Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm Here, I'm Here!!

Hi ya everybody! I'm here, I'm here, I'm here in... Elko?!

Well this week has been crazy!! The flight to Reno was great except for the whole time I was freaking out that the plane was going to crash and burn, even though it was packed with 30 missionaries on it!! Thank goodness the flight to Reno was only like 30 minutes long. We made it safely!! My first day here was spent learning about the mission and things pertaining to the Reno, Nevada Mission. President and Sister Hermansen are wonderful!! I love 'em so much!! So the first day, like I said was spent training. The way we (the newbies) meet our new companions here is so embarrassing, you basically strut out in front of everyone in nearby areas, stand on a blue x, and after your name and your comps name are read, wait to be claimed!! Yep, that was pretty weird! After your claimed everyone cheers and claps. It is a pretty big deal! But my first night I stayed with Sister Flores and Sister Garcia in an area close-ish to sparks since, you guessed it, the zone I am serving in is Elko! Elko is like a 4 hour drive from sparks, which we couldn't make the first night cause it was kind of late. My first night was great, we just had dinner at a members home and then visited the ward mission leader. Then the next morning I had to pack up and go to the mission home to be shipped out to Elko. It was nice though, because I slept most of the drive so I was able to catch up on some zzz's.

So I actually met my companion on Wednesday. Sister Fellman is awesome! She has an amazingly strong testimony and literally has like no fear. She comes from a big family from Alaska. She is great and has taught me a bunch so far!! We pretty much got straight to work after we went grocery shopping and put my luggage in our home. We actually live in the basement of a member family's! It is great! They are a sweet family with 3 young girls.

Pretty much time has flown by!! My P-days are on Mondays (by the way). I can't believe that I've been out in the field almost a week!! The first few days were hard because spending all day everyday, immersed in learning, teaching, and worrying about others is an adjustment! Now I've gotten used to it and I love it! I am not sure how I feel about Elko yet though. Seriously like everyone who knows where Riverton/Salt Lake is without fail, will make the comment of "Oh, So your not far from home." or "You are a long ways from home" (in a voice full of sarcasm). It is pretty funny but is starting to get on my nerves! Funny story though that has helped me realize that serving in Nevada isn't such a bad thing is that in Institute we were talking about the Savior's ministry. Ironically I wrote a thought that I think I had had from that lesson and put it in my scriptures. The thought goes something along the lines of... "Christ's ministry was so central to his place of birth. So be okay with wherever you are called." How crazy is that?!?! The Lord knew that Nevada is where I need to be and had prompted me to write that down! Now I feel lots better about my call to Reno, Nevada. (Not that I didn't before, but this has helped me to realize even more so that this place is where the Lord wants me to be).
The work here is just going along! We do a lot of work with less actives, which is interesting because in the MTC, you don't really focus on that, you focus more on people wanting to learn about the church. So that has definitely been a learning experience. Pretty much everything I learn and do out here is kind of on the fly. I seriously never realized how much missionary is done by following the promptings of the Holy Ghost! I love that about being a missionary because it totally strengthens my testimony that this is truly the Lord's church and His work, so we find and teach people how he wants! We just got a new investigator and she is so ready for baptism even if she doesn't know it yet!
The members here are AMAZING!! They love the missionaries! They are so loving and welcoming it is awesome! Saturday night was one of my favorite nights here. We went to a member's home for dinner and everything was green. We had green enchiladas (with green tortillas and green filling), green rice, green water, green juice, green soda, and green ice cream! Even the cups and plates were green! It was hilarious once I understood why everything was green! I am the greenie, greenhorn, whatever the newest missionaries are called!! I now feel like I am a part of the club.

So far, I have not had to make myself dinner!! We eat at a member's home every night of the week!! So here is my challenge to you, invite the missionaries over for dinner, if there are still missionaries serving in our ward. Have them over and let them share a spiritual message with you! We love doing that! Now our calling is not only to bring people into the Church and closer to Christ, but to strengthen the ward, to help the members! So do that for me please because I get fed so well each and every night! Sometimes it is awkward and weird but just ask them a lot of questions about where they are from, how long they've been out, how the work is going in the area, and you will have lots to talk about!! ( Sorry about the challenge, but I've got to practice inviting people to do things because that is like all we do as missionaries, so I've got to get used to it).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First Days in the MTC

So pretty much the first night you get here you are definately already teaching, but thank goodness it wasn't just in companionships. They put you in a big room full of other new missionaries and we all talk with/ teach an investigator. It was quite intimidating especially since some people seem so spiritually ahead than you. But that's alright because the Lord will give me strength and help my understanding to grow. Anyways, so you also have an instructor on the first night and man was ours mighty fine! He was from France so of course he had an accent and he was tall dark and handsome. Don't worry I promise I am focused on the work!

