Friday, July 29, 2016

Weekly Email - July 25th - Mouse in the House of the Lord!

Hey everybody!

I've had several moments this week where we will be in the middle of
teaching a lesson & I just start to tear up about how sad I am that
this is almost over. I absolutely love my mission with all of my heart
& I can't even explain how much I've learned or how much this
experience means to me.

Anyway, I'll talk about the funny stuff that happened first! So
yesterday at church sacrament meeting had just started, but a mouse
ran through the chapel & everyone freaked out!! (Including me) Hahaha
so some men of the Ward started chasing it around, but they could not
grab it. So we kinda put the whole meeting on pause to try & catch the
mouse, haha it ran out into the foyer into the couch! So 2 men picked
up the couch & carried it outside Hahahah. So yeah that was crazy!

So we started teaching that couple that came to church last week! &
they are just so sincere & so ready to learn! We had an incredible
lesson with them & Melody asked me if I was homesick & ready to go
home & I just started to cry telling her how much I'm gonna miss this.
How amazing it's been!! Ah so grateful to be out here.

Grateful for Pioneer Day & man every time I think of the pioneers I'm
just amazed at the sacrifices they went through. We sang "Come Come Ye
saints" yesterday at church & the line "& if we die, before our
journeys through, all is well" has always just amazed me!! These
people put all their trust & hope in the Lord & are such heroes to me!

Anyway keepin it short this week 😘
Hope you all choose the right & are enjoying your summer! Hope the
family has so much fun at the Spanish Fork rodeo!!! Take some cute
pics for me:)
Sorry this email is all over the place!!

Love always,
Sis Sobotka

Weekly email -July 5th - I'm going going, back back to Folsom Folsom

Well I'm officially starting my final transfer! 13th transfer, 14th
companion & 6th area. Seriously my mission has been so crazy!! But I
wouldn't have it any other way.

I can't even explain how happy I am to be finishing my mission in
Folsom! Last week we got the call that Sis Lillie would be training in
Rescue & at first I was so sad, because I love it here. But then later
in the week I got the call that I'm white-washing/shot gunning
(whatever you kids call it now a days) 2 wards in Folsom that have had
elders forever! & I'll be able to see my fav members from el dorado
hills!!! My new companion is Sis Adam. She's from St George & she's so
sweet! She's so kind & im just loving life. So yeah Heavenly Father
loves His children. Still super sad I won't be able to teach Jana
anymore, but she's so solid for baptism so it's aight.

I have so much to write about this week & I'll do my best to
summarize. I only have 5 more weekly emails so they gotta be good. ;)

K first of all, we had the most amazing lesson with the part member
family I talked about a few months ago (The Linns) he's a member-grew
up in the church, his family is all active but he isn't. Sad. & his
wife isn't a member! Anyway we talked to them all about The Book of
Mormon & just testified with all our hearts. & they said they would
both read it & they were so excited! The spirit was just so strong &
it was one of the most powerful lessons I've been in.

Okay also this we had this way cool experience at the temple. There's
a recent convert in our Ward named Jacob, who got baptized about 3
months ago & he was able to take his dad's name to the temple & be
baptized for him! It was such a cool spirit there. Temples are such a
blessing & it made me realize how grateful I was that I live so close
to one & was able to do baptisms for the dead growing up. Never take
that for granted!!

Anyway I hope you all had an awesome 4th. Oh I got to celebrate Canada
Day because I had a Canadian companion! We had this stuff called
"Poutine" for dinner which is basically French fries with gravy &
cheese? Haha it was cool. But I am just so grateful for America & this
beautiful country we live in! We are soooo blessed! I would rant more
about my love for America, but this is already long! So yeah God Bless
America. I'm proud to be an American! Keep on keeping on! Read your
scriptures, say your prayers & CTR❤️πŸ’™

Love always,
Sis Sobotka

Weekly Email - June 27th - The Gathering of Israel

Hey everyone!

So this email is gonna be short...

