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!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Miracle Week :)

Last Monday we had a lesson in a beach house on Pensacola Beach with two new investigators, Mike and Sandee. It was literally the most beautiful home I have ever seen. I felt like I was on vacation in Hawaii or Tahiti or something. I still can't get over how lucky I am to be serving in Gulf Breeze.  It is SO beautiful and there are SO many prepared people here. We taught them the plan of salvation because they had a son who recently passed away at the age of 27. It was such a spiritual lesson! I am so grateful for Heavenly Father's plan of happiness that he orchestrated for us to be able to return and live with Him and our families one day. 

Last week I mentioned Cynthia! Well, we were able to see her a couple of times this week and she came to church again yesterday!! During our gospel principles class (the second hour of church) we were discussing missionary work. Our ward mission leader mentioned that Cynthia will one day get baptized and she interrupted him in mid sentence and said, "I AM getting baptized on the 30th!!!" She also made the cutest comment, "It's like God sent me these two girls right here." AWWW. Then we went to Relief Society (the third hour of church) and during opening exercises, the Rlief Society president mentioned that some of the women need to volunteer to feed our zone of missionaries for zone conference next week. No one had raised their hand yet but after like two seconds, Cynthia's hand shot up and she said, "I can cook everything!" It was so funny. She is the cutest. She isn't even a member of the church yet and she is volunteering for all these different things! Later, a lady in the ward joked that Cynthia should be the Relief Society president! I agreed! hahaha. After church that evening, we got the funniest phone call ever. Cynthia and Jeremy, her boyfriend, are engaged but weren't planning on getting married for a while. It's been the elephant in the room that she needs to get married before she gets baptized. Sister Sant and I were going to discuss it at the next lesson along with the law of chastity but some of the women after church told her if she gets baptized, she needs to get married first and explained it all to her. One of the ladies in the church called us and told us what happened. Apparently a bunch of the women freaked out and started legit planning her wedding. They already have the Bishop on board to marry them and they said they will start looking for a dress and figure out a way to fly her parents out. It was SO funny. That's something we will be doing over the next few weeks, planning Cynthia and Jeremy's wedding! I'm super excited because we get to be bridesmaids ;)

Aliza and her family are doing so well! We had two great lessons with them all this week and then on Saturday they went down to Ocala, FL, to visit some of her family. Before we even mentioned it, she told us she will be going to the church down there. IS SHE PREPARED OR WHAT?!?! Oh my gosh, guess what! Her mother-in-law is a MORMON!! Who knew?! 
 I love lessons with Aliza. They are always so spirit-filled and emotional. It makes my heart so happy :) Aliiza, her daughter, Emma, and her son, Reid, are getting baptized on September 23rd!!! Could life get any better!??!?!

I just feel so blessed to be a missionary and to be able to learn more about Christ and His gospel through teaching others and seeing repentance in full swing. I have had a lot of reflection this week about my mission, about all the wonderful people I've met and the person I am becoming. I really needed my mission to allow me to turn more towards Jesus Christ and understand his Atonement. Before my mission, I seriously don't think I knew much of anything, or at least understood much of anything. Some people are already awesome and don't need the experience of a mission to grow their faith and turn them more towards Christ, but I did, and still do. I feel like I now know my Savior. I now understand the plan of happiness God has for us. I now can say with 100% certainty that I will be with my family forever. 

Without Jesus Christ's atonement it would be hard to get out of bed every morning. It would be impossible to know complete joy. It would be impossible to repent and become better. I feel so grateful for the knowledge I have gained and the opportunity I've been given to impart that knowledge to others. How great is my calling!! 

I love y'all,
-sister fletcher

My address:
3113 Woods Way, #2
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Cynthia at church!!
Zone leaders who showed up to Saturday sports night
with each companionship repping either
Alabama or FSU.  Little did we know the
real teams were actually playing each other
that night. Of course, Alabama won :)
Showing off our new FREE Luluroe leggings!
#perksofbeingamissionary

Monday, August 28, 2017

#Golden

Hi y'all! This week was great in Gulf Breeze. I saw so many incredible miracles and saw the Lord's hand in so many people's lives.

