Thursday, October 30, 2014

Love, gratitude and blessings

A NOTE FROM LEXI'S MOM:  Sister Lexi Hixson will be returning home from her mission on Saturday, November 8th at exactly 9:25 am...which is 205 hours and 45 minutes from this minute.  I may or may not be excited...you judge!  We can't wait to get our arms around her and hear her "Lexi giggle."  And to have her fill our home with her wonderful piano medleys once again.  Oh the questions we will ask about her experiences in Montana and Wyoming and about the very, VERY special people who will be part of her heart forever more.  Thank you for your love and support these 18 months.  Now on to Lexi's e-mail...


Once again, there is a lot to say, but I can't find the words! I will tell you about yesterday because it was a glorious day!

Yesterday, I was in ward council, and I just paused for a minute and looked at everyone in the room.  All these people who I love.  I thought of their families and how hard they are working to serve the Lord and take care of their families and teach them in the right way.  I just felt a great amount of love for them.  I also feel that every time we leave Bishop's office or home.  I just feel a huge amount of love and gratitude for him.  He is a righteous man with great love.

Then, we were sitting in Gospel Principles class.  Sister Johnson and I had made mention earlier how there are still so many people in the ward who we don't know! But, as we sat there in class, I looked at everyone in class and realized that we had been in every one of their homes! Two of them are people we were blessed to teach and see enter the waters of baptism, and one of them is on her way there! They have touched our lives, and we have touched theirs in some way.  I just felt so blessed.

After that, we went to Sacrament Meeting where we looked out at the Worland 1st ward, and my heart was just filled with joy.  I love these people.  I am so grateful to know them, to know their families, to be in their homes. 

The Lord has truly blessed me. 

I feel like Ammon in Alma 26.  Verses 7-8 reads:

"But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day.
"Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever."

I know that life is not perfect, but I also know that God showers blessings upon us every single day! I want to always remember to pause and realize the blessings of the moment.  Will you all do the same? I know that God will show you His hand as you choose to pause and look for it.

I love you all! <3

Love always,
Sister Hixson

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 Brother Wright's baptism...(on left)
Happy Sister Missionaries

PRAYER

Hi!

It's been a different kind of week this week, but it was wonderful.  Brother Wright was baptized and confirmed! It was a beautiful service and very peaceful.  Sister Johnson and I are not together this week due to exchanges, but we are excited to be together again tomorrow! I love being with my companion! :) 

Yesterday was amazing, and I learned so much about prayer.  Elder Scott and Elder Bednar spoke to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado through a broadcast! Here are some things I learned:

God answers prayers in three ways.  
1) He answers yes through feelings of peace, comfort, and assurance.  He blesses you with confidence in that decision.
2) The answer is no.  You feel a stupor of thought, an unsettling feeling.
3) You receive no answer.  You don't feel anything in particular.  This, Elder Scott explained, is when the Lord trusts you enough to make your own decision.  He said we should express thanks to Heavenly Father when this happens because He trusts you! He is letting you grow.  If we go along then, and start to make the wrong choice, He will warn us, and vice versa.  

Elder Scott explained that God will give us bits of inspiration little by little.  Sometimes that means He will let us struggle, think, and thus grow.

He also shared that God will rarely answer our prayers while we are on our knees.  He expects us to study the scriptures, to search for ourselves, and to act.

I have learned so much from this talk.  I know that God knows us and loves us each.  I know that He wants us to be happy, He really does.  That is sometimes why we have to struggle.  I just know that God has a plan for each one of us.  I testify that God's work is hastening.  The gospel is a gospel of hope.  The true church is on the earth today.  

I love you all! Thank you always for your prayers, letters, and examples.  I am blessed because of you!

Sincerely, 
Sister Hixson

Monday, October 13, 2014

IT'S FALL!

THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!

Hello!

This week was filled with a lot!! A lot of wonderful things!

We travelled to Billings and Helena, where I got to see Sister Frost!! Yay! Then, I got to see Sister Smith too and Sister Spencer, who are now companions! Wonderful reunions with some people who have changed my life for the better.  

Well, well, I don't know what to report today.  I am alive! I am happy! I am a missionary! And I love it! Seriously, I love being a missionary.  And I know that I will be a missionary for the rest of my life.  

