Monday, October 26, 2015

Miracles and Transfers


I first just wanted to thank you all for sending your love and birthday wishes to Idaho:) I have been so blessed to have THE BEST friends and family!! Thank you for all your support!

Mission life is a rollercoaster. You have so many ups and downs and nothing is ever steady hahaaa This week we probably had the lowest of lows but also the highest point of my time out here so far. And it all happened in the same day. Sister Anderson and I were so discouraged. Like we weren't matching up to everything we needed to be. Teaching appointments were cancelling and no one was home because its harvest season. We were having such a rough time.

And when we had enough of it all, we pulled over to the side of the road and called some of the members for some information we needed. We hung up the phone with one member, and the phone rang with an unknown number. Sister Anderson picked it up and introduced us as the Sister Missionaries. The lady said she had been trying out different faiths, and she wanted to come to church. She was looking for someone to help her know what to expect. She said she thought she would never make this call because she had been fed anti-Mormon material her whole life. She has been searching for the truth and hasn't been able to find it. She read part of the Book of Mormon and sincerely prayed to know if it was true because she said she previously had just been praying for a confirmation that the Mormon faith was false. She received her answer from God and had enough faith and courage to call us. SHE IS SO COOL!! In less than a week, we taught her three lessons, she attended our baptism for another lady we've been teaching, came to the ward Halloween party, and to church! She's so golden. :)

We ask people all day to pray so they can know for themselves if what we teach is true. We don't want people to believe us because that won't strengthen their own faith. They have to find out for themselves! And she did that without even being asked! I know that if you read and sincerely pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true, you will receive an answer by the Spirit.

Every six weeks we have transfers, which is when the missionaries in the mission can be reassigned to work in a different area within our mission boundaries. Transfers are on Wednesday. My companion will serve in Jerome and I will stay in MoHo to train a new missionary! I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing!!! But that's okay because I know God does and this is His work! Everything happens for a reason. We just have to trust God and know that He can see the whole picture even when we can't. He is the artist, and He has a plan for each of us!

You are all amazing!! Thank you for your support and prayers and letters:)
Have another amazing week!

Sister Boyce

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What a week.


What a week it has been here in MoHo. Two days of training, one day in Grand View, and one crazy district. We are all burnt because the weather is still so warm here and we spent our Pday outside playing soccer and sand volleyball! Sorry we couldn't write yesterday, the library was closed!

We have a platinum investigator. People that are ready to hear the gospel and accept it readily are called "golden investigators" but ours is platinum. The Sisters that were here before me were teaching her but she is going to be baptized on the 24th of this month!! She would have already been baptized, but she is waiting for her husband to get back from deployment. One of our wards covers the Air Force Base here in Mountain Home. BUT SHE ROCKS! Her name is Rebecca and I swear she probably knows more about the church than I do at this point. Everything we challenge her to do that week to come closer to the Savior, she already does. She reads the Gospel Principles book and Preach My Gospel (the manual for missionaries) before we come over to teach the lesson. Honestly that is what we want for everyone. We don't ask people to believe us or to be baptized for us. They have to have the desire and have to be the ones to learn for themselves what we are teaching is true. And that comes through living the gospel- faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

AND WE GOT A NEW INVESTIGATOR THIS WEEK!!! His name is Buck and he is the husband of a lady we've been teaching. He has always been in the same room while we give the lesson, but pretends he's not listening. Buck and Jean are SO old. Like ancient. When we give the lessons to Jean, he will pitch in his two cents but hasn't wanted anything to do with what we believe because he wants to follow the Bible and nothing else. UNTIL THIS WEEK!! We were talking about faith and prayer and he got really interested. He said he didn't like the way he prayed because they were all set prayers that he just recited. That isn't the way that we pray, so he said he would like to learn how. We gave him a pamphlet and asked him if he would try to pray from his heart this week. I cant wait to hear how it went!!

Between the lesson with Buck and so many other things that have happened this week, I have developed a stronger testimony of the power of prayer. I know that God lives and that He is our Father in Heaven. He wants to hear from us and He has given us a way to communicate with Him through prayer. What a great blessing and opportunity! We can actually talk to God! Just imagine how your own father would feel if you decided to never talk to him again. Heavenly Father feels the same way because he created our spirits. He loves us and knows us perfectly, so we don't have to tell Him through prayer. But when we pray, we are showing Him that we need Him, that we are taking that step of faith into the dark and allowing Him to work in our lives. When we pray with all energy of our hearts, I know He will hear us and he will answer our prayers. I love the power of prayer and know it is real!

Have a great week!! Don't forget to pray!

Sister Boyce

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 3 in Mountain Home


Conference weekend was AMAZING!! I have such a great love for the Prophet and for all of the Apostles. One of my favorites talks was President Uchtdorf. Just remember to start where you are and offer a willing heart to God. He will direct your paths and make so much more out of your life than you could possibly imagine. Because we are His. We are all children of God.

I LOVE YOU ALL!! Thanks for your letters:)