Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Transfer 3 in the Great WA-TAC!

11/12/13

Hello Family!

We received transfer calls on Saturday night and......(drum roll please....) I get to stay in American Lake!!! Sister Phillips and I will be staying and my trainer, sister sandau, will be leaving us! She is going to be a sister training leader! I must say I feel a little overwhelmed to be senior companion and to follow-up train sister phillips. However, if the Lord knows I can do it then I know I can do it! I am excited and determined to work hard and do my best and rely on the Lord! I look forward to learning and growing A LOT this transfer!

It has been a kind of slow week again but we were blessed with the wonderful baptism of Imani Evans! It was the sweetest and most powerful baptism! She is such a little miracle! She is ten years old and has the biggest testimony in the entire world! She is the greatest example to everyone around her! I have been so blessed to be a part of her conversion!

For a day Karen got work off for all Sundays but then the next day her boss changed his mind. We are still praying for her to have time!!! We haven't been able to see Gideon lately. He just moved into the other ward so we will try to do a couple more lessons with him but then we are going to turn him over to the elders over there because they have a Tagolog speaker in their ward that would really help him and especially his family! We are going to have another baptism soon with two children from a less-active family! Missionaries have been working with them forever and finally their parents are ready for them to get baptized!

Our mission and our stake is buzzing with excitement as we prepare for a general authority and a member of the twelve apostles to visit!!!! On the 23rd we missionaries get a special meeting with them and then in the Lakewood stake (my stake) we get to have a special stake conference with them! What a blessing it will be to hear from and be in the same room as a general authority and a member of the twelve apostles!

Last week as Remembrance Day was approaching I thought a lot about the men and women who have given their lives for their country! Such brave men and women! It is a very special experience to be serving in a military ward and to see their view of the world.

Today is transfer meeting so the whole mission gets to be together! It is always so powerful and uplifting to be surrounded by so many missionaries and to hear from our wonderful mission president and his wife! I love this work! It is truly the Lord's work! I feel so blessed and privileged to be a missionary at this exciting time! I know this is the only true church on the earth today. We are so blessed to have the Book of Mormon and to have modern day prophets and to have the priesthood on the earth! I love the Lord with my whole heart! I love you all so much! Thank you for your love and support and prayers! They are much needed and I feel them every day! I LOVE YOU ALL!
HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!
Love,
Sister Tingey

P.S. We are writing e-mails at the church this week so I can't send pictures right now but I will next week! LOVE YOU! Oh and I am pretty good on the warm factor. A sweet member in our stake offered to buy me boots so she took me shopping yesterday. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful goodies you sent with my ward mission leader! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

 Mission Fireside


Sister Tanner is from our home ward, though they hadn't met until the mission!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Oi familia!

11/4/13

Hello, hello family!

It's been a kind of a slow week but Halloween was oodles of fun and the weekend exploded with goodness!

We got to stay together as a zone all day for Halloween. Apparently missionaries have been blamed for things on Halloween so we spent all day having zone conference and then dinner and some fun at our Stake President's house. We got to watch a MOVIE! It was so exciting!!! ha-ha We watched Ephraim's Rescue which is a really good one - I'd definitely recommend it! I feel spoiled with all of the incredible missionaries in my zone that I get to be surrounded by!

Saturday night we got such incredible news, it's the big miracle for the week. IMANI IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!!! Imani is ten years old and has been taught by the missionaries for 6 months. She has been wanting to get baptized for the longest time but she needed permission from her dad and he wouldn't give it because he didn't feel like she understood the commitment well enough. A miracle happened and Saturday night her dad gave her permission to get baptized!!! We are SO excited!!!! She is the sweetest little girl!

Sunday was just overwhelmingly incredible! We got to make an appearance in primary and answer questions the kids have about mission life and what they can to do be missionaries. I was blown away by these kids who have already shared the gospel with some of their friends! Children are wonderful!

