Monday, November 13, 2017

9 months and already a triple threat.

Hi yall!

This week I got transfer news! Sister Leavitt is going to be training a new missionary, and I am headed to Bonifay to be in a trio with Sister Wall and Sister Trawick! Talk about a triple threat! The people of Bonifay better be open, because we will be spreading the gospel like crazy! I am sad to be leaving the Pensacola stake, but I am excited to go to a whole new stake and try something new!

Also, as of this wednesday, I will have been out for 9 months! It is so crazy how fast time is flying by.

This week, we saw many people, and taught them all the gospel. We also had the opportunity to go to the Foo foo fest/ the gulf coast arts festival with a member. It was so much fun!! They have many cool things. Then we had dinner with our Investigator, Lyndsey. She made a delicious pesto pasta, with parmesan chicken! It was so much fun!

On Sunday, we got asked to teach gospel principles class. The topic was on the Gathering/ Scattering of Israel. I definitely learned alot that I did not know before. What was so cool was at the end, we opened it up for testimonies, and so many members shared their testimony.

One of our Investigators, Rozelle, is moving back to California so we said goodbye to him on Sunday.

This area has been amazing! Even though I haven't seen anyone baptized yet, I know that by sharing my testimony, I was able to help change lives.

I love you all so much! I am so thankful for all of your love, support, and prayers.
Love,
Sister Lewis











Monday, November 6, 2017

and they biked and biked and biked AND Biked

this week was super crazy! We biked alot of the week, and tried to see many people. On saturday, we biked to a member's house that is 4 miles away to help them do family history, and then we biked 6-7 miles to downtown Pensacola, walked around, and biked 6-7 miles back. Then stopped at an investigator's house to teach them. Then biked 2.5 miles home. It was around 20 miles or more that we biked. Good thing my companion helped me to be prepared for that by having me do some circuits with her for exercise. 

We did have a cool experience on Friday with a member. Sister Coleman took us out to lunch, and then was going to come with us to teach an investigator named Bobbie. When we got to Bobbie's house, she was not there.So we were driving back because Sister Coleman had to leave soon. We passed the Life Care Center ( a member by the name of Brother Allen is currently there), and as we were driving past, Sister Coleman kept asking if we would like to stop and visit him. We told her it was okay, we could visit him another day. Well then next thing we knew, she was pulling a U-Turn and heading towards the Life Care Center. She said, "I am bad about following promptings the first time, so I am going to hurry and follow the prompting right now." When we got to Brother Allen's room, he was in the middle of telling his occupational therapist about the word of wisdom. We got talking with them, and the OT, Theresa, had questions about our missionary work and she mentioned that she knew a member. We then shared a scripture from 2 Nephi 25 with them and said a prayer. As we were leaving, I gave her a pass along card, and then asked for her number and to set up a time to meet with her. As I was doing that, Sister Coleman started asking her about what church she goes to. She goes to a methodist church, but only because her daughter is going to preschool there. She was very open. It was so cool to see that even though an appointment cancelled, there was a reason for it.

Love you all!!!!
-Sister Lewis

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Monday, October 30, 2017

It's finally fall yall!

Happy Holidays yall! It has officially "cooled down" here in Florida. The humidity makes the cold "chill you to the bone". 

This week has been a great week! We volunteered at the Ronald Mcdonald house, where we met this super amazing lady named Danika. We met with her this past week and were able to teach her the Restoration. At the end, we asked her to be baptized on December 2nd. She is so excited to learn more about the restored gospel!  

We also biked to an investigator named Destiny. We taught her and her sister Kelly the Restoration. When we got done reciting the first vision, They both kept saying, "It's true. I know it's true." We plan on teaching them again this week, and it is miraculous to see how many truly prepared people there are in the world. After all, you never know where you are in someone's story.

