Called to Serve in the Washington Spokane Mission

Called to Serve in the Washington Spokane Mission
"Come, Thou fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace, Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. While the hope of endless glory Fills my heart with joy and love, Teach me ever to adore Thee, May I still Thy goodness prove."

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Work Continues - And an Engagement!

Hi Friends and Family!

So to start off.... Ruth and James are engaged!!!  My recent convert is engaged to the Relief Society President!  He popped the question the night before Valentines Day.  They are getting married in the temple but have to wait until his year mark so they will be engaged for nine months until they can get sealed in the temple in December!!  That's the most rewarding part of missionary work.  Ah!!!!  :)

This week has been good, but my health hasn't been too great. Hopefully seeing the doctor this week will help out with things so I can get back to full strength! 

I hope you all had a great Valentines Day!

As part of my studies, I'm redoing Personal Progress and Mom and Dad, I really want to make both of you a part of it.  :)   Personal Progress has really come to mean a lot to me!  So Mom could you send me a letter this week about what qualities a woman needs in order to teach children to have faith and base their decision on gospel truths?  And then Dad can you write me a handwritten paragraph (that I can stick in my Personal Progress journal) about an experience that has strengthened your faith?

I'm so sorry to hear about Sadie Wells.... my heart breaks for her family and for the other missionaries involved in the crash.  They will be in my prayers!  Sadie was the most lovable person in the world, she was so kind to everyone and every single person in high school loved her.  I'm so grateful for the plan of salvation and that families can be together forever!  There is no doubt in my mind that she is continuing her mission right now for those people who didn't have a chance to hear the gospel in this life.  I'm sure she is having so much success helping people come unto Christ! 

I love you all!


Sister Worthen  :) 

The sisters in our zone before transfers.  And
Elder Crates photobombing in the background.

The Spokane Best (West) Zone before transfers
One of the YSA ward members surprised us with
some Valentines Day groceries.  I think we cried
for about 20 minutes!

Sister Johnson being crazy.  She's
the best!

Thank you to the Mia Maids in my home
ward for the Valentines Day package!
With Sister Lott before she was transferred

Monday, February 8, 2016

Staying Here in This Area For Another Transfer!

 Since Valentine’s Day is on Sunday... Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  :)

 I hope you all have a great holiday!  Valentine’s Day is hilarious serving in a YSA ward... they are all scrambling for dates for the FHE activity.  :)   Sister Johnson is my date and we are bringing cookies haha.  :)  We got transfer calls last night and... I'm staying in the Cheney YSA ward and the Silver Lake Ward for another transfer!  That will mean by the time this next transfer is over I'll have served 1/3 of my mission! I love it here and I'm so excited to stay. 

Mom and Dad, thank you for the Valentine’s Day package!!!  The pretzels are always my favorite.  :)  Holy cow the Jesus the Christ book you sent is SO addicting!  I can't put it down; it has so much cool doctrine in there!  Thank you thank you thank you for sending me that.  :)  We made the cupcakes today to take to P day and give them to the zone.  :)  They turned out super cute.

I FINALLY finished my study project!  I looked up and read every single scripture in Preach My Gospel, chose one from the Book of Mormon and one from the Bible for every teaching point, and marked it for teaching and wrote a sticky note.  Final project complete!  It only took three transfers!   Oh and the commandments lesson has tons of stickies..... apparently there are a lot of commandments.  :)

We've really been working on the faith to find new investigators this week.  We've been on campus a ton and the weather finally is warming up so people are more willing to stand on campus and talk to us.  I went on exchanges with Sister Lott.  She is an awesome missionary.  She came out a transfer before me and we’ve served around each other almost the whole time.  We did a lot of street contacting.  When we go on exchanges, I love taking the other sisters on campus to street contact for the first time, because it’s like the most intense version of street contacting there is.  The students are walking from class to class super fast, and sometimes its cold out, so they don’t have much time to stand and chat.  So you have about 45 seconds to get to know them, testify of the restoration, set up an appointment, and say a prayer with them right on campus.  It’s the best!  Probably one of my favorite things about being a YSA missionary.

We are having a face to face question and answer session with Elder Holland this transfer too!  It will be on campus and I'm super excited for that.  We've seen so many small miracles this week!  Our investigator Jess got up and bore her testimony on the spirit this week.  She talked about how in one of our lessons she got the revelation she needed on how to approach her mom on allowing her to be baptized. Since she is over eighteen she doesn't technically need her mom's permission, but she doesn't want to go against her mom's will and be baptized so we are working with her on how to soften her mom's heart and resolve some of her concerns.  Jess also brought a less active guy back to church with her who hasn't been active in a long time!  They had been on a few dates last week and he wanted to come to church with her. Again, I think it's an effect of YSA valentines, but hey we'll take it! We are teaching a new family of investigators tonight, but then we will have to pass them off to the elders because they aren't YSA. Still exciting though!

I've seen so many miracles happen in this area. The biggest thing I've seen and learned is how to really honor the Sabbath day more fully.  The YSA ward has been focusing on this and has been challenged to turn their phones off on Saturday night and not turn them back on until Monday morning.  The whole vibe of our ward has changed and the spirit is so much stronger on Sundays!  The ward unity has grown and the work has increased!  So I would challenge all of you to try doing that for one Sunday and put it to the test.  :)   I promise you will see miracles happen in your observance of the Sabbath day as you put Heavenly Father first!  :)

I love you all so much!  :) 

Sister Worthen

In the big red wagon in Spokane.  There
are a ton of random "art" objects here,
including this wagon, complete with
a handle slide that we managed
to find a way down in our skirts!
Sister Johnson in the big red wagon

My study project - Finally complete!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Filipino Lunch and a Hipster Thrift Shop

Hi everyone!

This week has been an awesome one!  For starters we got to go to the temple this week and that was such a great opportunity!  I love going to the Spokane temple, even though it's tiny compared to the ones in Utah. Thank you all for your packages and for the love! 

Covering two wards has been crazy, but I love it!  We have met some amazing ward members.  This week we had a great referral come to us that we will be teaching.  Her name in Silvia and she's looking for a church right now which is perfect!

I got a tiny taste of Brittin’s world today!  There are two investigators in the Silver Lake ward from the Philippines.  Their names are Femme and Kora.  They invited us over for a Filipino lunch.  Femme’s house was so cool; she had tons of interesting things from the Philippines.  The food was really good, and we had a lesson with them.

We went on exchanges this week, and I went with Sister Schmidt.  She’s so awesome!  She is from California and is hilarious.  We worked in the Silver Lake ward and it was the funniest morning ever!  :)  We volunteered at this little hipster thrift shop in Medical Lake called the Care and Share.  The lady who owns it is named Annie, and she is the best.  She has the funniest sense of humor in the world.  We are going to volunteer there on Saturday mornings when we can.

Transfers are on the ninth, we find out on the seventh if we are to be transferred or not.  :)  I guessing I will either be transferred this transfer or next, so we'll see!  I'm thinking it will be next transfer, but everyone else thinks it will be this transfer.  I've been here the longest in the zone now; all of the original missionaries here have been transferred out.  :)  I'm ok with either.  I love this zone and the ward, Cheney YSA will forever be my “baby” ward.

Love you all!!

Sister Worthen  :)

At the temple with Sister Johnson

Dinner with the Jongewards

They gave us each a towel with our
names embroidered on it!

YSA missionary planning meeting

The lakes are starting to thaw a bit