My name is Lenise Volmer, and starting Oct. 16th 2013 I am a sister missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am serving in the Utah, Provo mission, and I'm excited to share the gospel, my adventures, and my life with you for the next 18 months.
Monday, July 14, 2014
No growth in the comfort zone!
So you know how last week when I started
my email that I said that week was crazier than it had been in a while...yeah
well this one was probably just as crazy...lets all just conclude right now
that life as a missionary is nuts. Like totally and certifiably insane....
So for starters...I lied.Well I didn't know I was lying at the moment, but later the
"fact" that I told you turned into a "lie"....
Nomo got transferred.... yup. We were surprised too!
5th companion, 4th in Roosevelt
spent at Dusty's making food and him teaching me how to make shrimp and chicken
Alfredo from scratch (He seriously is a boss chef and I would hire him to be a
cook in my castle when I get one someday) We also were still dying of heat so
we texted everyone we knew, and Sis Felkins ended up bringing us a window fan
and a rotating fan...it was Heaven! It was the first time I had actually slept
with my sheets on me for like a week...so yeah... Everything was normal. Sis
Nomo and I had accepted the fact that we were staying here in Roosevelt, and
life was rolling on as usual...
Then Tuesday morning came around...And I
checked our cell phone, and we had a missed call from President McCune...So I
ran into the living room where Sis Nomo was with the words Sis
Albrechtsen(first companion) once told me running through my head
"Transfer week...nobody is safe..." So we called him back...and
SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!! He said "Sis Nomo, we actually want to transfer you, so
we will need you and Sis Volmer to travel to transfers tomorrow." So yes.
I'm still here. You should have seen people's faces this Sunday when they saw
me with yet another new companion... this makes my 4th companion here in
Roosevelt...haha! Sis Nomo was pretty happy about it. She has some people she
has taught in the valley who are going to the temple soon and she wanted to be
there. So Tuesday we had to squeeze all our lessons in and go say goodbye to
people that she wanted to see before she headed out. We had some good last
memories together and laughed a lot!
we headed out to Provo and got transferred! My new companion is Sis McMurray!
She is AWESOME! I love her! She is super chill and really fun to talk with. We
have a lot of the same likes and interests and really similar personalities. I
knew the second she put one of her CD's in and music from Mulan and the Newsies
came on that we were going to get along great!! We have similar taste in music
and style and we teach really well together. She is 20 years old and has been
out on her mission for 14 months! Can you say crazy??? She will finish her
mission with Sis Balero in November... that will be a sad transfer when all of
my friends start going home! She is the 2nd oldest of 8 children and has grown
up her whole life in the Air Force, which means she has moved every 2 years of
her life so far. She left her mission from Ohio...and will be returning from
her mission in Ogden... haha funny, right? She loves horses and I knew we would
be great friends when she showed me her Disney Princess Uno card deck... This
shall be an adventure of a transfer!
We had a
bonding moment Wednesday night...when a huge spider crawled
across my sweatshirt and I screamed... It quickly ran under my bed and hid, so
I ran to get a flash light and we were both laying on our stomachs trying to
see it under the bed. We had to pull the bed away from the wall, and were both
screaming as she dropped a cup on top of it, but was too scared to smash it!
Finally our Land lady's daughter came in because we were both screaming and she
killed it for us....haha.... not a good thing when both of us are scared of
spiders.... Thank heavens I didn't get called to some crazy exotic place with
spiders the size of my face....
Thursday was an interesting day as well.
It actually rained out here... which is really rare...But it poured and made
everything smell like rain and it was the best! But as we were driving to
dinner a little light popped up on the dashboard. So Sis McMurray tried to look
it up in the manual but couldn't figure out what it was so we drove around with
it all over the place for the rest of the evening...haha not good. I'm so car
illiterate.... When we got to our last appointment as we were about to leave I
called after our Ward Mission Leader Bro Crozier (Bro Crozier is like my adopted
grandpa... I love to tease him! And he is always pulling my leg) and he came
and checked. "Well that's yer tire pressure!" And sure enough... we
had a big piece of metal stuck in one of our back tires and it was going super
flat...so Bro Prescott who we've been helping him and his wife prep for the
temple, is a retired mechanic...and he changed our tire for us super speedy
like and we had to go get it fixed.
This weekend was really slow...lately
weekends here have been lacking in productivity... I went and saw T again...
she is still struggling but doing a bit better. It still hurts me how much pain
some people go through. It's crazy to hear stories about how much people abuse
each other and just all around hurt. I'm just trying to help in any way I can
to bring them some light and truth that will bring them eternal happiness. Bro
F is getting closer to quitting chewing and wants to take his wife to the
temple at the end of August! I'm so excited for them! He is finally beginning
to improve! Thanks for all those who have prayed for him! This next week we
will be baptizing Meradee (the silly one from the video haha) This Sunday we
gave talks in church as well! Mine was about preparing to serve a
mission...maybe I'll send it to you! Probably not until next week because I
wrote it out instead of typing and I'll have to type it up to send it. L and T
actually made it to church this week! I WAS SO SHOCKED AND EXCITED! AH! It was
awesome! L is still hesitant...but small
steps small steps. It seems like that's what a lot of people here need. Very very
small steps...haha. Spencer Felkins, who is like my little brother out
here, gave his farewell talk this Sunday and used my music to Come Thou Fount
and sang it to the congregation. He rocked it! His talk was stellar too. I'm so
so so impressed with the upcoming youth sometimes...some of them show this amazing
light that can really be the change we need...
Lenise is halfway - 9 months! Get it?
What a crazy gal!
I feel like
I've been growing a whole lot. A quote that I heard in a meeting recently is
"There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth
zone." This is so true. So so true.
I've had a lot of change and growth on
my mission, but it has come from trials and being stretched. I'm grateful for
them, no matter how much they aren't fun in the process. I told that quote to
our high councilman and he ended up quoting me in sacrament meeting to try and
get members involved in missionary work... I hope all is going well at home and
that you are all helping with the missionary work there! I think I've
discovered that my biggest pet peeve is when people pray for the missionaries
"to be led and guided to find those who will accept the gospel." It's
our job to teach the gospel to people.... It's YOUR job to find
the people... so when you pray, make sure you are praying for the Lord to help you find
people to introduce to the missionaries...
I love this gospel and I love this church
and I love my mission and I love YOU!