Monday, February 29, 2016

Week 45 - Hello from up North{ish}

Hello my dear family & friends!! 

I made it back up North safe and sound. Wednesday I hauled all my stuff to the stake center and me and a bunch of other missionaries being transferred loaded up into the "fun bus" and drove up to the transfer point in Oshkosh. Where I met my new companion Sister Schlosser!! She's cool. She's a ginger. She's sassy. She's real. I love her! 

But let's back it up to Monday. Monday was cool. P-day, you know. We went bowling with the Zone Leaders and the Munoz and Wehrhahn family. Such a blast! And let it be known that I totally beat Elder Reina.

Tuesday was busy, busy with goodbyes and packing and appointments with investigators. Went and saw Jaclyn. She's a gem and I love her! It's been such a joy to help teach her the new member lessons and see her testimony deepen. Then we went to Red Robin as a district. That was fun, even though we were all basically broke. Then we went and said bye to the Mead's. Aww I just really admire that family. I'm so grateful for people like Katie and Merrill! 

Sister Ah Mu was an incoming missionary from my home town so we were able to take her out for a couple hours on Tuesday! That was pretty fun. Apparently God likes sending us Highland/Alpine kids to Wisconsin. Which is fine by me because I always love making that connection. 

Anyways, Tuesday night we went and got Kopps (custard) with Jessica. Oh Jess. I'm going to miss that girl SO MUCH! But it's okay cause we decided that's it's not "goodbye". I'll see her around :) Saying goodbye to the Munoz family was probably the most heartbreaking thing of my life. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but it was pretty sad. They are so incredible and I already miss them so much. They are strong in the gospel though and I know they'll continue to do great things. Like I said, Wednesday was crazy busy. Said "bye" to my baby, Sister Garner :( Sad day. It's hard when companions become best friends and you live with them 24/7 and then the next day you're just not with them anymore. But West Allis is in good hands! 

That night I was able to meet Mari and Ismael. Our investigators who are gonna be BAPTIZED in March!! They're doing so so good! Ismael is reading the Book of Mormon all on his own (he's 12) and coming to church and is super stoked to be baptized. Mari is getting there. She was out of town yesterday so she wasn't able to attend, but she'll be there this Sunday. 

Thursday we met with a YSA recent convert, Cherie (like "cherry" the fruit). LOL. Cherie is hilarious and a gem. 

Friday was weekly planning. Blah blah blah. Great times, weekly planning is long, but makes the week run 10 times smoother! Cassandra took us out to Olive Garden (yeahhhh) and then we had sports night. See, the fun thing about the YSA branch is that there are things going on every single night! Man, it was good to be with the members! I was even able to see some old friends from the Oshkosh ward! Fun times. 

Saturday was a blast!! We went to the UW Oshkosh campus and just contacted basically all day. I wish I had more time to write about that, but the gist of it is that we met some wayyy cool people and also some way awkward people! 

Alrighty. See you later. Letters are gladly accepted! :) 

Chose the right. Follow the Prophet. Keep your chins up. 

Sister Quist

a good book, a really good book. :)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 44 - "and then I blinked"

This week has been such a blessing, ya'll! So many miracles and such little time to write about all of them. But I'll just start out by saying how I'm getting transferred :( Goodbye, West Allis. I'm headed back to where it all began. Seriously. Going back to my same district/area(ish). But this time I'll be serving in the Young Single Adult ward! Winnebago YSA! I'm super excited to be back in my old stomping grounds and to be working with the YSA in the area. I'm a little nervous, but I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father will bless me with the capability to do what is needed. I think that's probably one of the biggest things that I have learned so far on my mission. That Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us unconditionally and that He will always be there to lift us up. I've had so many moments this week when I have felt that love. Going into this week I kind of had a feeling that it would be my last one in West Allis. So it's obviously been full of many emotions. There is so much work to do here in West Allis, and even though I'm super sad to be leaving, I've had such a peaceful feeling with me all week. I can't deny that is the love of my Savior. I'm grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost to comfort and guide me. I feel like I've finally learned how to feel the Spirit at all times. And let me tell you, it's pretty incredible. There aren't really any words to accurately describe the Holy Ghost. But it's pretty great.

When I was pondering what to title my last email in West Allis (such important things, you know), all that came to my mind was the quote from Father of the Bride, "and then I blinked". I feel so blessed to have served here. There are people here that will forever be a part of my heart. The past four transfers have not been easy to say the least, but I have learned so much. From the members, from companions, from investigators/less actives. SO MUCH LEARNING. Sorry if this isn't the most eloquent email. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. Of course, though, I have learned the most from my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves all of us. I know that he Atoned for our sins and died so that we can live with Him again. I know that we can turn to Him whenever, wherever and He will be there. I love Him and am forever thankful to Him for all He has done for me. 

