Wednesday, March 27, 2013

You'ns sound goooood

My people!
First of all, shoutout to my besties. Congratulations to my dear Curly and Aar bear!!! I'm so excited for you two!! I wish I could be there for all this crazy business but I know it's going to be such an exciting few months for the two of you and an eternity of happiness!! I love you both so much and miss you like crazy!! Good luck with all the wedding prep!!
OH, this week. Holy moly. I never know where to begin in these emails! We've been working our little tails off dealing with the firey darts that come our way. 90% of our investigators are really flakey so we are working hard to kick butt and take names with them and trying to figure out who is for real about wanting to learn the gospel and making and keeping commitments. But we do have some really good people we're working with too. There are three siblings (I don't know if I've mentioned them before) but they're step grandma was the one who got baptized at the beginning of the month. They're living with her and their grandpa right now and we've taught all three of them the lessons, they come to church every week, and they want to get baptized. We're just waiting on mama's permission. Pray for them, please. They want it so bad and I hope it all works out.
We're teaching a lady right now that we found her through a member who passed away the week we got here. She is a neighbor and we've been helping her with a bunch of different things the last few weeks. We helped her put together a little memorial service for the member. She is a Cherokee woman who means business and she has such a strong belief in God and wants to learn more. Funny story: The night before the service we went over to her house to see if there was anything else she needed help with and we ended up making a picture poster of Pinto (the member who passed away). It was all a funny, weird experience. We were sitting on her floor, covered in cat hair, making a big bright blue poster for a memorial service in a home reaking of cigarettes while she blasted Christian country music. I put my head down so she couldn't see me laughing but the whole situation was a little odd. We asked her if we could turn off the music, but she couldn't hear us talking over the good tunes. I wish I had the whole thing on film. It was hilarious.
Our main focus right now is the part member families, all of which are less active. We called all 25 of our part member families one morning and got a few appointments so we're hoping for good things with each of them. We've met with a few of the families already and seeing a desire in these less actives to come back to church. We're working on actually getting them there.
We had interviews with President Craven yesterday. I feel like phone calls, meetings, and interviews with him come at just the right time. He always says everything I need to hear and gives so much good counsel and advice. I leave every meeting with him thinking, YES. Baptize EVERYONE!! It was great. I feel so loved when I'm around the Cravens. They are both called of God. I know that to be true.
Well I'm glad everyone is doing well! I know that when we trust in the Lord, it all works out. That's the only way it can all work out. We can't do anything alone and we need to have faith and trust that He is always there for us. I know that to be true. I know it. I love this gospel. I love that I have the opportunity to serve in this mission at this particular time. I love y'all and pray for you multiple times a day.
Hope y'all have a Happy Easter this week and a happy beginning to spring break!
Love always,
Sister Webber
P.S. People say phrases here that you only hear on movies. I'm not kidding. I didn't think people really said fixin, reckon, you'ns, younder, youngn's, and all that stuff. it's reaaaaal southern talking in the Cherokee nation y'all. 
P.P.S. The west needs to look into getting a Bojangles chain going out there. Best chicken and biscuits in the world. Good thing they're putting us on bikes soon so I don't get fat, ya know? :)  

Sister Webber and Sister Sellers

Monday, March 18, 2013


Hey y'all. First of all, I love, love love you all. Thank you for all the letters and emails. Keep them coming. I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well and that life is treating y'all good! Grandma and Grandpa, thank you for the card! It made my day! And tell your sweet sister missionaries there that I said thank you for the Plan of Salvation baggie! We are teaching a few families right now that have little kids so it is PERFECT! So thank you! I love you! I'll get a letter out to y'all as soon as I can!
Man alive! This week has been quite a week! First, my companion and I survived being attacked by dogs. EVERY person has a million dogs. This one house in particular had SIX, identical wolves (they were probably dogs but we can call them wolves) running after us, ready for dinner. Luckily, we survived-Book of Mormons in hand, ready to swing away if it needed to happen. But we are still alive to tell the story so that is a good thing;)
We are still so scattered and turned around with everything because we're new but everyday gets a little bit better. The ward members (that are active) have been helpful. This ward is HUGE but you'd never guess it looking at the number of people at church every Sunday. We're putting our focus on part member families who are less active but trying to find where they are is half of our problem right now. Most people only give the church their PO box so we are working our hardest at tracking people down with the limited miles we have and the huge, spread out area that we cover.
We are working hard and trying to turn our investigators into solid investigators. Seven people we are teaching right now are under the age of 15 so that goes about how you would think it would. They are all good kids though. Three of them are our strongest investigators right now and are so ready to be baptized and are just waiting on their mother's approval (who is a less active member)  It'll hopefully happen in the very near future. We're still working with the lady who's husband passed away who we talked with about being married forever and briefly about the Plan of Salvation. We were being mighty persistant and calling her everyday to set up an appointment but she's been sick so she keeps putting us off. She called on Saturday night and said, "Girls, I've been thinking a lot about the things we talked about and I'm really sick so I can't come to church tomorrow but I will come next week. I want to meet you somewhere and follow you there and I can only wear dress slacks because that's all I have so I hope that's okay." So I'm really excited about that. We talked to her some more and explained things about church. She's doing our job for us. Inviting herself to church and everything! She's so prepared and so ready for the gospel in her life. I pray she continues the path she's on. She's doing great.

