Sunday, June 23, 2019

Peace, hope and love - January 3, 2018 - Rancho Cucamonga


My dearest Mommy Mom,

Wow I loved seeing everyone on Christmas! I was able to see Ben and Lindsay as well. That was awesome! I love the pictures of baby Jude!! He looks so happy and healthy! 

So, transfers happened on Monday and Sister McCombs and I are staying in Rancho! I'm so happy to have another transfer with her. We are such good friends!

There isn't much to report on from last week. It is all just a blur! The work has been going really slow and it has been really difficult to see potential investigators and investigators because of the holidays but things should be picking up really quick now that it is 2018 and we are so excited!

I hope that we all can carry on the spirit that we feel around Christmas time. There is a reason why it is the season of peace, hope and love. As we take time to remember our dear and most precious Savior we feel that peace, hope and love and that is how our Father in Heaven wants us to feel. 

Keep an eye single to the glory of God! 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 dear Mommy Mom! I hope you have a great week!
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Love,
Sister Allred

Thank you for sending me the talk! You are so inspired. Thank you thank you! I love you so much!!!!!!

Love,
Sister Allred

Oh, and yes, I would love some prints of Jude!

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From Mom:

Dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!

Happy New Year! I can't wait to hear about your week. I do remember that during the holidays, missionary work can be a challenge... at least in setting appointments and all that. I remember that we had to be flexible. Hopefully you were able to do a lot of contacting.

In my scripture study this morning, I was going to listen to the next talk from October 2017 conference, but I felt prompted to listen to one from April 2017, so I looked through the list of talks, and felt impressed to listen to Elder Robert D. Hales final conference talk on "Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ." It was wonderful to hear his inspired words and counsel:

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"What does it mean to be a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ? A disciple is one who has been baptized and is willing to take upon him or her the name of the Savior and follow Him. A disciple strives to become as He is by keeping His commandments in mortality, much the same as an apprentice seeks to become like his or her master. Many people hear the word disciple and think it means only “follower.” But genuine discipleship is a state of being. This suggests more than studying and applying a list of individual attributes. Disciples live so that the characteristics of Christ are woven into the fiber of their beings, as into a spiritual tapestry.

"Listen to the Apostle Peter’s invitation to become a disciple of the Savior: “Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)

"As we earnestly strive to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, these characteristics will be interwoven, added upon, and interactively strengthened in us. There will be no disparity between the kindness we show our enemies and the kindness we bestow on our friends. We will be as honest when no one is looking as when others are watching. We will be as devoted to God in the public square as we are in our private closet."

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And after I listened to his talk, I felt inspired to study more about following the Savior, and that led me to studying about the "Bread of Life." I read many scriptures and then  was deeply touched by 2 Nephi 9:50-51, 2 Nephi 26:25, and Alma 5:34.

This then led me to study more, and I came across Sister Carole Stephens talk from
 October 2016. I wept during her talk, and weep every time I listen to it. I'm going to send it in a separate email. But I love her final words:

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"Sisters, I testify that—
You don’t have to continue to carry the burden of sorrow caused by sin—alone.
You don’t have to carry the pain caused by the unrighteous actions of others—alone.
You don’t have to experience the painful realities of mortality—alone.

The Savior pleads: “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?… If ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come … will I receive.”

“[He] would do anything to take this from you.” In fact, “[He] already has.” In the name of Jesus Christ, the Master Healer, amen.

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I pray for your spiritual and physical health, and I pray for your emotional health. One of the things that people comment on when they see pictures of you is that you are so happy, that you have that glow in your eyes and in your countenance. You truly have light within you. You glow with the light of the gospel, and of the Spirit! 

I pray that you will have a wonderful week as you begin the year 2018! What a privilege for you to be a missionary, to be one of His representatives as you preach the gospel, and find those searching for the truth!

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



Christmas Day! - December 25, 2017


My dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!

