Monday, December 1, 2014

Tyler and McKenna get Baptized

I cannot believe how fast this past week went! Between Thanksgiving and going to Fishers for a specialized training and a baptism we stayed really busy! We really did have an amazing week!!! Tyler and McKenna were baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday. What an amazing opportunity to be a part of their conversion! Theyasked me to give the talk on baptism in their baptismal program...and I am proud to say that I only cried a little :) some things never change! After they were baptized we asked them how they felt. To hear them describe the joy that they felt was priceless. I am so grateful for this gospel for the way that it changes hearts and helps us all draw closer to our Father in Heaven!

Serving a mission has been a wonderful opportunity. I have learned so much about my Savior, Jesus Christ and His Atonement as well as our Heavenly Father's perfect love for us! I could not think of a better way to spend this past year and half! I know that Christ's church has been restored to the earth today in its fullest and I will forever be grateful for this time that I have had to share this great message!

If you haven't seen the new Christmas video, He is the Gift... you have to see it! Here is a link for it :) 

Thank you so much for your continued love and support! I have been so blessed from all of your prayers. It has meant the world to me!

Sister Sarah Mumford 

The whole Eskridge clan at Tyler and McKenna's Baptism! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful for So Many Blessings

This week was fantastic!!! There were so many miracles it was unbelievable! We stayed super de duper busy, which makes things even more fun (well if you ask me!!). We were able to teach 27 lessons this week, 13 of which had members present.  We were truly blessed! What a great ward too with so many individuals who are always so willing to go out and to teach with us! We also received quite a few referrals as well this week, which was also awesome- its really fun when we have the opportunity to teach member’s friends-- it makes our job a lot easier :) 

This week Angie, a former member we have been working closely with was able to come to church! She was so excited to be back at church after having been gone for so long. She hasn't been to church in over 30 years. Sister Tanner and I sat with Angie during sacrament meeting and her excitement to one day be able to take the sacrament again reminded me why the sacrament is so important!  What a wonderful opportunity that we havet to renew our covenants that we have made with God every week.  It is the perfect time to reflect on our relationship with God, what we have done well that week and what we need to do better! I love the peace that is in the chapel as we take the sacrament and the opportunity that I have  to feel so strongly of my Savior's love for me every week. Angie's renewed enthusiasm for the gospel, especially for the sacrament reminded me of just how important the sacrament truly is! 

Tyler and McKenna are getting baptized on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!! They both had their interviews last Saturday and both passed- so now the baptism is officially going to happen :) The young women and the young men are both very excited for Tyler and McKenna. They both already fit in really well with the whole ward! It has been so fun to watch them change and to grow over the past month or so. They are truly amazing. We went over yesterday just after their family home evening and they had almost their entire extended family there as well! I know they are going to help the rest of their family come back to church. :) Ashlynn, Tyler's sister isn't going to baptized on Saturday- we had a few set backs with her, but she is working towards a new baptismal date of December 27th-- and is progressing well towards that!

Dennis is also doing well! He is praying about getting baptized on December 13th! I just hope he decides soon to take the plunge ;) But he will take that step when the time is right for him.

We contacted an awesome member referral this week! He is a recovering alcoholic and is looking for spiritual growth, but wasn't sure quite where to turn. We were able to share the message of the restorations of the gospel of Jesus Christ with him. Turns out that he actually lives in Warsaw, so the Elders there are going to be teaching him now, but it really was an awesome experience.

I am really excited for Thanksgiving this week and for McKenna and Tyler's baptism this weekend! It is going to be really good week! I am so grateful for all of your love and your prayers- your continued support on my mission! This has been a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel of Christ, which I love so dearly, an amazing opportunity to testify of God's love for all of His children and the hope that comes through his divine plan for us! I am so grateful for this gospel and for my Savior and his sacrifice for us! Have a great thanksgiving this week :)

Sister Sarah Mumford 

Monday, November 17, 2014


This week was pretty awesome! We had quite a few adventures.. that is for sure :) All of our investigators seem to be progressing really well-- there is a lot of work to do in this area, which I just love!! Worst part of this week is the nasty cold that Sister Tanner caught…. poor sister Tanner :( We are just praying I don't get it too!! 

