President and Sister Blatter

Hey Everyone!
It has been a crazy week! We had to say goodbye to President and Sister Weaver and we got our new President! President Blatter and his wife arrived in Washington on Thursday. I miss the Weavers but I know that President Blatter will do a great job. Wednesday was one of the saddest days on my mission so far. We had to say goodbye to the Weavers. We had mini zone conferences and at the end we all gave President and Sister Weaver a hug and had to say goodbye. I love and miss them so much. They have done so much for me and I can’t wait to see them again in a few months. So glad they live in Utah 🙂 We meet the new Pres. tomorrow!
This week was pretty exciting! Kari is now on date to be baptized July 19th! That will be right after she gets home from girls camp 🙂 Her little sister wants to be baptized with her that day so hopefully it will happen! They are in Arizona so we didn’t get to meet with them this week.
Dee, our neighbor, came to church with us again this week. We also had a pretty great lesson on the Restoration with her. She takes really good care of us 🙂 I don’t think there has been a single day this week that she hasn’t fed us something. She is so sweet 🙂
This week I also went on an exchange with a sister (Sister Bayles) that I served with a year ago. We were in the same zone and became pretty good friends. So we spent the day working and talking about the good ol days in Tacoma and how much we have changed since then 🙂 I feel like I have changed a lot in the past year. However, I feel like I still have SO far to go! Glad I still have a couple more transfers!
I’ve been thinking about change a lot lately. On my mission I have really started to appreciate and embrace change in my life. It isn’t always easy but that is one of the few things in life that is constant! So get used to it! Ha well, I hope you all have a great week! Thanks so much for everything!

Sister Hailey Gehring

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Goodbye Pres. and Sister Weaver

Hey Everyone!
This week was packed with miracles. First off, while we were teaching our 16 year old investigator (Kari) her little sister who is 9 told us that she really wants to be baptized too! She has so many great questions and actually reminds me so much of my little sister! 🙂 So Kari and her little sister Sophia will be getting baptized by their reactivated grandpa next month! Their non member mom also sat in on the lesson and seemed very interested. She is also very supportive of them getting baptized! The day after that lesson Kari came out with us all day to see what missionary work is like (oh yeah, she also wants to serve a mission) Ha so we showed her what our days normally consist of. We had a blast with her- all she wanted to do all day was knock doors! She will be an awesome missionary someday. She was practically running between doors! We actually found a lot of great potential investigators that day! That night we also were able to watch a boy in our ward open his mission call! So that was really neat to see. It made me think about my brother (Josh) who should be getting his call in the next couple weeks. I was trying to picture what his mission call opening would be like and even though I’m sad I can’t be there I’m so proud of my brother for deciding to go 🙂 I know that it will be the best two years of his life 🙂
Yesterday was great too. We had 5 investigators at church (including Kari, Sophia, and their mom). We have recently started teaching our next door neighbor Dee. She came to church yesterday and absolutely loved it. We have a great ward and she felt like she “fit in perfectly!” haha so that was a blessing! After church we had our last mission fireside with the Weavers. Dee came to that too 🙂 It was so incredible and the spirit was so strong- as usual. There is so much power in music and I love singing with about 100 other missionaries. I’m going to miss doing those firesides and even more than that I’m going to miss the Weavers. They leave this week and the new mission president and his wife will get here. I’m pretty nervous and sad to see the Weavers go but I’m excited to get to know the new president and wife! Last night we had our last conference call with the Weavers (all the missionaries call in and we have a FHE type thing every Sunday) All of us missionaries worked suuuuper hard this week and as a surprise to the Weavers we got 696 lessons with members for the week! Ha when we told President you would think he had won a million dollars on a game show 🙂 haha it was pretty funny. But he truly sees the importance of members helping with missionary work. There are so many blessings to having members with us when we are teaching our investigators. It is a blessing to us, the members, and the investigators! So this week I challenge all of you to give an extra effort to do some sort of member- missionary work! I know blessings will come!
I am so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve in the WaTac. I have made so many friends and have been so blessed to see so many miracles every single day on my mission. I hope you all have a great week and let me know about your missionary experiences at home 🙂 Love you all!

