Saturday, December 21, 2013

Email sent 12-20-13

Yesterday it snowed and snowed so the square closed and we were all sent home at 1:30pm! I didn't know snow days were possible here. So we were allowed to just chill in our apartments. I napped because for the past 4 nights (except last night) I've been sleeping on the floor in other apartments due to carbon monoxide in my apartment. The carbon monoxide alarm went off while we were getting ready for church Sunday. Reminded me of when mom went to the hospital because of carbon monoxide poisoning, yikes. It was only our apartment that had the problem. The fire department came twice and both times detected high levels of it.
Temple Square has been great because every night there are just so many people here to talk to. Even if people just want us to take a picture for them it is just fun talking to many people. In the summer we rarely talk to people from around SLC. Now everyone we talk to is from Utah. The seasons really determine who comes here. I'm pretty sure all of China has been to Temple Square by now.
On Tuesday rather than giving a tour, we went on a tour! We got to go inside of the Conference Center and Tabernacle organ! It was awesome. I even got to play the Tabernacle organ. It was so fun. I'll include pictures! One picture is me inside the CC organ. You can see the seats on the other side. There is a picture of Sister Escobedo next to the tour guide and she is acting creepy, it makes me laugh.
Yesterday we had Relief Society at The actual Relief Society building and Sister Burton (The General Relief Society President) taught us. She is so sweet! She took the time to hug each of us.
Tomorrow night we get to go to a members home for dinner! You may be wondering why this is so significant? Well we don't get to be fed by members in my mission and this is my first time having dinner at a members home! Each district goes to a members home. My district consists of 6 sisters from California/Taiwan, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, and of course Pennsylvania/Ohio.
Happy Birthday Meredith! You are growing up so fast.
I really just don't know what else to say because I will be calling home on Christmas!!!! Wow! I love you all! Merry Christmas!
Sister Price (Blue)

in front of temple in the cold

The tabernacle

Email sent 12-13-12


Church Sunday was like any other Sunday. The five Sisters going home next transfer were on the stand about to talk and everyone was sitting reverently and waiting for the meeting to begin. Then Elder Quentin L. Cook walked in! That’s right an Apostle came and sat in on our mission sacrament meeting! It was exciting. That checks off another one on my list. I've met 5 of the 12 now. But I've only shaken Elder Perry and Elder Oaks hand. Still I've basically met all of them! And at church I couldn't stop staring at Elder Cook and he looked at me too! So I've made eye contact with 5 of the 12. Eye contact can be considered a mental handshake.

A year ago I sat in the BYU-Idaho Center watching the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. I remember thinking “I wish I could be there in person!” This year I got to watch it in person! The Christmas Devotional was wonderful! President Thomas S. Monson shared the following poem:

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb.
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what can I give Him?
Give my heart.

I hope that everyone at home is finding ways to give their heart to the Savior this Holiday season. Because just as President David O. McKay said, “True happiness comes only by making others happy…” The Primary General President, Sister Wixom spoke as well and she focused on “Except ye … become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” I always think of ways to develop Christ-like attributes and become more like a little child. It is easiest when we better ourselves everyday rather than trying to change everything all at once. My favorite thing shared by Elder Rasband was how our opportunities to give our limitless. Don’t sit around asking “what can I do to give?” That is silly; there are opportunities all around us. Now the Hymn Have I Done Any Good is coming to my mind.
Here is the song “Have I Done Any Good” by Alex Boye and Carmen Rasmusen Herbert. The video is cheesy and makes me laugh. You can watch it on this link
(Skip to 2:30)

Our mission president has encouraged us to use one companionship study a week as time for media study to watch Mormon messages and other church media. That’s when I discovered the Alex Boye version of Have I Done Any Good. Below are two other videos I enjoyed. Please watch them! The first is a true story from John Bytheway. He actually shared the story at a Youth Conference tour that I took this past summer before it was made into a video. The next video is about Temple Square and can give you an idea of what it is like here and what I do. Sister missionaries from long ago are in it. I don’t know any of the sisters in the video.

