Lots of Love

Hey fam! 

It’s been a good week! Love you all!

Sister Wade

Haha just kidding. But I’m not emailing much today and just wanted to say it’s been a good week and I love my mission more than anything! 

Here’s a few pics from the week –

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New Junction City district! Tried to spell “junction” with our bodies haha kinda worked? kinda didn’t?
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Coordinating with Sis T as always! Love herrr
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Sister Taotafa and I are trying to be healthier this transfer, so we had apples on our way to an appointment (; oh, and we picked up the sisters who were on their bikes and brought them to where they needed to go
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Couldn’t find a sunflower field to take a picture in so took a picture with a sunflower sign haha
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This is Adorah, she’s the cutest little girl and if only everyone got as excited to see us as she did
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I love serving her in the heartland

Have the best week!

-Sister Wade

Better Than Christmas

Hey hey everyone!

Well, it’s been another incredible week here in paradise serving the Lord in his heartland! I’m so grateful to be serving in the best mission in the world and to have the experiences and opportunities we have here. God is SO good aaaaall tha time. He’s so good that me and Sister Taotafa get to stay together here in Junction City this transfer! We bought gelato today to celebrate! We were both so happy & we are looking forward to having the best transfer of our entire missions this transfer!

So we got to bike this week, and the reason I say we got to and not had to is because we always see SO many miracles when we bike, so it’s the best. Oh, but it is so funny how much bad luck we get on bikes… like you name it and it’s happened to us. The highlights of bad luck from this past week would include, flat tires (as usual), broken brakes, chains falling off, gears not working, and a pedal falling off completely while biking up a hill and no, it wasn’t my bike. BUT all of this was so worth it because we met PJ after a day of adventures! PJ is the son of an older lady who got baptized earlier this year and when we knocked on their door and he opened it, he looked so happy to see us and invited us right in and got us some cold water while we sat down. He was like a breath of fresh air, we talked for a minute and got to know him and at first, he was not very open to discussing his religious views because he knew what we do as missionaries. But by the end of the discussion, he was so excited to build a stronger relationship with God and when we invited him to prepare for baptism, he responded fervently that he would be honored to. And the spirit hit the room even stronger, it was a really powerful experience! We’re excited for his baptism later this month. 

 

This past weekend, we had the privilege of hearing from our prophet, apostles, and other church leaders in General Conference and it was incredible. In all honesty, ever since being on my mission, General Conference has been better than Christmas! Sister Taotafa and I were literally counting down the hours until it would begin Haha and it was better than I imagined it would be. If you didn’t watch it over the weekend, you should definitely look it up on lds.org and watch it because you’ll be able to feel Gods love and Gods power through the messages that were shared. Like really, you NEED to watch it. I know I’m changed because of answers I received throughout the sessions and I know those of you who watched also received revelation and needed guidance. And something I’m making sure to do is act on the answers I received. I’m so grateful to know we have a living prophet on the Earth and to know that what he has to say is what the Lord wants us to know. 

Well I hope you all have the best week and thanks for the great examples you are to me! Love ya! 

Sister Wade 

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Coordinating Outfits
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Failed jumping picture haha
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Staying in Junction City! So happyyy
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Still shot of me riding the bike Sister Taotafa was riding until the pedal fell off. I was able to make it for a bit! But eventually we just walked with it. Good times though.
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This is what the front of our apartments looked like this week haha because of all our bike problems, we had six bikes in our apartment and only on them worked.
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Weekly Kahlan picture(:
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Kansas has my heart

It’s a picture kinda day

Hey everyone!

So sorry, but there’s not enough time to write this week so I’m sending some pictures for ya!  Love you all and I hope you have the greatest week!

 Remember, “Count your blessings, but also make your blessings count.” Our Father in Heaven has blessed each of us in sooo many ways and I know even though life isn’t picture perfect, God has a perfect picture of all we can do and become so trust him and don’t take the small things for granted! Talk to you next week!

Junction Cityyy

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Had an incredible exchange this week! Love these sisters (: 

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“Where do you work out?”

“The Gym.”

Haha saw this in Salina on exchanges! Kinda sketch but pretty funny. 

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Posterity picture! Two of my “daughters” and my “granddaughter” Sister Kitchen!  

