Tuesday, November 26, 2013

IOWA CITY - week 7, week 9 mission

HOLY RAINBOWS! This week was awesome!

God is the most merciful being EVER. Thank you for all the prayers in my behalf because SISTER LLOYD AND I STAYED TOGETHER!  She understands me perfectly and never judges me for my imperfection, but instead does everything in her power to instill in my heart a change for the better. She is SUCH a blessing in my life.

I LOVED the work this week. My studies have just been mind-blowing and I am SOAKING up the knowledge that comes directly from the Spirit. I crave it. I seek it. I want it so bad. (some days it doesn’t come and I am still trying to figure out why…but that will come in time, right?) Part of the reason the work is so good this week is because we got another companion!!! Sister Chloe Murphy is the cutest thing ever. She was actually trained by Sister Lloyd too, so us three are like this unstoppable combo and I’m just lovin’ it. It is SO cool to hear her and Lloyd speak of stories and how THE work of salvation continues.

I got the most powerful testimony from her this week that the Lord is a part of this work. She got the impression to share 1 Nephi 17 with some other sisters…little did she know, that chapter was for me. It would take 20 minutes to describe why it hit me so hard, but as I read about the Lord showing Nephi how to build a boat, the Spirit testified to my heart that God wouldn’t leave me if I did the things He asked me to do. He WANTS to bless us. But laws are conditional to US doing OUR part. Wow. Church is true. Who knew? I didn’t. I feel everyday that my testimony yesterday was a joke compared to what it is at the end of each day. I LOVE being here. I LOVE the scriptures for answering my prayers…and my companions for answering my unspoken ones. This week I really craved that confirmation. And when it happened, I was FLOORED by how real the Book of Mormon is. READ IT! Anyone listening, PLEASE READ IT!

Iowa City is a cool city. It’s like country + college town + trailer parks + adorable neighborhoods, all in one city. I love it here. The people are SO nice. I know hard times (and even hard companions) will come…but I LOVE being “in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.” There are like 13 sets of missionaries here, so it always seems to be a party. It snowed for the first time, so it's getting a little chilly, but I still refuse to break out my winter coat: :) so it's not THAT bad yet.

Scott (the truck driver) is doing great. He teaches ME a lesson on humility and positive attitude every time I talk to him.

D_____ is the greatest 12 year old EVER. Her date was supposed to be this coming Saturday…but her mom isn’t exactly on board yet. But I don’t even mind because I am secretly thinking much good will come out of this. I seriously feel like she’s my little sister. She is SO passionate about Jesus Christ: I always forget how young she is. She came up to me after church on Sunday, on the brink of tears because her friend had been really hurt her and another friend. The Lord works in AMAZING ways because we were then able to teach her the most powerful lesson. She will changes LIVES as a member of this church. She is so strong, especially from what she’s been through. Every time I see her, I reflect on what a weakling I am: my life has been so incredibly perfect, and my faith definitely needs a lesson or two from a 12 year old…and a 14 year old prophet in the Sacred Grove. Amazing. So amazing. So much love in one living room!!!!!

Last Wednesday, I'm not going to lie, I was super homesick. I had SUCH good intentions of writing all these people I love...and instead I spent the whole day lying in bed with the flu. Luckily is was P-day so I didn't even have to miss out on missionary work, and I was well enough to do studies in the morning...but you have no idea how much I missed my loved ones back home. Luckily it was a 24 hour bug and the next morning I felt better than EVER. I really feel like Heavenly Father was reminding me how good I have it. I was SO grateful that day. He really takes care of me...I just feel so guilty for not writing everyone! Anyways: LOVE YOU ALL and I am so glad I'm not pregnant. Being nauseous for one day is bad enough. :) Also: I think I got it from the family we live with...but their 4 little girls are the cutest thing EVER that I didn't regret it at all. :) I LOVE MY LIFE SO MUCH. I pray often that my family is doing ok at home.....but God knows that everytime I pray that, my real wish is for my mother to not have to worry about me. My family: I miss you terribly. ONE MONTH TIL SKYPE TIME!?!?!?! Speaking of which: we are well taken care of for Thanksgiving: we are spending most of the evening with a member of the mission presidency and his wife. AH! Love my life.

