Wednesday, June 29, 2016

☀️🌴 summer is here! 🌴☀️ - June 27, 2016

Where has June gone? Can y'all believe that July starts this week?

Time is flying by!! I had the sad realization last week that I only have 3 more transfers left and after this one only two more! I'm not even sure how to feel about that... My companion and I had someone tell us that now is the time to start thinking about what we want to do when we get home... Yeah, that thought was a little frightening.

Anyways, I'm glad to hear y'all had a good week! I'm excited to see Amanda's house when I get home! It sounds super cute and seems like it has a lot of space and rooms! Maybe by then she will have pity on me and allow me to stay there for free! Haha my second resort was living with grandma for free but it sounds like Danielle and her fiancé have beat me to that as well. So last resort I will mooch off of mum and dad until I get married and move out! Oh and Manda, I don't want to hear anything about snakes! I feel like they are everywhere in Florida! Not to mention I deal with lizards on top of that!

Mum, your hair looks great! It's actually very pretty and it's a nice golden blonde! So you can stop worrying about it. I'm glad to hear y'all got to spend time with Peggy and John. I am actually serving with an elder from their home ward. We have served together his whole mission so far. He said he knows the Beechers pretty well!

I've definitely realized that summer has finally hit. I forgot how hot it gets here and how much you sweat! It's been up in the 100's this week and it doesn't cool down at nights anymore. But hey it could always be worse. I just need to remember to bring a rag or something to wipe my face at each house so I don't look as hot and desperate! Haha

Last Tuesday Sister Ruesch and I decided to go through our area books and clean them up. We deleted people who hadn't been taught in over 100 days, we called and dropped people who were not interested and we tried to see a lot of potential investigators. While we were doing this we got the feeling that we should try some of our former investigators again. That was a miracle in itself because we found 3 of them who were interested again and we set baptism dates with them!  Yay!!  

We are working with a man named Justin Thomas again. We dropped him last transfer because he was not ready to change his life but this time he says he knows he needs to change and he is willing to turn to God to do it. His baptism date is scheduled for August 6th. We will keep our fingers crossed that all will work out for him. 

Next, we are working with Shirley Green again. She is a hoot.. She says the funniest things ever. My favorite is when she says "oh my, ham sandwich and cheese." Or she loves say "hotdog!" Or "oh my, merciful me!" If you couldn't tell she is absolutely crazy but we love her! She has had almost all of the lessons we just had to drop her because she wouldn't read from the Book of Mormon. But since we dropped her she had been reading on her own and she is planning to be baptized on July 30th! 

Finally, we started working with a lady named Deanna again. She has been taught everything she just needs to give up some bad habits before being baptized. When we met with her again she told us she is finally ready and now that no one will be in the house with her for the summer she can can do it! She is planning to be baptized as soon as her husband gets back in town from work! So yeah, we saw a lot of awesome miracles happen as we cleaned up our area book!

On Wednesday we had a very sad day.. We had our final zone conference with President and Sister Craig. I don't think you realize how much you actually love and appreciate someone until you are saying goodbye to them. A few tears were shed but we are so excited to be welcoming our new mission president and his wife this week to the mission! As president Craig told us this morning on our missionary leadership conference call, "FJM ROCKS!" That's For sure! 

Our new mission president is President Bruce Lee! Haha he and his wife are from Burley, Idaho. They seem great! They own a furniture store there in Idaho and that's about all I really know about them. Haha they will be arriving to our mission tonight around 7 pm and the Craig's will be flying home tomorrow. On Wednesday we will be having another zone conference to meet with new mission president and his wife! It's going to be great!

After our zone conference last Wednesday we had our first trade off of the transfer. It was with the YSA sisters. It was great! They are so sweet! I went with Sister Ward again and we had such a blast. We worked here in Hendricks and Sister Ruesch went with Sister Hannah to the YSA area to work. Trade offs this transfer are going to be crazy.

We were just looking at our calendar this morning trying to finish getting them all in order. We will be having 2-3 trade offs every week until the last week of the transfers. We are also planning a week long transfer with one companionship who is really struggling. So that will be interesting. Sister Ruesch and I will not really be together except on Sundays until the transfer is over. This may be a good thing because we have been butting heads still.. I've come to the conclusion that I am very prideful and I'm working on my pride a little so we can work together better.

Nothing else to exciting happened this week. On Saturday our ward had another baptism. The elders investigator named George got baptized. It was a sweet baptism. He asked me to speak at it so we were able to go and we brought Shirley along with us. It got her excited for baptism!

The best part of the week also happened on Saturday. Both nanny and John were able to go down to the Orlando temple and do baptisms for the dead! It was such a happy day! They both loved it! When we asked John what he thought he said how it great it was! He loved how everyone dressed up in white and how quiet and clean the temple was. He said "there is no place on earth like that!" Nanny loved it as well! She was so excited to do the baptism! When I asked her what she thought she said; well, I've been dunked 8 times now in the past week but it was worth every moment of it! She is excited to get some family history done so she can take the names of her mom, grandma and sisters to the temple. We helped John with his family history Sunday after church. It was so great to see how excited he got about finding out about his family. He didn't know much about any of them. His mom's side of the family immigrated here from Barbados! It was awesome!