IT SNOWED! Waayyyyyyyy too much!!!!!! But really. It made the traffic terrible and the roads were an ice rink, but we stayed safe. I thought that you would enjoy a little story about me falling in it. So we were on our way to zone meeting Friday morning (after the big snow on Thursday). Sister Tanner was backing me out and when she got in the car she said that there was a HUGE ice chunk kind of hanging off the back of our car that she didn't think was totally safe to be driving with. So we decided at the first stop sign not even a block from our house that we would jump out and try to kick it off. So that is what we did…. except the jumping out part didn't go so well.. hahah. The road was completely iced over. I got one foot out safe (or so I thought) and the next thing I knew I was lying flat of the ground, with one foot still caught up in the car. In the process of all of this I let out a pretty nice little yelp- but then busted out laughing. I was stuck.  Sister Tanner helped me up. I was laughing so hard! So funny…. and it only resulted in a little bruise on my arm and a scabbed knee and endless laughter!!!! (I love the snow!) hahahaha

Tyler and McKenna this week were in charge of their family’s  Family Home Evening. Their family loved it too! They found a scripture for everyone to read that was about them or something that they could work on. They also downloaded the scriptures onto their phones. They are progressing so well!! I love their enthusiasm for the gospel. Seriously, I do not know how I am so blessed to be a part of their conversion. They both LOVED church on Sunday this week as well. We went over to have a lesson Sunday afternoon and they couldn't stop talking about how much loved it! Tyler on the way home from church said "We sure need to do this church thing more often!" 
Ashlynn is struggling a little. She has some learning disabilities and is going through quite a bit of testing right now. She has not been making the best choices, and her family is sure how accountable she is right now. She is a sweetheart and we are going to be working with her a lot this week to see if we feel like she is ready to make this covenant with God or if now is not the right time for her. We shall see :) 

I also got to go on an exchange with SISTER CUTLER. Yeah it was pretty awesome :) But really!!! It was so fun and it reminded me of all of the good times that we had in Warsaw. Seriously though… I don't know how I got to be so lucky that I got to serve around her again! 

We have been working a lot with a former member. She is super sweet, but has a pretty serious word of wisdom issue. She smokes ATON! But now she is down to 2 packs a day and has stuck with that and is working towards baptism in January. She is a sweetheart. We have been reading the Book of Mormon a lot with her. As she has read on her own and studied the Book of Mormon, we have begun to notice a change in her. She is filled with so much more light!!! -- Conversion is a process of replacing darkness with light in our lives. It is learning how to find joy from living our testimonies of Christ! And what better way to invite light into our lives then by going to a pure source of light or a pure testimony of Christ! That is exactly what the Book of Mormon is.-- I know that Angie is changing because she is inviting the light that comes from reading the Book of Mormon, another testament of Christ, into her life and she is acting on the spirit that she feels as she reads it!

I know that the Book of Mormon truly testifies of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time I read the book, I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me. What an amazing opportunity that I have now as a full time missionary for the Lord to share my testimony and the light that I have gained from this book- this divine source of truth!!! 

Thank you for your love and support! 

Sister Sarah Mumford 

not the best picture… but hello snow!! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mishiwaka-flaka adventures

This week was awesome!!! We had quite a few adventures along the way. I think the highlight of our week was when Tyler, Mckenna and Ashlynn all came to church!!! Which means that they are right on track for their baptism on the 29th of November!! My favorite lesson with them this week was when we took them on a church tour! Their mom and dad and grandma and aunt all came as well. When we showed them the font they were all really excited about their own baptisms. I loved how when we described how they would be baptized, they all lit up. I am just so excited for them!!!! At correlation meeting yesterday we were talking about them with Bro Pretras, our ward mission leader. He was so excited about them as well-- he said that he has been trying to get something to happen there even since he was made ward mission leader. I am so grateful to be a part of all of this! They are so prepared! 

We also had a really sweet lesson with Dennis this week. In the middle of our lesson, he was like "I need to get baptized, I think that is the next step for me." It was all I could do to keep from grinning. He was also able to come to church this week! And he is praying about when he should be baptized. He said about Christmas time felt right.. which is exciting because that is soon! 

Sister Cutler (she was my companion about a year ago!) is serving in South Bend and on Wednesday we were able to go back to Warsaw together.  Someone that we had taught in Warsaw a couple of times-- (family to Shelby and Adam--Adam was baptized a year ago) Sister Cutler ended up teaching a lot who got baptized, passed away last week and we were able to go the funeral. It was sad, but Katie, who passed away, wanted it to be a celebration. So that is what it was. We remembered her life! I am so incredibly grateful for the gospel and for the knowledge that it gives us-- that families truly can be together forever!

