Monday, April 27, 2015

Mission Experience - 20 April 2015

Sister Kremer had a very busy week with several personal things happening.

They did schedule 2 more baptisms.One for a 9 yr old boy and the other and 11 yr old girl. Both for May 16. Both were in the Afton area we just started to cover. 

Looking back on our numbers from this week and knowing how hard each day has been I can see that the Lord is still blessing us and is still SO AWARE of the needs of the people in our area. This includes our own needs.

Sister Erika Kremer

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mission experience - 13 April 2015

Dear Mom,

Elders Hales and Grace were Emergency Transferred out of the district last night. Two Elders had their visas come in. Which means that Sister Kolbo and I are now covering their wards. 9 wards in all. Gina and Ruby are no longer our investigators because our area boundaries have changed. They are now Elders Thomas and McTavish's investigators. Elder Mctavish is the new district leader.

We still have Kim and Joe though! And Gina's son Ian has agreed to take the discussions! Since he is YSA we can still teach him!

Because of the transfer we will probably be moving soon. So if you send me anything please send it to the Mission Home. They will make sure I receive it. Did you ever sign me up for an Ensign? If not that is ok. I am just curious.

I am looking forward to telling you about the Temple Groundbreaking too! Elders Grace and Hales have been given special permission to attend! 

I'm still not sure about the Skyping...everything is up in the air right now. We are not sure where will be be anymore. As soon as I know I'll let you know.

We are so excited to have new wards to cover! It will be a great experience for us! 

I'm going to try to write y'all another letter this week. But if I don't it's because we may be packing and cleaning. We are trying to move ASAP so we don't live so far away from our area. Right now it's a 15 min drive...

Did I mention that the speed limit is 65 for most of that drive? It's so weird how quickly I've become accustomed to driving so fast!

I love you so much! 

Love Sister Erika Ann Kremer 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mission experiences - 6 April 2015

Dear Mom,

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! You were such a great example and you have NOTHING to worry about!             
     Sister Kremer, Sister Kolbo,                         The missionaries
    and a couple Elders with a group                cleaning the baptismal
         in a chicken coop.                                  font at the church.

    Looking down the ladders from               The top of the tabernacle
  the tabernacle.                                          with the Elders. (Sister Kolbo
                                                                   is taking the photo)

I love Jonathon's comment! I'm not sure if I've mentioned this but Brother Hamilton(a ward mission leader) has nicknamed Sister Kolbo Satan and myself during that whole talk he kept texting us and telling us it's not too late to repent. It was kind of hilarious. It may not seem this way, but we have a REALLY GREAT relationship with their family. they made us Easter baskets! I really want y'all to meet them, you would get along really well!
The empty mailbox on mail day.
Sister Kolbo says that normally we email a time to Skype the Monday before Mother's Day ...Are you wanting to try Skyping Kristofer and myself at the same time or different times?

WE ALL SURVIVED TRANSFERS! We have another 6 weeks together! And we will be at the Temple Groundbreaking!!!!

The emails this week are going to be shorter because we are in IF for shopping. I PROMISE I will write a letter this week. I have a 2 hr drive in which to do so! I love you so much mom!!!!

Love Sister Kremer

Friday, April 3, 2015

Mission Experiences- 30 March 2015

Dear mom- 
Did you get a chance to see the womens broadcast saturday night? It was really amazing!

This past Sunday Sister Kolbo and I taught a Gospel Principle class on prayer. It was SO WEIRD to teach for longer than 15mins. We try to keep our lessons with investigators really short and to the point. We also gave another talk. Mine was on Continuing Revelation and missionary work.....but I'm not sure what I ended up saying when I got up to speak. I'd had a rough morning so I kind of started to read what I had prepared and then was led to tell additional things. I shared my experience as a ward pianist and how I know that the bishop recieved that revelation. Even though I was really uncomfortable doing it I trusted in the Lord and His chosen leaders. 

I definitely appreciate the prayers. I know that I would be lost without the support of so many people.

The teaching is going REALLY WELL. In her training to be a trainer Sister Kolbo was told that if we do 12 Week (a guide for integrating new missionaries into the mission field) every day we will meet the standard of excellence. And we REALLY do do it every day. Even the days we don't have to we do at least a little bit. And not only are we meeting the standard of excellence we are seeing miracles almost every day. The Spirit truly has led us to people who are ready. Just yesterday we went to apartments to meet someone we thought would be open to hearing a message, they weren't home though so we decided to tract the apartments. We don't usually tract because there are SO MANY members here it is kind of ineffective. But we felt like we should so we did. We met a woman who most of her family is LDS and were able to set a return appointment. And we met a woman who isn't ready yet, but I think she will be in a few months. And we wouldn't have met either of them if we hadn't been following the Spirit and doing what we are here to do!

Friday night we made contact with a newly married couple and scheduled a return appointment to teach the wife (MaryRose) who is from the Philippines and is Catholic. We had been trying to see them for weeks now, but when we were out on our way to meet a different couple we suddenly couldn't remember were they lived and saw that MaryRose and her husband were home so we met with them instead.

Wednesday we tried to meet with Eli (the little boy who got baptized my 2nd week) but he wasn't home. However his brother was so we talked with him a bit. I joked around and talked a bit about Christ. And afterwards Sister Kolbo said that that was the most relaxed she has ever seen him. That is just such proof that the Lord works in small ways!

And monday night we did a YSA game night and got 3 non-members to show up! One was our April 25 baptism date (named Kim) the other 2 were the sons of our March 2 baptism date (Gina).
It was so cool!

That is a bit about my week! I love you so much!

Sister Erika Kremer

Dear Dad,
I used our umbilical cord story about prayer in the Gospel Principles class we taught yesterday. It went over really well.

And I was talking to the Sister Training Leaders (like district leaders without the priesthood) about how you don't sugar coat anything and ended up telling them about the temple trip where you taught us about the law of chastity and compared it to eating ice cream. They told me they were never going to eat ice cream again...I said as long as they got the point that it was their choice! It was so funny because they were blushing SO MUCH. But they appreciated the analogy. I can't wait to teach the law of chastity to youth! If that ever happens it will be so awesome!
The work is going really well. Every day we get home exhausted!

I love y'all so much! I'll try to send a letter this week!

 Sister Erika Kremer