Monday, December 29, 2014

12/22-12/28

Hello my favorite humans ever!

This week was a crazy weird one, but probably the best one! I'm so glad I got to talk to the family on Christmas!! You guys are the best, and I'm so grateful for all of your love and support.

Monday-- We played some volleyball at the park with the Elders because it was like 65 degrees out! It was so nice!! 

Tuesday-- We did lots of service! We helped a guy named Scott (maintenance man at City Hall) rake his widowed mom's leaves and totally clear out her whole backyard! It was so awesome! It was like 70 degrees, so it was super weird to be sweating on Christmas Eve Eve. We then went over to help Sister Steedle's mother-in-law, Debbie, decorate some Jewish sugar cookies for her friends back east! haha it was funny seeing missionaries decorate menorahs and scrolls and Jewish stars haha ;) but it was super good to talk with her more! We talked a lot about her religious background and she totally feels comfortable with us missionaries. If we could get her daughter in law to church, we feel like Debbie would love coming!! So we are praying for miracles in that house to take place! Us missionaries put on a Christmas Eve Eve party at the church because the ward wasn't doing a Christmas party at all. We played volleyball and had treats and watched He is the Gift and it turned out to be super fun!! It was awesome! :) 

Wednesday-- We woke up and went and raked some more leaves at Scott's house this time and it really helped him out alot! He has a family of three kids and so we are looking forward to trying to teach them and bring them the restored gospel!!! We then went to a less active woman's house and did her dishes because the crazy woman is building her own shed out back and smashed her finger on some of the wood and can't do much now! We then went home and changed into proselyting stuff and taught Bob, a recent convert! We talked about the true meaning of Christmas and it was super great! He has one tooth and lives in a trailer park and he is the nicest man I've ever met. Then we went and ate dinner at Sister Johnson's house! She is so awesome, she is from Australia and has the sweetest accent. We had an awesome discussion about our testimonies of the gospel and how amazing this gospel really is. She is such a strong example! Love the woman! After that we caroled with the elders to a couple people and we ended with one of the elder's investigator families! The Santanas! I wish I got a picture of us there, they invited us in and fed us a million tacos and we sang them some caorls and it was just a great Christmas Eve Fiesta of love haha loved it so much!

Thursday-- Christmas! We woke up and opened presents! We moved our beds and had a sleep over in the front room to make it feel more magical haha. After that I got to talk to you champs! :)
Best thing ever. We went to eat at some less active member's for brunch, the Smiths. They just love us and we love them too! For Christmas dinner we went over to Sister Steedle's house and had a great time! She had invited their neighbors over and we had an amazing Christmas lesson and we asked if we could bring her a Book of Mormon this week and she said we are more than welcome to come ANYTIME! Yayayayayyy it was so awesome! Best Christmas dinner ever. After that we dropped off a present to Bob ( a bag for his books for church) and then we door bell ditched some other recent converts-- the Romero's, with a box full of presents and goodies and stockings in some ninja attire and it was the best thing ever! 

Friday- Sunday-- We had only a couple of lessons. We rode our bikes to conserve miles to a service project... raking leaves, haha and then the lady totally us that she didnt want us doing it in the cold! Her house was like miles away and it was freezing outside and so we just visited some people around there and came back hahaha it was an adventure. We had an awesome lesson with Bob and the Romero's this weekend, love them! :)

It was such a crazy week, and I can't believe it is basically 2015 now! I am so thrilled to be a missionary for the entire year of 2015! I am looking forward to the experiences and adventures that await! Stay strong, and do the little things. Love you all! Happy New Year! 

Love,
Sister Loar
xoxo

The lady in the picture is Sister Johnson!

Monday, December 22, 2014

12/15-12/21

What a crazy, crazy week!


Getting transferred and saying goodbye to the Golden Hills family was super difficult, but I am excited to be in my new area in Bishop with Sister Dodson too!

The ward here is super small in attendance but over 300 people on the records! I'm super stoked to help the ward out the best I can!


I don't have too much time this week, but I'll be able to talk to you guys on Christmas! Woop woop!!! :)

We had fun making cookies with a less active woman and decorating a Christmas tree with a recent convert family and just having a good ole time coming up with ways to serve the ward!


We went up to Mammoth, CA to help the Elders with their caroling efforts on Friday as well!
It was such an adventure and super fun! It started snowing! :)



Anyways, I love you all so much and am so grateful for all of the love and support you give me! I definitely feel your prayers! 

Have the best Christmas ever!!!


