Monday, April 29, 2013

Fort Collins Letter #7

Yeah, the weather is nuts! Haha. Sunny and warm one day (80 degrees) and snowing the next! I kinda like it though.

I studied Doctrine and covenants 58:26-28 this morning and on how we are given the power to make righteous choices and how Heavenly Father expects us to bring about good on our own, to have initiative, not just to be missionary puppets controlled by His spirit:

 26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is acompelled in all things, the same is a bslothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
 27 Verily I say, men should be aanxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
 28 For the power is in them, wherein they are aagents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their breward.
Short missionary story: A woman named H (she's from Africa) haha just kidding, she's from China, who we have met with a few times had to drop us because her husband didn't like her meeting with us (even though he's never met us). But we told her we would never want to come in between them. She cried and told us how much closer she is to God because of us and how we helped her get back on track because she hadn't been to church in several weeks until we started meeting with her. She told us how grateful she was for us and got our emails so we could stay in touch. I think this is the first person to drop us who didn't want to. It was really sad to say goodbye to her, but incredible to see how her faith had increased.
I love being a missionary!  

Love you!!! I'm out of time, but I'll get a letter in the mail for you today

Sister Rashauna Hoer

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fort Collins Letter #6

I'm so so so so sorry for the brief-ness of this email, I tried to read all the emails today and there just simply isn't enough time. I want to read more about everything but I just didn't get to it.... can you believe that. Please know how much I love you and look forward to hearing from everyone.
This week was good. God is good and the gospel is true. I miss you just doesn't cover it.

And that is what I had written last week when the computer logged me off at exactly 59 minutes.... yup the computer stiffed me of one precious minute and wouldn't let me log back on because there was a line to get on a computer at the library. I still haven't read several emails....
I really enjoyed the pictures! It was cool to see pictures of everybody. I get a lot of the Hilmar boys and Tennessee kiddos and those will NEVER get old and it's just cool to see everybody. Thanks for all of the pictures. :)
Well I'm out of time, again.... this is the most depressing part about the mission so far. I just don't have time to share all that I want to with you guys. Other than library time, I'm doing really well. All our potentials dropped us... everybody you asked about.... BUT Helaman 3:35 and John 10:11-18 and 2 Corinthians 12:9 and 1 Nephi 10:19 and Alma 7:7 are some of my favorite scriptures right now. They bring me a lot of comfort in some way or another.
Love you, Sister Rashauna Hoer
Helaman 3:35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Nephi 10:19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.
Alma 7:7 For behold I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all -- for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among His people.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fort Collins Letter #5

Your emails always make me tear up... haha it's actually videos of all the nieces and nephews, all the pictures that everyone sends, little email notes from Dad and Seth, getting letters in the mail through out the week, and the sweet words in your emails. All of it just touches my heart in such a positive, but emotional way. I think I cry at least a little bit every time I come to the library. (Yes, it's a little embarrassing) They are happy tears, though. I just get overwhelmed thinking about how lucky I am to have so much support, to have people that I miss so much, and to know that we all get to be together forever. It's a lot to try to take in every Monday.

We had almost everybody we planned to meet with this week not answer their doors. This was kind of disappointing. However, we met an amazing man by the name of Paul. (Funny you should bring up the apostle Paul from the New Testament in your email, mom =]) He has a truly remarkable story full of hardships and has completely turned his life to service, like Paul of the NT. He volunteers all the time and has really dedicated his life to God and His children. Paul is inspiring. He has his priorities straight.

Conference was incredible. What did you all think? I loved looking at the audience and thinking that you were there. Elder Holland's and President Monson's talks were my personal favorites. So powerful and positive. Realizations from conference and from my precious, personal study hour each morning have really strengthened my testimony in the peace that comes from trusting Heavenly Father. I've been able to feel such an increase in peace as we go about our work, knowing that He is in control and quite simply that He knows more than I do.

Sister Rashauna Hoer

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

For Collins Letter #4

Happy late Easter everyone and I loved the Easter "basket" - haha. Our bishop and his family gave me and my companion treat baskets, too. I'm well taken care of out here. 

There are rabbits everywhere!!! Hey dad: Are there billions of rabbits in Boulder or is this just a Fort Collins thing? We see them all the time. The weather is absolutely nuts. Completely unpredictable, especially without access to the daily weather report. It's kinda fun. I'd live here in a heart beat. The people here are just so nice, it reminds me a lot of home... just bigger. People leave their doors unlocked, it seems like a super safe area. I found out that we are just a few miles away from campus, like 5 miles or so. We meet a lot of students while we tract around or while street contacting. 

We were able to meet with J and S yesterday and it went really well. Our two progressing investigators are dedicated to finding out the truth for themselves and it is an amazing thing to see. We had a member with us who bore her testimony that she didn't understand all of the Book of Mormon when she first read it, but what she did notice was the effect it had on her everyday life. She felt more peace, and gradually understanding followed. It was perfect. I love how honest J and S are. They ask us all sorts of questions and I can tell they feel really comfortable with us. S said the closing prayer and thanked God for their new friends (that's us!!). We're still working on Jack, but he has been reading and even praying before hand. It's incredible. I know God will bless them for their efforts and I can't wait to see them again next Sunday.

It's incredible how much I've seen God's hand in this work and it is very humbling to be trusted with the responsibility of sharing His gospel. Our planners are more full each week and I know that we are being blessed because of our hard work. I feel like the first few weeks were a trial period and now that we've proved ourselves, God keeps sending people our way. Seeing improvement even in one person's life makes everything worth it. We tracted into a young man named Caleb last week and are really excited to talk with him again on Tuesday. We have a couple other appointments this week, too.

I've decided to spend some time during each morning's personal study hour to focus on the Atonement. This is something I plan to do my entire mission and really look forward to increasing my understanding so that I might better be able to help someone else access it's redeeming and enabling power. 

Last Preparation Day we played a game called "box" at the stake center with all the other elders and sisters in the zone. It's very similar to ultimate frisbee but both teams have the same goal so if there is a turn over, you have to switch from offense to defense really fast. It's so much fun that I played for a little too long. I showed up with a very rosy face to our dinner appointment - haha. I love the ward here. Every time we have dinner somewhere I love it more. It takes a little while to get to know people, but I feel like I have quite a few friends now :) It feels nice. Members are amazing.

I printed out pictures today!!! finally!! I'll send some soon.

Love you all so much.