I love when it says “then dream of your mansion above.” I’ve heard the words of Christ play at the Christus a hundred times and I could recite all the words said. What always stands out to me is when He says “…I go to prepare a place for you.” That reminds me that He really does know us individually and is watching over us constantly. Lastly, Russel M. Nelson spoke. I’ve actually gotten to see him in the Tunnels under Temple Square. His talk was incredible! Here is a link to watch it because my remarks on the talk can do no justice.
After the Christmas Devotional I ran into Justin Rupper. Last time I saw him was at the DC Temple with Sister Rupper. I hope to see that family again someday! It’s still hard to believe that they moved all the way to Hong Kong. Dad lost his only friend! Just kidding Dad, you have a ton of friends!
On Tuesday was mission training. Elder Clarke of the Seventy came with his wife to speak with us. To be honest I thought “okay this will be good but I will probably zone out half way through.” It was great! Or should I say exceptional! The training went from 8:00am-3:30pm and I wanted it to keep going. Elder Clarke walked in and we stood and he asked us “How are all of you?” We all replied “Good.” He said “No no no you are not ‘good’ you are exceptional!” He used the word exceptional a lot. I took a ton of notes from him. I’ll share some of the highlights in bullet points:
·         No one else can determine your happiness
·         God helps us when we are willing to change
·         Live with your heart, not your mind
·         Alma 13: 10-11 tells all of us sisters that we are ordained to marry someone who has the Melchizedek Priesthood
·         Jsmile because when you don’t smile you look 20 years older
·         I shouldn’t let anyone leave Temple Square without them knowing how I feel about the Savior
·         Converts remain poor until they learn how to pay tithing
·         Every time I take the sacrament I need to 1. Offer a prayer of gratitude 2. Be forgiven of one small sin 3. Renew my baptismal covenant 4. Find a solution to a problem
·         A friend makes you better, an enemy makes you worse
·         As we care about people they change us 

I could add a ton more bullets but those are just some. Elder Clarke also asked all of us to memorize the sacrament prayers, which I think is great! He even talked a lot about marriage. That surprised me because I didn't expect after mission life to be a part of the training. He encouraged all of us to get married quickly after our missions and not let University get in the way of it. He shared that he and his wife got married, were poor, and both worked while attending University. Elder Clarke went to BYU-Idaho! SWEET! One of the last things he told us was “don’t be perfect tomorrow; I don’t want you to be perfect! I want you to be a little better.”

Yesterday we called Dwain, our investigator from the UK. He is originally from Zimbabwe so he has an awesome accent. We reviewed everything we have taught him so far. Their is no reason to move forward until he understands what we have already shared. Best part is he believes everything we have shared! But two problems: 1. The local missionaries in his area haven't contacted him yet and we aren't able to help Dwain get to church and feel more ready for baptism because we only have phone contact so we can only encourage and support him, 2. Dwain struggles with prayer. He wont ever give us his word that he will pray because he doesn't want to disappoint us if he doesn't pray. I basically said, "We don't get a gold star over here when you pray, it isn't for us. We desire for you to pray, not for our benefit, but for yours...." and went on a little more about that. 

Since Sister Escobedo is ESL (english second language) she can say the funniest things. We were eating lunch and there was an abandoned jar of jam on the table that Sister Gee and I pointed out. Then Sister Escobedo said "If that is jam then what is this?" And she pulled out Hillshire Farm Ham. Sister Gee and I (the only Americans at the table) just busted out laughing. I'll point out that Sister Escobedo pronounces both jam and ham as ham. Maybe you just had to be there to experience how funny it was. 

So this transfer no new Americans came to our mission and I checked next transfers list and their and again no new Americans are coming.  

Tomorrow night I get to go to the Christmas Concert! I will be on exchange because we only get to go once on our mission and I will be leaving in a year. So Sister Escobedo will get to go next year. 

This email has grown!!! Sorry for rambling on so much. Oh one last story...

Yesterday morning I started a fire. The End. Just kidding I will share more. Every once in a while I manage to do something very silly. At home there were times I would be tired in the mornings and but milk under the sink and the windex in the fridge. Once I even sprayed my waffle with Pam after it had already been made. I wont even mention the Tide Pods (remember that one right before my mission mom?) Anyway yesterday I woke up and heated up water for hot chocolate and then poured it into a metal mug with a plastic handle. Then I drank it and it was still cold so I decided just to put the metal mug in the microwave (BIG MISTAKE). I sat at the table eating my oatmeal as the microwave ran. Then I saw white smoke so I ran over and saw flames bursting inside the microwave. I opened it and started blowing out the flames then I grabbed the mug (which was also dumb because it could have burned me) and threw it in the trash. The inside of the microwave looked horrible and it took forever to clean. I did my best and it looks great, excepts the roof of the microwave. It was the handle of the mug that caught fire. Hopefully future employers that I go to don't see this post on my blog on day. Yikes!

Anyway, take care everyone! Family, I will be calling you so soon! Woah! That is fun. Until then, happy day!


Email sent 12-6-13

Dear Everyone, 

My second transfer of my mission I experienced countless encounters with antimormons. I noticed that after every encounter something great would happen. I know that it was just Satan trying to bring my companionship spirit down before a prepared person came our way. Satan always failed! Same sort of thing applies to when times a hard...good usually follows when we endure it well. 