I've been thinking a lot about the true meaning of Christmas, and my heart has changed and I know that Jesus Christ really is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that He had to learn and grow just as we do. He knows what we are going through and is the best person that could be our advocate with the Father! 

Love you all,
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sister Loar

Monday, December 15, 2014

12/8-12/14


The Tehachapi District

Hello my favorites!
Wow, time is going by so fast, it is so crazy!
This week was so great, we had so many service opportunities and lots of great experiences.

Tuesday-- We helped clean all of Sister Quiroz's windows and helped her set up her Christmas tree. She is a widow in the ward and needed some extra help. She is probably one of my favorite old ladies. So hilarious and the sweetest soul. :) We went to Sister Jespersen's candy shop and picked up some candy canes she let us use for our new and brilliant idea-- Carol Tracting! hahaha it is basically caroling to the member's neighbors and friends and giving them a candy cane with a He is the Gift or Joy to the World pass along card on them and telling them about those videos. We tested this idea out Tuesday evening and it worked MIRACLES! We split into two groups because there were so many of us and one of the friends we visited said we could come back and show them the Joy to the World video! His name is Buck and he is awesome.

Wednesday-- We were a little early to our dinner appointment at the Goodrick's so we knocked on their neighbors door and met a girl named Crystal! She said she would watch the He is the Gift video and that we could come back and talk to her about it! We went caroling with the Warings to their friends and neighbors and that was fun!

Thursday-- We delivered a Book of Mormon to a member that wanted to share it with her good friend! :) She was pretty nervous about it, but she told us on Saturday that her friend totally accepted it and thanked her for giving her one! We planned most of the day for the upcoming week and then went caroling with the Ramirez's! It was so good!! We went to the Bishop's house and then him and his wife joined us and we sang to one of their neighbors! It was so awesome. Then we were walking up to the Evan's house and a car pulled up next to us, it was Brother Goodrick! We asked him if he wanted to join us and he did! He got out and told us he had a drum in his back seat, so we told him to bring it hahahaha! We were walking up there long and steep driveway all singing the Drummer boy song to the beat of his drum and it was the funniest thing ever! I was dying, it was glorious and just perfect! The Evan's thought it was hilarious too and were really touched that we would come caroling to them :) I also stepped in some nasty dog poo cause it was dark... so we had an adventure finding things to get that off of my boot (which we did, and it all worked out great hahaha) and then I lost my hymn book somehow, so after we were done caroling we had to play detective and figure out where I had left it... I felt like a mess that night, but it turned out to be really fun and adventurous! :) And I found my hymn book so all is well haha.

Friday-- The Carter's (a couple that lives near Tehachapi that used to be missionaries in the Bakes mission) invited the sisters in the district to go out to lunch with them for a Christmas lunch celebration! It ended up being Sister Khumaryan's birthday so it was super fun! :) 


We went over to Sister Quiroz's house and mopped her floors in our skirts cause we didn't have time to change in between things! She was so happy that her floors were finally getting mopped. :) Love that woman! We talked to Crystal again and gave her a Book of Mormon and it went super well! We have a return appointment with her again this upcoming week so that is awesome! We also had an AWESOME, flat out amazing lesson with Porsha! My favorite human, she is 35ish and lives alone and totally went to seminary all throughout high school but was pretty defiant about things then. She was eating up EVERYTHING she read in 3 Nephi about Christ visiting the America's and about the Restoration of the Gospel and the Priesthood! It was amazing! :) Best thing ever. That night we went over to the other Sister's apartment and made some birthday cupcakes and the gingerbread house that you sent Mom for Sister Khumaryan's birthday! She was so happy and it was her first time making a gingerbread house so it was super fun! :) 


Saturday-- It was our ward's Christmas party breakfast thing and it turned out super fun! One of our member's brought Buck, their friend that we caroled to and we set up an appointment to talk to him Sunday! After the breakfast we went and moved some food storage for someone who is moving to a different house in the ward. It was A LOT of boxes of cans and stuff but it was so much fun! It was raining a tiny bit, so it was an adventure in all of the mud and everything haha but it was fun! Right after that we went to the Brunner's new house and started to help them paint! The Ramirez's came with us and we got a lot finished! We went caroling with the Sebra family that night (they had us over for Thanksgiving) and we did their whole entire street! We met some pretty awesome people! They are pretty new in the ward, so they had fun getting to know their neighbors more. :) So many awesome opportunities for sharing the gospel!

