Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trust in the Lord - September 25, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga

Zone Conference - September 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga

Hello, my mother dearest (my beautiful mommy mom!)

Thank you for the email! I truly miss the choir. When you get the chance, please tell them that and give them my thanks for the love and support :)

Grandma is such a champion. She never ceases to amaze me!!

I hope Spencer had a good birthday! He was in my thoughts and prayers all day hahahaha. I miss Spencer PWJ PHEEJ! 

Zone conference with Elder Gaverret was super awesome. We could instantly feel the spirit when he walked in the chapel. 

The most impactful thing I learned at zone conference was actually a strong impression from the spirit. And that is I am to develop a mutual trust with Heavenly Father. It was as if he were telling it right to me "As you trust me and you will have my trust". It was so bold! I never thought about it like that, having the trust be mutual! We read in the scriptures to always trust in the Lord. The more we trust and have faith in Him, the more worthy that we are for His trust! I reflected on that multiple times this week. I thought to myself over and over again "Do I have enough faith in the Lord? What can I do more to have His trust in me to fulfill this work?" My goodness I hope he trusts me! The longer I am out here serving the more I have been able to realize that there is always more you can do. Whether it be for your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, or even sometimes yourself. The more we selflessly do for others, the more we are doing for Heavenly Father. (Mosiah 2:17)" And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". I believe that it is a devotion to selfless service and a constant drive to strengthen your faith and testimony that you will gain the trust of the Lord. I hope to have that motivate me for the rest of my service and for the rest of my life. 

Sister Clinger got sick a few days ago and then I didn't feel well yesterday! So not a whole lot happened except a couple days ago we had the opportunity to attend a baptism for a little girl in our ward and it was so beautiful. While she was being confirmed by Brother Bock (her grandpa), the water in the font was being drained and it was really loud! Despite the distracting noise, Brother Bock did not pay attention to it and continued on with the confirmation. He spoke with the Spirit and wept as he was blessing his sweet granddaughter with the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit was able to speak through him and we could feel it because he did wouldn't allow himself to get distracted from the noise of the drain. 

We can all apply that to our lives. The Spirit speaks to us in our mind and in our hearts with a still, small voice. How can we possibly recognize the gentle promptings of the Spirit if the way we are living our life is simply too loud? He can't!

It really got me thinking about how I was living when I was home. The only times I was given the chance to ponder in silence I gave up for the sake of my music or my phone. My music was always too loud and most of the time wasn't nearly as wholesome as it could have been. I constantly had my mind on my phone and social media. I remember when I went to the MTC and no longer had my phone with me, I swore I could feel vibrations from my phone in my pocket which was no longer there! I was restless throughout the day because the songs I use to listen to wouldn't leave my head because my mind was so use to constantly hearing them . It was when those worldly habits left me that I was finally able to listen to the Spirit almost whenever and wherever I was. It is so vital for us to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and I hope and pray that we can all limit daily habits that distract us from the Spirit.

Well we are excited to get back into the swing of things this week! We love missionary work!

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

I love you my dear sweet mommy mom. Thank you for ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME!!! You are my sunshine :) I love you to the moon and back!!!

Love,

Sister Allred

P.S. Can you tell everyone I didn't have time to email them. I really only emailed you. Give grandma and my brothers and sister in laws hugs for me! I love them!

From Mommy Mom:
Dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!

How was your week? I'm anxious to hear about Elder Gaverret, and the mission conference. I'm sure it was wonderful. Sister Taylor posted some photos on Facebook, so I saw the picture of your zone. I attached it to this email!

Were you able to go to the General Women's Meeting? Grandma and I went together, of course. It was such a beautiful meeting. Each talk was so sensitive and powerful, and I can't wait to listen to them again and again! I also loved all the music. It was so joyful and exuberant throughout the meeting, and then when the choir sang the final hymn, I felt the spirit just wash over me. It was amazing. I wasn't expecting that, but when the organist played the introduction I already felt the spirit, and it just kept getting more and more powerful. I can't say enough about it.

