Monday, May 30, 2016

It's transfer time AGAIN

I literally don't know how the last six weeks happened so fast. It seems like just yesterday I got the letter that I would be going to Twin. AND IM STAYING IN TWIN TO BE JOINED BY SISTER CHRISTENSEN!!!! I came out with her, but didn't know her until we got to the field. On our first day of orientation, we were able to practice teaching lessons together! I knew that I would be super privileged and blessed if I ever got to serve with her. We also went on exchanges in Mountain Home this past transfer and I JUST LOVE HER!! Here's to at least three weeks with her :)

So because our mission is combining with Boise the first of July, this transfer will be split in half so that we can get on the transfer schedule of the Boise mission. Which means the office in Twin is shutting down. Any mail scheduled to get to the mission office in Twin on or before June 28th should be sent to the Boise Mission Office:

1111 S. Cole Rd.
Boise, ID 83709

All in all, this week was a good one. :) We have one place in our ward that we can do a lot of contacting. It's where we met "the CREW"!!! There are a ton of refugees there and we always talk to all the kids that are playing outside. They have become some of our favorite people. We are teaching two of them right now, and they actually came to church on Sunday! It was super hard for them to understand, but they wanted to learn so they stayed the full three hours! I am so grateful to be able to work with them because they are so humble. They are humble because they know their relationship with God. They know how blessed they are to have been taken from their home environment and brought by the grace of God to a free country. I have so much US pride and I am grateful to live in this beautiful, free country!!

Happy Memorial Day yall!

Sister Boyce

Monday, May 23, 2016

"We see miracles every day."

Today's going to be a quick one:)

This week started out right at the temple. I just love the temple and know that it is truly the House of The Lord. There is so much peace there. Even on the grounds.

Enrique is doing better this week and more people opened their doors! Our zone conference was awesome about our purpose as missionaries. And exchanges in Filer was the best!! I just love it there. Some of the people I was privileged to see there made me cry because my love for them is so great. And it is amazing to see the changes that take place in people when they turn their heart and their will to Christ. We saw miracles that day. We see miracles every day. Some small and otherwise insignificant to other people, but they are there. Even just running into someone with a Patriots hat so that we could start a conversation. :)

happy days ahead :)
Sister Boyce

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Knock, Knock.... Knock Knock KNOCKKNOCKKNOCK

This was a week. But a discouraging week doesn't make a discouraged missionary!! Well... most of the time hahaa. But when we do all we can, we have to leave the rest to the Lord.

It was a rough week on Sister Nelson and I. Starting with Enrique. When things fall apart with his love life, literally EVERYTHING else falls apart. He told us that he had thought about just walking away from the church and everything else in his life. Poor kid, he doesn't have great self-esteem.

Thursday we decided it would be a great idea to do our planning outside!! Good idea, right? WRONG. Sister Nelson and I were BURNT hahahahaa but its all good. I've got some color now on my right arm and left leg! ... hahaa

On Friday, all of our appointments canceled. So we contacted all day. And NO ONE was home. We knocked on at least 30 doors of former investigators, less active, and part member families. Even some active ones!! And no one answered the door. We finally texted our district leader and asked where everyone in Twin was...  His response was "Straight up nobody is home! It's because it's Friday the 13th. We straight up tried tracting out of desperation today and no one answered then either. And we still have 2 hours..." hahahahaa I think with CSI's graduation (College of Southern Idaho) we just weren't having ANY luck. And even with all of our days of contacting this week, we haven't found any new investigators ready to hear what we have to say.

So I hope whenever missionaries walk down the street or they knock on your door, you don't run inside and hide. People have literally run from us... hahaa not sure why but... because being a missionary isn't all butterflies and rainbows all the time. It gets super hard when no one wants to listen or even just talk to you or when all your appointments cancel. WE ARE NORMAL PEOPLE TOO, not just Jesus freaks (although Jesus is always the answer. we found that on a bus as we were driving around Twin hahahaa). Twin is super different too because everyone here is either Mormon or they hate us. And some are just straight rude.

I take great comfort in the scripture in 3 Nephi 12, "11 And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake; 12 For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you." If anything, this week has helped me have greater appreciation for the prophets who were persecuted and for the Savior. Who descended below all so that none of us would ever have to walk alone.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!! We have a super bomb week ahead of us. Temple today, exchanges IN FILER tomorrow, and Zone Conference on Thursday!! WOOOO!

happy days ahead

Sister Boyce

Monday, May 9, 2016

Missionaries Don't Date...

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Enrique was dunked!! This kid is just so great. He gives 100% to the Lord all the time. He told us after his baptism that he really appreciated everything people did for him on "his big day" but in all reality, he said it was truly just the Lord's day. He is so humble. So much better than I ever will be.

LAUGHED HARDEST WHEN: Sister Nelson and I asked one of our investigators to go on a "date" with him... Obviously we were kidding... but we just wanted to see how he was doing. His family isn't very supportive of him and there is a lot of contention in the home. So he likes to meet with us other places. He didnt understand that missionaries dont date hahaha he got a kick out of it. BHAHAHAA I laughed SO HARD!! HAHAHA his response was "Wait should i bring someone with me...?" lollll


Monday, May 2, 2016

D&C 20:37


Today, I am going to tell a story.

I am so grateful that I am serving in Twin for the sole reason that it is where the temple is. On Thursday, our investigator in the YSA ward, Enrique, was really struggling. We met with him and because of his depression, he asked for some space.

Sister Nelson and I were heart broken. So many prayers were offered in his behalf. Our faith was truly being tested.

On Friday, he texted us and told us that he didn't want to give up anymore and asked when we could meet with him. We planned to meet him the next day at the temple. Obviously we couldn't go in with him, but we walked around the temple grounds and talked about what goes on inside and the importance of the work that is done there. The Spirit on those grounds was SO STRONG. He could feel it. It is the best when investigators realize that what they are feeling is the Spirit, because that is what truly converts!!

A few days before I had gotten here, Sister Anderson and Sister Nelson extended a baptismal date with him for May 7th. As we walked around the temple, we reviewed the baptismal interview questions. Enrique is a super bright kid and really relies on the Lord. He said that he was still waiting for a confirmation whether or not he should be baptized on the 7th. We bore our testimonies of what it meant to me to take upon ourselves the name of Christ. We invited him to pray while he was there on the grounds, but he still left uncertain.

I don't know what changed, but he texted us later that night. The text is attached. I don't know how he found this scripture, but D&C 20:37 is what we as missionaries use as the qualifications of baptism.

The Lord will always answer our prayers!!

Sister Boyce

Note from Carly: Here is D&C 20:37 -->  "And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church."