Well last Tuesday we had zone conference with Elder Lawrence from the
70 (he gave the famous talk "what lack I yet" in General conference) &
his sweet wife. She spoke to us first for a few hours & on this deep
doctrine stuff like the gathering of Israel & the Gentiles & basically
my mind was just blown to all this doctrine I never understood haha.
It was really cool! He spoke to us about sacrifice & it was amazing.
It was my last zone conference so that was sad, but apparently our
mission is just doing really well! It's way cool to see the changes in
the mission over these past months:)

We had a super cool experience on Saturday night, we pulled up at the
gas station & this guy came up to us & asked us if our car broke down,
lol we told him no. But invited him to church & he totally came
yesterday!! So yeah that was such a cool miracle. Hopefully we will
teach him this week!

Anyway this email is kinda lame! Hope you all choose the right & read
your scriptures this week!!

Love always,
Sis Sobotka

This is the scariest picture on my family history line Hahahah
Our Ward mission leader (bro Bair & his sons washed our car for zone conf)

Weekly Email - June 20th - Happy Fathers Day

Hello Everyone!

Huge shout out to my trainer Sister Lavea for getting engaged this
week!!!! So excited for you:)

Happy late Father's Day to all you dads out there. Yesterday I had
time to reflect on the important role of fathers & how grateful I am
for my dad & his incredible example to me & my family. Elder L. Tom
Perry said, “Fatherhood is leadership, the most important kind of
leadership. It has always been so; it always will be so. Father, with
the assistance and counsel and encouragement of your eternal
companion, you preside in the home. It is not a matter of whether you
are most worthy or best qualified, but it is a matter of [divine]

This week has been so good. Jana is so solid. She's reading her Book
of Mormon faithfully. She is in 2 Nephi now & is just loving every
word. She made it to church again yesterday & is so excited to tell
everyone about her decision to be baptized! Yesterday in Sunday school
the lesson was all about baptism & members of the Ward were telling
their experiences of when they were baptized & Jana commented & said,
"I am so excited I can't wait!" Her husband is even starting to read
the Book of Mormon with her!!! It's so cool that through her example
she is bringing her less husband back slowly, but surely:) it has been
such a tender mercy from Heavenly Father to be able to teach her for
the last few months of my mission. I am learning so much from her!

This week we had dinner at the cutest family's house. So we started
talking to them about where they were from & all that getting to know
you stuff, they are this younger couple, & the wife said "oh I'm from
highland Utah" & I was like "what!! Same with me?" & then she asked me
what highschool I went to & I told her American fork, then she said
she went there too!! She graduated 3 years before me. Then I asked her
what stake she was in & said she wasn't active while she was growing
up. Then I asked her about how she became active again, because her &
her husband are both super active & are sealed in the temple now. So
her husband grew up here in Rescue, but went less active in highschool
& ended up getting a girl pregnant & was just partying hard core. He
moved to Florida right after highschool & got into some crazy stuff &
ended up in the hospital. He said while he was in the hospital he
realized how unhappy he was. He said he thought of his parents & how
happy they were & he knew it was because of the gospel. While he was
in the hospital in Florida he called the missionaries there to come
give him a blessing, & then he started meeting with them & moved back
to California & worked hard to turn his life around, then he went to
UVU & met his wife now. He brought her back into the church! I asked
the wife if she has seen a big difference since she has come back to
church & she just started to tear up talking saying how much the
gospel has blessed her. I asked her if her family is active & she said
they weren't & then she said, "I just wish my mom could live my life
for one day & see how happy I am" & that just really hit me. How this
cute couple was able to fully use the Atonement to change their entire
lives! I thought of the quote by President Hunter that says, "Any time
we experience the blessings of the Atonement in our lives, we cannot
help but have a concern for the welfare of others. … A great indicator
of one’s personal conversion is the desire to share the gospel with
How we can all change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, & when we
do have that change our desire to share the gospel with others
increases. This family was just a perfect example to me & their story
really touched me.

