Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29th 2013

Hey folks!!
So this week was pretty good! Belfair is a very different kind of area than Port Angeles. In terms of square footage, I am over the largest ward in Washington! And let me tell you, it is big!
So this week we got a really cool investigator, he is pretty solid and a way cool guy, only problem is… by law he can’t be in the church… DANGIT!!! He has a restraining order from a guy that lives within 500 ft. of the church, so he simply can’t go. Bummer huh? We are going to try to figure something out for him though because he is way cool!
This week something pretty funny happened. We were taking our lunch break and wanted to go for a walk on the beach outside our town home so we did, and I was trying to get to a dry(er) part of the sand because it was pretty mucky where we were so I thought running and jumping would be a good idea, turned out I was wrong and I landed and sunk… hahah the beach tried to eat up my shoes but I dug them out and got back to land safely! Haha it was pretty funny though, I will attach pictures, I got a really funny video but I think it’s too big to attach so I will send it home to my mom and then maybe she can email it out or something because it’s pretty funny! My companion thinks i'm a nut job, but that’s alright!
So, exciting news, I get to go to the temple this week!!!!!!! :D I am so dang excited. It’s been a while! We are going with two or three other zones in the mission and over the span of 3 days the whole mission gets to go! So that is really fun! I get to go on Thursday!
That’s pretty much all I can think of to tell you this week! So I hope you all have a great week and I love you all!
Love, Sister Alie Falkner

Monday, April 22, 2013

April 22nd 2013

Good Morning!
Today is a great day!!!! Why? Because this missionary gets to play volleyball!!!! :] yay!!!
Anyways, Belfair… Belfair is HUGE!!! It takes an hour and a half to get from one end to the other, and that is just one ward!!!! Crazy! The actual town is tiny, not even a Wal-Mart! But it’s good here!
We had a miracle yesterday!
A young boy (15 years old) named Freddy has been attending church for a little while with his neighbors and this week at church he asked who he needed to talk to so that he could get baptized, he has been wanting to be baptized for a long time but his dad was holding him back, he had heard some anti about Mormons and didn’t want his son getting into that, but his heart has since softened and Freddy’s birthday is may 9th so his dad said he could be baptized for his birthday!!! YAY!! So we will begin teaching him this week and he is on date to be baptized on May 11th :]
I live in a “cute” little town home now, it’s very old school but it’s nice cause I am right on the beach, I will attach pictures :] It rains all the time here, but it is supposed to be getting nicer, so that’s good!
My new companion is Sister Murrieta she is a very happy person and we get along really well! We are very different types of people and missionaries, but, we make it work.
This week was 4/20 (if you don’t know what that is, it’s like a holiday for pot heads.) and with marijuana being legal in WA, its huge here. Just about every house smelt terrible, so that was no fun. The picture of sister Murrieta and I is us making our “everyone is high” face! Haha
We are teaching some cool people, one of which is a pastor at the Assembly of God, so that will be interesting. She is a pastor for the kids and her husband is the main guy, but she wants to listen and learn :]
That’s just about all for this week! Love you all!
Love, Sister Falkner
The Pictures
Our “everybody is high” face

And a sunrise out my bedroom window! Super beautiful!! :]

The beach outside our front door, i love it!! and of course, soaking up some washington rain!
and Saturday we went to Zions camp (a church owned camp) and cooked food for all of the volunteers that came and did spring cleaning!

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 15th 2013

Well everyone this week it’s short and sweet.
I’m being transferred to Gig Harbor, the Belfair ward. My companion will be Sister Marietta (sp?)
My new address is
653 Gladwin Rd. #4
Belfair WA 98528
I’m really nervous to go to a new area, but I know it will be great! This week was good; I tried lots of foods I had never eaten before, like Enchiladas, salmon, and Borsch, a Russian soup that consists of beets, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and lots of other stuff that I told them not to bother tell me. Haha it was alright.
Crazy fact about the WA-TAC, we currently have like 36 sisters, and in the next two transfers, that will double to 62 sister and only 6 of them will have been out longer than me, pretty nuts!! We will basically all be training and they are making leadership positions for sisters starting either this transfer or next! So yeah, weird huh?
That’s all, I am out of time because I was listening to some man go off about how we will be living in arks in space next year and can live ten thousand years and be telepathic and teleported and blah blah blah, so I don’t have time to write more.
I love you all.
Sister Falkner.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April 8th 2013

