19th October 2015, experience a change of heart.

Halloween is a big thing here…

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Color coordinating with zombie professor!

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Creeping past the creepy houses...
Creeping past the creepy houses…

 

On another note…this week was great! 😀

I like this quote because it explains that anyone can change.

“Our responsibility is to rise from mediocrity to competence, from failure to achievement. Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” Thomas S. Monson, May 1987 Ensign.

Yesterday we visited the Herbert family. Brother and Sister Herbert will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next year. They are converts and were introduced to the Church through visiting Temple Square! They always had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. 2 Nephi 33: 10 “And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.”

Because they believe in Jesus Christ, they believe in The Book of Mormon. There is a sweet feeling in the Herbert’s home. Their life’s show faith, sacrifice, loyalty, humility, forgiveness and hope. Brother Herbert’s heart is dying. He told us that he is expected to die within two months. We assured them that the Holy Ghost is with them, comforting them. Sister Herbert reassured us that he was. She knows that families are eternal and because of their Temple marriage, they will be together for eternity.

The message of the Gospel is a message of hope.

“I’m not so concerned with what you’ve done or where you’ve been as I am with where you’re going from here.” Elder Marvin J. Ashton. Heavenly Father takes every person from where they are and lifts them!

Purity is coming to understand just how special baptism and confirmation is. Its amazing to me how children understand the gospel. This gospel is not about logic or comprehension. To understand, we must feel and we must receive a witness from the Holy Spirit.

Alma 5:26 is the scripture I have been pondering this week. “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” In Zone Training Meeting, we read a Sister missionaries experience about prayer. I was reminded, that converting experiences happen as often as we seek them. A life long member of the Church can receive multiple witnesses from the Holy Ghost that The Book of Mormon is true. As we seek to strengthen our testimony through prayer and study, our hearts will change.
I love Jesus Christ and I know that He lives.
Love,
Sister Lyreche Tata

12th October 2015, Whom shall we serve?

Hi there! 🙂

Carving pumpkins

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24: 15.

The topic for sacrament meeting next week is service and Sister Brown and I have been asked to speak. As I was thinking this past week, certain people came to my mind. People who exemplify service. I think of our beloved Prophet, Thomas S. Monson who sacrifices his time and energy to lead and direct the kingdom of God on the earth. I think of our Bishop, and Bishop’s around the world who council and strengthen ward families. I think of Mother’s who serve children with endless needs. Father’s that work diligently to provide for and nurture a family. We can be servants in many capacities. But who must be serve?

Jesus Christ teaches us to serve God and serve our fellow beings. Jesus Christ is the perfect Servant.

“For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?” Mosiah 5: 13. I believe, Jesus Christ knows us so well and intimately because He has spent eternity serving us. To know someone, we need to serve them. To really know Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, our family – we must live like our Savior, and serve. Then we will come to know and love them.

This week we found a new investigator, Flescheen Brown. She is the mother of an other investigator. Recently, her husband died and she has been seeking the Lord more earnestly. Because of her experiences, she has a broken heart and a contrite Spirit. We taught her the Restoration of the Gospel – as we taught, she expressed to us that this message sounds familiar. When Flescheen was 14 years old, she had a life changing experience. She could no longer be a child. We told of Joseph Smith’s experience when he was 14 years old. She loved hearing about Joseph, his prayer and his experiences. She asked for a copy of the Book of Mormon. She said that she had been praying for guidance and for more knowledge about Heavenly Father’s Gospel. She felt like this message was an answer to her prayers. I love Flescheen. I know that she can come to know that this Gospel is the Lord’s true Church on earth.

General Conference was wonderful.
Some things that I learned and am working to apply:

  • Striving to see through others through a parents eyes.
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  • Elevating my thoughts by ponderising a scripture every week. This week I will ponderise Alma 5: 26. What scripture will you choose?
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I know Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet that God has called at this time. I know that as we “feast upon the words of Christ”, and apply their teachings in our lives, we will gain protection, peace and happiness.