That is basically all that I have been up to this week. I've decided to start a diet this week so we will see how well that actually goes.

I have thought of a few things y'all could send me if you were thinking of sending a package. So I ran out of stamps and I have no money to buy more so y'all could send some of those! Also, cute cards that I could write letter on. Basically anything but food and candy will be helpful and nice! I hope y'all have a wonderful week!

Love and miss y'all!
Love,
Sister Webb

Video from June 27, 2016

Caution: My scream may hurt your ears! But I'm proud to say that I officially got a lizard to bite my ear!! Missions help you over come your fears, even if they are of lizards! Next time I will be able to put it on my own ear. Hope y'all have a good week!

My Nanny got baptized!! - June 20, 2016

Dearest family,

First things first, I completely forgot that it was Father's Day until halfway through the week when someone happened to mention it to us. By this point it was to late to do anything so I'm sorry I didn't get anything sent for you Dad but I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day and a Happy Anniversary!!

I'm not even sure how describe my week... We saw miracles, I got sick, I had a melt down, we had a baptism!!! That about sums up my week right there! The best part of my week was witnessing Nanny get baptized! It was so beautiful and brought tears to my eyes! Before I get to that though I will start at the beginning of my week.

I can't remember if I mentioned in last weeks email that we had a sister stay with us for the first half of the week until transfers. We had Sister Handy with us. It was good. We experienced the best miracle while she was with us. So I've been trying to seek and follow the spirit more in my work and one night it was about 8:40 and we had about 10 minutes before we had to start heading home. We decided to try this referral that we had not been able to get a hold of. Well Sister Ruesch said how she had tried a few times and no one was ever home but we should just try him so we could drop him if needed. I felt very strong that we needed to try him one more  time. When Sister Ruesch said the prayer she prayed that we would be able to set a baptism date during the lesson. We all thought it was kinda strange because we hadn't even been able to get a hold of this man but she said the spirit told her to pray for that. Anyways, we get to the door and a lady answers. She tells us that the referral we were looking for was her husband but they were going through a divorce so he no longer lived there. She then tells us how she is a member of the church but has been less active for years. What? She invites us right in and introduces us to her 3 children. 2 of them are old enough to be baptized! She lets us share a message so we start talking about Jesus and how we can follow him when one of the boys asks his mom if he can be baptized! Yes, the 9 year old and 11 year old want to be baptized and we were able to set a baptism date with them! Sadly the 3 child is only 6 so she has a few more years! What a miracle! They are planning for baptism on July 30th and are all going to start coming to church again!

We did some service earlier this week and oh boy, let me tell you about it. I've never dry heaved so much than I did helping one of the elder's investigators box up their house to move. This lady is a complete hoarder and there were cockroaches all over and old food and it was dirty... Yucky! I literally wanted to throw up! So the story was this. The lady was getting evicted out of her apartment and has known about it for about a month now. She had not done anything because she had lost all of her important identification cards so she could go get a new apartment.. Last week Sister Ruesch and I went to her house, said a prayer with her and started rummaging through piles of junk looking for her information. Luckily I found it! She was then able to get an apartment across the street from where she was living now. By the time this all happened she had until Wednesday to be out and it was Friday. On Tuesday we showed up to help box some things up and she had not even started... Remember grandma's boobie trap room? It was like 10 times worse then that! She was wanting to keep everything even garbage. Sister Ruesch and Handy were nice and boxed up the garbage for her. I just couldn't do it though.. I was throwing things in the garbage bags as quick as I could and every time she was not looking!  It reminded me a lot of Grandma Webb. Haha Luckily she is all moved in across the street and the elders can continue teaching her! Lesson learned: I will never in my life become a hoarder and let myself get to that point!

Wednesday was transfers and we took Sister Handy to the Mandarin building so that she could meet her new companion. It was nice to see all the missionaries there. I got to talk to Sister McGregor and Sister Rigby and a few other missionaries that I never get to see. It was great! After that I don't know what hit me but I got very sick. We had a lesson with Nanny and I could hardly keep my head up to teach her. My head hurt, my stomach felt like knots were in it and I was just exhausted. The mission nurse loves me so much she gave me permission to have a sick day. I went home and slept for about 2 hours and then it was time to get back to work. My headache never went away but it's manageable.

Thursday we had a crazy day. We decided that we would go to the Dunn Ave. district meeting. So we left early and we drove about 40 minutes to get there to find out we went to the wrong building... So we then turned around and drove even more until we got to the Fort Caroline building about 10 minutes outside our own area.. We were pretty sad about all the miles we wasted. We basically are out of miles and there is still 2 weeks left of the month. It wouldn't be so bad but we live about 5 miles from our area and we still have 2 zone conferences this week and one of them is in Kingsland Georgia! Basically we will be biking the remainder of the month. After we finally got to the district meeting it was really good. I just love going to them. We did service for Nanny and her grand-daughter after that. It was good. We cleaned their living room up for them.

