Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ok so here's all the info on the mission split. So the san bernardino mission name wont exist anymore and it is being split into the rancho cucamonga mission and the redlands mission. The rancho cucamonga mission will have Rancho, Upland, Ontario, Hesparia, Victorville, Apple Valley, and then added Chino Stake (which actually makes sense now because we have the city chino in my ward so every time i travel to visit people in chino i go into the riverside mission) then the redlands mission will have San B, Fontana, Rialto, Euciapa, Yucca valley, and redlands. And yes it does start into effect July 1st so there will actually be new mission presidents for BOTH missions cuase the godwins are done in july :) so i have mixed feelings about it all. I am happy i wont be here for all the change and i will be considered some of the last missionaries in the san b mission but i am sad they aren't keeping the san b name anymore and i feel like im old already thinking about telling people where i served my mission after i get home and saying "ya that mission doesn't exist anymore" haha but its cool that obviously the work is doing so well that they need to split it!! Its all good news and the Lord keeps hastening his work!! That's so stinkin cool about derlin taylor and kent searle becoming mission presidents!! That's exciting! They will both be great! Kent searle was a good bishop and of course brother taylor is THE MAN and nancy will be so awesome with all the missionaries. She will be a great mission mom. I love her. And mom that sounds like such an awesome and fun lesson you had in seminary! You are so great at that and teaching the kids so they are entertained but learning too. The interactive lessons are really the only ones that kids remember. Me and my comp were actually talking the other day about how both our moms are substitutes for seminary and she said that one of her teachers once did this awesome thing about teaching about the atonement. He picked one kid who is like the kid that is all cocky and a jock or whatever and asked if he could do some push ups for class that day. Well at the beginning of the class he pulled out some donuts and said he brought donuts for everyone BUT the only way they can get one is if this kid did 20 pushups for EACH student. Well for the first few kids he did great and then you could tell he started getting tired and some kids started saying "oh i don't need a donut, i'll be fine" but the teacher said ok well he still has to do 20 pushups for you even if you dont want the donut. And the poor kid just kept going through doing 20 pushups for everyone and he was like shaking and stuff. And my comp said it was so impacting and everybody was like crying and stuff. But its amazing to see how the Lord paid the price and suffered for EACH of us individually whether we choose to except the blessings of the atonement or not. pretty cool i thought. Ok so about my new comp now!!! :D :D :D Her name is sister Ott from St george. i really really like her ( i'm not just saying that but im being honest) haha but here's the BEST part!!!!!!!!!!! She is the FIRST 19 year old sister in our mission!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D haha i was so happy when i found out i got the 19 year sister. Cause we had heard about her back in like December or something and knew she was coming so i kept joking that i would be the one to train her well i actually did. I feel so incredibly lucky and so blessed. She is so sweet and such a happy fun person. We get along really really well! Im happy to be training cause it keeps me on my toes and staying exactly obedient. ALright well this week was kinda crazy with all the new missionaries and stuff. They're having to rearange how they do everything because they're getting more then usual so this week was really slow with appts and all but this next week will be great and i'll put this newbie to work!!! :) i love you all so much hope you have a great week! love sister amber ruth heward So with the pics. The one with me and all the sisters is a pic of all the trainers. You notice that sister winert is training her second time :) we were so excited to train together again! Then also the one of me and her with her "green"y gifts ist he first night together and i got her little greeny gifts to open. then the others is of a "greeny" dinner/party that i asked a member in the family to throw on saturday. It was so much fun.
so this past week has been pretty darn crazy. it was transfer week so we had a ton of stuff to do. we have 4 new missionaries in our zone so we're pretty excited. my new comp is pretty dang awesome. hes 24 and hes been out 14 months and hes a convert of about 3 years. yea figure that out. you have to wait a year to go to the temple and go on a mission and hes been out 14 months. crazy. hes really smart. he knows a ton about the gospel. hes the missionary that when you ask other people about him they say that he knows a ton and you want him in a lesson with you. we get along so well though. i think hes probably one of my favorite comps so far. anyways, we're confounding false doctrine and bringing the spirit into others hearts. so about the kid with no house, so he has a few hangups and we think that he might have some wrong intentions about investigating the church and getting baptized. so we are having to push back his baptism date again and again but we wont give up on him. hes doin good though. but thats so cool about the new mission in vancouver and derlin taylor is gonna be the new mission president! who did he meet with to get the calling? dang it! that means that they wont be there when i get back. i'll have to go and visit him or something. anyways, yea we heard about the other 58 missions being opened up. thats crazy. it makes missionaries excited. so we're having an apostle come and speak to us for a special purpose on the 9th and 10th of march. this meeting will take the place of the regular meetings for sunday for the whole stake. its got people going crazy around here though. they think hes gonna make a new stake or something. whatever it is, its gonna be cool. well family thank you so much for all the support you give me and all the emails that you send me and let me know how everybody is doing. have an awesome week. Love Elder Levi Bowen Heward

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hello Family!
