Monday, September 11, 2017

FB

Not an easy week but C'est la vie!! We went to pieology for lunch this week and there is a wall full of quotes so I am going to share them. 

"The miracle is this - the more we share the more we have." -Leonard Nimoy

Okay so to help explain a little bit more about facebook:
Because we are just beginning to use it and figure out the best way to use, our mission president is pretty relaxed about it and letting us decide the limits of use and how we use it. But to help you to know how to help me stay focused here are some things to tell you folks about how I'll be using it :
-We are using facebook to post uplifting messages, stay in contact with members in our wards and people we are teaching. 
-However, a really neat thing, we are able to teach and be part of lessons with friends and family members back home  through facebook, messenger and the video chat now. I'll let that soak in for a bit. 
- I can respond to posts and messages from friends and family on pdays. 
- We won't be very in tune with the timeline so, if I get back and you're like "don't you know about this? you have facebook, I posted it a while back," I will probably have no idea. We are not spending time scrolling through the feed, and I will probably not be liking or loving any posts I see. But I hope you know I still like and love you. :)
-Temple Square has also begun to use Facebook so I will be using it the rest of my mission. 
-Yes, it's been weird seeing people's faces that I haven't seen in over a year and finding out people are engaged and married and moved and just different. And yes I have LOVED being away from the social media world for a while. But I know that this technology has been given from God to help us to be a positive impact in the world and share the gospel in ways we could have never imagined before. So mostly I am just grateful. :)

Comp with a member's bunny. She had no idea how to hold it. haha
Annd the rest of the week
We had zone conference up in seaside on Friday and it was wonderful. President Hunt- my mission President here- is great at communicating to us in an organized way how we can improve as missionaries.

This week we had a lot of less active and part member family lessons. One of the sweetest families we have been seeing have 2 boys and a girl and their souls are just so sweet and deep. Their thoughts are also all over the place so it's hard to keep the focus during the lesson, but we managed with questions and videos and fun stuff. One of the younger boys told me, "you can come back every day and play soccer with us. We get out of school at 2:29." My heart I love those kids.
Here is a drawing they made of the plan of salvation, haha:)








We also met these two guys this week, Ben and Abraham. Named after some pretty cool people. They were so chill and just these huge guys. My companion and I are short okay, so we were a bit intimidated when we first saw them but WE FEAR NO MAN. (<---from the Ricciardi Letter) So we talked to them and they are so good hearted, love God, both are single dads but just putting important things on the backburner. We shared the restoration with them and Abraham has quite a few questions so we'll teach him more this week. 

Peggy is so close to baptism. Peggy had a stroke a couple years ago and it majorly affected her speech. She has recovered so well, but she still has a hard time communicating. But she has been so brave in coming to church and communicating her thoughts and feelings and has told her son (who hates mormons) that she has been going to church with us, she reads and soaks up the Book of Mormon everyday. She is just having a difficult time with questions she has. So this week we're just taking a step back to help answer her questions, read together and help her strengthen her faith. We are praying for her to committ!! We've been fasting a couple times too. But it's up to the Lord to decide if and when she is ready. .."and [they] baptized all those whom Jesus had chosen." (3 Nephi 19:12)

Hiking this morning with the Elders in our zone
I love the Lord and grateful for the trust He has in me to allow me to teach people about Him and the part He has in God's plan for all of us. I am so weak, so imperfect and so very far from being like him, but I am grateful for the opportunity to learn how and feel so close to Him here on my mission. 

Today is a good day to remember Him, to remember 9/11, and to remember all of those people who are going through a lot. Hurricanes, fires, floods, typhoones, everyone's saying it, but you can blame it on global warming or maybe the second coming. ;)  All will be well if we build our foundation on the Lord. Helaman 5:12

Have a great week all you

Sister Cox

Hiking this morning with the Elders in our zone

Quote wall at Pieology :)


