Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peaches and Pineapples

{Carmody's sister, Cumorah, is part of a homeschool group where in one class, they are required to write an essay every week. The essay can be on anything they want! This week, Cumorah chose to write about her sister! I dare you not to cry!}

Cumorah Eggett
September 26, 2016

On December 2, 2015, I said goodbye to my best friend for 18 months. We drove to Provo, ate at Wendy’s, and took pictures at the temple before I gave the last hug I’d give her in the next year and a half. But it was for a good cause. My sister was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and she was to serve in Atlanta, Georgia! We were thrilled!

It started in October 2012 when the Prophet arose to speak at General Conference. I was sitting in my living room listening closely when I heard him speak these words “Today, I am pleased to announce that able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19, instead of age 21.” This completely caught me off guard but I was jumping up and down with excitement! I had dreamed of serving a mission ever since I could remember. Little did I know that this change would also affect my big sister. She had always talked of going off to college and had never mentioned going on a mission until one day when the Lord inspired her to serve. Little by little she took the steps to prepare and listened directly to her inspiration. Every night she would get on her knees to pray and study the scriptures and the Preach My Gospel. Every few weeks she’d meet with the bishop to work on repentance and becoming a Saint through the Atonement. And weekly she’d go to doctors, dentists, and others who would help her in her health. Then the day came where she submitted her papers and I remember the joy that we saw in her face. After so much preparation and so many trials she was on her way!

In August 2015, she was anxiously awaiting her call and so were many others! I made her check the mailbox almost every day, but every time there was still no call! Carmody felt she knew the exact date it would come so she wasn’t worried. She believed it would come the day of her graduation party when my cousins would be here visiting from Ohio. My mom had a brilliant idea for it if it did come that day that she had my cousin Leah and I assist in. We went to the mailbox to check and found the call right there, jumped up and down with excitement, and then hid it with Carmody’s late graduation gifts. Later that day we walked with Carmody to the mailbox and she found it empty. She walked back somewhat disappointed but knew the call would come with the Lord’s timing. That’s when the graduation party began and she opened her gifts. The last gift opened was her call and she screamed as tears filled her eyes both in frustration at our surprise but also in excitement for this special day. Within hours after she had opened presents she opened the call after we had all filled a paper with our guesses. I guessed Georgia because of a silly dream I had had a few nights back and to my surprise that was where she was called!  Shortly after she left, my mom bought a fake pineapple to represent Carmody while she is gone. We take it on vacations and trips and take lots of pictures with it which we later send to her so she knows she is still apart of our life. Pineapples have always been something she loves, not just to eat but to doodle, or talk about, or wear. I’m not sure where her obsession came from but I think it’s kind of fun! Almost every letter I have gotten from her has had a doodle of a pineapple and a saying “Pineapples ‘R’ Awesome!” or “Pineapples ‘R’ Cool!”

When Carmody left on her mission it was one of the hardest days of my life. Saying goodbye to a lifelong best friend was heartbreaking. But it was also such an amazing day for me. Seeing someone I had for so long looked up to go and serve the Lord was such an eye opening experience. She has increased my desire and dream to serve. Through her emails weekly I see her shine. She is truly a light to all those who are around her and she is rockin’ her missionary work! Recently she had the opportunity to finally try her first Georgia peach and she loved it! She is so positive and her smiles brighten so many people’s days! I look forward to the day when we are reunited and I get a big hug from my best friend. It will be like a small taste of being reunited with our family on the other side. But for now, I’ll “stay cool, cuz pineapples rule!”

Happeee Birfday!!! 20 years old!!!

{Mom's birthday package!}

Happee Birfday! :D Thank you for helping my birthday to be amazing! :D

I's a pretty princess! :D

(Sister Benedetti bought me an Elsa crown to wear at district meeting! And she got a princess crown, too, so we were Anna and Elsa ;))

Sister Benedetti spoiled me! She made me a chocolate French cake and it was tasty! :) She also surprised me with a bunch of random things throughout the day. It was a fantastic birthday! :)