This week I had one of those "This is the best thing ever!" experiences. We were at church, and one of the people we are teaching who is getting baptized this Thursday wasn't there! After the second hour, we said, "I'm worried about him!" because he always keeps his commitments! Then, we turn and look down the hallway, and he was sitting in a chair reading his scriptures, wearing his white shirt and tie! We ran...walked swiftly...to see him, and he was so tired and hadn't even slept the night before, but he came to church! He even bore his testimony during second hour and he has really come to know that the church is true.  It is so cool to see him change, and he really has done it through his own studies and prayers.  He has asked us questions before about basic doctrines of the gospel, and we would invite him to pray and read.  He would, and the next day, he would explain that he received his answer! It's wonderful.  Then, along with this, we arrived in Sacrament meeting to see four other people we are teaching arrive too!  I know how important it is to attend church.  The Spirit there teaches us and answers our questions.  Because we choose to keep that commandment, the Holy Ghost can instruct us more fully, and we can help others too!

Life is good.  I read this quote by Elder Neal A. Maxwell today:

"Being blessed with hope, let us, as disciples, reach out to all who, for whatever reason, have 'moved away from the hope of the gospel.' Let us reach to lift hands which hang hopelessly down."
Preach My Gospel, 117.

We have hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We can help each other have hope too.  

This week was joyful.  As we rode the transfer van from Helena to Billings, we sang hymns and pondered on what we had learned in our meetings.  It is incredible to be surrounded by such wonderful people.  They have helped me to have hope and greater faith in Christ and in myself. 

"Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy."
2 Nephi 2:25 

I am grateful for you all! 
Thank you for your love, examples, and prayers!

Love always and forever,
Sister Hixson

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hello all!

This weekend was amazing with General Conference! We got to hear from the Prophet! I was overjoyed! 

A few things were impressed upon me while I watched it.  I realized the importance of coming to know truth for ourselves.  I also recognized the importance of sustaining the Prophet.  And last of all, I gained a greater desire to study more about the Prophet Joseph Smith and to strengthen my testimony of him and the Restoration of the gospel.  General Conference is an amazing experience.  I feel so blessed to have a Prophet on the earth today who loves us.  He truly is a Prophet of God.  

As Sister Johnson and I drove to the church for General Conference, we talked about how much of the world has no idea that right now the Prophet will be speaking! But then we talked about how much more of the world knows about it now because of missionary work!  Because of the efforts of full-time and member missionaries, the world knows! It's so cool to think that the Lord uses us to bring truth to the world.  Of course, we cannot do it without Him.

I know that the Lord watches over His children- all of us! He knows and loves me and you. As I watched General Conference I was reminded of the importance of prayer- something so simple, yet central for our return to live with Him again.  We have the opportunity to talk with Him anytime, anywhere.  A portion of Elder Scott's talk really stood out to me when he said to talk to Heavenly Father about EVERYTHING. He promised peace.  We all need greater peace in this life, and God is here to help us receive it.  I am striving to speak more openly to my Heavenly Father- to really pour out my soul to Him.  He is the one who can help me and bring me peace.

The gospel is true.  I loved Elder Christoffersen's talk about truth.  "Truth is truth is truth," is what I wrote in my notes.  There is absolute truth, and we can all find it.  I love this gospel and the opportunity to be edified yesterday by the Prophet and other leaders of the church.  If you didn't get the chance to listen or watch it, go to LDS.org and watch it! You will be strengthened! :)

I love you all so much! Thank you for your influence on my life.  I owe so much to all of you.  Thank you for your prayers and love.  

Ether 12:6
"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."

May we fight the good fight and be filled with love.

Love always,
Sister Hixson

(from September 29th) DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS BEFORE YOU DOUBT YOUR FAITH

Greetings!

Guess what? This week was another WONDERFUL week! Definitely a week worth remembering!....which is why I write everything down, so that I can remember it! Haha, well I sure try, but I am definitely still working on that! 

This week was just really great.  We worked hard and had some wonderful lessons.  Two of the people we are working with are doing really well.  It's cool to see them work through doubts by praying and reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church! 

Yesterday we had the most beautiful Primary program! There were so many kids, and they were hilarious, and their testimonies very powerful.  I love seeing the children share their simple testimonies because they are SO simple, yet so powerful.  It reminds me to be more simple in my teaching and my testimony and in the way I live my life.

Yesterday, the quote, "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." was playing in my mind.  There are times when we doubt ourselves or God, but President Uchtdorf reminds us to doubt our doubts before we attempt to doubt our faith.  

In our mission, we focus so much on FAITH.  It all comes down to faith.  I have realized that Faith is much more than just the first principle of the gospel.  It is power! I know that as I have faith and as I strive daily to increase my faith, that I can do more and more for the Lord.  I love Moroni 10:23-

"And Christ truly said unto our fathers, if ye have faith, you can do all things which are expedient unto me."  We can keep the commandments, we can have faith, we can accomplish what the Lord wants us to in this life, we can bring others unto Christ, through faith.

I love you all so much! Keep the faith every day! I know the church is true.  I really do.  I know the Lord loves each of us.  

