Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nov 21, 2016
Cartilage Jail

Dear family and friends,

Hey! So this may be my last email, because next week I'll be flying down to Anchorage and probably won't have time. So, this is it.

This week we found some cool people tracting and people came to church who needed to. I said some stuff to people.

We got our windshield replaced! We were by some sisters who were staying in because one is concussed and one was sick, so we went and did a puzzle with them and were entertained by their nonsensical conversation. California and oranges and the oven might be on.

This week and this year have been super amazing. I love serving other people. I love Jesus. I love being disciplined and waking up at 6:30am and exercising. I love the people here. I just seriously love it.

Being on a mission hasn't changed my life, but living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ everyday for eighteen months has. Knowing something and living it are two different but related things. That's why living it has changed my perspective. Go live something you know about.

Charity for all of you before this gets too serious,

Sister Christine Rollins
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nov 14, 2016
3,134 words for you!

Two exchanges! Gotta train all these Fairbanks sisters before I leave.

Gave a talk yesterday in church. Belief is an acceptance of words and ideas, but if you experience those words and ideas and develop a trust in them then you're gaining faith. Go read Alma 32, it'll tell you all about. Remember to pray, act, then reflect. (Also known as repentance, making covenants, and then receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost more... and then you have more faith and repent and make more covenants etc... wow, almost like the third missionary lesson! Crazy!)



I'm staying strong to the end! Don't use straight bleach in an enclosed bathroom with a really bad fan for more than an hour. You might almost suffocate. It's okay though, that's how she wanted it done.

Sister Rollins

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nov 7, 2016

The temple!

This week was fab. I headed down to Anchorage to go to the temple!

Mission Leadership Council was really awesome this week. I got to the airport and asked the zone leaders about their training... and they were like, we're not training! Apparently we're going to the temple instead! So that was awesome. Elder Davis and Sister Ewing and I all stayed in the celestial room a long time since it's been awhile for all of us.

We had a great Saturday back in North Pole. People like it when you come over when it's snowing, because then they can laugh at how cold you are and offer you hot chocolate. Less children means less chaos and a more spiritual experience for a tired mom.








I said goodbye to Dana this week, she's leaving and won't get back until after I leave. People are really cool!








Don't do drugs, stay off the street when it snows.

Sister Rollins

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Oct 31, 2016

We all need someone to love... I guess

This week I learned that joy comes from loving people, so here's some people I love:

Mark and Maren! And their six boys. They are the most hilarious people I know. Bishop has one of the driest senses of humor I know of, but also is one of the smartest people I know. Yesterday when we ended up with no bread for the sacrament he turned it into a pretty sweet object lesson - what do we do when we don't have the sacrament to take, or can't take it? We wait, and we sit, and we reflect on the Savior and how we can renew our commitment to Him. Spiritual lesson #1 of the week.

Kathie and Mark! And their three kids, Hunter (13), Layla (7) and Aaron (3). They are NUTS, but in the best way possible. After feeding us dinner last night, Aaron wouldn't stop climbing all over me. He loves it when the missionaries come over, and doesn't know why but wants to tell us that. The only way he knows how is to attack us with love, which I don't mind... hazards of being an aunt of 12. Wrestling with 3 year olds is much easier than wrestling a bear. Lesson #2 of the week.

Margie and Russell! And their three kids that are probably the poster children of America. Jay might be jaywalking for Halloween, or he could be a blue jay... or he might just be a Rubik's cube. They are the best listeners, which mean they learn fast and know more than I ever did about what they learned in school and how to play Simon Says. Listen to people, and they will tell you what they want and then you can make them happy! Lesson #3.
Oh also, exchange! This sister is rocking it in Fairbanks!

Karla, Linda and Claire! They are some of the humblest, most sincere people I know. Their ability to rely on God astounds me. But you'd never know how awesome they are until you watch them struggle and struggle and still manage to rely on God. Lesson #4.

Betty, who I just met this week. She recently lost her husband and has been having a hard time, but she moved to Alaska and is somehow still the sweetest lady. She found a lot of comfort in Alma 40:11-12, and I hope we can keep helping her understand just how much God loves each of us and how we're never alone. Don't get crotchety when you're old, invite people in and then tell us we're crazy. Lesson #5.

