April 17, 2017 The Grand Finale

Well, I am not quite sure what to say right now haha My mind these past couple of days has been blown over and over again! When you first come out to the field, it is extremely difficult to view yourself at the last days of your mission because it seems so far away. Well, now it is here! The day after tomorrow, I will be traveling to the Mission Home to leave the following day. I have to admit that it is a crazy thing to think (even though I’ve already been through this process)! Sometimes I try to think of who I was before the mission, how I acted, the things I said. My mom always told me that she was a little sad to have me leave her for these 18 months. She said “you’re going to leave as my little girl, and come back a woman.” Mom, I can promise you that even though I left as your little girl, I am coming back different, but I will always be your little girl πŸ™‚ you go through a lot as a missionary, and you are most definitely different at the end of your mission from when you started it. Before my mission, I was really loud and REALLY sassy, and was very musical. Now, I am still kind of loud (but I have finally found how to speak quieter), I am still sassy but I have it more controlled, and I am even more musical than before. I know that on paper it looks like I haven’t really changed at all, but the change isn’t really physical, but it is a spiritual change. I understand more of who I am. I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, and He loves me just like any father would. I know who my Savior is and why he did what he did for me. On your mission, you come to discover that while you are helping others to find God and themselves, you are doing the same for you as well. It is one of the most amazing things you can do in your life! I am so grateful for this time that I have spent here in Germany, Austria, and Germany! I will see and most of you later on this week!! Till then!

Always and Forever,

Sister Wonson

April 10, 2017 When in Doubt, Play Out!

Ok, so many of you know that I am a band/music nerd, right? If not, well, now you know!!! Haha ok, so when I was in High School band, when you were not really sure of a note, rhythm, or if you were playing in-tune, that is when the player would attempt to play softer in order to make their possible mistake as unnoticeable as possible. Well, this results in you indeed playing flat! That is when the sound of the note is lower that what it is supposed to be. This tends to be pretty difficult to determine if you are wrong or right. So one of my band directors had this saying, it was “when in doubt, play out!” That means that if you are unsure, or doubting yourself and your instrument, then play out because that it the best possible solution so that you can hear the mistake and quickly fix it. Now I am going to relate that to our finding this week! Ok, so we were finally able to get some time to actually follow our schedule for once and knock on some doors! At first, we were confident, but as time went on and more people yelled at us, we began to doubt if that is what the Lord needed us to do at that time. Then this phrase came into my head, “when in doubt, play out!” When we become unsure of ourselves and our purpose, we are doubting. In result, this can drag us down and not fill our full potential! That is when you need to take a deep, full breath, and play out. So push the doubt aside and talk to even more people! And be sure that you are paying attention to what you are saying, what they are saying, how they are acting, how you are acting, everything. When you do this, you can find different ways to try to make a different and more positive outcome. This might be changing the words you say, smiling more when you speak, etc. Just like every instrument is different, so are people! You have to watch and listen in order to help you know how to be “in-tune”, so to say. It’s hard, but it is worth it! And the more you do it, the easier it gets πŸ™‚ I hope you guys have a wonderful week!!!

Always and Forever,

Sister Wonson

April 3, 2017 Split Ends of Life

Well, in case you forgot to read the subject line, this email is titled “Split Ends of Life”, and I know that you are probably wondering why lol Well, this week Sister Jensen taught me how awesome it is to take some scissors to your split ends one hair strand at a time! I was sick the other day, and this is what I did when I was absolutely bored out of my mind haha (I do not encourage being sick on your mission lol) After watching General Conference these past couple of days, this action of going one strand at a time makes it even more meaningful (if that makes absolutely any sense… If not, then just ask my brother Michael! He can speak my speak!)!! when we are going throughout our lives and we have trials and challenges (the split ends), you tend to notice them more than the positive experiences in your daily life. In this past General Conference, we were instructed to look up to Christ throughout our trials instead of looking down. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can turn these trials and challenges into a positive learning experience! When we focus on the split ends of life, we seem to think that our head is only full of hair with split ends, but in reality, if you take proper care of your hair, then you will notice that you have way more strands of healthy hair than the split ends! Let us all look towards the love of our Savior through all! This always reminds me of my favorite scripture Joshua 1:9! It says, “Verily, verily, Have I not commanded thee to be strong and of a good courage;be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Even though we may be struggling, God is ALWAYS there with us and there is no need to fear! Just keep going! As Jeffrey R. Holland said in the April 2016 General Conference, ” Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trsuting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”

Always and Forever,
Sister Wonson

March 27, 2017 Bikes, Angels, and Miracles!!

