Monday, December 26, 2011

Dear Family,
It was wonderful to hear from you!!!!!!  It made my day for sure:)  I have been so grateful for the support you have shown me and I will never forget the feelings I have felt during Christmas.  It truly has been amazing to be representing Jesus Christ, especially this time of year.  My testimony of my Savior has deepened and that is giving me the strength to continue to press forward and do what He has asked me to do.  I have noticed during my time as a missionary that my prayers have changed and that I am asking what the Lord's will is.  That has helped me so much and the spirit has been guiding me every day.  I love this work and I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 

Sister Freer and I had a great experience with John.  He has been pretty frustrating since day one and he is a little slower but he would create contention and he was offended when he came to church last. We decided to teach him the Plan of Salvation to help him with a concern that he had. We used some pictures that I drew to help him visualize the plan. It's as if a light just clicked and his countenance changed. He understood and during the lesson there were no feelings of frustration. We called him during the week to see how his reading was going and he said that he read what we asked him to read in the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and he then asked us if there was something specific that he should read in the Book of Mormon. We couldn't believe what we were hearing! He told us that we must trust him enough to have him read these things. It made my heart swell.

As hard as some of the days have been this past week, I have continued to feel the Spirit guiding me in our lessons. We met with a less active, Amy, who has such a great understanding of the gospel and amazing insight but she doesn't act on the things she knows. As we started teaching her I felt we should talk about her role as a mother and the wonderful responsibility she has felt since being a mother. I am always in awe of mothers and respect them so very much for loving motherhood. It was great to talk to Amy about that and what she wants for her children. As she was talking she brought up the concern of why she hasn't been acting. She says she is afraid of responsibility and commitment. I shared with a scripture from D&C 11, I have no idea where that came from, well I have an idea, but I am not the best at recalling scriputres and as I shared it with her I knew that is what she needed to hear. That her desire to do better is what the Lord needs of her and that her desire will bless her daughters. Unfortunately she didn't come to church, but I can't deny the spirit that I felt and that she felt.
I'm excited for another week and I have been looking for the Lord's hand in each day and it has been there.  It was so wonderful to talk to you and I love each of you dearly.  Sorry it's kind of short this week but I'm sure there will more stories next week:) 
Love,
Sister Lamb

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello dear family,
Nothing too crazy has been happening around here in Bloomington.  We did get two new elders in our district, Elder Quirk and Elder Edwards.  We had a testimony meeting with our district and we have some amazing elders that have rock solid testimonies.  It was great to be able to hear their experiences of deciding to come on a mission and we were all able to relate in a way.  It's going to be a great transfer!  We got a new ward mission leader and Sister Freer and I are way excited because it is the guy who brought us a new washer at the beginning of last transfer.  We went over to visit with him and his wife and they are amazing!! 

We had our ward Christmas Party and we had four investigators come and they really loved it, especially Bill and Aggie.  We had a neat experience with them last night.  Sister Freer and I felt we should go see them and so we did and their daughter was there as well.  We got to know her and she was in a car accident and now has some pretty intense spinal injuries.  It is really hard for Aggie to see her daughter struggle.  After their daughter left, they told us about how they had a grand daughter who passed away and also a good friend recently pass away.  I opened up to Alma 40:12 and shared with her that all will made right and that all these things that we face in life will be made right and that those that we love are in a state of peace and rest.  As Sister Freer and I were able to testify of these things, I felt so strongly of the reality of this plan and that it is of God.  We had never seen Aggie react the way she did and she and Bill felt the Spirit and told us that we were supposed to come over and that they needed us.  It was really special. 
We are so excited because we have a Christmas Conference this week with the mission and I know that it will be very special.  President Collins has told me time and time again how special this time will be to spend Christmas in the mission field.  I'm seeing the wonderful things already and really cherishing this time.  I love being on a mission because of the many instances where following the spirit can make all the difference.  I had a very special experience of doing what I needed to be doing so that I could be an instrument in the Lords hands for Sister Freer.  I am grateful to her and I'm grateful that I was able to tell her things that she needed to hear in the moment.  I couldn't tell you all I said but I do know that it was not me speaking.  Sister Freer and I are having a lot of fun and we are excited for Christmas, we have made some pretty snazzy decortaions in our apartment and we are making our Christmas cards today:)  I love this time of year, I do miss you all very much, but I know that all is well there and that you are all happy.  It is very true what they say about absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I love you all more than you know and I'm so excited to talk with you in a week:))))  
Sorry that this is kind of short, but things are going well and we are just going forward! 
Love,
Sister Lamb

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dearest Family,
Oh I have been thinking a lot about you lately, especially with all the Christmas music and programs.  We had our Christmas program in Sacrament yesterday and then the Stake put on a Christmas concert and it was spectacular, oh my goodness, I had chills the whole time.  I felt the spirit so strong testify to me that Jesus Christ is the Savior.  Indiana University, which is here in Bloomington, has the number one music program ( as well as medical and dental and on and on...) in the country and so there are a lot of people in the stake that are in that program.  There was an orchestra and a choir and it was beautiful.  We had a couple of investigators that came and they loved it, so that was good to have them there. 
Sister Freer and I are staying for another transfer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Apparently the assistants are calling everyone even if you are not getting transferred, yeah we didn't get that memo and so when the phone rang this morning, Sister Freer and I were scared, but no worries we are staying and we are so happy.  We were hoping we would be able to spend Christmas together.  We are seeing miracles here and it's been amazing.  The Lord is truly blessing us and those that we are working with are doing well and we have really been relying on the spirit in our planning to what they need.  We set a baptismal date for Phillip and he was pretty excited about that.  We are just working with him a lot to help him gain a testimony but he is loving reading from the Book of Mormon.  We also were able to have a really special lesson with a less active and his wife, who is not a member.  Uriah came to church last week and was very touched by the spirit and it is something that he wants in his life.  We got to meet his family and Uriah expressed that he wants his family to be sealed and Heather, his wife, had never heard him talk about that before.  To hear Uriah explain to her what being sealed meant was a sweet moment for Sister Freer and I. 
I went on exchanges this past week and Sister Valencia came to my area and we had a blast.  She is a very dear friend and an amazing missionary and so it was fun to spend the day with her.  She is serving in my last area, YSA, and so I was happy to hear how things are going there.  I got some happy news that a recent convert of mine, that struggled for a bit there, is doing well and will be moving up to Ball State.  I know the missionaries that are serving there now and so I know they will take care of her.  While she was here, we had a lesson with a new investigator, Michaela, who is 16 and a doll.  Her boyfriend is a less active and has been coming to church and bringing her.  We finally were able to have a lesson and she loves the feelings that she has had since she has been coming to church.  Miracles, lovely little miracles, everyday!  The work is going well here and I know as we continue to be obedient that we continue to see the Lords hand in the work. 
It's getting blasted cold here but no snow....yet:)  Bloomington is absolutely adorable with all the Christmas decorations and lights.  Down by the university there is a street of fraternities and sororities houses and they are so gorgeous, and with the Christmas lights, it's awesome.  Sister Freer and I are continuing to do well and having giggle fests everyday:)  Big hug. Little kiss.. big kiss..little hug... 
Love,
Sister Lamb 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dearest Family,
Happy birthday yesterday Coi!!!!!! I love you!!!!!! Thank you so much for the Christmas package, it was wonderful and Sister Freer and I had a lot of fun decorating our little tree. We even made a fireplace out of construction paper and we have stockings, mine has a kitty on it:) The rice bags came in handy, especially this past week, because I got sick, it was awful. Sister Collins told me to stay in one day and I just was doped up on dayquill which helped but ugh it was not fun. I'm feeling better, I'm still congested but the aches and pains and other things that go with the stomach flu are gone. The elders gave me a blessing and that really helped me, it was an amazing blessing and I'm so grateful for our elders here. It was awesome, as soon as Elder Enslow laid his hands on my head, everything went away, I felt pure peace, it was incredible, all my worries, feelings of being sick, everything went away for that small moment that he gave me a blessing. I love the priesthood.

That is crazy about the winds, I'm glad everybody is okay. It is still raining here:) Sister Freer and I were tracting and it was raining and then all the sudden it was the coolest thing, the rain looked like it was in slow motion and then it started snowing. It stuck for a day but melted and now it's raining...still. We had a good week, even though I was down for a time, we still were able to work hard and see those that we needed to see and also meet some new people.

We went to go and try a former investigator and he wasn't home and as we were walking back we saw a man sitting on his front step and went and talked with him. He was so nice and he said that he knew we were religious just by the way we carried ourselves. As we were talking to him, he told that he had seen the ads on TV for mormon.org and he and his family loved them. He was so excited to talk with us and wanted to know why we were so happy and also the people on TV. It was so special. We were able to set up a time to come and see him and his family, and Sister Freer and I really connected with them. They have two children and they truly are searching for truth and happiness. It was an amazing lesson as we talked to them about the Book of Mormon and why we are so happy. The only down side is that they are moving into the Clear Creek boundaries, I know they will be in good hands but it was so sad because we really clicked, but the Lord is in the work and if they are truly ready they will progress. I do know that we were led to them by the Spirit.

