Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Well, another week come and gone and another transfer half-way over. Laura's baptism was last weekend and it went great. Planning baptisms is one of the most stressful things for me, and her baptism was especially stressful. After we had it planned she decided she wanted it in a different building and at a different time. Background: our ward geographically covers 3 stakes, but is under the leadership of Mesa North stake so our baptisms are there. However, our area is the one that covers Mesa Central and that is where Laura's family attends church and she knows a lot of members there so she wanted have it there. I wont' go into detail of all we had to work out but we were running around up until right before the baptism. However, it was just a trial of our faith and dedication and the Lord smoothed everything out and made up for where we lacked, so that it ended up being a great service. She is so happy, all of her family are, and I know one day her husband too will join. We had zone conference last week, and our mission is really focusing on unity. Last week we reported at the end of every day how many people we talked to. We call them TTIs (Teach testify invite) and were promised by an apostle (I don't know which one because it was before I got here) that if we talk to 20 people in the day that our teaching pools will never be empty. We have seen a lot of miracles come from that, and are beginning to find a lot of people who are ready for the gospel.

Last night we went over to a recent converts to have FHE. He lives with one of our investigators and they invited another recent convert and good friend over as well. It was a really spiritual lesson on the priesthood and I learned a lot from them. It was neat to see them take over, because we pretty much were just onlookers and to help out when there was doctrinal questions they couldn't answer. I have learned so much about receiving spiritual inspiration on my mission but I know that I still have a lot to learn. That is one of the things I am most excited to apply in the future.
Other than that, there isn't much more to talk about this week. I promise I'll get back to writing good emails, hopefully next transfer.

Desde Mesa, con amor,
Hermana Ladd

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sorry about the short email last week, I was exhausted. But that seems to be happening more and more. All the older sisters always said that once you hit halfway that your body just starts going downhill. Well, now I'm considered one of the older sisters... We are still tired, recovering from Easter Pageant, so this one will be based on answering my mom's questions.

The Pageant was wonderful. It is based on the life of Christ, set around the story of a centurion who was there at the cross when he died and he asks some of Christ's disciples about who he was, and then they tell the story of his life to the centurion. It is a musical, so there are songs and a few dances. The coolest was the dance of the ten virgins, telling about the parable. Most of the text is taken directly from the scriptures, mostly from the new testament, but there are some from Isaiah and the Book of Mormon. It was really cool to see.

Post-pageant I still don't know if I'm staying in the VC or back to full-field. We will see... hopefully soon... Since we have been in the VC for the past 2 weeks, not much has happened in the area. We had a great lesson with Laura at the home of her family. Her baptism is Saturday, and she is so ready for it. We have seen a lot of miracles in finding new people and have a lot of potential investigators. I know that this area is getting ready to explode and am really excited about it. Other that that there isn't much to say. I hope that short letters don't become a trend... Conference was really great of course. I love the emphasis on families. I have really seen that in teaching the people here, those with family support are much more prepared for the gospel.

Just a few more random notes: 2 weeks ago (this is especially for Grandma and Grandpa Colton) we went to the cemetery 2 blocks from my apartment. It is the Mesa City Cemetery and is located in the Lehi part of Mesa. And guess who's grave I found - Dan Jones. We had gone the week before and looked around in the oldest part of the cemetery but it is a huge place so couldn't find it. This time we went to the office and asked them where it was. There are a few Dan Jones there so I just made a guess and asked for the oldest grave. Sure enough, when we found it it said "Founder of Lehi" so I am pretty sure it is the right one. I took pictures and they are on the memory card I just sent home.

Next random note. If you are going to come to Arizona only at one time of year, make it March. The temple is the most beautiful I think I've ever seen it, with the gardens in full bloom. On top of that, all of the citrus trees are blooming, and they smell AMAZING! The air smells so good every where. I think I also saw the prettiest sunsets of the year last month and during February. I think it is the sunsets and the citrus that I am going to miss most about AZ.
Well, that is it. Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

Desde Mesa, con amor,
Hermana Ladd

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Visitor Center Couples and Sisters

Hermanas Ladd and Nielsen (I think!)

The Temple

Brynn's Great-Great-Great Uncle - Dan Jones was married to Brynn's Great-Great Grandfather's oldest sister, Harriet Emily Colton

Lehi, Arizona is now Mesa, Arizona

This has nothing to do with her mission, but was on her memory card that she sent home. We found it hilarious!

these are Brynn's favorite shoes. She didn't think she could take them on her mission ... but once there, she found she could wear them and had Mom send them to her :-)

Ensenada Park

... before leaving the Crandells

The Three Hermanas