Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elder Lindmeir with his new companion

Hello missionary parents! My husband and I are on vacation from BYU and ran into your wonderful sons at the Potato Shack in Encinitas California! We didn't have much time to chat but they were all so friendly! I wanted to send you a picture so you could have a little more insight to their day! Have a wonderful day!

Alexis and Judson Waltman

Mission Life! Elder Lindmeir

this week was an amazing week i got my new companion elder stevens, hes a good guy, quite and just really keeps to himself and just a good missionary all around and i sure love him to death, and he looks and reminds me exactly like our cousin terin, so im really excited to be able to work with him! the work here is doing great we are seeing alot of success as we are putting our faith to find more people and we tought alot of lessons this week and really were able to help alot of people come to church and to bring them closer to jesus christ.
sorry ran out of time i love you all so much!!! thank you for everything keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

I Feel My Savior's Love! Sister Kiana Lindmeir

Hey Guys! I Hope you all are doing great! I sure am! I had an amazing week! Here are some exciting things!
In my Friday morning studies, I felt impressed to study from the Relief Society book called, "Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society." Normally, I only focus on studying Preach my Gospel and the Book of Mormon, but I felt I needed to study from this book. As I was scrolling through chapters, I noticed the Chapter called "Blessings of the Priesthood for All". I started to read it and found it so comforting to know how important my role as a women is!
So that evening, we had a lesson with a less-active member, Mary Beth, and she brought up how she is so frustrated with the church because she is not allowed to have the Priesthood! What?! Good thing I was prompted to study about that that very morning!
I shared some of what I read and bore testimony of it! Here is some things I shared:
"All Heavenly Father’s sons and daughters are equally blessed as they draw upon the power of the priesthood."
In a general conference address, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught: “While we sometimes refer to priesthood holders as ‘the priesthood,’ we must never forget that the priesthood is not owned by or embodied in those who hold it. It is held in a sacred trust to be used for the benefit of men, women, and children alike.” Elder Oaks then quoted Elder John A. Widtsoe, who also served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve: “Men have no greater claim than women upon the blessings that issue from the Priesthood and accompany its possession.”
Saturday, we had a lesson with a less-active member. She is going through A LOT and she has a lot of addictions. She doesn't understand why God would put her through so much and she thinks she is going to hell.
While talking to her, I started to relate life to running. I am grateful for the Spirit for filling my mouth with words as I spoke to her. While relating life to running, I brought up how sometimes in races,  I have "hit a wall"; which means that my body was giving out. It would cause me to think about giving up or quitting. People would be passing me left and right and it was almost like I was running in slow motion. It was awful! But I wouldn't quit! There are so many people in this world that have "hit a wall". They have had every kind of trial and affliction come at them. They may have thoughts of quitting or giving up. Some people do give up and some know that it will be hard, but they won't stop. I told the less-active member that she may just have to move one foot in front of the other, but that Heavenly Father is so proud of her. He wants her to finish the race and to return back to him! I know that this is true! When life is hard, we need to remind ourself that our earth life is so short compared to Eternity!
So this week is transfers! Please hold the mail in case I get transferred! I will let you know next week how it goes :)
Have a great week and I love you!
Sister Kiana Lindmeir

3202 Arrowhead Circle #E
Fairfax, VA 22030

Sister Waverli Lindmeir

Hey Everyone!
 Last week i sent out a big email to all of you and it was such a good one too! I have no idea why you all didn't get it. I am really sorry about that. The Email said it sent and when i looked today in the drafts instead of having everything being there that i wrote down, it was just a blank draft with all your names on it and lasts weeks date. I know i am bad with computers but my companion saw me send the email to all of you last week and for some reason you all just didn't get it! I really hope you get this one because last week was amazing!

