Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Put Your Should to the Wheel

I'm not sure what to write about this week. It's been super busy! 

For Faith week we met our goal to meet with an active member everyday and I think it's something I want to do for the reat of my mission. The closest we got to contacting 50 people a day was 27. But we tried. 

On Friday we got a call from our ward mission leader asking us to stop by someone with him. She is still in high school but has left her family. So a member of the bishopric asked us to help out and so we went to try and find where she was living and it took us a good 30 min because she lived right off a main road and it wasn't on any map. And it was dark. But we finally found her and our ward mission leader, brother corbridge, was able to give her some food and we gave her a Book of Mormon. Turns out she was a former investigator! But it was just cool to see how the the church was able to reach out to her as she was struggling and hopefully we will be able to teach her some too. 

I'm not sure if that last paragraph made complete sense but it was a cool experience.

We had to drop Ben and Sue because we just never got to meet with them again. Maybe they are just too busy and someday will be able to investigate more when they have more time. It was sad for me because they were just this perfect, golden family. I've thought a lot this week about the people I've taught and found. I love them a lot and even though most of them never got baptized I'm still grateful I got to meet them. Missions are the BEST and I think I'm just going to stay in Illinois forever.





Why do Mormons go to so many Meetings?

So this week Sister Young and I had to go to the Rockford and the Schaumburg Zone Conference, and Elder Renlund Came so we had a Mission Conference and He spoke to all the sisters so we went to the Sisters Conference and out of the 9 Stakes he chose to speak in Schaumburg so we had another Stake Conference on Sunday. It was a lot. We counted it up and overall we went to 26 1/2 hours of meetings. It was really good and I learned a lot but by the end of it all, all I could think about was "Why do Mormons go to So many Meetings???"

So Sister Young and I were talking about it and we came to the conclusion that the only reasonable answer would be that the work actually is moving forward that the Priesthood keys are restored to the earth and we have leaders who are actually speaking as if it were the voice of the Lord.

When we were driving to Stake Conference yesterday we saw a lot of cars pulling into another church building just down the road from our stake center. we were like "Don't you know there is an apostle of the LORD just down the street?!" Its kinda crazy to think that they literally had no idea. 

But WE do know that this is the Lords church. That his Prophets and Apostles and Chosen leaders are inspired of God and this work is moving forward!! 

We were walking around before The Sisters conference started and we ended up going to a Wendy's across the street because we hadn't had time for dinner that day. THERE WERE SO MANY MORMONS IN THIS WENDY'S I FELT LIKE I WAS IN UTAH. We just talked to these Bretheren who just got done with their meeting and it was so amazing to see these gown men have tears come to thier eyes as they explained to us the things they got from the meeting. There were 3 that we talked to and each one mentioned something different from what the spirit taught them. They also shared what they were going to do about it. And thats why it meant so much to them because they were going to do something about what they heard!

Which takes me to something President Griffin said this week. "The Magic of the Church happens in-between the meetings". That is when we as missionaries get the most work done. That is when members pray and study for a talk they will give, when members of a ward council pray about and serve the individuals in their quorums and auxillaries, when we each individually prayerfully prepare for the sacrament to make it more than just a nice snack. 

So I would like to Invite you all and whoever would like to Join in on something our mission is doing this week. We are having a FAITH WEEK. We are taking the things we learned in these meetings and putting them into action. Sister Young and I have the goal to contact 50 people a day and also to work with one active member a day. That is something that we have decided together to exercise our faith. But there are things you can do too. Pick something that would stregthen your faith and help you exercise it! and then tell me what you decided to do. 

I'm excited to hear about it. 




Huntley. Round 2.

This week was really great.

Transfers were on Tuesday and Sister Epps and I had to drive all the way to Naperville without a GPS and we got super LOST. but we found our way and got her on her way and she is probably in Italy right now. Unless she got lost again. I will miss her!

Sister Young and I have had a super fun week. Right when we pulled in we were getting her suitcases out and we heard someone yell "You better watch out!" We turned around to see a Boy with blood all over his face! And its just been jam-packed with excitement ever since.

