Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

We did a lot of exchanges this week. I got to go back to one of my old areas, Little Miami! I also got to be with one of my old companions, Sister Johnson! Sadly I ended up being really sick and had to sleep all day. Sister Johnson was still able to get a lot done in the apartment while I slept. :) We were able to teach a lesson to an investigator named Carmelita. We committed her to being baptized in January, and she said yes! It was an amazing spirit filled lesson. I was grateful to be part of it. :)

We had a mission Christmas conference on Christmas eve. It was so fun! We did a funny talent show and a Christmas program. I sang in the Christmas program even! A bunch of other sisters and I sang "Mary did You Know". It was really stressful, needless to say! During the funny talent show our zone did "The 12 Days of Christmas". The zone leaders had different actions they did for each part and the rest of us did the singing. It was hilarious! There was a lot of beat boxing and rapping in the talent show. Afterwards we got these really cute knitted slippers! I sleep in them every night. It was an amazing conference followed by dinner at our Bishops house. They fed us an amazing dinner and we were able to sing songs with them. It was nice to feel part of their family when I'm so far from mine. They even gave us cute Ohio mugs and hot chocolate mix for Christmas! I really love them - and the whole Cherry Grove ward! I am so blessed to be here.

On Christmas we were ready to go to church, and we were already running late. But then... we couldn't find the keys! Sister Lamb is really good at losing them, her words not mine! ;) so we were late to church and we were supposed to be on the stand for the choir. It was a walk of shame to walk up there late. The Christmas program was so beautiful, it moved me to tears! I am so grateful for my Savior. The rest of  the day was spent at members, as we weren't allowed to go proselyte. We had an amazing lunch with our ward mission leader and his family. Then we went to one of our favorite members, the Radcliffe's. That is where we skyped our families! It was amazing to see  my family somewhat face to face. I wish there was as much snow here as there! To finish the night we went to another members and had cake and ice cream.

I love you all! Stay safe the rest of the holiday season!

Sister Fultz

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bye Gressell :(

What a crazy week!

Sister Gressell is officially home in Idaho! That was weird to send a companion off in the middle of a transfer. Our apartment feels so empty without her.

Wednesday we had zone meeting. Our zone is so big... we have 14 companionships! Then we also had the Senior Sisters join us. It was a big meeting! We were able to do training's on planning, working with members, and simplified teaching. It turned out to be a really great meeting. Afterwards we went to a chicken joint called "Raising Canes". They have the best chicken!

We were able to have dinner with Myles and his parents on Wednesday night! That was so fun, they have a beautiful home. They asked a lot of questions about missionary work and what we do. His mom made really good soup :) I don't think they are really interested, but they are very kind and enjoy our company. It will be good to at least have a good relationship with them!

With the holiday season it has been really difficult to get in with people to teach them. We did manage to see a few less actives this week, and we got 3 referrals for some people that I am really excited to meet and teach! One of them was from the sisters in the Colorado mission, and the other 2 was for some family members of a less active. Working through referrals is one of my favorite ways to find new people to teach!

On Saturday night we had the change to Christmas concert for our stake at a Methodist church in my old area! It was in Indian Hill which is in the Cincinnati ward. It was the best to see some of my old friends in past wards, and to hear such amazing music about Christ. The music was so incredibly beautiful!!!

CHRISTMAS IS THIS WEEK!! I am so excited to be able to talk to my family. On Christmas we are asked to not do much missionary work, which is really depressing. We are only allowed to go places where we have been invited, and we can't stay for long. We will spend a lot of time that day watching training videos. Woohoo! Merry Christmas everyone.

Love you all!

Sister Fultz

Monday, December 12, 2016

Myles was baptized!

What an amazing week!! Myles was baptized and confirmed this weekend. When he came out of the water he couldn't stopped smiling. He bore his testimony of how grateful he was that he found the gospel and the happiness that he has felt in it. His mother, father, grandfather and grandmother all came. His mom was very touched and shed a few tears during the service. You could tell though that his grandma and grandpa did not approve--they are devout Catholic. Afterwards his family took us out to eat! We were able to laugh with them and get to know them better while in the process answering a few doctrinal questions. They are truly such amazing people with great faith. His mom is hilarious! She acts so young and "hip" and she just loved us. We gave them our number and they invited us to come over this Wednesday! They expressed their gratitude to us for helping Myles to find happiness and believe in God again. Despite the difference in religion, we were all able to rejoice with Myles in his life changing experience. Sadly his family didn't come see him confirmed as they "had to go to their own church" as Myles said. When he was confirmed was a touching moment. The blessing involved basic principles of the gospel and gentle reminders to do the little things. He has amazing fellowship in the ward and a lot of support. Everyone comes up and talks to him every Sunday and really gets to know him. The man that Myles asked to confirm him was someone he had only met once, and yet he left an impression on him to the point he wanted him to be a part of an amazing experience.