Sister Hailey Gehring

Grandma Oliverson

Hey Everyone!
This has been a crazy week! So Tuesday I left Port Angeles and now I’m in Lacey! It is much different from Port Angeles! I’m back in the middle of the city. Something that I’m adjusting to! I also had to say goodbye to Sister Horgesheimer. We had a blast- I know that she will do well with the area though 🙂 Now I’m with Sister Palmer. She has been out for almost 9 months and she is from Sandy, Utah. President Weaver calls her his favorite 14 year old. Ha which describes her perfectly. She is very sweet and has a little high pitched voice and kinda just prances around life! I already love her 🙂 She struggles with remembering names so we have started from ground zero learning who people are in the area.
We have a 16 year old girl named Kari who found the sisters last week and told them that she wants to be baptized. So we will start teaching her the lessons this week and help her prepare for that! We are really excited for her. Other than that, we don’t have any investigators! We did find a couple good potentials with all our knocking this week but nobody too solid yet.
Yesterday was crazy. First off, Happy Fathers day to my dad 🙂 I am so grateful to have such a great example and wonderful father 🙂 He does so much for me and I am completely convinced that I have the best dad in the whole world 🙂 It was interesting being with Sister Palmer yesterday because her dad died about 4 years ago. I was able to see however, how she has healed from that through the Atonement. I also feel so much more grateful to have my dad in my life 🙂 After we got home from church we got a call from President and Sister Weaver asking if we could meet them back at the church. When I got there they let me know that my Great Grandma Oliverson had passed away. I wasn’t really expecting that news at all but I was so grateful that they were able to come and tell me. I was really able to see how strong my testimony of the Plan of Salvation had grown. I know without a doubt that my Grandma has simply passed on to the next phase of the plan. She is back with my Great Grandpa O who had passed a few months ago. I love her so much and am so grateful for the opportunity I had to get so close to her in this life. She was the first one to hold me when I was born and we have always had a special connection 🙂 I love her so much and can already feel how aware of me she is. I was able to get a blessing from President Weaver as well and I am so grateful for all that I was able to learn from that and for the comfort that I was able to receive. Love you Grandma O!
After that we went out to knock doors. I was able to bear my testimony of the Plan of Salvation to lots of people and really gain strength and even more excitement for missionary work. Then we saw a part member family and I was able to talk to them about the plan of salvation as well. And the wife wants to be baptized!
Anyways, It has been a crazy but good week overall. I love you all so much and am so grateful for you in my life. I know that this gospel is true and I know that I will see my Grandma O again. I am so grateful for our Heavenly Fathers perfect plan 🙂 Have a good week everyone!

Sister Hailey Gehring

Goodbye Port Angeles – Hello Lacey!!

Hey everyone!
So we got our transfer calls! Horgesheimer is staying in Port Angeles and getting Sister Olson and I’m going to Lacey 3rd and my new companion will be Sister Palmer. I’m excited for a change but I’m REALLY sad to be leaving Port Angeles and Sister Horgesheimer… I’ve had so much fun these past few months! Port Angeles is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I’m really going to miss this place but I’ll be back! 🙂
 
It is crazy thinking back on this week. We were SO busy so it flew by! When we didn’t know what our transfers calls were going to be we got the area ready as if we were getting doubled out (both getting transfered out of the area). We got a new ward list and went through the whole thing, writing notes, and seeing what potential there was for some part member families that could be taught. We found sooooo many! One was a surprise though! There is a lady in the ward who has recently been coming back to church. She just got called to be a ward missionary so we have been teaching her the lessons so that she can learn them and help us when we teach investigators. Her daughter has been sitting in on these lessons as well and while we were going through the ward list we realized that her daughter hasn’t been baptized! So that will probably happen soon hopefully! On Wednesday we got to go to Forks again for district meeting. No, I didn’t see any vampires 🙂 Friday night we got a call from our bishop letting us know that one of our eternal investigators promised him that she would pray specifically about the things we were teaching her (which is a big deal!) So there is sooo much potential here in Port Angeles. I’m going to miss it but I know that Sister Horgesheimer will take good care of it. She really is one of the best missionaries I’ve served with. I feel so blessed to have had this time to serve and learn with her. We have had so much fun and we have made so memories and eternal friends here 🙂 She will always be one of my dearest friends! 
 