Love always,
Sister Hixson :)

FROM SEPTEMBER 29

Go to Meetthemormons.com and Request the movie in your area! Tell all your friends! We got to watch it this week, and it is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!  You definitely want it to play in your area because it is an amazing tool to help the world understand a little more of who we are.  It was so inspiring :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello!

Well, this week was another wonderful week! :)

Sister Johnson and I continue to LOVE Worland.  The ward is wonderful, and the people we are teaching are really amazing.  I am actually learning a lot from them.  One of them says, "Patience.  Only in the time of the Lord."  almost every time we see him. He is wise. He is beginning to change as he applies the things we share with him.  He is still struggling with some things that we share with him, but the best thing is that he is willing to listen and experiment upon the word!

One of the other ladies we are teaching has such a strong spirit.  She told us yesterday of her faith and how it has grown.  She shared with someone at church how much her life has changed since she began this journey, and she can't wait to be baptized! We are so excited for her.  

The more I serve, the greater love I feel for everyone.  It is amazing! Moroni 7:45 is one of my favorite scriptures, and I studied it this morning.  I love studying charity.  I know that Christ is charity.  He is the One to follow.

Sister Johnson and I were able to watch the talk by Elder Bednar, "Sweeping the Earth as With a Flood!" Amazing! We are sharing the gospel more online now! I have a missionary Facebook, and while I can't be friends with anyone not in my area, anyone can follow me! My name is "Sister-Alexis Hixson." :) On Tuesday, Sister Johnson and I and many members in our ward are sharing our testimonies on Facebook with the hashtag: #testimonytuesday.  Anyone can do it! You don't have to be a member of the church! You simply share your faith with that hashtag! Will you all do that? I know that, just like Elder Bednar said, technology and inventions of our day are here to help us bring others closer to Jesus Christ. It will happen as we use them in that way! 

I love you all! Thank you for your emails and letters.  They make me so happy! :)

Love always,
Sister Hixson :)
 Lex was cold and the only thing she could find to keep her warm was this towel!

And the one below?  This is what you do when it snows and it's still officially summer...you roast marshmallows.  I couldn't help but notice the cute set-up on the bed!

This is from last week...September 15th. 

Hi Everyone...

I know that God answers prayers.  He loves us, so He wants to bless us.  He listens to our prayers.  He truly is our Father in Heaven.  It has blessed my life so much to know this.  I have come to recognize more of who I am as a daughter of God.  I hope to always remember His love for me.  Sometimes it is hard to ask, and sometimes I don't know what to ask in my prayers, but I do my best, and He hears that. I'm just so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father!

I love you all! Thank you for your prayers and thoughtfulness :) 

Love always,
Sister Hixson  
 Lexi at the temple with her companion, Sister Johnson.

  1. Celebrating her birthday on September 7th!
Hello!!

Another week has flown by, and I can't believe it's September 8th! January just happened.

The Lord's work is moving forth here in Worland! I have met the most amazing people, and I love it.  Sister Johnson and I keep working really hard, even through unexpected things that come up throughout the week or days, and our prayers have become more filled with faith as we have to rely on the Lord to help us. Sister Johnson is hilarious and so obedient and loving.  We are both weird, so we get along really well :)

This week, we went to the temple, and it was amazing! I learned so much, and was just so happy.  The temple is a place like no other.  I noticed this time how much the cares of the world really do dissolve when we are in the temple.  I felt so much peace.  I know that the temple really is the house of the Lord.

This week I also recognized the importance and power of prayer.  As we have prayed for specific people and specific things, our prayers have been answered.  It has been such a blessing. I am so grateful to be able to pray to Heavenly Father every day, and that He answers my prayers.  

Moroni 10:23 is a verse I read before my mission, and I have loved it ever since:

"And Christ truly said unto our fathers: if ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me."

I know this is true! I know that as we have faith, we can do whatever the Lord needs and wants us to, which is always the best thing that could happen! 

I love you all!

Oh, and to comment on the subject line....birds like me because, almost daily, a bird flies into the windows as I study.  I don't think that's normal, but it is in my life.  It's sad because I love birds! Oh well. I love temples too :)

Love you always,
Sister Hixson

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LIFE IS WONDERFUL

This week has been INCREDIBLE.  I have learned so much and seen the power of the Lord in my life.  We had Mission Leadership Council this week, and it was a very powerful experience to be surrounded by so many faithful and strong missionaries.  It was two days long this time, and we were counseled on how to be greater missionaries and how to better help the missionaries in our zone. I felt the power of missionaries. Sometimes when you are a missionary, you don't recognize it, but this week, I did! It was inspiring and uplifting.  I was just so grateful to be part of this mission, and I feel so grateful to be a full-time missionary.  