I am just so grateful for the people I've met here & the lessons I've
learned from them. I can't believe how fast time is flying!! Tomorrow
we have zone conference with Elder Lawrence from the quorum of the 70
so that should be pretty good. I'm excited. Well I hope you all have a
lovely week & remember to be using the Atonement daily. Jesus Christ
has given His life for us to use that strengthening, healing power of
the Atonement. So I hope you're all using it to become better people:)
& are looking for opportunities to share it with others.

I love you all! Have a great week. CTR❤️

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

Oh ps I learned how to us a lasso this week hahaha! Seriously people
here are legit Cowboys. (Sorry videos wont attach)

Weekly Email - June 13th - For the Family is of God

Hey family & friends,

This week has been such a crazy one. So my sweet companion Sister
Morales headed home today. It was a huge shock to me & her. But it was
where the Lord needed her right now. I'm going to miss her so much!
She is such a sweet heart & I learned so much from her in these 3
short weeks. She's is literally one of the strongest most humble
people I've ever met. I'm really going to miss her.

This past Saturday we were able to take our cute investigator, Jana,
on a temple tour! She loved it!! She is so excited for her baptism.
Jana is married to a less active member, but he isn't really involved
with the church right now & im just blown away at how prepared Jana
is! She is waking up by herself for 8:30 church & reading her
scriptures & is just such an incredible example to me. There are some
strong people in this world! I'm also just so grateful that we have
temples on this earth. During the temple tour they talked about the
restoration of the gospel & how blessed we are to have that priesthood
power on the earth so we can be sealed to our families. During the
temple tour you watch a short video of Elder Holland speaking about
his family, he said (me some what paraphrasing), "I can't imagine
heaven without my family. That would not be heaven for me" & I've been
thinking about that all weekend. How much I love my family & how
incredible it is that we are able to be with each other forever.
Preach my gospel says, "the family is the most important social unit
in time & eternity" I love the concept of families & how Heavenly
Father has placed us into these units to help each other learn & grow.
Like the primary song says, "God gave us families, to help us become
what he wants us to be." One of the very first things we teach as
missionaries is, "the gospel blessed families" & that is my favorite
thing to share with people because I've seen how much the gospel has
blessed my family & that's why I decided to come on a mission to help
others have those same blessings. I have such a strong testimony that
our families can be together forever because of our loving Savior
Jesus Christ.

My new companions name is Sister Lillie! She's from Canada & has been
out for about 8 months. She was trained by Sis Hickman. So I'm excited
to work with for at least these next 3 weeks of the transfer. She's my
13th companion. Hahaha seriously the Lord knows I need to learn a lot
from a lot of different companions I guess!

Also, huge happy 16th birthday shout out to McKay!!!! Don't follow
taylors example of how to drive;) hehe love you.

I hope you all have a wonderful week & give your families big hugs &
realize how blessed you are to have a family! CTR!

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

Weekly Email - June 6th - Summer!!

Hey everybody!

Summer is here & it's so hot up here in California! But I'm super
blessed not to be on full time bike right now sooo I can't even

This week has been real good! We were able to have some incredible
lessons. We met with a part member family this week-the Linns. I guess
they're always super busy & missionaries have been trying to meet with
them for a while & we finally caught them. We sat down & talked to
them about how God is our loving Heavenly Father & the spirit was so
strong in their home. We asked the dad (the member) why he hadn't been
to church in ages because his whole extended family is still real
active & he just said he hasn't been in so long that he's scared to go
back. That is a huge thing I've learned on my mission-so many less
actives are honestly just scared to go back to church! It's our
responsibility as members to reach out to these people. I also have
the biggest testimony of the importance of visiting & home teaching.
Even if the people who you are assigned to visit/home teach don't want
you going you should still go!!! Or reach out to them somehow. & not
to just check it off your list, but because you love your Heavenly
Father & His children.

Our investigator Jana made it to church for the first time this week!!
Ah we were so happy:) she was so nervous, but she loved it! She's on
date to be baptized in August, which sounds like forever away but hey
I'm not complaining :)

Things are going well here! I hope you're all doing well & are making
good choices!

Also shout out to Bonnie for getting married!!

Love you all!

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

May 30th - Weekly Email - Mountain Man

Hi everyone!

