Monday, November 24, 2014

Live in Thanksgiving Daily!!!!

Oh my goodness everyone what a week. What a mission, really. God is so wonderful.

Last night we saw the G’s. Brother G was supposed to be baptized on December 6, but yesterday at church his daughter told us that he was still drinking coffee and he had to quit at least 2 weeks before his date. We were super discouraged.

In Sacrament meeting one of the speakers from the High Council spoke about Elder Oaks' talk from conference and told this story from it:
"At a stake conference in the Midwest about 10 years ago, I met a sister who told me that her nonmember husband had been accompanying her to church for 12 years but had never joined the Church. What should she do? she asked. I counseled her to keep doing all the right things and to be patient and kind with her husband. About a month later she wrote me as follows: “Well, I thought that the 12 years was a good show of patience, but I didn’t know if I was being very kind about it. So, I practiced real hard for over a month, and he got baptized.” Kindness is powerful, especially in a family setting. Her letter continued, “I am even trying to be kinder now because we are working on a temple sealing this year!” Six years later she wrote me another letter: “My husband was [just] called and set apart as the bishop [of our ward].”

Sister Keavali and I had a view of the G’s from where we were sitting and Brother and Sister G kept whispering to each other and it was so funny. We texted Sister G and said "'Kindness is powerful!'" haha. It was perfect timing on that talk though.

That night, President L from the Stake Presidency came with us to the lesson, and it was ah-MAY-zing!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness. I don't know what the heck happened, but angels were definitely involved. We had fasted that day, and we had asked like 5 members to fast with us as well. We were fasting for Brother G to be able to give up coffee and chewing tobacco, and also for him to pray out loud. He has never done that.

President L just started right in and started asking all these truly inspired questions. It was incredible. And Brother G was actually answering them!! He usually just says "I don't know." But he was giving good answers and really verbalizing his concerns and stuff. It was amazing!!!!!!! And then Pres L asked him about his baptism on the 6th and Bro G said it was too soon. So then Pres L asked him to pick his own date and he decided that he will give up coffee and tobacco this next Sunday, and he'll be baptized on the 20th of December!!!!!!!!!! HE PICKED HIS OWN DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't think you can realize how huge of a miracle that is unless you know him haha. This man has been going to church for 14 years, he's married to a super active and wonderful member, and all of his 10 kids are members. But he's never ever committed before. EVER. And now he is picking his own date, and actually admitting that he WANTS to get baptized, and he was telling us how much he appreciates everything we do, and admitting that he loves Sister Keavali and me! It was so sweet. We cried haha.

Then I asked him if he had prayed about being baptized yet. He said he had once. He has never prayed out loud before, and that one time he prayed was just in his head. So President L asked him if he would pray out loud with us. Brother G said "I don't know." and President L said "Well that's not a no! Let's do it!" and we all kneeled and went around and each of us said a prayer. Pres L said the first one. Then BROTHER G PRAYED OUT LOUD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! His wife has never even heard him pray. And it was a powerful prayer. And a funny one - he said "I'm grateful for these Sisters who are as stubborn as I am and don't put up with my crap." hahaha oh man.

So keep him and his family in your prayers, please. He is so ready, and this truly is his time, and the Lord is with him. I called President Murdock (my Mission President) this morning and told him all of that and he said "Man! You could do nothing for the rest of your mission and you would still have accomplished more than enough." and I said "I know! But I'm totally not going to do that!!" haha Oh President. Oh and he's going to come out for the baptism, which is in 26 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE LORD AND I LOVE THE GOSPEL AND I LOVE THE G’s!

Anyway, nothing else really matters because that is just so fantastic. But yeah we did a bunch of stuff this week and taught many other wonderful people and found some new investigators and it's great. Oh we just started teaching this 82-year-old woman, W, who we have already invited to be baptized and she said yes! So that's pretty great too. We are going to see her tomorrow. We left her with a Book of Mormon yesterday and she promised to read it. :)

As much as I miss home, I wouldn't give up these experiences for anything. Being a missionary is the best thing I have ever done.