We have been meeting with Phillip regularly and he is doing well. I'm hoping he can start getting Sundays off so that he can continue to progress but he is keeping all of his other commitments and his desire to learn is awesome. We also had an amazing lesson with Jim and found out a concern that he has with church and we were able to help him with that and promised him that if he came to all three hours of church he would feel the spirit. We felt like we had made a breakthrough with him, because he said as he has been reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible it's like a lightbulb has clicked. His heart was being open and I know the influence of the Spirit could touch him as he comes to church. He felt the same way and then we went to see him on Saturday and everything changed. He said he wants to go to a different church and then modern day prophets was confusing him. Sister Freer and I, our hearts just fell out of our chest. It wasn't the same person. I'm curious to see what his experience was like. I know it is hard for him because he was raised with a different view of things and he is going where he feels more of a familiarity, but we aren't trying to take away any of that. We are giving him more, I know we are. It just breaks my heart. We are meeting with him this week to see how church was and we committed him to read Alma 5.

We did have a great experience with a less active yesterday in church. His name is Uriah and he hasn't been to church in 15 years. We were talking with his brother earlier in the week and he said that Uriah wants to start coming back. We talked to Uriah and he said he does and that he was planning on coming to sacrament. He came yesterday and was so touched by the Spirit, it was beautiful. He knows this is where he needs to be and it was awesome. His wife and children are not members and I think he is going to be a great example to them as he takes these steps towards Christ. We are meeting with him this week and Sister Freer and I are very excited.

The gospel is truly from a loving Heavenly Father and our Savior. Hope you were able to watch the first presidency Christmas Devotional last night, we went over to a members house and had cookies and hot chocolate while we watched and made invitations for the ward Christmas Party. It was a lot of fun. I love you all oodles and I hope you are staying warm and I'm glad no one blew away. How are my little kitties, I think of you all and PJ when I'm freezing on a doorstep:)
Love, Sister Lamb





Monday, November 28, 2011

My dear family,
What a Thanksgiving!!!! Yeah needless to say, Sister Freer and I barely made it through all the dinners. The members sure took care of us and they can definitely cook...oh my! It was a good day and it was fun to be with members and get to know them, they have been so kind to us and I just love this ward! Yesterday at church, I was talking with Jane, who is the cutest little 4 year old and we were talking a bunch of nonsense and I love her so much. We had dinner with her and her family the first night in Bloomington so their family holds a dear place in my heart. Her mom came up to me afterwards and says that she can't stop talking about us and pretends that she is a missionary every other day. My heart just melted:) When we got home the other night we took out some Christmas decorations that were in our apartment and decorated. It is super ghetto but we love it. Thank you so much for the package, the clothes were darling, thank you!!! I also got a letter from two girls in your ward, Emma Dredge and Brooke Grow. It made my day, so please tell them thank you:)

We had a fun day where Sister Parker and Sister Slade came down and took us to lunch and came to a lesson with us. Sister Parker is the mission secretary and Sister Slade and her husband work in the mission office. They came out with me and they were proselyting at first and now they are in the office. It was so fun to be with them and we loved having them at our lesson with Bill and Aggie. I don't know if you got the email or not, it was the picture of me with Sam Davis, who is a medal of honor receipient from Vietnam. His wife is a member and he is not but is amazing and comes to church every Sunday, etc. They invited over to their home for lunch and got lots of stories. Apparently, in the movie Forrest Gump, when he receives the medal of honor, that is the footage of Sam receiveing the medal of honor, they just pasted Tom Hanks head in. In the movie when it shows what forrest gump does to receive the medal of honor is what Sam did to receive it. It was pretty interesting to hear all of that. They are an amazing couple and they travel together about 200 days in a year and he is a motivational speaker. There are only 85 living medal of honor receipents so it was cool to be there with him. He gave me a picture to send to Dad and he added a little note on there for him, so I will send that off this week. He is a remarkable man and he and his wife are just a hoot. They reminded me a lot of you, mom and dad, and so it was fun to be around them.

We had a really good lesson with Jim and we were able to resolve a concern that he has had and I think now his heart will open to the spirit which will testify to him of truth. He is so awesome and he made us an apple pie and chilli, it was really sweet. I love meeting with him and I hope he can be receptive to the spirit that I know is there in our lessons. We also had a great lesson with Michelle who had lots of questions about the temple and she loves the idea of an eternal marriage. We are praying to know of baptism dates for Jim and Michelle, I know that they can be ready as they continue to do the things that we have them do. We also have a new investigator, Phillip, who came to church last week with a friend of his. He loved church and when we had a lesson with him, he had read through half the gospel principles manual. It was amazing. We have a lesson tonight with him and I'm excited to see how he is doing.

It is just pouring here and it's getting colder! It was so fun, a sister that served here, she went home about 6 months ago came back to visit and she came to our apartment and then we took her to a lesson with us, it was so fun to see her. We only did exchanges together but we had a lot of fun! Things are going well for us and Sister Freer and I are trying to have giggle fests every day to keep our spirits high. No one ever told me how much your heart would break on the mission. We had to drop one of investigators and it was really hard for me because I get so attached and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am so thankful for the personal study that we have each day because I was able to find comfort and know that through my Savior that my heart can be mended. It's so beautiful. I love this gospel and I love being here and I know as I look for the good each day that my mission will continue to be all of who I am and I am able to give my whole heart to my area. I have been memorizing scriptures that help me out throughout the day to call upon and they are my comfort scriptures and they do just that:)
Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dearest family,
I hope you are staying warm as well. It is definitely getting chilly here and I'm hoping we don't see snow for a little while longer, but who am I kidding:) I am loving my new area and the ward members have been doing so much for Sister Freer and I. Our washer broke and we asked our ward mission leader if he knew of anyone that could fix washers. He suggested someone and they came over and he said he need to check out some more parts. Well the next night when Sister Freer and I came home, he was standing in front of apt. door with a washer and he hooked it up and everything, it was the sweetest thing. We are pretty excited for Thanksgiving, we have 3 dinners that we are going to so that should be interesting but we can't wait!

We have been super busy this week and we have been working hard to help our investigators progress, it seems as if a lot of them have just plateued ( I don't know how to spell sometimes). We fasted for our finding yesterday and I know that we can help those that we are working with move forward and find those that are ready. I know that the Lord has prepared the hearts of people here in Bloomington. We had a really funny experience the other night in a lesson. We are teaching this super cute old couple who are about in their 80s, Bill and Aggie, and we were going to teach them about prayer. We asked them how their Book of Mormon reading was going and they told us what chapter they ended up at and then out of nowhere Aggie starts reading the next chapter and wasn't stopping anytime soon, then Bill picked up because Aggie ran out of wind, and Bill sounds just like Don Knotts and so I was loving it, because it was like Don Knotts was reading me the Book of Mormon. It was so funny and sweet, two 80 year olds reading the Book of Mormon to us...priceless.

We had a fun opportunity to do service at the Shaloam center where we serve food to the homeless, and we are going to go there on Thanksgiving too. It was a humbling experience and it's good to know that there are places that these people can go to get their basic needs met. We went out and talked to a couple of them and they are just some very sweet people and so I'm excited that we get to go there every week.

We had a sweet experience with another one of our investigators, Michelle, who is a doll and I'm hoping we can start teaching her husband too. We had a lesson with her at the church and taught her about Jospeh Smith and she was excited because she felt she could relate to him and as we were walking her out to her car, she said that she felt comfortable here. Oh we just love her so much and I'm excited to see her progress.

I wanted to send a shout out to mom and say thank you for teaching me how to clean. We met a girl and her fiancee and they invited us in their apartment and it was horrifying. It was just so sad and I know now more than ever why the spirit can't be in an unclean home or body. We asked if there was anything we could do for her and she wanted our help cleaning. So the next day Sister Freer and I geared up with cleaning supplies and some elbow grease and tackled that place. I think I vacuumed up 10 pounds of tobacco and that kitchen was spotless. I was grateful that we could do that for her, and I think some people have to have temporal needs met before they can progress spiritually. I'm hoping we can continue to help them learn how to keep a clean house and why that is important. It was really sad because I asked if she had any cleaning supplies or towels and she didn't have anything. So thank you mama for teaching me those skills, they are coming in more handy everyday:)

Have a happy thanksgiving and make sure to eat lots of pumpkin pie and extra marshmellows on the sweet potatoes. I will be sure to send pics of our thanksgiving adventures next week. I miss you and love you and hugs and kisses for you all.
Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dear Sweet family,
I think it finally hit me that I got double transferred:) Yeah I kind of broke yesterday, but luckily I have a great companion and some awesome elders who were more than willing to give me a blessing. It was much needed and yeah the stress is a lot but we had a great speaker at our zone conference this past week who is the doctor for 22 missions and he taught us all how to rethink and change our thought process so it doesn't take over and bring us down. It was amazing and he is very inspired. Zone conference was awesome, so long, but it was jam packed with the spirit. I love being around missionaries and it was just a great day. They had the missionaries who are leaving bear their testimony, and it was so sad, I don't like saying goodbye:(

This week Sister Freer and I are preparing to fast for our finding. President Collins gave the whole mission a sure way to find new investigators. He shared it with us at zone conference and he told us that he had been praying on how we can all find new people to teach and he said soon as it came he just started writing and so we are excited to do the things that he asked us to do because we know it came from the Lord.