By Friday it was weekly planning and that is always long. Especially the first one of the transfer because we have to sit down and set up all of the trade offs we will be going on. We got all the ones figured out with the sisters in our zone when we got a call from president asking us if we would also be the sister training leaders in charge of planning and carrying out the other sister training leader trade offs with all the sister training leaders. Just when I thought things were getting easy I got more to worry about. But all is good. We planned them all and it's going to be great!

Saturday was Nanny's baptism! Words can't even describe how happy that day was! Nothing was better then seeing my 83 year old grandma follow our Savior Jesus Christ and get baptized! The service was very special. Nanny lives with her grand-daughter and 2 great-grandchildren who are all members. Her grand-daughter was able to give the talk on baptism and then Ethan her great-grandson gave the talk on the Holy Ghost! Nanny had to be baptized 3 times and I think the best part was when she went under the first time her foot came up and she didn't realize it so after she come back up she throws her hands in the air and starts to do a little victory dance! Sadly we had to dunk her again! Haha it was funny though!

Sunday was such a wonderful day! Nanny was able to get confirmed and receive the holy ghost and it was just beautiful! In her blessing she was promised to live long enough to get herself to the temple to take out her endowments! I may have cried a little! After sacrament I was asking her how she felt and just listening to her describe it brought tears to my eyes! She made me promise her that I will always keep in touch with her. She is determined that I am going to go home and instantly get married and have children. And she threatened me if I don't send her pictures of her grand-kids and of my husband then I'm in big trouble and she will come hunt me down! Haha 

After Nanny's confirmation our recent convert John was able to get the priesthood!  He was ordained to the office of Priest! It was great! He was just beaming from ear to ear! This week on Saturday he is going to be going to the temple to do baptisms! And next week hopefully Nanny is going to be going! It just makes me so happy!

So y'all will get a kick out of my next story. So you know how midgets kinda freak me out? I don't know why because I'm basically one.. Haha anyways, last week we were driving down the street and I saw this midget... No they were not driving a car for y'all who think you have heard this story before.. Haha they were in their front yard. Well, basically I've been keeping tabs on the house all week and finally last night I noticed a car in the driveway so we stopped. I taught my first midget! Sadly she wasn't interested but hey, who knows maybe someday she will join!

Well, that's basically all that has happened this week! My companion and I have realized that we are total opposites and we butt heads most of the time but we are working it out. Most companionships learn this very quickly but it has taken us an entire transfer because last week was the first full week we have spent together. We realized that we both suck at communication and we both have our own way of doing things which usually gets on the other one's nerves. But don't worry, all is well and we still love each other!

This is our last week with President and Sister Craig. They will return home to Utah next Tuesday. It's going to be so sad to see them leave. They will always have a special place in my heart but I am so excited to be getting President and Sister Lee. It's going to be good!

I guess I will just end by saying how grateful I am for my father. Who would have guessed that it would take someone 24 years to realize how great of a dad they actually have! My Heavenly Father has blessed me with such a wonderful dad! My mission has taught me so much and it has helped my eyes open to how much I truly love my dad! He is the best example of a father, a husband and best friend that I could have asked for! I'm not sure what I miss more... Teasing you to death, constantly trying to scare you and give you a heat attack or pretending to laugh at all of your corny jokes! When I go to family home evening in other people's homes it's just not the same without dad being there to say, "'Welcome family, to family home evening." Or constantly telling the kids that he use to be part dog in another life and and then when they go to feel the marks having him scare them with his bark! I miss him just whistling nonsense tunes. His collection of cans because he thought he would strike it rich someday if he recycles!  Him falling asleep during family prayer even if he was the one saying it! Haha I miss being able to go out to the garage and just spend the evening with my dad. But get real, how many times did that actually happen! I miss making fun of you in your sweat pant outfit and wearing your safari hats! Most of all, I miss being able to say "papa" with my puppy dog eyes and being able to get what ever I want! Every kid in our family thinks your the coolest man ever and looks up to you so much! You are a fatherly figure to more then just your kids. You have helped raise many of your nieces and even made impression on their children! I mean, every time Hunter comes he has to go out to the garage to see what Uncle Tom has for him in his locked up treasure chest! Haha I was reading a conference talk this week from this last conference in April on fathers. It was by Elder D. Todd Christofferson. I loved when he quoted Mosiah 4:14-15 it said, "Ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another...“But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.” My dad is the best example of this! You might have some strange ways of doing things but you have taught all of your children truth and to love and serve one another.  

