Sunday, April 27, 2014


Weeks go by just so FAST now!

   I am learning that I really need to seek for the guidance of the Lord in this work. It is all too big for my little brain to figure out by itself! Ha ha! Just looking back on this week my head hurts a bit!

   Update on Francisco and Sabrina. On Tuesday we went over to help Sabrina organize her upstairs to prepare for her family that is coming to town. I loved her reason for wanting her house organized. It leaves her with more time to preach to her family when they visit. She seemed to have her guard down and she seemed a lot more comfortable about talking about her faith without feeling like she needed to defend it. Her little son who is 5 is the cutest! His name is Ethan and he worked just as hard as us the hour we spent there. He moved books off and back onto the bookcase for us. He dusted the whole room. And he was completely happy the whole time! Kids are the best. He asks his mom every day if we are coming over!
   We came back on Thursday and Francisco fed us dinner. Amazing tacos! We ate fast so that we could have a good amount of time for the lesson and stay within the limits of the dinner time allotment. The lesson kind of exploded though. Right when Sabrina is feeling the Spirit, she steps back and starts preaching to us about how it just can't be. Basically, it comes down to her preaching to us that she loves us, and she knows we are doing 'what is best according to our knowledge,' but we are sinners. She says we don't uphold the 10 Commandments because we go to church on Sunday instead of Saturday. Visiting with her, I have learned that the best answer is ALWAYS to testify, especially about the restoration. Nothing more and nothing less.
   We both love her so much! She really is so kind but it is so hard when she won't really listen to us. I know that the moment she does read the Book of Mormon, she will come to know that it is the Word of God.
   For now we are a little stuck though. Francisco would love to have the lessons in Spanish but that wouldn't work for Sabrina. The problem is when we teach in English, it is so hard to focus on Francisco especially because he understands the message better in Spanish! We are praying for a solution. I have hope that the Lord will guide us! 
   This week we had a miracle with a less active family! I love this family so much already! They are the Rojas family. Sister Walton and her former companion randomly tracked into them one time and they speak Spanish! Sister Rojas is a convert as of maybe 2 years ago. She said right after her baptism she got frustrated by people always dropping by to see how she was doing. Which, because we did not have her number, we have been doing. Ha, ha!
   On Wednesday we stopped by and talked to her 13 year old son AJ. We told him that we had a 15 minute Easter Message to share with his family. When he went to go relay the information to his mom, we heard him say, "The missionaries are here and they said they have a 15 minute Easter Basket to share with us." Sister Walton turned to me and said, "Did he just say a 15 minute Easter Basket?" Well, we set up a return appointment with them and of course, we brought with us an Easter Basket we made out of paper. Yea for being crafty!!
   Well, we taught them the third lesson THE GOSPEL using the BECAUSE OF HIM video :D They loved it! We now have daily contact with them and are trying to help them reach their goal of reading scriptures daily together! Can't wait to be meeting with them some more!
   As a Spanish speaking missionary you see random funny patterns. Between Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we met / taught three different Francisco's! But this is the best news ever, because it means we are finding Spanish Speakers!! 
   One of them is a family from Sprague! A place we always joke about visiting, but haven't done so because we thought there weren't any Spanish speakers there. Some of the BEST missionaries in the Zone are working Sprague. A TINY little town of 435 people. (Thanks Dad for looking up the population for me). They just opened up the area for two sisters to work. Amazing things are happening there. Every other week they have church in a member's home out there and then the other week they travel the 30 minute drive to Cheney. 
   Well, the amazing sister out there started teaching a 17 year old out there and her parents only speak Spanish. Both the Sister Missionary and her Ward Mission Leader felt impressed to call us in to teach. MADE MY WEEK!! We met the Dad on Saturday and will be heading back Wednesday. Miles wise, we will have to be creative in how to get there.
   These next three weeks our Mission President has asked us to focus on finding new investigators! It is amazing, we had 3 different sets of missionaries call us in 24 hours telling us they knew some Spanish speakers they felt impressed to hand over to us. I AM SO GRATEFUL!! 


   Random Story Time:
   GUESS WHO IS TALENTED AT MARSHMALLOW DODGE BALL?!? This Sister Missionary! Ha ha! I might be too excited about this! At Zone conference this week we played some games. So much fun! They brought out huge smore marshmallows and announced we would be playing Dodge ball. I turned immediately to Hermana Quinn and told her, "Just watch, everyone is too scared to hit me so I will stay in FOREVER!"

   I have played marshmallow dodge ball before and all I had to do is look at whoever was about to throw the marshmallow at me and they choose not to throw it at me. But then they announced that it was Hunger Games style, meaning that everyone is their own team and just tries to get as many people out as they can. I thought that I was out of luck. Well, we started playing, and I put my sweet please-don't-hit-me face on and before I even knew it, there were 4 people left. Two people got each other out. At that point I am thinking, "What just happened? I have only thrown one marshmallow this whole time! I can't even throw!" The other person left had a really good arm so I just ran and grabbed 5 marshmallows and before he threw one at me I softly tossed them in his direction. He actually caught like 4 out of 5 of them... ha ha, but one hit him and dropped before he caught any so I guess I won?! Well, at least everyone declared me the winner! Everyone loves the underdog! Ha ha.

