Sis Loveland

Sis Loveland

Monday, July 25, 2016

Im gonna be a Momma!!!!!!!! I am Training !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So Saturday I got a call form President!!! I was sacred out of my mind because president only calls for leadership when it is the end of the transfer. When I was talking to him he told me that I will be training a new missionary fresh from the Mission Training Center.

So you can understand the title of my email. In my mission when you train a new missionary you are called there mom, because you are teaching them the ways of being a missionary. Just like a mom teaches her child the ways of being a good human. So because i will be training I am going to be a MOM!!! And have my first and only mission baby!!! I will be picking her up on Wednesday and boy oh boy am I excited!!!! I know that this is Heavenly Fathers way of helping me finish my mission strong!!

So this week has been crazy we had exchanges on Friday and that was oddly enjoyable. I got to see some of the old people I taught when I was in New Hartford. So that was such a tender mercy because I honestly hate exchanges. So That was a bonus!!!! 

Also on Saturday, Our branch had a Pioneer Day celebration. Oh that was lots of fun!! We did the Famous Joseph Smith Stick pull. Had a really good Cook Out (BBQ) and had a wonderful time talking to all the Branch members out side of Church. 

Also on Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to speak in church!!! I spoke about "How the Gospel can change Attitude and Behavior" I would like to share with you all a few things that I shared in my talk. For me I like to refer to this change as a " Mighty Change of Heart" In Alma 5 its says, " And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true.  And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved. And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your heart?" I love the concept of a mighty change of heart because it always refers to becoming converted unto the Lord and having that firm testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I wont to take a moment and reflect on the story of the 10 virgins. Everyone knows the parable for the most part, 5 had only before the bridegroom came and the other 5 did not. So lets look at the Lamp that holds the only as a testimony. All 10 of the virgins had a testimonial of the Restored Gospel. Now lets look at the oil as a conversion. In the parable only 5 had the oil need to shine the way. Our life here on earth is to become truly converted unto the Lord, Jesus Christ. How else are we suppose to prepare for when he comes again. So here is my question to you all, Are you going to be of the 5 that are converted and have the oil ready to shine the way to meet our savior? or are you going to be of the 5 that just has a lamp with no oil that is wondering in the darkness trying to go get some only? 

i know that as we are converted unto our Savior and his gospel we will be ready for when he comes again and he will know us for his light will shine about us. 

Thank you all for all the Love and support!!!! You are all amazing sons and Daughters of God!!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Storms all day everyday!!!

Well this week has been one rain storm after another. We really can no catch a break! Almost everyday this week it has rained and its not just a little rain it is like fluid the streets rain. It is kinda outrageous.   On Wednesday we had the wonderful privilege of helping one of our investigators stack hay in there hay mount. It was so much fun!!!! Oh how i miss working on a farm!!! This Wednesday we are going back to help some more. Keith ( our investigator) loves having us over because i don't wait to be asked to come help. Back to my story last Wednesday after we helped with hay we went to their house and had supper. Then the storm of all storms hit!!! We were on tornado warning there was hail falling from the sky and the wind was blowing up to 60 mph. It was crazy!!! there was so many trees knocked down I just had to laugh!!! It took the town about 2 days to clean it all up. The storms here are super cool!!!

The work in Hamilton is going pretty good, We had a small hiccup this week because we had to go to the Urgent care for Sister Fausett on Friday. So that was a adventure! but i can now say i went to the Doctors on my mission just not for me. I feel really blessed that I have not need to go to the Doctors while I have been serving the Lord. Its been a kinda slower week, why i have no idea but it just has been. So this week we have set the goal to keep the day busy no matter what. I hope we can do this because last time we set this as a goal I almost killed my companion so I pray that all will go well. 

So the past few weeks I have been so blessed in being able to do singing time in primary!!! Oh how I love primary!!! The last few weeks we have been learning I love to see the Temple. It was so much fun because as we were going though the song we talked about why the temple is so important and how we can prepare to go to the temple now. I have come to understand what the Savior meant when he said "become as a little child" Through primary i have been able to truly understand that the Gospel is really so simple but yet so complex. It is so important to remember if a child can bare their testimony that they know the Restored Gospel to be true. We to can gain that testimony and bear witness of its truth and divinity to those around us.

Thank you all for all your love and support i am so grateful to have such a great support system behind me as I go forth and do the work the Lord has sent me forth to do here in New York.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Miracles happen everyday!!!!!

