Monday, February 24, 2014

Transfers, Centerville, UT Sister T.

Dearest Pratt Family

This week has been super totes wonderful! Tuesday after the temple and all that fun stuff we had Sister Pday and it was so cute! I again painted the sisters nails and I just loved it! The rest of the evening was pretty chill.

Wednesday, we made some visits and and we were able to stop by Sister Harts and she is just so very wonderful! We were able to set up a return appointment with her in March and she just loves the Book Of Mormon but said it should have pictures because it's a bit hard to understand! Haha. So we will bring by the Book Of Mormon Stories! Then we had a lesson with Ashley and I asked her when she is going to be baptized just to make sure she knew and all and yep, March 29th! I'm so very happy for her. We had to reteach the first lesson, she couldn't remember who Joseph Smith was but I'm just so very happy to refresh her again to help her understand, it's so very worth it! Then after dinner we made more visits and had a lesson with Aiden! Oh I just love that little boy! It was the best to have Hank, his friend from church be in on the lesson and it was the best to have Hank say, 'Is it okay if I share a spiritual moment?!' It was so awesome to see Aiden and Hank teach us! I love their fam! Then we taught a lesson to the McKinlay fam. and that was super fun to relate the gospel in Disney Movie form! Endure to the end is 'Just keep swimming!' I was happy to update our progress record and have it already to go for this coming transfer!

District Meeting was just totes inspired as we talked about our desire and obedience! I have been working so very hard on this and I know I am not the same Sister Pratt I was before I left on my mission... yea I still laugh and have fun by ALL well mostly all my prioritizes in life have changed and I know it's going to be different coming home but I'm ready for a new transfer after this! More gospel moments and baptizing with the Sister Missionaries in the BG YSA Branch!!!! Haha.

Saturday was a day of rest, my stomach was giving me issues and it was so very hard to focus but I was able to manage. We had an appointment that evening and they stood us up so Howell was really bummed about that and we had passed Sister Eyring’s home and I said that President Eyring’s car was there and so she turned around and we stopped by! Haha. We were so very up lifted as we had scripture study with President Eyring and his grandchildren! Love! Then we went to Mama and Papa Coopers and it was so very awesome we had a late night treat! So she said that we would make oatmeal cookies for Howell! It reminded me of home when Anna-Marie, mom and I would make cowboy cookies and we would have like three separate bowls... I was just totes in my element and can I say I make the best cookies ever?!!?!

Sunday was a joy to wake up and go to the meetings and feel of our Heavenly Fathers love! We were praying so very hard to have Ashley come to church and Howell and I were giving talks with Bro. Beesley.... Ashley and her whole fam came!!!!!!!!!!! It was my goal to have Ashley come before I leave the area! So very many blessings and I know all will work out for me in my last area in Centerville!

For some reason I had a feeling that I would leave... I got really comfy and knew all the people and the buildings and all and I knew I would leave. It is pretty funny though, it was a couple of weeks ago and we meet some ladies in the store from that area and I said it would be really nice to serve in Centerville area! Only Heavenly Father knows best and Sister West in the same Zone as me too so she will see me leave! I think it is hard for Howell but is will be way better off with Sister Cross! She is a boss missionary and is Sister Training Leader! I just thought on the bright side, because I'm being transferred, I will be able to shine my light to even more people here in Utah and I really am excited and happy! I know I am being prepared for something! So I wrote in my last planner last night. but I'm a planner person so I will have a planner when I go home! So not really! Haha.

Okay, so I feel like I'm just talking and don't know if any of this is clicking or not and I need to get going any way and pack my things up early so we will have time to go to the district activity! I love you all so very much! and I know that my life has been so very blessed and will continue to be happy and full of little trials that I will know how to deal with! All is well!

Love your daughter and little sister,
Sister Sarah Jane Pratt

The pictures are of me and Grandma and Grandpa Powell and Mama and Papa Cooper!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Did you know love makes you feel happy?!!?!

Dearest Pratt Family,

I just have to let you know that the letter I told you I would write last week took me forever!!!! It's like six pages and my hand really hurt by the time I got done so sorry for the quick writing! Haha. But it was totes worth it all and I sent it out today so look for it in a few days in the mail box!

