Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

DAMOREYAH GOT BAPTIZED!!! I love this kid! He came to lesson win us this week and is super excited to start doing more missionary work with us! He's also going to be going on a mini mission next week! He is going to do amazing things and change so many people's lives! He'll be leaving pretty soon for Dixie State to play football and we are really going to miss him.. But I found out out that I get to stay in this area with Sister Bradley for another transfer! So I'll get to say goodbye to him when he leaves.

We also got to participate in an awesome service project at the old Mormon fort here in Vegas! We got to talk to the people walking around and tell them the story about when the Mormons came and settled in Vegas.

 Here's the story!

"After Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred in Carthage, Illinois, Brigham Young became President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young, as a Prophet of God, told a small company of Mormon Pioneers in Salt Lake Valley, "This is the Place" where the Saints shall settle!  And settle they did, by the thousands!

But Salt Lake City wasn't the ONLY Place the Prophet wanted the Mormons to go!

8 years later, in April General Conference, President Young called out the names of 30 young, brave, strong Mormon Men. These men, he said, were called to a mission in "Los Vegas", Nevada to build a fort for travelers on the road between Utah and California, and to teach the
2,000 Paiute Indians who traveled through southern Nevada. These native Americans slept underneath piles of desert grass and searched for little seeds to eat.  They called their brush tents "wiki-ups".

President Young asked the 30 missionaries to become friends with the Paitues, show them how to farm, teach them to read, and teach them our religion. But they were NOT to fight them under any condition!

Two months later the missionaries arrived.  It was a very hot day, June 14, 1855.  The Missionaries came right here to this spot where we are standing!  They were the first people in recorded history to build a permanent home here. They went straight to work, digging into the desert sand to plant crops so they wouldn't starve.  And quickly they began making this fort out of the only thing available---a whole lot of hot gravel and dirt!  They built this whole fort out of adobe brick which is kind of the same thing as mud pies.

2 1/2 weeks later--guess what holiday occurred?  Independence Day!
And those Mormon missionaries were true-blue Americans. Even though they had been thrown out of their homes in Illinois when the Prophet Joseph was murdered.  Even though they had a TON of work to do to get their farm and fort all built up.  Even though Las Vegas wasn't even part of the USA then (it was part of Mexico), these men were SO PROUD to be Americans that they took the entire day off to celebrate our great Country's birthday!

In their missionary journals, they drew copies of an American Flag they sewed for the holiday.  It looked exactly like the replica you see flying on that flag pole today!  They made their flag out of white canvass, blue jeans, and an old red undershirt!  For a flag pole, they took the tongues from their wagon and lashed them together and stuck the flag on the top.  Their flag pole looked just like this one except it was even 10 foot taller!  Do you see the one big star in the middle?  That star was for the State of Deseret--for all the Mormon Pioneers.

Then the  missionaries sang hymns, said a special prayer of thanks for America, made patriotic speeches, toasts, and cheers.  Last of all, they had a 21 Gun salute!  A 21 Gun Salute is when 7 men with rifles each fire three bullets at the command of their leader. 7x3=21  The 7 men stood in line waiting for the command "Ready, Aim, Fire!"  BAM!
"Reload"  "Ready, Air Fire!"  BAM!  "Reload" "Ready, Aim, Fire!"  BAM!
 "At ease gentlemen!"

It sounded Awesome!  Only one problem!  The Paiutes had been hiding in the desert  watching these strange white men building this strange brick fort. Now they thought those strange men were firing their guns at them!  The Paiutes were very FRIGHTENED.  Some began making war cries.  Luckily, two of the missionaries knew a little of the Paiute language.  They quickly ran into the desert, shouting, "No Fighting!
We come in Peace!  We're just having a party!"

The Paiutes calmed down.  They did become friends of the missionaries.
Some even joined the Mormon church during the 2 years those Mormon Elders served here at this fort that they built with their own hands.
Today is a great day to honor those first Pioneers in Las Vegas.   On
their first holiday here, they made it a special day of Thanksgiving, Prayer, Patriotism, and Friendliness for all of God's children.  May it always be so here in our valley!"

This morning we got to hike sunrise mountain!! We got up early to watch the sunrise and it was still 90 degrees outside right before the sun came up. It took us a couple hours to hike but it was worth it!

Such an amazing blessing it is to be here in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission! I love it!
I hope you are all doing well I love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Hopper

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

So this week we had lots of meetings and it was just kind of a long week.. Lots of blessings! But just one of those weeks where your dead tired all the time and bed time is the best..
1-2. So the first two pictures are pictures that I just got from the 4th 

3. The next one kind of describes the week.. That was my dinner the other night... I dropped it on the floor and broke the plate.. Kind of the perfect description of how our day was going..

4. The next picture was from Zone Conference! Such an amazing spiritual experience!

5. then sister Bradley got a turn holding a boa constrictor! I decided not to because I've already done that.. So I figured I did t have to again... Haha 

6. Rachel got baptized!!! I've been teaching her the entire time I have been in the area (about 3 months) and we finally got to see her get baptized! It was amazing!

7. We had a fireside called Why I Believe on Sunday and I got to see my Mommy! I was super excited to get to see Sister Vaaie and talk to her a little bit.

We have a baptism coming up this Friday for Damoreyah! He's awesome and is so ready to be baptized!
Hope everyone is well! Have a great week! Love you all!

Sister Hopper

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

So this week was pretty non stop.. We had Fourth of July and I got to go to the temple! Then we went on a hike today!
We also had our investigator Damoreyah come out with us to teach! It was awesome! He's going to be an amazing missionary and I'm so excited to see him get baptized!

We have a baptism this week for Rachel and then next week for Damoreyah!

Sadly I don't have enough to time to write much but we do have lots of pictures from this week! 

We took some pictures in the car while we were waiting for the eldersto come open the building for our zone meeting! 



We went on a hike this morning and actually found living things and water! It was nice to see some animals and green because I've only seen brown for about the past 5 months.

I love you all and hope you're doing well!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

So this week was full of amazing experiences!

We had exchanges this week and while we were out talk to someone it started to hail! Like giant ice rocks falling from the sky! One hit me on the head and then the investigator got it too! And then it started to flood! Rain in Vegas is so great because all of a sudden it goes from 115 to 75 degrees! It's the best! I miss the rain so much.. So that was a blessing!

This is Damoreyah! He was taught in the Central Stake and then he moved over here to Paradise! He wants to get baptized and then serve a mission! We were able to go to a 4th of July party with him and he also came to church with us! He has some really awesome questions and has such a strong testimony! I'm so excited to see him serve a mission someday! He's going to be an awesome missionary!

I got to play with a sparkler! 

And the elders photo bombed my picture....

Sister Bradley wanted to take pictures with our cool hats haha

We had one of our favorite members out with us yesterday! Kyra! She served her mission in Chile! So she's really helpful because there are a lot of Spanish speaking people here!

Other than that the week was just really hot like always! Haha we have some awesome 4th of July parties today with our zone and with the ward! Hope everyone has an awesome 4th!! Love you all!! 
Sister Hopper