Sunday night was our missionary fireside! The Washington Tacoma mission is a singing mission and we are famous for giving firesides for all of the stakes in our area. Last night was the first one of the season! It was very special and so incredibly powerful! We sang with all of our hearts and some missionaries bore their testimonies. It was a beautiful night. "Amazing Grace" is our mission theme song and it is so powerful every time we sing it together as a mission!

What was even better than the fireside though was probably the opportunity and Sister Phillips, Sister Sandau, and I had to ride to and from the fireside with President and Sister Weaver! On the way there they were a little stressed, but on the way home we had so much personal time with them to talk and laugh and learn! It was such a special experience for me to be with two such powerful people! When we finally got to our car, we were on conference call with the whole mission so we got to stay with president and Sister Weaver for conference call too. It was so different and powerful being in the same car as the weavers as they addressed the whole mission. I just felt like the luckiest girl in the world this weekend!

Scripture for the week: Alma 13: 27-29 SO good!

It has been such a blessing to have mom's scriptures on my mission! As I read I get to read her notes and it puts a whole new, sweet perspective on the scriptures I am reading!

I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week! And a happy, happy birthday to my beautiful sister ALI! I LOVE YOU!

HURRAH FOR ISRAEL         

Love,

Sister Tingey      



                             

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What a week!

This week was crazy busy but so wonderful! We started the week with exchanges on tuesday and district meeting on wednesday and then friday we got to practice singing a few songs with missionaries! We are preparing for a missionary fireside we will be having next Sunday where a big group of missionaries are singing songs. It's going to be so wonderful and powerful, I am so excited!!! I get to be in a little group that is "Be Still My Soul" and it is such a beautiful arrangement! And Sunday we had the primary program which was SO wonderful! At the end we sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth" and there were many tears! It was the sweetest experience!

So many Miracles this week!!!!

Miracle #1: Sammy is our neighbor and very inactive. When we first met him he was not interested at all in coming back to church but the more we see him the more he softens up. He was determined to come to church this week to see the primary program but didn't end up making it because his brother signed him up for work. SO CLOSE! But he'll be there next week! So the miracle is that on wednesday night we were knocking our apartment complex and we saw him getting out of his car. He grudgingly said "hi sisters". He then explained that he had just been in a really bad mood and was super angry but as soon as he saw us he calmed down. We talked to him for a bit and explained to him that the spirit led us to be here at the right time so we could help calm him down and remind him of what's important. Then we asked if he would pray and he said no. I felt prompted  to tell him something Richard G. Scott told  us in the devotional he gave at the MTC while I was there. He said "pray when you don't feel like praying". So I told Sammy that and he finally agreed to pray and it was one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard! He started crying!! The spirit was so powerful it was such an incredible experience!

Miracle #2: So lots of families in our ward have been asking for the names of our investigators so they can specifically pray for them. Also, a member offered to put our investigators' names on the temple roll. Because of these prayers, time miraculously opened up for Karen! We were able to teach her this week and she was able to come to all 3 hours of church on Sunday! We are hoping to hold her baptism either this Saturday or next Saturday!!! Her client is in the hospital so we kind of feel bad that we are happy he is in the hospital because it is an answer to prayer and it allows us to teach Karen and prepare her for baptism!

Miracle #3: Also related to the prayers our members are saying for our investigators. We taught Gideon last night and he committed to be baptized on the 16th of November!!!!

Heavenly Father answers prayers! He knows us and loves us so much! He is aware of all of His children individually!

GAH! I am so grateful to be a missionary! I am so blessed to see so many miracles and to be able to be an instrument in the Lord's hands! Something that has popped up in my studies this week is when Christ visited Peter and the apostles after he was resurrected and Christ asked Peter if he loved Him 3 times. I want to be able to answer boldy "YES LORD, I LOVE THEE!" I am grateful for the opportunity I have as a missionary to show my love to him and serve his lost sheep!

I love this gospel so much! The church is true! Jesus Christ lives! And he loves us so much and so individually! I love you all so much! I hope you have a fantastic week!

HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,
Sister Tingey



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Talofa!

