Saturday, July 21, 2012

What in the world.... transfer finito!



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hey!!

How has your week been? Did anything unexpected happen?

It’s been really nice weather here. Not very raining except for yesterday morning. Sister Pelfrey loved it. She's from Seattle so that's what she'll be going back to. She loves all weather though.. And pretty much all things. She's so easy going.

So this week was a whirlwind of... stuff... for lack of a better word ha-ha. We just had loads to do, we didn't end up weekly planning or packing until the bitter end because we had so much to do. But everything got finished, we packed, the apartment is cleared out (of her stuff for the most part at least in organized piles) and we were able to finish the night with a lesson with an investigator with a member present and it was one of the best lessons of the transfer. It was with Maria. Our 8 o'clock fell through and our 7 o'clock and we wanted to end with a bang so we called up another investigator we hadn't seen in a week or so. She didn't answer so we left a message and she called right back. We were in her apartment an hour and a half later. It was great. The Spirit was strong. We testified of church. She'll be meeting with the missionaries when she goes home from school. So overall this week was a huge success. We are trying as hard as we can to fill up all our time with lessons with members, investigators and less actives so we can really strengthen the ward and so we can help to fulfill Elder Perry's advice/counsel/command to have 20 lessons a week. It was close this week =)  It’s been a really fun week.

We were able to teach a lot of investigators. Sultana, Dilanka and Vince are the ones who are progressing and they are all doing well. They all came to church and so did a new investigator named HP. It’s been a blessing to be able to teach, to invite and to help them to feel the Spirit. The longer I'm on the mission the more I'm learning about the Spirit and its role in conversion - it’s the ONLY way to conversion. Not only with investigators but also with less actives and members. The area is going really well. Some of our investigators are leaving in a week because the semester is over but we've had people fall into our laps that are staying so it will be interesting but I know that the Lord will provide. If I stay in the area... I doubt that the Lord wants to whitewash La Jolla AGAIN but if he does then I guess I'll be somewhere else.

Sister Pelfrey is great. She was SPRINTING to the finish and it was so much fun. I've learn a lot from her example and I am so grateful that we were able to spend this transfer together. She's really helped me a lot and she will be such a blessing when she goes home. This transfer went SO fast. I can't even believe it. I think it was my favorite transfer of my mission. I learned a ton, I'm happy and the people are doing so well.

These are some of the things that I learned from Sister Pelfrey but there are so much more.

- Christ like love and charity, and showing people how much I care
- Diligence
- Forgiveness (both myself and others)
- How to have a rockin' time
- How to schedule appointments like a champ so we're busy =)
- How to state my purpose in a Scottish accent
- How to story tell (I’m still working on that one)
- How to hit the ground running... allllll the time ha-ha.

Last week after we e-mailed we had fifteen minutes and somebody had given her 20 dollars to go get earrings in old town... so we BOOKED it in our pioneer dresses. Like... hardcore. Imagine - two girls in pioneer dresses, holding up their dresses, sprinting down a hill, hair streaming, dropping something, comically stopping to go back and get it and then running again. It was SO funny. We later took pictures to reenact it - same pioneer dresses and all, hehehe, and that's just an example. We were running ALL week long including from our appointment last night to the car. It was the best. I want to run everywhere. We packed like madwomen too. We had like 8 sisters in our little apartment packing Sister Pelfrey until the bitter end at like 10:24pm and then again in the morning. It was craziness.

For departures, I and Sister Smith were together and we met a man from Boston who referred in the zone leader’s area. It was cool, he was really friendly and seemed ready. I love being at the Temple. Miracles always happen. Speaking of miracles... an anti miracle is that we lost the keys to the car so had to leave it up on Mt. Solidad and (miracle) we found them in Sister Smith's bag! Miracle! So we had to go up and get it, and by that time it was time for companion study and it would have taken too long to go back to old town so we got to have companion study up on Mt. Solidad. It was way pretty.

I wanted to paint you a picture of San Diego... I don't think I've done that before.

Imagine: It’s a pretty ritzy place (especially the areas where I serve) lots of palm trees, sculptured green, lots of implanted plants. There are all different kinds of plants - some of which kind of look like they are from Doctor Seuss. With purple leaves and slanted cones. Also there is something called a Naked Coral Tree... isn't that funny. It’s these weird little trees that have nothing on them except little red buds at the end up the branches. But for the most part the places that aren't planted are just desert brush. It’s so pretty. There are tons of people. The highway system is crazy. There are so many overpasses, underpasses and lanes, lots of shopping, lots of sights to see, and every day I get to see the ocean. It’s gorgeous. It’s pretty. It’s my mission.

Anyway. That's my week... transfers tomorrow 0_0.... Every time. It’s just a shock! But anyway! I sure love you! I'll tell you next week what's going down in the life of me.

I love you all so much! Keep up the good fight! And smile!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Hey Everyone


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hey Everyone,

How is it going down in... Utah, and Massachusetts.

The reason for my late e-mail is that Sister Pelfrey and I went to the zoo today! Wahoo!!!! We saw pretty much everything in about 2 1/2 hours. It was definitely a speed tour but we got to see everything cool and most things were moving. I was going to upload pictures but for some reason the camera isn't connecting to the computer. But I saw a giraffe and a zebra, an elephant and some otters, a hippo and a rhino and lions, tigers and bears. Oh My! The sloth bear was my favorite, it was dancing for us- and the arctic wolf, and the polar bear. =) Good times at the zoo! We got to go for free because some members let us in. 

As far as updates for my week go: 

This week we had a lot of fun. We were able to stay really busy and to be able to teach a lot. We didn't quite get the 20 lessons a week but we are trying as hard as we can to have appointments at every available space. We have been able to teach a lot of less active and borderline less actives and help strengthen their testimonies. The apostles have asked us to teach 20 lessons a week, either to investigators, less active members or members just so we can stay teaching and spend our time most efficiently. It’s been great to really work towards that goal. 

Our investigator William is still gone - in Texas right now living with someone he wants to marry. He was taught the law of chastity so we're not quite sure what is going on, but I have faith he will come around. He wants to be baptized so badly, he just wasn't happy here in California. His phone has been shut off. We think he may have run out of money. Poor guy. Sister Pelfrey and I both feel like he's going to come back sometime soon though. 

We have three other investigators who are progressing nicely. One is Dilanka. He wants so desperately to receive answers to his prayers. He sent us a text yesterday that he said he prayed in the shower and in his room, long prayers with lots of questions and he just doesn't feel anything. We're working with him to recognize the Holy Ghost in his life. He's so funny! I love teaching him. He has a pet flying squirrel called a sugar glider. The other two are Sultana who came to church and Maria. They both want to know with real intent as well so its fun to teach both of them. Dilanka and Maria are going to be leaving in the middle of June because University of California San Diego is out but we have some solid potentials and some other investigators that we're working with that have a lot of potential in the Gospel. 

Sister Pelfrey is a gem. She is the example of selfless sacrifice. I'm learning a lot from her. I want to be more like her and follow in her example. She's one of the most Christ like people that I know. She's doing really well as her mission comes to a close. She's focused, positive and on fire. I love her. This is her last week in the mission and then she is getting transferred homeward bound. I'm going to miss her. She is a great missionary, and a great friend. I'm going to try to make this week the best week of her life. =) 

So that's my life right now. Solid. =) The church is true, the book is blue ha-ha. I was thinking the other day as Sister Pelfrey and I were walking towards a member’s home quoting Elder Holland’s testimony of the Book of Mormon about how grateful I am that I am on a mission. Where else would I learn how to quote that from memory? Where else would my testimony have solidified like it has here? It’s been the best year and a half for my life, that's for sure. =) 

I feel so much better than last week as to my feeling of no hope. I talked with Elder Seegmiller about it. He came up to me on Sunday morning and said I was looking a little sad. We talked about perfectionism and success and then he gave me a blessing. I feel so lucky to be part of the Battalion and to have such a good support system all around me. This experience has given me an opportunity to really rely on the power of Christ and his atonement. One thing that really stuck out to me was that God would never keep one of his children from coming into the covenant of baptism just to humble me - or to test my faith. He is trying just as hard to help all of his children come into covenant. I feel like I understand more of what it means to be on the Lords team. He's not trying to punish me or force me to learn, he just has to work with other peoples agency too.

Mother's day was good! We received no gifts at all - I guess that's what happens when you are in a singles ward. It wasn't really recognized at all except by the talk by me and the one by another guy in the ward

I love you all so much! Keep up the good work and the smiling. You all are examples to me! I love you! 

Love, 

Sister Tardiff

Teri's Birthday










Tuesday, May 22, 2012
 
Hello Everyone,

I wished Teri a happy birthday before anyone even reminded me! Wahoo! Go me!

I'm doing well today. It is not raining here. It’s nice and sunny and warm. We had to take Sister Pelfrey to the eye doctor so that took up a big chunk of the pday but its OK. It’s been nice and chilly and for the first time my whole mission I bought a bottle of grape soda. That is good news. 

William disappeared. It’s really sad. He went off to Arizona and we're not sure why. I started crying. He needs to be baptized. I feel like I try so hard to help these people to progress and I don't see much results. I guess that's kind of how Heavenly Father feels towards us as his children sometimes. But he keeps trying to help his children endure to the end. 

I've been having a hard last few days. I just feel sad. William won't be able to be baptized, Teddy has still disappeared and even though good things are still happening I just feel like the odds are stacked against me. I've spent so long in my two areas and what really have I done? I know some things, but some I don't. I just hope that God knows what he's doing. Of course he does. I just need to gain faith in that. We are meeting with Maria tonight. She's another golden one. But I just have no hope anymore. It’s really sad. I'm working on it. I'll probably talk to Elder Seegmiller about it tomorrow. 

I went on exchanges with Sister Tanner yesterday. That was cool. Obviously we're used to each other and we teach well together. We were also able to paint some lady's house. Both of the investigators that we saw yesterday in the Ghetto (Sister Tanner's area) want to be baptized in the coming weeks. So that was cool. Good things are happening in other parts of the mission. 

But other than that things are going well. I'm going to send pictures to everyone! =)

Love,

Sister Tardiff 

Steph as a guide

Hello


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hi Everyone,

So the last few days have been great! And by the last few days... I
mean yesterday. We had Sister Pelfrey's last full day proselyting of
her mission and it was sick. We started the day by chatting with
someone named Bridget who had questions about Mormon’s because she
watched Sister Wives. That was really fun. It was Sister Pelfrey's
first time chatting, ha-ha and then we taught the Gospel.

Let me tell you, Sister Pelfrey and I have been very blessed over the
past couple of weeks. We were able to teach Alicia's friend Maria and
we invited her to be baptized and she just flat out said yes, but that
she would have to think about the date and schedule it around finals.
She is precious. William, also, told us after our lesson yesterday that
he needed to be baptized as soon as possible. So he's set to be
baptized on May 26th =) Miracles!

Also, we are helping a less active person come back to church. His
name is Mike and he is really awesome. He came to mission prep with
us.

The Gospel is true. The work is fun. The people are great and I am so
excited to be here in San Diego on my mission. It’s teaching me a lot
and I am so grateful for God's planning and his love for me - and for
all of you.

I love you all!!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy May 8th










Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hey Everyone!

Happy May Day! So this week was pretty fun! Sister Pelfrey is a party and a half to
be companions with. We just have too much fun ha-ha. For example we just laugh all day. She can't really direct me too well yet in the area so I pulled out the GPS and she started complaining and laughing and it was hilarious. It will be a lot of "you have to be there" moments I think from this transfer. We ate at Panera yesterday. It was delicious!

We also are able to see miracles together. For example we added James’s friend, Chen, last Saturday and she is golden and so precious. It was actually really funny because we had just taught Dilanka and she was going to meet us at the institute- we had even confirmed with her but she didn't show up. So we decided to eat dinner and right when we were about to leave, about 30 minutes, she walked in and told us she hadn't
been able to find parking. God works in mysterious ways.  She's learned about Jesus Christ but never joined any of the sects but she has God in her heart. She's seen  God's influence in her life and she just wants to change and save the world. I'm not even kidding about that. She wants to double major and then allow people around the world
to receive education. She and Sister Pelfrey are perfect because Sister Pelfrey went to Kenya to help educate kids. It’s been amazing having her in this area at this time.

We also added a guy named William. He's 21 and had a hard life but he knows and accepts Jesus Christ and he wants to be baptized. We just have to REALLY explain authority and the priesthood because he goes to like 4 different churches every week. It’s been way awesome though.

I love the people we are teaching right now. They are great and all of them have so much potential. They are all so different, and they are at different stages of progression but they all want to progress. They all want to know. They are all really important people in my life. It’s kind of cool. I know that this is nothing in comparison to motherhood or what  not but I think I kind of know what parents feel like. I know, I know, that the Gospel is the way that they can truly be happy, and rely on their savior. It’s been a great week.

Recently I've really been seeing how much the Savior and Heavenly Father have blessed me for serving a mission and it just increases my desire to be a servant to other people. I want to help others to see the joy that I have received from actively being part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know I'm making small steps but I want to be an even more effective servant and representative of the Savior.

Sister Pelfrey is a miracle worker and has gotten me a free pass to the zoo. I had pretty much given up. I mean other people had gotten free passes, and then out of nowhere a girl in our ward said “Guess what! We're going to the zoo!!” It’s really funny =) I don't know when we're going but I have a free pass whenever I want it. Sister Pelfrey does miracles other than getting me to the zoo obviously. She's teaching me a lot about myself and I'm learning a lot from her and from her example. We teach really well together.

After last Sunday I think I've taught every class except Gospel doctrine/Temple prep on my mission. We taught Mission prep last week and it was really fun! It kind of motivates me to want to teach at the MTC eventually. But I’ve taught relief society, elders quorum, gospel essentials, talked in sacrament meeting and now mission prep. It’s really fun. =D

Sister Newman said something really profound to me the other day. She told me that on missions we're here to discover our weaknesses, and that we have a lifetime to help overcome them. God doesn't expect us to be perfect after only a year and a half. Then she said she wants to know as many of her weaknesses as she can now, so that she can start
working on them right away. It really struck me. I want to know all of mine too. It’s the only way to overcome them and progress the way the Savior wants us too.

Anyway. I'm happy. I'm excited to talk to you all next week. =D I hope everything is going swimmingly! I love you all so much! I care about you and I pray for
you!!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Hello!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Heya familia!!

OK! Big news! I know you've been waiting for it, on the edge of your seat to know what is happening in the life of your favorite San Diego Missionary (OK... so favorite missionary serving right now) and the big news is ….. I'm staying in La Jolla! Wooohooooo! (Do you know how much I love this ward and these people? OK probably not exactly, but let me tell you I love this place so much. I feel like its my home)AND I have a new companion, Sister Pelfrey, and she is going home in 6 weeks... which means I'm most likely going to be staying in La Jolla for the rest of my mission. =D Crazy. I'll spend my entire mission in two proselyting areas. It kind of rocked my world for about a day... it feels weird to have knowledge of what is happening a transfer away, but now I'm happy and excited and not rocked any longer. I am so content to spend the rest of my mission here =) and either way- it’s all about the attitude.

It was kind of hard for awhile to not have Sister Tanner as a companion. 3 transfers.... I know that sounds really funny because she's still at the Battalion and I see her every morning at least, but I just love that girl so much. She's taught me a lot, we've been through a lot together and she'll always be one of my best friends.

So let me tell you about Sister Pelfrey. She is a gem, a real gem. She's the one I told you about whose dad passed away back in January. She is a strong missionary with a huge testimony and a hard worker and she reminds me a TON of Heather Dolan. It’s like being a companion with one of my best friends from the get-go. It kind of throws me off at times because she looks a bit like Heather too and I have to remember that it’s not Heather... it’s Sister Pelfrey so that's kind of funny. But we're going to have so much fun I can already tell. As this is her last transfer we have GOT to live it up. =D She has all sorts of funny accents and she really cares about people. It’s really fun. I'm going to learn a TON I can already tell.

Teddy has disappeared. I'm really worried about it. He has been doing great, meeting members, feeling the Spirit and in the last 4 days he's just... gone, for lack of better words. We don't want to be too pushy and kind of stalking but we also don't want him to fall off the face of the planet because if he doesn't get a job in the next five days he's going to be evicted from his house. Pray for him please, and for us that we'll be able to connect again.

However this week is looking real good. We have a lot of potentials that we have appointments with. Some look really promising and we have members going with us so they will have automatic friends. We've ALSO started to get member referrals. HUZZAH!! I'm quite excited about that one. I feel blessed to be able to stay in the ward, to be able to continue to see these people, and see James! He's awesome. We were able to teach a bit last week and testify and help others to come unto Christ. Also we've started taking the less actives from all the other wards who are YSA and have started calling them and inviting them to church and what not. I love being a missionary.

We got to do Mormon helping hands on Saturday. Phew. I'm a little sore (only my thumb) but we got to do INTENSE jobs. We exterminate palm trees (who knew that they aren't native to California??) and extricate shopping carts and wheelchairs and eliminate bamboo (also not native- who knew??) and it was work. Palm trees have roots that are like 3 times there size. The shopping carts had been there so long that tree roots have grown through them and there was more than an acre of bamboo that we cleared out. It was a blast. I have pictures! I was really sweaty and I was really happy. Also James came to it and we thought he might get poison oak - but he survived. We asked him about it later that night and he said "no I didn't get any. God bless me!" It was so cute. I've decided that my mission language is that I'm learning simplified English with a Chinese accent which is kind of funny.

We also got to clean out the courthouse. That was gross.... it was so dirty. I'll show it to you. We mopped and everything and did spring cleaning. It was actually pretty funny but gross and very dusty.

But anyway, I had the coolest experience at the Battalion. A lady came in named Velma and she just felt drawn here. She had a cool tattoo (and I know Tattoos are not allowed) but it said “faith” in one direction and “hope” in the other. Her brother had died a year ago of cancer and her faith had been rocked. She came here and was really interested in learning more, and about the plan of salvation and she thanked me a lot. I passed her off to the elder in her area right away so we'll see how it goes. But she is a really special person and I hope that she comes back and that I get to know the end of her story.
 
That's pretty much my week! I hope that you all are doing well!! I love you so much!!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Heya!!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hi Everyone!

I totally should have brought my camera so you could have seen some pictures but I forgot them so I guess some mental imaging with have to do. James got baptized!! Woohoo! His fellowshipper baptized him and everything worked out almost as planned! We set everything up and then pulled the TV out of the outlet cord so that in the middle
of the baptism the movies we showed took a little longer to do. Also the baptismal suit we picked out was a little too small so we had to scrummage around to get a bigger one. But the Spirit was there so strongly and he had so much support. The ward loves him and his personality is coming out stronger and stronger. After his baptism he bore his testimony and he said that he had already been blessed. He  hadn't remembered how to tie a tie and that Google couldn't help him so he prayed and he figured out how to do it. =) Then he talked about how he had learned about Jesus Christ and he knew that was good
because Jesus Christ is the perfect example and James wants to be an example to other people some day. It was incredible. It’s what it’s all about.

Teddy came to the baptism too. He is our golden boy. The Gospel just clicks with him. His environment is awful but he is amazing. He just gets things. He should be baptized on May 12th - and even if I get transferred I'm definitely going to that baptism. =) We taught him the restoration yesterday again with the cups object lesson and when all the cups fell down when the apostles were killed he immediately said "Oh... that's why there are so many churches." There are things like that that happens every time we teach him. It blows my mind. He's been to church twice and now we just have to help him to quit smoking.

Sunny is going back to Korea on Thursday. =( We will miss her a lot but we got her address so that we can send missionaries to her in Korea that can teach her in Korean! That will be a blessing. I'm excited for the missionaries to meet her and see how ready SHE is for the Gospel once she can understand it and feel the Spirit more since she's not concentrating so hard on overcoming the language barrier.

So yes! Life is super good. We started doing something that will help the work a lot. We've starting working with the other missionaries in our stake and getting all the less actives that are YSA on their ward lists and have started visiting them. If I were less active I think I would be more interested in going back to a younger ward rather than a
family ward. So I think we'll see miracles from that. It’s kind of intimidating though. We’re working with the SD 7th ward and that's the expensive La Jolla area. So the other day we went up to the top of Soledad Mountain Road where these GIANT houses are and we went to this gorgeous meticulously kept house that had windows where you could see the ocean view all the way through the house. It was CRAZY. We didn't even know where to knock because the doors were glass. But that's my area... ha-ha.

FHE yesterday was making ice cream from tin cans. It reminded me of Drumlin Farm. We were able to meet a member’s non member boyfriend and he's willing to meet with us! The SD 7th ward has an investigator to give us who already has a baptismal date for the 26th. His name is William. More info on that when I meet him... (If I meet him because of transfers... ) But wahoo! People are just coming out of the woodwork. The Lord is blessing the La Jolla singles ward area. I know that part of it is because we helped the ward start a 40 day fast for missionary work and miracles have happened because of joint fasting and prayer. I feel very blessed. Fasting is real and powerful, and if something is going on in your life I invite you to fast and pray. Miracles will happen.

I love my mission so much! I'm just so happy. I'm finally seeing what it’s all about, God has blessed me so much and I just love it. And love makes me happy.

I came to the realization this morning (even though I already knew it) that the Lord has been giving us all these people to teach, and he'll continue to give me people to teach and that I can love in whatever area I am in. If I get transferred I will really miss these people though. It will obviously be a good thing though. One of the themes of my mission comes from the ending quote of the Mormon Battalion video. "God gave us what he wanted the most from where we least expected it" I'm definitely internalizing that principle each and every second of my mission and it was something I really needed to learn.

Oh! A cool thing! I ran into a family that I helped teach and got baptized ( I wasn't their missionary though) and they are getting sealed in July and they want me to go! I was so excited to see them and they were stoked to see me! It was the greatest. Missionary work
in action. I hope that they do it in the little time between the end of my mission and going to Massachusetts so I can go and you can all meet them. They are the Macias family. =D

But yes! Life is good! I feel great and I'm glad you are excited and ready for this transfer... semester? Wow... I'm a missionary for sure ha-ha. I'm so glad I came on a mission. Best decision ever! Baptism!!

So yes! Thank you all for your examples, for you love, for loving me and my mission and for being so excited for me. I love you all so much! So much. You don't even know. =) It’s crazy how fast time flies.

Remember that the church is true! That God is real and that he loves us. That he worries for us and that he wants us to be happy. That we just need to go forward with faith. =)

SMILE

Sister Tardiff

Happy April 17th!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hey Everyone!!

I hope everything is going well for you because it’s definitely going well for me. =) This last week was the busiest week I've had on my mission. We were able to teach a lot, to help members be at the Battalion and just be missionaries and it has been so fun. =) I also was able to figure out the Battalion schedule to incorporate a 10 companionship Battalion as opposed to an 11 companionship Battalion since we are a companionship down and probably will be until July because of extenuating circumstances. That was really fun and it will work really well and be less stressful- especially in the summer. =) So that was good news. They'll probably announce it on Thursday to give all the companionships time to readjust their schedules.

I feel like so much happened this week that it’s hard to summarize it... We had 4 investigators at church. James is going to get baptized this Saturday, Teddy is golden and is going to get baptized on May 12th. I was able to hear prayers in Korean, Mandarin, French, Amharic, Japanese and English. It’s so funny because this week is just an overall feeling of happiness. I'll just tell you some miracles

Teddy. Teddy is from Ethiopia, I told you about him last week. Before we even mentioned anything about the word of wisdom he already knew that he needed to quite smoking and drinking. Also he knew that he shouldn't wear his earring to church. Also we'd been trying to get him an Amharic Book of Mormon and at church, a less active who had just recently been coming back named Ryan, found out Teddy was from Ethiopia, told him that he'd been trying to learn Amharic so took a Book of Mormon in Amharic from the mission office and then gave the Amharic Book of Mormon to Teddy that same day. What?? Prayers answered. Everyone loves Teddy at church too. He's great. I have a picture of him, I'll send it to you next week =)

James. James wanted to get baptized in the ocean, which was really cool for about 12 hours until we realized that our mission president didn't want it to happen since we had fonts that we could use. But we talked to him about it and he's fine with getting baptized in the font. His personality is also really coming out. He called himself a "living cheesecake" because he loves cheesecake so much, and also he asked us if we were afraid of dying. He then told us that he wasn't, and that when it was time for him to leave this earth he wanted his friends surrounding his deathbed and giving him a round of applause saying "good end, good end" hahahaha. It was so funny. I now desire that as well.

Ari. Ari is from Japan. He's reading the Book of Mormon and is in the beginning of 1 Nephi and the first question he asked us at the meeting was "why did Nephi even take his brothers along  to get the plates if all they were going to do is complain?" We laughed a lot about that one too, because it was a really good question.

Tom. Tom is a potential, he was dating a less active member but she broke up with him and moved out. So we went to see her and Tom answered the door and he looked downtrodden. He told us about him and Britney and I expressed my condolences and THEN he invited us back to talk again. That was a miracle- first because Britney now lives really close to the church and second because Tom wants to learn more from us. Everything happens for a reason. I just felt so sad for that poor guy though because he looked so sad. He was so sad. He loves that girl.

It was a week full of miracles. Also a week full of exchanges. I stayed in La Jolla twice last week but I'll leave La Jolla twice this week (I already did yesterday) and leaving La Jolla just makes me sad. Especially because transfers are coming up next week and since I've been in La Jolla for 5 transfers now I know there is a good chance that I'll be leaving. I love La Jolla. I love the people, I love my companion, I love the ward and I will be heartbroken when I leave. But it’s the Lord’s will and not mine and I just have to keep going because the Lord knows way better than me what area needs me and what I need.

Sunny goes back on April 26th, two days after transfers, and she won't get baptized here I don't think. But I was pretty bold with her and I expect a phone call when she gets baptized in Korea. =) Our other investigators are doing great! I'm excited about all of them. =D

I hope you enjoyed the stories I told in the family e-mail. Our investigators are hilarious. =D and it will be weird to teach people without a language barrier now. Sister Tanner and I were just talking about how much we've progressed in teaching simply, and yet powerfully for people with limited understanding. It's been really cool. I feel like this happens every time as the time I leave an area happens. I look back and I just love the area so much, and I don't want to leave. But I think it might be my time to go and experience another area... I might be getting slight separation anxiety though. I love Sister Tanner a ton and I just want her to be around me all the time because I think next week we might not be companions anymore. It’s how I show my love I guess. She thinks it’s kind of funny because I have a super independent personality until now. Ha-ha.

But yes! I love you all so much! Happy mid April and I hope that Teri has an amazing graduation. WOOHOOO!!! Congratulations!!!! Yippee!!!

Love you!!

~ Sister Tardiff

Happy Easter!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Heya!!

Happy two days after Easter!! It was a great day. I feel like holidays on the mission are always a great day, because people are so much more willing to hear and be affected by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sunny came to church and so did James, and the emphasis was on the savior and his atonement and his resurrection. He truly did die, but he rose again and that is the most important part. We were definitely fed, just like the missionaries in our home ward were well taken care of, so were my companion and I. We were unrepentantly fed Easter dinner after teaching Sunny. She's going back to Korea soon. We've been praying really hard that she will receive an answer to her prayers and be baptized before she goes back - and her uncle bore his testimony in Korean which was awesome!- and then we went to a pot luck that the ward invited us to, and we were able to get a referral from one of the members which was great. So Easter was definitely a day of miracles.

Also... Sister Tanner and I did an Easter egg hunt together. We hid all the candy that we got for each other. =) Sister Tanner, a Canadian, wore a USA headband as her "Easter bunny ears." It was fun.

How was your Easter? What was the favorite thing that you ate?

We have added two very amazing people this last week. We added someone named Dilanka. He's way cool. From Sri Lanka and just really open to learning more and has a lot of sincere, legitimate questions. He was a referral from the training sisters. He came with their less active to church and wanted to learn more. I'm really excited to teach him. The other one is named Teddy. He's from Ethiopia. Every other sentence he just says that this is what he wants in his life, that he wants to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized, that he's so grateful that we found him. He was a street contact in Linda Vista. I just continue to learn that this is God's work. I try as hard as I can to be obedient and to work hard and do the things he has asked me to do, and He will take care of the rest. We're meeting him again on Wednesday. =)

The Battalion has been chock full of miracles as well. I was able to take a young men's group through the Battalion and at the end I related the Battalion’s story to the YM. The Spirit was there really strongly and I hope that their experience at the Battalion will stick with them and help them to choose as the Battalion did, to follow a prophet of God. I was also able to talk to the Gaybers? I can't honestly remember their names but they brought their non member cousin to the Battalion and they all loved it. Brother Gayber is really in tune with the Spirit. We spoke about missions, about the gospel changing people’s lives, about conversion and he finished off by telling me that even though his mission was the happiest moments in his life up to that point - his happiest moment was when he married his sweetheart in the Temple. It was so cute, so powerful, and so real.

We did the peanut butter and jelly object lesson with James this week. It was so funny. I learned it in computer science and he's a comp sci major. So he got it really fast. But it’s a lesson on obedience. It’s so funny and talks about following God's commands exactly will lead us to eternal life. I'll show it to you I promise.

Crazy that we're already on week five of the transfer. Life is flying =)

I know that this is where I'm supposed to be, doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I am grateful every day for the experiences I have had, and for the blessings I've seen in my life and the life of you, my family. It’s a roller coaster of love and learning. =)

This week was great! Our investigators are doing well. Life is going well. Just pray that Sunny will be able to be baptized before she goes to Korea. She is ready if she'll accept the answer that she is receiving.

I just love this work so much! Elder Seegmiller told me the other day that these next three months are WHY heavenly father called me on a mission because I have been prepared, trained, and gained a testimony to have the faith to find, teach, and baptize. But it’s all in the Lord’s time, his way and not mine. I am really grateful for the opportunity to be here for the next three months. It will be one of miracles I think.

I love you all and hope that you have a great week!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My e-mail got deleted


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hello Everyone!!

I'm sorry but my big e-mail got deleted so I don't think that I’ll have time to write another long e-mail. It is so lame, I know.

What's the weather like right now?

Wasn't conference incredible? To be honest I was a little bit under the weather. It is only the second time in my mission I've gotten sick and it was a bummer but I was functional and went to conference and got a lot out of it. I feel so lucky and blessed to be living in a day and a time where we have living prophets on the earth with the priesthood power of God. I'm grateful that I have the knowledge without a shadow of a doubt that we can receive personal revelation from God to lead us and guide us in our own lives. I feel
extremely blessed. Conference was a really good time for reflection for me. I thought back to my very first conference on the mission where I was overwhelmed and with my trainer and didn't really know what missionary work was, to the conference 6 months ago when I was sitting in that very same institute building, and now to two days ago when I felt like I belonged. I have changed a lot on my mission and I am so grateful for the changes I have felt and the experiences that I have had.

Yesterday I got quarantined! I was truly very frustrated. I showed up at the Battalion and was a little sick. I started a tour with Sister Newman and then felt super hot. She left the room to turn on the AC and when she came back in she told me I looked like I was about to pass out. So I went out to get a drink of water and the rest of the Sisters told me I wasn't allowed to give tours and made me change out of my pioneer dress and sit on the couch. So I sat on the couch with a stubborn look on my face. Then I got sent home because they didn't want the fever to spread. But I was stubborn and at home I helped my
companion with the area book and then I was too tired so I gave in and went to bed. Being on a mission has made it very challenging for me to just sit when there is work to be done. But it is all very funny now, and I feel loads better with the extra sleep.

I got to go on exchanges with Sister Kearsley again. That was so fun! I am very grateful! =) I hope that I get to end my mission with her because it would be so fun to start and end a mission with the same companion. =) We went to Spring Valley and it was a family ward. It felt so weird. I am way more comfortable teaching YSA's now then I am
teaching normal people, ha-ha.

Ari is great! He's our investigator from Japan. He came to conference on Saturday and there was a girl from Japan there. I am most grateful for that. He was so grateful that he came back the next day even though he wasn't planning on it! The ward has really fellowshipped Ari.

Ari and James are all doing really well. I love teaching them. I teach mostly international students which is fun! Yesterday we added someone from Mongolia and met someone from Nigeria! It is really fun... and I'm definitely learning about the language barrier. Also, I'm learning that I want to go into international nutrition. This excites me! So it is good news... I found out last week though that I'll have to go an extra semester because that's how the classes line up with the prerequisites.

We moved James baptismal date back because he didn't feel ready and we agreed. It is now April 21 so we will pray for that and for his faith to continue to build. =)

This week was great! Conference was incredible! It feels like time goes so fast. The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days and it just seems like days are going faster and faster!

I love the work! I love you! You are each incredible!

Love you lots!

What are some things you got out of conference?

~ Sister Tardiff

Time to shine =)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hello my beautiful friends!

How was your week? Any snow storms? Sun storms?

So this week was just another week in the La Jolla Singles ward but something really exciting happened (OK, so more than one exciting thing, but this was the first thing that came to my mind.) My companion and I got to teach Elders Quorum! Not many sisters get to say that one. =)  We brought Sister Cash, the senior sister missionary in with us so we would be keeping the missionary rules. It was really awesome. The Elders Quorum is small and we shared with them the article "Do the Math" about a priests quorum that went from 2 members to 26 because people started inviting their friends. It was cool to see the looks on their faces when we said that to them. The Spirit was strong, the message was clear and I'm excited about how excited they are to share and to invite their friends. I think this might have been a once in a lifetime opportunity, ha-ha.

Something else which is exciting is that things just kept falling into place for us. We didn't have very much proselyting time because we had MTE (Missionary training exchanges) but we saw miracles. One time a potential investigator just walked into the Battalion while we were on shift named Ari and because the Battalion was kind of slow we were able to teach him the message of the restoration, watch the Restoration in Japanese with him and add him as an investigator. Another amazing moment is that we finally got in contact again with investigator John that I mentioned about a month ago and he came to the Battalion. Hallelujah! He is so cool. We still have to pass him off to the Helix Singles area but he's super sincere, super open and we were able to talk openly and candidly with him. He kind of looks like Patrick which is cool. =) We also met someone yesterday in Linda Vista named Luis who is 18 and has found God again. He seems really open to reading the Book of Mormon. We are excited to teach him and he is really spiritual.

MTE was great. We learned about making the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) part of everything we teach - the frame work for every lesson, commandment and contact we teach. It has been enlightening to see the difference it has made in our teaching and a new focus and enthusiasm in the work. We were able to use it with all the lessons we have taught since MTE and it has made a world of difference. Every time I learn something, at Zone Conference or MTE or interviews or the weekly training meetings we have at the Battalion, I think to myself - why didn't I know this before, the work would have been so much better off!  But then I catch myself, because I know that God expects us to learn line upon line and precept upon precept. I can't learn everything at once so he is helping me become the missionary and the person I need to become step by step.

I think that's really similar to how life works, and I'm just figuring out how life works... 22 years later. We learn slowly if we want it to stick. We learn step by step. It kind of reminds me of the first testimony I gave in sacrament meeting - the Gospel is kind of like writing the ABC's. First you can do upper case, then lower case and then cursive. We keep evolving and becoming better and it is always, always possible. I love it! I don't really remember why I remember my first testimony... probably because I said it in my head over 100 times before I finally got the courage to get up and do it, hey, but it is there!

Also we have a Tiwi in our car which now has been activated and talks to us *wide eyes* It tracks our breaking, acceleration, speeding, GPS location, everything and it TELLS us and reports back to the mission president and fleet coordinator. I'm very grateful Sister Tanner is the designated driver this transfer and I am the passenger ha-ha. We are learning how to be exactly obedient including our driving in obeying, sustaining and honoring the law. I think it’s way good =) and you all know what a good driver I am ;) Just kidding, I've become way better and more confident on my mission. No more panic attacks on the highway, ha-ha.

The situation worked out perfectly that we were able to talk to Elisha’s friend and she wants to take the tour and learn more from us. She's a wildlife specialist so I think we'll get along really well. =D

San Diego is beautiful. It has become my home. I love the mountains and the ocean and the palm trees. I love the people.

But anyway! The week was great! We have another awesome week that seems to be coming right up. I'm excited for it, for missionary work, for evolving as a person and a missionary and striving to continually become even better (slowly) every single day. Repentance is the best. =D

Conference this Sunday! Remember to go to conference with a question!! =D It will be answered I promise! I did that last April and I was able to have 13 questions answered. It really works because we are preparing spiritually for conference and the Lord will reward us. We are making a big deal about conference and making fliers to pass out to people so they'll go to the institute. I love the institute. I love the ward. I love how I've truly come to love INDIVIDUALS in the ward as people, I've been able to make a difference in peoples' lives that are members, as it still matters. It has been a great week and a great transfer. I seriously feel so blessed that the Lord didn't listen to my plea two transfers ago to get transferred, because I wouldn't have grown as much, and I wouldn’t have come to love this work as much as I do now. Sometimes it is good when the Lord's answer is "no," ha-ha. I've definitely come to realize that here on the mission. 

I love you all! You are amazing and lovable and huggable and just the greatest. You are in my prayers. Keep up the good work!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Funny Story: We finally got YUM YUM donuts - yep, no joke.... it’s seriously called Yum Yum. It was yummy - but I think I like Dunkin Donuts better. =D

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Another week in... La Jolla!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wooohoooo!

I was so happy! Sister Tanner and I survived the transfer and we are staying in La Jolla singles for another week! The transfer process caused a lot of anxiety, though, because they tell us before hand who gives the tour for the brand new Sister missionaries that come in, and usually those two are companions and it means they are staying together. This time, however, they had Sister Tanner and Sister Young give the tour together so there was all this speculation going around. But it was all good and I gave her a HUGE hug when I saw her. I was a little bit bouncy! I finally get to stay with a companion for more than two transfers and I am ecstatic that it’s Sister Tanner. =D

This week though, after our fantastic week last week, was super duper slow. I felt like everything was in slow mo! Ha-ha, but it was a good learning experience, definitely set in the lesson that God has been trying to teach me that it is HIS work and not mine, and if I'm working hard and being obedient, God will give and take away according to the needs of his children. So, life is going well, but here is not much to report. We did get to visit with and teach my favorite people, =D Sunny, Alfredo, Jill, and James and they all have their own struggles and own concerns but I know that the gospel will help them if they will allow it to touch their hearts. It is kind of scary to take that first step, but when you do all these blessings come. It is also really funny that I'm so much happier now than I was before, that my sound affects have started to come back, especially when I'm driving, ha-ha. Sister Tanner just teases me about it, but I think she's secretly happy that I've finally come out of my shell and am able to be myself and the missionary that the Lord expects of me. It has been great, fantastic in fact.

Finding investigators is hard. We need to figure out a new way to find people, because even in the six months I've been here people have become less and less likely to answer their doors. We don't go tracting in this mission, but we do contact potentials, former investigators, and referrals and it is like knocking on doors of a ghost town. It is all about the members and us helping them to help their friends to come to activities and to church and yesterday someone came up to us and said that we were "just the people they were looking for" and said they have a friend she wants us to teach. Miracle!

We had another miracle! The Temple is closed on Mondays. Actually it is closed for cleaning but we went to go contact a referral that lives right outside of the Temple and we saw these two people. So we went to talk to them. They are from China, and they saw the Temple on the Internet so they came to see it. Their names were Chen and Ivy. He asked where we went to school and I said BYU and he said "I'm planning on applying there!" He asked me all sorts of questions about the school and the living situation and if he had to be a member to go there. We got his e-mail. He has our phone number so hopefully I'll see him at BYU. =D He wants to get his masters in accounting. It is going to be really funny because I'll go to BYU and have all these Chinese friends and people will wonder where I served my mission - San Diego? Yep! That's right!

This week was great! Another week of mini miracles and lots of the Gospel. Next week we have a mission conference so we'll see what I get to learn. I'm pretty excited though!

And Congrats for Susie being engaged. =D Hurray!!

Love you all!

~ Sister Tardiff

Some more pictures








Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hey Everyone!

I think this is arguably might have been the best week of my mission
and it is the last week of the transfer which means that tomorrow we
will find out if I stay or if I go, and if Sister Tanner stays or if
she goes. I'm a little bit scared because I want BOTH of us to stay. I
have grown to truly love La Jolla for all its quirks and all of its
wonders, but most importantly for all the people. Last night our ward
had FHE at the Battalion and Sister Tanner and I were in our pioneer
dresses and everyone was just so excited to see us. I love these
people. So we will see what and where tomorrow brings.

But the most exciting news of the week is that we added an
investigator named Marrinna who accepted a baptismal date for April
14. Please pray for her! She just started her second job and she works
literally 20/7. The time that she is not working is used for sleep.
So it will be hard for her to go to church. We need miracles with
her but she is so cute, so prepared, so ready, if only the world
wasn't in the way.

Our other investigators are doing well also. We might not have tons
but the ones that we do have are progressing really nicely. I'm
teaching some of my favorite people in my entire mission, and it will
be really hard to leave them all.

We had another really incredible lesson with Jill yesterday. I just
love her so much. I love her sincerity, her prayers and how willing she
is to learn and to ask with real intent. I told her yesterday that
when she gets married in the temple I better be invited, ha-ha, and she
of course agreed.=)

Yesterday was a hilarious day. We were in our area in the morning and
nothing went right, not even lunch. We were planning on getting Carne
Asada fries as an end of the transfer lunch but instead I decided to
poke my head into a place called Honeybaked. The guy loved us into
buying food there. He gave us samples, and wasn't pushy. It was the best decision
ever. We got this HUGE meal for only 6 dollars and he added some
cookies and soup for free. Yes I am converted, and yes mom, I will
write him a thank you note. =D

Then we got lost because the GPS lost the satellite signal and the map was
gone from the car so we drove the ENTIRE wrong way down a road and
then realized we had to go ALL the way back. At least it was a nice
and scenic route. I tried to take a picture. =D We just had to
laugh because the address that we had was wrong, so we spent all that
time lost and it ended up being the address for a school - lame? Yes.
Funny? - most definitely! Even funnier? It was right next to a church
for Jehovah Witnesses. A guy came up and said "Are you sisters?" We were like "Yeah!!" We started talking about wards and churches and
the Mormon battalion and I asked if he had been on a mission and he
said - I'm actually a Jehovah Witnesses, but... it’s OK. It was nice to
meet you." hahaha. It was funny. He was a really nice guy. =D

Anyway! So that's a snap shot of my week.

I love you all! Thanks for your support and your love. You are incredible!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

I'm out of creative titles, ha-ha


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hey Everyone!

So this week was pretty great, pretty normal, but pretty great! I
went on two exchanges; one in Logan Heights which was a Spanish
speaking area and one in La Jolla where I stayed with Sister Young, my
Bostonian twin. So that was last Monday, but I can't remember if I
told you about it, so I'm just telling you again. =) We almost ate at
Boston Market but it was too expensive so we decided to go to Little
Caesars instead, ha-ha. It was not very Bostonian but it’s OK. We were also
able to practice teaching the plan of salvation to some of our members
and they gave us 4 referrals. It’s so awesome! Hurray for members! I'm a
big fan of this ward. They do well.

The one in Logan heights was really funny. We prayed to have an
opportunity to teach in English together and half way through the day,
the Elders in the area called and said they needed help with one of
their investigators. We went and she spoke fluent English and reads
in English better than Spanish. It was awesome! Prayers are answered
every single day, and God micro-manages everything. Her name was
Beatrice and I really felt a connection with her. She's 25 and has a
10 year old daughter and she can feel the Spirit. It was awesome.

I'm not the driver anymore! I'm so happy!!!!!! Sister Tanner is a funny driver.

We had a funny experience last night at dinner with some members.
Somehow we got into a conversation about how different Sister Tanner
and I are, which is funny in and of itself. We came to the conclusion
that our similarities were: not from Utah, we like cheese, fruit and
vegetables, pizza, and we love the Gospel. One of the members, Sarah,
said - "I wish I could u-tube this for all the people who want to go
on missions but are worried about companions. This is the perfect
example. You can be polar opposites, but still love each other!" Ha-ha
so funny, but so true.

At the temple shift we had I was able to see like half of the Chula
Vista ward. The youth were there for baptisms and they came running
over "Sister Boston! Sister Boston!" It was so cute. I feel really
blessed to have been able to serve in that ward. They were all really
surprised that I still had so long left on my mission, ha-ha. Apparently
I seemed a lot more "veteran" as a missionary there then I really was,
which is funny, because I've seen so much improvement and learning
since I left, but that's what life is about; learning, growing and
progressing.

Jill is one of my favorite people, she might be my favorite
investigator I've ever taught. She's the doctor. She's so sincere. She
wants it. She has spiritual experiences and everything is in her favor to
know it, be changed by it, and be baptized. She also wants to be sealed
in the temple. I feel extremely blessed to be able to teach her, help her, and share my experiences with her.

Also we met one of the funniest people yesterday. Antoine. He's one of
those 32 year old's that we just have to pass off, but he's hilarious
and sincere. He told us he wouldn't have given us his number (he ASKED
to give it to us) or taken our book if he wasn't serious about
learning. He does hate all Boston sports but I think we can be friends anyway. =) A miracle of yesterday.

Today we're going to the temple. I'm really grateful. I need it. 90
days is a long time between going to the Temple. You are lucky you get
to go so frequently. =)

I have such a testimony of this Gospel, of the work that I'm doing, of
the Atonement, and of how the Gospel truly changes lives and help us
individually and as families. Recently I've been able to tell people a
lot about our family and how its brought us together, about our
sealing and about the love I have for them. It has been really special. I
feel blessed and I am so happy right now. I'm probably the happiest
right now that I've been on my entire mission and it isn't because
my area is doing well (it’s a little slow right now actually ha-ha) but
because I’m finally gaining that eternal prospective and seeing me and
the work I'm doing through how God views it. It has been great.

Anyway that's pretty much my week. =) I love you all!

Love,

Sister Tardiff

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mission Tour






Tuesday, February 28, 2012,

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to hearing about another week in the life of your favorite missionary. =)

We had our mission tour this last week with Elder Zwick, one of the
Elders in the First Quorum of the Seventy. It was - incredible. I love
to hear from people who really know how to teach with the Spirit. He
wanted to shake each one of our hands. When he shook my hand I was
just so happy and so peaceful, I had this huge ole smile on my face
and he looked at me and said "You are the purest of the pure" and then
his wife told me I look so happy. It was great. He taught us about the
divinity of our callings, about how we are building the foundation for
the rest of our lives, and not limiting ourselves to what we think
about our capacity but letting God stretch us and make us better, and
he will, and about building trust with God. It was a powerful meeting.
I loved every minute of it.

So that was pretty much the high light of the week =)

I've learned a lot this week about myself and about the work. I'm
learning how much I've changed, how I have grown to depend on the 

Savior and access the atonement and I am so grateful, everyday, that I decided to
serve a mission. It has not only changed my life – it has saved my life.
It means the world to me.

We were able to find Swagut again, FINALLY, holy cow! He's
the coolest cat ever but he's so hard to find. Sister Tanner is a big
fan of him, ha-ha. He's a class clown and super funny. He has been to
seminary and he wants to know more about God. We are excited to
teach him tomorrow.

We also had a miracle at the institute. Hyesuhn brought two of her
friends to the lunch forum, Brian and John, and they both are
interested in learning more. We were able to teach them about the
restoration of the Gospel right on the spot and now we just have to
pass them off to the missionaries they belong to. They both live out
of our area. We were just flabbergasted at the miracle though. It was
great. We're excited for both of them. I felt an automatic connection with John,
like I knew him before, and he's going to the Helix Singles
ward to be taught so I wonder if I'll be transferred there at some
point.

Ok - so this week was just full of really amazing experiences because
we also are teaching a girl named Jill who's pretty much incredible.
She's been dating a member for a while and has finally decided to meet
with missionaries and I loved her the moment I started talking with her.
She's a doctor who has a lot of sincere questions, some very real
concerns but her heart is open and we are already good friends. I'm
very grateful for the blessings and the help that God has been giving us. 

Thank you, everyone for all of your prayers on my behalf.

Well I love you all so much!

*big hug*

Love,

Sister Tardiff