And now for a list of funny things that happened this week:
-Taught a lady who is an excommunicated member working on getting re-baptized. We were trying to show her a video but the sound on her computer wasn't working... she really wanted to see it though so we just narrated it. Almost like just watching it ;) hahah
-Met an Indian family that let us right in. They were Muslim, but we shared a short message and they fed us pomegranates and were so sweet and sent us home with a bag of fruit. 
-Met a less active member who spent 45 minutes telling us every reason why we should not get married.. ever. Her reasons were pretty funny. 
-Went to a Relief Society Christmas dinner...... wasn't it just Halloween?!?
-Spent an entire lunch break seeing how big we could blow balloons until they popped... I so wish I could attach the video.. it was pretty great!!

Well that is all! I hope you all have a fantastic week. Thank you for your continued love and support! 


Sister Sarah Mumford 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Snow and Miracles

This week was fantastic!!!!! We had snow on Halloween! It was pretty crazy. Welcome to the lake effect, the chilly winters, the snowy tundra of northern Indiana. Thank goodness it hasn't snowed since, just a lot of rain!

What a fantastic week that Sister Tanner and I had in Mishawaka!!! It was awesome! We had several lessons and got to know a lot more of the ward and even committed 3 of our investigators to baptism!!! The 3 investigators we committed to baptism are Tyler, McKenna and Ashlynn Eskridge! They are 14, 13, and 12 years old. They went to church a lot when they were younger. Their grandma is a member and so is their Dad. We committed them to be baptized on November 29th! They are so excited! I love them so much already. They are so sincere in their desire to come closer to God and they are already reading the scriptures with their grandma everyday! They weren't able to come to church last week because a couple of them were sick and the car wouldn't start…. but they will be there this week! The ward just loves them too! I am so excited to see them grow over the next month as they prepare for their baptism!

Dennis quit drinking coffee!!! Which makes us so excited because that means that he is now that much closer to getting baptized. He said that he thought it was going to be a lot harder to give it up then it actually was. He said that the first couple of days were difficult, but now he hardly misses it. He is now praying about when he will be ready to be baptized! 

On Saturday, we had a little bit of time, so I took Sister Tanner tracting. She was pretty nervous, but by the end she was very confident in talking to anyone who answered their door! It was fun to watch her change over just two hours of trying something new. I am so grateful that I have learned how to open my mouth and how to testify of what I know to be true. The gospel is so exciting, how could we not share it with EVERYONE!!!!! God knows us all perfectly and He loves us unconditionally. He loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ to die for us! I know that through Jesus Christ we all can return to live with God again. 

Thank you for your love and your support!!!

Sister Sarah Mumford 

Oh and here is one last picture with some Indiana corn fields…. they look a little different when they are dead. hahah

Monday, October 27, 2014


Hello Hello!!! I am in Mishawaka now!!!!! Which is all of the way up north :) technically this part of Indiana is considered Michiana. Our ward boundaries barely go up into Michigan! My companion is Sister Tanner. She is super fun and super cute!!! She is 19 and went to a year of school at BYUI before she came on her mission! She is wonderful and loves to work hard. I can not wait to see the adventures that this transfer will bring :) Oh it is also super fun because Sister Cutler in now one of my sister trainer leaders and she is serving in the ward right next to mine! 

We live in a cute little trailer :) It is actually one of the nicest apartments that I have had my whole mission! The worst part about it though is that our water is NASTY! It is very hard and has lots of sulfur in it..... it smells really bad... so showering is an adventure. Our ward mission leader told us that we can't drink it because that is how hard it is! So instead we buy water... so weird that we have to buy water. oh well :) it is an adventure!

The fall up here is beautiful! We spent the last couple of days trying to get to know our area and the members and the people the sisters before were teaching!

We met one of our investigators, Steve. He is pretty sweet! His wife is an inactive member and they live with his mother in law who is very active. We were able to read 3 Nephi 11 with him when we met with him and we talked about priesthood authority. He is so sincere in everything! We committed him to pray about a baptismal date. We can not wait to meet with him again this week to see what his answer was! 