In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Elder Christofferson said, Fathers manifest that love as they lay down their lives day by day, laboring in the service and support of their families. I'm so thankful that I have a wonderful father who loves me and  loves our family! You work so hard to support all of us in everything we do! I remember when I told you I wanted to go on a mission and you freaked out because I didn't plan properly but you never once complained or told me I couldn't go In fact you have worked twice as hard to support me and my adventure of sharing the gospel to Heavenly Father's children here in Florida. Anytime I have needed anything all I have had to do is ask. I know there have been times in my life that I have not shown the love and respect to you that I should have but I'm so blessed and lucky that I get to be sealed to you for eternity! I'm thankful for eternal families and the knowledge I have that we will be a forever family!  

Thank you for raising me with the right standards and morals to get me to where I am today! I could not be at the point I am today with out your love and support! I love you with all of my heart! And I leave you my testimony that I know that this church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church and that it has been restored to the earth through a modern day prophet. I know that we have a prophet here upon the earth today to lead and guide us and as we listen to his counsel and direction we will be able to stay on the right course in life to make it back to our Heavenly Father. I have a testimony of the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he suffered bled and died for all of us and was resurrection so that we would be able to be forgiven of our sins and someday be resurrected just as he was. I know with out a doubt in my mind that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that as we make the effort and study from it everyday we will be blessed beyond measure and we will be able to find the answers we are seeking for in life. I have a testimony of eternal families and I know that because of the priesthood power I will be sealed to my family forever. I can't wait for the day when I find my Prince Charming and can go to the temple to be sealed to him for time and all eternity. I know that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes and go through rough patches in our lives but I promise you that as you turn to our loving Heavenly Father and seek his guidance, help and forgiveness he will support us and guide us to our full potential. He is always there he is just waiting for us to seek him out, to reach out and to take hold of his hand. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

I hope y'all have a wonderful week! I love y'all so very much and miss y'all like crazy!
Love,
Sister Webb

Pics from June 20, 2016

Service selfie with Sister Handy and Sister Ruesch!
Sometimes I crawl in bed and wait for Sister Ruesch to finish saying her prayers and end up falling asleep.. That happened this week and she thought I looked funny so she had to take a picture of it.  Apparently I like to wrap up in all my blankets like a cocoon and sleep! Haha
Me, Nanny and Sister Ruesch
 Me, Nanny, Sister Ruesch, and Elder Peterson. He was the lucky one who baptized Nanny!
Nanny and her two great-grand children Ethan and Fable. Nanny tells me everyday that I better get working on finding a man so I can give her some more great-grand kids! Haha 
 Leeann, Sister Ruesch, Me, Nanny and Jenny. Leeann and Jenny come out with us almost every night of the week. They are so sweet and will always have such a special place in my heart!
All the girls who were at the baptism. Leeann, Sister Ruesch, Me, Nanny, Autumn (nanny's granddaughter), Jenny, Kate, and Mama Cano. 

13 months down 5 to go! - June 13, 2016

Hello family!
I'm so glad to hear that everyone seems to be having a good week and enjoying summer vacation. Summer is finally starting to hit here. It's finally hit the point where 85 degrees feels nice and cool. Most days it hits 100 and doesn't cool down much from there. I sport the sweaty look most days. Strangely people still find me attractive sweaty or not. This week I receive another kiss from another strange random man that we met outside of John's apartments. I don't know how this keeps happening but I must find a solution. It seems like I just go to shake their hand and the next thing I know they are hugging me and kissing my cheek! Thankfully it's just my cheek! Haha Well this week is transfers but that's nothing new, I'm still in Hendricks and still have 3 more transfers here! And then guess what?  I'll be at my last transfer!! Crazy right? I only have 4 transfers until I'll be home! But enough about that. I don't want to get to trunky yet..

This week was good. It was the first week all transfer that I spent with Sister Ruesch. We didn't have a single trade off which was nice but we start them all back up this next week.

We had some awesome lessons this week! We set 2 more baptism dates and we bumped Nanny's baptism up to Saturday!!! I'm so excited! She is seriously the best! We had a lesson this week and she told us how she wants to get a hold of everyone who isn't coming to church just to tell them how happy the gospel makes her and ask why they don't come to church. Haha 

We had a competition this week of which companionship could find the most investigators. I thought we were on fire because we had 8 new investigators but we lost to the Spanish elders who managed to find 11.

I really don't have to much too say this week. I gave a talk in church yesterday. It was good. It was on member missionary work. If y'all aren't going out with the missionaries or opening your home up to have lessons there then I am calling y'all to repentance right now! You should be ashamed and call them up and get them in your home! Even if it is just for dinner. 

We have such a great ward and the members are finally warming up to us. Seriously though, who could resist spending an evening with me? I'm basically like the best person ever! Haha I basically don't have much more to report so I will talk to y'all next week!

Love and miss y'all!
Sister Webb


Pics from June 13, 2016

District photos
I was so excited and happy this week that finally after a year I found a taco stand and got to eat at it! It was so yummy!!! I love me so tacos! Definitely not as good as my favorite taco stand at home but it will do for the next few months!



Friday, June 10, 2016

John got baptized!! - May 30, 2016 (oops! out of order!)

