Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 66 - Happy Pioneer Day + Will's Baptism!

An emotional roller coaster of a week, that's for sure. We've experienced some huge lows and some very high, highs this week. All I'm saying is that the adversary is real and will do just about anything to keep us from following our Savior, Jesus Christ. Ugh! Satan is the worst. BUT. Good news is, is that as we surround ourselves with God and the scriptures and prayer and faith that we can overcome the adversary and his sneaky ways.

This weekend we had the opportunity to celebrate Pioneer Day! Although Wisconsin doesn't do the holiday like Utah does, we still had some great talks in sacrament meeting about the early saints. We were reminded that we can all be pioneers! Maybe we're not crossing the country to escape mobs and persecution, but we are facing our own challenges and trials that are unique to us and through those situations we can become examples to those who are around us and family members to come! 

And you know, Pioneer Day is pretty cool, but I think the highlight of this week was definitely seeing someone we have grown to love enter into the waters of baptism! Ahh, Saturday was a glorious day! WILL WAS BAPTIZED and then, on Sunday, confirmed with the gift of the Holy Ghost!! He was just beaming the entire service! It was lovely. My testimony of the priesthood increases as well as my testimony of the Restoration of the gospel! God is a God of order and I know that Will was baptized by His power here on earth. His whole family came to show support and I think it was a really eye-opening experience for them. On Sunday, he was confirmed and given a really neat blessing full of so many cool promises. Then he was given a calling and is really excited about that!! Sometimes missionaries believe that we knock on doors just to fill time, and at times I've thought that, too, but holy cow tracting works! Grateful for Will and his choice to listen to two random girls in skirts talking about Jesus on his doorstep! I know his life will be so blessed because of that choice :)

Now for my ungraceful transition to other things that happened this week...

+ We had exchanges with the Sheboygan sisters. I was back with Sister Osburn for the day! It was great. 
+ Had a very lengthy conversation with an 8 year old about Harry Potter.
+ Nicole came to Will's baptism!
+ Juan came to church!! 
+ Had Mexican food four meals in a row. #winning
+ We had the musical performance and it turned out so well! Never thought I'd be in a play about the pioneers, haha, but it ended up being a wonderful experience. 

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. CTR and have a wonderful week!

Sister Quist

 your little pioneer! ;)

 🧀-heads 4 LIFE. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week 65 - Spreading the Good Word

What a week, what a week! Oh where do I begin? Well, Monday seems like an appropriate day haha. SO. Monday was p-day, we had a great day napping. That evening we went over to the Stoehr's to have dinner with them and a less active YSA and his non-member girlfriend. We were really excited about it cause he hasn't had contact with missionaries foreverrrr. It was great to just establish a relationship with him. Neither he or his girlfriend were very interested in our message, but like I said...good to just get to know them for now. 

Tuesday we had Zone Training meeting in Oshkosh. It was GREAT. And I got to see my favorite Sister Wise! She's a gem and I'm so glad she's in the zone now! We had a jam-packed meeting full of the spirit. We talked a lot about exact obedience and how it really does bring miracles! One of the missionaries said, "with every commandment or rule comes direct and indirect blessings". Yes! I believe that one thousand percent. Unfortunately people think of commandments as suggestions and not as, well, things that are commanded to do by God. But I know that when we keep the commandments, whether they be mission rules, the Word of Wisdom, or the 10 commandments that we will see obvious and direct blessings and also blessings that come in other ways. 

Wednesday we saw Nicole! She's been so busy lately and had also been going through some personal things that have made her distance herself from us. But we're back on track and meeting with her regularly now. Hooray! We had a good lesson about the power of prayer and scripture study. She's still a little stand-offish to the idea of coming to church. I'm not sure why. Well, yes I do. Something about organized religion, but she's been twice in Steven's Point, so not sure what her hold up is there. She does work most Sunday mornings so that's a major roadblock :( She'll get there...we're sure of it!

Thursday we did service then we went to the farmer's market for lunch and ran into some Jehovah's Witnesses. Funny story. So it was supperrr windy that day and we were walking down the street and see that their sign stuff had blown over and all their pamphlets were flying every where, so we decided to help catch runaway papers. The lady said how one had gotten away, but I was like, "nope, I've got it"! Then she said, "Oh...well maybe you're supposed to have it". Hahahahahaha, nice line, lady, but no. I gave it back to her and then she saw my tag and we actually got in a good conversation. She wasn't really interested in our message and we weren't interested in hers, so we told her what time/where church was and left. 

We also had our interviews with President Williams! What a cool cat. We talked a lot about many different things and he had some things to say that I definitely needed to hear. It was a grand time. That night we had dinner with Maria and she made us breakfast stir fry and NUTELLA PUFF PASTRIES. We died. She also told us that once her third grade teacher told her, "a day you don't learn something is a day that you're dead." Hardcore third grade teacher, man.

