Monday, September 26, 2016

What A Week!

So this week has been crazy. We drove up to Tallahassee on Tuesday night and stayed at some of the sisters' apartments. The next day, Sister Jackson and I got our new companions! I really love Sister Jackson and I’m going to miss her so much but this transfer will be good :) I am now with Sister Peterson! We are very different but that makes things fun. I know I have a lot to learn from her and it’s going to be a good time. 

We went to the General Women’s Conference broadcast in Mobile on Saturday night and it was awesome! In one of the talks, this was said about Jesus Christ: "He will do anything to take this from you; in fact, He already has." I LOVE THAT! I have been learning a lot about deliverance this week. The Book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon is all about deliverance and I have really been studying it. Before my mission, when I was having a really hard time, I would go to my mom or dad, my best friends, my siblings. and THEN I would turn to Heavenly Father in prayer. It is so cool, because out on your mission, all you have is God. He is all you can turn to so it kinda forces you to turn to Him and then from that experience, it really teaches you that He is truly the best source. He can deliver you from anything, but only HE can do that. 

Mosiah 23:23 ~ "For behold I will show unto you that they were brought into bondage, and none could deliver them but the Lord their God." 

This week one of our investigators, Jhemarial came to church. It was the best! She is 16 years old and so mature and so prepared for this gospel. The ward was so welcoming and nice and she is coming back next week to bring her sisters. We are going back over to her home tomorrow to teach them the plan of salvation. 

A lady named Emma asked for a Bible on, so on Thursday we went to her home to deliver it. We got to talking and as we were about to hand her the Bible, she said: “No, what I really want is a Book of Mormon. That has to be what I am missing in my life.” It was SO COOL! We are coming back to teach her this week so I’ll keep y’all posted :) 

Ah, miracles are happening guys. Life is good when you truly turn to God and let Him guide you 100%. I love you all! Thanks for reading my emails and for all the prayers and support. I pray for you guys all the time!

so much love,
sister fletcher
My last day with Sis J

Our awesome district!

Doug and Linda,
my grandparents!

The day Sis J and I parted...
and her new cute companion!

My love sista house!

Me in front of a pretty gate

Sister Peterson

Monday, September 19, 2016

Times Fun When You're Having Flies

HI! This week has been so crazy and I have no time, SO I am going to send a bunch of pictures to sum it up and fill y'all in more next week :)  btw, I'm getting a new companion on Wednesday! Transfer calls were Saturday morning and a new sister is coming to Fairhope so tomorrow Sister Jackson and I are going up to Tallahassee to stay the night at the FSU campus.  We will then pick up our new comps the next day. It's gunna be awesome :) 
I just wanted to say how true this gospel is! and how grateful I am to be serving a mission! There is truly no place I'd rather be :) I love you all! Have a great week!
much love,
sister fletcher
(one of my fav investigators)

Linda at sewing activity

Sister Masi!!!!
(We had exchanges this week in Monroeville...
a town two hours from Fairhope...
It was so fun spending the day with her! She's my favorite ever!!)

Typical adorable Alabama boys

Beachin it today!

Fort Morgan

100 + Days of Being a Missionary!

100 + Days of Being a Missionary                                                              

Hey guys! How has everyone's week been? I miss you all! This has been such a great week. Last Tuesday on our p-day, we had a huge zone activity in Mobile and played dodgeball with the elders. There were only four of us sisters who played with 35 + elders. It was so intense but so fun! Today, we played basketball and football with the elders in our district and that’s so fun too! Sports are just so fun, especially out on a mission haha. 

We have had a super productive and eventful week and were able to meet lots of new people to teach the gospel to. On Thursday, we dropped by a home of a girl named Alliyah who requested a Bible on Turns out, she is 13 and lives with her grandma. I just wanna say that never have I felt so much love for a person as quickly as I did with her. She is one of the most pure and precious young girls I have ever met. Instantly, before we even went inside, I felt the Spirit, as well as some of the direct love God has for her. Her grandmother invited us in and we taught them the restoration of the gospel. I am so excited about this little family. They are SO humble and SO prepared by God to receive this perfect gospel. 

