Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Flat!

Sorry this is so late! Monday was Presidents Day, and there was a snow storm, so the whole town basically closed down! We didn't drive at all on Monday! The town was still mostly closed down on Tuesday, so the library was closed.

Our last few days in Bartlesville were crazy. We were trying to say goodbye to everyone, pack, get the area ready for the Elders etc.

On Tuesday the Assistants called us and told us there had been a little bit of a mix up with transfers, I was still going to Ash Flat, Sister P was still going to Bolivar with Sister S, but my companion is Sister B, not Sister A! Oops!

On Thursday we got to transfer point super early! We rode to Mount Vernon, Sister P left, then I waited! Sister P was there, so that was a lot of fun!

When Sister B got there we waited a few more minutes, and then we got a ride to West Plains, where our truck was. The Elders spent a couple of days there, well, one of the Elders did, because his companion was waiting for a visa to go to Australia and he got it! So, our TRUCK was in West Plains, then from there we drove to Ash Flat.

We immediately met the Relief Society President, because she is our land lord and she was dropping some stuff off (a cute mirror, stuff like that). We also met a member family who called us earlier in the day and asked when we'd be in Ash Flat because they were excited to meet us.

On Friday we met our Branch Mission Leader and had dinner with some members at this mongolian buffet. It was AWESOME! Oh! One of the members of the branch lives with the Branch Mission Leader and Relief Society President (The ---). Her name is ----. She is 110 years old! She was baptized when she was 103 years old! She is the oldest convert of the church and possibly the oldest living member! WHAAT? Crazy sauce right? She's super sweet! There was a little documentary thing done on her that showed in between conference sessions. You should look it up!

On Saturday we just tried to meet people. We had a little bit of success. We also went to a valentines day activity that the branch had and met some more members and got to know them and hang out with them, which was AWESOME!

We've mostly spent our days trying to meet as many people as we can! After the snow on Monday it was kind of rough, but we're doing the best we can!

This week has been a little rough, but, I have felt so loved here. The branch is incredibly loving, and I feel a little spoiled to be part of the first companionship of sisters here. This week I've felt the love of my Heavenly Father immensely. I know that He loves each one of us. He knows us by name. He's calling to us! Answer His calls, go to Him!
Sister Fleck
Video Lizzie mentioned

Article about when --- went to the temple for the first time :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Crazy things happening in Barttlesville

Transfer call this week! But, as ya'll know! You must wait until the end of the email to find anything out!! MWAHAHAHA

Monday we didn't have a very long preparation day because we were going to have a Zone outing on Friday!

Tuesday, we went to Tuesday house, and I just realized that I haven't told ya'll anything about Tuesday house! It's the thrift store that all the missionaries in Bartlesville voulunteer out. It's actually called "Mutual Club and Tuesday House" the Mutual club is this thing run by one of the Methodist Churches here in Bartlesville, it's an after school club for younger teenage girls here in Bartlesville, the Tuesday House part is this big thrift store that gets tons of donations, and all of the proceeds go to the Tuesday House! It's a lot of fun!

On Wednesday we had an exchange, I stayed in Bartlesville 2nd with Sister W. She is an awesome missionary and we had a lot of fun together!

On Friday we went to Woolaroc! It's kind of like a tiny Yellowstone with a really cool museum! One of the guys from Tuesday House had a bunch of free passes, so he took the whole zone! It was a lot of fun. I'd include pictures, but I forgot my camera today  I'll send them next week!  ):D There was a lot of cool stuff to see and do, I got to pet a zebra!!! :D

On Saturday ---- had his baptismal interview! He's so great!!!
We also got transfer calls... DUN DUN DUN!!!

We're shot gunning out!!! AHHH The 1st ward Elders are coming to 2nd ward and the 3rd ward sisters are taking over 3rd ward and 1st ward! Sister P--- is going to Bolivar, Missouri with Sister Stolp and I am going to Ash Flat Arkansas with Sister A---! We are White Washing in and filling the spot of Elders! EEK!!! I am pretty excited though!

Isn't this a beautiful picture? I think so. With Valentines day coming up I hope you are all remembering how much your Savior and Father in Heaven love you. And President Monson is right (of course he is haha), Love is  the essence of the gospel! We are all striving to be like Jesus Christ! Find a way to show love to someone in a new way this week!
Sister Fleck

I should probably start writing in my journal again

Because I can't remember what happened this week! I just forget at night, I'm sleepy and thinking about sleep (:
On Thursday we had interviews with President Shumway, that was awesome, as usual. It was also my year mark! WHAAT? I told President Shumway this and he said that it's not possible because I've just been out 3 months (: I'm not going to lie. I miss ya'll... but I don't want to come home! This is the best thing I've ever done!!

I get to go around and help people! All day everyday! I get to bring the gospel into their lives and see it change their lives. I get to feel the love that my Savior has for both me, and those that I teach. I can't imagine a better way to spend a year and a half.
On Friday we had an awesome Zone Training. I learned a lot! (: We also had dinner with some potential investigators, --- and ----. It was a lot of fun! They're really cool!
On Sunday we made a cake and took it to one of the members here. She's been feeling a little lonely lately, so we went with some of the sisters in the ward and took her a cake! It was so much fun!
I can't think of much else to talk about!
Love ya'll!
Sister Fleck

Amazing things happen :)

This week rocked! Remember how I said we had a goal for 40 lessons? WE BEAT IT!!!
I went on splits for the first time ever (a split is when missionaries split up from their companion and go out with a member each and get twice as much work done)! I feel a little bit like all I know is splits ;) I've almost forgotten what it's like to be with Sister P! Haha! We had a lot of fun this week and the Lord helped us so much!
I can't really think of anything specifically amazing that happened... although... I just realized that I don't think that I've talked about ----...
--- is this really sweet investigator with a baptismal date of February 14th, Valentines Day, and... his anniversary. His wife, ----, is in a nursing home because she has fallen a few times. Although, she's supposed to be coming home soon. We started teaching her the lessons this week. They're so sweet!
This week I want to talk about Faith. I love this quote v by Elder Ballard

Faith and fear cannot dwell in the same heart because fear comes from lack of faith. When we have faith we trust God that all will work out exactly how it's supposed to. This week took faith. We had to trust that Heavenly Father would help us get 40 lessons and we had to push away the fear that Satan gave us! I know you can do it.
Ignore Satan. If I've learned anything about him on my mission it's that he's a bully, and my mom always told me to ignore the bullies.
I love you all so much and I hope you have a wonderful week.
Sister Fleck OXOX