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MamaRooke here.  Here are the last two letters from Rooke.  She would love it if you wrote her a letter.  If you can't, post it here and I will try to get it to her.  Her address is in the past journal entries.
You guys are all so great!

Aug 11

Dear Everyone,

This was such a weird week! I'm looking back on it, puzzled, trying to figure out what even happened. Has the week even passed? It went so quickly, and not much really noteworthy happened...well, except for a few things. Mostly the week was a blur. Missionary work is like that a lot. Especially now that I think I'm all settled in to Stockton.

We had exchanges twice this week. Hermana Cardullo is a Sister Training Leader - that means she's in charge of the Sister Missionaries here in Stockton. Teaching them, making sure their needs are met, helping them be their best, etc. There are actually only 4 sisters in Stockton. They don't like sending sister missionaries to this zone, because it's slightly "ghetto", and so it's less safe. But they have to send Spanish Sisters because there's so many Spanish folks - we're needed. Likewise, they have to send sister missionaries who have been called to serve in American Sign Language! So the four of us down here are Hermana Cardullo, me, and then Sister Abbott and Sister Story, the two ASL Sisters.

We live in the same apartment complex, so we hang out a lot anyway. And then once a transfer we need to have exchanges, where we swap companions so that Hermana Cardullo can teach them and work with them. We've been needing to do them but procrastinating, so finally we just did both exchanges in one week. So I spent Tuesday with Sister Story, and Saturday with Sister Abbott.

It was fun - they're both great missionaries and fun people. And they taught me some sign language! I now know how to say, "Hi, my name is Sister Sellers" in sign language. And also the word "purple", which is now used as a "gang sign" by Sister Story and one of our investigators, JP. It was really really funny.

So that was fun to hang out with them. And then something else exciting happened...Hermana got us into a car crash!

Not a big one though. She tried to merge, didn't check her blind spot - and bam, big ole dent in the side of some poor little car, and a little dent in our front corner. We pulled over, and thanks to my experiences in East Sac I was a pro at filling out the paperwork. The folks we hit were, amazingly, a little Spanish family! They were so nice and not angry at all, mostly  just miffed...they had insurance, and so did we, so it was all ok. And we got all their contact info for the insurance, so we'll drop by sometime with "we're sorry" cookies. Maybe that's how they'll find the gospel. The Lord works in mysterious ways - maybe He'll turn a crash into a baptism. :)

Oh, and that was Hermana Cardullo's second crash, so that means I'M driving from now on. Ha ha ha...it'll be fun...

Today and yesterday I haven't driven though, because ironically enough, I threw my back out. XD It's been such a weird week! We had service, pulling weeds and cleaning a garden for a family we started teaching. T he mom, was so sweet. She said, "You MUST be sent from God, because I have been PRAYING for this help." It was wonderful.t She is so absolutely prepared. We got to pass her off to the English missionaries since English is her first language, and she already believes the Book of Mormon is true and has a baptismal date. We're so excited for them. I'm glad I got to be a part of their story. :)

But yes, all the squatting and weed-pulling hurt my back and the next day I could barely move. It's better now but I still limp along like an old lady, so Hermana Cardullo is driving. By tomorrow I should be all back to normal.

So yep, that's been my fun, weird week. We've worked with a lot of people. JP, our investigator, is getting baptized this coming Wednesday, and we're so excited - and so is he! It's so great to see how far he's come. We're so unbelievably proud and happy. It's just the greatest thing in the world to see these people and to help them turn their lives towards God - and to His blessings poured out upon them.

Life is fantastic as a missionary. A chapter of the Book of Mormon I read today that I quite liked was Mosiah 5-6, which is about taking on the name of Christ and making that covenant to serve Him. The Lord really blesses us when we take His name upon us - and I feel so privileged to literally carry His name upon me, upon my missionary badge. But we can all carry His name in our hearts.

Keep working hard and doing well. The work of the Lord rolls forth! Huzzah!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers

August 18
Dear Everyone,

This was a busy week! It's funny how I sit down to write everything that happened this week, and often draw a blank. So much happens, that you look back, puzzled. Like, "Did that really only happen a few days ago? Nooo...really?" And yep, it really has. So sometimes my emails, or letters, have ended up being more about the second half of the week that seems more recent. XD

For instance, I almost forgot today that we had Zone Conference this week! It was Tuesday. It was President and Sister Jardine's first zone conference, and it was great. They taught a lot about gratitude and not comparing our results to the results of other missionaries - we are the ones that determine if we are successful missionaries or not, and that has nothing to do with our results but more with who we are. Who we become. It was a really good conference.

This Wednesday, then, JP got baptized! It was so great. The Spirit was strong - Brother Potter, a wonderful brother in the ward Congregation), gave the talk on baptism for him. It was a great talk - the Spirit was so strong. He talked about the story of Peter trying to walk on water to the Savior, and how we need to constantly reach out to the Savior. After his baptism, JP told us he felt like "an empty bin...but in a good way." He's kind of weird but he's awesome. XD And he wants to follow the Savior and live a good life, and that's what counts.

