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President and Sister Cutler with me at the MTC

Monday, May 12, 2014

Miracles in Appleton

Hello everyone! Ok so I know that I have not written in like ages,  I could say that I am going to do better at sending post's, but I probably won't! Life is just so crazy busy and there is only so much time to email, but I have time today, so here it goes! :)
Life here in Appleton 1st ward has just been the best. I love this ward and this area, and I have gained such a testimony that this is where I need to be. The ward members are like family now and I couldn't imagine not having them in my life. I have so many good examples all around me of people who are so Christlike that I would like to emulate. I am grateful for the gospel and for the fact that no matter where we go we know that we will have a ward family there to love and support us. Lately we have had a lot of new families move into the ward, and it has been amazing to see the love that they are shown. The ward instantly helps them to move in and feel welcome. This ward is definitely a family and they know that they can all count on one another. 
So I wanted to just share some of the miracles that I have seen lately. There are so many but there are some that I just wanted to share! The first one was after we had zone conference. Which is just a big meeting with all the missionaries from the zone (probably about 30 missionaries), and we get trained from President, Sister Cutler, the assistants, and the zone leaders. While we were there we learned about family history work and how we should use it in our finding, and then to go along with that we were committed to go out and use family history work in our finding! We were also committed to open up to the Book of Mormon when we use family history! So right after zone conference we went out and were going to visit a less active and while we were outside we saw this lady just outside her apartment with her dog and so I decided to walk right up and pet her dog! When we did we just started talking to her a little bit and we brought up family history. She then told us about how she had great relatives who had sailed here from Sweden! So, I opened up the Book of Mormon and told her all about Lehi and his family and how just like her ancestors, Lehi and his family did the same thing and they sailed across the ocean to get to the America's! It was so amazing how receptive she was. She took a Book of Mormon and we got her number, and we are excited to be able to meet with her again. It was just amazing to be able to use what we learned and go out and apply it and right away gain a testimony of it! Later on this week we did the same thing when we went tracting and we met Rich. We talked with him about family history and related it back to the Book of Mormon. He accepted a book and we will be going back to see him as well, we both felt that he was definitely prepared! :) 
Being companions with Sister Kealer has been so much fun! Everyone thinks it's awesome that we knew each other before we came out, and so do we! :) We are able to go out and work and also to have fun while we do it. I know that there are definitely things that I have been able to learn from her and I am so grateful for that. The people here in Appleton really needed her! 
I am super excited for my birthday coming up, I can't believe that I am already turning 20, I feel so old! We have a dinner on Sunday before my birthday to celebrate with a family and we also have a dinner on my Birthday and they are making me my favorite dinner and desert so I am really excited. My birthday is also on a pday so hopefully me and Sister Kealer will be able to do something really fun :).
I just want to say thank you so much for all of you who take the time to read these post's, it means a lot! I am so grateful to be here in Wisconsin and to be serving a mission. I am also grateful that I have a sister who is also serving right now. My family is being so blessed and I can definitely see that! There has been a lot of rain here lately and I love it. It's really warming up and the tree's are starting to turn green. I just love Wisconsin!! I hope you all have a great week, I love you so much :) 


Sister Brewster 

Pam's Baptism

February 18, 2014
Hello everyone!  I have had such a good week, this last Saturday was Pam's baptism and it went so well. We were so happy because her mom and her boyfriend were able to be there. The spirit was so strong and we were so grateful that there was so many ward members there to support her. The following Sunday was the same as she was able to be confirmed and again the spirit was so strong. As we were at the baptism it was such a testimony to me of how important this work is! I know that this gospel is what brings people true happiness! 
      Other than the baptism my companion and I  have been trying to find people! Finding is hard, but it's also very rewarding. The ward members have been so great and are just trying to share the gospel and help us to have more people to teach. Getting to know the ward members has been so great. They are so helpful to us missionaries and we always know that we can count on them! 
      I just want to end by saying that I am very grateful for the gift of prayer. We have been talking about that a lot lately and how we can be teaching out investigators to pray and receive answers to their prayers, and I have been learning a lot! I know that as we pray to our Heavenly Father we are asking him to give us blessings that he already has waiting for us! In the bible dictionary under prayer there is a part that says "The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking or them." I definitely know that is true! I know that as we make our prayers more personal and sacred that we will feel his spirit more powerfully in our lives. There really is a special spirit and power behind praying! I think sometimes I even taking prayer for granted just because as missionaries we are always praying, all the time!! I know that as I take the time to really talk with my Heavenly Father that he helps me in every aspect of my missionary work! He wants to hear from us! All the time :). (Alma 37:36-37)
      I love all of you and I hope that you are doing well. Have a great week!! 


Sister Brewster   

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hello Everyone!!

Hello everyone! I am so sorry that it has been a while since I have posted anything. I know I say that every time so maybe I can stop saying that! :) So things here with me have been very good. I am seeing miracles everyday here in Appleton and I love serving here. This area is truly where I am meant to be. I know that everywhere that we get placed as missionaries is where we need to be. We are called by God and he puts us where he needs us!

So Appleton has been a lot different from Brookfield. One thing that I love here about the work is that we work a lot with less-actives. We see about 8 less active every week! We also have a lot of investigators that we are working with, so I feel like we really have a good balance between the two :). I am very excited for this month because we have a baptism coming up! Our investigator Pam is going to be baptized on the 15th of this month. She is a single mom and is doing so good!! She has given up so many things to be where she is at right now. Her two boys have recently been baptized and now she gets to follow in their footsteps!! I have been able to see the gospel change their lives for the better. They truly are happier with the gospel in their lives! The other exciting thing was that her friend came to church with her this Sunday! She is not even a member yet and she is trying to share the gospel! :) 

 Something that I also love about Appleton is the ward that I am serving in. This new year there has definitely been a push to do missionary work. This ward has truly taken that to heart and has been trying to be good member missionaries. Lately we have been able to teach people in members homes, and that has been going great! The members are so wiling to not be scared and just share what they know. :) That's even something that I have had to work on since I have been out here. I so badly want to be able to talk with EVERYONE I see, but it's hard! Although, that is no excuse, especially for me as a missionary. I just need to have more confidence in the Lord and know that he will help me. I know that he has helped me the whole time on my mission, so why would he stop??

I just want to end by sharing something that I have learned this past week! I love Preach My Gospel so much. It really is scripture and is something that we can all use in our daily lives. A while ago we were in a meeting with President Cutler and he told us that Preach My Gospel is not just for us as missionaries, that it is something for us when we get off of our missions. He then had us replace the word missionary with parent. When we started doing that we were able to see the way that it could be applied to us as parents when we get off of our missions! I hope that all of you have Preach My Gospels and that all of you are trying to study from them! I know that they can help you :). Christ-like attributes is a really good section to start studying from, I love it!! 

I know that this church is true. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and loves all of us! He is always aware of us (Alma 26:37). I know that the Book of Mormon is true. As we share our testimonies of this gospel ours will grown even stronger! We can all be missionaries!! I love you and hope that all of you are doing well. I love getting letters, so feel free to write!! Have a great week and remember that God loves you and so do I!! :) 

Sister Brewster

 Our district in Appleton is staying together for another transfer!!  YAY!!!
 Charly Felix sent this wonderful drawing for me!!  Thank you so much!!
 Thank you Mom for the flowers!!  They really made my week!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bittersweet Goodbyes!

Hello everyone! So the reason why I title this post the bittersweet goodbyes is because I ended up being transferred: /. I have to say goodbye to everyone in Brookfield the week before Christmas. It was very sad, but it's ok. I knew that I was going to be transferred eventually. I couldn't stay in Brookfield for my whole mission, even though I would have if they asked me :).