10/21/13

Talofa (hello) Family!

This week has been great (as per usual in missionary life)! Not a ton of super exciting things happened but the work continues here in Lakewood, Washington!

This week we miraculously were led to a few less active families that live in our apartment complex! One is Sammy and AZ (brothers) who are Samoan! (Sammy taught us "Talofa") AZ is a little more willing to come back to church than Sammy right now, but that will change soon. AZ even told us "hey there is a non-member living with us, you could come and teach me lessons and maybe she'll sit in"! haha it's great, he's already a missionary. Another miracle was the Richards family! We were just driving out of our apartment complex and there was a giant bag of garbage in the middle of the road, so I immediately thought to jump out and pick it up and take it to the dumpster. So that's what I did, and on the way a minivan pulled up next to me and a man yelled, "hey! What are sisters doing over here?" I went up to the family's car and asked if they were members and he said they "used to be". So immediately I said, "Great, we'll stop by!" and ran back to the car to go visit them. It was a fun experience and they said they're going to come to church this Sunday!

Next Sunday is the primary program in our ward! We got to watch all of the primary kids practice on Sunday because we get to take part in the program! All of the missionaries in our district are going to jump in the program at the end and sing "army of Helaman" with all of the children! I almost cried on Sunday just practicing it! It is going to be so powerful and special when we do it on Sunday!

The American Lake Ward is really getting excited and anxious to help the missionaries! Our wonderful Bishop is really pushing the ward to be a part of the hastening of the work! This week he pushed for the ward to pray for the missionaries and their investigators BY NAME! I invite you all to do the same! We must pray specifically!! I know if you all pray for your missionaries and their investigators by name, miracles will happen! Already so many families have approached us and asked us for the names of our investigators! At the end of the sacrament meeting, the woman saying the closing prayer prayed for us individually and I almost cried. It truly is so powerful to pray specifically for people by their name!

I just love this wonderful ward I am serving in! On Sunday a woman approached me and said her friend is from London and she told her that one of the missionaries in her church lived in London. So now her friend has agreed to meet with us because we have a connection! Just another example of all of the miracles I am blessed to see as a missionary!

The Lord is in the details! He knows and loves us so much!!! I am so grateful to be a missionary at this time! It is so exciting to see the work of God progress so quickly! Family and friends the missionaries need YOU! The members are the means! Do what you can in your ward to help your missionaries and bring your friends and loved ones who are not members or who have not been going to church and help them come back!

I love you all! I love this gospel! I love this work! I love the Lord!

HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,

Sister Tingey

 Washington is beautiful!
 We had a flea problem this week....and this is how we felt about it.
This is a wonderful Brazilian friend.  She and her husband have been helped me so much practicing my Portuguese.  They are the sweetest!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Having some fun in WA-TAC!

This week was quite the week! Lots of ups and downs and belly splitting laughter! We are having a blast together as a trio! Thankfully we all get along super well and have so much fun together! We are still trying to figure out teaching and a few things, but it has been such a blessing to have both Sister Sandau and Sister Phillips to serve with!

Elder Holland's talk could not have come at a better time! This week we were blessed to work with a lot of people in our area that are suffering from mental illness. Each visit was such a miracle! We were able to really help these people and share Elder Holland's talk with them! Serving in American Lake with everyone being military, we work with a lot of people with PTSD and depression and all sorts of mental illness. What a blessing it was to hear the comfort and counsel of Elder Holland and pass it along to those who really needed that message this week!

We had a very fun ward activity on Saturday night called the "Choctober Fest". So many of our investigators and less active members came! It was such a successful night and it was so good to see all of them at the church getting to know the ward members. The members truly are the means!