I love West Allis! Peace out, guys. 

I'm kinda super sad to leave this area and super sad to leave my companion. She's basically the bomb and I'm so confident in her. I'm so lucky that I was able to train her. She is one of those people I was talking about when I said they became a part of my heart. West Allis is about to BURST with baptisms!! This week has been full of people coming unto Christ! But there are many people being prepared in Winnebago. 

Alrighty. That's all I can do today, folks. Keep up the great work wherever you are. Choose the right! 

Sister Quist

 selfie in my Milwaukee shirt
selfie with the crew
 the fancy Basilica! oh so beautiful!
Us and dear Jessica

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 43 - Painting Skills and Loving the Work!

This week. Oh man. Tuesday was wonderful. We had Zone Training meeting. Such a great spirit and I learned a lot. Plus always great to see others in the zone! This mission life is pretty great, guys. 

Tuesday was also a day full of ups and downs. Later that evening we had a pretty interesting experience. I'm just so so thankful for the Holy Ghost. That promise is real, guys. He will always be with you when you are obeying the commandments! Wednesday we met a really cool referral. She has gone through a TON in her life. Has four kids and her husband is in jail (for false worries + he's getting out soon). She just beat cancer last year and has a strong desire to know God better. She was very receptive to our message and we are going to go back tonight to talk to her more! 

Wednesday was awesome. You know. Any missionary knows that tracting just isn't the most successful way to find new investigators. But holy cow we found a good one! I think I may have mentioned a guy named Xavier. Maybe not, anyways. He is SO COOL. And actually kept his return appointment which makes him 10x cooler. So we went over with Kelly and taught him the Restoration. The spirit was super strong. Kelly shared her testimony with him and he was really touched. We committed him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and to come to church. But he works on Sundays (boo) and wasn't able to make it. But hopefully this week. He is YSA age we will probably have to hand him over to the YSA elders. 

Thursday we were able to meet up with a girl from Utah. I mentioned her a while ago...Kendall. She is a rockstar! First of all she took us to Noodles and Co. (already winning points) then she came with us to our appointment with Jessica. And WOOOOWWWW. Spirit was strong, guys. It's so tough when you just want this so bad for someone, but obviously it's her choice so it's not like I can make that decision for her. But I just know that becoming a member of this church will bless her life in ways that she can't see right now. 

We did a whole lot of service this week. If you are thinking about painting your walls, shelves, crown molding anytime soon just wait a few months and I'll hook you up. We painted some crown molding for the Sykes, some shelves for some less active women, and a few weeks ago those walls for Jaclyn. So you could say we're professional. 

Friday we saw my favorite lady. BARBARA! What a gal. We're pretty much bff's and I'm going to be so sad to say goodbye if I leave next week. We had a great lesson with her. She needs to get her booty to the temple again. 

Saturday was busy, busy. As Saturdays typically are. My tender mercies go as follows: Tina, painting, Fazoli's, Meet the Mormons, Connie, tracting - Eric and Emily, library service, puffs with lotion, hot chocolate.

Sunday. Solid. Irena and Jess came to church. Holla! Jayson got baptized!! What a wonderful day. And dinner at the Lagazo's. Plus the Cragers came. Funnest dinner crew ever! 

And here we are. Monday. Played sports with the our district and the spanish elders. Totally killed in in basketball. Tonight we have fun plans. Gonna go see a part member family and have dinner with them! I love this work and I love West Allis. 

Stay classy and choose the right. 

Sister Quist

I could smell it before it came ;) (gilmore girl's reference)  SNOW!
Heavy black heartMe and Barbara. Love this sassy lady! BFFs.

Jayson got baptized yesterday!! :) So great to see the whole family baptized. Love the Munoz Family.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Week 42 - star struck and cheese curds

I don't know if I mentioned this, but last Sunday/Monday the referrals just kept coming in. And oh man do I love referrals. Seriously guys, go to and refer all of your friends and family. Best thing ever! I mean they all ordered Bibles, but the ones we've contacted so far have all taken Books of Mormon as well. And a lot of them are fairly interested in learning more. God works in mysterious ways. We went back to contact a potential investigator, Xavier, and caught him at home! He is super cool. He lives with his dad, who is Pentecostal, but he hasn't gone to church in a long time. He told us how he hadn't read any of the BoM, but said that once we left he would go and read some. I was asking if we could come back and teach him more and he eagerly said that would be cool. Yay! So we are gonna go back on Thursday to talk to him more about this wonderful gospel!!

Irena is doing well. I guess. We didn't get to have a sit down lesson with her this week, but we are gong over tonight with Tina to talk to her more about the Word of Wisdom. We did stop by her house this week, though, and she said she really enjoyed church. She couldn't make it yesterday, but hopefully she'll be able to this Sunday.

