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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.