Monday, January 25, 2016

Let it SNOW!!!! :)

Hey y'all!!!!
        This week was quite exciting because something out of the ordinary happened... IT SNOWED!!! We were all quite excited, but it also meant that during the storm on Friday evening (because of freezing raining) and Saturday morning (because of the snow) we had to stay in our apartments haha! So that was quite exciting!
        The rest of the week was really good too!!! I will share with you some quick highlights: 
        We did service at Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday which was awesome! We help sort and organize through a few things.
        Wednesday we had a Worldwide missionary broadcast! We combined with the West Columbia Zone to watch that. We had trainings from different general authorities on how to become better teachers. The theme of the broadcast was "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts." The overarching message was that as we become better teachers and become better guided by the Spirit, those we teach will not only be baptized, but be truly converted to the Gospel. Part of it was a group discussion with a set of missionaries serving in Utah. It was really cool to get to hear their experience and see how we are all doing the same work around the world!! I just loved how the big push was on better relying on the Spirit. I am learning so much that it just makes sense to follow the guidance we receive from God. Not only does everything go better, but we are also happier! So it was great! The highlight of my week! On our way back we stopped by firestone to get out tire fixed from last Saturday! Wahoo!
        Thursday we did service at the Library and had a lesson with B. ! She is still doing great and loving the Gospel! She just wants to learn as much as she can, as fast as she can! It's amazing to watch how she is continuing to grow and develop even after her baptism and as she learns even more. We also held our weekly Book of Mormon class!!!
        Friday we planned for our week and then went and taught two lessons to some potential investigators we have been contacting so that was awesome! Then we had to come in for the evening because of freezing rain.
        Saturday morning we woke up to a slight snow storm!! We were really exciting!!! There was just enough on the ground to pick up  a tiny snowball with my finger! But it was enough that we needed to stay in until it warmed up. Yay for rare snow storms!!! We were very happy!!! Then we taught a lesson. Then we went to the baptism that the Elgin Ward was having!!! That was great!!!
        Sunday we finally got to sing the musical number we had prepared with a few other Sisters in the ward that we were going to sing the Sunday after Christmas, but that was the day Sister Harvey was super sick. We sang the song "Let There Be Peace." It went very well!!!! Then we had a lesson with the family that was baptized in August.
        So all in all it was a very great week!!!!
        Recently I have been studying out of the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. It's been really cool reading because these are stories that I grew up hearing, but didn't realize they were all to the same Daniel and how close they all happened together. So to briefly overview.... Daniel was a boy that grew up in Jerusalem but was captured and taken to Babylon  to be a slave there. The King, Nebuchadnezzar, had certain food that he wanted his servants to eat, but they went against the Jewish laws. Daniel and his friends stood up and said they wouldn't eat them. The King did it as a sort of test and then was surprised when they were the strongest servants. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and since he knew that Daniel was religious, he asked Daniel to interpret (when no one else could) and Daniel was able to. Daniel's friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego) were then preserved from the fiery furnace that Nebuchadnezzar threw them into because they wouldn't worship the false idol. Daniel Interpreted another dream for Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar died and his son, Belshazzar, took over. Belshazzar hosted a bad party and then he sees the hand of the Lord write on his wall. None of Belshazzar's advisors could interpret the writing. Belshazzar's wife said, "Wait! Your dad used the Jew, Daniel to interpret dreams, so lets ask him." Because Daniel interpreted the writing, Belshazzar appointed him to help him rule. Belshazzar died, Darius took over and made Daniel second in command. The other rulers got jealous and convinced Darius to set a law saying people can't pray. Daniel got caught praying and was thrown into a lions den. Because of Daniel's faith he was not eaten. Darius was so amazed and grateful that he makes a new law saying that the Jews can no longer be persecuted because of their believes.  So Daniel has to go through a lot of crazy things. I'm sure at times he was not exactly sure why, but the important part is he remained FAITHFUL. Because he did, it eventually (through a round about way) led to religious freedom for the Jews. So, often times God takes us down a long winding path and we may not know where it leads or why we are there. But when we get to the end we will be able to see the purpose for all things. As we follow Him and remain faithful he will guide us to our best destination!  So basically Daniel is one of my new favorites! He's pretty awesome haha!
Well that is all I have time for today! I love y'all so much and hope y'all and doing well!!! Have a blessed week!
Love always,
Sister Amy Bennett :)
A little bit of snow and a whole lot of love and happiness!!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

"Utah!? Do they speak English there?"

Hey y'all!

I'm a little short on time today, but I still wanted to make sure I wrote y'all!
This week has been really good! We taught a lesson almost everyday so
that was really exciting!!! Right now we are working with several less
actives who are working towards coming back to church which is really

One of these is a woman who's husband and kids are not members and
she hasn't been to church in a long time. Her family members are in
the neighboring Ward, so if she does go to church, she goes with them.
She had us over for lunch this week which was really awesome!!

We finally were able to get in contact and have a lesson with a family
that was baptized in August. After the missionaries that baptized them
left they have been very off and on in their church attendance and
we've had a really hard time getting in contact with them, but we were
finally able to have a lesson with them! It was a really great lesson
and they seemed a lot more excited about church afterwards!!!

Funny story from Saturday. We were on our way to help a family that
is packing for moving and we turned a corner, but the block was in a
different spot then we expected so we hit the curb, completely dented
the tire rim, and blew our tire. Luckily we were right by our
apartment so Sister Harvey was able to drive slowly back to our
parking lot and we called the Elders to come help us fix the tire! The
funny part is we were listening to a song from Prince of Egypt called
"deliver us" while all of this was happening haha!!

