Monday, February 24, 2014

Go Down Moses

 Things have really been turning around for us this week.
We found three new people to teach! They are super-cool. Our investigators are doing much better. Several that we were having a hard time getting appointments with have set new appointments with us, or started reading more. I know that the Lord is looking out for us, and for the people we are teaching, and for the people looking for the truth.
Christ is waiting to deliver us from the bondage of sin. And He can- there is no doubt about that.

Both my companion and I have been cheerful and well taken care of by the members of our ward. We also got lots of mail this week. Thanks to Mom, Grandma, Aunt Shannon, Melanie, and Alicia. I loved each of your letters/ packages and I am going to write each of you today.

Also, a special shout out to my MOM. Who's birthday is coming up! She's 25 again. I can't believe it.
Thanks to all of you for your love and support and dedication to the work.
Also- be nice to the missionaries when they come to your door. Don't fight with people about your religion or theirs. That does not invite the spirit. I've learned a little bit about anger and the spirit. They cannot exist together. We had a not-so-fun experience recently with people trying to fight with us. I love those people who are polite and loving even if they are totally uninterested. Those people are the best.
I hope that all of you have a great week! I'll write more next week, Promise.
Sister Faulkner

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


I have some pictures including a picture of what happens when you bring old, used, and not-so-tough/ not-so-waterproof boots on a mission. 

Valentine's Goodies:

Monday, February 17, 2014


I have lots of food. People give us food, my mom sends me food. We buy food. I probably don't need anymore food. I have been trying to see how long I can go without buying groceries. It's going pretty well.
My Mom sent me some cereal and some pancake mix, but I refused to buy ANY food last week so I have been eating the cereal dry. Which is cool. Mom sent me syrup to go with the pancake mix- super nice of her but it didn't really work out, so I have been coming up with new things to put into the pancakes- all of which include chocolate. The following is a  list of strategies I have tried in order of success from least successful to most successful.
1. Butter
2. Hot chocolate mix in the pancakes
3. Peanut M&Ms
4. Lindor truffles- they melt.
5. Brownie mix in the pancakes
6. More Brownie Mix
7. Andes Mints
8. That second batch of brownie pancakes with Andes Mints
9. Plain with Hot chocolate mix on top.
10. Dove Dark chocolate hearts in the pancakes
My hypothesis is that the best combination out of these ingredients will be Dove dark chocolate pieces in the pancakes with hot chocolate mix on top of the pancakes. Don't worry. I have enough of all of these things.
If I decide to be bold my next move might be Fruit Smiles pancakes.
On Friday- Valentine's Day. One woman whom we had never met before turned her car around after passing us and pulled over so that she could hand us each a heart-covered plastic bag with lindor truffles inside of them. She said. "I remember tracting. You need Valentines" That was sweet of her.
A note to all of you who feed missionaries in any way. Thank you. We love you. You are great. Those of us who serve in the Western United States (and maybe other places) receive an abundance of sweets. So many sweets. If you feed us- we love Salad and healthy foods. Really you can give us whatever you want and we will be grateful and eat it- but if you want us to be healthy. It is hard to get vegetables as a missionary.
Yesterday we held a special fast with two of our investigators. Fasting is one of those commandments that seems ridiculous until you try it. I believe it to be utterly divine. I could not have thought of it. I have received more strength and guidance through fasting, prayer, and scripture study combined than I could possibly pass off as coincidental or made up. I have a testimony of the power of fasting. I don't know how it works. I don't know why it works. I only know that when I go without food for two meals as I ask the Lord for help or guidance- help and guidance come and I am able to recognize the Lord's hand in my Life. I feel His love for me.
Hope you all have a great week.

Mark 9:23-24


Sister Caroline Faulkner

Monday, February 10, 2014

Love is Lovely

Happy Valentine's Day!