I love your emails every week! You are such an inspiration. What an experience you had in contacting 28 people that one night, especially when you didn't feel well. Your insight through the Spirit is so amazing. I love your own words: "The Lord didn't take our sickness away but He helped us fulfill our calling even more so by giving us the strength to do so. It reminded me when Alma and His people were persecuted by Amulon and the burdens they had to bear were terrible but because they turned to the Lord their burdens were made light. Sister McCombs and I both experienced that!"

Thank you for sharing that with me. That helps me to hear your spiritual insight! I love you so much! I pray for you constantly! We all talk about you all the time. What an amazing, beautiful, wonderful time of your life to serve the Lord! I know He is blessing you in so many ways. I am so grateful that you can see the blessings, and feel the blessings, and feel His strength in your life.

Let us know about the Skype call today. Ben and Lindsay are in New York for Christmas, so they will FaceTime us or Skype us so they can see the computer screen. And then Spencer and Juna will come over. So, it will help to know what time.

It was so amazing to see little Jude's birth. Yes, I was in the delivery room, with Spencer, Melanie, Randy and Lacey! Gentry started labor around or after midnight on Wednesday night, and she finally woke up Spencer around 2:00 a.m. He called me Thursday morning around 5:30 a.m. and told me she was in labor, and to be ready. I was already awake, of course, and so I began getting ready and waited and waited. Sometime that morning (I think it was around 10:30), I went to the old hospital and was able to be with them. Spencer was really hungry so I went and got him some breakfast. And then we waited some more. Gentry wasn't supposed to eat, because when you have an epidural you are supposed to have an empty stomach. Melanie, Randy and Lacey came at some point. Melanie knew it would be awhile, and everything progressed at a steady pace. And then we watched as Gentry progressed in her labor. She was a hero, a trooper. She did have an epidural, so that helps with the pain, but it also made her nauseous, so that was hard for her. But, little Jude was finally born at 3:36 p.m. Can you believe it? You are an aunt! And we will send you lots of pictures. Would you like some prints? Anyway, I attached some more photos of little Jude's birth in another email. It really was amazing to be there.

I was listening to Pres. Monson this morning. He is truly the most Christlike example of pure love that I know, as he has served and served his entire life. He cares about the one, the lonely, the downtrodden, the depressed, the poor, the meek. He cares about everyone! And he always gives credit to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He knows it is Their work and glory, and he is simply the instrument. And that is what you are as a missionary. You are an instrument in His hands.

President Thomas S. Monson (2012 First Presidency Christmas Devotional): "As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we, as did the Wise Men, seek a bright, particular star to guide us to our Christmas opportunity in service to our fellowman. May we all make the journey to Bethlehem in spirit, taking with us a tender, caring heart as our gift to the Savior. And may one and all have a joy-filled Christmas. In the sacred and blessed name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful daughter! May the angels be round about you to bear you up. I pray for that every day.

I know He lives. I know He is our Savior. I know He loves each of us, and atoned for our sins, and our infirmities. He is truly the Son of God. I love Christmas. I love celebrating His birth.

I love you to the moon and back!

Mommy Mom














You're an aunt! - December 21, 2017

From Gentry's post on Instagram:
"my heart has never been so full! our precious jude spencer allred joined our family today, the most perfect christmas present a new mom could ask for!🎄 7 lbs, 11 oz and 20.5 inches! we are completely smitten!😍 #judeallred

Jude Spencer Allred
Born: December 21, 2017
7 lbs. 11 oz.
20.5 inches












Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Last week was AWESOME - December 18, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Sister McCoombs and Sister Allred at the Living Nativity
"Christmas Card" 2017


My dearest and most beautiful Mommy Mom,

Thank you for everything! Remember that I know that you are always doing your best. My whole life you have never ceased to do so. I honestly could have no gifts this Christmas and still have the best Christmas ever. I get to do what Christmas is all about full-time! There really is nothing better. Please don't worry about me :) I'm doing just fine! But I am grateful for what you are doing for me :) Very grateful!