As we came back from Billings, Sister Johnson and I got to work.  We worked really hard this week, and the Lord provided us with several lessons, people to talk with, safety, and answers to prayers.  We ended up going unexpectedly to Riverton for some sisters there.  We felt prompted to see them and be with them for a couple days.  It ended up being a very spiritually strengthening experience for me as we trusted in the Lord and I felt the Lord's gratitude and confirmation of what we were doing.  

We didn't know how long we would be in Riverton, but we expected to be there possibly until today.  When we got there, however, we felt like it would be better if we left Saturday night.  The Sisters had two baptisms, one at two and one at four.  In between them, we got a call from some members, the Coopers, asking if we could see a lady there.  We stopped by her work and were able to have a wonderful lesson with her that lifted her and our spirits and made us so happy.  Then, the Coopers said that they would come check our car while we were at the second baptism (they are the vehicle coordinators:).  During the baptism, they came inside and told us that one of our tires was super low, and we couldn't make it back to Worland without filling it.  They took us to get it filled and we headed back to Worland! It was such a tender mercy for them to check our car! We were so grateful! 

There are times when you just feel God's love very strong, and this week was one of those weeks. I am so grateful for the Lord's love and kindness toward me, and it makes me want to be better.  

Sister Johnson and I have had a wonderful time this week.  We laughed a lot.  Sister Johnson is hilarious and an amazing missionary.  We LOVE Worland.  Anytime we leave, we just want to go back! 

I read a scripture before my mission that I have always remembered:

"And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith, ye can do all things which are expedient unto me." Moroni 10:23

I know now that as I exercise faith, the Lord cannot forsake me.  I used to be afraid of my trials, but I don't feel afraid anymore of the trials I will have.  I know that the Lord will help me through them as I remain faithful.


Love you so much! Thank you for your letters!

Love you!
Sister Hixson

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Lexi and her new companion, Sister Johnson.

Well, hello all!

Alexis Hixson

Aug 25 (1 day ago)
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This week has been fantastic! 

There isn't a whole ton to say except that I have just had a wonderful week! Transfers happened, and Sister Johnson and I are loving being companions, serving in Worland, and loving and serving the people here! Sister Johnson is one of the happiest and most loving people I know.  I have already learned so much from her :) I feel like we live in a fairy tale right now.  We live on a little farm with a huge garden and beautiful fields outside our window. We are so blessed!

A scripture that has meant a lot to me this week is Ether 12:4

"Wherefore whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."

Hope and Faith are anchors in our lives.  They will keep us on the right course.  When things get rocky and it's difficult to hold on, we can have hope in a better world, in better circumstances.  And it's all possible because of Christ.  I am so grateful for Jesus Christ- that He is real and that He helps us.  

I know that He has helped me every step of my mission and my life! In the hard times, we can remember that things will get better.  They will, as we do our best.  The Lord will not forsake us.  

Thank you for all your support and love.  It means so much to me.

Keep the faith! Have a wonderful week! :)

Love always,
Sister Hixson  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I wrote up a email, but then I think it got deleted, so here I am again! This week was seriously awesome.  I think I say that every week.  It was so good though.  I learned a lot and am so happy.  

We just found out Sister Smith is being transferred to Billings! I'm sad to see her go, but she felt like she was leaving weeks ago, so we weren't surprised. She has been here for about ten months, and the Lord wants her in Billings now! Good thing is I will see her in a few weeks at some meetings in Billings! Yay! I have learned so much from Sister Smith.  I definitely know that we are given certain people in our lives at certain times not by coincidence.  I will miss her.

My new companion will be Sister Johnson! I was in the MTC with Sister Johnson, and I love her!!! Worland is going to love her, and I am so excited to serve with her.  

This week, I have been pondering a lot about the important things in life.  It's easy to get caught up in the "to do's," especially when there are so many.  I've been thinking about how people are the most important things in this life.  President Monson is an amazing example to me of someone who focuses on the people more than the task.  He has SO may tasks, I am sure, yet he chooses to love people.  How he finds the time for everything, I don't know, except that, because he lives the gospel, the Lord makes it happen.  

I have had lots of joy this week.  We got to spend some time yesterday with the Sisters in Ten Sleep, and we have run into many people today at the grocery store and throughout town that we have been able to say hi to and Sister Smith could say goodbye to.  I'm grateful for the relationships we can have in this life and for the people God places in our paths.  

I know the church is true.  I know the Book of Mormon is a true book from God.  

I was in reading in Enos today, and I loved verse 9: "Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words (that he was forgiven because of his faith) I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them."  

