Monday, August 25, 2014

(-) x (-) = +

"It’s remarkable how much we can learn about life by studying nature. For example, scientists can look at the rings of trees and make educated guesses about climate and growing conditions hundreds and even thousands of years ago. One of the things we learn from studying the growth of trees is that during seasons when conditions are ideal, trees grow at a normal rate. However, during seasons when growing conditions are not ideal, trees slow down their growth and devote their energy to the basic elements necessary for survival. At this point some of you may be thinking, “That’s all very fine and
good, but what does it have to do with flying an airplane?” Well, let me tell you. Have you ever been in an airplane and experienced turbulence? The most common cause of turbulence is a sudden change in air movement causing the aircraft to pitch, yaw, and roll. While planes are built to withstand far greater turbulence than anything you would encounter on a regular flight, it still may be disconcerting to passengers. What do you suppose pilots do when they encounter turbulence? A student pilot may think that increasing speed is a good strategy because it will get them through the turbulence faster. But that may be the wrong thing to do. Professional pilots understand that there is an optimum turbulence penetration speed that will minimize the negative effects of turbulence. And most of the time that would mean to reduce your speed. The same principle applies also to speed bumps on a road. Therefore, it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions."
"The wise understand and apply the lessons of tree rings and air turbulence. They resist the temptation to get caught up in the frantic rush of everyday life. They follow the advice “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”In short, they focus on the things that matter most.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, in a recent general conference, taught, “We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and
strengthen our families.”
"There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions. "For example, it wasn’t long after astronauts and cosmonauts orbited
the earth that they realized ballpoint pens would not work in space. And so some very smart people went to work solving the problem. It took thousands of hours and millions of dollars, but in the end, they developed a pen that could write anywhere, in any temperature, and on nearly any surface. But how did the astronauts and cosmonauts get along until the problem was solved? They simply used a pencil."
As we turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His wisdom regarding the things that matter most, we learn over and over again the importance of four key relationships: with our God, with our families, with our fellowman, and with ourselves. "
-Of Things That Matter Most by President Uchtdorf

This week has been been great! They teach us in school that a - times a - always equals a +. This week has turned out a +! I couldn't be happier!

I have a new companion, Sister Gibbons! She is from Cache Vally, Utah! Two Aggies together= a good time! She is 22 tomorrow! She has 5 weeks left on her mission! And so far...she is a great companion! :) I plan to keep it that way! We have some great new plans to try with the ward
so I'm excited to see what comes the next few weeks!

The Ss are doing great! Last night we were over visiting them and A asked for a lesson. I decided to read the Book of Mormon with her. K wanted to join in too. K had been skyping a friend and the friend asked " hey is that the Book of Mormon?" K said "ya". Her friend got her's out and read it with us. I asked K after if her friend was a member. She said "no". Then I asked her how she knew
about the Book of Mormon and how she got one. Kayla told me "she kept asking me tons of questions so I gave her one and told her to read it." How awesome is that! If a brand new member can be a missionary we better be!

FYI-It only took Sister Gibbons two days too pick up on my "hick" accent and ask me where it came from! Haha.
I hope you all have a great week! Love you all and remember.....just use a pencil:)
Sister Reber

 Sister Gibbons and me.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ups and Downs!

This week has been awesome! It's had it's ups and downs. I had my first baptism! The S kids (K, A and N) were baptized Friday night and confirmed on Sunday. The font hot water heater broke so the
kids had to be baptized in 60 degree water....they were champs about it! It was an amazing baptism, the spirit was so strong, and us sister missionaries actually sounded good for our song (at least that's what everyone said).
I said goodbye to Sister Brewster today. Hardest thing on the mission yet! I will miss her so much! I'm getting a new companion, Sister Gibbons, this will be her last transfer on her mission. Killing 2
missionaries in a row! God knows best.
Last night we had our last hurray!  Brother N (aka Dad) has an old restored Mustang. We all hoped in a took it for "a spin". We won't say how fast we went ;). It was a great time!
Have a great week! Love you all!
Sister Reber

 Taking the mustang for a spin.
 Sister Brewster, Sister Little, and I. Last time together 😢
 The "S" kids t their baptism.
 Sister N and I.
 With the Elders.

And the most action I'll be getting for a while!

Monday, August 11, 2014

What a Week!

Good morning Family & Friends,
I'll tell ya, when they say "a mission isn't always easy" ....It's true! This week was very discouraging and as contradicting as it may seem....we had a lot of miracles as well. Here are some pictures of
our good times this week.

-Our 6 month "party" celebrated with Razzilisous frozen yogurt.

-Us and the Elders(Ballard & Harris) with a returning memeber. We have
seen an amazing change in her life.

-Sister Brewsters "dying" present. That's me standing next to her. And
it just might be this sad when she leaves:)

I hope you all have a great week and you will be in my prayers.
Sister Reber

Monday, August 4, 2014

Aug. 4th

Good Morning!

My mind has been all over the place this week. I hope and pray that each of you might get something out of my letter this week that will help you in your life. Here are some highlights of my week.
-J called us one morning and asked us to come teach her an C a lesson that afternoon. What investigator does that? Golden! The lesson was awesome and it gave them a lot to think about. They were at church this Sunday.
- We had another lesson with the S Family this week! They are so excited to be baptized on the 15th! We have spent a lot of time just being with them this week. I'm so excited to watch them progress in this gospel and seeing all the blessings they receive.
- Sister Brewster went down to Sacramento this week her departing temple trip so I got to spend 2 days with the Cottonwood Sisters! Man we had too much fun!
- Wild fires are going crazy here! There are 3 of them right by us. If there is anything I would ask you to do this week, it would pray for the people here. They have been going for 3 days now and are still 0 percent contained. Our "mom" showed us some videos last night and well I couldn't sleep last night. Please, please keep the people here in your prayers!
-Sunday we had an amazing lesson in Relief Society. It was actually inspired by Sister Brewster. Last week we were at a members home talking about Sister Brewster going home and her next step in life.
She said "I have to find that right man" then Brother M said "no, you have to BE THAT GIRL" We all know that lady or man that we look up to, that we want to be just like, THAT GIRL that everyone
wants to be like. What are her/his characteristics? How can you get them? And then the last thing she said in the lesson...."and maybe you were that girl you wanted to be, what happened, can still get her back!" I have struggled this week when people tell me "man you are coming out of your shell","you are starting to talk now",etc. It's been frustrating knowing that I'm not "changing" I'm just getting my personality back! I'm not trying to be someone else anymore. I just want to be myself and that's what my Heavenly Father wants. I'm changing my character but not my personality.
-It's Sister Brewster and I's 6 month "anniversary" today! Woot!!
Thanks for all your support and love.
Sister Reber

President Uchtdorf adds: “Successes may seem tiny to you and they may go unnoticed by others, but God notices them and they are not small to Him. If you consider success to be only the most perfect rose or dazzling orchid, you may miss some of life’s sweetest experiences.

 The Cottonwood Sisters and I!
 Fire burning near Burney.
 Selfie Sunday!