Hello family!!

I'm going to try to make this a better email then the ones that I have been sending lately. It was a such a crazy week this week and ended with a bang! John got baptized!! It was such an amazing day but before I tell that story I will start back at the beginning of the week.

Monday, we had p-day. It was our district p=day and we just played a bunch of games and ate lunch at the church. After p-day we went out to work and we did a golden hour in hopes of finding someone.  Well, we knocked and knocked and finally we came to this cute mint green house and I was determined that this was the house we would find someone to be baptized. This cute little old lady answers the door and we start to teach her and she is like "are y'all Jehovah witnesses?"  We say no and and with a big smile on our face we say "we are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!" The lady just says "even worse.."  And then slams the door in our face! Haha it was probably the funniest moment ever!

On Tuesday we went out for the night and we started street contacting by the hospital. Well, we met this man named Santos who we started talking to and he spoke zero English. This made it a bit tricky but we managed to get his number. Luckily I remembered that much Spanish.  Well at the end of talking to him out of no where he just learned over and gave me this huge hug and before I could react I realized I was getting a kiss as well... Talk about awkward! I just wanted to die!

On Wednesday we went to the Mandarin district meeting! That was so much fun! It was so good to be back in my first area again. After district meeting all the elders and sisters went to this Mexican restaurant and ate lunch! It was yummy and fun! After that we had a trade off with the YSA sisters! Talk about a fun trade off! I went with Sister Ward and she is just the sweetest sister ever! It was fun!
We found some new investigators and taught some awesome lessons. We taught John to finish up all of his lessons for baptism.

Our trade off continued on to Thursday. It ended with a bang. And when I say that I mean literally. As we were driving to meet the other sisters to trade back we found out they got in a crash! Talk about ending a trade off on an awkward note.. We had to sit around for about an hour waiting for the cops to come. And then we had to fill out a bunch of paper work.. It was a long afternoon. Thursday night we went out with one of the young women and we had some more amazing lessons.

On Friday Sister Ruesch and I realized that we have to give a training on Tuesday in missionary leadership conference and we had nothing. So we decided to take our lunch time to started it. Well about 10 minutes into it we got a call from one of the sisters who was upset and in tears and was having a bunch of problems. So we ended our lunch then and drove straight to their apartment to have a companionship inventory with them and to solve the problem... Talk about awkward! We ended up having a 2 hour companionship inventory and talk all their problems out. It was super awkward. After that we went to the mission home and we started making a PowerPoint for our training that we still hadn't written. So we made a power point and then we rushed straight to the church to meet John and president for John's baptism interview.  Happy day, he passed!

Saturday we ran around like chickens who had their heads cut off getting things ready for the baptism. That afternoon we had interviews with President Craig. I love interviews. Mine usually go about like this. He asked me how my family is. I usually answer in one word of good. He asked me how I am, I usually reply the same way. We talk about my past companion. Yes, I talked all about Sister Olsen and how much I miss her and love her. He told me how awesome I am doing at being a sister training leader. He told me I need to do a trade off with another sister who is struggling. And then left me with a prayer.  This interview lasted a total of 10 minutes. Most missionaries are in there for at least 30 minutes.. 

After my interview it was time for John's baptism. The baptism was amazing! John was just beaming and glowing. He has completely turned his life around. He went from doing drugs and partying all the time to checking himself into rehab and starting his journey to turn his life over to God. We taught him and he loved everything and believed it all. His cousin came to the baptism and cried the whole time because the spirit was so strong. She loved it and so did John!

Sunday was a day of miracles. John got confirmed! He got his dog back so now he won't be lonely and we worked hard and accomplished so much!

So starting on Sunday night for our goals we still needed 3 new investigators, 3 other lessons, 1 baptism date and, 1 more progressing investigator and 1 recent convert or less active lesson. So we prayed and followed the spirit and we were able to accomplish all of that!  Heavenly Father just blesses those who work hard!

So today we had a sister's pday. It was a lot of fun! We still have not written our training but hey, we love waiting to the last minute to do things.

I hope y'all have a good week! Mine is going to be crazy busy again.  We have MLC where we will give our training tomorrow morning. We then have a trade off right after that with Sister McGregor and Sister Rigby! I'm so excited for that. We trade back from that on Wednesdays and start another trade off where I will be going to the Mandarin area for a day to help them because they are struggling. And then when we are done with that we have a trade off on Friday with another set of sisters. Talk about busy! But it will be great!

Anyways,
Love you all! And miss you so much!
Love,
Sister Webb

Pics from May 30, 2016

Trade offs with Sister Ward and Smith
Me and Sister Ward
Me and Sister Ruesch
Same picture
Trade off selfie
John's Baptism
 
This was at our sister's p-day! We celebrated Sister Smith's birthday!
Sister Nay and I found some awesome hats!
Sister Ruesch and I are just awesome!
No words can describe this photo

Thursday, June 9, 2016

No rest when it comes to saving souls! - June 5, 2016

Hello family!

