Thursday, July 19, 2018

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 family💕❤💕❤💕

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. 😁😁😁

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.”

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