Sister Young has had the flu or a really bad cold. But she doesn't stop for anything! We were out contacting on Saturday and there was a fantasy football party going on with about 15 middle-aged men and we decided we were going to talk with them. We ended up meeting Steve who actually lives outside the mission but he knew so much and really wanted to learn more. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said "I'm going to read this, if you follow up with Me. Are you going to follow up with me?" You better believe it Steve. 

We also met another Steve who had a big beard. And Naomi who likes to talk a lot.  It's been good. 

I Love sister young a lot and we already decided this is going to be the best transfer of our LIVES.









Sunday, September 10, 2017

What?



A lot happened this week.
We got 4 new investigators which is more investigators than we've gotten this entire transfer. 
Does Anyone remember Inderjit? We got in and talked with him and he tried to give the Book of Mormon back but his Daughter and granddaughter said they would be open to learning more about Jesus because they don't know anything about him. Which blows my mind! But they also speak English! So we will be able to actually have a conversation and I am excited to see how it all plays out.

We haven't been able to meet with Ben and Sue this week. Their life is crazy but I still think they are sincere and we have still stayed in contact. We will go over tonight finally!

Sister MADSEN and I went on Exchanges again and I just and so much fun. We talked with EVERYONE. Missionary work is literally the best thing becuase never again am I going to be able to just walk up to anyone and start telling them about the Book of Mormon for absolutely no other reason besides that I can. Sister MADSEN goes home on Wednesday and I am super SAD. But I am so grateful we got to spend some time together this week. I don't really no what else to say besides I love her.

Sister Epps has her Visa and will officially leave for Italy tomorrow. My new companion is sister YOUNG. Oh my goodness I am so excited because I came out with her so I know what a good missionary she is.

There is a member of the Elgin 3rd ward named sister Cruz. She literally inspires me. Twice this transfer people have just showed up at the church because they know her and they are her friend. She said she has 30 friends in the Philippines that she has brought to the church. I asked her what her secret was and she told me that in 1995 she was about to die and she needed a blood donation and some missionaries in the Philippines saved her life. She told me missionary work is just "in her blood". She is NO JOKE. One of the coolest people I've met. 

1. I debated sending this one because missionaries are weird...
2. Exchanges
3. Sister Epps & I
4. The Zone





Here's a few more bc I didn't send anything last week


Sunday, September 3, 2017

MIRACLES

This week was really crazy just because we had a lot of meetings and we never really recovered from not having a preparation day last Monday because Sorella Epps was in Washington DC. But we saw a ton of miracles.

We are still teaching Ben and Sue! We had a lesson with them this week and Ben said "I can't sleep I'm thinking about this so much!" They are just really cool. 

We went to a park that we've been wanting to go to for a while on Saturday and there was only an old Hispanic woman we couldn't speak with there but we gave her a card and by the time we were done we turned around and there was another car in the parking lot! In the car was Megan and Michelle. We got talking and Michelle opened up to us about how she has really been struggling with anxiety lately. We told her that the Book of Mormon can help! She asked us "Do you have anything about our purpose in life?" YES! She said they had come to that park specifically to talk about what our purpose in life is and then we showed up she started to cry and it was probably the most powerful contact I've had. 

We also visited an old man and his wife. He was a real big talker but he said "This is the 3rd time I was doubting my Faith in God and wondering if I actually believed he existed when you showed up at my door." It was really sweet.

I've felt the spirit so much this week. Missions are really hard but there isn't anything I would rather be doing!!!!!!!! 

1.Sorella Epps getting excited about the Eclipse
2.There is a member who's son played lacrosse and I borrowed his stick for just a little bit. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I miss it. 



The Hunt in Huntley

Right now I am in Wheaton Illinois and Sorella Epps is in Washington DC getting her Visa. She will come back and we will most likely finish the transfer together and then she will go off to Italy. 

But the majority of our week we have been FINDING. It's all we do.

Because we are whitewashing but we are also opening the area because there wasn't sisters in the area for 6 weeks and the area is big enough that the Elders who took over our area never made it up there. It was just long enough for things to kinda die down and we really didn't have much to go off of. 

So when we first got to the area we were completely lost and didn't know where to go so we just went to this neighborhood by our apartment and talked with some people outside. We talked with Sue and gave her a book of Mormon and taught her the restoration right there! That was our first day together!

We then stopped by again and met Sue's Husband Ben! He was so nice and offered to give us tickets to the Cubs game. We couldn't go but it was the thought that counted. He had a lot of questions for us! 