{Notice the message on the side of the front pizza}


{Mom's note}
I saw on Facebook that another Mom sent Pizza to her missionary son on his birthday and I thought, 'What a fantastic idea!  I wanna do that too!'  So I contacted her Mission President to see if he could help me send it and still keep it somewhat of a surprise.  He told me that they would be home the day after her birthday at 1 to receive the pizza, and gave me her address.  The address he had on file was incorrect though, so the pizza delivery guy knocked on the wrong apartment door.  He called me and we talked about options and for what seemed like an hour, I was on the phone back and forth between the pizza parlor, the delivery guy, and the Mission President.  It was a MESS!!!  Ultimately though, the pizza place made NEW pizzas for these amazing Sisters, with the explanation that they wanted ME to have a good impression of the people of Georgia!!!  And to top it all off, they kept saying, "yes ma'am, and no ma'am"!  I LOVE it!!!  The people of Georgia really are amazing!  And then they delivered them to the girls!  Carmody still eats Gluten Free whenever possible, so I made sure that she had her own gluten free pizza and a regular pizza for her companion!  Since it was about 2 when the pizzas arrived, they were HUNGRY!!!  But...since it was really that confusing, I won't be attempting that again for any of my other kids when they are on missions.  I'll just send gift cards if I want them to have special food!!!

Georgia skies. :)

Tastee French Foods! This is a common French snack. (The meat is kind of like Beef Jerky, only way better!)

"You're the Pineapple of my eye!"

Yes, I got to wear a pineapple apron for a service project! YAAAS! :D

My attempt at showing what my shoes look like after wearing them for a loooong time every day. The toes are worn out so much that there are holes now! Haha, mission life is the best! :D

Our friend Manley! (And Sister Rasor) :)

We've been walking him every morning to help Sister Rasor out since she can't very easily (because her shoulder is still healing). It's been fun! :)

Shining Examples

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dear friends and family,

Y'all, mission life is the best. Let me say it again. Mission life is the BEST! :D

This week has been a rollercoaster. We've had a lot of ups and downs as we've gone out and served. We had a lot of hard days because of investigators dropping us, and frustrations, and not being able to meet with everyone, and struggling to get to bed on time, and not having enough time to plan, and and and...

But, the amazing thing about mission struggles is that they never last long! And the other amazing thing about it is... MIRACLES! happen every single day (so they help us to feel better on the hard days). :)

I keep getting reminded of the great importance of being exactly obedient. We have a lot of mission guidelines that are given to us to help us become more successful missionaries. Sometimes, it feels like rules restrict us and make it hard for us to do that. But God gave us commandments to help us to be happy, and to help our lives to be easier! 

The weeks that we've worked really hard at being exactly obedient (like gettting to bed at 10:30pm, getting up at6:30am, and exercising as soon as we're up), we've seen incredible miracles, and we've been so much happier. 
The weeks where we've slacked off and chosen to sleep in, or stay up late, or whatever, we've struggled more. I guess this week has been one of them. Since we're STLs, it's hard for us to get to bed on time because we have a LOT to plan (and that takes a long time). So, these past few days, we've been working harder on getting to bed on time and doing everything we can to be obedient. 
And the Lord has been blessing us!

Here are some amazing things that we've seen as we've sought the Lord's hand in our lives:

A while ago, we had the opportunity to get to know our investigator Jasmin's parents. They are super awesome! We got to know them better and found out that they both have great faith. Jasmin's mom has been Jehovah Witness for a long time, but she's been inactive in it lately, and she has expressed an interest in our visits. She loves it when we come to see Jasmin and she's sat in for part of a lesson we had. Well, yesterday we called her to ask if Jasmin would be able to come to church, and she told us that Jasmin was working and couldn't. So, instead, we invited her to come to church, and she said that she would love to and that she's been thinking about going to a church soon! We are super excited for her and her family to participate in General Conference so that she can experience the joy of listening to inspired words! :)

Another thing that I've been learning lately--our influence is great! There are so many people that we pass by each day that we don't see. But they see us. We just don't realize it! As we do our very best to live what we are teaching, and to represent our Savior, others notice. They see the light that we carry. They see our name tags and they see the joy on our faces. Sometimes, our smile and the light that we show can plant a seed in someone's heart! It's amazing the influence we have on others, whether we know it or not. 

During Gospel Principles on Sunday, the lesson was about missionary work. One of the members made a comment about how much of an impact we have on others. He told a story about how a young man went on a mission, and his mom was really diligent about writing him letters multiple times a week. He was also very good about writing letters in response. The member went on to share that because of the constant letters back and forth, the postal woman who was working there and saw the letters all the time was intrigued and found missionaries! She was later baptized. :) 
So, we don't know who we influence! There are so many people who see us every day, who may later accept the gospel! So it is very important to set a good example, do our very best, and represent our Savior with a big smile on our faces! :)

​My invitation to y'all is to put a big smile on your face, and go out seeking what's good! Share the gospel through your light! Y'all are amazing and God wants you to be happy! So keep smiling, and keep on keepin' on! I love y'all!