And then there's many others whom I love, but I'll end with my favorite:

My good friend Jesus. He's always there for me. He laughs at me and with me, and I know He'll never be too far away to talk to. I don't have a lot of time left to live in Alaska, but I'll be forever grateful I'll always have Jesus as my best friend.

Sorry for the cheese! Hopefully it melts as it heads down to the lower 48 and is delicious rather than frozen.

Sister Rollins

Friday, October 28, 2016

Oct 24, 2016

The weather app thinks it's warm.

It finally snowed! It's been cold enough for a few weeks, but the clouds have been picketing North Pole. Rude.

Things are progressing as normal. People cancel, you show up and people are excited to see you, people commit and don't do things, people won't commit but do them. Such is the missionary life. Patience and consistency are everyone's friends. 

We were out knocking doors the other day and a dog almost attacked us. Gotta love huskies, they'll get you good. We just kept walking and it eventually left us alone.

Moose count: +3! I have a paper somewhere I need to find. These were the first live ones I've seen since I got to the Fairbanks area.

If you think you should do something, do it. Moroni 7:16-17 teaches us that which is good is of God. Do good things. Even if other people might think you're weird. This week I left a lot of cookies on people's doorsteps, and they thought I was weird. At least I'm not as weird as frozen cookies... whoops!

Lots of love and charity from the coldest place in Alaska*,

Sister Rollins

Pictures below: SNOW! :D and then usually the day after snow as the skies clear the temperatures drop, and we got a picture of the negatives :) winter is almost here!

*without taking wind chill into account. Barrow's got us beat with their awful wind.

SNOW! :D
usually the day after snow as the skies clear the temperatures drop, and we got a picture of the negatives :) winter is almost here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oct 17, 2016
Hedgehog day is heavy core

Well hello! Another week, come and gone.

Exciting events!

Karla, who we've been teaching since June, has decided to get baptized November 5th! We're hoping her daughter Linda will join her soon. She also was able to receive a blessing for sickness, which was an amazing spiritual experience. God's power is real, guys. For real.

We saw the northern lights like CRAZY (think green and pink!) our pictures still look black, but that's okay because they're gorgeous.

I went on exchanges to Fairbanks with Sister Oliver! She is a fabulous missionary.

We stacked wood and more wood. Our district is now a well-oiled machine at stacking wood.

Sister Johnson and I are staying together for my last transfer in North Pole! It's a great thing, we're excited to finish this thing out together.

Have a great week! Remember the good things the Lord has done for you. Helaman 5:9.

Sister Rollins

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oct 10, 2016
Searching Church Couch Cushions Yields Laffy Taffy Wrappers

Dear Friends and Family,

Hello! I'm still alive.

The adventures of Sister Rollins continue!

This week I enjoyed a flight down to Anchorage and met some neat characters. I go to sit down and am settling in to the lovely little planes we always go in (propellers! Think like 22 rows of 4 that are usually not all filled) and a nice man sits down next to me. I compliment his green drink (some sort of tea/coffee mix? It sounded gross but I was nice about it) and he smiles and settles in himself. We start talking, and it turns out he's a minister traveling to Palmer to go spread the word of God there! Man, I just have great luck, always sitting next to missionaries of other faiths. So we talked about the Bible and when he was saved (he was only 5!) and how Jesus is important and why the Book of Mormon is or isn't the word of God. Elder Davis and Elder Younger sat next to... no one. Classic.

Then once we arrived, we were waiting for the Juneau elders to arrive as well and we're all having a jovial time seeing each other and a lady off to the side looks like she wants to talk to us, so I go over and ask if she needs anything. Well, she needed a phone to call her husband... so we helped her out and then as she waited she told me her story. She dat
The Northern Lights...yup, we saw them.
This is a picture one of the investigators from
Fairbanks 2nd ward took.
ed a kid in high school who was a Mormon, but he wanted eight kids so she broke up with him and moved to a different high school where she met her husband. The other kid she dated went on a mission, though, and so now she likes all missionaries. To quote Laurel Galli, "lil saweetie!"
We've apparently (unbeknownst to me) become the Powderpuff girls