   Hermana Quinn came up to me and said, "Point proven!"  I got glow in the dark stars as a prize! They are now shining brightly on the ceiling!

Being a Missionary is the BEST!
Undeniable so!!
Hermana Phipps  




Wednesday, April 23, 2014


   I am still rejoicing over hearing about the Wilson's Welcome Home! They emailed me too and told me how much they loved seeing you there!
   Quick, funny story: We keep running out of English Book of Mormons right when we meet someone who needs one! So, I keep on handing out the ones I mark and use to study with! Usually that is okay, but this time we have a mission conference where we were to mark over 30 scriptures with background and information. I've been working all month on it and yesterday... I GAVE IT AWAY!! I am a bit nervous now. Oh well!
   Now for a story about my favorite investigators. Arcelia and Michelle will forever be some of my favorite investigators on my mission. We had a lesson with them last Thursday on the Book of Mormon. I've never seen two people more ready for the Gospel. The lesson went so well! They both mentioned how excited they were to get baptized! Arcelia told us she was excited to tell her husband her testimony! She sounds like a member already!
   We made plans to go by her house at 1:20 on Saturday so she could follow us to Conference. She was so excited to hear from the Prophet and Apostles!
   Then Saturday Morning, during Elder Hollands talk, we got 5 texts from Arcelia saying her husband told her to visit a website (super anti-mormon), and that we shouldn't come back except to get the Book of Mormon. Heartbroken, Sister Walton and I cried so much.
   Well, we didn't want to go back because if there was any chance they would read the Book of Mormon, we wanted them to. Three days ago, Hermana Walton and I felt like we needed to go back. So we did, although I was nervous. We both just loved that family so much and we didn't want to let them go!
   When we knocked on the door, my heart was beating so much that I couldn't even speak. Arcelia opened the door and the first thing Hermana Walton said was, "Arcelia, we just miss your family!" She opened up and said she is reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know the truth. Three days ago she prayed for angels to come and help her know what to do. She told us she knows it is true but that she just needs to build her faith to face her husband. He is really mean! Really! So, we won't be able to visit her, but we text her scriptures. Nothing will do more than the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost. It isn't the end... it is just the beginning!
   Thank you for your prayers. Love, Hermana Phipps

Monday, April 21, 2014


Elder and Sister Wilson did so much for us everyday and they are...


When Emma's parents heard that the Wilson's were
returning to Utah ~ Blaine & Mary decided to 
go enjoy listening to their WELCOME HOME talks.

Their talks were WONDERFUL and it was
great to learn more about the

Elder Wilson share the following:

"Sometime in our life, 
we all need finding!!

Beautiful Day!! The Wilson's live right at the base of the Trail Head to


   I was sorry to hear that President Samuelson is getting released! He was such a great BYU President! Funny the random news you hear as a Missionary!
   Recently when I opened up my email, Hermana Walton and I had a message from our Mission President asking us about our plans for when we return home from our Missions! I am not even half-way through!! I haven't even really thought about that stuff yet. I am too busy doing the work here and enjoying myself oh too much to spend time thinking about that!!


If you want to send her a little e-mail hello... her email is:  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


ON APRIL 7, 2014

CHENEY, WA  99004-9228

You can always send items to the Mission Home
and they will forward them:
Washington Spokane Mission
820 S Pines RD Ste 101
Spokane Valley, WA 99206-5420


Hermana Phipps & Hermana Walton



This has been such a huge WEEK! I am loving the move and also every single day I am seeing just how the Lord is showing us that He is aware of us. 

On Tuesday while moving all the stuff to our car we got a call from our zone leaders saying that President Mullen had a referral for us! HOW NEAT! We were so excited! But as soon as they told us the address we were a bit discouraged. We thought it was right in the area we were moving away from which would mean we wouldn't be able to visit it easily. Hearing the change of excitement in our voices the Elders continued to tell us it was an address for MEDICAL LAKE! We both screamed and said, "That is what we want to hear!" 

So the next day we went out to contact the referral. As we walked up to the house we saw a little boy playing outside! We yelled hello and asked if we could talk to his parents. Seeing that we were strangers he ran straight to the backyard and hid behind the fence... Haha which his mom later told us is what she trained him to do. 

We continued to the door and found his mom inside! She let us right in and she started telling us right off the bat about how Christ is coming soon. Sabrina is the most zealous woman I have met in my life. She became a Christian in 2003 and has been practically memorizing the Bible ever since. She is a Seventh Day Adventist and has been praying for people to come to her so she can save them. At the end of talking to her she asked if we could pray. She offered a very energetic prayer asking for us to be saved from our ways since we were so sincere.

Sister Walton was wondering if we should go back when Francisco, Sabrina's husband walked in. Francisco met President Mullen at the airport on Monday where they exchanged information! He is the sweetest man I have ever met! He is a Spanish speaker who understands English perfectly. He told us how many of his friends are LDS and how he wants us to come by. One of his friends gave him a Book of Mormon IN SPANISH and he is super intrigued by it. He was baptized but definitely doesn't have the Christian zeal that Sabrina does. So they scheduled an appointment for us to come by the next evening. 