I love that after Enos felt the power of the Atonement in His life, He immediately wanted to share it with others.  As we experience the gospel change our lives, we want others to experience it too.  I believe that.  I know that as we come closer to the Lord, our desires to bring others closer to the Lord will increase. I recently realized that my prayers were really focused on myself.  I decided to change that, and as I have began more to pray for others, I have felt so much happier and at peace.  I still can pray for myself and those things I really need, but I feel more grateful and more loving for those around me, and I know they are being blessed through my prayers. I love this gospel, and that we are always learning!

Sending love from Worland!

Love always,
Sister Hixson

Monday, August 11, 2014

LOVE

Hello everyone!

It's been another great week! I have been reminded about the importance of love this week. Yesterday morning we had Elder Carden of the Seventy speak to some of the missionaries in Lovell, Wyoming.  President and Sister Mecham were there and bore their testimonies at the meeting, and Sister Mecham just said how she hopes we feel loved.  I truly felt her love, and I realized the importance of feeling loved. We all need to know we are loved.  One scripture that I read a couple months back is Alma 13:28
"But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering."

As I have been serving my mission, and in the past few weeks, I have felt my love increase for the people here.  They are wonderful.  They speak their minds, love their families, and are funny.  They all have different stories, backgrounds, and personalities.  They all have come from different places in life, and I am grateful that I am able to be a part of theirs.  

I know that God loves all His children.  I know that He loves us even as we are so imperfect, but we are trying.  He loves us, and that's why He wants us to pray to Him.  That's why He sent us to earth- to grow and to learn and to one day be able to experience the blessings He enjoys.  I love Him and my Savior and this gospel.  

I love you all too!! Thank you for being a part of my life :) 

Love always,
Sister Hixson

Monday, July 28, 2014

TENDER WEIRDNESSES

Hello!

Last night in a lesson we were talking about the tender mercies of the Lord, the little things he does for us.  Well, the girl we were teaching doesn't like the phrase, tender mercies, so she changed it to tender weirdnesses. Haha. I love it. It's kind of catchy, so today I'm going to share with you the tender weirdnesses of life as of late.
(note from Jeanette:  I like tender mercies MUCH better, myself.  Nothing that the Lord does is "weird."  Merciful describes Him much better.  But oh well; this is Lexi's story.  Ya gotta love it.)  

This week was FILLED with tender weirdnesses.  We had a couple exchanges, so Sister Smith was in Riverton and Worland 2nd ward, and I was here in Worland with a couple new sisters.  It was fun to be with them! Tender weirdness #1- Sister Bain was with me, and she knows how to fix bikes! Good thing because I'd never seen a bike tube before, haha, but now I know how to patch one up! Tender weirdness #2- in 105 degree heat, someone let us in and we were able to talk with her for a while! Tender weirdness #3- our investigator who was missing all day the day of his baptism, showed up! Tender weirdness #4- President Mecham was doing interviews this week, so I got to talk with him for a while, and that is always great! Tender weirdness #5- I read a talk yesterday that helped answer some of my prayers recently :)

That's not all, but that is a few.  I am grateful for the tender weirdnesses of the Lord.  Nothing is coincidence, and the Lord is always looking out for us.  Sometimes, it might not seem so, but I know it's true.   Nephi says, "...the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." (1 Nephi 1:20)

I love this gospel! I know it's true.  I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us! I'm trying to recognize his love and blessings more in my life.  He is merciful, and I am grateful for all He does for me.

Love you all! Have an awesome week!

Love always,
Sister Hixson<3
 Craaaaaazzzzyyyyyyyyy!  
 Lex "before her haircut."  What?  And she didn't send pics of the haircut?  Maybe next week...I hope.  
Apparently this is a "beautiful sunset" that didn't show up on camera very well.
So we'll look at beautiful Lexi instead!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

 Taken on May 1, 2013...first day in the MTC
Taken on July 16, 2014 at a Mission Leader Council in Billings.
Still "Sisters in the Lord"...(Lexi's words)
Look at how Lexi is standing.  She must be from Utah!

Grateful

Hello!

One thing that has been impressed on my mind lately is gratitude.  In my mission, we travel A LOT.  And good thing I love traveling! Every time we get in the car and are driving through the beautiful lands of Wyoming and Montana, my concerns and worries seem to fade, and I just become so grateful.  Grateful to be a missionary.  Grateful for the gospel.  Grateful for Jesus Christ who is by my side each day as I go out to share His word.  Grateful that, though days and times are hard, I can remember that God knows all things and is with me as I try.  I am grateful for personal scripture study every day! 