Then on thursday, we went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. I went with Sister Fletcher to Gulf Breeze. It was so much fun! We volunteered at a thrift store, visited a recent convert named Eliza, and had dinner with Paul and Paula. Paul and Paula are members that love the missionaries. Paula makes really good Omnish French Bread and they love to help the missionaries. They are the cutest and most amazing couple ever. We went to this autism center to do service with a Less Active member who is just opening it. While waiting for her to show up, we started talking to the receptionist, Valen. We were able to teach her the Restoration, which the sisters had never been able to teach her before. We focused on Eternal Families, and she had so many questions. It was so amazing how Heavenly Father planned things out for us to be able to teach her. 

On Saturday, the Pensacola ward did a trunk or treat, and a chili cook off. There were at least 16 people there who were not members of the church. 4 of them which we had invited, and the rest came with members. It was so much fun! Many of the members gave us lots of candy, and stuffed our jacket pockets full. 

Elder Holland said, "Let people repent. Let people grow. Believe that people can change and improve... If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. Don't keep going back with your little sand pail and beach shovel to dig it up, wave it around, and then throw it at someone..." ("Remember Lot's Wife").  As we move on from the past and have confidence in the future, all while enjoying the present, we can receive blessings and can remain focused on the here and now, and what we already have versus what we used to have, or what we could have.

I love each and every one of you, I am so grateful for all of the support you give me. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Lewis




Monday, October 23, 2017

Flying Squirrels!

Hello Yall!

This week we have seen so many miracles! It has been amazing. We have also been committing many people to be baptized within the first lesson.This transfer, I am seeing that I have let Heavenly Father take over for the majority of it. I am more willing to walk up to people and talk to them, I hardly ever feel fear when I see someone. In fact, I have made so many U-turns this week just to go talk to someone that I passed. Even though some of them choose not to hear God's message, I still think about it as " I just planted a gospel seed in them. One Latter Day Saint contact down, who knows how many more they have to go before they soften their hearts to the gospel." One cool experience: Late Saturday afternoon, we biked to this Lady's house,Vivian. We were going to remind her about church the following day. Well when we got there, she didn't answer. So then we walked out of her yard towards our bikes, and saw this lady, Pamela, getting ready to ride her bike. So we started talking to her, and she asked us if we had seen a guy bike past. We said no, and she started to bike away, so we quickly gave her a pass along card. Next thing we know, the guy Pamela was looking for, bikes into this trailer park we are in. We started to talk to him, then comes Pamela biking after him, and yelling at him. They both went behind the tall fence to their trailer, and started arguing. then the guy, Tucker, biked away. Pamela came out and was bringing her bike inside, so we started to talk with her and share a message with her, but she said, "Maybe later, can yall just pray for me? Pamela and Tucker." then she went inside her trailer. Then Tucker came back and jumped off his bike, and walked behind the gate, and slammed the gate.Well as we were standing there, a squirrel fell out of a tree right next to the guy's bike. It was so unexpected. so we just sat there gawking at it. Then this guy starts walking towards us with a shirt that said Jesus on it. I told Sister Leavitt, this must be a sign, I think he needs to hear the gospel. So I said, "I like your shirt!"and then I began to ask him what his name was. He saw our tag and we were able to teach him the Restoration, and invite him to church. As we were talking with him, he told us how he had many family problems, and that he knew that God had inspired him to wear the shirt so that we would talk to him. He was so excited to come to church. then on Sunday, he came! It was so exciting! He said he had questions, and so we set up a time to meet with him this wednesday. His name is Brian and he is so prepared!

On Saturday, we went to visit this referral that was given to the missionaries in 2016, but never recieved his bible. His name is Oscar. We took a member with us, and we taught him the Restoration, then at the end, I felt that I should ask him to be baptized. He said yes. Right now he will be getting baptized on December 2nd!!!   He is so prepared! He has been looking for "the right church". I am so excited to teach him!!! 

I hope yall have an amazing week! I love you all so much! I know that as yall exercise more faith than fear, Heavenly Father will perform miracles.
Love,
Sister Lewis❤🐬


Monday, October 16, 2017

8 MONTHS!

hola! Como Esta?