We knew going into the lesson that it would be different than most lessons because Sabrina is very cautious and very adamant about her faith. Which is great because we rejoice in the faith anyone has and we are only here to help others build on their faith with the knowledge of the Restoration. So we went but what we walked into I would never have been able to imagine. We walked in and sitting on the coffee table was Sabrina's computer. For every scripture we said from the Book of Mormon she immediately grabbed her laptop and did a bible reference search to find what the bible said. Starting off that lesson was so intimidating!

The lesson went really well! As we taught Sabrina's heart really did soften up a lot. Francisco is golden. At the end He reviewed the Restoration pamphlet as we were talking about a concern Sabrina had. I overheard Him turn to the member we brought and say, "The exact same church that Jesus Christ established is back on the earth again because Jesus gave it to Joseph Smith. That is great!"

At the end as we went to leave he turned to me and said. "Joseph Smith is friends with Jesus Chirst, I am friends with Jesus Christ, so we are all friends!" (I love how his favorite word is friend. I haven"t heard him refer to anyone without calling them friends!) 

Well, they are our new investigators! I am so excited! It is different, not like any teaching situation we have faced before but it gives us a lot to think about. I just love it.

Please visit: and watch the video!!!!
I know that Because of Him this life has endless opportunities. There is no end to anything.
Love you all! 
Hermana Phipps

Monday, April 14, 2014


   It really was the greatest thing I could have asked for this past weekend! Every talk I just wanted to yell out AMEN! Each talk helped me feel closer to the Savior. It was so beautiful!!!!!!! The only thing I can complain about is that it flew by way too quickly!
   We watched the Saturday sessions in Spanish! Ha ha... that was an adventure. We had Spanish Audio with English Subtitles and if you listened close enough you could hear the English underneath and they were all a little bit off in the timing, so sometimes I would get lost in the translation. But I felt that by listening to it in Spanish, I received more revelation directly from the Spirit! LOVED IT!! You can't ask me my favorite talk because I gained SO MUCH from each one. Elder Scott actually pre-recorded his own talk in Spanish so we got to hear his own voice during the translation. He has a special place in my heart and so does that talk! Also, Elder Uchtdorf's Saturday morning talk taught me a whole lot. I took so many notes on it! I am trying to look at some of the hardest things that have happened on my mission as beginnings not endings. Wow, it sure does make all the difference. It helps me to really see how the Lord really works.
   OH! And I loved how Elder Ballard wants us to share what we are learning in Preach My Gospel. Yesterday I learned in Preach My Gospel about how to know you are a successful missionary. It reminds us that success is in our commitment to invite. It reminds us that we can feel devastated at times but we should never allow ourselves to feel discouraged. Discouragement is Satan's way to shortcut missionaries. Daddy is always teaching me this too! Attitude is everything! The work is amazing, I testify of that! The constant guidance of the Lord is such a Miracle.


On Monday April 7, 2014 Emma wrote:

First off... TRANSFER NEWS!!
Hermana Walton and I are staying in the Southwest!
But... even though we are staying in the same area, we will be doing a whole different kind of work it looks like!

   It is really an amazing story. At the beginning of our last transfer, they told us that we would be moving to Airway Heights where the English Silver Lake Sister were living. Here in the Stake they did some major Ward readjustments and the English Silver Lake Sisters who used to do the work in Airway are now doing work in Medical Lake which is completely far away from where they are living. The Stake President, the most spiritual person I know, had found them a house and made plans for them to move. The Sisters have been working hard to get ready for the move so that is why we were so surprised when on Wednesday, we got a call from the Zone Leaders that we would be moving to the Medical Lake house instead of them!
   Medical Lake is a small town right by a college town named Cheney. A few years ago, the Stake President started having a vision about having a Spanish Branch out in Cheney, so he requested for one. When the Church Headquarters response came back, they said that Cheney would not be getting a branch at this time, but that is when the Church decided to split the Branch between the Valley and Spokane. We haven't had the chance to talk to President McCombie yet, but the Zone Leaders said that the reason we are moving there is because President McCombie felt that we needed to be closer to Cheney and Medical Lake so we can do more work out there! It is true, we are currently living at the top of our area and we could only go to Cheney once every so often.
   From the moment on Wednesday when I heard that is where we would be moving, I felt that it was right. It is one of those undeniable feelings I have felt when something was completely the Lord's will. I felt it when I first met Javier and invited him to be baptized. I felt it when I first saw Ramon y Miguel walking to church. I felt it when I first came to this area and I needed to know that this is where the Lord wanted me to be.
   If that feeling wasn't enough to build my testimony that this is the direction the Lord wants us to go then the last 3 days here would have pointed me easily enough! These last 3 days have been the craziest days of my life. Every single potential, investigator, and hope of progression in Airway Heights fizzled out faster than I could ever explain. Families who had more potential than I have ever seen decided that it wasn't their time to hear the Gospel. I know the Lord is showing us that he is very serious that he wants us out in a different part of the field. Airway Heights just might need some time for the Lord to work His ways.
   President McCombie wants a Branch. I have prayed about it to see exactly what work the Lord wants us to do. I am finding the answer bit by bit. One of my favorite hymns is Lead Kindly Light. My favorite line says, "One step enough, for me." Well, we have the first step! Move to Medical Lake. And we will go from there.
   Best thing is I get to keep the hardest worker in the Mission, Hermana Walton, as my companion! Oh heavens, I am so blessed. We have been through lots of stressful and difficult times this transfer, but Hermana Walton is the best at leading us and keeping us going. Plus, we can't complain one bit, we have seen such huge miracles along the way! We haven't ever gotten in even the slightest fight and Hermana Walton knows how to push through any disappointment!
   During the last few days I've been constantly reading, rereading, and reading again 1 Nephi 17. It is about the time Nephi was commanded by the Lord to build a ship. At one time, President Condon read it to us and told us that we were building a Branch. I know that the Lord will help Hermana Walton and I find the tools we need to build a branch out here if it is His will!
I know the Lord has amazing plans and if I get the chance to be part of them, then...
Hear from you soon!
Hermana Phipps  


