Wednesday, August 28, 2013



   So this week we were able to go to the Temple and I can’t tell you how much I loooooove the temple! I learned so many new things this time. If you haven’t been in a while, make sure you go! There is such a peace you can feel there that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s a little piece of heaven  :) so this week we went on exchanges and I went to phoenix with Hermana Mejia she’s from France and is sooo cool. When we got to her apartment she was showing me some pictures and we were talking when I saw a familiar face and was like "wait is that Nolan Foley?!" she was super surprised and said yes. I told her that we went to the same high school and she told me that he was one of the elders serving in her ward in France and they were really good friends now. Small world! It was crazy! The exchange was really fun and I learned a lot. I can’t speak a lot of Spanish still, but I’m starting to really understand what people are talking about now which is nice. It’s nice to not be totally clueless

We have been struggling finding people to teach this week so we have been doing a lot of walking around OYMing (open your mouth) a lot. We have met a lot of really cool people that way and hopefully have some new potent ail investigators. We have had a lot of fun this week walking around and riding our bikes. The other day I totally ran into a tree. We were just walking down this street going to dinner and I didn’t see the branch for some reason until it had made contact with my forehead and almost knocked me over. It was embarrassing because this lady drove by right when it happened. But it was super funny haha. And yesterday was awesome! It was only like 90 and there was a cool breeze with cloud cover. It was perfect for riding bikes. It’s funny because I almost put on my little sweater because it was a little chilly. 90 is chilly for me now haha Arizona does crazy things to ya. I also had to play the piano in primary yesterday. I really need to start practicing piano because they keep asking me to play when I don’t really know how haha. But it went OK and it was fun to hear the primary songs in Spanish. Well hope you are all have the best week ever! Talk to ya later!

            Hermana Savage

At the temple with sister Greenwood :)

Hike this morning on A mountain

Elder Neiderhowser and Elder Perez the Assistants. they hiked in their suits haha

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mission tour with Elder Cardon

   Well something very exciting happened last p-day. We were playing b

basketball and frasketball in a church gym with our zone and it was lots of fun, until I ended up on the floor and couldn't get up. I have seriously never had that much pain in my life! I guess I pulled a muscle and nerve in my lower back and it wasn’t very much fun. I guess it’s just old age because I’m almost 20! Ugh! Ha-ha. But all is well now and I’m about back to normal.

   We had the mission tour this week and Elder Craig A. Cardon of the seventy came and spoke and did training for our mission. It was sooooo amazing! So many wonderful and insightful things were said. One that really stuck out to me was that we aren’t here because of what we know; we are here because of what we have felt. That gave me a lot of encouragement because I feel stressed sometimes because I don’t feel that I know very much. But I don’t need to know everything. I only need to know enough to help my investigators feel the way I have felt. We talked about sustaining a little bit to and he made a comment that I am always going to works towards now. He said "if I sustain someone I labor to see that they enjoy success in their calling." how wonderful that is! I love how this church runs and how we all support, help and inspire each other. We raise our hands to sustain our leaders, but is that all we do? Because we sustain them it means that we support them and we are always there for them. 

  Well hope everyone is enjoying getting back to school and the cooler temperatures! It was still in the 110's this week here, but hopefully by the end of September things will start cooling down a little bit. Love ya all! Talk to ya soon

                   Hermana Savage  

Here's us with Elder Cardon! :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Power of Prayer

Dear family and friends,

     Well I’d like to report a much better week! We had a lot of really good experiences and I don’t have time to write them all but hopefully I can get to one of them. so last p-day we had a pretty fun time in our apartment listening to the David Archuleta Christmas CD because we are allowed to listen to Christmas music which I didn’t know and I was so excited I wanted to listen to it all day.  Sister Funke and I put on a little ballet dance performance for our companions and I did the worm which might not have been the best idea because my arms were sore for like the rest of the week haha.

