Sister Rook

Sister Rook

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017


I have no idea what to put for the subject this week :D

 Hi Fam!! 

Oh my Goodness. This week has just been truly incredible! Holy Moly. There were so many miracles that we saw! I am so excited for this upcoming week as well, with Trainer Trainee and Zone Conference! It is going to be the best!! 

There are three specific miracles or the highlights of the week that I want to share with you!

1. Monday we were out finding, and it was about 7:20  and we decided that we were going to try one more house before we drove to our appointment. Well, we tried one more house and they ended up rejecting us. Sister Banks then says to me, "Well, that means we have to try one more house then!" We looked around and we both felt impressed to try the house across the street. The man answered the door and his name was Jamie (pronounced hay-me, he is from Guatamala) He speaks very good English, so we were super excited that we would be able to teach him and his family rather than passing him off to the elders. We taught him the Restoration and he expressed to us that he had read the Book of Mormon 20 years ago! He was excited to have another book, and he asked for one in Spanish because it was easier for him to read. He wasn't able to come to church on Sunday, but we are seeing him this week! Also, during weekly planning Sister Banks and I both felt impressed to pass him off to the elders, we don't want to haha but we are going to be obedient to the promptings of the spirit. We know that the Elders should teach him for some reason!

2. The next miracle is during the car fast! We both wanted to explore a part of our area that we hadn't been to yet. So we drove out there and it was all pretty much farm land. I have to be honest my faith was kind of wavering. I didn't know what we were going to do for the whole 7 hours that we were going to be in that area. So we got out of 
 the car and we must have talked to every house that was close by, the houses were pretty spread out... but we did it! We came back and did 12 week and comp and had lunch and all that then we had about and 1 hour left. We knew that someone was in this area that needed us so we were going to find them! I felt a little "iffy" about trying the houses across from a Buddhist worship center but Sister Banks and I felt that we needed to. On the second to the last door we knocked, we met Victor! He is from Russia, and we were able to teach him the Message of the Restoration! He committed to be baptized on July 29th! It was so awesome to recognize that we needed to be in that area for a reason even if it was just for Victor! He couldn't make it to church, so we will have to change his date, but we were able to see him on Saturday as well!  

3. The last miracle is Hector!! He was able to come to church on Sunday, and he absolutely loved it!! The speakers in sacrament meeting were supposed to speak on the importance of being worthy to hold a temple recommend, but instead one of them just shared his conversion story. It was absolutely perfect, and Hector went up after sacrament meeting and gave him the biggest thank you! After church he came up to me and told me that he absolutely LOVED priesthood meeting and that we would definitely see him at church next Sunday. It was just incredible to see our ward switch, I was a little worried that the ward wouldn't fellowship anyone if they came to church, but I was so surprised. And I was so grateful! I definitely need to work on my faith and stop doubting! 

Sister Banks is doing awesome! One of her goals this week is to not complain about having to be obedient, and she has been doing great! It has helped her to see that she doesn't have to be obedient grudgingly- but that by being obedient is how she will have the most joy on the mission! It is something that I am continually working on myself! Overall, I am just so thankful for her and what she has taught me! 

In my studies this week I drew another diagram!! That morning for workout we had run around the capital building and then we had run up and down the stairs at the building about 20 times. Needless to say my legs were on fire haha. So naturally my diagram was a ton of stairs and each step had a part of the Doctrine of Christ. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and the Holy Ghost. and then I had drawn arrows going up the stairs and down the stairs and that represented Enduring to the End. I recognized that if Sister Banks and I had just gone up and down the stairs just once- that would have been good, but going up and down them multiple times was better because it kept us going and we were able to have a better work out. Well, it is the same way with the Doctrine of Christ. It is okay if you just live it once, but how much better is it if you keep on living it over and over again? You would just have continual joy! 

Well, I think that is about it for this week! Just know that I love y'all so much! Thank you for all the support you give me!! Also, I would love to hear what is going on in all y'all's lives! My address is...

1331 G. St. #309
Lincoln, NE 68508 

Love,
Sister Rook


Interviews and District Meetings!

 

This was us on car fast day... we were in the middle of nowhere! I am pretty sure we passed by 2 dairy farms to get to where we wanted to go! haha 

This was the Buddhist worship center that we found haha 

Another pic of the Buddhist worship center! 

