Friday, July 13, 2018

Until after the trial of your faith

Hike pictures from last week! 

Last week was hard, things werent going through, and we werent finding!
But we put on our faith hats and got to work, and this week we saw miracles! 3 new investigators, one out in Wells, which is like 45 minutes away!

Biking in Wells. I hit 40 mph!

Loving being a missionary, sorry, not a lot of time for a blog today!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spam and Eureka

An AMAZING week this week, tons of just fun stuff going on!

Eureka, Nevada

We have been coordinating with our Branch President and Mission Leader and are putting together an awesome Branch Mission Plan(6 months late haha). It's going really well though! Tons of great ideas and goals flowing. If there is one thing I have been able to learn these last few transfers, it has been the importance of having a purpose and vision, setting goals, and making plans to arrive there. So much more can be accomplished in life if we actually set some expectations for ourselves and strive with all our might in the little things to get there!

Eureka, Nevada

"E" on the hillside


Main Street

Ski lift in the offseason

We got to go to Eureka this week, which is a little English branch in the middle of nowhere, and it is so adorable! There's Masons, Mormons, and Mennonites there! Such a fun little place, and we should be finding a new investigator there soon!

So I always thought SPAM was like a big joke and that nobody ever ate it, but wow have I been proven wrong! There's a family here, la familia Ramirez, who we visited and somehow got on this topic. They were so astonished that I hate literally never had SPAM before that they made me a SPAM and egg sandwhich and ohmygosh those are actually amazing! I feel like Oliver and Joseph in the Kirtland temple; my eyes have been opened!  

Saying goodbye to President and Sister Chesnut

Zone Conference - Elko

We had zone conference this last week, and it is President Chesnut's last round of Zone Conferences before he ends his mission in July. It's actually been super sad and super hard to watch this happen. Like I'm legitimately sad that we are going to lose President Chesnut. He is such a great leader and example and disciple of Christ. But it's alright. We know President Godoy will as well lead this mission in righteousness!

Like my homemade haircut?

Elder Johnson

Well, not much else going on. Jennifer Sahlberg, who you might remember, will be getting baptised this weekend  in the Cold Springs ward. Well apparently when going through her program, she decided she wanted me to give a talk at her baptism, even though I'm about 250 miles away! So I will be writing the talk out and having Elder Schloemer read it there. I am pretty pumped, and I've never done a talk-by-proxy before!

Hope you all have a great week and remember to follow the Prophet!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Livin' it up in Elko!

That's right! I got transferred!

Last selfie with the Elders!
I am now in Elko, in the Spanish Branch. I have been here for a week and ohmygoodness, there is so much potential here! I loved my time in the Vista branch in Sparks, and this one is a little smaller than over there, so there is a ton of work to do! It seems like the branch is super missionary minded already, and I feel that this place is about to blow up.

The Rubies! (Ruby Mountains)

Water balloon-tree (primary activity)

Elder Johnson is my companion, and he is just like a loveable panda bear! He knows the area really well, and I am pumped to see what we can get done together!
Elko is a ton of fun, and I am so glad to get to serve here! I am going to miss the North Reno zone and Cold Springs and Silver Lake wards, but FaceBook is a magical thing!

Hope you all have an awesome week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Volleyball and watermelon

Had a really great week the last few weeks! Emailing on phones means I can't send a blog though, so sorry!

Evening over North Reno

North Reno sunset

Stephanie Sauerberg (Smith) was baptized 2 weeks ago, and it was awesome! Great ward support, and the confirmation was pretty special as well. We also started teaching her close friend Jennifer, and she (and soon her daughters, too) is set on baptismal date for late June! She even posted about it on Facebook after the lesson!

Activity day pics

We had a killer zone activity last week! We went to a members home in North Reno, and played volleyball, carved watermelons, and grilled! Super fun, and such a blast! Probably the most fun zone activity I've ever been to, and I am totally not biased ;)!

Service work


Went on some great exchanges in the Marina with Elder Steck. We biked around and had tons of fun contacting people like all day. Also, I might have jumped off a curb, almost hit a parked car, and then fallen over on my face! But its ok, all is well, and we got a cool street contact out of it! Oh yeah!

Not much else to report! Extra pictures, though!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Amad a otros!