On Monday March 17, 2014 Emma wrote:
H E L L O all my dear friends and family!
   This week has been a great week. One day we gave 6 referrals to the English missionaries of people who were SO INTERESTED! We had invited three of them to be baptized and they agreed! We went around having really amazing conversations all day and found so many people who were interested. The missionaries in the areas we work in keep telling us that WE ARE ON FIRE!! Somehow the story about how we are passing along so many referrals got to our District Leader. So last night after reporting our numbers, he said, "Well, although your numbers might not be where you want them to be, I am definitely taking into account all the English work you are doing. I've heard how much you are doing for the other sets of Missionaries!"
   Yes, at this time we don't really have investigators... but we are finding Spanish speakers. One day we found four different houses! Which is an all time high! Now we just have to find those who are interested!!! I feel we are on the brink of finding great families. And we will keep on finding English speaking potentials as we go! The Lord is really blessing us with amazing moments with people. The Spanish area covers a whole Stake and a half, I feel like a Stake Missionary sometimes! It is the best thing ever!!
   Some more exciting news! One of my investigators I taught back up when I was serving in the North is getting baptized on Friday and I get to go to the Baptism because we are singing! The Lord really is too wonderful. Deep in my heart I wanted to make sure I could go to the Baptism, but I wasn't sure if we could. But the Lord made it so we could!

DAD asked about what we do on our P-Day:
   Funny thing! Just since the beginning of this transfer, Sister Walton and I made it our goal to do fun adventures during P-Day. Every P-day we go to Baskin-Robbins and get some Ice Cream. We are trying to spend more time at the Stake Centers so that we can make friends with other missionaries. Last week we spent it with our zone, which was lots of fun! Only bad thing is our Stake Center for our Zone is far away, so I didn't get to write any letters. Most P-days we spend it with a Zone that our area covers and is close to where we live. (It is the Stake Center of the Sisters we live with.) In about two weeks, Hermana Walton and I have made plans with a Future Missionary who goes to lessons with us to go take a tour of the town in two P-Days. WE ARE SO EXCITED! So, that is the fun of p-day! Today I am going to focus on catching up on letters.
   Love you all so much! ~~ Hermana Phipps    

Sunday, April 13, 2014


[Mama note: Emma sent this on Monday March 10, 2014 and I misplaced it, but now it is found! ENJOY!]

   Today I want to tell about the Top Three Miracles!
   Hermana Walton and I have been focusing on really finding miracles. That means we have to do things in our daily activities that could make way for miracles. I have learned while on my mission that if you expect Miracles, you really need to go out of your comfort zone!
    One thing we have been doing lately in order to find Miracles is staying longer in an area until we find out why we are supposed to be there. So, on Tuesday, we went to a door to try to contact a referral, but there was no answer. Instead of going to our car and heading to the next area, we decided to 'knock it out' ~which means we knock doors (Which is something I rarely did in the North area). As we go to each house we look for potentials for the English Missionaries and ask everyone who they know that speaks Spanish. But we really try to pay attention to the promptings of where we should go! So we went to one house. No answer. The house next to it. No answer. The house next to it, no answer. Then the clearest thought came into my head that I needed to go to the house across the street. None of the other houses seemed like options. I felt we needed to go there.
   But in the yard were two HUGE dogs! Especially one. It was the BIGGEST DOG I have ever seen! One was a Pit-Bull and the other was just a giant! Just as I was about to think it wasn't a good idea to try that house, Hermana Walton said, "I feel like we need to go to that house! But what do we do about those dogs?"
   Exactly my thoughts! Well, we came up with a plan. We would walk as close to the fence as we could to see if the dogs were nice. On our way to the fence, the dogs noticed us and barked, but only the tiniest bit. We continued walking to the gate. Just before reaching the gate, we hear a 'hello.' The hello came from a woman who had just left the front porch and started walking towards us. She soon asked, "Are you missionaries Mormon?" We replied, "Yes!" She then replied, "So, since you are ladies you can come into my house right?" And we again replied, "Yes."
   We then got to know Tammy. As we started speaking with her she soon told us that missionaries just always come after a rough patch in her life, right before things start to look up. She then said that she had recently moved, fell out of contact with the Missionaries, and had gone through some really tough things. But about a month or so ago, she prayed for Missionaries to find her again, and she asked if Heavenly Father could send some lady Missionaries this time.
   Well, here we were! And we knew we had to go to her house. And we made it in! We had an amazing lesson and at the end we invited her to be baptized. With tears in her eyes she said, "There is nothing that I want more in the world."
   So amazing. I am so ready to leave my comfort zone any day because that is what really leads to the Lord guiding us to Miracles!
   So everyday I go knocking. We get a lot of "i am not interested" up front. Lots of times people try to slam their door before we say anything. But I always do all I can to ask them before the door shuts where their Spanish speaking neighbors live. They usually open the door back up! Really! People are amazing, even if they don't want to talk to us at first.