Since you didn't get my email from last week i will summarize what happened briefly. Bill got baptized on saturday and it was the coolest experience in the world. when he came up out of the water, he was crying so hard! he was so touched by the spirit and he said that he has never felt so good in his life! It was the coolest thing to see because Bill is sooo big and tough looking but really he is just a big softy. Easter was so amazing too! we were able to share wonderful messages about Christ to a ton of people and our investigators who didn't have any family to spend Easter with! It made the day wonderful! We also ate dinner with our ward mission leader and his family and their little girl was sitting on the moms lap and we were just enjoying a delicious piece of cake and all of a sudden, the little girl threw up everywhere!!! It was so funny! It was definitely an Easter week i will never forget! :)

Now to the amazing things that happened last week! Last Week i felt like Ammon and i just wanted to boast in my God all day everyday because of the Joy that i felt! so many miracles happened! We were tracking on wednesday and we ran into a girl named Kayla and she seemed pretty interested in what we were saying so we invited her to a church tour on thursday. On Thursday she came to the church and we started talking and she ended up telling us her whole life story. And oh my goodness i am so blessed to have the family i do! She told us that her mom was crazy and she had to be put in foster care, she was there for a few years and then her grandma decided to take her in, but her grandma was mean to her and verbally abusive. She said that She didn't eat at her Grandmas because she couldn't and so she lost so much weight that she has had to hospitalized twice. She said that she has tried to commit suicide a few times too. While she was talking she kept telling us that she just wants to know why she is still here and what her purpose is in life. Sister Standing and i were like bawling when she was telling us about her life and we are so grateful that the Lord led us to her because we know that the gospel will be able to help her feel so much more peace in her life, and let her know that she is not alone and that the Savior has been through everything that she has.

We had a whole bunch of great lessons with our investigators last week too! We talked about temples and eternal marriage with Mandy and Jarrad, they are currently both praying about a baptism day, and are picking out the temple that they want to be sealed in. Mary who has been taking the lessons for two years is praying that the Lord will help take away her fear of being baptized and choose a day. Bill, our recent convert is doing amazing! The last lesson we had with him, he just kept crying and he said that he is so sorry, but whenever we talk about anything spiritual he is brought to tears because he feels the Gift of the Holy Ghost so strongly! It is wonderful!

It is really amazing that i have been able to stay in this area so long! I love Seeing the change in the people we see and the people we teach. I love Being able to be part of helping people build their faith in Jesus Christ. Seeing how much happier they are and how much the Gospel has already made their lives better. I love the Joy that i feel that comes with Serving the Lord! I love the Miracles that we see each day as we follow the spirit and i love being a Missionary! :)

Love, Sister Lindmeir

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day! Sister Waverli Lindmeir

I don't know about where you are all at but it has been sooo nice and sunny for the past week! Sister Standing and I were out talking to people for only three hours the other day and we both got super sun burnt! Don't worry mom and dad, i will make sure my companion wears sunscreen ;)
Do you all remember our Investigator Bill Williams that we have been teaching for a while? Well he is getting Baptized this weekend! We went over last week to Bills house and we went over the Baptism Questions with Bill and he Didn't want to answer the Questions because right before i came, the other sisters had already went over them with him and so he didn't want to do them again, but that was over 10 weeks ago so Sister Standing and i were a little worried because we didn't know if he really was ready to be baptized. So we asked Bill why do you want to get Baptized? This is what he said: " It is kind of a selfish reason but i know that if i have enough faith, the Lord will help heal my back. Whether by it healing completely, or just by having the strength to do the things that he wants me to do."(Bill has a horrible back, he got injured in the marines and had back surgery and they accidently cut a cord in his back that has really limited his movement. He can"t sit in church for more than an hour. he can't walk very well, he has to use a cane, and he sits in this chair at home almost all day, every day, he even has to sleep in this chair it is really sad because he is only 50 years old too.) We also asked Bill how has your Faith grown since the missionaries have been teaching him? he told us that he has felt it grow so much and that the day that the sisters found him 9 months ago was on a really hard day because he had just lost his dog. They shared a message with him and he felt the spirit so strongly. Missionaries have been teaching him since. He also said that he cannot deny the truthfulness of the church because of the way he feels every single time we come and teach him and every time he reads the book of mormon, and comes to church. It is so cool! Bill is so excited and he is going to get baptized in a pool instead of a baptisimal font because he is so big and they are going to baptize him forward instead of backwards which is going to be awesome!
We are really Excited for Bill this weekend! we have been praying a lot that his faith WILL make him whole and we know that all things are possible through our Savior Jesus Christ! And we can't wait to see what happens! His faith is sooo strong!