~Sister Chloé Michelle Sumsion~

Monday, November 18, 2013

IOWA CITY - week 6, week 8 mission

Hola Familia! 

Bienvenida a Iowa! hahah jk. I'm speaking English. :) But sometimes I forget. I saw the pictures you sent me of Ben this week and they were "blazed in my mind' all week. (just like Grandpa always says).

I LOVE THIS WORK. I love it so much. My testimony grows so much everyday that I hardly recognize myself from yesterday. 

Sister Lloyd has changed my entire life. The way I think, the way I feel, the way I love. She is my role model of things she doesn't even know I needed. Her character is more than I could have ever asked for.  I can't even describe how merciful and loving our Father in Heaven is because He blessed me with her. She is an exceptional missionary and one of my favorite human beings on this planet. We get the call TODAY to know if we are staying together for transfers on Thursday. I have SO MUCH I still need to learn from her.

Dominique. Cutest 12 year old of my life. I feel so much love for her and I've talked to her a total of 4 times now. She is having a really hard time in her life due to family stuff and a member referred her to us and she committed to baptism in december the first time we met with her. I wish I could show you the complete and pure joy I feel everytime she talks. Satan is a complete jerk and I have told him several times this week to get lost. He works hard on everyone, but we know there is a STRONGER force at work here, and I can tell that she listens to that one. She's amazing.

Scott T---. The truck driver that Sister Lloyd and Sister Harkness found. He was baptized last week. FREAKING MOST HUMLBE MAN EVER. Teaching him the "recent convert lessons" is the funnest thing ever. He took us out to dinner this week to thank us for changing his life. I feel like I did nothing. He was so humble he let God do all the teaching for him.

Iowa is GORGEOUS. I'm moving here. And it's warm still. So happy.

This work is amazing. All I can say is READ YOUR SCRIPTURES EVERYDAY and you will never, ever doubt the truth of this church
Gosh. Never enough time. LOVE YOU.
~Sister Chloé Michelle Sumsion~
Scott T
Thumbs up for Scott T

The Sisters over the University ward in Iowa City.

Monday, November 11, 2013

IOWA CITY - week 5, week 7 mission

Chloe sent us a personal email this week except we can share this...

Sister Lloyd LOVES pancakes and I told her about Carey's pancake business and this same week Carrie Hopkins sent me a package with some in it. TELL HER SHE WAS THE ANSWER TO SISTER LLOYD'S UNSPOKEN PRAYER!!!!!!!
love love love you


Monday, November 4, 2013

IOWA CITY - week 4, week 6 mission

THANK YOU for all the things you sent me. I REALLY loved getting Ben's full email. I really missed you and him so much this week because I really don't feel like we get enough time to talk. :(  But anyways: Jordan Murray's, Jorgen's, and Ben's email seriously lifted my heart so much.  Thank you for all your care.

Also: I'm so sorry, last week... I realized you had written a big question email and I went to respond and realized that I was 2 minutes over my email time limit. :( Exact obedience is sometimes painful.

To answer a few questions:

--I seriosuly seriously don't need anything. I am so so happy. I never feel a need to have speakers. We have an ipod hook up to the car...but usually we don't even use that because Lloyd and I always have something to talk about. SO FUN! So yes: we have a car almost 24/7. We are sharing it with one other companionship....but they are over the University ward....so they end up just walking a lot. :) So no complaints.
I also bought gloves and sweater-tights so I am SUPER warm. :) It's so great not to need anything but sleep, a name tag, and my scriptures. SO GLAD WE BOUGHT ME GOOD SHOES. However: would you send 2 packages of those Moleskin journals in the yellow princess girls' room. :) blue and green. :) please.  Mom, your prayers are absolutely and completely felt. This week has been amazing.

The scripture is 2 Nephi 28:30.....but it's ok if you told them a diferent one. I love ALL the scriptures.

also: I love that you wrote in your note "it will be fun, we'll do it together." I already taught Sister Lloyd that inside joke so I could use it with her. hahahah so funny. I miss our family....but she quotes movies almost more than I do so we are having a blast. It seriously doesn't even feel like work. It's just like best friends going out and talking about what we both LOVE!!!!! I know hard times will come but for now I am just LOVING it. 

love love love love