We had three investigators come to church and we were so excited because we worked very hard to get them there. John came and he stayed for the whole block and we were able to introduce him to a few of the members, he really needs that fellowship and we were grateful the members were so willing to introduce themselves. Jim came and he really felt the spirit, I know he did, especially since it was the primary program, he loved it. At our lesson earlier this week we had a member come with us and she was so willing to open up her home for our next lesson and really wanted him to meet her husband. We introduced him to her husband yesterday at church, and he gave Jim his Book of Mormon that had all of his markings of when it refers to Christ and when Christ is speaking. It was so sweet that he was willing to give him a Book of Mormon that he had worked on for a long time. Jim really loved that because he has been looking for how the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. It was a little miracle that was wonderful to be a part of.

We also had Michelle come, she is a fairly new investigator and she loved church as well and we have a lesson with her this week and I think she is going to progress well because of her desire. The primary program was so precious, and it was a great day for our investigators to be there. We were able to set a baptismal date with Reba, who is the sweetest little old lady ever. She has a funny view on life but she is understanding the gospel. We have a lot we need to help her with and work on but I'm grateful for the spirit that has been guiding us as we have been teaching her. I just love going to her house, she is so good to us. The members are so great and we are getting to know them better and that has been helping. They are very willing to come with us to help us in anyway they can and that has been a huge blessing. We took a couple to a lesson with us this past week and our investigator didn't have a ride to the store to get some medicine and right after the lesson they took him to wherever he needed to go. It's been awesome to see that and the love that this ward has for the gospel.
Love, Sister Lamb
LOVEEEEEEE YOUUUUUUUUUUU so much

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hello my cute family,
Well I knew I needed a fresh start but I had no idea what was ahead. I got double transferred into an area and yeah I have been running around like a chicked with it's head cut off. I am serving in Bloomington, in the Highland ward, and it is absolutely beautiful!!!! It is south of Indy and I have forgotten what the country looked like. It is breathtaking and there are hills, Indiana has hills, I miss the mountains but I will take what I can get:) It is where Indiana University (IU) is at and so it's nice being close to a college campus still. A lot of the members of the ward are graduate students at IU and so that has been pretty cool and they are all insanely smart.

The ward is pretty awesome and our second night we had a dinner appointment with the cutest family, and I will never forget them. The mom was a gem and gave us her GPS to use for the transfer, that has been a life saver because we have no idea how to get anywhere, may blessings be upon her head forever. They have three little girls that I just fell in love with and the oldest, Jane, she is four and she told me that she wants to be a missionary. Yesterday, she marched right up to the pulpit to bear her testimony by herself, and then afterwards she came up to me and I told her how awesome she did and then she said that she is practicing to be a missionary. My heart melted. The members are pretty cool and we are excited to get to know more of them. The members really embraced us with open arms and that is crucial to this work, to be able to build a trust with them.

We have been able to meet with a few of the investigators that the missionaries before were working with and we are going to focus on setting some baptismal dates with a few of them. This area is awesome and there are always people to teach. One of our investigators, Jim, is such a good person. He is struggling to feel the spirit and have that enlightement that he once felt years ago. I'm hoping we can help him with that and understand priesthood authority. He said the prayer at the end of our lesson and I knew without a doubt that Heavenly Father was hearing that prayer at that moment, it was really special.

We got here on Wednesday and we have just been trying to get our feet on the ground, talk about stepping the dark. I was thankful for advice that President gave us at transfer meeting, and that was of the story of David and Goliath and taking that stand alone with the Lord by our side. He dared us to do that and Sister Freer and I have certainly taken that step in the dark but things are working out and we are getting a handle on the area and relying on the Lord and our area book.

Our district is awesome and they have really supported us and we had an amazing testimony meeting on Friday and Elder Enslow, my zone leader, told us to center our mission on Jesus Christ. I loved that and I will not forget that. Our zone leaders got double transferred in as well and so we have been able to help each other as we are figuring out what we need to do in our areas. Ah the craziness of missions, I love it so much and I know we are not alone in this work. Sister Freer is so fun and we are having a good time and working really hard.
Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dear Family,
I got the lovely phone call this morning, that I'm getting transferred, after 9 months of being in YSA, it's time. I was talking with Elder Banner, an assistant, and he told me that it's time for a change of scenery, I knew it was coming, it just took a lot out of me. My heart is here. Oh my tender heart really got the best of me yesterday and today, I know this is where the Lord needed me to be and now He needs me elsewhere. I trust Him. He led me here, so I can be assured that it will be good, if I continue to follow Him. I'm grateful for that knowledge, even though it was hard to see for a moment yesterday.

Church was hard yesterday, because I knew I was most likely getting transferred and just talking with the members, they just mean so much to me. I'm so happy I got to be in this area for so long, it has been the biggest blessing. It is going to be different that's for sure, especially teaching families, I won't know what to do:) I know that the area is going to be in good hands because the Lord is in the work. We had a lesson with a recent convert, Renee, she was one the very first people that I committed to baptism and to see how much she has grown, I know that I was called to Indiana to teach her. What a blessing it has been to see so many from the start and to see them now, I desire for more of that, and I know that there are more people out there and I want to find them, I want to find the pure and honest in heart. I'm a lucky girl, I think what did I do to deserve this happiness that couldn't come anywhere else. But I have been able to feel of true joy and so I'm going to keep going. I still get to be a full time missionary in Indiana, that makes my heart happy. I have realized that it's not only inviting investigators to come unto Christ, but the members, and my companions.

We found a lot of success this week, in our finding new investigators, and I know we were led to them. We were on campus and we were talking with people and had a really bad experience talking with a lady that was just full of misinformation and wasn't willing to listen. It kind of frustrated us as we walked away but we kept going. As we were walking, we noticed a girl on crutches and she was having a hard time, we all noticed her and I know that the spirit prompted us to talk to her. We approached her and offered to help her carry her books to class and got to know her along the way. She then mentioned that she worked with two girls that go to the YSA branch, it was a little miracle. We set up a return appointment and we had a great lesson with her and we are so excited for her.

We also met another girl on campus and we were able to teach of the Book of Mormon and she has such a open heart and desire to learn and receive an answer. We also started teaching Cristina, who has parents that are members but hasn't been baptized, she has gone to church here and there. She is the cutest little thing and I know she will be able to progress with the support of the branch in helping her feel welcome. It was really good to see the area see success again. I feel as if it has been successful the entire time, but it was good to build our teaching pool with solid investigators.

