Update From DC :D

This week was so humbling! We had so many growing experiences! Before I share some highlights of my week, I just want to share a couple scriptures with you that have really helped me through this week. The first one is Alma 26:27, "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." The second scripture is Alma 34:41, "But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions." I love these two scriptures. These are always scriptures I fall back on when things get a little rough or when things seem hard! Missionary work is definitely not easy, but if we are patient and handle and go through (not around) our afflictions, then God promises to give us the success we seek.

This week, this sweet lady named Ketesha called into Mormon.org! She was telling me how she feels super lonely. The whole time we were talking, she was just bawling. She said her house burned down and she moves hotels every two weeks while she is finding a place to stay. She said because of the fire, she has to live off of oxygen now. Despite all of Ketesha's trials and hardships, she has such a strong connection to God and to Jesus Christ. Her faith is so strong. She called Mormon.org because her friend invited her to  church and she just loved how everyone was so nice to her. She wants to learn more and she wants this church to be a part of her life. She told me she was so afraid of dying alone with no one even knowing. It was so humbling to get to talk with and help Ketesha. I left her with a prayer when we were done talking and she said she is finally starting to feel that peace she has been searching for. I know with all my heart that as we offer our broken hearts to Christ, that He will make them whole.

So on Friday our ward had this BBQ at the church building and before it started, all the missionaries came and contacted all around it to invite neighbors to this BBQ! It was so great! A lot of the people were able to come that we just invited on the street! Some of the people that came were even interested in learning more! It was such a huge miracle!

On Saturday, Sister Wilson and I received a referral from the traveling APs. (Assistants to the President) They met this guy while they were out tracting and said he was so golden! So we went and visited the referral! The guy's name was Kareem and as we were teaching him we were thinking, "Man this guy really is so golden!" and then a few minutes later he told us he and the rest of his family are members.... they just haven't gone to church in years!!! So we are going to work with them!:) They want to come back so we are super excited to see how it goes with them!

Yesterday during sacrament meeting, it was missionary focused! We had recent converts get up and share their testimony with the ward. It was so incredible. Recent converts have the strongest testimonies! One of the recent converts that got up was Bruno. He is from Peru and was baptized November of last year! He told us all to remember three things-- to have faith in Heavenly Father, to be persistent, and to be patient. These three things really hit me! As we follow this pattern during our life, everything will play out! Another recent convert named Gavin gave really good advice on making time for missionary work. He said if we give the excuses that we don't have time.... then to remember who gave us the time that we have. This also hit me! God has given us the time we have and He wants us to serve Him! Every member a missionary. He shared a quote from Elder Neil L. Andersen, "If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart--painted, as Paul said, 'not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.'" This is so true! I promise that as you make time to share what you know about Jesus Christ with others, you will not only bless their lives, but your life as well! I hope your week is full of happiness from our Heavenly Father!
Love, Sister Freeman

The Sisters got a private tour of the Capitol building 2 Pdays ago from someone 
who came into the Visitors' Center who works there!!

Our tour guide! He took us inside the hearing room!

A view of the Capitol from the underground pathways.

The "exact center" of Washington DC!

 A cool hallway we went through.

Our tour guide took us into Senator Hatch's office!:D

We got a picture with Brigham Young ;)

  The Rotunda! It is under construction but it was still cool!

Some of the Sisters, haha there were a ton of protesters!!
Left to right- Sister Capson, me, Sister McArthur, Sister Luna Chico, Sister Klaas, Sister Parabirsing, and Sister Larson.

This is The Mayflower Hotel. We stayed here when we visited DC when I was 9!

Almost 6 Months!

Hey family and friends!
This week went by so fast! We had a lesson with Samantha on Tuesday that went super great! We talked a lot about the Holy Ghost! She is progressing so much! We haven't been able to teach Sam in like 6 weeks so we thought she wouldn't be progressing much but she actually had progressed even more in the past 6 weeks! She had so many great questions! The ward has helped so much in fellowshipping and making her feel welcome! It is so amazing to see the atonement work in people!