We also met with Dennis. He is a funny man. He has been meeting with missionaries for a few months now. He understands and believes almost everything. He just isn't sure if he is willing to make the commitment necessary to be baptized and isn't sure if he is willing to give up coffee. I know though, that as we can help him understand how to apply the atonement more fully that he will have a desire to change and that the commitment part of the gospel will come more naturally! 

We also had the opportunity to give a church tour to one of the Bishop's coworkers, Eric! It was awesome! He loved being in the church and wants to learn more. We were able to invite him to baptism and he said "of course I would be baptized if I knew it was true! That would only make sense!" I am grateful that this gospel is so logical and that Eric was able to recognize the spirit as we taught him the restoration! 

This area has so much potential! The members seem very willing to share the gospel with those around them! I am so excited to be here and I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to first half train Sister Tanner. (even if it stinks that she has to kill her mom...) I know this church is true! Christ lives :) and I am grateful that is isn't freezing yet! 


Sister Sarah Mumford 

 This is the view from our street

Sister Tanner and Sister Mumford with a "sunday Selfie"

Monday, October 20, 2014

Moroni Files

We had quite a few adventures this week! But, I thought that first I would start with what is happening at transfers!! We honestly last night had no idea what was going to happen at transfers... Sister Hales and I were trying to patently await our call, or text! Well the verdict was not at all what we expected, but it was exciting!!! I am officially released as a Sister Trainer Leader and I have been called to train (only first half train) for my last transfer!!! It has been a while since I have trained, but I am super excited!!! A little nervous, because this means that I will get double transferred into an area, but it should be an adventure, that is for sure :) So next week I will get to send pictures of my lovely greenie! It will be really sad to leave the YSA branch. I really love it and it has been a lot of fun. 

We had a wonderful surprise this week when we got kidnapped by one of our members, Lita! Her fiancĂ©, Logan, who is also our ward mission leader has been working on the temple. We had planned to contact on campus with Lita on Friday morning, so we met her at the church as usual and were getting ready to walk over to campus. Then she asked if she could share a big secret with us! And that secret was "at 11am, Moroni will fly!" She then asked if we had any set appointments (which our only scheduled one had just canceled) and then she asked if she could kidnap up!!! So we got to go to the temple in Carmel to see Moroni FLY!!!! The temple was beautiful and it was so much fun! I loved how I also got to see some old friends from Carmel who also went to the temple to see Moroni put on the top! And it was a beautiful day in comparison to our kind of dreary and rainy week!!! 

Sarah and some members after the angel is placed.  The girl on the right just got home from her mission to Utah last week and had dinner with Sarah's Mumford Grandparents and even got peaches form their orchard.  Sarah might be a bit jealous.

Sarah and Sister hales before the angel goes on top

Christian is still doing awesome! We had a lesson with him this week where we were able to invite him to be baptized and extend a baptismal date! He is getting baptized on December 13th! It is wonderful because he is reading the Book of Mormon everyday. He wasn't able to get off work this week- but sounds like he will be able to next week!!! So exciting! 

We met a really cool guy on campus this week- his name is Elijah. He is on IUPUI's basketball team! We kept seeing him EVERYWHERE, and on Friday, we finally had the opportunity to talk to him :) He was sitting outside of the bookstore. So we approached him and got to know him a little and we were able to then teach him about the restoration! We were not able to set up another time to meet because of how busy he is with work and basketball, but he was pretty receptive :) I think that the best part was is all transfer I have been telling sister Hales that I want to talk to him, since we saw him everywhere and we were finally able to say more then a hello in passing and actually share the message of the restoration with him! 

I am so grateful for the Atonement! I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for this message that we share! I love this gospel and I know that our Heavenly Father loves us! That is exactly why He sent His son to die for us! I know that through Christ's atoning sacrifice for us that we can return to live with God again. We can be cleansed from our sins and we can gain the strength that we need everyday to follow His perfect example!!! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week :)

Sister Sarah Mumford 

 One last "Sunday Selfie" with the beautiful Sister Hales
Enjoying the beautiful Indiana Fall 

Rain Rain go Away

This week was interesting, to say the least. It was a little slower than weeks we have had before, but still good! Actually this week was really super de duper rainy. Which makes personal contacting on campus a little tricky, because we are not allowed to start conversations inside of buildings, only outside. It was also a bummer that our favorite member to contact with, James, was in Utah all week! But we still had lots of miracles! 

