Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Honey, Honey....

Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write today. I have to sign up for
classes and we are moving so there's not a lot of extra time. But
that's okay. It's been a good week here. Transfers slapped us in the
face and took some of our favorite missionaries to far distances.
Elder Zaugg who I've been in Reedy Creek with for months got moved and
made and an assistant. We still see him because were always around the
assistants but change still stinks. The elder that's new in our
area/our new zone leader saw me and sister Tanner back in December
during all the iPad training meetings and he said, no way are you two
companions. That would never happen. We all laughed and joked about it
and talked about how fun it would be if all three of us got to serve
together. Look at us now.. All three of us in the same ward. It's the
best. Reedy Creek doesn't know what hit em.

The other night in the late hours of the day when we were headed home,
we decided to stop by someone's house that is the sister of a recent
convert(Micky). She's golden. And has two great kids. Pray for April,
Shay, and Marcus. They are the best. Miracles happen from 830-9pm.
Diligence is key.

We had a leadership training this week because half the leadership in
the mission changed this transfer. Sister Tanner and I had the
opportunity to train at it. It was so good. We related it all to March
madness and the NCAA tournament. (Had to keep the elders attention for
a whole 30 minutes: mission accomplished) it was fun. I don't think
I've been that excited to train at a meeting in a while.

GUESS WHAT. the other day we were driving away from an investigators
neighborhood and there were people all over the sidewalks  and I looked at 
these two people talking and there was a kid next to them and then I realized 
it was Laketa and Qwa'marus!!! 
I slammed on the brakes and jumped out of the car and ran
over to them. It was the happiest reunion I've ever had. It was such a
tender mercy and perfect perfect timing. I love and miss them. The
sisters in that ward said they're still going strong. I can't believe
it's already been almost 5 months since their baptism. Time is flying!

Miracles are happening everyday. Even today! Teaching our sweet
Ukrainian Anna over Skype with Kate. Theres nothing better than that.
I love this gospel. I love being a missionary. Thank you for all you
do for me. I have the best family in the world.
Love you to the moon and back!

Sister Webber

Also, this last pic? Only in the Bible Belt.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

St Pat Patty's Day

Buckle up we've got a long one. You're welcome Dad. :)
Happy St Pat Pattys Day

So sad I missed corned beef and cabbage. My time for that will come
soon enough though:) I'm glad someone got to enjoy it while we were
having Mexican pasole. Ha not quite Irish:)
Sister Tanner and I survived transfers this week. We're good to go for
another transfer in Reedy together. To be honest, I'm slightly
surprised I'm still in leadership. I think I slid right under the
radar but I'm not really hiding since I'm in the heart of Charlotte.
Clearly there's something I need to learn that I haven't picked up
yet. The Lord is giving me another transfer to figure it out.

It's a common trend to do the thing Kate talked about the last while
of her mission, "138 days of the Doctrine and Covenants" I started
that recently, from the beginning..(can't do the countdown thing. I
think I'd have a heart attack everyday knowing how many days left)'s the best thing ever. I read the doctrine and covenants
at the beginning of my mission and thought it was the best thing then
but this time around I've gotten twice the insight and guidance in my
reading. Yesterday, Elder Perry spoke at a regional conference to the
southeast region and talked about how important the doctrine and
covenants is. He said "There is no book as important as the doctrine
and covenants. It stands in a position above them all. It contains the
word of God for these last days. It belongs to The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints. We will value it more than wealth if we
understood what it contains." I testify that's true! It surprised me
how much he talked about it and the great emphasis put on it's
importance. I haven't ever put much focus on reading it, but it's the
best. My love and appreciation for all the things that were done in
the early days of the church has expanded. It's incredible.

Also, I know I sent the Christlike attribute study thing to dad...I
don't know if y'all got that or if you've had time to put much thought
into it but that has been such a great thing for me. We're going into
knowledge this week but here's just some good one liners I got from
each of the other weeks/attributes. I learned enough to share them:)

"When each of us has the Atonement written deep in our hearts, then we
will begin to become the kind of people The Lord wants us to be when
He comes again. He will recognize us as true disciples." -Sister Linda
K. Burton

"As you walk towards the hope of God's light, you will discover the
compassion, love, and goodness of a loving Heavenly Father in [whom
there] is no darkness at all..."
 -President Uchtdorf
"With faith in the merciful Redeemer and His power, potential despair
turns to hope"
-Elder Christofferson

Charity and Love
"Charity is not a single act but a state of the heart."
"Charity is a never ending search for someone else's happiness." -an
Elder from our mission

"Virtue begins in the heart and mind and is nurtured in the home."
-our bff Elaine
Also, to me virtue is not only having morally clean thoughts but all
around positive thinking. This, I feel like is so important for
missionaries to understand. Virtue equals positive thinking. Positive
thinking leads to confidence in all we do and say. We are not negative
thinkers. We won't get anywhere if we are.