I have been reflecting a lot on the quote in Preach My Gospel, of leaving our area stronger than when we found it. I feel like I have done my very best and I can be accountable to the Lord for the work that I have done here. I'm going to miss the craziness of covering two areas and I'm going to miss being in a trio, as hard as it was and we had some ups and downs, but definitely more ups! We really have had a good time together and we all relied on the Spirit to get us through and know what we needed to do to carry two areas. It was funny yesterday, to keep me from crying, Sister Valencia wrote all the funny one liners that we all said during the transfer so that we would start laughing, it helped:)
Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dear Familia, That is so awesome about the guy that moved into your ward recently. I have a huge testimony of member missionary work and just how that service is part of that. We had a member come to a lesson a few days ago and they were so willing to help them temporaly that I know will help then help them spiritually to receive the restored gospel. I had some very sweet experiences that will stay close to my heart forever. In district meeting we were talking about setting goals and I loved it and it really helped me to rely on the Lord when setting my goals. Goals are something that frustrate me a lot because I can get discouraged at the results and feel like I did all I could that week to reach them but then I don't reach them and it can get me down. I expressed this concern to Elder McAllister and bless his heart, we read the first sentence in the section of A Successful Missionary, and it's about the commitment to do what the Lord has asked. He then told me that I am committed to this work and that I am a hard worker. It really meant a lot and I felt his support as my leader and I felt my Heavenly Father's love through him. Another amazing thing that happened was two lessons that we had in YSA this week. One with Brother Rhoads and he has been going through a very hard time right now and he has been tempted with things that were a problem before his baptism. He hasn't been coming to church and he has been very hard to get ahold of. The elders in Indy 2nd have been concerned as well, I asked them to help me out by checking up on him since they live closer and I don't have as much to time to get up there anymore. We went over to his house and he was home and it started out a little awkward and he was different. We decided to sing 'I am a child of God' to him and I couldn't hold back the tears when he started singing it with us. His countenance changed, the spirit touched his heart, he felt God's love. He came to church yesterday and he is smiling more:) Another lesson that we had was a referral that we received, and we finally got to meet him. He is from China, his name is LiLi, and what a kind person who was influenced from great members years ago. We asked him about his knowledge of God and he believes that we have a God of love. He is quite the talker:) We taught him about prayer and he was willing to say the closing the prayer and we knelt together and I will never forget what I felt as he said that prayer. Oh my goodness he just got it, he felt the spirit and his prayer was completely guided by the spirit. It was beautiful and I know that Heavenly Father is going to watch out for him and help him to understand what He has planned for him. Of course I was just crying during his prayer but it was so special. I went home and expressed my gratitude to my Father in Heaven for that experience. I know LiLi and I were both edified and rejoiced in the spirit. Yesterday in church I felt the Atonement. In the Brownsburg ward it was their ward conference and the theme was making Christ the center of our home and lives. That morning I had been a little down about the YSA and racking my brain as to what to do to help it be successful, and during the sacrament I was reading Hebrews 11:1 and for someone reason it just hit me really hard and I felt that my faith in Christ needs to be strenghtned and that He can help me through this. Then I felt the spirit with me as thoughts came to my mind of my Savior knows exactly how I am feeling in this moment. It was surreal. I felt the Atonement and I know that it is real. I had a hard time in the YSA branch yesterday, I have come to love these people so much and this will always be home for me, and I have that feeling that I am going to be transferred but I know that the Lord is in charge but I have been here for so long that it's just going to be hard to leave. I do keep telling myself that I just get to go to a new area and still do missionary work full time, that this isn't the end. I still don't want to leave but the Lord will still be with me, the spirit will still guide me in all I do. Everything is changing, even the beautiful trees are becoming bare, it's kind of sad. We have had so much rain that it kind of put a damper on things. It's still beautiful here and it's good that the sun is out, I think that is helping our spirits. Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hellooooo!!! It has been a good week, a very LONG week but good nonetheless. I'm doing well in my new little trio and we are busy, busy, busy, covering two areas but we have made it work and we got through the week. We have two weeks left together till the next transfer so it will be interesting to see what will happen. I am going to laugh so hard if I stay in Indy YSA, but I'm preparing myself to leave:( I went on exchanges up in Fishers and it was actually kind of nice to have a change of scenery. It has been so weird for me to teach families, since I'm covering Brownsburg right now as well and then when I went up to Fishers, I'm just not used to teaching families. We have been having a blast though and I'm grateful for Sister Taylor and Sister Valencia and the strength that we are able to have as we have worked through this hard time together. I have been writing down tender mercies each day and that has been helping me so much. I can say that I am back to myself and I'm so happy. It was a rough time but I got through it with the Lords help and I know trials continue to help us reach our potential. I was reading a talk from conference of last year, "More than conquerers through him that loved us" and that has been helping me to continue to keep an eternal perspective and is keeping me motivated and diligent in the work. Thank you so much for your letter of support and I just have to keep looking forward and I know that things happened for a reason and that the Lord is very aware of me and is taking care of Sister Sneed right now. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her and I just love her so very much and I know she is going to do great things. We are working with two brothers right now and they have a baptismal date for December 10. Their mom just got baptized and so the elders in Indy 2nd have been working with us with the brothers, Robert and David. That is one thing that I love about serving in such a huge area is that I get to work with lots of other missionaries and they are so much fun. Robert and David are a hoot to teach and I'm really excited for them. We have some hurdles that we need to help them overcome but I know that they will be able to do it. A fun little tender mercy that I want to share happened Saturday when we went to a dinner appointment in Brownsburg, with this adorable family. They have a little 2 year old girl, Chloe, who is just a ball of sunshine and she has red hair that I couldn't stop staring at. After dinner the mom asked me to just wipe off the food from her hands and then I went to help her do the dishes. Her dad brought her into the kitchen and Chloe kept saying, "my friend cleaned me off, my friend cleaned me off." She was pointing to me and I just about melted. Then Chloe and her mom sang us a song while the dad played the guitar. It was the sweetest thing ever, they sang Raindrops keep falling on my head (I'm not sure the official title), but oh my we couldn't stop smiling! Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello my cute little family, Wasn't conference AMAZING!!! I had spent the week preparing questions that I have been pondering and I was very humbled to have them answered in the last two days. It was so wonderful as well because there were a few talks that I know some of our investigators really need right now. I was so grateful for each one and my love for Thomas S. Monson was strengthened so much. I love the person that he is and that gives me the continued desire to follow him. I hope you all enjoyed as well and I found myself just holding on to every word and felt my Heavenly Fathers love for me and that the Atonement is real. It is something that I have experienced many times especially being here on my mission, I know that my Savior knows what I'm feeling and that he suffered so we don't have to. This past week was a hard week, we had soooo many lessons fall through. We know that we did all we could though, and the members were of great support and still came out with us to our backup plans. I just have to keep reminding myself that people have their agency and we have another exciting week coming up and I know we are working very very hard. Sister Sneed and I have being doing really well and I have been grateful to share with her the last few days how much this work means to me and that she has so much to look forward too!!! The discouraging times come but we keep going because we are on the Lords errand and it doesn't get better than that:) We have been doing really well at asking for referrals this week, we didn't receive one from every single person but we were able to receive some and we were very excited about that. We received that promise again in our district meeting that if we ask for referrals from everyone that all areas in our zone could have a baptism. The other night Sister Sneed and I were pondering and praying for what our area baptismal goal should be for October. It was a special experience, we said a prayer together and then had a personal prayer. As I was praying personally, the thought kept coming to my mind of two and I was thinking the Spirit was crazy for a minute there, and then a thought came to my mind of Sister Sneed and I at a baptismal service. It was a sweet little thought. As we have been pondering about our area we feel as if one would be a good goal for us to strive and work very hard for. We have some lessons set up this week with some potentials that we have a really good feeling about and so we are going to work to prepare them and of course get some referrals from them:) It's been good to add some new names to our potentials and investigators pool, I know the work is continuing to go forth and that Sister Sneed and I can continue to work hard. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that we gave all we had this week. I'm hoping that as we work harder, that that will help Sister Sneed and that her heart will continue to rejoice in this work. I have really loved getting to know the members this week, we had members set up to go with to pretty much all of our lessons that we had this week and so it was really fun to laugh with them and get to know them. They are so amazing and have been a huge support to us. We had a funny thing happen as we were driving with a girl Rachel, there was road kill in the road and she tried to miss it but didn't and we heard the most disgusting noise and then of course all three just screamed in disgust. It was so funny and we couldn't stop laughing. We went to a lesson that was a ways away and we got stuck in back to back traffic and so were late to our appointment and the kid that we were going to see is absolutely hillarious, Ian, and in his prayer at the end of the lesson he suggested which route we take home. It was so sweet but funny and we just laughed the whole way home. Even though the week was kind of blah, we still had so many blessing and tender mercies from the Lord and we were able to see that through the members of the branch. The weather is absolutely beautiful and perfect. The trees are specatacular and I don't think the real Fall has come yet so I'm excited to take lots of pictures of that. On our way to district meeting there is a spot where we cross a lake and the trees lined up along the lake, oh my Sister Sneed and I we just gasp every time. There isn't anywhere to pull over but I'm going to try and get a picture. I'm happy it's getting cooler cuz that means the bugs and spiders are going to disappear, I have to kill one everytime I get in the shower and it's frightening becuase the spiders are huge here and there are other creepy crawly things that we do not have out West. Blah! Send everybody my love:))))) Love, Sister Lamb