Have a blessed week,​

New friends, and new walls

Our new friend, Manley! :) We've been walking him every morning as a service for a ward member (who broke her shoulder). He's so sweet!


It was the nastiest thing ever. I attempted to make hootenannies (or oven pancakes) and accidentally messed something up... not sure what it was... But they tasted horrible. 

Haha, I'm glad I'm learning this now. But my poor companion (who happens to be from the place that makes the best food ever) had to deal with it!

We got heart attacked! Our amazing zone sisters from Jonesboro snuck these hearts into our laundry area. :) It was a pleasant surprise. :)

Super cool wall that has been painted! I love all the creativity out here! :)

The sky a few nights ago was spectacular! Too bad my camera couldn't capture it completely.

We had a super cool ward activity this past Friday! It was a multi-cultural potluck dinner. We have a ward full of very diverse cultures, and we wanted to celebrate it! So everyone brought different foods from the places they've been around the world, and they dressed in their traditional outfits. It was fantastic and a great turnout! (Not to mention, the food... mmmm... heavenly!)

Ahh, the joys of being sick on a mission! A bug's been going around lately. It's just a head cold, but it's not fun! I'm so glad that we're almost over it! Yesterday we went home from church to nap... and ended up sleeping from 5pm to 9pm... It was crazy but amazing and we feel way better now!


Monday, 19 September 2016

Dear family and friends,

Once you read the rest of this email, you'll know why I titled this email, "Miracle Week"! This week was literally FULL of miracles! 

Sometimes, I feel like the Lord blesses us way more than we deserve. We are all human and make mistakes every day, but the Lord still pours out His blessings upon us, because He loves us!


On Wednesday, we went on exchanges with the Jonesboro sisters. I went with Sister W. Right after our dinner appointment, we were headed out and realized that we were late for our next appointment. So we quickly pulled over and texted the sisters to ask for the phone number so that we could call and make sure it was still okay to come. 
As we were waiting, we were like, "We don't want to just sit here and waste time. Let's go talk to that lady!" (Who had happened to be outside her house just in front of where we parked.) So, we got out and greeted her, and she immediately ran away from us into her house. We were about to head back when we decided to go knock some doors instead. So we prayed and felt like we should go left--towards the woman's house. Just as we were walking to go knock across the street, she walked out again and asked if we were Jehovah's Witnesses. We said no, and we introduced ourselves, which lead into a conversation with her and she was actually really excited to talk to us after that! :) We found out that she had met with missionaries before and she had a copy of the Book of Mormon! We are super excited to meet with her again--she told us that any time we were in the area, we were welcome to stop by and visit! :)

Another miracle that happened as a result of following the Spirit and trusting in the Lord's timing! The next day, we were still on exchanges with the Jonesboro sisters, and we were on our way to our next appointment when the Spirit told us to go talk to a man who was sitting in his truck. We brushed off the prompting, because we were worried we'd be late for our appointment. But the Spirit kept nudging us and eventually, we turned around and talked to him. A few minutes later, a woman came outside and we offered to pray with her, but she said that we could come the next day to pray with her. (By the way, when we got to the appointment finally--late--it turned out fantastic! And she had a friend there who was really interested in learning more!)

On Friday, we went to go see Cassandra (the woman who told us to pray with her the next day). We knocked and she immediately opened the door! She said, "I thought y'all wouldn't come after all! I was waiting and waiting!" We were shocked and thrilled! As soon as we started talking, she poured out her heart to us. She opened up and starting telling us everything that had been going wrong in her life. She said that she had been searching for something that would help her become free from all of this chaos. We prayed with her, and immediately, her spirits brightened. She smiled, and she was so excited about what we had to share! We talked about CPR, and invited to her to read the Book of Mormon (found out she has a copy of it, too!), and invited her to church, and she was thrilled to come! She even told us that she hadn't been satisfied with her current church. It was an incredible miracle!

I know that there are so many miracles that come from trusting in the Lord's timing. He is watching over us and providing us all with ways to hasten His work. He is there helping us each day! I am so thankful for this time to serve His children and to represent His Son!