This week has been amazing!! We have seen so many miracles! On sunday we had 4 investigators come to church, one of which we hadn't even taught a lesson to yet. And by Sunday evening, we had committed 4 investigators to baptism. We have been doing some filtering where we have let some investigators go because it is not their time, and also, we have been doing lots of finding! We have one investigator named Rob, who came to church Sunday! After sacrament meeting he told us that after a few times, we wouldn't have to babysit him. haha. He also said he would come next Sunday! We are meeting with him this wednesday, and plan to commit him to baptism.  On Sunday, we bike on a highway to get to our investigator, Bobbie's house. While there, we read the introduction to the Book of Mormon, and asked her to be baptized on November 18. She said YES!!!! We met a lady named Stacey who has been friends with a member. When we knocked on her door, she let us right in. We were able to teach her the Restoration, and invited her to church.... and SHE CAME!! Our investigator, Lyndsey is doing awesome as always! We had a lesson with her Sunday, and taught the Plan of Salvation, only she was practically teaching us! I know that Heavenly Father has prepared so many of these people, and I am so grateful to be here in Pensacola and sharing the gospel! 

*Side Note* Yesterday marked the day that I have been out for 8 months serving my Heavenly Father, meeting new people, and bringing the Light of Christ to others!

A little funny for the week: we were sitting in ward coordination, and the Spanish elders were looking for someone who could translate for spanish speaking people in Sacrament meeting. Then our ward mission leader said, well maybe God will give the gift of tongues to Sister Lewis and she might be able to translate for you. hahahaha. This has been an ongoing joke, since me and my last companion tried to speak spanish while talking to someone who didn't know any English. Everybody has heard about our translating talents (no talent really). HAhaha.
Well if yall have any fun recipes, please email or mail them to me! I hope you have a great week! Go out and preach the gospel!

Love you all! 
❤Sister Lewis






this is a picture of my new companion.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Hi yall!
Don't worry about hurricane nate! It didn't do any harm to us. It was more of a wind storm, and some rain. We stayed in from 5pm saturday to 1pm sunday. We bought 4 cases of water, and some provisions. It was alot of fun! We were able to do some organizing, phone calls, and have a bible video marathon, with popcorn and candy. We also did manicures and pedicures.

This week, I got a new companion! Her name is Sister Leavitt. She served in Tallahassee and now is serving here. This week, we did alot of contacting. We went to visit our investigator, Catherine, but she was busy, so we started walking back to the car, and decided to talk to a lady that was cleaning out her car. Her name was Wanda. As we talked with her, she was very open, and we gave her a Book of Mormon, and got her phone number. Then when we asked for referrals, she proceeded to tell us about each of the 18 apartments in the culdesac and then told us to go knock on everyone's door. As we did this, we were able to find 6 or 7 people who set up a return appointment to meet with us. They were all very nice and open to hearing our message. We meet with most of them this wednesday. I am so excited to be able to share my testimony with them. It was funny too, because when we asked them for referrals, they kept telling us to knock on everyone's door as well. There were so many prepared people in that neighborhood. 
 On wednesday, I broke my bike seat, so we had to walk everywhere, well while we were walking, we talked to so many people.On the way home from meeting with a new investigator, Katrina and Rodrianna and Jarissa, we decided to stop and talk to this guy who was walking really fast. His name was Frank. He needed to borrow a phone, because he had locked his keys and his phone in his car. So we called his insurance company for him, and while he was on hold, we were able to teach him the Restoration, and get his phone number, to be able to set up an appointment with him to teach him. It was so exciting!

Mormon Message about building families:

After the Storm Mormon Message

Love you all! I look forward to hearing from you!
-Sister Lewis










Monday, October 2, 2017

I hope you watched General Conference

I hope you watched general conference! It was amazing! Mosiah 2:17 talks about serving others, and when you serve others you will be in the service of your God.

This week, we went and taught many of our investigators. We also served at Bishop storehouse, and met a few new people that have potential to start teaching. It has been a busy week.

