A busy, productive week!

Nightly call-ins!

Happy Presidents' Day!! This morning, Sister Zeiner and I sang the National Anthem for companion study! When we went upstairs, the Whites said that they heard us and during our song, they had their hands over their hearts! hahah.

I love you so much. I read the line out loud, " I look forward to hearing your homecoming speech!" and all of the sister missionaries laughed. You are so Trunky!! 
I am so excited for you to go to California! Send Adam my love!! I love him sooo much!! Give Zeke a big hug and kiss for me!! Tell Liz that I love her! I am jealous!
The poster from the Slippery Rock Missionary Firesi

Thank you for all of the pictures. I loved them so much! Your event looked like a huge success! I loveee the poster!

Last week, I got packages from both you and Ellie! Thank you soo much! I have been spoiled rotten this Valentine's Day more than ever! I got so many Valentine's cards! from the Novaks, Sister Gibson, Mrs. Smitherman, etc! I love my friends and family sooo much! Ya'll are the B-E-S-T!
We got some Valentine's caramel and chocolate covered apples from some members, and they were Dee-licious! We also got some Valentine's treats from the Jermans, the new directors of the Family Tree! So wonderful. 

We had a Zone conference this week, so we had to have our vehicle cleaned out for the car inspection. So on Tuesday, Sister Zeiner and I went to Sister Peters' and she helped us clean out the inside really well. It was freezing outside and we were cleaning off the salt with water! It was crazy!

On Wednesday, we had the Cottonwood Zone conference. It was really really good. The departing missionaries gave their testimonies and I was thinking how strange it is that I will have to do that some day. Noo!! haha. We also had the "Missionary Mall," which is just a collection of clothes and items that missionaries give to the mission office and other missionaries can take. I got a new red coat with a little red hood, so adorable!
Me and Elder Judd on Groundhog's day!! Sad to be away from PA!

The weather has been AMAZING this week. Very sunny and wonderful. Still cold, haha, but the sunshine makes it okay! 

For Valentine's Day, we did some tracting and then we had to work at the Family Tree. All of these lovey dovey couples came in. Weird! haha. I got to write and call some of the people that I've met in the Tree, to tell them Happy Valentine's Day. We worked with the Jermans; they are so fun. They bought a pizza for all of us. It was a good day. 

Last week, I had a wonderful experience at the gas station. Sister Zeiner and I were stopped for gas, and before I got out of the car, I made the goal to OYM ("Open Your Mouth") at least one person before we left. Well, as soon as I got out of the car, a car pulled in on the other side of the gas pump. Before I could even Open My Mouth, the woman was walking towards me! She told me that she was on empty and had just spent the last of her money; she asked if she could borrow just 2 dollars. I opened the door to find if I had cash and I grabbed a Book of Mormon. I held the few dollars and the Book and said to her, with a smile, "You can only have this (the cash) if you will accept this (the Book of Mormon)." I think that she was surprised at first, but she gladly accepted both the cash and the Book. I bore my testimony to her and asked if she had ever been visited by missionaries before. She accepted to have a visit from the missionaries in Heber, where she lives. I got her address and phone number and she gave me a hug. Even though this experience did not lead to a teaching opportunity in our area, I am glad that I was able to help her come one step closer to accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ! 

Sister Zeiner and I are teaching a woman who grew up Jewish, and she has had a hard time getting excited about the Book of Mormon. We have been calling, texting, and stopping by often, offering to read with her and get her started. Finally, on Friday night, the woman let us in and allowed us to read a chapter of the Book of Mormon with her and her daughters. Her husband (who is a member), came in after we had read a few verses and started to read with us. It was a great experience reading with her whole family. Well, on Saturday, the woman texted us and told us that she had been reading the Book of Mormon. Later that night, her husband called us and told us that she had been reading the Book of Mormon for an hour and a half straight. We are so excited and hopeful that she will feel the Holy Ghost as she reads! 

Yesterday, Sister Zeiner and I got to give talks in one of the wards. I talked about how trials of faith can strengthen us and bring about miracles. I think that it went well :) We got a lot of compliments!

Another successful week!

Sister Zeiner and I took Casey and Cortney to teach a lesson with us the other night. They were SOO GOOD! Casey made me cry because he was bearing his testimony to our investigator and telling him how it was the best decision he has ever made! I keep telling Casey and Cortney that they both need to go on missions because they are so wonderful!