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You can’t tell, but it was pouring in this picture so it was ironic

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Got to see Rudi and Becky the other day at a devotional! Made my  week (‘: they’re both doing incredible and loved hearing their testimonies. 

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Weekly Kahlan picture (:

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It’s always the best week when you get to see a little water & you get to laugh and learn with Sister Taotafa. Love serving with her! 

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have the best week!

– Sister Wade 

Two thirty-one…and a half?

What’s up fam!

Well, it’s been a good week. Lots of miracles & lots of growth. I
think that’s one of the greatest things about a mission, or really
even just about life – we never stop growing and learning. I’m
grateful for the experiences and opportunities the Lord gave me this
week to do just that.

So for those of you who read these regularly (thanks Mom and Dad and a
few others), you’ll remember Shaq, the seventeen year old who I
accidentally said was sixteen in my last letter. Well he is enjoying
learning about the gospel and loves church on Sunday’s. We taught him
the commandments this past week and I was excited to see his reaction
as he learned about Gods love for him in giving the commandments. At
the end of the discussion, he just had an extra shine to his eyes as
he said, “man, I’m just so fired up for my baptism and to change!”
When he said that I was like YES! He gets it! It’s not just about
baptism or living commandments or doing what we’re supposed to, it’s
about changing. In order to grow, we need to change and I’m so excited
that he really gets it and that he’s excited to be able to change
because of the Savior.

Last week we got a referral to go meet someone that another set of
missionaries met in a different city. They said she seems really
interested and accepted a Book of Mormon and gave us her address.
Except when we looked at the address it looked kinda odd, it was 231
1/2 “A” street. Like it literally said 231 and a half… We were like
uhhh is this a joke? But we went to that road and looked around and
ended up just knocking on house 231 because we thought it might be
her. It wasn’t, but we’re now teaching that household which is pretty
neat and guess what…. Behind that house, there’s a little house in
the ally and it legit had the numbers 231 1/2 on the front! So we did
find her and it all ended well but it was a good adventure getting
there!

We’re also teaching this lady named Helen. Let me tell you a little
about Helen… She’s a boss. So we usually have lessons out on her
porch and I want you to picture this – eighty year old woman with a
cane – and she has this wasp nest on her porch so when the wasps come
out when we’re there, she whacks them with her bare hand and then when
they fall to the ground, she smashes them with her cane. Straight
savage! And sister Taotafa and I just stand there and cringe every
time we see one haha we’re wimps and Helen laughs at us. But we love
her and she’s awesome. Keep her in your prayers!

I came across a quote this week that was given to me by the late
Sister Jensen, now referred to as Sarah, and I wanted to share it with
you because I really love it! “The first test of a truly great man is
his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power. But
really great men have a curious feeling that greatness is not in them,
but through them. And they see something divine in every other man,
and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” Im grateful I can
recognize the influence of the Spirit in our day to day miracles and
know that it’s only when we can get out of the way that Christ is able
to work through us and through us, people we come in contact with can
feel Christs love for them and have a desire to change because of it.

I hope you all have a great week! Love you guys!

Sister Wade

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found another Kansas ! Can’t miss the photo op
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JC District
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Sister Taotafa and I mid song, obviously really feelin it. I’m never brave enough to actually send the videos I take these screenshots from haha for good reasons.

 

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Today’s adventures at Milton State park//lake (:

 

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Faith to Move Mountains

Hey everyone!

Weeeeell we spent the day doing various activities and whatnot, which
means limited time to write but just wanted to say hello & share a few
experiences we had this week!

We had someone come to church with us this week, his name is Shaq and
he’s sixteen years old. I’m amazed by how much he cares about his
relationship and understanding of God and His plan. He’s going to be
baptized on October 1st and we’re very excited for him! We’ve also met
many other people this week and I feel so blessed to get to feel their
spirits and to be able to share the gospel with them.

We had a lot of biking adventures this week, I got a flat tire one day
then the next day Sister Taotafa got a flat haha (Shoutout to George
for being our handyman) but we always choose to laugh when things like
that happen. We laugh A LOT because every day is always the best day
and when things don’t go the way we planned, we smile and are reminded
that Gods hand is in all things.

