Monday, March 24, 2014

Best P-day Ever!

Hello All!!
Sorry my letter is a little later than it usually is. But it was for a good reason! Guess what we got to do today on our P-day!? I will give you a little hint. 

YUP! I got to walk a llama!!! Twas amazing:) There is a bishop here who owns llamas and found out that I love them and so he invited us over to walk them on our p-day! Hahaha. 
Anyway, so now I will get to my week and the great things that are happening in Berthoud. 
First of all, it is a new transfer and so that means there are new trials but also new wonderful things! So I will tell you a little about both:)
We have a new Zone Leader that I am pumped about!! We had the best zone meeting that I have been to yet, this week. It was interesting. Our zone, I'm not going to lie, when I first got here, I was this what missionaries are like? They were so unfocused and just...not what they needed to be like, it really discouraged me. But I learned to just learn what I could and improve what I had control over. But this zone meeting, things turned around! At first, everyone was making light of everything that was going on and then Elder Petersen stood up and started his training. Oh man! I felt the missionaries in the room mature about 10 years in just the course of his training. The spirit was there and he said exactly what was needing to be said. I got so excited!! Ha. He reminds me of Jarom a bit actually. So he spoke about becoming a Preach My Gospel missionary, a true representative of Jesus Christ and doing the work the way that He wants us to do it. It was so good. Then Elder Haywood spoke about changing our vision to baptism. If we change our vision, our goals will change, our actions will change, our thoughts will change. Baptizing IS the Lord's way. We all prayed right then and set goals for this transfer. We set a zone goal of 30 baptisms. That is a pretty high goal but we know that the Lord will help us as we move forward in charity and love. I really got SO excited at that zone meeting. I realized that this mission can change and that we CAN become preach my gospel missionaries and that there are others in this mission that want that and are striving for it. I just can't express how excited that made me:).
Ahhh I have so much to write. Good thing I have time. So we taught Megan again this week. The bishop's referral. She said that when she was reading the Book of Mormon she didn't feel a spiritual connection to it yet. She liked it but she didn't feel any spirit from it yet. So we talked for a while. That is a tricky one. And I have found more answers while I have studied this week about how to help her. But at the time we talked about praying sincerely along with it, and we asked if we could pray about it right then. I have found that there is great power in praying with them right then. She was hesitant but we said we would say one first and then she could. She was able to pray and ask if the Book of Mormon is true and she said she felt peace while we were praying. But she is still unsure if it is right. It will come with time. We have a lesson at the church with her next Tuesday. Keep her in your prayers as she continues to read the Book of Mormon. 
This week I have been striving even more to follow the spirit and teach by the spirit. I have had some neat experiences as I have done so. I have learned a few things. One-the spirit is most able to testify when I teach things are near to my heart and when I personalize what is being said instead of just speaking the lessons I know. Two-The Lord will fill your mouth and give you answers to others' questions that you didn't even know you had. I had an experience with this principle this week while teaching a member. She asked a tricky question at the end. She asked something about the priesthood and history with the blacks holding the priesthood. I can't even remember the exact question. But I just know that I opened my mouth and an answer came out that I didn't even know that I knew. And as I was saying it, it made total sense to me and to her. When I got done, she said, that makes complete sense now. And I was like...woah...did I just say that? haha. And my comp is looking at me like...what? Ha. So it was such a neat testimony builder that the Lord will fill your mouth with the words that need to be said.
It is also neat to see how we are able to receive revelation for the areas that we are serving over. This week, Sister M and I have been able to receive revelation on how to best help the work move forward, especially for this next transfer. One goal we have for ourselves, now that we have our focus on Christ, tangents aren't happening as much, haha, we have decided to set goals to say and do as Christ would say and do. Teaching by the spirit what the Savior would have us say not what we want to say. It is hard sometimes teaching with a companion because I have had times when I feel prompted to say something and then my comp keeps talking and then, my moment is past. Or she goes a different direction. But we are learning to "yield to each other" as it says in Preach my Gospel. It is just a tricky situation sometimes. 

