Sis Loveland

Sis Loveland

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hope Everyone Had A Merry Christmas!!!!!

This Christmas has been a Christmas full of miracles!!! Being a missionary around Christmas time has been great because we get the blessing of seeing how much Heavenly Fathers children's heart have been softened because of the Saviors Birth.

It was so much fun being able to skype home and see my families wonderful faces!!! And to hear about the wonderful miracles that have happened in there lives sense I have been out on my mission.

So big miracle from the wonderful Christmas season! We have a rock solid new investigator!!! His name is Morgan. We call him Mohawk Morgan because he has a freaking awesome Mohawk! Well anyways we were talking to people on the street handing out candy canes with the "A Savior is Born" pass along cards attached to them. We were running late for a appointment and Sister Walker had one more candy cane left so her gave it to Morgan and just said ," call us if you have any questions about the video" 5 minutes later we had a call from him saying how he wanted to meet with us, he hadn't watched the video yet but he has a lot of questions and he really feels we can help. So we called him back and set up a time to meet him at the library on Christmas eve. Man Oh man was Satan working hard on him. Because he kept on having to cancel because of work or something of that nature. Then he said to heck with this basically and called us and said Saturday at 3 not matter what I am meeting you at the Library. So we met him at the Library taught him restoration and accepted Baptism on the first lesson!!!! Later he texted us and asked if he could come to church and wanted to know were the church was. Sadly he didn't come because he was really nerves about it so we are going to have a church tour with him this week. The Lord has really prepared Morgan, it truly is amazing to see how prepared he is.

So besides that nothing big is going on Larry and Kelly Babcock (member) are getting married at the end of February so I will get to hopefully be there for both the Baptism and their wedding. Sarah and Bill are doing good as well we are seeing them this evening.

I love being a missionary! there is really no place I would rather been the here in New York sharing the truth fullness of the Restored Gospel to all of Heavenly Fathers Children.
Love you all and hope you all have a wonderful new year!!!! I invite you all to make the new year resolution to come closer to your heavenly father and savior Jesus Christ in the year 2016 and strive to gain that strong testimony of the Truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!


Love the Lord with all your Heart <3
-Sister Maraiha Loveland (Potato-Head)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Its the Monday be for Christmas

Its the Monday be for Christmas, all the missionaries are about, teaching the gospel. Not one was lazy for they knew of the power of the message they shared. They ran around all in excitement because it was that time of year where they got to talk to some special people whom they missed so dear. The ward members spoiled them with goodies galore so they now look like umpaloopas and rolling on the flour. They planed days ahead it great excitement, for they knew this only happens twice a year. They were good and obedient to get the 40 minutes they needed. So when Christmas comes they can knew it was going to be quite the season.

Haha!!! hope you liked my creativity on the fly. Things are so wonderful here in New York still no snow and I honestly don't care I am just so excited for Christmas I feel like a fat kid eating chocolate cake x37!!!! 

So the work is great!!! we have 2 amazing new investigators that we found though our very own efforts! Sarah and Bill are so awesome there personalities and they things they are into remind me so much of my favorite big sister Stori and my one and only Bro in-law Brandon. Bill has basically every old school gaming system that ever existed on the planet and Sarah is just funny and awesome like my older sister! Its great!!!! we are seeing them both today at 4 so we are cutting our Pday short and I honestly don't care because the message we share is to important to care!
 Larry is doing great he is going on vacation for Christmas and is planning to go to church in North Carolina so that will be awesome and we will be having skyping lessons with him and Kelly Babcock the member he is dating ! Yeah this is amazing!!!! I am like on missionary cloud 9 right now!!!!!
On Chrsitmas we will be going to a senior home and sing Christmas Carols to all the cute Old people! and that morning we will be having breakfast with some ward members and then skyping home at their house! I am excited!!!

So my Christmas present to myself this year is finally having D&C 4 memorized and having the First vision memorized can I just say this is just amazing to be able to have those internalized and memorized!

