Sunday, July 30, 2017

All Day Baptism and Bedbugs!

July 24, 2017
Dear Family and Friends

This week has been CRAZY!!! First it was super hot like 107 plus humidity so it felt like we were swimming in a hot tub of stickiness….eww! I mentioned a few weeks ago a miracle about an investigator named Mark. Well, he is getting baptized this Saturday!!!  He is so amazing and has such a strong testimony of the church. He has been investigating on and off for about 6yrs and his daughter was baptized 2yrs ago. We have spent the past 3 weeks going over every other day teaching him all the lessons over again... He teaches us hahaha!!! We go over with a new pamphlet and he tells us all he knows about it and testifies of it and then we discuss questions that he has. He is just so AMAZING.
 
July Zone Conference
Mark wanted to be baptized at 11am on the 29th so our ward mission leader went to schedule the building. Unfortunately, that slot had been taken so we asked Mark again what time he wanted his baptism. He then said, “Well how about 1pm?” So, we were like, “Ok” and told our ward mission leader.  To our surprise, he texted back and said that all of the time slots had been taken and that someone had booked the building from 11am-7pm for ONE baptism! We were so confused! We went back and told Mark about it and the first thing he said was "sounds like someone is having a pool party in the font!" Hahaha! We were dying laughing. We had to call around to figure out why someone had booked the building for 8hrs for a baptism. We finally figured out that the Maize 2nd sisters and the Zone leader's ward mission leader didn't know how long it took to fill the font nor how to book a building. Because of this, they booked the font  for the whole day for their baptism at 2pm! After switching Mark’s baptism to Friday, then Saturday, back to Friday, and then back to Saturday, we finally got everything settled and his baptism is again back for this Saturday at 11am. Whew!
Sister Magda got to see her former companion, Sister Nail!

This week we had an unpleasant surprise but before I say what it is, I need to go back a few months... like to May. So, when Sister Lee and I moved into our new apartment (which used to be an elders’ apartment) we had to clean a lot because... elders are gross. Anyway, it was coming to the close of May and getting really hot and the mosquitos and all types of gross bugs coming out. Well, all through May, June and July I kept getting all these itchy bites that would just drive me CRAZY and they were all over my body. The bites were down my arms and legs even on my feet and the bottoms of my feet. For a long time, we couldn't figure out where they were coming from and I just thought they were chiggers or mosquitoes.

One day we were at zone conference when our mission nurse told us to beware of the bed bugs and she showed a picture of bed bug bites and they look EXACTLY LIKE MINE! I freaked out and as soon as I got home I checked my mattress and let out a sigh of relief because there was nothing there.... or so I thought. A week went by and I was still getting eaten up badly and the nurse couldn't figure it out either because I told I checked for bed bugs. But late one night I was trying to fall asleep when I felt something crawl across my hand! My eyes shot open and I immediately slapped it and ran to the bathroom to see what it was.... IT WAS A BIG BROWN BED BUG!!!!! I called the housing people and told them I thought I had bed bugs and they told me that they would call our apartment people and they would send someone over the next day. Well that night I flipped my mattress over and again there was nothing. I even checked in the creases and still found nothing. I was so puzzled. That was until the thought came to me to check under the box spring. So very hesitantly, I pulled my box spring up and.... my stomach turned because as sure as God made little green apples there was a mass of nasty blood sucking bed bugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so appalled that I yelled and ran out of the room and called the housing people to tell them that I for sure had bed bugs and couldn't sleep in that room! I was almost in a panic because it grossed me out so badly. They said that they would bring air mattresses for us to sleep on until the exterminators came. That whole night I was fearing that the nasty little bugs would come find me and eat me so let’s just say that sleep wasn't happening for me that night. The exterminators came that afternoon and pretty much just held a flash light to my mattress and said "yep you've got bed bugs alright" I just thought to myself, "no duh Sherlock what gave that away?" and then they walked out of the room and said, " we can't treat it today but we will treat it on July 31st. In the meantime, your gonna have to sleep on your bed so they don't spread to other parts of the apartment." I thought I might pass out! There was no way that I was going to sleep with those blood suckers!