Had another great week! Stephanie Smith will be baptized tomorrow and so that is going to rock! She is awesome and has made a huge change in her life, so we are super pumped!

We found a sonic in our zone!

This last week we went to MLC, and got to learn a lot about ministering. Specifically about caring for a certain person's needs, and helping them individually. Christ ministered with love, and that is what we are here to do as well!

We have been reading the BoM as a mission and we are just about through with 2nd Nephi. I have been learning a lot about how merciful the Lord is, that he truly gives us every possible chance to repent and come unto Him. His hand is outstretched all the day long, all we have to do is reach out and grab it through our obedience! Loving getting to read it so much and loving being a missionary where I am able to proclaim it's truth to all!

Elder Schloemer's late night frog-escapades
Elder Schloemer really likes cloud pictures so here you go!

This week I was able to go on exchanges in the Sierra Spanish branch in Reno, and omg it was so much fun! I miss Spanish so much! I know the gift of tongues is real and that the Spirit brings things to our remembrance, because I was astonished with how not-garbage I was! I mean I wasn't perfect by any means, but honestly I haven't done the best job with keeping up on language study in this area so I thought it would be a lot worse. But it was so awesome to get to serve in a Spanish area again, even if just for a day!

Not much else! Been mega busy but honestly don't even remember what all happened this week. We found a new investigator from Guam, so that was shweet!

Elder Rodriguez!

Also taught a vegan guy, really interesting character!

Hope you all have a great week, and don't forget to love one another!


Last Week

Fun week this week! A few people are preparing for baptism, so we are loving it! Tons of great work to do up in Northern Nevada, and it bring us great joy to be the ones who get to do it!

Zone Conference with Elder Sorensen

Had zone conference this last week, and we got to do a little musical number for part of our training. Wish we would have had someone take a video! But it was great, Elder Schloemer and I had a lot of fun giving that training and getting to see the zone apply it! It was all about finding, and this week as a zone we found the most I think we have ever found in a week since I have been here!


Not much else happened here, went on a few great exchanges that I failed to get pictures of, but we had a lot of fun. Was in a biking area on Saturday, and it was a ton of fun! Biking all up and down the Stead area!

Elder Schloemer and I are doing awesome, and we are seeing tons of miracles out here in the blessed high deserts of Nevada!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stead and Cold Springs

Great week this week! Lots of fun stuff!

Elder Schloemer and I are having tons of fun up here in Stead and Cold Springs.
One of our investigators and her kids are gearing up and ready to get baptized, as well as a few more individuals who are currently considering their dates!

Working on a training in park while we wait for new tires!

We found another bomb investigator who is so prepared. She just accepted a baptismal date in mid may, but turns out she actually doesn't live in our area! So we will be doing a pass off soon, yay free baptisms for other areas haha! No but it will be really good for that ward!

We have been running in the mornings and biking more often, so the weight should start falling off soon! Except our members keep giving us literal bags of cookies and muffins, soooooooo idk.

A wild Duggo appeared!

Another Duggo!

Anyway, not much else specific to mention. We as a mission are going to be reading the Book of Mormon in 65 days, and I am excited! It has so much power in it, and I am so grateful I can read it literally every day and feel uplifted by it! If you want to join me and my mission in this challenge, let me know!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Coming unto Christ!

Hello everybody! Sorry for no email last week, emailing on phones is hard! Hope you all had a great one though! We have had some awesome stuff go down, though! Like:

Our Mission is now utilizing smart phones, for mission work only.
Its been a while since I've held one of these.

Elizabeth Razo's baptism! It was so exciting! It was the most well attended baptism I have ever been to and there was so much dang food! Sister Razo made some tamales and so that was awesome.

Sister Razo's Baptism!

On Thursday we were able to go to the temple again as a zone, and that's always a blast!

Temple Trip!!!

We got transfer news, and I will be staying in this area again, with Elder Schloemer. That will be awesome! Elder Schloemer has been like a role model of mine since I was in Sparks (like more than a year ago), so I am super excited.

In sadder news, Elder Torres is going home Wednesday! It has been a good 2 years for him and he has fought the good fight! It's been awesome to be his companion, though. There's always so much you learn from each companion, and I have gotten a lot from him.

The results of 18 months of walking and cycling in the rain, snow and sun.

Not much else to report on. Have a great week!