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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016 Los Altos

Here are some fun pictures of the happenings!

My new zone here in Los Altos!!!


WE GOT TO MEET ELDER SITATI! He came to do a mission tour today!
Sister Pena and I even got to sit right next to him for lunch! We had a nice one on one with him :)

 

​Kevin my investigator from my first area LIVERMORE got baptized!!!! And there is my good old trainer Sister Gregerson.

Here is another picture with Elder Sitati.

I am convinced that the overall difference between the Lords' anointed and called servants and the "rest of us" is what I have dubbed the "Go and Do" ability---otherwise known as OBEDIENCE. Obedience is indeed the first law of Heaven. "And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is BY obedience to the law upon which it is predicated." 

We don't do things that we are asked, just because we want the blessing, we do it because we love the Lord; and that is clear and very apparent with these general authorities. They Go and Do, regardless if they are asked to or not. They keep all the commandments all of the time, they are praying to know the will of the Lord in all things and then doing it to the best of their ability 100 percent of the time, because they love God and put him first. 

I want to be like that.

When Elder Sitati came he spoke much of being obedient to mission rules. He said that we all need to rise above rationalizations and excuses and just Go and Do. Just as Nephi did in the scriptures. I know that regardless if you are a missionary or not, subject to a 6:30 am morning schedule etc, we ALL need to Go and Do, and willingly be obedient to ALL of Gods commandments, because we love him. 



Here's an #awkward bathroom selfie. Are selfies still popular in the world? #ilovemycompanion 

Love you all!
Sister Carter

Monday, January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 New Companion

Wow! What a week!

Well, for starters, I've got a new companion. SISTER PENA, from Kearns UTAH!!! She was born in Ecuador and was called the CSJM SPANISH SPEAKING!!! But will be with me serving in both of our English family wards; Lawrence Station and Sunnyvale! No more YSAs for meeeee haha.


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Sister Pena is amazing and attended BYU-Idaho for about 2 semesters. We have some mutual friends. We spoke before the mission and got in contact before we both came out. I came out just one transfer before her, so we are in the same boat of wanting to work hard these last couple of months! We never thought we'd be companions but what a blessing!

I am SO sad that Sister Brown went home, but it is sometimes better that way for some of us. 

This week was obviously crazy with the series of events but we are doing it! Sister Pena and I got to take our investigator Bill to the Peninsula 4th branch baptism. Remember when I served in the Penn 4th branch? or otherwise known as the Poly ward? Well, our family ward shares the same building with them! So I get to see all of my old favorites from the beginning of my mission. Man, what a tender mercy. 

Many many MANY mighty miracles ahead. 

Sweet is the work, 
Sister Carter

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 4, 2016

HELLO!!!!

I'm in LOS ALTOS!!!! phewww. I thought they were going to banish me far away! But I've managed to stay pretty north my whole mission!

I am covering the Sunnyvale and Lawrence Station wards with my new baby Sister Brown from Collinsville Illinois!! 

More later! 

Sweet is the work, 
Sister Carter

ps
I love you all :)

December 28, 2015 Transfers

it's about that time again! TRANSFERS!

Since Sister Riggs is easily thee most obedient, disciplined, God fearing missionary in the SJCM I'm getting kicked to the curb. I love this girl so much but she is moving on to do bigger and better things! I am SO excited for her and the missionary she is and has become! It's a beautiful thing to watch someone transform as they consecrate themselves to the Lord. I hope I can be half of what Sister Riggs is. I am going to miss her so much. I am grateful that I get to be called her trainer.


I will be transferred on Tuesday, and my time here in San Jose has come to an end......

I will however be training. AGAIN! Although no one is as good as she,(Sister Riggs that is) I am so SO SO grateful for the opportunity to be able to end my mission with a brand new missionary!

I pray that her diligence, fire and love for this work, will only increase as she embarks on this journey in a labor of love. I pray for miracles. I pray for strength. I pray for angels to truly be round about us leading us to those of Gods children who are prepared to here this message of truth. 

Sister Riggs and I have a scheduled baptism for our investigator Brian on the 16th of January!! It will be a blast to see her take the lead in the area with her new companion. I hope I will be able to come back to San Jose to see Brian enter the waters. 


​ Christmas was true bliss. We got to go caroling to some old folks homes :) Here's one of my favorites. She was singing up a storm with us! 


We even did some gingerbread house making. Well, kinda.

Just a few of my favorite missionaries.....
​Here's to my last two transfers. Let's do this!!

Sweet is the work, 
Sister Carter

1 December 2015 A Savior is Born

Posted: 30 Nov 2015 02:48 PM PST
Has anyone seen the new initiative? "A Savior is Born". What a super cool thing the church has been doing! It gets us all excited about the Season but  more importantly, all these videos: "Because He Lives", "He is the Gift", "Because of Him" and now "A Savior is Born" are all clearly focused on our Savior. I love Him. Christmastime is fun--always, but being a missionary during this season is oh so EXTRA special. The chance that we have to teach people about Him, His birth and life is magical.

Check it out here if you haven't seen it---
https://www.mormon.org/christmas
What would the world be like if the Savior wasn't born? Pretty terrible. Even just last night we were able to visit with one of our returning young single adults, who bore a sincere testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement is the event that enables us to be reconciled to God. 

Jesus Christ not only suffered on the cross but he also suffered in the garden of Gethsemane. Because of this, wrongs can be made right. Forgiveness is always possible and we can live every single day with an increased commitment to doing the will of the Father. It is because  of Jesus Christ that we can be forgiven of our sins. Last night while we were vising with this amazing young girl, even though she wasn't able to fully explain the atonement (nor can I!!) she was able to share her perfect knowledge of a Savior and that because He lives, it allows us to do and become our greatest potential. We can always change and improve!

I love the Lord,
Sister Carter