Monday, February 16, 2015

California Winters

This week has been pretty good. Its been really warm here latley. which i am not complaining about! I mean when I can walk outside without tights on I am a happy camper! haha We have been doing well. transfers calls were Yesterday and sister Pohahau and I are both staying. Which I am super stoked about we are really looking forward tot his transfer thats for sure. Crazy last night we were getting ready for bed and sister pohaahu and I look at each other she was like "Dude you only have 2 more transfer calls" then I started freaking out ony 18 weeks left! what the heck thats going to fly by! Its been good here in Burley and I am excited to be staying. We are still trying to find people to teach and its been a stuggle but the cool thing here is that We are working with so many less active who are ACTUALLY progressing! We had dinner with Whitney last night who is one of the Less actives in the 8th ward. She randomly texted us and asked us if we wanted to have dinner.We were like OF COURSE WE DO!! haha she is awesome and we were able to have a really good conversation with her about the Plan of Salvation and she asked us a lot of questions. She is doing really well and met witht he bishop and committed to come to church this Sunday so needless to say we are stoked! haha Also taylor Little andother Less active but in the 9th ward came to church yesterday and oh my goodness is she growing so much. The gospel has truley blessed her life and she is letting it make her into an amazing person.I think thats one of my favortie thisngs is to see the gosple change people. To make them have more confidence in themselves and the things that they are capabale of. This coming week we have Ali's baptism  nd I promise that this one will actually happen! haha ya He is so prepared and he has already had his interview so we are good to go! We have been spending a lot of time with him at the Tegans house who are his fellowshippers and its amazes me when he tells us of everything he is doing. he is such a good missionary to his friends and he is always posting stuff about the church on social media. Another testimony to me that we should never be afraid t share the gosple and we dont need to know everything to share it! Over all things are going really well here. We are still trying to improve each and every day. I think thats a constant battle in our missions. Striving to be better and falling short... so we try again the next day!Its taught me so much and I know that My mission has blessed me to be a  better person than I was and I am forever grateful for that! 
Love you all and hop you have an AWESOME WEEK!



Sister Owsley

Ups and Downs 2/9

This week has been kinds of sad not gonna lie. Its been rough and its took its toll on us. We had a baptism set for this Saturday but when we called on Monday to see when we could meet with them him his mom  said he had decided not to be baptized.  I just keep praying that missionaries down the road will find him and he will be better prepared!
Other than that we didn't really see a ton of people this week no one was really home and its been hard to catch people because most people are in and out of town because they drive truck or everyone and there brother goes to Utah for the weekend to be with family so we have been trying to just find people to teach right now. 
Sister Poahahu has also been sick lately and so its been hard.They believe its her Gallbladder and that she needs it taken out? So we are in this waiting game to find out what to do and in the mean time she is in a lot of pain so we are having to taking it slow. But she is a trooper and keeps going even when it gets hard. 
 We did get to have FHE with 3 people on Monday. One was a recent convert Family the Herrars who are planning on going to the temple in July. A Less active Whitney who is awesome she is 24 and we have such a good time with her! and the Bishops house for dinner. So we kept busy. 
Also we had a chance to meet with Taylor this week. She passed her GED and is Registering for classes this fall to start her Degree. Everything really looking up for her and she is coming to Church every week and hopefully will be getting a calling soon. So I'm super proud of her! 
Ali our other investigator with a baptismal date is AMAZING!!! haha We also went on Team ups with Brother Tolley Our ward mission leader. We went to contact this kid who just moved in (or so we thought ) who is less active. He is 21 and he opened the door and we introduced ourselves as the missionaries and said we had heard he wanted to come and teach with us and he just looks and us and says. " you want to go on a date?" i just stood there as sister Pohahau started laughing and i stood there awe struck! haha I was like well were missionaries and cant really do that so he then turned to sister Pohahau and said " I am looking for a dark girl with long black hair" Which describes sister Pohahau and the he asked her on a date! haha I started busting up laughing all while our ward mission leader is cracking up inn the back. needless to say the YSA elders are going to go over there from now on! hahah. We also had a lesson at the Teagns this week and he was so excited about being baptized. He came to a baptism this weekend to see it and kind of get a feel for what its all about and he also went to like 6 hours of church! Cant really complain her is really developing a testimony and is not afraid to tell everyone at school! 
It been rough but we keep going on and the Lord has been helping us a lot. Although I don't really feel worthy of his help most the time it amazes me how much Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ help us and how much I receive from them daily. by just opening my eyes i know could see way more! 
On Sunday one of the ladies speaking told this story and I just loved it so much! so I thought I would share it. Love you all and hope you have an awesome week!


Sister Owsley 

P.s. Picture from Mission Conference with Elder Ballard

The Devil and The Duck

"There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play without in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. 
As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. 
After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grand! ma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" 
So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. 
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you." 
Thought for the day and every day thereafter: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done -- and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred , anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.) whatever it is, you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing, He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. 

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets -
It is by God's Grace and Mercy that we are saved.

