Monday, June 17, 2013

Safe and sound in Sitka again!

Hey fams :)

It's been a great week here in Sitka! Sounds like things have been great down in Utah as well! Shout out to Alyssa for the LPN! That's great! Also to Bryce for being ordained a priest! :)  Oh and it will be great to hear about the double date with name removed. ;) hahaha sounds like it's been a great summer for all ya'll! Have fun with pageant this summer, and don't forget to wear your bug spray!

So, like I mentioned, it's been a great week for Sister Hedelius here in Alaska!!! Fun happenings in  Juneau included going out to dinner for the first time with a poly family. I wasn't too hungry so I just ordered something light, but on top of what I ordered the lady ordered about four times more food than we needed. hahaha! So grateful for take out boxes. ;)

Also, S told us to visit her sister T while we were in Juneau, so we did! And it was incredible! The spirit was so strong and we were talking about the importance of prayer, scripture study, and church attendance and the blessings that come from it. We also talked to S yesterday when we got back and we were sharing our testimony of the blessings that come from serving a mission! She would make such an incredible missionary, and I think she's been thinking about it, so that's great. :) 

On the ferry back to Sitka (cool story, listen up) we were washing our hands in the restroom and a lady named Erica came up and asked us if we were ministers of Jesus Christ! We said we were and she asked to pray with us told us she wanted to talk to us more! She gave us her number and we set up an appointment to see her! 

Because Sister Frazier is new to the ward I was introducing her to everyone on the ward council, and we were leaving an appointment we had at one of the members homes and there was a man on the side of the road just standing there. We both felt impressed to stop and talk to him! He said he has lots of family member that are members and that he read the Book of Mormon and loves it! His name is S. :) We stopped by and saw him yesterday and taught him about the restoration! He loved it and we'll be seeing him tomorrow! We actually just ran into him at the grocery store! He was shocked to see us but then made the comment, "oh well, I guess everyone needs to eat huh?" haha :)

Saturday we were going to see a lady in the ward named L, she's from.. Emery county! woot! And we were originally going to give the lesson on God's love, but we were inspired to change it to hope! So.. we did. :) As we were talking to her she mentioned how a really good friend of her has a husband who had a serious brain injury this week and it was the point that they were about to take him off medical support and have him pass away because it seemed like there wasn't enough brain activity, but through a series of miracles he woke up and now he's still recovering, but he's alive! The message was perfect for her and what she needed and there was no doubt that Heavenly Father knew exactly what she was going through!

COOLEST STORY: So yesterday we felt like we needed to see T at six even though we didn't really have an appointment, so we dropped by and.. no one was home, BUT  his daughter, S2, drove up on her bike just as we were leaving! She asked if we had a pamphlet and mentioned how she's seen missionaries before. We gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon and bore our testimonies about the restoration. We asked her what it would mean to her to know the restored gospel was on the earth again she said, "That would mean a lot.. I'm pretty sure it is though, and I'm pretty sure it's the mormons" We ended up teaching her a good majority of the first lesson (the restoration) and the spirit was so strong and kept nudging me to invite her to be baptized next month, so I did and she said yes! I loved another comment she made how she went to school with some members and how "they seem so free!" How wonderful that she was able to recognize the truthfulness of the gospel from the example of her teenage peers! People are always watching us!

I love Sister Frazier too! I have been so blessed to have incredible companions. Every single companion has taught me so much and have been awesome missionaries! Sister Frazier likes to run too so we've been running every morning. :) We have a goal to run 100 miles this transfer, so wish me luck. ;) We're going hiking this afternoon too so we'll take some bear spray and some pictures. :) 

I love being a missionary! I know that it is only through the gospel of Jesus Christ that we'll be able to return to live with God again and that's why I'm here in Alaska, to share that message, that wonderful good news that the gospel brings. We have a Savior who atoned for every sin and sorrow and because of Him we can each be freed from the burden of our fallen world! That freeing power is visible, just like Sam noticed, and I know that power is real!

Thank you so much for your support to me! I love you all lots and pray for you. :)

Sister Hedelius

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