Monday, April 28, 2014

Your Four Minutes!

Hello Family and Friends,
What a great day it is today! The sun is shining, the weather is perfect, and I am put preaching the Gospel! Nothing could be better!
Here are just a few highlights of my week. Some of those everyday things I haven't been sharing.
1. I gave my first Book of Mormon focus at District meeting this week. It went great, actually a lot better than I thought it was going to. I talked about using The Testimony of the 8 Witnesses while teaching lessons.
2. I feel so bad for my piano teachers! I taught an Elder how to play a song on the piano this week...just about killed me. Haha.
3. We went to Sister V's house in Shingletown. She has the funniest stories! She was a little girl, she was out working in the field and saw some Vultures flying around. She ran over to see what they were eating and it was a dead cow. She reached inside the cow and grabbed one of the vultures and took it all the way home. She says "I wanted to fly with that thing!" "Man it stunk so bad!". If only I could tell you the story in her accent! She also cut eggs out of a snake once.
4. I have had 6 people comment on "my accent" this week! I didn't think I had one but....I guess I do. One guy said "that is not a Utah accent what the heck are you speaking!" Haha. I guess I should probably speak more...proper!
5. We helped Sister L put in a sprinkler line this week. Me and Sister L love talking about showing pigs. She had a 4-h pig club for 20 something years. She has pig stuff ALL over her home. Brother O was there. He has dementia and the 2 of them together are just too funny! We spent about 4 hours there. We had to cut a bunch of roots with a hand saw before we could dig.(see pictures)
6. We were tracting in Shingletown this week, a safe part of it, and all of the sudden it started hailing on us. We didn't even have jackets. That was quit the adventure!
7. There are Utah foods/specialties and then there are California foods! What's up with Mayonnaise and Broccoli?? Everyone here dips stuff in Mayonnaise!

This week I studied the talk "Your Four Minutes" by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, from General Conference. If you have any spare time, I encourage you all to go read it! What an awesome talk! "You are an eternal being. Before you were born, you existed as a spirit. In the presence of a loving Heavenly Father, you trained and
prepared to come to earth for a brief moment and, well, perform. This life is your four minutes. While you are here, your actions will determine whether you win the prize of eternal life. The prophet Amulek described, "This life is the time ... to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day ... to perform [your]
labors." We have had Eternity to prepare for this life, and Eternity to look back on it. But we only have now to love it. This short time on Earth decides what we will do for the rest of Eternity. "Don't wait. Your four minutes will pass quickly, and you'll have eternity to think about what you did in this life." (Your Four
Thank you all for your support and prayers! I love it here and wouldn't rather be anywhere else! I pray that you all have a great week and stay safe!
Sister Reber

Just a informational fact...the "Because of Him" video was shared over 5.2 million times since the Sunday before Easter! If you shared it, thanks for doing your missionary work!
This weeks challenge: pray for a missionary experience! Let faith replace fear!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hope On. Journey On.

Family and Friends,
I hope you all had a GREAT Easter and good Spring Break. What a blessing it is to be on a Mission! I could not be happier to be here in California.
This week I have been working on the Christlike attribute of Humility. At the first of the week During study Sister Brewster and I have came to realize the reason we are here in Palo Cedro. Although there are probably other reasons, we have been blessed with working with so many wonderful inactive women. Last week our district taught 21 less active lessons, this week Sister Brewster and I reported 10 less active lessons ourselves. We are not here in Palo Cedro to Baptize(unless that happens), We are here to "help others come unto Christ by helping
them" RETURN! It isn't about the numbers! There are so many amazing women here! I have learned so many lessons from them. Just a couple lessons:
1. Although I don't truly understand drug/alcohol addiction I have came to LOVE these amazing women that have found themselves in those circumstances.
2. Women, girls, Don't ever settle for less then you deserve! Some people you think you can change, but you can't. Men...same goes for you.
We were able to have 3 less active members at church on Easter. It was such a great day!
I have always known that people come into our lives for a reason. Being on a mission has just proved that to me even more. Being friends with different people at home, has made it so much easier to know what to do in different situations here in Palo Cedro. I have two women that we are working with that I have bonded with so much.
The weather here in Palo Cedro has been great, the members are being missionaries, and Sister Brewster and I and excited to be here:) I hope and pray you all have a wonderful week!

Hope on. Journey on.
Sister Reber

Challenge: Show your ward missionaries you love them, do your missionary work, and give them a (prayerfully sought out) referral!
Don't forget to Follow Up:)!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Let God change you!

Good Morning Family and Friends,
I have been so grateful this week to truly belong to the greatest family and have the best friends! Thank you all so much for the support you have given me in my life and especially on my mission. I have had an amazing week of personal growth and learning.

Change: Oh, change is hard! Change can be rough! We all have a fear of change! We don't like change! This week my goal was to learn to except change in my life! I feared coming on a mission because things would change at home, I feared getting transferred because of change, I feared letting a mission change me because I didn't want to CHANGE! Well this week, I've CHANGED my view on things!

C. S. Lewis indicated there is often pain in change when he wrote of God's expectations for His children: "Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of--throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace" (Progress through Change) Well, I want to be that Palace!

Bruce Barton said that, "When we're through changing, we're through." My life isn't through, our life isn't through, and we need to continue to change! As I have excepted this, this week, I have been able to rely on the spirit more, relate to people better, and am able to become more Christlike. During Zone meeting this past week our Zone Leader said "the mission shouldn't change your personality, let it change your character!". I truly believe that!

Things are going great here in Palo Cedro! We are seeing more and more success!
I hope you all have a great Easter!

Sister Reber
Challenge: Get on Facebook and watch the new "Because of Him" video by
the church and share it!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Conference was Amazing!

Family and friends,
Well this week has been some what "boring" or (nothing too exciting has happened). We have been mostly tracting, we went to Bridley for a meeting, and then General Conference. Well I guess Conference wasn't boring! Wasn't it amazing!!! My favorite talk had to have been Elder Bednar!
Well the weather has been GREAT here!

Catch me next week!

Love you all,
Sister Reber

Invitation: Will you share your favorite conference quote on Facebook?

 (Picture: we got this new truck this week....all the elders are pretty jealous;))
And it's a Chevy even, her Grandpa would be so proud!