We have this new investigator named Christian, who funny enough, I actually haven't taught yet because of the way that exchanges have lined up!! He is a music therapy major here at IUPUI. He seems pretty interested. We (and by we I mean Sister Hales and Sister Cooley when they were on exchanges) were able to take Christian on a church tour and he loved it! His work schedule right now is a little tricky and he wasn't able to come to church, but he says that he would like to soon! I love how strong his desire to learn more is! He is reading the Book of Mormon... I think that he is starting to change. Honestly, that is the most amazing part about missionary work is being able to watch someone change as they accept and begin to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness! 

We also got to see Meet the Mormons again this week when it was screened for our zone! It was just as good the second time! If you haven't seen it yet, you should!! You won't regret it! It is an awesome way to feel the Spirit! Our Branch President on Sunday talked about how it was just like sacrament meeting, except for the fact that everyone was 30 minutes early to the theater and then everyone stayed after to socialize! So that is my plug for Meet the Mormons-- you should totally see it!!

We also have our monthly “Why I Believe” Fireside on Sunday. I love it so much! It is so uplifting to hear so many recent converts, or returning members share their stories. Plus it is pretty fun to see all of the other missionaries that I have served by again! Yesterday, Sue Fleener spoke at it (I found her with Sister Pitcher when I was in Carmel and she got baptized a little bit after I was transferred!) She did so well ! I loved being able to hear her testimony of these restored truths. She shared with everyone how it was hard and it was frustrating, but how she wanted so badly to find the truth! When we first met Sue she would never pray, because she thought that God didn't care about her. Now it is amazing to see how the knowledge that she is a daughter of God and that He cares about her reflects in her countenance! I loved that I could give her a huge hug again too :)

Well, I hope that you all have an amazing week!!! Thank you for your continued love and support!


Sister Sarah Mumford 

This is our walk every day to campus.

Monday, October 6, 2014

General Conference

This week was pretty great!!!! Got to love General Conference :) We actually had a really bust week before that, so not only did we get to hear from the prophet, but we also got a nice change of pace! So here is a little bit about what happened this week! 

Monday- Preparation Day :) Played some pretty intense volleyball at the church with all of the missionaries in our zone. Got smacked in the face by the ball. It was pretty epic. 
Tuesday- Exchanges with the Avon Sisters. I went to Avon with Sister Tibbitt and her companion, Sister Tollman got to go to IUPUI Campus for the day. All of our plans fell through in the morning, so we went and we tracted... it was so weird to tract again! Boy oh boy we are really spoiled on campus. It is so nice that there are always SO many people to talk too :)
Wednesday- The Plainfield Sisters both came to campus for exchanges! It was so much fun! We met a lot of really cool people. One of my favorite lessons was with a girl named Sara. We were just outside of the library when we stopped and talked to her. She is actually from Norway and here on a scholarship to play golf.... pretty cool :) She is pretty religious but doesn't have a church here! We were able to share a little bit about what we believed with her. It was sweet! She was on her way to class, so she didn't have too much time, but we are pumped to meet with her again this week! 
We also met a really cool girl named Maya. We were sitting down on a bench doing a couple of lesson evaluations and she came up and started talking to us!!! It was awesome. She wanted to know what made us different and said that she is always looking to learn more about different religions. It was pretty sweet- when we shared the restoration with her she had actually heard it before!! She also said that we were way better then the "preachers" on campus (guy who reads-- maybe more like yells about the bible on the corner) we thought it was a pretty sweet compliment! 
Thursday- We contacted with one of our favorite members James in the morning. It is really fun because he actually starts most of the conversation. He is so out going-- he joined the church almost a year ago and is too old to serve a mission (he is 30) so he loves the opportunity to share his testimony! 
We also had a SWEET lesson with one of our investigators Lacey. We mostly just taught her about Jesus Christ and the Atonement. I love how every time that I have the opportunity to teach about the atonement that my own personal testimony of it is strengthened.  
Friday- We had Mission Leadership Council at the mission home!!! We all had to come with a talk prepared on how faith in the atonement increased our desire to serve and then they randomly picked 2 people to give it! Thank goodness it wasn't me!! I did learn a lot though as I prepared the talk and from the Elder and Sister who actually gave the talk. We talk about the Atonement of Jesus Christ a lot. But the real question is... are we applying it? The Atonement of Jesus Christ is so much more then a redemption of our sins-- but there is an enabling power that comes from the Atonement! Christ knows us perfectly and knows how to help us perfectly and can gives the strength that we need that is beyond our own needs!! 
AND WE GOT TO WATCH MEET THE MORMONS!!!!!! It was really sweet! 
Saturday & Sunday- General Conference! We got to watch the first two sessions

