Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 8th 2016

February 8TH 2016


Fun fact: sprinkles for ice cream are called 'jimmies' here.

We had plans to go to the temple last week on Friday, but then the
biggest storm of the year decided to hit on that day, even though it
was in the 50's like all week!! 'Storm Lexie' postponed our temple
date, but we still decided to have an AWESOME day! :) A member from my
last area/ the coolest person ever, was going to come get us and take
us to the temple, but then since the temple was closed and she had
already driven all the way here to get us (like 2 hours!!) so we went
to the mall instead. It was such an AWESOME day!! Shout out to
Nerissa, we love you!!!

We had interviews with President Stoker, I am so thankful for his
tender testimony and closeness to the spirit. I love this mission!!
And I am so thankful for the Priesthood.

We also got transfer calls, I am staying with my trio and staying in Saco!
Also, this transfer is 7 weeks instead of 6! I'm excited to be with
these cute sisters!!

Ninette got baptized!!!! She and her family only speak French, the
elders taught in English so my comp sister Monjar translates (gift of
tongues, it's REAL!) and we have some French speaking members.  It was
such an awesome experience to see the ward come together to help her
on her investigator journey, now she is a member!! Woo!! The whole
session was in French, our bishop who baptized her even decided to
learn French so he could baptize her in French. It. Was. Awesome.

We had a slow 2 weeks due to illness, I was down and out with a major
cold, and then I accidentally passed it to my two beautiful
companions... Whoops.
But yesterday was AWESOME! We had a lesson with our two cute
investigators Alice and Molly. They are so smart and so sensitive to
the spirit. We taught the first part of the plan of salvation, and
they were asking the best questions! Our time ran out, so we committed
them to baptism and they said yes!! They want to be baptized on March
19th!! We are so excited for them! They are such amazing girls. With
such strong faith!!

A quote to ponder on, and remember that this life is our time to
prepare to meet God! Are we doing all we can, with all we have, to
progress to Him?
“God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left
the electricity in the cloud, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers
unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God gives
to man the challenge of raw materials, not the ease of finished
things. He leaves the pictures unpainted and the music unsung and the
problems unsolved, that man might know the joys and glories of
- President Thomas S. Monson


Sister Lewis

Me and Sister Stoker (mission Presidents Wife). I sure love her!

                                              Exchanges with the sister training leaders!

                                                                          Life motto

                                         Our plan B! A day spent with life long friends. :)

                                                                Ninette's baptism!!!!

January 25th 2016

January 25TH 2016

THANK YOU everyone for the awesome birthday love!!! It was a great
birthday, spent immersed in the work. :)

Fun fact: the third week in January is on average always the coldest
week of the year in Maine. 
This was on Tuesday, inside our house, frozen.                                                                                       It's cold even when it's not!

We witnessed a lot of progress with our investigator Bruce! He was struggling a little at the big fining of the week so we 'heart attacked' his door with scriptures and uplifting quotes and he really appreciated that! We had a lesson with him a few times this week, he is preparing for a baptism in February! He has a great desire to do what the Lord wants him to do. He is very knowledgable.
I wish I had more to tell you about... But like I said... A bit rocky...

Haha... Ok I got something:
We were sitting very contently in sacrament meeting, listening to a man in our ward give a wonderful talk on the temple. He began to talk about a tradition that the temple has, where if it's your first time going through, you get a free cookie! And as he was explaining he pulls out a brown bag, and pulls out an actual cookie and holds it up in the air. I began dreaming about what that cookie might taste like, when all of a sudden he says: "Sister Lewis! Will you please come up here?" Welp I got a bit light headed and red in the face, but I made my way up there, and he says: "hey everyone, it was Sister Lewis's birthday this week, so I got her this cookie. And she really wants to go to the temple, so if anyone can take her and her companions to the temple they would love that." After a brief moment of shock, I made my way off of the stand, cookie in hand, and a goofy smile on my face, and sat back down.

So that was fun...

Speaking of birthdays, thanks again everyone for the love. It was definitely felt!
This week was rocky, but hey, better to build your foundation on rocks and not sand! Unless it's p-day, then definitely play in the sand. :) (additional photo from last weeks epic adventure) (this is our shell phone, we call our mermaid investigators on it)

We made cupcakes for lunch on Friday, then after eating more than my mom probably would have liked, we went out and worked. :)

Hey! I was a bridesmaid for an impromptu wedding at the church on Thursday! That was cool. Kinda weird... But definitely awesome!

We recently had a missionary training, a lot of general authorities spoke and inspired. It was really good! The part that stood out to me the most was Elder Oaks said: we should have the Doctrine of Christ engraved on our hearts and embedded in the marrow of our bones." I thought that was very bold and obviously a very important point to make. So this week I have been studying the Doctrine of Christ! I have come to the realization that it is literally in the heart of all we believe and do. I urge you all to study and ponder and pray about how the Gospel and Doctrine of Christ is working in your life right now. Faith. Repentance. Baptism (sacrament). Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Enduring to the end.

I want to bear my witness to all of you whom I love so much, that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each and everyone of you. He knows you individually and personally. He desires for us to be happy. He wants us to live with Him again. I know that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. I know that this is the true and restored gospel, and it is an honor to be a servant of the Lord.
I love you all!! Have a FANTASTIC week!!

Sister Lewis