Bam! Spirit!


Weekly update:
Life has been good! We have 3 new investigators. One is Melanie - she is lovely. Her husband died last year and she turned to alcohol and smoking to cope. She is so excited to turn a new leaf and we are happy to be there for her through it. We also met Ben and Preston - they're 12 and 14. Their dad is a member and their mom is not. We shared the message of Joseph Smiths first vision and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. During it we asked how they felt. The 12 year old said he didn't know. The 14 year old said he felt different and cool. Bam! Spirit! Now the trouble here is mom is not too happy with the idea of the boys getting baptized. She wants them to learn but is
not sure how she feels about baptism. Yesterday we knocked the doors of half of our 50 referrals. It didn't bring much success but we did have some good conversations and found a couple of potential people who just need some love and to feel the spirit.

We are working on training out ward councils on the ward mission process. We are also meeting with the ward missionaries to train on teaching active members and challenging them to invite someone to meet with us within two weeks.

We are excited about the changes and the shift in missionary work here.

I am happy and I am blessed.

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10

With Love,

Sister Kingsford


This Week Has Been...Hectic


This week has been...hectic. Being transferred to a new area for your last transfer is stressful! Because you want to have it be the best thing ever. And there are ALOT of changes that need to be made if this area is gonna rock. So we have been implementing a lot of ideas of how we can change the movement of missionary work here. It's been fun really, works for me because I can zone in and over focus on pushing for success. And my companion is definitely excited right along with me.

I love and miss yall!

With Love,

Sister Kingsford



The area is closing so we are both being transferred and we are sad. We have 2 new
investigators just from this last week and we will miss them so much.


With Love,

Sister Kingsford



Wonderful humans,

I am still sick. In fact I have an incredibly sore throat now. My senior couple thinks it's strep. I don't wanna have to go see a doctor. Meh. We will see. Anyway last week was good! So glad I got to talk to the Fam on Christmas! Yall are the best. 

So in other news...you know you're a spoiled utah missionary when you expect to see a treat or package at your door every night when you pull up. Haha! 

Today we have an awesome family taking us out to eat and they are having their friend over to meet with us! Miraclesssssss. I love plain city now. Seriously we have found so many rocking awesome members that help us out so much and we have people to teach! Yippee!!! 

On Sunday we met Kylie. She's 9 and now lives with her aunt and uncle and she wants to be baptized. We invited her for the 17th and then decided on the 31st because she wants her mom to get to come. We also made plans for a Southern Luau! I know it sounds interesting but we think it will be fun. It's gonna be a stake activity where everyone can bring their friends and have fun. We are thinking we will teach everyone a line dance to "sweet home Alabama" and a hula dance. Does that sound lame or cool? Idk, all I know is there will be good food! Happy new year!!

With Love,

Sister Kingsford


It's a Plain City Miracle!!!!!!

Where do I begin?

I will begin with last Tuesday night. We got a call from a girl who says she needs to schedule a time to meet with us because her friend wants to learn more. #miracle So we of course set it up for the next day. On Tuesday night I talked with God a lot before going to bed and it was really good - because I have been a little distressed.

On Wednesday we had a great district meeting where we were asked to share stories about what a particular principle of the gospel means to us and we were crying by the end. #spirit It was awesome. Then we had some cancelations because people were sick, it's the holidays, etc. so that was kind of a bummer. Then comes 6 o'clock when we have our lesson with Brian (Brian is the boyfriend of the girl who called us) and he tells us he has been searching for peace and a renewed relationship with God and that his whole life growing up in Utah he has been told bad things about the Church but he knows that Mormons are good people so how could they believe in something evil? So he tells us some of his story and we feel the Spirit and we teach the restoration and answer his questions. And then we invite him for baptism!!! And decide to set a goal of a date for baptism. And he gets scared that his family will not be happy. You see, a couple of years before his little sister got baptized while she was at college and no one in the family supported her. She's on her mission now and only her dad writes her. So he is afraid and says he is not as brave as her. We told him he needed to email her and ask her about her story. He said he would. So we invite him again and he says yes and writes down the date of January 10th! Whoooooooooo it's a Plain City miracle!!!!!!

Then I had exchanges with one of the sisters I am over on Thursday. It was good. She serves in the Spanish program so I literally had no idea what was going on. But I think it was good. Everyone just told us "I'm catholic" as if that's an answer to we would like to tell you of the restored truths of the gospel. And none of them were even actively Catholic, in fact one man had never heard of Moses, or Abraham, or Noah. But this sister shared with me some of her struggles with being the only member in her family. It is difficult to rarely receive mail or emails from her family or anyone. It made me think of Brian's sister.