Finding at its Finest 2/2

This week has been pretty normal nothing to crazy which I guess is a good thing. We have been Trying to find people like crazy and it has produced some interesting prospects with some all time crazy stories to tell. 
So one of the people we contacted was a girl named Erica she was a former investigator that the sisters were teaching. She was really nice when we visited her the 1st time we went back a few days later to set up an appointment and she answered the door and totally didn't want to talk to us and said she was NOT interested and shut the door. RANDOM CRAZY WEIRD!!
The second one was even crazier she was also a former investigator and she invited us in when we knocked she had just finished having a beer and wasn't afraid to tell us all about it! ya she was going on and on for forever and we finally got her to talk about her kids so we started talking about how family is important and she out of left field starts talking about her arm pit hair and how she used to braid it........ yup WEIRD!!!! 
We contacted a few more most were either not interested or REALLY not interested. so alas we will concentrate on trying to find people in the 8th ward to teach and hopefully soon! 
As for the 9th ward things are going pretty well. we have 2 people (well 3 but ones not till march) with baptismal dates. One this week and one on the 21st. Its pretty exciting the work in that ward is really picking up and we have seen a lot of blessings because of it. Dakota is the one getting baptized this week. He is 10 years old and comes from a  less active family. But he has such a strong testimony and is so ready for the gospel and the blessings of it. The other baptismal date that we have is for Ali Chavez he is 16 and has been coming to church for a while but just now decided he wants to investigate and it has been amazing teaching  him. he has really taken everything to heart and seeking after the truth. We have a lot of amazing people in our wards who I love so much so its been fun to teach them and see people progress!
Also this week we went on exchanges with the STL's and it was good I got to go to Rupert for the 1st time with sister James and we had a good time. We met these people who were hysterical and they talked to us forever about football. But they are 2 converts to the church who just got married so we went over and read the Book of Mormon withe them which was really fun to hear there insights. :0 haha 
This week was good though and we have been having a lot of fun. Its been rough finding people but were keeping our heads up and doing all we can!
Love you all and hope ya have an awesome week!



" Free agency- and how to enforce it!" haha 1/26

So disclaimer! The title comes from gospel principal this week. We were talking about agency and how parents have to let there children make mistakes and our Bishop told us he wanted to make a book for a parents and that would be the title (Free agency and how to enforce it) so thought that yall might get a kick out of it! 
Anyways on to the week.....
Can I just say that I HATE getting sick. yup so last week just as predicted by my really short email I got sick. Monday wasn't too bad I felt actually really good. Like the calm before the storm! Tuesday We were heading out to district meeting and I started to feel really dizzy but we went and about half way through the meeting I looked up and sister Pohahau and motioned that we needed top go. Yup booked it out of there! yup the FLU!! so I layed on the couch like a bum in the foyer of the church till they were done with district meeting. Went to lunch and Taco Bandido which isnt even good when your feeling well. Just sat there and watched them all eat and not throw up . Had to go to song practice crashed in the Pew at at the church and slept while they all practiced. Then when home and slept from 3pm Tuesday till Noon Wednesday. Ya cant remember the last time I was that sick! Anyways the next few days consisted of sleeping and not really doing much. Which is the worst as a missionary! But we were able to get out on friday and do some work. We visited with some people. Everyone is doing really good Taylor got her patriarchal blessing this week. Greg is doing great and really excited that for baptism in March. We are going to keep teaching Ali Chavez and he is progressing so fast and we have had a lot of potential to find people in 8th ward so things are looking up. 
The highlight of this week by far was our Mission Conference on Saturday. Elder Ballard of the Twelve  and Elder Nash of the Seventy came and spoke to our mission. I was amazing to meet . Seriously the nicest and most sincere person. He is so funny! Our mission president introduces him at the beginning of the meeting, say " and now well leave the remainder of the time to Elder Ballard". Elder Ballard then turns to Elder Nash next to him and really loud says " I think that means your up!' the look on Elder Nash's face was priceless! haha so funny. At the end he turned and asked president Curtis how much time her had. Then he turned back and was like "I'm the Apostle I take as much time as I want! " haha He was so funny. But that was also the most amazing conference I have ever been in! There was so much that I needed to hear. I was amazing to literally sit at the feet of an apostle and hear him speak directly to you and the people you serve with! nad Say what you know everyone in the room needed to hear! I Know that everyone walked out of the meeting wanting to be better than they came and having a new determination to be better not only on our missions but after. He gave us so much good advice and so many tings we can do but man were the promised blessing so worth it! I can't even express how grateful I am for that experience! and It will really be something i will never forget! 
I love you all and I miss you all so much. This week was very evident that sometime you really just want your mom to come and take care of you. and a good movie to watch when you're sick! I grateful I have such an awesome companion who helped out so much! the Lord has really blessed me and I can see it more and more everyday! Love you all so much and hope you have and  amazing week!


Sister Owsley

Some of the Awesome Quotes from the conference:

"He is as close as we will allow Him to be" - Ballard

"This is not just a club we belong to, This is Jesus Christ's Church" - Elder Ballard

"The Real you is the Spiritual you" - Elder Ballard

"Feed the things of the spirit"  - Ballard

(speaking of missionaries to members) " Teach them how to get down on there knees and let heaven help" -Elder Ballard

(how the savior would serve here) " He would LOVE, TEACH and TESTIFY" -Elder Nash

"Have fun & SMILE" -Ballard