Monday, November 18, 2013
Woah, this is the last one of these! Can you all believe it? I can't. My mission has been the best hardest thing of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I've been able to see the gospel of Jesus Christ change individuals and families for the better. I've seen miracles happen. I've seen the Lord use me to answer someone else's prayer. What a beautiful experience. It's been a privilege to help the Lord in His work. As missionaries and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we seek to share the love of God of with others. That's all we are really here to do. To help all of God's children know that God loves them and that they matter because they are children of God. I know that God knows all of his children and he knows what they need. Through His spirit he will tell us what we can do to help them.
Kari Bess got baptized this weekend! It was a great baptism and a lot of her family came. Her husband came and we could tell that he felt the spirit. It's awesome to see the gospel bring families together.
Love you all! Thank you for all the support over the past year and a half!
<3 Sister Bishaw
Monday, November 11, 2013
This week went well! Sarah Adams got baptized and it was amazing! The Spirit was so strong. She invited so many people. All her friends from Deseret Industries came. Also two of her neighbors. It was a great turn out. The Bishop spoke and he challenged all those who are not LDS to meet with us (the sister missionaries) and find out for themselves it is true. Bold! Sarah bore her testimony and said that she never leaves the house without reading the scriptures. What a reminder and lesson that is to all of who have been in the church longer. She really is an inspiration and she has been truly converted. She wants to share it with everyone and her excitement about the gospel is contagious!
We had a minor setback this weekend when our phone stopped working! It wouldn't let us make calls or receive calls or texts or anything. It said we were out of range! It was really bad because we went on exchanges that day and we forgot to say where we were going to meet at the end of the night. Sister Davenport also dropped the phone on the front lawn on our way to the car that morning so we didn't even have the phone when we exchanged with the other sisters. When Sister Davenport got back to the house she noticed that the lawn looked like it had been mowed!! But luckily the boy who mowed the lawn found the phone and propped it up on the door. Can you imagine if he ran it over with the lawn mower?! bahahah! It was a miracle that he didn't. But our phone still didn't have service. So eventually Sister Davenport called us from someone else's phone and we told her that we had already driven to Nampa from Kuna so they could just meet us at our house. On Saturday we went to the mission office and they gave us a new phone and we had to go to Sprint to get all the contacts moved over. It was eventful! And while all this was happening we were trying to finalize all the plans for Sarah's baptism! But it all worked out. With prayer it always does.
Love you all!!
Only one of these left! Ahhh!
<3 Sister Bishaw
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
This week was awesome!
We went to the baptism of Jackie Eubanks! It was a wonderful experience. It's amazing to see the gospel bring people so much joy and peace. And to see it brings families even closer together.
We went on exchanges with the Caldwell sisters. They are both Tongan. Sister Valele is awesome! She's really funny and excited about everything. She just came out on her mission a few weeks ago. She is so happy and positive about everything. We had fun.
Sarah is all ready for her baptism. She made her own invitations and she is inviting everyone! She even invited the people who helped her make copies of her invitations at the library! She hasn't smoked in about 2 weeks and she is staying strong! She had a game plan. If she gets the urge to smoke she said she'll just go to the library and read the scriptures or she'll say a prayer. She's just awesome and has been truly converted! We're so happy for her.
We went to teach this family and when we got there they had to reschedule because their dog just had 11 babies!! A pure bread pitbull. The little babies were so cute! It was cool. Then we just shared a message about the beauty of creation! :)
We went to the Trunk-or-Treat at the church and the best costume hands down was Sister Robison who let out her fro and dressed up like Flava-Flave. hahaha. She had a big clock on her neck! Funniest thing.
Have a great week everyone! See you soon!!
<3 Sister Bishaw
This week we got a lot done! We had a list of members of the ward that the ward council wants to check on and help come back to church. So we found out a lot of information about those people. One brother we visited said he doesn't want to come back to church but he is interested in playing church ball! So the ward is going to set that up ASAP!
We started teaching a couple who is friends with a member. They let us in this time and we taught them about the Restoration. The husband is Catholic but he agreed with everything we taught and he agreed that he would read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true. He was flipping through it during the lesson and he looked pretty interested in knowing what it's all about. He and his wife just love helping people and are really sweet.
We went to contact someone of that list and the address it had for him ended up being a janitorial supply store! We asked the lady at the desk if this brother was there and she told us he was in Boise and that she was his mom! She told us that he served a mission in Italy and has since stopped going to church. But his parents are getting ready to serve a mission. They know that their family will be blessed as they serve.
We had stake conference this week! Elder Bowen and Elder Allen of the seventy came to reorganize our stake presidency. Bishop Stephan from the 36th ward is the new stake president! He is a really missionary-minded bishop. He was totally my guess for who it would be! Elder Bowen is awesome! He spoke to us about how to be better member missionaries. He said that his favorite way to do missionary work is to say "Are you a Mormon?" and see what people say. He's had a lot of success doing that!
Love you all!! Only a few weeks left to write me!!!