     But one of investigators who I love so much had a great experience. We asked her to pray about being baptized and she told us she hasn’t gotten her answer yet but that she did pray to feel better because she sometimes gets down on herself. She told us that it worked; she said it was a little weird how much better she felt. I almost exploded I was so happy to hear that. Like I can’t even express how cool it was. To know that she felt that love from heavenly father and recognized it, maybe for the first time in her life. It made me sooo happy inside :)

     On Thursday we met with one of our investigators that we haven’t met with in a long time and she was so excited for the lesson. We were sitting out on her porch reading from the book of Mormon and everything was going great until one of the little girls that she was watching went inside and closed the door. Leaving us all locked outside the apartment. Martha tried to get the little girl to open the door but the little girl quickly got discouraged and starting crying and screaming "no puedo!" (I can’t) we tried to show her through the window but she just cried and cried as we attempted again and again to open the door, with no success. This went on for about 20 to 30 min and I couldn’t watch anymore because I knew that if we said a prayer it would all be ok. So I suggested that we say a prayer and we did. The Crying and screaming didn’t stop, but Martha still tried to open the door. She decided to leave and go get her nephew to get a key. I knew the door would open though. I have such a Strong testimony of prayer. I knew it would open. I went to the window and tried to comfort the little girl and tell her everything was going to be alright but she just kept crying. Then the coolest thing ever happened. I Went to the door grabbed the knob and turned. The door opened with ease and I was shocked for a second until I remembered how powerful prayer is. I know there are doors in life that are locked and are impossible for us to open alone. That is why we need to ask for help. We can open any door when we rely on the power of prayer and have the faith to turn the knob. There are no locked doors that we cannot open. That is one of the blessings of the knowledge we have, and living the gospel in a way that allows us to have the spirit with us always. When we are doing what we are supposed to be doing and follow the council of our leaders and prophet every door is open to us. How cool is that!? I think it’s awesome. So many doors have already been open to me because of my decision to serve a mission. I’m so so so sooooooo glad that I decided to do so. I love serving the Lord and learning more about him each and every day! I love this Gospel :) and I Love all of you!!! Hope everyone is doing great and is enjoying school! Thanks for all the letters!  Love ya tons. Talk to ya soon.
                   Hermana Savage 
My new Comp Hermana Greenwood!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Transfer 3 here we come!


    So this week has been a little bit rough, but its ok missionary work is hard sometimes and we just have to be patient. So first off we had transfers on Wednesday! I can honestly say that I have never been so nervous in my life! Sister Segura is off to Casagrade and she is pretty excited to be more then 15min away from where her family lives haha. I’m going to miss her a lot but she is going to do great things in that area. So there was a little confusion at the transfer meeting and turns out my new companion had no idea she was being transferred so it was a little bit of an unpleasant surprise for her. But Sister Toone drove us to her old apartment so we could pick up all her stuff and get her to our apartment. She is a missionary who was affected from the mission split and is actually from the phoenix mission. Her name is sister Greenwood and she came from japan, she’s not Japanese she has just lived there for 8 years because her dad works for the Air force. Cool Huh!? Go Air force!!! She has been out for a year and has only served in one area her whole mission, so she is kind of excited to be in a new area.

   We have struggled to teach this week, a lot of our investigators are hard to meet with because they work so much, and it’s really hard. Sister Segura took her GPS "Lolita" with her, so im kind of lost, I tried to figure out how to read the map, but it’s a little frustrating. Oh well. Patience is key in anything; it’s good that I will learn how to read a map. So we spent a lot of time out in the sun this week walking around talking to people, and it was fun. We met some really cool people, and this one guy pointed out that we had something angelic about us and he thought it was really cool. It’s cool when people can see a difference and can see the light of Christ in us. I’ve talked to a lot more people in Spanish this week too, I know I’m not saying anything right but as long as I keep a smile on my face they listen and enjoy what I have to say haha. So that’s been fun to really just talk with people this week.

    I found a Scripture this morning that I really liked in Alma 56:16-19 and its when the 2000 stripling warriors come to the aide of Antipus and his men. It says "yea and they were depressed in body as well as in spirit, for they had fought valiantly by day and toiled by night to maintain their cities; and thus they had suffered great afflictions of every kind. and now they were determined to conquer in this place or die; therefore you may as well suppose that this little force which was brought with me, yea, those sons of mine, gave them great hopes and much joy" It just made me think of how sometimes we get physically and spiritually depressed because we fight valiantly day and night to maintain who we are, what we stand for, and for what we believe in. and it’s hard. Life’s not easy all the time, even if you are doing everything you are supposed to be doing. But god always sends help. Always. Even when it is the small force it can still give us hope that everything will be ok. that we can get through anything. We can have joy. I’m so grateful for that. That we are never alone in this work. we never have to do anything in life without the help of our heavenly father or the small forces that he sends our way to strengthen us. So it’s been a hard week, but it’s ok! We still keep a smile on our face and press on! I hope everyone is doing great! I Love you al SOOOOO much! Talk with ya'll next week!

                       Hermana Savage