Me and Sister McCombs get along so well! I love her soooooo much and she has THEE biggest heart! She loves so easily and it is for sure one of her gifts. We also have the same humor. We are always laughing!

Last week was AWESOME!!! Monday, our plans and back up plans fell through. We had the feeling to try to visit some potential investigators that Sister Weir and I found. Their names are Jennifer and Eva and they are sisters. We knocked on their door and they insisted that we come in! We taught them the Restoration and they absorbed it like a sponge. Jennifer very willingly said the closing prayer.

Such a tender mercy for us to experience. It was the smoothest lesson that I was a part of on my mission. We have a return appointment with them and couldn't be more excited. The whole month of December, Sister McCombs and I have been saying that all we want for Christmas is some investigators and then we find them. Yay!

Yesterday we experienced a little miracle. Last night, Sister McCombs and I weren't feeling too well. We almost went home to rest but we decided to go out and contact anyway. We were able to see the Lord bless us. We contacted 28 people last night!

The Lord didn't take our sickness away but He helped us fulfill our calling even more so by giving us the strength to do so. It reminded me when Alma and His people were persecuted by Amulon and the burdens they had to bear were terrible but because they turned to the Lord their burdens were made light. Sister McCombs and I both experienced that!

"Light the World" is going great!! I love seeing people light up when we talk about the initiative. It is so wonderful. The church truly is inspired!

Merry Christmas! Remember Christ is the reason for the season. Let us always honor Him by serving our fellow men and spreading joy and love always just as He did.

Keep an eye single to the glory of God! 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 wonderful Mommy Mom! Remember you are enough and you are Heavenly Father's precious daughter and my precious mother. I love love love love love you and I can't wait to Skype with my family!

Love,
Sister Allred

P.S. Skyping details are still up in the air. It's kinda crazy. Elder Boulter will keep you informed. Don't worry! Love you!

Vickie and Elder Olsen

Vickie posted the picture with Elder Olsen on the family page on Facebook. I guess Elder Olsen was in her ward today. He is trying to get a job at Google (which is near Santa Clara, Ca). Interesting... it really is a small world!

From Mom:

I love the end of the first verse of "O Little Town of Bethlehem":

Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

How was your "light the world" this week? I feel like our concerts really fulfilled the "light world' all this week. People receive such joy from music. It really is amazing how beautiful, sacred music touches the heart and soul. And all good music comes from God. The fun, light hearted, folk songs also bring lots of joy.

Remember that we love you soooooooooo much, my beautiful sweetie girl! You are amazing. You light up a room with your very presence. The spirit truly radiates beauty and warmth from within. People tell me all the time that they love the pictures I post of you on Facebook. They comment about how happy you look, and how beautiful you are. I see it in your eyes, the spirit, the love, and the faith. Always remember that.

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

I love you to the moon and back!

Love, 
Mommy Mom


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Living Nativity - December 11, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


Sister Allred and Sister McCoombs

Sister McCoombs and Sister Allred at the Living Nativity in Rancho Cucamonga! 
Sister Allred petting a llama at the Living Nativity in Rancho Cucamonga!

My dearest and most precious Mommy Mom,

I got my 12 days of Christmas package!! CUTEST IDEA EVER!!!  Thank you mom! That was so considerate of you😄I don't know details for skyping, or facetiming. We will be having Christmas dinner at the Boulters unless a nonmember or a less active member offers to feed us. But most likely we will skype you from there. Elder Boulter will for sure keep you updated on that when it rolls around. 

As far as things I need for Christmas.....I will ponder on that. I'll send you a separate email.

So, my health is being funny. My anxiety keeps spiking. It is usually an every other day kind of thing. I have also been getting several bad headaches the last couple of weeks. And last but not least, my knee is not being nice to me!! 