A member also moved out of our ward, and gave us all of the food that was in their fridge. I don't have the picture of it all with me, but i will send it next week.

Also, I am staying in Pensacola!!

I apologize for the short emails, but we are always busy, and constantly teaching people the gospel. 

I love you all! Hope you have a good week!
-Sister Lewis




Monday, September 25, 2017

Hi yall!

09/18/2017
I will email next week! Love yall!

09/25/2017
So sorry my email was short last week. We have been super busy. Last week we had 3 lessons and a dinner appointment on Monday. Then we have had an all Sister missionary Conference on Friday. Exchanges were on Thursday, and General Women's Conference was Saturday. 

We have 5 people set for Baptism dates. One of them will be getting baptized on October 7! Her name is Lyndsey. We are so excited for her. The others are set to get baptized in November. 

Today we went to the beach as the Pensacola and Foxrun districts. attached will  be some pictures.

I encourage you all to read Mosiah 3. It talks about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Also, if you did not watch the General Women's session of Conference, here is the link for it. It was very uplifting and empowering.















Monday, September 11, 2017

To Be Prepared, or Not To Be? that is the question

Hello all!
 
Don't worry I am Safe and Sound! 

Hurricane Irma has not it us!The hurricane is going to hit Tallahassee and Panama City areas. I am a couple of hours away from that, but we will only be getting hit by rain. They evacuated the missionaries in those areas to higher ground. We do have to be prepared for it because another should be coming after hurricane Irma. We are required to have a full tank of gas and a case of water in our house and in our car. It is kind of fun to be here in hurricane season, because gas is sold out and so is water.... You have to go early in the morning to stock up.

There is a Florida Tallahassee Mission Facebook page that receives updates from our mission president about what is going on.

Anywho, I got to go visit Daphne, Alabama. We got a call friday night at 9:50 saying that we were having zone conference the next day because the hurricane is going to affect Tallahassee and Panama City zones, and our mission president needed to be there for that. Then around 10:10 we got told that even though we were combined with another zone, My companion and I would still be training the other missionaries. Even though we had been preparing all week, we had not confirmed our plans, so we had to put together our lesson in 20 minutes, and finish it up the next day. It was a very eventful zone conference.

This week, we had to take our car in for an estimate at the Auto Body shop, well when we were done, we were driving it down the street, and had parked at someone's house, we got out and went and talked to the person, but when we got back in to restart the car, it would not start. So we said a prayer to know what we should do, especially because at the Mission office, they were having troubles with their phones. Then shortly after, it finally started. So we started to head back, and were able to stop and talk to 2 girls that were walking down the street. We were able to give them both a Book of Mormon, the only thing was, i had grabbed a Book of Mormon off the floor of the car, that my companion had written her testimony in to send to her friend. We did not know this at the time, until they called us an hour later to let us know we had given them a Book of Mormon with writing in it. We told them to keep it. Then as we continued driving, the car started to act up, and the meters stopped working completely. So we pulled over and talked to the Mission office. They told us to stop driving the car, and leave it at the body shop. So while we waited an hour and a half for a member to be available to pick us up, we decided to go contact some people on the streets. We met a guy named Greg, and were able to talk to him about the Book of Mormon, as well as give an introduction to the Plan of Salvation, then we met another guy named Ricky, and we were able to teach him the entire Restoration, as well as give him a Book of Mormon. As we talked with Ricky, he kept saying that everything we were teaching was true. Though these gentleman were both not in our area, we sent them off for the other missionaries to teach.

We also were able to get a new Ward Mission Leader, named Noah. He is a return missionary from Australia. Hopefully we will be able to help the work move forward!

Spiritual thought:   We heard a talk on Sunday about the reason of coming to church, is to come for Jesus Christ. In 1 Nephi 22:25, It says: "And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture." No matter if the people are imperfect in the church, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are perfect, and that is why we come to church. 

I love you all!
❤ Sister Lewis


My companion and I decided to do a hurricane preparedness drill photo shoot (as you can see, I can remain calm as long as I have my family and Heavenly Father in mind). The other pictures are of us traveling with our Sister Training Leaders to Daphne Alabama. And the rest are random pictures.