The week in spark notes...things in our district are changing this
week due to transfers and we've all done our fair share of weeping and
wailing over it. We've had a good district this last transfer and
I'm real sad it's changing. I'll send y'all some pictures of us all.
We've had a good time. I've got some good stories to tell about our
experiences together some day. They're the best.
Our bff Tom let us come over and help him in his yard. Who
knew I could ever be so happy doing yard work. I MISS it. It was the
best. He didn't have a lawn mower so I literally weed wacked his
entire front yard. It was the best. My hand felt like it was vibrating
for a good 24 hours after. But it was worth it. We raked and blew
leaves all over. It was a good time. :) pictures included:)
Stake and regional conference happened this weekend. The Saturday
evening session was literally one of the best meetings I've attended
in my life. It was all focused on the hastening of the work and it was
the BEST. Elder Steed and Sister Tanner were both asked to speak and a
few other rock stars in the stake and then the stake presidency spoke
that evening too. It was THE BEST. I wish you could have been there.
Sunday was the regional one. I'll have to send you my notes. There
were a few members of the Seventy that spoke with Elder Perry as well
as Sister Stevens.
We had a third companion part of the week this week. Her name is
Sister Robertson. She's from Bluffdale and was recently transferred
into our mission from Albania. Remind me one day to tell you why she's
here. It's insane. Seriously.
OH! Remember Rosita? Did I ever tell y'all about her? Back in the fall
the little lady that chased me and sister Jameson down in the parking
lot... I hope I did. Anyway. She's been meeting with sisters since
that day. And last week she was baptized! It was such a miracle story.
I'll send you a picture and if I haven't told you that story, let me
know. I'll fill in the gaps. It's incredible.

Sorry that was a novel this week. I love you all. I love this gospel.
God lives. Jesus is the Christ. I have learned what a gift repentance
is in my time as a missionary. I couldn't be more grateful for the
opportunity I have to repent and have the burden of sin lifted
completely from me. It's a miracle.

Have a wonderful week.

Sister Webber

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's Me

Family, family, family

I have to say that y'all had a much more eventful week this week than
I did! I love all the happy pictures, bright and shining faces. You
all look so beautiful. I'm glad Kate made it back safe into your arms.
I was praying so hard all day because I wanted to feel
close to all of you. My heart was so happy to know you were all
together safe and sound Thursday night:)

We had a good week here. Last month when Sister Lewis had the stomach
flu I was thinking I was all high and mighty because I hadn't had it
on my mission. Spoke too soon. It was awful this week. I don't think
I've felt that awful in a long time. But I've fully recovered. On
Tuesday morning we were in the office for a conference call with the
mission leadership. We're close to the office so they asked us to come
in with the zone leaders in our area and the assistants and the
Cravens. After the conference call I asked Elder Zaugg and Elder
Ferrin (they're in Reedy Creek with us) for a blessing. It was really
powerful. Elder Zaugg hasn't heard a word of everything that has been
going on with Kate or anything from my personal life but he said some
very descriptive and inspired things in that blessing. It is clear
that Our Heavenly Father knows  and loves us very individually. It was
a really incredible experience.
And I was healed just like that;)

Tuesday evening we had interviews with President Craven. The one on
one interviews I've had throughout my mission have been highlights
over the last year that have helped me through so many different
things. This week was no different. We had a good long discussion
about repentance  and forgiveness. I am so grateful for the Atonement
and the gift we've been given so we can repent each and everyday. He
gave me some very wise counsel that has helped this week a lot.
We went on exchanges this week with another companionship of sisters
in our zone. I went to Kannapolis with my bff Sister Buckley from my
MTC district. We had so much fun and learned so much. I love her.

Well I love y'all. You've all been on my mind lots this week:) don't
worry, I'm not distracted or trunkie. You all addressed that in your
letters this week, but I'm doing okay:)
I know this gospel is true! I know Heavenly Father loves us
individually. When Elder Parker was here a few weeks ago he quoted
Elder Bednar and said, "we don't speak to congregations. We speak to
gathered ones." I love it. Our Heavenly Fathers sees us as one.
Minister to the ones. If we each reach for one, we'll all get there
Love you always,
Sister Webber

P.s. Someone tell Megan Anderson I said thank you and that I love and
miss her so so very much:) thanks.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

North Carolina

What a week.
There were a few glitches in our Skype lesson this morning so were on
for next week

We had a meeting with President Soares one of the
presidents of The Seventy came with Elder Parker (area 70) and spoke
to the mission leadership. It was INCREDIBLE. honestly one
of the best meetings. He focused so much on faith and vision and how
we as leaders in the mission need to have the courage to set a higher
standard and rise up. It was incredible. I'll share my notes with you
in the future. He's the best.

Dad, your notes from President Donaldson are nearly word for word the
notes I took when he was here in December. Literally the exact thing.
Same scriptures, same principles, same ideas. They're all so good.
He's the best. I am in awe of his teaching abilities. He's an inspired
man. His training changed a lot of how I function as a missionary.

Everyone has been asking all week how our sweet Kate is doing. Every
time someone would get worked up about it, I was surprised at what
peace I had in my heart. I honestly knew in my heart that she was
alright and that everything was going to be okay. Heavenly Father
helped me through it. It also helped that I got four massive letters
this week from Kate. I walked into the office one day and one of the
senior elders said, that sister webber has a ton of mail in here. My
heart leaped for joy. Thank you Kate. You have been my saving grace on
more than one occasion.

 I truly realize how great it is to be a missionary and how lucky I am 
to be in His mission with President and Sister Craven. 
President Soares shared with us that as the members of the
Twelve assign mission calls, the veil is pulled back and they are able
to see the covenant we made with our Father in Heaven before this life
of where and when we promised to serve. He told us that each of us
knew and promised before this life that we would serve where we are
called to serve. My heart was so full of peace. I know I'm in the
right place, and that even though there are days that are so hard, I'm
here for The Lord. And I'm blessed to be here. There are things I had
to learn from President and Sister Craven, and that is why I am here.
This is something I've known all along, especially when I was called
back into the Charlotte mission, but was again re confirmed this week.

I love this great work. I love being a missionary. I'm so glad I've
had the chance to serve at he same time as my best friend. I never
could have done this if it weren't for the examples of Janae and Kate.
How lucky are all of us to be in the same family.
I love you all so very much. Forever and beyond.
Love, Sister Webber.