Sunday, 22 September 2013

September 16, 2013 E-mail

Mommy! (and everyone else),
I can't believe Mary is leaving already (Mary Mayfield—going on a mission to North Carolina Sept. 25)! She will be a bomb missionary! I'm so proud of her for going!

It's been strange because my trainer, Sis Marroquin, is going home this transfer which ends in a week and a half. Thanks for the cookies! 

The work is great! Last week we increased our teaching pool by four! We have quite a few investigators who will be baptized they just don't know it yet (haha). Just kidding, but the Lord has blessed us to find several precious souls who I believe are ready. I'm stoked!

I love you so much and thank you for all that you have are and will do for me!!!

Hermana Arntsen

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

September 9, 2013 E-mail

Hey everyone! So this past Monday was Labor Day (right? I think I'm mixing up days). Well on Labor Day there was this HHUUUGGEE activity at the temple with all the Spanish wards and branches in the mission! There was a soccer tournament and carne asada, and so much fun! And then yesterday in Tracy was the Bean Festival. It's just like a huge street fair. Well, the High Council man in our ward had bought a booth for his business but let the church use it on Sunday so they set up a Family History booth. We got to go and proselyte. It was so much fun because we got to talk to so many people all at once!

Sorry out of time! "I must obey. Amen."

Hermana Arntsen

Megan and her companions won Subway gifts cards from the Mission President
for having the cleanest car in the zone!

Megan and a few missionary friends!

Megan and companions at the Sacramento Temple!

Monday, 2 September 2013

August 26, 2013 E-mail

So I've been asked what a day in the life of a missionary is like.

A Day in the Life of a Bold, Believing, Baptizing California Sacramento Missionary:

6:30 am-- Wake up, Pray, Exercise
7:00 am-- Shower, Get ready for the day, Eat Breakfast
8:00 am-- Personal Study: pray, study from scriptures, Preach My Gospel, General Conference, Missionary Library (Our Heritage, Jesus the Christ, True to the Faith, Our Search for Happiness), etc., write in Study Journal what I learn and receive of the Spirit, pray.
9:00 am-- Companionship Study: Sing a hymn (in Spanish) with companions, pray together, do recitation: a select few scriptures and quotes that President Lewis wants us to memorize we recite one every day, read three pages from the Missionary Handbook (in Spanish), read two sections of the supplement: additional guidelines President has for the mission, talk about each other's Personal Study and what we learned, make any specific lesson plans we need to for the day, discuss specific needs of investigators.
10:00 am-- More Companionship Study: the first two transfers of the mission you are trained by your trainer based off of a program made by the church which is designed to help me learn how better to teach lessons and become acquainted with Preach My Gospel
11:00 am-- LUNCH!! Don't forget to bless the food!
12:00 pm-- Language Study: study Spanish!!! Which is really however you want, reading from scriptures, translating hymns, doing exercises in the grammar books...etc.
1:00 pm-- PROSOLYTE!!! We prayerfully go visit our investigators, go to appointments, tract, visit potential investigators, ask for referrals, contact referrals, visit less actives.
5:00 pm-- Usually we have dinner around five because the handbbok says that dinner should be finished by six.
9:00 pm--return home, unless in a lesson then return by 9:30, and PLAN: pray, set goals for the next day, prayerfully decide who to visit the next day, decide what you will study the next day, pray 
9:30 pm-- write in journal, get ready for bed, reflect on the day, get in bed, pray, tell you companions you love them and good night.
10:30 pm-- lights out! And sleep miraculously overtakes you the second the clock strikes 10:30! Well most of the time! Haha.

That's a day in the life of a missionary! Other than our calling and authority, the one thing that makes the day so special is prayer. We pray13 times a day not including all the prayers we say while proselyting (to start and end a lesson, before entering a house, etc.). That's what makes the day miraculous! And guess what??!! YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!! I challenge you all to find time to pray twice more in the day than you usually do and I promise that you will feel the Holy Ghost more and receive more guidance in your lives!!

Love you all so much!!!!

Hermana Arntsen