Thanksgiving is in a few days and I just want to express my sincere gratitude for all of you. I love you all so much and I truly appreciate your support. I am also thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, and for His Atonement. I am grateful for my Heavenly Father, who is the best Father I ever could have asked for. I'm grateful for the many wonderful people I have met here in Colorado, and for all the wonderful people I have met throughout my life who have shaped me into the person I am today. I am thankful for the Book of Mormon and for the Bible, and for all the people (both prophets of old and prophets today and other honorable men and women) who made it possible for us to have these sacred texts. I am thankful for the Restored gospel on the earth today, with the proper priesthood authority to perform saving ordinances such as baptism. I am just so thankful for all the things that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do for me, and for each of us here on this earth. I could go on and on. I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and that you take a moment to think about all of the wonderful blessings you have received.

Sister Koenig

Here are some scriptures I really like this week:

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm Staying in GJ7th with Sister Keavali with the BEST MEMBERS EVER!!!!

Yeah we got transfer news on Saturday, and nothing is changing. Woot woot! That means I get to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas here :) YAY!

Staying together for the holidays!

The work is going well. We did a lot of finding this week and we found a great family that has a lot of potential. There wasn't anything too exciting this week though, sorry! Sister Keavali and I heart-attacked the G family this week. That was fun :)

On Thursday we had a really awesome last District Meeting of the transfer. Our District Leader asked everyone in advance what their favorite snack was, and then he bought it for all of us. But he didn't give it to us right away - he said we had to earn it. In order to earn mine, I had to sing everything - I wasn't allowed to talk - for 2 hours! Sister Keavali earned hers by sitting in a little kid chair in the corner, facing the wall haha. Another missionary had to speak in Spanish the whole time, and even do a training like that, and another spoke in a British accent, and another had to stand on one leg the whole time, and another had to pinch his nose every time he spoke, and another had to whisper everything she said. It was great. And then we took gangsta pics. We're the coolest district ever, I know.

Our gangsta district!

How we actually all look :)

It's been reeeeally cold lately and I'm kind of freezing all the time. It's fantastic. This morning I showered and then went outside to feed the chickens and turkeys for the people we live with. BY THE WAY, they are THE BEST PEOPLE EVER!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!! HI MOMMA ALLISON, THIS IS YOUR SHOUTOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D Anyway, I was wearing flip flops and a knee-length skirt and a half-sleeve light sweater. It was probably 17 degrees....yeah. Poor outfit choice, I know. I was out there for like 10 minutes and I went up to run my fingers through my hair and MY HAIR WAS FROZEN!!!!!!!!!! That's when you know it is truly cold outside. Eek.

On Friday night we went to a baptism for a lady in the neighboring ward. She is 94 years old, and she's just now getting baptized!!!!!! It was soooo cool. Her son used to be a Bishop in that ward, and she has been going for a long time, but just never got baptized. I guess she has another son in Denver who is a Baptist preacher or something...I don't know. Anyway, the Sisters in that ward went over to her house one time and said "Grandma Ruth, what do you have against being baptized?" and she said "Nothing" and they said "Well, will you be baptized then?" and she said "Sure." haha oh man I hope and pray to have experiences like that. Then they said "Grandma Ruth, how long have you known that the Church was true?" and she turned to her son (the former Bishop) and said "How long ago did you move to Denver?" and he said "26 years ago....." and she said "Yeah, since then." Hahahaha oh goodness. Anyway, now she's been baptized and confirmed, and in a year she can go through the temple, and then she can die and start her next journey!!!

Oh hey, btw, mail is always appreciated....hint hint, nudge nudge..... Here are some tips!

I love you all! Have the best week of your life!

Sister Koenig

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another soul has come unto Christ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh got baptized on Saturday, and it was amazing!!!!!!!! The whole day was seriously wonderful.

