Sis Loveland

Sis Loveland

Monday, October 26, 2015

Liverpool or how I have been calling it Livercool!

Well this week has been pretty fun that's really all i can remember.... for some reason when i have the most fun as a missionary my mind goes completely blank and i don't remember a thing when i get to Monday and write all my favorite humans. But this week I have been learning how to properly study the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Missionary life is pretty crazy, as a missionary you have a lot of ups and downs. But over all its all ups. This week I was fighting a pretty bad cold like i felt like death! On Saturday I felt like I wasn't going to be able to leave our apartment and do the Lord work. But I got on my knees and asked Heavenly Father for just a little help to make it to the church to help with the bishop store house delivery that comes there every other week. So after the pray sister Hess and I went on our way to the church. Once the truck got there I was filled with so much energy!!! I made it though the day, then it hit 9:30 and I was dead once again. Then Sunday came and I asked Heavenly Father to give me the energy i need to make it though church and the one lesson we had set and sure enough heavenly father pulled through and gave me the energy i needed to make it through the day. And now here we are on Monday and I feel so much better. I testify the Lord does here and answer all of our prayers and he will help us. It may not be instant like with me and my not so friendly cold but He will answer all of our prays.

So we had some pretty awesome miracles happen this week! We picked up this new investigator Daniel of as he as asked us to call him (Dan the Man) He has the best personality ever!!! Then 
we found a less active family that years ago said they didn't want to be contacted and all i can say is that was a lie!!!! they totally love the missionaries and want to come back to church so we are seeing them more and more and hopefully one day they will come back! Then are news investigator Michele she is a pretty crazy character she has met with missionaries be for and already knows alot about the gospel and really wants to join the church because she love the feeling that she gets when she comes. So i am excited about that. So that is what is new here in wonderful Liverpool or howWell this week has been pretty fun that's really all i can remember.... for some reason when i have the most fun as a missionary my mind goes completely blank and i don't remember a thing when i get to Monday and write all my favorite humans. But this week I have been learning how to properly study the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know it is so important to be obedient to all that the Lord has asked of us!!!! I know that as we are obedient we are allowing the Lord to bless us.As 1 Nephi 3:7 says, "And it came to pass that I Nephi said unto my father; I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the things which he commandeth them."  I promise as a representative of our Savior Jesus Christ that as you are completely obedient to all of Gods commandment that you will be blessed that you will be able to see his hand in your life more fully. I know that as we are obedient we are allowing God to bless us more fully and to make it possible for us to return to his presents once again. 

Thank you so much for all your love and support it really means so much to me :) I love you and i am so grateful for the influences you have had in my life. If it wasn't for you all I probably would be here to day blessing the live of the people in New York.

Monday, October 19, 2015


Well here is the lovely weather report from Liverpool New York; Saturday and Sunday it snowed randomly through out the day and has been freaking colder then a house make out of Ice!!!! Like it has only been about 20 degrees everyday and we have already needed to break out the winter clothes! This is not normal for New York its usually still pretty warm around this time. So I am just a icicle that is praying i will service this winter.

On a much happier not!!! we picked up 3 new investigators that have a lot of potential. There names are Joanne, Gregg, and Travis. Joanne was a potential for years and is a little crazy  but you can totally tell she has such a strong desire to know the truthfulness of the Gospel. Gregg is Joanne's son and he sat in on a lesson with Joanne and just feel in love with the plan of salvation and has such a strong desire to learn more. He ask so many questions and is searching for so many different answers and i am so happy that i as a representative of Jesus Christ get to help him find these answers as i listen to the promptings of the spirit. Then there is Travis, Wow he is freaking bomb!!!! He has been looking into the church for years but hasnt been able to join quite yet because he is on prole for the next 2 years. He just moved into Liverpool. Sister Hallsted was teaching him in Oswego and already has met us and is just freaking awesome!!!!  So we are helping him mostly just get permission to come to church and helping him right a letter to the prophet baring his testimony about the gospel and how he knows this church is true. We are pray that is will help make it possible for him to come to church and possibly be baptized sooner.