Second Miracle of the Week:
   Our lesson that was rather far away fell through. So, to save the miles we changed our plans a bit. After trying a few things we decided that we just needed to pray to know where to go. So, we took a second, said a prayer, and waited to know where we needed to go. While thinking Sister Walton piped up and said, "I have an idea, but I do not know if I like it at all." My only idea was that we needed to find a family.
   Not having any other ideas, we decided to go with Sister Walton's idea. She went on to tell me that the idea ended with going to a potential they had tried multiple times to connect with, but the people there never were interested at all. Hermana Walton did not understand why she thought that is where we should go. She even said on the way that she was still doubting it.
   Well, we went to the door, and the husband of the house opened the door. We started talking to him and he is Cuban! Whooo, even the native Guatemalan Missionary says that Cubans are hard for him to understand. But I have spent some time with Cubans in my first area and I know the Lord helps us. We started talking to him and the sweetest little kids came to the door. Soon into the conversation, a thought came clearly in my mind to talk about the other Cubans who go to our congregation. (Not the typical contact conversation). So, I said it, and he got so excited. He started naming off the Cuban members who I used to work with! One Cuban member is known as the Godfather of the Cubans. I have yet to meet a Cuban who hasn't known him. Well, we told him our purpose and set up an appointment! He even knows some of my investigators from the North Area. He said he had heard about us meeting with them! It was a miracle! I got to connect with him over the subject of PEOPLE I LOVE! It was perfect! And our Branch President has promised us to bring 3 families to church (which is a big promise for our area). I know that the Lord is going to pave the way for this to happen! And we are going to work as hard as we can to get them coming.
Last Miracle:
   Branch President Condon might be the biggest role model I have here on the Mission. His leadership is completely guided by the Spirit. During Branch Council Sunday (my favorite meeting of any week), we read scriptures about Priesthood Keys. Then abruptly he told us that we are gong to go set up the overflow chairs for the Spokane 2nd Ward (which we had never done before). We went, set up all the chairs, and before heading back to the council room he led us into the chapel and had us sit on the stand.
   President Condon then stood before the whole ward council and explained, "I hold the keys over this Branch, especially for the Missionary Work. Because of this I have the responsibility to show you the Vision I have for this Branch. I want you to see it right now.
   Then he had Brother Anderson the Branch Secretary open the overflow curtains.
   President Condon continued, "Look at each row of chairs and each seat. They are going to be filled one day. Every single one! Can you see it? You better, because nothing is going to happen until you see it." Then as his voice shook with upcoming tears he said, "I also hold the responsibility to turn over the keys. I am doing that now. I turn the keys over to each one of you. It is through your hard work that this vision will come."
   I felt a change in that very moment. Something undeniable happened there. I can't even imagine what these next few weeks will hold.
   As I walked away from the church that day, it started to rain really hard for about 30 seconds. I mention the rain, because it always leads me to take a moment and think about Heavenly Father. All I could think about was how I know the Lord is in charge. He has a plan and part of His plan requires me to get up and work and find those MIRACLES!
   I am ready. Not perfect, but I am ready to forget about that and go to work.
      I LOVE you all so much!
      I Live and Work on your PRAYERS!
           Love, Hermana Phipps

