Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
my week here was really good! we had a baptism on saturday the 14th for brother breed! it was really amazing...he got baptized in a swimming pool! the spirit was so strong there...i took pictures but forgot to print some out today at walmart...next week! :) so we've had 2 baptisms so far...sister bushee on june 30th and brother breed on the 14th...we also worked at a fair all week...set up a little booth and met tons of people that live here...it was a lot of fun! i took pictures of that too...
we are taking a trip to the jsm...joseph smith memorial tomorrow with 2 of our investigators, george and india carson...a father and his daughter. i'm super excited cause i've never been there...president wilkey has encouraged us to take as many of our investigators there as possible...he said that 90% of people that go there end up getting baptized...crazy huh?!? so it will be fun...i'll take pictures of that too! :) we get to go next tuesday too to our zone conference...yay!
anyway...things are going good here...we've been staying really busy...we're teaching a lot of really good people. but...i gotta run...i'm sorry this is so short... i'll try to get a letter out today...and my e-mails might be on different days for the next few weeks...the only library that is open on mondays will be closed for the next month...so watch for my e-mails :)
Monday, August 9, 2010
hiiieeeee :) yay for emails! i miss you! i hate "no email mondays"... but... here is the update... we moved out of sister bushee's attic... into a house. the address is 6 secluded way port henry, ny. 12974. it's been a crazy hectic week moving and cleaning... you wouldn't believe how nasty people live here... we spent a good 7 hours cleaning the house on friday. yuck. but we're moved and it's all good! We have a baptism on saturday!!! and... look at the date on saturday... the 14th. the same day as my baptism 6 years ago! neat huh? He's a man named john breed. he is amazing... he's 59 years old... he's single and lived by himself... he's had a really hard life... he watched his dad get hit by a car outside of his house about 10 years ago... and then tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head... and by doing that he suffered a major stroke so he's a little slow but he has such a strong testimony... he is amazing and it's been so neat to watch him grow in the gospel. i'll take some pictures this weekend and hopefully get some out to you next week :)
and... sister nelson and i made it through transfers... we're both staying here in ny for another 6 weeks at least! we're both really excited... a lot of good things are going to happen here before we leave! we're teaching a really cute family... sherman and krista crowe and their 2 kids damion (he's 6) and olivia (she's almost 3)... they are coming along super slow but they will be amazing members... they are so excited about everything they are learning... and they are so stinkin cute... i'll get a picture of them too!
so i inherited 2 heavy winter coats already here! yay that means i don't have to buy any! i am going to need long sleeve shirts and leggings and stuff like that though... not right now but if you want to start looking, it would be nice :) our extent of shopping is at wal-mart. barf. and... the leaves are changing here already... it's going to be really pretty. i'll send some leaves home ha ha. oh speaking of, i'm trying to get a little package together to send home... anything in particular you want from here?? lol...
smile :) love, me
Ugh...I hate "no email Mondays"! Here's an update via a letter to let you know about my week!
So...I spent 3 days in Plymouth, New Hampshire, not Plymouth, Vermont...my bad. There is a Plymouth, Vermont...but I didn't find out I was going to New Hampshire until Monday night. We stayed in Burlington, Vermont. with 2 other sisters, Sister Petersen & Sister Agle. Then Tuesday we left early in the morning to Plymouth to drop me off and the others went on to Bedford, NH. Sister Steinbeagle and I had 3 good days...it was real stressful for me...she is struggling to feel comfortable. We managed! I did have the coolest experience while I was there though: We had an appointment to teach one of their investigators for the first time...and since it was Sister Steinbeagle's area, I was going to let her teach...well we got there and we started teaching Lee...and Sister Steinbeagle totally blanked...couldn't talk at all. So I pretty much taught the whole lesson...up until Joseph Smith and the First Vision...then I panicked! I didn't know the First Vision at all! Ah! Sister Steinbeagle for sure didn't know it, so...I stopped, said a prayer in my head, and went on. I told him all about Joseph Smith and looked him in the eyes and recited the First Vision. About halfway through, he closed his eyes...when I finished, he opened them and tears were running down his cheeks. I don't think I've felt the Spirit so strong during a lesson yet on the mission. It was amazing. Lee committed to be baptized on August 29th and is going to continue to read the Book of Mormon. I'm absolutely dying to know what is going to happen with him and won't have any idea until Zone Conference. Ah! :( I don't know what happened to me during that lesson, but I know it wasn't me talking. I've never said the First Vision out loud before...the Spirit works in mysterious ways!
I also recently met our new Mission President, President Wilkey and his wife. They are amazing! One thing that Sister Wilkey said to me was, "Be yourself...everyone else is taken". I am thankful for my time spent with Sister Steinbeagle, those 3 days taught me a lot. I was able to see a lot of success in those 3 days just being me!
