Simple sunsets.

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Sister Teagan Clark
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Some beautifully weird flowers that randomly started blooming everywhere.
Perhaps the cause of my suddenly new allergy attack.

And yes, that is my ward mission leader eating potato chips with
chopsticks.

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Sister Teagan Clark
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Transfer 9.3: New Challenges

I know, as opposed to old challenges. All that means is… Well… Maybe
I’ll talk about it as I think of it.

Wednesday brought a fun challenge of delivering a birthday card to someone
on the member record that we had never met or seen. We went and found that
she no longer lived there, but the lady who was living there (I am assuming
she was her grandmother) was just like “You are from the church? You know
her name, address, and birthday and you have never met her but you brought
a birthday card? That is so very scary. She would be so scared.” And
Heavenly Father really shut me up because after we left and were walking
away, I pulled out all the sass. Scary? Sister Tamagusuku and I are NOT
scary! We are two young girls who made a HANDMADE BIRTHDAY CARD because we
saw that someone had a birthday! How many people put all that same
information into various websites and get birthday emails and such without
another thought?! But heaven forbid we bring a handmade note to the door.
Excuuuuse me.

On Thursday we got to go to a members home and we had a delicious meal!
Sister Tamagusuku had the opportunity to teach bits of the lesson in
English, which was exciting. The next day, she had to go off for a
conference and so Sister Jolley came and worked with me for a day.

That day, we all made cookies and Mexican food with a wonderful lady. It
was delicious and really defining for all of us. We had the opportunity to
share the gospel with her and challenge her to read and pray about the Book
of Mormon. I think there is great potential their and I really hope that I
can be better missionary in order to help out. I guess that has been the
main challenge lately. Feelings of such great mediocrity. Trying and
failing and trying and failing again and just following this continual
cycle of nothing happening because of my inability.

I’ve been really struggling. I just want to be a good example for my
companion and give her experienced with lessons and miracles and being able
to do astonishing things but I have just come to really see how
unastonishing I actually am.

I have so many more feelings that I could express, but I don’t know if here
is the right place or the right time. Needless to say, I asked for a
blessing from Elder Ferni on Sunday and he gave me one, which helped. But
that along with some other frustrations are really pushing me to my limits.
I don’t know how much more I can do.

Also there was a GIANT SPIDER and everyone thinks I am crazy but I won’t
walk on that side of the street anymore.

Maybe next week will be better. Perhaps I just need the faith to fail,
because the faith to succeed doesn’t seem to be taking me anywhere. Wow,
that sounded awfully pessimistic. I’m really sorry. Just disregard all of
that. Just know that it isn’t easy and that I am simple getting stronger, I
suppose.

With love,

Sister Teagan Clark
クラーク姉妹

At the temple!!


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Companionship!

Sister Ellingson planking!!

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Sister Tamagusuku being super cute, don’t tell her I posted this

Hilarious English.


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iPad piñata!

And Indian curry with Tamagusuku Shimai!


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Sister Teagan Clark
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Transfer 9.2: How to Handle a Trainee

Good evening everybody! How is it going? Was it hot today for you? Man, I was sweating. We got to go to the temple! So that was exciting!

Last week feels like years and years away. On Tuesday we had a lesson with our cute deaf friend, which was lovely, as always. I saw some deaf people signing the other day and I really wanted to try and talk to them, but I got too scared…. :/ but I really love Shuwa! It is wonderful!!

Oh my goodness, Wednesday… I had totally forgotten that that was this week… It feels like forever ago. So on Wednesday, Sister Ellingson and I went to have lunch with a lady (we thought) and have a nice talk and what not BUT IT WAS A TARP I MEAN TRAP. It was weird, because the first thing we did was go shopping for sir thing to eat, when we thought that she had already prepared the food…. That was the first sign. The she started talking about how she has a friend over, so don’t be surprised that she is there. Then she mentioned that there was also a guy there and they all just want to be our very best friends. Sister Ellingson and I looked at each other wearily. We didn’t quite have a good feeling about it.

So we got to the house and walked in. Her friends introduced themselves and then shuffled us into the living room to sit down. Before, the woman had given Sister Ellingson a panphlet and DVD about her interesting religion. He (it was really only the guy) asked us if we had watched it and we said no, because we aren’t allowed to watch things while we are missionaries. He tried to get us to watch it then, but we refused. He then pulled out the pamphlet and start going over a few of the things. We suddenly felt like we had become the investigators and that they really didn’t understand out purpose. We tried to explain, but he didn’t really let us explain anything fully. He talked about how they got power from light(?) and use that light to heal people (?) and when we asked where they got it from, he said the first guy went to a mountain top and wrote the light character on his chest (?) Oh, and then they TRIED TO GIVE US THE LIGHT THING, WHICH IS BASICALLY LIKE THE PRIESTHOOD I AM PRETTY SURE. SO THEY TRIED TO GIVE US THE PRIESTHOOD. “It’ll only take like 10 minutes” he said “uhm we are pretty darn sure we cannot do that” we said “it isn’t like baptism” he said “we really can’t do that” we said. Then we tried to explain the priesthood and it’s importance, but he didn’t really listen. Then we got a miracle phone call and had to leave. It was an interesting experience.

But it really really strengthened my testimony. They were trying to find answers. There were similar principles that they had. But they were not the tru and you could feel it. There was no testimony of the spirit. There was no searching to find out for ourselves. And this church, the true church, has the answers that they did not. I am grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

We had a surprise party for Marcia which involved PIÑATA TIME! I whacked it pretty hard. And Wright Shimai left, so everyone was sad.

But then Sister Tamagusuku came! Yaaaay! She is from OKINAWA!M aaaand she is a black belt in karate like me!! We are the same! Just she is smaller! Yaaaay!

The way to train is to nudge your companion to do it. And then the will do it. Maybe. Actually, she is way nervous to talk to people. She’ll get there. She can do it!!

AND THEN MARCIA AND MARCIO GOT BAPTIZED!!! So happy for them!

I think that about sums it up. Yup. Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed. See ya next week.

Love!!

Sister Teagan Clark クラーク姉妹

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My half daughter and me! Sister Wright is too much of a cutie!

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Yeeeeeah, lots o’ sister Clark

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The guy in the back abandoned ship.

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This is me and Sister Kaimori(Ohler) who served in my own ward several
years ago! How incredible of a coincidence is that!!

Also, an oddly placed stoplight.

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We are home makers! Aka cookie makers. (Don’t worry, the dough didn’t fall
out if the bowl… It was close)

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Sister Teagan Clark
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