Sunday-- Church was great! Jeff came! :) and then we went to the Millers and we watched the Joy to the World video with them and talked to them about some questions Robert had, so it was super awesome! I'm going to miss them so much, they are like our grandparents. :)
We went to Buck's with the Ramirez's and it was a pretty great lesson! They bore their testimonies about the Book of Mormon and we talked a little bit more about what it talks about and what it is and Buck seemed pretty interested! He is an old cowboy and loves horses. He is awesome :)

Well, this week was awesome and it was so great to be able to do so much service and caroling! Remember, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." :) Haha I love all of you and hope you have a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas and keeping in mind the true meaning of the season! Love this work and being a missionary so much! :)

Love you all to pieces,
Sister Loar
xoxo

PS: I'm getting transferred tomorrow to Bishop, CA, so it is super sad leaving this area and the people. I am excited for experiences the Lord has in store for me and for the people I will meet!

Monday, December 8, 2014

12/1-12/7

Hello Family and Friends! :)

So this week went well! 

Tuesday-- it was pouring rain! And all of our appointments cancelled or weren't home....it was a rough day, but we ended up passing out a lot of He is the Gift pass along cards to a lot of the less active members of the ward so that is good! We also ended up helping Enzo and Nyssa decorate their Christmas tree for a little bit before we went to dinner with our new investigator! Porsha had us over for dinner and it was super fun to talk to her and get to know her more! I'm not sure how old she is but she is in her late 20's or 30's I think. We are meeting with her tonight as well, so we are pretty excited to start teaching her! :) We taught the Nelson's as well and are continuing to help them prepare for the temple and that is going really well.


Wednesday-- We went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders in Ridgecrest! They are doing exchanges differently now, so we both now go to the STL's area. It was fun going to a new area and teaching new people! We taught one of their investigator's named Sundown. She is so awesome! I hope someday I can serve in Ridgecrest and go back to see her haha. She was great!

Thursday-- We finished up with exchanges and drove back to the mountains! We planned for most of the rest of the day and then went to see a former investigator named Andrea! She has some concerns and we talked about them with her and I think it went pretty well! We are meeting with her again this coming Thursday, so hopefully it goes well.

Friday-- We drove down to Bakersfield for Zone Training Meeting, which was awesome! I learned a lot and it pumped me up to continue to work hard and apply all that I learned! After coming back to Golden Hills, we taught the Restoration to Alissa, we are trying to decide if she truly understands everything.. so it has been a little bit of a struggle to decide that. But all is well. We had dinner at the new Ward Mission Leader's house and it went really well! After that we went over to the Evan's and had a lesson with Jeff and his family. He is progressing well! Our lesson was the Restoration of the Gospel and the Book of Mormon and I could feel the spirit so strong. I was prompted to share how I received a testimony of Joseph Smith, and I could feel the Spirit so strong as I bore my testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I'm so grateful for the witness of the Holy Ghost in our lives. It gives us so much peace and direction in knowing what God wants us to know! 

Saturday-- We went to the Tehachapi Christmas Parade and handed out as many He is the Gift pass along cards as we could! It was super fun and kind of crazy with how many people were there! We stayed for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony they do every year. It is super fun! We saw the Mason's our investigators there, so it was cool to see them! :) Loved it! Afterwards we taught Christian, and he was pretty up tight because he has stopped smoking for 2 whole weeks now!!! YAYYYY!:) It is so awesome to see him stop! But he is still really stubborn and won't really let us get into too much discussion about gospel things.. So we are still trying! Please pray for him and also his wife! 

Sunday-- Church was good, kind of rough. None of our investigators or less active families that we are working with showed up, when they all said they would come.. 
The Brunner's (our ward mission leader) gave us a popcorn maker thing so we have been eating pounds of popcorn these last 24 hours hahaha! The kettle corn is amazing. love it! We went to the Christmas Devotional at the church and that was so good! I loved all of the talks and the spirit was so strong while  the choir sang those songs!! So amazing!

Well I hope you all had an amazing week and will have a great one this coming week as well! Love you all and thanks so much for the support and love! :) The church is true! I promise!
Love,
Sister Loar
xoxo



Kohnen's Bakery is our new favorite place! Love it so much! 


Sister Kay wrote a sweet little note to all of the German Bakery goers of Tehachapi. That sly dog ;)


Monday, December 1, 2014

11/24-11/30

Hello, hello!