It was completely unfair because I was the only one who was being eaten by them Sister Lee wasn't even touched! She had bugs on her box spring but I guess they were just chilling and then climbing to my bed to eat me. I was so upset. I called the mission housing people and they said they would see what they could do. The next day they called and said that they had a guy in the Glenn Hills ward that would call our apartments corporate to see if he could do it instead. And he did!!! So, the next day he came and treated our apartment!!! We were so relieved!!! Now we are bed bug free!!! What an answer to our prayer. It was kind of awkward though because we had to pack our car to the max with black trash bags and go out and work. A lot of people thought we were living out of our car hahaha!!!! 

Transfers is this week and we just found out what's happening! For my last Transfer I will be..... wait for it....... drum roll please.... louder drum roll...... Staying in Maize 1st YEAH! Sister Lee is..... drum roll again.... louder...... Going to Kaw Valley Topeka! She is going to love it there!!! My new companion is Sister Lomu and I don't know anything about her other than she's coming from Lamar Colorado and that she's been out for about 5 months. 


I am so excited for this new transfer and to continue to be a representative of Jesus Christ, to teach the gospel that has blessed my life and brought so much happiness ere is no better calling! 

Love,

Sister Magda 


Miracles in July

July 10, 2017
Dear friends and family,


We had a wonderful miracle this week! We had another lesson this week with Mark and he had asked us about who the Holy Ghost was. After we explained who he was and answered some more of his questions, he
became concerned and then told us that he hasn't received a witness that the Book of Mormon is true yet... but then he bore his testimony of the truthfulness of The Restoration and of Joseph Smith and how there is no way that he's not a prophet and so on. We looked at him and said, "Mark you know the Book of Mormon is true you know that the church is true and you just bore a beautiful testimony."  He then expressed  to us that he knows it's all true and that he wanted to be baptized. So, we went through the BIQs (Baptism Interview Questions) and then invited him to set a specific date. We gave him several dates to choose from, but he wouldn't except one. Then, at church, we walked into the chapel and as we walk up to Mark the first thing he said was, "The 29th! I want to be baptized on the 29th!"  We are so excited! It was such an amazing experience to be able to see how the gospel has changed his life and how he looks so much happier and brighter!  His countenance shines! It's such a testimony builder to me that the gospel truly changes and blesses lives.

So, for the 4th of July, we didn't do anything other than missionary work and then had dinner... but I almost ran over a firework while trying to find a house. Luckily, it blew up after I was already past it. Kansans like to blow fireworks off from 1pm -2am... crazy people.

Well sorry for short weekly but I hope you have a good not too hot week 😄

Love,
Sister Magda


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Once Upon a Time...More Adventures in Oz

June 19, 2017
Dear Family and Friends 

I want to start of wishing my amazing Father a HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!! I love you so much Dad! I thought about you all day yesterday and all the talks that were given reminded me of how I have the best Dad in the world! Thank you for being such a loving father. Thank you for being a protector, provider, and for always being there when I was afraid or upset. Words cannot express enough of how much I love you. You are my best friend! I love you with all my heart dad! 😘 

This week has been wonderful! Last week we got a text from this kid named Justin (he was a former investigator but couldn't get baptized until he was 18 because he said his parents were against. He must have been forgotten over the years). He texted us telling us that he was reading the Book of Mormon and wanted to know where he should start.... Sister Lee and I both looked at each other shocked!! We excitedly texted him back and told him to start from the beginning (introduction, testimonies, 1 Nephi 1 etc.) Then a few days later he texted us with some question he had. The questions were a little complex to reply by text so we asked if we could skype him and he said he would get back to us. Then, later the next night, he texted us at 3am saying, "I know you guys are asleep, but I wanted to share incredible news! I have been praying all night and reading the Book of Mormon, and prayed about the promise from Moroni 10:3-5 and Heavenly Father gave me overwhelming peace and told me the Book of Mormon is true! He also answered the questions I had texted to you. I know I want to be baptized, I just have to wait a few months..."  We texted him back the next morning and told him to write that experience down so that he could always go back to it. We then asked if we could meet him in person and show him around the church building. As we set up a time last Friday to show him around the church building. We had to get a member to be able to do that (we can't be there when it's just a single guy). We tried calling everyone and asking if they could come help us and it wasn't until the last second that we finally found someone to come with us. Sister Cocanouer was an amazing team up that was such a help in answering some of his questions.

