Monday, February 29, 2016

New Car

We got a new car!!! We went from a 2015 chevy cruze to this beautiful 2016 Nissan Rogue!! We named it Juawn the Nissan. It had 47 miles on it when we got it! 😰 haha 

Also this is Sister Turpin from Pocatello Idaho and she has been out 9 months! I love her! This is at MLC (missionary leader conference) and so the next couple weeks we will be preparing our training for zone conferences! We are focusing a lot on repentance. I really like what president trained us about teaching repentance and baptizing converts! He said that the quality of our teaching determines the quality of our converts. We don't just want baptisms but baptized converts that will go to the temple in a year. 
We take what we learned from MLC and coordinate with the zone leaders with what we teach the zone... sometimes I am amazed with how much trust the mission president has in us... but I am excited and nervous! haha We have a zone conference on March 3rd and March 9th so pray for us!
Here we are with the temple. We need to plan a date when we can all go to the temple when I get home. That would be awesome. I get to go through the temple on March 30th with all the departing missionaries. Super excited.
We have had a really great week. We are teaching lots. One of our investigators named Patrick didn't come to church. You would think since our church starts at 1pm sleeping in wouldn't be a common excuse anymore but I guess I am wrong. It doesn't matter if church starts at 9am or 1pm people still like to sleep in on Sundays. So we taught Patrick how to repent the other day. It went well. He is the investigator that is struggling with addictions. He is cool.
We had a lot of fun street contacting the other day too! The weather has been so nice it is hard not to want to walk around! 
Any ways hope you all have another great week! 
LOve Sister Fisher 

Monday, February 22, 2016

AP Challenges

Oh Dad haha I am glad you are having fun "likening" the scriptures to my life.
But now it is time for transfer updates! For my last transfer in the mission I will be staying in O'fallon MO with Sister Turpin! I will tell you more about her next time but We have served around each other before and she is awesome! 
This week has been kinda crazy but really good at the same time. I don't know much info to give you but the decisions made at transfers is really good. Me and my last cpmpanion are both STL's serving together and after talking with president Morgan she will no longer be an STL just to help her have less stress for the rest of her mission. It will be good. 
We did that list thing you suggested! it worked out really well. I felt like I had a better idea of how to help her. And it made this week a lot easier. Anyways I do feel like we were meant to be companions. I have learned a lot from her... especially about patience and endurance haha She has also allowed me to humble myself a little more and become better. I love all my companions. They all teach me a different way to love :) 
On Monday we made prayer/study journals with one of our recent converts! We got to be all crafty with her. I want to work on it more today.
On Tuesday we met this less active named Brother Piper who is way cool and just had heart surgery. No one in the ward really knows him so I am glad we found him. His testimony is super solid and loves family history. It is just sad because he is getting old and has a lot of health issues. It was fun to talk to him he has some friends and family members who may be interested in learning about the gospel too so that is sweet.
On Wednesday we picked up 4 investigators! What?! For a while we had no gators and then this happened so that was a huge answer to prayers. I am really excited about Tracy. She had a sticker on her door that said forever families and so we commented about it on our door approach and talked about the plan of salvation. She told us that that sticker was on the door when she moved in and she just never took it down. I am excited to teach her again! Patrick and Priscilla are newly weds and have been investigators before. I have never taught them before. Patrick is struggling with various addictions and is hopefully more willing to keep commitments. He has his wife to support him and take the lessons with him this time. We are going to make sure he gets to those addiction recovery classes that the church offers. I am excited :) And then Cacillia... I don't know how long we will teach her. I don't know how interested she is.
Thursday was our crazy day.
On Friday we did our weekly planning and met with Travis who got baptized back in October. He is so cool. Reminds me of my little brother :) There family is interesting because all the kids are members but the mom isn't. She is not baptized because she still lives with her boyfriend and the boyfriend wants nothing to do with the church but they still want to live together. For now at least. I think they are planning on moving soon... But they are cool because they all want to serve missions and their mom is totally supportive of it. Travis was making fun of Canada and of me for being from Canada (What's new. everyone does it) And so I told him he better watch out because he is going to get called to Canada for his mission haha 
On the 6th week of the transfer the APs send out challenges to all the leaders and we compete and try to get more points then the other leaders. So on Monday we had to come up with an epistle name so when we send in an epistle to the APs they can send it out to the other leaders. It is kinda like twitter but it is just sending out fun messages on our phones and we call them epistles haha That probably made no sense.  On Tuesday the challenge was to contact as many people as possible by starting out the conversation by talking about the weather from 10am to 12pm and then next we had to start the convo by talking about sports from 1pm to 3pm and then next we had to start the convo by asking for directions. If we picked up an investigator we would get more points. On Wednesday we had to find money on the ground and then buy something from white castle (fast food restaurant) and give it to a homeless person. On Thursday the APs would send out descriptions of different leaders in the mission and we would have to guess who it is. On Friday we had to follow up with all our investigators and then Saturday we had to give out books of Mormon to as many people as possible. Not just give out books of Mormon but we had to share a scripture with that person too. It was super fun. We didn't win haha next transfer though!!! 
SO on Saturday we found another investigator! We have a list of people in our area book who could potentially become investigators (people that missionaries have come in contact in the past and have shown some interest) and we saw Kristine on that list. So we tried to visit her. She was super nice! We gave her a book of Mormon and shared a scripture with her and she actually seemed really interested! So we got bonus points for finding a new investigator by giving out a book of Mormon! haha 
On Sunday we had church which was lovely as always. 
So that was long but that was my week! The Lord's hand was definitely in it! 
I hope you all have a great week!
Love Britt :)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Church cancelled

