Saturday, October 19, 2013
|Rachel's new place in Olympia|
|Rachel LOVES red, so she was tickled with the new car|
"I'll start answering your questions first today, My new companion is Sister Jumaonville. Her first name is Retta and she is from McPherson, Kansas. Dad, I thought she went to school at UVU but she was at the University of Utah. I told her you did your PhD there. She has been out almost 6 months. She is a visa waiter, like Sister Dean. She will be going to BRAZIL!!!!! Mom, I have heard her read her scriptures in Portuguese-it's so cool! I pray that she will get her visa soon so she can serve where she was called (ok, I admit I am praying she doesn't get it until after this transfer-selfish, I know, But I really like her... ) She will be turning 21 on the 30th of this month and we have already decided that I will make her a carrot cake (she loves it just like Daddy does!) But I am going to use a mix;0) Ha Ha!
My apartment is a townhome, there is so much room! I have my own bathroom, a big closet, and a DESK I love it, the only problem is it is dark and doesn't have a ton of light so it can be hard to study in some places.
I am serving in the Olympia 3rd Ward in the Olympia Zone. I am expecting to be here for two transfers at the least. Transfer meeting was wonderful and it was fun to see Sister Logan again. This first week has flown by, we met Darcie one of our new investigators on Tuesday night, then on Wednesday we pulled weeds for service and met our first couple in the ward. I shared a message about trusting in the Lord. They have a daughter that was at BYU-idaho and a son that is waiting for a visa so Sister Jumonville and I had alot in common to talk with them about. This is the SMALLEST area. It is ALL residential, no fast food, gas, or stores-it's so weird not to see any people during the day out on the street. They are either in cars or in houses. The teaching pool is small too, but President said that if we focus on bringing members and missionaries together we will fill that teaching pool right up. So we are working hard and visiting members giving "Build you Faith" visits which are 15 minutes long and share a message to get them thinking about missionary work-We could use your prayers! Love You!"
Posted by Michelle Fabis at 7:05 PM
Monday, October 7, 2013
|At Zion's Camp|
|At Zion's Camp|
I got a bit behind. I haven't been feeling well and Rachel has been sending VERY short e-mails with very little information, other than I LOVE YOU! Which is great to hear- I can't lie:0)
I made some stationary for Rachel and her Companion. (It is so hard to find cute stationary these days, I guess nobody writes letters anymore) I was pretty proud of myself, I just bought the fun paper and envelopes and printed the rest on the computer.
|First Baptism! Rachel was so grateful she was able to be there!|
I am so happy yesterday was one of the busiest days but very rewarding.
I am so happy for Jason and the convents he has made. So cool!!
Tomorrow I will be heading to Olympia! 3rd ward. I'm excited! my companion will be Sister Jumonville.
I hope you all have a great week!
Posted by Michelle Fabis at 4:54 PM
Monday, September 23, 2013
Friends and Family
I have to tell you guys an awesome thing!!
JASON ( Kayla's step dad!) IS GETTING BAPTIZED! ON SEP. 29th!
I am so happy!!! Last night we had dinner with the Lorance's at the Crockett's (member) home. We watched the Restoration DVD. The spirit was so strong! The whole family was there except the youngest (Jasper) he was home with grandma ( cool story about grandma. Cheryl is her name she asked Sister Davis and I if she could go to Dana's and Kayla's class. she said " I think I want to start coming back to church." We were stunned but so happy! Cheryl hasn't been to church for over 15 years. We quickly told her of course you can!)
Back to the story. The spirit was strong during the movie. Sister Davis was entertaining Jacob. I felt the spirit very strong, I knew that the spirit was testifying to me that this gospel really has been restored to this earth! Afterwards, Bishop Betteridge and his son Caleb showed up to home teach the Crockett's. (Heavenly Father knew that all of us needed to be there.) After the movie Sister Davis smoothly took the seat by Jason and I moved behind them to entertain Jacob! We were able to invite Jason to be baptized, the spirit was so strong! I know Heavenly Father really helped Sister Davis and I know what to do to bring the spirit into the lesson. It worked out perfectly-It was AMAZING! President Weaver said " This month lets have the perfect storm." I found out what that meant yesterday. So many things came together to make the perfect storm last night.
|Sisters from the Tacoma Zone at Zion's Camp. Rachel is in the back!|
I can't believe I have been out (on Thursday..park day eek!) 3 months! Time is flying by and at the same time going by so slow! I need to do what my journal says "happiness is found along the journey". I'm trying to do what my plaque scripture says " Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not to thy own understanding." There is a song that I heard last transfer its called "Open My Mouth." I love that song! its about opening your mouth and testifying what you know is true. I'm working on it. Another song is " Don't Give up." I have loved when this song has come on. It seems to come on when I needed it mos. I LOVE personal study! I cherish it!
|Zion's Camp is a church owned camp in Washington|
Zions' camp was awesome, did a rope's course. Loved it! The drive was good too, I'll send a few pics on the drive up. Highlight was the bridge! and I saw so many MORE trees!! :) I'm so excited I have a training this Wednesday, I go see the broadcast Saturday night, have a Baptism Sunday night, then P-day, and then Transfer meeting, then General Conference! I'm so excited for General Conference!!!! How you guys preparing for Conference?
Saturday Sister Davis puked twice. I felt so bad! She is optimistic though. Even when she is sick. She hasn't puked since Saturday she received a blessing. She has a cold and Bronchitis that never went away when she got it a couple months ago. She is a bit better today, less congested. I Love Sister Davis. Well time is up. I love you so much! I hope you have a great week!
Read your Scriptures
Say your Prayers
Share with me anything interesting you have learned!
Sister Rachel M. Fabis
P.S. K, pix will have to be next week. I'm out of time! We got here at 10. leaving at 11:30 . We are going to get mail! It's crazy the next time I go get mail, it might be the last time getting it from the mission office. CRAZY thought. I keep telling myself "Change is good." Love you bunches!!!
Posted by Michelle Fabis at 2:32 PM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Do you like the pictures?!
This week is Zion's Camp. It's going to be so fun! It's this Thursday I get to wear jeans and play games. President is doing it in Zones we are praying that it won't be rainy. I'm so excited!!!
|I have no idea who this Siste is, but she is a cutie!|
I love exchanges!!! I went with Sister Wilkins and Sister Dean. Oh, love them so much! I'm feeling good and continuing to feast upon the words of Christ 2 Nephi 2 (I think verse 23?) Being steadfast and having a perfect brightness of hope. A few weeks ago Dad gave me that scripture to read. Helped me so much.
(I had asked Rachel about music and her mission. They seem to sing alot, more than I ever did)
Yes! My mission is very into music! At Zone Conference we sang songs and it helped and touched me a lot. I needed to feel the spirit much more that day. Sister Weaver is very into music. President Weaver is too. Not quite as much as Sister Weaver-but I love it! I will be singing at a fireside, I'm not sure when.
(I served my mission pretty much during the same time of year almost 25 years ago. She asks me to write stories or excerpts from my mission journal in my letters. I had taught my first family in September of 1987)
|Rachel with a Sister from her MTC District|
I loved your mission story. I find ways to relate and how I can improve and be a better missionary. I am reading with my mission the Book of Mormon. We are on page 80. I received a blessing last week -it was amazing! I was instructed to study the atonement. I have ignored the prompting to study the atonement, I don't know why, but I listened after that blessing. Now every night before bed I tell Heavenly Father my personal study plan and ask him to help guide me to change what I need to. I have done so much more praying this transfer-OK, actually a ton. It's good. I'm grateful to be getting closer to having a better relationship with him.
I miss you all but I know that if I had the option to leave tomorrow to come home, I wouldn't. I love striving to be the best I can be. Always learning and seeking to gain more knowledge, work on my weaknesses, find my spiritual talents, and get to know my brother Jesus Christ better than I hope to imagine. Christ is my perfect example -I'm going to follow.
I love you
Have a Fabulous week!
Posted by Michelle Fabis at 12:19 AM