Justin loved the church and really wants to be baptized. He told us that he actually has never told his parents about his interest in the church and was nervous to do so and that’s why he was waiting until he was 18 yrs.  We talked to him about it and told him to pray for inspiration so he could talk to them. We also talked to him about inviting them to listen and learn with him so that they could better understand as well and he was really for that. Later the next day, he texted again and said that he couldn't make it to church because it was Father's Day but that he had opened up to his mom for the first time about how he was searching religions and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was something he was really interested in, and he said that his mom seamed ok with it! It was so awesome!!

The Lord truly is preparing people and it is proof that if we are obedient and worthy to have the Spirit, we will see those miracles and be true instruments in the Lord’s hands. Justin is the most amazing and prepared person I have ever met. He knows more about the church than most teenage members do. He has seen tons of anti-Mormon websites and has heard a bunch of anti-Mormon comments from other people as well, but he said, "it was obvious that they didn't understand what they were talking about so I just moved on." He will be such a powerful and strong convert and member and I am so excited to help him and to be a witness of his conversion. Having a miracle like that makes all the door slamming worth it! 

Have I ever explained in detail the difference between Topeka and Wichita? Well I'm going to. So, Topeka is very, very hilly and almost looks like a forest (depending on where in Topeka you are. If you start heading to Holton then not really). It has roads that go vertical and horizontal like a grid, if that makes sense. Most of the roads down near the capital are all brick.... it's the worst! Driving on super old brick is difficult.... and so is walking on it! Man, I think I've almost tripped and died a million times on those roads. Sister Grover would trip daily and biff it.... I tried catching her but I sometimes wasn't fast enough haha. Topeka is also really, really dirty looking... again that's if your down by the capital on Topeka Blvd up to Farelawn. There were a lot of abandoned houses that only animals lived in or random people that didn't have a place to live.... it was pretty shady sometimes. Also 10 years ago, an insane asylum shut down and just opened the doors for all the people to just leave and wander the streets... true story! So, you also had to be aware of craziness as well... it was an Adventure!!!!

As you got closer to the church which was down 21st Street past Wanamaker on Kingsrow Road, you got the more well-off kind of people. But, that area was in Sherwood—the  ward right next to Kaw Valley, so we couldn't work there. As you drove more down 21s Street past Urish Road to Southwest Indian Hills Road you got the Big Homes! Like mansions!! And those where in our area... Sister Grover and I called it the “richhood 😂.”  We would try to tract there but no one would listen. The first day we tried three castle sized doors. The first door we tried a man answered and said, " Oh, it's the Mormons." we continued to try to talk to him and he just continued to say, "Man, I wish I had time right now to talk to about how you're an absolute cult and how the Book of Mormon is a fraud, and to help you get out but I'm busy right now so come back later," and then he closed the door... Sister Grover and I were like, "Ya, nope, not coming back to that house!" The second door we tried, the guy told is that he really like the family part of our message but was atheist so he'd pass. The third door was a lady who just very politely said she wasn't interested. It was an interesting experience.

Ok, now I'll explain my area in Wichita. So, Maize and Wichita are incredibly flat and have lots of wheat and corn fields.
Wichita has some trees but they are different looking than Topeka’s. The roads are windy which is sooo annoying!!! You get lost so easily. It is also so much cleaner and well kept (other than the dirt roads) than Topeka. The area I am serving in, there is only two kinds of homes—big, Bigger, and GIGANTIC! We once saw these teenagers riding a golf cart on their lawn it was so big... true story. There is only one small, tiny, tiiiiinny, little neighborhood with normal sized humble homes... those are on dirt roads. Since the time Sister Grover and I knocked on those big homes in Topeka I now have experience in talking to wealthier people and it has been... an adventure as well. Hmm let's see Wichita is kind of like the Roseville, Rocklin, and Folsom areas to me not so much Sacramento. But I love it here! Every area is unique and a different kind of adventure hahah! Wichita people are very different than Topeka people or Abilene people and I love it! Topekans are crazy and funny, Abileneians are more redneck and friendly, Wichitaians are more educated and religious and family oriented (in our area that is). 

That's all I can think of on how to describe the difference 😂

Ok so Here is another once upon a time story... you ready for this one?.... 

