Sunday, December 6, 2015

Turkey Week Craze - 11/30/2015

Hey Mom and Dad,

This week has been great! To start the week both Sister Roberts and I got blister on our feet from walking everywhere since it was to chilly to ride the bike. Mine are not as bad as Sister Roberts which are infected. We were both doctored up by Dr. Amber Largey who I love to death. Every week, we help her grade her art students work. 
Thanksgiving was with the Jones which was so much fun and confusing. The reason for the confusion was that one of their family members is named Dallin which I would sometimes, if not on guard, answer. The only person that noticed was Sister Roberts which made her laughed. Lets just say that I am the clown in the companionship. Shocker!!! 
Then we contacted so many referrals but only one was interested in watching the new Christmas Video!!! I love the videos, Have you seen them? If not stop right now and watch them! David and Davida we were not able to see since David is and Davida out of town. We did however pick up a new investigator named Jessica, who loved the new Christmas video!  

Funny that you mention prayer. On Friday, we visited Mary Anderson and Mark again. We shared a lesson but she asked me to pray that her daughter, who has not talked to her for over a year, would have her heart soften towards Mary. I did as she asked. Yesterday we ran into to her and she hugged me and told me that after we left her daughter called her! It touched my heart and testified that God does hear and answer our prayers. We must only speak to Him with real intent and have faith that He will help, guide, and comfort us when needed. 
This week I did the challenge for the new sister which worked! I filled more love towards her. THANK YOU!  Your words of wisdom is so impactful in my life. 

I hope that Aysha and Paisley can make up for my excitement at Christmas but that is a tall order! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! And I wish You and the Family a Merry Christmas!
Sister Ogden

Soccer Tryouts (To Aysha) - 11/30/2015

Hey sorry that I was not able to reply to your email but time ran out! I LOVE YOU AND YOU ROCK!!! You will kill tryouts and no matter what happens you are my all star soccer player. Just pray and rely on the Lord because for me that was how I was able to overcome and give it all my best. Pray unto to Him and all your fears ans worries will evaporate because of the Atonement helps lift us off our knees to move forward.I wish I could have told you this before the first day of tryouts. Sorry that the soccer tournament cancelled on you in Dallas and I hope that you did not eat like a black bear you normally are for Thanksgiving!  Today we had Cross fit with our Mission President which was great but painful. Coach Chris always told us that when we sweat is the fat crying and dieing inside us. SWEAT ON!!!

Sister Ogden

The Awesome, Fantastic, and Miracle Week - 11/23/2015

Hey everyone

This week has been a roller coaster of amazing things. The first is that David and Davida accepted a soft baptism which was awesome since it was my first time to extend the invitation of baptism. When I asked David and Davida it came naturally which was an answer to my prayers. The second was that we had a blitz in our area which we got 7 new referrals to try since our referral list was running low. The third was that David and Davida came to church this Sunday! They loved it and want to come back next week. The last blessing was that we were biking a lady stopped us to say that she has seen us bike all day and wanted to give us a gift. The gift was a box of chocolate which was a perfect cherry to top this week. 

This week has been full of meeting new people which was fun. The first new person was because of transfers, Sister Roberts 2.0 (like Web 2.0). Then we were able to visit Mary Anderson and her friend Mark own a small farm full of chickens. They probably have 40 chickens which I was able to hold a 4 day old chicken named Cowboy! Then we found out this week we will be singing in the Christmas program. we had to go to the Johnson's who have the cutest cats who look like copper!
Sister Ogden

Dallas Letter 11/16/2015

I am sorry that things have been busy for you at work but it sounds like things are starting to clear up. I forgive you for not writing me! I love the pictures you sent especially with you and Aysha. I love the turkey hat😍. The puppies look like pepper and they are so cute and I know you will pick a good one. If you want to have a missionary mind just pray over the decision because I find myself praying in the morning for which skirt to wear. I know weird but some days I don't know what to wear. 
Speaking about prayers, I have been praying out loud in my dreams and even teaching lessons in my sleep. Between Sister Cozzen and I, We sleep talk all night. Its been fun for Sister Roberts and Sister Turner to listen to us talk. I think it might be the stress of the mission that makes me talk at night. The bad thing about me talking is that it makes my mouth guard fall out which makes the next morning rough to talk. Dad all this week we have been sharing a video that I absolutely love and makes me think of you. Thank you for all you have taught me and done for me. Yours and moms example is shown to me everyday when I go into other peoples homes and see how much you love me and raised me in a loving home with the Gospel. THANK YOU! 
I bless you with the gift to pick the right puppy because lets be honest you wished I was there to help you pick. And before you name it I must approve it🙋 
Love you
Sister Ogden
Subject: First Transfers

