Monday, March 31, 2014

Come! Listen to a Prophet's Voice!

Imagine you lived in the days of Isaiah, Abraham, Jeremiah, or Moses. You knew that there was a living prophet of God- a special witness of Jesus Christ on the Earth- and he was coming to your town. What would you do to be there? Would you want to know what he had to say?

Our loving Heavenly Father calls Prophets and Apostles- men with the responsibility and authority to lead and guide God's church under the direction of Jesus Christ. Every 6 months they speak to the world. The words that Jesus Christ wants us to hear today- to give us guidance for our day just like He gave guidance to prophets of old as recorded in the Bible. This weekend they speak again. They will testify of Jesus Christ, His love, and His gospel. 

It will be on the internet (Click Here) the television, and in some places on the radio this weekend. It will be available in meetinghouses across the world. 

10 AM and 2 PM Saturday if you live in Utah, 9:00 and 1:00 in Washington or Arizona, and accessible after the live broadcasts on (Click Here)

It's been fun inviting everyone to watch it. Learning about living prophets makes a huge difference in people's lives. It means that Christ still speaks- and He loves us as much as He loves the people who lived before He came to this Earth to perform His mortal ministry and Atoning sacrifice for us. 

It has always been hard for people to accept living prophets - Noah, Jeremiah, even Jesus Christ were denied by many people while they taught on Earth. I know that we have a living prophet on the Earth today who testifies of Jesus Christ. But that is something that each person has to learn personally by prayer.

That is what we invite people to do. Pray and find out by the Holy Spirit.

This week was tough. We've been less able to go out and visit people because we've sick. We lost one of the people we were teaching - and some of the people we haven't lost aren't progressing like I wish they were. Sometimes the work is hard. As Elder Holland said "Salvation is not a cheap experience." But, as I watch people decide not to act in faith and learn for themselves or act on what they have learned, I feel Christ's love. I understand His sacrifice for me a little bit more. I love Him more and I want to serve Him.

Yesterday I found a street in our area that I have never been on. It was like Christmas. More people to talk to. 

People have been really nice to us, too. I can always count on our ward to support the missionaries.

My companion learned how to put my hair in corn rows.

This is one of my favorite letter pictures so far.

I FINALLY learned how to do that missionary trick with my hands. The one where you make a snapping sound without snapping.

I love you all. Stay faithful, stay stalwart. Keep up the amazing. 

Sister Caroline Faulkner

Monday, March 17, 2014

Greenie BUSTED!

The companion that you have after your trainer "Greenie Busts" you. I'm not really positive what the significance of this term is yet. 

I can tell already that my new companion Sister Reyes is going to be great for our area. The people we are teaching already love her.

Here is a picture of Sister McMurtrey and I right before she left for Yakima. She is a gem. I'm sure Yakima will love her.

Here are the other Sisters in our Zone before transfers- I love them all. Only four of us are still in Moses Lake.

Sister Reyes and I are already having a blast though. She has a lot of enthusiasm for this work.
You know what's coming up?
Get ready, folks, for the first weekend in April- when we hear the words of a living prophet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I know that President Monson is a prophet. I am so grateful to my Savior- that He continues to give us direction and guidance personally through the Holy Ghost and to the world through a living prophet and living Apostles.
Time for the Eternal Truth that does not pertain to salvation for this week:
2. Waking up early actually helps you be less tired than you would be if you woke up late.
Real. Thing. I wish that I could explain this sufficiently to you with science and stuff. All I know is that (provided you go to bed on time) Waking up at 6:30 helps me to stay alert throughout the day. Exercise also helps. I exercise way more now than I ever did before my mission - and I haven't gained any weight yet. So my new advice about not gaining weight on your mission is: never exercise before your mission and then you'll be in better shape on your mission than you were before. (Don't actually take this advice.)
Have a fantastic week of greatness and glory!  2 Nephi 26:23-28

Sister Caroline Faulkner

Monday, March 10, 2014

When Transfers Call

That should be the title of a horror movie. Transfers are so stressful! I am starting to go gray, folks. But it's okay because...

I'm Staying in Moses Lake! I'm losing my trainer! But that's okay. My new companion has been out a while and I'm sure she's amazing. We have had a really great few weeks- despite the weather (sometimes) and some difficulties with our investigators- we have been really happy! We have really felt Christ's love for us. I'll be sad to see my companion go on Wednesday, but she'll have fun- she's been here so long it'll be good for her to get out of our tiny little area.
It's a new transfer!! That means I get to make a new planner! I'll post pictures when that happens.
I'll also continue to send beautiful letters. These are my favorite:

We made transfer predictions- which were mostly incorrect.(that's me with the chalkboard)

Somebody in our neighborhood decided to put a creepy mannequin in his car! Scared me half to death!

And I made my own Plan of Salvation cutouts to use to teach about our purpose in this life!

One of the Sisters who was in our zone made a list of "10 Eternal Truths that do not Pertain to Salvation" That she has learned on her mission.  I have decided to come up with some of my own and include them in my posts. the first is this:
1. If you are going to take your child out of Sacrament Meeting- you had better make it a lot less fun than it is to be in Sacrament Meeting.
This is something my trainer taught me. It doesn't describe one child or parent- rather it describes the struggle that many (all) righteous parents face as they do their best to rear their children in righteousness. I have compassion for them. I know their struggle. Struggling parents, know that we love you dearly.
This transfer shall be full of splendor and miracles!

Sister Caroline Faulkner

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Wonderful World of Color

When it snows, the world gets a little bit drained of color. Right now there is ice on the roads, snow on the sidewalks and in the fields, and rain falling from the sky. Lots of gray.

But! We have a lot of fun anyway. I just have to find ways to put color into my little missionary world.I made a scripture case:

I color my letters to friends and family. Here are the letters I sent out last week:

They represent respectively: Swan Lake, Rapunzel, Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer", and Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. (inaccurately because of the electric light. Pretend those lights are hand-lit streetlamps and candles from the early 19th century).
You can't really see this giant pile of tumbleweeds, but the wind was being extremely persnickety the day before it last snowed. They totally blocked the sidewalk. Now they have snow all over them.  Not really colorful. Just fantastic. This wins the largest tumbleweed competition for now- but we've had some great contenders in the past. Some bigger than me. None large enough to block the entire sidewalk. Tumbleweeds aren't really colorful, I guess. Just amusing.

If you write me a letter you will get a colorful picture on the back of the envelope that holds my response.

Have a wonderful day!


Sister Caroline Faulkner