Monday, October 16, 2017

One month to go

Hi!!  This week wasn't too eventful. We drove and biked a ton. We spent Tuesday in Crestview, FL, Friday in Brewton, AL, and most of Sunday in Pensacola Beach. I love seeing lots of different places! 
Man, I have never biked so much on my mission than we did this past week! I just love biking because no matter how your day went, you feel so accomplished by the end of the night. You feel like a real-life missionary, even though we always are ;) 

Oh but we did pick up an awesome new investigator who is literally just like Joseph Smith!! He just wants to sincerely know which church is God's true church. We invited him to be baptized on November 4th and he was so excited and said yes! Everyone please pray for Sage :))

Sister Sjoblom and I met with the zone leaders on Wednesday and discussed what we can do to make our zone the one everyone wants to be in! We came up with a motto and a mascot. #doitfortheDOLPHINS. We are having waaaay too much fun with this. When the zone leaders go to other district meetings, they are going to bring a huge blow-up dolphin and everyone is going to sign it. When we go on exchanges with the sisters around the zone, we are going to do the same thing. Just wanna build that zone unity and make missionary work fun! cause it can be a blast :))

I love being a missionary. I love representing my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon and know it is the word of God.  Read it and pray about it, and you will come to love it too.

Sorry this is so short, but I love y'all so much! I will be home in one month from today! so if any of y'all haven't written me or emailed me in a while, you better get on it ;) lol just kidding...kinda. 

address:
3113 Woods Way #2
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

all my love,
sister fletcher
Alabama y'all
Brewtonnnn
Biking in 95 degree weather to save souls
Cute watch tan
Golf cart rides
We love Sis Taylor
When you have the most awkward lesson
of your entire life with a 17 yr old boy so
you have to get yourself some ice cream to
feel better about yourself! 
This is where I live
love
Pensacola Beach
Gotta to see Sam and Dev!!


Monday, October 9, 2017

#Nasty Nate

Hey everyone! This week was literally insane!! but so much fun. First off, I got a new companion, Sister Sjoblom! She's from North Ogden, Utah, and is the tenth of eleven children. She's so cute and has a guitar on the mission and has been learning to play so I've been teaching her some songs and we jam out all the time! We are going to have the best transfer together :)

So I can now say I survived my first hurricane! Hurricane Nate (Nasty Nate) came through Gulf Breeze late Saturday night. We were able to stay at our sweet bishop's house and he and his wife took really good care of us. (they will be the reason for all the weight I have gained...) I am such a light sleeper so the strong winds and rain kept me up all night but it was a way cool experience! Church was cancelled on Sunday so we us went around the ward boundaries looking for trees and loose limbs on the ground. It was fun to get out and serve! 

This week was nuts with transfers, MLC in Bonifay, and the hurricane! But amidst it all, we were able to pick up an AMAZING new investigator. We went to an acai bowl place one day here in Gulf Breeze which most of you know is like my favorite food EVER. The girl who co-owns the place, Stephanie, moved here from Brazil just seven months ago with her cousin to open up this little shop. She is the cutest thing ever! She speaks very good English but would rather read in Portugese so we were able to order a Portuguese Book of Mormon for her! We dropped it off the other day on the way to an appointment and I don't think I have ever seen someone so excited to have their own Book of Mormon before. I am SO excited to start teaching Stephanie, she seems so prepared by Heavenly Father! I think we should get acai more often ;)

I have been studying a lot about the Atonement of Jesus Christ lately. A few things I have read have really stuck out to me and I want to share them with y'all :

"During His mortal ministry, the Savior CHOSE to experience pains and afflictions in order to understand us. We also need to experience the depths of mortality in order to understand Him and our eternal purposes."

"The Savior could have known how to succor us simply by revelation, but he CHOSE to learn by His own personal experience."

Key word here is chose. How incredible and unfathomable that the Savior experienced what He did for us and bled from every pore just so He could understand us and succor us when we go through pain and trial. This has taken on a whole new meaning to me throughout the past few months. I feel like we can never fully grasp the Atonement of Jesus Christ or understand it in its entirety, but every time we go through pain and make it out alive, and learn something from it, we are becoming a little bit more like the Savior. Who doesn't want to be more like the Savior? I am so so grateful for Him and His perfect gospel that I have the opportunity to share!

too. dang. blessed.

I love you all!

-sister fletcher

address:
3113 Woods Way #2
Gulf Breeze, FL
32563
Sleepover at Bishops!!
Me and my cute comp
Knocking on doors with shutters for the hurricane 
Beach this morning #daw
Lunch with the district!


