Monday, April 29, 2013

Cicada's actually taste good

Hope all of you had a great Memorial Day! Sorry that I never gave you a warning that I would not email you. I did'nt even know it was a holiday on Monday until a few days before. It is easy to lose track of days. But anways, I am grateful that I was able to read your emails and that I can write you today. And I have a lot to write about! It was an exciting week last week!
Here are some of the Tender Mercies from this week:
We went to go visit a less active in our ward but he moved. His son still lived there and said that his father would not be interested and that he was not interested. His wife was there and was telling us that we need to go away because their kids had not ate dinner yet. We kindly left, but they had not shut the door yet. By the time we walked off of their yard and hear the women say. "They are Mormons?". And soon enough we see the women jet out of her house and come and talk to us. She told us that she is a High School Teacher and that there are some mormons in her classes. She said that she is amazed by how incredible those kids are. That they wake up so early for early-morning seminary and they still work hard and get great grades. Those kids have told her about how they are going to serve a mission and how hard it is and what they do. She wanted to tell Sister Hills and I that she was so impressed by our church and by the missionary program. She thanked us for all our hard work and examples we have led. It was so kind and it brought me to tears. It taught me an important lesson: That you never know who is watching you and the effect of the example you have on others. I want all of you to remember that.
We had another Lesson with the Loza family. And it was incredible! We brought Bro. and Sis. Goehring in our Ward to the lesson and we talked a little about the Book of Mormon. We sang a hymn at first to invite the spirit and it was there the whole lesson. Gus Loza was talking about how he is having a hard time right now because his father is passing away. I thought of Alma chapter 38 and we all read it together. He was amazed by how that is exactly what he needed. Brother Goehring testified of the power of the Book of Mormon and that he needs Gus in church and that Gus needs them. It was so powerful.
We went to the temple yesterday with Sister Wood. She was a less active and in the past few months everything has changed. She read through the whole Book of Mormon for the first time in her life and at that point she said she knew it was true. Sister Wood loves family History and so we were able to go and perform ordinances for her ancestors. It was incredible and she was grateful that we helped her get to that point.
This morning in District Meeting, I ate a cicada! Our District Leader caught some live Cicada's this morning for us to eat. He boiled, then baked, then dipped them in Chocolate. I was amazed by how good they are. They tasted like Chocolate covered raisins. So Marcus and Shivani probably would'nt like them (Or is it only GOLDEN raisins that you don't like?)
Well that is all folks. Keep staying and that "strait and narrow path" (1 NE 8).
Sister Lindmeir

Exciting week!

Happy Monday!
All is well in Rolling Valley! We had a really great week again last week with 4 more new investigators and a lot of potential investigators that we have return appointments with. It really is so exciting. Some highlights from this week include:
Half Mission Conference on Friday and Elder Larry Echo Hawk came and spoke to us! He shared his conversion story and how two missionaries changed his life and many more. His whole family was baptized when he was a teenager, but he shared when he was truly converted; which was not until he read the Book of Mormon! He was a first generation college student  and he went to BYU. It was motivating to hear him speak to us.
We went to Greenspring Retirement Center to do service this week (we do it 2 hrs every Thurs.) and we sang lots of songs with the old people. It was so much fun. We even sang some hymns. The old people love us and can't wait for us to come back next week. I love them too!
So if you have not heard already; this year is the year of the "17yr Cicada's". They are huge bugs with big red eyes. They stay in the ground for 17years and are just starting to pop up. They don't harm us but they just like to run into us. They are everywhere! And they make a very loud screaming sound. Although I have not heard it yet; everyone talks about it. Anyways, I will be sending one home shortly :)
We had dinner yesterday with the family who's father passed away in Sacrament. They are doing very well and they said the funeral service was really great. It was good to see that they are staying strong and that all is well.
There is a new calling called "Sister Training Leader". Sister Mannchen and Sister Borland have been called to that position. So they have to go on an exchange with all the Sisters. We had the exchange this week with them; which was exciting. Sister Hills went with Sister Mannchen in Gainesville. And Sister Borland came out here.   It was her Birthday; so we made a sign for the wall. We had appointments every hour all day, but I did manage to tell a member so they could make a birthday cake for Sister Borland. Sister Borland was very excited about that. And right before we went to bed, I realized she did'nt blow out any candles. So I put a match in a cupcake and sang her happy birthday. She cried she was so happy and thankful.
We visited a less active, Sister Loza with her home teacher on Friday. The whole family was there and ready to listen to the message. We taught the first lesson - The restoration. They were all participating and the Spirit was so strong. Berline is 19years old and she was very receptive to the lesson. Sister Loza's husband, Gus was the most interested in learning the message. He say's he has a hard time with the history of the church but that he is always willing to give things another chance. He said he would read the Book of Mormon and that he will be baptized when he knows our message is true. We have another lesson with the Loza's this Friday! We will be teaching the Book of Mormon.
We visited two Former investigators last week that are very open and willing to learn. Trish is a single mom of two kids that has never had any religion; it is difficult to teach her, but she has so much faith. Sharon is Catholic but so far she has agreed with everything we have taught.  We are excited to continue to teach them!
Love you!
Sister Lindmeir

Monday, April 22, 2013

Love you!