Things are soooo good in Yakima! i love being a missionary because you get to see the change that people go through and you get to see their faith grow in our Savior Jesus Christ. it makes you so happy! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter when you can think more about out wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ and the amazing Gifts that he has given us!

I love you all! Love, Sister Lindmeir

Ps funny story i went downstairs at night to grab something and i see tons of bubbles spurting out of the dishwasher and they were all over the floor!!!! i tell sister Standing to come downstairs and she says oh no!!! not again!!! she accidently put dish washing soap into the dish washer instead of Dish washer soap. it was soooooo funny and she actually did it once before. it took a while to clean up but it was the funniest thing i have ever seen! :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mission Life! Elder Lindmeir!

hey family, sounds like you are all having a great week!!! im pretty sure that car that you sent me a picture of shivani is worth millions, that's pretty cool. i cant believe grandma is coming home soon and i forgot but how much time does kiana have? its weird to think that in 3 month ill be half way done! i need to step it up haha it goes by way to fast!!
this week has been an amazing week and kind of sad because elder rivers is leaving and then tomorrow i find out who i get put with, hope hes a weirdo and a hard worker if hes that we will get along just great. me and elder rivers were really able to work really well with each other and this area, the hardest part about the area is finding those people that are prepared and ready to except the gospel, but its all coming together. we had some really cool experiences this week that really helped us out to become better missionaries!
first off since we knew that elder rivers was leaving i called the assistants to get permission to drive instead of elder rivers because i need to learn the area better and so i got permission and it was about 9:00 at night and i am driving and i stop at this red light and when it turns green i start debating whether i go straight or left, so as i pull up i stutter on the brakes still debating and then i decide to go straight and as soon as we pull forward to go through the green light a huge black truck comes flying down the hill that we were going across and missed us probably by 3 feet. i seriously just saw our lives flash before us this truck was going close to 50 miles an hour. and all i know is that if i hadn't switched to be the driver, rivers would have gone straight and it would have been bad, but i know with out a doubt that we were protected. it was pretty insane! but a really cool story to share. hope i didn't scare you guys to much haha.
so on a happier note we have been teaching up a storm, we are teaching more lessons than i ever had and its a huge blessing. elder Ballard came to our mission and we had him talk to us about how we can increase our missionary efforts by teaching. it was beneficial to us because we realised that we need to teach more to there understanding and that as we teach the lessons we need to make sure that they believe in each point before we move on to the next, and it really was a great blessing to hear from him and to be able to increase this work here in this mission.
well i love you all! and keep it up! see you all soon in 20 days!!!
elder lindmeir