On Saturday we were able to teach two other lessons that were unplanned. It was amazing to see. There was a random potential investigator that we found the other day in the area book, which is weird because we have looked through that book so many times and didn't see her. So we decided to go knock on her door. She let us right in and started talking to us. Then she said she'd love to hear what we believed, so we taught her the whole first lesson about the Restoration of the church. She really loves the church she is a part of right now but was really interested to hear about Joseph Smith. She is a wonderful women and said she would stop by the church sometime. We are planning to go visit and teach her again soon. 
Sunday was also a neat day.  We stopped at a less-active's house, the one where the cops were at last time. :) And she was on the porch. We have been trying forever to talk to her. So we start going up and at first she was really mean. We asked, are you C? She was like, "Yeah, who's asking?" So we introduced ourselves and then we could tell she was a little cold towards the church when she told us that we would be wasting our time, but I just felt like we needed to keep talking to her. To let her know that she was NOT a waste of our time. So we just kept talking and I just asked her more about herself and slowly she became pretty warmed up to us and we had a good 15 minute conversation on the porch. We didn't feel like it was quite time to talk about the church all the way, we slipped in service and missions and some church related topics but she said we are welcome to come back and see her. It was neat to see her heart soften a little bit just by talking to us. We will continue to get to know her and see what she truly needs. Also that day, I was looking through the area book at the less-actives and a family's name stood out to me, which was weird...but I told sister M and we decided to go visit them. We got there and she invited us in and said, "Wow, you all are lucky to catch us home, we are NEVER home." That was an incredible blessing and an indication that the spirit was speaking to me. We talked to them and met their whole family except the dad. They have 4 kids 8 to 16. I think only the mom is a member but less-active for quite some time. But they are great! We got to know them and then said we would love to come and teach their family, and she was just fine with it. We shared a message with her that night and she was really touched by the spirit. It was neat to see. Hearts really do soften through the spirit. 
This work truly is amazing and I am learning what it means to be a representative of Jesus Christ. It is such a testimony builder of the work and that we are doing the things we need to do when we go into people's homes and they let us know that they feel a special feeling when we are there. There have been so many times this week that we have heard that inviting us into their homes is like inviting the Savior into their homes. That is such an incredible honor to be a part of this great work and strive to say and do what the Savior would say and do. I love this work, and I love representing my Savior and Redeemer. I know that I'm not perfect at it, but I strive every day to become better and that is all we can do! Keep moving forward and always strive to do the things that our Savior would do. 3 Nephi 27:21  21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my agospel; and ye know the things that ye must bdo in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do.

I love you all!!! Thanks for your prayers. Also, here is my address for you all. Have a wonderful week!!!
Sister Young

Sister Karissa Young
Colorado Fort Collins Mission
5285 McWhinney Blvd., Suite 100
Loveland, CO 80538

Walking a llama on P-day!

Llama kisses!

Llama walking with Sister M
Beautiful Carter Lake. This was a view from a home where we had dinner.

