Monday, January 26, 2015

What a Week!

Hello everyone. So on Wednesday we had a big Zone Conference and it was great. They told us all these new goals for our mission and different tools to help us to reach those goals. One thing they want us to start doing is putting people on date for baptism after we teach them the first lesson. That's going to be pretty intense, but it'll be great. I was SO stoked to go out and start doing all these new things that they want us to do, but I guess God had a different plan.....

I've been sick since January 1st, with a nasty cold thing. It's left me pretty tired and drained all the time and it's not super fun. But I was starting to get over it. After Zone Conference I had the brilliant idea to ask my Mission President for a Priesthood blessing to help me fully overcome the cold. He and an Elder gave me a blessing and it was really good and powerful and I was excited about it because I thought I would be instantly healthy. But I guess God had a different plan......

We went to a member's house for dinner right after I got that blessing and I started to feel a little nauseous. I thought I would be ok, and that the nausea would pass. But I guess God had a different plan.....

We went out to teach some other people and I started feeling more nauseous. We finished out the night and came home and planned and I thought I would be able to go to bed and wake up feeling better. But I guess God had a different plan.....

I threw up. And then I continued to throw up until Saturday night. I guess that was God's plan.

So we had a really boring week. I spent a lot of time with my companion Sister Pearson. Good thing I love her to death. We really got to know each other better during those three days haha. We also made a transfer board and decided which Sisters are going to be companions next transfer, and who the STLs are going to be. I'm either going to be with Sister Wetzel or Sister Knecht....or I'll be training. I'll keep you posted.

Oh the less-active teenager that we're teaching came to church on Sunday!!! It was so great. She brought her friend who she is sharing the gospel with! And then we went to her house afterward and her friend was there and she just went on a roll about all the things she has taught her friend and it was the greatest thing ever. She's the most amazing little missionary I've ever met. Missionary work is the bestest thing ever! You should all share the gospel with your friends and family and everyone! Also, the Priesthood is restored! And Jesus Christ lives! And the Book of Mormon is the Word of God!!!!


Sister Koenig

Monday, January 12, 2015

9 Months Out - That's Half Way!

I hope you are all doing incredibly well :) Things are pretty awesome here! Sister Pearson and I had a great week and had a ton of fun teaching and working and finding and doing all those other missionary things. Seriously this week flew by!

On Friday I hit my 9-month-mark!!!! I didn't do anything out of the ordinary....but it was a good Friday. I can't believe I'm halfway's freaking me out a little bit.

This week we saw the R’s and their granddaughters. We decided to talk about the story of Daniel in the lions den from the Bible, because we have been talking about obedience and choosing the right and it fits perfectly! So Sister Pearson and I pull out the scriptures and we start reading in Daniel chapter 6 about how the bad guys tricked the king to get everyone to pray to him, and then Daniel didn't pray to the king, he prayed to the Lord, so his punishment was that he had to be thrown in the lions den. The twins were freaking out about it haha. They had never heard the story before so obviously they didn't know that in the end he would be alright. Then we told them that Daniel lived because the angel calmed the lions and everything was ok. Happy happy sunshine and rainbows etc etc. Then they asked what happened to the bad guys so Sister Pearson turns to Daniel 6:24 and starts reading. She read the first part, which says "And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,". That's all fine and dandy, right? Then she was about to read more, when we both realized how ENTIRELY AWFUL the next part is!!!!!!!!!!! It says "them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den." AHHHH WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!! Thankfully she noticed right before she started reading and we both like slammed our Bibles shut in shock!!!!!!!!!!! hahahhaaha oh man. Gotta love the Bible...... :P