In a way, I am grateful for my infirmities! I have to be! Without them, honestly, I probably wouldn't know how to rely on the Lord as much. I feel Him bless me with strength every day. I love my Savior and I want to show Him that I do by working hard even when I don't feel good. Day in and day out I remember the wise words from Elder Holland, “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him?”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

This week was a little tough but I am grateful to stand side by side with my Savior through all of the experiences that we face on a mission, whether they are good or bad, we do indeed get to stand with Him as we wear His name. Another quote that I refer to constantly, "Sometimes we become the lightning rod, and we must “take the heat” for holding fast to God’s standards and doing His work. I testify that we need not be afraid if we are grounded in His doctrine. We may experience misunderstanding, criticism, and even false accusation, but we are never alone. Our Savior was “despised and rejected of men.” It is our sacred privilege to stand with Him!" 

It's not always easy to stand with Him, but you better believe it is the best thing you will ever do!! 

I love my Savior. I am grateful for Him and His atoning sacrifice. I know He performed the Atonement out of pure and sincere love for us. I know He feels what I feel and my goodness it brings me so much comfort. 

Keep an eye single to the glory of God! 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 love you SOOOOOOO much! Remember you are always in my prayers and I thank Heavenly Father every day for blessing me with you.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Allred

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From Mom:

How was your week? I just received a text message a little while ago with a picture of you petting the llama! We all love it! I guess it was at a live nativity for the Rancho Cucamonga Stake. It sounds wonderful! WOW! I attached it to this email.

Thanks for your email last week! I loved hearing about the miracles you experienced last week. I can't wait to hear about how things are going and progressing. I love the Light the World initiative! The Lord really does direct this work, and I am always amazed at the promptings of the spirit in doing good, and in finding people. We pray for you constantly that you will follow the promptings of the spirit.

How is your health? I pray for that too! I remember as a missionary I never said much to Grandma and Grandpa about my health struggles. But I do pray for you to be blessed. Keep me posted.

I'm still in a flareup with my UC. It's been frustrating a bit as we are in final exams this week, with lots of performances coming up. I have to be patient, and wait on the Lord. But I also have to have lots of faith. I'm trying to be as pure in heart as I can. I've been praying to make sure all my relationships are more Christlike and it is very interesting. As I was praying this week, I felt strongly to work harder on seeing others as the Savior sees them, to love them as He loves them. It was interesting to ponder that, and to be honest with myself, because it can be so easy to be critical or to get frustrated. I realized that I had reacted to something with someone in the choir, as there was a lack of communication, but I stepped back, and thought about all the wonderful things they have done, so then I sent them an email thanking them. It was actually miraculous!

Here is one of my favorite talks of the week, by Elder Neil L. Anderson, and he was quoting Elder Hales: “When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in the presence of God. … After the Savior’s Crucifixion, He appeared only to those ‘who had been faithful in the testimony of [Him] while they lived in mortality.’ [D&C 138:12.] Those ‘who rejected the testimonies … of the … prophets [could not] behold [the Savior’s] presence, nor look upon his face.’ [D&C 138:21.] … Our faith prepares us to be in the presence of the Lord.”

We were able to watch (by satellite) the Cedar City Temple Dedication today. It was awesome. WOW! And the spirit was amazingly strong. When we sang "The Spirit of God" at the end, I had a lot of tears. I love the temple so much.


Light the world - December 4, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


My dearest Mommy Mom,

I had a wonderful week! I'm glad you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving!! How's grandma doing? I sent her a letter and I also sent Preston one. I am working on a letter for you too😊

Last night we were able to watch the Christmas devotional and it made me think of my wonderful mommy mom!!! I miss you!! Sister McCombs LOVES the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Such a tender mercy for me because she is the first companion who has actually liked it, let alone LOVE IT! We always listen to the "Consider the Lilies" album because it is both our favorite!! That album is my favorite because it really reminds me of you😊💕and it is so beautiful!!