​So, as y'all can see--this week was incredible! I am so thankful for the Lord's tender mercies each day as we go out and serve His children!

My commitment to y'all this week is to fill your home with uplifting music. On Sunday, that was something mentioned in a talk that a sister gave about building a strong family. As we seek to surround ourselves with good, uplifting music (such as hymns and EFY music), we will bring a positive environment into our homes where the Spirit can reside!

​Keep smiling! I love y'all! 

PS This picture is from exchanges with the Jonesboro sisters. :)

The Impact Of Faith

Monday, 12 September 2016

Dear family and friends,

Life is crazy. But it is always beautiful if we choose to see it that way! 

I feel like the more the work progresses, the busier our weeks get! We have had days full of nonstop, back-to-back appointments where we've barely had time to breathe. We've had other days where we've had many appointments with little moments here and there to knock doors or talk to new people. 
​It's an amazing feeling to get home at 9pm, dead tired and ready to sleep (after planning, of course)!

I can testify that the Lord does stretch time! He knows when we need to reach out to His children. It is all in His timing. We just need to be His humble servants who are ready to follow the Spirit's promptings at all times. 

Yesterday we were on our way to an appointment when Sister Benedetti felt like we should go and visit one of our investigators, Jasmin. We stopped by with the intention of just visiting for a few minutes, but it turned into a great lesson with her! It had been a long time since we had seen her, and we didn't have much time, but because of the faith to follow a prompting, we were able to see her and make it to our appointment just fine! Everything worked out and I know it was because of God's help. He will bless us as we exercise faith to follow the Spirit!

Something I've been reminded of lately is the importance of optimism and changing our thoughts. Because of how much our area has been progressing, I have felt a lot of opposition. My thoughts have gone into downward spirals of gloom and it's been harder for me to stay positive. But I keep thinking about how the Savior carries our burdens. He helps us through everything, and no opposition that we face is stronger than the Savior's strength. He will help us through it as we are faithful and rely on Him. 


-The members have been reaching out to us more lately, asking for our help. And we received a referral from a member recently!​ It's amazing what happens when they start to trust us more. 

-We went knocking in a trailer park last week, and we found some really amazing Hispanic families! :) We were blessed with an opportunity to teach a 13-year-old girl (Samantha) the Restoration when we had a member with us (who spoke Spanish), when we went back to that neighborhood. Sister Castillo (our teamup) connected so well with her! And it was amazing to see Samantha's countenance change as she listened. She loved what we had to share and she connected so well with Joseph Smith (who was only 14 when he saw God and Jesus Christ). I love the message of the Restoration! It is so amazing and touches the hearts of many!

-We were invited to have dinner with one of our investigators, Rasheeda, and her family last week. (Nigerian food is the best!) After getting to know them a bit (which was fantastic!), we were able to share a short message about the Book of Mormon. We shared Helaman 5:12 with them, and they loved it! By the end of the lesson, we invited them all to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it, and they were thrilled to accept their own copies! We are so excited to follow up with them!

Y'all, miracles do happen. Especially when we are faithful. When we choose to be faithful and turn to the Savior, miracles happen and we are abundantly blessed! 

My commitment to y'all is to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with others, and then go out and make it happen! I know that as you do that, you will see the Lord's hand in your life, guiding your footsteps and leading you to those who are prepared to receive the gospel.

Y'all are amazing and bless so many lives--without even knowing it! So remember to keep smiling, keep moving forward, and keep enjoying to the end! I love y'all!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Pineapples are still a Thing!

Last district meeting with Elder Barton as District Leader. Everyone else is still here! Crazy... The missionaries in our zone all stayed almost the same. All the sisters that we worked with as STLs last transfer are still here!

From left to right:
Elder Esplin (the new DL)
Elder Cranny
Elder Barton
Elder Turner
Sister Gardener
Sister Hansen (yes, I'm in her district again! Yay!)
Sister Benedetti

This is my kind of junkmail! ;) Just kidding... We get things like this all the time! It's hilarious!


From left to right:
Me :)
Sister Benedetti
Sister Larson (she's super tall!)
Sister Curtis

I love them! Exchanges are amazing! :D

Mission life is the best! #Pineapplesunglasses :D

Amazing ward member, Melody! She is fantastic! We had a fun teamup with her!

