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Monday, May 4, 2015
So... remember last week when I said I'd be emailing on Tuesday... surprise!

Sister Phillips and Sister Batchelor
ur time for the temple got changed so it'll be either next week or the week after that I'll email on a different day. So... expect the unexpected! Or expect nothing at all, and then you'll be pleasantly surprised again! Haha!

Some really funny things happened this week, at least I thought they were really funny, let's see if you all agree with me. On Friday me, my companion, and the four elders in our district were doing service at an assisted living place, and a few of the patients had dementia. We took them all outside for a walk, and one of the elders picked a flower and gave it to one of the ladies with dementia, saying "Look at this pretty flower!" She said "Ooh, pretty," twirled it around in her fingers, then took a bite out of it. We were busting a gut trying not to laugh, it was hilarious!

Then me and my companion were teaching a less active man, and he was talking about how it's easy for us young people to get into sin and all the bad things of the world, and then he said "For us older folks, we just get grumpy and re-write our will", and for some reason I thought that was the funniest thing I had ever heard in a long time, like that's he worst thing an old person can do is write you out of their will, haha!

So, judge for yourselves if those things were actually funny, or if I am just in a funny mood this week.

This week has been a bit rough, but we finally got some answers about Sister Phillips' health issues and we'll be trying some things to get her on the mend! We actually taught 29 lessons total this week, which is awesome! I think it will continue to improve as we continue to be obedient, invite the Spirit, and strive to do the Lord's will. I love being a missionary and I love being able to share my testimony and help others to gain their own. It's the best thing ever!

Hope you all have a  wonderful week, don't forget to tell your mothers 'Happy Mother's Day', and don't be afraid to open your mouth and share what you know to be true! Luv ya!

Sister Batchelor

Monday, April 27, 2015
Another day another... day.

Haha, just kidding, I love it out here, the members, the investigators, the people we meet on the street, the less active members, they're all great! I just know I'm supposed to be here and that there are people here that I'm supposed to find and teach!

I hope you all have a great week and that you're looking for opportunities to share the gospel with others!

Just FYI, I'll be going to the temple next week, so I'll email on Tuesday instead of Monday!

Love ya!

Sister Batchelor

From the Mom:

We got this fun picture of Marlayna and Mini Marlayna. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Sister Batchelor and the Ward Mission Leader
People! I've been on my mission for six months! AAHHH!!! That's 1/3 of my mission life, gone... I'm not sure how I feel about it. It seems like it hasn't been that long, but then when I think of all the things that have happened since the start of my mission it is a lot!

Coeur d'Alene Idaho is so nice, it's a bit more rainy than I'm used to, but it's good. The people here are nice, mostly, we did have a door slammed in our face last week, but it's all part of the work. Our mission president said that we should be so excited when we face opposition, because that means we are like the sons of Mosiah from the Book of Mormon. They faced a lot of opposition, they were thrown in jail, they could have been killed, but after all that they had a lot of success in bringing people to Christ. I try to remind myself of that when people say that they don't want to listen.

We've been working with a 13 year old girl named S--, and she's getting baptized on Friday! Please pray for her that she will be able to, that her parents will allow it, and that she'll stay strong in the church afterwards! This will only be the second baptism of my mission, and again I feel like I haven't done much in teaching her, but she's awesome and I'm sure that she'll stay on the path.

We've been teaching a lot of kids, and they are the funniest! One little girl we taught, whenever we would ask her a question she would say "Um... Jesus?" It was her answer to everything, and really it is. Jesus Christ and His Atonement can answer and fix anything. Another boy we're teaching says the sweetest prayers you ever heard, he is preparing to be baptized in July. His parents were less active, but the missionaries found them and started teaching them, and now he's going to be baptized and his mom is preparing to go to the temple! It's so great to see all the blessing that come because of the Gospel.

I hope you have an awesome week and that you're preparing for General Conference! It's coming up very soon, and I'm so excited! Love you all!

Sister Batchelor
Monday, February 9, 2015
What Would Jesus Do? I just love that saying. :)
HI! This week was good, we went to a baptism for a girl who just moved into our area, but she's been taught by other missionaries and has been going to a different ward, so it didn't count for us, but hopefully we'll start teaching her the new member lessons soon.
New Companion
Today in Lewiston it's a bit rainy, but it's good because we need the moisture. Normally I like rain, but it makes it hard to find new people because they are all inside. :/ I like snow too, but same thing and I really hope it doesn't snow again!
In the Book of Mormon reading challenge I just got through the allegory of the vineyard, and I want to share my thoughts on a few verses. Jacob 5:49"And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard?" The Lord is ready to give up because the trees aren't producing good fruit, even though he did all he could think of. 50"But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare in a little longer." I want to be like this servant. I've been feeling like I've been in Lewiston a while, like I've tried everything. But that's not true. There is so much more I could be doing, and I know that I'm not finished with this area until the Lord puts me somewhere else. I'm trying to remember this and work my hardest. I'm not done yet!
Well, I hope you all have a great week and that you're finding ways to share the gospel! It's the greatest thing ever, so give it to others!
Sister Batchelor
Monday, January 12, 2015
Faith is so important! Read Alma 32 and find out how you can grow your own!
Hello! I am so excited for all the things that happened this week and all the things that will happen this week! I have felt so inspired to work harder and to have more faith in the Lord to help me acheive the goals I've set. A couple weeks ago our mission president shared with us his Vision for the Mission, which is to double the total baptisms in the mission within the next three months! It's so awesome! And of course to reach a big goal like that, we have to set smaller goals and work harder every day to meet them. We were asked in our last Zone Training to share the Vision for the Mission in Ward Counsel, and it was an awesome experience! afterward there was a wonderful outpouring of support and excitement and it was just amazing! The members in this ward are so awesome and involved in the missionary work here, I definately feel spoiled. :) I admonish you (encourage you ;) ) to be involved with the missionaries in your ward, offer to go to lessons with them, offer them rides, know what the rules are so you can help them to be obedient, give them referrals, and referrals don't have to be people that are ready to be baptized next week! It's your friends, your family members, anyone you know that doesn't have the gospel in their lives. Think about how happy it makes you, and resolve to share it by sending the missionaries! They need you in order to be successful!
Over this past week I've gained such a testimony of the Lord guiding us to people. And of walking. When you're driving it's hard to talk to everyone you see because you have to worry about finding a place to park and looking like a staulker, but with walking it's just so much easier. Just yesterday we decided to walk to a potential's house, but they weren't home and we were walking back to our car, and I decided to go a more round-about way and we ended up meeting two people who were interested in meeting with us and we invited them both to be baptized! It was awesome! (Awesome seems to be my favorite word again...) I know that the Lord was leading us that day, and that He will lead us every day, every moment, if we just stop and listen, then work hard to do what He asks of us.
We get an email from our mission president every week, and this quote was in the one for this week. "God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we prove our dependability, he will increase our capability!" A lot of '-ility's, but that means to me that what we start out with, our abilities, don't matter to him. It's what time we're willing to give to him, our willingness to carry out what he asks of us, and through that we become capable of all things. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
I love the gospel, I love being able to share it with others, I love seeing my own testimony grow as I learn and help others to accept the Savior Jesus Christ more fully in their lives. I love seeing people change.
I love you all, and I hope you have a great week!
Sister Batchelor