There was one day we had to bike to the church and the church is up on
this GIANT hill. Alright, it’s not that big. But it’s a looooong hill.
So the first two-thirds of the hill is just this gradual increase and
then you hit a point where it feels like you’re climbing a mountain.
So anyways, we made it to the top and felt very accomplished and on
the way back we got to just roll down the hill. But funniest thing
ever, Sister Taotafas brakes gave out while we were flying down the
hill and she screamed so loud and this runner who had moved to the
side looked at her in terror wondering what she could do to help her.
Luckily, Sis T was able to stop herself and because of this, we had a
great conversation with the runner, yCassandra, who we will be
teaching the gospel to now! So it’s true, Gods hand is always in our
lives.

I’ve been studying a lot about faith, and I found a quote I really
love that makes me reflect on many of the experiences I’ve had here in
this sacred heartland. Richard C. Edgley shares, “I have never
witnessed the removal of an actual mountain. But because of faith I
have seen a mountain of doubt and despair removed and replaced with
hope and optimism. Because of faith I have personally witnessed a
mountain of sin replaced with repentance and forgiveness. And because
of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of pain replaced with
peace, hope, and gratitude. Yes, I have seen mountains removed.” I
LOVE this! I have seen many mountains removed because of faith. I am
in awe of the faith I’ve seen in my brothers and sisters I meet and
I’m very, very grateful for their examples to me. I know as we
exercise faith, we can remove any mountains in our lives.

I’m grateful for my time here because I know this time isn’t mine,
it’s the Lords time. I know Christ lives, that this is His work, and
that with faith ALL things are possible. Thank you for all of your
love and support! Have the best week!

Sister Wade

 

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Biking//Walking week!!
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Weekly Kahlan  Picture (:
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Amanda is our favorite person for always going out to teach with us! We love her

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Manhattan Zone Fam!
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Got to see President and Sister McCuistion this week! It was the best surprise(:

 

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Sunsets are so pretty here!

“Was that all that was required?”

Hey hey!

So this week includes lots of exciting things! Things like getting a
flat tire, being shot by nerf guns, and someone catching their stove
on fire when we were with them are just a few of the adventures of the
week. And we of course saw many, many miracles all along the way.

There are a few things I’d like to share but this won’t be too lengthy
because I’ve spent the majority of my time emailing people back and I
apologize if I still haven’t written you back, I will do my best to
write everyone!

There was an in particular day this past week that we just couldn’t
win. Every appointment we had set canceled on us, and every other
person we went to see was too busy to meet with us and all the people
we saw and talked to on the street rejected us – we were saying some
very earnest prayers asking God where he wanted us to be. But nothing
was happening. I am very grateful that one of the testimonies I’ve
gained since being on my mission is that the Lords hand is in
everything and so if things weren’t working out where we were at, that
just means he needs us somewhere else. Finally, near the end of a day
of “maybe tomorrow”s and “we’re comfortable with our current religion
but thank you”s, we knocked on Dawns door. She opened the door &
invited us right in. After we shared our purpose and why we are here,
she expressed that this was an answer to her prayers and that this was
God telling her how to find the answers to her questions. It was a
really powerful experience and we will be getting to work with her
more in the coming week so keep her in your prayers!

I have been learning a lot about the joys and opportunities to be
found in hard times and trials. I feel something very unique to our
beliefs is that we thank our Father in Heaven for the burdens he gives
to us and we do this because of our understanding of His plan and love
for us. I found a quote this week that really sums up how I feel about
this topic. Sister Linda S Reeves in the relief society general
president shared, “I do not know why we have the many trials that we
have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so
eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that
in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving
Father, ‘Was that all that was required?’ … What will it matter what
we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things
which qualify us for eternal life?”

I want you all to know that I have a strong testimony that God will
never push us to the edge of difficulty without providing relief or
support. God loves us completely and infinitely, so you can know with
confidence that he will never place anything in your path that will
not help you grow, progress, and learn. Doesn’t mean it won’t be
difficult, but you can know the challenges that come are given to you
because your Father in Heaven loves you. And you will be able to say
in the end, when the blessings come from the trials, is this really
all that was required to receive such rewards?

I love this great work I get to be a part of, I’m grateful for the
trials He gives me and I’m grateful for all that my Savior does for me
and has done for me. Have the best week and thank you for all of your
continuous love and support! I’m grateful for each one of you!