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hello Everybody, Oh my goodness, the rain has been nonstop, but I love it so much. It gives me an excuse to wear my rain boots:) One of my new favorite things is hearing the rain here in Indiana, especially on all the trees, oh I will never forget how beautiful that sound is. The leaves are starting to turn and it's just so beautiful here. We went to visit someone in the branch, and her house is tucked away in this forest pretty much and I kept commenting on her yard, and she said that her mom already has her wedding planned for outside. I don't blame her, it's absolutely gorgeous. We had a lot of success this week and found some great potentials and we felt inspiration of where we should tract one day, and we were able to find a lot that day. We were invited into a lot of homes and we have two new investigators that we are excited about to teach this week. Sister Sneed and I got a lot of interesting comments nonetheless from people we talked to, our favorite was a guy asked us if we were nursing a baby. Yeah it was super awkward and we didn't know how in the world we were supposed to respond to that but it was pretty funny. We were PCing the other day and as we talked with lots of people, it was amazing how a lot of them commented on a glow that we had, that there was a light radiating from us and that they felt peaceful as we talked with them. It was really cool to hear and helped Sister Sneed and I out a lot. We did get some sad news though, we would go visit a lady named Louise occasionally and she was in a rest home and we went to go visit her on Saturday and we found out that she passed away earlier this week. The relief society broadcast was amazing!!! The Indy West Stake had a service project earlier, dinner and then the broadcast and so much work went into that. The stake has been collecting things for a school and also a childrens hospital for a couple of months and everything came together on Saturday. I cannot believe how much stuff was donated, it was a very touching thing. Especially all the baby things that were donated for Wishard Hospital, there are so many babies that go home wrapped in newspapers and so all that was donated they don't have to have that anymore. The broadcast was wonderful and it really helped me to regain my focus and I cannot wait for general conference this weekend!!!!! We have a couple of investigators that are planning on coming and I know that will be a great experience for them and for us to hear from our living prophet and his apostles. EEEkkkk I love conference:)) We had an exciting thing happen yesterday at our leadership training, we had Elder Evans from the quorom of the 70 come and teach us. It was quite intense but there were things that we definitely needed to hear. It was a very inspiring meeting and I'm excited to be able to implement the things that were said into my work as a missionary. Afterwards a bunch of us went to Steak N' Shake, and we kind took over the restarant:))) I'm doing just swell and I was so excited because transfers were last week and we got two new elders in our district, Elder Tracy and Elder Santy, and Elder Tracy came out with me and he is one of my favorites so I'm excited that he is in my district. I'm going to go and see if I can find a rain coat today, because, well yeah I need one:) Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello my cute little family, I'm doing alright, it's been an up and down week and I have gotten a bit discouraged, but I have had a lot of support and that is helping. Our area is a bit slow right now and I of course tend to take that personal but I know that the Lord has something good in store for us, if we just keep working hard. We have been praying very diligently that we can receive refferrals and this week were able to receive three, it may not be that big of a number, but for us we were thrilled. The branch is continuing to support us a lot and we were able to take a lot of them out with us this past week. We had a lesson with a guy, Iran, that we were passing to the elders, because he is not in our stewardship, and so we had a joint lesson with him. We brought a girl from the branch that just moved in, Rachel, and Iran is from Ethopia and turns out Rachel spent five months in Ethopia!!! It was so fun to see them get to know each other and talk about Irans home. Sister Sneed and I sure got attached to Iran but we know that he will be in good hands. Oh my goodness we had an amazing sunday yesterday, the lessons and talks that were given I know were completely inspired. They were all focused on prayer and how we can receive answers and I'm so happy that Mike was there to listen and hopefully he let the Spirit into his heart. We had a lesson with him after church and he is weighing heavily on my heart. Something keeps bringing him back, something keeps telling him to keep listening to what we have to share, so I know he is feeling the spirit but he feels as if our gospel and the gospel he knows is different and we are just adding to his testimony, we helping to build a relationship with his Father in Heaven. He is such a good guy, that is an understatement, he is just incredible. We had an amazing opportunity on Saturday to do some service for the community up in Carmel. It was two stakes and we got together to clean up a park, that is absolutely beautiful, because it's in Carmel, but we were hauling out trees and honeysuckle and it was so much fun. There were a ton of missionaries and then I can't remember how many wards came, but we Mormon Helping Hands and so there were yellow shirts everywhere. It was a good thing for us to be there to help the community, especially where there has been some conflict with the building of the temple, we were able to show that we want to be a assest to the communities. It was good to get dirty, but man oh man we were so tired afterwards. We rode up with some girls in the branch, and we went and drove by where the temple is going to be! We were so excited:)))))) This weekend there was a huge car show and oh my goodness mom and dad you would have loved it. We were constantly passing the COOLEST cars all weekend. They had the car show at the racetrack and I think it was called 'GoodGuys' so we should all totally come back this time next year and go to it. I think they were racing some hot rods and things like that as well. I wanted to take pictures but I was driving so...yeah. It's getting a lot cooler and I love it. Transfers are this week, but Sister Sneed and I didn't get a call so we are staying. By the end of this next transfer I will have been in this area for 9 months! It's weird to think that I have only been in two areas since I have been out, but I know that the Lord is so involved in this work. I'm excited though because my district leader is staying as well, he is just a hoot. Oh I do have a favor to ask of you, could you get a copy of this past conference ensign and bind it for me? I think it would be cool to have the conference ensigns from my mission, so if you could do that, that would be awesome and could you send me a copy of October's ensign? It's going to be focused completely on the Book of Mormon and I would love to have my own copy. Lots of Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, September 12, 2011

Dear Family & Friends, Fall is getting closer and I can hardly wait!!!!!! I can't believe how much it has cooled down and it's so refreshing:)) I got to go on exchanges this week and Sister Valencia came to my area and that was so much fun. We were able to teach quite a bit together and she is wonderful teacher and has an awesome testimony. We got to teach a guy that was half drunk so that was interesting but I know we were there to let him know that he was a son of God. He didn't believe it but he has a little seed of faith that hopefully he won't forget who he is and that he does have potential. We also got to teach Mike, this was our second lesson with him and we taught the Book of Mormon the whole time. We are worried that he isn't giving it a chance and going to all these outside sources and so we pretty much told him straight that if he wants to know if the Book of Mormon is true, here is 531 pages to find out. He is amazing and I'm so grateful that we have this opportunity with him. He is wondeful and has admirable faith in God, now he just needs to act on that faith. I was so happy that I got to see Sherrie, a member of the branch, before she left for Utah. She took us to lunch on Friday and we just cried and cried because we have gotten really close and she is a dear friend so it was sad to see her go but I know she is going to love Utah:) Sister Sneed and I had a cool experience of a girl that we tracted into and she invited us to come back. We went back and she told us that she is atheist but we taught her about having faith and hope for her future and for her daughter and she responded well to that. We also told her that she can have more hope through prayer and we taught her how to pray and she prayed at the end of our lesson. We were so excited when we walked out that lesson! Last night was so much, because we had Why I Believe and Mike was able to come and that helped him a lot to hear other people testimonies who have recently joined the church and Luke, one of my recent converts,came as well and he had exciting news for me:) He is receiving the priesthood next week, he has been studying the sacrament prayers and he is excited and wants to learn more and understand it. AAAAHHH it fills me with joy to see how far he has come. He is a miracle. Things are just dandy right now and I'm grateful to my Heavenly Father that I am here, even though I can't believe this transfer is almost over, goodness gracious! It's been a incredible learning experience that's for sure! I love you all and I'm so thankful for all of your support as I have been out here, it's something I reflect a lot to help me get through the hard times, so thank you. Love, Sister Lamb

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dear Family, Things have been going well especially in our branch. We have five branch missionaries and our mission leader is continuing to help us any way he can. The vibe in the branch is changing and I'm excited to be able to use it to our advantage and really help the members. Our mission leader bore his testimony on Sunday and he mentioned in his testimony that he would trust his friends to be taught by Sister Sneed and I and that if anyone has a friend that could benefit from our message that they would be in good hands. It just meant the world to us. I have never worked with branch missionaries so I'm excited to have a fresh start but I don't really know where to even start. Sister Sneed and I taught our gospel principles class and Sister Sneed did so well and I see that she is getting more comfortable in the branch. We had a good week and it was so fun because after institute we were able to give a church tour to some investigators that were there. It was awesome, especially when we got to the chapel and talked about the sacrament, the spirit was very strong and it was beautiful. One of the guys that was came, we had our first lesson with him on Monday and he is awesome!!! He has lots of questions and really has a desire to know the truth for himself. He is going to be coming to Why I Believe this sunday and I think that will help him to hear testimonies of those that haven't grown up in the church. We had a training meeting for all trainers and trainees yesterday and holy moly it was incredible. President taught about receiving revelation through prayer and how we can help those we teach receive that revelation as well. One of the many things that he said that impacted me was that when Adam was in the Garden he was able to walk and talk with God, which is an incredible concept to think about, and that He told Adam that he wouldn't be able to do this forever and taught him that prayer was a way that he could still communicate with Him. We also had trainings from our three assistants and they just helped us all so much give a perspective and find joy in missionary work. Elder Banner gave an amazing training on getting the most out of our personal study and we talked about the scripture James 1:5 and then dug a little deeper. We looked up James in the Topical Guide and he was Christs brother and it makes total sense that he would help lead the gospel to be restored. I don't know it was such an Ah-ha moment for all of us in the training. At the end of his training he mentioned that we are not going to be the face of the church forever, yeah at that point my stomach sunk and I just can't believe how fast this time is going. Next week I hit my 9 month mark, I'm halfway done...BAAAA! I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing:))) Sister Sneed and I are working hard and really trying hard to find new investigators. I love this work so much and I love the principle of prayer and how I can receive revelation on what the people of Indiana need. I have been relying so much on the spirit and I have been able to know how the spirit speaks to me and learning the language of the spirit has been helping me in all aspects of this work. She gave me a sweet compliment the other night and asked me how I have become so immersed in the work. That just meant the world to me and I was able to reflect back on how much I have grown and how much the Lord has really guided me. The other night I was talking to my district leader, Elder McAllister and he told me it was joy to be around me and that I am sincerely happy. I'm definitely not bubbly 24/7 but I have really found myself and I love who I am and it's because of this gospel. It's starting to get cold here and I'm having to break out my tights and scarves!!! There was a torando the other night and it was so sad to see some of the corn fields and huge trees just demolished. We had a dinner appointment and then a girl from the branch took us to our next appointment and we drove by where a lot of the damage was done. It must have just touched down for a moment but man oh man it hit hard. I love my Savior and what he has done for me and I know that this gospel is the source of all happiness. I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. Love, Sister Lamb

