September 24, 2019


Temple Square (South 1 District)


Sister Amber Sims

This letter was a struggle to send

The week seemed to go by so fast. I'm sure it's not always like this, but I still love every minute here at the square. Last week was deep cleaning of course. We cleaned the whole apartment including the fridges And through away a lot of trash leftover from other sisters. Overall, we were happy to have a clean apartment.

If you saw on facebook, if you follow our mission president, you'll know we took pictures in front of the temple. Every sister going home has a picture in front of the temple, but the temple is closing so we got them done a little early. Afterward, Sister Sims and I had our meeting with President Fisher. I shared a scripture I really enjoyed.

4 Nephi 1:15-16
15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.

It really tells us the ideal we are hoping for through the Savior. If we love God and love our Savior we can find true happiness, as we do that burdens begin to lessen. They don't disappear because we and others around us not perfect, but they can become easier to go through. It's always important to come closer to Christ.

On Thursday we had a "fun" party to get flu shots. Yippee. Not the funniest, but I got a lollipop afterward and so it's okay. We are also starting a new program in online teaching. Before we offered free Book of Mormons and Bible and offered missionary visits. This went well and we found a few willing to listen to our message. The new program will offer Bible and Book of Mormon study sessions. Instead of just signing up for the Book, people can choose to study with us either online or with in person missionaries. This way we can keep in contact and find the people that actually want to talk to us. I am looking forward to studying with others and helping them learn as I learn.

On Friday we had a tour for three Mongolians. Unfortunately, we don't have any Mongolian sisters right now, so it was English or nothing. Luckily they were very nice and we helped show them all around the square including the Church Office Building and the Beehive House. I gave another tour the next day for over 30 people around the square. It's interesting becuase every tour is different. By now I am familiar with all of the facts, but each day we give the tour a little differently. A different order different tidbits added in. Especially listening to other sisters tours, we always learn something new.

Sister Sims and I got another Baptism this week! Deidre is from South Africa and was investigating the church. Her and her son were baptized this past Saturday. We are so happy for her. We also found a new person to teach. Olivia is from New Jersey and she was a Bible request that wanted to meet with the missionaries. She is our age and the sweetest person. She went to church and loved it and we started reading the Book of Mormon with her over the phone. It's amazing the different people we find and talk to. I took a few German chats and talked with people in German with the help of Google Translate. I even sent the missionaries to a lady in Spain.

We also talk to people all over the world. There was a family from Peru and the parents only spoke Spanish, but their two young boys (9 &10) spoke fluent English and loved to show off their dance moves in one of the Visitor Centers. I just love meeting all the new people that come everyday. With every good set is a less good set. We have many people who come just to question everything we believe in and find fault in every word we say. It's always hard and sad in these conversations. They are rarely respectful of the things we believe and always want "proof" that our words are true. Still, they are children of God and "know not what they do." I hope one day their hearts can be softened and they can really try listening to our words. Elder Naegle, one of the seniors, told us about the best way to know the answer to questions. "If it has to do with our Salvation, there is only one answer." This was so amazing to me. We don't need to know everything, we only need to know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and through him we can return to our Heavenly Father. As we have been told before "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith."

On Sunday we attended Music & the Spoken Word live. We are allowed to go once a transfer. It was beautiful. It really just brings the spirit into your heart and mind through music. I would encourage everyone to come at least once in their lives to listen inside the tabernacle (or conference center during summer and December). A bonus, we sat on the upper floor or balcony of the tabernacle which is normally not used. Directly afterward is the Sisters announcement. Some of the sister missionaries come together and sing "Called to Serve" the first verse and our special verse. Following that the sisters announce our purpose and let all know that we can share the knowledge we have about the square and our beliefs. Every time we do it in 6 or 7 different languages. Its actual really interesting to watch.

As always a very exciting week. We do so many things and everyday I am learning g something new. General Conference is coming up very soon and the square is about to get VERY busy. I can't wait to tell you all about it.

Me at the temple steps during picture day
Sister Sims at the temple steps during picture day
Music and the Spoken Word
The announcement (this was the singing after singing half of them grabbed signs with the language they were speaking)


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