by K Fletcher

Miscellaneous Animals and Crafts

First things first, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR HARMAN" 
For those that don't know. That is my best friend. She is also on a mission (in Maine).  I love her a lot. How do you show your love for missionaries? By writing really long letters, of course!
Yes, that is a 5 1/2 foot letter. It took all P-day to write. 

This week, for some strange reason, we kept encountering the strangest creatures that I, of course, proceeded to touch.
Meet Rico, the sugar-glider of an investigator:
One day Hermana Buchanan and I were sitting in a McDonald's, having dinner, when my companion looks out the window and startles me by saying, "Is that a kangaroo?" I look as well. It is not just a weird looking dog, it is a tiny kangaroo. I look at her and respond, "Wanna go touch it?" Of course we do! So we run outside to the woman holding the leash. Come to find out, it is a baby Wallaby. She has a zoo based out of her home. I promised I would put it here if we could take a picture of the wallaby. So here is it, in the lady's purse:
Random crafts I did this week:
Book of Mormon finger puppets
Book of Mormon covers

Random occurrences that happened this week:
** We spent a solid 10 minutes with Nancy and the kids popping bubbles with out face. It was hilarious. Then Huber popped one with his face and then their son was being a bum and not joining in, so through a joint effort, Hermana Buchanan and I blew a big bubble, used the power of our lungs, and popped the bubble with his face. 
**A brother in the ward got mad at me for not putting my hair in a ponytail. He's mostly blind and can tell people by their profiles. I have a nice long ponytail so he likes me to wear it so he can recognize me. He's such a nut.
**I caught a dog named Cookie by luring her in with a cookie.
**Vicente randomly showed up to help a member with her house move. It was a fun surprise!

I did want to take a moment to talk about one of our new investigators. We've taught her 3 times. She has come to church 2 weeks in a row (and stayed for 2 hours and 3 hours respectively). She accepted a baptismal date. When we challenged her to pray if Joseph Smith was a prophet she simply said, "I have no doubt that he was a prophet." 

People are ready. People are ready. The Lord is preparing people in every place to receive the restored gospel. This woman lived at a house with a man that was not interested at ALL. We returned to that home and we found her. 
So a challenge to each one of you: Look again. Look again with the eyes of God. Everyone around you is a son or daughter of God. He loves them so much. We can't let our judgments get in the way of His love.

You are wonderful. Go forth. 
Be a light.
Con Amor,
Hermana Fletcher

by K Fletcher


This week, in a series of short stories and pictures:

During a first lesson with a lady that the English Speaking Elders sent us to, she told us that she would never change her religion. We promised her that we weren't there to convince her. But there is one person who can convince her -- God. We read the first vision. We testified. We asked her how she expected to receive an answer. She had no idea. We read in Galatians 5:22-23 and asked if she wanted to feel those things and learn how to get answers and listen to God. She softened. She said yes.
It was a really good lesson. 

I also learn how to say "To prance" in spanish. "hacer cabriolas". El unicornio hizo cabriolas. 

We also went to the Collin's house to do service this week on their mini-farm. Here is us holding little chickens. They are adorable. 
I also tried to catch a duck named Draco. I failed miserably. 

We had an incredible restoration lesson this week! We've been teaching a family on and off for the last month or so, and for the first time we had all 4 adults living there in the house at one time. And we taught the restoration. It was amazing. All 4 of them said they want to be baptized. Two promised when they know it is true, two of them set a date.

I've also developed a good coping mechanism for the stresses of missionary work... Doing missionary work! It's kind of ironic, but a lot of the stress is gone if you just do the area book and make the phone calls, and clean your apartment. 
*music* "I thiiink that I'm a missionary, now IIII've been out a month or twoooo (or 16), I guessss that means that I am readdyyy... to work and write and plan like missionaries do!" *music*

And when that doesn't work, sometimes you work with other great missionaries that heart-attack your door when times get rough.
We also had two random investigators, that we've only taught once, come to church. It was a miracle. I really really like them.

I love you all. I love the mission. I love this work and I love this church and this gospel. 
Con Amor,
Hermana Fletcher

PS- Me with the El Salvador flag hanging up in our car, even though I'm basically Mexican.
PPS- A cute gift from Nancy and the girls

by K Fletcher

13 Months Later...

I had an interview with President Baker this last week. He asked me how I was doing and I responded, "Really good! Trying not to be trunky though" (Trunky means you want to go home to get on with your life). He looked me dead in the eye and said, "Don't be trunky." I accepted this council, then I looked him in the eye and said, "President... do you ever get trunky?" (He goes home just a few weeks after I do). He pondered this for a moment and replied,"I don't think it's quite hit us yet. We keep trying to ignore it, but everyone keeps reminding us! Every week it seems like we get a call from the Mission Department telling us to fill out a form because we're almost done!"

Tell me about it, President. I'm trying. You just have to keep on keeping on and pretend like there isn't a finish line... at the same time everyone is pointing it out and you can see a big red piece of tape, and every Monday there's an announcement on how many weeks left.

But you just keep on keeping on. :)
A miracle this week: We were walking around a huge trailer park trying to find a contact from the English Sisters. We had no idea where the address was of the person we were trying to contact, but we found a trailer with a number that matched the trailer number we got from them. We don't even know if we are in the right park at this point.  We pull up, and I'll be honest, I was skeptical. There were none of the traditional signs of a Spanish speaking house and they had rubble in their front yard, a truck painted with flames and "Harley-Davidson", a grill, and a poodle. Whatever.
We knock anyways. A Spanish speaker comes out! It is definitely not the one we were looking for, but it was a miracle nonetheless because in this entire park there are (according to her) only three Spanish speaking inhabitants, and we knocked on the right door!

That's what we call a referral from Heavenly Father.

My final story this week is this: After 13 months, I was able to witness someone that I had taught enter the waters of baptism.

Ciara was baptized!
Standing at the side of the font was incredible. Just to see her go in and stand there with Elder Adamson was amazing. And her younger sister was so cute. She just kept freaking out and saying, "I'm so excited to see Ciara get baptized!!!" After it all happened she just wanted to touch the water. So before we locked up the font we let her go a few steps down and put her hand in the water. 

It was beautiful. 
For those of you who don't know, go to Remember what it is all about. Baptism is so incredible because it permits us to Follow Him. 

Con Amor,
Hermana Fletcher

Title of Liberty

by K Fletcher

You are a Warrior Princess

You might be wondering about this title. It sounds kind of sappy and a little weird. But I learned this at a conference an eternity ago. In the pre-mortal life you fought in the great battle against Satan and his hosts. You were no ordinary foot soldier. You were a triumphant warrior who conquered Satan according to the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:9-11). 

You are a child of God. You are the child of a King. The King of kings and Lord of lords. You are a Prince or a Princess of the most high! 

I am a Warrior Princess
And so are you.
I'll be keeping my blog short this week, but I just want to let you know that this church is the one true church of God and Jesus Christ on the earth today. The power and authority of the Holy Priesthood is real and we see it in action on a weekly basis. Every time we go to church and witness the blessing and passing of the sacrament, the power of God is there. 

Remember that sacredness the next time you enter the chapel. You are in the presence of the authority of God. He is there. 

This last Sunday there were no only-spanish speaking people that attended, and for the first time in a long time I didn't have to translate. I was able to sit and contemplate the necessity of the Sacrament and just how much we rely on God. 

I love this gospel. I love Jesus Christ. 

Con Amor,
Hermana Fletcher

PS- Please enjoy these pictures of us enjoying the first fire that I've sat around in more than 15 months. I sure enjoyed it!