Sunday was a busy, busy day! The three of us spoke in sacrament meeting! I had the opportunity to speak on patience, Sister Phillips spoke on gratitude, and Sister Sandau spoke on Christ like love! It really was such a blessing to study patience this week! Waiting for my visa to Brazil has not been easy! Having doors slammed in my face almost every hour of the day has not been easy! Serving a mission while my cute little nephew was born has not been easy! BUT it has all been worth it! In Alma 26, the Lord promised the sons of Mosiah that if they were patient in their afflictions that he would give unto them SUCCESS! The Lord blesses us when we are patient! When we are patient we put our faith and trust and faith in the Lord and in His timing! We show our willingness to submit to His will (Mosiah 3:19)! Patience is a continual work in progress but it is so important!

I love this work so much! I've been thinking about little Connor all week and how much I love him! Give him hugs and loves and kisses from Aunty Abby! I love you all so much! And I love the Lord so much! He is so good to me! I am so grateful to be serving a mission and to be serving in the American Lake ward in Lakewood, Washington. HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,
Sister Tingey
10/14/13

 My one and only car on da mish (maybe....ha, ha)!

Me and my crazy companions get to decorate for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Minha Nossa!

9/7/13

FAMILY! My goodness what a week!

Sister Phillips arrived safe and sound on Wednesday and we have been having a blast every since! She is a visa-waiter going to Brazil too so we get to practice Portuguese together! It is such a blessing to have her! We are still figuring out how a trio works but we all getting along very well and are having a lot of fun!

Transfer week is always busy and exciting! The whole mission gets together on Tuesday for transfer meeting! It is so uplifting and inspiring to be surrounded by so many missionaries and to hear from the missionaries going home! I met Sister Tanner too - she told me she is from our new ward! She is great and seems to be doing well!

On Thursday we had the new missionary meeting and it was weird to be the trainer there and not the new missionary! I learned so much and had fun getting to know some of the other missionaries better!

I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE! My goodness general conference was just amazing! I can't even begin to explain how wonderful this weekend was! How blessed we are to hear from our prophet and apostles! The talks were so specific and direct and wonderful! It is amazing sometimes how questions you didn't even know you had can be answered during general conference! Wow, what a weekend! 

On Saturday after the two sessions, we helped serve food at a funeral for a young man who was killed in Afghanistan. It is so interesting being in this area, getting a whole new perspective on the military and the service these men and women and their families give to their country.

Sunday was wonderful! One of our great investigators came to the Sunday Afternoon session and LOVED it! Another investigator watched it at his house and we talked about it after and he said he liked it better than he thought he would. They both said they feel what we are sharing with them is really important and are making it a priority in their lives!

Welcome to the family baby Connor! On Sunday night on our way to a lesson Sister Weaver called and told me the wonderful news that my baby nephew was born on Wednesday!!!! YAY!!! Tell him I love him so much! It really is so special to have him here. I've had a pretty cool experience with him being born this week, I think I felt him coming. I just knew he was going to be born this last week! And I am so glad you all got to talk to Sister Weaver! She is pretty incredible!

We had a pretty incredible miracle on Wednesday night. We are teaching a man named Gideon and he is Filipino. Last week we gave him the challenge to write down a question and pray about it and listen for an answer in general conference. He told us that that night he thought and pondered about if what we were teaching him were true or not. That night he had a dream. He said he was kneeling down and he had just been baptized! Then he said he felt hands on his head and then he felt a shock go through his body that made him so happy and feel so much peace. As he was telling this story, Sister Sandau and Sister Phillips and I were just in AWE! Jaws dropped we all got really excited and started talking to him about what his dream meant and what the spirit is. I told him to write his dream down to remember how he felt! Such a miracle!!!

Speaking of Gideon -- Mom and dad, can you e-mail all of the sweet Filipino members we know and ask them to e-mail Gideon. He was curious to know if we knew any Filipino members and I was like "I know tons!" It would be great if they could e-mail him and tell him a little about why they love the church and answer his questions if he has any for them. his e-mail is: gideonngrace@gmail.com 

I am so happy baby Connor is here safe and sound and that Ali had a quick delivery and is safe and sound! I love you all!

This church is true! Heavenly Father knows and loves all of us so much and so individually! I love you all so much! HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,
Sister Tingey


P.S. Mom- thanks you for the package! I got it this morning! I love all of the pictures!!! And THANK YOU for the sweaters! You are the GREATEST! LOVE YOU!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Baptism and mission life photos

 Happy day!