I love this quote by Elder Bednar in his last conference talk, Called to the Work, "My beloved brethren [and sisters], I promise that the spiritual gift of revelation will attend your call to the work of proclaiming the gospel and your assignment to a specific field or fields of labor. As you diligently prepare now through selfless priesthood and temple service, your witness of the Lord’s living reality will be strengthened. Love for Him and His work will fill your heart. As you learn to love being worthy, you will become a mighty instrument in the hands of the Lord to bless and serve many people."

I fasted for you today. I also fasted for you last week. I'm praying a lot that your knee will be okay, and that you will know best how to help your knee. Let me know it is going. I pray for you constantly.

General Conference is next week! Hooray! I can hardly wait. I love how I feel the spirit so strongly. Preston and I talked about feeling the spirit, and recognizing the spirit. He mentioned that he feels the spirit during testimony meeting. He talked about a lady who bore her testimony in the YSA ward today, and how she was becoming re-activated, and strengthening her testimony. He said he really felt the spirit. That is so awesome for him! He is working hard, and going to classes, and doing his art homework, and going to work. So, he is learning a lot! Hopefully he can start his mission papers in the next few weeks.

I hope you have a great week! Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful daughter. May the angels be round about you to bear you up.

I love you to the moon and back!

Mommy Mom

The picture of Spencer and Grandma was from Spencer's birthday!
We had dinner and then went over to the Rynearsons' after.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Keystone of our Religion - September 18, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


Sister Allred and Sister Clinger - September 2017

Hi, my sweet Mommy Mom! :)

WOW!! A lot happened last week! I bet you are exhausted. One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is that you would never guess how tired you are and how many health problems you have by seeing the kind of work ethic you have. I'm always so proud of you. You inspire me every time I think of you when the work gets tough. I always think to myself, "I hope I'm as good of a missionary as Mom when she served." I love thinking about what kind of missionary you were. I can't imagine where we would be if you hadn't served a faithful mission. Mommy Mom....YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

I feel bad I can't remember that sweet lady that I love who is in the choir and she has red hair and takes really amazing pictures...but she gave me some oils before I came out and they are nearly gone. If you could send me some essential oils that would be incredible.

Alrighty, last week was great! Not just because we found 2 new investigators but they are both SO serious about investigating the church! I will keep you updated on them :)

As for our other investigators, it has been so hard to meet with them. But we have a couple of appointments set up this week with them. Many prayers go out to them as they investigate the church!

Sister Clinger and I are having so much fun out here serving. We laugh ALL the time and we work really hard and we strengthen each other. How have I been so blessed with companions??

Yesterday we were having a deep discussion about the importance of using the Book of Mormon in conversion. Okay so you know how we hear over and over again that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion?? Which hopefully we are all confident that statement is true. But if it is the KEYSTONE of our religion why don't we act like it all the time?! Preach My Gospel has emphasized that we use the Book of Mormon as our MAIN source of teaching. So, Sister Clinger came up with this amazing idea for us to start teaching the missionary discussions from the Book of Mormon and working our way out to the pamphlets instead of teaching all from the pamphlet and then a small amount from the Book of Mormon. AH!!! We are stoked to see what that will do for those whom we teach. I have seen what the power of the Book of Mormon brings forth to those with hardened hearts and oh my goodness it's miraculous!!!

I finished reading Jacob and am now in Enos. My oh my do I admire Jacob!!!! I love when Sherem just tries so hard to destroy Jacobs testimony and Jacob then goes to say that he is "unshakeable"! Ohhhhhh my goodness!!!!!! His faith cannot be shaken. We can all learn from him and how his foundation is solidly placed on Christ and His gospel. Wow. Jacob 7....it's so good.

Okay so pretty much my whole life I thought the scriptures were so boring because I just could not understand them. I was so blind but now I see! When anyone talks about the scriptures I just feel like I need to hold my scriptures close to me and tell everyone how much I love them! Haha I'm obsessed😂Applying the principals we find in the scriptures to our missionary efforts is my favorite thing ever. We see that the knowledge we gain from our studies is used for so much good as we help others learn about the Gospel and come unto Christ.

