Monday, August 26, 2013

Thanks for Your Service!


Sergio and Evelyn are married!!!! Sergio is baptized!!! Evelyn will be baptized on Sunday!! Basically our week was nuts.  Literally, it was nuts.  Our miles on the care are shot.  So, we get to bike until September!   It was totally worth it.  They tried 4 times to get a marriage license.  I couldn’t even tell you everything that happened.   Finally on Friday and thanks to members, they got it.  The member who helped are keeping their covenants and serving out of love for someone they have never met.  I am seriously amazed at what two specific members did to make sure Sergio and Evelyn got their license.  The member’s service was anonymous.  They got nothing in return for it.  It really humbled me.  I am so filled with gratitude for those who quietly do what needs to be done because... it needs to happen.  THERE ARE SOULS TO BE SAVED!  And in this case, we got to party a little bit more.  For now, Sergio and Evelyn’s marriage has an expiration date.  I love them.  I cannot wait for them to embrace the Gospel and be able to become an eternal family.  I’m really happy for them.

We were running around everywhere Saturday trying to get this thing together.  We decided we want to start our own business, 24 Hour Wedding Plans!  We would be professionals in no time.   Did I mention we all matched for the wedding?  Yeah... it was sweet.

Sergio’s baptism on Sunday was great.  We watched part of The Testaments for our presentation.  Everyone was crying.  Evelyn has not been taught anything except for commandments yet she really wanted to be baptized… yesterday! Why?  Because she felt the difference. She sees it in her HUSBAND! Wohoo!

Also, Aaron, a recent convert from 3 weeks ago, dresses EXACTLY like Dad.  It really tripped me out during Gospel Principles yesterday.  His shoes, socks,  and everything else are just like Dad’s.  So, I took a picture!  Enjoy Dad!

All in all, I learned this this week that some ward members are really frustrated with us and some are our miracle workers.  It is really hard to please everyone so we really just try our hardest.  We believe the same of the members.  We love their families and realize they come first.

Oh! I watched a bird die today.  We tried calling animal control but it was too late.  It was so sad.  I have never watched death like that before except when mom said I had to drown my crippled hamster.  Actually, Dad ended up doing it as I watched through my tears.  Yeah... it was sad.

Hermana Pickett

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August Is Flying By!


And thank goodness because it’s hot!   Also... we got another companion.  Hermana Woo!  She and Hermana Walker switched areas.  I get to see Hermana Walker tonight because I am leaving for exchanges.  I’m happy I get to see her.  I am very anxious to see how she is doing.

On Friday, we had an absolutely insane day.  It started when we left to get a bike for Hermana Woo.  We thought we had a nail in our tire.  At the same time we were getting our car to the shop, planning exchanges, and... I don’t even know what else.  We were trying to plan a wedding in a 24 hour period with no contact from the groom or bride.  We went through every means we knew to get things done.  We really got creative.  We called everyone in the whole ward to find a ride for Sergio to get the marriage license.  We finally found someone in a different ward.  Unfortunately by then, the office of marriage licenses was closed.  Fortunately, it will happen this weekend!  We are now teaching Evelyn Sergio's girlfriend.  We are so happy for them!

We have another investigator that KNOWS he will be baptized but just won’t do it because he’s scared of not keeping his covenants.  He knows a couple of members who are inactive and is insecure about it.  He is so close.  He just needs to recognize his answer. 

It’s been amazing this week to just really love the ward.  I’ve been here so much longer that I ever dreamed I would be and I love it!  It always takes time for the ward to warm-up to new missionaries.  Once they trust you, it is so good!  Yesterday, however, lots of different members got mad at Hermana Baumgartner and me.  That’s never a really fun day when that happens.  It’s okay.  I have been studying a lot about revelation, the creation, and our agency in it all.  It has been really insightful and liberating to just remember.    It’s all a choice.  Everyone must make their own choices.  The best way for you to live your life happily is to ACCEPT it and move on.  Theme of the month! Get over it!  We have been using this in our companionship.  It is difficult with so many exchanges.  Speaking of exchanges, this transfer we will have 9 exchanges.  That is only 1 less than the APs!  It’s going to get crazy.

I got mail today! I bought something off of lds.org so I got a package!  It was really exciting!

So Breanna, President and Sister Taylors daughter who I worked with at the Provo pool, bought me shoes. She brought them to transfers and gave them to me! It was so nice of her.  She said when she saw them she thought of me!  This explains why Sister Taylor randomly texted me asking what shoe size I was a couple of weeks ago.

Well, so many other things have happened this week but we have a zone activity soon and I still haven’t eaten yet today.   I’m going to go.

Hermana Pickett

P.S.  One day our water was turned off.  We filled the bathtub so that we would have water to flush.  But look! I caught the wave!

The other picture is of our vacuum bag.  We got the vacuum from the shed.  It had never been changed.  We didn’t have another one so we tried dissecting everything from inside so it could be reused.  It was heavier than an average baby!
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hola!


Well... I’m staying!!! I’m so excited!! I am sad that Hermana Walker is leaving but really excited that I get to stay. We were joking this morning how this might be a rough transfer because President Taylor calls us, Hermana Bamgardner and I, Boom 1 and Boom 2.  Without the sweet Hermana Walker to keep us grounded, we will see what happens.  We have so much work to do with Sergio who will be baptized this week and with Martin who will be baptized hopefully next week. 