Monday, April 14, 2014

missionary life! Elder Lindmeir

It sounds like everyone is doing great! loving life, and preparing for weddings.... so weird still haha but im excited you should make full on cut outs of us and take pictures with us at the wedding haha. and dad your not the only one wanting to go riding, so when i get back we should go for like a whole week straight! just the boys that would be cool. ( no offense mom love you too!!!)
this week was a very enlightening week, on Friday we went by our investigators home (Kelly) and when we walked up to the door her boyfriend Paul (which is a less active member) walks out with a beer in his hand and right off the bat we could just feel it something was wrong. Paul told us that he was drinking and previously to this him and Kelly had been going to AA meeting to become sober they were both around 120 days, and Kelly was going to be baptised on the 19th. so we walk in and we see Kelly on the couch just hammered! like i was scared,she looked like a possessed zombie, and then Paul is just so drunk he doesn't know whats going on and hes just starts talking about politics and how we are getting taken over by the government, them we hear a screaming/crying voice from the bathroom and we run over there and it was sage (Kelly daughter) she is only 12 and she is crying and screaming because Kelly promised she would never drink again, and it goes on and on. so we calmed sage down and took her outside and played soccer, while i went and calmed Paul down and just listened to him, Paul has had a really hard life and he is one of the happiest and nicest people i have ever met and just to see him in the state he was, was just insane he was just a totally different person. so that night was really tough but at the same time it was a blessing because we calmed sage down and taught her about the Restoration and about how god loves her and how she is a daughter of god. then she asked us if we could come back in the morning around 10 so we did. during this time we went over and they acted like nothing happened, so we kinda through down a little, until they opened up and told us why they drank and all that stuff, then we started teaching about Jesus Christ and the atonement and it was one of those lessons were the spirit is so strong it feels like your whole body is on fire! and then we talked about the only way to let this behind us is to ask god for forviness and then we all got on our knees and prayed and asked, the spirit was so strong i mean you couldn't deny it, so it was a blessing for them to have that trial so that they could understand the spirit more and about the atonement. as we finished the lesson, we stood up and asked them were the rest of there beers were and we took them and had some fun with them haha, we through them into the dumpsters as they exploded it was a blast haha.
then since this week was spring break we ran with Andrew miller ( the runner ) so i trained him since i cant run at the moment. theres a track close by to our house and man it was so fun to be a coach training this kid, and he did really well and it was a blast, hes going through a hard time at school he get bullied and he says he has no Friends and so were trying to help him get on the track and cross country team as this time, hes a really great kid, and we are teaching his mom, and she came to church on Sunday!!! we were so stoked to see them and there mom there it was so good to see the whole family go.
this week also we went by a inactive member and he is like the definition of a beach bum, but hes pretty wealthy and has a family, and he does is surf and work, we got to know him by offering service because we noticed he had cut some trees down and there were still a bunch of wood laying on the ground. he was s stoked that we could help him out. so he rented a log splitter and we had some fun, there was so much wood it took us like 6 hours and we still weren't done, but he really appreciated it and so did we. we invited him to church and he said he will think about it hes really open about it and you can tell he wants to come back, the rest of his family are non members!!!!!! so with some prayers hopefully we can pick them up soon.
something that we are trying to work on at this time is using members more. we have been taking at least 1 member out with us for about 2 hours a day, and from doing this just in the last week we have been able to see so many miracles and to be able to find alot more potentials so work is going great here I'm loving it!! well love you all hope you have a good week!!!!

elder lindmeir

Happy Easter!Sister Kiana Lindmeir

Hi Friends!
There is so much to talk about; this week was amazing! It was particularly amazing because spring is definitely here...finally! Yesterday was the first day I took off the tights!!!!
We had two exchanges this week! Sister Egbert from Vienna Ward worked with me in Oakmarr. We ran from appointment to appointment and it was great! We even met two women with their dogs in front of their house between appointments. we talked to them about what we do and tried to give them a Book of Mormon. They wouldn't take it, but then we testified boldly and one of the women said right before we left, "actually, can I take one of those books?" and we were like "Of Course". It was great and we will be following up soon!
Second exchange was with Sister Akin in Herndon! We went to a couple appointments and then we checked on a few people. At one point, we were driving and it was at night time. It was in this little neighborhood and there was this group of men staring us down in the car. We turned around so quickly and drove away! It was a bit terrifying! Sorry mom if that is scary for you!
We had interviews with President Riggs this week and they were amazing! I had a couple questions about the Priesthood and President Riggs answered them perfectly! I feel the Spirit every time I am around him; He is going to be a general authority someday! President Riggs also double checked to see if my departure date is the same and it is. I was hoping for an extra transfer, but no luck!
President Uchtdorf came to Church on Sunday! Elder Faust's son and his family are in our ward, so General Authorities often come to the Oakmarr ward! It was so neat to have him there! The Spirit was so strong and I was so grateful for that opportunity! I even shook his hand and then talked to Sister Uchtdorf for a minute! I told her that my grandpa is from Heppenheim and she got very excited and she said that is close to where she is from! She said that it is beautiful there!
President Riggs has received revelation and feels strongly that the missionaries teach the members the missionary discussions, so we have been doing that the past few months. We taught the Yost's in our ward the Plan of Salvation a few weeks ago and it was great! She started talking to one of her neighbors recently and her neighbor was struggling because she just lost a loved one. Sister Yost was able to teach her parts of the Plan of Salvation and share her testimony. I love the promise from President Eyring that say's that "The Lord will put people in the path of his prepared servants who want to share the Gospel". Because Sister Yost was prepared and she had a desire, she was given the opportunity!
So this week is especially exciting because we are celebrating Christ's last week on earth. The Church is celebrating Christ Resurrection to the whole world. I have posted something on facebook and I invite you to share this with everyone on facebook using #becauseofhim . It will be the best thing ever! I am so grateful to know that Christ lives, he loves us and that #becauseofhim I can be happy FOREVER!!!! Love you all!!!
Love, Sister Lindmeir


