Dec 14th 2015

“Look how close that plane is!”
Here it is, right in front of my face. TWO DAYS.
Have you ever looked back on a time in your life, perhaps high school, and laughed because it only seems like yesterday you were there, but yet stood still in sorrow as you recognize that time is past? A little faded and familiar? That’s how I’m feeling right now. Things already seem fuzzy.
I cannot express to you how incredible this time has been, serving the Lord. I have learned so much and experienced lots.. It’s been transforming.
I’m excited for what lies ahead. And the ability to really practice what I’ve taught and learned in a more real and truer sense.
I have found the greatest transformation to be my weaknesses. I know that the doctrine found in Ether 12:27 is real. My weaknesses have now become some of my greatest strengths (all are still in the refinement process).
Ask my parents, I have never been the most patient person. But with years of applying counsel and principles into my life, this sweet year and a half to really round things out, and great support and strength from God and my leaders, I’m happy to say growth has begun and the fruit is good.
The strengthening power of the atonement has become so evident in my life. I hope that as a witness of Christ I have done all that I could to share that with others. The atonement has been a powerful topic on my mission. Prepared people, once understanding the real need for the atonement, cannot deny the cleansing and strengthening power that the atonement can have in their lives. How sweet it has been to help and watch them choose to accept that. So many I have been around have willingly taken that step to follow our savior in the way that has been restored. Blessings and miracles have come because of it. Their lives and those in their family have improved greatly.
There’s is such a sweet change that happens in a person as they are learning about the gospel. I don’t quite know how to describe it but it’s rather bonding when you’re the one teaching them and trying to help them feel and understand. I’ve seen such a sweet change in those I’ve taught. I love them so much and can’t wait to continue to watch their lives blossom with the gospel and receive some of the greatest blessings the gospel has to offer in the house of the Lord.

Katie was baptized this Saturday and both her and Barbara received the gift of the Holy Ghost Sunday. What incredible steps they are taking!
I’m grateful that I have been involved in this special process in their lives at this time. I was just beaming with joy as I watched them get the gift of the Holy Ghost. I’m so proud of the steps they are taking:)

One amazing experience that took place this week is when we went to see the “A” family. We had heard that they were well fellow-shipped in the ward but we hadn’t seen them at church for a long while. We went to pay them a visit and see what was up. We shared the daily bread pattern Mormon message and that really opened a discussion about the gospel and the need for spiritual nourishment, they confessed they weren’t doing the basics. They knew they weren’t and proceeded to confide in us about their worries and doubts about the gospel. What they explained to me really opened my eyes. When we distance ourselves from God, who is Light, things become grey or fuzzy. They become unclear. I never want to allow myself to get to that point. We encouraged them and told them clearly and boldly what they needed to do if they really wanted a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel. They, thankfully, have open hearts.

Another neat growing experience for me was the opportunity to be a guide for our temple tour yesterday. Some background. You have to commit to memory 4 pages of notes about the 4 stops on the grounds of the temple, and no pressure but you have to be professional and be prepared to answer any and every question. In past temple tours I’ve been to, people have intentionally come to bash. So yes I was a bit nervous.. I practiced over and over and over again with sister Evans. We role-played things back and forth.
It was incredible though. I got to give the first tour. I was a bit nervous but my group was very cooperative and I loved seeing a few familiar faces from other areas I served in. There were a few moments where I forgot my part. My mind just went blank, so I testified of the restoration and plan of salvation. Luckily, by the spirit, I was able to remember the things which I had practiced over and over again. My favorite part was talking about the restoration and priesthood. I’ve spent 18 months getting those facts down haha.
Sister Mortensen was sweet and she told me I could be a temple square sister. I’m glad I got through it. It was neat to watch peoples wheels turning and I got to talk to a few of the investigators and answer their questions afterwards. We are lucky it stopped raining for us.

We had zone meeting this week. I just love zone meeting. We were trained on a lot of great things earlier in the week by President Mortensen. I gave the same training he did that Friday. I don’t want to boast but I really felt I gave it my all and many of the missionaries said they were moved by the training and pumped to refocus their vision and be bold and clear in their finding and teaching. It was special because I got to teach on topics I’m real passionate about.

