Monday, September 15, 2014

Sister Toolan needs FL quarters....NOW!

ATTENTION ALL WHO ARE ABOUT TO READ THIS: I need you to do something for me…please :) Will yall all go look through your quarters and if you find a Florida one, grab a little envelope and send it to me please???!! There is a guy here in this ward that will make a quarter ring out of your state quarter, so now you see the importance in this really random favor! I will love you forever.
Beautiful Cali:)
 I had a really great friend ask me in an email this week what are some things I’m focusing on right now. I figured I could share one with you:
I understand right now how important working with the members is. I see now that until the ward where we are serving are prepared to fellowship, bear testimony to and love the people we find then Heavenly Father isn't going to give us those prepared ones. It's my job as a missionary to help the members in the areas which I serve to understand what their role is as a member missionary. I know that it’s a lot easier for some to be missionaries when they have a tag on like me, but regardless of the tag it’s our job to be sharing this great message with others.
Doctrine and Covenants 24:12 And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night. And I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men.

I love this scripture because to me sharing the gospel with others is sharing your testimony with people. It’s standing in line at the store and when asked how your weekend was instead of saying “good” it’s sharing something you loved/learned at church. It’s living a Christlike life, it’s being kind to others and not being scared to share what you KNOW to be true. Because you do. You know it is! I especially love the last part of the verse where the Lord is promising to give us strength such as not known among men. When we are doing what the Lord is asking us to do (and He is BEGGING us to share the gospel in these latter days if ya didn’t know) He is GOING to have our back. He won’t leave us hangin’ out to dry. He will tell us what to say, when to say it, who to say it to. He will watch over us. So this week I want you to share your testimony. Pray and ask Heavenly Father who you need to share it with and don’t question it, go out and do it. I promise you’ll see blessings from it.

I wish you knew JUST how many people try to marry us sisters off to people they know. It’s been pretty bad since I’ve gotten to Hesperia haha. There will be women and men who will try and sell us their sons, brothers, nephews, friends, you name it they’ve tried it! It’s always super awkward and hilarious. I guess I’ll take it as a compliment?? Ha.

This Friday the ward had a ward talent show and asked us missionaries to be in it. Well, we didn’t want to be like everyone else and sing or something, so after much painful thinking (my creative side of the brain is DEAD as a missionary) we decided to do this: we taped glow sticks on our bodies to make us look like stick people and did a dance in the dark. It was awesome. Plus it was nice because no one knew who was who so we could be idiots (as usual) and it didn’t even matter!!! It made the ward like us, which is always nice. I think it’s safe to say we deff took home the trophy ;p

On Saturday I got to spend practically the WHOLE day with my trainer, Sister Havens. We got to go help with Phelan Phamily Phun days which is where she is serving. We got to catch up, share triumphs, miracles, hard times, talk about all the people we got to teach together and how they’re doing. It was so amazing. I love that woman. I love how sometimes it’s take not spending 24/7 with a person to appreciate them and see how much fun you had together :p I love the friendships I’ve made because of my mission. I love all of my companions so much. Only bad part of the day? We had to be there by 6 in the morning…so we had to wake up at was dark when we left for it and we were there, in the heat, standing til 4:30 PM hahah. Boy, it was tiring. But it was awesome. Service is the best, especially when you get to wear jeans and a tshirt the whole time :)
5:30AM Faces

Someone opened their door to us in a bra this week. Yes. Strange things happen on the mission. I will leave you on that note :p love you all. Go make me proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Toolan
Elder Coburn & Sister Toolan look like siblings:)

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