Sister Rook

Sister Rook

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 16, 2017


#crazyweek #thisweekabouttobeevenmorecrazy

Hi Fam!! 

This week was so crazy but so so awesome! When you are looking for the Lord's hand in your life, you are always able to see it! His hand was definitely all over our week this week! 

Tuesday: It started out by going to the Temple! The temple is always such an incredible place to be- I am always able to receive so much revelation for not only me but for the investigators that we have and for the companionship I am in. That is always the best way to start out the week, by going into the Lord's home! 

Wednesday: We had lunch with Brittany Simpson. Her husband is a less active member but she is not, and we shared with her our purpose as missionaries, and she is interested in learning more and coming to church with us! She is not able to meet with us this week because of her husband's hip surgery, but the week after she is able too! It is just incredible to see how Heavenly Father has helped us to get in contact with Part Member families, and that they are interested! 

Friday: Zone Conference was incredible as usual! We are so excited to be teaching the restoration with the whole focus on Baptism and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands! It truly changes the whole thing and just makes it so much clearer. Later that night we had dinner with Felicia and Cliff, and Felicia told us that she wants to be baptized on the 21st!! About 2 weeks ago we committed her to be baptized on that day and she remembered and since she has been coming to church every single week, and she is keeping all the commandments and truly living the gospel, she is able to! Felicia is so happy! Which makes my heart so happy as well! 

Saturday: We were able to go with Felicia to Tammy's baptism in Council Bluffs. It was so incredible! She felt the spirit so strongly and she just had an increased desire to be a part of Christ's true church. After the baptism she had her baptismal interview by Elder Westenskow, and afterwards she was literally glowing. She had such an incredible light around her and she absolutely knows that this is what our Heavenly Father would be having her do! It was so happy! 

Sunday: The change that this ward has gone through since I have been here is crazy. The first week I was here The members somewhat trusted us, but there was definitely room for improvement! Now members are always coming up to us and asking how they can help- it is so incredible! Yesterday so many people were asking what they could do to help with the baptism, so now it is basically planned! It reminds me of Preach my Gospel when it says that the missionarie's purpose is to just teach and the members do all the rest. We haven't had too many referrals from them, but they definitely are helping out a ton more! 

Studies!!
About a week ago I got a priesthood blessing from our ward mission leader because I was just feeling really anxious about going home, and in the blessing he said, "Go to your Father in Heaven in prayer and talk to him about what the right school  is to go to after your mission", or it said something along those lines. I was determined to get an answer this week as I prayed and studied the Book of Mormon. I am in 3rd Nephi chapters 4-6, and somehow when I was in those chapters the thought came to me that I could apply for the community college, and I could focus on taking institute classes for the byui pathways program and that somehow everything would work out if I didn't make it into the winter semester at byui. It was a pretty cool experience and it was definitely a testimony builder to me that no matter what your worry or concern or question may be, the Book of Mormon will without a doubt answer your question and comfort you! 

Funny Moments!!
1. We were out finding on Hackbury Lane... and a lady bug flew into my mouth and I hacked it up. It was absolutely disgusting haha it was so funny though! 
2. There were so many other things but I don't have time to write them down! So sorry!  


That is about it for this week! It will be super exciting with Felicia being baptized and all the crazy things that are sure to pop up during the week! I love you!! Thank you for all you do!! Have the best week possible!! 

Love,
Sister Rook 

Exchanges last week!


Sister Goff, Sister Collins, and Sister Hamner!



Service for the Hinckley fam! Instead of the get 'er done guys... its the get 'er done sisters! 

We built a fence! 

Selfie time!

Its a good thing I still fit in my jeans! hahaha 

Another one in which you can see the fence more!!

Zone Conference in Iowa!!

Council Bluffs Zone and Papillion South Zone! 














This pic literally kills me hahaha i think it is SO hilarious! 
Here was my crazy outfit for he week... it didn't match at all... but it was fun to wear haha 
my companera and I!!!
Yay for random selfies! 

Elder and Sister Henry's last day! I love and miss them so much already! 
Flu shots...yikes!


Here is a selfie for your sunday! 

#selfiesunday 

Temple trip!!!





All the sistas! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017


#templetuesday

Hi Fam!!

This week has gone by so quickly! I feel like the weeks keep on coming quicker and quicker! Here are some of the highlights and miracles that happened his week!! 

Exchanges: On Tuesday we went on exchanges and it was so awesome! I was with Sister Collins and it was absolutely incredible! She is such a diligent missionary, and I was able to learn so much from her in the short amount of time that we had together! It was so interesting- all throughout that day we got so much rejection. I think there might have been one or two people who listened to us, but other than that every single person rejected us! It strengthened my testimony knowing that this is Christ's restored church upon the earth, and because of that there is going to be rejection! There is opposition in all things! It made me so aware and so grateful for the people we were able to teach that day and making sure that I was as prepared as I could be, so they could feel the spirit as best as they could. Bellevue/Papillion is definitely a ton different than Lincoln!   

Virginia Tracy (recent convert): Virginia is so awesome! She was able to come to church on Sunday and she loved it! We have been talking to her about family history and going to the temple because she has never been and she is super excited!! Yesterday we were able to help her unpack because she hadn't finished that yet, and it was so awesome to see how little acts of service can help you gain the members' trust! It is so incredible to see the changes that she has made from when Sister Monroe and I first found her to now! It truly makes my heart so happy!       

Cliff and Felicia (investigators): We met with Cliff and Felicia this week. We talked all about the Book of Mormon and how it is the keystone of our religion and the only way that we can gain a testimony of the gospel is by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, with real intent. We also watched Tad. R. Callister's talk about the Book of Mormon from this past General Conference. It was super powerful, and they both committed to read and pay about the Book of Mormon! We are going to set them for baptism this week when we meet with them. We tried doing it last time but they said they needed to talk to a certain individual before they set a date, and they did that on Sunday! It was so happy!   

