Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hello beauts :)

This week was filled with craziness and mad miracles!!
First things first, I love the projects. I love those people so much!!
So we were trying to track down one of our boys and we ran into these two guys up to no good. We talked to them for a little while and they asked how they could know that it is true. There is an insane power that comes when we hand over a Book of Mormon. Every time. One of them held it in his hands and said, "I'll read it."
So we left them with that commitment and to pray and then went on our way.
We kept knocking the eerie neighborhood and then saw that fellow again. There was a baptism for someone in our Zone in about an hour so we were like,"Yo, T,  do you want to come to a baptism right now?" He said he didn't have a car so we called up the elders in that area and asked if one of their members would come pick him up and take him. AND THEY DID!
So just try to imagine us walking into the church with this big dude from the projects. Throughout the whole baptism we talked about how he felt and he kept saying "I feel coo" (cool). He's such a boss!
Sister Dohner and Sister Bullock


Then we went Sunday night for a lesson in the projects with two of our  members. Right when we got there we heard a ton of gun shots and we were like uhhhh... but then it was just firecrackers ;) Our homie C stood us up, but his friend was there and so he said he'd sit in for the lesson we would have had with C. Truuuuuest homie right there! My heart just melts seeing these kids in the worst circumstances have a desire to do better and be better and let the Atonement of Christ work in their lives!

This work is so real. It is straight from God. 
Love you cuties. Have a good week :)
Sister Dohner

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hey beauts! It was a roller coaster kind of week, but good nonetheless!

Something that I am becoming more and more grateful for is the little miracles God puts in my life remind me He is there. We picked up this new investigator that I love SO MUCH. Wow he's the truest. My homeboys Elder Jensen and Horito were teaching him and then he moved so they handed him off to us. He is a wild guy hahah uh ya but it's the coolest thing to see the gospel soften the hardest of hearts and the toughest people. When we were in the lesson with him, he pulled out the Book of Mormon from his backpack and shared with us a scripture and why he liked it. hahah He's the best.

I love it so much out here and I love MY PEOPLE!! :,)
It's nuts I've been out here for a year now. I really can't believe it!
ONE YEAR celebration! The missionaries left little post it notes with all nice things about me to read!

Surprise Breakfast for my ONE YEAR

Awesome Package from the Fam
 But wow I am so grateful for this time I have had and for the outrageous things God has instilled in my heart. The other day I listened to a CD that I listened to a ton my first 12 weeks as a missionary. Mad TBT to Stevenson Ranch and the sick memories and stellar feelings there :,) But beyond all I am so satisfied. 
I have had so many struggles, I've messed up, and I still have a while to work on A LOT of things, but I have really come to know that God has provided the perfect mission for me. All of this has been what I needed, and will continue to be what I need. That's life.

I hope you all know that you are LOVED by me and more importantly, Heavenly Father. Open your eyes to the miracles!! They are there.

Stay freaky fresh and keep reading your scrippy's and praying :)
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo, sis d

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hellos & Goodbyes.

Sup fam~ it was transfer week! Sad to have the two man band break up, but change is lyfe and I'm stoked for what the Lord has in store!
This week was pretty low key lesson wise due to everyone cancelling because they have to "study for finals".
But Sister Bullock and I still had one heck of a time. Our zone and district are stacked! So the next 6 weeks are going to be buck wild and filled with crazy miracles!
Good bye to Sister B! 

My new companion--Sister Bullock

I want to share a little tender mercy of the week.
A year ago Saturday (May 14th) is a tender day so I knew this week was going to be difficult. I prayed all week that the Holy Ghost would help me and the fam out and that I'd stay busy. Well on Friday we had a lesson with a fellow named Edward. We found him knocking. His eyes were sad, his spirit was low, and he told us he lost his brother a month ago. He said he has a lot of questions and he's scared. As he told us all about his brother and how they used to go on drives and blast music and dance, I couldn't help but think of Josh. All the good times, all the laughs, all the bumpin' music and random bursts of dance moves.

I didn't share with Edward how or why I knew the similar feelings, but he knew. We talked about God's plan for us and watched the mormon message: Mountains to Climb (lds.org). The spirit was so incredibly strong on that doorstep, there is no way any of us could deny the immense amount of love God sent in that moment. I think sometimes we go through things to help other people but sometimes we go through things in order to humble ourselves enough to be helped.
I truly know that God is on my right hand and on my left and his spirit is in my heart and his angels round about me to bear me up.

One thing that I am completely sure about is that God is fully mindful of each and every one of us. There is not one doubt in my mind that anything we go through in this life isn't something we cannot handle, there is nothing God will not help us with, and does not contribute to our eternal quest in progression. God's plan is perfect and I'm 100% confident that we can do absolutely anything with the Lord. I'm grateful for the Fall of Adam and Eve and I'm grateful for physical death to enable us to move forward in God's magnificent plan to return back to Him.

I want you all to know that I love God with my whole heart and I love you all so deeply.
Stay gucci and keep your testimonies fre$h.
 OH PS I hit my year mark this week so if you're feeling extra generous, I wouldn't mind a surprise in the mail :) but please hold back on the sweets...

xo, sista d :)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hi cute people!!!

I don't have much to say because I am still on Cloud 9 from yesterday talking to the fam :')
Mother's Day SKYPE

This week was really good though, like usual. C got baptized and wow the spirit was so dense in the room. She bore her testimony after and I wish I could have recorded it because it was so strong. This gospel is so true and it changes hearts every single day. I feel incredibly lucky to have it in my life and share it with others.

I don't feel like I deserve the blessings of having my mom and other mothers around me throughout my life. They truly are a blessing from God. So hug your moms so tight and treat them right all throughout the year!!! That is one thing the mission is doing to me... making me SO SOFT. Marriage and families and babies just get me right in the heart. So mini shout out to my fam, you rock my life!

We love Korean BBQ!! Our Last Meal--Sis B is transferring
Sister B is transferring but my zone is stellar and everything is super good :)
Stay cute and keep the gospel close. 
Have the best week stellar humans and always remember to be happy now.
xoxoxox, sis d

Monday, May 2, 2016

Yeet yeet, another day another dolla!

This week was super! 
We hit up the Visitor Center all day Friday to do two tours with two of our investigators! It was so so so good! I love them so much. C will be baptized this coming weekend! So get excited to hear about it next week! 
LA Temple Visitor Center

Saturday we were banging down doors from 4-6 like we do and we came to this door with a religious medal by his door. Hahaha...this man answers with a straight up Dracula accent. I don't know what country that is but yes, Dracula. He really wasn't thrilled to see us and says with his thick accent: "Why are you here? Why are you knocking my door that way? I don't want you here." and I said: "Do you know who we are?" man: "No, and I don't care. Go away!" Then he continues to slam the door in our face and then behind the closed door he mutters: "Idiots". hahaha, it was really funny but sad. 
Missionary work is sad sometimes. Not because people slam their doors in our faces. Not because we are rejected and hated. But because people are hurting and we have the knowledge that will heal them, but they won't listen with their hearts.
But then those people enter into our lives that make it all worth it.
That night, we met with the Pacoima boys and AH I LOVE THEM SO MUCH MY HEART COULD EXPLODE. We haven't seen them in months and finally we ran into them and scheduled a time to swing by and read the Book of Mormon. We asked them if they had any questions lately that we can read to find answers to in the Book of Mormon. Ch answered and was like, "You know what, I do. Do we ever get a break? I just feel like it's one thing after another... are we just supposed to suffer or is there an end to all these hard times?"
AH. My heart.
So we decided to read Alma 26. We went around and read a couple verses then talked about it and had the best discussion. Wow these boys just make me want to give them everything I have. They're just a couple kids from the projects of Pacoima that are trying to make a future for themselves. They have such a great desire to do better and be better and be someone.

I just feel so so lucky that God trusts these people in my hands. If there is one thing I am learning more and more it's how much God loves his children. How great God's love is and how mindful he is of each of us individually. I think a lot of times we reject that love and then we get to a point where we desire that love more than anything and wonder where we went wrong.
It's easy to say we love him and follow him when times are good, but in the onslaught of troubles, is that convenient, lazy faith enough?
C.S. Lewis: "It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to tie a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Would you then first discover how much you really trusted it?.. only a real risk tests the reality of a belief."

Let us not wait for a tragedy to look for God.
LOVE YOU BABES hope your week is hecka. And Happy Mother's Day to all you baby mommas. You rock our worlds.

xo, sis chels d