Saturday, July 21, 2018

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

This picture was right after district meeting😊Sister 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 name😁). 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 out😂

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 family💕

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 will🙂

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.”

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