Once upon a time it was a beautiful hot... muggy...sweaty... smelly... Kansas day. These two sisters were just finishing planning their day in the nice air conditioning apartment and walked outside and...melted. One sister (me) said, "Man it is too flipping hot outside! I wish it would rain so it would cool us off a little." Little did she know that her wish would soon come true. So, they soon went on their way knocking doors and visiting with all that would listen when in the clear blue sky they saw ONE cloud.That same sister (me) said, "Come on little cloud, make some more friends." Oooh was she about to meet the rest of that clouds friends! After they had dinner at one of the member’s home, the man of the home told them to be careful that there was going to be a BIG storm tonight. The sister missionaries (one of them being me) left and that sister (me) was excited! But, she then said, "Ooooh Kansas storms are nothing. It will probably rain for 10 minutes and then sprinkle. I doubt it will be a big storm"... oh was she about to get it.

It was approximately 7pm when they started to hear thunder and see some grey clouds on one side and bright blue on the other. They thought nothing of it and continued on their way knocking on doors down a dirt road (since Kansas are full of dirt roads). Every person they met said that it was going to get windy and storm and to go home. So, after no one would listen, these sisters (yes, one of them was me) ventured to a different part of town. They were driving down Hoover Road singing to the song, "I'm gonna go on a mission" as loud as they could (well just me actually) not noticing what was going on outside when finally, one of the sisters (Sister Lee) said, "Hey look at those clouds, they're really dark... but it looks like they're going away." HA! Ya, that’s what SHE thought.

They pulled up to a neighborhood stopped the car and got out. When they got out of the car they looked behind them and froze.... the clouds were completely black with a greenish tint to them and all they could see was a THICK wall of DIRT like it was so high it looked like a part of the clouds. Both sisters gulped and looked at each other... they checked their phones looking for updates on weather from the AP's but there was nothing... so they continued on, knowing they couldn't go home unless they were told by the Zone leaders or AP's. As one of the sisters (me) was taking a picture... in the middle of the road... like a numpty... she almost was hit by a car (not really). Then, another car stopped and this really sweet man was telling us to be careful and that we shouldn't be out too long because it was going to get really stormy in about 10min.... Well, it only took 5min. When as we were talking to someone on their driveway (who wasn't very interested) the wall of dirt hit them FULL FORCE! It started to pour a thick wall of dirt rain.
The lady they were talking to told them to leave and get safely into their car... one sister (me) thought to herself, "Really... you're not going to let us in when its storming outside...?" So, the sisters ventured back to their car which was around the corner. As they were running, it became so windy that it was picking up trash cans and blowing the trees so hard that you could almost see the top of them at eye level. They got into the car and drove to the nearest shelter as it was starting to thunder and lightning was striking everywhere the eye could see with only seconds apart.

As the sister (me) drove to the nearest gas station to protect the car, she felt as though it was going to be lifted off the ground! But they made it to the gas station... alive. About that time a ward member called and ask if they were at their apartment. They said, “No,’ and told her where they were. She said that they should go INSIDE the gas station because there were winds that were clocking at about 80 MILES AN HOUR!!!! They went inside and waited for the storm to pass. They watched as tree branches blew by and all sorts of weird things... one sister (me) thought they saw a COW FLYING by....but it was just a really large black plastic garbage bag. They decided to call the zone leaders and ask if they should still be out... the zone leaders said that it was just windy but to be safe and continue to work... the sisters looked at each other and said "WHAT?!" But they decided to go visit a member that was at the church and to wait the storm out there. And so, they ventured back out into the storm and drove to the church slipping and sliding but made it there safely. It was about 8:30 pm when it finally became just rain and lighting and they were able to finish the night with talking to a few more people and dodging lightning as they walked. The one sister (me) said to her companion, "maybe I shouldn't wish for rain out loud next time..." Those sisters slept well that night. 

I know you were probably waiting for a tornado story but there wasn't one at all that day which surprised me because the clouds were like a freaky green color... I was bummed haha. 

Well that’s pretty much it for this week!! 😘

Love sister Magda 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Olympic Challenges

June 5, 2017
Dear Family and Friends

Let's see hmmm... This week our zone did a week-long challenge called “The Wichita Zone Olympics.” There were three teams, which are the Wellington team, the Valley Center team, and then the Zone leaders. There were two districts to a team... except for the zone leaders. They were a one companionship team. Each day the zone leader texted out the challenge for the day. Wednesday was “how many people can you talk to”, Thursday was “how many times can you share the first vision”, Friday was “how many people can you commit to coming to church”, Saturday was “how many missionary materials can you pass out (pass along cards, Book of Mormon, pamphlets etc)”, and Sunday was “how many people can you teach about sacrament.” It was all really fun! 