K.C. White (investigator): Last week we found a potential named K.C. He is Baptist and he invited us to come back! We were able to teach the Restoration yesterday and it was amazing! The spirit was so strong and as we had him read verses from the Bible and the Book of Mormon he was able to answer his own questions that he had! It was so happy! We invited him to be baptized and to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by someone holding the Priesthood Authority.  And he said yes! He didn't say yes to a date... so we will ask him again but it was just so awesome to see how much clearer the invitation is when you ask it that way! 

Sister Hamner is doing incredible! Everything is going pretty good. This week we are working on her attitude during finding. She gets so much anxiety when we are doing it because she never knows what is going to happen, so we are doing a ton of role plays to get her motivated and a little more comfortable with talking to everyone!! It should be awesome!! I love being her companion because she just teaches me so much very single day! It is so awesome!! 

In my studies I am in 3 Nephi 3, and part of verse 2 stuck out to me- it says, "I write this epistle unto you, and do give unto you exceedingly great praise because of your firmness, and also the firmness of your people, in maintaining that which ye suppose to be your right and liberty; yea, ye do stand well, as if ye were supported by the hand of a god, in the defence of your liberty, and your property, and your country". I love his because it shows that even though the Nephites and the Lamanites are going to war with one another, the Nephites are still being that example in the way they live and act. They are truly striving to live the Doctrine of Christ in all that they do! It reminds me that I always need to be living the Doctrine of Christ and being that example for everyone I come in contact with.  

Well, that is about it for this week! I hope you have the best week possible!! Thank you for all the support y'all give me! Love you lots!

Love,
Sister Rook 

Exchanges with Sister Collins!!

This is my favorite picture ever hahaha 

Happy Hollow finding!

On Fast Sundays we be like...

Then its dinner time an we be like... 

Then after eating we be like...   

Yay for a self- timer on a camera!! 

After service ice cream! 

At a dinner appointment with Sister Hamner, Sister Goff, and sister Collins!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2, 2017


General Conference!!

Hey Fam!!

This week was a little crazy! I feel like a lot of things happened but at the same time I can't really remember what happened either so it was interesting. We weren't able to find any new investigators this week, and we weren't able to meet with Mariah. We had an appointment set up but she was not home and she has not been responding to our calls or texts, so we will be trying to get in contact with her this week. I also got super sick so that was no bueno, but I am much better now! There were some pretty great things that happened this week and there are always miracles! Here are a couple of them that were so awesome! 

1. On Thursday, district meeting was incredible! We were able to set goals for the transfer and weekly goals that we want to make as a district. It was so motivating. We have some pretty good plans for this week and for the weeks to come that will help us to strengthen our members and to help them build their trust with us! 
2. On Friday we had dinner with our investigator, Felicia. Missionaries met them about a year ago when Bishop Jackson invited Cliff, her husband, to come to church one Sunday. They both work on Offutt Air force base, and ever since then they haven't been coming to church. Missionaries since then have been trying to meet with them regularly but it hasn't worked out and so we were determined to figure out what was going on and to see what her expectations were of us and vice versa. We had planned to teach them the Restoration and set them both for a date. Cliff ended up not being there and we didn't feel right about teaching the Restoration. We ended up sharing Mosiah 18:8-10 with her and went over the doctrine of baptism. As we were talking about what baptism does for us she started tearing up and said that baptism had been on her mind for about a month now and she didn't know what she needed to do. She also expressed to us that Cliff had a dream about how he needed to come to know for himself if the Book of Mormon was true or not in order for him to be baptized. She said that those two experiences, Cliff's dream and us sharing that scripture, confirmed to her that she needed to be baptized! We tried setting her for a date but she said that she needed to talk to a certain individual at church before she wanted to set a baptismal date. She will be talking to him on Sunday! And hopefully in the next couple of days we will be able to set her and start preparing her even more! It is so incredible how God knows us so individually! I am always amazed by that simple truth. 
3. General Conference was absolutely incredible! There were so many things that I needed to hear and I was just mind blown by each talk that was given- it was as if every single speaker was talking to me specifically. One quote that stuck out to me was... "Unless you are fully engaged in living the gospel with all your heart, might, mind and strength, you cannot generate enough spiritual light to cast out the darkness."- Ardern. This taught me that I need to be doing all I can to live the gospel to the fullest so I can have the light that I need to cast out the darkness. The darkness is going to come whether I like it or not but I can do certain things within my power so it doesn't affect me. 

Well that is pretty much it for my week! I am so grateful to be here! Sister Hamner is doing wonderful! It is so awesome to see her change and grow! She is already more confident and willing to do anything that the Lord will ask her to do. I have learned so much from her and it hasn't even been a full 2 weeks yet! I am so excited to see what else I will learn and how we will both change! I hope you have the best week possible!! I love you so much!! 

Love, 
Sister Rook 

Something may have happened to my hair to make it darker... don't worry it is semi permanent :D 

After District meeting/interview ice cream? I think yes!

We all scream for ice cream!! 

#ldsconf selfie!! 

We watched the Saturday morning session with Sister Erickson- she is a returning member!! 

The second session was at the Hinckley's house! 

We are all missionaries! Bella was sooo happy! 
 The lighting isn't the greatest, but we watched Sunday morning session with Bishop Jackson and his fam! They are the best family ever!

Got to do a funny face!! 

How did y'all watch conference? We were in a home theater for the 2nd session on sunday! 

Sister Rook and her cute companion!! also you can see cute pics of my fam and past comps in the background!!