We had a training with President Miller this week. It was so good! He gave us some really helpful ideas and told us to be bold! So we have been using his ideas throughout the week and it is going well.

Outside the Family Tree!
Sister Zeiner and I talked to 2 baptist preachers who came into the Tree the other night. It was friendly, but they kept asking questions and we kept having the answers! It was completely by the Spirit! They asked us if we went into special training after highschool because we are so "knowledgeable"... I laughed at that!! Go Zein-EE and Wall-EE!

I have indexed over 700 names this week! It's so fun!

We had the wonderful opportunity, this week, to teach a woman who has been inactive from the church for her entire life. She told us about a few of her life experiences, which were all negative and sad. We testified of the importance of CPR and strongly urged her to come to church the next day. She expressed that she would be embarrassed because she didn't have a dress or a skirt and was concerned that she wouldn't have friends. The fellowshipper who came with us was very helpful and offered to take her shopping for a skirt. We told her about the welcoming spirit of her ward and she said that she would come. 
The next day at church, the service had started and she was still not there. Sister Zeiner and I were hopeful. We found a woman who would let her sit with her and we continued to check the door to see if she had come. Finally, a few minutes late, Pam walked in, gleaming with confidence. She wore a colorful dress and a huge smile on her face. It made me so happy to see her there, looking completely different than the day before. I know that the gospel brings happiness. I know that as we continue to teach her about Jesus Christ, her faith will increase and she will come closer to Him than she has ever been before.

We did eat dinner with President Uchtdorf's friend the other day, Brother Schenk and his wife. Brother Schenk grew up with Uchtdorf and kept talking about him all casual like, "Dieter doesn't like mushrooms," or whatever. haha. He had a copy of each of Uchtdorf's books, too, and asked us which one we wanted and that he would get Uchtdorf to sign it for us with our names!

Yesterday was Sister Burtenshaw's birthday (I served with her in West Jordan). So I got to call her!! It was so good. 

I got an email from Sister Jara in Chile! She is doing sooo well! She wants to come back and go to BYU! Ahhh!!

Park City district! (Timer photo!)
Love you mucho mucho! Happy Valentines!

A close call with a murderer..lol

This past week, Sister Zeiner and I went to a dinner with members and one of the kid's friends came over after we had eaten. They said, "He has the same name as you!" So I asked what his first name was and he said that it is Adam! Adam Wall! haha. Then later in the week, Sister Zeiner and I tracted into 2 roommates, Michael and Adam.. Not significant, but kind of interesting, yeah?
The girl that we fasted for did not end up getting baptized last weekend :( Her mom didn't give her permission, but we are still hopeful for the future. She is continuing to read the BOM and go to church & YWs. Hopefully her mom will let her be baptized some day.

I love love love working in the Family Tree because I get to meet so many great people here! This woman came in the other day and was telling us about a Cold War Kids (a band) concert on Main Street the night before (Matt would know of them). We talked a little bit about that then she was telling us that she was just starting to get active in the church again. She and I went downstairs and I showed her a video, "God's Plan for Families." We ended up talking in the basement for like an hour and a half! We had so much in common and she was so great. She is about 26, and was telling me how she wants to go on a mission, so we talked about that. We talked about a lot of things and she just kept telling me, "You're cool." hahah. I got her information and hopefully I can keep in touch with her. 
This week, I have been following up on some of the people who have come into the Tree and accepted to have missionaries in their homes. I have called the bishops and the missionaries and even the people. It's so great to see the progress from all the way across the country! 
Another cool thing about this week... I saw a moose up close! I love those guys!

Not a very eventful week, sorry to report! But last night, Sister Zeiner and I were excited to get home a little bit early from the Family Tree. We pulled in the driveway and the entire house was dark, except for one room. The light was on in a room that no one ever goes in. We called the Whites, the couple that we live with, and they said that they wouldn't be home for another half hour. So we naturally were terrified to get out of the car and go inside. We called this really great family in the ward, the Peters. We were telling Sister Peters about it and right away she said, "Do you want us to come over?" So Sister and Brother Peters, their entire family, and a girl named Morgan all came over!! Sister Peters was carrying a baseball bat. hahaha. They went into the house with us and turned all of the lights on and Sister Peters kept saying things like, "Who wants to let the rottweilers out?" haha. I LOVE THEM! Obviously there wasn't a murderer in the house and we were completely fine :)

I love love love you! I miss you and hope that all is well!