Monday, December 30, 2013

And a happy new year

Hey y'all!
It was so good to see y'all this week! All your beautiful faces made
my week! It's been a good week in North Carolina! We had lots of fun
with the holiday! It was really fun. Christmas Day I got to see Y'ALL.
Which was the best.

But what a marvelous week to be a missionary! So often as missionaries
we tend to have an outlook that holidays are going to be the worst
days of our missions full of homesickness and heartache. When in
reality, it is one of the best experiences we get to have. Caroling on
Christmas Eve to the less active and part member families in our area
was a blast. We had such a good time and met many more people along
the way that were in the Christmas spirit and allowed us to share our
testimonies with them. It was incredible.

I was able to finish the Book of Mormon. I couldn't be more grateful
for the opportunity I had to read the Book of Mormon with the mission
and focus on the Doctrine of Christ and Christlike attributes. I don't
believe there is a way we could better understand the Doctrine of
Christ than to study it directly from the written words of Christ
Himself. Over the last six months I have come to understand what the
Atonement really is and how it can be a blessing for me. Through this
study, the quality of my personal prayers has increased as I've worked
to align myself with the will of The Father through the Atonement of
Jesus Christ. I'm becoming a new person. The Book of Mormon reading
has changed who I am for the better. Continual knowledge and
understanding comes as I pray for more light. I know our Father in
Heaven is aware of us. I know He loves us. I know this is His
everlasting gospel. I know that Jesus is the Christ. That His gospel
was restored through a prophet of God and that living prophets are on
the earth today to lead and guide us. I know that this is the Lord's
work, that He stands at the head of it and that we are at the front
lines of it's hastening. There is no better time to be a missionary.
Happy New Year!!
I love y'all. Keep being the best.  Keep the emails coming. :)
Love, Sister Webber

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Two days until we all see each other! Harrah! Can't wait!
This won't be super long because we get to talk so soon but I'll send
pictures to make up for it.
How crazy is Katie's life right now? I can't even compete! Nothing
here this week was as exciting as Bulgaria, Germany, and Ukraine. You
live quite the missionary life, Kate!

We're going to have a good week here! I'm actually really excited.
we're having a combined Christmas activity with my beloved
Charlotte South zone down in Pineville so that will be the best thing
ever. Then tomorrow night we get to go out caroling with the two
companionships of Elders in our area to less active and part member
families. It'll be a good opportunity to build some relationships with
people we've never been able to get in with. Christmas Day, half the
ward is having us over so that'll be super fun. I'm all good to skype
at 11! So we can all see each other!!

To the best family in the world, I hope y'all have a wonderful
Christmas together and remember the true meaning of Christmas! We're
so very blessed to be together forever even though we're apart for
this short time. God bless. Y'all are the best people I know! Merry
Christmas! See you soon!!

Love always,
Sister Carolina Webber

Monday, December 16, 2013

Crazy Week

Hello my dears!

It has been a crazy crazy week. But so good.
Last Tuesday we went out to Gastonia to do trainings then in the
evening the Mission Leadership met there for a meeting with President
Donaldson. For those who aren't familiar with the well known "District
2" he was the mission president in the California San Diego mission a
few years ago. He was in town for observations on the iPad trainings
and our meeting with him that evening was incredible.
He read Matthew 24:14 and then asked what happened on June 23, 2013.
(World wide broadcast for hastening the work) he said, this is what
happened on that day. Everyone was waiting for China to open
before "the end will come" he pointed at our iPads and said, China is
open! The entire world has the opportunity to hear the gospel because
of the announcements made on that day.
He shared so many good insights on every subject known to a
missionary's mind. It was the best. The spirit was strong and we all
learned a lot. It was incredible.