Monday, September 4, 2017

The Earth is More Obedient than You

We were knocking on doors and found this street. Neet.
This week I was reading in the book of Helaman about one of the Nephis, another Nephi with a lot of faith. "Their names invite them to pattern their lives after their forebears." (And vs 6) Helaman spoke to his sons and basically said I gave you these names so that you will remember them, the things they did, and that they were awesome. And this Nephi was a great example to me of faith this week. He prayed they will have famine instead of war. That happened. Then they repent. He asks that the famine ends. It ends. it all happens because of his great faith and willingness to ask. I understand a bit more now why people name their kids after cool people. 
Sister Tang and I have made goals to have greater faith this week. It has been a struggle.
A man at the mental health institution made us these paper flowers. ♥
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Also in Helaman I read:
1 And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
TRUE
12:
7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.
8 For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.
9 Yea, behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains tremble and quake.
10 And by the power of his voice they are broken up, and become smooth, yea, even like unto a valley.
11 Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake;
12 Yea, by the power of his voice, do the foundations rock, even to the very center.
13 Yea, and if he say unto the earth--Move--it is moved.
Summed up,this was a nice wake up call, a good motivator. "Hey, the earth is more obedient than you." So move. 
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So this week: 
- We fasted this week for Peggy, hoping she will make the commitment for baptismo soon.
- The families in our ward have been giving lots of referrals this week. Grateful for their trust. 
- We had short exchanges, I was with Hermana Brooks, from Morgan, UT I already adore her. See fotos.
Hermana Beautiful Brooks
-It was really hot this week. Up to 117 Saturday. Neat.
-The people here are still wonderful
- This mission is able to do online proselyting now, so my facebook account will be active. So weird. I will update you more soon about it all, we have zone conference this week and will have trainings on using it in missionary work. 
Have a great week everybody. Happy Labor Day!
Sister Cox
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We took a few pictures today since sister Tang is going home. This place is perty. Get ready for overload. 




You can count on mee to hug a tree





We found a mini toilet for mini people. Diversion en el bano. And talked to people in spanglish because we're both practicing.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Human Air Freshener

Yesterday during Sacrament meeting Brother Woodland in the High Council spoke. He spoke a lot about the Holy Ghost and real joy. He said that, "Happy people are like human air fresheners." I thoroughly enjoy that, because it's so true. Negativity is like stinky, old banana peels in the trash can, mold, bean farts, etc. But when we are positive, genuine, and full of the spirit it has such a wonderful effect on the individual human and all those in their presence. Diffusion process.

Ok & rewind to the beginning of the week:
At the mission office when we ditched Sister Carter;) I got pepper spray (some that was in her purse) on my finger fromjust HOLDING IT gee wiz. Didn't know it was on my finger. Touched my eye. Every tear drop was a waterfall. Haha every time I started talking to someone I had to explain no I hadn't been crying just pepper sprayed myself. Casual. 

Also this week we had a first lesson with a family who was referred by a member. Juan Perez and his son Jacob who is six. His wife is Catholic orthodox and very very very not interested in learning about another faith and Juan is a wonderful husband and would never go against her wishes. It will take a miracle to see them baptized. But good thing Heavenly Father is full of those. In his timing. The son is the cutest little nugget and we connected right away. He loved looking at the Pamphlets about Jesus. He even said a prayer at the end of the lesson after I gave him the key to unzip his lips. (He's the chattiest 6 year old I've ever met)

Other fun things this week:

We got super cussed out by a lady at a trailer park, where one of our investigators lived and then not too long after we were contacting a guy who was high off his rocker and was very much vulgar. I was glad Sister Tang doesn't have a large range vocabulary. But it was cool to talk to him because he sees how much craziness is in the world and that we all need to contribute to the good. It's such a comfort to know and be able to share where that source of goodness comes from. 

Moroni 7:13 
13 ​But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do ​​​good​ continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and ​​​enticeth​ to do ​​​good​, and to love God, and to serve him, is ​​​inspired​ of God.

And to wrap it up around back to the beginning where we started, we had an awesome lesson in relief society by a Sister about the Holy Ghost. She shared about a missionary who acted on a prompting to put his foot in the door to ask if the uninterested person if anyone else would be interested in the message and the daughter in the home ended up getting baptized. It's like Cinderella when the coachman comes looking for someone to fit into the glass slipper. "Is there anyone else in the house that this slipper might fit?"