Monday, April 7, 2014


   What an amazing day Friday was (along with the entire week), but FRIDAY was AMAZING!
   I am dedicating my whole email this week to this day. It was orchestrated by the Lord, I have no doubt about that. I learned so much in that one day.
   There is a potential we have been trying to teach for a couple of weeks, but everything kept falling through. We had almost daily contact with her trying to set things up. I started worrying that we were being annoying, but while planning on Thursday, we planned to just stop by her house for one more try.
   It was raining! (Of course, everything amazing that happens to me happens in the rain!) As we drove over there I started worrying. I kept having a strange thought that we shouldn't go, but it was a confusing anxious feeling. We parked and Sister Walton expressed some doubts about if we should be there also. We sat for about 30 seconds then at once we turned to each other and both said, "Well, we are here and we are looking for the elect." So we went to the door. (Of course, Satan was trying to discourage us.)
   Our potential opened the door. She explained that she was super busy at the moment and was about to leave to go pick up her children from school. It was pretty funny because I was worried that we were annoying her so in basically a half whisper I said, "We just have a REALLY amazing activity going on tomorrow (Women's Conference) that we just had to invite you to." Immediately she replied, "Are you staying in the area? I would love for you to come visit me in a half hour." We agreed and went off to work until we could return.
   [Short story pause]: While working those 30 minutes we found a most amazing mother! We introduced her to the Book of Mormon and invited her to be Baptized. She said, "Yes!" When we asked her how we could help her right now, she replied, "I can't think of any better help you can give than this Book and to visit me again." People are so humbly close to the Spirit and His Guidance!!
   While driving back to our first potential, Sister Walton turned and asked if we should call a member. We decided that we really should and she began calling. The first member we called dropped everything they were doing, grabbed her spouse, and drove the 20 minutes to the town we were in.
   They arrived and we told them how we were going to teach the Restoration. We had decided to focus on her family and then we walked in. What happened next was one of the most powerful moments from my mission.
   The mother and her 15 year old joined us. We invited the four little kids, but the mom said they were too shy to want to come out. Our members connected with the mom 100 percent, right off the bat. She talked about going to the LDS church with her grandmother as a 5-6 year old. She told us she remembered that her favorite part was taking the water and bread each week. She told us she felt there was something special about it. We didn't have a lot of time and I started to worry if we should really teach the Restoration. Luckily, Sister Walton had no fear and started us out. As we taught it, the Spirit really helped us to be simple and I felt the Power of the message as it bore testimony of itself by its simplicity. As we taught, each of the little children one by one came into the room, sat down and started to listen so intently.
   Sister Walton ended testifying about how when they pray, they will know. My mind went completely quiet except for one word at a time, the Baptism Invite came into my mind. As I said it, I felt the Spirit so strongly, so immensely. As I finished the sentence and looked into their eyes, they both immediately responded, "Yes." I testified that the Lord was going to help them, so amazingly, to get there. Sister Walton followed by inviting them to be baptized on May 3rd to which they both said yes and the mother followed by saying, "Yo quiero." (I want to.)
   I know the Lord takes such loving care of each of His precious children. I know this is His work. Such things like this wouldn't happen without His amazing Love and Guidance.


   Hermana Phipps and Hermana Walton
   I Love You all so much! Sunday is transfers, it astounds me how fast it has gone. I haven't the slightest idea what will happen. The only thing I know is that there are rumors that we will move to Airway Heights, a town more central to our huge area.
   I've been in the Mission for 6 transfers! How crazy!! I still have so much to learn! I'll never be done learning, a fact I LOVE!!

PS ~ I loved Women's Conference so much! 
I bawled during the moment when the 8-11 year olds began singing 
"Teach Me to Walk In the LIGHT."

I sang that song with Krystal at Javier's Baptism. 
This mission means so much to me!!
Miguel and Ramon LOVED IT! 
(See below!)


   HAPPY SPRING! It is so beautiful outside and everyone just loves it! Everyone here is just so happy. I completely LOVE it! How is Spring treating Brigham city? It is 50 degrees outside and everyone is breaking out their summer clothes. I can't remember how to make my clothes summer ready anymore! I'll get it figured out, no fear!
   I can't wait to hear about all the fun adventures that are coming your way as it warms up. I am especially excited for General Conference! I'm praying and trying to receive any revelation I can get to help our Investigators make it to General Conference this weekend! I know the Lord can make it happen!
   I could never thank you enough for the package! It made out to be just a perfect tender mercy! Elder and Sister Wilson are returning home for Utah today. Last Wednesday, Sister Quinn asked me to make a good-bye sign for them, but my scrapbook supply was really lacking. So I sat down at lunch on Thursday thinking what I could do and I had an idea! But as I looked through the paper I had, I didn't have what I wanted. Just at that moment, there was a knock on the door and I heard a package drop on the door-step! Doesn't the Lord just bless us?!? Thank you for being such amazing Missionary supporting parents!
   Well, today is P-Day and we get to tour the town! I can't wait! Spokane is so NEAT!!
LOVE, Hermana Phipps


Hermana Quinn, Sister Wilson, Hermana Phipps


Mum y Daddy!
   I got so caught up in Max the new family dog that Amy & Jon now have, that I forgot to write my funny/scary story of the week. Last night we went to try a 'Potential' house. We knocked on the door and while we were waiting, the owner's dog came to the front porch. It was a pretty BIG Pit Bull! But, because of Lisa and Russ, I love and am not scared of Pit Bulls one bit! It kinda was a strange dog though. As we waited at the door it kept on jumping on the both of us multiple times every second. Finally I bent down and petted it enough to distract it.
   No one answered the door (though people were inside), so we headed off to our car which was quite a far distance off. All of a sudden, the dog jumped up, bit my hand pretty hard and twisted it's head with my hand inside. I freaked out! Not a second later, it did it again and again, biting my arm and my stomach! It hurt but I had no idea what to do! The owner was watching from inside so in my mind, I didn't want to 'offend' them. So I cried out, laughing, to my companion telling her the dog was eating me! I didn't want to be laughing though! I was so scared. We got to the car as fast as we could. I looked at my arms and the dog had actually left marks and broke the skin in multiple places! I have bruises too! I am so happy that our Max is a shy, loving and cuddly dog.
   Love, Hermana Phipps
PS I love Lisa and Russ' dogs! Much Better Behaved!!!