Hey everyone,
This week has been full of weird and memorable moments. The weird was that we have been listening to Christmas music (Josh Groban Noel CD) all week and we put our Christmas tree out. Its not even past Thanksgiving but it brighten our week so much. Sister Turner and I even made Dia de los muertos skeletons ornaments for the Christmas tree. The first memorable moment of this week was that we were able to see the new Christmas video that the church is showing beginning on Nov. 29! It is so good and gave me chills while watching it. I can't wait to share it with everyone once it comes out. 
Second was that it has been cold and raining here which has made the bike rides very interesting. Because it has been cold, the tops of Bear Mountain has had snow on it all week. 
Third was that both Sister Roberts and I felt a prompting to visit an older sister in the ward who we have to call Grandma. To find out when we got there was that she was having a rough week and prayed to Heavenly Father to see two sister with bikes and helmets. It was a testament builder to me that God knows all and is willing to answer our prays in many ways. 
The forth was teaching David and Davida. They both have very rough backgrounds but are looking for a new direction and teaching them the Gospel has been a spiritual change for them. They told us after we finished the Restoration that they love us coming here because we are different. I wanted to tell them that it was the spirit that they enjoy! Davida is so ready and definitly loves the Lord because every time we mention His life and the Atonement tears spring up. I can already see the influence of the Lords hands in their lives and I hope that one day they will see what I see. 
Fifth was transfers! The results of transfers was that Sister Roberts and I are staying in the same area and Sister Turner is going to be a trainer! Sister Cozzen is leaving to go up to Riverside which is sad but I am excited for her. After the transfer call I felt that I was given a early Christmas present to stay in this awesome area and ward.   
Sister Ogden

I am excited that you guys will pick out the puppy today and pray that you pick a good one!  Being out on the mission,  I have so many chances to pet dogs, which as you know is a true joy to me. If only I could have my dalmatian right now. Sister Roberts is so excited for the two Disney Mormon memes you sent me which made both of us laughed. Alma is quite long but I love it so much because the book of Alma shows me how best to be a missionary. The account of Ammon is my favorite! You should read Alma 53: 13- 22 which tells how we can become Stripling Warriors in our lives! I am working on courage. I wish you all the luck in God and always strive to follow the example of our Savior because He is always with us!

Sister Ogden

Dallas Mission Letters 11/15/2015

Below is a digest of Dallas' letters so far. 
Her email address is
Mailing Address (Mission Home will forward to her)
Sister Dallas Ogden
5900 Grand Ave Riverside CA 92504

Sept 28th
Howdy my family,
The MTC has been the most life changing experience of my life. The spirit is truly here and he keeps punching me in the face with new knowledge of the Gospel and building my testimony in new ways especially about our Savior and His love. The first day here feels like it was forever ago but its been great. As I said earlier I have been learning so much that there is to much to try to tell you in one email. I even think that later on my mission I may need to buy another one😜. My sister companion is amazing and I love her to death. Her name is Sister Pielstick and we are going to the same mission!!! Even in our residence (dorm) there is two other sisters named Sister Lineback and Sister Young that are going to the same mission as me. My district is awesome as well because the Elders are so funny and have taught me many things in our classes. My favorite is Elder McAteer because he is from Scotland and has the coolest accent ever!!! On the serious note he has taught me many things that I have never thought and He knows so much of the Gospel that it pushes me to learn more. On the second day of being here they had us teach our first lesson which was very scary. Sister Pielstick described me as the missionary who listens to the spirit to speak instead of speaking up front which is true. But being here I have felt that my tongue, that once was tied from shyness, is slowly coming undone. Maybe with more practice and being kicked into the field, I will be a better missionary. Today I was able to go to the Provo Temple and watch Elder Scott's funeral, so my P day was shortened a little. I am so excited to go on my mission. I know that's weird to say but it's true. I cannot
wait for Oct 6 to finally be in the field and serve the people of Riverside.

