Monday, March 28, 2016

Week 22

This week was filled with so many miracles. I'm so blessed to be in the Lake Holm ward with Sister Frischknecht. We've had so much fun together so far. I'm super sad though because she goes home in 5 weeks :(

We have an investigator getting baptized this weekend. Her name is Angie Ainsworth and she is so great. We had a lesson last night that was so full of the spirit. It's incredible to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for His children. I've only known her for a couple of days, but to be able to be a small part in her conversion is such a blessing.

With Easter being yesterday our mission president gave us a great opportunity. He said that we could wake up early on Saturday and find a spot where we can watch the sunrise and think about the miracle of the Resurrection. Sister Frischknecht and I went up to the Auburn Cemetery which was on a hill overlooking the valley. On the right side we had an incredible view of Mt. Rainier and on the left side we watched the sunrise. We were so blessed because the sky was partly cloudy and it wasn't raining so the sunrise was beautiful. I have learned so much in the short time that I've been here, but the most important thing that I've learned is that HE LIVES! There is no doubt in my mind that we have a loving Savior who over came death so that I might live again if I choose to follow him. I. Me. Moses says it perfectly when he says "Now I know that man is nothing". We are insignificant, yet He loved us enough to give His whole life as a ransom. I can testify that it is so true. Because He lives we can over come sin and death. Because He lives we can be with our family again. Because He lives we can find happiness even in our trials. Because He lives we can live with Heavenly Father for eternity. #hallelujah.
"This is the testimony last of all which I give, that He lives!" D&C 76:20-22

Sister Hammond ♥

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Week 21

Crazy stuff happened this week! Everything was going great and we were going into a lesson with my favorite Sister Gillespie when all of a sudden President is never a good thing when President wants to talk..
​So I'm hyperventilating during our lesson with Sister Gillespie trying to figure out why he would need to talk to me. I was playing it cool and trying to pay attention to the lesson. Sister Linker is the best and lead the discussion. 

When we finally got to call President he started right off by asking what my interest level would be in speaking a language. Marshallese to be exact. We chatted for a minute and I said that I'd go wherever he needed me to go, but I thought it would probably be a struggle for me to learn the language. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to learn a new language! but wow, that'd be so hard! Instead, Sister Linker's old comp is going to the Marshallese branch and I'm taking her spot in the Lake Holm ward in Auburn!!! 

I'm so excited to go to a new area. I've been in Puyallup my whole mission so far. But I'm so sad to leave Pioneer Valley :( When we told Sister Gillespie that I was leaving she teared up but said that she knew this was coming. My heart is so full of love for her. Heavenly Father has blessed me to be able to be with her throughout her whole journey, through 5 different missionaries. She gave an incredible testimony at a mission devotional and the two things that she focused on were that she knew Heavenly Father loved her and that she's a child of God. He can truly work miracles in people's hearts. D&C 18:10-11, 15-16 ♥

I'm excited for new adventures and new people to teach. I miss you all. Happy Easter. 
Sister Heiner is a clean freak and put this above the sink because we had 'accidentally' forgotten to do our dishes.. :)
last night in PV it had rained and we still had 5 minutes before it was time to go in, so we walked down the street and back. Without umbrellas. Singing "When I am Baptized"

​Sunsets in Washington. Nuff said.

​the trio is back for today. Transfers! we all get new comps ♪♫☼
Sister Hammond ♥

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 20

Literally the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. Where is all of the time going?

This week was full of miracles. We taught Sister Gillespie's niece, she's a wiccan (witch). She was staying with Sister G for a few days so we tried to teach her as much as we could before she left. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a belief in Christianity...So it was really cool to be able to help her gain a testimony of Jesus Christ. On Tuesday we had one of the most powerful lessons that I've ever been in. We taught the Plan of Salvation lesson and focused on the need for a Savior. The spirit was so strong. Jessica made a huge jump when she told us that the next day she tried to pray. She said that she didn't feel anything (but by the experiences she said that she had, she really did feel something, she just won't open up her heart to it.) She left on Thursday so we weren't able to continue teaching her. But to be able to testify so much about our Savior, Jesus Christ, was an incredible testimony builder for me. 

Heavenly Father has sent me so many tender mercies testifying to me of the love that He has. Last night we had a lesson with one of the families in our ward. They had just finished the Book of Mormon as a family and they were sharing their testimony about they way that they've seen their family grow as they've read. Wow. The love and the spirit that was in their home was amazing. It's an example to me of what I can do with my future family. 

I'm so grateful that I can honestly say that I know that my Redeemer lives. What comfort that sweet sentence gives. HE LIVES! If you get the chance, read the lyrics of hymn 136 and think of all the things that He has done for you in your life. I've gotten just a glimpse of the way that He's supported me and all the ways that I can find strength in Him.

I love you all, the church is true! Follow Him and find new life! ♥ Check it out. ;)

Sister Hammond ♥

Monday, March 7, 2016

Week 19

This week has been full of miracles. I don't even know where to begin. We've been praying to find new investigators and to work with the members of the ward better. The people in Washington are unfortunately very stubborn...ugh.

But, Heavenly Father is quick to bless us. Since yesterday was fast Sunday we decided to fast for the investigators that we do have. Sister Varney is on date for April 9th (pray for her because she has some word of wisdom things she needs to over come!). And we also asked that we'd be able to find those who are prepared to hear the message of the Restored gospel. Well, last night we had put off our finding till 7 (we are asked to go tracting for at least an hour every day) so it was dark outside. Before we got out of the car I looked at the houses down the street and was trying to decide which one to knock on. One stood out, so I looked to Sister Linker and said that we needed to knock on that one. 

The man who answered was pretty open. He told us that he started going back to church about 6 months ago and tries to go every week. He said that he was going to be baptized on the 20th. Sister Linker said, "what if you could be baptized into the church that Christ origionally organized?" he said "that'd be cool". So obviously we taught him a little about the restoration and the Priesthood. After we prayed with him (because we do weird things like praying on people's porches) Sister Linker again asked him about the baptism thing then invited him to be baptized in our church if he came to know if what we taught was true. He said yes.

Heavenly Father is a God of miracles. I have such a strong testimony of the power of fasting and prayer. As we turn to the Lord and sacrifice for Him He will in turn reach out to us. 

The work is so great. I love it. I love you. Keep up the great work!

                                                     I make the same face in every picture

                                                Getting fat on ice cream because why not?
Sister Heiner is the glitter queen