So, before I left we were able to go around and say goodbye to the Brookfield ward members. It was so sweet because so many of them were so gracious just giving us Christmas gifts. All of them are so giving, willing to do so much for us missionaries :). A couple of the gifts that I received were an ornament, a makeup bag, a McDonalds gift card, and a heated jacket! Yes, I did say a heated jacket!! :) Some of the members had pitched in to get me and the other sister heated jackets!! When I opened up the present I was shocked. I was just so grateful for such a wonderful ward. I had been so blessed to be able to serve in Brookfield. All of the people there have blessed me so much and have helped me become the missionary that I need to be. I know that Brookfield will always hold a special place in my heart and it will be a place that I never forget, along with all of the wonderful people! 

I will also never forget the Jones! They are just wonderful, kind, and selfless people. Brother and Sister Jones have been so kind to me in the past six months that I had been living with them. They have done so much for me that I couldn't count it all on two hands! I was so sad to have to leave their house, but I know that I will be back there again. They are both amazing examples to me and I have been forever changed because of them :).

Well on to my new area. I am now in Appleton and my new companion is Sister Arnold. I love Sister Arnold. Her and I came out together and were in the MTC together. We had so much fun and when I came to Wisconsin I kept saying that I wanted to be her companion at some point on our missions. Lucky for me that wish was granted sooner that I thought it would! I was so happy to find out that we would be able to work together. Right from the beginning we were able to just click and be willing to just work hard and be obedient. Since we have been together we have been able to do some good things for Appleton. We also are able to be obedient and I truly know that obedience brings miracles. :) 

Here in Appleton there are a lot of Hmong people, so that has been fun! They are all so nice and I think I will have fun here. The Bishop is awesome and works with us missionaries to really help the work. I was able to meet the ward this Sunday which was good, because last Sunday it was canceled due to a snow storm! This Sunday though it wasn't canceled and I met the members and all of them seem super nice and so I am excited to continue to get to know them. We are really excited because we have a baptism coming up this weekend. His name is Alec. His moms name is Pam and she will be getting baptized soon as well! Alec also has a brother named Tyler who was already baptized before I got here. We are really excited for this weekend!! 

Other than that we work with a lot of less actives! There is one older gentleman that lives out a little far from us and we are able to go and see him every Friday and his name is Fred! I just love Fred. He always tells us how much we make his day when we go and see him. He also gives us soda every time, and then he gave us a fruit basket for the Holidays. 

Speaking of the Holidays, Christmas was awesome! I am sorry that I am jumping around so much, I just guess that I have a lot of things that I want to talk about :). So Christmas was good. We were able to have a nice dinner with a family from the ward and we were able to Skype our families!! I loved being able to Skype my family. I love them so much and I felt like the time went by way too fast, but I loved every second of it. I hope that all of you had a great Christmas and that you were able to remember why we celebrate Christmas. I am so grateful for my Savior and for being able to be out here spreading the good news that he lives and that he loves us. I love you all and hope that you have an amazing new year!! Feel free to write me letters, I love getting letters :).


Sister Brewster 

 Lunch with the Maas Family ;)
 The Rabe Family
 The Sheffields
 The Wheelers
 The Sheranians
 The Jones' - My Second Family!!

 My electric jacket from Milwaukee Tool!!  Thank you all so much for everything you have done for me in Brookfield!!
 I will always love Alex Janusz!!

Now on to my new area, Appleton First Ward with Sister Arnold!!

 Celebrating Christmas Eve with my new Companion Sister Arnold!!  We were in the MTC together and we are together again!!  We are going to love serving in Appleton!!

 Sister Arnold and I on Christmas morning

 We love the socks Sister Arnold's parent sent us!!

President and Sister Cutler gave us beautiful ornaments for Christmas!!

On transfer day I was able to see my buddy Elder Neville!! 

On our first P-Day in Appleton we had a zone activity day and I was able to meet all the missionaries in my new zone. 

Elder Obi is a VISA waiter who has been with us for 10 months now.

 Elder Harding
 Elder Hooley
 My best Elder friend - Elder Andrus
 Sister Tanner
 Sister Tanner and Sister Hancock make me remember how short I am!!
 My first Sister Training Leader is now up here with me!!  Yay for Sister Westra!!

Sister Hurst is companions with Sister Westra