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Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas on Temple Square 2014

Mostafa is SO great!! Two days ago, he took the initiative to ride the bus to church just 
to take a look at it. He walked in, and no one was there. He found a Gospel Principles 
book and read it for 2 hours in the church building. For my DC North friends, this was 
at the Chevy Chase Chapel. Well we called him last night on Christmas, and we 
started teaching the Plan of Salvation. We asked him what he knew about the 
Pre-Earth life, and he told us all about it from what he had learned in the Gospel 
Principles book! Incredible!! He is loving the Book of Mormon as well. He is starting
his conversion process. He told us he knew it was a sin that he hadn't been to 
church the past 3 weeks, and he wants to repent and go this Sunday.

So Temple Square is a blessing for many reasons. But one reason is that sisters are 
in such a close proximity from one another. I taught an English class for 4 international 
sisters the other day, and it was so fun! We are going to have a combined language 
study from now on.

We had a white Christmas! Pictures attached!

So we saw this guy was walking his leashed cat around Temple Square 
showing him the Christmas lights. Get this: He was living across the street 
from Adam-Ondi-Ahman at the time, and one stormy night he was bringing 
groceries into his house when this stray cat ran in! He has kept him ever 

A few nights ago, we walked by this guy that had a big art folder. For those of 
you who know me, you know I love art. We asked why he was here, and he told 
us to serve others! Don gave us 2 of his drawings of Joseph Smith and also of 
the Christus Statue. We are going to call his wife in a few weeks and teach her 
more about her divine nature. She has been in and out of the hospital for weeks, 
and her self-esteem is quite low because of her poor health and the way she 
looks because of her health.

We had a Christmas Devotional yesterday, and my favorite part was the recitation 
of the Living Christ at the end. Our mission president recited the first 2 paragraphs 
at the start, but then random sister missionaries in the audience would stand up 
one-by-one and each recite a paragraph. The Spirit in the room was tangible. If 
you haven't read the Living Christ document, here is a link to read it:

We met a family that came to Salt Lake for Christmas to give service to a hospital 
instead of celebrating with presents. How beautiful!

I was able to call home! So fun that the family is almost all together again.
For Christmas, we were also able to attend Music and the Spoken Word this 
past Sunday! It was just beautiful listening to the Choir sing the traditional 
Christmas Hymns.

We met this bagpipe guy that plays LDS hymns right outside Temple Square. He is 
so cool! He is a member. He learned a few years ago that he has Scottish ancestry 
and decided to learn to play the pipes 5 years ago.

I want to end my weekly email with a few quotes that really touched me this week:

~"When we deny our ability to change, we are denying the atonement."
~"Learning is taking a step closer to Jesus Christ." (Repentance=A Change of 
thoughts, habits, and actions)
~"We are endowed to be healers."

Love you all! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Notes from December 19, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Notes from December 12th

Transfers happened just a few days ago, and my fate is.... everything is exactly the same! I am still training Sister Chiu (as expected) and we live in the same apartment and are still on the Square for our assignment. This is my last transfer! Woah has time flown by. Yet, SO much has happened. I am very grateful for all the experiences I have been able to have thus far.

Sister Steenhoek and 10 other Sister Missionaries from around the world start tours from the Conference Center
I announced last Sunday! For those of you who aren't familiar with announcing, it is where 12 sisters who speak various languages will tell a large crowd of people that they can take a tour from us in their native language. Pictures attached!

Two of our investigators have baptismal dates! Mostafa and Patricia. We are super excited. Patricia makes us particularly excited because we actually met her on chat last week. She had mentioned that she is an older woman who doesn't have family left and is lonely. She wanted senior couple missionaries to visit her and pray with her. We ended up teaching her and sending missionaries over, and we called and she is already being integrated into her local congregation in Pennsylvania. The church is true!! (:

We are just SO lucky. Sister Chiu and I met President Eyring!! So how it happened. On transfer day, the sisters sign up for different assignments and create their own schedules for that day. It actually works out well. Well we signed up for a certain desk assignment at 3pm. When we arrive there, we find out that the building is closed and security is standing by the doors. They inform us that a member of the first presidency of the Church will be meeting with our mission president to talk about something in the visitor's center. We were able to shake his hand when he passed by us and asked us where we are from. It was the coolest experience! 