Well let me start off by saying Marcus has got a lot of GUTS! I watched that race and wow! Incredible! He is on fire this season!!! Very exciting that UVU will take him after a mission. He will be blessed from going on a mission and come back ever so strong! And breaking the school record by 2 seconds??! WOW!
I bet it really was Christian being there! Glad that he came and that you met Marcy! That is exciting that they are still dating! Is'nt she just so nice??!
Glad Waverli and Shivani are both enjoying track! And that Waverli is shaving off some time!
Sounds like Gabe is just as talented as ever! Very exciting about the talent show! Can you record that too?
Sorry about your Sacrament Meeting :( I love sitting up closer in church. It especially allows me to focus on why I am there: Partaking of the Sacrament. Keep trying to sit up front! It makes Sacrament so much more meaningful.
That is cool about the DC Missionary Mom facebook page. Was it a women in my ward that saw me?
My new companion, Sister Hills is great! She is very kind and smart and a great missionary! We are still learning how to teach together but all is well! We are learning a lot each day!
Rolling Valley is great! We did a lot of finding this week and it was kind of successful. I am sending you a voice recording so that you can "hear" instead of "read" how my week went! Let me know if it works :)
Also did you see the pictures I put up in Dropbox?
Love you all!!!!

-Sister Lindmeir

From your Sister in Rolling Valley

Hello Lindmeir Family,
Exciting times in the Lindmeir home! That is for sure! So proud of my twin siblings and for my wonderful Grandma! I watched the video and it got me all teary eyed! I was grateful to hear your voices and see how excited both of you are! I am going to be writing you - Marcus and Waverli - very soon with thoughts that I have! You will enjoy bikes; they will keep you in shape! If they say to buy bikes, I wouldnt worry about it. There is probably missionaries that will be going home that will sale their bike to the twins. Just call the mission offices to confirm, but that is what I would do :) I would love to get all the details from your packets on your missions; I am very curious how different it is.
Glad that you waited for Dad to open your calls! I am sure Dad was grateful for that! Who else was there? I saw the Allred's Exciting that marcus will learn some spanish! I have been trying to learn some spanish so that I can talk to people here, just long enough that I can refer them to the spanish missionaries. There is no need for Spanish in Rolling Valley but maybe my next area...
Sad to hear about Shelley. Bishop Eliason in Gainesville had his front teeth removed and will have a flipper for a while too. We did breakfast at his house everyday and he had to take his teeth out! He talked and everything without his teeth.
Wow I wanted to print out those pictures of the kids before prom!!! You all looked so good! Thanks for sending them! I am glad that Marcus and Shivani went together... So cute! And who was Waverli's date? They looked great! I love Shelley's dress and it looks so great on Shivani! Did it need to be altered, because it fit perfectly? What dress was Waverli wearing? I could'nt tell in the picture. Did you all go to prom together? Where was it? What for dinner? Theme?
My baby brother is growing up! I am glad that Gabe like camp! Have him write to me about it! Here is a good idea actually... Bring letter writing stuff to church on Sunday so the kids can write me during the boring talks. Another missionaries family does that and she gets letters from her siblings each week!
How did the meeting with UVU go? I am glad Dad went; he is great at that kind of stuff! 9:47 is very impressive even though he did not qualify! I think that Cubby ran a 9:45 and got a metal in track. I think maybe 4th place, but not sure... When is state?
The house looks very different. I was not sure it was our house until I saw the piano. It looks good though! Can't wait to see how it turns out.
 Transfers this week.... Sister Hills and Sister Borland sat down next to us at Transfers. When my name was called, I stood and was shocked to find out my companion would be Sister Hills; we were sitting next to each other!!!! Crazy!! And then, Sister Borland went to Gainesville! So we switched; I have never heard of that happening! But it is pretty great! And so now I am in the Annandale stake, serving in the Rolling Valley Ward.
My companion is Sister Hills; we actually came out together. So we are learning everything together; it is wonderful! Sister Hills is definitely an amazing missionary! She is very enthusiastic which makes missionary work so much better! She is from Farmington and she went to Viewmont. She is 22 and went to USU and got a degree in communications and video documentary. So ya she is smart! She does not have a pancreas because of a tumor when she was a baby so she has diabetes. She has to stab herself a lot and check her blood. I help her stay on top of things by making sure she checks her blood and getting her juice when she needs it. She has such an amazing attitude even though she has gone through a lot!
Rolling Valley is a newer area so we will be doing a lot of finding in this area. Sister Hills say's "Rolling Valley is rolling over us". But we are not going to let that happen. We are going to do amazing things and I am very excited. But I am grateful to be here! I loved Gainesville but I was ready for some change! Change = growth, and I want to grow!
Next week, We have a dinner appointment with Sister Johnson. She went on a mission to Austria and she wrote the movie "Errand of Angels" after her mission experience. I talked to her and she said that if we can't get permission to watch the movie here; then she will tell me the whole story at dinner. But she told me that it is just like my mission. But I don't believe it! Have you seen it? If not, you should.
We had a lesson with a man named David yesterday. He had a stroke about 10 years ago and is in his 40s. He is the nicest, happiest guy. Both sides of his brain don't work together so communication is hard. It is often like a guessing game when we teach. He can write stuff too! He is smart though and he understands everything we teach! We taught the Plan of Salvation and he had a lot of questions. At the end he wanted us to sing Psalms (of David) 23. We sang it to "How great the Art". It sounded pretty good... I thought.
I never thought I had allergies, but I have found out recently that I do. I keep sneezing and itching my nose and eyes... But it is worth it! It is so beautiful here!!!!
This week, I have been striving to improve my prayers. I was reading in Enos 1 and I want my prayers to be like his. I want to be able to pour out my whole soul to Heavenly Father and I know he listens and cares for each of us. I keep thinking about what I would say to Dad when praying and how that is what my prayers should be like; Because I am speaking with my Father. This week... I would love for each of you to read in Enos and really strive to make your prayers personal and pour out your whole souls. I would love to hear how that goes :)
Well, It is time! I put so pics on dropbox.
Love you with all my heart,
Sister Lindmeir