This transfer I’ve learned soooo much about the Atonement and charity. Horge and I have been talking about those two subjects a lot! Especially the past couple days. We are both striving to gain the virtue of Charity. I know that as we develop charity we will more fully understand and become like the Savior. Jesus Christ is charity. He has unconditional love for all of us. There was a comment made in Gospel Essentials class yesterday that really struck me. Someone in the class said that as Christ was being nailed to the cross he was more concerned about what the men were doing to their souls than the physical pain that they were causing him. They were turning themselves from him and that was truly more painful to him than any physical pain that they could inflict. I know that it is only through Christs Atonement that we can be saved. I love my Savior so much and am so grateful for what he has done for me.
 
 
Sister Hailey Gehring 

Zone Conference

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This week was pretty slow, we didn’t have many lessons but we did have a great Zone Conference on Tuesday! Zone Conference is just so great, I always learn so much! Before we went, I had been reading in Mosiah for my personal study and in Chapter 2 it says:
I say unto you, my bretheren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another- I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another- I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
When I read that I honestly felt a little discouraged. I’ve been trying to show more gratitude towards my Heavenly Father for all that He has given me but there is absolutely no way that any of us can even begin to pay Him back for all our blessings. But then I read the first sentence in the next verse:
And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments…
This is just a testimony to me of how much our Heavenly Father loves us. All he asks is to keep his commandments! And I know that He wants us to keep these commandments just so that he can bless us even more. It sounds so simple when we put it that way but really, it isn’t always easy!
At Zone Conference later that day we were talking about the scripture in 3 Nephi 12:48:
Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
Ha so that’s a pretty big commandment. As we discussed this scripture, I learned that honestly none of us can be perfect at everything right now. We are all going to make mistakes every day so how can we ever be perfect? We can’t be perfect at everything right now… but we can be perfect in some things and work on our imperfections! Tithing- we CAN be perfect at keeping that commandment. And church attendance. We can perfectly keep that commandment right now! Some can be more difficult- like keeping a prayer in our hearts and focusing our minds on the Savior at all times, and gratitude. Those are some that I’ll probably always be working on! So I really learned this week that this life is a time for us to prepare! We should constantly be trying to improve ourselves and come closer to our Savior. But we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves! Heavenly Father doesn’t expect us to be perfect right this second, He just expects us to be practicing and striving to get as close to that goal as we can every day. If we are just a little better today than we were yesterday, I know our Father in Heaven is happy.
I am so grateful for the perfect example that Jesus Christ has set for us. I know that it is only through Him that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again someday. I know that if we turn our will to the Father that He truly can make us better than we could ever make ourselves. He is begging us to turn to Him and to rely on the Atonement to cleanse us and heal us and make us new.