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Family, We had some really exciting things go on this week:)) We had our zone conference and Elder Robbins, from the seventy, was there and he is an amazing man. President Collins and him have been friends for a long time I guess and the two of them together in a room, it's just a powerhouse. He has amazing insight and I walked out feeling so motivated to do the things that he helped us with. He told us to do something in our personal study that will help our testimonies of music grow. He asked us to go to the front our hymnals and find all the blessings and promises that come with music. I did it yesterday and it's amazing how much music can really penetrate deep in our hearts. I have started to try and memorize my favorite hymn, 'Abide with me, Tis Eventide' and study the scriptures associated with that hymn during my breaks. The song means even more to me now. We also had a fun service opportunity, we got to volunteer with the special olympics!!! My whole zone came and we had a blast interacting with these families and their children. It was so fun, because we got to cheer them on in their softball games, and then Sister Sneed and I and two other sisters helped give out awards. That was the best, because they were so excited to get a medal and we would have little ceremonies to give them their medals. I was handing out medals to one of the teams and this girl just started crying because she was so happy and so I gave her a hug and she just continued to cry but it was a really sweet moment. We had a little tender mercy happen yesterday at church. Sister Sneed and I have been asking for referrals and helping the members do missionary work at our dinner appointments and yesterday a girl that we had dinner with a couple of days ago, brought a friend to church and we were so excited. Her friend is interested and really enjoyed church, and he wants to meet with us and it was a little miracle that I really needed. The branch is doing so awesome at helping us out and they want to do what they can for us and the vibe in the branch is so different, and I love it!!!! Sister Sneed and I have been spending a lot of time on campus lately and have had some success with that, but we want to get on campus more and more. We got some good ideas from Elder Ketch, because he and his companion came to have companionship study with us. (It's a new thing that President is doing with new trainers) We were able to practice some different ways to approach and what to say to people and so we are going to try it out:) The weather is beautiful right now and I can smell Fall in the air and I can't wait. Everybody I talk to just raves about Fall here in Indiana so I'm excited. Thank you so much for the birthday package, it made my heart smile!!! I love you all and you are in my prayers every day:)

Monday, August 22, 2011




Dear Family & Friends,

Interviews definitely were an answer to my prayers and I'm just trying to take everything a day at a time. I love being able to talk with Sister Collins and with President. I felt so much more confident in my work and in myself afterwards. Sister Sneed is doing well and I am so proud of the desire that she has to be a good missionary and fulfill her purpose. We have had some great experiences, especially the last few days in our finding. We have been thinking of new ways to talk to people and share the message of the Restoration. Sister Sneed and I have been having fun together too, our companionship is continuing to be more unified and I just love her. We have some great potentials that are starting school this week and we are excited to get on campus a lot this week. We have been able to work well with our branch mission leader who really wants to help us as in any way that he can. The encouragement and support from him has really helped us.

Oh my goodness, Alvin's baptism was wonderful. I was a little sad that not a lot of people from the branch came, but the spirit was there and he was so happy. As soon as he came back up out of the water, he said "I feel good." It was also so awesome to see one of my recent converts baptize him:) Chris was a bit nervous, since it was his first time, but he told us afterwards that it felt good to be able to do that. Alvin is continuing to open up especially to the members, and we are encouraging the members to reach out to him as well. I am so proud of him and the path that lays ahead of him is going to be great if he continues to keep these promises that he has made to his Heavenly Father, he can only go up from here.

Sister Sneed and I are working really hard to help those that we are teaching to progress and to build our teaching pool. At our last district meeting, Elder McAllister trained on finding joy in our missionary work. It was so good for Sister Sneed and I because we went out tracting afterwards and applied those things that he taught us and we were enthusiastic and talked to EVERYONE we came in contact with and for the most part MOST people were friendly and welcoming. We were able to see the blessings from that because we were able to get a lot of potentials and be invited into a few apartments and testify with the spirit.

It was so fun to celebrate my birthday out here!!!!! We went to the church like we normally do for p-day to play games and stuff with the elders in our zone, and it was so sweet because they bought me two cakes. One of them said 'Happy Birthday Sister Lamb' and the other one said 'Don't be Sheepish' That one really made me laugh:))) That night the YSA suprised me at FHE with my favorite kind of pie and other delicious sweets. I also got a card and some letters all bunched together that a lot of people from the mission and the branch had signed, it was so sweet. President and Sister Collins called me that night and it was good to talk with them, Sister Collins, is a hoot, everytime she sees me or talks to me she always asks how is my little lamby. Sister Sneed was really sweet too and bought me two boxes of Mike and Ikes:)

Loves, Hugs, & Kisses,
Sister Lamb

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dear Family & Friends,

Oh happy day it's finally starting to cool down!!!! It's been absolutely beautfiul here and I cannot wait for the fall to be here, I keep hearing wonderful things about it so I'm excited. It was sister collins birthday yesterday and so last night at why I believe we got excited together since our birthdays our next to each other. I told everyone that it is my 16th birthday and then when we walked out of the church to our car, some people left cute little notes all over say happy sweet 16, oh it was a little moment that made me smile. The branch members a couple of weeks ago threw me a little b-day party cuz they didn't know if I was leaving and they made me my favorite pie in the whole world, razzleberry! It was so stinkin sweet of all of them. I'm so happy I get to continue to be a part of this branch.

Well it's been an eventful week, that's an understatement! We had transfer meeting on Wednesday, and before that the trainers got together for a meeting with President Collins. Holy Moly!!!!!!!!!!! There is a whole new training program that we are doing now and so we are the first set of trainers to implement it and my head wants to explode. Elder Ketch and I were just sitting in the meeting like where in the world do we start. Poor Elder Ketch though, he is training, got double transferred, and president called a third assistant to be more in the field and working with the other trainers, yep that would also be Elder Ketch, so he definitely has a full plate! He called me the other night to see how things were going and we just laughed because we are both just wondering how to not be so scatterbrained. My new companion is Sister Sneed and she is from Modesto California. She is such a sweetheart and very shy, so yeah we are working on confidence and I've just kind of thrown her into the work and she is doing a good job and there is still so much to learn but it's coming. I love her tons and I'm excited to see her continually come out of her shell. I just keep reminding myself that the Lord will make me equal to the task.

We have an exciting week this week, we have a baptism!!! Alvin is doing great and I'm so happy for him and for the changes that he has made in his life. It's been a tender mercy from the Lord to be able to see him from the first day we knocked on his door to now. I'm even more excited because one of my recent converts, Chris, is going to baptize him!!!!!! I know I'm going to be crying the entire time. He came to Why I Believe last night and he told that it has been a great day, when he said that it just made my heart smile. It's been amazing how the spirit has spoken to me so differently this week than it has before. I know that is a way that Heavenly Father is showing me that he is aware of me. In my personal study, I was studying for our investigator, Kellie, and I was reading in 2 Nephi 2:6-8 and I can't even describe the overwhelming feeling that I had. I felt my Heavenly Fathers love so strong and I want to be with Him again, and because of my Savior I can, there was so much love and gratitude for my Savior. It was a really special moment for me.

President shared an amazing story with us at transfers, about an Elder that went home this past transfer. His dad had been less active and recently got a temple reccommend and last friday his whole family got to go to the temple to be sealed for time and all eternity. It was awesome, I think everybody was in tears, because this elder was such a faithful servant his whole mission and Heavenly Father was rewarding him for that service. My excitement for missionary work just keeps increasing and oh I just love this work so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well we are off to go and hang out with some of the elders at the church, I have learned my lesson though and that is not to play football with them out in the parking lot, my body doesn't need any more bruises. Yeah last week I was just a hot mess, I don't know why they wanted me to play, I had no idea what I was doing, clearly. My district leader challenged me last night to a ping pong tournament and so we are trying to make it as hardcore, well he is mostly because he broke his ankle and can't do much, so he is trying to make ping pong as manly as possible. It should be entertaining:)

Love,
Sister Lamb

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dearest Family & Friends,

I received a lovely phone call from President Collins this morning, and I'm training!!!!!! I'm staying in Indy YSA which I'm so grateful for and there is a lot of work to do here so I'm excited. It will be cool because this is where I was trained so hopefully she will love it just as much as I do. I have been praying for her a lot already and I know I'm just going to love her. We have our transfer meeting on Wednesday so I will get to meet her then. I'm sad that Sister Lambson is going though, these past 2 transfers have been so much fun and I have learned sooooo much! I know the Lord is in His work and that our companionships are inspired. I thought for sure I would be leaving but the Lord has different plans:)

It's been an overwhelming week but it was all worth it on Sunday. I was a bit stressed this week because I wasn't sure how we were going to meet our goals, we had a full week planned and I was so excited for it but tons of our appointments fell through. I know that we did everything that we were supposed to and we worked really hard. Sister Lambson and I were tracting and I asked if she felt that she gave her all this week, and we both feel that we did our very best. I know we can always improve but we did work hard and even though we weren't able to fulfill our goals we did see miracles. I love fasting and we were able to see immediate blessing from fasting yesterday all day. Everytime something good would happen I would tell Sister Lambson that it's a fasting miracle! We were finally able to see Kellie Earheart and after that lesson I knew that this is what missionary work is all about. I love when I receive those confirmations from the spirit. She has let the spirit truly enter her heart now and I saw that change in her countenance. She has been struggling with the principle of modern day prophets, and we asked her if she has prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. She hasn't and we emphasized that relationship with her Heavenly Father that she needs to have so that she can pray to know and receive that revelation and witness. It finally clicked with her and she said the prayer at the end of the lesson and it was beautiful, I couldn't stop crying (big suprise) but one thing that she said that really hit me was, she knows she is ready to receive her answer. Oh it was the sweetest moment. Then another miracle happened that just floored me, we had been working with Lynn and she dropped us about three weeks ago but it didn't end badly or anything. When we were meeting with her we would bring a member of the branch, Katelynn, with us and they reallly clicked and she called Lynn yesterday and picked her up for church. I was so happy to see her and to see the spirit work through Katelynn to have the courage to invite her to church. During fast and testimony meeting, Brother Rhoades got up and bore his testimony and of course I started crying again, because it was so sweet and pure and he bore testimony of the simple principle that the Lord is aware of each of us. I know someone in the branch needed to hear that and I was so proud of him.

