Monthly Archives: February 2014

2/24/2014

Wow, I am not even sure where to begin. So much has happened.

We had two investigators come to church this Sunday and they are progressing!!!!! The work is so fun out here because it is moving forward. People actually keep their commitments and they truly want to learn more about the gospel! What a refreshing change it has been!

I love Jasper so much! The Lord has blessed me to have an attitude of selflessness. I don’t care what I learn or gain from my companion, the area or anything else, as much as I care what I can give to all of that and the Lord. My greatest and only desire is to serve in the way that the Lord needs me to. I am so happy and so much at peace!

We have taught lessons and tracted and just worked hard and it feels so good to have work to do. I love being able to work with Sister Nelson! She is a hard worker and we have a lot of fun together while doing the work! We are really able to support each other and to help each other feel like the beautiful, wonderful, talented daughters of our Heavenly Father that we are.

How am I SO BLESSED!???!! I am serving the Lords as a full time missionary and I am His daughter. I know that He loves me and that in and of itself is enough to be overwhelmed with gratitude! Wow! Change is so refreshing.

Thank you for always following the direction of the Holy Ghost and sending us where the Lord wants us to go.

I love Jasper. I know that this has come so quickly (the minute I got here) and has stayed so far because of the attitude that the Lord has helped me in having as I have come here. I feel so grateful and blessed and privileged to be here at this time and with this companion. I know why I am here. Every minute of every day from the time I wake up, to the time I retire to bed, every thought, every prayer goes something like this, “Dear Father in Heaven, Thank thee SO much for sending me here to Jasper! I am so grateful to be here and able to serve in any way that I am able. I am here to serve thee and they children. It is my desire to give all that I have to this work and focus on others (arrows out). I thank thee for supporting me so far and pray that thou wilt continue to do so as I focus on strengthening everyone else around me.”

This attitude has changed my life. I do not think that I have ever been able to truly live and practice this principle so fully in my life. (I am sure it is nothing compared to being a parent…. but it is probably more than I have ever done or been before and it is all because of HIM)

Sister Nelson is so great! I love her with all of my heart and I am learning so much from her! Every day, I do every thing I can to show and tell her what a great missionary she is and can be and how much I love and appreciate and look up to her. She has done the same for me and I really appreciate the open, trusting relationship that the Lord has graciously allowed us to have.

The spirit is just pouring over and we have had so many sweet teaching moments with investigators and in finding new people. We went tracting my first day here near the church and the first house that someone answered, was a member of the church who had not been to church in 22 years. She had joined when she was in Mississippi and then moved and never came to church. We don’t even have her records. She is so excited to come back to church and she has non members living with her (her children) and we are going to be teaching them all on Tuesday.

There is a young lady who is living with them who is engaged to marry this sister’s son (who is in Korea) and we invited all of them to read the Book of Mormon. When we stopped by yesterday to see how they were doing, she (the son’s fiancé) said that she had read a little bit of the Book of Mormon! They are all planning on coming to church this next week.

We also had two investigators at church. The work is progressing here! I am so grateful to be able to labor here and with these people!

Sister Nelson tells everyone that I play the violin, I have already begun to use it. We went and played our instruments at the park on a nice day. There were several people running around the track and they stopped and listened and told us they would come and listen to us for hours while they walked/ran the track. (We played Joseph Smith’s first vision and other hymns) We are going to be going back probably once a week. I am so grateful for music and how quickly it invites the Spirit of the Lord (good, uplifting music) and I am even more grateful for the talents which I have been blessed with to share such music with others. He is the one who gives me the strength and knowledge and ability. I give Him and my parents all of the credit.

Amazing things are happening! The work is really progressing so fast and well here in Jasper. I am seeing the missionary that the Lord has been shaping me into and sometimes I am surprised at the boldness that I show as I strive to follow the Spirit.