Love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Hailey Gehring

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Hey Everyone!
Horgesheimer and I had a great week! Ha actually it was a pretty normal week for us- but we just had a lot of fun 🙂 On Monday we went up to Hurricane Ridge for a little adventure, it was absolutely breathtaking! You can’t possibly believe that everything in this world just happened by chance after seeing how incredible it is up there! I was really able to feel how much Heavenly Father loves me this week simply by looking around and seeing how beautiful it is here. I think I’m pretty spoiled being lucky enough to serve in Port Angeles. I also felt very small standing on the top of this mountain! Huge trees and mountains- makes ya feel like an ant. The scripture that kept coming to my mind was in Mosiah 4-
vs 2″And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth”… vs 5 “For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your nothingness, and your worthless and fallen state-” vs 6 “I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men, and also, the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body…” vs 9 “Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.”
I know that even though we are “less than the dust of the earth”, we truly are everything to our Heavenly Father. And what He wants more than anything is for us to turn to Him and trust Him so that He can guide us on a path that will allow us to be with Him again.
This week God has been showing Horge and I that we don’t have control over very much, but that if we trust Him, things will work out. On Wednesday the Elders told us that they were having a baptism Saturday night and that it was going to be a really neat experience so we should really try to find an investigator to go to the baptism. We did absolutely everything we could and by Saturday afternoon we had 2 investigators who were planning on coming. By the time of the baptism, neither of them were coming. We were so sad! We went to the baptism by ourselves and it turned out that there were 2 non members there! We talked to both of them and one of them was very open-minded and we will hopefully be teaching him soon! The other was hesitant about learning more but she was tearing up during the service and we know that she felt the spirit. It is by grace that we are saved after all we can do! The Savior makes up for the rest once we have done all we can. Ha and Heavenly Father really made sure we knew He wanted us to learn that lesson this weekend because basically the exact same thing happened at church yesterday!
One last miracle. Last night we were late getting to knocking for our 5 to 7s because we were at a dinner appointment… So we decided to knock late to make up for it. It was a pretty rough street and nobody wanted to talk to us but we were having a good time anyways. 🙂 Finally we found one guy who took our number and said he would talk to his wife and let us know when we could come back. (ha they usually don’t call us back) But after we walked away from his door we were jotting down his house number and name so we could stop back by in a week or so if we didn’t hear back- he opened his door and yelled at us to come back. Ha so we did and he invited us in. We talked to him and his wife for about an hour. They had so many questions! Ha and they said that they have never talked to missionaries- he always just ignore us when we knock. But for some reason he even let us in! He said he doesn’t know why- I think that its because the Spirit told him that he needs to listen to us. 🙂 They invited us over for dinner this Friday! So we are pretty excited about that. It was a great way to end our week 🙂

Sister Hailey Gehring

Amazing Grace

Hey everyone!
Week one of another transfer here in Port Angeles! Transfer meeting was great- as usual. Unfortunately, that was the last transfer meeting where all the missionaries in the mission were able to come. Now only missionaries who are being transferred will be allowed to go. It was really sad to sing Amazing Grace(My Chains Are Gone) -our mission theme song- for probably the last time as an entire mission 😦 That is something that is very special about the WaTac. We are all really close and have a lot of friends in the mission because we have had lots of opportunities to be together as a mission. Also, Amazing Grace(My Chains Are Gone) will always have a very special place in my heart.
Sister Horgesheimer and I had a lot of appointments set up for this week and we were super excited to start the transfer off with a bunch of great lessons- unfortunately every single lesson fell through. Haha but this is missionary work. Luckily I have a super great companion and we were able to still have a great week and have a lot of fun.
A couple days ago we were knocking doors and we stopped for a second to write down some info in our planners. While we were writing, a girl (in her 20s) was walking super fast past us on the sidewalk. We tried to talk to her and she told us to walk with her. She teaches dance classes and she was headed over to the dance studio. So we walked with her and talked to her about what we do as missionaries and told her about the Book of Mormon. She was way excited about it and told us about how God just keeps teaching her things and how much she loves learning more and more about God and what He wants for her. She is incredible! Hopefully we will be able to teach her soon 🙂 She is so sweet! Her name is Joy.
Well, that’s about all for this week! Have a good one!

Sister Hailey Gehring

Miracle Week

Hey everyone!
Soooo…. Good news! I’m staying in Port Angeles with Sister Horgesheimer for another transfer 🙂 We are way excited! Especially because we had a pretty good week with finding this past week.
Thursday was great. We had a lesson with one of our most progressing investigators- Shawnda. Her son has down syndrome so she was really interested to hear about our beliefs about the Plan of Salvation. Her son is having surgery on May 5th so we are praying that everything works out. After that lesson we knocked doors and got 3 new investigators and had 5 lessons! It was a miracle day! Our schedule is very full for this next week 🙂 We are going to start this next transfer off running! So lots of prayers that we will be able to teach more this transfer!
Our other investigator, Erin, is what we call an eternal investigator. She has been investigating the church for over 3 years now. She is a very funny lady- super sarcastic. Anyways, we made some progress with her this week. She has felt very pressured by previous missionaries to get baptized. So we sat down with her and told her that our purpose as missionaries is to bring her closer to Jesus Christ. As she gains a testimony she will have a desire to be baptized and that will all be in her own time. So now that she isn’t feeling so pressured she has been reading the Book of Mormon with us and praying for an answer!
Yesterday at church we had tons of less active members there. We have been going to visit these people and inviting them to church and it was so much fun to see them there! Church is so important! We need to take that time to focus on what is most important in our lives and renew our covenants every week!
It was a great week! Thanks for all the birthday wishes- I am so blessed to have the best family and friends 🙂 Love you!

Sister Hailey Gehring

Easter and Temple Trip

Hello Everyone!
What a wonderful week! I love Easter 🙂 We had a lot of fun talking to people about Christs life this week. We have been trying to share the video Because of Him on Mormon.org all week and we have had some success with it! If you haven’t seen it, please go watch it. The message is so powerful. I’ve really been able to see how much hope comes from knowing that this life is not the end and that we have a Savior who has prepared a way for us to live again. Here are the words to the video. They are so powerful:

It was Unthinkable, Impossible, Unfathomable, Unprecedented.
A single act that changed history.
Possibility. Destiny.
He was a carpenter, a teacher, an outcast, a leader.
Yet he did what no carpenter, teacher, outcast, leader had ever done.
Like all who preceded Him, He lived and He died.
But unlike all who preceded Him, He rose from the dead.
He lived again. He lives.
And because He lives- you, you, and you and she and he and they and we and all will live again.
Because of Him death has no sting, the grave no victory.
We can start again and again and again.
Because of Him guilt becomes peace, regret becomes relief, despair becomes hope.
Because of Him we have second chances, clean slates, new beginnings.
There is no such thing as the end.
Because of Him.

Also, we had the opportunity this week to go to the Seattle Temple. One of the highlights of my mission 🙂 It was such a special experience to be with my mission family all in white. One thing that I love about the temple is that we get just a tiny sample of what the afterlife will be like. The peace and joy that I’m able to feel there makes me never want to leave! It took us about 4 hours to get to the temple from Port Angeles- It made me realize how lucky I am to have a temple SO close to me back at home! I’m planning on going a lot more often. I had many questions answered and gained even more questions from our trip to the temple.

It was a great week! I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to help bring others closer to their Savior. This truly is the most important message in the world 🙂 Love you all!

Sister Hailey Gehring

Conference April 2014

Hey Everyone!
Wow! What an incredible weekend! I hope everyone was able to watch general conference, it was so amazing 🙂 I really enjoyed watching it but I can’t wait to go back and read them again- my random scribbled down notes aren’t nearly as clear as what was really said so hopefully the talks will be out soon!
My favorite talk was President Utchdorfs on Sunday morning. He talked about how all of us are going to experience hard times, but that the way to bring the peace, comfort and joy into your life is by being grateful! We are commanded to be grateful in all things! That includes our trials. We don’t always understand but we must trust! I think that when we more fully understand Gods plan for us, we are able to see that the reason why we have hard times is so that we can learn something. So trials really are blessings! Also, I think Utchdorf said something along the lines of, “How much of life do we miss while waiting for better when there is something to enjoy now!” That is one thing that I need to work on. I’m always sooooo excited for what is next! I realized that I find myself thinking- “I can’t wait till this weekend!” or “Just gotta make it through today, tomorrow will be better”… When I think like that I’m not enjoying right now! I need to be more grateful 🙂 We all do!
Jean A. Stevens also said something that goes along these lines. She said that if we trust in the Lord truly, we can handle anything! Also, the gospel is not weight- its wings! If I have learned anything on my mission it is that commandments are freedom!!
Well, I have to get going but I hope you all go listen to the conference talks. I love you all!

Sister Hailey Gehring