Friday we tracted into a YSA in a family neighborhood so that was sweet and now he's a new investigator! Luis. Just moved here from Florida and is looking for a church to attend. Music to a missionaries ears! He's way cool and we're excited to go back and share more of this wonderful gospel message!

Saturday was Crazytown, USA. We picked up Meaghan and headed to Oshkosh to have a lesson with WILL. WILL IS SO STELLAR. He's gonna get baptized this Saturday!! My heart is just so happy for him and the changes he has made to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. He has seriously changed a lot since we first met him 6 weeks ago. He kind of blows our minds with how willing and accepting he is. Great miracles, my friends!

Church was lovely and we had a few investigators there!! After our long day full of two sacrament meetings, Sunday school, and relief society, and a missionary fireside with the YSA we went to the Espinosa's for dinner. I love Hispanic people! We had the yummiest tacos of my life and both Sister Killian and I were in taco comas for the rest of the night. It was worth it though. I'm so amazed at the sacrifices people make to provide for their families. And just like eating a million tacos for dinner was worth the comas, the gospel is so worth any sacrifice we have to make. It brings so much happiness and so much peace in the Pokemon obsessed world.

I love you all tremendously and wish you a happy week!! Make good choices! 

Sister Quist

zumba with the relief society!
 selfie with alvin lol

 we braided our hair together
my place Heavy black heart

Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 64 - #miracles

Hello to all my favorite people! Happy Monday! It's been a rad week. We didn't really have a ton of time to find this week, which was lame. But we have planned out lots of time this week! Not gonna make this email a long one, but here are a few updates!

- Taught Will about the Law of Chastity. Which wasn't as awkward as we though it might be. It was actually really good! We had a couple of members there, one of whom is now good friends with Will, so I think that made him feel a lot more comfortable. I love the law of chastity. Yeahh, I realize that might sound weird haha, but it's so GREAT. There is just so much heartbreak in the world and although the Law of Chastity doesn't guarantee a heartbreak free life, it does provide protection, guidance, and a better chance for healthy relationships. I'm a fan. 

- One of the biggest blessings of my mission has definitely been getting to know all sorts of people. There is no way that I would ever meet YSA members from Wisconsin if I hadn't served in a YSA ward. It's amazing how much love I feel for them (and others in my past areas) and it's so sad when these people that I love so much don't make the best choices. There is one gal who is struggling hardcore with a recent death in the family as well as some other issues. We, along with other branch members, have tried to reach out multiple times to her, but she hasn't been very receptive :( On Thursday those we had a strong impression to text her about the progress of one of our investigators cause she had taken us to one of their lessons. So we did, and in reply she asked if she could come over to talk to us. HECK YES. That was a huge tender mercy even though we all were eaten by mosquitoes. 

- Friday we had Mission Leadership Conference in Oshkosh. It was SO GOOD. I was anxious to hear from President and Sister Williams, and I was not disappointed. They are incredible teachers and disciples of Christ. The spirit was very strong and I'm excited to assist President Williams in his vision of becoming a "Zion Mission" by trying to become a "Zion missionary"!!

- Later had a lesson with Will about Temples and family history. We were so excited to teach this lesson cause it's the TEMPLE. There were lots of good questions asked that even made me think about why we go to the temple. I love learning new things from the spirit! In one of her trainings, Sister Williams, talked about how we need to set TWO baptismal dates with investigators. One for their own baptism, and another to do baptisms for the dead. That makes so much sense! Because although we do put much emphasis on getting investigators to baptism, it's really the temple that we want them to go to. In the temple we learn of who we are and who we can become and how to do it! (*crying cause I miss the temple so much*). We committed Will to go to the temple with the branch for the August temple trip. We also had to move his baptism date to the 23rd, which is a good thing and will give him more time to prepare. 

- Saturday basically all of our appointments were either cancelled, moved, or no shows. It was rough. But we were able to see Juan and committed him to come to church!! It was a powerful lesson and the spirit was totally there. We taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Which is one of my faves! It's so frustrating though because he seemed so excited about coming, but didn't show up Sunday morning. We're not quite sure what happened. 

- Found out our investigator Nicole doesn't hate us!! We have had basically zero contact with her for the past few weeks which has been really sad. We have been praying and praying that she would get back to us, and last night she finally did! Woohoo! So we're meeting with her on Wednesday so pray for that to go well. 