Monday, October 2, 2017

A peculiar people who found the key to a peculiar happiness

Family and friends, 

HI! How are y'all?! So first off, if you can tell me who said the quote in the subject line of my email (from General Conference this past weekend), I will give you.... a Book of Mormon!!!! haha ;)

So, we got transfer news from President Smith yesterday and I will be staying here in GULF BREEZE!! So. so. so. happy, and I will be getting a new companion, Sister Sjoblom! Should be lots of fun :) I can not believe this is my last transfer on the mission! Where does the time go?!?

This week was really long. We did tons of biking and walking because we were totally out of miles, but the highlight for sure was GENERAL CONFERENCE!!! These past three days, I have just felt so overwhelmed with happiness. General Conference put me on a spiritual high and I can't stop smiling!! 

As I close this email with my testimony, I am going to quote some of the wonderful words spoken from conference that just really hit me. Elder Stephen W. Owen said, "When we feel the joy of repentance, we want to share it with others." I know this to be true and have seen this in my life. Because of my mission, I know what it's like to truly to repent, and I have also been able to witness sincere repentance in those I have been blessed to teach. I feel so grateful that I get to share repentance with others! To share that if we but turn our hearts to Heavenly Father, He can make us into something we never thought we could ever become. 
President Henry B. Eyring taught a principle that almost brought tears to my eyes...He said, "The Lord will go before your face whenever you are on His errand." Man, do I know this to be true! The Lord has strengthened me on my mission, especially during the times I did not think I could go on! Lastly, I loved President Tad R. Callister and President Russel M. Nelson's talks about the power of the Book of Mormon. I know what they testified of to be true, that the Book of Mormon has inspired millions to reject Satan and live more Christlike lives, and the promise, "If we study the Book of Mormon everyday, we will make better decisions every day!", is true.  Who doesn't want that promised blessing! Just as Elder Neil L. Anderson said at the close of conference yesterday, "You have just heard the voice of the Lord. Now, how will you respond to what you've heard and how you've felt?" 

So, how will you respond?
I love you all, have a blessed week!

xoxo,
sister fletcher

p.s. My favorite talk was by Elder Ronald A. Rasband. His talk really hit me hard for some reason. I invite all of y'all to watch it or study it if you haven't had the chance to yet and tell me what ya think :)
Agedashidofu, a sweet, fried tofu, my favorite!
This is Duke and he is from Japan. We always
talk about Japanese food and it's so much fun!
He made us a full Japanese meal on Saturday.
He is a pro sushi chef who has traveled
all over the world!!
I felt super spoiled!
These are Duke's $3,000 knives!
Just us!
Hasn't been this cold in who knows how long!
The beautiful beach this morning
Dancing with the Stars Relief Society Activity
We had way too much fun!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Complete indescribable joy

Dear friends, 
HI!! How are y'all?! This week was great, especially because one day this week was my single most favorite day as a missionary. Saturday was truly the most incredible day. 
It was the day Aliza and her two children, Emma and Reid, were baptized. Words can not describe the complete joy felt in that room. I don't know how I got so lucky to witness Aliza and her family's full conversion. They have truly changed for the better and it's apparent to all who know them. They have learned what it means to truly repent and turn everything over to the Savior. One by one, Reid, Emma and Aliza entered into the font and were baptized and Sister Sant and I were able to stand in the back with them as they went into the water. When Reid came out of the water, he had tears in his eyes and said in the most innocent way, " I feel like a new person, and I can't help but cry." After all three of them were baptized, we stood in the changing room with them as they all cried and said they couldn't adequately express how they really felt right then, that they just felt completely clean. 
After the ordinance was performed, Sister Sant and I sang and I played guitar to the song, Joseph Smith's First Prayer. We made it a surprise for the family and at the moment we started to sing, Emma started bawling. I had to look away quickly or I would have completely ruined the song. The spirit was so intense. Then Aliza, Emma, and Reid were given the opportunity to bear their testimonies. I don't think I have ever felt the spirit stronger in my entire life than I did listening to their words in that moment. I couldn't stop crying because of the pure happiness I felt.

My mission is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can not imagine a life without Aliza, Emma, and Reid. I can not imagine a life with out ALL the incredible people I have met in Florida and Alabama. My life will never be the same. Not to say the mission is a piece of cake, because it's not. It's been the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most rewarding. I feel as though I can see just a glimpse of the love Heavenly Father has for His children. I feel so blessed to be the one to invite people to come home, to come back to their Heavenly Father. I am overjoyed. 

love, 
sister fletcher
Aliza, Emma and Reid's baptism!!!
Only the best day of my LIFE
Zone conference last week
Missionary Leadership Council
Me and my cute comp
Bye
Love Sis Corbett
LOVE THEM
Sis Housel - my bff
Exchanges with cute Sister Renfro!
The Poling family
(a cute family we started teaching
the gospel to!)
Love this woman

Monday, September 18, 2017

G-breezy

Hello!!! How are y'all?! I just love you guys so much. Hope it's been a good week! This week has been pretty dang crazy here in Gulf Breeze but super great. 

