Monday, July 21, 2014

Time for Transfers!

So its that time again. I feel like transfers go by so fast and weeks fly by like nothing! So Sister Martineau is leaving... that was expected. I am staying here and I am getting a new companion... Sister Bly! She is coming back... she left for 6 moths because she tore her ACL and so she gets to come back now and its going to be so much fun and I am super excited! Its sad so see sister Martineau go home but she has been so awesome we have had lots of fun and she is so excited to go home and go to school and what not.. so i am excited for her! This week though we have see this area just start to explode its about to take off and I am so excited! We found a new investigator this week! Her name is Kay and she is a really nice older lady, the catch is that she is a preacher ant the 1st Baptist church. She had a lot of questions when we went by and talked with her but she told us we could come back and at the end of our lesson she said she had learned a lot form us so I think we were able to clear up some misconceptions about the church. She really is nice and I learned a lot of the scriptures form her. it amazes me how much I learn from other people. Its been so cool and we have a return appointment with her tonight! This week we were also able to teach Natasha we were able to meet with her twice and Its been so amazing to see her grow and develop such a love for the gospel she is so excited for seminary and doing baptism at the temple. We were also able to have another lesson with her at the temple and it was so powerful! I feel so blessed to live so close to the temple we can literally see it from outside our window! Its amazing to think of all the blessings that come from this gospel and how much it has blessed my life. I feel so lucky to be here on a mission there are really hard time but its so worth it. I love my mission and wouldn't trade it for the world. Long days where you get really hot and sweaty from riding a bike and no one is answering... totally worth it though! I am looking forward to this next transfer and the growth that will happen! Love you all and hope you all have an amazing week! #itsnotgoobyeitsc-yalater Love, Sister Owsley

Keep on , Keeping on 7/14

Transfers are coming up next week so Sister Martineau will be leaving :( so sad we have had so much fun and I have seen her grow so much this past transfer and It will be sad to see her go but she is going on to bigger and better things. She has been an awesome missionary and its been so amazing to see her grow. This week has been really great the work really is about to take off here like never before! We have our 1st investigator and this week we committed her to baptism and she said YES! We are so excited for Natasha! We also have quite a few people who we are going to start teaching and we can really tell that they are being prepared and they all want and have desires to be baptized! its so amazing to see the Lord's hand in this work even when it seems hopeless the work of the Lord will go forth. Some note worthy things this week were defintley Sister M getting in a bike wreck! on Saturday we were on our way home from cleaning the church building and she hit the curb pretty hard and she got some really bad leg injuries. Luckily Twin is full of awesome Mormon people so people stopped immediately and we got lots of help! We also have been working a lot with the members of our ward and they are really helping us out and it has been amazing. they are so kind and have such a desire to share the gospel and they are being presented with the opportunities! We are getting ready to kick off missionary work in the ward. We have Elder Allen coming into town this week and he is going to speak in our ward and then we are going top do a 40 day fast fro missionary work! and we are so excited for that! Our entire mission is also going to fast for missionary work on the 7th of September. The Lord is preparing the people here and this is really going to help the missionary work here! Well there isn't much else going on here right now We are working really hard and seeing the blessing come flooding in. I love you and hope all is going well! #itsnotgoobyeitsc-yalater Love, Sister Owsley

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beach Bum in Idaho

Twin Falls Idaho Temple

So its heating up A LOT here! Im talking in the 100's daily and this cali girl loving it and missing the beach.. But the work is heating up too finally! We got our first investigator this last week! So stoked! Her name is Natasha an she is 15 years old and so excited she has taken lessons before and she is really wanting to be baptized! Woohoo we are going over there today top start teaching her! Can you tell how excited by all my exclamation points!! ah it was to great after the crazy week had. Monday we had p-day and it was fun. We had a unexpected change in plans and ended up going this week to the temple and it was really awesome we almost didn't make it but the Lord knew we needed to be there and we got there just in time (so embarrassing) It was really great and It helped me so much this week. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for and it seems that it is different than what i was planning but I know with His help I can do all things. Wednesday we we had a lot of catching up to do on planning and so we did a lot of that. Thursday we had Zone meeting and so we were able to talk about the changes that are coming and have come to missionary work once again. We now teach all 5 lessons before and after baptism! and we are getting Ipads. So we talked a lot about how we can better prepare people to go to the temple and help them progress to making those covenants. Friday was the 4th of was kind of a crazy day that morning we had a stake breakfast that we went to and it was really good.. fantastic Mormon standard pancakes! Afterward Sister Martineau had to meet with President Curtis and talk to him for a while so we spent some time over at the mission office. We had more planing to do so we went home and did that. A ton of our ward was out of town so it was hard to go and talk to people.  We did go over to a widow in the ward sister Martin and hung out with her she let us pick some carrots in her garden and then we ate a watermelon with her out on her back grass with spoons,this woman is 86 and is still up and moving she is so amazing! We came home later that night and when we got home it was weird. We came home and did planning and what not both Sister Martineau got a really weird feeling and we talked about how our apartment felt off so we decided to pray.. we then went out side and watched fireworks(which is funny here because you can just buy them everywhere so we could just sit in the front and watch them) the crazy part is when we came back inside we got the biggest prompting that we needed to get out so we ended up calling the sister training leaders and they picked us up and we stayed the night at there house so sort of an impromptu sleep over! We went back the next morning though and we got the hose blessed and it has been better the spirit of the Lord is way stronger!Sunday was awesome though because we went over to the Hamilton for dinner and they had there granddaughter in town with all her roommates from BYU-I so it was really cool to talk to them We also went and visited Sister Taylor in the ward and she is wanting to be a missionary so we were able to help her a lot. But the best part is that we went over to the Middleton and met with there friend and she wants to be baptized!!!!!! Ah we were to excited we have a lesson with her tonight and are so excited she is going to come to girls camp this year and is so excited I has taken a while but the Lord is and will continue to prepare people here Its so amazing!!! Hope all is going well this week!!

Check out the slide show of Sister Owsley's latest pictures including some awesome ones of her missionary tan lines!