Our District's carved pumpkins... Mine is the silly face on the top right. Couldn't quite get the tongue shape right. :)
Our District’s carved pumpkins… Mine is the silly face on the top right. Couldn’t quite get the tongue shape right. 🙂
Halloween decorations in the neighborhood...
Halloween decorations in the neighborhood…

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Have a blessed week. 🙂
Love,
Sister Lyreche Tata

5th October 2015, General Conference…transfers?

Another week in mission paradise!

I am so happy about the news that I will be staying in Concord First Ward with Sister Brown! I feel at peace being here. I know that that peace comes from knowing that we are needed here in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.

General Conference has been spiritually strengthening and uplifting.

“Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth. … May we ever be in tune, that we might hear this comforting, guiding voice which will keep us safe.” – President Thomas S. Monson.

The Holy Spirit is a gift from our Heavenly Father. His companionship is conditional on our obedience to the Lord’s commandments and humility. Doctrine and Covenants 20:77 “…that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them.” Every moment of this mortal existence, we are promised the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead.

The Holy Ghost can be our comforter, our guide, a friend, a protector and much more. I do not want to go a day without His companionship. Through keeping my baptismal covenants, I do not have to.

The scripture I have decided to “ponderise” this week is 3 Nephi 12: 48 “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” So far my thoughts are: God will never ask us to do something that we can not do. We can not be perfect through our own efforts. That is impossible. Through the divine help of Jesus Christ, we can be made perfect. All things are possible through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ asks us to be perfect as He is, or as God is. To know Jesus Christ is to know Heavenly Father – they are same in purpose and in mission.

This week we had the opportunity to teach Purity Miranda! She is very lovely and is progressing toward her baptismal covenant. She is such a choice and innocent daughter of Heavenly Father. As we taught her, I understood a little bit why Jesus Christ asked us to become like little children. “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18: 3. Children have great faith and trust in the Lord. I want to become more pure as they are.

Have a wonderful week! Study General Conference 🙂 the word’s of the Prophet’s and Apostles will give you inspiration and guidance. Their words will tell you all things what you should do! I love Jesus Christ. I know that this is His Church. He is our Savior and Redeemer. He cares about you and He takes you as you are. :))

Love,
Sister Lyreche Tata

28th September 2015 – A wonderful world

What an awesome week. 😀

Earlier this week, our previous ward mission leader, Brother Cook messaged us this quote – “If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived.” Jeffrey R. Holland.  The best person that ever walked this earth was Jesus Christ. Someone a lot greater than us, asked “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26: 39.  Life isn’t supposed to be easy!  “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.” Alma 34: 32.

When life is a full of challenges, we can be brave and courageous. The One who bore all our grief, sorrow, sickness and pain will lift us, will help us and will strengthen us.  I love Jesus Christ. I know He loves us.

​Brother Cook, us and Sister Dangerfield at the front...Book of Mormon class on Wednesday nights :).
​Brother Cook, us and Sister Dangerfield at the front…Book of Mormon class on Wednesday nights :).

Sister Cook taught Dustin with us on Saturday! Dustin is in his 20’s and we met him the previous week at a park.  He agreed to meet with us to learn more about the good news.  At our return appointment, Dustin had forgotten what Church we belonged to. We told him, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He replied saying that his grandmother attends that Church…His grandmother is a member of our congregation. Weekly we go to her home and help her fill out her family history book!  We taught him the whole Restoration of the Gospel – the Spirit was there prompting us to share specific scriptures to help him.  After we shared the account of the first vision, we asked him how he was feeling. He expressed that he had a feeling in his chest…a feeling of happiness and joy. As we shared Galatians 5: 22, he recognized that feeling as the Holy Ghost testifying to him that Joseph Smith did in fact, see our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Sister Cook bore beautiful testimony of Jesus Christ’s love and mission.  We invited him to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized and he said yes! That had been on his mind lately.  He is special.

Its a humbling experience finding people who have been prepared by the Lord and being a part of their progression and conversion.

Women’s General Conference Session was lovely.  Our worth, as sons and daughters of God, is divine. No worldly thing can diminish our value.  I felt the huge importance and sacredness of families. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s message taught me that we can be happy in every circumstance. Our Pioneer ancestors had immense trials, but even when things didn’t work our, they rejoiced. The saw the wonderful miracles. “God didn’t create us to be sad, he created us to have joy.”

Yesterday, Brother Cook was released as our Ward Mission Leader and called to be Young Men’s President. I am going to miss working along side his family. He has helped us and our ward greatly over the last couple of years. But I know that he is needed in a different area now. I know that Brother Peterson will be a blessing and a strength to our ward and to us as he now serves as Ward Mission Leader. I look forward to working with him in the greatest work! 🙂

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Elder McDonald, Elder Massaniaih, Sister Thao, Sister Nazer, Sister Brown and I!! The District :D.

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Much love!!

Sister Lyreche Tata

21 Sept 2015 – Reach for the Stars !

Hello family! :))

How was my week?…pretty great! How was your week? 🙂

With my short arms, it would be mad, To reach out for a star. But who, after seeing one clear night, Could satisfy himself with paper lanterns?” – Todd Britsch.

We have been teaching the Plan of Salvation a lot lately. We know that our life on earth is a time to prepare to meet Heavenly Father. After we die and are resurrected we will be judged according to our works and our desires – whether they be good or evil. The “star” mentioned in the poem, to me, is where the Lord lives. It is eternal joy. The “paper lanterns” are the rewards of the world or of satan. The path back to our Heavenly Father is strait and narrow. It is not an easy path to take but it is the only path that leads us to that star of eternal life

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Sister Brown & I

This week we taught a young girl named Purity. She understands that Heavenly Father has a plan for her. She has made the decision to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized. She knows that through priesthood ordinances, she can have eternal life. Purity has such a sweet testimony of Heavenly Father and of prayer. 🙂 She prays often and through prayer, she feels God is there and that He loves her. Purity is planning on being baptized on the 24th of October. We are excited for her! She is an example to us and to her family :).

Matthew 18:3 “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

She’s a special little girl! Her family are pretty awesome :), her Grandma is from Hawaii so she love’s talking about New Zealand and Polynesian culture. We are so excited for Purity 🙂 I really hope I will be here next transfer!!

Squirrel! They're everywhere here!
Squirrel! They’re everywhere here!

General Conference is coming up! I am looking forward to watching the sessions :)). I love you all! :)) Have a safe week!!
Love,
Sister Lyreche Tata

15th September 2015 – Papas Birthday this week

Hello beautiful friends and family! 🙂

It was Papa’s 61st birthday on Saturday, 12th September. I love that man :). That morning I studied the Plan of Salvation. As I read Doctrine and Covenants 138, verses 55-58 reassured me that my Papa was busy and happy.

Papa

“I observed that they were also among the noble and great ones who were chosen in the beginning to be rulers in the Church of God. Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men. I beheld that the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of repentance and redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son of God, among those who are in darkness and under the bondage of sin in the great world of the spirits of the dead.”
I miss my Papa. Its a pleasure to labour with him, in the work of Salvation :). Happy birthday Papa Shane!

This week we had Zone Conference….It was GREAT!

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11. How do you put on your armour every day? 🙂

President and Sister Frandsen counseled and trained us on how to be more pure vessels of the Spirit. Sister Frandsen is a wonderful missionary, she leads us by example. I enjoyed the scriptures she quoted about putting on the whole armor of God by obeying with exactness. I role played with her, and we taught the Restoration of the Gospel together!! I have a lot to learn from her! I loved President Frandsen’s training about being worthy, compatible and available to the Holy Ghost.

Sister Brown is awesome. She is bold and very loving. She loves to work and that is such an admirable trait! One of her talents is being able to teach simply. She always has great analogies to share, and this helps our investigators and members to liken scriptures to themselves.

“It is true intelligence for a man to take a subject that is mysterious and great in itself, and to unfold and simplify it so that a child can understand it.” President John Taylor.

Sacrament meeting was wonderful. The ward members spoke on prayer and how to really communicate with Heavenly Father. I received revelation on way’s that I can have meaningful communication with my Father in Heaven and how the people we are teaching can too. It was hard to be in Church and not have the people we love there. This Gospel is a message of joy. As we keep God’s commandments, He promises to bless us. It breaks my heart to see people missing out on Heavenly Father’s full blessings. I am thankful for a loving God who prepares a way for us to keep every commandment.

This week Sister Brown and I are working hard, being bold and inviting everyone we can to change and come unto Christ. As representatives of Jesus Christ, we have the responsibility and sacred duty to do this. It is part of our purpose as missionaries. I’m excited for another week to be able to serve in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.

I love Oakland California. The members here are loving and so welcoming. They love the Lord!! And they love missionaries and missionary work :)). We are helping THEM do missionary work. :))
Have a blessed week :).

Love you all!
Sister Lyreche Tata

7th September 2015 – Happy Fathers Day

Hello all! :))

And happy Father’s Day Dad!!! 😀

I love you. You are my hero.

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I am grateful for your example, service, sacrifice, work, dedication. You are a blessing to our family. Thank you for righteously serving and blesses us with the Priesthood authority of God :)).

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I love being a missionary and being on he Lord’s errand. It is a special privilege to serve our Heavenly Father in this capacity. Its a calling that I never want to be released from…and I never have to be released from it. This week I am especially grateful for the Spirit. There have been times on my mission where I have felt distant from Heavenly Father. Times where I am not growing or progressing. When I feel his way, I like to let Heavenly Father purify my heart.

D&C 70:116, “Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;”

I fasted yesterday and asked Heavenly Father what things I needed to stop doing, and what things I needed to start doing, to be a more consecrated missionary. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows exactly what I need and I am thankful for prayer.

One thing that I am working this transfer is praying with faith. I love the Pray in Faith section in Preach My Gospel, it really helps me to know what things to pray for.  “Every morning … , missionaries should get on their knees and plead with the Lord to loosen their tongues and speak through them to the blessing of those they will be teaching. If they will do this, a new light will come into their lives. There will be greater enthusiasm for the work. They will come to know that in a very real sense, they are servants of the Lord speaking in His behalf. They will find a different response from those they teach. As they do so by the Spirit, their investigators will respond under the influence of the same Spirit.” —President Gordon B. Hinckley.

I love prayer and I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who hears my prayers and the fervent prayers of those we teach.

Yesterday at Church, Sister Brown and I noticed that one of the Sisters in our ward was not at Church. She recently received a calling in Relief Society and she often teaches with us in lessons. We both felt worried about her and we decided that we would visit her. Sister M opened the door and apologized for not being at Church. We asked how she was and she poured out to us the challenges that she had faced that day. Her family relationships were strained and she was yearning for guidance and just wanted to feel peace. We prayed, bore testimony and sung “Where Can I Turn For Peace?” for her. The Spirit was in her home and I’m thankful that it was comforting her soul.

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Sister Brown and I went on exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders – Hermana Hilton and Hermana Stokes. I love them! 😀 They are amazing missionaries. Sister Stokes is quietly obedient. She obeys all instruction and rules with exactness. She loves the Lord and she loves His Gospel! Her love gives her the confidence to “fear no man” and talk with everyone and anyone! She is a beautiful person inside and out. From her example, I was reminded whom this work is and whom we serve. She loves Heavenly Father, when she prays, she knows who she is speaking with :)).

I love my companion Sister Brown! She is one of the hardest working missionaries I know. She loves this work and I’m thankful that I have this opportunity of being her companion!  Until next time,

Love

Sister Tata