Remember Aliza?! Well, she and her two cute kids, Emma and Reid, are getting baptized on SATURDAY!! I feel so so so so blessed to know them and be teaching them and helping them come closer to Christ. Aliza is like the most golden human I have ever met. She is INCREDIBLE. This week, we taught the Word of Wisdom and she told us the next day, she looked at her coffee and wanted to throw up. WOW. She just totally understands the Word of Wisdom now. She has so much faith. She loves the ward and they love her already. Her children, Emma and Reid, love the church and are so excited for the day they can go into the temple. Sometimes when we are teaching their family, I have to remind myself that this is real, that people like Aliza and her family exist, that there are people in the world who are this prepared. This is the PERFECT time in their lives to accept the gospel and Aliza told us  she has already seen it bless her family so much. 

Anyways, we had another great lesson with them today and after, Aliza, being the talented hair dresser she is, highlighted my hair blonde and died Sister Sant's hair auburn! It was so much fun lol. 

I was on an exchange with Sister Adams in Foxrun this past week and we had the coolest experience. She and her companion, Sister Scott,  met a man,Stephen, a couple of weeks ago in front of his house. He expressed to them how he has felt a void in his life and that the gospel could really help him. He mentioned that he really didn't have any friends and had some fears about coming to church. Sister Adams and Sister Scott had been praying for the perfect member they could bring to one of their lessons. Well, when I was there, we had a member in the Foxrun ward come with us named Sister Smith. After about ten minutes into our lesson with Stephen, he looked at Sister Smith and said, "Wait a minute....I know you! We went to school together. I know you!!!" It turns out they were good friends back in college. He expressed that he always knew there was something special about Sister Smith. It made him feel way more comfortable and I think less nervous to come to church. It was such a tender mercy! It just testified to me that Heavenly Father really is all in the details. He knows exactly what He is doing and that I need to just fully trust in Him. 

THIS CHURCH IS TRUE. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and it can bless your life if you let it. I don't know where the heck I would be without this gospel but I am sure glad I am on the path I am. I have seen this gospel completely transform individuals and families. If I don't know anything else, I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us, that Heavenly Father knows us all by name and is aware of absolutely everything we are going through. TURN TO HIM! Let Him help you, and He will, of that I can promise. 

I love you all!

xoxo, 
sister fletcher
Went to an Irish Pub in Pensacola with my two favorite
people EVER (we didn't drink I promise)
At Mcguires, you can hang money on the wall
and write your name on it so we did!
Love them
!!
Exchange with Sis Adams in Foxrun! I love her
Cute letter from my cute sister, Siena
Always in the car lol
Gnarly Hurricane Irma last week
Oh how I love Aliza!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wait, there's a hurricane?

Hey guys!! 

This week was NUTS! We went everywhere and anywhere. We drove about 900 miles since Tuesday... Sister Sant and I went on an exchange in Tallahassee on Wednesday. We then we had MLC (mission leadership conference) in Crestview. On Thursday night we came home and the next day, drove out to Brewton, AL for another exchange. Then on Saturday we had an "emergency zone conference" combined with the Mobile zone in Daphne, AL. Our mission president cancelled ours for today because of the storm. This week has been quite the adventure and I'm EXHAUSTED!

Hurricane Irma has made things pretty crazy too. On Wednesday when we were in Tallahassee, our mission president told us to buy lots of extra water in case the hurricane kept us locked up inside. We all went to Wal-Mart and it was insane. Everyone and their dog was there. There was a huge line to get the cases of water and we had to wait for the shipment to even come in. Also that day, all the gas stations were turning their lights off and shutting down. It felt like the world was ending. 

Luckily, my area in Gulf Breeze isn't really being effected by the hurricane. We are getting some strong winds and rain but that's about it. It just breaks my heart to hear about all those who have been and still are being affected. 

At zone conference this week, our mission president asked us this question, "Why are you here?" It really caused me to think and ponder. There is a section in, "Preach My Gospel," that tells you to imagine the last day of your mission and to ask yourself this question, "What differences do you want others to notice in you once you are home?" I have been thinking about that question a lot the past few days. I want others to know that I have loved, that I have accepted people and helped them change and repent but that all comes through loving them first. I also feel as though my knowledge of the gospel has grown SO much and I am so thankful for that. I feel so so so blessed to have chosen to serve a mission and I am determined to make these last few months the greatest. 

I love you all SO much. Thank you for your prayers :))

love, 
sister fletcher
The most incredible view at dinner yesterday!
Yeah, a member in our ward lives in a hotel...nbd
!!
Members giving us canned food for daysssss
My cute friends!
Me and my comp!
Exchange with Sis Burnham!
This is where I live?!
Tallahassee, FL
Shut down gas station!
We found an acai place in Tally!!
My fav!