A wonderful miracle happened today. I received an email from a recent convert as of September. It was a pleasant surprise to hear from her. While in Ponderosa we did a lot of finding in the evening and sought specific places and homes which we felt God led us to. One evening we felt prompted to knock on a specific home. We did and were welcomed back for dinner another night. We came and got to know the family well and talked about principles of the restoration and plan of salvation. I never saw that sweet family again as I was transferred but I found out today from her that she was later baptized and has been to the temple. We really don’t realize the great impact we have on others. I have found it to be so important to be a light to everyone around us and to share the gospel. Even though we don’t see immediate fruits from our efforts, they are making a difference. I’m so grateful she reached out to me!

This is kind of a long email. There is just so much stuff to share!
I’m so excited to be coming home:)
We have workshops tomorrow and a day full of instruction in the temple, then a testimony meeting and fireside at the Mortensens home. Then Wednesday I board a plane and will be home in the afternoon. AH!
I love you all!
Merry Christmas!
See you soon!

Sister Jeppson
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November 30th 2015

WE THINK IT SNOWED YESTERDAY. There were white flurries and just terribly cold weather. Yes, the high 30s to Texans is like the -20s to Utahans. We are all currently dying. Its going to be a cold winter here. Or perhaps it’ll just pass through real quick and we can have an early spring:)

Besides the freezing cold weather, its been a good week. It’s been a plus when finding because people don’t want to talk to us at the door in the dark and cold, so they invite us in. Down here getting in the door is the first step to conversion.

It was an incredible week though with finding. We had a lot of success on thanksgiving because people were home with their families. We shared one of the Mormon messages about thanksgiving. The one where people were asked what they are thankful for on the streets of New York. Its a funny one and got a lot of people thinking. We got to talk a lot about their families and, every time, it segued well into the restoration.

One of the couples we met is a Methodist minister. So this will be interesting to see how it goes. I hope his intentions are pure.

We met another cute couple, who are catholic, and we had an amazing lesson with them yesterday. One of our members came with us and we were a little nervous about addressing the apostasy. I felt strongly that we needed to emphasize the Book of Mormon and the ability we have to pray to know that it is true. The member taught about the Book of Mormon and had such a powerful testimony. I could tell Bob felt the spirit. He accepted the invite to read and pray. We are excited to go back.

Mrs. Jackie got confirmed yesterday and it was such a great experience for her. Bishop confirmed her and welcomed her into the ward. She then had to leave right after to go pick up her grandson. But its been incredible to see the reach out of the ward to her and the warm welcome she’s received. I’m excited for her to get involved in visiting teaching. I know she’ll love it!

We are super excited for this weekend. Barbara is getting baptized and we are scrambling to get things put together for it to be a special experience for her. She is so ready and has great fellowship as well. She already told us she is excited for visiting teaching. She loves to cook and said she’ll be at the ready to be able to take meals to those in need. Haha future relief society president?

We got to do a lot of service this week with a sweet lady we call Nana. She is from Denmark and owns a clothing resale shop. We help her sort clothing items and get them tagged and priced. We are trying to get her involved in the church somehow. She’s had missionaries volunteer there for years. We did give a Book of Mormon to one of the gentleman that volunteer there as well though. He was real curious and excited to read it. I think this is good practice for member missionary work:)

We have zone conference this weekend. It’ll be my last so I’ll be giving my “dying” testimony. I’m nervous and sad. I have just loved serving.

This has been such an incredible experience and I can’t believe its coming to a close.

I love this gospel. I know that it is true. I’m grateful for the truths that I know and have been able to share. What a privilege its been!

Love you all!

Sister Jeppson

November 23rd 2015

Howdy!

This weekend was incredible! We had both Jackie and Imesha’s baptisms.

Mrs Jackies was so great. Sadly a lot of people were out of town but many of her fellowshippers and neighbors were able to come and help put together a cute program. She was a fantastic sport when preforming the ordinance. She had a toe float up twice but finally with some tact and skill, she got all under:) She told us she was a floater, so yes she warned us, haha.

Imesha had a huge crowd from the YSA ward come and support her. Everyone just gobbled her up and she was quick and graceful. She got to have the Bishop spotlight her for a moment after the ordinance and felt really loved.