Well, I hope you all are able to see how amazingly spiritual my week has been! Alright! That means that I am done with this email! Well, see y’all next week!

lol just kidding😜 Well, I am just going to start from the beginning of this email title and move to the end because it all flows together beautifully! So this week, we got our bikes back from the shop, and we were going to ride them (in my case, attempt lol) until I could get my bike switched out xD Let me start off with I am small… And if any of you know Elder Tholen, turns out that he and Elder Staheli (he was in my MTC group) are the ones who picked them out… I am small… let me remind you for those who have a Dory-like memory (enter Sister Wonson’s face into the dictionary next to the word “Dory” lol) I am small xD So you can probably imagine a bike that tall elder’s chose and then imagine me next to them, you will understand the problem xD When I rode it, let’s just say that my foot wasn’t even touching the pedals when my that leg was down while the other one was up (I really hope that made sense…..) But yea xD Sister Jensen attempted teaching me how to ride a bike that is too big for me xD I was able to get started… but mom, I don’t know if you remember riding to Walmart before my mission and everytime we got to that one stoplight where I had to throw me and myself on the bike onto the ground just so that I would not get hit by cars because I would end up not being able to stop and I would start riding into the intersection lol well, that is pretty much what happened every time I had to stop the bike! lol I would try to stop, and the bike would either not get stopped in enough time and I would have to throw me and the bike down, or I would stop, but fall down because I am too small and can’t touch the ground and I don’t have the best balance xD Yea haha I got quite frustrated this week haha Sadly we were not able to get the bike switched out, but that is ok because I have decided that I want to live after my mission xD If we have to run places, I will gladly do it haha
I had an experience while riding the bike this week. We were riding home, and I was completely out of strength and we were almost home and I felt like we could not do it anymore. I had the thought to start thinking of all of the things that I am thankful for. I starting saying everything that I am thankful for (out loud), and I remember thanking God for His Angels that He constantly has watching over me. I then remembered someone say that we can literally call on the help of God’s Angels anytime that we truly need them. I then asked God to send me some Angels to help me get home safely. All of the sudden, I was pedaling faster and faster and it felt so easy! I was able to get home safely that night! My testimony that night was strengthened that when we really are doing everything that we can, God will send us help to complete the rest πŸ™‚
A miracle from this week was Eivonny πŸ™‚ She is a less-active member in our ward here, and she has not been able to get to church, due to work. We recently discovered that she starts work at 12 every other Sunday and can come to at least Sacrament Meeting some Sundays! so we went to Wehr to go by on our Investigator, and he was not home, and so I wanted to go by on Eivonny and see how she was doing. We were not sure if she was home or not, but she ended up being home! We then stopped by and this time it felt different. We starting talking, and we started asking her when she would be able to come to church next, and she told us this whole story about how she couldn’t until after Easter, and she was making up excuse after excuse. She then asked us if we had a Spiritual Thought, and we told her “always” lol #ThatMissionaryLife I then immedetly thought of Mosiah 2:17, which talks about how when you serve others, you are serving God. We had her read it, and then we discussed it. And then all of the sudden, there was this silence, and we could just see her thinking really hard. And then Sister Jensen asked her a question, and then she said, “Alright, I will go to church!” It was like that Hank Smith experience from his “break up with the world” CD! On Sunday, we showed up at her house at 8am and told her that she needed to take us to church because I had to give a talk xD She then came to church!!!! It was so awesome!!! As I was sitting up at the front, I watched her as she took the sacrament for the first time in a long time, and you could tell that it was special πŸ™‚ All of the talks were just exactly what she needed to hear πŸ™‚
So yea! That was just a splash of my week!! It was really difficult, but also really rewarding πŸ™‚ I love this work, and I will take these last 3 weeks to show my Father in Heaven just how much it means to me πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a great week!!!
Always and Forever,
Sister Wonson

March 20, 2017 Tauf Datum, RS party of PARTIES, and Valentina

Hahahahahahahahaha I am sorry… I just need to laugh right now because this email will end funny xD But I will start with the Tauf Datum (baptismal date) of Aldo!!! We saw him this past week and taught him about the Atonement and Forgiveness, and he really liked how he can become clean from past wrong decisions and have this guilt lifted. He told us that he wanted to be baptized! It was so awesome!!! His baptismal date is currently set for 8 April!! I am so excited that he is excited!!! After we set the date, Aldo laughed and said, “This could really be my date!” It was such a spiritual moment πŸ™‚