I'm going to have to leave that right there or else this email is going to be 5 pages long that will be all about the scriptures haha.

OH! Elder Gaverret of the Seventy is visiting the mission tomorrow. We can't wait!!! I will take lots of notes and share my favorite things with you :)

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

I love you to the moon and back my beautiful Mommy Mom. I am so incredibly blessed to have you. Have a wonderful week!

Love
Sister Allred

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From Mom:

Yesterday in my personal study, I was studying about Jesus Christ - Only Begotten Son. And the scripture in Moses 4:2 hit me like a ton of bricks, "But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever." 

I have thought a lot about submitting ourselves to the will of our Heavenly Father. In fact, I think about it a lot! It carries me through so many difficulties and challenges. But, as I pondered about the Savior, and how He literally followed the will of our Father, right from the beginning. That was so powerful to me. And then I realized that is truly an answer for so many things, for us to follow Heavenly Father's will, even when we don't want to. But if we have the faith, and obedience, and move forward, our testimony will increase, and we will have heaven's strength and heaven's help in all that we do. In fact we always have heaven's help. We just need to learn to recognize it.

Anyway, it was amazing. The talks in Sacrament Meeting were wonderful. A young couple that are new in the ward spoke, Brother and Sister Richan. Sister Richan said, "If you pick up a stick, you also pick up the other end." She was speaking about agency, and when we make a choice, we are also choosing the consequence that comes along with our choice. Brother Richan said, "Are we in the game, or are we on the sidelines." That made me think also, how committed am I. Am I letting life pass me by, or am I in this all the way?

Well, I hope things are going well. We all love you, and pray for you constantly. People ask me about you all the time, how you are doing. Choir members are always so caring. They all love you so much.

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

I love you to the moon and back!
Mommy Mom

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Faith - September 11, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga

My dear Mommy Mom,

I'm glad you liked my email :) I really loved yours even if it was short! You are my sweet Mommy and I love you so much!

K I'm going to start with the sour stuff and end with the sweet :)

Last week was a little crazy. Hahaha, I am going to try to not to sound like I am complaining because that is not what I want it to sound like. But Last week was HARD!!! I don't know what day it started but my knee has been in a lot of pain. I bought a knee brace today but it will still get occasional sharp pains. I'm a little worried. I'm going to be eating/drinking a whole lot more protein and drinking lots of milk for calcium...I went to town at the grocery store today! I also bought some really good multi vitamins. I hope it will have a lasting effect but who knows!! I have felt prompted to get a blessing from President Taylor as he is now super close. I'm looking forward to it. 

The tendency to get bashed is so much more common here than in the desert. Over and over again I felt as if Satan was attacking my spirit from all angles. Not getting discouraged is so hard. I never dealt with that in Apple Valley.

I was pondering about this a couple nights ago. I remembered last transfer I sincerely asked Heavenly Father for experiences that will strengthen my faith and testimony. I realized that my prayer has been clearly answered as I suddenly felt drawn to read Alma 8. As I read about Alma and his experience he had while trying to teach the gospel to the people in Ammonihah I felt a deep connection with him. Of course, our situation is not nearly as difficult as his. I mean thank goodness, we aren't teaching by ourselves, getting spit upon and being cast out from the city. However sometimes it feels that those things could happen! After the angel appeared to Alma and basically said that he has every reason to rejoice because he is being faithful to the things that God had commanded him to do. After the angel left, Alma received a crazy amount of motivation and returned to the city "speedily" to continue diligently to preach the gospel. He didn't let his hard experience in Ammonihah defeat him. He was strengthened and became more confident in the power and Spirit of the Lord. His faith and his desire to bring people into the fold increased!!!! 

Alma's story reminds me of Alma 32. It is one of my favorite chapters and I love the last verse.