This week was a little rough for having lessons with our investigators because of Thanksgiving, but everything worked out for the best and it ended up being a great week! :)

We have been working with a few families that have just joined the church recently or that don't come to church as often. Zack & Darby Nelson are newly weds with a baby and Darby just joined the church about a year ago! We have been meeting with them to help them prepare to go to the temple and have their family sealed for time and all eternity! They are so much fun! They are both younger than Sister Kay & I so that was weird at the beginning, but now we are all super great friends and they are so excited about what they are learning about.

Thanksgiving was super fun! We went to the Sebra's in the ward and had a wonderful dinner and played games with their family and some of their friends they had invited came towards the end and it was super fun to meet them! After that we went to the Chambers family, who are just down right hilarious! hahaha they had some family in town and they were just cracking us up! Round two for our thanksgiving meal. I swear we gained some major poundage hahaha. We made our last stop at the Brunner's house! Brother Brunner is our new ward mission leader and they are so awesome! We visited with them and shared a spiritual message and they gave us some of their leftovers from Thanksgiving hahaha. It was awesome!

Friday we started handing out the new cards all of the missionaries got this week for the new video the Church put out, "He is the Gift". It seems to be quite a successful way to invite others to watch the video and have the true Spirit of Christmas in their homes! :) That night we helped the Chambers set up their Christmas tree! It was so much fun! These people have hundreds of ornaments so it took all of us to help for about an hour or more! hahaha so funny!




Saturday we woke up early and went over to the Brunner's house to make some cinnamon rolls to take for our service project at the Millers that morning! :) 








It was super fun! We helped split and stack Robert Miller's wood and it was a blast! I love doing service like that. A couple of men from the ward came over to help too and it was so good to see all of these guys work with Robert and get to know him. It's the best feeling to know that our investigators have true friends in the ward to lean on! :) Love love love it. 











That evening we ate with one of our members and the wife is a super crazy work out woman! She is an instructor at some of the gyms in Bakersfield and other places and she was reading us "21 Ways to Burn More Fat" while Sister Kay and I were eating Klondike bars for dessert hahahahaha! I was dying inside, so hilarious.

Sunday was so good! Church went well! Alyssa, Robert, and Jeff came! :)
We went over to Jeff Evan's house and talked to him about the Priesthood and what he learned about it at church. He is progressing so well and learning so much! He is slowly but surely reading the scriptures and it is so good! We had dinner at Zack & Darby's and their baby was so hilarious I don't even know why, but it was cracking me up! We talked to them about the Plan of Salvation and about the temple! :) We stopped at the Millers that evening as well and talked to him about what he learned at church and he is definitely paying attention and has questions about everything and he is soaking it all in! He said he was never going to join the church, so that was kind of really depressing to hear. But I have faith that the Lord can prepare his heart to receive the answers he needs in order to know that this is the true church and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ HAS been restored. :) So time will tell and lots of prayers!

It's been an awesome week! Please, EVERYONE, share the "He is the Gift" video with your friends and family, it is short, sweet, and definitely moving. I love it so much. No matter how many times I watch it, I always get the chills and feel the spirit so strong each time. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ so much. I know that He is the Christ. I know he came into this world to redeem us from our sins, and over came physical death, so that we can live with Him and Heavenly Father again. He is the greatest gift of love that God has given us, please discover Him, and embrace Him. I love what I am doing, I learn so much each and every day. The more I learn the more I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that this is the true church and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to its fulness in these last days.

