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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 12, 2016
Christmas for July!

 Salutations, greetings &c!

Welp, transfer calls have come in, and from my subject line y'all can infer... I'm going to North 
Pole! Yes indeed, it really will be Christmas in July for this sister missionary. Am I excited? Oh 
yes.  It's back to rural Alaska for me, which is just peachy!

Although I'd like to take a minute and just say how much I dearly love the Fairbanks 2nd Ward 
and YSA Branch. For real, the friends I've made here can't ever be replaced, and it's really 
really sad to leave. So Fairbanks will definitely be missed. But for all of you who know
anything about Alaskan geography, North Pole is about 20 minutes from Fairbanks, so I'm not 
actually going far. Also, my new companion will be Sister Rose! From Des Moines, Iowa. 
Former roommate of Rosa Nielsen. Yes. It's gonna be good.

This past week has been filled with service! We planted flowers for the city, went to the 
Foodbank, and then helped someone whose house had completely burned down sort through 
some stuff. That was sad :(

Lots of people came to church! Six nonmembers, to be exact. It was exciting stuff. We didn't 
have enough hands to catch them all, but luckily the the ward does.

Saying lots of goodbyes, seeing people for the last time. Trying to cram information in Sister 
McGraw's mind/writing everything down I know. Nothing else too exciting.

Oh, and we did a musical number with Brendan! In both units. It was actually the same song I 
did with Sister Webster and Jessica in Palmer, Abide with Me. Fun times.

Remember who you are and what you stand for! One experience I was reading about this 
week was the angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith three times in one night, adding a little 
each time to his message. Thinking of my own forgetfulness at times, this week I wondered if
maybe Moroni forgot the end of his message, so he was sent back to deliver it... And then 
forgot more again, and had to go back again... Rough! But the Lord knew exactly what Joseph 
needed, which was to hear that message three times. God knows exactly what messenger 
He's sending with all their strengths and weaknesses, and He will use even your weaknesses 
to get a point across to people you need to touch. So don't be ashamed if you're trying to do 
the right thing and it doesn't happen perfectly - that's okay! You did it. That's what counts.

Have a beautifantastic week! Peace and blessings.

Sister Rollins

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 6, 2016
The Weekly Part 50 something

Me and my companion and Jesus! Yay.

Occasionally we go downtown to try and talk to people, but then the only people there are a 
steel drum band who's practicing across the street from the courthouse in the parking lot of 
a sketchy Chinese food place.  So we take a picture instead.

Antler Arch!  Collected from all around Interior Alaska.  Pretty sick.

Another wedding this week! I will be playing the Wedding March. Exciting stuff.

I have no words, sorry! It's been an up and down week. So yes.

Taco King still does not agree with me. Thank goodness the Spirit prompted me to ask 
someone else for dinner that night as well.

Love you!  Bye!

Sister Rollins