Monday, March 17, 2014

First Transfer News

So, I am staying in Berthoud for another 6 weeks and finishing my training with Sister Mathews. I think the Lord prepared me for this. I have been feeling like this was going to be what happened and so I really have just been praying to accept the Lord's will. That prayer has been answered and I have been given comfort and felt peace with how this transfer turned out. There are reasons for everything and I still have things that I need to help with in Berthoud and things to learn from my companion. We have set some goals for this transfer that I think will help us move forward and make this area grow. My biggest thing is, I don't want it to stay the same. I need change or else I will go crazy. So I am going to constantly be working for new things every day and week. I'm sure there will continue to be ups and downs and some weeks may be hard like they have been this transfer but I am determined to make things better and rely on the Lord. 
This week I have been working on listening to the spirit and acting upon the promptings, not just having a thought and brushing it off, because I think it is just me. I am learning that the Lord speaks and when it persists, if it was a good thing, then I should just listen to it. We have nothing to lose really! Haha. That is what I tell myself when I get a little hesitant to knock on a door or talk to someone. I have nothing to lose, I have a strong testimony, I've been rejected before, and our message is WORTH IT! It can only go up:)  We have contacted lots of potential investigators and found them home, finally! One day, we had an appointment cancel so we decided to go visit someone we had been trying to visit for a while. We drove by the house, and it didn't look different than it usually does when no one is home, but I just felt like we needed to try knocking anyway. So we parked and knocked and she was home. She was super nice, invited us in, and proceeded to tell us how they had some LDS friends in California, she was raised in a church that was very confining and corrupt, and just barely got out of it a few years ago. She was building her relationship back on God and Jesus and she is very intune to the Holy Ghost. She said at this time they aren't interested just because they are working on that foundation and finding truth right now by just going to the source, praying, etc. But that sounds like she is ready to me! Ha but we are going to take it slowly because they are very sensitive right now an worried about "man-run churches". So we need to help them see that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not run by man, but by God. So we taught her a bit right there, prayed with her and she said we were welcome to stop by anytime. So, we will see. The Lord is preparing people. 
This week on Saturday Sister Mathews was feeling really sick in the morning because the night before a member had taken us out to eat at a BBQ place and ordered the Family Size! Holy meat! I will include a picture. Anyway, she ate a little too much meat and so the next day she was pretty sick. So...I got to do personal study for about 4 hours until she felt a bit better and we could go out and visit people. But it was really nice to be able to study during that time. I switched up what I was reading every half hour or so but it was great to have that study time to strengthen my relationship with my Savior.  
This week we also did service for a family who is struggling a lot. They have 3 funerals next there have been a lot of hard times. So we went over and cleaned a loft in their house that hadn't been cleaned in about 17 years...yeah. It was dusty to say the least! Haha. I have NEVER seen so much dust in my life. But we served, they made us dinner and we taught them. I'll include some pictures.
This transfer, we are going to try to get more involved with each auxiliary in the ward and see how we can work with them to help the work progress. We also want to work more closely with the Ward Mission Leader to help the work go forward. Asking the members how they feel about missionary work, has truly gotten their brains working and moving forward and I feel like they are beginning to think more about the work because they know we are serious and we want to help them in any way that we can. There are a lot of members that have potential investigator friends that we are going to follow up with. The more they see that we want to work and want to help them, the more trust they are going to have in us. 
Funny story....ha. So the other night, we had some time before we needed to be home so we decided to search for houses with lights on inside and on the porch. So we prayed and then went to a street and I felt like one house that we saw was where the Lord wanted us. So we knocked on the door was a member. Haha. We hadn't officially met them yet but we had been wanting to, but we didn't realize that a member lived in the house when we knocked on the door. Which is kind of unlikely in Berthoud. But, after we got over our surprise, we played it like we had meant to come by. haha. We taught them a lesson, and then asked them about their missionary work. They actually had quite a few connections in the community. Which is also unusual in Berthoud. Most of the ward kind of sticks to themselves and to those in the ward. So, I  feel like we were meant to be there to start helping them move forward to have their friends come closer to learning the gospel. We are excited to work with them more, and they gave us cake. haha. 
We had Zone Conference this week and it was great to hear from our leaders and to strengthen our resolve for next transfer. I love meetings like that. 
A lot of investigators and less-actives here are struggling with finding "time" to learn more about the gospel and feel like they are too busy and that this commitment would be too much for them. But this gospel is meant to help us during those busy,crazy times, and with the gospel everything else will fall into place. If we are putting the Lord first, He knows what we have need of and He will provide it as we move forward and make time for Him first. 3 Nephi 13:31-34
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 33 But aseek ye first the bkingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. aSufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.
The Lord will take care of His children. I know this to be true. 
Sister Karissa Young
The BBQ Family Size platter...

Tracting in the wind on the country dirt roads.

Cute llama on the road we tracted.  so many llamas here!!  I LOVE IT!


and after of this Antelope :)
Dusty loft that we cleaned.  17 years of dust.
Colorado sunset with the Rockies

Berthoud missionaries before the first transfer and Bro. H, our Ward Mission Leader.  Yeah...I;m not looking the best in this picture but oh well.  Here ya go;)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Berthoud Life Week 5

 Hello All!!!
This coming week, on Saturday, we find out about transfers. Crazy huh? It's already the end of my first transfer! Ha. I have no idea what will happen. But I could really use some prayers to accept whatever God has in mind for transfers. I need to be ready for anything.  Next Monday I will let you know what's going on. We transfer on Tuesday next week.  Ok so one of my highlights this week was going to a potluck in Loveland to say goodbye to the FEMA workers who have been working at the Flood Relief Center that we have been serving at, including Debra, who I have talked about a bit. None of them are members but they love the missionaries that they have gotten to work with so they invited our whole zone to come basically. It was nice to go and we were able to be more open with our religion since it wasn't service hours. I even wrote Debbie a card with my testimony and thanking her for her wonderful example or being so happy and cheerful. I was going to give her a Book of Mormon, because she talked about wanting to learn more, but an Elder had beaten me to it;) but that is ok! She said she would e-mail me and keep in touch. I am going to include a picture of her. She is so great! 
Funny story of the week, yesterday, it was BEAUTIFUL outside, like hot even. So we went walking to visit some less-actives and do some tracting on the way. So we went to the less-active's house, we have been trying for 5 weeks straight to visit and she is NEVER home! But today a guy answered and we asked for the person, he said, she lives across the street. So we had been visiting the wrong house because the ward directory had it wrong! haha. Then we went to the right house and knocked on the door. As we knocked on the door a cop car pulls up to the house and he gets out and starts walking towards us. We were like...uhhhh. And he said, do you two live here? We were like, No! We were just trying to visit someone. He said, "Oh you are with the church?" We were like, "Yeah." He said ok and let us go and then HE went and knocked on the door. Haha. We were like, oh boy, why would the cops be knocking on the door we just knocked on? We were like, maybe they are criminals or drug bust or who knows. Haha. We walked away pretty quickly. Then the cop drove by us a few minutes later and stopped to explain that it had nothing to do with us and told us the story of why he stopped there, it was something to do with a dog or something....haha, and he said that he was a member of a different ward and thanked us for all we do:). haha. So that was my story of the week. 
We are slowly starting to gain the trust of the members and we can see that when we get referrals. The other day we got a big approval of trust, when the bishop gave us a referral for his neighbor. He has known her for a while but has never given her to sisters in the past, he has been waiting, and now we finally were able to go visit. We taught her this week about the restoration. She says that it all sounds right and makes sense, feels familiar. So neat! And since we didn't feel the spirit stopping us, I extended the baptismal invite in the first lesson. She said yes, when she learns more. But didn't agree to a date yet. But it was neat to be able to teach her and I hope this week's lesson is able to go well. We have the bishop's wife sit in with us. We have been striving to get member present lessons because in the past, that hasn't happened. The w family is doing really well. Bro. W is awesome! We taught the Word of Wisdom this week and we were a bit nervous about it because we know he struggles with some stuff but he committed to living by it. His wife, Sister W, is now struggling a bit and we are trying to best know how to help her be as excited as her husband. It is weird because for the longest time, it was the other way around, and now he is moving forward and ready for anything and she is dragging. We are working to help him get the priesthood and will talk to him more about it this week. We also want to teach their kids but they are members of another church and are not as interested in learning. So we pray for their hearts to be softened so we can teach them as well. The F family said that things are getting too busy right now to teach them, and Brother F doesn't want to move forward with something until he is fully committed and he doesn't feel like he can do that right now with everything that is going on. 
I don't know if I ever told you but a lot of this area was affected by the floods last year and the LDS church members were the first ones on the scene helping. Which has helped to soften a lot of hearts.Another random thing I haven't told you, most of the less-active members, were baptized within the past couple years, but we are finding that they did not have firm testimonies or understandings when they were baptized, so we are having to go in and teach them from ground one basically to help strengthen their testimonies. It is so important to understand that baptism isn't the final step, it is just the beginning! 
Another random thing, there is a man in the area book that we have been trying to visit and we finally caught him home. He is a dance teacher in Berthoud. I told him about my background and that I love to dance! Ha so he invited me to come to lessons at his studio for free! haha. Funny. He says Ballet is on Mondays, my P-days, so maybe;) Anywho, he was such a great fellow and one of the nicest people I have met but he is not too interested in learning more. We'll keep trying.
 One day when I was feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders and struggling so much, I happened to turn to Matthew 11:28-30.28 aCome unto me, all ye that blabour and are heavy laden, and I will give you crest.
 29 Take my ayoke upon you, and blearn of me; for I am cmeek and dlowly in eheart: and ye shall find frest unto your souls.
 30 For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.
I realized then that while I felt like the one that everyone is always leaning on, that is nothing compared to the Savior. He invites each of us to lean on him and he doesn't ask for anyone to lean on when things are tough for him. When we take his name upon us, and learn of Him, we will find rest to our souls. This verse has helped me to better know and love my Savior and turn to Him.
Hope you have a wonderful week!! I love you all so much! Thanks for the letters and e-mails! Keep them coming, I really do love them and they come at times in the week that I need them. Thanks for everything:)
Sister Karissa Young
Tracting in the middle of nowhere