We have had so many beautiful experiences and I wish I could share them all but I just don't have enough time :( I will tell y'all when I get home next year! 

I just wanna close this email by sharing one of my new favorite scriptures that I’ve really been studying lately - Galatians 2:20:  I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live. Yet, not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I hope you guys have a great week! I love and miss you all :))

with so much love,
sister fletcher
Pretty view during weekly planning
one evening

Literally the only picture
I took this week!

The Zone!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Blessings on Blessings!!

HI! :) I don't have a lot of time today because we have a zone activity in Mobile soon, but I wanted to touch on a few amazing things that happened this week.

Last Monday we were able to go to the beach with a member and an investigator. It was so awesome! I miss the beach so much, man. Here, the sand is SO WHITE! and the water is warm. We taught a lesson on the beach and it was great :)

We did tons of service this week including cleaning out a lady's attic where the floor was nowhere to be found!!!, serving food at a Young Single Adult activity, yard work, and painting. Service is always so much fun!

President Smith came to our church meeting this week so that was awesome. He and his wife actually drove Sis Jackson and I home. It’s so amazing to see how much they love their missionaries. They are both such selfless and inspired people.

Fairhope holds an Art Walk every first Friday of the month so we were able to go this week. It was the PERFECT place to contact and meet people. We met three women who came out from Mobile who completely made my day with their kindness, energy, and pure love for God. We got their information so the missionaries out in Mobile can teach them and grow upon their foundation of Jesus Christ.

Yesterday we had Zone Conference which lasted from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.. It was a long day but I learned so much! Mobile is such an awesome zone! These people are already some of my best friends! After the conference, we had a huge finding activity where we broke off in companionships and knocked on doors or talked to people around Mobile. We were supposed to all meet back at the church at 7:00 p.m. Sis J and I found a lot of awesome people out there. Then we were about to head back to the church but decided to knock on one last door which we both felt really prompted to do. Inside was an African American family consisting of a younger husband and wife and their two little daughters. After being invited in and talking for a while, the Spirit directed us to share the message of the Restoration of the gospel with them. Even though we were way past time to meet back at the church, we knew that was what was needed. They were so receptive to the message and so excited to read the Book of Mormon as a family. We promised them that if they read with faith and asked God if it was true with a sincere desire, they will know through the Holy Ghost that it is. Tears came to the wife's eyes, and she said: “I can see the passion you feel about this gospel and the love you both have for it so why would I not want to read this book? Why would I give up the invitation y’all gave me because I just want the Spirit you do! It was such a tender and touching moment. It made me sad leaving and realizing we can’t teach them because they are out of our area,(the elders in Mobile will) but I know they will have this true gospel no matter what, and that's such a blessing. Anyways, afterwards all the sisters came back to our apartment and we had a sleepover and now we are all together today!

I just wanted to end by touching on something I have been studying a lot lately. I've realized more fully that there is a difference between having a testimony and being converted. Elder Bednar once said, "If a testimony is what you know to be true by the witness of the Spirit, then conversion is consistently being true to what you know." Having a testimony does take work, it is something you need to consistently try and grow, but being converted is LIVING the gospel everyday. Conversion is what we should really strive for, being Christ-like, emulating His light in us. In the Book of Mormon, in Alma 23:6, it says: "And as sure as the Lord liveth, so sure as many believed, or as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth, through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren, according to the spirit of revelation and of prophesy, and the power of God working miracles in them. Yea I say unto you, as the Lord liveth, as many of the Lamanites believed in their preaching, and were converted unto the Lord, never did they fall away."

I can testify that if we are truly converted to Christ, we will never fall away. He will walk by our side through it all.  I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for reading my emails. You are all in my prayers!

so much love,

sister fletcher

Blurry me with a letter
because I love letters!
Walking to the pier this morning
Sis J and me
The Gulf Shore
The Hangout
The beach at night
We thought this sign was funny!
The awesome ladies we met
at the art walk
The Art Walk with
our recent convert Linda
Another from the beach