Alma 32:43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

Strengthening your faith and testimony wouldn't require diligence, patience or long-suffering if it was easy!! Plus aren't the most rewarding things in life the hardest things to earn? Receiving fruit from a tree is a lengthy and delicate process but the rewards are so sweet.

I'm thankful that my testimony is growing from the experiences I have been blessed with out here. I have the deepest gratitude for the chance that I have been given to serve. I love being a missionary and defending my faith in Jesus Christ. I know that I am a missionary for the true church on earth because I live by the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ and have experienced the promised blessings from doing so. I love this church!

Thank you for the many thoughts and prayers! Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

I love you dearly my sweet and beautiful Mommy Mom. You are always in my prayers. Thank you for supporting me out here while I serve. This gospel means everything to me. I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Allred

Honey from the rock - September 4, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


Okay I have about 15 minutes to email and you know how slow I can be at typing! Bear with me!!!

Thank you for your email! It really uplifted me

I love Rancho. It has been raining here almost every day and it is still very warm but it's super humid. Adjusting to the different climate is interesting!!!! 

Our ward is quite small. Our bishop is AMAZING!!! He is pretty young and he is an institute teacher. We are excited to work with him.

I love Sister Clinger. She really is the companion that I need right now and I am the companion that she needs. We work really well together. She plays the piano! She loves it when I talk about you😊

Last week was a bit difficult. There is tons of work to be done here which is great on our part!! We love to teach so much! But I'll say tracting in extremely wealthy neighborhoods and walking up to multimillion dollar houses is scarier than I ever would have imagined. I am happy that I learned to be humble in Apple Valley and now I can keep my humility strong in this area.

Last thing I want to share before we go..."He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;" (Deuteronomy 32:13) Right now this is my favorite scripture because it is very applicable to Sister Clinger and I. Does honey come from a rock? No. Does oil come from a flint? No! BUT the Lord provides! So, taking our area for example. We are quick to judge that the work is going to be so hard and be very slow. From hearing about the area from other missionaries we looked at our area like the rock that we can't get anything out of. We forgot about the key thing. Faith. Faith that the Lord will provide miracles for this area that may seem barren when it comes to successful missionary work. When we feel the urge to feel discouraged we say to each other "Honey from the rock." And our motivation picks up. It is going to be a great transfer. I am anxious for what the Lord has in store.

I love my Heavenly Father and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful to be a humble servant of the Lord. I love this work.

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

I love you to the moon and back my sweet and beautiful mommy mom! May the Lord's blessings be abundant for you this week

Love,
Sister Allred

Thoughts from Mom:
That hit me like a ton of bricks, as so often we have to trust in the Lord and His timing. In fact, during fast & testimony meeting yesterday, a couple of people bore their testimonies, and then there was silence for a couple of minutes. I felt prompted to get up (and I always hesitate as I bear my testimony about every other month). Anyway, I talked about that, and then just bore my testimony of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, of the Book of Mormon, Pres. Monson, and the church, and then that Jesus is the Christ.

Preston and I just read 2 Nephi 31 yesterday. In fact, I told him that it is definitely one of my very chapters in all of the scriptures. I studied it a lot before I went on my mission. My favorite verse is 2 Nephi 31:20. We didn't have missionary plaques back then (I don't think) but if we would have, that would have been my missionary scripture!

He and I still study every night, one chapter in the Book of Mormon and a page (sometimes less) in Preach My Gospel. We are finishing up Lesson 2: The Plan of Salvation. It has been amazing to go through that with him, and discuss the gospel in depth, and the atonement of Jesus Christ, and the plan of Salvation. We feel the spirit each time we sit down to study.

I was reading various scriptures the other day, and this first one was very powerful to me. And then I found other scriptures that relate also.

"Seek the Lord, and ye shall live." (Amos 5:6)

"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you." (D&C 88:63-64)

"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near." (Isaiah 55:6)

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is." (Psalms 63:1)

"But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul." (Alma 38:8)