Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fast and Find

Hey hey hey!!!!
Holy shnikeez, can't even believe it's already pday! What an eventful week, don't even know where to start.


Ha okay let me start out with a fun miracle-- we went and were helping at a BBQ for the Calgary Stampede, they were doing a little raffle drawing and all of us volunteers got to put our name into the drawing. There was one thing that I wanted, this awesome animal blanket. It's super sick. So we were just talking to a bunch of people-- have a few solid potentials (which is another miracle in and of itself), then I heard it, they said my name over the intercom and I won the blanket. It was legitimately  the best moment of my entire life. So ya, this is what dreams are made of, told you that miracles are happening.

The blanket I won... I told you that it was amazing!!

We woke up this morning and there was a cat in our living room.... ha I about died laughing.

The Andersons came up from Taber a little bit ago and gave me this amazing shirt "Happy, happy, happy.
 Ask my why?.... I'm an Auntie" Aren't they just the cutest?!?
Sister Zuidhof came to see me a little bit ago and I forgot to send the pic. Seriously the best person of my life...

Ha but as for the actual good stuff miracles there's a bunch of those too! So our mission did this mission wide "fast and find" from Thursday to Friday. We all fasted that we would be able to find some more people to teach then on Friday (which just happened to be the hottest day of the week) we all were out from 2-5 knocking on doors, street contacting-- just out and about talking to literally everybody we could see. It was awesome. Forgot to put on sunscreen, sorry mom. But I'm good! We knocked on a bunch of doors! Like it was awesome. We gave out a couple Book of Mormons and have a bunch of potentials that we're going to this week. It was awesome. And there were definitely so many miracles happening throughout the entire mission, super cool!! Just a couple of the people that we talked to-- C, this cute young mom that has 1 year old twins. We talked to her as she was getting out of her van, talked to her about how families can be together forever and she invited us to come back :D YAY! And another one, we were up tracting in our family ward-- kinda the wealthy part, we thought that we would use our faith to go to that area cause we need some work there, but we ended up tracting into this YSA age dude, J. He was just getting ready to go to work but we bore a quick testimony to him and we're meeting with him again tomorrow. Then get this, we got a phone call from the assistants, they had some other missionaries on the phone with a referral for us. They met this guy, another guy named Jo, who has some friends on missions and was hoping to read the Book of Mormon before they all get home, he was super excited about meeting with missionaries!! YAY, serious miracles people! Hoping to meet with him sometime this week as well. Also, finding is like the best thing in the entire world. I love it.



As for our people that we're working with, we met with D and J last night. David is the retired Marine, less active member, and his wife, Jody, is investigating. We had a super awesome lesson! David likes to talk... like a lot. And he also likes to play Devil's advocate. Which makes for some super interesting lessons... but anyway he was kind of going off an a rant and the spirit was like "ASK HIM ABOUT THE PRIESTHOOD!!!" So loud and clear. So I interrupted, honestly have no idea what he was talking about, and asked him if he had a testimony of the priesthood. He got silent. Which for him is unheard of. He sat there and thought for a second and he said yes. He said that he has had revelations with the priesthood and that he knows it's the power of God. So then I asked him if he thought that getting a priesthood blessing would help with the questions that he has, and again he sat for a sec. Then said it probably would. So... we're gonna try and do that this week. I just thought it was super cool. 


                                                                                                     
We met with S this week as well, she's finally not sick anymore :) We taught her the Restoration and that went so well! Before the lesson she had asked us why there were so many churches, and after the lesson she told us how everything just made sense. We asked her if this was something that she thought would make her and her family happy and she said that she knew it would. She's so amazing!! Can't wait to see what happens with her.



Jacob-- Jacob is still on date for the 22nd of this month :) we had a really good lesson with him. We read the talk with him called "Perfect Love Casteth our Fear" and that was super powerful. He is such a smart guy and has so many questions in every single lesson, this time I think something was a little different. He understood everything and didn't really have any questions. It was just great.



Yesterday was amazing!! We had a pass off lesson with our zone leaders for a girl named N. The Elders have been teaching her family, but she's the only one really progressing and she's YSA age, so we all went over. And we brought Sabrina with us :) Turns out her and Sabrina are actually friends and we got to talking about baptism and Sabrina pretty much taught the whole thing. She just told her all about her baptism and the spirit and how she came to the decision to be baptized, honestly it was the neatest thing to be able to hear how solid Sabrina is and seeing how it was affecting N. So that was a super awesome lesson and N is on date for the 29th of this month :)
Miracle after miracle, I'm telling you. God is good.

