From America’s Oven

Letter from June 20, 2016

And behold in the sixth month of the sixteenth year of the reign of Obama, Sister Packer and Sister Daun did sweat exceedingly.  Nevertheless, they did rejoice in the Lord for they knew that He would preserve them.  For by the sweat soaking their dresses and water that they chugged, were many brought to the knowledge of their God, and yea many were fully converted unto him that they might have everlasting life. 

Guys! We walked to our normal Sunday appointment with Krista yesterday…  in 118 degree weather.  It was not the smartest idea we have ever had.


We may have also had an incident this week which started with the best intentions of giving our apartment some color and ended with a broken chair. 

Sister Daun and I had to give a training this week in zone meeting.  I think we had one of the loudest trainings I’ve heard yet on the mission. When we got to the front we said “Garcia (one of the elders) hit it!” – and he started flipping the lights on and off and playing the song ‘get on your feet’ from my speaker. We got everybody up dancing and then we all yelled  “what do we want?”  Baptisms!  “How are we going to get them?” Working with members! and then high-fived everyone. Don’t worry though, after that we turned off the music and had a spiritual meeting. We also handed out gravy packets as “treats” for answering questions, it was super funny! 

We also had exchanges this week and I went out to Marana with Sister Cook. Did you know there actually are green fields in Arizona?!  Oh how sweet was the joy.  I felt like I was home again. 

This week we had a very cool experience with Tammy. We brought her to a baptism on Saturday.  We were able to explain the program and how it all runs. She loved it so much. She kept saying it was the most beautiful baptism she’d ever attended.  And she also loved how there were talks to explain what she would be doing because she plans on inviting a friend and she wants him to understand what she is doing!  How cool is she?  Well then Sunday rolled around and we called up Sister Schwartz and she tells us that during relief society Tammy asked her to be a speaker at her baptism. She asked if we put Tammy up to it but we hadn’t said anything about picking speakers! Tammy is just taking charge. It is so dope!

Last night we had a lesson planned with a new investigator, J-. We had sister St. Clair pick us up and we were so pumped but we drove out there and then he called and cancelled.  We were only bummed for a bout a .0123672 of a second and then decided to try a less active who lived close by.  I can definitely say, God wanted us there. She was ready for invitation and really wanted to take the missionary lessons again to prepare for the temple.  And we didn’t even realize that going to visit her was a prompting. We had been debating between two different directions to go and just made a decision. 

The lord really can direct our thoughts and guide his work, even when we don’t realize it. I know he is so aware of each one of us and that he is trying to guide each one of us back to him. I found a quote from Joseph Smith that really stuck out to me this week- “If men do not comprehend the character of God they do not comprehend themselves.” That sentence hit me so hard because its so true. When people think they are missing something, or are trying to find themselves, its often because they do not understand that they are a child of god and that he loves us. I have made a goal to make sure I help whoever I teach understand that and to feel his love. 

I hope everyone is doing well! Dad, Hope you had a great Father’s Day!!

Lots of Love, Sister Packer 

Thanks for the dresses, Edwina
Shaking hands with Elder Holland
The Huntington’s gave me the gift of Crunchy peanut butter.
With Sister Cook out in the boonies, Marana
Broke a chair in an effort to bring color to the wall.

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