In my Mission Prep
Class at BYU, my teacher told us that when we are on our missions we should
always write the 3 Reasons why every day was the Best Day Ever. So I am going
to do just that.
Reasons Why this Week was the Best Week Ever!
Sunday a father of the husband of the family we are teaching made his third
appearance at Church! He lives with the family we teach but we have only seen him once. This Sunday we decided
that we couldn’t miss the Lord’s hint anymore. We asked if we could come visit
him and he said, “OF COURSE!” Because of missionary meetings and such, we weren’t
able to set an appointment for him until Wednesday, which is today, and we are
so very excited! Tell you the miracle as it continues.
had specialized training yesterday. We learned LOTS OF AMAZING THINGS!
Including, how to let the scriptures teach themselves, since they, with the
spirit, are the best missionaries we have.
went on exchanges this week. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! I was a tad bit
nervous to be going on exchanges so much this transfer, but the Lord truly
showed me that this is going to be such a blessing. I have so many reasons to
I couldn’t be more grateful to be a
missionary. I LOVE YOU ALL, Hermana Phipps
On Friday Feb. 7th
we will go on exchanges! I am excited but honestly a bit nervous too. This will
be the first exchange where I will be in my area and the only person who speaks
SPANISH! Ah! :S Please pray for me! I know the Lord will give me aid and I LOVE
exchanges anyways, so I don’t fear too much, but the prayers are still needed.
Oh…I got called to pray in Sacrament
Meeting! It shouldn’t have scared me, and it didn’t until I started speaking. I
am still such a “greengo.” Also, the other missionaries were translating so
that scared me too! I hope I made enough sense! Everyone in the Branch was nice
and supportive though. I could not ask for better members to work with!!
Quinn wrote: “The other day, in Branch Correlation, our Mission Leader said to
us all, ‘You know, I was talking to my wife and we were speaking about how
impressed we are by Sis. Phipps. She may
not speak the language perfectly yet, but it doesn’t matter because her
Spirit is so Strong.’”
Reflect back with
me to my first day in my area. We were heading home and Hermana Quinn told me
about how Costa Vida was half off for missionaries and she took me there. Well,
Costa Vida just got new owners and now give 70% off! Our area was reduced last
transfer so Costa Vida is just outside our area, so we can only go there on the
way to mission meetings and on P-days. Well, last week we got to go. As we were
walking in, Hermana Quinn told me that there was a worker there that spoke
Spanish and she always orders her food in Spanish. He was there and I got to
order in Spanish! Funny thing though… Hermana Quinn ordered EXACTLY the same
thing I wanted so every time he asked me what I wanted I said, “Yo tambien.”
(Me too!) He thought it was HILARIOUS! So every time after, he always laughed
and said, “Yo tambien” twenty times.
BUT… the big MIRACLE is that the new owners are closing their restaurant
on Sunday! We were able to talk to Jesus who told us that he can now come to
church because he does not have to work on Sunday. AND… he set up an
appointment to come on a church tour tomorrow! He is so great and I couldn’t be
On Monday I fell
two times on ICE! Ha ha! One time I fell underneath the car. Sister Quinn is a
PRO at never falling and this morning she fell for her second time this week,
so officially it is super slippery right here, right now! It is because it
keeps on snowing and then raining and freezing on the snow! But it keeps us
Driving conditions got so bad that Hermana
Quinn (who learned to drive in Texas where it is warm), called the mission
office and asked for permission for me to drive until the streets cleared! So I
got to drive for 3 days and I LOVED IT!
We have really handled some very slick snow.
Hermana Quinn is doing really well as the driver. She keeps on suggesting that
I drive again, but I think it is best for her to gain the experience of driving
We were told one day not to use our cars
until the roads were cleared. This is rather tricky since we live in the
wilderness and the roads never get plowed! So, just as long as it is mostly safe to drive, we do. Then,
knowing we would be home for the full lunch hour, we went SLEDDING!... because
Sister Quinn and Sister Ridge have never gone before. It was interesting to see
what sledding clothes I could find!?! Brother Falstrom might be the greatest 70
year old member I know. He made us a sledding path on the huge slope he has in
his yard. He just jumped on the sled on his stomach and made his way down. He
is the healthiest person I know.
At the beginning of February, it SNOWED!! A
LOT!! A Whole Lot!! And one day it was very slippery! I fell a dozen times! Ha ha…
but falling isn’t too bad. Car sliding is BAD though. We live on top of this
HUGE mountain and when we were driving up on Wednesday we started sliding back
down the hill and began to turn towards the cliff. I WAS SO SCARED! Luckily the
car drifted into a snow bank and Brother Fallstrom saved the day. He was
clearing the driveway when it all went down. He got in the car and we pushed
and directed it all the way down the hill for a half hour. It is amazing all
the things I can do in a skirt!!