The Christmas Devotional was so good! If you haven't watched it, I highly suggest doing so. Even though the talks had the usual theme of the birth of our savior, they all were so unique and made me think quite a bit.
We met a man named Brandon who is preparing to serve a mission. When thinking of mission advice to give him, I was going to share my usual, "Read the Book of Mormon," or "Study good scripture references that you could refer to during lessons," but instead I said something that I'd never said before. I told him to think about the experiences he is having or has had so that he can share them with people on his mission. I told him that people he will teach are not hoping that missionaries are perfect, but they are actually hoping that missionaries are similar to them: not perfect! He ended up sharing an experience he recently had where he had applied the redeeming power of the atonement. I love that Heavenly Father allows us to use the gift of the Holy Ghost to discern others' needs. 

"Shun Don Qui Luh!!" I tell Chinese people that when I see them. It means Merry Christmas! I also know how to say, "My name is Sister Steenhoek" and "I am from Texas." (:
We had pizza day!!! Our entire mission was able to get pizza because we had the highest number of baptisms that the mission has ever seen in this past transfer! Woah! 159 souls had entered into the waters of baptism by learning from a sister on Temple Square. Very cool.

Well, love you all! Send me an email, I'd love to hear from you!(:

Sister Steenhoek

Sister Atchu from India, Angelique & Sister Chiu

Sing and Smile - Notes From 5 December, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Notes from Friday, 29 November, 2014 - Lights, Camera and Lots of Action

Thanksgiving was a BLAST yesterday! We went over to the Stake President's house of a stake up in 
Bountiful. The stake president and his wife picked four of us up at Temple Square and took us to 
their lovely home. It is always so nice to be in a home. But before they came, we talked with one of 
our favorite homeless guys, Jack and his teenage son Joey. We actually set up an appointment to 
teach them on Temple Square tomorrow! Jack is in a wheelchair, and he has been reading 2 
chapters in the Book of Mormon since we gave it to him a few weeks ago. 
Well we of course had turkey and pumpkin pie during our Thanksgiving meal. We also watched 
Ephraim's Rescue. I had seen it once before on my mission, but I think I liked it a lot more this 
time! When they were driving us back to Temple Square, they drove us past the Bountiful Temple!! 
It is so beautiful. To make it even better, all of the houses surrounding the temple had big posters 
with scriptures telling the story of Jesus' life. I guess you'll all have to see it one year around 
Christmas time!
We got new pots and pans in every single missionary apartment on Temple Square! Let me just 
say, pots and pans make ALL the difference in cooking.
Sister Chiu and I also watched Mr. Kreuger's Christmas AND Meet the Mormons this week as well! Mr.KC=awesome.
We called up a guy named Mostafa that I met about 6 weeks ago. I had originally set up an 
appointment when I met him, but I didn't call him because I felt that I shouldn't. Well I called and 
taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He asked where he could go to church. When we explained 
that we'd be happy to look up the closest church building to him, he said, "But I actually just 
booked a plane flight to Salt Lake right before you called. Where could I go to church in Salt Lake?" 
What?? Oh my goodness!! He is coming out here to visit his son. He is going to come to our church 
on Sunday and bring his son as well! What he said was, "I don't believe this is a coincidence," and 
I don't think so either. Heavenly Father knows what the right timing is for each of his children.
I am giving my farewell talk on Sunday! Wish me luck!
We went to Scott's baptism this past Saturday!!! Scott was so ready to be baptized. It is neat to be 
a part of one's conversion. I know that Sister Stigsson and I were only agents in the Lord's hands, 
but it is still a pleasure to be such!
Sister Steenhoek
PS the church just came out with a "He is the Gift" campaign, so if you are reading this, go to and watch the 5-minute video. Then share it with all of your friends on 
social media. We want all to be aware of the love their Savior has for them! It is being highly 
advertised here on Temple Square as well(:

"This is not a gratitude of the lips, but of the soul." ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Notes from 21 November, 2014

Rosalee is a wonderful lady that was on a layover. She is a stewardess for an airline, and had had 
many previous layovers in SLC, but never stopped to see Temple Square. It was one of the best 
encounters with contacting someone. She didn't refer, but she asked many questions and truly 
got to know our religion. She is definitely searching.
We met a woman from Eritrea on chat! If you didn't know where that is located, I didn't know 
either until I checked out a map. It is located by Ethiopia in Africa.
We were privileged to view Savior of the World last night, a musical production that is all voluntary 
that is put on by the church to encourage everyone to gain a stronger testimony in Jesus Christ. 