The other night, Sister Smith felt impressed for us to see Bianca, someone we recently started teaching. We had just headed out for the evening on our bikes, and I said a prayer in my heart expressing my desires to just be where the Lord needed us to be.  We went over to Bianca's, and her husband said come back in like 15 minutes, so we decided to knock on a couple doors in the apartment complex.  One of them was one that we had driven by about a week ago, and I had told Sister Smith that next time we were there, I wanted to knock on that door.  We were walking to the door, when we met the neighbor, Juan.  We ended up teaching him the whole first lesson right there, inviting him to be baptized, and giving him a Book of Mormon. Then his grandma came up and said she has taken all the lessons from sister missionaries before and believes that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true! She said she was never baptized because she grew up Catholic and just doesn't want to break from tradition.  They both invited us back to teach them tonight, and we are so excited! The grandpa is from Mexico and said he will be there too! Sister Smith and I were SO happy that he is from Mexico! We felt a little at home, and Sister Smith even broke out her awesome Spanish-speaking skills with him! Haha. It's the little things that make you happy, like Mexicans.  Then, we headed over to another referral we had in the same apartment complex.  On the way, we met this little eleven-year old girl named Shauna with her little baby sister, Bernadette (in case you are wondering, it's not unusual for kids to talk to strangers about their lives....I would say that's a bad thing, but it sure isn't with missionaries!)  She was so cute, and we let her go, and then ended up meeting her Mom as we went to contact that referral.  Her Mom explained that she wasn't too interested but she talked with us for a while. When we handed her a plan of salvation pamphlet, Shauna comes up and asks for one too.  We were able to share our testimonies of Christ with her, and she began reading it right away! Her Mom said we could stop by if they are home and maybe share some more with Shauna.  Well, long story short, we headed from their house to Bianca's, and talked with Bianca, met her husband, and met their neighbor, John, who thought I was from Utah because of how I was standing. Confused. 

Anyways, it was an adventurous night! As we rode our bikes home, I marveled at the answer to my prayer.  We were in the right place at the right time! In this case, we were able to see that.  I feel like a lot of times, we don't even know what impact we have made.  We get told all the time by people, oh yeah! We saw you riding your bikes through town the other day!  It's amazing how watched we are as missionaries and as people.  I believe that our examples are seen much more than we realize.  I have to remind myself of this often or I forget.  It's a reminder for me to always try to be the best I can.

I wanted to say some more things, but I can't remember what they are anymore.  Honestly this week has been one of the most up-down weeks ever.  BUT, it's life, and I love it! If it weren't up and down, it would be boring.  And I am learning that I must make a more concerted effort each day to remember my Savior so that when life goes down a little, I can still be filled with hope.  Because that IS the message of the gospel!

Love you all! Seriously, I do.  Don't forget it, and most importantly don't forget our Savior, Jesus Christ loves you too!

Love always,
Sister Hixson <3  

from July 14

Hello :)

I hope you all are doing well. I love you all and thank you for your prayers and love.  They help a lot!

I wasn't sure what to write this week.  It's hard to remember for one, and there's too much to write anyways ;) 

I'd love to just share my testimony today.  It's been a tough few weeks, and the Lord has been teaching me a lot.  I know that God is real.  I know that He is with us even when we don't feel it.  He does love us and know us. I've tried to understand His ways, and every time I do, I realize how much I don't know and must leave it in His hands.  I know that He answers prayers and brings us comfort and peace.  This week, I realized that all my prayers were asking, asking, and I didn't really feel grateful for much.  I decided to change that and say only grateful prayers for a while.  It's only been two days, but I already am feeling better.  My struggles don't necessarily leave, but I feel a little stronger.  I know that Christ lives.  He can ease our burdens.  I know that as we humble ourselves, He can make more of us.  I know that the gospel is true, and I am so grateful to have it in my life.

I love you all! Have an awesome week.
Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Love always,
Sister Hixson :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

"I gave up my lunch money so pray for me."

This week has been awesome.  Honestly, as I write that, i can't remember what happened, but i know that i feel like it was awesome. Haha.  

We spent the first couple days in Riverton for meeting, and we came back to Worland Tuesday night. We had a lesson with the Crippens, and it was so cool to see them so interested in the Plan of Salvation. The mom is a less-active member, and she doesn't remember a lot.  Their family wants the gospel in their lives.  It's just really hard to change.  If you could all pray for their family, that would be amazing.  They are seriously amazing. I met them a few weeks ago, and every time we see them, i feel like I've known them for years.  