So, we don't have much time for emailing today. But last week was crazy but super good as usual! I wasn't feeling too good all last week so we rested a lot. But you know, I know the Lord blesses His missionaries because somehow, we were still able to get work done!!

We were able to contact PLENTY of people thanks to this amazing "light the world" initiative!!! More than we have since I have been out! (We keep track of the number of people we contact a week and report on it) This one special family in particular that we contacted now holds a special place in our hearts. 

So, last Tuesday we experienced this little miracle! We had a bit of a rough day that day so we decided to have companion study outside. We thought it might help clear our minds. Near the end of our studies a little group of 3 young girls came running towards the area where we were sitting. Their grandma and uncle followed after them. We quickly became acquainted and soon enough those little girls were asking us questions about God and Jesus! (Grandma and Uncle only spoke Arabic. I think we were supposed to be called to an Arabic speaking mission because this is the 3rd family we have had the chance to teach that were from the middle east!! haha!) It was so precious as their excitement increased as they were translating back and forth to their family members and telling them about our beliefs. Their mother eventually came out and joined us. She wants to learn! We have an appointment set to teach them tomorrow!!

So, I don't think that I mentioned to you about the push that the mission is taking about contacting people. We are expected to contact 10 people per day. What counts as a contact is if we have a positive experience with them and invite them to do anything that will help them come closer to Christ. Our contacting number was at 71 last night. We were meeting the goal for the mission but for some reason we didn't feel content with the number. We had 15 minutes left before we had to be in and we were brain storming on what we could do in a grocery store parking lot. We looked at each other and knew we were thinking of the same thing. Light the world!!! We got out of the car and started picking up a bunch of trash in the parking lot and putting away all of the shopping carts so the workers wouldn't have to! Super easy acts of service!! Here's where it gets good. People started asking what we were doing and why we were doing it. We gave them our simple answer. "We're lighting the world!" To our pleasant surprise, it was a perfect intro to the light the world initiative which means a perfect way to introduce the gospel! It was so cool! The spirit put a small little idea in our head to clean up the parking lot and look what happened! We contacted 8 people in 15 minutes! Now I don't mean to boast when I share our experience but rather bear testimony of the blessings that come from doing all that we can to be Christlike. I'm SOOO excited for this Christmas season! This is the perfect time to get in the habit of letting our light shine through selfless service. Let us do our part in "Lighting the World"!!! 

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Mathew 5:16)

I love you to the moon and back my beautiful mommy mom. Thank you for helping me and supporting me on my choice to serve. I love this work more than I can even describe and what a blessing it has been for me that I have this chance to glorify my Father in heaven.

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

Love,
Sister Allred

From Mom:

I came across a short 4 minute video clip from the church film, "Mr. Kruger's Christmas. I'm including the link. I don't know if missionaries are allowed to watch it, but it is from a church film. Anyway, Preston and I watched it together a few hours ago, and it is so touching. It encompasses everything about the true spirit of Christmas. I will probably watch it everyday this entire month!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK85O6FgRC0


Well, Spencer and Gentry are on the home stretch for their little baby boy! He is due Dec. 20th! Can you believe that? WOW! Gentry looks so cute. She is awesome. Final exams go until Dec. 15th, so they are hoping that he can be born between the 15th and 20th. But Spencer has talked to his professors, and hopefully they will be understanding if this cute little boy comes early! We will let you know, and we will send lots of pictures.

I listened to a talk by Bishop Christopher Waddell this morning. Such wonderful counsel that I always need to hear:

"In this mortal experience, we cannot control all that happens to us, but we have absolute control over how we respond to the changes in our lives. This does not imply that the challenges and trials we face are of no consequence and easily handled or dealt with. It does not imply that we will be free from pain or heartache. But it does mean that there is cause for hope and that due to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can move forward and find better days—even days full of joy, light, and happiness."

We pray for you all the time. Every prayer. Every day. Every night! Doug says that too. His kids love praying for you and Kenny!