Thanks for all of the positive technological responses!  My Facebook is finally clean! Wohoo!! We have been proselyting all week on it.  We have already had some amazing experiences.  This is how you can help:  like and comment on things on my wall, share it with friends, post things on my wall, get your friends to do the same. 

We had a really powerful Thursday night.   I had eaten a dinner that did not agree with me.  After, I had one of the most powerful baptismal invites I’ve ever been a part of.  I had this overwhelming confirmation that this individual needed baptism and could be ready by that date extended.  It was such a blessing to feel my setting-a-part "working" as I felt love for him, that God wants him to accept the opportunity to be healed by His Atonement.  Then in our next lesson I had to run to the bathroom.  I was in there for a while with a trash can in front of me.  To say the least, I had some cleanup to do in the bathroom.  Afterwards, I came back out and joined my companions to finish the lesson.  It was... great. Then, we went to teach Sergio.  Surprise!! Sergio brought his girlfriend and daughter back here with him! So... we are working on a marriage or just keeping the law of chastity.  Still, he should be good to be baptized this weekend! Crazy!!

So... physical wise, it was not a great week.  I haven’t felt great and then there was the food poisoning.   But all in all, it’s great! Teaching outside in 111 degrees wipes us out but it’s all worth it when people get it.

I’ll close with something I learned this week.  When we refuse to repent, we are asking to be comfortable in our sins.  When we repent, we are setting ourselves up to be comfortable in the presence of God.  Our happiness in our eternal life can be surer if we decide to repent here and make ourselves nice and comfy for eternity.  Think about that tonight when you get to snuggle up in your pajamas and sleep!  Come to think of it, there are lots of times I don’t remember ending my prayers... well I’m off to do some more!

Hermana Pickett

Monday, August 5, 2013

Online Proselyting and Facebook!

First things first!  I have been asked to give this to you from my mission president.  It explain the reasons for and rules about the online access and proselyting.

PLEASE EMAIL THE LINK BELOW TO YOUR PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
azphoenixmission.blogspot.com On-line Proselyting

So, Lee Donaldson skyped with our mission leadership council on Wednesday.  Lee Donaldson is Manager of Proselyting Services in the General Missionary Department.  He authorized us to use online sites to proselyte.  Yeah.  So.... now we are online! Our mission was selected by the Quorum of the Twelve to do this.  Elder Perry, one of three current members of the Quorum of the Twelve that were present when the Official Declaration extending priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy male members of the church, said that this change is equal to that in significance and similar to the First Vision  and publishing of the Book of Mormon.  So, to say the least, when Brother Donaldson said, "You can’t mess this up!" He didn’t mean it’s just too easy that we can’t mess it up.  He meant that our trial mission CANNOT mess this up.  It makes you think.  The gospel will be entering all nations a little bit differently. 

So what does this mean?  It means that I will be teaching with my companions whoever needs us.  If you have friends or less active members that need missionaries, talk to me.  We can all teach them.  It might be easier this way to introduce the missionaries.  I don’t know.  It is your call.  You can Facebook message me or email me about that whenever.  The rest of the time our electronic communication needs to keep to p-days.  Also, if I am teaching anyone here or online, I can use any of you for a member present! Personally I will not be going out of my way to find people who need you because that’s not my purpose.  But, it is an option.  So look for people!  And, if I am a better option, my job is to teach them and get them to the local missionaries.  Boundaries are gone.  If you have any more questions, ask.

I have spent every single second of my hour everyday just cleaning up my Facebook.  Because we are missionaries I have to hide EVERYTHING from before my mission.  It has taken hours.  It’s also really sad :( and has given me some really bad dreams :(.  But you can help out by liking or sharing things I post.  Tell people to visit my Facebook page or add me as a friend.  Use my page, me and my companions as your tools! Right now we only get an hour a day during our low time from 1-4 pm.  When we get iPads, it can be more of a whenever thing.  Keep me updated on what we can do to help you!

These new tools are a lot of responsibility.  It’s dangerous but exciting.  We have an Elder that has a lesson with his dad this week, over Skype.  His dad is not a member and his brother was just sealed in the temple after being less active for a while.  So, this is powerful.  It gives us a chance to go where we could not go before.

The temple was awesome! The new movie... wow... you almost need popcorn!

Also on exchanges I was sitting in their room (they live with members) and a hamster comes in.  It had escaped during the night.  So, I spent a good time of my morning chasing a hamster trying to corner it then finding it somewhere else.  It was an adventure.

That is honestly all I can think to update.  I am still learning a lot, still hot, still tired, still gaining weight.  Oh! Next week is transfers so please do not freak out when I don’t write until Tuesday. 

Hermana Pickett


Friday, August 2, 2013

Hello All!!!

So, before things get around, we had a meeting yesterday and our mission has been chosen to start online proselyting!  I will fill in more details on Monday when it’s my p-day but just so you know, I will be on Facebook every day!!!  I will also be using my email and very soon Skype or Google Hang Out as well as blogs.  I will continue to only communicating with family and friends about normal life on p-days.  So, if we happen to be on Facebook, please talk to me about missionary work.

What is cool is that on the internet, my mission boundaries are gone!  We are now expected to teach in Europe, Africa and the East Coast.  This is because of the time difference and when people are online.  So, if you have any friends that are less active or not members, lets teach them together on Skype!   I can now have any of you be the member present in my lessons with investigators here.  My companions and I are now YOUR missionaries to get the people you and I love to hear the gospel.  Pretty cool huh!
 
Hermana Pickett