We had a couple of very interesting lessons this week, but one in particular was with a older man named Bill. We were trying to contact a referral and they weren't home so we tracted in their neighborhood and found Bill. He invited us to sit outside on his porch and of course he talked for quite awhile but he has pretty much lost his faith and feels that he has chosen his destiny and there is no changing that. He has such a sad outlook on life and believes that he is going to hell and it doesn't matter. I asked him what he felt his purpose was and he held up a beer can, it was just heartbreaking how hard this man's heart is. It started getting a bit contentious towards the end and I knew we needed to leave. As I was fasting yesterday, I was saying a prayer and praying specifically for the things that I wanted to fast for, and after I closed my prayer I just stayed on my knees to just listen. The spirit definitely had a lot to say to me but one thing that I know we need to do is to go and see Bill again. I thought the Spirit was crazy for a minute, we can't go back there, but I know we need to.

Alvin Smith is doing so well and I know that can be ready for baptism on August 20. He was in Chicago this weekend but we kept in contact with him and he is reading and we had asked him to write down his testimony and I'm so excited to hear that this week when we meet with him. He has such a desire to live the commandments, and asks really great questions about them and he is just making sure that he is living them correctly and the best that he can. He is so great and has some of the best fellowshippers in the branch and so I know that will help him remain faithful. He has come a long way and I can't wait to see what great things he can accomplish because he is so humble. I love that about him.

On p-day last week our district had a bbq and we then went and played sand volleyball and Elder McAllister jumped and landed on the ball and next thing we know we hear a crack and his ankle was the size of the volleyball. He was in so much pain, poor guy was trying to be such a man but you could tell he probably just wanted to cry. Elder Nash gave him a blessing and right now as far as we know it's not broken but oh his ankle is super ugly and fat still. Oh my goodness so we had our district meeting last week and it was the funniest district meeting ever!!!!!!!!!!! Elder McAllister was just off or something and it made Sister Lambson and I get the giggles then everyone else joined in and it just went downhill after that. We then went to role play and Sister Lambson and I were with Elder Knight and Elder McAllister and it was just a train wreck because we couldn't take each other seriously and we were trying so hard:) It was needed I think and we just had a great time taking pictures afterwards, we tried to imitate the cover of the childrens songbook, but we have issues trying to set 8 cameras on self timer and so we got some gems:)

We have been walking soooooo much and luckily the last couple of days haven't been that hot but the humidity makes it a bit more intense. I have gotten significantly tanner, I have some pretty sweet tan lines especially on my ankles that Elder Ketch enjoys teasing me about! A member of the branch took us to P.F. Changs and it was weird thinking I"m going to spend my birthday out here, but I'm excited that I will be in the city and it's on a preparation day, so I'm sure I will spend my birthday playing dodge ball and getting slammed in the face or something:) I still can't believe it is August!!!! I love you all and thinking about you all the timDearest Family & Friends,

I received a lovely phone call from President Collins this morning, and I'm training!!!!!! I'm staying in Indy YSA which I'm so grateful for and there is a lot of work to do here so I'm excited. It will be cool because this is where I was trained so hopefully she will love it just as much as I do. I have been praying for her a lot already and I know I'm just going to love her. We have our transfer meeting on Wednesday so I will get to meet her then. I'm sad that Sister Lambson is going though, these past 2 transfers have been so much fun and I have learned sooooo much! I know the Lord is in His work and that our companionships are inspired. I thought for sure I would be leaving but the Lord has different plans:)

It's been an overwhelming week but it was all worth it on Sunday. I was a bit stressed this week because I wasn't sure how we were going to meet our goals, we had a full week planned and I was so excited for it but tons of our appointments fell through. I know that we did everything that we were supposed to and we worked really hard. Sister Lambson and I were tracting and I asked if she felt that she gave her all this week, and we both feel that we did our very best. I know we can always improve but we did work hard and even though we weren't able to fulfill our goals we did see miracles. I love fasting and we were able to see immediate blessing from fasting yesterday all day. Everytime something good would happen I would tell Sister Lambson that it's a fasting miracle! We were finally able to see Kellie Earheart and after that lesson I knew that this is what missionary work is all about. I love when I receive those confirmations from the spirit. She has let the spirit truly enter her heart now and I saw that change in her countenance. She has been struggling with the principle of modern day prophets, and we asked her if she has prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. She hasn't and we emphasized that relationship with her Heavenly Father that she needs to have so that she can pray to know and receive that revelation and witness. It finally clicked with her and she said the prayer at the end of the lesson and it was beautiful, I couldn't stop crying (big suprise) but one thing that she said that really hit me was, she knows she is ready to receive her answer. Oh it was the sweetest moment. Then another miracle happened that just floored me, we had been working with Lynn and she dropped us about three weeks ago but it didn't end badly or anything. When we were meeting with her we would bring a member of the branch, Katelynn, with us and they reallly clicked and she called Lynn yesterday and picked her up for church. I was so happy to see her and to see the spirit work through Katelynn to have the courage to invite her to church. During fast and testimony meeting, Brother Rhoades got up and bore his testimony and of course I started crying again, because it was so sweet and pure and he bore testimony of the simple principle that the Lord is aware of each of us. I know someone in the branch needed to hear that and I was so proud of him.

We had a couple of very interesting lessons this week, but one in particular was with a older man named Bill. We were trying to contact a referral and they weren't home so we tracted in their neighborhood and found Bill. He invited us to sit outside on his porch and of course he talked for quite awhile but he has pretty much lost his faith and feels that he has chosen his destiny and there is no changing that. He has such a sad outlook on life and believes that he is going to hell and it doesn't matter. I asked him what he felt his purpose was and he held up a beer can, it was just heartbreaking how hard this man's heart is. It started getting a bit contentious towards the end and I knew we needed to leave. As I was fasting yesterday, I was saying a prayer and praying specifically for the things that I wanted to fast for, and after I closed my prayer I just stayed on my knees to just listen. The spirit definitely had a lot to say to me but one thing that I know we need to do is to go and see Bill again. I thought the Spirit was crazy for a minute, we can't go back there, but I know we need to.

Alvin Smith is doing so well and I know that can be ready for baptism on August 20. He was in Chicago this weekend but we kept in contact with him and he is reading and we had asked him to write down his testimony and I'm so excited to hear that this week when we meet with him. He has such a desire to live the commandments, and asks really great questions about them and he is just making sure that he is living them correctly and the best that he can. He is so great and has some of the best fellowshippers in the branch and so I know that will help him remain faithful. He has come a long way and I can't wait to see what great things he can accomplish because he is so humble. I love that about him.

On p-day last week our district had a bbq and we then went and played sand volleyball and Elder McAllister jumped and landed on the ball and next thing we know we hear a crack and his ankle was the size of the volleyball. He was in so much pain, poor guy was trying to be such a man but you could tell he probably just wanted to cry. Elder Nash gave him a blessing and right now as far as we know it's not broken but oh his ankle is super ugly and fat still. Oh my goodness so we had our district meeting last week and it was the funniest district meeting ever!!!!!!!!!!! Elder McAllister was just off or something and it made Sister Lambson and I get the giggles then everyone else joined in and it just went downhill after that. We then went to role play and Sister Lambson and I were with Elder Knight and Elder McAllister and it was just a train wreck because we couldn't take each other seriously and we were trying so hard:) It was needed I think and we just had a great time taking pictures afterwards, we tried to imitate the cover of the childrens songbook, but we have issues trying to set 8 cameras on self timer and so we got some gems:)

We have been walking soooooo much and luckily the last couple of days haven't been that hot but the humidity makes it a bit more intense. I have gotten significantly tanner, I have some pretty sweet tan lines especially on my ankles that Elder Ketch enjoys teasing me about! A member of the branch took us to P.F. Changs and it was weird thinking I"m going to spend my birthday out here, but I'm excited that I will be in the city and it's on a preparation day, so I'm sure I will spend my birthday playing dodge ball and getting slammed in the face or something:) I still can't believe it is August!!!! I love you all and thinking about you all the time.

Love,
Sister Lamb

Monday, August 1, 2011


Dear Family & Friends,

I have learned so much this week and I have really been able to be even more sensitive to the Spirit. My heart is so full right now. I was grateful that as a zone we were able to fast yesterday to receive revelation on how to achieve our zone baptism goal of ten. It is very high but as we met as a district and the zone leaders, I was able to recognize how the spirit speaks to me and that we are setting a goal that has been inspired of God. I felt like our companionship unity as well as our district unity has been strengthned because of this. I know there is a lot we need to change and step it up to achieve this goal, but I think that is what the Lord needs us to do. I love the principle of fasting and the power that comes from it as I fast with a specific purpose. As I have fasted this week, I also fasted for Alvin Smith and that we will do all that we need to prepare him for baptism on August 20. He is doing really well and is coming to church and I know he has felt the spirit and I hope we can continue to help him realize his potential and how he can continue to be a wonderful member of the church.