D&C 121: 8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high 

Last week was very hard, there are weeks like that. But this week was great! For those of you praying for missionaries, and or I, I've really felt those prayers this week. Ok family, you know I love the animated movie "Meet the Robinson's." I am going to relate to that again. We truly do determine the outcome of our situation. No one can determine our future for us, only we can. In the movie, Michael Goobian (Goob) spends his whole life focusing on the bad. He let himself live in anger because of one baseball game he lost. We can't go through life focusing on those bad baseball games. Sure, it is healthy to vent for a while, but eventually we must "Keep Moving Forward" as the movie says. 

This week Sister Escobedo and I spent a lot of time taking chats during the day, because no one is on the square during the day...all the people come at night. We answered many chats, most were trollers. Then we started talking with a woman from the UK and also a 19 year old girl from Texas. Both are now new investigators! 

A week ago today the Christmas lights turned on. The square is now packed every night! So many people come to see the lights. It is so fun! The chaos is exciting because there are just thousands of people to talk to. One man came up to me and asked "How do you know who to talk to? Do you figure out how to tell who are members and who are not?" I replied "Well I know to talk to you now that you approached me, but we are not here for just nonmembers or members, we are here for everyone!" He seemed confused then we chatted for a little more. Funny how some members avoid us because they figure "we don't need to talk to them because we are already members." We are representatives of Christ here for everyone. Christ loves us all equally and as His representatives we love everyone we meet equally...even those who yell and tell us we are going to burn and we aren't Christians. (Yes that has happened, it is scary)

Last night I got to go to the Latino Concert since my companion speaks Spanish. It was so great! I couldn't understand diddly squat, but it was still beautiful. My favorite song was one from Peru. Children came on the stage and danced in traditional Peruvian clothes. It was precious! Another reason why I liked that one so much has to do with the fact that James is serving in Peru. 

This Sunday is the 2013 Christmas Devotional and we get to go! Funny thing is some of our mission wont have if anyone comes you may see me standing in the standby line.

There has been snow since Tuesday. And it has been so cold since then! I've been bundled up though with mittens, my long coat, and boots. I also wear layers of tights and leggings. It is fun. The Tabernacle is dome shaped so every morning the sun unthaws the snow and ice on its roof. If you are walking by the Tabernacle and you hear a crack you better run, because ice and snow are about to fall on you! It is dangerous so there are caution signs everywhere. I saw an old couple walking and I heard a crack and the ice fell right behind them as they walked...lucky them. 

One nights we were playing Luke II for people and I met a woman who works behind the scenes with Studio C! We talked about the show and even quoted it. Then I remembered "I am not here to talk about BYU divine comedy!" You know how I get off track so easily. So then we started talking about Christmas. 

My invitation for everyone this season is to think of a gift they can give to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Christ coming into the world was a gift for us, so lets give something back! Think of that and try and give your gift by Christmas.

Love you all, 
Sister Price (Blue)

Monday, December 2, 2013

If people want to find me SAVE

5:00-6:00pm God's Plan for his family. It is the movie thing I took you through on the tour and it is up around the Christus in the North Visitors Center. So basically my district and I will be there for an hour and talk to people in that area and take them through God's Plan. So keep in mind that I could be in the presentation if you don't see me, and I will be out soon 9:00-10:00pm I will be at Theater 3 which is a small theater downstairs in the North Visitors Center

No specific assignments so chances are slim to find me

11:00am-1:00pm Eternal Families desk in the South Visitors Center...good place to find me because I can talk more. It is the desk at the west entrance of the South Visitors Center. 5:00pm-6:00pm I will be at Theater 4 which is a large theater downstairs in the North Visitors Center

2:00pm-3:00pm I will be in the Tabernacle which is a good place to find me because I can talk more 9:00pm-10:00pm Christus Statue! I will be there with my district

Pday but you will find me on the square from 6-9

Square all day except at 8:00pm-9:00pm I'll be at Theater 4 which is a large theater downstairs in the North Visitors Center
3:00pm-4:00pm I'll be in the Assembly Hall (old church building on the square) which is a good place to find me because I can talk more
7:00pm-8:00pm Christus Statue! I will be there with my district

