Monday, July 13, 2015

Sorry for slacking

I apologize for slacking off the blog the past couple of weeks.  It has been extremely busy with school and a new job.  I will try harder to keep this up.

Here's Kallie for this week:

Hello y'all! 

This has been such a great week!!  Last P-Day we went bowling! It was so much fun! 

My companion and I are doing great work here in Harrisburg, although the work is rather slow, it's hard when appointments get cancelled and your left to a day planned of finding, but there is where the miracles take place! We were knocking on doors in one areas we were in and the owner came out and started to yell at us and tell us that we were not allowed to walk around and teach people, because we were trespassing, and told us to leave and that we couldn't come back. It was awkward! He said, "you can't be here without an invitation" so, I said "can we come see you tomorrow!" He said yes, we in reply said "Perfect! We will see youtomorrow!" 
"No unhallowed hand will stop the work from progressing.. including apartment managers! We will find investigators in that area one way or another, he won't keep us away! ;) 

We went and saw Chassidy one of our less active members on Tuesday to see how she was doing and to talk about the sacrament. We met her friend Bryanna who accepted a baptismal date. We went back Friday night with Sister Nelson, we realized she (Bryanna) is kind of crazy. She talks really fast and was just going of about energy. and moon signs and how she gets closer to Jesus when she was drunk and something about seeing a vision of how the pyramid were built. She called Jesus her Bae. Finally after an hour of her monologue we escaped ad were all just speechless. I don't know what just happened. It was awkward, she defiantly isn't getting baptized, and clearly isn't ready.
Awkward moment of the week: We went to go help Chassidy pack because she was moving and turns out she wasn't there but our friend Bryanna with all foretold knowledge was. we went to help Chassidy clean her apartment because she had to get out. It was just Bryanna and the two girls, she said she need us to watch the kids for a minute which was awkward because we aren't suppose to watch kids. but then Bryanna said she needed to talk to us, and ten she just started talking really fast and she she sat there and lectured us for a good 45 minutes more about signs, energy and how the Book of Mormon hasn't been foretold and how its a book that's going to tell the future. she said made NO sense! we finally escaped and left! Girl went crazy on us
we wen back and shred the gospel with D Ivory, the guy we met before the manager rudly told us to leave! WE started having a really nice conversation with him and started teaching him and then his drunk dad starting talking to us and asking us random questions about truth and belief, and asked us over and over again, "YOU FEEL ME?" and getting up in our face, and then some other guy comes up and starts talking to us and told us how much he likes studying and mediating and then I wasn't paying much  attention anymore, but he did tell us of a "vision of the new heavens...castles miles high and a temple mad of gold....." Crazy people!!!! AAAAAHHHH
I love the gospel and love learning new things! As I have read the Book of Mormon diligently. I have learned more about who I am, who I can become, and what are the things I need to do now in order to progress and live righteously. Live a righteous mission and become and effective missionary. I've also learned by studying the scriptures more about God and his plan of happiness for all of us here on earth. By studying the scriptures daily my faith in and love for Jesus Christ has increased dramatically and I can say with conviction that I trust His gospel to be true,as one of his disciples, His example is one I should follow and want to strive to become like. Through scripture study I have grown confident in the truths that anyone who reads the Book of Mormon can find answers they wish to and desire to receive. It has blessed my life and that's why I want to share it with others! 
Funny Church Moment: One of the youth stood up to speak and he said "In Mormon fashion, I am going to bear m testimony" He also said "I am going to talk for 5-7 minutes." Another funny moment the high council member who spoke said "Brothers & Sisters how are you?....(Silence)...GREAT!!! It was so funny!

when life gets crazy, just testify and if they don' listen, still testify!
Love y'all!!
Sister McCulloc

Here's Lonnie's for this week:
So this week was super great!! We started off with an AMAZING multi-zone with Élder Ochoa, from the Area Presidency. He talked a lot about our authority as representatives of Jesus Christ, having faith, and finding the THOUSANDS of souls that the Lord has prepared for us. Hna. Alsdorf's and my desires are just bubbling over to talk with everyone and let them know Who has sent us here to this area in La Ponderosa.

After the multi-zone, I stayed after for the Leader's meeting and yet again, it was so edifying. I have realized just how much this mission is not only preparing me to be a good missionary, but it has also been preparing me to be the servant of God that God wants and needs me to be for the rest of my life. I feel like we accomplished so much as we made inspired plans to help the mission progress, but also it was a great lesson on how to recognize the promptings of the Spirit and then to act on those impressions. It reminded me a lot of what Henry B. Eyring teaches in his talk "Act in All Diligence." If you haven't read that talk, do it. And then apply it. Only as we act in all diligence, doing the will of the Lord, will we ever be able to see God's miracles in our lives.