FEMA Potluck


Berthoud Sign

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Week of Faith

Guess what?! We reached our goal of 25 lessons as a companionship, and our zone beat the mission record of number of lessons taught in one week! The original number was 321 and our zone as a whole got 348!!! Ahhh! So exciting! It was such a neat feeling to be working together to reach such a great goal. I have learned so much about faith this week. 
Thank you so much for your prayers, I have felt them all week. This has been the best week on my mission so far and also the most exhausting. The first miracle of the week was that Sister Mathews and I were able to get on the same page and both have the faith and diligence to reach our goal. It makes such a difference when we both are wanting to work as hard as we possibly can and have the faith that we can! It makes it so one of us isn't holding the other up all week and we can build on each others' faith and both encourage each other as we work towards a specific goal. I am grateful that our zone leaders felt inspired to invite us to reach 25 lessons. We literally spent every free second doing missionary work, which is how it is supposed to be. We wanted to use our extra minutes to stop at random houses or try former investigators or less actives. It was so great to be on the same page.
Most of the lessons this week, were with members, but we taught about 10 of them to less-actives or non-members. But we have been promised that as we teach 20 lessons a week in this zone, to members, less-actives, or non-members, the work will grow and miracles will happen. I have seen that all week long. Even though most of the lessons were to members, we received 2 member referrals this week that we stopped by and they are interested and we have set appointments will them both tomorrow. Pray for those to go well! One is a family of 3, that the bishop referred us to, very nice and searching for truth, the other is a women, whose husband is pretty anti...but she wants to learn more. Another is the lady, M, who we found tracting, who we changed her heater filter, with her son who is a member and she is in her 80's. She claims to be fine with how she is in life but still lets us stop by and loves when we share spiritual lessons or do service for her. This week though, I have seen her heart start to soften. The spirit is working with her. She said that she has started to feel guilty with how her life is right now and feels like she could be doing more with it. HA! To me that means she is getting more ready to hear the gospel. We are planning on stopping by and trying to start the lessons with her this week. It might be a slow process but I see progression:).
So one way that we saw miracles this week, through our faith, would be at the end of the days in the last slot, from 8-9, which is sooo hard here in Berthoud because there are a bunch of farmers here who all go to bed so early and we don't want to make people mad. Ha. So we would have time and would want to get one more lesson so we would stop on the side of the road in our car and just say a faithful pray, letting Heavenly Father know that we wanted to get one more lesson and we knew that we could with His help. The first time, we felt like we should go to a member's house and we were able to get our final lesson. The second night that we prayed, we started driving and felt impressed to stop at a tiny house on a road. So we went to the door and a man answered, and we had some small talk and then told him a bit about our message, he stepped aside and said, "Come in." Ummmm that doesn't happen very often...haha. So we did and his wife was in the other room but he had us sit down and we found out more about him. Turns out that spanish is his first language and he wasn't very good with english. Where's Marty when you need him? haha. But we still were able to testify about the Book of Mormon and the truthfulness of the church. He is searching right now for a church for him and his wife. It is amazing to see when people are truly prepared and searching for the truth. They really are out there! That was a testimony builder for me. So we got his name and address and told him that we had spanish sisters who could meet with him and he agreed. So we called the spanish sisters and gave them his information. So we will see where that goes:). Even though we don't get to teach him. 
We have also had little miracles with the less-actives here. Oh, just so you know...about 50% of the Berthoud ward is less-active, so we do tooons of work with the less-active members, because they are just as important. But we stopped by some houses and one family, the H family, was home. It's neat that so many people know about Green River around here. They all have passed through it, or gone fishing there, or have family there...etc. So we always have things to connect about from the first second. So with the H family, we talked to Bro. H, very nice, and his daughter and he said he would love us to come over and share a lesson with them. Which, has never happened in the past with the Elders who have tried. So that was a miracle. Then that same day, we stopped at an active member's house, Sister M, whose husband is either less-active or not a member. We got there, after knocking on a wrong door at first, (Let me tell you, finding houses in the country is sooo difficult!!! They are scattered all over the place. So grateful for the GPS Emily sent me.) we got there and her husband was just about to leave but he let us in to talk to her and we talked to him for a bit and then he said, "Why don't you all come over for dinner sometime." His wife looked shocked but said, "Yes, I'll sign up for dinner on the calendar." Then he left. She later told us that he had never wanted contact with the missionaries and that it was a miracle that we happened to stop by at the exact time that we had and that he had invited us to dinner. So neat. The Lord works in so many ways. 