We tried to make it as lovely as possible for those two lovely girls. We got little vials for them to keep a little of their baptismal water with them forever and some white and pink flowers. I hope they know how special they are, especially for making that covenant with God. They will receive the Holy Ghost this next week because of stake conference.

Sadly because of the ward split last week, we found out they won’t be in our ward. So we hope the elders will take good care of them.

We are working closely with two other awesome ladies who will be baptized in the upcoming weeks. One got to come and watch Imesha get baptized and it gave her the opportunity to see what it is like. She’s excited!

It feels like the week has just flown by, and maybe because we had our pday last tuesday. I just feel like not a lot has happened since last week!

I guess we did go on exchanges one day with the Caldwell/Hearne sisters. I got to go to Calvert which is one of the little towns that they cover. It is beautiful country out there, at least on one side of the tracks. These sisters cover all the little country towns. So two branches and several other towns that only a handful of people live in. It’s a whole new world out there. I was surprised how ‘country’ some people can be. Their church is in a little shop on main street. They have a couple class rooms and then a room they have the sacrament in. I think the branch is a total of 14 people. So like two families and a recent convert.

It’s interesting tracting out there too.

We had the wonderful opportunity to weekly plan in the car this last Thursday. We had to go and get it checked to get new stickers and what not, and so we had to drive it down to Houston. 2 hours down, 2 hours in the shop, and then 2 hours back to Bryan. We had a very thorough 6 hour weekly planning. This next week better be incredible!

We have been working with a recent convert who just moved into the area this week named Etta. She is from Africa and has the coolest accent. She is a sweet heart and we are helping her to be able to get to the temple. The coolest thing happen when we went to go and see her. So we are sitting down and what not, getting to know her, and then out comes this guy, looked like her son (but just a family friend), and he just sat down and joined us. We just assumed he was a member but at the end of our visit he finally spoke up and asked, “So isn’t’ it your job to invite people to church?” We were a bit caught of guard but said “Of course, you’re welcome to come! Would you be able to come this next Sunday?” He said he’d love to. Come to find out he’s not a member and is super open to learning more. Our next visit we taught about the Book of Mormon and he is just soaking it all up! We are excited for Femi.

Oh and funny story about tracting yesterday. First off, football is a religion down here in College Station/Bryan area. And so everyone either politely or rudely lets us know when the game is on. So we were tracting yesterday and come to find out the game is on. We weren’t having lots of luck talking to people since they were engrossed in the game. But we approached this one door as we had circled around the street and right after I knocked the lady immediately opened the door. It was weird, as if she knew we were coming. She asked us what we wanted, kind of stiffly and quickly. I started our approach and she just cut me off, handed me some papers, and told us how it makes much more sense to be an atheist woman. She shut the door and we just stood there for a moment on her porch just kind of taking in what just happened. We just laughed and went to the next door. I’ve never been addressed so abruptly with anti before. We disposed of the articles but had to laugh about how planned and strange that was. It does make me sad though how far off some people are.

I’m so grateful for the truth and peace this gospel brings. I’ve been able to experience a lot of things lately that just confirm and solidify the truths of the gospel. I’m grateful for the little daily trials and challenges we encounter because of how much they really do build our faith and if we are rooted it only makes us stronger. Just like deep roots of a tree because of the wind. We are being sifted now during this great harvest and I hope that we hang onto those things that we know and FEEL to be true.

I love you and hope you have a great week!

Sister Jeppson

The baptisms and working at the food bank.

November 9th 2015

Wow! Okay this week has just flown by!

So sister Powell was transferred and she is now serving down in Wheatstone and is on bike! Haha poor thing has to deal with the weather down there. There has been lots of rain and lots of flooding down in Houston. Up here it hasn’t been bad. Just a constant rain and cold wind. We are breaking out the cardigans and things. Winter is finally here in Texas. I would say it compares to a Utah fall.

So Tuesday Sister Evans drove up from Klein and joined me up here in Bryan! She came on a really busy day so I we didn’t have time to take her stuff home or anything. We 3 back to back appointments, a quick break for lunch, then follow up, dinner, finding, and more appointments. We didn’t really get to breathe Tuesday. But it was nice, she got to meet most all of our investigators that first day.

She came into the mission with Sister Richards, they have been out about 4 months now. Shes a red head so she has spirit. She is a hard worker and a go getter. So much good is going to be done here in Bryan. There is a lot of potential here right now as well. Miracles are going to happen!