I have felt the importance of acting on first promptings before my mission, on my mission and will continue to see the hand of God in my life as I listen to the whispering of the spirit. But we have to take the time and make the space in our lives for him to dwell there. I know right now is a busy time for many, and tbh that is the reason for a lot of doors shut in our face this week. But make some space in your days for the Holy Ghost. So you can be an air freshener for someone! :)

Have a wonderful week!
Love, 
Sister Cox 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lose yourself

Hello lovelies! 
We accomplished our goals this week and found quite a few new people to teach. Huzzah! Trying to bring fire into this mission, it is burning a slow burn..

It is already transfers, so Sister Carter will be leaving our trio, but Sister Tang and I will stay here in Morgan Hill. I will miss her powerful burps and powerful testimony. 

We also had exchanges wed with Sister Iverson down in Hollister, the Spanish branch (congregation) about 45 min south of here. I got the chance to practice my Spanish again. It was neat, gift of tongues is still real. Sister Iverson is a gem, it was so good spending the day with her. While there, we helped a member who grew up Catholic but hated that her dad always worshipped pictures. At 6 years old she would always chastise him for not praying to God directly. Haha She found our church when she was a teenager and was able to marry her husband in the Temple. None of her family members are LDS so she is totally rejected by family but she is so strong. She fed us Mexican food while we were there and let me tell ya over and over again. I LOVE REAL MEXICAN FOOD.

We had dinner with a family in the ward this week that I took on a tour at the Beehive house while I was at Temple Square, they are an awesome family. What are the odds that I would come to their ward. 

A similar thing last night, the Elders asked us to visit someone in their ward who is living with her inactive daughter. When we got there, Amolia, the sweet old lady, said she had seen me before. We figured out she had seen me at Temple Square while she was living there a few months. Crazy. She is such a Christlike and childlike human. The daughter had no interest in sticking around so we just stayed to talk with Amolia for a little.

She asked us to read the teachings of Gordon B Hinckley. She of course didn't know that that we were reading my favourite chapter: Losing Ourselves in the Service of Others. She also didn't know my companions needed a bit of a lift of encouragement on this topic. It strengthened all of us. One thing President Hinckley said that I love: 

"My message to you today … is that you resolve to dedicate a part of your time, as you map out your life’s work, to those in distress and need, with no consideration of recompense. Your skills are needed, whatever they may be. Your helping hands will lift someone out of the mire of distress. Your steady voice will give encouragement to some who might otherwise simply give up. Your skills can change the lives, in a remarkable and wonderful way, of those who walk in need. If not now, when? If not you, who?
May the real meaning of the gospel distill into our hearts that we may realize that our lives, given us by God our Father, are to be used in the service of others.
If we will give such service, our days will be filled with joy and gladness. More important, they will be consecrated to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to the blessing of all whose lives we touch." 

This is why I came on a mission. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus and feel such a fullness when I am helping others. There is so much more I could be doing everyday to exemplify this and I hope to intertwine it more into every aspect of my life. My challenge is for you all to do the same and to read Chapter 14 in the Teachings of Gordon B Hinckley. Mosiah 2:17

Will you please send me pics and facts about the Eclipse because I didn't get to see it and I love these things!! And I also love you all :) Have a great week! 







♥ Sister Cox


This is a nice place. I like it. :) (ps sorry my ramen noodles are covering my name tag)


Saw this driving around the other day, isn't this copyrighted by BYU creamery? Someone help me out here... ?
Here is my companion Sister Tang, as a young soul. CUTE AS A BUTTON

DM last week. This is the district. Chocolate milk filled these red solos. Not really sure what gospel principle the elders who initiated this were trying to bring in tbh..but oh whale.

We had horse service. Cleaned up their homes, fed them, etc. It was glorious.. I LOVE HORSES.


Thursday was Don's Birthday Dinner. Jan is one of our investigators, she has recently been going through chemo but she is such a strong, Christlike human who lives her life to help others. Continually always helping other people. Her husband Don here, is a sassy old man and here is him thoughtfully thinking of his birthday wish before blowing out his candle. Love them.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fish out of water

Hello from Morgan Hill, CA

I already miss my wonderful Temple Square sisters and it was hard to say goodbye to sister Silva but I know Heavenly Father will take care of all of them while I am gone. Just a funny thing that happened before I left, we were in one of the visitor centers and started to talk to a guy walking out and he just kept walking and said "GET LOST!" We were already having a lousy day so all we could do was just laugh and laugh about it. We did not get lost, quite the contrary actually. :)

I have been assigned to a city that reminds me a bit of ND and AZ and CA all mixed into one. So I feel right at home. But in other ways I feel like a fish out of water. Coming from an ocean at Temple Square, a sea of people every day to this small pond is a weird transition. I have always felt I really belonged at Temple Square. But the ward here is great and I already have learned so much, and I know I have a lot to learn still.