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sister Kiana Lindmeir

Hi Everyone! A lot has happened this week so here is a play by play of my week!
Monday: In the evening, we checked Hao Yu. We met him about a month ago, but we couldn't go in because there was no women home. We kind of forgot about him and when we stopped by on Monday, he said "I thought you forgot about me!" Apparently he told his Sister all about us and that we would come back soon. I felt so bad about it, but so grateful that we stopped by again. He is 18 years old and is from China. Him and his Sister live together and their parents are still in China. His English is not very good, so we didn't teach much, but only enough that he could feel the Spirit. His Sister made some food for us and I ate some chicken. I though I had food poisening because I felt so sick afterward. 
Tuesday: Happy April Fools! Any exciting jokes that you need to Report on???
Wednesday: Everyday, we spend about an hour transferring information from the Areabook (information about people missionaries have ever taught in the Oakmarr Ward) into our IPADs. We have a big areabook and so it will take a while to update things. However, we just discovered that we can use Siri to just say the information out loud! It is amazing! I love Technology.  
Thursday: I was feeling stomach sick all week, but I woke up at 1pm very sick! I sat on our couch for 3 hours. Finally, I prayed to Heavenly to just let me throw up so that I could feel better. As soon as I said the words, I ran to the bathroom and threw up quite a few times. Sorry for that nasty story, but I love it because Heavenly Father really does answer our prayers! And I have the best companion ever! Sister Kraemer came into the bathroom and cleaned me up. It was the sweetest thing ever! I love her sooooo much!
I was feeling sick almost all day, but there was MLC(Missionary Leadership Council) and I really wanted to go!!!!! It is an all day thing so we did a split with the Sisters in our complex and Sister Kraemer left in the morning and I went in the afternoon. MLC was amazing! President Riggs is so inspired because a lot of the things talked about in MLC were talked about in General Conference.
Friday: Happy Birthday Mom!!!! I hope it was amazing! We had a pass-off lesson for Hao to be taught by the Chinese missionaries and it went great! He is going to get baptized soon!
Saturday: My Last General Conference on the mission!!! So sad! General Conference will probably never be the same. But it was definitely amazing! I loved President Eyring's talk when he said, "You hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine." It is so true! I have been able to see that as a missionary! We have the knowledge of how to obtain neverending happiness. And we have the responsibility to share that with everyone!
Sunday: Happy Birthday Jesus!!!! Conference was incredible and I didn't want it to end. I love each of the messages and the things that were taught! 
Love you all and hope you have a great week!
Sister Kiana Lindmeir
3202 Arrowhead Circle #E
Fairfax, VA 22030