- Yesterday had three huge miracles! One, Will wasn't going to be able to make it to church, but ended up coming and it was fantastic. Two, GEORGE. He's kind of been off the radar lately, but yesterday we just stopped to talk to him for 3-4 minutes after church and later that evening he texted us to see if we could meet! Yes!! So we head over to the park we usually meet him at and wait for him there. Then he calls us and tells us he's at the other side of the park talking to some people. So we get up and go find him. And in the distance we see him talking to this couple on a bench and we were like, "Oh that would be so funny if George just found us some new investigators". So that's miracle three, we come up to him and meet Dan and Jenny. A.K.A. The coolest couple ever! We then proceed to have an hour long discussion with them about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. It was crazy! Everything we shared they were like, "Yes! We agree with that"! Dan even knows a member in one of the Appleton wards. We gave them a Book of Mormon and shared Moroni's promise with them. I wish you could have been there as Dan read those scriptures. Those words hold so much power. They had told us that they were searching for the truth and Dan asked us if we felt whole with the gospel. I can confidently say that I feel 100% whole. The complete gospel has been restored and with it I don't have to search for something to fill any sort of empty feeling inside of me, but I know that I have access to it, as do we all!!

Haha, so much for being a short email. Whoops! Just lots of cool miracles and hard work happening here. I hope you have a fabulous week and that you make good choices. To quote Connie, "Jesus loves you and so do I"! :) XO

Sister Quist

 we're cute I guess
 ... sometimes
(ignore geese poop everywhere haha)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Week 63 - staying in the YSA + happy independence day!‏

What a crazy, busy week. I don't know how weeks can go by so slow, yet so fast at the same time! So much happening here. Will is doing amazing and is progressing so well. He is so willing to accept the gospel, commandments, laws and ordinances. We had a couple lessons with him this week. Talked about obedience, prayer, and scripture study on Tuesday. Pretty basic stuff, but some of the most important! It's so crucial to do these small and simple things. They'll bring great blessings. On the opposite side, it can be devastating to one's testimony and progression if you don't do them. So that lesson went well. We also taught about the Sabbath day and following the prophet on Sunday after church. It was kind of funny cause earlier that day he had mentioned how he was soooo excited to go to Piggly Wiggly after church and get a sub. Then during the lesson we asked if he had any questions and he was like, "sooo, I'm just gonna ask this cause it keeps coming to my mind, but does this mean I can't go get that sub at the Pig"? We explained that Heavenly Father gives us commandments and expects us to keep them, of course there are circumstances that happen, but for the most part we need to be obedient. We told him it was his choice though. He was kind of heartbroken, haha, but he said, "Well, alright. I guess it can wait". (YAY!) We were so proud of him. Ahh, I just love how the gospel changes hearts. 

Had exchanges with the Fond Du Lac sisters on Wednesday. So many unexpected things happened...including a trip to the ER. No major casualties, just a cyst that ruptured. Ouch, so thankful for good health care. We were still able to teach some great lessons that day, Sister S is a champ and I was just in awe of her diligence to get to work after being poked and tested all morning. 

The next day we drove down to Oshkosh to have a lesson with this LA, which went super well. And while we were there the Oshkosh sisters called us and we needed to do a quick exchange! So Sister White and I headed back to Neenah to do some service at St. Thomas. It was a good exchange and we got a lot of things accomplished. 

Said goodbye to our favorite President and Sister Cutler, but welcomed President and Sister Williams on Saturday in Green Bay! We had a nice time meeting them and getting to hear from them a little bit. I really like President Williams and I'm looking forward to knowing him better over the next few months! 

Remember that cute Hispanic family we tracted into last week? Well we went back and had a wonderful lesson with the mom, Patricia. We also asked is she would prefer to be taught in Spanish and she said she would prefer English (woohoo!). It might be a little tough to get them to come to church, she did mention how it was "sooo early". But hopefully she'll be able to recognize the blessing of the gospel are so worth the 9:30 am church service. =

Of course, yesterday was the Fourth of July! We had a great time at the Neenah ward breakfast and got to know some of the members better. A LA YSA invited us to come and get some cherries from his uncle's house, so we did that. We got to check the transfer board and looks like I'll be staying another transfer here in the YSA with Sister Killian! Which we are happy about. We had a little get together with some other missionaries and Alvin and Betty. Played some volleyball and ate some decent burgers. Then we went to this tax office party. I know, tax office party? Yes, haha, a lot of active and less active members work for this tax office and they invited us to come. So we made an appearance and it actually was the most effective part of our day! Heavenly Father has a funny way of making things happen, sometimes. 

I'm excited for all the adventures this next transfer has in store. Will is gonna get baptized and we're gonna find more people to teach and they're gonna get baptized and it's just gonna be all sorts of fun. I can't say it enough, but the Lord's hand truly is in every aspect of the work here...and really every aspect of our lives. This is His gospel!! I love you family! Keep choosing the right and reading your scriptures. 

Sister Quist

 cherries right from the tree!

 finally met Ashley's brother-in-law, Elder Newbry!
 weird hmong rice patty thing...never again

happy 4th!