This past Saturday (so… like 2 days ago), the members in Switzerland threw a Relief Society party due to it being the 175 Anniversary of Relief Society! It was such a great experience to see 500 women at the Schwammadingen church building! There were so many different Workshops that you could do and a Days for Girls Service Project! One of the workshops that was given was called Missionsbericht, and that is where 2 women spoke about their missions. The culture, memories, the people, etc. It was so cool to see different cultures! The Spirit was strongly present at the party πŸ™‚
And last, but not least, Valentina xD Ok, so we went to Familie Kamm’s yesterday. Their baby was sick (poor guy…) and almost puked on Sister Jensen’s skirt that I was wearing! Their little boy named Silas was sitting next to me, and he all of the sudden points at me and tells me that I am Valentina… I was so confused and he just kept telling me that I am Valentina xD I then asked his dad, and his dad told me that Valentina is his FUTURE WIFE xD I then turned to Silas and asked him why I am Valentina, and he just kept telling me that I am Valentina xD Then his mom then said that his future wife isn’t Valentina, but her name is Vanessa…. So my question has been ever since, Who is Valentina?!?!?! A lot of really funny things happened in that appointment that I can’t wait to tell you all in just a month xD Haha but yea! That is just a little splurge of this week!!! I hope ya’ll had a great week and that this week will be another great one!!!
Always and Forever,
Sister Wonson

March 13, 2017 She wasn’t ready!!!!!

Hahahahhaahahaha xD Ok, so if you have ever been on YouTube, then you know that line xD This week we met with Frau Schwarz πŸ™‚ She is such a sweet woman πŸ™‚ We taught her about the Word of Wisdom and then afterwards she told us that she has felt that she has learned enough and does not wish to meet with us anymore! It was way sad, but also a testimony builder because we come out here and we teach people all the time and some keep meeting with us, some don’t take our calls anymore, some run away from you or look completely in the other direction when they see you again, but this wonderful amazing woman did it directly to our faces! I know that sounds really wierd xD But I feel like she has so much respect for us and she understands how important it is what we are doing, but she does not feel ready for it all quiet yet. She needs a little bit of time. I understand it, and so does the Lord. I have a good feeling about this family πŸ™‚ They really are special! This week we also met with Aldo!! He is so cool! We taught him about repentance and how no matter how big of a sin we do, we can repent because that is how much God loves His children! We read Alma 24 with him and related this story of repentance to us today. The Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s choose that killing is not in line with what God wants us to do. How can we love our neighbor if we kill them? The Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s make the choice to bury their weapons deep in the ground and choose to not kill anymore. They made the choice to repent and to do God’s Will over man’s will. It was such a great lesson and the Spirit was so strong! We are really excited about this week due to the Apartment being clean enough to live in and shape up on P-Days, we can spend way more time Finding!!! We have a lot of time this week and are planning on going Finding to find those that are searching for truth and more happiness in their lives. Sometimes I think that I am happy enough, but then I sit and think if there is any way that I can be happier. I challenge you all to think about that this week. Ask yourself if you are happy, and if you are, then ask yourself how you can be happier. If you don’t know the answer, then simply ASK GOD. I can testify that He knows everything and He knows each and every one of us and He loves us! Never forget that πŸ™‚

Always and Forever,
Sister Wonson

March 6, 2017 The Last Minute Miracle!

Heyo!!!

As you can tell, something awesome happened this week!! This week was pretty good for us! We helped our Neubekehrt move to her new Apartment!! It is seriously a miracle that she got this Apartment!! She was supposed to move into this apartment in a very very small dorf where the bus only runs in the morning, midday, and the evening, and not at all on Sundays. Plus it is way far away from her work, the children’s school, and church. Nobody knew how she was going to do it due to her not having a car and not enough money to buy a car. 2 days before she was supposed to move into that Apartment, she was told that she was accepted to take the Apartment in Bad SΓ€ckingen!!! That is seriously perfect for their family, plus they do not need to get a car this way! The children can ride their bikes to school, she can walk to work, they can come to church every week, and it is just a huge blessing! We helped this family a lot this week with packing and moving πŸ™‚ This week I also received the decision from BYU Provo to have me transfer there from BYU Idaho, and I was sadly not accepted. I know that I should probably be really sad, but I am honestly not haha Yes it is my dream school and I would love to go there, but the Lord doesn’t need me there. He needs me at BYU Idaho πŸ™‚ and I will go where He wants me to go πŸ™‚ Every second of every day of every week of every year and so on πŸ™‚ Today marks the day that I have 6 weeks left until I go home! And just to make it official, my Mission President sent me an email saying that I go home in 6 weeks xD So yea xD That was my week! Well…. just a little splurge of it haha I love telling only a little bit of what went on in my week because that means that when I get home, I can tell you all all of these awesome stories face-to-face πŸ™‚ So yea!! Get ready for story time in front of the campfire!! I don’t think that any of my stories will beat the “cat in the wall” story ;P Have a great week!!!
Always and Forever,
Sister Wonson