Monday, October 26, 2015

New Area! YAY!

Here I am in Lakewood Colorado on the COMPLETELY other side of the mission! We are just outside of Denver and let me tell ya. It is REALLY weird being back in the city life. I'm pretty sure I shed tears of joy seeing a Whole Foods and a Super Target right next to each other.

I was so upset to be leaving Fruita. Honestly, that place is the promised land! But I am already starting to find the reason why I am here on the metro side. We have found some amazingly prepared people. But if President ever needs someone to go back to Fruita, I'm his gal!

So fun news! I am in a "tripanionship" also known as a trio. My companions are Sister Davies and Beaman. Sister Beaman came out with me and Sister Davies came out the transfer after. We have hit it off so well. We are a bunch of Harry Potter and Disney nerds. Its the best. I don't know if President realizes how much of a mistake this was. Hahahaha! But we are completely obedient so that's all that matters. We live with a 96 year old woman down in her basement. Don't worry, its completely furnished and we have a GLORIOUS bathroom. That is seriously the best part. True story.

It's about 10 degrees colder up here, being about 1500 ft higher than I was. It has been a lot like Sequim weather which was a pleasant surprise. The first morning here the three of us went running in the pouring rain. Steve, remember the one and only time we did that? :P

This week we worked so hard and also had so much fun. We found some amazingly prepared people and are ready to thrust in our sickles with our might again this week. Saturday we had our ward "Trunk or Treat" which was so much fun and a great way to get to know some of the ward. We dressed up as Disney Princesses. I will attach pictures in the next email. Sister Davies was Rapunzel, Sister Beaman was Belle and I was Anna, complete with the white hair streak. Thank you Walmart for your cheap Halloween merchandise!

Sunday Sister Voss got thrown under the bus and had to give a talk in sacrament meeting, so that was fun. Our ward has 8 missionaries. A senior couple, the Gunthers (the mission President's Sister and her husband). They are our financial people in the mission home, and then the Lakewood Elders who are also a tripanionship.

Thank you all for your wonderful prayers this week. They have been felt in this time of transition! I didn't realize how hard it would be leaving Fruita. I love you all and please know that I pray for you often, if not daily.

Here is my new updated address effective immediately!

Sister Voss
2175 S. Estes St 
Lakewood CO 80227

Until Next Week!

Sister Voss

 Our legendary Halloween Costumes!

Time for a selfie!
 And a post rain run selfie
Yours truly being a total weirdo... TOTALLY out of character, I know.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Goodbye Fruita!

Last night we FINALLY received transfer calls! Sad news :( I'm leaving Fruita AND Sister Ytac! I'm so sad! I love this place so much and we were just starting to see amazing miracles. But I know I have gotten comfortable here and that means its time to grow some more! I know wherever the Lord sends me He will put people in my path. I'm sorry this is so short but I gotta go pack up my stuff. You think it would be hard to get settled in in only 3 months but its pretty easy apparantly!

Also! Good news! E and R got married!!!!!! WOOHOOOOO!!! Now they are getting baptized on the 14th of Novemever!

I love you all!


Sister Voss

PS- I will send my new mailing address next P-day :)

Our district: L to R- Elders Christensen, Power, Green, Linde, Kerns, Humphreys, and Segal. Followed by yours truly and Sister Ytac
 Sister Ytac's birthday is a week before mine so we decided to get matching pajamas...They also just happen to be Wonder Woman onesies. They are the best!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Transfer Week

You guessed it! It's been another 6 weeks..... My how the time flies!