Dressed up as twins for Halloween...so creative
We talked to other people, but still none interested in learning more about Christ. That was one thing from Dallin H Oaks' talk I loved - "As we speak to others, we need to remember that an invitation to learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel is preferable to an invitation to learn more about our Church. We want people to be converted to the gospel. That is the great role of the Book of Mormon. Feelings about our Church follow conversion to Jesus Christ; they do not precede it. Many who are suspicious of churches nevertheless have a love for the Savior. Put first things first." Oftentimes we worry about what to say as missionaries to people, but when you are simply expressing your love for the Savior and telling them what you know makes you happy, it becomes easier. 


Oh, and then we had our ward's Fall Festival/Halloween Party on Saturday! Sister Johnson and I dressed up as twins, see above.

Love and charity, have a wonderful week!

Gotta love my sisters in Zion...
Because Fairbanks = Zion
Sister Rollins

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sept 26, 2016

We're in a cloud!

Steamers. New age stuff. Super delicious.

Karla came to church! And she really enjoyed it.

OH, the women's broadcast on Saturday! Totally was amazing and I loved it.

Life as a missionary continues on, talking to people, teaching people, bringing them closer to Christ. I really don't have anything to say.

Alma 34:38 says "contend no more against the Holy Ghost." I've been thinking a lot about fighting the Holy Ghost and not just letting it guide you. Don't fight, it doesn't make you happy.

I went on exchanges back to 2nd Ward, which was actually really really cool. I got to have dinner with a family and in the course of our conversation I answered a question she had had for awhile, which is cool. 

Also, people are hilarious.

Funny things happen.

Love you all!

Sister Rollins
Sister Johnson had her first steamer from Starbucks


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sept 19, 2016
Sister Hipster

Well, lookee here! I'm actually going to write more than a few sentences about my week. It's been a very exciting one, so I'll let y'all into the exciting life of Sister Rollins and Sister Johnson.

Firstly, we continue to reside in the North Pole. So yes, it's already in the 40s most days, which is pleasantly cool. I'm working on getting poor Sister Johnson a coat, and then someone randomly gave me a coat, so we're ready for fall and winter! 
Ready for Winter!
Secondly, we had zone conference this week! Which was basically an amazingly spiritual experience. The Spirit rebuked me and then was like "it's okay, you've got two months left! NOW GET TO WORK! Here's some energy, use it wisely!" So since Tuesday I've been pleading with the Lord every night and every morning to continue to have the energy and the desire to continue to be extremely motivated. It's amazing what happens when, as one elder described, "You get on your knees before your Maker and you say "Lord, I can't do this on my own. I have no idea how this is possible, and I need your help. Please, I beg of you, help me." And then you get up and [get to work!]" Plead, go to work, account, plead, go to work, account, rinse and repeat. Repentance, people. It changes your life.

I'm choppin' wood!
No really, don't mess with me
Thirdly, all sorts of wood projects! Sister Johnson has now chopped and stacked 2 cords of wood for a wood stove and split kindling. We even did it in our skirts when an unexpected opportunity arose. Gotta get ready for winter, it's gettin' chilly! 




Fourthly, we had a missionary activity! Inspired by food, which is one of our favorite things, Sister Johnson and I termed it "The Sundae is a Delight." Which we thought was original until someone found it on Pinterest, but hey, we can't use Pinterest so we came up with it on our own. That's okay. Basically, we compared an ice cream sundae to Sunday! And General Conference. You need a bowl of preparation, the ice cream itself of General Conference/going to church, the chocolate syrup of taking notes, the sticky caramel of making it stick by talking about it afterwards, the nuts of bingo, the whipped cream deliciousness of the music, and the maraschino cherry on top of cherrying the Gospel (cue groan over the bad pun.) It was fabulous, and we took a picture of all of the pictures drawn by our little group. I didn't draw one, but Sister Johnson drew the chalk one on the board.

These Sundaes might not be a delight, but the real ones were
Fifthly, chicken crap smells really bad. But roast tastes really good, so I'll clean out your chicken coop! It really didn't bother me or Sister Johnson, but we brought a few elders to help and one of them stuck gum up his nose because he couldn't stand the smell. That was hilarious.

Sixthly, I'm lovin' it. :) 

Quote of the week: "You're only as joyful as you are grateful. You're only as happy as you  are obedient. You're only as spiritual as you are humble." -Shane Duval, stake president of the Fairbanks Alaska Stake

I love you guys! Thanks for the much love and support that I feel.  :)

Sister Christine Rollins




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

09-12-2016
Does Safety sell Big Eyes?

We attended a baby shower, and it reminded me why I don't like parties. I still can't small talk, 
but someday I'll learn how to be cutesy and arrange a tablecloth. Did I mention when we had a 
little booth and they tried to make me set it up? And then it looked bad so the elders fixed it. 
Good. Anyway, we met someone who wants to learn more about the Gospel there! Sylvia wants 
to find a good church to take her boys to.

It's actually getting dark. It confuses me.

Lots of service planned for this week! Feel free to send me advice about cleaning out chicken 
coops.

Bye!

Sister Rollins

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sept 5, 2016
Shorter and shorter

So... I flew down to Anchorage this week. I met Williard, who offered to take me snowboarding 
but I politely declined. I offered him a Book of Mormon, but he politely declined. We had a 
good talk about missionary work, though. He was a missionary in China (shh, don't tell
anyone.)

We dressed people up as hobos and talked about loving even the hobos. We also bore 
testimony that the Book of Mormon really can change your life. Get together with some people 
this week and talk about it, because, people, IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

I feel like I can't tell people enough about these life-changing things.

Sister Johnson and I have had a blast in the rain killing mosquitos.

Alaska is awesome, it's definitely fall and the leaves are falling off the trees. Apparently there 
was an awesome northern lights show we missed, but I'm not worried, we'll see them soon!

With much charity for the human beings on this earth,

Sister Rollins



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Aug 29, 2016
Llamas with shirts

It's starting to cool off, we should get our first frost this week.

We had meetings. Felt the Spirit.

We taught lessons. Felt the Spirit.

We prayed a lot. It made us happier and more optimistic. Felt the Spirit.

Saw a round carrot.

Lots of veggies.

Keep on keepin' on.

Love you! Say twice as many prayers this week, it'll be awesome.

Sister Christine Rollins


Llamas with shirts

We found a plane with Alaska on it last preparation day.  Cool.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Aug 23, 2016
Combat gardening against 101,000,000 mosquitos

My record number of mosquito bites in two minutes I think currently sits at 
8. We'll see if I can improve this week. I've been trying to track how many I 
can kill in a certain period of time, but half the time I squish them and then 
they don't actually die because they turn in mosquito zombies. Such is 
Alaskan life.
I found Dana this week! Who is Dana, you may ask? Well, when Sister
Rollins was way back in Fairbanks in March, she met Dana while
volunteering at the Foodbank. She asked Dana if she wanted to meet
with missionaries, and Dana said yes, but she lived in North Pole.  Sister 
Rollins unfortunately failed to get any contact information from her and 
things happened in such a way that she didn't think she would ever see 
Dana again. Fast forward to July, and Sister Rollins happens to see Dana 
in the Foodbank parking lot! So she asks her for contact information and 
only gets a street name. And of course, this isn't a short street... But it's 
something.

So Sister Rollins, on exchanges with Sister Oliver, determines that she's 
going to find Dana. They drive down the street... And pick out two houses 
and their first two candidates. Walk up the driveway, ring the doorbell, and 
who would answer? Dana of course! Obviously. If this is the Lord's work
and Sister Rollins is supposed to find Dana, she'll find Dana. So she did. 
Now Dana has a Book of Mormon and an appointment with the 
missionaries this week. Good stuff.

Read your scriptures, don't do drugs, and don't dye your clothes or your 
bathtub yellow.

Love you all!

Sister Christine Rollins


Me and Sister Oliver after our exchange.

Sister Johnson and I also got a pumpkin from Tricia's garden. 

I helped plant the cabbages in June and now we're harvesting before
the moose get them! This is me and Tricia, she's awesome.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aug 15, 2016

One of the best decisions of my life: buying four boxes instead of one

It's been a fabulous week!