I am in a trio with Sister Carter from Chicago, IL and Sister Tang from Hong Kong. They are so great and we get along well.

There is only one week in the transfer left because I came a little late in the ballgame. But looking forward to all that we will accomplish. We have set some good goals and I hope to accomplish a lot here in Morgan Hill. There have been a lot of Sisters from Temple Square who have come here so they have in their minds probably their own opinion of me already but all I can do is work hard, be obedient, love muito and be a  representative of the Savior and let Him do everything else. Things are definitely different here. One of the wonderful ward missionaries said this on Sunday: "doing nothing is the hardest work because one can never stop to rest." haha

This Saturday the Ward had a Temple Trip so we came with a less active and one of our recent converts so she could do baptisms in the Temple for her grandma. The other sisters went and watched baptisms and I stayed with Guinan, we talked a lot and read a conference talk that I felt she really needed to hear and walked the beautiful Oakland temple grounds. Oakland is about an hour and a half out of Morgan Hill and not technically in our mission so we were pretty lucky that we got to go. And we also get to go to San Fran this coming weekend because Sister Tang needs to take an english test so that she can apply to BYU. She is going home in OCtober. I am so blessed to get to go two weeks in a row. Plus we get to go as a mission for every general conference, and I will be here for that as well. So blessed this one is.

We have been meeting with an investigator named Peggy who came to church with us yesterday. Her son does not like mormons so she has been scared to tell him but she finally did. All in one week she's moved leaps and bounds. We are so proud of her.

My first evening we visited Joshua and his daughter Morgan wasn't there but we had a really good conversation with him and his nephew on their porch and I really felt the spirit as we spoke with him. He has a great love for his daughter that I believe will lead him to do many great things. But most of all we hope to strengthen his love of the Savior. He said he might come to church with us next Sunday with her.

Whether I am a fish, a human or a dog in or out of water I know it's where I need to be and I can choose to either sink, swim or walk on the water with the Savior. But whatever we choose he will always be with us.

Love you all have a wonderful week! I wish you a week full of swimming instead of sinking.

Sister Cox

My delightful, lovely companions

The Oakland temple♥


Our recent convert Tatiana and Sister Adair, she drove us all up to the Temple. She reminds me of my sweet mom.


Sister Silva tried to squeeze in my suitcase, I would've taken her but for some reason there's a limit for how much we can take..
We both were packing to move and I found out she has like 14 coats, she's ready for winter.

A sight I won't see for a couple months:)






BTW here is my new address for the mission office where all mail/packages will go:

1336 Cherry Ave, San Jose CA 95125

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

OUTBOUND

Hi there hi, 

I have received my new mission within my mission. OUTBOUND CALLS ARE OUT. I have been (temporarily) called to serve in the San Jose, California mission. I'll be leaving next Wednesday, the day I left for the MTC last year, making it my official 1 year mark on a mission. Time flies. I will be there for about 3 months and will return to Temple Square the beginning of November.

I will have a new mission President, new companions, new area, a ward, and the door to door experience. Every other visitor center mission has what are called half-days, where they spend part of the day at the visitor center and the other half with their ward members, proselyting, etc

. But we are at the visitor center all day everyday until outbound. I am so excited to go--have been for a while-- but also excited to eventually return home to my Temple Square family and home. 

One other missionary here, Sister Sneddon from Germany, will be going with me to San Jose. Sister Sookhoo from Canada and Sister Roberts from Washington will be going to Las Vegas, & Sister Hulme, Wight, Naranjo, and Rubio will be going to the Atlanta Georgia mission. Where I also just found out one of them will be serving with my cousin Sister Bench. I'm sending a hug with all of them, cousin friend, because I don't know who you'll be with;) 

I won't spend much time today but I just want to share how much easier life gets when we notice the good things. In the Assembly Hall, there is a flower on the ceiling called the Sego Lily and when the Pioneers first got into the valley it was late in the planting season so they wouldn't be able to have crops for the year. So they prayed for help and the Native Americans in the area taught them if they boil the bulb of the Sego Lily you can eat it and it tastes like a turnip. TBH if I had basically nothing but turnip tasting flowers to eat for an entire year I would get tired of it. But they were so grateful that God answered their prayers so they put it up on the ceiling. And I get to be reminded of it every time I am in there as well. I have also begun a gratitude journal since I have been on my mission--something my mom always recommended but the stubborn annoying me that I was never did. But it has brought so much happiness into every single day, noticing the little gifts God has given me. 
Try it out this week and see if anything changes, will ya? 

Love you all, it may be a bit until I write again and get myself situated in good old Cali. And just a little fun fact, because I have an ipad, we can read our emails every night when we go home. Please know that every single email I read makes me feel so good. Thank you especially to my most consistent email-ers. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. 

Have a wonderful August all! 

Sister Cox

A wonderful family that we took on a tour. They have such a light with them! They didn't refer, so praying their member friends help with what we can't!
Just some little appreciate pics, the sky. 

And one morning I woke up and went into our living room and it was all just so photogenic and peaceful in there I had to capture the moment. Ipads take really nice fotos but I will be happy to be reunited with my DSLR in the near future :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

and a happy heart

Zone conference, Pioneer Day, Zone Service Project, a rainy day, and a happy heart. 

If I ever have any doubts, the spirit at Zone Conference eliminates those doubts and leaves me feeling a high that can only be found through this spiritual bubble. Don't get any wrong ideas, we don't pass illegal substances around at Zone Conference. The teachings are just always so powerful and I leave there wishing it could continue on all day. I wish you could all be there with us in that room on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, looking out over the Temple. 

But other wonderful things happened this week like PIONEER DAY. Half of the Sisters went to the Parade and then the other half went to This is the Place Memorial. I went to the parade. We saw President Uchtdorf in a fancy convertible, cheered on my favourite school in the whole world because they had a float, saw some poop emoji hats being passed out/resisted the temptation to buy one, enjoyed some time with my Sister friends and then continued on the work of the Lord that the Pioneers set such a wonderful example of. The song Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel has been in my head all week. I'll just share the lyrics with you so you can join in the spirit of the work, Pioneer and Missionary. :) 

  1. 1. The world has need of willing men
    Who wear the worker’s seal.
    Come, help the good work move along;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  2. Put your shoulder to the wheel; push along,
    Do your duty with a heart full of song,
    We all have work; let no one shirk.
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  3. 2. The Church has need of helping hands,
    And hearts that know and feel.
    The work to do is here for you;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  4. 3. Then don’t stand idly looking on;
    The fight with sin is real.
    It will be long but must go on;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  5. 4. Then work and watch and fight and pray
    With all your might and zeal.
    Push ev’ry worthy work along;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel
That night there was lightning in the Sky. I have a love for thunderstorms that trumps just about every other love I have. (people, family, God, Jesus are exceptions of course.) And it made me think of one of my favourite talks by Elder Holland from April 2015 General Conference. 

"That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life."

I know that no matter how far we fall or how far away from Heaven's view we might seem, the Lord is always near. Waiting for us to act. 

This time in my life is wonderful, to be able to have the opportunity to act and testify in His sacred and holy name. Everyday, not just Pioneer Day, is a great day to remember the Sacrifice of the Pioneers and their dedication to serving the Lord and their families. It's a great day to remember Jesus Christ and what He did for them and for you. 

Have a great one. 

Love always,
Sister Cox


Rainy Day with my comp. Love of rain is only one thing keeping me and my best friend tight


Sister Botcha from India and her fancy rain jacket poncho thing.
Parade feat Sister Silva, SIster Rubio (mexico, AZ, NY) and Sister Pohjosrine (Canada, she sounds like ND)

Sister Dornelas from Brasil and Sister Frenkel from Germany
more sister friends!


"Paint me like one of your french girls." feat. Brigham Young

Pulling weeds for 4 hours. My face is deceiving I actually loved it.



Sisters in the East 2 Zone "Love is the key, choose to be Happy!"