For the first challenge, Sister Lee and I went for it super hard talking to everyone we saw. By the end of the day we had talked to 21 new people! That was even after we had spent 3 hours of our day doing weekly planning and we didn't go out until about 3pm! But it was also a really challenging day for us as well because out of the 21 people we talked to, we had only found 1 potential investigator. Everyone rejected us and most in a very mean way, but we kept going and doing our best to stay positive and uplifted. The Lord was definitely giving us tender mercies throughout the day though and lifting our spirits with all kinds of things which helped.

This one door contact made me laugh so hard! I had felt like we needed to knock on this door so we did. This guy opens the door and the first thing he says was "Mormons!" My first thought was "oh no.." he went on to just spew all this anti Mormon information for like 10 minutes and Sister Lee was starting to fight back a little and that’s when I politely said that it was nice to meet him and then we left.
The reason it was so funny was because as he was talking about all this anti stuff he was like acting it all out like he was on stage or something...it took a lot not to laugh out loud because it was hilarious.

After that night was over we both were pretty exhausted and felt really down that no one would listen to us. I remember feeling so hurt and couldn't understand what we could have done wrong that no one would let us in or even let us talk, but then a remembered a talk that was given by Elder Holland where he expressed that it was never easy for Jesus Christ so it’s not going to be easy for us. 

Thursday, we shared The First Vision with three people. Sister Lee and I would role play in the car how we were going to share it in our door contacts so that we weren't going in blind because the Lord can only help if we are prepared. So, the first door Sister Lee was going to share and then the next one I was going to share it. We get to the door and Sister Lee was like, "nope can't do it" and before I could say anything the door opened. We talked to this lady and her daughter for about 8 min before I found a way to tie what she was talking about to The First Vision. I thought that it went sloppy but the lady and her daughter listened and then afterwards said that we could come back and continue to teach her and her family. I was shocked and excited at the same time it was pretty awesome! We set up an appointment for that Saturday.

For Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we had mostly a difficult time being able to accomplish the rest of the challenges but our team got second place! We almost got first but the Wellington district won the last challenge (“How many people can you teach about the sacrament”).  

Also, on Thursday, at like 7 pm, we were walking and suddenly “Kansas” thought it would be a good idea to start storming out of nowhere! The sun was out on one side and then SUPER dark clouds on the other side. The wind was crazy and it started pouring down rain like someone had turned on a shower full blast! Sister lee and I didn't have jackets and we had one small umbrella that broke after we opened it from the wind... then it started to hail pebble sized hail on us! we looked at each other and started laughing because it was just so random.
We continue to walk to where we were going. When we got to the house we were headed to, before we could even knock, the door swung open and this guy was like, "hurry come inside!" We did and he handed us a towel and told us that we were crazy. He said that we could stay until the storm passed and asked if it was ok if it was just him and his son at home because his wife was in Kansas City. We told him that we couldn't stay there without his wife present but thanked him for offering. He then got out this huge umbrella and said, "well at least take this. It will last better in the wind". We thanked him for the umbrella and ventured back out into the storm. It was a eventful half hour that’s for sure!

We also got “parked” on Saturday for three days because we went 72 miles over our 800 ... that sucked! (Missionaries can drive only so many miles per month. If they go over that, they must park their car and walk or find rides for the rest of that month). So, we rode our bikes all day in the rain on Saturday. I kept track of how many miles we went and it was about 20 miles total... let’s just say we couldn't walk when we got home... or the next day really.
That night Sister Lee found an Ice pack that was made for your muscles and could wrap around your back and legs and stuff. I wanted one too, so I went to the freezer to look for one but sadly I could only find ONE frozen water bottle... but I still used that and tied it to me leg with a towel... it worked a little.

Well that’s pretty much my whole week. Minus all the tiny details haha. Today we are going to the zoo with the whole zone! This will be my first time to the Sedgwick county zoo and I have heard its beautiful. I’ll take lots of pictures.