Coolest miracle was when Daniel committed to live the Word of Wisdom
now and try to prepare for baptism by September 3rd. When the Spirit
convicts you in your heart... You can't deny it! It's gonna happen.
The coolest part about it is the support of the members that they're
giving him! They're super awesome in helping him. That is key with
anyone trying to change their lives!

Another cool miracle came when we met Aubrey, who just let us into her
house. (This has never really happened to me on my mission, people
just letting us into their houses when we knock. Except for in the
past like two weeks.) She's super cute and wants to keep meeting with
us, which is a #miracle #hallelujah.

Alaska's doing great. Sister Johnson is doing great, we're preaching
the good word. We helped out at the Tenana Fair, it was small and very
Alaskan but fun. We told people about family history and helped them
sign up for family search accounts.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

video

Aug 8, 2016
When you eat without elbows


Once upon a time in the far away land of North Pole, Sister Johnson completed week 2! It was 
a good ole time.

Cool miracles! I went and knocked on a door, someone let us in! (Side note: that's actually 
slightly terrifying. Don't go into stranger's houses if you're not protected by the Lord.) The 
owner of the house asked if Cynthia had sent us (who's Cynthia? No idea) but she wanted a
Book of Mormon and Cynthia had invited her to church. We had a good discussion and we're 
going back Tuesday. Mary Ann's her name.

I gave a training about turning outward. We told the elders that had to eat the cereal as fast as 
they could, but they couldn't bend their elbows. So they got to feed each other! Watch for Elder 
Wilson in the background feeding himself - he didn't actually get any cereal to eat, although 
there was plenty on the floor! Moral of the story? Go feed other people, because then we're all 
happier and more filled. Video included for entertainment purposes.

People are quitters (of smoking), comers (to church), and moving forward.  Remember President Monson in your prayers this week!
Love,
Sister Rollins
Oh, and when you fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks at night then you can watch the sunrise at 11:30 and it looks like this  :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Aug 1, 2016
When your companion gets hit in the face by a door whilst tracting... You keep going

Wow! It's been a crazy good week :) I'll attempt to catch the highlights.

So my new companion is Sister Johnson! She hails from near Modesto, California (Waterford 
if you want to get technical or actually know anything about California.) She's brand new in the
 mission field, but you can hardly even tell! She already teaches like a boss and even 
committed someone we're teaching to baptism on October 1st. It was definitely a lesson 
planned and taught by the Spirit, which was awesome. Daniel is super excited to prepare for 
that day! He has been reading the Book of Mormon every day like a champ and can't wait to
continue to progress! Apologies for the excessive exclamation marks, but it's exciting!

It won't stop raining up here... We were walking down the street yesterday and got to a puddle 
we had to walk through. Sister Johnson's starting to learn real fast a lot about the fun side of 
missionary work, wet shoes and all :)

Sister Johnson also has acquired her Alaskan cold... It's been a good week for her :) luckily I've 
avoided it.

I'm doing quite well, but the good thing is it's not about me! It's all about service, and as we 
remember Mosiah 2:17 we can all glorify Jesus and be happy :) in all seriousness, though, I've 
never been happier than these past few weeks just devoting myself to helping others come unto 
Christ. I'm going to use my last four months of this the best I can! Love you all!

Sister Rollins

 Sister Johnson and I outside the temple!  We're super in sync and both wore purple cardigans the first day
I got to go to the temple with these wonderful sisters who are now home...Shout out to Kaeli and Michelle  :)
July 25, 2016
Crazy Week

Sorry, no time to write this week!

North Pole is going crazy with work, four investigators at church
yesterday :) and lots of lessons!

Transfers this week, I'm still in North Pole but training a new
missionary! So exciting :)

Love you!
Sister Rollins


It's a hog!  Gabriel just has his pet chillin in his living room.  He calls Leonard his hog.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 18, 2016
Lightheaded
Fed some reindeer.  The reindeer lady likes us, and she's even feeding us tonight...

It's really hot outside.  Like 97.


We’ve ditched our car several times this week and just walked several miles, which is neat.  There’s not many people walking around, but we talk to all of them!

We had a lot of people come to church yesterday!  They had a great experience.  I taught in Young Women’s about baptism – how Jesus was baptized, so we should be baptized as He was and make those covenants with our Father in Heaven that allow Him to bless us even more than otherwise!  Gotta love Jesus.

Apologies if this isn’t the most coherent email, I’m a little lightheaded.

Love you all!


Sister Rollins

sent via voice recording:

So this is Sister Rollins and Sister Rose and we are currently serving our missions...the Lord's missions...for us...in North Pole, Alaska!  We just got done with the long wonderful day and we saw some really cool miracles and we wanted to tell you about one of them.  This story starts we have been trying to walk more...we have cars and we can use it any time we want but today and our mission president has instructed us that we need to get out of our cars more.  So today we parked at the church and we went and we walked probably a mile/mile and a half to this person's house.  It was like probably 95 degrees in Alaska and it was really hot and there was no one for us to talk to on the way.  But we made it all the way there and we knocked on the door and they...weren't home.  

So we looked to our left and we looked to our right and we looked for some people to talk to and there was a family playing outside next door.  We went up to them and their dog ran up to us - it was a little dachshund, a cute little thing, and we were like "oh your dog is so cute" and we started talking to them about their family and about have they ever met Mormons before.  It turns out her husband is a less active member and she had read some of the Book of Mormon before but not recently and she had never prayed about it.  We invited her to do that and we asked if we could come back and teach her and she was like "yeah, I don't know when because I have to check my husband's schedule but here's my phone number and we gave her our phone number and it was an amazing miracle that she was so prepared and that she can now be taught by missionaries and hopefully enter the waters of baptism.  Yeah.  It was a miracle.  

Then we talked to a crazy guy who told us that ISIS is taking over Alaska, who had a boxer.  Don't talk to people with Boxers, that's what I learned.  Just kidding.  Anyway, Boxers are great.  It's true...boxers are great.  So that was our miracle of the day for July 14, 2016.  So go do missionary work.  Talk to your family members and invite them to hear the Gospel 'cause they just might listen to it.  Also we smell like smoke and cats because of (something mumbled).  The end.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 11, 2016
Kilomastificatory Pulmonary Resuscitation

Whirlwind whirlwind whirlwind whirlwind.  Say that ten times fast.

Last Monday I hopped on a plane! It was a neat experience. I sat next to a kind motherly 
figure by the name of Robin, who was headed to a funeral. We started talking, and we never 
stopped! I shared from the Book of Mormon about what happens after we die, and how we 
know all of this through revelation from modern day prophets... Unfortunately we only got 
through a lesson and a half but she wants to read and learn more! It was super cool because 
we got along really well. She lives in Nenana, so the sisters there are going to teach her... The 
best part was when she told me she felt like God had been preparing her the last three or four 
months to meet me. Me?! I'm not much of a person to meet. But I'm so grateful she recognized 
that I'm doing my best to represent Christ and she felt of His love through me.

I spent Tuesday in Anchorage at a Mission Leadership Council. We gave a training about 
kilomastificatory pulmonary resuscitation. President Robinson was convinced they actually 
renamed CPR... I need to be careful about pulling jokes and not ever telling anyone the 
punchline :)

Basically I haven't even been in North Pole this week, which is a super bummer. But we had a 
great zone meeting and even got cookies for being responsible missionaries! And then we took 
a picture to show our appreciation.

Had another great lesson with my favorite people: Franny, Chris, Ida and Terry joined us for the 
first time. They're seriously amazingly humble and just love to read the word of God. Franny 
especially loves the Bible, but they all participate and make the best comments. We've been 
working on getting them comfortable coming to church, since they feel pretty judged... Franny 
said she regretted not coming last week, so we sang her a song and told her it'd make her feel 
better, which she loved it. I haven't sung for people in a long time...

Anyway, be confident in the Lord this week! And in yourself. Remember, "to be worthy does not 
mean to be perfect." - Gerrit W Gong. You're worth it, it being the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 
Just you.

Love you all! Go hug your favorite person today.