This week brought a lot of miracles, but I only have time just to share a few experiences.... Hopefully my journal will receive enough attention this week for me to catch up! :) So here is my excerpt from my letter to President Hintze.... :)

"Hector Vigil is still on fire--progressing amazingly! This past week has just been incredible. I feel so much overwhelming love for this man and his family. I am so humbled that the Lord has trusted us with HIM and has allowed us to be the instruments in His hands to bring the Spirit into this man's life so his family can be eternal (in a year!). Mirna, his wife, has waited 12 years for this and is soooo happy. Hector told us this week that it's because of US. WE planted the seeds. No other missionary has been able to, but something we have done is different and he says it's because we are always happy. Hna. Alsdorf and I have truly been able to see a lot of miracles and I know it's because we're happy. We love this work. We love each other. And we love our area. We have needed to be together to watch the progression of these people and to help guide them along.

Another amazing lesson we had this week occurred on Friday--with all the rain. There's another part-member family where the husband is not a member. He has known the missionaries for years, but they never seem to get anywhere with him. Sofía, the wife, served her mission in Honduras and asked us last Domingo to come and teach her husband. We stopped by Martes, but he said he didn't have time. We passed by Jueves--not there. So we left a note and came by on Viernes. As we began to talk with them, it started to rain so we rushed inside for shelter. They live in the humblest of circumstances, but they still had a T.V. and RICARDO was the one to ask us for the video we had offered to show him martes. So I put in "Gracias a Él"--my favorite as you already know annnnnd we just let the Spirit work. It was hard to hear over the rain, so Hna. Alsdorf distracted the daughter, while I asked preguntas inspiradas and the wife listened. He opened up, President! And even though I had the grandest fear of inviting him with date to baptism, I still did it and he said he would think about it. So I encouraged him to pray. I think he will because we ended up talking quite a bit of time about eternal families and the temple. Yesterday, Sofía came up to us at church and said that logramos lo que ningún otro misionero ha logrado. NADIE ha podido llegar en una posición así para hacerle preguntas así y nunca ha ofrecido respuestas tan profundas, tampoco. The Spirit is working miracles through our love, President! Something is happening here. And I can't wait to see how Ricardo will continue to progress. :)"

I am so humbled to be a part of this mission here in El Salvador and Belize. Every day is a learning experience. Every day brings me one step closer to coming to know my Savior. My love for these people here continues to grow as well as my love for Him. I know that as each of you take part in this work, you can see others through His eyes and feel that love each and every day. Find those THOUSANDS of people that God has prepared for you.

I love you all. Thanks for your prayers and support. I always pray for you and hope that the Lord keeps guiding you to the people you need to meet most!

Love Always,

Hermana McCulloch
                                                  Lonnie's zone: she at the top of the bunch!

For those of you who don't know...Charlie was transferred last week to North Augusta, South Carolina.  North Augusta is just across the Savannah river and is still considered part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area. Look it up on google.  It is a beautiful area!   Charlie is now 2 hours from Kallie.  Wild, huh?!

Here's Charlie's email for the week:

Well Hey Y'all,

Well had Transfers last week! So now I am in the North Augusta Zone/ Ward!!
It is really cool!! I really love it here. So that means if I am in North Augusta I am in South Carolina!!! Super close to Sister Kallie McCulloch!!! 

Well My Companion is Sister Richardson!! She is from Salt Lake City Utah!! She has been out for a way long time. Which means she goes home next transfer. Which is super sad for me because I get a new companion!! But good for her because she is going home to family!! 

Well just to say I am really loving it here!! We cover a really big area!! But that is a good part!! We live in a trailer. It is super cute!! It is prefect for missionaries. 
Well a weird but cool thing is my District is pretty small. All we have is the Elders. Which we share the same ward. So that means every district meeting we get to all do a training!!   

Well every week we have a book of mormon class. Which is super fun. Reading the scriptures is the best!!!!  

Well Thursday my companion and I where walking to this house that we got a referral from someone. So we thought it wasn't so far. So we kept on waking. Well the cool thing is that we met a guy and he asked us if we wanted to shoot one of his arrows!! 
He told us to come back and brings the elders by as well. It was pretty cool!Inline image 1
Later that night we went walking with a less active and walked 9 miles. It was super cool!! 
Sister Richardson and I realized that we had walked a total of 12 miles that day. But we had fun with it. 

Well I love all of ya. 

Talk you should read or listen to.. 
Hank Smith. Front row teenager. It can be put in any wards besides a teenager. In our zone training that is what we listen to and I said we can relate it to us as Missionaries. Not to be a Back row missionary to be a front row missionary and want to learn more. to want to help everyone come closer to the.
Well have a great day and an amazing week!! 

New address 
Sister CharLynn McCulloch 
840 Springhaven Dr 
North Augusta, SC

Have the best day of your entire life!!! :) :)

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