Love you all so much! 
Love,
Sister Loar
xoxo


Monday, November 24, 2014

11/17-11/23

Hey Hey! 
This week seemed like it was forever long, but also just so much happened!
Tuesday-- We got up super early and got to go to the TEMPLE! :) Sister Smith took us and it was the best experience ever. It was Sister Kay's birthday a little bit ago so we got to go for that.
The LA temple is so amazing. I just love it so much. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with everything and trying to figure out how to be a better missionary and all of the other worries and stress that comes with missionary work. As soon as I walked into the temple all the worries in the world just washed away! It was so amazing to feel so renewed and the spiritual strength I was searching for was replenished. I am so grateful for temples! WE ARE SO BLESSED! We went to this local Brazilian restaurant called Don Juan's with the Ramirez's for dinner and it was super good. We love the Ramirez's!!! We talked to a former investigator that night and were able to understand some of her concerns of why she stopped talking to the missionaries and we have an appointment with her next week after the holiday! 
Wednesday-- We taught the Millers, the part member family we have been working with and it went super well! We talked about Prophets and the blessing of the Gospel, and things are progressing super well with them. We taught a few lessons that day that went well, lots of our investigators are gone for while because of the holidays, so that is hard, but it is all working out well! We stopped by the Smith's and made some cookies really fast that night, they always know how to cheer up some missionaries haha!
Thursday-- We were invited to go with one of our investigator's, Heather Mason, to sit with her at her kids' Thanksgiving/ Veteran's Day programs that were held at a baptist church, so we totally went and it was so awesome! Haha she was super happy we showed up and sat with her. We love the Mason's and they are doing so well! We will hopefully see them this week and continue to teach them!
Friday-- Some of our investigators told us not to come back, so that is always rough, but it is alright, the Lord will provide a way for them to find the truth some other time through other missionaries. Later that evening we decided to knock doors on a certain street, we prayed that we would find at least one person that would be interested. The last house we knocked on a young woman answered the door and she started to tell us about how she was a baptist, but that one of "our member's" actually lived at that house but he was gone. We had never heard the name of the guy before, so we were a little confused, but just went with it. I said that I had gone to BYU before coming out here and she told us that she had a lot of friends go there and then later on in the conversation, we realized that she thought we were Jehovah Witnesses! Hahaha so we cleared that up real quick and she got sooo excited that we were Mormons!! She told us all about how she grew up going to Seminary and had lots of friends that were Mormon and everything! We asked her if she had a Book of Mormon and she didn't think so, so we gave one to her and she was so happy! We are going back to eat some tamales with her tomorrow! WE ARE SO STOKED! Heavenly Father totally answers our prayers, we asked for atleast one person, and voila! We meet Porsha!
Saturday-- We are starting to teach some recent converts, Zach and Darby, in the ward about the temple and helping them prepare for that so that was really fun to talk to them! We had dinner with the Nichols in the ward and they are totally going to their family's house for Thanksgiving this week in, you will not guess where, NAMPA, IDAHO!!!!!! Hahaha I about died when they said that! I was like WHAT?! That is my home! Hahaha they were not looking forward to the coldness up there at all haha but it was super cool! Small world!
Sunday-- Church was great! We had Alyssa, Jeff, and Robert Miller at church! Woop woop! It was a good time! :) We taught a new investigator named Charles who is a Vietnam vet, practices American Indian culture stuff like getting nakey in the woods and talking to animals and the birds and stuff for like 4 days, even though he is totally Polish and Irish. Haha and he totally loves the Book of Mormon, because it talks about the American Indian ancestors! Haha we will see how well he progresses! But isn't it super weird, we totally were teaching another man named Charles, who is a Vietnam vet, and also practices American Indian culture stuff like a few months ago.. Crazyyyyy sauce. We went over to Christian's after that and we got the best news ever! HE WENT A WHOLE DAY WITH OUT SMOKING! Holla! So exciting! We were so pumped! Progress! :) We got to meet his grand babies that were visiting from Phoenix and they were so cute! 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!! You guys are the best! I miss you and love you all so much! :)
The church is true, I promise!
Much love,
Sister Loar
xoxo

Monday, November 17, 2014

11/10-11/16

Hello my favorite humans! :)

Not too much happened this week, it was kind of a weird one but still good just the same!

We taught Cathy a couple of times and decided that she isn't really progressing at all. She has a hard time retaining really anything we are teaching and she doesn't keep the commitments we leave with her to do, so we are sadly not able to continue teaching her, but we will go over there and do service for her still.

Abel is doing well! He didn't make it to church this Sunday because of work again, but we are looking forward to teach him on Tuesday! We taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ- having faith, repenting, being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end! He hasn't been religious before this so he is pretty hesitant on a few things. BUT he did pray on his own in between our visits with him and he said he will continue and start reading as well! :)

We found two new investigators, Cynthia and Alyssa!

Cynthia has four kids and one of them has Leukemia, so it has been super hard for her and her family to deal with. She goes to church at another local church and really likes it! We started asking her questions and we told her about the Book of Mormon. After we finished talking about the Book of Mormon and what it is and what it answers for us, she asked us, "Well do you have one of these books?? Can I read it??" It was so awesome! We are going to try to find her at a good time this week and teach her more!

Alyssa is a sweet, sweet girl! She is 21 and living with her foster grandparents who are members and who have recently moved into the ward. They aren't really active in the church so we are trying to love them and serve them so they feel welcome in the ward. Alyssa has Aspergers but is highly functioning and super excited about learning more about the Gospel. She came to church this Sunday and it was super good to have her there! 