This past week went by really quickly and lets just say I have worried a bit about going home but really..... MOM, DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME, I'M SO VERY HAPPY! Every day was an answer to my prayers and for some reason I just felt overwhelmed on Monday with so much cleaning and organizing I wanted to get done and a few Valentines gifts I wanted to get ready and there was just no time. But We had fun with our district and had a craft day! I know totes cute, right?!!?! We had dinner at the Zimmerman's home and she was so sweet to make a meal we haven't had in  awhile... with Howells allergies I have been over blown with roast and am super fat right now that I have had to pull my skirts up higher on my waist!!!!!!!!! Hahaha. True fact! So I have been like really wanting cheese... like mom's homemade lasagna! (4 months without cheesy food is like no ice cream during the month of July!) I know it's like even more carbs but don't curr! Hahah. FREAK! It was so very yummy and I just was in heaven!!! We had our very last lesson with Noah and he is still good to go for April! It was such a tender moment when Noah's dad and him talked to each other and it was like they were the only ones in the room sharing this moment of love and happiness. Not very many converts are able to have their fathers baptize their son! Heavenly Father has blessed his family so very much and Noah's mom just thanked us for including her and not pushing her! I'm so very glad I listened to the spirit! Then our lesson with Juan was totes bueno! He really needs to read the Book Of Mormon. A person won't progress if they don't ponder upon the words and pray to find an answer.

So Tuesday was a bit different and exciting! I was able to have lunch with Sister Chelsea Martin! I trained her in SLC!!! She was on her mission for 10 months and had to come home to Orem. It was sad to see her back in some of her old habits but I know that the Lord will bless her as she strives to serve Him! I'm just so very grateful that I have had the spiritual and physical strength to stay on a mission... I really have no idea where I would be right now if I would have gone home last year? After lunch we made some visits and we were able to talk to Sister Hearts and she said she has been reading the Book Of Mormon!!! Party! She said that she, 'likes that it's all about God and it's really good!' Then we were able to have another scripture study with Miss Sarah (Yep, I totes call her what you always called me!!! <3) We had a wonderful lesson! Then after dinner Dana had her baptismal interview..... #she'sgettingbaptized #:)

Wednesday we had a wonderful lesson with Russell, who is less active and we were able to take Grandma Powell with us! He has so many antiques and I really wanted his office desk and book case! It was totes adorbs wood, carved on the edge, more detailed then dads china hutch he made and I felt like I was breaking the 10th commandment. Coveting! Haha. So my energy level was totes at a zero for the day and sweet Sister Holbrook stayed with me as I slept like all day long. Howell was amazing at our lessons! and I know I missed out on wonderful lessons but that is what Howell needed to do. So on Friday during planning Howell felt like we need to put Ashley on date to be baptized. So we prayed about it and Howell didn't want to be wrong so she asked me what I felt and it was between March 22 or the 29th. I felt really strongly about the 29th even though it was a week further out. So during Ashley's lesson she accepted March 29th and that is the same day her mom is planning on going through the temple!!! Who would have thought?!!?! The Lord really does know each and every one of us! The lesson with the McKinlay Fam went super! They are like ADD all over the place!

Thursday was just wonderful having our district study at 9 am! I just know that everything that was said was inspired by each of the Elders and Sisters in my district! On Wednesday I had felt that I needed to read my patriarchal blessing. I have always had a question about a line in my blessing and have wanted to know what the heck it means since I was like 15 years old. I have studied it over and over and have never felt right about what I have read, it was good but it just didn't fit so I just pushed it off and knew that one day I would understand. Little did I know that it would take me to be on a mission serving in North Salt Lake to find the answer! My breath was taken away and I just marveled at how that all happened in our study time of Christlike Attributes and I just know that our Heavenly Father answers our prayers. It may be years down the road but He answers them! Again that afternoon we made visits and they were super great! At dinner that night they fed us KFC and like they totes had Howells allergy list and the chicken was breaded and the mash potatoes totes had butter and milk, how else do they get that creamy?!!?! Haha. So afterwards we went home and she had some food she could eat! She was on the couch and next thing I knew she was out! So I made some calls and got Mama Adams to go out with me for the evening. I'm so very grateful for her wisdom and love! When she went to drop me off at home I just cried and told her how nervous I am to go home and how I feel like I've kept all my feelings inside and don't want to worry Howell so I just keep going. She just listened to me and it was wonderful to have someone be like a back board to understand me. She gave me hope and I need to worry. Every day I'm doing my best and that is that! I'm doing great! Miracles are happening and I'm so very happy! I was able to work things out with a wonderful member to hook me up with treats that I was able to put together for our District for our meeting Friday and it was totes super cute! Plus I decorated our mirror and made this totes cute heart on the floor for Howell so when she would wake up she would see it!!! You know me and super cute surprises! So yep she woke up Friday morning and wha bam! I scored! <3 We had exchanges that night and I went to Centerville! Being with Sister Weber and Johnson was so wonderful and fun! I learned so very much from them. They have only been out for four months and 11 weeks! We were able to have a ton of others because I made sure we testified and said a prayer with everyone we saw!!!! Also I helped them add a new!!! So when we got back Saturday evening Howell and Sister Taylor said they added two news!!! Happy day! For true, miracles happen every day!