We went to the Crager's house for dinner this week. That is an A+ family. So many laughs. This week we also went on exchanges with the sister training leaders. It was fun to be with Sister Blas, but I'm so happy Sister Garner and I are back together. I love my companion! I'm really trying to savor these last couple weeks of the transfer cause next transfer is pretty up in the air. Jessica took us to a fabulous place called the Wisconsin Cheese and Sausage Shoppe. 

Oh. my. gosh. Pizza Grilled Cheese sandwich and homemade Wisconsin cheese curds. I may have died and gone to heaven. No worries, I'm back now. 

We also went to the Capps to check on Brother Capps. He's doing well and just taking it easy now. That man is a champ. When we stopped over on Saturday, Sister Capps was drying bananas so we helped her with that. Of course she gave us a baggie of them and we are so addicted. We were invited over for Sunday dinner too, so we went back yesterday for a nice dinner.

Fun fact. Ever since I came to West Allis I have heard that Jabari Parker and his brother sometimes come to our ward. WHAT? Jabari Parker the NBA player?! Yep. So of course I've been on the lookout since I've been here. Nothing for the past 6 months and then yesterday it happened. Yep. One of my dreams came true. NBA players are tall, guys. It was so cool to meet him! He was very nice and even took a picture with us. If I leave West Allis I can now leave in peace. Just kidding. It's not that big of a deal, but still a fun experience!

This week has been nothing short of busy. We are really working our tails off here and finally there has been some pick up! I'm grateful for my Savior and all that He does for me on the daily. There is no way that we would be able to do this work if it wasn't for the power and strength of the Atonement. Elder Dallin H. Oaks said, 

"Our Savior's Atonement does more than assure us of immortality by a universal resurrection and give us the opportunity to be cleansed from sin by repentance and baptism. His Atonement also provides the opportunity to call upon Him who has experienced all of our infirmities to give us the strength to bear the burdens of mortality. He knows of our anguish, and He is there for us. Like the good Samaritan, when He finds us wounded at the wayside, He will bind up our wounds and care for us (see Luke10:34). The healing and strengthening power of Jesus Christ and His Atonement is for all of us who will ask. I testify of that as I also testify of our Savior, who makes it all possible."

He truly does "make it all possible". He lives and He loves us and He knows YOU. He wants us to follow His example and turn to Him. I know that as we do we will be oh so happy! 

Keep it real. CTR. Lots of love from Wisconsin.


Sister Quist

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 41 - We are ALL called to serve!

Ahh! I don't have much time, but I do want to say a quick "hello" to everyone!

This week has been fabulous. Lots of miracles are happening and our teaching pool is growing! We had two investigators come to church yesterday. Woohoo! Jessica continues to search for her answer. We set another baptism date with her. Hopefully when February 21st rolls around she will feel ready! Also, did I tell you? She is planning on going to Utah in April to attend General Conference! 

We got a call Thursday night with a referral from some Elders in the North zone. This woman's name is Irena. She's so sweet. She's 70 years old and Polish. Like, straight from Poland. She has been put in a lot of unfortunate situations in her life and feels really lonely and empty at this time. We know that the gospel message will help her! So we went and met her Friday and it went so well! The only thing is that she is a pretty heavy smoker. I'm so grateful for the Word of Wisdom! But the lesson was great and we were able to teach her how to pray. She very eagerly committed to come to church on Sunday. When we went with Tina to pick her up yesterday morning there she was, standing under her umbrella in the rain waiting for us. She stayed for all three hours and said she really enjoyed it. Even though it was kinda weird cause it was the fifth Sunday. We are excited to continue teaching her about the restored gospel! I know that the emptiness that she feels can be filled as she repents and comes unto Christ.

We had interviews on Friday, which went well. I always love getting to visit with President Cutler. Plus, when we have interviews we get some of Sister Cutler's famous cookies! Score!

Some other exciting news. We got our car back! We are feeling #blessed because we feel like we can do so much more with our vehicle. The bus was a good experience, though. I felt like I was just starting to get the hang of it all. But no complaints here! :) 

I was re-reading my old study journal and found this great quote by M. Russell Ballard, "Weaknesses become strengths, challenges become opportunities, trials become triumphs, and adversity becomes an adventure in the service of the Lord". I know that whether we wear a name tag or not, we are all called to serve! And that as we magnify that calling we will be oh so blessed.

Stay safe and make good choices. I love you all and hope you all have a happy week! 

Sister Quist

* No pics from our girl this week, so I am borrowing from the mission blog! These are from New Missionary Training a few weeks ago and Christmas morning with President and Sister Cutler.