We went over to Heather Mason's house and she is so awesome! Her kids are hilarious. She is totally interested and loves having us come over and "teach about Jesus" (as her kids say) haha! We are hopefully going to meet with them this week sometime!

Christian, is still struggling to quit smoking, but he is doing so much better! He used to smoke 20+ cigarettes a day and now he is down to 4! We gave him a few more ideas of how to stop so hopefully that will help him completely stop! 

This week was a little rough, but I am learning a lot! I'm so grateful for this wonderful life we have been given and for the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I love you all so much and am so grateful for the support and love you give me and send my way! Thanks for the prayers and letters and emails, you guys are the best!

Give Sister Merkley a hug for me! So exciting that she is coming home from her mission! 

Love and miss you all to pieces,
Sister Loar
xoxo

Monday, November 10, 2014

11/3-11/9

Well hello friends and familia! 

Such a crazy week, I feel like so much has happened!

Monday-- We went to the zone activity and it was super fun! We played charades and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time, so it was great. :)Then we played some basketball which I always love so much!

Tuesday-- We had appointments almost every single hour, it was awesome! Not to mention that like four of them rescheduled or forgot haha but still! It looked good in our planners ;) 
We had an amazing lesson with the Millers! Sister Miller is a member and her husband is not, and hasn't really talked to missionaries before-- I think I've mentioned them a few times. They are just the greatest! We talked about the Book of Mormon and read the Intro to it. Robert read it and started to get choked up while reading it and he didn't seem to understand what was happening to him. (This guy is like the manliest of men haha) and so he quickly brushed it off but it was just such a touching experience! He totally accepted the challenge to read 3 Nephi 11 about the experience the Nephites had when Jesus Christ visited the Americas and he was super excited to read it. It was just such a cool lesson. I guess you had to be there haha. Then we talked to a new guy we met named Mario-- the first time we met him he had hair that stood up like 2 feet above his natural height hahaha it was hilarious. It was like he stuck his finger in a light socket or something haha! He rescheduled with us, but he told us he really wanted his whole family to listen to what we had to say, because he was impressed with what was making us come out and serve like we were! Super cool guy! Then we stopped by a guy named Scott's house. We had knocked on his door like 2 months ago, and we finally were going to see if he was interested at all. He opened the door and we talked to him for a while on his doorstep and gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would read it to know more! Scott is awesome! Then we went to a guy named Chris's house and taught him the Restoration of the Gospel! It went pretty well! He is really interesting, he has long hair down to his waist and is a Jujitsu instructor! Pretty rad dude! We met Nicole, a former investigator who we had tried to meet but she never was home! So it was good to finally meet her, even though she was a tad tipsy on a Tuesday night... Nonetheless she made an appointment with us and let us come back! Then we met with the Perryman's they are some members we haven't met yet! They are so awesome! They told us we could play racket ball in their indoor court they have! So cool! We are going to hopefully play today with the other sisters!

Wednesday-- We had interviews with President Wilson and his wife. They went super well! They were up here in Tehachapi for a Leadership training meeting with the mission leaders. I got to see my old Zone Leaders from Palmdale and it was so good to see them and talk to them about how everyone is doing in Palmdale!!! :)

Thursday-- We planned for the upcoming week. We also talked with Abel and we decided with his school and everything going on that we should move his baptismal date to December, so that he will have more time to learn and everything. 

Friday-- We woke up SUPER early to get ready to teach seminary! We taught the freshman and all of the skinny lanky boys in there reminded me of Mason and his little chums. Super crazy to think they are the same age as him! We then went to Zone Training Meeting in Bakersfield. That was SO GOOD! I loved every second of it. One of the Hermanas that is going home next transfer talked about obedience and how that has blessed her life and she has seen so much more success when she finally humbled herself and chose to be exactly obedient! Then one of the Assistants to President Wilson, Elder Collins, is going home this week, gave us a training on how we can better teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how we can simplify things even more. He focused on how we can fulfill our purpose as missionaries and how we can be the best we can. He said he figured out how to be a successful missionary 2 months ago, and that he is super sad he didn't figure it out for his whole mission! I, on the other hand, was so grateful he taught that training, because I still have over a year left and I get to have that for the rest of my mission! :) That night Sister Kay got bit by a crazy chihuahua.. hahaha it was a really intense experience, but now afterwards, it is quite hilarious! She is find, just a tiny chunk of skin is missing from her foot. It will heal nicely though. 