Love you!
Sister Magda 


Hello from the Maize Ward

May 22, 2017
Dear friends and family,

This week was crazy! We met some pretty cool people, and some really mean people. But that’s missionary life. We moved into the elders’ old apartment and it smells like B.O, and it looked like they had never cleaned it. Because of that, this morning we cleaned, and made it smell nice. Then, we went shopping at Walmart because we were out of chicken nuggets... that’s pretty much all we eat now hahah! Chicken nuggets and lemonade—it’s pretty good. That’s all we did for our P-day. We might try to go see my recent convert, Kala who lives in the Rolling Hills Ward. (My very first area!) I haven’t seen her in a year so I’m excited!
Sister Magda got to see her friend after all!


Last Monday I got to see the Maxwell family! They are like my Kansas grandparents! I love them soo much !! We visited for about an hour and it was so nice. They are moving June 10th to Derby then I won’t be able to see them till I come back to Kansas after my mission. But, Sister Maxwell gave me her new address and insisted I come back to see them after the mission. I promised I would.

This week nothing that eventful happened. We had to huge storms and a tornado that was 45 min away but we kept working though it except a member updated us like every second on what the weather was doing
. When the tornado was 45 min away she called us and said to come to the shelter... the sirens weren't even going off but she insisted we come.
When we told her that we can't go in until the sirens go off she said that we needed to come over and share a spiritual message with their family so that we could come... it was funny because the storm wasn't even bad it was like partly sunny and not even raining but she was scared that the tornado would change directions quickly.

We also knocked on a lot of doors this week and we had this lady answer and she said she was a pastor at another church. We told her our purpose is not to take away from her faith but to help build it and asked if we could share our message with her family. She was really sweet at first then she asked what church we represent and when we told her that we were from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint she said, “Oh!” and slammed the door.  What do you say to that?  We had to laugh.  And walk away.


We also met a guy that just moved from Boston but he wasn't too interested. He did have a cool accent though! Hmmm any pet stories...... oh I got to pet a calico kitty that was sitting on a fence and then it decided to follow me around for like 20 min. When it was storming, someone’s pet bunnies got loose and so we tried to catch them but they weren't having it haha! 
They ran every which way and then into someone’s yard... hope they didn't have a dog because then they would be dog food haha!

Well that’s all I can think of for this week sorry if it’s a little dull. Next week will be an email full of miracles because the Lord has so much in store for the Maize Ward and all we as missionaries must do is get out of the way and do and be what He needs us to be!!

Love,

Sister Magda

Monday, April 17, 2017

He Knows Our Needs

April 17, 2017
Hello friends and Family, 


So I haven't emailed in two weeks please forgive me haha. Not a whole lot happened in the last two weeks.
She says this, but last Monday she got to go hold newborn lambs and snuggle puppies!
 That's something!)
We had our investigator, Patty, come to
church two weeks in a row!
She is so awesome and cute! Sister Grover
and I went on exchanges last week with the STL's. I stayed in Kaw Valley with Sister Chisholm and Sister Grover went to Lake Shawnee with Sister Bench. It was super fun to be with Sister Chisholm. She is crazy... and fun... but mostly crazy hahaha!
But mostly I want to tell
you about this sick Miracle that happened this week.

Well, last Friday, Sister Grover and I were driving and we were stopped at a light when I saw this young woman with her son who looked to be 3 years old walking across the cross walk. As I looked at her, I did something that I have never done but recently decided to start doing. I looked at her like she was literally my sister and I thought, “Wouldn't I want to share the gospel with my sister and want her to have the same blessings that I do?” And then I looked at her son and imagined him older. I saw him wearing a name tag. It was weird, but I felt like I needed to talk to her. So, I told Sister Grover we needed to park and talk to her. So, we did.

Turns out she needed help carrying her stuff to the hospital because she was going to see her friend. She had just come back to Topeka from Alaska where she had reunited with her birth family. When we talked about the Restoration of the Gospel and how God knows her perfectly and knows her needs. We then told her He sent us to her. She started to cry and told us she wants a better life for her son. She took a Book of Mormon and asked us to please come back and see her and that she desired to come to church that Sunday. I promised her that as she continued to meet with us and truly desires to know the truth of our message, Heavenly Father would bless her right away and that things would start to look up.