So right now I am in a delicious study of the Book of Mormon! President Rogers was joking with me at our Christmas mission conference that my scriptures look like a coloring page because I have some much marked in my scriptures. I recently was reading in 2 Nephi 26 and a verse popped out to me. verse 30 " Behold, the Lord has forbidden this thing; where fore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have CHARITY, which CHARITY IS LOVE. And except they should have CHARITY they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have CHARITY they laborer in Zion to perish." I honestly don't know why this stood out to me. As I have thought more about it last night, my mind when to this wonderful time of year were we are about to give to one another. and truly show that pure love of Christ to those around us. Charity is so important to have for all of Gods children because you never know what someone is going though. This last week I decided I was going to smile at every person I made eye contact with and tell them that Heavenly Father loves them. And wow that has made such different form me because now I seriously love all of these people here in New York. I know that the pure love of Christ is so important! I would like to encourage you all to reach out to someone this week and share with them the love Heavenly Father has for them. I can promise you it will make this Christmas season so much more special then what it already is.

Love you all and hope you all have a very merry CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!

(pic is of me and my MTC group) (Elder Crapo, Elder Van Slyke, Sister Branch, and ME)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Party in H2OTown!!!! (watertown)

Well things are going great here!!!! It hasn't snowed which is sad because weirdly enough  I actually want the snow!!! But that's ok it will come when its time.

So its been one fun week!! I am just living the dream!!! Being on a mission during this time of year is the best thing ever! Even though people still don't want to listen to us we are still having so much fun!

So yesterday was awesome!! like seriously!!! probably the best day ever!!! A lady in the ward had us teach her Boyfriend and wow lets just day he is so prepared!!! He is already reading the Book of Mormon and praying! He met missionaries when he was 13 and doesn't remember what they taught but he remembers that they had something he wanted and now he is 65 and is all in and ready to be baptized! It is amazing!!! He had so many questions and he made like a time line on a napkin of when the Book of Mormon come to the earth and when the great apostasy was and when Joseph smith say heavenly father and Jesus Christ. It was stinken awesome!!! I cant wait to teach him more!

So this last week I have been reflecting a lot about the new Christmas video the church released, It truly is amazing. It just shows how simple the gospel truly is. I just love it!!!!!

Also this week we had Zone Conference and we were talking about how important the Book of Mormon is to one conversion. All I can say is with out the Book of Mormon are church is really nothing. I know the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of our Savior Jesus Christ and it is here to bless our lives! When you read the Book of Mormon you will get nearer to God by abiding by its teachings. As you read and ponder the Book of Mormon and truly ask God the Eternal Father with all your Heart if the Book of Mormon is true you will come to know the truthfulness of it by the power of the Holy Ghost. You will also know the Joseph Smith was call by God to restore the fullness of the Gospel on the earth again. You will know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lords Kingdom once again established on the earth. Finally you will know the Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and it is though him we can be forgiven for our sins. I invite you all to watch this video and to also read and pray about the book of Mormon I promise you the Lord will hear and answer you prayers.

Love the Lord with all your Heart <3
-Sister Maraiha Loveland (Potato-Head)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Its almost Christmas time!!!!!!

Well its been a fun week!!! Got to meet a lot of new people and oh my goodness!!! the ward here is awesome!!! most of the members are in the army so that's the big difference but everyone has such strong testimonies it is freaking awesome!!!

So yall know Watertown is right next to Fort Drum so we have all the army families in the ward and a lot of them at this time as a family member diploid and to see how strong their testimonies are and to see how much they rely on the Savior is amazing I have never been in a sacrament meeting where I could feel the spirit so strongly till know it is amazing!!!

So yesterday was the Christmas devotional and that was so much fun to watch the spirit was so strong as I heard the testimonies of why the savior was born and how his birth can bless our lives. I loved how President Utchorf was talking about how we all have wings so we can fly and one day return to our heavenly father. The gospel is amazing and it can help us fly as we apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ everyday! 

So this morning I was studying the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi chapters 18-19 and dang Christ is one amazing person! At the end of a group of versions it always said " But his hand is stretched out still" isn't it amazing it think that no matter what we do Christ is still stretching his hands  out wanting to help us up. I think that is amazing!!!

Well sorry this email is so short, next week should be longer just gotta give it a little more time to have to meet some more awesome people and to see some awesome miracles then I will have so much to say.

If you haven't seem the church's new Christmas video go and watch it at it is amazing and testifies of Christ birth so strongly!

Love you all and have a wonderful Christmas season!!!!! remember it is not Christmas with out have Christ at the center.