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

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