Letter sent 11-29-13

Dear familyski howya doski?
Thanksgiving was wonderful! We took one tour in the morning because the square was pretty empty. At 2:00pm the square closed and we went to this awesome venue called Noah's. We sang some songs and played games. Many rooms had different things going on. Sister Escobedo and I went to a movie room and watched Princess Bride! Which reminds me, wasn't Wesley (the main guy in the movie) one of Sydney's imaginary friends when she was little? I know she had George of the Jungle, but I think Wesley was one too. After the movie we went to eat! While waiting for other sisters to get their food they played music and we danced! It was so much fun. After the delicious feast we danced some more! Then we made a Christmas ornament for our missions tree and watched Monsters University! I love movies! It was great. After the movie ended we went to the roof and ice skated. Sister Escobedo was afraid so I would hold both her hands and skate backwards while she went forward. If I let go of her she refused to move. Eventually she decided just to watch. Sister Nakayama and I made a funny video on her camera...I skate and then slide on my belly under her legs. It is even funnier in slow motion. You will get to see the video after my mission. Dancing was so fun though! Sister Bee (not her real name, her real name is impossible to spell and say so even her tag says Sister Bee), well she did a fun Russian dance! Girls, it was like the Russian one on Just Dance that is impossible for us to do. It was so cool!
Tonight at 5:00pm the Christmas lights will turn on! It will be so beautiful, we are all so excited here! My new district this transfer is so cool. My district leader is from Hong Kong, her companion is from Germany, and the other sisters from our district are from Taiwan and Cambodia. Then Sister Escobedo from Mexico of course. So I am the only American in my district. This transfer we didn't get and new sisters from America! Most of them came from French Polynesia and Asia. So cool!
Yesterday we also got to call Dwain, our investigator from England. He kept his promise and this time he said the prayer on the phone. It was so great. He was nervous because he has never prayed out loud, but he did so well. Sister Escobedo and I met him on chat! 

Today we have to go to Walmart for groceries, but it is also black Friday. Yikes! Last year I was in Boise Idaho for Thanksgiving with Olivia and Meghan. That was fun. We went to Target for black Friday shopping. The crowd going in was running, so I ran too! Wow the things people do...just pray we don't get trampled in Walmart today.
On a good note I pet a dog yesterday! It was a pit bull mixed with something else. Oh it was so great to pet a dog! When are you going to mail Smitty and Lilly to me?
Well I don't know what else to say, I did just email you on Tuesday. So enjoy the pictures! I may send another email with more. Take care!
 PS Sister Nakayama baked me a pumpkin pie! Which explains the picture of me with a pie! Also my mission President is the man with both hands in the air
Sister missionaries of Temple Square
With the pumpkin pie Sister Nakayama made her

Sister Price ice skating

Letter send 11-26-13

Happy Thanksgiving!
Wow I love this time of year! Thanksgiving then Christmas. The final lights are being put up right now! It has been a work in progress since August! The manger on the reflection pool was put up last night and it is beautiful. Their is another nativity set up on the large lawn in front of the North Visitors Center. The dummies look so real. I have been temped to steal their clothes and take their spot...then start moving slowly when people walk by and freak them out. I have resisted that temptation, so far...
Thanksgiving plans for here are still a secret. It is all work on Thursday until the square closes at 4:00pm. We have no clue what happens after that. Hopefully some turkey, sweet potatoes, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and all that good stuff. Yumm I can't wait!
Izzy, I think I mentioned him before, is doing so well. Having Sister Escobedo as a companion has been great. She helps a lot because she is from the same religious background as Izzy. Plus they are both Mexican so they connect on that level. Izzy is only 15 but he knows the Bible so well and now he is studying the Book of Mormon. It is wonderful.
Sister Escobedo turned 21 on Sunday! I told her "Hey now you can drink!" (Common mormon joke since we don't drink.) Then I learned the drinking age in Mexico is 18! Wow. I baked her a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Mom, you will be so disappointed...I bought icing in a jar! You are the master of icing...but it was just the easier option here.
Once a week we meet with our District. It is always helpful to receive insights from other Sisters. My District leader is Sister Olongayo from the Philippines. Her trainee Sister Thrusiglio from Italy made all of us lasagna! Her mom is a cook in Italy. Wow it was so delicious.
Transfer conference was yesterday morning at 7:00am. I am staying with Sister Escobedo! She is so amazing. Heavenly Father truly put her and I together for a reason. She has taught me way more than I feel I've taught her. It will be fun being with her for the Holiday Season. My new zone is North 3 and our assignment is just square! No more West Gate. My last time at West Gate will be tomorrow 12-3. I'll miss it there. Our new preparation day is Friday so we have two pdays this week! This mission is the only mission where that happens during transfer week. Also, I am staying in the same apartment. I've never had to move which is nice.
Sister Doraiswamy comes back from Florida tomorrow and Sister Humble leaves for Seattle Washington tomorrow for her outbound! I will probably go outbound after this new transfer. I am going into my 4th tomorrow.
Well I love you all. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
P.S. Saw the Prophet President Thomas S. Monson at Music and The Spoken Word on Sunday. No big deal, actually HUGE DEAL WOW.