"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."
Alma 26:12


Leah's Mission Timeline

Leah's Mission Timeline

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2/23/15: Ten Months Today!

Hello Good morning!

Well this week wasn't too exciting but still a great week of course. :) 

We received our transfer calls on Saturday and I will be staying another transfer in Nassau! haha. Okay we all knew that was coming. But Sister Judd will be leaving. She is getting transferred back to Jamaica to Montego Bay to be in a tripanionship and as a trainer. Man she's amazing! I will certainly miss her a lot. We had such a great transfer together. I will be receiving Sister Nelson who has been out about 10 months and she is Jamaican. It'll be awesome! Sister Wint and Sister Lewis are staying the same. :) And I found out that Sister Garrett is going to CAYMAN! Jeez man. 

We a great lesson with Sylvia again about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She just loves the Gospel and it has definitely been a light to her. She was able to come to church as well. I just love her and I wish SOO badly that I could speak Creole. I'm working on it though. Sac Passe! Yah... I probably spelled that wrong... I've still got time so I'll get this thing eventually. Hopefully. 

Gislaine is doing amazing as well. She wasn't able to come to church yesterday though so we were sad about that. We talked about the plan of salvation and she loved it! She really opened up to us more in that lesson and is really wanting to change and she's been able to see how reading the Book of Mormon is helping her to begin to change some bad habits that she has. I love her. Okay I say that about everyone. I love everyone. :) 

Kevin is making progress as well! He was really busy once again with the Taxi and couldn't come to church yesterday but is definitely making progress to be baptized. He can't wait and knows this is what he needs to be doing right now. I love that guy. Yes once again, I love everyone. :)

I had a date with Doctor Downes at the doctors office again... I'm pretty tight with all the nurses and Doctor Downes haha. They all know me and whenever they see me it's like, 'HEY!! How's our missionary doing??' It's awesome. Too bad they aren't interested in the Gospel... Yet... But he says things are looking good on the incision. And hopefully by next week I'll be able to start exercising again. I'm hoping and praying! I miss my morning runs.... So bad.....

Well I hope you all have a great week! I love you! Keep enduring and enduring well!


Sister Mouritsen

P.S. I got some new nicknames this week hahaha... Didymus which means twin, and Sister Monson because no one can say Mouritsen. Haha. I'm honored. :) And once again, Mariah Carey. People are creative... 

Monday, February 16, 2015

2/16/2015: Happy Valentines Day

Good afternoon!

This week was a good one. I say that every week. I don't wanna say it was bad though. haha. They never are! Missionary work is the best kind of work! 

We had a couple meetings this week which were great and always thought-provoking and motivating. I needed it. It's great to be able to count on feeling the spirit strongly as a district or zone when we have meetings each Wednesday. 

Sylvia is doing amazing! I just love her to death! She is the sweetest! She has been reading and praying constantly and came to church yesterday as well! Even though it's all English she still comes and she even told us that even though it's English she will always come. She loves the spirit that she can feel there and she wants to learn English. Many of the Haitians learned to speak English because they just kept coming to church and listening. I love the way the Spirit communicates through the heart. What would we do without it? :) Sylvia accepted to be baptized on March 14th and we can't wait! She's SOO excited as are we!

Thursday the 12th was Sister Judd's 11 month mark! She's almost been out a year! I just love her so much! So guess what we did to celebrate?? Yah we stayed home... I was throwing up all day. haha. Nassau is just tearing my body apart. I felt bad for Sister Judd to have to listen to me all day long. You guys know how I am with that... I dunno what made me sick but something! We joked about how it had to be that we had too much pork the day before! We had a less-active unexpectedly feed us and he gave us lots of pork and peas and rice. Man it was delicious. And then Sister Okhuarobo fed us that night and it was the same thing, lots of pork and lots of rice. haha. I've felt fine since then though so no worries (mom;) ). :) 

Friday was "Friday the 13th" and Sister Judd and I were so superstitious the whole day! First of all while we were super planning, our phone wouldn't work. We couldn't contact anybody and no one could contact us either! Then we walked out to the car to go out, started it and it made a really weird sound... So we turned it off and popped the hood acting like we knew what we were doing, stared at it for a few seconds, checked the oil which was fine, and then discerned to go about our day. Haha. We started the car again and it was fine and has been since. Then while Sister Judd was driving she just about ran a guy over hahaha! He walked out right in front of the car and she didn't see him... The guy is fine though. He actually just laughed it off thankfully. Then all of the members that said they would come with us to see Sylvia cancelled so we just decided to go anyway. We saw her, gave her a Creole tract about the Plan of Salvation to read, prayed with her, and left. It actually wasn't too bad. Sylvia has learned to say "I love you" haha! She says it to us all the time! The rest of the day all of our appointments cancelled. Lovely. And all throughout the day we just decided to wave to all the people that we saw while we were driving on the road. Man it was hilarious! So many doubletakes like, 'who dese white girls?' it was great. We got like 36 waves in a few hours. :) Then that night was the Valentines social that the branch put on. It was fun but started late so we only got to stay for about 30 minutes before curfew. All in all, it just comes down to the fact that ya gotta be positive. :) 

