Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 50

I feel like the transfer just started and just like that it's already over. 
I will start with transfer doctrine because that's always the most exciting part of the week! So Sister Arch and I will both be staying here in O'fallon. We were expecting that already, but we are excited! Our whole district is staying which we are happy about. Also.. My baby girl Sister Hill is training again. So that means I'm gonna have TWO grand babies in the mission now. #ProudMomma 
Anyways here's some highlights from the week....
1. Throw Down at Twin Oaks: We give service every Tuesday at an assisted living place, Twin Oaks. We paint the old ladies nails, it's so fun! They usually draw numbers and then we call the next number in line. Well this week some old ladies started getting into it because she wanted her nails painted first. Sister Arch and I were dying. no joke one of the ladies said to someone "I'm not afraid to fight you" LOL. dentures be flying!! No worries though, Sis Arch gave a good thought on patience and charity.
2. Picnics at the Park: It's been nice weather so we decided to pack a lunch one day and eat at the park. We ended up running into a member there, Sister Hernandez. She is the cutest! She's just a couple years older than us and has a cute 1 year old son. Anyways we sat and talked with her for a while and she told us her whole life story of how she found the church when she was in high school but then she stopped going a few years later. She realized that she needed the gospel again in her life and started coming back to church. She bore her testimony of the atonement and how she was able to change her life. Looking at her now you would never guess. She's happily married and sealed in the temple with the cutest family. That's what I love so much about the atonement. It can change us completely! 
3. I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON: Alright so we visit this less active, Sister Calderon, every week. She told us that she wanted us to come over every day this last week. Obviously we don't have time to see her every day, but we went over early in the week and read from the Book of Mormon with her and her 9 year old daughter Nancy. We came by a couple days later and Nancy ran up and answered the door and said "I've been reading the Book of Mormon" It was so cute! She was so excited to tell us and even though she is young she is exercising her faith by studying the scriptures. GO NANCY!
4. Member Missionaries: Shout out to Brother Rassmussen, our gospel principles teacher, for coming to Patrick's lesson with us. Patrick has been dealing with drug addictions ever since I have been here in O'fallon. Brother Rassmussen has overcome some addictions and goes to the addiction recovery meetings every week. We invited him to come to Patrick's lesson and it was great. They were able to relate to each other and some of the feelings they feel. Brother Rassmussen shared some of his story and the spirit was so strong. He talked about the atonement and how he knows how real it is because of the things he has been through. He said that true repentance is not only to stop sinning but when we change completely that we have no desire to sin anymore. That's what the addiction recovery program is for. Patrick is on the right track, but we just need to help him be more consistent! We have a lot of faith in him though. He's come a long way! 
5. Can Ye Feel So Now?: So we have this family of recent converts. Well the 3 kids, Travis, Emilia, and Marcos are baptized, not their mom. It's been a few months since they were baptized and they've kinda been slipping into bad habits and not coming to church. Travis is 17 and sometimes he's just a real punk. We've been trying to figure out what to do with them to help continue to stay strong and faithful. We went over yesterday and talked about how they felt when they first were taking the missionary lessons. They all had pretty strong spiritual experiences. Then we read Alma 5:26 with them. "And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?" We asked them if they felt the same way at the time of their conversion and they said no. The spirit was strong the whole time and we talked about things they can do to help continue their conversion. It's so easy to get complacent in living the gospel and just go through the motions, that's why it's so important to always be continuing our conversion. 
I hope that everyone has a great week back at home! 
Sister Turpin 
This is for you Dad, Whats up UPS!

Our new way to proselyte! 
Our fav family the Harstons took us to a famous BBQ place, Ethyl's.

Our Favorite frozen yogurt place.  Menchie!

We had cute hair so we took a selfie!

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