Sister Wade

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Sister Toatafa

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Weekly pic of little Kahlan-she always wants to hold my bag so I take almost everything out so its not too heavy and then let her wear it. She’s so cute!

 

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Sunflowerssss

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Some comp pictures

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#inJCwithJC

Guys…. Junction City is where it’s at.

Man, I already love it here and it hasn’t even been a full week! I am
so incredibly grateful for the opportunity I have to be here and that
even though it’s always difficult to leave the people in my last area
who’ve become family, when I go to a new area I always find more
people I end up adopting into my family. and that’s already the case
here! So many wonderful people I’ve met in such a short time and I’m
excited for the many other people I’ll meet and love while I’m serving
here.

So Wednesday morning, all the missionaries training this transfer had
a meeting with President McCuistion and his assistants. And I learned
that after many thoughts and prayers, it was decided that there will
be a few changes in companionships. And I learned I will actually be
companions with a sister named Sister Taotafa! So I’m here in JC with
Sister Taotafa and she is seriously the greatest! She’s from the San
Diego area and we have sooo much in common. So grateful to have her
here with me! I definitely feel that she is very prepared to be here
and that during her training period, we’ll both just be learning
together as the Lord trains us both. She has such a strong desire to
do the Lords will and grow her relationship with Jesus Christ through
helping our brothers and sisters better know Him. We’ve already seen
lots of miracles these first few days and I’m looking forward to the
many more we’ll see as we get more lost in the work!

These last few days since being here in JC, we’ve been on bikes
because we share the car with some sisters and it has been an
adventure. I honestly thought I’d get away with never riding bikes
again on my mission! But here we are, helmet hair and sore butts again
haha but in all honesty, I actually really enjoy riding bikes because
of all the people we meet outside. Something we’ve been really
focusing on is not passing by anyone without stopping to talk to them.
One night we planned to try and meet some people in our branch and we
didn’t even leave our street because of all the people that were out
and about! It’s so cool seeing how the gospel is relatable to any
person in any situation. There’s a lot of people here in JC (junction
city) who are looking for JC (Jesus Christ) and we’re gonna help them
find Him!

An experience we had just yesterday that really shows how ready the
people of Junction City are was at church. Now remember, this was both
mine and Sister Taotafa’s first day there with this branch, so
everyone there was new to us. And so we were meeting new people left
and right all day long. And we were in the last hour of church when we
realized that there was a lady named Ginger who was actually there for
the first time! So, knowing this was the Lords way of saying she’s
ready to learn about the gospel, we nonchalantly changed our seats to
right next to her and after that last hour we started up a
conversation with her.

We got to know her a little bit and she shared some hardships and
trials she’s been going through recently and I could just feel how
heavy she felt as she talked about these things and I couldn’t help
but give her a hug and keep my arm around her as she choked up a bit.
It’s always remarkable to me how strong people are, the courage and
faith they must have to continue moving forward. But then we asked her
how her experience at church was today and her whole face lit up. She
said all the hard, bad things in her life just lifted off of her while
here and she definitely wants to be able to keep that feeling with her
so we are seeing her again tomorrow and will be helping her learn more
about the gospel and to prepare to make covenants (like baptism). She
is such a sweet lady and has such a genuine desire to have Christ more
in her life so I’m really excited to be working with her!

I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I definitely can feel
Him strengthening me day by day to do the work I’ve been called to do.
Something I’ve continuously learned throughout my mission is that
faith is always the antidote for fear and that its okay to not be
enough on our own! It reminds me of a quote by Henry B Eyring. It
says, “It is wise to fear that our own skills are inadequate to meet
the charge we have to nourish the faith of others. Our own abilities,
however great, will not be enough. But that realistic view of our
limitations creates a humility which can lead to dependence on the
Spirit and thus to power.”

Thanks for all the love you send my way & make it the best week! Love ya!

Sister Wade

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Bel Aire District August 2016. I liked this one better than the one we were all ready for hah
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Amidst the packing & cleaning before transfers
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Roadtrip to Junction Citayyy
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Sister Taotafa!
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And this is the cutest little girl ever! She calls us “shishters” and always wants to hold our hands(: