DEAREST Family and Friends,
Oh how I love you all so very very much!!! So many hugs and kisses to all of you! Thank you for the wonderful pictures this week! It was so nice to see all of you! It was nice to see a picture of you dad. Sarah and Nathan your family is so incredibly beautiful! I love seeing the pictures. Amanda I also love the pictures on your blog, especially your baby belly :) it makes it seem more real to actually see your belly! I can't wait to see your baby!
Hey did you know I haven't gotten sick at all on my mission! It's because you help me be so healthy :) I love eating good I feel like it gives me more energy too. thank you thank you!
Oh Ethan and Matthias thank you for the comics! They were so funny :) Sarah thanks for your letter! You don't know how happy it makes me to get letters from you as well! I'm just loving you all a lot right now. It's funny I don't really have desperate moments of missing you all - I'm really busy and happy here, but I definitely have moments of loving you a lot! I like it that way! I do miss you but in a good way, not in an oh I can't concentrate I miss my family sort of way.
OHHH I got to do service this week!!! It was so fun and so good! I got to wear jeans!!! It's funny the things that are exciting on a mission :) It was the first time wearing jeans since the MTC! Any way so for the service we got to plant flowers on the Temple Grounds!! Not like Temple Square but actually right up where the Temple is on the grounds :) It was so much fun I loved it so much! I didn't bring my camera but Sister Pickrel and I took some pictures afterward that I will send you. I was so happy that I got to do it. Only about 30 of the sisters were chosen and we were very happy to be there.
So guest services is going really good. Although it's been so busy in there it's hard to make time for our investigators but they are doing really well and it's so nice to talk to them and see them progress. I've been studying repentance for them this week and it's been really good. Repentance is such a happy thing. Really anything that brings us closer to God is repentance. When we turn our will in harmony with Gods will we will be at peace and we will be happy.
I was reading in 3 Nephi:3 this morning and I was having a bit of a hard time focusing so I tried to relate it to my life. I love how that works and how you can always find the revelation that Heavenly Father has in store for you all you need to do is try a little harder to look for it. So I was reading about all these wars and contentions and there is one part that talks about the importance uniting together in prayer and how that will help you to overcome temptation. It made me realize just how important it is to go to church. Because when we unite together with the common goal of remembering Heavenly Father and praying together we will draw ourselves closer to him and then in return we will be able to overcome all things that Satan throws at us. There is a reason that Sabbath Day observance is a commandment. Heavenly Father wants to bless us but for him to be able to do so we need to follow what he asks of us. No wonder so many people go inactive as they slowly start missing their church meetings. Anyway I liked what I got from it and I hope what I say makes sense, it works in my head anyway :)
I love learning and relearning and learning why we do things and how it is that Heavenly Father wants us to view our lives and then one of my most favorite things is to be able to share what I learned with others! It is so good and makes me so happy!I love my mission so much!
The time is going by so fast though! Next transfer I will only have a year left. AH!
Well I still want to have time to send you some pictures so I will end this email.
Until next week :)
Love you all so much
Love Sister Turner
This is my announcing picture - When music and spoken word gets out on Sunday morning the Sisters announce languages and tours. This is my script "Good morning welcome to temple square we would love to show you around and share with you the history and basic believes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Please see your missionary after this presentation.
All of us say it in our language and people come up to us for tours.
Family and Friends -Hello!!!!
Wonderful beautiful family! I get to talk to you tomorrow! I can't wait! Last night I had a dream mom came and gave me a big hug so I must be getting really excited to talk to you :) I was all happy and even more excited to talk to you when I woke up!
Matthias had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATTHIAS! I love you so much! I hope you got my card Oh my goodness the pictures of Adelaide and Benjamin are so precious! AH THEY ARE SO CUTE! Thanks so much for sending them to me!