I think I worked so hard I hit the point of exhaustion this week where i had to take a break because I started making myself sick! This week was a crazy busy week but it was so much fun! We started our week off by doing the sisters p-day and that took a lot of planning and stress on our part. 

On Tuesday we had MLC where we gave a training in front of all of the leaders in our mission. After that we ended up doing 3 trade offs back to back. Plus trying to keep up on all the goals and work in our own area! It was intense but thankfully it is all over and and I can somewhat relax this last week of transfers before the craziness picks back up at the beginning of next transfer.

I guess I will tell you all about my week now that I gave you a little summary. So I will start with Monday night. We got home about 9:30 and planned for our trade off next day. That took us until around 10 when we finally decided that we needed to sit down and plan out our training for the next morning that we would be giving in the missionary leadership council. That took us the remainder of the night and thankfully we got it all figured out. The next morning we went to MLC and gave a beautiful training on proper use of our iPads and making sure that we are following all of the rules with them. Talk about rebuking all of the missionaries and calling them all to repentance. But it went well! We made some hilarious videos to go along with our training. 

After MLC we went on a trade off with the other sister training leaders who are serving in Jax west zone. This was probably my favorite and best part of my week! Team McGrebb was reunited once again! Y'all probably have no clue what I am talking about so I'll just tell you. I went on a trade off with Sister McGregor!! I went to her area and it was the best! It was so good to be companions again! Even if it was only for a day. We laughed the whole time! I have not laughed that hard since I was with her. We were crying we were laughing so hard, just talking about the good old days in Ocala and all our rebellious and slack moments! Haha we stayed up way too late just talking and laughing. By morning Sister McGregor woke up sick and I felt like I had ran my head into a brick wall. That was when we decided to just exercise like we use to... Celestial stretches in bed.. Haha don't worry though, I repented and went jogging the rest of the week for it! In fact this morning I went out jogging in the rain! Anyways, being companions with Sister McGregor has truly blessed my life and I've made a life friend out of it! I know that we will always be best friends! It was so hard to say our good-byes on Wednesday afternoon. We kept making excuses to delay trading back. We were suppose to trade back at 4 and finally by 6:30 we couldn't think of anymore excuses! Haha 

After trading back from that trade off I went straight to another trade off with the sisters in the Mandarin 1st area. Sister Ruesch had to just pack me more clothes because we didn't have time to go home.  It was fun to be back in my old area again! I was able to see some of the old people that I had been working with and some ward members! We had a lesson with Sister Johnson and oh my, I just miss that lady! She is absolutely the best lady ever! We also saw Sister Bathea who we had reactivated when I was in Mandarin. She is currently taking temple prep and plans to go next month to take our her endowments and to get sealed to her husband! It was beautiful! We also stopped by Sister Beaver's house and The Warners. It was good to see all of them and to be able to help the work in my old area progress. 

That night I had to sleep on the air mattress at the hardly move. Thankfully Thursday night our trade off ended and I was able to sleep in my bed for the first time since Monday.

By Friday morning I was so exhausted I felt sick, I couldn't do anything so I had to take a nap before I could even think about doing weekly planning. After a 30 minute nap and some Coke I felt so much better! We weekly planned and then later that day we had yet again another trade off. Thankfully it was the last one of the transfer!  Yay!! 

It doesn't help that this is basically the last week of transfers! Haha  We went on a trade off with Sister Smith and Sister Clark. Sister Smith came out at the same time as Sister Olsen and was trained by sister Clark! It was a fun trade off! I went with Sister Clark! They both are amazing missionaries and I am determined that Sister Smith is going to be the next sister training leader! She is awesome!

After our trade off with them Sister Ruesch and I were finally back together. It makes for a long week when you never get to see your companion. We worked hard the remainder of the week and we were able to accomplish all but 2 of our goals. We just needed one more person at church and someone to be baptized and confirmed! 

On Sunday we had an awesome day at church! It was fast and testimony meeting and one of the elder's investigators got up and bore her testimony. It was the sweetest thing ever. We taught Relief Society and that was fun. We taught out of the Daughters in my Kingdom book and we talked about the importance of families and the Family Proclamation to the World. It made me realize how much I love y'all and I'm so grateful I was raised up in a gospel centered home and that I have such amazing parents and family who love and support me in everything I do. After church we had a break the fast and that was great! I love the ward I'm serving in the people here are just so sweet!

Before I end I will just tell you about all of the people I am working with. We are still working with Nanny. She is so sweet! If y'all don't remember who she is she is my grandma in Florida. She is 83 years old and if you just imagine he greatest old lady you've ever met with a spunky personality you have Nanny! She always tells us how spoiled we are and calls us her babies! She is the best! She was suppose to be baptized this coming Saturday but we had to push her date back to June 25th because we were teaching her too fast. I just love her to death!