The Mission! Elder Marcus Lindmeir

 i am trippin out right now... from what you told me ha ha, my brain is whacked out right now it seems to me that you are just messing around, because i never thought that day would come.....????
ill try to stay focused in this letter to you all. well this week was a great week like always, days are just flying by i cant believe Ive been out almost 9 months, like what the??? that's crazy talk, but its great to see that what we have been able to accomplish in a short 9 months. me and elder rivers have been just loving it, we are working hard and getting the job done! we have learned how to really work hard hard and enjoy it, and our conversation is more focused on the gospel, and that's something that has really helped us stay more focused in the work. elder rivers will be leaving on the 22nd so we are trying to get everything done as fast as possible, the only thing that is holding us back is me not memorizing the area. but i know it will all work out in the end.
general conference was amazing!!!! i made it a goal before the session to wright down questions i have about the gospel that maybe i hadn't gotten the answer as i wanted to, and i wanted to see if they would be answered. and within just the Saturday session all my questions were answered without a doubt and i realised and took to heart alot of the things i learned.
one thing i learned was not to take the covenants we made in the temple for granted, these covenants are what should give us a firm knowledge and a hope what to expect in the next life. they are the reason why we choose to do good over bad, and we need to look at them in such a way.
my favorite talk on general conference was from Robert D hales : he said something that will haunt me for the rest of my life, but its a good haunting ha ha, he asked us a question, "why do we sin" and he goes on to say and to answer with "we sin because we love Satan more than God" ouch!!!! that hurt, but its so true and now in that perspective i hope i can say i loved god more than Satan.
all the talks we really bold in there invitations to do better and i loved that. there were alot of other talks that just really touched me but i don't got time to share ha ha.
there is one story i would like to share with you all though.
yesterday we went by this family who has been meeting with the missionaries for about a year but the problem is, most of the time we cant share a message or it becomes kind of a debate, but we decided we should visit hem and see how they were doing because we hadn't seen them in about a month. when we knocked on the door she answered and let us in, and right off the bat you could tell something was bothering her, as we talked and joked around for a little bit she told us that her and her son went camping, and while they went camping her son which is about 7 years old kept on yelling " i hate you mom" and just alot of things that really brought her down. as she opened up to us we knew it was the perfect opportunity to share a message to help her out. so we told her " we have a message that is going to help you out" and she let us share it. we turned to Alma 36, and this chapter as you all know talks about Alma the younger destroying the church and then how an angel come and rebukes him and then he has this amazing experience that changes him, but as we read this we focused on verse 17 which says" And it came to pass that as i was thus racked with torment, while i was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold i remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a son of god, to atone for the sins of the world"whoops i sent it before i finished but, as we read this, we see that Alma the younger was only to change as he remembered his father talking about Jesus Christ. as parents i assume that's all you can do is to set that tone in the home so that no matter what you kid chooses to do he will always remember the example that you set in the home. as we shared this with her the spirit was so strong i mean she was balling i was balling and it was a great experience. ha ha i love the gospel.
we had a great week i love you all and i hope you enjoy hope to hear from you soon!!!
elder lindmeir

Sister Waverli Lindmeir

Hey Everyone!
Last week was an amazing week! I have the neatest story i got to tell all of you!

On Tuesday, after district meeting all us missionaries decided to go to panda express for lunch. After we ate and we were leaving and all the Elders had already went out the door, when we heard this couple whispering to each other and say oh there Sister missionaries. Me and Sister Standing were like oh, you know about the Sister Missionaries?
They said ya and they told us that they were actually both members of the church but they have not gone to church for 15 years. They told us that the reason that they have not gone is because they have both made a ton of mistakes in there life, and they are actually living together and are not married because they get paid more  for disabilities, then if you were married. They felt like because of all the mistakes they made, they felt like they couldn't come back. We talked about the atonement and how that is what the atonement is for, so we can come back! we saw there expressions totally change and we told them that we could have the missionaries come by and teach them. They said, i don't know if the missionaries should stop by, we are sinners. We told them not to worry about that, because that is what missionaries are for :) they said alright and we got their information and told them that we would have the Elders call them because they weren't in our area. 
On Sunday while we were watching conference we went out to get a drinkreally fast and when we came back in, we saw Hannah and John( the couple we met at Panda express) Watching conference on the back row. Afterwards we talked to them and Hannah expressed to us how grateful she was that we talked to them at panda express. she told us that her and her husband are going to come to come back to church :)
Last night the Elders that are in the area where Hannah and John live called us and told us that they both loved both sessions of conference so much! They also told us that Hannah and john are planning on getting married soon.
Sister Standing and i looked at each other, eyes filled with tears, filled with so much gratitude that the Lord let us be instruments in his hands letting us help bring Hannah and John back to the right path again.
 Last week was so amazing and Conference was so great! I love hearing the words of God through his servants and to top an already amazing week, we had a Baptism last night for Porter the 10 year old we have been teaching, it was a really a wonderful baptism!
Everything is going so great! i love you all!

Love, Sister Lindmeir