On Valentines we had the funeral for Sister Bastien. Her kids made it be at the Christ the King Anglican church and man was it the most interesting thing I have ever been to! We smelled like incense the rest of the day! I am so happy to have the full gospel in my life. I'd be lost without it.... 

We also saw Gislaine and had a great lesson with her about the Atonement. She says she is ready to make the changes she needs to in her life and she committed to be baptized on the 22nd of March! I hope she will really work for that day! I know she can! She came to church yesterday and it was fantastic to see her!! 

Yesterday Sister Wint and I spoke in church and it was great. I love speaking in church. Seriously. Missions change you. I spoke about being an example at all times and she spoke about conversion and we really linked well! The spirit was strong. Once again I just love the way the spirit works. :) There were a lot of tourists there as well.. I even met one from Kaysville! Small world! 

Well I hope you all have a great week! Be safe! Keep enduring and enduring well. I love you all.


Sister Mouritsen

This is an ant's nest. Yes it's massive!
i'm obsessed with the sky.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2/9/2015: Another week in paradise!

Hi Family!

So this week was my first week getting to actually teach District Meeting because my first week here I had surgery and then the next week we had Zone Meeting and the Zone Leaders taught, who by the way graduated from Viewmont High together. Wah? It was great though. The Zone Leaders and the other 2 Elders in Freeport wanted to come so they skyped in. I was nervous in the beginning of course but it went really well. This transfer there were some new goals that have been set for the mission to achieve so we can be closer to also achieving the Standards of Excellence and that's what we talked about. It was a great meeting. Just like Elder Figgins said in his email how he loves to give talks... Well I love to teach big groups of people. haha! Man the mission changes ya. I love being a District Leader. I really do. :) I was feeling a bit inadequate for this but the saying, 'whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies,' is true. Was that President Monson? I feel much better about it though.

We had some great lessons this week. We saw Sylvia again with Sister Etienne and Camillot. We talked specifically about the Book of Mormon and gave her a Creole Book of Mormon. She was so happy that she jumped up out of her seat and gave each of us a kiss on the cheek! Including Camillot! hahaha! He was blushing under that dark skin! hahaha! And then after the lesson he asked if she had a husband. ha. Oh jeez...... Sylvia is doing great though. She came to church again last week :) even though she can't understand much. The Creole speakers are really taking her in and fellowshipping her well. :) We also saw her on Friday and we shared the Plan of Salvation with her. :) Man! She's great! She just cannot wait to be baptized!! She tells us that just about every time! :)

We street contacted a man named Augustine this week and we got to go see him. He is great! And so prepared! We shared with him our purpose as missionaries. He doesn't speak much English though so we need some Creole translators again. Jeez though. He is way prepared. Even if he doesn't know it. I'm excited to see him again this week to share the unique amazing message of the Restoration with him! 

Yesterday a cousin of one of the members came to church who is a less-active. He used to live on the streets until he was 7 and then he was taken in to a Mennonite home to Andros and then moved to Pennsylvania. I had never heard of Mennonites until yesterday and it is the most interesting thing! It was cool to hear about what they believe. It's sort of like the Amish. But he came to Nassau and ended up getting baptized and was here for a few years until he went back to the Mennonites. But he is one of the most knowledgable people I have ever met! And he was a strong member! Still is but just needs to remember that he is. :) The three of us really clicked! He is fantastic! 

Update on the pain levels : Minimal. I still have my doctor check ups every other week. He said that normally at 3 weeks after the surgery the incision would be pinky size still but miracle mine is about less than half of his pinky fingernail. How does that happen!?! So you wanna know what he prescribed me to do? I have to go sit in the salt water (the sea) to clean it up more. ha! I even asked if I could sit in the tub and put salt in there because an ambulance alarm went off in my head saying NO! And he said nope. That actually doesn't work. So... I guess we'll see how this goes.... Gotta love missionary work! 

Well I love you all so much! Have a great week!


Sister Mouritsen

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2/2/2015: It's February. Wow.


This week was another great one of course! I've officially been back to work for a week now and it feels so good! Those 5 days just about killed me haha. I just wanted to get out! Yes, I still feel a little bit of pain sometimes but that's not going to stop me! I refuse. This work is going to move no matter what. Whether it's with me or without me. It'll pass me by like wind if I'm laying in bed so I'm not going to let it. I'd rather fly with it. :) But yes, I'm recovering well and loving it up here in Nassau! Besides the fact that it's freezing! Jeez am! 

We went and saw a referral this week and we met him at his office and he could not remember meeting the missionaries. But we shared with him our purpose as missionaries and talked about the Godhead. He kept asking us questions as we were talking and trying to disagree with us. But then when he would explain what he really thought about it, it was exactly how we explained it just in different words. ha. Man. Come on. So he'd disagree and say NO it's like this and we'd be like Yeah! You're right! Then he disagreed about the Holy Ghost like, 'So what is a Spirit?' And we looked at each other and said, '...Well... you tell us. What do you think it is?' And guess what... he was right. haha. Needless to say, he said he still wanted to see us again. So we set up an appointment for the day after next. We called him that day and he said we could still come. When we got to his office the door was locked but someone was in there and we called him and he said, 'Oh, I'm in Eleuthera.' Come on man! Yeah right! So we wrote our testimonies in a Book of Mormon and left it on the door handle to his office. Hopefully he gets it. If someone steals it, that's great too. haha. He's a cool guy though. But just not ready yet. Soon come.

Here is the Book of Mormon we left on his door. 

We also got a referral from a member. Her name is Sylvia and she is from Haiti. The population here seems like it's mostly made up of Haitians. Maybe half and half of Haitians and Bahamians. But anyway, Sylvia only speaks Creole. Creole if you remember from my email in August when I was here in Nassau and we learned Creole is like just broken French. I never knew my French classes would come handy so much! It's all coming back though and I understand some of the things they are saying. :) It's cool! No wonder I took French in school! But we have to have a translator when we teach her. A member named Sister Etienne, who is also Haitian, came with us and she and Sylvia really hit it off! They are great and Sister Etienne bore powerful testimony. Having a translator can be hard though. We have to speak in short sentences that sums up a section of the Gospel. We taught her the Restoration and during the lesson a lady walked in and saw us so she sat down and started listening.  She didn't speak much English. During the lesson she started asking questions and then started talking to Sylvia and Sister Etienne and all of the sudden it was just a whole lotta Creole and no English. Sister Judd and I were so confused. We could tell though that it was getting a little bit heated. All of the sudden the lady turned to us and said, 'So how do you know what church is right?' We said, 'Well, pray...' and then she snapped her fingers, hissed her teeth, got up, and walked out. Wow. We turned to Sister Etienne with confused looks and she told us that that lady had come to take Sylvia to her church. She was a preacher and she was angry that we were there teaching Sylvia the Gospel and that her congregation was dwindling. Also that she new what we were teaching was true, though she didn't say it, which is why she just got up and walked out apparently. haha. It was a funny experience. We finished the lesson and it was powerful. The Spirit was definitely there to testify and Sylvia said she could feel it was true. She even came to church yesterday for the Caribbean broadcast by Elder Holland, President Packer, Elder Anderson of the seventy, and Sister Oscarson. It was great! All about family! It was only in English though and one of the members helped Sylvia to understand what was going on in Creole. We only got to see two of the talks though. Long story... But they were fantastic! I can only imagine what the whole thing was like! haha! 

We also got to see Kevin a few times this week! He is the one who committed to be baptized on February 14th. Man he is so prepared! I can't say it enough! We were able to have a recent convert come with us, Jerome who got baptized the Sunday before I got here, and a long time member, Sister Saint-Gilles. Jeez Am It was the most powerful lesson ever!! We talked about the baptismal questions and shared D&C 20:37 at the beginning. I honestly just cannot teach a lesson without members. I don't like it one bit. Sister Saint-Gilles and Jerome were powerful and I know that they were meant to be there. It turns out that Sister Saint-Gilles had gone through a similar thing that Kevin is going through right now and she testified to him how the only thing that got her through was the Gospel. Wow. It just melted my heart and touched Kevin right to the very core. Then Jerome went on to talk about how and why he was baptized and it made the experience even sweeter! We may have to push back his date so he can work some things out but he is amazing and so ready for baptism! I can't wait to see him get to take this wonderful step of baptism and confirmation in his life. 

It's been a great week and I can't wait to see what this new week has in store. I hope you all have a great week. Be safe! I love you all.


Sister Mouritsen  

Second coming. haha.

We were climbing coconut trees on the church lawn while waiting for an investigator for a couple minutes. haha. Reminds me of Colt trying to climb or touch some spiky tree in Phoenix... Anybody else remember that picture. ;) haha! I've been thinking about reenacting it... ;) Love you Colt.