I miss all of you!!! I think of you before I sleep because that is the only time I can think of other things than those I teach and all  I have learned. I hope that everything you do will go awesome and will be a great experience for you to remember....Dad thanks for all the advice about obedience because that has been one of the main things that been a challenge. I need my gum!!!! But as you say exact obedience brings true blessing/ miracles which I and those I teach need. Mom I thought of you today at the temple. What you said about the living water of our Lord being represented by the temples fountain hit me today. I, as a servant of God, will bring that water to the Wheat's (investigators) that need help and strength from the Lord. I promise next week to send a picture to you guys but I hope this email proves that I am alive. 

I love you and miss you all!!!

Sister Ogden

Oct 5th
Hello Family,
These past two weeks have gone by so fast.The days are long but the weeks are quick. Tomorrow I leave at 5:00 am to the airport in Salt Lake. I am soooo excited to leave the MTC and finally serve the people in California. General Conference was an AWESOME and definitely pumped me to go serve. For our Sunday devotional, Vocal Point came and sang to us with their testimonies of missionary work. My favorite song that they sang was Nearer My God to Thee, which touched my heart deeply. Another reason that I am excited to go is that we watched Elder Bednar give a talk called The Character of Christ which I suggest everyone read. It talks about turning out to others instead of turning in to ourselves like Christ. Its a powerful talk! Going to the temple today was very nice because It was a way to pay respects to my Heavenly Father before I go serve Him but also Grandpa. I was glad to hear all of your voices when I called. I am sorry for the circumstances of why I was able to call you guys. Tomorrow I will be able to call when I am at the airport so answer any weird calls on your phones. I sent you pictures that will prove that I am alive and not just a robot on the phone. Here is a picture of me and my companion Sister Pielstick!!! I love her so much because she is as goofy as me! Speaking of goofy, the past two weeks have been a sleep talking experience. Every morning my district sisters tell me that I yell or talk in my sleep during the night. I guess before I left, I took lessons from Colton😜.  Well I have to go but I want to say that I love you all and miss you all the time but the Lord needs me to do His work. The next time I will be able to write, I will be in Riverside California!!! I hope that you  enjoy your adventure in life and continue to face forward towards Christ.
Sister Ogden

Oct 12th
Hey Everyone,
 This week has been full of many new things. First is that my new companion is Sister Roberts and the new area i have been located is Hemet, Valle Vista East. The cool part is that I am on a bike as transportation! It was interesting to learn how to bike with a skirt but I think I have it down! The area here is right near the rocky mountains and there is citrus tress everywhere. We share the apartment with Sisters Cozzens and Turner, who are amazing. Sister Turner calls me her " Rapunzel or Merida"!

We have picked up two new investigators named Judy and Amanda who are both sweet ladies. A small miracle happen to me on the second day, when my tires went flat and I had to go get new ones from Casino Bikes. The owner filled my tires with the green slim stuff but when it cam time for me to pay him, my card decided to not work. The owner decided to let me pay him five dollars short and call it good. God is watching out for me! I wish I could tell you some of the funny things that have happen to me but my time has been shorten because of playing softball with the zone.
P.S. here is some of pictures of us in the orange groves

I love you all!!
Sister Ogden

Oct 19th
Hey family,
Sister Roberts & Sister Ogden
    This week has been full of adventures that make me laugh thinking back. First is that me and Sister Roberts went out contacting on the streets in a new neighborhood but what was funny is that one of the contacts we did went completely wrong. The rules to contacting is not to talk to hobos or  to hold hands. Lets just say that all that happened without us knowing or accepting it. So we went by a house that a man came out of his car and began to talk to us. It was great because he wanted to talk about Jesus and the Atonement but he all sudden grabbed our hands and started to pray. His pray was good until he thanked Satan for leading him to Jesus. It became awkward and terrible once we asked him if he lived here and him saying that the people who lived there picked him up this morning from the streets. I JUST TALK TO HOBO!!!