So I first want to start out telling you about a amazing miracle that happened this week. It may not be super big but it is a big deal to me, because i have been praying about it for the last 3 weeks. So on Friday, Sister Fausett and i felt we needed to go into Morrisville and try a Former Investigator and try a family we have been teaching that we haven't been able to contact in a while. We went and tried April the former investigator. All I can say is WOW the spirit sure was in control of that lesson. We taught the restoration and at the end when we invited her to pray all of a sudden out comes, " April when you come to know that what we have shared with you is true, will you be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood Authority of God?" April looked at us and said, " Yes, none of the sisters that have ever came to see me has ever asked me that." Right then we sent a Baptismal date for August 27th. So you all know what i was praying for, I was praying that we would be able to set a baptismal date for someone I would know Heavenly Father truly had prepared and on Friday i saw just that! I know Heavenly Father truly does hear and answer all of our prayers!

This Sunday our mission President and his grand kids attended our sacrament meeting. That was a really special opportunity our mission president talked about missionary work and the doctrine of Christ. But for me the best part was President Rogers grand kids sang the new primary song, "A God of Miracles" IT goes like this;
" Jesus walked
Upon the water
He stilled the storm
And calmed the angry sea
With his hands
He healed the leper
He made the lame to walk
The blind to see
He fed a thousand people
With a loaf or two of bread
And when the ruler’s daughter died
 He raised her from the dead
Jesus is a God of miracles
Nothing is at all impossible to Him
But I know this
Of all his miracles
The most incredible
Must be the miracle that rescues me
Jesus bled and died to save me
A price that I could never pay alone
When He rose again He gave me
The greatest gift the world has ever known
Yes I can be forgiven
Every time that I repent
And some day he will lift me up
To live with Him again
Jesus is a God of miracles
Nothing is at all impossible to Him
But I know this
Of all his miracles
The most incredible
Must be the miracle that rescues me
The miracle that rescues you and me"

I am so grateful I was able to ear these sweet words on Sunday. I want to bare my testimony that I know with all my heart that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is for everyone and that it is though is Atonement we can feel whole and know that we are not Alone. I am so grateful I am able to share this knowledge with Gods Children here in New York.

Thank you all for all your love and support! I hope and pray that you all have the oppritunity to take a minute and reflect upon how the Atonement has helped you in your life. You are all amazing and keep building you testimony stronger and stronger as you relay on the mercy of your loving Savior Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A wonderful week finished with the Temple

So I am emailing on Tuesday (today) because I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Palmyra Temple this morning. Oh!!! How I missed the temple so much!!!! I first want you all to know that i know the Temple is the House of the Lord and it is the most Holiest place here on Earth. I was ready to cry as I had to walk out of that wonderful sacred place. But what a privilege it was to be able to feel of the powerful spirit with in those walls.

So this week was kinda crazy!!! My companion hasn't been feeling well so that has added a few hick ups, but that's ok it want stop me from finding ways to do the work. We are working with 2 investigators particularly on acting on there faith and moving forward towards baptism. They both know the church is true and they both know how the Restored Gospel can bless their lives the only down fall right now is they have little hang ups, like one is struggling with quitting smoking and the other is keeping her loyalty still kinda to the Catholic church. So we are working with them to act on their faith and to move forward and take the next step which is Baptism by someone holding the Priesthood Authority of God. We have been doing a lot of praying for them.

Also this week was a little miracle our Mission President is encouraging us to do a hours worth of Finding each day. So as much as i am not the number one fan of finding we started to do it a little more. On Tuesday Morning we had planned to go tracking for a hour on the street right behind us. So before we left we said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to lead us to those he is preparing on this street. So we head off. We knock on about 4 doors and we had about 2 people that kinda interested. Then we knock on the 5th door. We met this awesome guy named Luke, he came outside and let us share the messages of the Restorations. Then he told us " well this is actually my business, i live up stairs." Then we got talking and He had a lot of questions about the Plan of Salvation and what will happen after we die. I have never met anyone so prepared!!!!!

So thats about it other then the 4th of July!!! We had some members invite us to there bbq's. It was wonderful!!!Monday wasn't our Pday so we still were trying to teach people and had some fun crashing peoples parties. Nothing really happened other then we got really fat off of all the good food members fed us!

It truly has been a wonderful week and thank you so much for all your love and support!!!