November 17, 2011

We Are Serving On HOLY GROUND!

Lauren with President and Sister Holmes
I think this has been the best week ever. The girls at Temple Square are all so nice and friendly. I have friends from all over the world now!
So things have been going great! Sister Au-Yeung got a baptism on Friday so it technically counts as OUR first baptism, haha. We met some great youth on Saturday and asked them for names of people that they think might benefit from the message of the gospel. One of the girls gave us a name and I called her that night. Our first lesson with her was on Tuesday and she committed to get baptized!!!! So I sent out a request for the missionaries in her area to go continue teaching her. BUT they haven't contacted her yet. Ugh! haha Temple Square is so much more efficient than some of the other missions we have had experiences with. haha It has been SO incredible to have multiple teaching appointments everyday and to be so busy ALL the time calling people and taking them on tours. There is honestly no down time here, it’s so gnarly. Anyways, we have also been seeing major progress with our other investigators too. Sister Au-Yeung already has a lot of contacts since this is her 5th transfer, but that’s awesome because we get to teach them together! Night time is super busy for her because that is when it is best to call for teaching appointments in Asia. Mostly Hong Kong. So cool! The other day we went on our first Japanese tour together. Haha So funny because all I do is just stand there and smile...I don't know JAPANESE! haha But it was so cool to hear them rattling off anyways... We also took 3 awesome guys on a tour the other day. They were SO interested in the history and everything. They all wanted to know more! So we are going to set up appointments to teach them soon. There are SO many MIRACLES on Temple Square everyday... it's insane. The Spirit of the square that hits you the moment you step on is undeniable. And almost everyone can feel it. That is what makes being a missionary here so special...We are serving on HOLY GROUND! I know that the Lord is helping all of us so much because we work so hard... BUT we still SMILE and are so friendly all the time! haha And it is not even hard to have a good attitude. If I was not set apart as a missionary, I could not do this. It is so incredible to be here. Every single sister is so nice and so genuine... It doesn't matter where you are from; we are all serving the Lord for the same PURPOSE.
Well I haven't seen anyone I know yet! I think once the Christmas lights come on it will be a different story. OH so we all got cell phones on Saturday! But it's for the senior companion only. Still cool though! The phones will be used so that teaching and contacting can be more frequent!  Gotta love technology!
Funny story... SO when I was still in the MTC we came to temple square on Saturday just to visit...I heard that in years before us the bus driver would take all the visiting sisters to McDonalds before getting back to the MTC....SOoooo I presented this idea/plan/plea to the bus driver.. HE ACCEPTED! :) On the way there, my companions and I had to take down everyone’s orders and collect cash money. Then we got there and ordered everything. We were like 1$ shy of 60 bucks for everything!! hahah It was so awesome. Every sister on that bus was so stoked. I got a large Diet Coke (duh) and drank one while I was in there then, filled it up again for the ride home. SO GOOD!!! And while we were in there, there were two truck drivers who had just gotten into town and they were talking to us. They were so nice and friendly. So I had Sister Carter grab some pass along cards when she was taking some of the food to the bus. So we gave the guys the pass along cards! They were so grateful :) It was a good night... Pretty fun because I was kind of in charge of the whole thing hahah
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! Gobble gobble!
Love you all
Sister Jarvie

President and Sister Holmes
Michael H. Holmes, 67, Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission; Dimple Dell Park Ward, Sandy Utah Granite View Stake; Area Seventy; former president of the Missouri Independence Mission, regional representative, stake president, bishop and gospel doctrine teacher. Retired general contractor. Born in Wichita, Kan., to John Harvey and Doris Catt Holmes. Married Marian Roberts.
Sister Holmes served with her husband in the Missouri Independence Mission and is a former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Primary teacher, temple receptionist and temple ordinance worker. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Boyd Elmo and Louise Fahrni Roberts.
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