Hey Dad! 
Thanks for sharing your mission stories. I like hearing about your mission. It makes me think about before I left when I was listening to those tapes you recorded on your mission. Your voice was so different! I hope my mission experiences will help my kids some day.  I wish I could just call you up and ask for advice sometimes. But that is what companions are for. And Mission Presidents. I print off your letters sometimes too. So then I have you for the rest of the week haha I will print this email off :)
As for the highlights of the week: on pday we got to hang out with some sisters and go to the Galleria mall in St. Louis! It was fun :) I love St. Louis so much! 
I don't know if you remember my past companion Sister Bustillos... She was the first sister that I trained but while I was with her I remembered that she said that she has family in the O'Fallon area so I emailed her a couple weeks ago and told her that I was living in O'fallon! She gave me the address to her Grandparents and her Aunt. Her Aunt is in the ST. Peters area so Elders got to contact her and they said that their visit went really well. I got to contact Sister Bustillos's Grandparents and they let us in and we talked about Sister Bustillos and she gave us hot chocolate and she was super nice! We asked of her views of the church and she didn't have bad views but she didn't want to take the lessons because she didn't want to waste our time. She is really good at Crocheting and she said that we could come back any time and she would make me a scarf! haha This is them here :) 
Also, Church got cancelled this Sunday! Not because it was valentines day but because of the snow. This is what it looked like that morning...


We would have no church all winter if they cancelled it when ever it looked like this! But I guess the ground hog never saw his shadow here so spring is coming soon! It is suppose to get in the 60s coming this weekend.
I love you! Hope you have another great week full of surprises! 
And Happy "Valiant times" day! And be valiantly keeping the commandments like those Stripling warriors. (That is where I am in the Book of Mormon right now!) 
Love you! 
Britt 

Monday, February 8, 2016

AHHHH

Hello! 
I get your emails. I love and always look forward to them! 
I am not going to lie I have been struggling with my companion. I have never struggled this bad with a companion before but she drives me nuts!!! I am trying to be a good example for the other sisters and I have been trying to work really hard to love her. My companion struggles with anxiety and recently she has been trying to figure stuff out with her medication and different coping strategies so she has been to the doctor a couple times since I have been here. She is so uptight and she constantly challenges me and questions every decision I make. She always tries to control things herself and acts like I don't know what I am doing. She even corrects my driving! We had to cancel an exchange this week because she had an anxiety attack. I have been getting a lot of head aches recently because of how much this is pushing me. Her anxiety increases when things aren't exactly perfect. pretty soon I am going to have anxiety.
I just want you to know that I am not a disobedient missionary. I am really really trying hard to be patient and do my best. I keep trying to remind myself that it is her anxiety. She really is a good missionary.  
Last week we had to split up some sisters in our zone because they weren't getting along. It has just been so stressful. I have been studying about the Spirit a lot. Ever since Elder Rasband came I can't stop thinking about the spirit and how the spirit works. Scripture study is relief right now. personal studies recently have been so strengthening and have been my peace. I want so badly to have the spirit with me and I know when there is contention and no companion unity it is hard to work and teach with the spirit. I am trying to master the natural man and yield to the enticings of the Holy Ghost. Have virtuous thoughts and develop Christ like attributes but I am sadly not perfect. I am just trying to endure well to the end. I don't know what I will do if I have to endure my last transfer with her.
We had president interviews a couple weeks ago and we mostly talked about the other sisters but we had some time to talk about how I am doing. I told him that "for the most part we get along but sometimes it's like...ahhh!" He just laughed. I must not have been the only missionary who has felt like that. I asked him what I can do to be a better STL and he told me to be a happy missionary and serve Sister Schow. So simple but so hard!!!! She makes me want to go home so bad. 
I am sorry I have been whining a lot and I know I have complained about other things in my mission but It is nice to just rant sometimes. I don't expect you to have the perfect answer. I just am grateful for the emails and love. 
But on a more happier note, the members here are awesome. We have been able to go out with some young women. We have been working a lot with members of the ward council and they have been really great at helping us with the less actives so we have lots to do. The sisters in my zones are doing a lot better and are getting along and are finding lots of success. It is like how Alma said in Alma chapter 29 how he finds great joy in the success of his brethren. I have definitely felt that joy. I have loved going on exchanges with the other sisters. they are so awesome :) 
I love you all. I love Jesus. I love Pres. Monson. I love the scriptures. I love... lamp haha 
Have a great week!!! 
LOVE Sister Fisher 

PIC: Exchanges with the parkway2 sisters!! 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Swans

Hello Family! 
All is well in St. Louis! 
We got Swans in the pond near our home! 
​I am sorry I am struggling what to write. haha We had a good week. We had exchanges and were able to see a lot of people. 
Something I learned this week comes from Sunday school class about faith. How faith is more than believing and not a perfect knowledge of things. Sometimes we are in different stages in our spiritual journey. Let me show you this here: 
Desire => Hope => Believe => Faith => Knowledge
There is never a final destination in this life in our spiritual journey. A testimony is something we always need to maintain or nourish. Sometimes we may just have a desire to believe and other times our faith is burning bright. But it is a constant cycle of exercising faith that helps us become more like our Heavenly Father, when we will come to know all things. Sometimes I forget that it is okay not to know everything right now. I need to remember that there is a bigger picture. 
Love you all
Sister Fisher 
Exchanges with the Lake St. Louis Sisters