at a members house-Todd's house with Natalie, Lauren, and Cameron and the other sets of missionaries :) We watched Sunday morning at the church and then Sunday afternoon with the senior couple in the White River Ward, the Larsens. It was so good!!!! I love that not only do we have a prophet, but that we get to hear from the prophet! One of my favorite quotes from him was:  "Walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as He walked" President Monson. I know that President Monson receives revelation from God on what we need to hear and how to lead and guide Christ's church on the earth today!!! 

okay so now a funny story-- we got these "hipster" glasses from a service project we did last week.... the Elders wanted to wear them to MLC. So we agreed that we would be silly and do this. The funniest part of their request was that we match our outfits to the color of glasses that we have.... hahahahahah 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Temple, General Authorities and More

This week was wonderful!! We were so busy it went by so fast!!! On Wednesday we had a Mission Conference where Elder Perkins from the 70 came and spoke to our mission!! It was fantastic, what a neat experience! It lasted from 9am-4pm, so it was pretty long, but so good. We received several trainings on how we can be more effective as missionaries but I think one of my favorite trainings had to do with receiving personal revelation from meetings. We talked about how we should go to every meeting with a question and how this invites the spirit to answer our questions, making the meeting a personal revelatory experience. Now this is not the first time I have heard this or even used it, but I was so grateful for the reminder-- that I have the opportunity to always be seeking personal revelation. We also got to eat lunch with Elder Perkins and his wife! He is a funny guy. We heard lots of funny stories about his interactions with the quorum of the 12 apostles-- like playing golf with President Eyring or Elder Oaks telling cannable jokes. It made for quite an enjoyable lunch!

This week Sister Hales and I also had the wonderful opportunity to go to the temple!! What an amazing experience, I am so grateful that we have a temple. It was nice to be reminded of the promises that I have made and the blessings that come from keeping those covenants. As soon as we sat down in the temple, I was overcome with feelings of peace and of joy. I love that we have the opportunity to go to the Lord's house the temple and to feel the spirit that is there. I know that temples are what bind our families together and that the promises made there are essential to our salvation. I know that the temple is always a place where I can find refugee from my worries and from the world. What a wonderful opportunity that we have to go and to worship there! 

This week Kelly came to church!!! It was awesome-- she loved the branch and it was sweet that we had an awesome testimony meeting that she got to hear-- great first experience in the YSA branch :) We also got to help at a ALS run this weekend-- it was a pretty cool service opportunity. 

I hope that you all have a great week :) I love you so much! 

Yolanda gets baptized

So biggest miracle of the week....... YOLANDA GOT BAPTIZED! Yes that is right! She had an interview with President Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon and everything went well and we got the a okay to move forward with the baptism!!! It was amazing! Lots of members of the branch came to support her- which was wonderful. She was baptized by a member of the family ward that she used to live in, Eagle Creek. It was kind of cute, she actually got a little nervous right before she went into the font. After she was baptized, we asked her how she felt and how she thought that it went-- she said that it wasn't quite what she expected. That is was different then her first baptism. That she just felt different! From Yolanda who doesn't show a whole lot of emotion, those words were priceless!!! We got a text from her later that night saying "Thanks. Tonight felt like a new beginning."

The gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives! I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve a full time mission for the Lord and to see so many miracles! After Yolanda's baptism I felt just so full of joy! Sister Hales and I were talking about it and we both just couldn't stop smiling :)) Being a part of this makes everything-- all of the ups and downs of missionary work totally worth it!!!!

This week we met a really cool new investigator- her name is Caila. I met her with another sister, Sister Hall, on exchanges this week. We were on our way to the library to meet someone and we saw her sitting on a bench. It turns out that she was actually waiting for the shuttle to come. We only talked to her for a few minutes, but it turned out that she was actually looking for a church to attend and wanted to learn more. We set up another appointment to meet with her the next day :) Well we couldn't get ahold of her on Friday when we tried to meet again. Which was making up super de duper nervous! But we went anyways to the spot we had planned to meet and she was right there waiting!!!! We were so excited. (turns out her phone had just died!) We had an awesome restoration lesson with her! We brought Jeanette with us and when she shared her testimony of the restoration and of God's love with us in our lesson she made all of us cry... including Caila. Caila explained that this was exactly what she was looking for in a religion. We can't wait to meet with her again this week!!!

