Monday, January 26, 2015

“If That Man Were an Animal, He’d Be a Wolf.”

For any and all who are confused about the titles of my emails, they're just funny quotes that have happened throughout the week. For example, this week is a quote by Elder Marin about our investigator that came to church. So there's that. 

And on that note: HELLO! This week has been so great! And I hope it has been for all of you, as well! 

Our investigator family (Juan y ninos) all passed their baptismal interviews yesterday! We're having four baptisms next week!! We are more excited than you could possibly imagine. I love this family SO much. :) Next week will be the best thing ever. 

A lot of really great things happened this week.We met lots of hilarious people. 
Yellow Cardigans
-Ruth: Evidently she's a homie (we had to pass her off, but the Elders that are teaching her now LOVE her.) She's great. Her husband was super anti-Mormon, and was asking us all sorts of questions. Ruth yelled at him and told him, "You're asking them the WRONG questions! They're youngsters, they don't know about that stuff!" 
-Brandon: Hilarious. Possibly polygamist (we're a little confused). Told us, "You just gotta let the trees be the trees, ya know? The lions be the lions." I still don't really know what that means. But he was funny.
Lots of other hilarious people, too. 
My favorite children in the world. :)

Other wonderful things that happened this week:
-Zuni Snowball Fight after District Meeting. SO FUN. 
-Salsa Contest with missionaries as judges. (Everybody won -- elementary school style.) 
i.e. Mi familia Mexicana!
-I taught a 12 year old how to waltz. :) 

I'd like to apologize for the fact that these emails are always so tiny. There's always so much that happens, and really I can't ever remember all of what happens. The weeks feel so long, because there's so much that happens. It's such a weird phenomenon. The missionary time warp. It's real. 

This morning, I read a talk from the last General Conference about Joseph Smith. And my favorite part of that talk is the very end when there is a challenge extended to all of the youth (slash really everyone) to gain a testimony of Joseph Smith. And really, all of that comes back to the Book of Mormon. If we read and pray to know that the Book of Mormon is true, we're GOING to receive an answer. Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers from God. And we will receive that answer if we have real intent, we really want to know that it's true, and we'll live according to the answer that we get. And knowing that the Book of Mormon is true, means knowing that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet, and that the church of Jesus Christ really is in the world today. Listen. I KNOW with all of my heart that all of these things are true. But you can't just take my word for it. You need to find out for yourselves. So. Take that for what it's worth. 

I love all of you so much! And I miss you! 

Con mucho, MUCHO amor,
Hermana Sherilyn Harper

"Almost-Comp Unity" because Sister Eldredge and I just happen to be so in-tune with each other that we just match.

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Always Lose the Nose game! I'm Tired of Praying

Hola familia, amigos...y....y...otros! This week has been such a stinkin' fantastic week, everybody. Like really. I can't. Good things: 5 investigators with a baptismal date (all are SO solid. So much happy) 5 investigators at Sacrament Meeting! Okay. I'm just really happy. Juan and his kids (they're 4 with a baptismal date) are SO stinkin' beautiful. We've only known them for a week, and I love them with all of my heart and soul. They're on date for February 1, and I am so excited. This family is the best. I can't even express how much happiness they bring to my life. Juan is basically my favorite person in the entire world. Okay, here's my miracle of the week! A while back, there was a girl in this ward who came back from her mission. She was telling Sister Arnold and I that she really wanted us to go meet with her friend who is a less-active member and is married to a man who isn't a member. But she never gave us a phone number, never got anything set up so we could meet her. Just. It never ended up working out. We were on exchanges, so Sister Eldredge was in my area with me. We had just finished tracting, and were driving to our next appointment. I looked out the window, and pointed at a duplex type thing, and told Sister Eldredge that I needed to knock those someday. Then I kept driving. But I hit a stop sign, and I just knew that I needed to go do those houses right that second. So I flipped a U-Turn, didn't tell Sister Eldredge what I was doing. Just drove back and parked in front of those houses. I parked, looked at her, and said, "I know that I said I would knock these houses later. But I need to do it right now." So we got out knocked them. And we found this woman that this RM had wanted us to meet! And it was so perfect! I was sooo excited to have found her, because I've been wanting to meet her FOREVER. And we found her, because I felt like I needed to knock those houses right then. It was the best. AND she came to church this week. Following the promptings of the spirit. It is the BEST. So here's what I want to tell all of you today. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ LOVE YOU. So much more than you can ever possibly imagine. They love you perfectly. They want you to be happy. So just, never forget how loved you are. Never forget that you can be happy. Los amo MUCHO. Hermana Sherilyn Harper

Monday, January 12, 2015

I Left My Mission...

TWICE! But don't worry. It's okay, because I had permission. :) 
Zuni District
The first time I left, it was to see DAVID A. BEDNAR. Boom. That was way awesome. Really. There are NO words to describe how amazing it was. He's HILARIOUS. My favorite thing that he told us was, "And some of you need to learn that you just need to be good, not perfect. And be happy." Because THAT is what life is about, is being happy and progressing! Also, there's one thing that a wonderful sister missionary told us, "Perfection is progression." So. Just try to be better every single day, and just be happy. 

Lakewood Zone

The second time I left my mission was to go visit the daughter of a recent convert in the hospital. But don't worry, she's okay! All is well! 

There was a lot of stuff that happened this week. 

Sister Noakes and I with BYU Ice Cream
On Wednesday we went to the temple! It was awesome, as always. No one from my district showed up though. Because the roads were bad, I guess? They weren't at all bad for us though. After, we went to Deseret Book. Fun fact: They sell BYU Creamery Ice Cream. So. Happy. And because Sister

Noakes and I both always talk about how much we miss BYU, we bought some. And it was the best. 

Okay, let's be real. My entire district is here emailing right now. And I cannot for the life of me focus. So I'm just going to picture overload all of you! :) 

I hope all of you have a happy week! :) 

Our view of Denver from our Church Building :)

I love and miss all of you a ton! 

Con mucho amor, 
Hermana Sherilyn Harper

Montana. :) mi amor

Sister Ulberg and I at the temple :)

Sister Noakes with our ridiculous hats :)

My district from last transfer: awkward gap

Less awkward gap