Friday, May 27, 2016

Week 68: I have had better weeks.

Well last Monday my companion lost her wallet. After a tough week it
was the icing on the cake. Little did we know that was the beginning
of our trials.

Tuesday was not bad. We did have an awkward dinner with this member.
She took us out to dinner, and her visiting teacher came with. We just
sat there listening to their conversation; thanked her for dinner; and

On Wednesday we left early so we could go get Sister Stephens a new
drivers license. It took less time than what we thought, so we went to
the stake center for district meeting, and waited for everyone to show
up. We are on the floor watching addiction recovery videos when the
door knob jiggles. We shot up so fast! It was our district leader, and
his companion. It was really awkward, but so funny! Our appointments
pretty much fell through the rest of the day. Then we were having
dinner with this less active couple. They could have us over, but it
had to be later. She told us 7:30.  We get there, and dinner is not
even done. We finally sit down at 8 for this lentil soup which was not
the best. It is time to give a spiritual thought, and I go to get my
iPad, and it is not there! I am silently freaking out. So my companion
come over, and while she was grabbing  her iPad I pulled out the phone
to see if we had anything on it. We had a 6 message epistle from our
investigators who were getting baptized on Saturday.   They were
dropping us over text message, and told us to cancel the baptism. Here
we are heart broken, and we still have to be engaged in the dinner
appointment, and give a spiritual thought. We leave, and we go see if
we can find my iPad at the last house we were at. It was not there. I
called the person we were at before that, and she said yes it was
there. Thank heavens! I do not understand why she would not have
contacted us to let us know she had it, but whatever. I knew where it
was. We decided that were were not going to respond to our
investigators. That we would go over to their house the next day, and
see what happened. We were really in a damper mood the rest of the
night, and pretty much all day on Thursday.

On Thursday we left early to go get my iPad, and then we went to the
mission office to trade cars. We got a new 2026 Toyota Corolla, but it
would get stuck, and was having a struggle to get us to some of our
members houses. We go, and we now have a jeep with four wheel drive!
Sister Stephens also picked out her classes for school. At this point
we are back in our area tracting when we get another text from our
investigator asking if we got last nights text message. We decided to
go over then. While we were on our way there I felt like I was on a
death march. I didn't know what their concerns were, I kept over
analyzing if I was a bad missionary, and praying desperately for the
spirit to be with us. We pull up, and they are in their truck. It was
the worst feeling of dread getting out of the car. We talk, and they
said that they were under spiritual attack. Of course! Because Satan
wants them to be miserable! This gospel is true, and brings happiness.
He knows that, and wants to keep as many people away from it as
possible. We testified of the priesthood, and she completely
disregarded it." Yeah, that is what you believe" she said. Ouch. I
just do not understand why they kept meeting with us. They never even
said, hey I have a concern, or anything like that.  (Her husband did
not say one word to us, he just sat in the car, so we just talked to

It hurt so much. We testified of our Savior, of the priesthood power,
and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They paid no heed
to the spirit, and what we had to say. They want to handle this
situation by themselves.
Anyways, there is a lot I am leaving out, but it was such a hard day.

The Morgan's came, and picked up some of my stuff to take home to Las
Vegas. They then we're kind enough to take us to lunch! They are so

Then on Friday we had more investigators drop us. We were so
depressed. Later we decided that our Areabook is just purged. The area
is not going dead. Once we got out to work it was good! It is amazing
what work will do. We even found a new investigator!

Then that night our investigator who wants to be baptized came to a
baptism with us! It was so good!

On Sunday
it dumbed buckets of rain! We watched a mission approved movie
with Sister Baxter, and called it a week!

