Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Buenos Tardes,
I hope you all have had a good week. Mine has gone really well!
On Monday we had a zone activity at one of the Parks in San Samon. Sister Sonku from South Africa/Temple Square is in my Zone so it was a joyous reunion to see a familiar face. People there were asking us what we even do on Temple Square and if we get investigators and she just completely sweated everyone by saying that this seemed like a vacation compared to T2. I felt really uncomfortable but inside I was grateful lol. We played sports and the zone leaders called me a couple days in advance to ask me to be a team captian. Of course I graciously accepted such a supreme calling and we were rightfully called the anti-nephi-lehis. I got really lucky with my team and we dominated the entire scene. Everyone here keeps calling me Sister leave-it though and it's driving me bonkers. We do a lot of service in the mornings and that is super fun. We have a couple of old lady regulars and they have us over to water their plants and what not. They have no shortage of plants and water despite the serious drought. These old ladies are like the honey badger. It's fun though! Every Thursday we go to a retirement home and do a crocheting club with three old ladies with Alzheimer's. We crotchet beanies together and they donate them to Guatemala. I'm super into it, more into it than they are for sure.
On Wednesday we had Zone conference in Cache Valley. It was President Merediths last Zone conference. He is leaving in like 2 weeks! I am bummed because he is really awesome and supportive and just real. So I'll be getting 2 mission presidents outbound. On Thursday I had exchanges with my Sister training leader Sister Schaerr from Maryland and it was like the best day I've had outbound so far. I am pretty sure we are kindred spirits. We got four referrals in one day all from different people and a new investigator.
We are asking the members of the Alamo second ward to put together small events and invite nonmembers and us over so we can get some work going in that ward. On Saturday some members invited us to their baby shower cause they were going to have nonmember family there. So we went. I walked inside and was automatically confused because I thought we were just going to a baby shower and the house looked like it was decorated for senior prom. I wish I got a picture of the ENTIRE smoked pig just a lyin dead on the table. Welcome to Alamo, California. Wow! Anyways, we got a couple good contacts out of the event. There are just not many people out and about here. If they are, they are either A. jogging B. biking C. Walking with their dogs. If we ever see the C option we jump at it and start complimenting their nasty slobbery dogs to get a conversation going. I really don't like dogs but every one and their dog has a dog here so I have to pretend I do so they will talk to us. I know lying is a sin but the Lord only asks us to bring souls unto him. We do what we gotta do.
The golden state Warriors won the championship and there were some people celebrating. Which is strange for this town so that was exciting.

We are still teaching Ted Webb two times a week. He has committed to be baptized on July 11th! I could not be more excited for their family. They have four little boys and they are just so happy that their dad is getting baptized. I know that the Lord has a time for everyone as long as they are humble enough to except it.

Well, that about wraps up my week. I know this church is true and I am so happy to be a missionary here. I could use some letters or something though. It gets pretty lonely here not having 200 sister missionary friends around. I Love you all!
bye now,
Sister Leavitt

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week has been great getting used to the NorCal lyfe. Its actually super hot and humid and our air conditioning in the apartment is jank so I spend a lot of my time in front of the fan. It's been fun though I love this area. The members are top notch. They love the missionaries so much! Im not sure I've ever been so loved in my life so I feel blessed. We cover two wards so we get fed basically every night and the food is quality + dessert. They are probably just going to have to roll me back to SLC after these three months because I'll be so large and in charge. We have been keeping ourselves busy with a lot of service and visiting less actives. We are not allowed to knock doors here because unfortunately, the people here are snooty pantzes. The amount of Range Rovers in Blackhawk is the equivalent to the number of tractors in Logandale. They are everywhere and I think they are multiplying! There have been a lot of miracles happening here though. The Saturday before I came here a girl named Chelsea got baptized! She referred herself and was the most platinum investigator. Also, two days after I got here we got a call from the bishop saying that a man named Ted Webb contacted him and that he wants to be baptized! His wife has been a member all her life and never forced it on him but he had a really spiritual experience and he knows he is supposed to be baptized! We have been teaching him 2-3 times a week and he will be baptized the beginning of July. ALAMIRACLES! Good news, I just got a call that I got a new debit card so that will make things a lot easier. Life is great here! I'm grateful that I get to share the gospel and I know this church is so true.
love y'all,
Sister Leavitt

Our recent convert Chelsea at the Oakland temple
A member gave us wigs :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hey fam! I know it feels like it has been a while. Especially because so much has happened! It has been a little crazy but I am adjusting just fine. My companion is great! Her name is Sister Minson and she is from the beautiful city of SLC! She is 19 and she came out a little after me. I drive a lot and that was sort of scary at first but I am getting the hang of it. My area is Alamo/Danville/Blackhawk. It is on the east side of the bay just east of Oakland. I love it! It is a pretty rich area. I am amazed at some of the houses here. You should see the price of milk at safeway. Oh em gee. These people must be carrying around bars of gold. We are covering 2 wards! Alamo 1st and 2nd wards. So you know what that means? SIX GLORIOUS HOURS OF CHURCH AND YESTERDAY WAS FAST SUNDAY. Whoa. I met a guy that mom went to high school withs mission president? Seriously?! How does that even get around? I met so many people on Sunday that their voices started sounding like the teacher on Peanuts. Wah wah wah waaaahhhh! Things are going so good though I just kind of feel like I started my mission over again cause the missionary work is the same but some things are soo different. Our apartment is fine. Elders lived in it before so its a little stank but I can manage! We just got done playing some sports with my district and it is a little weird being around Elders.  Also, someone stole my card number and was buying some shtuff in Ohio so I don't have a card for like 2 weeks until they get me a new one. Ruff. The only accurate way I can describe my week is I feel like I have been in a washing machine, ya feel?

 It seems like so much happened there too, at least for Aust. 38 DAYS?! That's unreal! Congrats on graduating as well puddin'. That's a day I never thought would come. I can't imagine going that soon after graduation but I think Austin is way more prepared than I was. He will be the best.
It was a big blessing to be able to see you! I want to let you know that my good friend Sister Atchu really opened up to me after that and expressed how much she loved that experience. I know it was inspired that we were supposed to be together during the time that you came. She said she wants her future to be like us. I cried many tears :') She's so awesome.
This week we did a lot of service for the Feed My Starving Children Foundation. It was a really fun experience we were there all day Friday and Saturday packaging food for children in Africa. Gts.
This mission is great I am happy to be here and I know this is where I am supposed to be!
Lova dubs,
Sister Leavitt

Here's my new address if you want to send me stuff :)

Sister Leavitt
4945 Lincoln Way
Oakland California 94602


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Monday, June 1, 205

Well, this week has been a crazy one as you know. It was transfers on Wednesday so I had to watch sister Bon fly out of the nest. After that, I was lost with no companion because technically I am supposed to be outbound right now but the Oakland mission doesn't have transfers until this week. So, I was wandering around like a lost puppy and I found sister Atchu from India was in the same position as me so we decided to be companions for the week. We managed to find a place to stay and get everything figured out but it was stressful. I think the leaders of the mission forgot we will be here for an extra week. I'm getting antsy to go and this in between time is kind of a killer but I'm grateful because without it I wouldn't have been able to see Austin! He is going to be an amazing missionary! I'm excited to get to Oakland and start the next adventure of my mission. I love this gospel and I know it's true.

It was a little surreal to see you guys and a little confusing and hard afterwards but The Lord has helped me to bounce back :) I'm glad you could come and experience a little bit of my mission with me! It's the best right?! Well, I'll probably be writing to you next Monday. I'm assuming that's when my p-day is! I love you all and miss you already.

Sister Leavitt