The next time we stopped by Sue was excited to see us she said her and Ben had been reading the Book of Mormon for about a week and Ben was anxious to talk with us again. Their Son Matthew has also been carrying the Book of Mormon all over the house! They showed us the picture and it was super cute. 

They were busy that day but they told us to come back the next day. So we did! Of course. And Ben was so excited! Sue was busy so she couldnt talk but we talked with Ben for an hour! Probably a little more. He had questions about everything. He was so interested and just super fascinated by everything.

So I am praying a lot for them and I am just really greatful for them. Them and Inderjit is really all we have right now (we got him a Book of Mormon in Hindi!) But I am excited to see who else we will find. We set a goal to hand out more Book of Mormons than the Sister Training Leaders but we are having a hard time giving most of these people a card let alone a Book of Mormon...... It's a lot different than Bourbonnais or Freeport but I still love being a missionary! It's really really hard but it's also the best. 

Also I got to spend last night and this morning and tomorrow with the Griffins and they are the really great and I love them a lot.

- Sister Corbett 



Inderjit!

Well. Another week has come and gone.

We saw many miracles this week. And found some pretty cool people that will hopefully soon become investigators. 

Last week, Sorella Epps and I met a man named Inderjit! He is from India and speaks very little English but Sorella Epps knew some about the Indian culture and was able to communicste some. We told him we were missionaries from the church of jesus christ of latter day saints and he perked up when we said Jesus Christ. He got very excited and so we gave him a  book of Mormon and a restoration pamphlet and had him write down his number! We called him later that week and he remembered us and set up an appointment with us. Talking with him is very hard though becuae he mainly speaks Hindi so when we hung up we found that what we thought was his address didn't exist...

 We were doing service for our relief society President when it turned out she needed a lot more help then we thought so we stayed long and missed the appointment. But we gave Inderjit  a call and we were able to get at least his correct house number. 

We then went and drove around trying to find his home and we couldn't find it for a while but then we turned down a street and saw someone sanding outside waiting for us with a bright yellow turban! He had chairs set up waiting for us and his book of Mormon! We were able to give him some supplies in Hindi and we found out that he is a leader of his congregation but recently he has been very interested in the teaching of jesus christ and so he has been teaching out of the bible! Whhaaaaaaaaat? He is so nice and just a very sweet man. Hopefully we will find someone that can help us translate. So he can start teaching his congregation from the Book of Mormon too!

This week I also got to go on Exchanges with Sister MADSEN. We had so much fun. It was basically like we were going back in time because we were both in Rockford and it was strangely cold that day. I love her. I am so grateful for all the friends I have made on my mission and I know that we will be friends forever. 

Lots of prayers go to Elder Hinckley's friends and family. He was my last zone leader and had just gone home but was coming back to visit the mission and got in a car accident and passed away. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that Elder Hinckley has simply been called to another mission.

Lots of love,
Sister Corbett

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ELGIN

Well this week has been CRAZY.
My new companion is SORELLA EPPS. Oh my she's the cutest. She is a visa waiter for Italy and she will only be here for a transfer but I am so blessed to have her while she is here. 
We have had quite an experience this week. When we first got to Huntley we had no Area Book, our phone hadnt been turned on yet, no GPS, and absolutely no idea where we were. I had been there a few times on exchanges so I had brief memories of the area but I felt very lost in a very big place. 
But we are figuring things out. We finally have area Book. And that's probably the biggest blessing. I am so grateful for area Book. Missionary work is so hard without it. This week has been a lot of planning and figuring things out and meeting with members to know about the area and things.
Which has been great but sometimes you need to just get out and knock some doors just to keep your sanity. It has been so amazing to see how the lord has blessed us to know where to go and how he takes care of us when we are so lost and confused but willing to do his work.
Some of the biggest blessings this week were when we met this man named Matt! He was one of the nicest guys I ever met and even let me borrow his bug spray. He also lived in Italy for a few years and Sorella Epps was able to talk with him some in Italian. (She's so cool.) We didn't even talk much about the church but I'm pretty sure we all laughed and cried as we were talking. One of the most down to earth people I've ever met. He'll probably get baptized someday.