We found a woman named Cynthia on Thursday and she is AMAZING. We spoke with her a little at her door, then she invited us right in and we shared the message of the restoration with her. The spirit was so strong and she knew it was true. She has a Christian background.  She has an 11 month old son and had another baby boy who passed when he was less than a year old.  She lives with her boyfriend Jeremy who is a pagan lol, but he is open to learning more. On Saturday we went back to their home and brought two awesome members with us to teach. We invited Cynthia to be baptized and she was a little hesitant, but then she came to church yesterday with her cute son, Nicki, and after the second hour class, she asked us what she needs to do to become a member. We told her she would need to get baptized. She said, "Well, when can I get baptized?!!!" We set a date for September 30th and are going to do everything we can with the Lord's help to prepare her for that date. I am so excited!!

We had the most incredible lesson with a new investigator, Aliza, this week as well. She is the friend of a member in the ward and the member had us over for lunch with Aliza and her family on Saturday. We got to know her for a while and she really opened up to us and got very emotional about all the deaths of loved ones in her life and how she feels that she is crazy because she can literally feel them near her at times, pushing her to do something to help them. We felt prompted to share the plan of salvation and by the end of the lesson, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Aliza just kept saying that this message has lifted a weight off her shoulders. that this is what she has always felt but just thought she was crazy. She is literally so much happier now. This is what she has been missing. On Sunday, Aliza came to church and was brought to tears many times. She loves the people and loves the messages that were shared. She is #GOLDEN. Tonight we are going back over to the member's home and sharing a family home evening with Aliza and her children as well. I am just in awe of how prepared both her and Cynthia are. What an amazing week it has been! I feel so humbled and blessed. 

I love you all! Hope you guys have a great week <333

-sister fletcher

my address:
3113 Woods Way #2
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
I miss Sam and Devinee already!
Last pic with Sista J
Bye Sister Crosby :(



Monday, August 21, 2017

Gulf Breeze Baby

Hey y'all!
I am getting transferred this week!! I'm going to Gulf Breeze, Florida, and will be serving as a sister training leader! I am pretty excited. I heard the area is kind of like an island and is super touristy and cute! It'll be a good way to end my mission :) but I'm going to miss all of the amazing families I've met here in Crestview - but the work must go on!

We were all over the place this week. I don't think I've ever been so busy! It's the best being super busy as a missionary.

Can I just say how much I LOVE service. It's seriously my favorite thing in the world. On Saturday we were asked along with five other men in the ward,to help someone move into a new apartment who was coming from Georgia. As we were moving boxes up and down the three flights of stairs, I couldn't help but smile (and almost cry...I'm such a baby) because of the amount of good, Christlike people I am blessed to serve with, people who will literally drop everything to come and help someone in need. I just felt so much joy helping someone move who couldn't have done it alone. It is simple acts of service like this that I know Heavenly Father is just smiling down on us for, because He sees us helping one of His children. Over and over again in my life I hear the words, "unless we lose ourselves in service, there is little purpose to our own lives" and "when we lift others, we will be lifted too." I can say that these sayings are SO true. As we helped lift the load off of someone else, I felt a load lifted off my own shoulders. The things I was struggling with didn't seem so hard anymore. That's what service does, that's what following Christ does. I've seen that time and time again on my mission, and in life. 

Devinee gave a talk in church yesterday on her conversion and it made my last Sunday in Crestview the BEST. She is amazing. I seriously am in awe of Samantha and Devinee and their faith and testimonies. They inspire me to want to be as good as them someday. I feel so so so blessed to have met them and taught them and been able to witness and be here for their baptisms. The things those girls will do in their lives... :) they are two of my BEST friends!

I have been studying the Doctrine & Covenants a lot lately and been learning a lot. I was in Section 58 the other day and just wanted to share with you guys a verse that really hit me. In chapter 58:3-4 it says: "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter; and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings."

Wow! What HOPE this passage offers. As I was reading this section and got to these verses, peace immediately came over me and I realized how much we really do have in store for us after this life once we go through these trials and tribulations. (but life can be pretty awesome too!) It just offered me a type of comfort and peace that the world couldn't give. Life can be really hard sometimes. Out here on a mission, you sometimes miss your family, your friends, you may feel pretty lonely, and sometimes have battles in your mind with what you want to do and what you know you should do. It can be pretty tough. (especially because I have probably gotten 20 hours of sleep in the past 2 weeks) but this just gave me hope. It's all going to be okay. After much tribulation comes the blessings. We have NO idea how good it's going to be. :)

I love you all SO much. Thank you for all the prayers, letters, packages, and love.