On Monday March 24, 2014 Emma wrote:
   I am so excited about this coming week. It is going to be SO AMAZING! Hermana Walton and I have made it our goal to get Ramon and Miguel to the temple to do baptisms for their ancestors this week. It is so essential that converts go to the temple right after they are baptized. And...we got permission from the President to go with them too! I cannot wait!!
   On Thursday we had a wonderful lesson with a member. We focused on the TEMPLE and how we can all point our families to the TEMPLE. I loved that lesson. I know that everyone in my family has helped me be pointed towards the TEMPLE. I especially thought of Amy. This member reminded me a whole lot of her! I remember over-hearing Amy once tell sweet Kezi and Erika about how important it was for them to make their goal to be married in the TEMPLE. I know that as I heard Amy tell them this, my testimony of the TEMPLE grew too! Thank you family.
   Can I just take a moment to brag about Hermana Walton. She is the absolute BEST! Me and her have lots of similarities, but also lots of fun differences! Making life just perfectly enjoyable always. She is the hardest worker and most dedicated missionary I know. Even when numbers are low and days are slow we are happy because we know we are working the hardest we can be!
   Transfers are in two weeks! I have not even the slightest idea about what will happen. But it came so fast so I haven't even thought about it at all... I want to be with Hermana Walton FOREVER! Another of the Spanish Sisters will be returning home this transfer. The President asked our temporary missionary to stay for another transfer. That would mean we would have an odd amount of Sisters! Who knows what will happen though. But I will... "Come What May and Love It!"



Please PRAY for the Spanish work out here in the SouthWest!
Hermana Phipps

Sunday, April 6, 2014


   As the weather is getting nicer, more and more people are making their way outside, which is so PERFECT! We are trying to talk to EVERYONE we see! In Preach My Gospel, it reminds us that we should never talk with anyone without extending a commitment or invitation. I LOVE IT! Inviting people to ACT is the BEST!
   We also are trying to turn more of our street contacts into lessons. My favorite thing to do is to get the Book of Mormon into the hands of the people! They can feel the power of it as they hold it! :D We have given out so many Book of Mormon copies lately and I LOVE IT!



We decided to put in the fun moments Emma has been enjoying
with all of her investigators since the beginning of her mission. 
 Enjoy getting to know the people she loves!


            I am learning from the Lord how to see the divine potential in others! I Love IT! It takes a lot of work but missionary work becomes more powerful and personal as we think of the potential others have.

            The Three “Investigating” Nephites live at the Lopez home. Javier and Jorge are the first two and Ramiro is the third. He walked into one of our lessons one time with sincere questions. We rejoiced when at the end of his lesson he told us that he lived there! At the end of the lesson he asked us, “Why do you have to not drink, not smoke, and not do all those things, I just don’t get it.” Four lessons later he said, “I don’t know what it is, but since I have been meeting with you I don’t want to drink or smoke anymore. It is the craziest thing.” Statements like these always make me rejoice! It is amazing how the spirit works.
            I had been praying very constantly that Ramiro would join one of our lessons this week and a miracle happened! He joined us for a lesson we had with Javier on Saturday! Then we committed him to come to FHE on Monday with a promise that it would all be focused on him. I feel a little sad, most of the lessons have been focused on Javier and Jorge because we never knew when Ramiro would be joining us. He has been taught almost everything, but it has been in a random order. So, in the past, we have pushed him at not his right pace. That is something that Preach My Gospel warns about. We are repenting and taking it at his pace whenever we get the chance to meet with him. We will be meeting with him this Sunday! Also, with Javier and Jorge being so converted and excited as they are, and with the whole Lopez family jumping on his back telling him he needs to change and right now, it might have been a little overwhelming. But I know that anything done with great intentions and love cannot go wrong. Ramiro is GOLDEN and very humble.
            JAVIER got called as the secretary to the Elders quorum! While talking to the Elder’s Quorum President, Javier said that it was the perfect calling for him because he takes notes on everything! Hermana Quinn and I, when we were first teaching him, made him a journal to write his study notes in. He went millions of miles extra and now takes notes on everything including his Aaronic Priesthood Interview! I remember feeling impressed to give him a journal, but thinking that was a bit strange. Trust in your creative ‘promptings!’ It is So AMAZING how the SPIRIT Works!

            I LOVE THIS FAMILY! They are our miracle family! We found them just by driving past one day and seeing them walk into their house. They are the family that will be leaving for Venezuela. It was a miracle how because of the passport not coming in time, we had more time with them then we had originally dreamed of! Last week Keila called us and said, “I remember you two talking about a family night thing you do? Will you come over, eat dinner with us, invite those members we are now friends with, and do one of those F H Evenings with us this weekend?” Okay,…that is not direct Spanish to English translation, but you get it! How Amazing!! They have accepted to get baptized!!! As soon as they get back from Venezuela. Our Mission President told us that we should skype them and teach them during their month long trip! Now we are just getting the details all figured out!

            They are family of Keila y Jose. They have come to church multiple times and are progressing REALLY WELL! We just need to be visiting with them more, but their work schedule is VERY difficult to work around. But we have FAITH that it will work out. In our first lesson with them, they accepted a date to be baptized.

            Norma is our wonderful member! She just had her second child last month. I love this family. Her husband is not a member, but he told us he knows the Book of Mormon is true and that he is ready to be baptized (well, except he wants to read the whole Bible first). Baptism is just the door…but we will talk with him about that. He is great but works SUPER late every day and only has one day off. So we need to get better at getting in touch with him.