I'm trying to get some Christmas things ready to send, but because of my flareup, I haven't been able to get to the store or post office. Please be patient with me. 

Let me know if there is anything you need!

Be strong and of a 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

Thanksgiving - November 27, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


My dearest and most sweetest Mommy Mom, 

Thank you for sharing your miracle experience with me! Wow!!!! 

I hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving!! How was it??

We are running out of time really quick! But last week was wonderful! I love Sister McCombs! We had such a nice thanksgiving and we had an awesome experience after we had dinner with the Boulters. Some potential investigators texted us and invited us over for pie. We went and their family was soooo nice! We answered so many of their questions about the gospel and taught them about the restoration and Joseph Smith. The spirit was really strong in the room and everyone was so still. It was so awesome!!! They all gave us hugs before we left and thanked us for coming. 

I gave a talk in sacrament meeting. I had about 2 days to prepare it so I was very nervous. but the topic was feasting upon the words of Christ and I just felt like I couldn't say enough about it!! I was very happy for how it went. Maybe I could tell you more about it next week because we have to get going.

Sorry for the short email! hopefully we will have more time next week. 

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

I love you so much my beautiful mommy mom. Please remember that you are always in my prayers. 

I love you to the moon and back!
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Love,
Sister Allred

From Mom:

I love you so much! Thank you for your beautiful email.

Well, we had a wonderful experience tonight. I've been having a flareup with my ulcerative colitis the past few days, so I have been frustrated. But I talked to the doctor this morning, and he put me on some prednisone. I also felt strongly that I needed a blessing from Spencer and Ben. So, I texted them and told them when they could work out a time, that I would love to have a blessing. So, they came tonight and just left a bit ago.

Spencer anointed me, and then Ben gave me the blessing. He told me that this was a turning point in the flare, and he blessed me to be healed. At some point he blessed me that I would be inspired to know what to do physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And he blessed me that I would remember what I have done in the past to help the flareups. It was a beautiful blessing.

Then as we were talking after, Ben asked if I had some Gatorade. And I said "no". And the crazy thing was yesterday I was thinking about getting some Gatorade, but I forgot to ask Preston to get it. So, that is definitely one thing we need to get. I will keep you posted. 

Something else I need to tell you about. We have had some major car repairs in the past two months. MAJOR! For both cars! Anyway, I didn't even freak out about it, and somehow I had the money to pay for all the repairs (over $3,100). We just kept bringing one or the other car in to get things fixed, new tires, new starter, timing belt, and the list goes on.

Anyway, I went to get my oil changed 1 1/2 wks ago, and they told me I needed some more major repairs, and some of the fluids replaced. I wasn't even sure where I was financially, so I told them to replace the brake fluid and fix the wipers, and that the other two things would have to wait. As it was, that visit was $151. So, I've been stewing about the other two things that needed repaired, which they told me would be about $658 together. Ouch! But, I felt prompted a few days ago to pray to Heavenly Father that somehow this next car repair would be a little less than what they quoted me. So, I prayed for that. And lo and behold, Preston took the car in this morning. They had told me it would take four hours. But they called me after three hours and said it was finished! I asked the total, and he said, $477.

I was blown away. It was almost $200 less then he quoted me! My prayer really was answered. And what I learned more than ever was that I was prompted to pray for that. And I remembered what the Bible Dictionary explains about "prayer":

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"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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I believe I am understanding a little bit more about the prayer. I was ready to accept the fact that the car repair might be what was quoted, or even more than what was quoted, which would have been fine. But I felt a very strong prompting to ask that the car repair be a little less, and in feeling the prompting, I also felt that Heavenly Father was ready to bless us. And He did bless us!

WOW!

Preston and I talked about it, because he is aware of all the money we have been spending for car repairs. And he knows that the money has somehow been there in my checking account.

So, there you have it.  A modern day miracle.

I love the gospel 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, April 21, 2019

Don't preach, just love - November 20, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


My dear Mommy Mom,

Wow thank you for sharing that from stake conference with me. That is beautiful!!!! I love that!