Love, Sister Tresner
P.S. Can you believe it's been 2 months already?!!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
ha ha hiiiiiieeeee!!! question 1... what do we eat for dinner? we can't go to members houses for dinners (except sunday) it was the old mission presidents rule and we haven't heard any different yet... so we usually eat something quick... pb&j, bean and cheese burrito's, salad... anything that takes less then 15 minutes to make and eat lol... but we've had some really good meals at members homes or less-active members homes... burgers, steak (yessss) potatoes, salads, casseroles (typical mormon dishes) you know... the normal stuff. but usually, it's granola bars, string cheese, and pb&j type stuff... fun huh? :)
brother condon is doing a lot better. we found out that he's had seizures before and has medication for it, but wasn't taking it! but he's got it and he's taking it, so he's fine now. and as for our neighbors... well, we moved. we're temporarily staying at sister bushee's house... yea, the member that just got baptized. "hi, welcome to the church... wanna get baptized? um... can we live with you?" yea, that's pretty much how it went... no, she offered to have us stay there for a few weeks until we find an apartment.. but we're in a teeny tiny attic ha ha... but it works and it's a lot safer then where we were at. the neighbor that survived the fight actually turned out to be a suspect for his brother's death... so we got out of there and everything is good now! so... when you write or whatever, just send them to the mission home address until i can get sister bushee's address.
oh! i totally forgot... i'm going to be with a different companion for a few days... sister nelson is going to a leadership training thing in new hampshire for 3 days so i'm going to be with sister steinbeigle in plymouth, vermont for the next 3 days... we leave tonight and stay in burlington, vermont with sister petersen and sister agle and then tomorrow morning i'm off to plymouth... it's going to be interesting having 2 greenies in an area... i'm really nervous. ah! so pray for me! ha!
and... last thing and i'll quit rambling... president and sister wilkey are so so so amazing... we had our zone interviews on thursday... i had a long talk with both him and sister wilkey... i'm so excited to have them here. i know that they have truly been called of God to be here in this mission and i know they are going to do amazing things here.
but i gotta go! our time is almost up! but i love you and i miss you! until next week... smile :) :) :) xo- me
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
hi mom :) and rolly :) and baby smeedie and miss and "little"... wow sounds like you had a busy week! we did too... we have been busy running around teaching people! we are teaching some really amazing people here... we were referred to a man named john about a week ago... he's really interested and has lots of questions... AND... we started teaching one of our neighbors too... a fifteen year old boy named andrew... he is amazing! we set a date for him to be baptized on august 28th... sister nelson and i have been praying to be able to teach someone who will someday go on a mission... and he's already been talking about a mission... asking us all sorts of questions about it... he's so eager to learn... he's amazing!
we also had some really sad things happen this week... we teach a book of mormon study group every tuesday night... and one of our recent converts, brother condon was there... he's 70 years old but he's probably my favorite member in our branch... anyway, he got real quiet toward the end of the lesson and at the end of the lesson, he couldn't get up from the chair... he was completely non-responsive... we thought it was from his diabetes, that his blood sugar was low... so we got home some food to eat... and while is was eating, he started having a seizure and passed out. sister nelson and i caught him and had to hold him there until the ambulance came. long story short, he is okay... he had a gran mal (spelling?) seizure... it was super sad... but we're all glad he's okay. and the other thing that happened was... we got some new neighbors a few weeks ago... justin and josh who are brothers and then their girlfriends... we had only met them a few times but yesterday we heard that someone got ran over and killed in the middle of the night... turns out, it was justin, our neighbor... him and his brother were out drinking and ended up getting into a fight so justin left and was walking on the road... someone hit him and then he got ran over 2 more times before someone noticed him in the road. and the same night his brother, josh, ended up getting beat up somewhere and was beat up so bad that he was put into a coma. it's super sad and this town is so small that everyone either knows them, or was related to them...
anyway, yes we're still trying to move... no news yet but they're working on it. but i have to go... i got my "breakfast" package today... thanks :) you're the best! i love you and i'll try to write you today if i have time... miss you :) love-me :)
Monday, July 12, 2010
yes, i live above the catch penny thrift store... top floor! and... if you haven't noticed, there is a bar right under us too... fabulous. we are actually trying to move out...our neighbors are... umm... not so safe? i'll keep you updated though... we keep our door locked!
our week has been really good! we have 4 potential investigators that are set to be baptized the end of the month! and... this last thursday we got to meet our new mission president and his wife... president and sister wilkey. they are really amazing... sister wilkey is a convert to the church and president wilkey actually served his mission here! they both have such strong testimonies and seem really down to earth... AND... no more nylons!! only to church, baptisms and meetings! yay! AND... even better... our skirts don't have to be "mid-calf length" yesssss! just over the knee when we sit down... ha ha... now i have all these frumpy skirts :( oh well... better for winter!
p-day... our p-day is nuts... we literally are running around all day... we have to drive at least 30 minutes to the nearest wal-mart in a town called ticonderoga, ny for groceries and to do our laundry and wash the car... so we don't have time to do anything fun really... it's kind of a bummer. not that there is a whole lot to do here anyway... ah! i did eat at mcdonalds today! first time since i've been gone! ha ha... sad, isn't it? peanut butter and jelly have become one of my best friends. oh and i tried maple drops! the maple syrup in the snow stuff... it's just like a maple syrup candy... it's pretty yummy :)
poor smeedie... tell her i miss her... and i'd take her if i could :) it was definitely hot here this week... like 105 plus 90% humidity... blast. it was awful... i have bug bites all over my legs... and one on my foot that is making my whole foot swell and all tingly... i can't even fit it in my shoe :( if it doesn't go down by tomorrow, i'm going to have to call sister wilkey and get to a doctor :(
but... i do have to go... only 30 minutes goes by really quick. i haven't really taken many pictures here yet... so once i take more i'll send you some... but i love you and i'll talk to you next week! miss you miss you! love- me :)