Quote of the week: "When you pray with faith, you will feel God's love as His spirit speaks to your soul. No matter how alone or uncertain you may feel at times, you are not alone in this world. God knows you, personally. As you pray, you will come to know Him."
 -Elder C. Scott Grow

Scripture of the week: D&C 93:1-2 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandmants, shall see my face and know that I am; and that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Life is good. I love being a missionary. This gospel is true and it's the only thing that will bring us true and everlasting happiness. Sharing that is the best thing in the entire world.

Love you all :) Hope you have a great week!!

Sister King

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

True North Strong and Free

HAPPY HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! God bless America!! Seriously though! Canada doesn't really know how to party. It was Canada Day on Saturday and let's just say that Americans are a lot better at celebrating than Canadians, however it was still pretty fun!

Happy Canada Day!

This week has been awesome! Me and Sister Romo are really working hard-- so that's awesome! We've mainly been meeting with people in our ward so that Sister Romo can get to know them, but we've also had some really good lessons with our investigators.


Stampede Breakfast

Saying bye to Ceri-- she went to Australia and won't see her again before I leave :(

My favorite person ever, Daniel


Z-- we met with him yesterday. He's doing awesome! He has been reading the Book of Mormon and just has so many questions. Yesterday we taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This one is one of my favorites to teach because as missionaries we are here to "Teach Repentance and baptize converts." So teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is great cause you get to teach all about repentance! Repentance is like the best thing in the entire world! He really enjoyed the lesson as well. We brought up baptism with him and he said that he needs more time but that he thinks this is a good thing for him. YAY!


Ja-- Ja is still doing great. He wasn't able to come to church cause if was the long weekend for Canada day but I'm really excited about the way he is progressing. He's still on date for July 22nd-- so that'll be here before we know it :)


K-- okay exciting news here!! K IS ON DATE!!! wahoo! We taught him the Restoration and that went super well! At the end of the lesson we were talking about how God loves us and there are things and tools that he gives us to help us be happy, the spirit was straight up like "INVITE HIM TO BE BAPTIZED ON SEPTEMBER 16TH!!!" It was super clear. So went for it, and he accepted! Ha and September 16th is a Saturday too. Pretty neat.



Since it was Canada Day we got to help at some breakfasts. The stampede is coming up though so there is going to be a TON of breakfasts and bbqs going on. Pretty pumped for that.


Funny moment of the week: woke up the other day and Sister Romo asked me if I remembered what I was dreaming about and if I knew that I sleep talk... ha I had no idea. She told me that I taught her a lesson in my sleep. HA! I guess I've been a missionary for a while. But I just thought that was pretty good.
ANYWAYYY this week was super awesome and we have a pretty good week ahead of us. The time is just flying by! Hope you all have an awesome 4th. 



Quote of the week: "He wants us to reach out and take firm hold of the iron rod, confront our fears, and bravely step forward and upward along the strait and narrow path. He want this for us because He loves us and because this is the way to happiness." -President Uchtdorf

and "The Lord promises to direct our paths, but for him to do that, we have to walk, trusting that He knows the way because He is the way." -L. Whitney Clayton

I would highly suggest 2 talks from this last conference. Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear, and Whatsoever He saith Unto you, Do it. They are awesome!!

Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 4:34-- O Lord, I have trusted in thee and I will trust in thee forever.

Hope that you guys all have an awesome week! I love you lots and think about and pray for you guys all the time.


Love you lots,

Sister King :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Last Transfer!

Hello hello hello!!!


Transfer week was crazy!!!! But awesome. Saying bye to Sister Ho Ching was super sad, but she headed down to Cardston to be an STL down there. So proud. She's gonna kill it! My new companion is Sister Romo. She's the greatest! She's from Virginia and has been out on her mission for just 5 months! So she's definitely still got that greenie fire, it's awesome! This week we were able to take her around and meet some of the people in our wards, that's been super fun! She's going to fit in here just fine.



Okay, serious tender mercy of the week! So we got a call from the APs on Wednesday night telling us that one of the new missionaries was heading down to the south so we needed to go pick her up and be her companion in the morning until she went down to Lethbridge. GUESS WHO THAT MISSIONARY WAS!! SISTER LIZA SMITH! I got to be companions with her for like 2 hours and it was the best thing of my entire life. God is so good! 
SISTER SMITH!!!!!!


SISTER ROMO!!


Our week was kinda crazy, as transfer week always is. Sister Ho Ching was saying her goodbyes then when Sister Romo got here we were saying hellos. This is going to be another great transfer! I just love both of our wards so much and I'm so happy that I get to stay here for another one.



We did have some awesome lessons as well. We got to meet with Z and we taught him the Plan of Salvation. He really liked it. I mean it's the greatest thing ever so I don't know why anybody wouldn't like it. But he said that he wants it to be true he just needs to pray about it. Then he came to our FHE activity last night! Miracle! He's just doing great.