His grandpa, Brother R, who wasn't active his whole life and knew basically nothing about the church but who is just coming back to the church, baptized him! It was actually a really amazing day for the family. Brother and Sister R got to go to the temple for the first time (the Monticello temple! It's beautiful!) and they did baptisms for the dead (if you don't know what that means, go here: And don't worry - we don't baptize dead bodies. That's weird).

The Monticello temple

Brother R was baptized in behalf of his father, his grandfather, and his wife's grandfather. Sister R was baptized in behalf of her grandmother and Brother R's grandmother. It was very cool :D Sadly, Sister Keavali and I couldn't go because the Monticello temple is out of our mission.

But then that night, Brother R got to baptize his grandson, so it was quite a few generations in that family that got baptized on Saturday!!!! And the Spirit was so strong. Josh's twin sisters and I sang a song at the baptism. They are SO ADORABLE haha. I love them with all my heart!

Brother R is REALLY tall and Josh is pretty short, so the baptismal font wasn't filled up very high. Unfortunately, what ended up happening was that Josh's left hand (which was holding on to Brother R's arm) didn't go under the water. You have to be completely immersed for the baptism to be valid, soooo Josh had to be baptized again. And again, the same thing happened....poor kid! So he was baptized a third time!

Josh's Baptism - their family and Sister Keavali and me!

On Sunday, Josh was confirmed as a member of the one true church on the face of this earth!!! How incredible is that?!?! He has opened the gate that leads to the path, and now he gets to walk on it toward eternal life :) It's so cool. AH I just love the gospel, and I am so grateful for the Priesthood.

Love this kid!

OH, and on Sunday, Brother R passed the sacrament for the first time! He just got the Aaronic Priesthood a few weeks ago and he is passing the sacrament and he's already baptized somebody! I think that's pretty dang neat.

I just want to bear my testimony that the gospel is SO TRUE! I know that with all my heart. Temples really are the house of the Lord, and the Spirit can be felt so strongly there. When the R’s came back from the temple, they were soooo giddy and just truly happy. Brother R couldn't even stand still - he was bouncing around with joy. It was adorable. He said he was "Blissed out" haha. I also know that families can be, and are meant to be, together forever! And that can only happen through the proper Priesthood authority in the house of the Lord. I love this gospel and most importantly I love love love my Savior who made it possible for us to return to live with Him and with our Father if we just have faith in Him, and repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end!

I love you all! Have the best week of your life!

Sister Koenig

Monday, November 3, 2014


Josh is getting baptized on Saturday!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT! This week we went to E's baptism. She's 8, and active but we've been teaching her just because her parents wanted us to. She knows everything though! Anyway, we went to her baptism on Saturday and Sister Keavali and I sang Savior, Redeemer of My Soul which was nice. And Josh came!

Showing the girls the font :)

AAANNDDDD Greg agreed to be baptized on December 6th! God is REAL, you guys!!! This man has been going to church every week for 9 years and has FINALLY agreed to be baptized! It's so amazing!

I really don't have time to write much today and I'm so sorry about that. But I love your individual emails and letters. You are all wonderful sons and daughters of Heavenly Parents who absolutely adore you and want the very best things for you. And I love you all so much too, as your crazy sister! AH!!! Remember how much you are loved, and how much you are cared for. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know EVERY LITTLE DETAIL of your life, and they STILL love you! That's a miracle right there hahaha. Just kidding ;)

I love teaching these kids!

I was reading in Moroni 6 and 7 this morning (which all of you should read by the way) and I LOVED verse 8 in chapter 6. It says, "But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven." The Savior wants to forgive you. He wants to help you to become better each day. But you have to do some work and put forth some effort. But if you're willing to put forth that effort and repent, He WILL forgive you.

I love you all and I hope you have the best week ever!!!!! BE GOOD!!!!! And please pray for Josh and Greg and all of our other investigators!! Thanks!

Sister Koenig