We had a Zone Meeting on Friday. There are FOUR of us Lone Peakers in my zone alone. Our high school is literally taking over the planet. But it was fun to see so many familiar faces. President had the Zone Leaders sit down with the missionaries who have opened areas and have a meeting with us to answer any questions we have and to give advice. It was helpful and eye opening to realize we aren't the only missionaries who struggle with things. But it is clear that they are all concerned for our well being. We got calls from our District Leader, Zone Leaders, the Assistants, and President Craven all in one night. My companion and I are the only two sisters opening an area in our zone and neither of us have much experience. I didn't realize that until we had our meeting and felt like we were getting the short end of the deal but it has helped me realize how much the two of us need to rely on the Lord. Every time we have dinner with a family in the ward we share a thought about how we all MUST rely on the Lord and I realize I need to take my own advice. I'm still a brand new missionary and I have a companion who is an even newer missionary and we are an in area that we know nothing about and didn't receive any help from previous missionaries. I have truly learned to take the things that are in front of me and hand them over the Lord because I cannot do it alone. I continue to learn so much about the gospel everyday and I learn more about myself everyday. I'm amazed everyday at how my capacity to love has changed. I feel like my heart is going to explode all the time with how much I love my family and my friends as well as these strangers that we come in contact with each day.
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a missionary right now especially at the same time as Katie. This is a one of a kind experience and I'm learning things I couldn't learn anywhere else. We have to put our trust in the Lord and trust that He knows what is best for us. He can see our full potential when all we can see is right in front of us.
I love what Kate said about reading in Mosiah. When I hit a major rough week, I was in the middle of studying Mosiah and I haven't received greater strength or hope from any other book before. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I love reading it and I love telling people about it. I love when someone commits to read it and when they can see the blessings that come in their lives when they put the Lord first. The classic quote stands true about how this is not an easy thing but it is OH, so worth it.
I love you all! I pray for each of you all the time. Be strong!
Love always,
Sister Webber