The Fourth of July was awesome! The Fourth of July has become my favorite holiday along with Christmas...I love the United States! And I love celebrating it! We were planning on going to Ten Sleep, the town of about 250 people 30 minutes away. They have a big parade and celebration there, and everyone in Worland goes there for it, but plans kind of changed, and Sister Smith and I felt that it would be better for us to stay in Worland and tract. We spent the morning contacting referrals and then tracted houses that we felt we should knock on. So many people were home, and we were able to teach several lessons with people we just met! Most of them weren't interested in taking the lessons or being baptized, but they really appreciated us talking with them, and we were able to bear our testimonies to them, and that is always a privilege. It is so awesome to know that everyone is my brother and sister. I love knowing that when I talk to people.  Even when they don't accept, I just am grateful to know that I am their sister and I am bringing them the truth, whether it's time for them to accept it or not.  Worland is the treasure of Wyoming....you know, since I've seen all of it, and really know ;) but really, as we ride our bikes around, we find houses and places that make us feel like we are in a movie or in another country.  On the fourth of July we went to Hawaii and England all in one day. World travelers :) 

Sunday was so good. Tom got confirmed and bore his testimony twice.  He is a miracle for this area and for all of our lives.  Bro. Wilde, his chiropractor and friend who met him and introduced him to the gospel three weeks ago exactly, bore his testimony and said how Tom is such an example because he has changed his life around so quickly and faithfully.  Then Tom got up and explained how it has not been easy.  He was reminded about fasting Saturday night, and here he was fasting (and he will be the first to tell you, he loves his meat!), but he chose to fast as soon as he was reminded about it. He said, "I may not make it today, but I gave up my lunch money, so pray for me." He is moving forward with great faith, and we all admire him for it.  I have a great love for Tom.  He is sixty eight and has the most awesome Texan accent, and he has opened his heart and mind to God. Because he has, he has been taught so much and his life has truly changed for the better.  It makes me think about how much we can really do when we listen to our Heavenly Father and obey him- how much we can become when we do that.  We can truly become who HE wants us to be, which is much better than who we think we can be. 

I had a special experience on Friday when we were out walking, contacting referrals.  We walked past this house with the garage open and five men standing around their motorcycle drinking their beer.  I had the opportunity to stop and testify to them of the gospel.  They smirked a little at first, but then they got quiet and just listened.  They kindly declined and laughed saying that they obviously weren't ready for those changes in their life right now.  They accepted a pass-along card, and we went on our way.  This experience was special because as I testified I felt again that what I was saying was true.  The gospel is true.  Some people don't have it because they don't know it exists. They don't know that yes, we do know where we go after this life! Yes, we do know that there is actually an ordinance that binds our families together forever! Yes, we do know that there is a purpose for this life! and that, yes, you can fulfill your purpose as you rely on the Lord!  Yes, He speaks to you and will answer your prayers so you know what to do!  Yes, He loves you and knows you! It seems that some people just accept that we just don't know, or, they choose a church that seems to fit with most of what they think, or where they feel most comfortable, or where they feel the most love from the people.  And those are all good things! But, we can know that we are being taught the truth by praying about it.

I am grateful for the opportunity to testify of the gospel.  There was a young boy in our ward who got up at the very end of Fast and Testimony Meeting yesterday to bear his testimony.  The first thing he said was, "Just seeing everyone get up and bear their testimonies has given me the inspiration to bear mine."  I know that our testimonies strengthen others, even when it's awkward :)

Here is a scripture I liked this morning :)
3 Nephi 9:22 
"Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will i receive, for of such is the kingdom of God."

I love you all! have an awesome week!

Sister Hixson
Taking a minute to rest 
 Happy missionaries
 Biking in a skirt...talented
Came home to discover screen from the window was off and tons of bugs had become their roommates.  Killed them with bug spray to the ceiling.  Winner!

Monday, June 30, 2014

 Debra the Zebra Donkey
 Sister Smith and Sister Hixson
 Tom
 Art
Beautiful Things

GOD LOVES BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Hello :)

Today I have so much good news to share! It was an awesome week and I am just so grateful for everything.  

This week we stayed in Worland all week long, and we were able to have some wonderful lessons.  Sister Smith hasn't been feeling too great, but she pushes through pain, so we still did many things, with some naps in between.  

On Monday, we taught a young girl (12) named Tamara.  Her step-mom and step-siblings are members, and she is living with them for a few weeks, and she wants to take the lessons.  She is SO shy, but she has the sweetest Spirit.  You can just feel it from her.  I love her so much. She loves reading and always reads more than we give her to read! She says she feels calm when we are there and good when she reads the Book of Mormon.  She wants to wait for a while to get baptized, but we hope that will change as she continues to read the Book of Mormon, come to church, and pray.

We had a lesson on Tuesday with a lady we call Grandma.  Haha.  We even asked her if we could call her Sister Draper, and she said no.  She wants to be called Grandma.  So it is :) She is reluctant to change- she says she is stubborn and 74 years old- but that means nothing to the Lord, so we invited her to take the lessons anyways.  Her daughter is a member.  So when we came over for her first lesson, the apartment was crowded and noisy and busy.  There were lots of people there and someone yelling outside, but we asked if we could pray, and it got quiet and stayed that way the whole lesson.  There was even a man there who says he has been tossing the idea of joining the church and wants to learn more! Grandma says she will consider being baptized and we are meeting again with them on Thursday.