This week has been the most draining roller coaster spiritually,
emotionally, and mentally of my life. I do not know how to convey to
you all the emotions that I went through, and how challenging this
week has been. It has solidified my testimony of this gospel, the
Savior and is infinite atonement, and the restoration of the

6 Remember thy suffering saints, O our God; and thy servants will
rejoice in thy name forever.

7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine
afflictions shall be but a small moment;

8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou
shalt triumph over all thy foes. D&C 121

Sister Slattery

Monday, May 16, 2016

Week 67: Another Manic Monday

Okay so for the past three weeks we have had some craziness happen.
Elders broke our phone in half, went on a hike to Mount St. Helens, and
this week Sister Stephens lost her wallet. Crazy right?

This week I got to go back to Columbia River again for Jayden Kennedy's
baptism! His family came to church one Sunday.His  mom and Aunt
were members, but he was not. We started to teach them, and he was so
excited to get baptized! It was wonderful to go back! I see that boy,
and I see him going on a mission, getting married in the temple. So
many lives he will touch and influence!

Saturday's are a special day!

We also had interviews with President! It was kinda short. He said he
had no reason to separate Sister Stephens and I, so we maybe will
finish our missions together. That would be great! Also found out he
is planning on doing an "unofficial" exit interview with everyone
going home in July. We also get to have a dinner with President and
Sister Taylor on June 13th. Sister Taylor told us that the new mission
president and wife will be here June 29th.

You just never know what you will find in the woods.

We got a new car this week! A brand new 2016 Toyota Corolla. We named
him Heber. He is very classy. However.. He is only two wheel drive,
and low to the ground. Our area is a lot of boonies. Heber needs the
city life. We potentially will be getting a different car more suited
for the area.

Dhana and Michael had their baptismal interview this week as well!
They are so excited for their baptisms this Saturday!  They are so prepared for the gospel!

Hope you have a great week!
Sister Slattery

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Week 66: Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you mother's out there! It was wonderful to
see my mom, and family! I can't believe that this was the last time
that I get to skype them before I come home. I never thought this time
would come. It just always seemed so far away.

Weekly planning

Bubbles are always fun.

My week was so good! On Friday we went to the Jonny Miller fireside.
Do you know who he is? I didn't. Apparently he is the Tiger Woods of
the 70's, and is best friends with President Taylor. I did not really
get much out of the fireside, but I got to see my people! I also got
to see Brother and Sister Ball! It was such a surprise! I love them so

4 Generations...Sister Slattery, Sister Mandin, Sister Arbon, Sister Twitchell

I LOVE Sister Ball!
Then on Saturday we had the opportunity to go back to the Columbia River
Ward for Ronny and Jeremiah's baptism! Backstory.... Sister Stephens
taught Debbie (Ronny's wife) when she was serving there. In her
confirmation blessing she was promised she would have an eternal
family. Fast forward to when I was there I got to teach Ronny and
Jeremiah. It was so wonderful to go back and see them!! It was such a
special day. Then later that day we got to speak at this child of
record baptism, then the family took us out to Chinese food.

Baptism Happiness!

On Sunday I got to skype home! At church the young men passed out
tulips to all the women 18 and older, and cards that the primary made.
I love being in the 18 or older club! Then after church the brethren
put together a little luncheon for us. Complete with chocolate

Then today we are hiking Mount St. Helens.  I turned back because I
am trying to not over do it with my back. Lots of time in the car today. Zone bonding time I guess.

Sister Stephens and I with Mt. St. Helens in the background..

Longview Zone P Day Hike

Hope you have a great week!
Sister Slattery

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Week 65: Spring

Not much to report here.

The weather is nice. The cats like to play in our bathroom trash.   Had breakfast at Stake President's house today. His new thing is that we can only eat dinner at active members if they have an investigator or less active. The objective is to get the members more missionary minded.

The work is  awesome! We have a couple on date for the 21st  of this month! Missionary work is great here, and this is the best area I have been in for member missionary work. I like the area, it really out in the  boonies and mountains. This area is the biggest in the mission. 

The craziest thing this week is we almost hit this family of ducks. Luckily they were finishing crossing the road!

Can't wait to Skype with my family on Mother's Day!

Until next week,
Love you all
Sister Slattery
Longview Zone