<3 Sister Bishaw
We taught a lot of lessons this week and it was awesome! We met a lot of new people, some interested, others not so much. But we definitely did our part and worked hard!
Sister Davenport is awesome. She makes me laugh a lot. She is also really brave and great at teaching! We work together well and just try to talk to everyone about the gospel.
Two of the people we are teaching are preparing for baptism. It's exciting to see how enthusiastic they are about the gospel and how much they are looking forward to their baptisms. They are already inviting people to attend and sharing the gospel with those around them. Sarah wants to learn everything she can. She even bought these old Book of Mormon cartoons on VHS! She said she never walks out the door without reading something from the scriptures. She's just soaking it up and loving it! I can see how much she has changed and she seems so much more at peace. She is constantly turning to the Lord for help.
It was a great week! Thanks for all the support!!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This week was awesome! We had missionary leadership council on Tuesday. That's always a fun meeting because we get to discuss the mission and how we can help the other missionaries. On Thursday and Friday we went on exchanges. On Thursday one of the Spanish sisters came with me and we went to teach a new investigator. Her neighbors are LDS and she watched general conference and had lots of questions. We taught the first lesson and answered her questions and it went really well. She even came to church on Sunday and said she enjoyed it! On Friday I went with other Spanish sisters to their zone meeting. It was pretty much all in Spanish so that was fun! They even made me say the opening prayer in Spanish! They said I did good and I understood most of the meeting. The Spanish zone leaders are awesome! Their zone meeting was so spiritual and you could tell they really care about all the missionaries in their zone. After the meeting we went to Golden Coral and ate WAY too much! They Sister Bishoff came with me to Nampa because she's in a trio. I know, our names are really close. haha. We went to contact a man who just started coming back to church and we found his stepson home instead. He agreed to read the Book of Mormon and said we can come back next week! You just never know. We set baptismal dates with 3 of our investigators this week. They all have felt the spirit tell them that the Book of Mormon and the gospel are true and that they should be baptized. One needs to quit smoking but she is so close! It's amazing to see people change and gain more peace in their lives. I'm so happy for them. So we went out with a bang on Sister Armstrong's last week! She goes home tomorrow! Today I got my new companion, Sister Davenport from Tennessee!! She goes home 6 weeks after I do!
Love you all!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
We also got to watch General Conference! It always goes by too fast! I wrote questions before conference and I received answers. I know that God knows me personally and through his Spirit he will teach me and tell me what I need to know. I don't know what I would do without his help.
We taught a good amount of people this week too. It seems like a lot of people we teach just aren't quite there yet but I know that as we keep working with them and praying for them it will all happen for them in the Lord's time. People often need consistent love and help from others in order to change. So we'll keep being their for them!
Love you all!! I also love letters! ;)
<3 Sister Bishaw
This week was great! We went on exchanges with other sisters twice this week. I stayed in our are both times. We had plenty to do because we got 2 more wards on Tuesday! It was a little overwhelming at first but the good thing is that I have covered these wards before. So I know what's going on. We got the wards because the Elders got emergency transferred out of the area. I guess they weren't getting along. So we have to take care their wards til the end of the transfer. He we go. It's been hard balancing all the wards. I feel bad for the ones we don't work in as much. But we do the best we can.
I started teaching the Eubanks again. They are awesome and it was good to see them again! We talked about general conference and following the living prophet. Jackie is seriously thinking about baptism now so that's exciting!
We taught a lot of lessons again this week. The Lord is definitely blessing us! There are lots of people to help! We met this one guy who is the adopted son of a member. He said he lost his faith because he was homeless most of his life and nothing went right for him. We were able to help him realize the blessings that he has and the times that God has answered his prayers. We testified that God loves him. He had a lot more hope when we left. That's what the mission is all about. Helping people find hope and happiness. Little by little.
Love you all!!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
We went on two exchanges this week and with both of them I had to go to a Spanish area! I was definitely humbled by the Lord. There is a reason he called me English-Speaking. I realized that I can't understand Spanish unless I am talking to someone who speaks it the way I do - aka like a Gringa. haha. It was a learning experience though. I shared some scriptures in Spanish. A lot of people spoke Spanglish anyway. We helped this lady hang her wet clothes in her apple tree!
We had an awesome week teaching-wise! We started teaching 5 new people. The members here are on fire. We don't even have to ask for referrals, they just give them to us! We started teaching this couple that has had a rough life. Their neighbors are members and they were present at the lesson. It works so much better when a member friend can testify of what the restoration of the gospel has done for them. The spirit was so strong and when I recited the first vision (Joseph Smith's experience when he prayed to know which church was right) the wife got chills and I know she felt the spirit. I know I felt it too and I can never deny that. I know that this is Christ's church reestablished on the earth. I know that this family has been prepared by the Lord to receive the gospel. The Lord's timing is so perfect and he is aware of all of his children. As we turn to Him, he will put us where we need to be.