Us during our dinner break yesterday... we were going a little cray! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10, 2017

Hi Fam! 

This week has been a little crazy with the Fourth of July, exchanges, and going to the temple. It has definitely helped me so much and I am so grateful for the spiritual guidance I have received! 

Sister Banks! 
She is doing awesome! She is a little reluctant to do 12 week, but so are a lot of other missionaries when they come out here. So we do it, and I hope she is learning something from it! On exchanges Sister Bengtzen and Neuberger did it with us and I think it helped her to realize that not only her crazy trainer wants to do 12 week but so do other people! The STL's will be doing 12 week with us on Thursday as well, so hopefully it will help her! I know it is helping me! Exchanges were really good for Sister Banks. She was able to learn so much from Sister Bengtzen and from the people that she taught. Also, on Friday while we were at the temple, Sister Banks was with Sister Uffens, and they were absolutely incredible! They talked to everyone they saw and they taught so many restoration lessons! They saw so many miracles together, and they were able to set goals for themselves of what kind of missionaries they wanted to be! Overall, Sister Banks is doing great, she's not homesick, she is so diligent and she wants to be obedient! I am so happy that she is my companion- she is just incredible! 

Highlights of the week!
1. 4th of July!! It was our P-day, and we were able to go with our investigators, Matt and Cindy, to a member in the Holmes Lake ward. They put on this huge "ward party" and we were able to go even though it wasn't our ward! It was so much fun! Right when we got out of the car a car with two companionship's of elders drove by, we had no idea they were going to be there as well, so it was a little awk, but we got over it! Sister Banks taught me how to throw a football, and I have to brag a little bit... she said my spirals were straight gold haha! 

2. Exchanges!! I was with Sister Neuberger and it was a blast! I just love her so much and It was so awesome being with her- I definitely learned a ton and for that I will be forever grateful!!. 

3. I got to go to the temple on Friday because I passed off level two of the scriptures we can memorize! It was so awesome being able to go there!! 

This week we did a lot of finding and no one was interested at all- it was pretty strange. I was used to that from being in Omaha, but I haven't really experienced that in Lincoln yet, so this upcoming week will  be so much better and we both have the faith that we are going to find people to teach and that we will be able to set them for baptism, and they will be able to come to church! 

In my studies this week I am in Alma chapter 52, and in this chapter Moroni was very strategic (he always is) about how he was going to win over the Lamanite's territory that they had overtaken. He made sure that all of his men were well rested and that they were always " fresh" . It made me think of ways that I can help myself to always be fresh and not be weary throughout the day. And it also gave me the opportunity to ponder about our investigators to help them be more fresh throughout the week, so they can truly be prepared to have spiritual experiences. As a part of my forty day fast I have picked 7 weaknesses that I want to change. So I focus on one weakness per week. On Sunday nights I plan out my studies for that week (a specific question for everyday) and then on Sunday I am able to take that weakness to the sacrament table and hand it over to the Lord. It has been so awesome to do and it has truly helped my studies even more. I am really able to feast upon the words of Christ, and be filled everyday! This was something Sister Neuberger and Sister Bengtzen have been doing as well! 

Well that is pretty much it! Thank you for all you do President! I love you! 

Love, 

Sister Rook  

Exchanges! 

More exchange pics 

Temple trip 




My Best friend is getting married!!!! 

Tryin to teach Sister Banks how to be a  thug... it didn't really work haha

4th of July breakfast with our ward!!

Photo Shoot!! 

More pics! 

One last one of me haha 

Mat and Cindy Lawson! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 3, 2017


"i'm sorry.. we don't do baby Jesus"..... well do you do grownup Jesus?...."no." slams door in our face hahaha

Hi Y'all! 

   So a little bit about my new comp!! My comp's name is Sister Banks! She is from Cottonwood, Arizona! She is hispanic but she doesn't speak any Spanish... so we are learning together! haha it's so funny! She is such an incredible missionary! It blows my mind! I feel like she is training me just like how Sister Monroe did, so that has been so much fun! I have been learning so much from her these last couple of days, and I know I am going to continue to learn from her throughout the next two transfers! This week has been so great! A full week hasn't even happened since transfers and there have been so many miracles!

1. Going to the trainer meeting and the temple afterwards was incredible! I was really able to focus on Sister Banks and what she needs at this time and how I would be able to help her. It was so cool to just be able to feel the love that our Heavenly Father has for her even though at that time I hadn't even met her yet! 

