November 26, 2012

Have You Ever Tried TurDuckEn?

My Zone
Thanksgiving was great! I hope everyone had a great day too. We were super busy. Sister Nawrocki wanted me to do her make up in the morning and then we hurried to our breakfast appointment (9AM). It was so good! After breakfast we went to go help out at the Bishops house for their big meal (11:30AM). She gave us some food and pie. Then we went to go have dinner at a members house in the French Creek ward (2:30PM). They had THREE different turkeys! One regular, another deep fried, and the last was a TurDuckEn! Has anyone ever heard of this because I haven't! It's a chicken, inside of a duck, inside of a turkey! I didn't try it though haha. They were the same family who fed us ELK meat a couple weeks ago! It was all so good though. So my favorite thing about Thanksgiving has always been that out of the box stuffing that normal people probably think is super gross, but I love it! Anyways, EVERYTHING we eat here in Parker is homemade! I'm like, so you really put pieces of shredded bread and stuff inside of the turkey to bake it??? Hahah so crazy! Also, we got to see them actually deep fry a turkey!! The only time I’ve ever seen this was on the news and the peoples house end up burning down. It worked though! We ended up being there and eating for a while so we went home to lie down for an hour before our next stop. We went to another family’s house to watch Brave (6PM). We helped them clean up and put their living room back together before we started the movie. I wasn't super into the movie I don't think I’d watch it again but it was fun to be there with their family! We got home around 9:30PM. Such a long day but it was super fun!

We taught some great lessons this week. I am starting to feel better about the work here. It has been difficult with Sister Nawrocki being sick though. She decided to go home on February 7th. That will be good for her because she needs to figure out what's wrong and get healthy! I pray for her always!

Well recently, thanks to one of our investigators I have really gotten into the Gospel Principles book! That book is awesome. I'm really lucky to be able to have one here and study that because there are so many great scriptures from the Bible that reference what we are teaching them.

This week in Relief Society we discussed a talk given at the April 2012 General Conference called "Converted to His Gospel through His Church" by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom. It is so good. Check it out!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Love love love

Sister Jarvie


Sister Lauren Jarvie

CO- Colorado Springs

11825 Meadowood Ln.

Parker, CO 80138

November 19, 2012

Being Grateful!

Beautiful Parker, Colorado!
As I missionary, I think about what I am grateful for a lot. There are so many things. At this point in my mission I have realized what I really am the most grateful for, and that is Jesus Christ. I hope anyone who reads this will watch this video.
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This is my favorite video. If you don't feel the Spirit while watching this you need to re-evaluate yourself! No, but in all honesty, there are countless things we can think about this time of the year that we are thankful for. Count your blessings people. No matter how bad we think it may be or how hard times get, just think of what the Savior did for you, and why. When Elder Holland came to Temple Square to talk to us he said that we shouldn't ask “why is life so hard?” He said life was never easy for the Savior, so why should it be easy for any of us? Luckily, it can be easy because our burdens can be made light. Getting to that point can and usually will take some hard work though. When something bad happens, how often is the first thought we have, “wow I'm SO happy that I can handle this with the Lords help?” I have really learned that it is not about me at all. If I am upset, that's my choice. It is also my choice to be grateful for the little things. Instinctively, we will get frustrated, disappointed and down at times. How long do those feelings last though? For some, it can be years. Others, just a small moment. What is the difference? It really doesn’t depend on the circumstance. The difference in how we handle trials lies in our relationship with God, our understanding of His plan for us and our gratitude for what He has done for us.

"Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."—Alma 26:16, Book of Mormon
I am so thankful for the experiences I've had, the bad ones as well as the good. Loyal people. The ones who were not. The family and friends who never left my side. Emma and Jess, my beautiful friends who understand me and still love me anyways! The angels that kept me grounded in the gospel of Christ throughout the years when I was surrounded by non-members. It was through this love that I came to know that Jesus Christ suffered these pains and weaknesses so that all of us could be forgiven. And that He lives and loves us. And that in every experience that I had, as I called upon Him, He continued to shape me to be an instrument in His hands and urged me to be an example to others. The more I have been able to focus on gratitude, the happier I am! I invite all of you to do the same!

Focus on small blessings.
Remember that, "A clean house is the sign of a wasted life". –a wise refrigerator magnet from home.
Go out, have fun, love your life and be grateful for what you have!
Happy Thanksgiving!
*Gobble* *Gobble*
Sister Jarvie
Sister Lauren Jarvie
CO- Colorado Springs
11825 Meadowood Ln.
Parker, CO 80138

November 13, 2012

Transfer Week Already!

P-Day fun and games!
On transfer week in this mission we have our pday on Tuesday because everybody moves around on Monday. So I’ve been here five weeks, and now this transfer is only going to be 5 weeks long! It will end December 16. Apparently the reasoning behind it is that all the flights are too expensive if the transfer ends too close to Christmas. I have already been here in CO for over a month! The time has been going by pretty fast. We got to walk a lot this week; it was so fun to be out in the fresh air! It is really beautiful here!

Since I've been here we have been able to do some really fun service for the Hereth family! Sister Hereth served her mission on Temple Square and met her future husband while she was serving at the Cannery!! They have 5 adorable children now; they are the best family ever. So I’ve been doing some service in her home; I learned how to make roman blinds out of regular little blinds and paint over old paint without having to sand it first! I guess CHALK PAINT is the cool new thing! It looks so beautiful on and it’s really easy to do. Sister Hereth buys it at a lovely little boutique on Parker’s Main Street, such a fun place. The first week that I got here we had dinner at their house and it was so much fun to talk about Temple Square, everything is so similar now to the way it was when she was a missionary there! We even live in the same place. I saw pictures of her old apartment when she lived there and the furniture is still the same hahaha.

We had some great lessons this week. Our investigators really seem to be progressing. On Sunday we had 6 investigators come to church; that is the best! We’re trying to teach them all and move them along steadily towards baptism. I really hope that I will be able to be here to see some or all of them get baptized!

My companion is having a little bit of a health challenge so we are working on that and she’s getting some tests tomorrow.  But we’re moving forward!

It has been starting to cool down here. Luckily we have a space heater in our room!

Love you!


Sister Jarvie
Halloween craftiness
Mom's Missionary Calendar!

November 5, 2012

Baptism Coming Up!

I have been a little sick all week and it’s been slow here, so I don't have much to write about this week! But I’m so glad my parents got to spend time with my Temple Square Trainer, Ho-Yee Au-Yeung when she was at LAX during her layover on her way home to China! Awe, she’s so cute!! I love her! It was so sad to say goodbye to her! Tsi Chen!  And they even got a picture of her in the famous spot where our family takes pictures!
My trainer is headed home!
My parents took her to the LA Temple Visitors Center
Well, we’re trying to help our investigator to quit smoking. He has been meeting with the missionaries here for two years and nothing.  We went to teach him a lesson and I committed him to baptism and he accepted! Booyah!

I love you all! Hope to have more news next week! Lots, lots slower than Temple Square!
Sister Jarvie