Pillowcase from the Primary
 Lakewood District
Threesome

"So President wants a third bed in your apartment...."

9/30/13

What a week!

Seriously though, this week was incredible but CRAZY!

Tuesday we had exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders which was really fun and I learned so much! I spent the day with Sister Peruch (my grandma) and spent the day in Lacey!

Wednesday we had zone meeting which is always so fun to get together with all of the missionaries in our zone. We just have the best zone ever!!! Wednesday night we had a meeting for all of the ward councils in the stake and all of the missionaries in the stake with Elder Bussey. It was about missionary work and how important it is that the missionaries and members work together. We are on the same team trying to accomplish the same work. The work is exploding in Tacoma Washington and it is so exciting to be a part of it all!

Saturday was the most exciting and stressful and fun and exhausting day! NYGGERIAH GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!! My first baptism! It was the most wonderful day and the most wonderful service! While she was getting dressed I gave the missionary message and taught the restoration to everyone who was there which was a neat experience. It was such a special day and she was so happy and just glowing and her mom kept crying and telling us "You have no idea how much you have blessed our family". This is what it is all about. This is why I am here. I get to take part in the most glorious work on this earth - bringing souls to Christ and helping them and their families work for their Salvation! How great is my calling! 
Saturday night was the Relief Society broadcast! It was so incredible! I just get so giddy when we get to hear from President Monson. The broadcast was so inspiring and a wonderful reminder that we need to always be keeping our covenants and how important prayer is. What a blessing it is that we get to hear from a prophet and apostles and inspired leaders! I CAN'T WAIT FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE! I invite all of you to prepare for general conference this weekend. Write down questions you have and pray about them sincerely and you will be given an answer in conference.
Later Saturday night we got our transfer calls! ....(drum roll please........) Sister Sandau and I are staying together in American Lake and WE ARE TRAINING A NEW SISTER!!!!!! GAH!! WHAT?!! We are going to be in a trio and we are training a brand new sister! I am so excited!!

Sunday was just the most incredible day! So inspiring and uplifting. Our Testimony meeting was so special! Lots of kids got up and bore their testimonies and brought such a special spirit in the room. Nyggeriah and her mom were so close to bearing their testimonies but her mom said if she got up there she would just stand there and cry. Priesthood and Relief Society was a combined meeting and we talked all about missionary work and all of the new changes the church has been through this past year. What an exciting time this is! The tone of the church has definitely taken a turn to a more anxious tone of growth and buzzing excitement for missionary work. I just love the American Lake ward so much! I am finally really getting to know and love all of the members and they are finally loving and getting to know me! Everyone is anxious to help us in this exciting work!

Family and Friends I want you all to know that I know this church is the only true church on the earth today. We are blessed with a modern day prophet and apostles. We are blessed to have the priesthood in our church so that we can properly perform the ordinances of baptism, confirming the gift of the Holy Ghost, blessing the sacrament, giving blessings of health and comfort and so much more! Please share the good news of the gospel! This is such a marvelous gospel and I have been blessed to see it change lives! I love you all so much and I encourage you all to get excited to hear from our prophet and apostles and leaders this weekend! HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,
Sister Tingey

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It’s raining cats and dogs!!! ……and spiders!

9/23/13

But seriously there are cats and dogs and spiders EVERYWHERE! And it has started to rain everyday! It’s getting a little chillier here as we are approaching October and my light Brazil clothes may not be enough...hopefully I’ll get my visa soon!

First off: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SNACKY!!!! It's your birthday tomorrow! My little brudder is growing up! I love you so much buddy!
And loves to Grandma Tingey on her day too!