Next we have a man named Henry Campla. We met Henry last Sunday night.  He is so elect. So we were just out knocking doors and he was mowing his lawn. We were just planing to give him a card and keep going but he stopped the lawn mower got off and instantly said who are y'all?  There is just something special about y'all! We were able that night to teach part of the restoration and set a baptism date with him for July 9th. Well we went back a few days later and his wife answered the door and told us to get lost... She was not too nice. By Saturday we tried Henry again and he answered and we were able to teach him the entire restoration. He loved everything and agreed with it all. When we shared the first vision he said it all makes sense and someone would be crazy if they didn't believe it! He told us how his wife found the pamphlet we left with him sitting around the house so she threw it away. We gave him a new one and he said he was going to hide it this time. We also left a copy of the Book of Mormon and this was my favorite part. He wrapped it up in a newspaper ad and said he was going to go lock it in his truck and only read it there so his wife wouldn't throw it out! He is the best and I'm so excited to keep teaching him. We just are praying like crazy that his wife's heart is softened.

We also have 2 more baptism dates but they are not as exciting as Henry and Nanny. We set one with a man named Garrian.  He is from Jamaica.  His is for July 16 and then we have one for a lady named Annette for July 9th as well. We are working on having a baptism every week so keep praying we will find the elect to set dates with!

I hope y'all have a wonderful week! I love you all and miss you!!

Love,
Sister Webb


Pics from June 5, 2016

Team McGrebb! - I've missed Sister McGregor so stinkin' much!!! Best trade off of my life!!

Sister McGregor and I pointing to the baptism goals we set right next to each other!
We had to get an Ocala family photo! All of my favorite missionaries who have served in Ocala! Ocala is where leaders are trained!
These are all of the missionaries I came out with. We are all serving in leadership
I just love this lady to death! June 25th can't come soon enough!
A trade off
The typical Sister Johnson and I! I love this lady so much!
Sister Warner and I! I figured Carolyn Barnes would appreciate this photo since they are best friends!
The trade off photo with my Mandarin 1st sisters!
Trade off selfie!

6 more months and I'll be home! - May 23, 2016

Hello family!

I don't even know where to start. I feel like my emails are basically the same every single week because I feel as if all I do is go to meetings and go on trade offs. This week we had zone conference. It was so good! I loved it! They talked a lot about repentance and the spirit and that was just what I needed to hear!

Life as a sister training leader is very different from regular missionary life. I guess I just never realized how many sisters struggle with the work, motivation, and getting along with companions.
Sadly I still don't know what to say to help them. But I'm getting there. I had 2 trade offs this week! My first one I went with sister  Nay and that was great! We were in Ocala together when I first got there! So it was fun to just work with her again! My second trade off was with Sister Bryans. She just came out on her mission 3 weeks ago!  She is awesome! You wouldn't even be able to tell she was a new missionary. It's been so good getting to know all the sisters in the Jax east zone. I've learned that I hate Jacksonville traffic. The other day I had to drive in downtown traffic and it is the worst!  Guess it will make me a pro driver when I get home!

So, I have some exciting news that I just found out from the zone leader who goes home the same time as me. So I was thinking that I would be coming home the last week of November or the first week of December. But guess what? I am suppose to be coming home November 22!!
Which means I'll be home for Thanksgiving!!!! Isn't that awesome!!!  So, if that is true we will be having a southern thanksgiving so y'all better get pumped!!

Now that I only have six months left I have decided that it is now time to get skinny and in shape again before I get home. I hopped on a scale the other day and I have gained 10 lbs.. So I have cut out almost all sweets. I am allowed to have 1 Tim Tam a day so I stay sane. But other then that I eat lots of veggies and fruits. This next thing will also probably shock you but I have started to go running in the mornings! Crazy right!? I no longer lay on the floor and sleep.
Hopefully it will pay off and I can loose some weight!

Exciting news about our investigators...John is getting baptized on Saturday! It's going to be great! We have finally finished up teaching him all the lessons and he is so excited! 

Also, Nanny she is so great!  She calls us her little babies and just loves us to death. She is feeding us dinner on Thursday and I can't wait! She is making beans, onions and corn bread.. Haha she said that is her favorite thing to eat! We spent most of our week dropping our investigators who are not willing to keep our commitments. So this week we are going on a gator hunt! Our vision for our area is to get it to a point where we can have a baptism every week!

So today I may have done something not so smart.. I spent all of my money on my proselyting card to buy essential oils, coconut oil, and soap so I could make all natural face scrub and moisturizer. I'm hoping the work wonders because it was not cheap! But they smell good!

Basically I don't have much to say, I am just telling y'all the stupid things that I can think of. I don't have much more time for emails because I got a phone call last night from President Craig and I was told that I will be giving a training in our missionary leadership counsel meeting and it has to be an hour long!! Agh! I may die!  Basically I will be giving a training to all the zone leaders, sister training leaders and district leaders in the whole mission. So I got to get going because the meeting is next week!

I'm glad to hear all is going well at home! Sorry to hear the dog died. I hope dad isn't too sad... I'm excited to hear from y'all this week! Tell Lilly and Naomi that I loved the pictures! Love and miss y'all!

