Monday, May 25, 2015

"When I grow up, I want to be Mexican."

My dear friends and family, 

I'm 20 now. And that's the weirdest thing ever. 

That being said, I had the greatest birthday EVER! We had our district meeting on my birthday. I had to give a training on extending the baptismal invitation after the first lesson. I was SO mad, because I almost made it 9 months without giving a training. And then Elder Pikula RUINED EVERYTHING. But it's fine. It was good. But my district is the cutest ever, and they decorated the room for me. We also had interviews with President, so when I got back from my interview they had cake and cupcakes waiting for me. Also, ELDER CABAS (from my first district in the field) was there! :) I don't really know why he was. But it made me really happy! So they had a party and they sang to me and smashed my face into a cake. Sister Pierce took pictures for me, but I have to wait until next week to get them to you! But it was great. Mission birthday = best birthday ever. Even though I'm 20 and think it's weird. 

Nothing too exciting happened this week. We had spur of the moment exchanges, so I went to Rifle with Sister Moody. It was good. We didn't have very much time together, but it was great. I needed it. 

Today I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the Atonement. Because we can truly overcome all of our weaknesses and receive strength and comfort if we learn to rely on our Savior Jesus Christ. That is probably the biggest thing I've learned thus far on my mission: Relying on my Savior. He loves us unconditionally. He wants to help us. But we can't if we won't let him. And sometimes that's hard. Which, I know, because I am so prideful. But when we do rely on our Savior, we can overcome. I have such a testimony of that. 

I love and miss you all. 
Con amor,
Hermana Sherilyn Harper 

P.S. Be praying for me that I don't die on my road trip to Denver tomorrow. ;) #leavingthemission

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Love is spelled F-O-O-D." -Elder Pikula

This week was a crazy week. Because, well, they all are, aren't they? Answer: Yes. 

I had the opportunity to spend Wednesday with the wonderful Hermana Salazar. Guys. She's my favorite! :) I'm like seriously praying that we get to be companions one day. Because we just get work done! She's a boss. I love her! 

I can't even really think of anything SUPER exciting that happened this week that y'all would be interested in. 

Basically all Sister Bauer and I do is knock on doors. All day long. But it's okay. :) Because I think it's a good time. We didn't have too much success with that this week, BUT we did find two super awesome new investigators. A mom and a daughter. They were the last door we knocked during our 3 hours of knocking. And the daughter is SUPER prepared! I'm so excited to work with her and get to know her better. 

One of my favorite people here, Brother Abbot continues to be the best! He took the sacrament last week for the first time in a reaaaaaaaaally long time. So I was really proud of him. :) And we visit him and he just is awesome. He talks to us a lot about his mission, and it makes me really happy. He loved his mission. :) 

Things are going much better in my new companionship than I anticipated. We're having a good time. 

This week, we have interviews with President. On my birthday. So that's...something. haha. I'm in denial that my birthday is here. I refuse to turn 20, everybody. I won't do it. 

I don't have too much more time. But know that I love and miss you all a lot. 

Con amor,
hermana sherilyn harper 

p.s. enjoy a picture of me and my favorite child here! and the mystery machine, because I'm pretty sure I never sent that one! 

Monday, May 11, 2015


To my dearest friends and family, 

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day yesterday, and that all of those missionaries/missionary families had WONDERFUL talks with one another. :) 

I was thinking, man, I really don't have much to say today. But it's been quite the week, actually. Now that I'm thinking back on it. 

On Monday I was in Glenwood with Sister Pierce, and that was a good time. We went to Target, and you have to know that it made me deliriously happy. :) 

On Tuesday, we had transfer meeting! And I got to see a couple of my favorite people! I got to see Elder Clubb! Hermana Chandler! And Papa LeChe! :) HOORAY! It was fantastic. I love those missionaries a lot. So I was so grateful to get to see them. And I also got my new companion, Sister Bauer. She's from Rome, New York. It's going to be an interesting transfer. 

Mostly this week, we did a lot of knocking. Which, I have to be honest, I LOVE! I think it's such a good time. And we definitely saw some miracles come out of it. So there's that. 

This week, we went to see my favorite person in the WORLD: Brother Abbott. I gave him the copy of the Book of Mormon that I've been studying out of for the last 7 months. I studied the atonement, and read it through 6 different times, marking different parts of the atonement every time. I poured my heart and soul into that copy, and I hadn't really planned on giving it to anyone. But I finished it the morning that we were going to see him. And I knew that it had been his all along. It's so interesting to see how God works. He does indeed work in mysterious ways. 

I'm sorry this is so short, but I hope you all know that I love and miss you all! 

Con amor,
Hermana Sherilyn Harper