Monday, June 24, 2013

Sister Kiana Lindmeir Happy July!

Hi Team Lindmeir,
I hope that you are all doing well and that you have kept your mind on missionary work. I told you that I would follow up on your commitment to write your testimony in a Book of Mormon and give it to someone you prayed about.  Any missionary experiences you would like to share?
I am doing really well right now. In case you are worried about my back... It is doing great! I was upset that I thought I was going to have to come home for PT, but I am so grateful I can stay on my mission. This is where the Lord needs me. I am on medicine right now and I am have PT later today. And it should go great!
Sister Dickson got a little homesick this week. I used the scriptures as a source to help her with her homesickness. I thought of Marcus and Waverli and thought D&C 31 would be a good one to share. Section 100 is also one that I love because it talks about going to the Eastern Land (Aka. DC)
 "Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friends [Waverli and Marcus], your families are well; they are in mine hands, and I will do with them as seemeth me good; for in me there is all power. [Waverli, my daughter], blessed are you because of your faith in my work. [Marcus], my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work. 
  Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family... and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.
 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare Glad tidings of great joy unto this generation...
 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.
 Yea, I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand;
 And you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered.
 Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.
 Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do and whither you shall go.
 Pray always, lest you enter into temptation and lose your reward.
 Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you. These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen."
 We had a whole mission Conference this week. I only had to say goodbye to Sister Mannchen; which was really sad. But she is happy to go and serve in the Richmond,VA mission. We got a missionary yearbook with all the missionaries and their first names! I love it.
We had exchanges this week. I went with Sister Jeppsen, my Sister Training Leader and I served in her YSA ward. I loved it and I learned a lot. There was no food I could eat at their appt. so we went and got some Thai food and it was really good. I had mango sticky rice.. yummy!
Mary (the women with Parkinson's) went to church yesterday. She really liked it and we enjoyed having her with us. We taught her the Plan of Salvation last night. She didn't believe it was true. I asked her that "if it is true, how would that change how you live your life?" She started crying and the spirit was so strong. She said that would change everything. I know that what she really loved was knowing that her body will be in its perfect form at the resurrection and for eternity. Although she does'nt have the perfect body; she will be so blessed for enduring her trials well. (D&C 121:7-8).
That is all for me. Thanks for all your love and prayers.
Sister Lindmeir

Sister Kiana Lindmeir Lets all Hasten the Work of Salvation

i Team,
Happy Birthday Dad! I hope you are having the greatest day so far! I hope all of you are having a great day as well; I am! I am still so excited about the Historic Broadcast yesterday. Did you all watch it? It was pretty incredible! Sister Dickson and I were making guesses beforehand of what it could be. We called everything besides keeping the church unlocked for church tours. We are so excited for everything and cannot wait for it to take effect! I am especially excited about the tablets. It will make missionary work so much easier. And organized! And I love orginazation.
What I really loved about the Broadcast is the emphasis of both the members and missionaries to be unified in purpose; which is "to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end". Some of the members in my ward have already took action in helping people come unto Christ. I hope that all of you will do so too! Just by your example, you are helping to build the Kingdom of God!
Here is a quick update of my week:
Carmin, the less active we work with invited us over for Dinner on Monday. We had delicious Thai food. We come over on Wednesday and spackled her wall. We talked about Ether 12; which we assigned her to read and she loved it. She said a beautiful prayer. It was her first prayer in a long time and she was so nervous but she did great!
We had a lesson at Geocanda Loza's home. She is a less active and we teach her non member family each week. We came over and were able to get to know her a bit better and her background. It turns out that she knows 100% that the Gospel is true. She just does not want her family to go to 2 seperate churches so she goes to the Catholic Church. We talked about Temples and that that is the ultimate goal we will help her family reach. She is looking forward to that and also to do work for her deceased ancestors in the temple. She told us how much she loves hymns and that her favorite is "I stand all amazed".
Geocanda came to church on Sunday and sat by us! The Sacrament hymn was "I Stand All Amazed". Wow! Heavenly Father really is aware of her. And each of us! She shared a beautiful testimony in Sunday School about sharing the Gospel through her example. I imagine she is going be back in the church from now on :)
On Wednesday we have a WHOLE mission Conference; which never happens. It is because they are splitting our mission so Wednesday will be the last time I see the missionaries that are going to the Richmond, VA Mission. Sister Mannchen is leaving, but I am not sure about who else is leaving the Washington DC South Mission.
Well that is all for this week. It was kind of a hard week. I think it is because school just got out. But I am looking forward to many miracles and amazing things happening this week. My invitation to all of you is to write your testimony in a Book of Mormon. Pray about who you can give it to and give it to them. I will be following up with you next week! And I promise that as you do so that you will be guided by the Spirit to know what to say and that you WILL NOT FAIL!
“Don’t worry about being successful. We are going to be successful—there is no doubt about it. The Lord has sent us to earth at the time of harvest. He does not expect us to fail. He has called no one to this work to fail. He expects us to succeed.”
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I hope you all have a great week as you keep missionary work in your hearts and minds.
Sister Lindmeir

