Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Week 3!

Hey everyone!!!! This week was crazy!!!! there will be a picture of me with the butterfly I mentioned in last weeks letter coming next week! This has been crazy! We have an apostle coming to see us this month! we think it sBednar but we arent supposed to speculate haha... We are working on baptizing a whole family right now!!! They are so awesome and we have the daught megan who is 17 committed already! They are so cool and the Lord has prepared them! We also have an amazing invesitgator named Steven who has been progressing like a mad man but he could use ya'lls prayers because he needs help to quit smoking and finding a place to live because he is being kicked out by hi GF. it was great though because we sent in a prayer request to our whole mission for him this morning and i kid you not, like right as i hit send we got a text from him saying that he was crying when he woke up this morning and that he looked up and said "God Help me! I want to be happy like those sister missionaries!" we are going to really try and see him baptized this week because we know that this is how he can be happy... through the true and restored gospel!
We also got to do a trunk or treat this week and it was so fun! we got to be the judges for the costume contest and they had the best church haunted hallway that i have ever seen!!! it was soooo fun!!!! I have also been asked to sing in church this month! so i am so excited for that and I am also excited because my companion and I as well as another set of sisters will be singing at this large gathereing the day before thanksgiving with a whole bunch of different churches!!! I am so excited! Well, send letters everyone! The church is true and I know this is Gods work!!! I love ya'll!!!
Also here is an awesome poem i came across here
What is your Adversity Reaction?
Getting Bitter? or Getting Better?
Its the difference of one letter!
If you're bitter, notice why,
its that selfish little "I"
-Peter Czerny
~Sister Dominique Sage Montoya

Monday, October 21, 2013

Week 2!

Well my first area is Cowpens SC!!! right up by the border of SC-NC! Its so rural and farmy here!!! haha.... goats, llamas, cows, horses eveyrwhere!!! but i love it! :) the people are great and i love being a missionary! oh and our first day here, Pres Holm had us go to this grove and we had our own sacred grove experience! As we exited the grove there was the temple and they let us in without even without reccommends because of our nametags!!! Im beginning to realize how important mission work really is! As we left the temple i found a butterfly as well and picked it up and carried it to the bush!!! i tried putting it down but it flew back on me haha.... so great! all the elders were watching me and apparently i am a look a like for this Sister Chi from Hawaii who just left!! its been really weird... haha we tracted on day 3 and had no luck but it was really amazing because my tracting companion became my actually companion and trainer, Sister Boyson!!! It has been so wonderful!!! she is super fun, we are both short but she has light brown hair and blue eyes.... we both love to sing and are both pretty outgoing but amazingly enough we have been getting along really well!!! WE have 2 progressing investigators (Steven and Christy) and Christy is on date to be baptized! it has been so cool though! My first day i invited people to be baptised and have invited 2 more since then (one was Christy!!!!) :) My District leader is actually having me speak on boldness and how to ask people to be baptized this thursday :p SO funny.... he assked me my second day in the field!!! But I am loving it! Please keep me in your prayers as I do for all of you :) I love you all and am misssing everyone like crazy but i know the time will go by fast!! Also, send all letters and packages to the mission home address but ALL PACKAGES MUST BE PRIORITY or i wont get them for weeks!!
I love you all!!!!!! -Sister Montoya
this is a video of my 2nd day in SC!!!!

Week 1!

Hello Everyone!

The MTC has been so amazing!!! I feel like I have grown so much and have learned so much and have really gained a greater love for people in general and for the gospel!
First day I came in I met my companion, Sister McKenzie Dearing, and started right off! after that, we stayed up way too late unpacking and everything and I have really wished I had brought my warm coat and my gloves and such because the weather has been soooo awful here! today has really been like the only day with nice weather. It has been icy and snowed one day and rained a few days with really really cold winds all week up until today.
I have really liked all of the classes and loved being a part of the work. We got to meet as a group with a few investigators to practice and then Friday and today we meet (met) with investigators just as a companionship. The first lesson went really well and I feel like we made progress with him (ps- they aren't real investigators, the one we see as a companionship is our classroom teacher) I really miss everyone and I was so happy to get a package from The Chocolate from my Mom Friday!!!
General Conference is so amaizing in the MTC and I keep seeing people that I know here! I really is amazing!! we also got to see Vocal point come and perfor, tell stories and share testimony at our Sunday Devotional, which was on Mian Campus. I am on west Campus which is on 2nd East in Provo and we walked to the main campus Saturday and Sunday Morning and back in the evening for conference this weekend which was nice to get out of a chair and get moving. Exercise time is so fu too! We all usually play games with Basketball and run around!
I guess the Only Negative stuff is that today (Monday) is my P-Day and my companion has been feeling like she wants to go home since friday... I really feel sorry for her but I guess its good practice for me to "comfort those who stand in need of comfort" and "mourn with those who mourn".. If she goes home I will have to become a 3-some companionship with 2 other sisters. Also, She and I were given the assignment of being Sister Training Leaders, Which is like a female Zone Leaders here in the MTC (I;m not sure if they have that assignment in the field). But, if my companion leaves, I'm not sure if they will give the assignment to someone else :S.
Today was great though, we all got the opportunity to go to the temple and do an endowment session at the provo temple. It was so amazing and I think I felt the spirit stronger than I ever have in my life!
It has been so wonderful to be here! I know it is where I am supposed to be. The spirit is so strong here and everyone is so kind. there is love everywhere, even though I do miss home a lot.
I love you all and I hope you all are doing well!!! Thank you for your prayers and support

- Sister Montoya