We were in contact with her the rest of the week. She couldn't make it to church on Sunday because she was stuck on the east side of town because of the storm and missed her ride by 10min. A member gave us food to give to her and her son because they heard that she was very hungry and needed food for her son. When we brought it she was so happy that she kept giving us hugs. As I looked around her apartment there was no food except a chocolate bar broken into small pieces. She had an air mattress on the floor and that was it. She told us that after she talked with us, that very night she found this apartment and moved out of her friend’s house. She said she has been reading the Book of Mormon to her son every night.  And she expressed that she wants to come to church so badly. It was the most amazing miracle I have ever witnessed! The sad thing for me is she moved out of our area so we can't teach her. We had to pass her on to the other sisters that are in her area.  But, it's ok because the important part is that we listened to the Spirit’s prompting and she will be able to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today our district made light sabers and sneak attacked the whole zone at the church. There were injuries (me) but it was worth it.
Sister Chisholm grabbed my light saber and went for my companion so I went to save Sister Grover by rugby tackling her to the ground. Unlucky for me, she smacked me into the door and I busted my knee and my hand. There was blood but not too much hahah....It was a scratch on the hand and bruised knee that’s it! Don't worry Mom! 
Ha ha ha! The important thing is that I saved my
companion from the savage Sister Chisholm.

Well that was my week. I hope you had an amazing 🐣 Easter !!!

Love,


Sister Magda

Sunday, April 9, 2017

This Week in Topeka

April 3, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,


I'm sorry, it's been awhile since I sent one of these things out! But it's okay ha-ha!  So, Topeka is absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! Wonderful
people, wonderful weather, and wonderful scary neighbors who do drugs. Ha-ha! It's absolutely fantastic. Best!!

Last Friday we had lunch with all the sisters including the Lawrence sisters! So, I got to see Sister Gillespie! It was really awesome to be able to see her again. We had a wonderful time catching up. We also had good food... CHICK-FIL-A!!!!! Hahaha sooo good!!!

Okay, so we are working with a woman named Jackie. She is wonderful. We are also working with a family named the Williams as well, they are so cute!!! Really working on progressing all the children Heavenly Father has trusted us with! We went to try to visit a former investigator last week but she wasn't home and then I felt prompted to try the house on the other side of the street.  We got to the door, knocked on it 4 times and no answer. But when we turned around OUR FORMER INVESTIGATOR (or so we thought) had just got home. We played it cool and casually (raced) walked to her porch and started talking to her. She wasn’t the person we thought it was.  This is how we met Tara. She is such a fantastic lady! She has so many questions that she has been looking for answers to and as we were talking about The Restoration, she kept saying, “That makes so much sense!” After we taught her about The Restoration she asked if we could come back and teach her more on Tuesday! The Lord has truly been sending so many miracles our way this week! We were able to find so many new investigators. It was such a testimony builder about the power of prayer for Sister Grover and me. God truly does answer our prayers and it may be not as fast as we'd hope or in the way we hope but He will always answer.

I loved General Conference this week! It was so revelatory. We got to watch conference at the church for the first and last session on Saturday, and then on Sunday, we also watched two sessions at a member’s home which was also super nice because they fed us yummy food! So, it was all so good.  Two of my favorite talks was the one by Elder Holland, “Songs Sung and Unsung,”  and the talk by Elder Rasband. Elder Rasband,s talk on “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” about receiving promptings from the Holy Ghost was so awesome! My favorite part of it was when he was saying that we need to act on the FIRST prompting we receive—not the second or third but the first and not to fear if it is a prompting or not because 9 times out of 10 it will be right! That has always been something that has been hard for me—second  guessing the promptings I receive. What he said in his talk really has inspired me to act on everything I receive and not to second guess. We are so blessed to be able to have a living prophet and apostles to lead and guide us. It makes me so happy. I hope you all have such a great week!

Love,

Sister Magda
This little white mouse may have been involved
 in an April Fool's incident.


(Alisha’s mom thought twice about sharing this with you.  Then, she felt that if you know her, you will appreciate her sharing this. It is so her. Heh, heh!)
Funny story: So, while I was watching conference at a family’s home I was sitting on the floor...MISTAKE!  They happen to have a really fat FEMALE dog. While I was focusing on the speaker, the dog comes over and starts licking me all over so violently that I fall over.  It didn’t stop there. The dog starts to…do something that only male dogs are known for.  It was soo gross and while it
was happening the father of the famliy was just laughing so hard and said, "just play dead. Eventually she'll get bored and stop" I was like REALLY????  Finally, I got the dog off me but I felt very violated....
#onlyonyourmission
The lovely lady holding the mouse is...
the perpetrator of the incident!