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Seriously I'm so proud of you:) all those years
of countless baseball tournaments finally payed off ha!

Anyway this week has been really good! So I'm serving a little town
called "Rescue" it is SO RURUAL. Basically everyone lives on 5+ acres
of land. The people here are straight up mountain men. You know how
you hear of those mountain people with beards & never wear shirts &
play the banjo on their porch in a rocking chair out in the middle of
no where while drinking beer? Yeah that's exactly how it is here!!
They all have horses & pigs & goats haha it's crazy. We drive a cute
little jeep up here & everything is just so spread out. But I
absolutely love it!! It's gorgeous & people are so kind.

We have some super sweet investigators who are all doing awesome! We
had kinda a rough week because basically all of our investigators were
outta town for memorial weekend, but they all come home this week

My companion, Sis Morales, is one of the sweetest people! We get along
really well & im just so grateful to be here. She doesn't have a bad
bone in her body. I love her!

This week I've been thinking a ton about how amazing it is that we
have the opportunity to bear testimony of Christ everyday. Today I
read 2 Nephi 25:26 "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we
preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our
prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look
for a remission of their sins."  & how grateful I am to testify of my
savior Jesus Christ! Also so glad that I live in America. I've been
thinking about that all day since its Memorial Day & I'm so grateful
for the people who have laid down their lives on our behalf that we
have religious freedoms & that I'm able to be out here sharing the
Gospel with people. I hope you all know how blessed we are to be
living in this beautiful country! I love America. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful week & remember to be an
example of Jesus Christ in all that you do.

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

Sorry no pics

Weekly Email May 24th - El Dorado!!!

Hi Everyone!!!!

TO HOUSTON TX! Seriously so excited for you. Also congrats on
graduating highschool ;)

Soo I got transferred to the El Dorado Zone! Okay so I've wanted to
serve here my whole mission & I get to finish here! I'm so happy :)

Basically El Dorado is out in the middle of no where in the mountains!
We live on a horse ranch haha! It is so beautiful here! & we get to
drive a jeep. My new companion is Sister Morales! She's from Georgia.
She's been a member for less than 2 years & she's super sweet.

Okay I was a little bit sad to be leaving my LC5 Ward. We had the most
incredible lesson with Jose my last night there. I was able to bear my
testimony to him & it was just an incredible experience. He has been
one of coolest people to teach & I know he will get baptized!

I was so sad to be leaving the sisters in my apartment :( we got super close.

Anyway things are goin good! I really don't have a lot of time to
email today so sorry this is short & lame!! Keep reading your
scriptures & CTR!

Love Sister Sobotka.

May 16th - Weekly E-Mail

Oh hey everyone!

Okay this week has been so good!!

I've received the best news ever this week! That 3 of the people I've
taught in my past areas are all getting baptized this month!!! I'm
literally so excited. So the first one I heard about was Susan! She's
the lady I taught in Rancho Cordova a few months ago with Sister
Hickman:) she's on date to be baptized on the 21st.

Then later this week I heard he most amazing news that Jack, this
little boy from my first area in Carmichael is getting baptized on May
28th! His mom is named Diana & she was a less active member when I
first met her in Carmichael. Sister Lavea & I worked really hard on
getting her family back to church & when I left Carmichael they were
active! Now her 10 year old son Jack is getting baptized!! I remember
a year ago when we gave him his first copy of The Book of Mormon:) ah
I'm just so happy for him.

Then on Friday I found out that a guy I street contacted a few months
ago is getting baptized in the YSA Ward! He told the YSA missionaries
that "sister Sobotka was so happy when she contacted me that I wanted
that same happiness" I was seriously so happy when I heard this news!!
It built my testimony of the importance of talking with everyone & the
importance of being happy!

Also I got 3 flat tires on my bike this week haaaaa!

But life is good. I love being here. Everyone have a great week & read
your scriptures!

1. I lost a bet & had to wear this dress to district meeting hahaha
2. Sister Koyle finished her 12 week training
3. The sisters
4. Flat tire number 3