Thursday, January 28, 2016

Week 35- Roller coaster life

Have I mentioned that is snows here?

Well this week was a definite roller coaster....Holy cow, so much to
say and tell so I'll try to make it make sense! But sorry if I'm not

This week started off busy from the get go! We had practically ZERO
time on preparation day to email because we went to President
Bingham's house to make corn bags! They're like rice bags, but from
field corn.
Now we put them in the microwave every night or morning to keep
warm during studies and stuff. We put them in our bed each night so
we're toasty's awesome:


Well here goes the busy started off on a high!
we decided to tract  a little bit and we met a girl named K
She's having a tough time right now and was very open to our message.
She is a young mom and  she's definitely been through a lot but she has so
much faith in Christ. She is really searching for truth and peace right now.  Love when  People feel stronger and loved.
Tuesday we also had an awesome lesson with C
She's awesome and so ready for  change. We've been working on the Book of Mormon with her and she's been reading so much more! Also, she finally said the closing prayer!!
She was a bit nervous about Prayer so she finally pinky promised that she would do it the next
time...we had photo evidence....and she did (if you know Rebecca you know she likes PINKY Promises)!  It was the sweetest
prayer.  In it she thanked the Lord for the gospel and  she prayed for specific answers to her specific
questions and she said she felt the Spirit!!
It's the little things, right?:)

Did I tell you it snows in Montana? fact! We have a metal roof....we came home this
week to THIS. The gutter and all the perpendicular-snow-stopper-things
on the roof came crashing down! Apparently with the snow melting and
refreezing it got super thick and icy and heavy and took down the snow
stopper things with it! It crashed all over the deck...luckily the
Welches were coming in town the next day to grab a few things so they
came by and took it the rest of the way off....

Picture 2-the next day we come in and AGAIN find ALL THE SNOW FROM THE ROOF came crashing down....all of it.  It took down a little part
of the fence with it....eek! The Welches were very cool about it and
were like "it would have happened anyway...good thing you were here to
see it!" Needless to say, we spent a lot of time shoveling

Wednesday morning was uplifting and beautiful!! We had the opportunity
to be part of the worldwide missionary conference. It was awesome! Our
zone met at the stake center in the high council room and streamed it
in to watch live. It was so incredible! They haven't had something
like this in a decade so that was amazing to be a part of. There was a
huge emphasis placed on the doctrine of Christ. Remembering  the
basics! A lot was shared about Christ and repentance. Repenting is one

So Wednesday afternoon is when things started taking a
dip....we were supposed to have dinner with the Hatch family, the
SWEETEST couple ever....well the morning of,  Brother Hatch called and
said Sister Hatch isn't feeling well and we might have to reschedule
dinner. She slipped on the ice and fell and needed to rest. The next
day, we find out that it was a really bad fall...she was going in to
surgery for her head/brain injury. She and brother Hatch went up to
Great Falls to the hospital and they put her in an induced coma. The
surgery went okay but she had a stroke right after and sweet Sister
Hatch passed away this week. She was an amazing woman and will be very
missed! She was so lively and fun and always had a beautiful,
energetic smile. Brother Hatch is one of the strongest men I know. And
such a missionary. Such examples to me and the friendliest, kindest people you'll ever meet. They are
an amazing family and we really are going to miss Sister Hatch. It was
a tough one. On top of that, sweet Sister Rasmussen's grandma passed
away the same day that Sister Hatch did. I have learned great lessons
of strength this week. I've learned the importance  of remembering the
plan of salvation and taking every opportunity given us by the Lord to
build our testimonies. ---
--Anyway, I can just testify that the atonement is real!
Not only for sins and mistakes but for strength and lifting. I've seen
it in my life and so many others that are having trials placed before
them right now. The Lord loves us all and gives us opportunities to
turn to Him in love and prayer. Thank goodness for this gospel that
lifts and strengthens us. We have definitely been needing it this last
little bit.

Well the end of the week things started to head back up again!
Saturday was a blessing. No it was a miracle! The power of prayer is
real. --I don't remember if I told you this or not....but just in
case, here we go--Our zone is starting a new thing called the M&M
Initiative.  Basically the main points  are we read Alma 8:10 and talk about praying in faith and "wrestling with God". We share stories and experiences ……….Then we read Alma 16:16 and talk about the Lord pouring out His Spirit to prepare the hearts and minds of the people…we see the miracles Daily!

Our Sweet Friend M has been searching and asking and now has set a date and committed
to make covenants with our Father in Heaven.
I know without a doubt it was because of prayers. Prayers for hearts
and minds to be prepared! Prayers for M specifically! Prayers
for the Spirit! Wow this work is amazing.
I love Montana! I love the people here and the pure joy that
comes from watching prayers be answered. Life is a roller coaster--non
stop ups and downs and turn arounds...but the Lord lets these ups and
downs and all arounds happen so we can tighten our seat belts and tie
ourselves to the Lord and His gospel.
Love you lots!!

Sister Hodgson

Also....I'm so sorry but one last story...haha it's kinda a silly one
but it freaked Sister Rasmussen and I out! Haha so we were going to
find another family and we were in a creepier part of was
late at night, one of our last stops and fun fact about
Montana--street lights aren't a thing. So it's super super dark
outside, were walking to this creepy apartment complex and it's a
completely silent night. Then for some reason I felt like I should
turn around and look behind us....I did, and I saw this big ugly black
dog just standing there staring at us. It didn't make any noise, it
didn't move, it just stood there staring from about 3 feet away. We
didn't hear it come up or anything! All I really said was "oh" under
my breath and Sister Rasmussen looked behind and saw it too. We got
the creepiest feeling so we turned and started walking away. We look
like 4 steps then I turned back to see if it was following us and it
was GONE! Haha no sound at ALL! Just disappeared. Never saw it again.
Haha all I could think of was that it was "the grim" from Harry
Potter. Hahaha anyway missions are the best thing ever. LOVE YOU!!!

 Thanks for the package and the blue sweaters !!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Week 34 - No letter but a few pictures with explanations.... :(

MLC! These are all the STL in the mission and Sister Wadsworth and
Sister Baird on the end. They're awesome sisters! Sister Baird is
Elder Baird (the vehicle coordinator missionary)'s wife. They're the

                                    Sister Anderson, Bell, Major, Moyer, Freeman, Rammell, Rasmussen,
                                                                              Wadsworth and Baird.

That was at MLC so Mission Leadership's the zone
leaders, the sister training leaders and the assistants and president
and sister Wadsworth....we go and discuss the mission and define what
things we need to work on, how we can help with obedience, we define
and tweak the mission rules and standards of excellence,'s
amazing and we always learn so much!! . One thing that President
Wadsworth said that really  stuck out to me was "no matter what we
think we are, at the end of the day, we're teachers." And that really
hit because in all reality, that's what Christ did! He taught! Whether
it was in a sermon or by example helping those around Him and
forgiving others and helping them be better, He taught. Wherever He

and this is us blowing off a little steam...hahahah

 I  got the Christmas Package mom!  Thanks so much !  the lights are up in our room, and we are having fun.  It brought some sunshine into this winter wonderland.

This is Haven...we visit their family a lot. She reminds me SO much of Mariah ( remember our one of our foster babies) I just love playing with her and she loves our name tags

This is us and Sister Wray.
She's the cutest little thing! She's so energetic
and call us "her baby girls" hahaha we went over for a lesson and she had made us YUMMY cookies.
  Then she came to all three hours of Chruch. Makes  my heart happy.


These are our puppies, Rufus and Freckles~ thanks for the package Mom!

Friday, January 15, 2016

WEEK 33- respect for Moms and the Book of Mormon

Dad, Oh! We used to drive a Chevy cruise! we had a blue one in my last area and a red one at the beginning of this one! But the beginning of my first transfer here, they gave us this one!! It's a 2014 jeep .
We like it:) nice to have 4 wheel drive for all the snow and the
driving and stuff Haha:)

Fun fact! It snows in Montana. A lot. Haha
when we were
coming home from church on Sunday, we were pulling into our driveway
and got stuck! And I mean stuck. Sister Rasmussen was driving this
time and couldn't open her door cause it was too high with snow! So I
ran and opened the garage and we had to dig ourselves out! Haha I bet
we looked awesome with our skirts and shovels in the middle of the
mountains with our little jeep stuck. Haha but we all need the Montana
experience right?!;)

This week was a week where my testimony of the Book of Mormon was strengthened tremendously. To be honest there wasn't one big moment where trumpets sounded and angels shouted "hallelujah" and I knew "that's the the Lord needed me to learn this week", but as I've been pondering the blessings and miracles that we've seen this week, I can't help but notice the role of the Book of Mormon in everything
that's happened. And for me, it all started with studies. --Sorry this
is so scattered but my thoughts are everywhere!!!
So bear with me.

At the start of my mission, I was super good at studying the Book of
Mormon diligently each day. But  as I've been studying in personal study for those people that we were teaching that day, my studies turned more to conference talks, Preach My Gospel ,  articles and stories and the ensign and all these other words of the Lord!

This week, the Lord and
I talked about it and decided that it's one thing (one of the many)
things I need to work on....haha so I've been spending much more time
in the Book of Mormon. In an email from Matthew a few weeks ago, he
mentioned the scriptures and using them in teaching and answering
questions....Ive been searching for scriptures and stories in the Book
of Mormon specifically that help answer the questions of those were
teaching. It's been a huge focus of all who we've been teaching this
week.  Its amazing how many times a day we talk and testify .
We were talking one day and President Wadsworth said something along the lines of "if you can get those you're teaching to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, there's nothing that they won't do for this gospel." And holy cow that really stuck with me. THATS how we help them make and keep their covenants.

We had Many people that have not been coming to church come and several great lessons and opportunities to serve.  Its been a good week.
We have been teaching M a lot lately.  She wants so much to continue on her path but things from her past make her feel badly about herself and angry at others.   Shes been reading the Book of Mormon and was finding answers and some questions.  She said she wanted to come to church but she was super
nervous to bring her kiddos because they're young, busy boys.
Sister Rasmussen and I were sweatin. Haha we prayed so hard that it would be a good experience. They were busy boys!!
All the time, in the background, bishop
Whittaker was giving the most amazing talk. It was on the Book of
Mormon. (SURPRISE)
And the whole time I was
thinking "gahhh I wish M could focus and hear this!!!" But wow.
Our ward is incredible. The Youngs saved her a seat, sister Knudsen
and her daughter brought coloring books for the boys, everyone came up and said hi, helped her boys find primary afterward, everything was
Anyway. After church M and I were talking and I asked about her
thoughts and feelings of church. And wow. Can I just say that moms are
incredible multi taskers?? Haha
She said the best part of church
was -get this- was bishops talk!! She talked and testified of how much
she needed that and how it answered so many of her questions.
Holy cow. Such a testimony to me of how even through the mumble and jumble of crying kiddos, broken crayons and Cheerios flying at church, the Spirit can still testify !

 The gospel is amazing. The Book of Mormon is true. It's so
eternally true, I could never deny it. And like bishop, I don't know
that it's true because someone proved it to me with evidence and
witnesses and proof. I know it's true because I ask my Father in
This life is a process. And I'm so
grateful for it!! I love you so much and I love my
Savior and everything that is possible because of Him.

Sister Hodgson