Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Monday, September 26th

Sorry this one is going to be short! This week was great but a little slow.. Sister Hunt was sick so that kinda slowed things down a bit but this week should be much more exciting!

We found a couple new people to teach which is awesome because finding has been hard.. But we are encouraging the wards to work hard to find people that they can help us teach! These wards are awesome and we know there is work to be done here!

We also saw a rainbow is week! 

And there are some really cool trailer parks in our area so sister hunt took a picture of one!

I love you all and hope you have a great week! Next weeks email will be better I promise!

Sister Hopper

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

So Boulder City continues to be my favorite place ever! The work has been a little slow and we are working on working with members a lot to find! We have been giving all of the families we eat dinner with a commitment to find someone that they can invite into their home to have a missionary discussion with us! We have a member that just did that on her own and even though the person really wasn't interested, it was still a huge blessing! If everyone would at least try to do that we would have so many more people to teach! So I want to invite all of you to think of someone you can bring into your home and introduce the missionaries to! That means so much more than just a referral!
Other than that, we are just working on finding more people to teach and especially more solid people to teach. I love what I do! Somehow even if we aren't having a lot of success (especially after coming from an area with a lot of success) I'm still happy! Because I love doing what I do! I know it's going to be hard sometimes and in my experience the hard times are what make you the strongest. And when we are stronger we are more able to help those around us! We need to work on our own conversion always. It would be so easy for me to just give up and not work hard because we aren't finding people anyway. But I would be missing out on this amazing opportunity I have to strengthen myself so I'm ready to help others when the time comes!
That's basically what I've been thinking about this week..
We took a zone picture!

Some fun news! We have an amazing neighbor named Paul! He and his wife always make sure we are taken care of. They aren't members, but they know a lot about the church and respect it and as far as I know are not interested. But when we talk to them we often get on gospel subjects and it's amazing. One thing I've noticed on the mission is that we plant a lot of seeds.. And Paul has had a lot of seeds planted in him by a lot of missionaries. Every missionary that has come through here knows him well and they become good friends mostly through doing service. Sometimes you need to look back at your day and realize how many seeds you have planted. I know that if I didn't think positively about those moments that people say no I feel like I failed that day. But when I remember that that person will remember talking to us and will be more open to accepting the gospel someday I see it as a huge success. We INVITE people to come unto Christ by HELPING them receive the restored gospel. Sometimes inviting is all we can do and by doing that, we are helping them on the path towards baptism. And sometimes they might not accept that until the next life but I know that every contact we make with them will soften their hearts. Sorry for that little missionary work rant but I wanted to share what I've been learning! Also a scripture that has been on my mind all week that a friend shared with me last Monday:
Luke 22:32
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Sister Hunt found some rocks that she turns into animals! They are so cute! 

Also back to Paul... He has a beautiful dog name Sky! Sky likes to come into our house uninvited and try to find treats.. She has been kind of our therapy dog and helps us on our hard days. She's the sweetest :)

Love you all!! Have a great week! 
Sister Hopper

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Sister Bradley!
Okay so Boulder City is my favorite place.. It's quiet and I've only heard one siren since we have been here! That's crazy! There's not as much air traffic and the main road in town is 25mph. We can walk to most of our area and the weather is cooling down so saving our miles will be a little bit easier!
It's been a crazy week of trying to find investigators and get in contact with relief society president, bishops and ward mission leaders. It's weird being back in family wards.. I haven't heard a baby cry for over 4 months and yesterday I heard many! And I loved it!
I didn't realize how much I missed children! We got to go into primary yesterday and teach the kids about missionary work and how it has blessed our lives. These kids are smart. They all love missionary work!
Sorry this is going to be short! I have to get going and today is crazy...

There are so many animals here!

Love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Hopper

Monday, September 5, 2016

So... This is a hard week.... And a great week! I'm leaving Paradise and I'm headed to Boulder City!!! I leave tomorrow! Do y'all remember this beautiful girl on the right? My MTC companion Sister Hunt! We are going to be companions! Not only that but we are being double transferred into two wards in Boulder City! And our area is huge!

And also Sister Jebe (middle) will be replacing me here in the Heritage ward! It's so hard to leave this place! I love these people and I'm going to miss them so much! But I'm excited to make more amazing connections with the people in Boulder City! 

So this week we got to go to the temple with Jamar and our member Kenny! We taught Jamar the plan of salvation as we walked around the temple. There is a really cool way to teach it using the temple grounds and it's amazing what spirit the temple brings! I know that this amazing place is for families and it's the only place where a family can be sealed together forever! I love the temple and I wish we were able to go more often.. Jamar is so ready to be baptized! The only obstacle he has is coming to church.. We have been praying for him to be able to get Sunday's off but it's been a struggle. Things are looking up! It seems like hearts are being softened and things are headed in the right direction. It might take another week or two but it's going to happen soon! And I'll be coming back for it! I'm so excited!! 

We were getting a little upset with him because he would smile for the picture! So this is us trying our hardest to get him to smile more.. Haha 

And Peterson got baptized!! His family and his Girlfriends family were all there and his Girlfriends family sang for us! They are Samoan so they sang some hymns in Samoan and it was beautiful! Every lesson with him he would pray for us in Samoan and I loved it. 

Now I have to go pack everything and get ready to go to a new area! I'm excited to serve with Sister Hunt!! 
Hope everyone is doing well! I love you all!! 
Sister Hopper