It has been such an incredible week! We got to have a great activity as a mission last Wednesday. We went to a place called Camp Zion and did a ropes course and had a fantastic devotional with president Weaver and his wonderful wife! I had an especially powerful experience at the trust fall activity. I was SO scared to do the trust fall. I did not want to do it at all, but after a little encouragement I got up on the log and turned around to get ready to turn around. I was shaking and so so nervous and scared. Finally i just breathed in and thought of this activity of trusting these other sisters to catch me to be like trusting in Christ to catch me when I fall. So I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and fell. There is nothing like the feeling of being enveloped in warm safe arms after falling like that. It was such a testimony to me how much we need to trust in our Savior and how important it is that we act and show Him that we trust Him and he will always catch us!

During the devotional, President Weaver gave an incredible talk. in summary he said, "Jesus loves you so much" and he talked about how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do not condemn us. When we make the wrong decisions, we are only robbing ourselves of the blessings, but we are not condemned.

I really have felt the love of Christ and Heavenly Father for me this week! Every time we get together as a mission we sing "amazing grace' and it is SO powerful! What an incredible, inspired song! I really am feeling like I'm a part of the WA-TAC mission!

Sister Sandau and I have had a scripture/theme for this week. It is Ether 12:27, one of my favorites. In it we are told that we are GIVEN weaknesses. I forget that sometimes. I often just want to be perfect and do everything right and I forget that God gave me weaknesses so that I may be humble. and i am made humble so that I can find strength in Jesus Christ! What a blessing our weaknesses are! God does not expect us to be perfect. he expects us to be our best self!

i am so grateful for the time I have each morning to study! I love the scriptures so much! We are reading the Book of Mormon together as a mission and what a powerful experience that has been!

I am so grateful for the OPPORTUNITY the Lord has given me to serve Him full time  what a blessing it is to be a missionary! Alma 26:12 - "yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! I am so blessed to be a servant in the Lord's vineyard and to watch over this part of His vineyard in American Lake. I want to do everything in my power to nourish these people. (Jacob 5:47) this morning I had a really special experience and felt that in the pre-mortal world, I told these people that I am talking to and teaching that i would come and help them come back to Christ. What a marvelous work this is, I am so blessed to be a part of it! What a blessing to be able to feel a tiny part of god's love for these people!

Nyggeriah is going to be baptized this Saturday! i am so happy for her! And we have transfer calls this Saturday! GAH! So exciting!

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! Be the best member missionaries you can be! The Members are the Means! HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,
Sister Tingey



Monday, September 16, 2013

Fotos

 A package from home!
 View of Mt Rainier from Base
A 10 year old cutie who is anxious for baptism

Oi minha Familia!


9/16/13

Several times this week I have had a call or a letter from the mission office and my heart stops!!!!.....however I still have yet to receive my visa! My mission president said to expect it by the end of this transfer, so we'll see! I wouldn't mind staying in American Lake for another transfer though! I have met so many wonderful people who i love so much and want to help! There are so many people here that are so close to accepting the gospel, it's so exciting!!!!

So: I know you all have been wondering more about my wonderful investigators! We have three on date! One is a 14 year old girl named N and her mom, Karen. They are both so wonderful and so ready! Sister Peruch and Sister Sandau knocked on her door before I came and we went back when I got here. She said that she and her mom have been reading the Book of Mormon and love it! So we gave her the first lesson and invited her to be baptized and she said YES! We started going to see her as much as possible and she was just taking everything in! Her mom works A LOT so after we taught N., she would teach her mom! They both want to get baptized so bad, we just need to finish teaching them the lessons! They are so prepared and so special! Karen tells us all the time how their family had just been through a really hard time and how when we came, these two girls they didn't know, we brought a spirit into their home like none other and we have been able to help N. out a lot! Oh I just love them so much!!! The Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost is so powerful!!! This gospel is so true!

Our other "on date" is Pelma and we just knocked into her a few days ago. She recognized us because she has seen "The Other Side of Heaven". She's an islander and loved the movie! So we gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to be baptized and she said YES!

This work is so incredible! I am so blessed to meet so many wonderful people everyday and to talk to everyone about the gospel! This is the LORD'S work! and I am so blessed to be an instrument in His hands!