We went to the Relief Society building for more explorer days this past week. Did know we had a Relief Society Building did you!?!? Well we do. I found out while I was on my mission, so no worries! But I truly recommend checking it out. It talks about the importance of women's roles in the church and goes into detail about the Primary, Young Women's, and Relief Society. Attached to the email, I've sent a picture with me next to a back-in-the-day Beehive uniform that the young women would wear!

We had a district dinner this past week, and we have a sister missionary from Pakistan in our district. I tried this Pakistani drink that she had made from her country!

We met Zach on chat. Zach is a 15-year old who is currently meeting with local missionaries. He wanted to express to someone his excitement to be baptized, but for some reason was too nervous to talk with his Elders about baptism. He had been meeting with them for a few lessons, and they asked him if he wanted to be baptized. He was pretty confused when they asked him that because he thought that when he agreed to meet with the missionaries, he already agreed to be baptized! He was like, "Well ya, that's what I'm here for." Hahah super cool kid. We will be calling him in a few days to continue helping him along. 

It is pretty entertaining watching people guess foreigners flags, but it is even funnier when it is Asians that get Asian flags pretty wrong. There was a group of Koreans  that thought sister Chiu was from Thailand! I was tryign sooo hard to be serious. 

I met this HILARIOUS drunk guy named Kent, and him and I talked for about an hour one evening while I had a desk assignment. He was telling me that his sister is now working for the FBI, and he said, "She is tall and blonde. Hey. She looks like you. You could be in the FBI!" He showed me the background picture on his flip phone, and it was of turtles that get stuck in plastic from tin cans and such. He was quite passionate about the sea turtles. He told me, "I will beat anyone us that has a bad recycle bin!" He said he was just kidding afterwards but uh.. just to make sure, I need to repent and be a better recycler!

Right after that hilarious conversation, a dad and his little boy walk in the visitor's center. The little boy looks at me and says, "Mommy!!" Me:"Ohhhh no!" We walked out pretty quickly before the little boy got any other ideas haha.

During our companion study one morning, Sister Chiu and I looked at 3 Nephi 27. There was something cool that I noticed about verse 21, and then verse 13. In v. 21, Jesus Christ invites us to do what he does as his Gospel. But in v. 13, he says that his Gospel is to do the will of the Father. So what he is saying is the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to follow Jesus Christ and do the will of the Father. The scriptures are the coolest!
"21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;
13 Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me."

Love you all!

<3 Sister Steenhoek

PS. I'd love to hear from each one of you! You're welcome to send me an email:

My mailing address is:
50 NW Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Friday, November 14, 2014

Konichiwa - Notes from 14 November 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Notes from November 7, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Notes from 31 October, 2014

So I am training again for my last 2 transfers of my mission! I will attach a picture below, but my companion's name is Sister Chiu (cho) from Taiwan. She is so sweet, and I can tell that we are going to have a great transfer together! Today is our p-day, and we have something so awesome planned for Halloween! The Square is closing at 5pm, and we are going to eat dinner at the Church Office Building and then do a session at the temple as a mission. How unique and special!! 

Well this week, we met a man named Andrew on chat. He was looking for more in life when his friend told him a little bit about the LDS church. He got a copy of the standard works of the church (all of the scriptures we read) and he found that alot of his questions were being answered! He came onto chat and asked about the evidence of Heavenly Father having a physical body. We ended up setting up a return appointment for the next day, and we committed him to be baptized! He has definitely been prepared.

Dee is getting baptized this Sunday evening!! Sister Taggart and I taught Dee while we were outbound. She has had many missionaries teach her, so she will have a huge crowd at her baptism!! Something pretty special is that Sister Chiu an I will be able to skype in for her baptism and celebrate with her! I am sooo excited for her.
Paula, the older woman we taught outbound, kept telling me that I wear the same jewelry. So I was sent jewelry that she bought for me to mix up my jewelry selections haha.

Well, my trainer went home this past transfer and is done with her mission, and 2 of my past companions went outbound! By the time those 2 come back to Temple Square, I will be going home. Man does time fly!
I have learned so much about the enabling power of the atonement. With Heavenly Father, we can do all the things that he has in store for us. How marvelous is that to think about? We usually set our own plans and don't always accomplish them. But with the Lord's help and with using his help to set plans for our lives, they will always be possible and will always lead us to greater growth. (1 Nephi 3:7)

Sister Steenhoek

PS. Tell me about the missionary work you have been doing lately! Make sure to pray for opportunities, and the Lord will put them into your path.

Picture: My companion and I in the teaching center taking chats.