Saturday-- The other sisters in our district that are serving in Tehachapi had a baptism of a whole family! It was a mom and her three kids :) It was so beautiful and such an awesome service. Sister Kay and I had to share the message of the Restoration of the Gospel while the people who were baptized were changing. It was super intimidating because the Zone Leaders were there, and President Wilson and his wife were there! But we prayed super. super hard and Heavenly Father did not let us mess things up. The spirit was super strong, and that is the most I have ever felt it while sharing that message. I'm really grateful for that experience of sharing those things. That night we stopped by to give Robert Miller his Gospel Principles book for class on Sunday and he and Sister Miller surprised us with HUGE and super warm blankets! They had our favorite animals on them--> obviously mine has lions on it!!!!!!! It is SO RAD!!! They are the sweetest people ever! 

Sunday-- The power went out at the church! So we had sacrament meeting in the semi dark and the speakers had to really project their voices haha! But it turned out to be an awesome meeting! We were super sad that the last two hours were cancelled because the power outage, because Robert Miller and Sister Miller and our other investigator Jeff Evans was going to stay for all 3 hours!!! But it is okay, everything worked out. Oh and it was Sister Kay's birthday yesterday, and I secretly told everyone I could in the ward, so lots of people got her little presents and some good food and made cakes and made dinner for us! It was awesome! :) We also got transfer calls last night and found out we are both staying here in Golden Hills!!!!! Woohooo! We are super happy about that! :)

Anyways, it was a super crazy week, sorry it is such a long email. Just know that I love all of you and appreciate all of the support! You guys are the best. This is the true church and the Gospel HAS been restored to its fulness! I love it with all my heart!

Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Sister Loar
xoxo



PS-- sorry there are no pictures, the card reader we have been using has been deleting our pictures when we use it... so until i find a better way to put pictures on here, I wont be able to send any for a while! LOVE YOU ALL!

Monday, November 3, 2014

10/27-11/2

Hello all!

This week was great, and hard, but it ended with miracles, so all is well :)

Tuesday-Thursday-- We taught a girl named Estefana! She is so awesome! She is 17 and a senior this year and she is friends with one of the boys in the ward. We taught her about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon and she had a lot of questions answered. We are meeting with her tonight so we will see how everything goes! :) We also taught Missy and talked to her about the Atonement and how baptism is essential and we set her with a goal of December 13th, to be baptized! She was a little hesitant, but over time and lots of prayers to know if these things are true, she will be able to know for sure if it is something she wants. We carved pumpkins with Abel and the Ramirez's next door! It was super fun! We carved the Salt Lake City temple in ours. :)


 Friday-- Halloween! We talked to a guy named Chris and he said he had a Book of Mormon and asked us if it was basically a witness of Jesus Christ in the Western world and if the Bible was one for the Eastern... we were like "Uhh yeah it actually is!!!" Haha, we have an appointment with him this week, so we are pretty excited to see what happens! We helped out with a little bean bag toss booth at the downtown Halloween Trunk or Treat Carnival in Tehachapi. It was super fun! All of the non-profit organizations, including churches, can have booths in this carnival, so us and some people from our ward helped with it! It was super fun to see all the little munchkins in their costumes. We saw a few of the people we were teaching there and it was super awesome! One of the family's in the ward dressed up as the cast from Frozen! IT WAS AWESOME. Little Olaf man was my fav. We had to go home at 7pm to be safe that night. 








This kid is the cutest thing EVER! I am so obsessed with how hilarious and cute he is! His grandpa is in our ward too and he calls him Tweety bird! 


Saturday & Sunday-- We taught Jeff and he is doing well! It was a super cold and rainy day so the Ramirez's took us out to get some PHO! :) It was perfect. Church was super great, we had an awesome testimony meeting and the spirit was super strong! :) We taught Primary and had one of the boys dress up like Samuel the Lamanite in the Book of Mormon and the little kids reenacted the scripture story of the people throwing rocks and arrows at him with cotton balls that we gave them! It was super funny! They were all really cute :) We gave them all little "Future Missionary" tags and they were so excited!! It was awesome. That evening we went over to Christian's and talked with him and his wife about their plans. His wife is already a member of the church and we set up an appointment to make a plan of action to help him stop smoking and to get baptized. :) Which was exactly what I had fasted and prayed for that day. So I know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers and helps us achieve our righteous desires! I've learned a lot about patience and I am trying to catch myself when I get frustrated about silly things. The Lord is definitely helping me out with that. I know that Heavenly Father loves us so much and that He has a plan for all of us. 

