used to watch when you were younger that shows the Savior visiting the Nephites, and the children, and the angels...). Anyway, the spirit was very strong. I cried. And he and I talked about the Savior, and the plan of salvation, and the three degrees of glory for a long time. It was like the discussions we would have every once in awhile during scripture time, when one of you would ask a question and then we would discuss the gospel for a long time. It was so cool.

Then, tonight we read 3 Nephi 17, and it was wonderful again! He said he really felt the spirit and can feel his testimony being strengthened. We talked about Jesus healing the sick, and blessing the children, and how sacred the experience was, so sacred that they couldn't even write down the words that He spake.

Anyway, Preston is doing well. I am praying that he will be ready to get his patriarchal blessing soon. I know that will be an amazing experience for him.

I love the gospel so much. It's amazing how the Spirit is so strong when I am studying the gospel, and praying, and pondering. I have been spending almost 2 hours studying every day, as I don't usually go to school until 10. So, I get up early, and pray and study and get ready, and help Grandma. Anyway, I study before and after getting ready, and before and after breakfast. It's kind of crazy but we are getting into a routine.

I am so proud of you. Sister Clarke said you are a wonderful missionary. I know you are working hard. I am glad you are happy. Be strong and of a good courage. I know there are difficult things to overcome, but be strong, and remember the Savior always. Always look up to Him! Be happy and positive, and follow the promptings! May the angels be round about you to bear you up.

I love you so much!
Mommy Mom

Mom's favorite quotes of the week:

Pres. Uchtdorf
Let us follow the example of our Savior, who was meek and lowly, who sought not the praise of men but to do the will of His Father.

Pres. Eyring (this was given in the Priesthood Session, but this can apply to all our callings, and especially to MISSIONARY WORK!)
This is not our work—it is the Lord’s. So the only way to succeed is to rely on Him...
Listen to the words the Lord used to encourage Enoch. They are also His words to you who are called to minister to others as a priesthood holder: “And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good.…

Brethren, our ordination to the priesthood is an invitation from the Lord to walk with Him. And what does it mean to walk with the Lord? It means to do what He does, to serve the way He serves. He sacrificed His own comforts to bless those in need, so that’s what we try to do...We act not for ourselves but for Him. We speak not our words but His. The people we serve come to know Him better because of our service. As soon as we accept the Lord’s invitation “Walk with me,” the nature of our priesthood service changes. It becomes all at once higher and nobler but also more achievable, because we know that we are not alone. I felt this most powerfully when President Thomas S. Monson laid his hands on my head nine years ago and blessed me as I began my service in my current calling. In that blessing, he recited these words of the Savior: “And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up” (D&C 84:88).

Elder Ronald A. Rasband
We must act on the first prompting.

Remember the words of Nephi. “I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do. Nevertheless,” he said, “I went forth.” (1 Nephi 4:6-7)

And so must we. We must be confident in our first promptings. Sometimes we rationalize; we wonder if we are feeling a spiritual impression or if it is just our own thoughts. When we begin to second-guess, even third-guess, our feelings—and we all have—we are dismissing the Spirit; we are questioning divine counsel. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten.

The Lord blesses His missionaries - May 29, 2017 - Apple Valley

We were being goofy in our matching leggings!

Hello my mother dearest!

FYI I’m really sick today so I’m going to make my email kinda quick. also, the other missionaries are being a bit rowdy today.... I’m having a hard time focusing!! 

Thank you for your email! It made me smile. as they always do! 

I’m so excited for Preston. he has so much potential it's insane. He is an incredible guy and I love and miss him! But I am so proud of him! 

Grandma is looking good! How are her lessons going? Haha she is such a tough cookie. Also, how are Ben and Lindsay doing?? I never hear from them. Spencer emails me often and I’m so excited for Juna!!!!!!!!!! I was trying not to scream when I read his email. Hahahahahaha they will be AMAZING parents!!!!!

Personal and comp study is an hour each. They are usually my favorite parts of the day! I used to have a really hard time focusing during studies and sometimes I still do, but I talked to president Taylor about it and he suggested that I study strictly for the people we teach instead of myself. I never thought about that but he was so right! During my personal studies I would be studying for myself, how I can be a better missionary, and how quick I can read the chapters in the book of Mormon because I still haven’t finished it. But as I applied president Taylor’s suggestion I was getting way more out of my studies as I studied for others and their needs instead of my own. Funny how that works!

So, some highlights about this week. We biked almost every day this week! On Monday, we had to bike 5 miles to dinner and I got heat stroke! It was kind of scary! We got a ride home from a member but the next day I felt strengthened and ready to go! The Lord really does bless his missionaries! Speaking of the Lord blessing his missionaries, last week in Ontario, a set of sisters were t-boned by a drunk driver. Their car flipped THREE times. they crawled out of their car which was upside down with very minor injuries. A few scrapes and bruises. They are okay!!!! The doctor said they shouldn't be alive. They will continue to serve their mission!!!! HUGE MIRACLE!!!

 On Tuesday, we taught all 3 of our investigators. Anita, M, and L! 

With Anita, we were actually planning on dropping her. like I mentioned before, she is stubborn. during our visit before the one we had with her on Tuesday, she shot us down a bit and said she will never be baptized because she just doesn't belong with "people like us". It was strange. She had never talked to us like that. So yes, we were going to drop her but during our visit Sister Clarke and I both felt that now wasn't the time to drop her. We are still not sure why but we will continue to teach her. 

Our lesson with M was pretty good! We taught her the plan of salvation. She loved the lesson! But her church, the High Desert Church, teaches the plan of salvation except they don’t teach the 3 degrees of glory. We can't really tell how far we are getting through with her. But we will keep teaching her. We are surprised that she keeps setting up appointments with us. We have scheduled a church tour with her! We are excited for that. Church tours are really fun!

L's lesson was awesome! We taught her the restoration. as we were talking about priesthood authority and baptism, they said "I want to be baptized!" Hahahaha she is sooo cute and so sweet! She has so much desire to follow Christ's example.

We have a new investigator!! Her name is M and she is about 80 years old. She is literally THE SWEETEST LITTLE THING!! She LOVES Christ! I can't believe she has never met missionaries before. if you met her, you would think she is a member. I can just picture her being a temple worker! After we left her house Sister Clarke looked at me and said, "She has been waiting so long to be taught the gospel." And that stuck with me throughout this week. There are so many people that have been waiting so long to hear our message and we get to deliver it to them. How cool is that!?!?

I'm going to leave it at that. I’m really exhausted! I was given a blessing last night so that will help! We are going to get lunch and then I’m going to sleep! 

I love you my beautiful mommy mom!!! Have a wonderful week!

Love, Sister Allred


From Mom: Photos from Preston's graduation!