This week Sister Ytac and I worked our tails off! AND we hit our Mission's "Standards of Excellence" again!  We found so many people to teach! Two of whom were former investigators who weren't taking our message seriously a couple of missionaries ago. But they come to church EVERY WEEK without fail and stay for all three hours and actively participate! Last week Sister Ytac and I went up to E and R and asked if they would like to start taking the missionary discussions from us again and really seriously consider our message this time. We were both standing there holding our breath because the man, E, is the one that everything hinges on. R was ready to get baptized MONTHS ago. He said yes and we set up a time to meet with them. On Sunday after church we had an amazingly inspired lesson with E and R and our Ward Mission Leader's family, the Kinders. (They are awesome for anyone who doesn't know that already). We were very frank with E and R. E has some habits he needs to stop before he can be baptized and sure enough he came out with "it's a lot easier said than done". As he is sitting there saying this I'm thinking, "Sister Voss, its now or never. He's either going to take the gospel seriously or he isn't. Here goes nothing." I looked him straight in the face and said "E, you are a stubborn old man. You know it, I know it, R  knows it. EVERYONE knows it. You can darn well do whatever you set your mind to because you are THAT stubborn. If you want to stop these habits, I know you will stop them because that's the kind of man you are!". He was very quiet and I was sitting there thinking, "oh boy, now you've done it Sister Voss. Go big or go home, I guess." He looks at me and laughs and says "Yeah, I know". So. Good news! E and R are getting married and then they're getting baptized on the 14th of November!!!!

Miracles happen every day and that, my friends, is most definitely one of the biggest miracles I have seen on the mission! It's going to be a rocky road, but I know the gospel has the power to change even the hardest of hearts. E proved that to me this week.

As per usual, with transfers this week, be sure to send stuff no later than tomorrow or send it to the mission home address 999 E Tufts Ave, Denver CO 80113. Sister Ytac and I are about 95% sure we are going to stay in Fruita (YAY) to finish up her training. The goal is to stay through Christmas. I don't want to leave this place!

I love you all and thank you all, AGAIN for the wonderful birthday wishes. Sister Ytac and I are just beside ourselves with the love you poured out to the both of us!


Sister Voss

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's my Birthday!

First of all, thank you all SO much for the wonderful birthday wishes, emails, cards, and packages! It's been a lot of fun checking the mail every day! And seeing my entire email inbox flooded with emails! Sister Ytac and I have enjoyed all of your love! I have been trying my best to reply to your emails and sending cards. It's gonna take some time and I will do my best to write you all back!

We worked so hard here in Fruita this last week and saw a lot of our hard work finally start to bear some fruit. We have several new people to teach and a couple of them are ready to come unto Christ and enter into the waters of baptism! How exciting! We are truly finding the elect out here! On top of that we have found some less active members out here who are so ready to come back to church and restore their relationship with the Savior. I love this work!

Secondly, what an amazing week of spiritual food and uplifting messages! I love General Conference, and I especially loved the Women's Broadcast last Saturday #CreepyCat. Hahaha. President Uchtdorf is so funny! And three new Apostles! It just goes to show that the work here on earth is hastening and God has a lot for us to hear that is still relevant to us today!

Also, can we just talk about President Nelson's talk on the glory of being a woman in the Latter-days!? If you missed it I encourage you to keep your eyes peeled on because it is good for EVERYONE to hear, not just those of the LDS community. We are all beautiful and divine daughters of God! Well, son's too!

The fall colors up (down?) here are absolutely beautiful. Today it has been rainy all day and really reminds me of Washington. Its oddly refreshing. The weather has been gradually cooling down which is a relief to me. Not so much for my Californian/Philippine companion! But she is acclimating well.

Last Sunday was Sister Ytac's birthday, she turned 20, and our Ward Mission Leader and his family threw us a "double your pleasure" birthday party on Wednesday. We had a blast!

I have to head out but stay tuned to my Facebook page! A couple here in our ward is doing the honors of throwing us (another) birthday party tonight and will be posting pics and videos!

I love you all! Keep seeing the daily miracles and the Lord's hand in your lives! He lives, and He is always there!


Sister Voss
 Sister Ytac and I with our Fruita 2nd RS President, Sister Behrman. We love her!
One of our Sister Training Leaders here on the Western Slope, Sister Eldredge and I honoring you all with our beautiful faces
The birthday party, part one on Wednesday!

 We're the Cat's Meow! These came in a birthday box from the Bessey's