Sister Rollins

Sister Rose and I got necklaces from Tricia, this cute lady in our ward :)


Alaska!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 4, 2016
Easily distracted by ranch and French fries

Exchanges with the 2nd ward sisters, mosquitos, Zone Conference, the most delicious sandwich
 in the world, hey look, a parade!

Grandma's earrings, Firefli's baptism, strawberries, Nilla wafers, and a vicious poem competition,
 one more non smoker in the world!

The Gospel. It changes lives, people!

Imagine a sandwich with Ranch instead of mayo. Now add some avocado, and some spicy 
turkey and pepper jack cheese. But wait, don't forget the bacon! As well as some lettuce and/or 
fresh basil.

We had a lesson with Linda and Claire this week. We were talking about Joseph Smith and his 
experience, and as we were talking it struck me that I didn't really feel the peace and comfort 
that usually accompanies that story as we talk about it - the Holy Ghost manifesting of its 
truthfulness. However, in the middle of our conversation one of the girls randomly started talking 
about something else, and suddenly the feeling in the room completely changed. The
drastic changes we sometimes feel tell us more than when we're feeling the same things all the 
time.

I love you all! Also, my companion enjoys Chick-fil-A sauce as much as I do. Just a friendly 
reminder. Neither of us have had it in about fourteen months.

Sister Rollins

I forgot the pictures... Best testimony of the week: "this s*** is real"

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Physics equations are strangely comforting
June 28, 2016
This week just blew by. Except there's no wind here...

Exchanges with the 5th ward sisters meant I went back to Fairbanks for a day, which was very strange. I've never been anywhere close to any of my previous areas, so this whole seeing previous ward members in McDonald's is really strange to me. It's not bad though! 

North Pole is doing fabulous! We had two different people this week walk up to the elders and ask to meet with the missionaries, so that was neat. They both live in our ward, and one came to church and enjoyed it! The other has a sister who came to our ward activity Saturday.

Speaking of our ward activity, it was HOT. Okay, like 85... But it seriously feels boiling. We survived with water balloons and a slip and slide... If you go on your knees, your skirt doesn't get that wet...

We started teaching two teenage girls, Claire and Linda this week. They're doing awesome, they came to church and loved it! Their mom is really cool too, but for now she works on Sunday's so can't come to church :( but they've been reading in the Book of Mormon as a family, which is super cool! They are such cool examples of doing things as a family to me - the mother and daughters are just best friends and do everything together! It's really cute.

I'm loving being with Sister Rose! She's a lil sweetie. We laugh a lot and have good times talking to atheists from Iowa. Also, the most common comments when people find out where we're from:
"Neither of you are from Utah? Wow!"
"Oh, Ohio and Iowa are really close, aren't they?"
"Oh, y'all are from back east!" (...literally Iowa is not in the east, nor is Ohio really. But that's okay.)

Love you all! This week I read Ether 3 and was blown away by the brother of Jared's praying skills. First, he acknowledged his will wasn't the best but God knows best. He then thanks Heavenly Father for his blessings, and then humbly asks for God to finish the work he has started that he can't complete. Except he says it way better than I do... Go learn how to pray better by reading that chapter :)

Love you all!

Sister Rollins

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016
North Pole!

Happy Father's Day! Sister Rose is my mission dad, so it's pretty cool
I got to be with her for Father's Day. We took a picture.

Our six lovely sisters serving in the Fairbanks area!
This week has been great! Not too much to report on. North Pole is a lot like Soldotna - dirt
roads and fun, laid back people.  The roads here look really similar and there's not many 
landmarks, so getting around isn't too easy, but I'm picking it up pretty fast.  Unfortunately, we 
can't really walk anywhere here like we were doing in Fairbanks, so that's a bummer.  We 
might get bikes instead.

Someone from down south contacted us and asked us to call her brother-in-law.  We did and
he came to church!  He hasn't really been to church in about twenty years, and he seemed to 
enjoy Sacrament Meeting.

We had an interesting Sunday School class where I learned something I already knew more
deeply: if you don't have enough faith in something to be open to it being true, you won't listen
to the truth and be able to identify it as such.  If the truth isn't even a possibility in your mind, 
you won't be able to identify it when it comes.  So be open to stuff.

Gotta go, have a great week!

Sister Rollins