Another blessing was to see how the lord provides for his missionaries. There was hardly any food in the apartment and we were just running low and the sister training leaders came and saved us. Also sister MADSEN. Is my sister training leader and i just love her. This member also gave us a bag of bagels on Sunday and it wasn't the first time the lord blessed me with a bag of bagels. 

This morning I read the Joseph Smith translation of Mathew 6
25 And, again, I say unto you, Go ye into the world, and care not for the world; for the world will hate you, and will persecute you, and will turn you out of their synagogues.
26 Nevertheless, ye shall go forth from house to house, teaching the people; and I will go before you.
27 And your heavenly Father will provide for you, whatsoever things ye need for food, what ye shall eat; and for raiment, what ye shall wear or put on.

It's true.

- sister Corbett 
1. There's a chick-fil-a by district meeting 😭
2. Our car got invaded!
3.bye sister foster
4. Bye Eden & minyards 
5. Sorella Epps & I





Just more pictures









Bye Bourb

It has been quite a week. Oh my goodness.

Tuesday was exchanges and sister peterson & I walked around all day with no car but we found 4 new investigators! But we were exhausted. It was so hot that day. But I love sister peterson and always learn so much from her and we have a good time too.

On Wednesday after district meeting our car got hit! The man who hit our car was super nice though and ended up joining us for district lunch and paid for our whole district's lunch. Believe it or not this is the 3rd time someone has unexpectedly paid for my entire district's lunch. The accident could have been a lot worse and we are all okay so it's all good.

On Thursday we met this man in Momence and he ended up posting about it on Facebook. He was quite interesting. We couldn't really tell if he was contacting us or if we were contacting him but it was definitely interesting!

Friday we ate dinner with the Navas family one last time and we got to hold their bunnies! I love that family.

Saturday we got to go to FREEPORT for Brian's baptism. He was so happy so so so happy. It was such a good day. Wow. THE CHURCH IS TRUE.

We also go transfer calls on Saturday and found out I will be leaving Bourbonnais and will be transferred to the Elgin 3rd ward! They just took the sisters out of Elgin 3rd and soon realized that was a mistake so me and a new missionary will be whitewashing the area! I've been there before on exchanges and am super excited for this new adventure. I will miss Bourbonnais SO MUCH. I have learned so much here. But it's time to move on. I'm running out of doors to knock here.

I am so thankful for my mission. I know that with out it I wouldn't be the same person and I wouldn't be nearly as happy. Life is so good.

LOVE YOU ALL,
Sister Corbett

1. Navas Fam!
2. Bunnies!
3.Brian & Francis 
4. Brother Mulnix! (My ward mission leader from Freeport)
5.Brother Beyer! (My ward mission leader from Bourbonnais)
6. The zone
7. Sister Beyer
8. Sister Gray & I ❤








Blessings on blessings on blessings

Well this week was a bit of a rollar coaster.

We had to drop almost All our investigators. 
Talha and Tina called and told us they didnt want to meet with us for a while.
Jose Luis and his family aren't responding to anything anymore.
Nicole got a new job and says she is too busy.
Quincy is convinced he already knows more than we do and that he should be teaching us and also doesnt think he needs to be baptized.
It was a little frustrating. But hopefully they will come around one day. 

It was still a good week though because on SATURDAY the Freeport Elders called and told me Brian Foster is getting baptized on saturday!!! I dont know if any of you remember back to when we were teaching him and his family but they had been investigating in Texas and then moved to our area. Last i heard he had been dropped but I guess he has had quite a change of heart and will be ready to be baptized. 
Also, the next week Karen Johanssen will be baptized! She is one that I really loved teaching and was a huge blessing. She got in contact with missionaries when she tore her ACL and got a blessing from the missionaries while she was in the hospital. When we went to go contact her I was able to relate and connect so easily with her. It was a big turning point in my mission. 
I dont know if I will be able to find a ride to go back but you never know. The Lord provided one last time.

Life is just really good.

I have read Alma 26 about 5 times this week. 
12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.

Missions are hard but when we are trying our best and exercising faith and repenting and doing our very best the lord will bless us with MIRACLES.

1. We also got to see Kim this week. I love her lots!
2."A thorn between two roses." -Sister Williamson
3."No one is ever going to believe that I drew this. I think i will frame it." -Theresa
4. "Now you'll never forget me!" -Josh