Hello friends! :) I am currently serving as a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. I'll be emailing home every week for the 18 months that I'm in the Cornhusker state; my amazing mom will be the one posting them on this here blog. Interested in church history? Come on down to the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters and I might just be there to give you a tour!

"As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

An eggcelent week‏ March 28. 2016

Hey homies! I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter!

On Saturday morning we had a brunch at the church with little
activities for the kids. Sister Young and I worked hard to make the
egg scavenger hunt. There were 24 eggs and in each one there was a
symbol (i.e. cross, stone, linen) and a scripture that went along with
it to tell the Easter story. It went really well and people seemed to
enjoy it!

That night we were on shift at the trail center but then the senior
elders took over so that all of us girls could go downstairs and watch
the women's session of conference on the big screen. I can't wait for
this weekend!!! #ldsconf #sopumped

We had Easter dinner with the Denos' and all their extended family so
it was super cray cray with kids running in all directions but it was
so fun and we had great food so what more could you ask for? :) They
also invited us to watch conference and have breakfast with them next

We did more with the online teaching center and had a voicemail from
this guy named Patrick. He's from Indiana and said he had met "three
tall elders on the street". He didn't have their phone number but
wanted to meet with them so he somehow ended up calling So
we called him back and were able to give him the number of his local
missionaries. He's not a member but said he's ready for church! He
said he doesn't think he's talented but he likes to encourage people
and share what he can to help people. He was just the sweetest old
man! Hopefully he was able to have a lesson, we still need to call him
back to see how he's doing. :)

I love the gospel and I love how the Lord is hastening the work with
the use of technology! Now if we could just get ipads...

Later gators!

Sister Irwin

P.S. We're in charge of the bulletin board in the kitchen at the trail center :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ding dong the winter is over!‏ March 21, 2016

Happy Spring everyone! It's a beautiful sunny day and all is well. :)

This week was crazy. We had a lesson with Harold at the Stimpson's home
and guess who decided they wanted to tag along? President and Sister
Gardner themselves! It was super intimidating at first but then I was
like "Sister Irwin why do you worry so much you're not even the real
teacher the Spirit it". It was sooo so good. We talked about the The
Book of Mormon and President Gardner bore a powerful testimony of the
importance of praying to know that it's true. I don't think there was
a dry eye in the room! Harold has had a really hard life but it's so
amazing to see the gospel already helping him.

Yesterday Sister Young and I spoke in sacrament meeting about faith
and enduring to the end! Then last night all the missionaries put on
another musical fireside, this time for the Papillion Stake. We had
such a huge turn out, the whole chapel and overflow were filled! I got
to be in three of the numbers. :)

Transfers are this week...Fronk and Gardner are going home home :(
Hopefully both of us are staying in this area! Especially since we
just moved houses TODAY. We did some last service for Sister Flynn out
in her orchard and got to drive the gator which was super fun because
I remember at Andersen Jr. High, Frank would always drive one of those
around and I have always wanted to do that! We picked up branches and
threw them in a huge pile for the scouts to have a bonfire. I miss
having bonfires in the desert! Ok wow sorry for being trunky, I'm done
now. :) Back to the matter at hand...we moved into the Ellis' basement
and there house is gorgeous! Plus they have a super cute yorkie named
Duke. We have to drive on a long dirt road to get there. It's
practically in the middle of nowhere surrounded by cornfields! I love

I hope everyone has a happy Easter and remembers the Savior and His
sacrifice for all of us! Because He died and was resurrected, we all
can live again!

Sister Irwin

Our new crib....

Monday, March 14, 2016

Time Traveling pt. 2‏ March 14, 2016

Hello all! :)

Daylight savings happened again...I still don't get it but it's fine! #AZprobs
I have like no time to email because we're going to OrangeLeaf with
Bailey in like five minutes (one of the young women in our branch,
also featured in the Brendel family pic)!

This week we had a special training meeting for all the sisters in the
mission which was way fun! I felt like I was back at girls camp. Also
our zone went to the temple on Friday! Oh how I have missed the
temple. I'm grateful to have one in my mission! I know that they are
truly the house of the Lord, and I'm grateful that because of them and
the priesthood power on the earth that we can be with our families
forever. :)

I promise to write more next week!

Sister Irwin

...the best/funniest district ever, I love the Brendels, and I love to
see the temple!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Stay out of trouble, and eat your veggies!‏ March 7, 2016

...That's a quote by Harold who is my first ever PROGRESSING
INVESTIGATOR!!!! Oh my lanta this is so exciting you guys you have no
idea. Even though he's in Cottonwood we're still claiming him as ours
(maybe Walnut Creek will get a break one day). Ahh he is just so
awesome! We've had three lessons with him, he's come to two firesides,
we got to take him around the trail center, and he's accepted to be
baptized! I love him!

Zone training was the best one yet! We talked about this new website if you haven't been on it yet you should totes go check
it out. It has a bunch of service opportunities in the community where
you live and it's nation wide. We get to use it which is exciting! Our
stake president, President Derrick, came and talked with us about
working more with the members, being like a firework in the mission
field, and just making the most of the short time we have to be
representatives of Jesus Christ. It was super spiritual but then at
the very end when he walking out he yelled "Go kick butt!" It was
great and got us all super pumped. :) I love being a missionary!

Something else super exciting coming up is the church has a new video
campaign for Easter that's being released on March 13th! We already
got to watch it. ;) It's so awesome but all I'm going to say is

Other highlights from the week:

1. We served at the free health clinic and Dr. Fischer took us out for
dinner afterwards at this delicious pizza place!
2. We took a tour that lasted for almost three hours with some elders
from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and their investigator! It was so so so
3. Some sisters who went home from their missions came back to visit
which was fun!
4. The Tervorts, aka my favorite senior couple ever, are leaving and
my heart is breaking but we've already talked about meeting up later
when I'm off the mish!
5. We got to clean the temple this morning!

Until we meet again! :)

Sister Irwin

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I leap you leap we all leap for Leap DAAY‏ February 29, 2016

Hope everyone is having a happy February 29th!
S/o to my bff-since-swim-kids Lauren! She had a birthday last week :)

So I don't have a ton of time but this week was good! We found a new
investigator named Harold who we met for dinner last Friday and taught
him. He suffered a heart attack not too long ago but he's doing a lot
better now and thanks God every day that he's still alive! He feels
like there's something he still needs to do in this life (obviously be
baptized haha). He has a strong desire to go to church but has worked
on Sundays for the past two years. I hope he can either switch his
schedule or job so that he can come.

On Saturday night we had a musical fireside that a lot of us
missionaries put on. Hutchison, Orton, and I sang a really cool
version of I Am a Child of God for the opening number! A lot of
nonmembers were there which was awesome. I don't think anyone could
have been there and not have felt the spirit.

Acts 3:8. Leap on.

Sister Irwin

P.S. Missionary style parking in the empty church lot

P.S.S. You're a wizard Harry! - with the cute Van Haaften kiddos