Sunday was just amazing. We had correlation and shared our miracles and were so excited for Dana's baptism!!! Everything was lined up and it went so very smoothly... we totes forgot to get a pianist and conductor so it was a cappella and I conducted! Haha. It was so very totes beautiful! President Bennett was there from the mission pres. and so many of Dana's YSA peeps attended! Sister Claren and Howell sang this amazing song called We Believe! I was going to sing with but I just didn't have the voice like theirs! But it was just drop dead amazing! She is so happy!

Then Monday was a normal day and Howell wasn't feeling well at all so I did my studies and then the other sisters couldn't come over till later in the afternoon but I was fine with that! I was so happy to update the area book and I just started to clean and make our home a place where the spirit could be felt and I vacuumed and cleaned my desk and I felt so very warm and fuzzy inside despite I was in my skirt and blouse and like kind of got a bit warm so I opened up the windows and saw the silly golfers outside and smiled at how wonderful our Heavenly Father has shown his Love to me!

Then this morning we went to the SLC Temple and I'm just in love with it!!! Mama Adams was able to take us and I felt so calm as always and I have been praying about what will happen after my mission with school work and well.... other things and then I was praying about what I need to do here in North Salt Lake and for next transfer and I turned to Moroni 7 and then for some reason I looked at the foot note to 4a D&C 19:23

'Learn of me, and listen to my words;walk in the meekness of my spirit, and you shall have peace in me.'

When I get off the plane I will know what I need to do! I love you all so very much and I'm going very strong and I'm so very happy to have a baptism every month!!!

Love your daughter and little sister,
Sister Sarah Jane Pratt

Ps. I would really love to have a canon camera but I will be fine... I hope! Haha. Also Anna-Marie, your dress is totes adorbs and I love you so very much! Don't worry about me being there for things I just want you to be happy with DrewMan! I hope you all had a super awesome Valentines day! Love, Love, Love!

Monday, February 10, 2014

God is good!

Dearest Pratt Family,

I just really totes love you all and felt something beyond my own this week and I don't know if this email can even express my humble heart and love for our Savior Jesus Christ! I love serving a mission and every day was a blessing! I have been praying really hard that each day would go by slow because it has just flown by and I really don't like it. Each day I embraced it with a smile and a happy heart knowing that Sister Howell and I were going to see miracles and we did! Every hour was a sweet tender joy to me and I just want to take this week into my hands and put it in my pocket and remember it forever!!! I have seen and felt all of my struggles and hard nights sleeping, long prayers where my bed side was wet with tears, my feet tired and cold because my cute boots have holes in the side and my side hurts because I've slipped on the ice too many times, the rain soaking on my hair causing it to get flat and wavy be so very worth it!!! .... what I'm trying to say or want to get out of my mouth is these hard times that we have when the 'mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you...' it will have no power over us because we are built on the rock of our Redeemer! Helaman 5:12 Isn't that just totes so super warm fuzzy awesome?!!?! I know I will not have any time to type all that happened this week and I haven't written it in my journal yet so I'm totes sending you a cute Valentines card... of course homemade on the mission and will explain all the blessings that came to Sister Howell and I! I know that this is not what you want to have in a Monday email but I'm totes so sorry! But I will send it out today! I just really love you lots!!!

Love your daughter and little sister,
Sarah Jane Pratt

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just like miracles happen every day, crap happens too!