I love the picture from the baby shower! I'm so happy for Spencer and Gentry. They will be incredible parents.

That phrase is from a talk and I just use it because I love it!!

I always keep Preston in my prayers. I love him so much and I am grateful every day that I have the amazing brothers that I do. I can't describe how much my family means to me. 

Last week was absolutely crazy!!! Appointment after appointment fell through. It was rough. I had hoped for a week full of miracles and success for Sister Weir's last week. She didn't let it phase her. She was always just grateful to be doing missionary work no matter what. Her love for the work is something I will never forget. 

Despite the crazy week, the temple trip was amazing! Many of my questions were answered in the Celestial room. How blessed we are to have the amazing work that is done within the temple. My heart pondered on the joy that new converts must feel when they enter into the House of the Lord for the very first time to do baptisms, endowments, or being sealed to their family. I want that for all those whom we contact. I don't remember where I heard it but this was suggested to me sometime out here in the field to picture those you meet in white. It truly helps you see the potential that these children of God have.

So, I do have a new companion! Her name is Sister McCombs! We were both trained in Apple Valley and were in the same zone. My first day in the field we did service as a zone and she was there. We instantly hit it off and swore we would be companions one day and look at where we are now!! She is a fantastic missionary!!!! She will be a single Sister Training Leader. So, she will have the leadership over the sisters in the valley. But that means I will have opportunities to be going on many many exchanges with all the sisters!! I'm so excited for this transfer!!!!! 

We had the privilege of watching the Face to Face broadcast with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard last night. Every time we have things like that and also conferences, it's like a holiday for the missionaries (A spiritual thanksgiving!). We get to indulge or "feast up the words of Christ" from his own representatives. The most profound thing to me that I heard from the broadcast (I don't remember who said it but I believe it was Elder Oaks) was "Don't preach. Just love." Yes, we are called to preach the gospel but the word "preach" sometimes has a negative connotation to it. For example, some people will tell us "we don't need you preaching to us. We have our own faith." They may have the impression that we are trying to shove our religion down their throat or "preach" to them or to "call them unto repentance". Sadly, that is the impression that a lot people get when they spot 2 missionaries. I don't blame them for not wanting to hear our message if that is what they thought we were out here to do.  That is not who we are. Love is the solution. It is part of our baptismal covenant. We as members of the church can all play a part in erasing that image away. They have really been emphasizing the huge significance that love has in the work of salvation. Love is something that is felt. When people feel that sincere love that we have for them, then that is how they will recognize us as true representatives of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

The church's "Light the World" Christmas initiative is coming out soon!!! This time of year is the perfect time to practice sharing our love to God's children as we remember to give thanks and remember the birth, life, and legacy of our Savior.

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!!! Have a great week!!

Love,
Sister Allred

Baby shower for Gentry and McCall!

From Mom:

We had stake conference last night and today. It was wonderful. Pres. Almquist talked about his experience in receiving inspiration regarding the theme for the conference. He and his wife, Jill, were on a flight somewhere about 2 months ago, and he was on their iPad, but it started to crash, and he was trying to fix it. At some point, it flickered on, and a scripture came on the screen, but then off again. Anyway, the scripture was D&C 136:4 & 11:

4 And this shall be our covenant—that we will walk in all the ordinances of the Lord.

11 And if ye do this with a pure heart, in all faithfulness, ye shall be blessed; you shall be blessed in your flocks, and in your herds, and in your fields, and in your houses, and in your families.

Pres. Almquist said that when the scripture came on the screen he knew it was the theme for the conference. Isn't it amazing how the Lord works in our lives. And we have to be ready to receive inspiration. Anyway, he talked about how simple the promise is, that if we will walk in all the ordinances of the Lord, we will be blessed, in our flocks, herds, fields, houses, and families. Which just about covers every area of our lives.