2. We had a sweet pass off lesson with the Holmes Lake Elders. The investigator was originally a referral from the Fontenelle Elders up in Omaha, but she used to live in People's City Mission, but now she lives with her son, so the elders are teaching her now, and she was able to make it to church on Sunday! So that is awesome! 

3. We also got to meet with one of our referrals this past week. Her name is Jean Gooseman. Her husband just passed away a couple of months ago, and she is feeling pretty lonely and discouraged. We felt prompted to stop by again- Ive tried her in the past but she was always too busy and she was never interested, but we felt that we needed to try her! As we knocked on her door and she answered, one of the first things that she said was, "How did you know I was feeling lonely today?' We were able to testify of the Plan of Salvation to her, and to just be there for her, and she appreciated it so much! We were also in her area on Sunday and it was the coolest thing! We were trying a couple of potentials, and with each potential I just had the thought, "Why are we here? We need to be at Jean's house!" And so we went to Jean's house and she told us she had been thinking of us today, and she was pretty lonely and depressed again. We talked a lot about Priesthood Blessings and how it could really help her in her life at this time. She really wanted to get one and so as we were texting the elders to see if they could come give her one, she felt uncomfortable that we couldn't give one to her, and she completely dismissed the idea. It was so sad to see how she had so much faith and then when she thought about the unknown she let her doubts become stronger than the faith that she had. We are planning on going over later this week to just truly help her come closer to God, and to help her find the comfort that she needs!

4. We met with Hector a couple of times this week, and it was so awesome! On Saturday we reviewed what he read in the Book of Mormon and helped him understand it and apply it in his life, then we taught him the Plan of Salvation and his mind was completely blown! He said he had never heard anything like it before and he was so intrigued! We invited him to come to church and he was pretty hesitant because he didn't know where it was or what went on there and so the thought came to us that we could do a church tour right before church on Sunday! He loved that idea! So we were able to do the church tour, and we were able to help him understand everything a little bit better. As we were going around the building we were explaining all the different paintings and what they meant. We ended in the chapel, and there were a couple of members talking in the front so we went up and introduced him to them. He had instant fellowship, and actually asked if he could just speak to one of the members by himself. It was pretty neat and now the same member will be going on a team up with us this week to go see him! 

Funny moment. 

We were out finding a couple of days ago and this lady was sitting in her car, so we knocked on her window and we asked if she knew anyone that was in need of service. She immediately says, "no nope, I don't want anything to do with baby Jesus!" There was a pause for about 2 seconds then Sister Banks goes, "well if you don't want anything to do with baby Jesus... do you want anything to do with grown up Jesus?!" She then said no and slammed her car door shut. It was probs the funniest thing ever!     

In our gospel principles class, we taught about faith this week. And in Ether 12:6 it states, "And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." It's hard to always recognize the reason for the trial after it happens, and to always keep the faith when they do happen.  And in verse 19 it goes on to say, "And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad." So we know that when we keep the faith in Jesus Christ  and we always have such strong faith that we will be able to see miracles. So now I am trying to think of how I can really increase my faith every single day! 

Well, I think that is about it! Sorry this is pretty long... I'll try to be better with that! I hope y'all have a great week! Thank you for all the support you give me! Love you from Lincoln, NE and back!! 

Love, 
Sister Rook 

Transfer Day!










Training meeting for new trainers and a temple day the day before transfers!






Meeting Sister Banks!! 

My new companion and I!

Training meeting...

Tuesday night I got to see Bro and Sis Nelson!! I love them so stinkin much!! 

Last pic with Sister Bringhurst! I just love that human so much! 

We had to selfie it! 

Yay for pictures!! 

Yesterday we got lost... we were 12 miles outside of Lincoln hahaha 



On our way to go email our fam! 


Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017


Sister Rook is having another Baby!!!

Hi Y'all!

This week was pretty good! There were some pretty cool miracles that have happened this past week! Also... we found out our transfer fate early this morning... around 7am.... and it looks like your homegirl Sister Rook will be having another baby!!! I am training again and I am so stoked!!! Sister Bringhurst is being transferred and we have no idea where she will be going... we will find that out on Wednesday! So there is some crazy news for ya! 