Jackie is doing so well. She has come to church two weeks in a row on her own! She is trudging through some health challenges. She is quite the artist and painted me an elephant, she says that is my spirit animal.

Barbara is doing very well too. She is just soaking it all in and reading very diligently. She is an amazing cook and always makes us a fabulous meal for each of our lessons.

Imesha is doing well as well. We hardly ever see her besides at our lessons. The YSA ward has just gobbled her up and so she is well taken care of.

These three ladies are just fabulous and have baptismal dates in the next two to three weeks. I’m so proud of them and their decision to once again commit to follow their savior.

Friday, Sister Evans had a baptism back in her old area, so we got to road trip down to Houston. The weather was nice. I just love the thrill of driving on old dark country roads. We sped our way down, as fast as dear tiwi would let us. (The devices they put in our cars to regulate our speed and aggressive driving.)  There was one point when I didn’t realize there was railroad tracks ahead, We caught a little air. It was quite fun until the tiwi said in his stern robotic voice, “aggressive driving”. We just laughed and slowed down.

It’s been a good week. I am learning so much and just loving being here on the Lord’s errand.

One of the biggest things I think I have learned lately is to love and develop our relationships with others here on earth. Others are so important, sons and daughters of God, and those relationships are one of the few things that we will be able to take with us into the eternities. I’ve been thinking more about how I can better the relationships I have with others. Yes, with those nameless faces that I meet daily, but more importantly those with whom I have the biggest influence around; my companion, family, and close friends. It’s easy to love others when you don’t know them. It’s so fulfilling and worth it to learn to love those whom you’re closest to.

I just love you all and hope you are enjoying the cold Utah weather! I think it’s getting pretty cold here, I’m going to freeze coming back home!

Have a great week!

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Nov 2nd 2015

Transfers are tomorrow, and then it’s a six week climb. How crazy is
that. There are some big changes happening. We have two zones merging
up here in college station so I’m going to be working with 36 other
missionaries. We have a pretty big crew up here. We are going to see
miracles.
Sister Powell is leaving Bryan, her first shipment down to Houston. We
aren’t sure where she is going to be serving yet. We finished this
last week off well together. It’s been a struggle trying to build
Bryan up but we saw so many miracles this last week. Three people at
church, progressing, and with baptismal dates. We had a bunch of
teaching appointments and lessons. I hope we can continue to keep this
wave rolling.
Halloween wasn’t bad. Then again we were inside most of the day doing
our weekly planning. We are grateful it’s over though. There are too
many unnecessary decorations. We avoided all the crazies and had a
fantastic ward Halloween party.
There’s this joke between us and Jackies family that we are nuns. I
guess some people think we are nuns instead of missionaries.. But
Jackie decided she wanted to be a nun for Halloween. She was cute all
dressed up.
We had a busy week and lot of laughs and pictures.
Oh I almost forgot that we had zone meeting his past week. We went
down to Houston Tuesday for MLC. Getting up so early to drive all that
way always throws me off. But we had a fabulous meeting and I learned
lots about vision and purpose. We then one today got to train the
zone. I peeped them for this next transfers teaching plan about
prayer. Sister Coronado and I were also the ones chosen to do the
example role-play about what to say to someone who says they’ve
already been baptized. We get that a lot down here. We had a
successful go at it.
We found a park here that looks like it has the arches from Utah all
around. It was weird seeing them here and we couldn’t figure out why
they were here. It was cool seeing them.
It’s been a good week. I recognized that I trusted a lot more, in God
and his timing, and what a difference that makes! I was just so much
happier! I just knew things were going to work out and I’m surprised
that everyone doesn’t just have that trust. It felt so good and I hope
to hang onto that.
I’m sure we did a lot more, but nothing is jumping out to me that’s
significant in any way.
Yay for transfers tomorrow!
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Oct 26th 2015

This week has been full of reflection. Sister Activille was able to go
through the temple Saturday. Sadly I wasn’t able to go:( I thought a
lot about her and the people in Ponderosa. I feel so far away from the
mission up here!
It’s like a whole new world.
We have been enjoying the rain. We had one cool lightning storm that
kept us up all night in the middle of last week. I wish we had some
more storms. I miss the ones that happen down in Houston. The sky is
so big here that the lightning usually stretches across it like
terrible spider webs.
Everyone has crazy halloween decorations up. We run into some creepy
things on peoples door steps. I’m not a big fan of knocking on peoples
doors the week or two before halloween. But hey, maybe we’ll get some
candy? haha
Miracle of the week, we set a baptismal date with Barbara! We’ve been
working with her for the past couple weeks and honestly she was kind
of on the fence about things. We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and
she told us that she wants to pursue that path! She had some good
questions about enduring to the end and she is excited to be able to
prepare for baptism! We hope this motivates her to come to church. We
were literally shocked when she said yes. Her date is set for the 8th
of Dec. I hope it holds through and we don’t have to push it back.
Another miracle! Jackie is back! She is healthy and a hoot! We gave
her a week where we didn’t contact her and then randomly popped in on
Saturday. She is mostly better. We put together a baptismal calendar
with her and hope to set her date for the 14 of Nov.
We went to go track down some less actives this week and we drove out
far into the country since we have a few extra miles for the month. We
struggled to get our fusion down some dirt roads while it was raining.
I was smart about it and we actually had a lot of fun trying to avoid
puddles. We ran into a couple that were home and found out a few have
moved. There was one we got to where his gate and fence were pretty
secure. We pondered on how to get to his and the next less actives
house. I had the thought, “Theres no need”. I knew it was from the
spirit. After still trying to figure out how to contact them, we
decided to move on. We weren’t able to visit either of them. And I’m
glad we didnt. We texted the ward council about our efforts at the end
of the day and they told us that the two we werent able to see are
DNCs and kind of crazy. The recommended we stay away. I know the Lord
protects us. Even through the smallest things like a very secure fence
and thoughts from the spirit.
I saw two live armadillos. They say when you see a live one, that your
mission is complete. We found a few dead ones too.
Its been a great week. I just love all that I am learning. I hope you
guys have a great week!
Happy Halloween!
Sister Jeppson

In the mornings we run a couple miles and we got poured on!image1 (3) image2 (2) image3 (1)

Oct 19th 2015

Wow this week has been incredible. And time is going by so fast!

We had a great monday, those seem to be our miracle finding days in this area. We found some crazies and some golden people. One of the people we found, a college student, was a little strange at the door. He was talking to us about how to find truth and he sort of talked himself into a bind. He didn’t quite make sense and when we asked him if he had heard about the Book of Mormon before he jumped up excited and ran into his apartment. He came back out with a sticky note filled, worn Book of Mormon. He said he got it from a hotel. He proceeded to tell us everything we obviously didn’t know about the book with his own twist in some stories. We tried to leave and left him with mormon.org to clarify things. It was hard trying to talk with him. So guess who showed up to church yesterday. We never gave him the information! At least we know he did go to mormon.org to find the meeting time and location. Everyone at church commented on how strange he was. We felt rather awkward and told the elders they could teach him if they wanted to.

We had some incredible lessons though with a lot of very prepared YSAers. We had one with Lane. He is a deep thinker and grew up a devoted baptist. His family won’t be happy to learn he is meeting with us.. We taught a powerful restoration and he asked incredible questions. At the end, before we invited him to be baptized, we were testifying of how knowing the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon would help him to have direction in his life like he said he desired. And then he stopped us and asked, well what can I do to have it? Like how can I know what direction I’m going to is to God? And how can I get there? (Basically he seemed to be asking, what more can I do?) We told him that baptism is the first step, opening the gate and putting yourself on the path that directs us to God. We invited him to be baptized and he accepted the soft commitment. We are super excited for him. The only thing we are worried about is his family’s reaction. He seems to really be hesitant about that. But the spirit was so strong and he told us how he felt the Book of Mormon was already true. He had begun reading it before we came.

That night another amazing lesson followed. We saw Matthew for our first visit with him as well and taught the restoration. 20 min long. Simple, powerful. Pretty much he taught himself. He also accepted baptism. That lesson was the most flawless lesson I’ve ever been in. And he was ready and prepared. We had invited him to read the beginning of the intro and he had questions ready for us when we got there. But not just any questions, but those that led perfectly into the lesson.
I have really felt the spirit guide me in my teaching and I feel it continually improving and being rounded out.
Last night we taught the restoration again. He began by sharing some things he researched and some anti he had gotten into. I’d never really directly addressed anti before, its never been an issue. So I acknowledged that what he was reading wasn’t good to look up because the context was wrong and what not, and then felt prompted to tell him that he would be able to get a personal witness from God about the Book of Mormon and the things that we believe. So the whole lessons had this theme of receiving personal revelation and the need for revelation through a prophet. At the end he was so excited to be able to go and read and pray to know for himself. He accepted a baptismal commitment as well.
I sure hope that we will be guided in each of their needs to help them progress to baptism.
That’s been our focus lately.

And miracle! Jackie is feeling better! We were so worried her time was up and she’d leave us, but we got in with some priesthood holders from our ward who gave her a blessing. She just loved it and wont stop talking about how powerful it was. Her husband who is a baptist minister made some funny comments after the blessing but he really appreciated our efforts to help his wife and said he feels something different about us, and sees something different in her. I thought of the talk from conference that talks about how they couldn’t do anything about the “look in their eyes”.

Man there is just so much to share! We did exchanges this week. Sister Powell and Sister Seeley were in Hearne and Caldwell, the smallest branches in the mission, for the day and they got hit by a deer!!! The car was damaged pretty bad but the sisters were fine. Sister Powell was hilarious as she acted it out for us.

The weather here has been nice. Its cooling down some days and then hot and sticky for others. I miss being down in Houston. There are no thunderstorms or rain up here. But perhaps its just a dry year. We are just stuck in Brazos valley and all are dying of allergies. But its okay!

I just love being a missionary! I am learning so much!

Hope all is well back at home!

Sister Jeppson

Oct 12th 2015

Family!
This week has been incredible! And kind of a little strange. We don’t
really know what happened but we had so many lessons planned, so many
new people we were so excited to see, and everyone died! Brazos valley
is one of the heaviest allergy spots in Texas. And the world? haha
idk. But everyone here is dying of intense allergies and then on top
of that apparently there was something crazy in the produce that made
people a little sick at both ends. Luckily we haven’t really gotten
sick past the allergies. But all of our investigators are either dying
or had people come into town. So we only had three lessons out of the
15 we were planning on. So our numbers look a little out of wack. And
we could have been a little better at planning back ups for people so
we had more productive things to do. We ended up doing a lot of less
active follow up and potential investigator follow up this week.
Meaning we just show up at their house and hope they haven’t moved or
aren’t “do not contacts”. We met some crazies. And things were a bit
scary out in the country in the dark night at 8pm.
But, this week at least was a very successful finding week. We found
some new cute families. We had some powerful door approaches. We have
been trying to find better ways to approach people at the door. We
like to ask questions because it gets people thinking and the one
we’ve found most effective lately is asking about how they can discern
truth. Between the things of God and the things of man. Many people
will say prayer or reading their bible. So we build off of that and
talk about how they can receive a personal witness of truth. We
introduce the Book of Mormon as one way to know. Most people have
mormon friends and have been exposed to it. So they are familiar with
it. We often have to clarify their misconceptions. But one gentleman,
a young father, said he had a mormon friend with whom he debated about
the 3 glories. We promised him that he could receive a personal
witness for himself if the BoM was true. We acknowledged his faith and
assumed he knew how to receive answers to prayers and that he must
have gotten answers in the past. He felt uplifted by the assumption
and said that he would be willing to test it out. We testified to him
about the truthfulness of what we shared and his eyes started to tear
up. The moment was powerful and Sister Powell and I felt very guided
in our words. We left at the most powerful moment. In order for him to
feel the contrast of what he was lacking, that spirit in his life. It
leaves them wondering, and wanting more. And we never got his name.
But we hope to return and follow up with ‘the man who teared up’.
We are working with an amazing lady named Barbara. She is a member
referral. We have met her a few times in the past when the member
invited her to dinner once, and then the women’s broadcast. But the
coolest interaction was when the member had signed up to feed us,
invited Barbara, and then got sick. Barbara, loving to cook, invited
us over so that we wouldn’t go hungry. It was yummy. We ate at her
house and then after shared a brief restoration and focused on the
spirit and how to discern truth. She really opened up to us and asked
a lot of good questions. She is at a cool point in her spiritual
development. We could just tell that she wanted to learn more. We
challenged her to begin reading the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 2 and
set a return appointment. We came back and taught the first half of
the Plan of Salvation and ended powerfully with the atonement. She
said the coolest part was the new knowledge of Adam and Eve, and how
God knew that would happen and it was supposed to happen that way. You
could just see the wheels turning in her head. She was recognizing
that the Book of Mormon was becoming delicious to the taste. We just
went back yesterday to finish up the last half of the Plan of
Salvation. She had read Alma 40 to prepare. She made the comment that
she never had questions before, and that this was making her ask
questions she never thought she had, and then it was also answering
them. She just loves the knowledge that comes from the book of mormon.
We were hesitant to invite her to be baptized because she hadn’t had a
full restoration lesson yet and we worried her previous baptism
wouldn’t be able to be correctly addressed without a knowledge of
priesthood authority so we are excited to be able to go back and teach
the restoration again and invite her to be baptized this next week.
She is one of my favorite people to teach. She is a devoted baptist
and yet this has shown me that the gospel, if presented right and by
the spirit, can really fill the void that everyone has, even if they
don’t think they have a void. I just love Barbara:)
Well. Things are mostly the same. We are working hard here in Bryan
and I’m still trying to adjust to the country parts over here. I think
I’m acquiring an accent and often use some of the country phrases and
twang. Perhaps I’ll come home partially Texan.
I got to go down to the Woodlands this weekend for John’s baptism.
Road trip for most of the day. It was so great to see everyone down
there again. It was powerful. He was truly prepared and ready for
this. I was grateful I knew him for the month I did. He was one of the
most prepared people I’ve taught for baptism. He didn’t really even
need us. He had read the Book of Mormon long before and knew more
about the Plan of Salvation than I did. I got to see Kevin again. He
doesn’t even act like a convert. He spoke at John’s baptism. It was
wonderful to see my two sisters again, Richards and Weaver. They are
on fire down there, teaching so many people!
I just love this work and the joy and happiness that comes from it. It
is so fulfilling!
Hope all is well back home. Is it getting colder there? Or will it be
another strange winter?
Love you all!
Sister Jeppsonimage1 (2) image2 (1)

Oct 5th 2015

Howdy!
(surprisingly that isn’t a common phrase up here in Bryan.. I expected
it to be since we are a bit isolated)
This week was a good one! It’s been a bit all over the place because
of meetings and exchanges but it has been good! Monday was fun, we got
to go to downtown Bryan. Its like two blocks by two blocks. Fun little
antique shops. We also took a trip to the Boot Barn. Do I get boots or
no? Its a big deal down here to own a pair of boots.
We had a couple miracles that night when finding. We found a hidden
complex that is gold! We only tracted a few buildings and got a couple
new investigators. Some YSAs who are here for school. We’ve been
improving on our door approaches and have had some cool conversations
at peoples doors. We asked Tess what she would want to ask God, if she
could ask Him anything. She talked about grace and we shared for a
moment our testimonies about Christ, but what got us in her door was
asking to use her restroom. Sometimes you just have to get creative.
We got in and shared about how to discern truth. We talked about the
holy ghost and left her with the Book of Mormon to experiment with. We
went back later this week to teach the restoration. The member we
brought just happened to be one of her friends from school and the
spirit taught with such clarity to her. It was cool to see her wheels
turning and it was really cool that she understood it enough to ask us
a lot of questions back. She almost seemed to be a little frightened
that this might be true. She asked for some time to ‘seek discernment’
about it all. We sure hope and pray that she will not be afraid of the
answer. Change is hard. But I know that it will bless her life
tremendously.
Tuesday was a big day down in Houston. I switched with Sister Coronado
and we went to the missionary leadership training. We got trained and
got to turn around and come train our zone with the things that we
learned. It’s fun being able to teach in zone meeting. I got to teach
on what Sister Mortensen addressed us with, knowledge. I had some cool
studies this week about knowledge and really had my eyes opened.
Thinking a lot about the temple, I found out that there are many great
blessings that come from acquiring knowledge and developing it.
Wednesday I went on an exchange with other sisters in the college
station area. Sister Soto from San Diego spent the day with me. We got
to meet a lot of cool part member families in their area. She gave us
a lot of good ideas on how to work with them. Thursday is our big
planning day. And then Friday was when we did zone meeting. So this
week was just full of ‘stuff’. I’m excited for next week and hope that
it will seem more normal and that we will be able to visit with more
people. We had a cool experience last night. We’ve had a lot of time
during the 8 pm hour and have been trying part members like Sister
Soto had. We got in with one young family and just sat down to get to
know them. The husband isnt a member and went in the other room with
their child. And we got to hear the sweet sisters story. She opened up
to us about the things going on in her life and really expressed great
concern she has for her family. We all felt the spirit strong. We got
to provide as much comfort as we could but we really felt like the
Lord led us to her that night. She is excited to see us this next
week.
I’m so grateful to be a missionary. There are so many great
experiences and such great learning opportunities that come while out
here.
I’m grateful for the prophets words and hope that I will be able to
continually apply their counsel. I hope you too had great insight and
inspiration from their words.
Are you taking the time to ponderize? haha I loved that.
I hope you guys have a great week!
Love y’all!
Sister Jeppsonimage1 (1)

September fifth 2015

Howdy!
(surprisingly that isn’t a common phrase up here in Bryan.. I expected
it to be since we are a bit isolated)
This week was a good one! It’s been a bit all over the place because
of meetings and exchanges but it has been good! Monday was fun, we got
to go to downtown Bryan. Its like two blocks by two blocks. Fun little
antique shops. We also took a trip to the Boot Barn. Do I get boots or
no? Its a big deal down here to own a pair of boots.
We had a couple miracles that night when finding. We found a hidden
complex that is gold! We only tracted a few buildings and got a couple
new investigators. Some YSAs who are here for school. We’ve been
improving on our door approaches and have had some cool conversations
at peoples doors. We asked Tess what she would want to ask God, if she
could ask Him anything. She talked about grace and we shared for a
moment our testimonies about Christ, but what got us in her door was
asking to use her restroom. Sometimes you just have to get creative.
We got in and shared about how to discern truth. We talked about the
holy ghost and left her with the Book of Mormon to experiment with. We
went back later this week to teach the restoration. The member we
brought just happened to be one of her friends from school and the
spirit taught with such clarity to her. It was cool to see her wheels
turning and it was really cool that she understood it enough to ask us
a lot of questions back. She almost seemed to be a little frightened
that this might be true. She asked for some time to ‘seek discernment’
about it all. We sure hope and pray that she will not be afraid of the
answer. Change is hard. But I know that it will bless her life
tremendously.
Tuesday was a big day down in Houston. I switched with Sister Coronado
and we went to the missionary leadership training. We got trained and
got to turn around and come train our zone with the things that we
learned. It’s fun being able to teach in zone meeting. I got to teach
on what Sister Mortensen addressed us with, knowledge. I had some cool
studies this week about knowledge and really had my eyes opened.
Thinking a lot about the temple, I found out that there are many great
blessings that come from acquiring knowledge and developing it.
Wednesday I went on an exchange with other sisters in the college
station area. Sister Soto from San Diego spent the day with me. We got
to meet a lot of cool part member families in their area. She gave us
a lot of good ideas on how to work with them. Thursday is our big
planning day. And then Friday was when we did zone meeting. So this
week was just full of ‘stuff’. I’m excited for next week and hope that
it will seem more normal and that we will be able to visit with more
people. We had a cool experience last night. We’ve had a lot of time
during the 8 pm hour and have been trying part members like Sister
Soto had. We got in with one young family and just sat down to get to
know them. The husband isn’t a member and went in the other room with
their child. And we got to hear the sweet sisters story. She opened up
to us about the things going on in her life and really expressed great
concern she has for her family. We all felt the spirit strong. We got
to provide as much comfort as we could but we really felt like the
Lord led us to her that night. She is excited to see us this next
week.
I’m so grateful to be a missionary. There are so many great
experiences and such great learning opportunities that come while out
here.
I’m grateful for the prophets words and hope that I will be able to
continually apply their counsel. I hope you too had great insight and
inspiration from their words.
Are you taking the time to ponderize? haha I loved that.
I hope you guys have a great week!
Love y’all!
Sister Jeppson