Monday, April 15, 2013


Hello my loved ones,
So good to hear from you! Sounds like lots of exciting things are happening right now! And a lot of exciting things because of the Gospel in our lives; we are so blessed!
Wow, 3 mission calls next Wednesday?? I was so excited this morning to find out but I guess I have to wait a whole week! I look forward to seeing the videos! Oh my temple prep! Can't believe my little siblings can go through the temple soon! One of my biggest regrets is not going to the Temple often; don't let them make that mistake! I also especially wish I went through the Salt Lake Temple too. Make sure they do that and tell me all about it :)
So exciting about Bob and Zelma. What a neat experience! It is so comforting to know that families are forever! Could you imagine not knowing about the Plan of Salvation?! Life would be hard! That is why I am so grateful I get to tell people that families can be together forever!!!
Looking forward to hear how Teryns farewell goes! Will he still see his family since he was called so close? How does that work?
So about my week... It was wonderful! Sister Mannchen is feeling a lot better! We worked real hard this past week and it paid off :)
We had exchanges from Tuesday to Wednesday and I was serving in Centreville for 24 hours! I loved it! I served with Sister Russel and she is an amazing missionary! I learned a lot of great things from her! I taught an ESL class aka. English as a second language. I helped a man from Mexico prepare for a job interview; it was great to see how much he appreciated it! He said his interview went pretty well. Took a lot of cool pictures of a women who collects amazing things all around the world! Everything had to be worth millions and millions! I will send you the pics soon!
Recieved a letter this week for the Hartvigsens! Each of their kids wrote me a letter and Doug and Julia! I loved it and wished I had more time to write them back a lot but I will still write them soon! If you see them, let them know how much it means to me!
Not much else happened this week besides just working hard and trying to be the very best missionary I can be!
This week; however, could be interesting... Exchanges are on Wednesday! I will be getting a call either tonight or tomorrow if we will go to transfer meeting. Although I did just get a call from the APs asking me to say the benediction at Transfer meeting on Wednesday. So Sister Mannchen or I could be leaving. Or we could be getting a 3rd sister. It is a mystery for now... Will let you know on Monday how it went though :)
Got a haircut today and bought some summer clothes. I realized I did'nt have any and it was 100 degrees this week! And that was without the humidity!! Went to kohls and saved lots of money. You may need to check my account if you have already not done that. I promise I am not trying to spend all your money!!!
Thanks MOM DAD SHIVANI and WAVERLI for writing me!
Well love you all very much!
Love, Sister Lindmeir