So on Monday morning Sister Pickrel and I decided that we were going to put on an FHE for our lovely room mates. Twice a week we are allowed to have 8pm dinner so that means that we go home at 8pm instead of 9pm and instead of taking a dinner for an hour like from 6-7 we just go home at 8 and stay home for the night. We planned a David and Goliath themed FHE. So our lesson was about facing adversity with faith. It was so fun. Sister Kyle and Sister Jardine were so excited! We sang a hymn together, had a lesson and then played pin the rock on Goliath - during the day we had printed off the Goliath picture. And I made banana muffin cupcakes (like you can see in the picture).
It was so fun I love my companion and our room mates so much!
Oh and guest service is still going really well. As summer gets closer it's getting busier and busier with scheduling tours and motor coaches. I like it although sometimes it's hard to find time to teach. We still have square time and so we contact wonderful people that want to learn more but it's hard to find the time to call them and teach them. Sam is doing really well though (from England) His sister is getting baptized TODAY! I wish we could go but London is a little far out of mission boundaries :) We are going to another baptism tonight though. I love going to baptisms :) She is someone that Sister Pickrel and her last companion had taken on an Elders tour (when the Elders or Sisters from the Salt Lake City mission bring their investigators to tour temple square a sister will take them around and give them a tour. The lady getting baptized is originally from Croatia and it made me think of Lindsey -how is she? Do you have her address? I would love to write her.
I'm so excited to talk to you tomorrow I have more to say but I want to have things to say tomorrow.
Oh we had a mission meeting the other day and we watched a devotion from the MTC- which is amazing because usually those devotionals never leave the MTC. It was a talk given by Elder Holland and it was so powerful and wonderful. It really made me just want to work as hard as I can my whole mission. Forget yourself and go to work - is definitely one of my favorite quotes of all time. I love President Hinckley. The talk that we watched was all about how we are like the disciples that left their nets to follow the Savior. All of us have our own nets wether they be - missing friends or family, fear of talking, fear of not knowing enough, etc and that we need to just leave those behind and follow the Savior. I am so happy all the time it took me a while to think of a net to cast. I think it would probably be that sometimes I just feel I need to answer every single question people have and that I feel inadequate sometimes because I don't. Listening to that talk really was helpful this week because it woke me up and reminded me that I will NEVER know everything but that if I try my very BEST and be obedient the Savior and his teachings wil help me be the best missionary I can be. I loved the reminder because I know how important it is to rely on the Spirit and to rely on the Savior but if we are going to do that we need to remember that we first need to do our very best at what ever it is we are called to do. We will never know everything but we know enough because we know who Jesus Christ is and what God's plan is for us. The plan of Happiness :)
Everyone who writes me, thank you so so much! I love hearing from you!
I love you all so much
TALK TO YOU TOMORROW
Mary's Note: If you want to drop off a parcel for Sister Turner at Temple Square the sisters are unable to take it. All parcels must go through the mail system.
Hello family and friends!
First of all I LOVE THE VIDEOS!!! Oh my goodness I am the luckiest Aunt in the world I have the cutest Nieces and Nephews!!!! I love the pictures you sent of Lyra too she is so much bigger and so adorable! I can't believe Adelaide is so big, I love her little smile and rosey cheeks :) Benjamin IS SO CUTE! Ah I just want to hug him.
Thank you mom and dad for the emails!!! I'm so excited to read them and then write you letters back today! And I'm excited to talk to you next Sunday! Also thank you for the letter Nathan, it may take me a few weeks to respond to the questions but I was super excited to get the letter, sometimes I'm not sure what to write about so the questions are great!
I got my passport, all is well with that. So happy it's finished!
Guess who I passed on the cross-walk this morning! L.Tom. Perry :) He was so nice, he smiled and said Good Morning :) Sister Pickrel was extremely excited! That was the first General Authority she as seen on her mission. It was a nice start to the day.