The sisters training was an answer to my prayers, it truly was. The things that were taught and the spirit that was felt is helping me to be a little better and just keep improving and rely on the Lord. It was so wonderful to be in the mission home with all of my sisters, oh it brings me so much joy to be around them and their testimonies are amazing. On Tuesday we received training all day by President and Sister Collins and the assistants to the President. We also got to have a little sisters council where we discussed lots of stuff on our mind to help be more effective. I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father to be a part of this work, but more importantly to be a part of this mission. I know that I wasn't supposed to serve anywhere else. Thank you for being the person that you are that I look up to so much as well as sister Collins, I love being surrounded by all these good influences because it makes me happy, simple as that:) We didn't get to sleep till....well...it was late, but it was so fun. Sister Collins almost came down and joined us but she didn't, but she kept coming down and telling us to have pillow fights. Oh she cracks me up. It was so cute on Monday night when we all got there we started the meeting, and four of the sisters sang a song, and it was hilarious because they were doing so well at first, and then Sister Elmer cracked up then Sister Williams, Sister Little was trying so hard to keep going and then Sister Sanders just laughed with them, then we all started laughing, oh it was a great way to start this day off:))) The poor assistants they looked like they were about to die being surrounded by girls all night and all day. They were good sports though:)

I had an amazing exchange with Sister Elmer, oh my heavens she is one amazing woman of God. I couldn't stop telling her that the whole day. Just all the things she said were so inspired and I learned so much from her. I was so happy that we finally had the opportunity to serve around one another because I have always looked up to her from day one. We had some great teaching appointments and I was glad that we got to teach together, she really taught how to apply the fundamentals to our teaching. I have been working so hard this past week to understand the fundamentals and get more out of them. I feel like I'm just at the surface and I want to learn more, I want to get the most out of them. Sister Elmer was able to help me do that and I just have to keep plugging along at them. She is amazing and I hope we can serve together sometime, because I just love her dearly.

Sister Lambson and I are doing well, our companionship unity is amazing and we are able to be open and honest with one another and as we have done that I have noticed that all aspects of our missionary work are affected. I'm so grateful for her, oh my goodness I'm crying right now, in the library, anyway, she is such a sweet person, I don't know how else to describe her. We are kind of preparing at this point that we will most likely be seperated and I know that whoever her next companion is will love her, not as much as I do, but she will be loved by her companion and by the people she will serve. I'm jealous of how everybody just loves her within seconds of meeting her. She is powerful and I know that is a gift from the spirit and will serve her well. I have been thinking about my setting apart blessing and one thing that my stake president said was that I will be eternal friends with my companions, I believe that with all my companions that I have had so far. I thank my Heavenly Father for that everyday.

Our district is having a BBQ today so I made some yummy chip dip so I'm excited for that, I love my district so much!!!! We are just a bunch of goofs but we drop anything to help one another! I love you all dearly and I'm thinking about you everyday!!!!!

Love,
Sister Lamb

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dear Family,

Oh how Indiana brings joy to my little heart. The people here are just....oh they are gems!!!! We have had some great tracting experiences and even when we have been contacting people on the canal we have been getting into some great discussions and I feel as if we are fulfilling our purpose if they aren't going to really act on what we have taught them. I have to say that I have never sweated like this before, oh my gosh it has been a killer week, I go through 50000 gallons of water a day and I think I'm just sweating it all out, okay that was a gross visual but you ge the idea. I'm just like we look disgusting who is going to want to talk to us right now:))) It's got a perk though because people invite us into their houses to give a cold drink, so hey it works!!

We had a member come with us to a lesson this past week and it was incredible. She is a member of the Indy 3rd ward and she is a returned missionary and oh she is just a ball of sunshine. She is absolutely hillarious and we had the best time together and she just has a solid testimony that she shared with the people that we were teaching and I loved it. She was definitely an answer to my prayers because it was great to hear her share her experience of her mission and the love that she continues to have for it. She shared an experience with the people that we were teaching and said that she had met a Native American and they were talking about the Book of Mormon and he said that it was familiar to him and that he had grown up hearing those stories. It was amazing to hear that and to know that the people in the Book of Mormon were real and the Native Americans truly are their descendants. I'm so excited because I'm going on exchanges tonight with Sister Elmer and it's going to fun!!! She is coming to my area and I love exchanges because miracles happen and so much is learned. I'm going to miss Sister Lambson though but we will be reunited at the sisters training, or as the elders call it our slumber party! Oh those elders!!!

The branch members have been continuing to be so incredible to us and also those investigators that we have been working with. We had three investigators at church yesterday and they were fellowshipped and it was just amazing to see that outreach. Alvin Smith has been doing really well this week and I know that his heart is in it now. We had set a baptismal date with him for July 30 and we were moving forward with that but we had a lesson with him on Saturday and that was the best lesson we have had. We have decided to move that date into August and he feels that is what he needs to do and we feel the same. We have prepared him for that and we are doing all that we need to and I know that he will be ready to be baptized in August. There was something different in his countenance on Saturday and when he came to church yesterday. The spirit is testifying to him and it's a joy to see. Kellie came to church yesterday and I was so happy to see her. We were worried that she was slipping through our fingers but she is still holding on and we have a lesson with her this week. Also we had Gwen Weaver come to church and she is an interesting girl that is for sure. I was very proud of her for asking questions during the lessons at church and she still has A LOT more questions and she kind of throws them all at us at once but she is going to be fun to teach.

Love,
Sister Lamb

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hello my beautiful family and friends,

It's been a pretty exciting week with Sister Lambson and I, we are staying quite busy and I know that is because our planning is getting better. We have focusing a lot on the companionship and personal goals that we have set and we have been able to be a strength to one another. Sister Lambson has been a great support to me and I appreciate that each and every day. We have been really working hard to receive referrals, we have been asking everyone that we come in contact with. We haven't received very many, but we know that we are putting forth our best effort and we can be accountable to the Lord for that. Sister Lambson and I were personal contacting on the canal the other day and talked to this girl and invited her to come to church, and on Sunday she came with nine muslim girls. It was so great to see them all walk in, we had a short lesson with them afterwards and are going to meet with them this week before they go back to Turkey. Sister Lambson and I couldn't stop smiling, they were so adorable and had great questions about the Godhead and I felt that we were able to answer them with the Spirit.

We were able to set a baptismal date for Alvin Smith for July 30. I know that it is soon and Sister Lambson and I have felt inspired that he can be ready by that date. I'm still a bit nervous that he may not make it, and I know that we can prepare him for baptism and he will be ready, even if it's not on July 30. We had a lesson with him on Sunday and I feel better about him keeping those committments that we give him. We emphasized that if he is keeping his committments now, he will be able to keep the covenants he will make with the Lord. I still feel like he is holding something back, but we were pretty bold with him on Sunday and I feel as if he is being honest with us. We are very excited to prepare him for this and he truly is a great person, he is a very chill and low key kind of guy so it's hard to tell if he is super excited about it, but I think it's his personality and through his actions we can tell. At our district meeting on Friday, Elder McAllister asked me to help him train on asking inspired questions and that really helped me to prepare for that during the week, because I know that will help us especially with Alvin. I was a bit nervous when Elder McAllister asked me to do part of the training at our district meeting, yeah I don't know what he was thinking, but it went well:) It was our zone leader, Elder Ketch, it was his birthday on Friday and during our break earlier last week, Sister Lambson and I made up a birthday song for him to the tune of 'Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked.' Oh my goodness it was hilarious when we sang to him on Friday. We were very proud of ourselves:)

I can't believe Hayli Dickey is home now and that Shanae Wilkinson gets back so soon!!!!! I hit my 7 month mark last week...ugh!!! As much as the heat and humidity is killing me, I love it here. Sister Lambson and I are having so much fun and we are so excited for next week, because Sister Collins has put together a sisters training, so all the sisters in the mission are going to mission home monday night and sleeping over and then the next day we are going to have oodles of fun and have trainings from President and Sister Collins! We all got a little giggly in district meeting when they announced that, I think the elders are jealous:) One thing that I have learned out here is how big of a clutz I am, on Friday at district meeting, Sister Lambson and I got up to talk about our stewardships and she started walking and then my shoe got caught in her bag and then I thought I had balance and then it was just downhill from there (literally) and I skidded across the floor on my knees and almost hit my head on the table but I caught myself, but the damage was already done:) Then Sister Lambson was helping me up and I hit her in the head, yeah we were just missing the third stooge! No one stopped laughing for like 15 minutes, including me! :))))) It was pretty funny!

It has been a good week for me personally and spiritually. I was able to finish the Book of Mormon for the second time since I have been out, and I took that promise from Moroni and it wasn't an immediate answer but the Lord has given me those feelings throughout this week of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I am grateful for that because I have been able to share that with one of our investigators, Lynn, who is struggling to recognize answers to her prayers. I have been wondering a lot lately what I would be like if I was being taught the gospel for the first time, and I feel as if I'm able to relate a lot to Lynn and worrying if I haven't received an answer. (That didn't really make sense) but being able to share my testimony with her has helped strengthen mine. The Lord knew that I really needed that and that is how I know that He does live and loves me. As I started reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning again, a scripture hit me hard, 1 Nephi 3: 21, I feel as if I can be like that a lot of times, I see what the Lord needs me to do and I don't know how in the world I'm supposed to do it. Then another scripture came to me in 2 Kings 6:14-17 and I just need to open my eyes and see that the Lord has made it possible. When I read that, it made my little heart pitter patter.

Love,
Sister Lamb