Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27 2015

Hello Family and Friends!
Wow what a week! We had interviews with President Cutler on Wednesday and I finally opened up to him about some things I have been struggling with. I just have always had a hard time opening up to people. It is hard for me to trust people because of past experiences in my life. But after praying and praying so much that I think God probably just got annoyed with me, I finally talked to President about things. We decided that for my last 2 transfers I would go to a mission therapist to help me with my anxiety. I expressed to him that even though I will be finishing up my mission that I am still nervous about after my mission and life decisions that will be coming up. We talked about how this will be great for me to learn how to help myself and know how to handle my anxiety better. He told me that usually people just need 3 appointments and then they are usually able to handle missionary life better so it will be perfect for the amount of time I have left. I feel so much weight off my shoulders. My interview with him went very well and when I share my testimony with him and I am to see how much I have grown and changed. I am so grateful this Atonement! It is truly so healing and we all need it in our lives. I definitely know that without it I wouldn't be where I am now. It has helped me to conquer lots and lots of challenges I have. The other day we were teaching our investigator, Crystal, and she expressed to us that she has anxiety. It was so perfect because we were talking about the Holy Ghost and I was able to testify that the Holy Ghost is the ultimate comforter and he has helped me so much in my life with my anxiety. It couldn't have been more perfect :) I know she felt the peace and comfort that the Holy Ghost offers.
After lots of trying to make a lesson work out with President Cutler and Sister Cutler and Mackenzie, we finally got one Saturday morning through Skype. This was my first lesson to go through Skype so it was a bit interesting. Sister Schlosser, Mackenzie and I set up Skype on Mackenzie's computer and we were able to video chat with President and Sister Cutler and have a lesson about the temple. The lesson was so great and really, the Cutler's didn't do was all the spirit. The lesson went so well and Mackenzie was able to have her concerns resolved about the temple. Then as we were finishing up, President Cutler asked us to step out of her apartment so he could interview her to be baptized right then and there! Ah we were freaking out! We left the room and that is when we found out I was being transferred! We were both shocked!
We came back into the room and President told us that Mackenzie was ready to be baptized! We set a date for August 15th (Yay for Cody and Grandpa Dallimore's birthday :) ) and then President said that I would be able to come back for the baptism! Yay! normally you have to be within an hour away to go to a baptism, but I am farther away than that so i feel really special that he is letting me come back! plus sister kunz knows Mackenzie as well so it will be exciting for her too!
I am excited to be a better person when I get home. I know I won't be perfect by any means. I will still mess up, but I have such a different perspective of the gospel now and my testimony is so much stronger then when I left home.
 I love you all! I have run out of time so I will talk to you next week!
Have a great week and pray for me! continue to pray for Mackenzie as she prepares for the 15th!
Love Sister Emily Sarah Eaton

Monday, July 20, 2015

June 20 2015

Hello Family and Friends,
It sure has been a week of tracting! Honestly, I don't think I have tracted so much on my mission! It has been quite an adventure though. You always meet the most interesting people though. Many people will approach us and say they are Christian and that they don't want to talk to us....I just don't understand haha What is the world saying about what we believe in? Goodness! Look at our name tags please.
Anyway, we had a lesson with Mackenzie this week. We taught about temples and marriage and she wasn't able to really sit well with it. Unfortunately she doesn't want to be baptized right now, but we are going to have a lesson with her on Wednesday with our mission president, President Cutler. Hopefully, he will be able to explain things better. Haha we tried our best. So we are praying that that will go well. 
We also had a great lesson with Crystal and Tania. They are sister in laws. Tania married Crystal's brother. We had a great lesson on the Plan of Happiness and they said they would pray about it. We are excited to invite them to baptism this week and to church! They are so sweet! 
Saturday, we did a new finding activity!! Us and the elders did a free lemonade stand down by the river. It went pretty well. Some people didn't want any...maybe they think we poisoned it..who knows. But overall it went pretty good. We were able to talk to a hand full of people and answer their questions. I think the elders gained a few new investigators! it was fun and perfect for a hot day. 
Hopefully this week goes well. We will find out about transfers this Saturday so don't send letters anytime after tomorrow! hopefully i stay though. i love you all! have a great week!
Love Sister Emily Sarah Eaton

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13 2015

Hello Family and Friends
What a great week it was!
Sister Schlosser and I decided to try a new finding technique by drawing the Plan of Happiness out on the sidewalk for people to see. So far it hasn't sparked many people's attention, but a few people have been curious! I is way fun too! You know how much I love chalk :)
Mackenzie is doing awesome. She loves church and the members. We had to drop her date unfortunately, due to some law of Chastity issues, but she has a big desire to change and we are going to help her every step of the way. Hopefully, she will be able to be baptized before I leave. We are feeling sometime in September. 
We also found another April the other day while tracting. She is awesome and asked us to come back to teach her more. She is going through a rough time in her life right now and going through a divorce. She is looking for more answers and happiness and told us we came just at the right time! I love when things line up perfectly...makes me think that God is truly real and knows what he is doing ;) We are excited to go see her tomorrow morning! She was even willing to meet with us even though she works 3rd shift! (Graveyard shift) at Walmart. 
The week was able to end with an awesome baptism for Mark Moore, the elder's investigator. Everything went well (except for Mark showing up in his swimming suit haha oops) and Mark's wife even came. She is a little hesitant about the church right now so it was good to see the ward in a different setting. Lots of people talked to her and made her feel welcome. Hopefully her heart will soften and will want to learn more now that Mark has been baptized.
I am so  excited for the next upcoming week! So many miracles happening in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Mission. Please pray for Mackenzie and Brianna (a less active who we are trying to get back to church). Also we are in finding mode right now so pray that we will be able to find more people for our teaching pool. Love you all! Have a great week!
Love Sister Emily Sarah Eaton

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6 2015

Hello Family and Friends,
It has been a great week! I hope you all had a great 4th of July! 
We had a huge shindig at the Thompsons. 
Mackenzie's baptism date needed to be moved to August 1st only because we didn't think we would have enough time to teach everything which is a great reason! haha 
I am doing well and things here in Stevens Point are awesome! I am so sorry this is so short! I ran out of time this week. Please continue to pray for Mackenzie that she can be baptized on August 1st! 
I love you all! Have a lovely week and a fun summer!
Love Sister Emily Sarah Eaton