The Lord moves in Miraculous Ways. It is
interesting how He answers prayers! Almost every day I pray that people will be
put in our path that the Lord needs us to talk to. Yesterday we got REAR-ENDED
in the SNOW. I knew it was coming with all this snow. BEST THING EVER THOUGH!
It did no damage to the car, and when we got out we started talking to the
woman. She moved to Spokane just two days before and she is a less active
member. She hasn’t been to church for years. While Sister Quinn called the
mission office to report the wreck, I got to talk to her. We had the best
conversation. She had actually just been given a Book of Mormon two weeks ago
by a friend and had been having feelings that she needed to go to church. Then
she said, “The Lord has really been directing me lately! Then He literally had
me run into the missionaries. I know
He loves me and He wants me back. I’ve turned away from Him for a while, but I
am done with that.”
It is strange, half the people we talk to
end up being less actives, which is logistically not possible, but I know the
Lord has us cross paths with them. Miracles!!
[Emma wrote the following in a letter to our wonderful neighbors:]
I wanted to thank you for the example you have been for me in my life. I remember one of my favorite family trips happened when we traveled to Martin's Cove and spent some time with the AMAZING Elder and Sister Olson. We have a set of Senior Missionaries serving in our Branch for six months. They are the most amazing missionaries I know! Having Senior Missionary examples set by you and them make me so excited that I can someday return to wearing Christ's name on a missionary tag. I am so blessed.
I hope all is well in Little Brigham City and I am sure Miracles are happening just as beautifully in the work there.
Much Love, Hermana Emma Phipps
I can’t help but realize how much I have and
have always had. I have, first of all, my amazing family who have been the very
best to me in every way. I’ve seen a lot of homes where family isn’t quite
being cared for as it should be. It is quite sad to see. Also, I have the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bless
my life every day! Not just a Gospel, but THE Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Being in member’s homes all week long might be one of my favorite parts of
being a Missionary! The Spirit is SO strong and the members always seem to
excite me to help others find their way!
Thank you for being so focused in the Gospel
throughout your lives. It has blessed me and I couldn’t be more grateful!
During our Stake
Conference, one of my favorite speakers talked about how parents make all the
difference in ‘Hastening the Work of Salvation.’ As parents strive to best love
and care for their children, with Christ’s love they are directed to gain their
own testimony. I know that what he said is true. Not only is it true, it is an
eternal principle that when acted upon will Hasten the Work as the Lord is
asking. Thank you for being the amazing parents you are and helping me feel
Christ’s love so that I can now help others feel that life saving power!
So, here is a
story: Hermana Quinn has been praying that our investigators who were supposed
to leave for Venezuela for a month, would stay if it was Heavenly Father’s
will. They were supposed to leave tomorrow. So, today, we went to give her the
address for the Church in Venezuela, and she told us she wouldn't be able to go
as planned because her husband’s passport did not come in time!
and Faith make things happen!
So, just another reminder that PRAYERS work.
What a powerful tool we have in our lives! Ramiro has been meeting with us! And
is progressing more than he ever has before! We asked him to read the Intro to
the Book of Mormon and he did! Actually he read the Intro, the 8 witnesses, the
3 witnesses, and Joseph Smith’s testimony and we didn't even ask for him to do
that! MILAGRO!!! He understood it so
well! Oh heavens, the Miracles I see here are beyond belief! He now has a
baptism date set!!
In January something happened that was
really, really strange! Sister Quinn, Sister Pillimai, and Sister Ridge all got
nearly deathly sick. I put it in my head that if I tell myself I won’t get
sick, then I won’t get sick! IT WORKS!! Well, almost! I was bragging to the
Sisters about how I wasn’t getting sick. Then, that evening the STRANGEST thing
happened. I was at a lesson and I felt super hot and super sick. Then my face
flushed purplish Red! Suddenly, all these weird bumps started appearing on my
arm! When we got to the car, Hermana Quinn asked me what was happening and she
pointed out that I had the weird bumps all over my face too! I started freaking
out! Hermana Quinn said it looked just like Chicken Pox! I thought I was being
cursed for bragging that I wasn't getting sick! But… we kept on going to
lessons, and… then all of a sudden, they all went away! I don’t know if I will
ever know what happened to me. It sure did teach me to stay humble!