Missionary work is all about love. I don't really know anything about St Valentine, and as a missionary romantic love isn't really our focus- but Christ's love is. We try to share that love that we feel from Christ with the people that we teach.
Our Heavenly Father loves us, and because He loves us He created a plan for us to return to Him after this life. We couldn't do it alone, so He sent Jesus Christ to make it possible. Christ came because His Father sent Him and because He also loves us. His mortal life was marked by love, and because He still lives and loves us, He continues to guide us as He did in the past through a living prophet, the scriptures, and through the Holy Spirit. All that we teach as missionaries  comes back to love.
Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven again as families after this life if we so choose. We can be forgiven and made clean from our past sins when we repent and try to be more like Christ.
We have a special word for Christ's love- Charity.
Obviously we are not perfect. We cannot truly be like He is, but He has the power to help us improve and to fill us with love for others.
As missionaries, we go about bringing people to Christ because they are God's children, and their salvation matters very much to Him. So when we knock on your door and you think "How can these people possibly care about me when they don't even know me?" remember that God loves you and Christ loves you. As representatives of Jesus Christ, we love you as well. We cannot truly understand His infinite love for you, because it is beyond our capability to love anyone that much, but we love you with all that we've got.

This week, we walked through a lot of snow and ice. We talked to some nice people and some not-so-nice people. We invited our investigators to do some hard things. When one family agreed to give up tobacco so that they could be baptized and make covenants with Christ we were so happy. We were so happy to see how excited they were to learn about General Conference and how the prophet, the Apostles, and other leaders in the church share the words that Christ wants us to hear every 6 months. We were sad when people chose to stop meeting with us, or when they chose not to learn more. We were sad when they struggled to progress spiritually. But because of faith we don't give up. We know that Christ continues to reach out to people. 
"Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." - Galations 6:18
Sister Faulkner
Moses Lake Washington

Monday, February 3, 2014

Drops in a Pot

I forgot my camera today- so pictures will have to come next week. Sorry about that.
Tomorrow is my two month mark! But having 16 more to go means that those two seem like drops in a bucket. That's fine, I like it that way. It's been an interesting two months.
I find that every week feels really crazy. We work with so many different people that juggling their ups and downs can make me emotionally sea-sick. This week was another mixed-bag. Though I must say that it seems a little heavy on the negative side and a little sparse on the positive end of things.
Yesterday was the Superbowl. We decided not to go out and annoy the people watching it. We did other productive activities at home. I am pretty sure the Seattle Seahawks won- for those of you who are still wondering.
I didn't tell you this, but about a month ago I dropped a name tag on our way home. We found the magnetic back next to the sidewalk about a week later, and I had just about given up looking for it when my companion found its remains on the ground about a mile away on a different street. I'll share a picture in the future. I feel that the chances of finding it are pretty slim- until I remember that we walk up and down and across our little area for the better part of every day- so that was exciting.
I learned what Pot smells like. We knocked on a couple of doors that opened to reveal the overwhelmingly cloying and sour smell of skunk/ body odor. The people behind both of those doors told us we could come back! Which is great. I am glad that I can correctly identify the smell now. I figure that knowledge will help me out later when I teach High School.
We were dropped by several people this week as well. The most promising family that we had when I got here dropped us. We were crushed. We are still really upset about it. They were so excited to be baptized! Then things fell apart. They got sick, we couldn't get in and teach them. They couldn't go to church. She was having a hard time quitting smoking. They dropped us- and not gently. The worst part is I had SEEN them change. I had witnessed what the gospel of Jesus Christ had done for their lives. They were like them people of King Benjamin in Mosiah 5:2 who said

"Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually"

I have been thinking, in my study, about how to get from that feeling to the end of that chapter which reads "ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ the Lord God Omnipotent may seal you His."
I think it takes continued repentance. Mosiah 5 talks a lot about depending on Christ so that we can be cleansed by Him, because only under His name (in His gospel covenant through baptism and repentance- taking upon ourselves His name) can we make it back to our Father in Heaven.
We got dropped by a few people this week- and it has been hard to recover. But we are teaching others who are moving forward. We will recover, and we will go on to help others. Even though it hurts sometimes.
Thanks for your support.
Be steadfast and immovable.

Sister Caroline Faulkner