 Wednesday we woke up early and drove to Gastonia again and trained the
Charlotte South zone on iPads then hopped in the car and drove all the
way to Winston Salem and trained there. It was so great, every
training was so different. People from Salt Lake were here observing
the whole time (no pressure) but the trainings were constantly
changing and getting better and better every time. Thursday we were in
training meetings all day and then drove back to Charlotte.
We went on exchange the next day and I don't think I've been more
brain dead in my life. But it was such a good exchange. Miracles all
Last night President called and told us that Sister Nielson got her
visa so she is gone! She just left about 10 minutes ago! So that's
really exciting. It's just Sister Lewis and I for this transfer in
Reedy Creek. It'll be good!

Pray for Reedy Creek! I know many miracles are in the future for this
area. I sure love you all. I can't wait to see you in just a few days!

Here's a good quote for the week..."God will micro manage the details
of your life without interfering with your agency if you allow it."
-Elder Maxwell
Merry Christmas!!
Love always, Sister Webber

Yadira got baptized!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Birthdays, ipads, and Meetings

Family! I hope y'all are staying above all the snow. It looks treacherous.
It's been a wonderful week. This year's birthday was one to remember. I don't know if there will be a time ever in my life again that I'll experience 75 degree weather as a birthday present. It was beautiful and so so warm. But don't worry, the cold has come and the tights and gloves came out to play the next day. It's like Utah here when it comes to the back and forth weather.
Thank you for all the birthday wishes and cards and packages! Special thanks to the cute Miller family. Y'all are the best. Thank you so much! I love you!
We had MLC on Friday which was great. I got to spend the day with all my favorite people being tutored and taught by President and Sister Craven. It was a big week of birthdays in the mission and in our zone especially so that was fun. At MLC during one of the breaks, President Craven was talking to one of the Assistants, Elder Murdock and came over to me and said, Sister Webber! Did you know it was Elder Murdock's birthday yesterday!? And I just laughed and said yes. and E. Murdock started laughing and said, President Craven, did you know it's Sister Webber's birthday today? President whipped around and made a face and said, today's your birthday!? Well we're going to have a special minute for birthdays. When everyone came back in he said, stand up if you had a birthday this week or if your birthday is today. Me, E. Murdock, E. Osborne, E. Fowles, and E. Wilson all stood up. It was quite a crown. Birthdays all around. Hurray for being 21 to all of us!
We had dinner with new members that night and she fed us tacos. It was like I was at home. A tender mercy indeed:)
We had two meetings for ipad training this week and we all got new, updated ipads. They're pretty swanky. The rest of the mission gets them this week, so we're doing a lot of travelling and training all week. Pray for Reedy Creek because we won't be here for four days. We have the faith that good things will happen in the little time we have to spend in our area.
We had a lot of success this week and met a lot of wonderful people. The other night we taught these twins in their late 20s named Lamaar and Jamaar. They let us right in and even turned off their football game to listen to us. We taught them the restoration and they both said they wanted to read the Book of Mormon and said they would pray about it. We invited them to church and explained the importance of attending church and how it would help them to receive an answer to their prayers. Earlier that day we had received training on emphasizing the importance of Sacrament meeting and inviting others to church. It helped me to really ponder on why Sacrament meeting is important to me. I pondered on the fact that when we partake of the sacrament, we not only renew our baptismal covenants but the covenants we make in the temple. It truly is such a sacred ordinance and our Father in Heaven has blessed us with the opportunity to take part in it each and every week. It's such a happy thing.
I love y'all. Hope you have a wonderful week. You're in my prayers, always.
Sister Webber
The Farrell's from our ward are some of the best people you'll ever meet and they made me a birthday cake. One of a kind. They're the best. I'll send more pictures:)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Week