   This week we picked up a new investigator, who reminds me of Papa because he was in the army during Vietnam and talks a lot. His name is Steve and I tried to start the lesson on the Restoration by asking how the picture of Christ on the front of the pamphlet made him feel. That led to a whole hour worth of stories of how Christ affected his life which was great but that is how far we got in the lesson. So we defiantly need to visit again and try to get further in the lesson.

The people in Hemet like to make cat calls when sister Roberts and I are biking which is annoying but it reminds me that we are smoking HOT missionaries! Talking about biking, yesterday we had to bike 2 miles up hill to the church to make it on time to a baptism for Sarah. We didn't plan on going until we got a call from Bear (an investigator) saying that he would go to it. I enjoyed the ride because it felt like I was in a spin class again, just the only thing that was missing was you mom and dad and my my gym clothes!!!

Too Much Excitement
     On Saturday, I felt that I was in a James Bond or especially a Mission Impossible movie. We were coming home from a family dinner appointment when the car in front of us caught on fire. We pulled over and called 911. The man in the car would not get out which caused both Sister Roberts and I to cross the street and yell at him (from a safe distant, don't worry) to get out of the car. The man finally left the car and which was perfect timing because the tires started to explode!!! Here is a cool pic I took and video of it.

I am glad to hear that all you guys are doing well!  To answer your questions about my companion is that she is from Georgia. Her mom is from Germany which is funny because she understands the little German I know. She is really funny and a great teacher for me. The only problem is that both us face is dyslexia which can be a problem when people look at our whiteboard of names. We both have to rely on the two other sisters to spell.

This week has been so spiritual towards the Atonement. My favorite scripture/ ponderize is about the Atonement in 3 Nephi 27: 13-14. That because Christ was lifted on the Cross, He can lift us up in our lives. Even our multi- zone meeting was centered on this topic. I was honored to give my testimony of the Book of Mormon at the meeting . I am so close to finishing reading it but my testimony has grown so much. now looking back, I am glad that I was able to start all over with the scriptures.
Sister Ogden


Nov 2nd
Hey Family,
This week has been the most bizarre. Sister Roberts was sick for a couple of days and I as the Jr companion had to plan, call sub companions, and teach. I was scary but it showed/ tested me on how much I have been learning. Even though Sister Roberts was sick we were able to pick up three new investigators named David, Donna, and Chris. David and Donna was a referral from a member who have been suffering from lots of things but the affect of death around them. It kinda weird to call him David because he is the complete opposite of Dad. Chris was funny because he was dressed as a pirate when we showed.  He Lives shocked us with telling us that he has read the Book of Mormon twice and is working on Jesus the Christ. He even came to church this Sunday!

Halloween was weird because we as missionaries had to be in lock down at the stake center. We played soccer which was a blast and carved pumpkins. But the best part of the night was that we watched The Best Two Years movie. I laughed and laughed so much because so many things that did not make sense before the mission now does. My favorite line that we keep quoting is "Joseph Smith is a pamphlet, I mean a Prophet" I am glad that I have not done that in a discussion yet! 

God shows us tender mercies in our lives but we must acknowledge them. This week has been full of door slams and rude people not willing to give us a chance to share a amazing video of our Savior. But this Sunday reminded me that even though we have time like these we still touched people. Three people went up and talked about the blessing of having both Sister Roberts and I coming into their homes. Sister Horspools talked about how when we read with or to her when she has to do blood dialysis, her spirit was lifted. Bishop Duffin talked about us teaching the Plan of Salvation to Bear and how powerful missionary work is. And when Sister Roberts was sick, she had to be watched by the Kiselburgs which blessed them by watching conference again with her. I am not saying this to brag but it was a testimony builder that even though things may seem to not be working we were able to touch their hearts without knowing. Another tender mercy was that I finished the Book of Mormon! It is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and it words have changed me every time I read it.
Love you all!
Sister Ogden

Nov 9th
Hey Dad and Family,
Sorry I was not able to write a summary of my week as a group but you can read each other emails to connect the puzzle of what happen this week. P-day today was crazy with shopping and playing chair soccer with the zone because of transfers this Saturday. I will let you know the results of the transfers if I will stay which I hope. The only thing I would like to share spiritually that I learned this week is that faith includes confidence!!! I have been working on being more confident with the help of God to become the disciple I need to be!

Love you all
Sister Ogden