From the subject heading, that is what Sister Howell and I learned just this week... Read on and you'll understand.

Dearest Pratt Family,

I don't know if I can tell you enough but I just absolutely love you all so very much! First off, mom and dad another week has gone by on my mission and your sweet unexpected letters have been so very inspired! You two are so in tune to the spirit and know that all will be well with me and that as I continue to endure the rest of my mission and life blessings will come! I just need to keep smiling and enjoy every day. I was able to read the articles/ talks that you talked and sent me! Oh so very good. What I had read I thought of a chapter in Preach My Gospel and the whole week I thought about what I'm doing to keep my commitments just like our investigators are doing! We are all on this path of learning and growing. So, thank you so very much!

As you know being on a mission I have been able to see so very many miracles and have learned so much! Well this week was filled with nothing else that I've had before.... We had dinner then had Noah's lesson which went really well as always! It was like a party with his family, the Bennett’s and the Jacobson’s too! For some reason I just wasn't feeling well at all by the end of the lesson. When we left we had our last appointment for the evening and Sister Howell and I didn't want to go to the lesson, I was really not feeling well and Howell had a really bad headache. We were like maybe they are busy and we can go home?!!?! Ha. We knew we needed to go so we did and we read from the Book of Mormon Stories and it went well. We got out and we were both like shoot, 8:56 pm. We are going home! So we got home and did our planning. I was up all night and I just wanted to be able to sleep and it got so very bad that I wanted to have dad give me a blessing and I just cried going up stairs to wake up Grandma and Grandpa Powell. I couldn't move and I just hurt. I was in all day Tuesday. I couldn't eat anything … so I had called Sister Hansen and I went to the Dr. Short story long, I had food poisoning. I know, right?!!?! So now you can understand that sometimes in our life we see miracles happen and also crap too! Haha. So Tuesday was just really slow but I was so very happy that we were able to have lunch with Ash! I didn't eat but we chatted and I just love her so very much! She just tells me things like it is and that is what I needed. She helped me put things into perspective this week! Wednesday I was still not the greatest and Grandma Powell was like, 'You're not planning on going out today? Are you?!!?!' She was like you are getting your rest! Bummer, I really wanted to go out this whole week but I was able to study and read lots so all went well. Thursday we just made a few visits and it was well. We visited the list that we were given and shoot, President Hansen is just so very inspired! I know that we were to visit those people even if a few answered and we were able to talk to them.

Friday was just super totes awesome! I was finally feeling better from Monday and we had our District meeting and we were able to do so very much in the short time that we had. I felt the spirit so very strongly and it has been awhile since I was able to do a role play and learn/ receive revelation for our investigators during the meeting! We were about the end and the sisters and I looked at each other and was like, 'What? We are done?!' We all got so very much out of that meeting. I'm so very grateful for the sweet tender spirit that can witness to us of truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

'As long as we exercise Love, Patience, and Understanding even when no progress is apparent, 
we are no failing.' -Marvin J. Ashton

I know that ever where we go we are meant to be. I was able to meet Elder Godoy. His testimony is so strong and I just love North Salt Lake! As I was able to fast this week the spirit just filled me up and made me feel so very loved and comforted... I have been able to feel your prayers and love in the cold snow and ice and foggy inversion! President Bennett saw us in the hallway at church and so many people talk about Sister Howell and I! They really love us being in their Stake and I'm so very happy to be here too! Be of good cheer! As we put our faith and trust in the Lord we will see the blessings unfold before our eyes. In Moses 6 as we read in Sunday school class the spirit was so very strong. As we are humble we will have the eyes to see and know that He is with us every day of our lives! He does walk with us! I thought of Dad, Andrew and James and Drew as I read through the talk at conference by President Uchtdorf, You can do it Now! I love you men so very much and know that all things in your life will be okay! You are wonderful Priesthood men and I love you for that! And for my sweet Mother and sis, read Elder Christofferson's talk The moral force of Women. 'Strive to be that kind of disciple of the Father and the Son, and your influence will never fade. 'You are loved!

Stay warm in the super bad blizzards you are having in the Midwest! Haha. I really want to make a snowman so we will see what happens today! Loves!

Love your daughter and little sister, Sister Sarah Jane Pratt