Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It was a great week!

The highlight was Sunday, when we got to go speak at the branch at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island! We woke up early (with permission of course) and took the ferry over, and it was SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! A member picked us up and made us breakfast before church. Then we spoke in sacrament, and we've been stressing all week because we were the only speakers so our talks were supposed to be 20 minutes each. I have never given a 20 minute talk. But Sis Loertscher went first and spoke for 30 minutes, so mine was a lot shorter hahaha. There were probably 25 people there, but it was so fun! They loved having us and loved our testimonies!  The ride back was pretty incredible too!

We gave Bill my dad's ties he sent, and Bill LOVED them! He was so touched 1)for the ties, but 2) more that we thought to ask our dads for them because we were thinking of him! Bill is incredible. We can't wait for when he goes to the Salt Lake Temple, hands them his recommend, and they let him past. I don't care where I am in the world, I will fly to Utah and be there with him. He went to Temple Square years ago and they stopped him from going in since he wasn't a member. Now he'll finally be able to go see the inside of it!

This gospel is so great. It is a good life being a missionary!

Sister Tennant
The Sunrise!

It was the CUTEST little town!!

Is that a Whale I See?


Mount Baker

The Ferry

Fun day at the zoo. Lotsa layers

In the reptile room today. HALLELUJAH there are no lizards

Riding a Turtle

We Made Banana Bread!

You can't really tell, but I am COVERED in mud. It was my day to back. And it's been pouring      

Photos sent the week of 11/16/15

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Weekly Update 11/9/15   

It was kind of a slow week.  Not much happened.

The highlight was definitely that Bill was baptized on Saturday!

The Primary Program was on Sunday and they had a practice Saturday morning so the President asked us to pick up a bunch of pizzas from Little Ceasar's on our way to fill up the font.  We got to be the pizza delivery ladies and had lunch with all the cute Primary kids!

Then it was time for the baptism and Bill and everyone showed up!  And his Fiance from Canada that we've been waiting forever to meet came too and it was so good!  Bill could hardly wait for the program to start.  Since he has serious back problems, instead of going backward into the water, after Bro Rollo said the prayer, Bill went to his knees and then forward.  I'd never seen someone do that before, but it worked our nicely...and for the rest of the day he was glowing.  Happiness was radiating from him.  He is so excited to baptize Trish, his fiance one day, and them be sealed in the temple.  Now we just need to get her to meet with the missionaries in Canada.

Sunday was a big day too.  We met Bill out in the parking lot and he was still glowing.  Then he was confirmed and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost!  After the men stepped away after the prayer, Bill was crying. It was so sweet and the spirit was so strong!  And he took the Sacrament and renewed his covenants he'd just made.  Then a new Bishop was called.  We haven't had one for 2 weeks since our last one moved away.  So that was good to have one again.  And the Primary Program was So Sweet!

Lemme tell ya, being a missionary is the Very Best!

Sister Tennant

Baptism Day

Friday, November 6, 2015

Weekly Update Nov. 2, 2015

I am officially the oldest sister in my mission!

It is so crazy how fast time goes by and I cannot believe I only have two transfers left.  Washington has stolen my heart and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve Heavenly Father and His children.

All in all, it was a good week! We started a 40 day fast for Missionary Work in our ward on Wednesday, and we have already seen miracles!  The work has been slow the last few weeks, so it's been great to have the ward all come together.


Wednesday -  A man names Jason went on Mormon .org and referred himself, requesting a Bible a few weeks ago.  We took one over but he wasn't home so we left it with his family.  On Wednesday we went to follow up on it, and we met Jason, gave him a Book of Mormon too, and taught him the Restoration!  And he accepted a baptism date!

Thursday-  We got a referral from our recent convert, Ursula, on the reservation for a man named Jesse.  We went to contact him and taught him the Restoration, and he wants to learn more!

Friday-   We traveled to and from Edmonds safely and got to stop in and say Hi to some of our favorite ladies at the mission office.

Saturday-  Our zone did a "car fast" where no one uses the cars at all to help us appreciate the cars more and to save miles.  So we were walking all day and it was POURING all day.  A few days earlier we'd been tracting and no one answered and we got to the last house and he wasn't home, but as we were turning to step off his porch, he drove up--awkward-, so we talk to him through the car window, introduce ourselves, give him a pamphlet, and say how it's not a good time now, but we'd like to come back and share our message sometime.  So we're partway to his house on Saturday, soaking wet, looking quite pathetic and we stop and consider if it's even worth it to knock on this man's door looking as bad as we did, but we decide to go for it anyways.  We knock, be answers and apologizes for being in his pajamas and we say, "we're soaking wet, so it's all good"! And laugh and proceed to teach him about the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  And he said:  " I am definitely interested!"  Oh we were so excited!