            Yolanda may be the nicest lady ever! Yolanda loves God and talking about Him with others, so that is why she initially let us in. She also loves Jesus Christ (which is great because, so do I), and she finds her strength in him. Yolanda is amazing!! She has four young children. Her phone is still not functioning and she lives quite a bit away so we try to drop by and set appointments so we don’t lose miles and arrive just to not be in touch with her. We are going by tonight. She is our longest investigator! She has opened up a LOT to baptism. She is a devout Catholic, but loves reading the Book of Mormon and having us come over. POCO A POCO! Now we can share with her the great message of the restoration! My goal, or more my desire, is for Yolanda to feel the Spirit and know the truthfulness of the Restoration. I know that knowledge will change her life FOREVER and ever. Also, since we are trying to help each of our investigators with their needs, we are helping her learn English.

            Karelis is the neighbor and friend of Yolanda. She came to the Festival and also to the Posada. She has the cutest little family! She is very wise and very thoughtful! We are so happy to be helping her receive answers and learn that Christ’s church has been restored! I can’t wait for her to receive answers! She has an 8, 5 and 1 year old. Shanty her 5 year old is a hoot! She LOVES attention and if we ever aren’t paying 100% of our attention on her, she yells in the loudest voice I have ever heard, “Hey!!” It is so hilarious! And it keeps us on our toes and we remember to keep the lessons focused all on her too.

            I Love Loordes. She is a mom of two sons and is best friends with our member friend Luci. She is completely ready to be baptized! She is very excited for the day when she can be. She loves the Church and has been going with her friend Luci. She started investigating the Church in the beginning of 2012 and is all set to go, except her boyfriend is holding her back. He doesn’t really like the church and he has been bothered by the Elders always coming in the past. Hermana Quinn and I are going to use the Love of Christ to soften his heart. [Read Elder Uchtdorf’s talk called “Your Journey Home” from April 2013 YW General Conference, especially the section labeled “Universal Language.”] Love has the power to overcome all things. Christ’s ultimate sacrifice of love has made it possible for us to overcome death and sin. His love has the ability to surpass any problem we or our investigators face. I know Christ’s love will overcome the barriers people put up. We have a plan to start to show Christ’s love to him by showing him lots of respect and by serving him. We have made an appointment to come over and make the family dinner with Loordes. We are praying that this will allow him to let some of Christ’s love into his heart.

            My favorite family ever!

            Next for our Investigator Introduction is TERESA. I am so excited about Teresa! Teresa was a member referral from Sabrina and Claudia Anderson in our branch. She is 17 and is the oldest of her 4 siblings. She is so prepared! She had actually gone to early morning Seminary that morning with Sabrina. We had a lesson with her the first time we met her. She has the strongest testimony of Heavenly Father that I have seen. I really want to be teaching her, but we faced a road bump. Her mom met us and was really nice to us but ignored our presence while we were talking with Teresa. Then after we left that night, we called Sabrina to tell her we said Hello to her referral. Teresa had already called her to talk about meeting us. She liked meeting with us, but after her mom got pretty mad and went crazy. Sabrina informed us that her mom is going through a lot right now and has a lot of difficulties she is facing. She also is an avid Catholic, though she doesn’t attend church. I felt so horrible hearing about this. So, for now, we are on pause with Teresa. Sabrina’s mom is going to talk to Teresa’s mom. Claudia told us she thinks Teresa’s mom needs the gospel so she is going to share her testimony with her and try to create some understanding. I’m praying that all goes well. Teresa is amazing, I can see her being built up by the gospel. I pray we can find an understanding with her mother.

            I love the Mojica family! Rosie and Nicolas were baptized 8 years ago. They were part of the branch when it was dependent on an English Ward. Then, because of some really hard things, they stopped coming to church about 4 years ago. They have two of the most amazing children I have met. You cannot find any more obedient, well-behaved, caring, and smart children in the world. They remind me a lot of my dear nieces and nephew! Yeimi is 12 and she is one of the most spiritual girls I have ever met. She is amazing! She loves church and wants to be baptized! Rosie and Nicholas have some questions that they never had answered before they were baptized and they feel a bit of remorse for not knowing before getting baptized so they are hesitant for Yeimi to get baptized anytime soon. So, now we get to work with this amazing family to help them find their answers! I can’t wait for the miracles to come!

            We had an investigator come to church 3 weeks without even teaching him yet! Last Sunday we finally got the Lord’s hint (not sure why it took so long :S), and asked him if he wanted to hear the discussions. He said, “Of, course!” It is kind of a silly story why we didn’t catch him before… but I feel like it was all just in the Lord’s timing.

            **As we try to talk to everyone we are having some amazing experiences! Many people are telling us that recently they have been thinking about going to a Church! It is Amazing!**

            Remembering all the Tender Mercies of a Mission really makes me feel in debt to the Lord and all the help He sends to hold me up!

            Sister Quinn and Sister Emma Rose Phipps!
Transfers are coming again in April ~ Emma has been Blessed with Two
Amazing Companions to find Investigators