A couple weeks ago the Spanish Sisters gave us a referral for this guy who came to the church building and found them and told them that he wanted to start coming back to church and wanted to meet with missionaries. He's in our area, so we went and tried him last week. We met them a week ago on Sunday and they're so great. It's a dad R, and his 13-year-old daughter M. R's wife died 10 years ago and he's been really shut off to religion since then because of that. He grew up in the church but stopped going when he was 15, but whenever one of his 5 kids turned 8 he called the missionaries up and he got his kids baptized. He has these SUPER awesome-sounding Mormon friends up in Seattle (woot woot!) who have been such good missionaries to him. They did his wife's work in the temple and have talked to him all about the importance of temple sealings. He wants his daughter to be sealed to her mom, and she wants that for herself as well, so they're basically willing to do whatever it takes. We're meeting with them now 2 to 3 times a week and going through the lessons and trying to get them back to church!!! I'm really excited about it. We've taught them a few times now and they're just great. Richard is so funny. He has all these memories of church when he was a kid, but he has trouble remembering the names of things sometimes, like he couldn't remember what General Conference was called so he said "What's that thing called where the big-wigs in Utah all get together and talk to everybody?" And then yesterday he said my favorite one - "What's that thing where those people go up there at church and they share some horror story about their life...?" Testimony meeting. He was talking about testimony meeting lol. I thought it was a fairly accurate description :P

Yesterday we came out of church and it looked like I had popped the hood on the car. Upon further inspection, I realized that someone actually hit our car and totally scratched the bumper and the front of the hood and pushed it up a little bit!!! And it happened in the church parking lot and they didn't even leave a note!!! I was not very happy with that. So we're going to have to get it fixed soon.
This week is going to be so busy for us. We have tons of set appointments with people that we are teaching, and also a lot of meetings! On Wednesday we have Sister's conference and Sister Pearson and I have to do a training on mission/eternal progression. Then on Thursday we have District Meeting and I have to train on working with members. Then on Friday we have weekly planning (of course), and then right after that we have Exchanges. I'm going to the 6th ward with my former companion Sister Duprey! It'll be great. And Sunday we are teaching the 14-16 year old Sunday school class. Yesterday we taught the 12 and 13 year old class, and there were 18 kids!!!!!!!!! It was insane. I don't know how the teacher does that every week. We were teaching about the Godhead and we did a jeopardy game and it was pretty sweet. Sometimes I'm impressed with my creativity, ngl.
I hope you all have the best week ever and that you find missionary opportunities and act on them! And don't forget that daily prayer and scripture study will unleash the powers of heaven upon you and give you so much strength beyond your own!! :)

Sister Koenig

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year, New Transfer, New Companion

Hello! This is going to be a quick email, but it's better than nothing!!! We had transfers on Thursday, New Year’s Day. They are typically on Tuesday, but the weather was so bad over the pass from Denver to out west that they didn't want to risk it, and they rescheduled. Sister Keavali and I moved out of the  house into an apartment on Wednesday morning, and it's not too bad! If you want my new address, message me or Alannah Mitchell here or on Facebook.

The whole beginning of the week we spent a lot of time visiting people so Sister Keavali could say goodbye. She has been in GJ7th for 9 months, so she was really attached and everyone was really attached to her!!! Then Thursday we went to transfer meeting, and my new companion is Sister Pearson. She is AWESOME. I love this girl. We served around each other for my first 3 transfers in Lakewood, and she was a Sister Training Leader (STL) there. We went on exchanges and just had a ton of fun. This is her last transfer, so she goes home in 5 weeks, which is insane to me!!! I can't imagine the day that I only have 5 weeks left haha. Crazy crazy. Speaking of which, this week I hit my 9-month mark!!!!! I can't believe it.

Here are a couple funny stories/quotes from the week:
In sacrament meeting this random kid that NO ONE KNOWS stood up and bore his testimony. He started by saying "I'd like to bear my testament" and then ended with "God bless, amen." It was adorable fantastic.

We went to our Ward Mission Leader's house for dinner last night and were talking to his 9-year-old daughter. She was out of town last week on Sunday, and then sick yesterday so she missed church two weeks in a row. She was expressing to us how much she misses church and how sad she is that she hasn't been able to go, and then she said "AND, I'm really worried because if I miss church next week I'll be counted as less-active!!!!!" hahaha toooooo stinkin cute. The fear in her eyes was so intense lol.

I really have to go now, but I love all of you! Thanks for all the support you give me! Have a great week and an awesome new year!!!!!!

Sister Koenig