Monday, 24 September 2012

Hey so first thing before I forget. Is it too late to get an absentee ballot? Okay now on to the rest of the e-mail. So this week has been amazing. Elder Foster of the Seventy came and spoke to the mission. He was doing a tour of the mission and spoke to us on how to better work with the members. It was amazing. Learned so much and so much I want to do to help the work progress in this area! So excited can't wait! The week has been amazing. We have been unable to tract much due to the smoke. And we are under heavier restrictions because of it as well. No going out before one. Be inside as much as possible. Etc..... So our miles are a little tight right now. But God has blessed us. We are finding people who truly want to learn more about the gospel and how they can have those closer relationships with God. I love being here and seeing how much of a blessing this gospel is. I want to share with all and continue on doing so for the rest of my life. We were teaching Chris one of our investigators. He gave us his most sincere yes to a baptism invite yet. It is so amazing to just see in the short time I have known him to see the change. And then David. He is so sincere. He wants to be baptized and knows so much about the gospel already. It truly is amazing. God puts people in our path for a reason. We have been working on being more focused in the work. Because the people here deserve our total time and focus. They are the Children of God that we have been sent to serve. So you may be getting a package or two that will go up in the attic. Some of the 'stuff' I have is a bit distracting. The work is so exciting here. The stake here has assigned a Spanish couple to come up here and help us with the Spanish less-actives. It will be amazing. Our Spanish is not so great. We both understand more than we speak. So with their help we will be able to understand and speak with those we teach. So excited! How are things at home? Any exciting news? Any pictures to send? Well know I love you and hope and pray all is well, Con mucho Amor, Hermana Ziegler

Monday, 17 September 2012

17 September 2012

So Sorry but this is going to be a little short this week. Timed computers and all plus not always liking me equal shorter e-mails.
So glad to hear from the family as always. I love you all!

Well this week we moved from the house with all the mice. now we are in a huge 90 yr-old house by ourselves surrounded by orchards. We have so much fruit that we have been having smoothies just to use them all. A lot of fruit and we are given more and more every week. Help!

But this week has also been interesting with all the smoke from the fires surrounding us. we are not to go out before 1 during the week and to try to have all our appointments inside as much as possible. Which is not easy right now for us because we are in a "Finding" stage and that involves tracting. but........ yeah!

But we have been having some small miracles this week. We had a less-active that we have been trying promise us that they would come to church. we were not sure if it would happen but it did. Oh we of little faith. It was amazing though because so many people came up to him and welcomed him and asked where he has been and they were so excited to see him. It was amazing! Pray that it will continue to happen and that they will feel the difference and the Blessings from going.
Sorry got to go time is out!
Love you all,
Hermana Ziegler

Monday, 10 September 2012

1 Sept. 2012

Leavenworth is amazing, we hike mountains daily to contact people and invite them to learn more about Christ. It is so amazing here. There was a big lightning storm the other day and in Wenatchee there are a few canyons on fire from lightning strikes. Leavenworth was just passed by. the storm barley even came close. The ward here is great. I have been here only a week yet the people have made me feel so welcomed.

The work here is a little slow. in part because people are so far apart it is a mountain community. and we cover the little towns surrounding Leavenworth as well. But it is amazing. The people are great and I am learning so much with Hermana Probst already. She is an amazing missionary. and very patient. Because I tend to interrupt because I am never sure when someone is done speaking. I am learning though.

The trip up here was Long..... from Othello it was a good 3 hour drive or so. really I don't remember. just that I had wanted to get out of the car and get to work by the end of it.

We taught the young woman about missionary work. the preparation it takes, the how, and the why. It was so much fun, and they loved it! We have amazing recent converts here and teaching them the new members lesson has been a blast. They are amazing!

Did a Spanish Church tour. it was good but felt so out of it. with only understanding half of what was said and not knowing all the words to say what I want. was so ....hmmm.... interesting. I know what my language study for the week will be!

Then this week went on exchanges. that was fun! Got to learn more about what we should know as missionaries and how to better teach by the Spirit. It is so key to have that in our teaching that sometimes we forget about it, sadly. But it is how they truly feel for themselves that this is a message from God. And that we are there as guides for them to come unto Christ and repent and be filled with that spirit that they feel when we are there teaching. The sister I went on exchange with left me a surprise note in my journal. saying how much she admires me and just seeing how much I have grown in the mission. she was so sweet and went on to say more but it is my note so.......

Had a ward party. it was a potluck. felt like I was going to explode afterwards. ate too much sugar again. seriously it is way to easy to do that! On Sunday we had ward conference and it was amazing. the whole thing seemed to be focused on missionary work. and the stake president mentioned several times to the ward that they were lucky to have us because of the shortage of missionaries in the mission. But it was so exciting to feel the excitement for missionary work and just going out there and inviting people to learn more about what a blessing this is and can be for them. So excited to be here and find those ready to here the Gospel.

Great to hear from home. don't remember all your questions hope they were answered! Know I love you all and hope all is well,
Hermana Ziegler

Monday, 3 September 2012

3 Sept. 2012

So first off I am sending some pictures to you all! The first is my name! I was having fun with my camera. Then There was the cake the member we live with made for both of us. Sister teddy eating cake. Then pictures from the baptisms! And two animal we saw while tracting on the outskirts of Warden. A snake and an Emu. Then the country side from the car!

Okay on to my weekly letter home! So big news first......ready???? I am being transferred! I will be going to Leavenworth with Sister Probst my other MTC companion. Crazy huh? Well I am sad to be leaving the area. Even with it being combined with another. I have loved working with the members here and growing with the area. There is so much potential in theses areas I know that God is preparing his Elect to be found and to be taught the Gospel.
So The week has been great! We sang in young woman's yesterday and you could just feel the Love that God has for his Children especially the Youth. they are in such a hard time in their lives. It is the crucible of your life. where you decide what kind of person you are going to be and what dreams you have. But it was beautiful. Sister Collins also played piano for primary. they had allot of call in sicks so we played piano for them. Poor warden. To have so many people call in sick. at the last minute too. But we were glad that we could help.

Okay so I don´t have my old planner with me so I can´t remember everything about the week But I will share some small miracles with you. first- we were riding by on our bikes when we pulled over and said hello to a man. He started asking us questions similar to What Joseph Smith had. And we shared with him the book of Mormon. He was excited to know that there was a way he could feel the peace he desired in his life and receive the answers he was looking for. second- We were tracting and knocked into a door the man answered and said that he does not speak English then pulls over his wife to come talk with us. She does not speak English either. So we asked them if they knew of members in the area. well they had only been in the area for 15 days. Told us about friends that were members of the church. Then saw the Book of Mormon I had in my hands and started asking questions about it. We then went in side and taught them about it. And what it contains. it was amazing. Then went tracting just last night and invited a young Mom on a church tour and she accepted! The Lord blesses us when we do our part.

I have some thank you´s to send but I keep forgetting. Sorry!!!

Know I love you all and hope that your week is amazing!
Con Amor,
Hermana Zielger