Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Halfway

Yesterday was my halfway mark. what.

During the morning Beehive house alarm went off. No fire, no known source. So we assumed it was the ghosts of Brigham Young's past. :) 
Also, wow I love the sisters in my district. So hardworking and obedient. 

Peace and Blessings: Last p-day we got costa vida and a member paid for our food. I was able to find comfort in the little things. Good weather and genuine, good people.

Square: In the beehive house a couple came through of the Muslim faith and they really love the principles and lifestyle of our faith. They are helping to be the good in this world. We also spoke with a few more atheists this week, or humanists as one of them called themselves --who believes in humanity not God or religion. I believe in humanity because I believe in God and that all things good come from Him. :) I love seeing pieces of individual human souls everyday. There is so much to experience and feel and experience in this life!!!

Favorite scripture from the past week:

3 Nephi 5:13 "Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people (one by one) that they might have everlasting life."

We are here to help people come closer to Christ and give them an opportunity to have EVERLASTING LIFE. 

Another random thought: In Genesis I love the story about how Jacob works for Rebecca for 7 years but it only feels like days because he truly loves her. When we truly love the people we serve and that is our motivation, 18 months begins to feel like 18 days.

Love you all. Have a great week,
Sister Cox
Sister Romero from Mexico/California/Idaho, pineapple in one hand a sammich in the other. Easy to please.

Our zone leaders took us on an example tour because we have a lot of new sisters that need a little more training so we were pretending to be tourists in this foto.
The Assembly hall in all its springtime glory.

Companion:) 



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bee in the Beehive House

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Candy and Easter egg hunts/decorating are good and I'm not going to lie I missed that a little bit this year, but can't compete with the love of the Savior and the beautiful fact that HE LIVES. Remember the promises you made and make to Him.

Easter Morning 

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Yesterday we were at the Beehive house taking a huge family through (they surprisingly were not mormon). We had just been talking about the symbolism of the Beehive and what it meant to Brigham Young and how it has been preserved as a symbol to motivate us as members of the church. To work hard, be self reliant, and work together. Very timely and ironically a huge little bee friend was buzzing right in front of the exit door. So funny. After the chaos of it all it gave me a great opportunity for me to share a story I read from James E. Talmage called the parable of the unwise bee.
 https://www.lds.org/ensign/2017/02/the-parable-of-the-unwise-bee?lang=eng.
Read it. We really felt the spirit throughout this tour and we had so much fun with the family, and I beelieve that God puts in our path even the small and simple things that will change the course of our lives. Things as perfectly planned as bees in the Beehive house. 


We've had exchanges all week but I only took one picture I promise no favoritism, Sister Smith from New Zealand she is the bomb.
Sometimes I will watch the Bible videos to just kind of unwind and chill and I was watching The Road to Emmaus most lately. I love how they ask the Savior to abide with them because evening was coming soon. One of my favourite hymns describes it better than I could:

2. Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
Thy walk today with me
Has made my heart within me burn,
As I communed with thee.
Thy earnest words have filled my soul
And kept me near thy side.
3. Abide with me; 'tis eventide,
And lone will be the night
If I cannot commune with thee
Nor find in thee my light.
The darkness of the world, I fear,
Would in my home abide.

O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, 'tis eventide.

It gave me some comfort this week I hope it does the same for you. It's even better with the music. 

Be good, Be Safe, Be happy. <--the frequent words of my loving and wise mother that will always BEE with me. 

Love you all, 
Sister Cox




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hi Hi,

Sorry it's been awhile. My pday switched from Wednesday to Tuesday so I didn't have pday last week. And there is too much to catch up on and I don't have a ton of time but I will share as much as I can.

#princeofpeace. His peace is what moves me forward everyday. :)
General Conference:
Still trying to catch up because we are only able to watch one session and we are out on the square the rest of the time. But the session I watched was exactly what I needed. 
My favourite was....jk I thought I was going to be able to pick but I can't. I loved how simply Sister Jones explained our discipleship not only for our kids and families but also for us individually. Thought of my investigators a lot.

In front of the conference center the Sunday of General Conference, we went to the AM session, this picture was taken before the rush of the crowds. I don't have a picture to share what it looked like later in the day, but the pavement was not seen amongst the many humans.
The talk from Elder Toon Huan Choi was powerful. "When you look up, you will be strengthened to open your mouth to everyone without any fear." So helpful in our missionary work.

Elder Rasband's talk about the spirit. On point.
Conference with Sister Guerrero.
And of course hearing President Monson give his simple but powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon and hearing the continual sustaining of his prophetic and loving leadership was a beautiful way to start the session. 
Transfer Day! She carried this bag of blankets all the way to square and to her new apartment. It's basically as big as her. Don't worry I didn't make her carry it all the way there by herself, but look how funny.
Conference ended out my last days with Sister Warrior. She has officially left the nest, a trained little birdie. She has had a great contribution to my mission and the lives of many and will continue to grow. I love her much. 

Transfers:
New Zone/Assignment: East 1 Beehive House again:) 
Zone leaders: Sister Steffensen from Norway and Sister Romero from Mexico. THEY ARE THE BEST
Companion: Sister Nuttall from California (LA)
Heavenly Father has decided that I am going to look after a district and I look forward to the challenge and of course I am a little nervous. But not fearful. :) The Sisters in my district are awesome. Sister Smith from New Zealand, Sister Silva from Brasil, Sister Hinkey from Washington, and Sister Ranieri from Italy.


My new companion Sister Nuttall, this is the only picture I have with her so far. On the left. Feat. center, a cool contact that we met while we were on desk.
It's been an exhausting week. Missions are hard my friends. Satan is pushing on all sides. But luckily we have a protective bubble that comes from the spirit and I think also our calling as missionaries and the only way he can get in is if we let him. Same with the Savior and the spirit. Choose light. “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (D&C 50:24) 

Investigators/Square Stories:
It snowed a few days ago. It was gone by the afternoon. lol
Found some new really awesome investigators who visited beehive this week from NC and Ohio, and online as well. Teaching online is a blessing, but I do look forward to going outbound and teaching face to face. Eyes are the window to the soul.  When I was on exchanges with Sister Silva, from the exit of the Beehive house we saw Elder Costa crossing the street but we were finishing a tour so we only saw him from a distance but that was pretty neat, especially after just hearing him speak in General Conference. I did get to listen to him. 

This is all I have time for my people. Until next week. God be with you.

Love, xoxox
Sister Cox

Sister and Elder Sharp have been serving in this mission for 3 years and they left last week. I will miss them dearly.


Went on exchanges with new baby Sister Silva, the schedule is exhausting and it takes adjustment let me tell ya hahah. With Brasilians forever:)