Corn, Investigators, Corn and Members

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August 3, 2015
Hey everybody!!!!

Guess what?!?!?! I’M IN THE MISSION FIELD!!!! Woooohoooo! It’s great. I love it. We arrived at the airport on Tuesday and met President Morgan and Sister Morgan. They are amazing! They are so loving and welcoming. As soon as we went out to the cars we were all dripping with sweat. It was nasty. It was so humid that day!! We went to the mission office then to the mission home. It is such a cute house! It looks like a cottage out of a fairytale. We ate food and had a little meeting. We ate dinner and practiced a musical number that I was personally asked to be in.. (personally meaning all the sisters were in it) Then we had interviews with the president and went to sleep. Sister Bustillos and I and two other sisters got to stay in a hotel because they didn’t have enough beds at the mission home. It was nice. We got free lotion. 🙂 That day we went to transfer meeting to learn and such. We sang our musical number, #MoTabHereWeCome, and met our new companions!!
My new companion is Sister Schow. She is so great and is the best trainer I could ask for. We left to our area which was about a two hour drive. We crossed the Mississippi River and I got to see the St. Louis Arch! It’s cool. My area is a small town in Illinois called Centralia. Population 13000. I also have a new address that I will get mail to for the next 12 weeks.  500 W Broadway Apt 6 Centralia, IL 62801   The corn fields out number the people. It is so great! It is a lot like North Carolina with all the trees and fields.

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This is basically the best area because we have four baptism scheduled this month! The Lord is preparing people like crazy for the gospel here. The night we got here, we went straight to work. We had an appointment and dinner with a part member family. The mom, Nancy, is a member and Steve just got baptized on Saturday. Jacob is their 17 year old grandson and is starting the lessons! We invited him to baptism at dinner. It was so cool!! He sees the difference it is making in his family’s life. We also had a mini missionary with us for four days from Decator, Illinois. She was adorable and brought such a good spirit with her everywhere she went.
Steves baptism was on Saturday. It was such a great experience. Before he started talking with the missionaries, he was dead set against the Book of Mormon. But then he opened it up one day.. and now he is baptized. People. The Book of Mormon is real and can change lives. The gospel is so amazing. We asked him how he felt after his baptism and confirmation, he said his mind was clearer and he just felt so great. He was truly happy. I am so blessed to come to this area when all these great things are happening.
This is Steve and Nancy at his baptism

This is Steve and Nancy at his baptism

The members in this ward are fabulous. They are so willing to help the missionaries out. They come with us to lessons, feed us and give us rides. A lot of them came to Steve’s baptism and welcomed him to the ward. We had dinner with a few of the families in the ward. The McAdoos are awesome. They fed us fried chicken.. and pie.. don’t forget the pie. The Mills are a super cute old couple. They give every new missionary a brick from Nauvoo. So I got a brick. They are so sweet! They made us laugh the whole time at dinner. We went to the Stevensons for a lesson on my second day. The first thing we talked about was how good turtle was.. I guess that’s a thing here haha.

Church was great yesterday. We have a shortage of piano players here but our organ plays itself so there’s that. #swag  One of our investigators came to church! Her name is Barbara. She’s awesome. She randomly quit drinking coffee the week before we taught her the Word of Wisdom. She said she just didn’t feel like drinking it anymore. So cool how the spirit works sometimes haha.

On Sunday every one of our appointments canceled or weren’t there when we came. We decided to visit some less actives and some old ladies in the ward. Dorthy is a sweet lady in a nursing home and was so excited when we came. She was so grateful for our visit and loved chatting with us. We also saw Sister Emmery. She is adorable and has a dog who is so attached to her. She is so sweet. Missions are all about service and others. I’ve learned the more I focus on others the more I learn and grow for myself.

I am loving it here. We have met with a lot of people and found some new investigators. I have learned so much already. Learning more just makes me want to share the gospel more and more. It is great! Prayers are answered and miracles happen. I have a front row seat to watch the miracle of the gospel change people’s lives. It is amazing and I am so blessed to be able to serve a mission.

 

Sister Oldroyd
PS I hope all the pictures work! 🙂
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