Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of exceeding joy of which I taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Alma 36:24

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

This piece of artwork is on display at the Vistor's Center
Sister Parker
Sister Kranendonk & Sister Burton
Sister Stephens, Sister White, Sister Kranendonk & Elder White
Elder and Sister White are the Vistor Center Directors.

Hello Everyone!

How are all of you?  I hope you are all doing fantastic.  I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving.  Sister Parker and I went to the Zimmerman family's home for Thanksgiving.  She is the stake relief society president. Her family was so kind and loving. 

We now spend every evening at the visitor center.  We are there from 5:00 until 10:00pm and go to bed at 11:30pm. We then wake up at 7:30am.  It has been nice. I have enjoyed being at the visitor center.  I love talking to people.   Although I am still working on being more bold and sharing the gospel with people. 

I love being able to testify about the Book of Mormon.  There is such a great power that comes from the Book of Mormon.  At the visitor center I have talked to a lot of people who have not really given the Book of Mormon a chance.  There was a woman who came in yesterday. She is from North Carolina.  She is coming to take care of her dad.  She is Protestant.  Her family started to walking away.  As they left they invited her to come to see the movie Luke 2.  She said I'll catch you later and that she liked talking to missionaries.  She said that she has had a lot of questions but can't find the answers to them in some of the religions that she has checked out. 

This woman and I started talking.  She said that she had visited once with the mormon missionaries.  I asked her what she thought about it.  She said it was interesting.  I asked her more specifically what she thought.  She again said that she thought it was interesting.  I shared with her what I thought of the Book of Mormon.  I told her that I had been seriously studying it ever since I was 14 and spent a lot of time doing so.  I had come to know for myself that it was true.  I asked her what some of her questions were.  She said she had some questions about the Holy Ghost.  I told her what we believed in about the Godhead.  She thought all of this was very interesting.  I asked her if she had ever read the Book of Mormon.  She said no that she hadn't really read it.  I challenged her to read it and find out whether or not it was true.  I read Moroni's promise with her.  I emphasized that through the Holy Ghost she can know the truth of all things.  I also testified that any question she had whether it be temporal or spiritual she would find her answer in the Book of Mormon.  She asked me how she would know it is true.  We talked more about the Holy Ghost and different feelings people have experienced.  I shared with her a personal experience I had had when I knew that my Father in Heaven loved me.  I became emotional as I talked about it with her.  I said that I was sorry for getting so emotional.  She said don't worry about it.  I shared with her that more happiness would come from the Book of Mormon than she could ever imagine.

It was amazing to see the spirit soften this woman's heart.  She said she would read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.  I said would it be alright if we sent the missionaries to visit her. She said she already had their number and would call them.  I told her once you know that the Book of Mormon is true will you do something about it.  She said yes.  I know that the promises that I made to her will come to true. 

As a missionary I have been called of God to bless the lives of his children. I know that through the spirit I can call down the blessings of heaven to bless their lives.  I know through the spirit the Lord will keep the promises that I made to her last night.  I testify the Book of Mormon is the word of God.  I know that it helps us more than we could ever imagine.  We just have to spend more time reading it.  The Lord desires to bless His children, if they will just come to Him and believe.  Miracles only happen if believe they can happen.  I have seen many miracles happen so far. 


Sister Kranendonk

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Guess who I just saw?

Sister Kranendonk & Katherine
Sister Kranendonk, Katherine & Brian
Sister Parker & Sister Kranendonk
Last Saturday was our ward temple night.  We were excited to go for many obvious reasons.  On our way to the temple we decided to walk through the Visitors' Center.  I made the loop around the building and didn't see Sister Kranendonk.  I ask a sister missionary if she was there and the sister didn't know her.  So I told Brian that I was going to check the room where the local artist's paintings were on display, just to be sure.  I walked in and there was Sister Kranendonk.  We were so excited to see her and meet her companion Sister Parker.  I haven't seen Sister Kranendonk since the 4th of July weekend.  I am so excited that she is here.



In the Mission Field

Sister Kranendonk & Sister Parker
Here is my companion Sister  Parker and I making phone calls.  It is not my favorite thing to do especially when people swear at me.  Oh well.  :)  I just have to laugh about it. 

Mesa Temple Visitor's Center
This is a picture of my apartment. I lived with a wonderful family their last name was Law.  There are lots of memories in this apartment. We lived with Aubreanna and Hailey.  Two girls who were attending school to become a dental hygienist. 
Sister Kranendonk & Sister Burton

    Sister Kranendonk

Friday, November 4, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane

We were quite thrilled when Emily called us Tuesday morning at the airport. Chloe and I were on our way to school. Luckily Dad was home too and so we all got to talk to her. Unbeknown to us, our family friend Matt Jensen, (Luke’s brother) called Emily's mission home and found out her flight information. Matt works at the airport. He has clearance to go anywhere he wants. He went to Emily’s gate and sat down by her and he also took her a gift from their family. Emily was pretty surprised. She said that if she weren't a missionary she would hug him. He took this picture and emailed it to me. I thought that was so nice of them to do that for Emily. Here is the picture of Emily and Sister Shurtz. They are both so cute!!!!

~ Mom        
Sister Shurtz and Sister Kranendonk

Good-bye at the MTC

Emily and Mom
Here is my companion just moments before dropping her off!
I need something to keep me going for the next 18 months!
Amelia and Emily
I quickly snapped a picture with Emily before the Elders snatched her away into the mtc :)

(Can you tell we're both on the verge of tears?)
I know you'll all agree with me when I say that Emily is going to be one of the best missionaries EVER!!!


P.S.  We will be adding the video Amelia took soon :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ready for Sister Kranendonk

Emily had asked me if I would be willing to buy her bedding and drop it off at the mission home.  I was lucky and found some purple sheets for her and the rest of her bedding.  We realized yesterday that Emily is flying out today!  Brian called the mission home and talked to one of the secretaries to find out when they closed.  She told Brian that they all knew about Sister Kranendonk and said they were excited for her to come today. 

We had just enough time to drop off Emily's stuff before they closed yesterday.  The mission home is in Scottsdale, AZ and so we enjoyed a nice drive together.  The front desk was covered in packages and addressed to all the missionaries.  It was really fun to meet some of the couples serving in the mission office. 

One of the sisters went and found Sister Ellsworth and said she wanted to meet me.  Sister Ellsworth is a kind woman and is very excited to meet and serve with Emily.  All of the ladies in the office had been practicing how to say Sister Kranendonk's name.  They wanted me to pronounce Kranendonk, just to be sure they were saying it correctly and could properly welcome her.  Needless to say, they are ready for her. 

Here is some of the information I found about Emily's mission president and his wife:
R. Spence and Laurie Ellsworth
Robert Spence Ellsworth, 59, and Laurie Benson Ellsworth, seven children, Arizona Mesa Mission; Carey 2nd Ward, Carey Idaho Stake. Brother Ellsworth is a counselor in the Boise Idaho Mission presidency and a former stake president, bishop and missionary in the North Argentine Mission. Co-owner, Ellsworth and Company. Born in Globe, Ariz., to Maurice Chapman and Norma Owens Ellsworth.

Sister Ellsworth is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society and Primary teacher and institute teacher. Born in Seattle, Wash., to Ezra Taft Benson Jr. and Mary Beth Wheeler Benson.

I think they are all ready for Sister Kranendonk.  I am so excited for her to come!