Our mission got to help at the  National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday!! We had missionaries in the parade, taking tickets, and helping people find seats! It was SO AWESOME! Sister Wilson and I got to take people's tickets and help them find the right section! Such a great service opportunity! It gave us a great opportunity to tell people about what we believe in and why we belong to this church! One lady came up to us and was like, "ARE YOU GUYS MORMONS?!" And we were like "yeah!" And she said, "Aw everybody loves Mormons especially me!" She was so sweet!

We had interviews with President Cooke and check ups with Sister Cooke! I love President and Sister Cooke so much! They have taught me so much and are so loving and caring! I am going to miss them so much when they leave in July!:) They are truly great people!

Sorry this email doesn't have a whole lot of details, we had so much going on today! But here is a spiritual thought to end this email. It is in Alma 26:11, "But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God" I love the last sentence "my joy is full and my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God." This gospel brings so much joy. It is a kind of joy that Ammon explains as being full and from the heart, a joy that is eternal! I love serving a mission so much! God gives me so much strength to keep moving forward and to keep doing His work. Have a great week and pray always!
Love, Sister Freeman

Group picture of our mission after the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Excellent Week!

Hello! I hope you all are doing so great!:) So this week we had two really neat experiences! The first one happened on Wednesday while we were out tracting. So we had some extra time so we picked a neighborhood in our area and knocked on some doors hoping someone would be interested in hearing our message about Jesus Christ! The last door we knocked on, this cute 12 year old girl named Nikki answered! She was so happy and just willing to learn! She reminded me so much of my sweet little sister, Katelyn. We asked her if she wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ and she said oh yeah absolutely with a huge smile on her face! Then her older Sister, Sydney, came to the door who was also super nice and she wanted to learn more as well! Sydney asked us if we would come back! Their parents are both out of town so we told them we would come back when their parents were back! They said their parents probably would be interested as well! It was so nice getting to teach these two girls! They were so open minded and sweet! We have to pass them to other missionaries unfortunately because they would be in a family ward not a young adult ward but I am so excited to see what happens with them! Their light and joy made my day! :)

The second experience happened on Friday! So we are teaching this guy named Brian (he is the one that we met on the metro and he stood up for us a while back) and lately he hasn't responded to our texts (which is really weird because he usually is the one to text us and schedules our appointments) so Sister Wilson and I were so confused! And then on Friday, Elder and Sister McKinley (one of the elderly couples in our mission) came up to us and said they had some news about Brian! So they tell us that he lost his phone and that a lady found his phone and called Elder McKinley (a random person in Brian's phone) and asked him if he knew Brian and so Elder McKinley said yes and emailed Brian and said he had his phone! They met up and Brian picked up his phone! Super awesome miracle! Out of all people to call, the lady called Elder McKinley! I know that nothing is a coincidence and that God's hand was in this! Brian definitely saw this as a miracle and expressed how grateful he was that we never gave  up on him!

Going to church yesterday was a great way to end this incredible week!
We learned a lot about how God and Jesus Christ love us immensely and how they are personally invested in all of our lives so I wanted to talk a little bit about that! I know that God can and will show his love for us everyday and we will feel it as we ask him to show it to us! He ALWAYS is helping us, even when it might not seem like it. He knows and values each and every one of us! We have so much to be grateful for! There was this talk about decisions yesterday at church and she said, "With every decision you make, doors will always close but God will sanctify what ever path we choose. Don't ever feel like you messed up or that nothing can't be taken back because through the atonement, God will sanctify it and make our future bright if we let him" I love this because no matter what happens in life, good or bad, there is always a way back and Christ is always there with out stretched arms towards us. I love the conference talk about how Christ always remembers us through the prints on his hands. Christ loves us so much and is always thinking about all of us! I love Moroni 7 in the Book of Mormon. It talks about faith, hope, and charity. Just like this chapter states, if you are having a hard time having faith in Christ then at least have hope that he lives, and if you are having a hard time having hope then have charity and love for others and you will be filled with the same love from God! This gospel is what makes me happy and gives me a lens for hope in all things! Remember what Jesus Christ teaches us in the New Testament, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Coming to know God and Jesus Christ is a process. Little by little! It is comforting to know that we have this whole life and into the eternities to know them! Jesus Christ teaches that he leaves his peace and spirit with us! I hope you guys will all be able to feel of that same peace and spirit this week and I know as you do you will come to know God and Jesus Christ
better!:) Have a great week! I love you all!
Love, Sister Freeman

 Some of the Sisters in the Visitors' Center  :) 

Left to Right- Sister Urbina, Sister Wilson, Sister Klaass, Elder and Sister Burgeon, Sister Simpson, Sister Williams, me, Sister Gomez, and Sister Larson


We saw it twice this week! So funny!!

 Sister Parabirsing, Sister Klaass, and me!

We did secret sisters in the VC and my secret Sister got me cute 
cactus socks 'cause I'm from Arizona!!

This cute family comes to the temple every year on the day their daughter died and eats cupcakes! It is so sweet! I am so eternally grateful we have temples that make it possible for us to be with our families forever and make it possible for us to see our loved ones again! 
The family gave all the Sisters cupcakes and left a note!

Found This on Facebook

Been missin' my girl, but feel the blessings of her missionary service EVERY single day!!  
We are truly blessed!!!

Hey Everyone!:)

Hi everyone!
This week went by so fast I don't even remember what happened because it all just blends together!
We had a lot of really neat lessons with investigators and less actives! Carlos, the investigator who is atheist but wants to believe, is finally starting to believe just a little bit! His hope and his desire of wanting to believe is taking action! That was definitely one of the highlights from my week!:) Alexandra is a less active we are working with and something that she said really stood out to me, "The spirit I felt the day of my baptism is what keeps me on this path and is what keeps me going." This is so powerful and so true! When the winds of life and the adversary try to beat us down, remember the small things and feelings! Remembering... that is key! Remember how we feel during these super spiritual experiences. Elder Jeffery R. Holland's talk last night was so great about remembering.

So in the Visitors' Center we spend half our time back in the teaching center where we can take Mormon.org chats and phone calls, keep in touch with the people who come to the Visitors' Center, and teach people all around the world! A lot of neat miracles happen back in the teaching center! So I have been keeping in touch and teaching some people who either walked into the Visitors' Center or who called in wanting to learn more!!! I will start out with Tae! So I met Tae at our Visitors' Center Festival of Lights back in December. He was in the Book of Mormon kiosk and I went in with my companion and just talked with him about the Book of Mormon! He said he wanted missionaries to teach him. He is so amazing! So after sending local missionaries to the people we talk to, we are able to still call them and teach them! So Wednesday I called him AND he is getting baptized on April 10th!!! So exciting! Then there is Jazz Freeman. (I might be related to him haha). Jazz is from Australia! He called into Mormon.org and I answered and he wanted a free Bible sent to him and I offered a free Book of Mormon along with it! So missionaries dropped those off at his house and have been teaching him. So the other day I called him and he said he had a baptismal date for April 30th! So amazing! I love seeing how much these people progress! I love working with people in the Visitors' Center! Following up is SO important! As President Cooke says, "follow up, follow up, follow up!" :) David A. Bednar gave such a great talk this conference about baptism and how it is the introductory ordinance to the gospel of Jesus Christ! I am so glad Jazz and Tae are making this incredible step in their lives!

Another highlight from my week was getting to watch General Conference to hear our prophets and apostles speak to us!  Some of our investigators were able to watch it and they really liked it.  I hope you all had the opportunity to watch it! It is on LDS.org! I felt the spirit so strongly. I know and can feel that everything that was said is true. I know those men and women are called of God and that as we heed their words we will be blessed! As I was going through my notes trying to find a quote to share, I realized I wanted to share all of them because they are all so great! But definitely something I have learned is how much God loves each and every one of us and how He wants the absolute best for us! I felt God's love so strongly during conference and I know that this is the true church restored on this earth. Draw near into God and He will draw near unto you! I love you all! Have a great week!
Sister Freeman :)

We found these giant grapes!!

Knocked on Obama's door ;) haha just kidding!

 There was a MOUSE in the visitors center!

Don't worry the sisters got it! ;) We put cheese out for it ;) haha it was so funny!

It was the cutest mouse ever! .... And then we found 3 dead mice in the kitchen.... It smelled!!

I just got my hair cut today! And then we went to Cafe Rio! Will you eat the other half?;) Miss you!
(Megan and I have a serious Cafe Rio habit!)