All of it is so profound to me. Anyway, I felt the spirit very strongly in Stake Conference. What a beautiful experience. I loved this quote by Pres. Monson: "To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellowmen. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy.” 

Pres. Nielson (1st counselor in the stake presidency) invited us to "Stand up and take your place in the kingdom."

Wow, that is an amazing invitation. I realize that I need to do more each day, and listen more to the spirit, to study more, pray more, and serve more.

We are so proud of you. We pray for you all the time. Doug mentioned that they pray for you and Kenny at every prayer. every day.

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


Is this your mission theme?
Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

Let me know.

I love the temple! - November 16, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


Hi, my wonderful mommy mom!

Pre-warning! Today is temple day!!!!! Which means we have to leave super soon so this is going to be quick!

Sister Weir and I had a great week. We found a new investigator. His name is Usman and he is from Pakistan. Despite the fact that he is deeply rooted in the Muslim religion, he really wants to learn about the gospel! How cool!! Blessings come from talking to everyone even when you feel intimidated. Countless doors have just opened up to him and his family. What a blessing. 

One little miracle last week was when we went to contact a potential that we had found a couple of weeks ago, his friend answered the door and immediately knew who we were! The potential's name was Rudy and his friend is Mike. Mike mentioned that Rudy had already talked about the Mormon missionaries that talked to him a couple of weeks ago that said they would come back and they were looking forward to talking with us. Though it wasn't a formal lesson/discussion, we had a wonderful, long conversation with both of them! It was completely centered on Christ. We were so surprised with those 2. I had never met such Christlike people on my mission and they aren't even members yet! They would like us to come back and read the Book of Mormon with them. Hopefully this is the start of their journey.

Sister Weir is just about ready to go. Little by little we have been preparing for transfers and her departure back home. Saying we are overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement! My oh my, the temple trip couldn't have come at a better time. But all is well! 

This morning I was studying about the Temple in True to the Faith. I love the first paragraph; "Temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where the Lord may visit. Only the home can compare with temples in sacredness." Wow. Thinking how sacred the temple is, is absolutely mind blowing. When I think that we can experience the perfect holiness within the temple in this mortal life is such a sure sign that our Father in Heaven loves us more than we can comprehend. I love the temple and I can't wait to go today!

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

Thank you, mom, for all that you do for me. Thank you for being a blessing in my life. I love you to the moon and back!

Love, 
Sister Allred

From Mom:

I went to the temple on Saturday night and did a session. While I was in the chapel waiting I opened the scriptures to D&C 6, and read verse 5: "Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you."

It was as if the Spirit was speaking directly to me... IF you (Nancy) will ask of me you shall receive. IF you (Nancy) will knock it shall be opened unto you.

WOW! I realized that it is as simple as "IF" I will do this, then Heavenly Father will bless me. He will bless each of us.

This morning I listened to Pres. Uchtdorf's conference talk, "A Yearning for Home." He talks about our yearning to go back to our heavenly home, and the deep feelings we have. I loved this quote:

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"I testify that when we embark upon or continue the incredible journey that leads to God, our lives will be better.

"This does not mean that our lives will be free from sorrow. We all know of faithful followers of Christ who suffer tragedy and injustice—Jesus Christ Himself suffered more than anyone. Just as God makes the “sun to rise on the evil and on the good,” He also allows adversity to test the just and the unjust. In fact, sometimes it seems that our lives are more difficult because we are trying to live our faith. 

"No, following the Savior will not remove all of your trials. However, it will remove the barriers between you and the help your Heavenly Father wants to give you. God will be with you. He will direct your steps. He will walk beside you and even carry you when your need is greatest."

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I love that phrase, "it will remove the barriers between you and the help your Heavenly Father wants to give you."

I pray for you to have that constantly, that you will feel heaven's help in your life personally, and in your missionary work, in your companionship, in all that you do. In fact, I pray for that for each of my wonderful children.

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

I love you to the moon and back.

Mommy Mom