Ha, funny story with that house though. We get there and the first question that her husband asks is, "We have a big white dog, is that a problem for you?" We, said no, because we are used to dogs now because literally everyone has dogs here, so I thought I had seen it all, but I was wrong....haha. We get into the house and this HUGE white dog runs at us. hahaha. Ok, you know in Harry Potter, Hagrid's dog Fang? Yeah...this dog was like that dog except white. He was jumping all over us and almost knocked my down. Then we sat down and he starts sniffing us. But not just sniffing us...slobbering and snotting all over our skirts, coats, bags. It was sooo gross. Hahaha, but I was just trying not to laugh because it was so comical at the same time. Then the owner apoligized and hurried to the kitchen to grab him a bone so he would stop bugging us. I hurried and pulled out a tissue and we wiped off the snot the best we could before she got back. It was so gross but it made me laugh. We also went to teach a lesson this week and the family was cooking curry but they burned something so the whole house filled with smoke. The family member that we were teaching couldn't concentrate so I said, "Do we want to go outside?" So we taught them on the front porch and our clothes smelt like smoke the rest of the day. Ha. Oh the little funny things. 
Also, random fact of the day, ever since I have come out to the field I have developed this weird eye twitch thing that happens to me. I hate it but I have no idea how to stop it. So...yeah. Also, people weren't lying when they said that everyone gives you dessert. I have felt so sick all week because I have been given more sugar than I can handle. My poor body can't take it. I don't know what to do. I might start refusing desserts even though I feel bad, just because I have felt so sick all week to my stomach.
This week, another fun thing that happened. The Colorado Fort Collins Mission had it's first ever Sister's Conference. There are about 65 sisters in the mission and we all got together in Loveland for a big meeting. It was so great! And you know what's weird, thanks to Emily, sooo many of the sister were like, "Are you sister Young? Oh my goodness, it's so nice to meet you, I have heard so much about you!!" Ha kinda funny. And also I met the best friend of my preschool best friend. So weird, but awesome. Also, a girl that I knew at BYU-Idaho who did tech work for the Poor of New York. Kinda crazy! And I got to see my lovely MTC sisters that I love so much. Well two of them. ha. 
Well, I better send this off. We are going to do some fun P-day stuff today. I am sending some pictures from last P-day. We spent the day in Berthoud instead of going to Loveland like we do most Mondays. We at the A&W in town, the oldest restaurant in town, then went to the park to take some pictures of little Berthoud. Ha. Today we are going to Loveland to play some sports with the rest of the Zone. Should be fun to be around everyone! I'll take some pics so you can know what the rest of the zone looks like. 
While reading my scriptures this week I found the verse Matthew 17:20 and didn't fully understand it all the way so I knew I wanted to learn more about it. Then, today as I was studying conference talks during my study time I came across one of my favorite talks by Elder Holland, "Lord, I Believe." and he answered my question perfectly and helped me to understand the verse more fully. “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” And then Elder Holland says, "The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know."

I have seen this principle all week. There were times when I wondered if we would be able to reach our goal of 25 lessons and actually see blessings come from it. But I exercised what little faith I do have to be able to accomplish it. It doesn't matter how small your faith is, or how much you know, it is what you do with the faith and knowledge that you have, that really matters. And as you exercise that faith, you will gain more faith and knowledge. My faith has grown so much this week and it has so much more room to grow but I know that as I act on the little faith that I do have, miracles can happen,
Moroni 7:  29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have aangels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
 37 Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that amiracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of bunbelief, and all is vain.

Miracles still do happen every day! They have not ceased! Keep working with what faith that you DO have and you will see miracles, such as that of moving mountains. I know that. Have a wonderful week!!
Sister Karissa Young
This is basically the picture that captures Teaching the gospel in Berthoud.:)

The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion! This is an arch from an old school building in Berthoud.

Went teachin in the snow!

Ready for our day in snow.

This is the certificate saying that Sister M is my trainer. HaHa

Sisters Conference