My new address:
3113 Woods Way, #2
Gulf Breeze, FL 32536

-sister fletcher
Siena, my sister, painted these beautiful
paintings for Sam and Devinee!
Sister Ratcliff (I LOVE HER)
and two of her cute kids
Me and my bud, Avery, quilting
Sis Caudell!
Pretty
Hi!
Kim and John Spring...my favs
Bonfire!
Really going to miss these people SO MUCH!
Chick fil a !!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

The week we chopped down 9 trees

Hey y'all!

I hope you guys have had a great week :) This week was pretty good, we did a TON of service which is always fun. For some reason, everyone needed help with stuff this week and I'm glad they called us!
We were able to paint the ceilings of a house, mow some lawns, do some weeding, serve at a few soup kitchens, and cut down NINE trees. It was so much fun. I did get bit by mosquitoes like crazy but that's pretty much expected now haha. It has rained like everyday this week! I love it so much! There's nothing quite like a FL thunderstorm. It's so nice in the summer because it cools things down a little!

We had so many miracles this week! My favorite was meeting and teaching our new friend, Chloe. Chloe is 16 years old and has been catholic most of her life but has been looking for more. We taught her this past Wednesday and she told us she wants to get baptized and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!! She has already told us she knows through the Holy Ghost that this gospel is true! AHHH! Now she just needs her mom's consent... She came to the young women's activity that evening and had a great time. She is so prepared!! I love her so much already.

It's crazy that so many of my friends are home or getting home from their missions! Where does the time go?! I don't ever wanna grow up.  I think I'll just be a missionary forever!

Guys, I just love being a missionary.  Never in my life have I felt such a weight of responsibility towards helping others receive their salvation , but I love that weight.  It allows me to feel just how important this gospel is, how important this message we have to share is, how important the work I am doing out here is.  It can change lives, it can save lives!

I love you all so incredibly much! Hope you have a wonderful week <333

-sister fletcher

pictures:
I apologize in advance but most of my pictures this week are just of me. We didn't take like any!  hahaha #selfabsorbed
Sista J chopping down those trees
Painting mess
Companion study by the pool
(so tempting...but not really :))
Once you go Blue Bell, you never go back
!!
A note someone left us after telling us
to come over to teach them a lesson
When all your missionary friends send pictures
in front of castles and waterfalls, in Crestview we send
pictures in front of cool m&m hay barrels
Squinty eyes
The beach this morning!

Monday, August 7, 2017

How blessed are we!

Hey y'all!
This week was good :) We picked up a few new investigators and were able to teach some awesome lessons! Samantha and Devinee are going to the temple this Saturday which is SO exciting!! I am so happy for them. man, I wish more than anything we could go with them. Maybe in a year haha.

I have been studying the book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. I love Mosiah SO much. I feel like no matter how many times I have read this book, I always learn so many new principles from the teachings. I was in chapter 27 yesterday and I love verse 37 specifically. Prior to this verse, Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah are doing evil and trying to destroy the church of God, but then they had an amazing experience that completely changed their hearts and turned them to repentance. They no longer wanted to do evil but wanted to do good always, and to share with others the amazing light the gospel brings to all of our lives. In verse 37, it says: "And how blessed are they! For they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good; and they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth."

I just love this verse. How blessed am I that I get to declare Jesus Christ's gospel to His children. I feel so grateful and lucky for this opportunity. I meet so many people everyday who have really opened my eyes to what life is all about, to what the gospel is all about. I don't know what I did to deserve wearing this name tag on my heart, to represent my Savior, Jesus Christ every single day for 18 months. ahhh, I just love this gospel, I love being a missionary!

How blessed are we to know the gospel, and because we know the truth, it is up to us to share it with others! People want what we have, even if they don't know it yet.

Love and miss you all!

-sister fletcher
Pretty Fort Walton Beach last week


Pic taken on my low quality camera on a high quality day
Me and sista j