Tuesday, February 23, 2016

80 degrees!!!!

letter from Feb 22


We have made it back up to 80 degrees here in sunny, southern California. Hopefully you can feel the warmth through this email. As the temperature raises, more people are outside. That means there are more people for us to talk to! It doesn't only bring the people outside though. Yesterday, we saw a few goats just hanging out in the back of a truck. They were truly living the life. They looked so happy, and made me happy. So as the sun comes out, I hope you can enjoy it like a happy little goat.

So this entire week we have had troubles getting into people houses. No one has been home, or they just don't have time when we come over, even if we already had a set appointment. We had a total of 9 investigators tell us that they no longer want to meet with us for various reasons. But that did not stop the work! We worked a lot of hours of finding, and didn't see the success, but knew that if we continued, then we would. In the past 2 days, we were able to find 3 new families to teach. I am so grateful for the blessings that are promised us as long as we do all that we can and are supposed to. The family that we had visited last night, invited us in, and had a lot of questions. After setting the time for the next appointment, they told us to come hungry on Thursday, because they would be feeding us. They're really cool! I'm excited to continue working with them and the other 2 families we found. They all so willing let us into their homes without knowing who we were. We made sure to introduce ourselves after walking into their living rooms. I know that as you continue diligently in obeying all the commandments that Heavenly Father gives us, then you will see the blessings of obedience. Maybe not right away, but you will see them. So continue obedient!

I went to the temple this week, and it was lovely. I love the temple! When was the last time you went? Want to go again? DO IT!
Hermana Sager and Hermana Visick @ the Redlands Temple

So the bishop of the ward I am serving in right now is a cool guy. He has been bishop for 3 years, and a member for 5! How cool!  He is very helpful and knows how to handle situations in the ward. It's cool to think that someone that we are working with right now, could end up being a bishop at one point in their life, and if it would be 2 years after their baptism, then that would be really pretty great. Heavenly Father definitely prepares his servants in different ways! How have you seen Heavenly Father preparing you?

Yesterday, we taught the class of the 16-17 year olds. We were sitting in Gospel principles and one of the girls runs in and asked us to teach them, because their teacher wasn't there. Pretty cool right? A class of teenagers found someone to teach them, when their teacher didn't show up. So, right on the spot after the opening prayer, we had chosen to talk about the attributes of Christ. Everyone listed off a different attribute, and there was still many more that weren't talked about. Through faith and daily repentance we can work on developing the characteristics of Christ and becoming like Him. I am so grateful for His example that he gives us every single day.

Here's a video to help us remember a few of His characteristics. It's one of my favorites. Enjoy this, and then share it with others!


Have the best day ever!
Hermana Sager

Loves her valenties!!!

Lunch break at the church after service. Peanut butter and apples have my heart.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New friends!

Letter from Feb 16

So I had said that I'm serving in Menifee, but it's actually Perris! I'm in the Menifee stake and zone, but all of my area is in Perris.There are many, many missionaries in our zone here. It's fun. There are 3 districts. My district is the 3 sets of missionaries that are all in the same ward, which means we all speak spanish, so it makes it really fun! Spanish is fun. I love it so much. The only thing that I don't love so much is that it takes about 25 minutes to drive to the stake center for our district meetings. It takes us longer to get to this building than it did when we were in Lake Elsinore. But that's okay. I love it here.

By the way, working with Hermana Visick is as fun as I thought it would be. She's a great missionary. It's so fun to see how we've really grown from being in the MTC together! 

This week I made a lot of new friends! As we did our hour and a half of walking and talking every day this week, we were able to talk to a lot of people. There are so many hispanics in this area, and they are all very nice. We were able to meet 76 new people this week and quite a few of them have said that we could come back! We are now just searching for the time to visit all of them that have allowed us back. We are so so grateful to have talked to so many people, and plan to do the same this next week. As a mission, we have a goal to talk to at least 65 new people every week. It's so fun talking to so many new people, and being able to remember who was who and how interested they really are. I love it! I love talking with everyone.

This week, a 16 year old boy named Christian was baptized. His family was baptized in December, and so now they are one step closer to becoming an eternal family! They still have a few things to put together to being able to do so, but I know that it will happen. They're great.

I also found out today that Marvin, the investigator that we were working with in Hemet, got married!! This means that he is closer to baptism!! So so exciting. Great news. I love seeing people progress and seeing how the decisions they make really do bless their lives. This gospel is so great, and everyone needs to learn more about it and how they can live with their families, Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ for eternity.

I found a scripture that I really like this week. It's in Doctrine and Covenants 121:43.
 "Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;"  
I know that when we feel we have been reproved, or set back, or called to repentance by the scriptures or teachings of the prophets, that we are able to stronger feel the love of our Heavenly Father. Things are taught in the gospel simply and sharply, so that we can understand how we can live the commandments Heavenly Father has given us. I know that we can feel His love when we are striving to live His commandments. I'm so grateful for the scriptures and for being able to feel the love and comfort through the Holy Ghost.

I hope you had a great Valentimes day, and a better Presidents day.
Have the best day ever.