Another funny story from this week is we were talking with this little
girl and she asked us where we were from. When we told her Utah she
said, "Utah!? Do they speak English there?" We got a pretty good kick
out of that haha!

Sunday we had a broadcasted regional conference. So everyone in the
southeastern states in the US was watching the same broadcast! It was
really good!

One of the talks was by Sister Reeves of the General Relief Society
Presidency and she was talking about the story of the prodigal son
from the Bible. And how there was the younger son who went away from
home and was lost. But also how the older son was lost because he was
jealous that the younger son had a joyful return. She related it to
how each of us are lost in our own way. We each have weakness and
challenges we struggle with, but by returning to our Heavenly Father
and doing our best to follow Him that we will be helped with all that
we are going through!

So yeah it was a great week and I hope that y'all are doing well! Know
I love each of you and am keeping y'all in my prayers!

Love always,
Sister Amy Bennett :)

1&2 my district!

3 our flat tire haha!

Sister Harvey and Sister Bennett Being each other!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Busy as a Bee :)

Hey y'all!!!

I hope this morning finds y'all doing well and hopefully not too
frozen! I am still enjoying lovely weather in the 50s and 60s!
Everyone here is freaking out about how warm it is haha! But I am just
basking in the glorious rays of sun :)

This week was great!! We taught more lessons this week than we have
for a while, so that is always a good thing! If there's one thing a
missionary wants to be, it's busy! And that is what we were this week!

Monday we taught a lesson to a couple that we knocked into!

Tuesday we did service at the library!

Wednesday we did service at habitat and then went out teaching with a lady in our Ward!

Thursday we planned for this next week and had our Book of Mormon class!

Friday we had a big zone meeting! The best part about that was about a
month ago they asked me to be in charge of the musical number for this
meeting. I had a dream of getting my entire district to be in this
musical number. The hard part was that my district consists of me and
sister Harvey, and 6 Elders of which none of them really sing. But
between begging, peer pressure, and slight blackmail I finally
convinced them all to do it the night before haha! We sang a primary
song called "If The Savior Stood Beside Me." They actually sounded
really good! I am so proud of my Elders :) the rest of the day we
spent going to appointments!

Saturday we had to drive to Columbia to get the oil in our car changed
and the leak in the tire fixed. That only took the short time of 4
hours (not including travel time) haha! We had a lesson that evening
and that really took up the rest of our day!

Sunday we had church as usual! And with the new year it is now at
11:00 so that's fun! Then afterwards there was a farewell party for a
Sister who is leaving on her mission. She is an older single lady who
goes out teaching with us or gives us rides quite a bit! She's
hilarious and has very much become a grandma to me! She is going on
her mission to the family history center in Salt Lake! She will be
greatly missed! Sunday evening we had a missionary fireside at a
members home which was a lot of fun!

So it was a great but full week!!

Updates on a few people:
B. is still doing fantastic! She loves coming to church
(especially now that she gets to sleep in 2 more hours haha). She
loves to keep learning and just wants to take it all in! She really
wished that her family would start taking the lessons from us, but
they aren't willing to do that yet.

J. is still doing good! Even though his mom doesn't want him to be
baptized we are still able to go over and have lessons with him! We
had a really good lesson this week with him on why it is important to
read from the scriptures everyday. He wants to invite all his friends
to meet with us so that's pretty fun :)

A spiritual thought from this week! Something I really liked from my
studies this week is in Psalms 31:7. This psalm is one of my favorites
and this verse if just beautiful! It says:

"I will be glad and rejoice in they mercy: for thou hast considered my
trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities."

I really like this scripture because it reminds me of how much Christ
knows us each and that He always knows how to best help us because He
has already been through everything we will!

I love y'all so much and hope y'all have a blessed week!!
Love always,
Sister Amy Bennett :)

1. Zone Picture

2. Proof that I got all my Elders to sing in the musical number!!!

3. Goodbye Sister Lewis!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Have a blessed week and a blessed year!!

Hey y'all!!!!!
How are you doing?? I haven't talked to y'all all year!!!! haha :) In honor of it being the new year I took sometime to reflect on my year 2015 and on what's coming up for me this next year!
In 2015: I got my mission call, finished my freshman year of college, left on my mission, served in three wonderful areas, with three wonderful companions! It was a fantastic year!!

2016: In great detail, I don't know what's coming for me. All I know is that I will get to spend every single day of 2016 serving the Lord, which thrills me to no end!! So I guess y'all will get to stay tuned for a week by week update on my 2016 haha!

But along with that I decided to set some goals for myself on how I can make 2016 a great year! It was pretty exciting! So yay for a new year!!!

This week was a good week! Sister Harvey continued to recover and was back to full speed by Wednesday!! We had exchanges that day which was fun! So for 24 hours I went with a Sister named Sister Jordan and worked in the Hopkins area! They live in the same apartment that I lived in while I was in Columbia so that was a lot of fun!!

During the rest of the week we went out and tried to see more people, but a lot of people are still out of town with the Holidays. But we have a lot of appointments coming up for this week so that will be good!!!
We are now starting to work with a part member family so that is exciting for us!!
Crazy thing is that a year from today will be the transfer meeting that concludes my mission! That's pretty weird for me to think about but also gives me to motivation to kick myself into higher gear and become a better missionary!
I hope that y'all have a great 2016! Here is a link to a short video that talks about new years! yay! go watch it! you won't regret it haha :)

But thank y'all so much for all the support you give me! I hope y'all have a wonderful year and know that I am thinking of each and every one of you!! Have a blessed week and a blessed year!!

Love always,
Sister Amy Bennett :)

Early Morning Seminary time

Helping out at Seminary

New Years Eve Party- missionary style

A New Year's "treat" sent by the family!
Obviously Sister Bennett "loves" Oysters!