Sunday-   We've been sharing D&C 15:6 with members and these miracles and explaining how the reason we do missionary work is because we love these people and we want to see them in the Celestial Kingdom with us - Whether they be friends, neighbors, family members, etc. And we shared it with the family who'd fasted that day, and the mom how she had this friend she's been thinking about but she really doesn't know what to say.  We gave her some ideas and even role played with her a little.  We felt just like Sister Payne and Sister Myers on one of the District videos Ha Ha Ha....It was almost the exact same situation.

Also on Saturday I turned 21 !!  Thank You everyone for the Happy Birthday Wishes!!  We had to come in early on Halloween (for safety) and weekly plans, but we got to go to sleep early, and it happened to fall on daylight savings time, so we got even more extra sleep!

Miracles are real !  The work is hastening --> No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing!

Love, Sister Tennant

Happy Birthday Package !

Birthday Presents!

Coloring in our wonderful coloring pages - Thank You   Sis. Passantino!

Happy Light to keep our spirits up !

 A recent convert in the ward bought me flowers to celebrate the big 2-1!
Happy Birthday Cake!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekly Update 10/26/15

The week was extremely uneventful.  We are working really hard to find new investigators to teach, but it seems like no one at all wants to learn about the gospel.

Friday/Saturday was kind of crazy though.  We had a lesson with our investigator Bill, who is awesome.  He was taught by missionaries in the past but they had to drop him because they couldn’t get a hold of him.  So Sis Bird and I went to see him and ever since then, he has really been on fire.  He is truly converted to the gospel and it is so cool to see him learn and grow.  His whole countenance has changed even just in the few months that I’ve known him.  And he was already to go to be baptized Oct 24th.  So we get to his house, and our member who’d beat us to his house by a couple of minutes, talked him into waiting to be baptized on November 7th, so his fiancĂ© could be there.  Keep in mind this is all happening at 8pm the night before his scheduled day.  It was so intense in there and we were all going back and forth between what day it should happen.  And I have a huge testimony of “do not procrastinate the day of you repentance”, so I was really trying to not be frustrated with our member.  He hadn’t decided for sure what he was going to do but said he’d let us know for sure by 7:00 Saturday morning.  All night long we felt uneasy and discouraged.   And in the morning, he told us he’s waiting till the 7th.  and we just couldn’t focus or function, and there were some tears.  We felt unsettled about the 7th and giving Satan 2 more weeks to mess things up.  We met up with our Sister Training leaders and they are just wonderful.  They lifted our spirits and talked us through everything.  It was way good getting to see them and them helping us relax and calm down.  Then we went to see Bill, just us, without our member.  He’s still doing good, way solid testimony, determined to be baptized.   We warned him about how Satan will try to lead him astray, and committed him to read the Book of Mormon every day to help fortify his testimony.  We love Bill and all will be well!

Sunday was a way good day at Church!  Our recent convert Greg got a calling!  And we taught the Beehives and it was so good.  All about how to become more Christ like in our service.  We shared the “lift” Mormon message.

I’ve been reading The Infinite Atonement and I came across this part that is absolutely beautiful.

“Elder Melvin J. Ballard, with a tender insight that seemed to penetrate the veil, commented on the Father’s choice not to rescue his Son.

“God heard the cry of His Son I that moment of great grief and agony, in the garden when, it is said , the pores of his body opened and drops of blood stood upon Him, and He cried out: ‘Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me.
I ask you, what father and mother could stand by and listen to the cry of their children in distress, in this world, and not render aid and assistance?......”

“We cannot stand by and listen to those cries without its touching our hearts.  The Lord has not given us the power to save our own…He has given us faith, and we submit to the inevitable, but He had the power to save, and He loved His Son , and He could have saved Him…..He saw that Son finally upon Calvary, He saw his body stretched out upon the wooden cross; He saw the cruel nails driven through hands and feet, and the blows that broke the skin, tore the flesh, and let out the life’s blood of His Son.  He looked upon that.”

“In the case of Our Father, the knife was not stayed, but it fell, and the life’s blood of His Beloved Son went out.  His Father looked on with great grief and agony over His Beloved Son, until there seems to have come a moment when even our Savior cried out in despair.  ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me” ?
“In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind the veil looking upon these dying struggles until even He could not endure it any longer;  and, like the mother who bids farewell to her dying child, has to be taken out of the room, so as not to look upon the last struggles, so He bowed his head, and hid in some part of His universe, His great heart almost breaking for the love that He had for His Son.  Oh, in that moment when He might have saved His Son, I thank Him and praise Him that he did not fail us, for He had not only the love of His Son in mind, but He also had love for us.”

I am so thankful for my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ who each sacrificed more than we can comprehend so that we can return to live with them again someday.  They love each one of so much!

Sister Tennant