So mom i got the package of the first aid kits and also the cookies....im either guessing that Levi needed you to send him something so you sent me something too or you just really felt that i needed some first aid kits :) haha either way it was nice. Funny story with that actually, i put the cookies in a bowl then dumped milk over them and ate it like cereal (like we normally do) and my comp, sister savage, was in shock. She was like "uh what are you doing?!" hahah it was hilarious! i said "its called cookie cereal :) just like when you dip cookies in milk but i just pour the milk over it" anyway it was pretty funny to see her reaction. So this last sunday me and sister miles sang in sacrament again and sister savage played the piano for us. We sang "in Quiet Grove" again. But poor sister savage had the air conditioning going on where the piano was so her piano music was flying everywhere while we were singing and poeple sitting up on the stand were trying to help her keep putting the sheets back on the piano but she did awesome and kept going and didn't mess up at all. The spirit was definitely still strong in the room even through it all though. haha this young woman came up to me later and was like "you guys did such an awesome job that i started crying and my mom started asking me why i was crying and i told her i dont know i just am" ahahah i was laughing so hard when she told me. I told her "thats the spirit my friend" This little young woman is now learning what the spirit is. The spirit testified to her that the words we were singing were true. Music a such a spiritually powerful tool. OH YEAH!! so get this, my new ward mission leaders name is brother Clark. NOw think of the singer's name Jesse CLARK Funk that we love so much..... so on saturday we were at his house and he asks us if we listen to EFY music and we all said yes then he asks "do you know Jesse Clark Funk?" and i was like "YES I LOVE HER SO MUCH!" then he says "THATS MY SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" can you believe that?!?!? i seriously freaked out so much! i kept asking him if he was joking and i started telling him how much i love her and her music! he was just laughing so hard at me cause i was freaking out so much then he said he was serious and showed us some pics from his wedding of his family and YEP there she was. I couldn't believe it! Maybe one day i can meet her....who knows!! :D :D but mom i did tell him that me and you emailed her one time asking her if she had piano music for her songs and if she would do a fireside for us a long time ago hahah he was like "oh yeah she does firesides, did she do it?" i told him no but wow i was so in shock! My ward mission leader is the brother of jesse clark funk! hahah SO this week was really good. We actually are trying to get more investigators cause we're low on those so that takes so much stinking time but the people we do have are good. rachel (the excommunicated one) is progressing SO MUCH! in our last lesson she told us that she has decided to read the whole bom from beginning and end because she wants to gain a testimony of the book on her own. SHe has been taught the lessons over and over and so thats what she wants to do now and have us meet each week with her to go over what shes read. Im so excited and happy for her. Its even harder for people like her to come back then it is for random investigators hearing the truth for the first time. She is so strong. She is really gaining a strong testimony of the atonement and how real it actually is. We also have a challenge on our hands...her name is Edna. SHe is the wife of Philip who is a member but has be less active for a long time. Philip wants to come back and is very passionate about it but edna is so stubborn and so prideful and she knows it too. She is "catholic" but doesn't practice. Lamest thing ever but almost every catholic is like that. She said she is only meeting with us and going to church with phil because she wants to do it for her husband. We told her she needs to find out for herself if this is what she wants to do, and talked about the importance of reading the bom to find out if our church is true. After a long talk she said she would do it but i know Satan is working intensly hard on her. Well i better go.... oh and here's a link to watch http://www.mormonchannel.org/. Watch the mormon message "Earthly Father, Heavenly Father" and also "We're still a family". THey are incredible! Love you all! HAve a great week! Love Sister Amber Ruth Heward enjoy the pics of me with the cows and also of my zone after we had a flour fight.
so this past week was awesome. it was fast sunday for our stake because we had stake conference. so we go to both wards right? so i bore my testimony in both wards. it was so cool. its kind of funny how we are nervous and scared to go up and bare our testimonies but once we get up there and just start talking, it kinda just rolls off our tongue and it sounds good. thats what i did in the YSA ward. we have an investigator that we set a date with for may. haha yea may. its quite a ways away but its all good. at least its a date. so this past week was a reall eventful and learning week. for whatever the reasons and circumstances, i learned alot this week. i dont even know how or why it just was a spirit filled week. my comp is doing a good job. hes not sick anymore and we are staying busy. just one thing kyle, as a missionary that is getting close to his going home day, you cant let anything get in the way. you might think things change or you dont have to follow rules any more but that is not the right way of thinking. if anything is gonna change its gonna be the zeal and work that you have and do. you should sprint towards the finish line. not just kinda walk and let the others racing push you there because how are you gonna feel when you look back and say "man, i got really lazy there at the last of the race" and thats all you can think about? just as in football or basketball, you dont stop until the whistle blows or the buzzer goes off. just keep going. dont let ANYTHING get in the way. anyways, thats something i learned this past week. well i love my mission. i hope you all know that. i absolutely love waking up at 6:30 and working until 10:30 and then waking up and doing it all over again. its the greatest time of my life and i never want it to end. sadly, it will but its all good because i'll know that i gave it my all and i will be confident when i reach judgement day and stand before god and he says "well done, my good and faithful servant". the gospel is true. it always will be and never wont be. never give up. DOn't quIT. take it all the way to the "ship". have an awesome family night and an awesome week. talk to ya next monday. Love Elder Levi Bowen Heward