I also ran into Shalyse, Sister Scadlock litterally like 10 minutes after I walked into the MTC!! It was the best thing that could've happened to me that day! She is doing well and has given me all the secrets to this place! Later in the day I ran into some other people I know from school! It is amazing to see all these people I know accepting God's call to action!!

I can't believe that I have been here a week and since today is Wednesday, this will be the only p-day I have in the MTC. Kind of a bummer, but having all the other days to learn is pretty much fantastic because seriously there is so much to learn. I honestly would feel so unprepared if I hadn't read through most of Preach My Gospel before I came. Everything here is fast and furious. You barely have any time to study anything but the lessons that you feel your investigators need. So Preston, word of advice, start studying or at least reading through Preach My Gospel now. It will help you so much and you won't feel overwhelmed.

My companion is Sister Anderson! She is from Georgia and went to school at BYU last year. She is 19 just like me and she is pretty great! She is very intuned with the spirit and the needs of our investigators. We are also both headed to Reno!!! It is funny how in these circumstances you become friends with people you normally wouldn't in normal life. But she can kind of get on my nerves a little in all honesty. I think that is mostly because I am so used to doing things alone and not having to converse with someone about what I think or what I want to do. Which is probably a pretty good learning experience for me. I actually have to make decisions now!! I can't just be like eh, whatever you want to do is fine. I have to have an opinion about everything. Like what do you want to do during gym today. So weird.

The Elders and Sisters in my district have become like my little family here! Seriously they are the best! I have some pictures that I will try and send you when I am out in the field. (The computers here kind of stink). Sister Coy is 27 and she is the mom of the group since she's got a lot of life experience behind her! Elder Whipple and Bunch are probably my favorite elders. They are just so sweet and funny! It is funny how some elders and sisters don't talk to people of the opposite gender because they are afraid of flirting cause that is obviously a big no no here. I'm pretty sure all of us were kind of like that on our first day.

Earlier in this letter I said something about investigators... here our teachers during part of class time play the role of an investigator, and we have to do the whole shabang and knock on the door, let them invite us in, and teach!! It is crazy. The 2nd week here, you get an actor playing an investigator which is a lot easier to take more seriously than teaching your teacher. It is really nerve racking because everything should be done by the spirit and if you don't have the spirit with you, there is no way you are going to be able to help your investigators understand what your purpose there is.

I feel like I've learned a lot so far and I am already a different person. It is amazing what the Lord can do with those who just give their lives over to him!

Well I love you guys and miss ya tons!!!

Sister Fish

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tomorrow is the Day

    Wow, time has flown by way fast! I can't believe that I head to the MTC tomorrow! It's finally here and I still don't feel ready, but I know that with the Lord's help I will be!! Seeing as how I leave tomorrow I figured it is probably time I post my addresses.

I will be in the Provo MTC until July 23rd and my address while there is...

                 Sister Felicia Messervy
                 JUL23 NV-RNO
                 2013 N 900 E Unit 351
                 Provo, UT 84602

And when I am in Reno you can send mail to...
   Sister Felicia Messervy
   Nevada Reno Mission
   1146 Prater Way
   Sparks, NV 89431

Or if you don't feel like sending mail the old fashioned way, you can email me at

                             I hope to hear from y'all soon!

First Time Temple Goer

      On June 8th I had one of the most best experiences of my life! Going through the temple to do your own work is an amazing experience!! The Oquirrh Mountain Temple in Utah, was seriously so beautiful!
        It's funny how no one really talks about what goes on inside temples other than marriages/sealings and baptisms for the dead and everything else is kept kind of  behind closed doors. The reason for this is because the work done in temples is sacred, not secret. So because it is so sacred it is kept a secret. Get it? I had no idea what to expect for my first time. I was so nervous but so very very excited. The temple is such a beautiful place and I have such a testimony that temple work does allow families to be together throughout eternity! It is a very different experience, but I went in with a somewhat open mind. Honestly though, I did have the thought that I can totally understand why some people believe we are a cult. But we are not and the feelings of the spirit were so strong and warm, that I knew that what I was seeing/experiencing was so right and I am so thankful for the people who were there to help me and support me!!! I am so grateful that as a missionary, I get to have those extra blessings from the temple as  I serve the Lord in Reno!

                               Temple Expert, Almost,