Monday, March 11, 2013

Two months and a baptism

I don't have a ton of time to write. There is a countdown on this computer that is stressing me out so I'll go as fast as I can.
This week as been LOCO. Seriously. I forgot to tell you last week that before I left the Colfax area, my comp and I thought it would be a good idea to "tract into" Chris Daughtry's house. He lives in Oak Ridge. Surprise, his property is top notch security and we had little success there;) Just thought I'd let y'all know;)
Anyway. Tuesday transfers were crazy and good. I got my little trainee. Her name is Sister Sellers and she's from Woodruff, UT. She's a nice girl. She's barely 19 so definitely one of the new rush like everyone else.
We drove three and a half hours to the Cherokee nation on Tuesday night and got to our place which is oddly above a shop in Bryson City, NC called Madison's on Main. Whaaaaat. Yeah it's a cute little shop just like Dear Lizzie.
The rest of the week was kind of all over the place.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are kind of all a blur. We met with members of the ward and the ward mission leader and tried to get our bearings straight. We had district meeting which obviously you can tell from maps that everything is so spread out so it took us well over an hour just to get to district meeting last week. We have a really good ward though with a TON of less active members. There are close to 400 members in our ward boundaries and I think there were about 125 at church yesterday. So we'll be working hard on that.
Saturday we had a BAPTISM! Everyone in the ward was joking about how good we must be for having a baptism on day 4. Yeah. We're that good. But it really was such a great experience and we had the opportunity to plan out the whole thing and actually finish teaching this investigator, Judy the rest of the missionary lessons. She had a baptismal date set of March 9th and when the Elders who were here previously tried to give us details, they just said...well nothing is planned, we don't know if it's still happening so that was the main focus for us this week.
On Saturday we planned to go visit a former investigator who wasn't home when we stopped so we decided to go tracting in their neighborhood (neighborhoods are RARE here, seriously) anyway...we met a lady who asked if we could pray for all these things going on in her life. After we prayed we were just talking and she was telling us about her husband who died in the late 90s and how she used to ask him if they'd be married forever and he would tell her no and she said, that just doesn't seem right to me. I feel like we should be married forever. My companion and I looked at each other and my eyes got real big and I got so excited and practically yelled at her, YOU CAN! You can be married to him forever and her eyes got huge and she just said, I can!? And then we went on about the Plan of Salvation for a few minutes and she gave us all her contact info and said to give her a week because she had to deal with the "crisis" going on in her life right now but she was so excited about it. She said, everyone tells me we can't be married forever! God sent you two to me! I know he did. --so that was a really fun experience.
We ended up catching the former investigator at home right after that. Turns out this husband and wife act (and are) Mormon and they just don't know it. We walked into their house and saw The Proclamation and The Living Christ hanging on their wall. They read from the Book of Mormon together everyday and the wife is working on reading a section from The Doctrine and Covenants everyday. I was thinking, so why aren't you two baptized. So they are one of our main focuses right now too. They have a grandson on a mission and are really interested in the church.
We're also working with a family right now, it is actually the family of Judy who was baptized on Saturday. Her husband's grandkids (I guess they'd be her step grandchildren) are all three over the age of eight. They want to be baptized and they come to church with their grandpa every week. I think there is a wait on parental approval...But they are GREAT kids. We went over and spent time with them last night and talked to them about church and baptism. I see some really good things happening with them hopefully really soon in the future.
Well I'm running out of time very quickly. But I LOVE YOU. Thank you for all the love and support. This gospel is TRUE. I can't say it enough. I want to scream it from these small mountain hills. I love being a missionary, as hard as it is. I love this work. I love my family. I love that we are FOREVER. I'm so grateful for each of you.
Quinc-you're looking like a babe. I'm excited for your big dance;) :)
Mommio! Thank you for the newpaper clippings. It's killing me that I'm missing all of that. Every house we go into they say, Oh! We're just watching a game. it KILLS me. I'm missing two months of March on my mission. That'll be so fun:) haha but thank you for keeping me updated.
Dad; I love you so much! Thank you for everything
J; love you pumpkin. write me a letter.
Someone tell my cute Rose Carter that I said good luck this week and that I love her!
I love y'all. You're in my prayers
Sister Webber

Monday, March 4, 2013

Madi: The trainer who trains.....

Family! Hello! 
As you know its been a crazy week!

We found four new investigators in two days and I was so excited about it. My mind is so scattered right now that I can't even think straight to tell you all that happened this week but it was a great week. We taught a lady named Rena and her sister Mary. Rena has cancer and is going through therapy right now and received a blessing from the previous Elders just before we got to the area. She said that blessing is the only reason why she's alive and she is SO receptive to everything we share with her. We taught her three times this week alone and she cries every time we pray for her and the Spirit is always so strong. They are both so wonderful. I'm sad I'll be leaving them but I know they're in good hands. 

We have another investigator who was a "former investigator" but recently had a change of heart and wanted to start meeting with the missionaries again. He's been at church the last two weeks and said as soon as he has a sure answer to his prayers, nothing will be stopping him from getting baptized. He knows it. He'll be baptized before the end of the month.

As you know, I got a call Saturday night from President Craven telling me that I'd be transferred this week to a new area and that I'd be training.. Tears started streaming the minute he said it all and I have felt 100% overwhelmed since then. I'm still a baby in the mission field but I know that I'll survive with the Lord's help. I may not know what I'm doing but the Lord knows what he's doing and I need to always remember that. I was in shock all day. Right after I got off the phone with him, a member of our ward was at our apartment to pick us up for dinner. I don't remember a thing that went on at dinner that night. My head's been spinning ever since. 

It's a crazy time in the mission field but it is so exciting. It's such a privilege to be a missionary at this time. Anything is possible when we trust in the Lord. I'm learning that more everyday. This is an experience of a lifetime and I am loving it, as hard as it is. 

Kate bo bate: I am Yuri the trainer who trains :) We both will be. I sent a letter to you last week. I don't know how long it'll take to get there but I put in some good stuff:)
Mom and Dad: Thanks for all the encouraging words! I love you both so much! Thank you for all you do for me and thank you for the picture of all the cute Colony boys. I sure miss them! 
Gramma Patti: Happy birthday!! Hope you had a great day! Sure love you! 

Well. I'll let you know my new address as soon as possible. I love y'all so much. Keep me in your prayers this's going to be a little crazy. But i KNOW the Lord is mindful of each of us and blesses us tremendously when we are exactly obedient. 
keep on keepin on! 
Love y'all, 
Sister Webber