I love serving on a campus! Somedays are hard because we talk to so many people and sometimes it seems like it doesn't go much of anywhere... and it seems like a lot of people don't like to keep their appointments. BUT it is wonderful because so many people are so open and we get to talk to so many people everyday and testify of Jesus Christ so often!!!!!

Anyways that is all for this week! Thank you for your love and your prayers and support!

<3 Sister Sarah Mumford

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Olympics Stripes and Hot Pot

This week was pretty great!!! We had some crazy adventures are were able to teach ALOT of lessons! It was pretty great :)

We had an awesome opportunity on Saturday to help out with the special olympics! They were having softball and corn hole tournaments! It was so much fun! There were lots of other missionaries that I have served with before there so it was fun to see friends! Most missionaries had specific jobs, like to help out in certain areas, but the assistants were just roaming and had a walkie talkie to make sure that everything else was alright that was going on! Sister Hales and I were made the assistants to the assistants so we also just roamed around to make sure everything was okay! The walkie talkie made us pretty official ;)

This week we had a pretty neat experience with Elliot. We were able to sit down after an activity at the church on Thursday and have a lesson with him. Cameron and Lucas were both able to come as well! He actually just moved in with Lucas and both Cameron and Lucas are converts-- so we couldn't ask for better fellowship! Elliot committed to baptism before and then canceled his baptism about an hour before had. Apparently there were some unresolved concerns. Sister Hales and I decided that we would read 3 Nephi 11 with him and talk about how when the Savior came one of the very first things he did was give Nephi the priesthood authority so he could baptize and we figured Christ could better explain why baptism was important. We were reading and the spirit was so strong. The coolest part is when he shared with us during the lesson that reading those verses gave him his answer and that he decided he wanted to be baptized!!!! Elliot is now working towards being baptized on October 4th :) We are pretty pumped!!!! 

Yolanda was doing great earlier this week, but we had some hic-ups yesterday. We are not sure if the baptism is going to happen this weekend or not. I guess there was just a lot that we didn't know. 

We also had a really cool experience with a girl named Kelly we met on campus this week :) Sister Hales and I had kind of had a long day and had just come out a really hard lesson. We sat down outside to do a lesson evaluation before we went and talked to some more people before we headed back to the church for dinner. We were pooped out and didn't have a whole lot of motivation. We decided that we just needed to get up and go and that talking to someone would be what made us feel better... So we did! Before we sat down, I had spotted a girl not to far from us in stripes. When we decided to get up, I was determined that that was who we needed to talk to! So that is what we did! We went and we talked to the girl in stripes. Turns out that she was at church the Sunday before and that she had been attending church in Kentucky the year before!! We were able to meet with her on Friday again and we had a sweet lesson and committed her to baptism!! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father prepares his children to receive our message!! 

So another cool story-- we were able to teach Kiki's boyfriend Min Gao this week :) We aren't sure how interested he is, but we were able to teach him more about God and we taught him how to pray. It was a pretty sweet experience. I love the spirit that comes as we teach others about God. I think that is one of my favorite things to teach on my mission! Kiki was also about to share her testimony with Min Gao and holy cow that girl is awesome!!!!!! She also made us hotpot on Sunday for dinner...which was kind of an adventure, but pretty yummy :)

Being a campus missionary is different! We get to teach so many people and we meet so many awesome people everyday, but it hard to get those we meet to keep their return appointments and often times they come across anti-mormon material between the times that we meet. So it’s hard, but it is an adventure :))

Oh and one more thing-- sweet quote I found this week :)
"Yes, every test, every trial, every challenge and hardship you endure is an opportunity to further develop your faith." Elder Russell M. Nelson

I love this truth!! Our trials are an opportunity for growth. I know that Heavenly Father knows us individually and that he also understands our divine potential. He is going to do everything that He can to help us become who He knows we can be. Our tests and trials and challenges are what shape us and allow us to become more like him. Through my trials I have found so much strength and growth. I know that God is aware and above all else, He loves us and will never allow us to fail.

I hope you all have a great week :))) 

<3 Sister Sarah Mumford