Here are some of the miracles that have happened!!
1. Hector, he is one of our investigators, last time we saw him we taught him the Restoration, and we committed him to read the introduction of the Book of Mormon. When we saw him this week, he hadn't read the introduction- so we read it with him! He was so intrigued! He felt pretty bad that he hadn't read it earlier before we came and he said that he will definitely start to read it before we come over again. We are seeing him tonight and we plan to set him for baptism. He wasn't able to make it to church the past 2 weeks, so that will be a main focus of ours tonight as we see him. 
2. Saturday was incredible!! Starting out with Shaqula and Shemeka's baptism and then being with Sister Gurr! It is always such a blessing being with her because I am always able to learn so much from her! I really think it helped Sister Bringhurst as well, just being with another missionary and seeing how they do things. Later that night and the next morning she was just expressing to me the things that she wants to implement and what the best way was to start doing those things. 
3. Tuesday with the car fast, we were around one of our Potential Investigators named Lee. Lee is Asian and he goes to UNL. When we met him he was pretty busy and he said we could come back at another time. This was our "another time" for coming back. When we knocked on the door, Lee did not answer but the sweetest girl named Sara Li did! We asked for Lee and she said he was a foreign exchange student and he had flown back to China. Before he left he had shared with Sara the Prince of Peace card we had given him. She was pretty curious and had done some research on the internet. Luckily she didn't get an-tied, and she was just hoping that we would come back soon so that she could learn more. It was so awesome! We were able to get a Chinese Book of Mormon/pamphlets and we are planning on seeing her this week as well! It is going to be so good!  
4. This happened on the car fast day as well-we were family finding around Sara Li's house, and we knocked on this one door and an older lady came out, she was around 75 years old. She was the most stern grandma I have ever met! She came out yelling I am a United Methodist and I have been for 100 years and I am not going to change! She then proceeded to talk about her family history and her grandchildren. Sister Bringhurst then said the most brilliant thing I have ever heard! First she asked about her family history, then she said something along the lines of, "We wish we could be your grandchildren!" That softened her heart so much and she let us right inside! We weren't able to really teach her anything, but we were able to sing, "I am a child of God" and the spirit was so strong. She is not interested at this time, but I know one day she definitely will be! It was an awesome experience of really feeling someone's ancestors leading us to their family! 

As for our investigators... They are all trying to play hide and seek with us... They are all trying to dodge us when we come over, and they aren't answering our phone calls or texts. The same thing is happening with Ivan and his family- they weren't able to make it to church and they cancelled the appointment that we had with them this last Monday. It is pretty sad, and I'm not exactly sure what to do? I guess I'm just not sure at what time we should drop them, because they were so interested and I really want to give them the chance to hear this because it is so vital for them in their lives. The cool thing though that has been happening, as we have been trying our investigators (and they don't answer) we always find someone who is interested and we are able to teach them the Restoration and set up another time to meet with them! It has been pretty awesome!!

Funny moments. 
1. On Saturday we were in a trio! Sister Gurr's comp had her appendix taken out, so she was with us for the day! While we were finding we were in this apartment complex and someone had answered the door and so Sister Gurr introduced herself, then I said I was Sister Rook, then it was Sister Bringhurst's turn and she goes, "Hi! I'm sister Atkins!!" Sister Gurr just slowly turned around and looked at her and started busting up laughing. The guy we were talking to had no idea what was going on- but it was quite funny! 

During my studies this week I have been in Alma chapter 48. Here are some of my favorite verses from this chapter that really stuck out to me this week! Moroni is preparing his people for battle, for defending the faith. 
"15. And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger;"
They had such strong faith in Jesus Christ, and they were not letting anyone destroy their faith. 
" 17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men."
This was the result of Moroni's faith that he had in our Savior. It just pumped me up so much for planning and preparing our investigators to be baptized! I just love Moroni, and I look up to him so much! 

Well, I think that is about it for this week! Thank you for all the support y'all give me! I love you so much! 

Love, 
Sister Rook 


Last District Meeting of the transfer!! 

Jimmy Johns for lunch! 

Shemeka and Shaqula's baptism!! We were teaching them for a couple of weeks but then we had to pass them off to the elders, but they asked me to give the talk on the Holy Ghost! So that was pretty fun! 

Last P-day together. We went to Hurts Donuts, then to the capital building! Sister Atkins is going home this transfer. 

Selfies for dayzzz #noshame :D