Monday, September 4, 2017

Love the People, then teach them lessons

Hello!
I hope yall are having an amazing week!! This week, I studied to find out what my purpose is, and slowly "line upon line, precept upon precept" I am finding out Heavenly Father's will for me. It started on Tuesday, when I decided to give pass along cards to the people in the drive through window at Mcdonalds, telling them that I am a missionary. Then another day, we were at Sonic, and I decided to ask the carhop for his number and gave him a pass along card, and explained that we share messages about Jesus Christ. Then I talked to a lady who was walking her dog, and I asked her for her number and address to contact her and share a message. Finally, today while at Walmart, we were in this gentleman's way, and he was very friendly so after we had walked past him, I decided to turn around and go give him a pass along card, and let him know about the message that we share. The stories continue, but basically, I have been give help by Heavenly Father to talk to everyone.

This week at Institute, we talked about families, and building our families on Christ. We took the scripture, Helaman 5:12 and changed the word foundation, to families.I invite all of you to do that as well, and I know that as you build your families on Christ, they will be strengthened.

Also, this week the Elders got in a car crash with our car, everyone is safe, but we no longer have a bumper.

Please watch the attached videos! they are uplifting!

Love you all!!!
❤🚴Sister Lewis









Monday, August 28, 2017

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

Hi Yall!!
I just wanted to say thank you to those who have written me. I really appreciate it! I am so thankful for all of the love and support that yall have given me! I hope you have an awesome week!

So this week, we had more appointments either cancel on us, or we had to reschedule them because we didn't have any ward members available to drive us. Being in this area has helped me to decide that when I get off my mission, I want to be a good member missionary, and help the missionaries out as much as possible.

On wednesday, we went to young womens with a recent convert, and a less active. They had a game night and sister renfro and I were able to participate. We definitely made a fool out of ourselves, but that is ok. 😁 

Thursday, we woke up and decided that we would start looking for service. So we texted and called a few of the members. We were able to go to a less active member's house and rake the front yard and sweep her driveway off. We also shared a message with her as well. 

It had been a hard week last week, and so this week, I was not as cheerful as usual. And i prayed to find out what I could do to change. Well Heavenly Father gave me the answer of finding ways to serve those around me. So i talked to my companion, and we called a few members to do service for them. Although, many said they were okay, we had 1-2 that agreed to let us serve them.

To end the week, on Friday, we had a member call us to see if we wanted to go to KFC for dinner with them. KFC had these $5 meal deals. It was so much fun, because it reminded me of when my family would go on roadtrips, and occasionally stop at KFC for dinner. 

Saturday, we were able to wash someone's floor, by using scrubbing brushes, and being on our hands and knees. We also had dinner at the Bishop's house, where we were able to eat teriyaki chicken and rice. The best part about this dinner, was that the bishop had taken some pain medication for some kidney stones before we came over, and so he sat on the couch and would talk to us for a second, and then pass out, then talk, then sleep. It was so funny to watch!

Enos 1:26-27 "... I must preach and prophesy unto this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ. And I have declared it in all my days and, have rejoiced in it above that of the world." I know that as I testify and teach the gospel as much as possible, the Lord will provide more people, and He will help us to be joyful, and to find strength through trials.


Love Yall!
Sister Lewis



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I went from Relief Society to Elder's Quorum

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Monday, August 21, 2017

3 strikes, you're out!!

hi yall!

Good news!! i am staying in Pensacola with sister Renfro!!!

This week, has been a hard week, we had lots of appointments fall through and cancel. But on the brightside, the members were with us for alot of those appointments, and they were willing to help us out. 

I am so grateful though for the Holy Ghost, and how it helps us to know what to do next. John 14:18 describes this best. I know that Heavenly Father watches out for each and every one of us and comforts us.

Sorry this email is so short!  

Love you all!!
Sister Lewis

P.S. enjoy these pictures!