Hello everyone!!
What a super great weekend huh??? Conference was amazing!! I took tons of good notes. I can’t wait for the ensign to come out with all of those! My favorite thing that was said was “first and forever fan the flame of your faith” –Holland. :]
We watched conference at the church and had one investigator show up on Saturday. On Sunday, Liz was supposed to come but she called us and wasn’t feeling well so she watched it at home, then watched the hour long restoration video, then the second session. Yeah, she is pretty solid. I am way excited for her!! :]
This week we went on a search for volunteer work throughout the city and all of the places we looked at have to run a back ground check and what not, it’s pretty crazy! Who knew service would be so difficult!! After the Saturday sessions of conference, we went tracting and it POURED rain, hard!!!! The most I have seen yet! It was crazy!!!! My wool coat got real heavy real fast!! We were completely drenched and not one person let us in or wanted to talk, kind of a rough day! Oh well.
Outside of that it has been a pretty average week! Nothing too crazy going on here. This morning in my personal study I was reading a conference talk by Elder Holland from like 2002 or something and I loved it so much, it doesn’t apply to me as a missionary at all though, so I thought I should be a missionary and encourage all of you to read it because it was awesome! So if you are, or ever want to be a parent and are reading this email, read this talk!! I’ll make it easy for ya, here ya go! As I was reading this I couldn’t help but think how lucky I was to have been raised by the parents that I have, my parents are incredible! (I love you mom and dad) and I know that they applied many principles in this talk and I just want every child to have what I had, so go ahead, read it! :]
Sorry it’s so short this week, I am on a time crunch today! But I love you all so much!
Have a great week!
Love, Sister Falkner :]

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 1st 2013

Hello and Happy Easter!!!! :]
This week was good, I had my first baptism! Her name is Alez, she is a very cute little girl and she wrote the Easter Bunny a note on the day of her baptism, it said “today is my baptism 30 of Mach and I am very excited about it because I have chosen to follow God in his footsteps and when I die I want to be a prophet because what I have learned from the sisters missionary’s, I have chosen this path because it is the right path for me right now and I LOVE doing the right thing.” She is so sweet.

This week I have been on a chocolate fast. We are teaching a mother, Erin and she has a coffee issue, so we told her if she would go a week without coffee, we would go a week without chocolate and that we would give her our chocolate as well, so we got lots of treats for Easter and we saved some for when we can eat them, but we also set up an Easter egg hunt for Erin’s family after church Sunday, it was really fun and she is doing well with no coffee and said she won’t buy any more after Wednesday! So yay!!! :]

We have two “golden gators” they are Liz and Andrea, we found them this week and they are committed to baptism, so hopefully everything continues to go well with them! I’m sure it will though, they love when we come over and they have accepted everything really well so far!

Easter here was good, we had a great Sacrament meeting and I sung in the choir that was nice. The choir is very little here, so they needed our support! Haha we had lunch with a Sis. Laughman after that and we colored eggs with her two kids, it was really fun! She gave me a hot wheels car for Easter because she knows I love cars. Haha then we went to go tracting, not very fruitful on a holiday, but we did it anyways. Then we went to the park to do companionship study, it was really nice outside and a good breath of fresh air. After that we had dinner at the Elliott’s, I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in food yesterday! Hahah but it was really yummy and they are an awesome family! It was a little hard being away from home on my first legitimate holiday, but I managed and the work is doing well and progressing! I thought with it being the season of Easter that I might share my feeling of the Atonement with you, so I have typed up a little something :]

My, Sister Falkner’s feelings of Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice are immense and in fact overwhelming. The atonement was such an incredibly huge sacrifice, and the blessings it has brought to us are without number. I literally cannot think of my life without the atonement, I have read about it since I was a child, I have been taught of Christ my whole life, and I have been taught to follow him. What better example to follow than one who gave his life for me. Jesus sacrificed and suffered sins that not one of them belonged to him. One time I was with a friend, we were hanging out and we decided we wanted pizza. I like pizza but I HATE pepperoni. He didn’t know this, so we got a pepperoni pizza, this has happened a lot in my life, so I simply take each pepperoni off as I eat. I had a little pile of pepperoni on my plate by the time I was done, and there was one slice of pizza left. His little sister came in and asked if she could have the last piece, I told her she could but since I didn’t purchase the pizza I wasn’t really in charge of that. He, being a bit of a punk(and a boy) said she could have the last slice of pizza if I ate my pepperoni. She looked at me and I could just see in her eyes how badly she wanted that piece of pizza and I knew I had to eat that gross pepperoni… so I asked for a tall glass of water and I swallowed them like pills, it was AWFUL!!! Needless to say, I didn’t want to do it, but I didn’t want her to go hungry. This simple experience has caused my appreciation for the Atonement to grow. I had to “sacrifice” for someone else and I didn’t want to, but I had to do it. As I have reflected on this, I know that Jesus Christ is much much stronger than I, and his sacrifice was so much more than eating pepperoni, but the point of the story is that he did it for us, and it was not by any means a quick “swallow it down” kind of a thing, my redeemer suffered, he bled, and bled and bled, and then he died for me. We as the natural man are so selfish, I questioned eating that pepperoni, such a simple thing and I didn’t want to do it. That is what we need to learn from the Atonement, like I said, the blessings are without number, but one thing that we can take away from it is that our savior volunteered to die for our sins, and he not only did it willingly, he did it without sin. I am eternally grateful for that and the way it has helped me personally to stay on the path back to my Heavenly Father. I also LOVE the song Amazing Grace. It is probably the most accurate way of expressing how I feel about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

I hope you all had a great holiday season! I love you!

Love, Sister Falkner. :]