Hermana Sager
Hermana Sager and Hermana Visick with Christian and Family 

Friday, February 12, 2016

7th Transfer!!!

Letter from Feb 8

How weird and crazy and cool?! I'm moving into my 7th transfer, my 3rd area, to be with my 6th companion. I will be leaving Lake Elsinore to drive about 20 minutes to the East to a city called Menifee! Menifee is right in between Hemet and Lake Elsinore. I'm so excited! I will be working with Hermana Visick. We were in the same district in the MTC, so we already know each other, and already know that it will be a great transfer!

So on Saturday, even though I was sick and was told to stay in and rest, we went to the baptism of Karimne. She is the 8 year old sister of Katia, who was baptized 2 weeks ago. She was so cute! They're family is one step closer to our Heavenly Father, and you can tell that they have recognized the blessings of the restored gospel. I am so grateful to be able to help people every day, to take the steps of repentance closer to our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. As I have helped others come closer to them, I have been able to stronger feel their presence in my own life. I know they are there for all of us in every moment.

In our mission, every transfer, we are asked to work on a specific attribute of Christ. Last transfer I studied about diligence, and this transfer I have chosen humility. I was able to learn so much about diligence, and am grateful for the challenge of becoming more like our Savior. Of course, I still have a long way to go. But I want to invite all of you do to the same! Think of one of the characteristics of Christ that you admire the most, or that you want to develop. If you study about that topic in the scriptures, and other resources, I can promise you that you will see improvement! As we do the things to repent daily, we will be able to become more like Jesus Christ, and are steps closer to being clean to live with Him and our Heavenly Father for eternity.

Shorter email, but my time is short today. Doesn't mean my love is any smaller.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Have the best day ever!

Hermana Sager

Sid wasn't able to send pics this week.
This is an older pic with Hermana Babb(left) and Hermana Visick(right).
She was in the CCM  with both of them. She also served in Hemet with H.Babb
 and has just been transfered and will serve with H. Visick in Menifee. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy February!

Letter from Feb  1


So Yesterday, Katia was confirmed as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. She was nervous having to go up in front of everyone in Sacrament meeting, but you could tell that she was so comforted afterwards. I just love seeing the comfort that the gospel brings. It's wonderful. After her confirmation, Bishop Valencia took her to the podium and gave her a nice warm welcome. He had her look at the ward and introduced her to her new family. She smiled and felt welcomed. It's so great to be able to help her and her family, to receive the blessings of the gospel and the love from our Heavenly Father and our Savior. It's so great to strengthen the ward and to invite more people into the ward family. I hope that you all are inviting and loving to everyone who visits your wards, and help all to feel the love of our Savior and Heavenly Father. 

This week we went to La Michoacana, this Mexican Ice cream shop. It's so good. I love it. But It's so fun and colorful inside so I thought I would send a picture. 

I hope you are all doing well. Sorry for the short little email. But Have the best 1st day of February. You're all the greatest. 

Hermana Sager

Since her group email was so short ill add some from our family letter

We were given 2 birthday celebrations this week! Monday, we ate at our Ward Mission Leaders house. They sang to me and gave us ice cream. The Hermana even put together a little present for me and gave it to be before we left. It was so cute. They are a really nice family. We're eating dinner with them again tonight, so that will be fun. It's the same family that I ate with on Thanksgiving too. They're so kind. The second celebration that we had was last night. We showed up for dinner and there was balloons and a happy birthday banner! After dinner they sang and gave us cup cakes. This one was a celebration for all 3 of us, because my birthday was lunes, Hna Rasmussens "birthday" was sabado, and Hna Vorkinks birthday is viernes! So we all celebrated and it was fun. That family is also super nice. I love getting to know the members and spending time with them. The ward is starting to help us more in the work and started to see the joy and importance of missionary work! Of course we're still working to get more help from the members, but it's fun to see that they trust us and love us enough to celebrate with us, and serve with us throughout the week. 

This Saturday is transfer calls... already! I can't believe it. We're nervous to find out whats going to happen, but we know that either way it's all the Lord's will and we will be more than happy to serve wherever he wants us. So on Monday you'll find out what is happening with me, unless it somehow shows up on the mission facebook page... Not sure. But yes. CRAZY! 

Yesterday, we taught a Sunday School class for the 12-15 year olds. They were quiet and wouldn't talk, but it was still fun! We taught about the Godhead. I know that as we feel the comfort of the Holy Ghost that we are feeling the comfort from our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. They work together, and I know that we can work with them as well to strengthen God's kingdom on the earth and for eternity.

 In a talk that Elder Holland gave at the MTC a few years ago, he says, 
"We are to know these Divine Beings in every way we can. We are to love Them, draw near to Them, obey Them, and try to be like Them."  As we strive to become more like our Savior, we can also strive to become more like our Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost! Continue to look for ways to love them, and to show your gratitude that you have for them and all that they have done for you. I am so grateful for everything that I have learned from them, and hope that I am doing what I can in order to work with them. I know you can do the same in every aspect of your life.