I love you all so much! HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

Love,

Sister Tingey

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mais Fotos!

 Our kitchen
 Rain, rain, rain!
What?!

 We were in a parade!
At the fair

 Beautiful
Mount Rainier

Week 3 in the beautiful WA-TAC!!!

Oi Familia!    9/9/13

It has been a great week! Such a turn around from last week! It's really amazing how difficult experiences and challenge help us learn so much and push us to do better! 

First off - Thanks for the package mom!!! You have no idea how happy and excited I was when I got it! BEST PACKAGE EVER! I love you so much!!!

So this week Sister Sandau and I have been busy trying new methods and working as hard as we can. Since we are both really new, we have been visiting the members in the ward when we have a free moment to get to know them better and to ask for mission advice! We have gotten some GREAT advice so far and have been able to use that and try it out this week! Some advice was how important investigators going to church is! Many people said if they don't come to church, it can mean there aren't really serious about the discussions which can save us time to be able to find those who are ready to be baptized and spend most of our time with them. So we have been working on knowing where our time is best spent and having daily contact with our investigators! It is hard sometimes but we have really tried to see everyone we are teaching every day and it has made such a difference! It is so important that they have that contact with us because satan works so hard on them but when we visit we can bring the spirit back to them and remind them of the good things this gospel brings!

This week we had zone conference which was AWESOME!!! It is always so nice to get together with so many missionaries and feel united in the work! I learned so much and was re-motivated to work hard and do my best!

We also had stake conference this week which was a broadcast from salt lake! we got to hear from Elder Nash of the seventy, Sister McKonkie, Elder Hales and Elder Perry. It was a great meeting! Some things they mentioned were remembering and keeping our covenants. How important family prayer and family home evening and family everything is so important. Also tithing, how we can't afford not to pay tithing! What a blessing to hear the words of the apostles for this time in this area!

What made the meeting even better were two of our investigators came!!! YAY!!!! I love these two so much! It is a 14 year old girl and her mom who are just a miracle story! They both love the church so much and want to get baptized! They both have been reading the Book of Mormon so much and have recognized the spirit we bring into their home! It really is so special to be teaching them! I feel so blessed to be apart of their process of coming unto Christ! This work is so amazing! It is truly the Lord's work! I could do nothing without the Lord!

**Visa Update**
President called me this week and said that they still don't have my visa but they talked to the visa people and said that Brazil has been a lot quicker with visas for the past couple of weeks and they said to expect my visa either by the end of this transfer or next transfer!!!!!!!!! YAYAY HOORAY!!! It is nice to know that I will hopefully be getting my visa soon! Although I am so excited to go to Brazil, when I think about leaving the Washington Tacoma mission, and more specifically the American Lake ward, I get really sad! I have had such incredible experiences here and I love the people here so much! I would love to stay another transfer to continue helping the people we are working with! But I know wherever the Lord sends me is where I need to be!

I love you all so much! Thank you for your e-mails and your prayers and support! It really means so much! I think about you always!

Also, I love having the time to study for hours in the morning! Since I've been on my mission, I have really learned the importance of scripture study and prayer! It is such a blessing to be able to study the scriptures, to know what we need to do to come closer to Christ! And it is such a blessing and a comfort to be able to communicate with our Father in Heaven!

Also, I have learned the importance of MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK!!! Family and Friends: Do your best to be a missionary! Member missionary work is the BEST! It is the most effective way of finding those who are prepared and ready to hear the gospel! It is the most effective way to share the gospel! Be an example and share the gospel with everyone! Find people for the missionaries to teach! Invite non-members and less actives into your home! Invite them and the missionaries to your house for dinner! I know you all are such wonderful missionaries and I am grateful for your work and for your example! I love you all so much!!!

LOVE YOU LOVE YOU LOVEYOU!!!!

Sister Tingey

P.S. Dad- it was so fun to meet Alan Peterson! Such a tender mercy! Such a blessing to spend some time talking to someone who knows my dad and family so well!