Yesterday in Gospel Principles, which my companion and I were teaching, one of the members who joined, told an experience and after he finished, the spirit was so strong, I could have cut it with a knife, no exaggeration. My companion was about to begin talking again, but I knew that we could not ignore the spirit. I knew that everyone in the room was feeling it and I needed to point it out (even though it is always potentially awkward). We had an investigator there and I just had to do it, so I stopped my companion before she could begin and I asked everyone to pay attention to that feeling and then I told them what it was, that they were feeling the Holy Ghost and that He was testifying of truth, that what they had just heard was true.

The branch here is already putting me right to work. I have been practicing the piano (hymns) and the Lord has allowed me to be able to play better than I could. I am by no means very good at all, but He helps me to hold it well enough together so that I may play for groups of people to be able to sing along. It is a miracle that I never thought would be possible!

I love y’all so much! 😉 and I know that our Father in Heaven loves you even more (although it is hard to imagine because I love you SO much!) I pray that He will keep y’all in the right way and that when my 8 months is up, we will be reunited as brothers and sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and be able to rejoice over all of the great things that the Lord has done for us!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect and perfectly true! Living by it’s teachings will bring the greatest happiness! I know because I have lived by these standards and I have seen people who haven’t, make changes and decide to live it and they have testified to me of the happiness that it brings that far outweighs that of before.

Love forever and forever strong,

Sister Anna Wright (a representative of Jesus Christ)

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2/20/2014

Hello family!

I am safely in my new area which is: Jasper! My new companion is Sister Nelson who I already love so much! There is so much going on here and the work is really progressing!

I am the Jr. companion and it is so nice to be the one following the leader! We work very equally, but it is nice to have change and to have a kind of stressful situation where I have to step up. That may not make sense, but I just like being able to kind of be trained again. I have been the one leading and calling the shots since the end of my first six weeks.

Speaking of which, I finally saw my trainer! I haven’t seen her for six months! She looks so good and happy and I loved seeing her! I am so happy to be here and be able to serve and love and help in this area every way that I can!

Many missionaries tend to ask themselves and the Lord the why questions : “why am I here in this area? What am I here to learn? Why am I with this companion? What am I supposed to learn from them?” etc… these are all selfish questions. It doesn’t matter. We already know the answer. We have been called as missionaries to help others come unto Christ. That is my purpose and it doesn’t matter where or when or with whom. (Except the Spirit) I feel like I have been revived and I have another chance to be the best missionary that the Lord needs me to be.

Sister Nelson is FABULOUS!!!!

My address is:

Sister Anna Wright
1690 N Walston Bridge Rd Jasper
AL 35504

Love y’all SO much and I look forward to hearing from y’all on Monday. Thank so much y’all and I love you dearly! Talk with y’all Monday!

Toodles y’all!

<3/ Sister Wright

2/17/2014

No, I can’t believe my little brother is now ordained a deacon, but I am so happy for him and that he has lived worthy to receive such a privilege!

Oh! I bet Andrew was AMAZING!! I am so pleased that he followed his desires and did not let fear keep him from such wonderful opportunities like I did when I was in high school. The sad part is that I didn’t get to see it, but I know that the Lord will make up for it all!

WONDERFUL!!! Mom, I am so grateful that going to the temple means so much to you! I can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day gift than to go to the temple! We will be going to the temple in March! I am SO blessed and so grateful to be able to attend the temple so often here in Alabama! I know that there are many missionaries who never get to go or only go once or twice in their entire mission. The temple is such a strength and comfort! The best way to show our love for one another is to choose the right and to spend time together.

For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to do something for the Parkers (who we live with) so we wrote a message on little hearts and left them on their table with instructions. We kind of copied Elder Scott’s idea. There is a Mormon message (which we watched with them after they put the message together) where Elder Scott tells about how he cut out 100 hole punches and numbered them on one side then wrote a message on the other. So precious! It was fun to see them working together to put it together. We had 216 hearts instead of 100, but it was so fun! We also went and heart attacked some members of the branch who needed some love.

Mom, I am so pleased at your attitude! Thank you for teaching me through example to serve gladly in whatever capacity you were called! That has helped me in being called to a new area for this next transfer. It is so hard to leave, but I am excited and anxious to get to know, love and serve more of our Father’s children! The Lord has given me so many tender mercies!

W. and K. both have baptism dates. W. didn’t come to church, but I left her a note telling her that y’all are supporting her and she really appreciated that. I gave her a picture of all of us. She will make it. K. (the one who recently had the baby) came to church! President and Sister Hanks came and spoke and K. told President that I had to come to her baptism because I was the reason she was getting baptized. She came up to me to hug me again and told me that president said that no matter where I get moved, I will be at her baptism. I am so grateful! I did so good at not crying until the closing song (I’ll go where you want me to go).

All of the branch members are so sad, but I told them I am coming back. I don’t think it has quite hit me yet. Six months is a long time in one place. Dad, I can’t believe that you only moved twice.

I miss the family! I think about y’all so often! The Lord is strengthening and upholding each of us in our individual lives though and I am so happy to be here in Alabama serving! I am excited for new opportunities to serve!

I have been thinking a lot about our family history lately! I am so glad that y’all are working on that. When I get home that is what I am going to do. Just dive into family history. It warms my heart so much to know that y’all are keeping the commandments and trusting in the Lord!

This morning in my personal study, I read in Alma 58-61 and in chapter 60 which is Captain Moroni’s epistle to Pahoran chastising him for not sending more men or food to support the army, I caught a phrase that I never had before. “begin to be up and doing” This gospel is not one that we can just sit back and relax and wait for things to happen, we can’t get lazy. especially now with the hastening of the work. We all must be up and doing and we have to choose a side.

One of my really good friends from before my mission just wrote me and I am so pleased that he has changed his habits and he is choosing to support the Lord whereas before, he wasn’t even sure if he believed that God existed or cared about him. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives and brings inner peace and fortifies us and our families!

I testify that Christ lives, and that keeping the commandments of God everyday will give us the strength we need to fight against the natural man and protect our families! If you are a fence sitter, I invite you to choose a side and begin to be up and doing or the vengeance of our merciful Lord will come upon you.

Fight for freedom, religion, family and moral values!

Steadfast in Christ,

Sister Anna Wright

2/3/2014

Hey there! How y’all doing?

What a wonderful week!!!!

We had family home evening with a family that we met. They are so great! They have 3 little kids that are so cute and so smart! We played a creation matching game (which we made) and talked about the creation and how our Heavenly Father loves us. We asked each of them to think of something they could do to show more love for Heavenly Father. They all said great things, but the thing that amazed me, was that the dad said, “quit smoking”.

We asked them how they could accomplish those goals and we happened to have a copy of the first step to the 12 step program that the church has and so we gave that to D. At the end of the lesson, he asked us when we were going to come back and said that maybe they could order a pizza for us… { :O. I pray for this family every day and think of the every morning when I study.

The last treatment to make sure the lice was gone.
The last treatment to make sure the lice was gone.

Most of our preparation day last week was helping a less active couple to paint their new trailer home and then they took us out for dinner before we had to go to our teaching appointment. I love painting houses! My trainer did that for work before her mission and we had opportunities to do that for service when I was in Montgomery.

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Tuesday morning it was very difficult to get out of bed. But with the Lord’s help I did it. There was just something different in the air. We exercised, prepared for the day and began our studies. I decided to open the window (which we usually keep closed) and noticed it was cloudy outside and quite grey. About 20 minutes into our personal study time I noticed that it was snowing, just little flurries. We continued to study and then a few minutes later we noticed that it was actually snowing, constant and heavy and beginning to stick. We took pictures.

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Mopping the snow off of the porch. That the is dustpan on the end of it (the white thing).

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We were instructed not to leave our appartments if the snow sticks (well not to drive and we could stay inside) it quickly covered the ground and we were thrilled. We decided to go out and shovel our neighbor’s driveways and walkways, but no one in the south has a snow shovel here so we made our own with what we had. We took our dustpan and tapped it to the end of our mop and we used our broom until…. they both broke. We had to go back inside before we froze but we decided to clean the blinds in the house. They were disgusting! We let them soak in bleach water in the tub and then we scrubbed them. We planned and did lots of things to keep busy and productive. I got to practice my violin. 🙂

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The next day we got out and walked to go see a few less active families that live near by. As the snow melted, it was wet enough to make snowballs and so we had some fun throwing it with the M. girls. We had so much fun.

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We were supposed to have zone training in Anniston, but the roads were still too icy and covered with abandoned cars and scraps from crashes that we had to cancel it. That happened two more times but we finally had it on Friday.

We were fed by the T. before the broadcast for the ward and branch council members, but we had some technical difficulties and ended up watching the wrong program. We were watching the Law Society award ceremony for Elder Hafen the new Mesa AZ temple president. So when we realized that we just had a discussion about how to be better members of the branch council.

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These are the cupcakes we made to the Plan of Salvation.

We got super creative this week. We taught an 8 yr old girl who is getting baptized soon who comes from a less active family and we are helping her to be prepared. We were teaching the Plan of Salvation and we had some cupcakes left over from some we had made and so I suggested that we use those. It worked out rather well and kept the girls interested. The matching game was my idea as well and worked so well in keeping attention but also teaching the principles!

We had lots of opportunities to do service this weekend. We helped a sister to crochet scarves for children who are in need. It was a little difficult to remember how it went, but she helped us and we got the hang of it. We are going to help her once a week. That same member is licensed to do manicures and she said she needs to give us some, so we are going to go over today and read the Book of Mormon to her (she can’t read anymore) while she does our nails.

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Barbeque haystacks! Delicious!!!!! Fries covered in BBQ pork and topped with cheese!

There is a really good chinese restaurant here that is run by a young chinese family. We didn’t get to really talk to them like I would have liked, but I plan on going back before I leave and talking to them more. When we were there, I had the strongest feeling that I needed to try to share the gospel with them.

The food was so good! I got some curry chicken and an egg roll. My companion got hanan chicken and egg drop soup. She shared some of her soup with me. That was so delicious. I can’t believe that I have never been to a real chinese restaurant before.

Sometimes we wonder why we don't use horses.
Sometimes we wonder why we don’t use horses.

We had two less active sisters come to church yesterday! One of them bore her testimony and said that her son who is in the Navy told her that she needs to get active and she told him she goes to church and he told her that she is not considered active until she goes to her assigned branch and talks with her branch president. She is the sweetest sister, so cute and fun! We are going to have lunch with her this week. She sounds like she will be willing to go out and teach with us too! (fist pump!~)

I bore my testimony as this was my last fast sunday in the Talladega branch. I have been sick the last few days, but I pushed through it Saturday and Sunday until we got home from church. My head was pounding and I was stuffed up with a sore throat (which I had had for over 24 hours constant) and a cough and pressure in my sinuses. I did not feel good, so we went home and I fell asleep until 5:30 ish and we made hearts and went and heart attacked W. (whom we haven’t heard from in a while) as well as left a Book of Mormon for her “company” to read and a less active and his non member wife.

It was pouring rain last night too. So fun. We turned in our numbers and got ready for bed and I crashed. I feel somewhat better today. No sign of my soar throat, just heavy, fuzzy head and brain and congested still. But super happy to be alive and in Alabama! 🙂

Thank y’all for the news and for all the good that y’all are doing! I love y’all so much and I pray for y’all every day! Keep doing the little things that are so important! Never miss a day of Reading from the Book of Mormon and Praying individually and as a family! Make sure to thank our Heavenly Father for each and every day as well as every blessing which He gives us!

I am so grateful for the blessing He has given us most recently with the means to help keep me out here and to help Andrew to prepare to come out and serve! There is no better work!

With all my heart,

Sister Wright!

2-3-2014-2 2-3-2014These pictures were taken at Chick-Fil-a in Gadsden.  We stopped to get some lunch before we were supposed to be at the church for our interviews with president, and it turns out that He and his wife were there as well.  I convinced president to get the Blue Bell chocolate peanut butter shake and he loved it! It was so fun seeing them and we had to get a picture!