Fun times! This is from two weeks ago when we were at the Batman birthday party! The Ramirez's are amazing! :D

Here's what Sister Ramirez said:
Thanks for coming to the birthday. It's great to see two sisters working as "The Dark Knights" in disguise. :)

The Good Far Outweighs The Bad :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Dear family and friends,

Another copy and paste... ;) (plus a little extra!)

This past week I had many discouragements. My studies began to fall apart, I wasn't focusing well, and I was getting more and more frustrated with myself. Finally, I turned to the Lord. I realized that if I wanted to change the way I was feeling, I needed to be more humble and patient. More faithful. So, instead of allowing myself to go into another downward spiral of disappointment, I turned to the Lord. I allowed Him to guide me. I asked Him, "What lack I yet?" and He guided me to the scriptures and words that I needed to read to know how I can improve and become a better, more dedicated servant of the Lord. 

I testify that we are on the Lord's errand. This is HIS work. We are on the right path. We are doing the right things. As we seek to humble ourselves before the Lord and submit ourselves to His will, we will be guided. We will be led to those who are searching for the truth. 

​MIRACLES/Memorable Moments!
-We were able to meet with the less-active who asked us to teach her, and she is FANTASTIC! She has an incredible story. She has had a really rough life and most of her life she's strayed off the path. But she told us that recently she realized that her whole life has been going into a downward spiral and she wanted to change that! So she decided to come back to church. And ever since then, she is one of the happiest people I've met! She is so amazing and on fire right now! :) We are excited to visit her again and begin teaching her the lessons.
​We recently taught someone for just a few short minutes about the Book of Mormon, and she immediately got excited about it and was thrilled when we gave her a copy! We are excited to follow up with her!
-​We were teaching the Plan of Salvation to one of our investigators, and just when we were finishing up... the Jehovah Witnesses knocked on her door! Haha, it was quite the experience, especially when she welcomed them in for a few minutes and they saw us! :D

Y'all, the Book of Mormon is AMAZING! I hope you understand that. It is a powerful witness of our Savior, Jesus Christ! I testify that as you take the time to study it with an open heart, you will feel the Spirit testify of its truth! 

My commitment to you this week is to read the Book of Mormon every day. Even if it's only one chapter--or even a few verses--a day. You will see a difference in your life! You will feel more joy, be more at peace, and you will be able to recognize the Lord's hand more in your life!

Keep smiling, and have a blessed week! I love y'all!


Monday, 29 August

Dear family and friends,

What a week! (I know, I probably say that like crazy--mission life is the best!)

We found out that both of us are staying here in Snellville! And we're still STLs! :D We are super excited for this coming transfer and the joy that it brings! So many miracles already!

Okay, I know you're probably wondering about the title of my email... :D
One of our biggest focuses lately has been on the members. Yesterday we were invited to a birthday party and dinner with two amazing (and hilarious) ward families! 
Two of their boys were having a birthday party, which happened to be BATMAN themed! Haha, it was definitely exciting!

Speaking of members, we have had some amazing experiences with members! While on exchanges, we ran into a less-active member who had recently moved to Georgia, whose records had been lost in the process. She is amazing! We were able to give her a copy of the Book of Mormon, and now she's excited to see us again! :)

Another member miracle! At church yesterday, we had two sisters from the ward approach us. One was someone we had never seen before. She said, "I've been inactive for a long time and I want to come back to church! Will you teach me?"
...We were shocked! And thrilled! This has never happened to either of us before. Normally, we have to look for the less-actives and work really hard to help them come back. But this time, she was looking for us!

I know that the Lord is preparing people for us to reach out to each day. He is putting people in our paths for us to help and strengthen. It is up to us to reach out to them and follow the Spirit's guidance in doing so!

My invitation to y'all this week is to read and study "The Fourth Missionary" by Lawrence E. Corbridge. It is powerful and applies to everyone! Not just missionaries! 
Then--seek to be the fourth missionary, so that you can find joy in the journey!

Y'all are amazing! I love you! Keep smiling and enjoy life to the fullest! ('Cause it's beautiful!)

More pics!

 I almost can't believe that it's been NINE MONTHS! ;) 

This is Aaliyah's little brother goofing around! He's hilarious! ;)

Aaliyah's baptism! Can you see the exhaustion in our faces? o.o It was crazy, but beautiful! :)

Bishop Cahill is the one who baptized her. He's fantastic!! :D

Exchanges! It was Sister Barrett's birthday! We had a blast surprising her at a member's home, and then at our apartment! :)

Fun as a Sister Training Leader!