Love, Sister Webb

Pics from May 23, 2016

Trade off selfie with Sister Bolos and Sister Bryans
My trade off with Sister Bryans
Trade off selfie with Sister Nay and Tofilau 
 Sister Nay and I on a trade off 
Zone conference! This is my zone.. Jax east is beast!

1 year down! - May 16, 2016

Hello family!
Just in case y'all were wondering, I survived my first full week as a sister training leader! It consisted of being so busy I didn't get a single moment to myself which was exhausting but I managed. We had zone meeting and I gave a training in front of the whole zone which is about 50-60 missionaries. The chapel was packed! Not to mention that President and Sister Craig were there because they are in my zone..Talk about intense! But it went well. 

Basically I was so busy all week before zone meeting that I didn't get a chance to fully prepare my training so I had to get up and go by the spirit. I had a few quotes and a few scriptures but it turned out great! I gave a training on charity! After doing trainings I had the lovely privilege to do the role plays in front of the whole zone. Once again, I wanted to die! I hate role plays as is. So basically we role played how to invite someone to baptism by reading 3 Nephi 11. After we did that the zone critiques you and you have to re role play.. Don't worry though. All went well some how! 

After zone conference I had my first trade off. It was fun! I went on a trade off with Sister Stoddard. She is serving in Mandarin 2nd ward. It was actually a kinda awkward trade off. The two sisters have been struggling and don't get along so the sister I went with broke down and I just didn't know what to do. I wanted to tell her to suck it up but I knew I couldn't. I just awkwardly tried to comfort her. Hopefully I helped some how. We had another trade off on Friday. It was a lot of fun as well! This time I went with the Mandarin 1st Ward sisters and it was so much fun to hear how all of the old people I worked with are doing! I did a trade off with sister Linton. She is awesome! She is from West Jordan and we decided we are going to become best friends after the mission.

So, this week is kinda a blur I can't really remember what happened. I guess I will just tell you about the people we are working with and hopefully then the stories just come. 

First off, we have John Simmons.  He is amazing! He is getting baptized on May 28th!! He loves everything and just can't wait to be baptized. He already calls himself a member. The greatest thing happened to him this week. So a few weeks ago his bike got stolen and this week the senior couple missionaries were able to find him a new bike! He was so happy when they dropped it off!

Next we are working with Nanny. She is the grandma of a member in our ward. She is 83 and awesome! I hope to be just like her when I am that old! She just loves us to death! She called us her little girls or if she wants to talk to you she calls you baby.. Haha it's great! She has a baptism date for June 11. She came to church yesterday for the first time and loved it!

We are also working with a lady named Julie. She is great! Her daughter was a member in the YSA ward here but she passed away last year and ever since then Julie has had dreams that she needs to do her daughters temple work! Crazy right? Now we just have to work on getting her baptized!

We did service this week for the elders investigator named Judy.. That was scary! So she lives in this small one bedroom apartment and she is a hoarder.. The complex told her that if she does not clean it up she will get kicked out so we are helping her. Let's just say the apartment reminded me of something a little worse then Grandma Webb's.  You could not walk in because their we're just piles of things everywhere. Well, we first off I had to coat myself in bug spray because she has fleas in her house... Then she had millions of cockroaches... I just wanted to die! You know how when I go to the DI I get really itchy and I just don't like it? Yeah, this was like a million times worse! I felt as if I couldn't touch anything or else I was going to get fleas and then I just got really itchy! Haha it was all in my head but it was bad!

Well, that about sums up my week! I am basically so exhausted I don't want to write anymore.. This is good though! It just shows how hard I am working.  I'm trying to adjust to sister training leader life! I feel as if I am constantly on the phone reporting numbers to the zone leaders or on a conference call.. But I'll get use to it! 

Before I forget I will give y'all my address! It is: 

1564 Arcadia Dr. #517 
Jacksonville Florida 32207. 

Now I expect a lot of letters and packages to be flooding into my mailbox now that y'all have it! Love and miss you all!

Love,
Sister Webb

P.S. I hit my year mark on Friday!!! Can you believe that I have been out a year now?? Crazy right? Time is flying!! I come home in 6 month!  Whoo!!

Pics from May 16, 2016

We had dinner at a members house and they had this cute little table for us. I felt like I was in a little restaurant.
So here are the photos I have collected of sister Ruesch and I. They explain us so well! We are both very awkward!
This is John! He is our awesome investigator who is going to be baptized on May 28!!! He is so amazing! He just loves everything we teach him, he loves church and being around the members! He can't wait to be baptized!! #mightymiraclemay
Trade off selfie with Sister Stoddard and Sister Gagnon!
My trade off photo with Sister Stoddard
Sister Linton and I tried to take a fancy lookin' photo but it didn't turn out so well. We sat in a ditch basically and tried to look pretty! Haha
My trade off photo with Sister Linton
Trade off selfie with the Mandarin 1st sisters!