I just want to share with you that I know that is church is true and I am so grateful for this opportunity to severe our Savior Jesus Christ getting to teach his gospel to all of Gods children. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else right now but here in New York finding the people that the Lord has prepared. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know the He did die for all of us and he did in fact make it possible for all of us to be forgiven for our sins. I know the Plan of Salvation is Gods Perfect plan for all of us and we are all possible to return to our Heavenly Father. I know that because God has this prefect plan the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was able to happen and now we are able to have this wonderful gospel in our lives today. I know that Joseph Smith was called by God to be a prophet seer and revelation and I know that he did restore the fullness of the the everlasting gospel on this earth once again and we are able to have it in our lives now. I know that the Priesthood is the authority to work in Gods name and to preform many sacred ordnance of the Gospel. I know the Book of Mormon is true and is another testament of our savior Jesus Christ and testifies of all the teachings that he taught while he was on the earth. I know all theses things to be true and so much more! In the name of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ Amen.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Such a great week !!!!!!!!!!

Well this week was super fun and amazing!!! This area is finally coming alive and I absolutely love it!!! We picked up 7 new investigators and 5 of those 7 were from this awesome family! The Ashbys they have such great potential! You know the spirit was there when they are begging you to come back. All I could do was just laugh because there are miracles happening everywhere in our mission. 

So Friday was a pretty crazy day, like i felt like my head was going to explode form how strong the spirit was and with how much I learned. We had a huge mission conference where we had a General Authority speak with us on how we can improve on doing the Lords work. Elder Bennett was truly in aspiring. I learned so much and i am so grateful for all he said to us, because if it wasn't for him I don't thing we would have been able to do all the work we did with in the last few days.  He talked about how we need to be absolutely obedient to everything the White Hand book says. Our mission really struggles with that a lot. He also said that if we truly love the Lord and truly want to be here doing is work that we should literally work holes in our shoes almost every day..... haha I was laughing so hard because I have done that a time or to. Then he talked about Member missionary work and how to work with members properly and how we can leave them on a spiritual high when we have dinner with them. It was just a amazing mission conference!!!! 

So on another note President Rogers is making a lot of changes and the are all wonderful changes. I am so grateful for them because I am now able to stay fulling focused on the Lords work and nothing else.

As most of you may have seen on my Facebook (In my mission we are able to use Facebook) I posted a picture the says " Always remember you matter something to him" I truly love this quote form President Uchtdorf. It is so true everyday I see people that have no idea how much our savior loves them and they are always in denial that he could love them. I promise you all as you kneel in prayer every morning and every night that you will feel of that love and that you will know with a surety that you truly do mean something to our Savior Jesus Christ. 

I love you all and I am so grateful for all your love and support. I am especially grateful for all your prayers for all the missionaries around the world. You are all amazing!!!!

-- (second row from the bottom on the left 3 in)
Love the Lord with all your Heart <3
-Sister Maraiha Loveland (Potato-Head)

Monday, October 5, 2015


So Tuesday i got a phone call from my mission president, He called to let me know i was getting 2 sisters instead of 1. So now instead of just Sister Hess (MTC comp) I also have Sister Hallsted. 
It is so wonderful to working with 2 other sisters. Its like one giant sleep over!!! Sister Hallsted was suppose to be training but her trainy went home early (she didn't make it to New York) so we now have one of the most powerful missionaries i have ever met (except for my trainer). So right now we are covering 2 areas which means lots of road trips! we are covering Liverpool and Oswego! It is so much fun!

All I can say is Heavenly Father really knew what he was doing when he put together our companion ship!!!! I really needed both sister Hess and Sister Hallsted! Like this is probably going to be the highlight of my mission!!!!!!  I really do enjoy it!!! there is nothing better then having to people to talk to and to help you out day to day!

So there are miracles happening everywhere already!!! the work was slow before but it is picking up!!! We have started doing this crazy fun thing were we are going though our area book person by person seeing if they still exist and if they have any desire to start learning about the gospel again. Its going to be so much fun!!!!!! 

So as hopefully you all know this past weekend was General Conference!!! Wow i loved General Conference before but now i love it even more as a missionary!!!! One of my favorite talks was by Elder Richard J. Maynes about being centered with Christ. Sometimes its amazing how much Heavenly Father really does know what we need to hear. As you all know I love the Atonement it is such amazing gift to have in our lives and i really felt this quote not only talked about having Christ centered on out life but also talks about our though the Atonement we can become at one with our Savior. "If our lives are centered in Jesus Christ he can successfully mold us into who we need to be come" I really love that quote because it workings amazingly with a lot of the principle of the gospel. So over all remember as you focus on our Savior Jesus Christ and have him be the center of you life you will be able to receive more blessings then you can physically receive. I know it is through him we can be blessed and i know that we should not be like the practical son and expect all the blessings all at once the Lord prepares us for each individual blessing so we can appreciate it so much more then if we received it when we wanted it.