Monday, December 28, 2015


Well I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas!

Thank you for all the goodies and gifts, I really appreciated them.

Christmas this year was so good.  We had a mission-wide devotional on Christmas eve.  It was full of wonderful musical numbers and a message from President and Sister Palmer.  It was such a great thing to help us get in the spirit of Christmas. 

We spent Christmas eve with our investigator Socorro and with the Martinez family (I didn't get pictures).  They had family from Mexico that aren't members so we shared a message with them and sang some Christmas hymns. It was so much fun.

Christmas day I got to talk to my family which was crazy because the next time I see them will be in person.  We then had dinner with some members, went and sang hymns to another member that is in a nursing home, and then had a second dinner with Al and his fiance.  It was amazing to spend a Christmas so focused on the Savior and giving rather than taking.  I missed my family but it was an experience I wouldn't trade.

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!


Hermana Carpenter

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas all!!

I can't believe I am already celebrating my second Christmas on the mission.  The time has just flown by.

This transfer is already off to a great start.  We had a last minute change and I ended up with a different companion than I said last week.  My new companion is Hermana Waters.  She is from Utah as well.  We are already becoming great friends.  She has only been out of the MTC for one transfer so I am facing new things as a missionary.  It has been such a good week though.  

We are getting ready for the baptism of one of our investigators (pictured with me below). She is so excited.  She seems like she is already a member of the church.  One of our other investigators, Al, also excepted a baptismal date for January.  I feel so blessed to be working with these two. We have so much to look forward to and it is only the beginning of the transfer. 

This week I have been thinking a lot about repentance and charity.  We talked about them in one of our leadership meetings this week and since then it has been floating around in my head.  They are so connected.  I know that I can obtain charity without repenting.  I've been doing a lot of that on my mission. I need it though. We all do.  I can feel the difference though as I strive to repent daily.  I can feel the spirit more in my life and through that the love of the Savior.  This love allows me to love his children and to serve them as he needs them to be served.  I'm so grateful for the teachings of the Savior and for his life.  I'm grateful for the chance to celebrate it and share that spirit with others.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas! Be safe!!


Hermana Carpenter

Photos: Hna Waters, me with blondie bars, yum, me with our investigator at a christmas party

Monday, December 14, 2015

I'm never coming home.... Another extension

Hello everybody! 

Well it turns out that I may be on my mission forever at the rate I'm going.  Okay, not really but I did find out I received another week long extension for my mission (that makes three weeks total). They are switching things up in the MTC with all native speakers and that means our transfers will be affected. I guess that just means one more week I get to serve the Lord and help his children. Who could be disappointed by that?

This week is also transfer week. I will be staying in Modest another 6 weeks and Hermana Arevalo will be heading up to my old stomping grounds in Stockton.  I'm sad she will be leaving but I'm excited to be working with my new companion Hermana Aburto.

I am really relieved to be staying. These last two weeks things have finally picked up and we have some awesome investigators.  We have one, Socorro, who accepted a baptismal date for this month.  She is a gem.  Just being around her makes me want to be a better missionary and a better person.  Her outlook on life and her faith in God are inspiring.  I feel so blessed to be able to continue to work with her. 

We have also started working with a young couple that just moved here from Mexico. She is a newer member and he is not a member.  They were both at church on Sunday and are excited about learning more. 

This week as I was studying in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 25:26 where it says:

"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."

As I was studying this and thinking about the role of Christ in my life this verse took on a new light to me.  I've always just seen it as more of a verse talking about the purpose of the Book of Mormon (which it is) but as I was thinking about it and put myself in Nephi's place I realized the deeper meaning of having a Christ centered life and the importance of that.  He talks about all of the ways we can include Christ in our lives and it is not just a casual, one day a week at church type of thing. To me, what Nephi is talking about is letting Christ, his name and influence, into everything we do. He should be a natural part of our everyday life and conversation.

He talks about his children knowing to where to turn to. The word children can be replaced with any person in our lives. It could be our spouse, or parent, brother or sister, or even neighbor or co-worker.  As we talk, rejoice, preach, prophesy, and record those things pertaining to Christ everyday then we will be able to help others come closer to him.

I love being on a mission and being able to talk about the Savior so much.  I love being able to see people feel his love and understand the Atonement. I am so grateful for the Savior and the role of the Atonement in my own life.

Well I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!


Hermana Carpenter

p.s. I finally have some more pictures...They are from an activity we had last preparation day. The one with the empty bowls was of a cereal eating contest between me and one of the Elders...let's just say he was talking smack before but not so much after.  It was a lot of fun though!

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Savior is born

Hello everybody!  I can't believe that December is already in full swing and with all that comes with the Christmas season.

The new Christmas initiative for the church started last Sunday and we have been sharing it like crazy.  For those of you that haven't seen it yet you can check it out at It is titled "A Savior is Born" and highlights the Christmas story from Luke 2.    

I love watching this short video.  I have already seen it a dozen or more times and it still doesn't get old to me.  Each time I watch it I can feel the Spirit strongly testifying that every word of it is true.  That a Savior was really born and that we really have cause to rejoice because of that. Sharing this video so much has caused me to reflect a lot on the birth of the Savior and what it means personally to me and to the rest of God's children. 

To me it means hope.  Because he was born I have the hope that I can change and that this world can change.  I know that it is possible if people allow him into their hearts and follow his example.  

I'm so happy to be able to spend a second Christmas on the mission.  I can feel a difference this year. I can feel the effect of his birth touching my heart and my desire to work and share his message of the restored gospel.  

This week has been so good though.  We have seen the miracles flowing in, especially in regards to people we are teaching.  We had one investigator at church who it was her first time and she cried and cried and cried during sacrament meeting. Oh, she also bore her testimony and it was awesome! We have just started working with her but we are so excited to teach her more and help her to feel the same spirit she felt at church!

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week! I hope you will all watch "A Savior is Born" if you haven't seen it yet.


Hermana Carpenter