We also met with J yesterday. He's doing really good. He's still having a hard time with God, but he's doing the things that he needs to do to get an answer, so I know that he will. He's still on date for July 22nd. Yesterday we had a lesson on recognizing the spirit, that went super well! He's just great!


My girl Kat, got baptized like 4 months ago

causally holding a bird....

Saying bye to Sister Ho Ching

This weekend we had Stake conference and it was awesome. The Stake President just went off about Tuan and how cool of a story his baptism was. And he talked about us Sisters and it just really made me feel good. Tuan is just awesome.
So ya, things are going really well. Just transitioning and stuff, but change is good! Also shoutout to everyone that ran the half! You're just too cool, it's fine.

Quote of the week:"Those who choose to maintain a covenant relationship with Him by coming into His fold, remembering Him always, and striving to keep His commandments choose to be changed through His grace." --Brad Wilcox

Scripture of the week: Mosiah 4:3-- The spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come.

Anywayyy, love you all lots! Hope you all have a fantastic week :)

Sister King

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SWEET SIXTEEN!

HEYYYYY!!!
So again, this past week was a complete blur. 
Best news of the week!! Z is back from China! We were able to meet with him on Wednesday and it was awesome. He is still SUPER interested in meeting with us and honestly has the most sincere desire I have ever seen. I would have to say that one of my favorite things is hearing investigators prayers... like they are literally the most genuine things ever. Z said the closing prayer and you can tell that he just wants to know so bad that these things are true.

So this is what we did for the fathers in our ward. It's not a burger... it's a cupcake and a brownie. Mind blown.

Elder Murdock goes home tomorrow....​

My study desk-- Sister Rasmussen gave us fresh peonies.

Fish Creek park

 first fruit by the foot in 16 months

Amy Georgson... aka the best human being in the whole world. Celebrating her birthday with her.

The Young Men in our ward... they like us.

Just the greatest.

Our girl Sabrina


Yesterday we were able to meet with J. That was an awesome lesson. We read with him the conference talk from October called The Soul's Sincere Desire. That's a real good talk, just saying. We talked lots about prayer and faith. That's one thing that he's been having a little problem with-- he thinks very logically, so we just had a real good discussion. Pretty solid. Ha another hard thing though-- every weekend, pretty much, he goes out to help his 105 year old grandma instead of coming to church... how do to tell someone "hey stop going to help your grandma and come to church." Ha but we did talk about the importance of it and that church is a good place to receive answers as well-- so he's coming to Stake Conference this week :)




J-- she's doing really well! We saw her on Thursday and we talked about the Restoration. It was so cute cause she was teaching her daughters what a prophet is and it was just adorable. So we're teaching her kids now too. Super awesome. We were also able to meet with her on Saturday where we taught the Word of Wisdom... not gonna lie that's always kind of a scary one to teach when you know that they are struggling with some of them. But when we were teaching she said that she would give up everything. She said that she knows the first week is going to be the hardest but it'll be worth it. MONEY! Seriously she's so golden!


Fun fact: we saw President on Friday and guess what! Sister Ho Ching is being transferred because she's going STL!!! So sad that she's leaving me going to bigger and better things but so so excited for her! Tonight we'll find out where she is going and who my new companion will be. Transfers are always crazy! The anticipation kills me. But it's all good-- luckily all of the sisters in our mission are amazing! Also-- on Thursday at transfers I will get to see Sister Liza Smith. So that'll be great. She comes in this transfer... so pumped!



Crazy to think that I have been set apart as a mission for 16 months! Sweet Sixteen!  Still can't really believe it. Time is literally flying by! 
Anywayyyy... life is good. Really good.



Scripture of the week: Mormon 1:7-- I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will.

Quote of the week: "Repentance is a continuing process i which each of us needs to draw on the Atonement for real relief, real forgiveness, and real progression." -Elder Maxwell

So ya, love you guys lots. Good luck with camp and the half marathon this week. Y'all are gonna kill it. And tell the Smith's that I will give a big hug to their daughter for them :)

Sister King :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thank you for sending Sisters King and Ho Ching to serve in the Pine Creek YSA Ward

President Miles got this email from a bishop of a ward they are working in and he forwarded it to them :) :


Pres. Miles,

I just had to write and let you know how great Sis. King and Sis. Ho Ching are doing in our ward.  They have opened the blessings of heaven for sharing the gospel in our ward for which I am extremely grateful.  It's not often that I have seen such a dedicated companionship with enthusiasm, happiness and love that exudes from them.

They participate in our ward council and come prepared, with complete forms (yes last names of all investigators), ideas on how our ward council can best help.  They engage the ward missionaries (and me) in teaching lessons and they participate in our many YSA activities with non-members happy to see them and welcoming them.

Thank you for sending us these great sisters with the resulting blessings we are seeing and I thank the Lord for answering our prayers through them.

Bishop Greg Stringham
Pine Creek YSA ward