Speaking of Sister Pickrel oh my gosh we have way to much fun together :) She is so goofy and funny! Ah I love her. I also love my room mates, ahh they are so funny too and we all get along really well. The other night I made a chocolate zucchini cake and we made up funny stories. When we work, we work hard and when we have moments to relax we have so much fun! I love it! It's so nice to have time to laugh.
I have a Guest Services miracle to tell you! So someone called into Guest Services from England to ask questions about tours in July. So I answered the questions and then asked him what interests him in Temple Square, turns out he has been looking into the church and really likes what he reads. So I started teaching him and he said he wants to learn more over the phone!!! YAY! So Sister Pickrel and I called him two days ago and taught him again, oh my goodness he is so prepared to be baptized! So this is what he said at the end of the conversation, in his British accent "If or when I find out this (the church) is true, well I'd say it would be more precious then gold". THAN GOLD!!! He asks the best questions and really knows what he needs to, to be baptized. He said that he has read a lot, including Anti and he said that he had a few random questions but then said he realized that if he were to find out the Book of Mormon is true nothing else will matter because that would make Joseph Smith and prophet and so on. Exactly what we know to be true! The Book of Mormon is the keystone to our religion! He is going to church this Sunday and we are teaching him again on Sunday! I'm so excited he is such a miracle! The Spirit was so strong in the lesson and it was just so good. Oh something else funny about him is he said he had been to church once before and apparently everyone was really, SUPER nice I qoute "So everyone was just coming up to me with huge smiles and saying welcome, welcome, I mean it was nice but a little scary everyone jumping up and shaking my hand- I mean my hand was hurting afterward." haha ah so much fun. I love teaching so much!
On another note everyone else we are teaching are doing really well. There was a while there where it was really hard to get people to answer their phones but now we've been blessed and people are answering the phone. I love teaching so MUCH! After a lesson when the Spirit was present it really is the happiest feeling I've ever experienced. The church is true and the Spirit is real and will testify to the hearts of others as you bare your testimony.
Oh to answer your question mom, my talk went really well. And the song too. There was a girl from Korea there so it was so great that we had planed to sing part of the song in Korean, She was crying the whole time and so were a lot of the congregation and so I knew they felt the Spirit and that makes me happy. I love being able to share my testimony, either by my own words or by song.
AH Elder Caldwell and Leavitt came to see me and I missed them!!!! I was so disappointed!!! I was in Guest Services at the time and so when I came back to the Square the Sisters told me they were here and left a little note for me, we aren't aloud to say where the Sisters are and so apparently they looked for me for a while. I felt so bad I wanted to see them! Can you FB them and tell them I'm sorry I missed them and thank you for trying to find me.
So I know I should know this but when is your Anniversary mom and dad? I know it's it May so HAPPY ANNIVERSARY in case it's soon, I don't want to miss it! I'm so happy that you are both my parents :) You are so wonderful and lovely and I know I am so blessed to have been able to be raised by you. I often take people through a presentation called "God's Plan" It's a 15 minute presentation that talks about all the blessings that we recieve in our lives by knowing that our family can be together forever. At the end of ther presentation we bare our testimonies and I often say how grateful I am that my parents chose to accept the gospel so that I could have such excellent examples and be able to know that my family will be together forever. I love you both so much!I LOVE my whole family so much! You truly are amazing! I'm so grateful for each of you.
So when I call on Mothers day I will call and I can only call one number so maybe you could conference each other in. Also mom I have a surprise for you that will be coming this week. Yes it is a surprise so I can't tell you what it is but I know you will like it!
Oh so a friend of mine just left the MTC right now and a friend of his came to Temple Square and told one of the Sisters to say hi to me from him. I want to write him a letter but I don't know his address. Could you check FB for Jeremy Edis's mission address for me please? Thank you so much!
I'm going to Costco now!! YAY meat and rice milk! and honey and FOOD! One of the Sisters here has a Costco card so we are going today! I'm so excited!
I love you muchos
Love Sister Turner xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxo