PROS - pray, read, obey, smile

August 24, 2015
Family of planet UT and other places other than WA.
This week has been... odd. On Monday we just chilled with some people in the ward, did our laundry, kind of just a get ready for the rest of the week day, in other words "preparation day". Then we had dinner with our ward mission leader and his family! That is always a bundle of joy!
On Tuesday: we did service at Ryan's house. This is where homeless teens can come to get something to eat, watch TV, take a nap, and get clothes or other supplies. It is really cool. And it is surprising how many teens are homeless on the island. You would be surprised.  But we got to go there and do some inventory stuff and help out. I love serving! Then we spent the rest of the day tracting and contacting people, visiting less actives, and talking to people.
On Wednesday we had district meeting. Wednesdays are like our busiest days. We have district meeting at 10:30 so we have to catch the 9 am ferry and then we get to do our shopping on Wednesday because everything is cheaper on the mainland. So we went and got some groceries and traveled back. Then we had all of our studies.  We had a lesson with Z, our recent convert, and JC (he the less active that hadn't come in 20+ years but has come for all 3 hours the last 5 weeks.) We had dinner with some members- ironically their son and daughter-in-law just bought a house in Kaysville and they work at Mountain High by Davis. Hoch is the last name.
On Thursday we met with a 13 year old less active who is also a convert. She hasn't been to church in 5 months or so but said she would come this week. We arranged a ride and everything but she wasn't able to make it because it was her brothers birthday. Next week though! And she plays soccer so we are going to play soccer on a p day pretty soon! We also met with another recent convert, K. She is awesome and she is doing great! The rest of the included lot of tracting and contacting.
Friday... that was a crazy day. We woke up at 6 and had to catch the 7 ferry for a "new missionary training in Mill Creek."  That was an all day thing.  We received instruction from President and Sister Bonham, the assistants, and do role plays and things like that. It ended at 4 and with the ferry... being rush hour and a Friday we were praying to be home by 9 to plan.  But we got in at 8:00 :) What a day of miracles. Hehe.  Then we only did one hour of studies and headed to bed.
Saturday.... we did weekly planning.  It's like 5 hours of straight planning. Oh yeah. Want to be a missionary now? JK. Serve a mission. It's great!  Then we contacted some people and had ANOTHER lesson with a recent convert. Her name is Kr and she is the most awesome person ever. She fed us dinner and she is a professional chef so it rocked. I even ate meat off the bone - that's how good it was!
Sunday: this week we felt like we didn't accomplish much. Satan was working hard in our minds. Our numbers weren't the best but you don't have numbers for the hours you spend tracting, only the lessons you teach.  But on Sunday we saw the miracles. Let's back track... my first or second week on the island we visited a less active named A. She said she might come to church so we needed to text her on Saturday. Well we did and she didn't reply and she didn't come but we kept texting her every week.  Well she showed up on Sunday!  First time in 30+ years.  JC also came and brought his two cute grandsons, probably 8 and 10.  All of our recent converts were there.  A girl in our ward gave a talk in sacrament that we helped her write.  It was very powerful. We taught the lesson in gospel principles and it went well! It was an overall great day.  And we talked to 2 really nice ladies who took up our offer to come and do service!
I love being a missionary and really seeing how the Lord provides. "doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith."  I love the gospel and I love being able to share it with everyone that I come in contact with. The church is true and I know that it has been restored by a latter day prophet.  Thanks for all the love and support.  You have no clue the blessings that come to the missionaries that you pray for in the field.  Have a great week.  Don't forget to Pray, Read, Obey, and Smile. xoxo. Good luck with the first week of school to all. :)

Love, Sister Rodda.

Sister Bell

August 17, 2015

Family! I am doing great! BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY MY NEW COMPANION IS DOING GREAT! Her name is Sister Julie Bell from Blackfoot, Idaho.  She is younger than me - FINALLY SOMEONE YOUNGER! And she used to play soccer so yeah, we get along. This week was great. I was in Bellingham until Tuesday. picked up Sister Bell around 5 on Tuesday and then traveled home. The ferry traffic and travel time takes forever. Wednesday we had zone meeting. and Thursday-Saturday was a lot of finding! We tracted in the pouring rain for a few hours! It rocked. I always feel like a missionary when I am tracting in the pouring rain, soaking wet, and everyone says no and slams the door. Those literally are the best days. But it would be nice if someone said yes every once in a while or at least offered us hot chocolate or anything really...

We both had to speak in sacrament. I spoke on service and Sister Bell spoke on charity and love. They were both great. I wasn't nervous at all until my sweet companion started bearing her testimony. Then I got sick inside. I think singing in church last week was so nerve racking that I can literally do anything now. Good thing I got that over with!

Mission life is great! Doing a lot of finding which is nice because I love tracting! My companion is ready to work hard and I have been able to learn so much from her! Recent converts are doing well and the less actives we are working with have been coming to church! I love being a missionary. Sad that I have only 9 months left but ready to make the most out of it!

Thanks for all your love and support! You are all greatly appreciated! I LOVE YOU!


Goodbye Sis P!

August 10, 2015

Well I am having another baby. Please pray for me. haha. Training freaks me out but it will all be okay! There are 18 elders coming in and 5 sisters! The mission is growing! 

This week has been kind of crazy. We had a lot of meetings this week on the mainland so that pretty much takes up the whole day with the ferry traffic. Monday was P day and we got to visit people that night. Tuesday was our only real full day so we used the most of it! Wednesday we had district meetings and had a few lessons with recent converts. Not to mention all of the song practice we had to do because of our sacrament program! Thursday we had Mission Leader Council. This is for zone leaders, assistants, and sister training leaders. We get to figure out ways to help the mission. Friday I GOT to go to a new trainers training. Saturday was a lot of packing for Sister Perkinson. It stinks to see her go but I am so happy for her and that she is able to go home to her family! Sunday we sang in church. NEVER DOING THAT AGAIN. It was good. but one time is enough. Then we traveled down to the mission office to drop off sister P. I am in Bellingham until tomorrow when I get the new sis off the plane! I am excited for the upcoming transfer! Thanks for all the love, support, and prayers! You have no clue how much your prayers help. Keep choosing the right and #holdtotherodda


sister rodda.

Our Pet

August 3, 2015
EL FAMILIO. Is that even spanish? This is why I was sent english speaking... that part of my brain literally does not work... anyway...

This week has been a little odd. First of all, I don't know how it is August.  Second of all, I don't know how this is the last week of the transfer.  And third YEAH....

We did a lot of tracting this week and for two of the days I wasn't even in the area.  We had exchanges so  I spent a day in Anacortes and that was really fun. I got to help some of the sisters that we are serving over.  I love being able to get different views on the work.  I also spent a day in Lake Stevens while Sister Perkinson went to a departing mission seminar.  We found 4 new investigators this week we are just hoping that they start progressing quickly!

That's about all this week I literally don't even know what else to say. (mom, can you make this sounds more interesting and add some cool details?  You can make up stories too)

Love, Sister Rodda
The Sisters' Pet