There is this family- the C family- who I love! The dad totally wants to change his life around and join the church, but he is SO busy with work that it's really hard to get things going.  Every time we meet with their family, though, the Spirit is so strong, and this week was no exception.  The wife, who is less-active, said a beautiful prayer.  She has been pretty bitter and sarcastic in previous lessons, but when she feels the Spirit she becomes soft and kind.  It's amazing to watch the change in her.  The dad and one of the daughters want to be baptized, and we are praying that we will be able to meet with them and help them get there.  Oh, I just love them.  I feel like I've known them for years.

Tom Milburn.  You might remember me talking about him last week or something, but we met him a little more than two weeks ago, and he got baptized last night! He is a salesman from Texas with the most awesome Texas drawl.  He grew up Southern Baptist, but when he experienced some things that contradicted what he had been taught, he decided maybe he should start listenin,' as his wife told him to.  He says, he has started listening, and he has felt the Spirit as he has read the Book of Mormon,m come to church, and learned.  He is sixty eight, but says he is now listening, and God has spoken to him.  It's amazing! It's been two weeks, and he has changed.  He will be the first to admit he has much more to learn, but he bore his testimony at his baptism yesterday and said he read the "book", it's true, and he feels good about everything.  

He has so much faith! I have LOVED teaching him.  He talks and talks, and I've prayed in so much gratitude for the Lord helping me teach him, because I had to interrupt him a lot, and I don't like doing that, haha.  He is so appreciative of us teaching him, and we are SO appreciative of him! He has taught me how much the Lord can do when we open our hearts to Him and listen.  

The night before Tom's baptism, we went with him and some members to Thermopolis for Art's baptism! Remember him? The one we met that one night tracting, and he cried because he was just so happy! Well, he got baptized Saturday night, and that was a really special experience.  We went over to the font for him to be baptized, and as he entered the water, he was crying with his hands in the air saying, "Thank you Lord...Thank you Jesus," over and over.  After he came up out of the water, he did the same.  He was just SO grateful to God for washing him from his sins.  I felt the Spirit so strong as I watched him cry in gratitude for the gift of being baptized.  It made me think how often I take things for granted.  It made me think about the ten lepers and the one who returned and thanked Christ for healing him.  I always thought that was crazy and that I would never do that, but then I got thinking about the blessings I receive that I don't thank the Lord for- I just expect- like the Sacrament.  Every week, I am being baptized in a sense, when I partake of the Sacrament.  How much do I thank my Lord that I have been washed clean once again each week.

Art got up to bear his testimony and started getting really excited and raising his hands and pacing and everything, so he said, "Now, I better sit down before I start preachin' to ya'll!" Hahahaha. He is so awesome.  He really loves the Lord.  He talked to Tom and then came yesterday to Tom's baptism! I'll attach a picture.  It was awesome! 

It was an eventful week.  It was filled with lots of opposition, but many blessings.  Sister Smith was sick for a lot of it, and stress built up as we ran out of time for most everything.  But, the opposition was followed with SO much peace. For example, yesterday we were running late and nothing seemed to be working out as planned and we finally got to the baptism, flustered, but then the baptism was FILLED with members from the ward, Tom was happy as could be, the music was beautiful, and the Spirit was strong.  Sister Smith and I were just SO HAPPY.  I mean, you just need to meet Art and Tom, and you will realize you just can't NOT be happy around them.  Anyways, this opposition and blessings thing has got me pondering about some things.  When Adam and Eve were cast from the garden, they experienced sadness and trials now, but, with that, they could now experience the joys of life.  Without the opposition, they wouldn't know what true joy felt like.  It would pretty much be neutral all the time. Boring.  There is opposition in all things.  Life isn't supposed to be neutral.  I'm grateful for the hard times because they help me really feel the joyful times!

One last thought.  Today we are in Riverton.  As we were driving this morning the hour and a half drive, it was SO beautiful.  As I watched the beautiful mountains, plains, canyons, and rivers pass by, I was just so grateful.  We were listening to some songs, and one of them has the line, "God loves Broken things."  I changed it to "God loves beautiful things."  He created the beautiful land, the clouds reflecting on the mountains, the water, the people...I have seen how when the gospel enters someone's life they become more beautiful- to themselves and to others.  God fills them with light and joy.  God loves making things beautiful.  Change is beautiful.  I'm not explaining myself as clearly as I'd like, but I am grateful for the beauty that God creates around and in us.  

I love this gospel.  May we all share the gospel the best we can and rely on the Lord for help.

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth slavation; that saith unto Zion, They God reigneth." 

Mosiah 12:21 

Sending my love from the great land of Wyoming :)

Love always,
Sister Hixson <3