Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27

So I remembered a funny story/miracle that happened last week..
The mission is getting rid of paper planners which I have been having a pretty bad attitude about... And this story I'm about to tell didn't really help matters.. We were about to leave an apartment complex to go to dinner at the bishops house and we decided to knock on one more door before we left. I was doing something with the sticky notes I was using to write down information I would usually write in my planner. I was trying to stick it to the front of my iPad when IT FLEW AWAY!! We had just met someone who was so awesome and a few other people whose information was on that sticky note and it flew over the fence into the we were trying to catch it, someone opened the door that we had just knocked on.. So we introduced ourselves frantically and he said he would go get his dad. So we waited for his dad to come back and we were kinda looking by the wash to see if we could see the bright pink sticky note somewhere but we couldn't see anything.. The kids dad came to the door and all he said was "NO NO NO NO NO" and shut the door... So then we started speed walking to the car so we could drive over to the other side of the wash. And of course at that time EVERYONE decided to come out of their apartments... So we tried to talk to a couple of them but no one was willing to listen to us.. God was blessing us with people who weren't interested so we could go find our sticky note with the information of people who are interested! So we got to the car and drove out of the complex and around the corner and parked the car. We decided to say a prayer and ask for help to find it. We got out of the car and I had a feeling I knew exactly where it was. We walked over to the wash and on the other side of the fence there was our sticky note. It was just close enough for Sister Bradley to put her hand through the fence and grab it. We then started screaming in excitement and hugged each other jumping up and down. We looked down the street and there were two young men staring at us like we were crazy. So we ran across the street back to the car and said a prayer of gratitude! It was awesome!
And we were 5 minutes late for dinner.. Haha oops!

Last night we had an amazing blessing to preform in the Paradise Stake choir for stake Patriotic night! It was amazing! We sang the songs for each of the branches of the military while the men and women who served stood up when they heard their song. It was a little weird being there without my military men there with me. I love being there with my dad and my brother who have both served our country and seeing them stand up. This time when they asked people who have had family members serve in the military stand up I stood up by myself without any of my family there with me. But I was still proud to be standing.

Remembering how proud I was of my brother while he fought for our country. It was hard while he was gone worrying about him and praying for him every day but I'm proud to call him my brother and I love him so much! I'm so thankful that he is now safe and I'm thankful for those who weren't so lucky. One of he speakers said something that I loved! She quoted President Monson and added a little bit to it. "Dare to be a Mormon. Dare to be an American."

This week was full of lots of meetings and crazy activities! So sadly we weren't able to work as much but we did get to go feed the homeless with the Petersens! Brother Petersen is a member of the bishopric and he and his wife are so, so sweet! Sister Petersen took some pictures for us :)

Along with all the craziness, we also had some sad news. One of the Elders in our zone who I have served with for most of my mission received the news this week that his Dad passed away. From the way he talks about his family you can tell they are close and it's amazing how strong he has been through all of it. But as a mission and especially as a zone we become a family and when one of us loses a family member it hits us all pretty hard. There were quite a few tears this week! But its amazing to see someone be so strong and still work so hard even when they are going through something that I can't even imagine.

It's been an amazing and crazy week and I hope everyone had an amazing week as well!

I love you all and hope you have a great Independence Day weekend!


Sister Eliza Hopper

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monday, June 20

So sorry this email might be super short! 

We had to save our zone leaders today because their car died, so we had to drive them around to deliver mail to everyone! Fun stuff!

So this week I got a new companion!! Her name is Sister Bradley and she is so, so sweet! She is from Missouri and she went to school at BYUI! So I'll have at least one mission buddy at school when I get back! And she also came out the transfer after me so we will be going home pretty close to each other. We have been having lots of fun and it's been a long week. 

We have found a lot of awesome people to teach and we are excited to see them progress! Just a lot of running around and getting lost because Sister Perkins knew this area so well and I don't! And now I'm leading it! But we are figuring it all out and having a great time while doing it.
We found the smallest stop sign ever and I was really excited because I'm short and things are never my size!

Normal awkward missionary stuff waiting for someone to come open the gate
 to one of the complexes so we could go visit someone...

Getting gas this morning

We got to go to goodwill!

This is a picture of one of our members trucks. We have a member of the ward who likes to take people's keys and move their cars during church without them even noticing. So we went out to the car to get Sister Bradley's water and we pass by him and say hello and then I noticed the members truck wasn't there! We usually always park in the same spots. So it was weird that it wasn't here because we were just talking to that member. Then we looked over and saw this... Just a typical day in the heritage YSA ward...

Hope everyone is doing well!! I love you all! Have a great week!

Nevada sunsets are AMAZING!
Sister Hopper

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13

Well this week was the last week of my 3rd transfer! That means at the end of this next transfer I'll be at 6 months! That's crazy!! So we took a few pictures as a zone before the transfer. I'll be staying here in Paradise and I'm greenie busting! My new companions name is Sister Bradley and I'll be getting her tomorrow! I haven't actually met her before but she was trained by Sister Perkins trainee and seems really sweet so I'm excited!

This week was kind of a tired daze.. Haha our AC is not working super well so it makes sleeping kind of hard. Luckily it's okay been about 95 this week! Which is actually feeling pretty cool now that we have experienced 110!

So good news this week! IBRUM IS BACK! Our investigator who moved to Montana came back! We thought he was going to be gone for a lot longer! He sent us a text on Tuesday that said Sisters I'm back in Vegas! And so we told him to come to institute and he did! It was awesome! Sadly he is living with his Uncle in North Las Vegas right now until he can find a place closer to UNLV. Hopefully that will happen soon and we can continue his lessons and reset his baptismal date! 

We also finally got our investigator, who has been investigating for a couple years, to agree to a baptism date! We went on a temple tour with her and asked why she hasn't gotten baptized yet. We realized that she was a little scared of committing and she felt like she wasn't ready. Sister Perkins then pulled out her planner and turned it to the baptism interview questions. Then our investigator said "oh yeah... That questions..." She knows exactly what they are and can tell us what some of the questions are.. It's amazing how much knowledge about the church that she has! And she knows it's all true!
So I looked at her and told her that if she could answer these questions she was ready to get baptized. So we went through the questions and she answered every one of them. She has such a strong testimony! So we told her to pray about a date and the next day we set up a date for her baptism! I'm so excited for her!!

So something that I have realized while being here is that to really be an effective missionary in Vegas you have to be able to speak Spanish! So I'm learning! Almost everything here is in Spanish! We also saw a pretty funny sign.. Apparently the drunks don't clean up their messes very well...

Also because sister Perkins is leaving we tried to take some pictures together! So that's why there are so many selfies.. Haha hope y'all are doing great! Love you!

Love Sister Eliza Hopper

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

So I would like to share a picture that my mother sent me this week..

This is Jocelyn and she is pretty much our favorite person! She just got home from her mission and she comes out with us all the time and she is an amazing missionary!!!