Monday, April 8, 2013


Sorry if I scared you with that subject line, but I thought it would be the perfect introduction to what my week was like. Sister Hills and I recorded a couple of the big stories from this week so we will send those to you. So it may be better for you to listen to those before you read this email...
So this week was like any other week, but then we were heading to District Meeting on Tuesday and we were slowing to a stop at a red light. I was driving and Sister Hills turned to look at me and all of a sudden a car slammed into us... TWICE they did! They were going about 35 to 40 miles/hr so it was a super big crash. They air bags deployed and there car was in a lot worse condition, but both our cars are totalled. Luckily the APs were behind us and helped us out. They took us back to the office where we got another car ( a red Suburu Legacy 2013 ) and they gave us a blessing of comfort and healing. After that, "Missionary Medical" required us to go to the ER. I am getting an Xray today and I will let you know how that goes. But all should be well.
Did you hear the unbelievable Sacrament Meeting story we sent you? Pretty crazy! huh? It was terryifying for me, I prayed and prayed when they were giving Brother Nelson CPR. I just put my head down and prayed with all my heart for comfort and peace to that family. That was the first time I have witnessed someone's last words and someone dying.
I am glad you enjoyed the story about Anne and Emmett from last week! We went to read to Anne this week. She went into her room to change her clothes and she forgot what she was doing and fell asleep. Emmett thought it would be better for us to leave the book there for her to read on her own. So sadly I am not sure if we will see them again soon.
We spent Wednesday morning making Egg Salad Sandwiches and we spent the rest of the day smelling like eggs. We made about 3000 all together for the homeless. We made them at a methodist church but it was for all faiths to come together with one purpose in mind. It was great to meet people and to talk. Everyone was so nice! We will be doing this every month we are here.
I had an interview with President Riggs on Friday. He talked to both Sister Hills and I am about being BOLD and to not give up on people so easily. He said that people we come in contact with will either "accept" or "reject" the message and unless they do one or the other we can't give up. We have been talking to everyone and we now have 3 return appointments from being BOLD! It is very exciting, but we still have lots more work to do! 
President also told me that I will be staying in Rolling Valley next transfer and will be TRAINING! Which is very scary but also very exciting at the same time! Luckily I still have a few more weeks to prepare for that point.
I love you all and I hope that you have a great week! I look forward to skyping with you on Sunday!!!
Sister Lindmeir

Sisters Conference Picture!

Sister Lindmeir loves you all

Hello my wonderful Family!!!
So good to hear from Mom, Dad, and Gabe! I love you! Sounds like you have had a pretty great week. Glad that Dad could be home and that you could go to Moab. I am grateful you are all okay. Can't believe Dad tried to kill all of you!   
So not much happened since last Wednesday besides Conference and Sister Maennchen was sick. We stayed home a lot! Sister Maennchen slept while I was staying busy. I organized, colored  and painted pictures, made scripture cases out of cereal boxes, cooked, cleaned and caught up on some interesting studies in the Bible. Most people would get bored, but not me. Although I will be very grateful when we can go out and proselyte again! Hopefully this evening! :)
Glad mom enjoyed conference! What about the rest of you? It was incredible! I loved Elder Hollands talk as well. There is something about Elder Holland... I feel that he is speaking just to me everytime. I will write you more of my thoughts as well! What did all of you learn? Anything that stood out? Well, I definitely found a pattern in conference. Families and obedience were brought up a lot! Makes me think about all of you and I invite all of you to take what you learned from conference and apply it in your life each day! I know that blessings will come to all of you as you do so. For the Prophet and Apostles promised many blessings too :)
Dad: love that you used that catchy title. Thanks for sharing that story. We too make an effort to always invite to baptism! Last week we had 3 invites out of 3 lessons, so 100%. But Sister Maennchen was also sick so we didn't get out much... That is why only 3 lessons. I have also found that same pattern in people we contact. I am grateful for your thoughts :) I have actually been wondering what your mission was like. Transportation? Memorized lessons? Tell me everything! Very cool that you were district leader so soon in the field. That seems like hard work but a great honor! I bet you were a pretty incredible missionary :)
Mom: Thanks for sending the recipes. I would like new and old in 4x6s (running, cheerleading, family adventures, when we were little, etc.) I love to show people pictures. I actually cut out a family picture into wallet sized and I show people when they ask about my family. I love showing all of you off. I have had a couple people ask where you are. I tell them you are my mom. You are lookin so good! But I definetely would like pictures of all of you right now. At moab, the house, dances, running, etc. Also can you send me church music CDs for our car. We drive a lot! Also those mission business cards. Do you still have those? It is okay in not.  All the journals that I sent home, can you get those to me too? I use them up quickly!
I am glad you like you Birthday Present! I loved picking out the charms for you. Do you have a chain to put it on? If not, I can get you one. I do miss my Saturn, Jerry very much. How is he doing? That is sad that you have to wait a couple weeks for the floors to come in... Exciting that you get to paint! Also exciting that Christian came to visit! How is he doing? Does he get my emails too? I hope the twins get their call on Thursday with Grandma too! So exciting! I can't wait to find out where they go!
Gabe: So good to hear from you! I always tear up every time I hear from you; I miss you soooo much bud! I am having fun on my mission and you will too someday. I am glad that you had a great time motorcycling in Moab. And I am glad that you got to show Marcus up ;) How is soccer going? Are you doing anything else right now? What did you like about conference?