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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Last week as a teenager say what?!? September 19, 2016

Wow this week was so good!

Carrie was finally able to come to the trail center so we could show
her around and have a lesson on having faith in and obedience to
commandments. I don't know if I've talked about her before but right
now she's our only investigator. Carrie is so sweet and is in a
difficult situation to where she can't get baptized right now, but she
still comes to church almost every week!

We had a special zone conference on Saturday with Elder Falabella from
the Quorum of the Seventy! We also had stake conference that night and
yesterday morning, so we got to hear from him and his wife a lot. It
was really cool because Sister Falabella is from Honduras and spoke
pretty good English but still had an interpreter. They were both so
personable, kind, and funny. The main topics were about using family
history in finding, working with members, the Sabbath day, the
sacrament, and temples! One of my favorite quotes: "Blessings don't
have feet, you do." Yes we are promised so many amazing gifts from our
Father in heaven, but we can't just sit around waiting for them to
fall in our laps! We have to take action and do the things that He
expects of us, and then we will have our reward. I feel like there has
a been a huge push for preparing for the Sabbath and keeping it holy
and really what it means to have a "day of rest". I was brainstorming
ideas and looking on for ways to stay productive on Sundays
for my future life all y'all because I remember that I used to just
spend them doing homework and napping. Here are some great and simple

-make treats for your neighbors
-take a walk
-watch Mormon messages or Bible videos
-create a food storage plan
-have a family council
-write thank you notes for the people who spoke at church
-research information on ancestors
-study patriarchal blessing
-feature family members in a "why I love you" spotlight
-sing or practice a musical instrument

And then if this weekend couldn't get any better, we had another
musical fireside last night to top things off and let me tell you
something, the Spirit was so strong that I'm pretty sure everyone in
the choir and audience had tears brought to their eyes. It was one of
those moments you just want to capture in a jar to remember forever.
There were even a few testimonies given by recent converts that
hopefully inspired all of the investigators that came. Also exciting,
I saw a few families from Walnut Creek!! It was such a happy reunion.
:) There is so much power and emotion and even healing that comes from
music (if it's good music) ahh I just love it. And I love you guys!

Eat some cake for me.

Sister Irwin

1. Carrie, her daughter Jessica, Sister Tryon (who is totally related
to people I know back home it's such a crazy small world)
2. Omaha Zone!
3. Some sisters after the fireside
4. I love President Gardner!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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