Monday, March 28, 2016

Sorry for the no email last week! Sister Bates, Sister Wilcox and I all got the flu, so we were trying to email home really fast and then run home again. But other than staying inside for the first few days this week, we've been having a TON of fun! Being in a trio is definitely different but we are all figuring it out slowly but surely!

I LOVE SISTER BATES. She is my missionary twin! This week we have had so many instances where one of us will think about doing or saying something and the other will be doing that thing in the moment! It's so fun. 

So this week we have had quite a few crazy experiences! First off, our investigator Jessica and her step daughter Leah asked for blessing since they weren't feeling well, and then afterwards she said, "wow. God is here." so we are so excited to see what this next week unfolds as we teach her more about the gospel! She is also super excited for general conference just like us!!

We also, had a crazy miracle occur. One of the less active members that we have been trying to get in contact with these past couple of weeks, texted us out of the blue and asked if the Elders could give their family all blessings! Afterwards the KIDS asked if we could come back and teach them the Bible and Book Of Mormon stories! So we can't wait to see how the kids in this family help their parents come back to church and begin to come closer to Christ as a family. What better time than the Easter season right? 

Okay, super cool story though! So, in Michigan around Easter time, the Lamb of God performance is done here in Kalamazoo. It's a play all about Christ's ministry, death, and resurrection. <SO GOOD> But with this past Sunday being Easter and next Sunday being General Conference, It's is a really great tool for us to use on people's doorstep. I would encourage you all to listen to the music though! It WILL change your life!
      Anyways... One of the families that we are really close with, has this really cool music room. So today, the sister's in the Midland Zone are all going to go over and are going to listen to Lamb of God! We are so excited! Best P-day EVER!

Anyways... That's what's happening in Michigan! I hope you all have as much fun watching Conference as we will here!

Love ya! 

Sister Sheppard

Monday, March 21, 2016

Busy couple of weeks...

YAY!! i'VE ALWAYS WANTED SOMEONE TO SEND ME A FLAT STANLEY!! Haha My Comp.s and I are all super pumped to take lots of fun pictures with him! Abby and her St. Patrick's Day outfit is the best! LOVE IT!!! She is just the cutest.

This week has been so fun! As even crazier than usual! Sister Bates came to Bay City on Monday and we went to Lansing to get Sister Wilcox on Thursday! Both are wonderful missionaries and I am so excited to learn from them both!

Also, On Thursday while we were in Lansing Sister Rogers and I were able to be companions for the day! We had so much fun together! It was wonderful to be able to catch up and be together for the day. 

So for this transfer Sister Bates and I decided to make a goal for how we are going to become more fit. 3,000 pushup's by the end of the transfer! It's going great and we're at 80 so far!

Still trying to figure out the balance with three people teaching! But I'm definitely slowly realizing why I am still a part of this area. One of our investigators, Donna, is having us over for dinner this week! Her husband is a member and her daughter wants to get baptized! She just wants to learn more before she says ok. I have no doubt that they will be baptized together though!

Really exciting stuff is happening here right now! So glad I get to be a prmissionary and be a part of it all!

Monday, March 7, 2016


Transfer calls came on Friday and Sister Viehweg is going to Kalamazoo to be a Sister Training Leader! and Sister Bates will be coming here and will also be training a new sister from the MTC as well! Trio again! I'm currently holding the record for most Companions in one area:)

Sister Viehweg needs to be in Mount Pleasant by 1:15 so everything was moved up for the day:) She is going to Kalamazoo to serve to Western Michigan University Campus as an STL(Sister Training Leader)! She is going to do so great! We are all extremely excited for her and she will be there for Lamb of God. Every year the churches in that area put on the play Lamb of God. (We listen to the music every Sunday:)) All of the missionaries in that zone get to go see it. She is so lucky! But totally deserves it. Ahhh! So exciting! 

In other news, Sister Bates will be coming here from Holland and will be training a new sister from the MTC. It should be a ton of fun though and I am super excited to meet both of my new companions. Best of all, Sister Rogers (my MTC companion) Is in the same situation in Lansing and will also be there on Thursday to meet the new sisters. Since we are both "helpers" we'll be companions while everyone is in training:)! SO SO SO SO EXCITED!!!

Not much happened this week though. We met with basically everyone in the ward, and I've taken so many pictures that I've probably reached the status of a professional. Since Sister Viehweg has been here for so long everyone knows and loves her as family. So of course that requires pictures! 

Other than that, we had our apartment purge last Monday.... We thought our apartment was so clean before we started. 3 hours and 6 trash bags later we realized how much junk missionaries leave behind! We found food in the freezer from 2013! CRAZYY gross! But now it's so clean in our apartment that we don't ever want to leave. It's seriously the best problem to have:)

Sorry my email the week is so short! Next week I'll have lots more exciting things to tell you all about!