To go along with the experience of Myles being confirmed, during one of the talks a member tapped us on the shoulder telling us some of our friends were out in the foyer. We had invited one of our friends, Jeishere, to come to church. We had no way to contact her that morning as her phone was off. We figured she wasn't coming when the meeting started. When we went out into the foyer it was her and her friend Desseray! They were able to listen to the last bit of the talk and went to gospel principles. It was interesting to talk to about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in Gospel Principles. We are seeing them on Tuesday! :)

Our Sunday ended up having no work involved. Elder Verdoni, one of the assistants, asked us to go to a multi faith fireside to sing in the missionary choir. We got to drive all the way to Northern Kentucky to the Buttermilk Pike Building. I used to go to that building all time when I was in Cincinnati, it brought back old memories! We sang a few Christmas songs and This is the Christ. It was a fun night with uplifting messages and music and I am so glad that we were invited to go. It was great for Sister Gessell to be able to say goodbye to a few missionaries before she goes home this week. It was raining on our way home, and it was so beautiful to go through the city and see the lights with all the rain. I love Cincinnati so much!!

I love you all!

Sister Fultz
 Myles getting baptized!
Rainy Cincinnati <3

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Grove of Cherries

What an amazing week! I love Cherry Grove. My companions are both amazing :) Sister Lamb and Sister Gessell. Sister Lamb came out with me and we were in the same district in the MTC, she if from California. Sister Gessell actually goes home next week and she is from Idaho. I am so sad that she is leaving! She has been staying strong though with the work and it's awesome to see her work hard until the end!

Our zone is super huge and we are having a get together today. It's going to be pretty crazy and fun! The Cherry Grove ward got 2 new Elders and one of them is fresh from the MTC. It's funny to be around a new missionary and remember what it was like to be new. The newbie is Elder Carter and his trainer is Elder Swainston. I guess Elder Swainston and I have common relatives! I came out with him too and he has been in Muncie, Indiana our whole mission until now! He is very new to Ohio and soi we had to show him all the good places like UDF and Graters :)

There are so many people in Cherry Grove that are ready to hear the Gospel! We talked to a lot of cool people this week. I am so excited to teach all of them! One of them is Courtney and her son Braxton. Braxton is only 8 and has so many questions about God. He had pretty deep questions too and I was impressed. We showed Courtney around the church so she can feel more comfortable when she comes to church. She asked a few of the classic Mormon questions and she was so accepting. She is very open and willing to learn, and I love it!

We got a media referral named Jeisherie. Jeisherie was a referral for a Bible, and the referral said that she was homosexual but has stopped practicing. We went and saw her and she is so prepared! She prayed to know if she needed to stop acting on her feelings. It's amazing to see that she was already willing to act on the promptings of the Spirit. Cassie was her friend who was there as well, she was asking a lot of questions and was excited to learn. We are going to go see the both of them tonight and talk more about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon.

We did service at a farm this week. We go and walk horses for a non member, and I got dragged around by a horse named Blue. She must have known that I was new and decided to break me in! The non member family that we do that for came to the ward Christmas party that we had that night. It was so fun to see the ward fellowship them immediately! The Christmas party was fun too. It had a lot of decorations...haha. We helped with the potato bar and I burned my hands a few times.

Myles, and investigator the Sisters found last transfer, is getting baptized this Saturday! He is such an amazing person. He smoked for 4 years, and he prayed for help to quit! He was able to quit cold turkey and he hasn't smoked for 4 weeks! Yesterday at church he went up and bore his testimony about how much happier he is now that he knows God. Even though i just met him I already love him! We had dinner with him last night at our Bishops house. Myles is the kind of guy that always has a joke for every situation. I am always laughing with him.

We have been showing people the #LIGHTTHEWORLD video! I cry every single time I watch it! It has such an amazing spirit and it is a great reminder of what we can do. We really can do what Christ would do and it doesn't need to be big or complicated. Go out and do it!

I love you all!

Sister Fultz