Monday, June 17, 2013

Great Week - Many Miracles - So Happy

Hello Team Sister Lindmeir,
It is good to hear from most of you and that you are doing well. I am doing well too. In fact, I am great! I have a lot that I want to tell you but not so much time to email, but I will say the most important things. This past week was AMAZING! Sister Dickson and I worked really hard and got 5 new investigators (the most I have ever gotten on my mission), had 100% baptismal invites and had over 11 visits with members. We also talked and met with many more potential investigators. We learned so much last week from Zone Training and Conference and we were excited to apply all of it as we proselyted. We still have so much to learn and have so much to do, but we are growing.
Sister Dickson and I get along very well. And it shows in our teaching. And we are more likely to have the Spirit with us as we teach being unified. And we both like to always stay busy and to organize (So yep, Weare a lot alike). And we have found that spending extra time keeping things organized saves a lot of time in the long run. 
Here are some of the more exciting events from this week:
  • We had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. And I loved it! I worked in a singles ward for 24hrs and it is amazing the difference from a family ward. Young adults are definitely more open to learn about the Gospel than older people. No wonder it is brought up so often in the scriptures to "become like a little child".
  • I have been using the chalk mom got me on Easter. We write notes for people on the driveways using chalk if they are not home. And so far, everyone has LOVED it! Don't worry, we only do it for people that would be okay with it.
  • We started talking to a women reading a book outside her home and all she said was "No, thank you". I was getting ready to ask her if she knew of anyone else that would be interested in a message about Christ, but before I could say it, she held her finger over her mouth and said "shhhh". And I sure listened and didnt say a word and walked away. Afterward, Sister Dickson and I were laughing about that, but we probably should'nt. I still think it is so funny though.
  • We met a women walking her dog yesterday morning and started teaching the first lesson. We got all the way through, said a prayer and have an appt. set up for this week. As much as I don't like dogs, I do think that they have been a blessing here. Three of our investigators we met while they were walking their dog.
  • Our Bishop talked about partaking of the Sacrament yesterday in Sacrament Meeting. He talked about how Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament among His Twelve Apostles on the night before he was crucified. When we partake of it each week, we should picture the Savior passing the bread and water to us. I have never thought of that, but I am so grateful that I now can have a more sacred and special experience as I partake of the Sacrament each week and remember the promises with God that I made when I was baptized. I am looking forward to Sunday :)
  • I am also looking forward to Sunday because there is going to be a HUGE announcement that will be broadcasted to the whole world from the first presidency. It is supposed to be a bigger deal than the missionary age change. I cannot wait to find out what it is!
Well, that is all the time that I have. I Hope you all have a great week!
Sister Lindmeir

Monday, June 3, 2013

New transfer + New companion + Training = Change = Growth

Hello Team Lindmeir,
Sounds like all is well at home. It is good to hear from you. Mom, you were correct, I do have a new companion. Sister Dickson from Gig Harbor (next to Tacoma), Washington. She turned 19yrs old in March so she is a young missionary. She is fresh from the MTC and so I am training her. But I don't know if I would really say training... She is a great missionary and we are learning from each other. Sister Hills left and went to an area in the Woodbridge stake; which means that she is no longer in our mission. She is in the Richmond, VA Mission. Sister Mannchen is no longer in the mission as well.
This week, we did not get too much done because of transfers, but we definitely had some highlights:
1) Sister Dickson had a hard time her first night getting rejected. She was upset and terrified to talk to more people. Yesterday, I decided that we are going to overcome her fear and go tracting until she was no longer terrified. The good news is that it worked. We were rejected eight times in a row and she is no longer terrified.
2) We started teaching a girl Michelle; who we met tracting. She is a young adult and is one of those so called "Golden Investigators". The first time we met she said she would read the Book of Mormon and she did. A few days later we had a lesson planned with her and she had already read half the book and now is finished. She said she believes everything we say and that it makes sense. She was even saying that she was going to talk to all her friends about the church! What??!! And we invited her to baptism and she said "Sure, Definitely". The only sad part is that she is young and single so we have to pass her along to the Singles Ward Sisters.
3) We are teaching a women named Sharon who is the kindest women I have ever met. We have taught her a few lessons and we taught her the Plan of Salvation 2 days ago. She was amazed by it and said that she really hopes it is true.  She said "I want to go to the Celestial Kingdom". And I said "What are you willing to do to get there?". She brought up baptism and said that she will pray to know if this is the right path for her. We gave her the date of June 29th to pray about. We promised her that if she continued to pray and read the BofM then she will know that baptism is right. We are meeting with her tonight and we will let you know how it goes.
4) Yesterday in Fast and Testimony Mtg, Brother Nelson (the son of the man that died last month) got up and gave thanks for the support to his family in this hard time. And he finished the story his father started about Tolstoy (not sure how to spell it?). But anyways, it was really incredible. And the story about Tolstoy is so incredible. You will have to look it up. He is talking about how Tolstoy was amazed with the new American Religion (LDS).
Have a great week and I love you!!!!
Love, Sister Lindmeir