Saturday, July 28, 2018

A qualified missionary - August 14, 2017 - Apple Valley

Our beautiful area๐Ÿ˜

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

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

My dearest Mommy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sister Allred

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Mommy Mom๐Ÿ˜Š

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sister Allred

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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

Hi Mommy Mom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love your sweetie girl,

Sister Allred

Favorite quote of the week from Mom:

Sister Jean B. Bingham (Oct 2016):

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Answers to prayers - July 24, 2017 - Apple Valley

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

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

Hi Mommy Mom!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sister Allred

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

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

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

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

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

I love you so much!

Mommy Mom

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


Monday, July 23, 2018

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

I hit my 6th month mark!

Our awesome zone before transfers!

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

My wonderful Mommy Mom,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sister Allred

Rancho Cucamonga for a doctor visit

Sister Clarke's awesome hair skills๐Ÿ˜„

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

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


Saturday, July 21, 2018

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

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

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

Hi mommy mom!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love you my beautiful mommy mom!!

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

Sister Allred

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


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

Oh, my goodness I almost forgot.

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

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

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

From Mom:

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

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

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

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

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.”