Friday we had another lesson with Brian and shared the Plan of Salvation. He ate it up, he loved it. We followed up with him on his reading of the Book of Mormon, praying, and if he had emailed his
sister yet. He had read the intro, the testimonies, and all of 1 nephi. He said he still wasn't sure if he had felt answered from God if the Book of Mormon is true. So we shared Elder Hollands "Testimony
of the Book of Mormon" video. Which is so powerful! Here it is:

Afterwards Brian was silent and some of the fellowship family (including his girlfriend) were crying. We asked him how he felt and he said "I feel different. I can't really talk about it because I might cry." Then Sister Sekona shared her testimony of the Book of Mormon and the plan of salvation and the spirit was so strong. And she was crying and the family was crying even more. And then Brian shared that he was feeling overwhelmed with the Spirit. And he cried. And then we asked him what he needed to do now? He said "I need to talk to my sister. I feel so bad that I wasn't there for her. Especially now that I understand what she experienced." We said yes, he did. And he needed to continue to prepare to be baptized. So we recommitted him to be baptized on January 10th and he said yes. #bestdayever

We are going to be meeting with him 3 times a week until then and we are so excited!

Then Saturday Sister Sekona woke up coughing up blood. So naturally we went to insta care. Which took forever. She has bronchitis, a sinus infection, and an ear infection. Poor baby. I have the beginnings of a cold and the doc there said it's likely that I could develop bronchitis. Merry Christmas to me. We'll see I guess. We were quarantined to our apartment and resorted to playing risk which was the only game in the house. Side note: neither of us have ever played risk and the directions were missing. We still attempted to play. Eventually our super nice land lady brought us monopoly.

With Love,

Sister Kingsford


Getting Gifts for Others is the Best!!


It's been a decent week. I got to go on exchanges in Fielding which is just north of my old area in Brigham and I LOVED it. Brigham really is like my other home. The people out there are so dear to me. We taught a lot of member lessons this week - shared "He is the Gift" with a ton of people.

We had our mission Christmas party yesterday. It was fun! They let us all watch the grinch - the cartoon version. Pause. The grinch in the cartoon is so creepy, yall. But it was fun to get to watch it anyway. We also did a talent show and our zone did a dance to Justin Bieber's "drummer boy". Made me miss Zumba yet again. Haha. It was way fun! We also did service with Angie. She is struggling financially and has bad anxiety in crowds so we went with her to get Christmas gifts for her girls. It was seriously the funnest thing ever. Getting gifts for others is the best!!

I also got some of yalls Christmas gifts for me...I opened them. I'm sorry! But I figured they were things to help with winter/to help me look cuter so I couldn't resist. My biggest gift of all will be
skyping the fam! But...yalls gifts are definitely THE BOMB!!


Sister Kingsford



Fam bam,

So I have been having some ups and downs all week! We had some good member lessons AND we had two investigator lessons! That's right - two. One was with Richard who is still recovering from his hip replacement, he seems much happier now that he's in less pain. We invited him for baptism on Christmas and he said...we'll see. Silly man. His friend from st. George who he wants to baptize him is even up here for Christmas. #perfect oh I love Richard so much and really really hope he gets baptized while I am here. We have a new investigator named Samantha and I love her. She's 16 and so sweet. Some of you know who I am talking about when I say she reminds me a lot of Tori. She thinks she's rough and tumble on the outside but is a big softie inside. Anyway, her mom kicked previous missionaries out but really likes us so that's a plus. Sam said her first prayer out loud in our lesson and it was the best.

On Friday I found out that Sis Howe would be going home the next day for medical reasons and I was so sad. It's hard to see someone else go home early. Especially one of my best friends. But she's happy so all is well.

I have been a little frustrated with our ward mission leaders - they want us to continue to teach people that aren't progressing and even when I tell them that they get mad and come up with ways they think
these people are progressing. #frustrated

So we have devised a plan to knock every single door of nonmembers and ask to share a Christmas message. We have maps of the wards so we know where they live. #professionalstalkers I love Christmas yall. Oh so much. People's hearts are much more open this time of year. I fasted
on Sunday for baptisms and miracles!

Keep on keepin on.

With Love,

Sister Kingsford