Monday, June 27, 2016


So! This has been a week full of adventures and craziness, in all the best ways :D

We forgot to take pictures, but I love my new companion. The first time I met her, I was super intimidated. Sister Bueno is really loud and outgoing and rebellious, but I'm not...! I was really nervous. But now, even by day 7, we talk for hours and hours. It's hard to get to sleep, and then waking up in the morning is harsh, but we have so much in common so there's a ton to talk about! I love our conversations. We're polar opposites, but we get along so well! I'm more relieved than I can say.

I'm super excited to be working with Sister Bueno. She has a rep of being wild in the mission, but she just loves to have fun and she doesn't care about what other people think of her. She had a rough past, but she is extremely open about it and blunt, and so many people have opened up right away that normally would have been intimidated by missionaries. We're going to get so much done.

In our new area, we already have 26 referrals to see. 26!!!! There's a lot to do here! We still haven't met any of our investigators or set up solid lessons with people, so this has been a week of exploring and meeting ward members. Everyone is so excited to have sisters in their wards, we're kinda like celebrities. We walk into the chapel and everyone does a double take, and immediately goes "Wait, we have sis- WE HAVE SISTERS!!! EVERYONE COME AND LOOK!!!!" Hahaha it's great!!! Usually we have the Black Plague (the nametags), but for once people are crowding to come and meet us! Woohoo!

Now, we're also on bikes... it wasn't super pleasant at first, we're both used to cars, but! Now that we've successfully figured out how to deal with skirts while riding, we're really glad to have the bikes. 1, we'll be able to get around our area much faster. 2, by the end of the transfer we're going to be shredded. We get to workout all day every day now :D 

I have so much energy now already, just from a couple days of biking, and I have so much hope for this transfer. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from my companion, getting to know our people, and continuing to learn how to be a better missionary. 

More adventures next week!
Sister Clark

Monday, June 20, 2016

Transfers.... (and lots of pics!)

Well, it's official... I'm getting transferred. Tomorrow! Ack! I love I_____ with all of my heat and soul. When we found out I'll be leaving, I cried with so many people I've come to consider family here. I'll visit for certain again, no worries, but it still feels like I'm leaving home for my mission all over again.

But! I will be "whitewashing", which means my companion and I will be opening up a brand new area in the mission. My new companion is named Sister Bueno- I hear she's crazy fun but also a hard worker. It'll be exciting to meet her tomorrow! We'll both be on the same level too- neither of us will know the people in the area, and we'll both be starting from scratch. It should be one amazing experience :D

This week I've been dreading transfers, but once I got over the fact that change is the only constant you can rely on, I've been doing much better. Mmm, well I say "once I got over it...", actually it's a process I'm still working on. Sounds like it'll be a lifelong process :)  
But once I stopped thinking about myself so much, and once I remembered what the Lord's work is all about (OTHER people, helping OTHERS to Christ), then I automatically felt my stress levels drop. Reading the Ricciardi Letter really helped, too. (It's a letter someone wrote to a missionary about his mission experience.  In the letter, Elder Ricciardi is the narrator's trainer, and he's a crazy Italian who literally feared no man, and he was so close to the Spirit. It's an amazing story. Read it! :D You'll understand more once you read it. It's so incredible.)  Someone needs me in the C______ area, so I'm going to go and find them. This will be one amazing week, I'm looking forward to it!

And now, on to the best part I was saving for last... Happy Father's Day!!!!! 
No one can top my Daddy. I miss him more than I miss anything else, but I know he's waiting for me to get back home to him. I know he'll want me to return with honor, and I plan on doing my very best every single day, every single waking moment, to make him proud :) He's given me all that I have, from every materialistic thing to every memory and value that makes up who I am. I remember late nights staying up with him and my siblings while my mom was at work, and we'd read the scriptures on the hardwood floor and then spend ages discussing them. That was the first time I felt a "thirst" for reading the scriptures. I remember when I made him cry when I'd bring up the fact that I was leaving home for college, and I remember his firm hug goodbye for 18 months when he sent me away to the airport for my mission. When I return, I want him to be teary-eyed with pride, knowing that I did my best to serve the Lord.
My relationship with my Dad has helped me understand my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I'm so blessed to have a loving father like mine.  I know not everyone is lucky enough to have that, but there is one Perfect father everyone on earth has- Heavenly Father. For Him, I know He misses me and shed tears when I left His heavenly home to come to earth. I know He hugged me goodbye and wished me the best, and I know He watches over me still and helps me. I know that when I eventually will return home to His presence, I want Him to also shed tears of pride, knowing that I did my best every single day, every single waking moment. That's my goal, and I can't ever be grateful enough for my mission experience that is teaching me more about how to reach that goal :) And there are countless others here that need help reaching that goal too, and I'm honored that the Lord has trusted me to go and see every single person that I've met here. Only tears, and not even very efficiently, are what I can use to try to convey the depth of my gratitude and my love to both of my Fathers, the one here and the One waiting for me still :)

Thank you, to all of the dads out there, and to all of my surrogate dads here!! I love you!
Going to miss Sis. Wilson!
 Wonderful surrogate parents!
 "Please don't go." ;)

These are all the people who came out with me from the MTC! (Except Elder Bradfield in the middle)

We got a tour of one of our ward's mission leader's farm when he heard I was leaving. "The Field is white already to harvest..."

We knocked on a house we're pretty sure is abandoned, but the Spirit said to knock. It's hard to see in the pic, but there are huge nails sticking out of the roof- we were pretty sure we were going to die. So we took a picture, naturally.  

The last pic is of me with this amazing old man's cane... he made it out of a golf club and a fishing pole. He can fish, practice put-put without fetching the ball, he can walk... he should patent it.

Till next week! Have some crazy adventures till then :)

Sister Clark

Monday, June 13, 2016

I put the Pro in Procrastination.‏

Sooooo I waited until the last minute to send out a mass email.... sorry! But I do have pics to send!

Sister Wilson and I were given some sparkling apple cider from S____ on the night she said she wanted the discussions, so we've been celebrating!

We had a mission meeting and we all got to shake Elder Christoffersen's hand!!! It was so intense to hear the testimony from an Apostle of the Lord. While there, I met someone named Elder Clark! And we've both lived in Utah! We're probably related, we figure. Maybe.
Also, I took a pic with all the missionaries from Texas I know. There's more out there, but we had a "Texas-is-awesome" meeting in the gym. It was super fun! 

Next Saturday I find out if I'm staying in the Pocatello mission, or if I'm going to the new Idaho Falls mission. Pray for me! I'm nervous but also super excited. I'm excited for whatever lays ahead, but if I go to the new mission I'll have a mission president greener than me... It'll be awesome.

Love you all!

Sister Clark

Monday, June 6, 2016

A short one

This has been yet another FANTASTIC week! :D So many miracles. 
My favorite one this week: a lady we do service for every Tuesday, who's super Catholic and hasn't been interested in the past, asked US for the discussions this week. We felt prompted to go see her out of the blue- we were like 8 miles away- but we went all the way back into town and knocked on her door. She opened it and immediately started crying. She told us that she'd been frustrated with her health and so she was praying to know if "all this crap was true" and that if this was the direction she was supposed to go, then she wanted the Lord to send the "missionary girls" over within an hour. Then we showed up at her doorstep in that allotted time! She told us to pencil her in for Tuesday as soon as we can, and thanked us again and again. Obedience and really listening to the Spirit lets miracles happen, I believe it more and more the more I see it happen. Hearts really do change! I'm so happy to be a missionary. 

I read the talk the "Fourth Missionary" and I re-committed to giving ALL of my might, mind, strength, and especially my heart to the Lord. Also, I asked the Lord to take all of my sins, all of my heart, everything... I don't understand how, but I've been able to handle every temptation thrown my way. Even simple ones like the temptation to sleep in. I've been helped so much, and I've been doing FABULOUS. I'm so happy. And I've been able to feel the Spirit more and more, and see more miracles.

Being on a mission is the BEST!!!!! I love you all!!

Till next week :)

Sister Clark