Family, family!
What a week of emails from all of you!
First, BABIES!!!! Babies all around!! I'm so excited for Bryce and Kasumi!!!! And Carls and Aaron!!! I'M SO EXCITED. Congratulations all you future parents. I'm so happy for you all. I can't wait to come home and squeeze all those little cheeks to death. SO HAPPY about all that.
Second, Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I'm planning on having a real good 21st this Friday:) We have MLC and that's my favorite thing on earth so it'll be good:)
Two and a half: I got your thanksgiving card. and laughed real hard:) hahaha and that card that quincy's face was on was brilliant! I love that! Let me know how that Fireside goes! also, thank you so so much for the package mom. I cried happy tears when I opened it. Literally. It was the best. OH! Also, Jenna sent me a letter about Ryan Allen eating dinner at their house. Small world? Yes. Someone tell him I say hello and welcome home and that he's the best!
Thanksgiving sounds like it was wonderful for all of you. NC does it well. We ate and ate and it didn't even feel like Thanksgiving. Yes mom, we ate sweet potato pie. It's a real thing;) and deep fried turkey is a real thing too. It was all good but no one does it quite like Nonster. I will admit. I sure missed a classic thanksgiving at the Garner house. But it was all good. On Saturday night, we didn't have a dinner appointment and one of the senior couples that works in the office invited us over (the Andrus'--literally some of the best people on earth. i love them to death. I'm pretty sure mom and dad have talked to both of them before on the phone). Harrah for westerners thanksgiving food! It was a little piece of heaven and a tender mercy.
Random bit; the rest of our mission is getting ipads next week. Merry Christmas North Carolina Charlotte Mission. We have a meeting with Salt Lake today over skype. Apparently they're going to be teaching us how to teach the other missionaries how to use them. Yay technology.
This week we had interviews. They are the best thing to hit this planet. President Craven is the best and I cherish all the time I get to be around him and learn from him. We talked and discussed about all the things I ever wanted or needed to talk about all in the short time we had together. It was so great. I told him about Kate and he was amazed at the whole situation and how strong she is. He ended with a really sweet prayer and prayed specifically for Kate. My heart filled up with so much love. love for anyone and everyone. For my family, my mission president, my Father in Heaven, everyone. It literally was just going to burst.
On Saturday we had a sisters meeting. Four zones worth of sisters came to Charlotte and we were spiritually fed. It was incredible. Sidenote, President Craven has this joke about how when men get called to be in the bishopric and the first sunday they conduct...he says, Elders, you'll feel like you've never spoken the English language a day in your life. True fact my friends. He asked me to conduct and I don't think a word of English came out of my mouth the whole meeting. oh well..ya win some ya lose some. :) Their daughter who served a mission was in town and spoke at the conference. It was so wonderful. She talked about the highs and lows of a mission and how to deal with it all. She was bold about it all. She said, "Sisters. You have no right to complain. You signed up for this. You can't waste a minute." She also said, "Repentance makes good people better, and better people, the best." She talked about whole vs hole and how it applies to being a good missionary. Sister Craven talked about being a holy woman and President Craven talked about the Priesthood and the role of women in the Priesthood. It was incredible. I laughed, I cried, I decided I don't think I'll ever be able to not be a missionary. We'll have to go on a mission as a family, because I'm not going to let it end.
I love being a missionary. I'm not kidding about a family mission. It would be the best thing on earth. Y'all are the only reason why I would ever come home. But if we could do it all together?? YESSS. It'd be the best! I love each of you so very much. I know this gospel is true. I know the Book of Mormon is true. Living prophets walk the earth today. God lives! Jesus is the Christ. This knowledge brings such peace and happiness into my life.
I love y'all more than you know. Have a wonderful week. Eat Cafe Rio on Friday in my honor:)
Sister Mad Webber
Fun terror of the week: We were driving home from an appointment last night. it was about 8:50..we were on the freeway. there were hardly any cars in sight. the car in front of my was a good distance ahead and it was putting on its breaks. I put mine on to avoid any sudden slams and then my night vision kicked into gear and I saw this DEER. Frantically running around on the freeway!!! In every direction! Just out of control. I hit the breaks and dodged that sucker but he was coming straight for us. It was a terror. Don't worry all my Utah kids, Deer kill people in North Carolina too. and I still hate them. Happy Holidays.