I love you all!!! Only two months left to write me!! Hurry! ;)
<3 Sister Bishaw
We got to have a zone conference with Elder Craig Zwick of the seventy. He is a powerful speaker and he taught us how to simplify and intensify and close with power in our teaching. He has so many stories and it was just really inspiring to hear from him and his wife. His mission president was Elder Richard G Scott! He spoke to the members here and they are all really excited about sharing the gospel now. We just need to earn their complete trust!
We went on exchanges with Homedale and Caldwell sisters this week. I got to go to Homedale and we ate WAY too much! Sister Thomas and I had fun being reunited after a week apart though! haha. We got free ice cream from this lady who served her mission in Homedale and then moved back and married someone from there! We also got to help at the local senior center! Homedale is such a cute town. I stayed here and sister Hala'api'api came from Caldwell. We met 2 people here that she knows from Caldwell! It was inspired! We also got to talk to a recent convert about family history so that was fun!
So it was a good week!
Thanks for all the support!!
Hello from the unpredictable land of Idaho!!
On Thursday there was a crazy hailstorm! It came out of nowhere! It didn't last very long but a lot of crops were ruined. Poor farmers! We were stuck on someone's doorstep. They weren't home but by the time we turned around to go back to the car, it was hailing! It was pretty funny. At least we weren't on bikes!
We also got to meet a hedgehog! This one brother paid 300 dollars for one! It was SO cute, but pretty pokey! We've been getting to know the members in this area and learning where everything is. There are a lot of number streets in this area and it's a little confusing, but we're learning. Everyone here is really missionary-minded and many of them share the gospel often. One Bishop stood us up twice by accident but he's really cool so we won't hold it against him! haha. We went to a baptism and a wedding this weekend! The Baptism was in Kuna (where Sister Armstrong used to serve) and the wedding was in our area. They are a Hispanic couple. He doesn't speak much English so the Bishop translated a lot of it. His wife is LDS and he is not but he's interested in learning! His wife was crying and shaking through the whole thing! So sweet!
The Elders were teaching this awesome lady. We feel blessed to be able to teach her now. She has so much faith even though she's been through so much. Her "grams" was LDS and she trusts her judgment. She said her grams told her if she ever needed help to go to the LDS church. When she was in an abusive relationship and feeling lower than low she walked by an LDS church and remembered the words of her grams. She walked in and talked to the Bishop. Now she is working hard to quit smoking because she really wants to be baptized and have a church family. It's amazing to see what the Savior can do for people when they turn to Him. He really can heal us. "Yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!" (Alma 36:20).
Love you all!! Prayers and letters are appreciated!!
<3 Sister Bishaw
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Today is transfer day again! Sister Thomas will be going to Homedale, ID and training a new missionary! She's on fire! We're actually still together til Wednesday because she doesn't get her companion until then so that's fun. My new companion is Sister Armstrong! She's been out 1 transfer longer than me and this is her last transfer! We'll be Sister Training Leaders together so we'll go on exchanges with other sisters a lot. She will be my 3rd Californian companion! It will be fun!
This week was awesome! Our talent show went pretty well. It could have had a better turn out but it wasn't bad for labor day weekend. We had about 100 people there and 2 investigators that we invited. We got to take one on a tour of the church building. At the show one little kid solved the Rubik's Cube in 1 minute and 38 seconds!
We also found some new people to teach. Sister Thomas found a couple while I was in Kuna on exchanges. I rode a bike all day in Kuna! The sisters were low on miles for their car so we rode bikes. I respect the Elders so much because it was just so painful. And I felt like I looked ridiculous with a skirt on and my flats that did not have enough grip. And it was really hot! I feel so blessed to have a car.
We bore our testimonies in all of our wards yesterday and in one of them I said what I have learned on my mission and I realized that my mission is almost over. I started crying. It's so bittersweet! But I really have seen for myself that God does truly love and know all of us personally. And it's our job to help others know that God loves them. And God wants us to be happy so he's given us the commandments and shown us the way through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Love you all! Thanks for the support!! Letters would be awesome!
<3 Sister Bishaw
The Eubanks!! :)
Me with Sister Thomas! I did my hair like hers ;)
Brother Cook's garden is doing so well!
After the Talent Show!
I conquered that chicken! I caught it!
We mowed 2 lawns this week! One of them we have to pick up at the dog poop first. It was quite the experience! But it's really cool because people are starting to let us help them! A lot of people don't like to ask for help...including myself. But we really love doing it. We just get to lighten their load a little! :)
We've been working on finalizing everything for our talent show. We've had a lot of people volunteer to be in it so we definitely have enough. There will be a lot of good music and dancing and funny acts too! We really hope everyone invites their friends so we can meet new people! We've been trying to invite everyone we meet.
We did exchanges and I got to be with Sister Turner again for the day! I can't believe it's been almost 5 months since we were companions! We had fun and got to get caught up on each others missions and families!
On Saturday we went to 2 block parties! We ate a LOT of food! We thought about going to Jack in the Box earlier in the day but we were glad we didn't because we got so many burgers later on! One of the wards is doing block parties so we can meet their neighbors! It's been going well.
I hope everyone is doing well! Letters are appreciated as always :)
Love you all!