I love you all and hope you had an awesome week! Love you!

Love,
Sister Loar
xoxo 


Happy November! The trees are all changing and are super pretty! :)







Monday, October 27, 2014

10/20-10/26

Hello familia & friends!

This week was really great! We had lots of great experiences!!

Tuesday-- We had a lesson with Abel, he is 26 and told us he wanted to learn more when we knocked on his door last week! We had our neighbor with us, her name is Nyssa and a returned missionary. She was awesome in the lesson! She shared a scripture from the Book of Mormon, Alma 7:11-12. It's about the Atonement. We talked about the plan that our Heavenly Father has made for us and that the Atonement of Jesus Christ, (the sacrifice, suffering, death and resurrection of the Savior) is central to that plan. He had never heard these things before, but he told us he felt they were true. He prayed with us for the very first time in his life. It was a humbling experience to be a witness of a lost child of God, turning to His Father in simple prayer. I love being a missionary.

Wednesday-- We had a difficult lesson with an investigator. He said he wasn't interested afterwards and told us we didn't need to come back.. it is hard letting go of these people, because we know how happy and blessed their lives would be, if they only prayed to find the truth! We went and did some service for Cathy our investigator and it was great! Anytime we do service for her, no matter the time of day, she always, ALWAYS feeds us SO much food.  Ohhh how I love this life. That evening we were invited to decorate glitter pumpkins with the Young Women in the ward at Nyssa's apartment. It was super fun! I don't feel like I am 20... I feel like I should be 17 again with all of these girls! :) One of the girls is 13 and she reminds me of Maddie (tall, skinny, and a little spastic hahahaha) I love her so much!


Thursday-- We taught a lesson to Sister Miller in the ward and to Robert her husband who is not a member! We talked about the Book of Mormon and about the story of the vision of the Tree of Life! It was awesome and they both really liked it :) 

Friday-- We went to the chiropractor (a lady in the ward has an office down the street from our apartment and she does adjustments for the missionaries for freeeee! :) So we got our backs cracked a little and will probably go again soon haha) After District Meeting, we went to lunch with the Ramirez's! Nyssa and Enzo her husband are so awesome! They took us to a place called Blue Ginger PHO! You've had the noodle dream Po!!! Hahahaha Pho is a Vietnamese noodle dish and it is DELISH. We are currently obsessed with it and will go get some for lunch in a few minutes haha. We taught Jeff another investigator and he is progressing super well!! Doing awesome! We had a lesson with Cathy too and it went well!




Saturday-- We went over to Abel's and caught him at a good time! We talked to him about the Restoration of the gospel and invited him to be baptized on November 22nd! He said yes!! Wooohoooo!

Sunday-- Abel came to church!! :) He had to go to work, so he could only stay to take the Sacrament, but it was so awesome to have him there!! Jeff our investigator also came to church, so that was a great day! We had a fireside yesterday for the end of the 40 Day Fast that our ward was doing. Boy was that an awesome meeting! The spirit was so strong and we were all able to share the miracles that we were able to see throughout the last 40 days about sharing the gospel with those around us. The experiences were small but amazing! So awesome to see the ward so excited to share this wonderful message with their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors! :)

I am so grateful to be able to experience all of these things! This church is true! I love it with all of my heart and I know that it is true through the sweet witness of the Spirit. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of His children, I know he answers our prayers and that by faith we can do all things! :) [Ether 12:6]

I love you all so much! I hope you had a good week!

Love,
Sister Loar
xoxo

PS: It has gotten pretty chilly here in Tehachapi!:) this is our friend, Bartoch (bat from Anastasia) 


We also found an old creepy cemetery! :)

When we read the cemetery sign and it said 1858--- Sister Kay and I were like, WOAH that was only 14 years after Joseph Smith died!!!!!!!!!  Hahahahaha!!!  Only missionaries would think of that stuff.   Hahaha!!  Love Love Love being a dorky missionary.  The longer I have been out, the more I just want to be as awkwardly obedient and dorky as in totally being righteous and not caring what anyone thinks!!

PSS:  Letty's husband Allen was baptized this Saturday!!!!!!!      SO AWESOME!
I emailed Letty and told her that I would love to come back after my mission and go to their sealing in the temple and she was like, "We will wait for you!"  So that is what I will do!  I am going to come back and go to the temple with them after my mission is done!  You guys should come too! and you could meet them!!!!! Wouldn't that be so awesome? :) I am so excited.