It was funny, because a while back, before he decided to be baptized, our friend  promised him that if he got baptized she'd make potato salad for him. XD It was just a joke, but then at his baptism, she really did bring potato salad for him! It was so funny!

I have so many funny stories related to JP. After church yesterday, as we were walking out, he was hiding in the bushes and jumped out at us yelling, "YAH I'M A MORMON." Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Let's see, what else? We've kept working hard, Hermana Cardullo and I. Transfers are next week, and there's no chance I'm leaving Stockton...because Hermana Cardullo is going home. She has spent a year and a half on her mission, and thus is finishing it and returning home. It's pretty crazy for her. She can't imagine not being a missionary - and I don't blame her, I feel the same! And I'm only 5 months out. O.O Wow, 5 months already. Time flies. Hermana Cardullo is going home, and so is my first companion Hermana Naatjes. I'll miss them - everyone I know in the mission is going home, ha ha ha! X'D

It'll be interesting to see who my new companion is...I'll let you all know next Tuesday, since that's when P-day will be because of transfers.

I hope everything is going well with all of you. Life in the mission is so sweet, and so short - I hope to use this brief time in my life to its fullest! I'm going to keep working hard and doing my best. You all do the same!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers
Dear Everyone!

So, here I am in my second area, Stockton! And boy, is it CRAZY! Crazy in a wonderful way. Definitely different from East Sacramento.

On Wednesday, Hermana Naatjes and I went up to the office to swap companions, say hi to all the new missionaries, etc. When the little newbies came in and got their new companions, we all sang "Called to Serve" for them. Then President Jardine got up and talked a little about how companions are truly chosen for each other through revelation - and what a sacred and special calling it is to be a trainer. Hermana Naatjes started crying, and I nearly cried too. Gosh, I miss her. It really was such a wonderful experience to have her as my trainer. We're going to be best friends forever.

I got to meet my new companion though, Hermana Cardullo. She's really fun! Definitely different from Naatjes, but that makes sense, they're different people. Hermana Cardullo is very fun and energetic and vibrant. She loves everyone and talks to everyone and just makes everyone her best friend from the very start. We got talking about introverts and extroverts the other day, and as I was describing what extroverts are like, she was like, "Oh my GOSH! That is SO ME! Holy cow I understand EVERYTHING now!'
She's really great, ha ha ha! XD She's a fantastic missionary. And she makes DELICIOUS pasta. Because she's half Italian. It's cool. We're sure to do lots of great work here in Stockton. This is also her last transfer - she's an old fogey who's going home at the end of August, finishing out her mission. She's going home the same time Hermana Naatjes is. So I get to send them both home! :D That'll be fun, and it's nice I'll get to see Hermana Naatjes once more before she leaves the mission.

So Hermana Naatjes and I said our tearful goodbyes (I threatened to kidnap her and take her with me to Stockton, ha ha ha) and finally we left. Cardullo and I got a ride with Sister Potter from one of the English wards in Stockton. And so here I am!

It's been an awesome week. I got to meet the investigators we have here. We've got an awesome part-member family,  who are a bunch of boys and no girls so we call them "los muchachos." The two who are investigating ,  both have strong desires to follow the Savior and have Him in their lives. One wants to get baptized soon, but is uncertain because he has a court day tomorrow to get off of probation...he can't get baptized until he's off. He's nervous, but he's been doing really well, put his past behind him, and we have full faith that it'll go just fine. We're praying and fasting for him today too.

Stockton is interesting, because it's sort of the ghetto. There are more ghetto places in the mission, but this is the most ghetto one that they let Sister Missionaries work in. XD The bright side of that, is that there are TONS of people, and TONS of Spanish people! In East Sac, we'd spend all day tracting and not find a single person out and about to talk to, English or Spanish. Here, we walk right out the door and we can find LOTS of people! I'm amazed by it. So the work here is very strong. Lots of baptisms. I'm very excited to get to work here.

We had one cool adventure the other day. We were driving home from an appointment with los muchachos. As we were getting off the freeway, we saw a truck pulled onto the side of the road, with a woman lying underneath it, trying to get to something under the bed, it seemed. As we drove past, Hermana Cardullo said, "Aw, she looks like she needs help!"
So I said, "Let's help her!"
So Cardullo pulled over, and we hopped out and ran up the street to help her.  She was road tripping up to Washington to drop her two dogs off with her mother, so that she could focus on her studies down in Arizona. But then her tire blew, and so she was having difficulty getting the spare down and then mounting it on the car. And she had run out gas too while trying to do that! So we spent the next two hours helping her get the tire down, hiking down the road to get her some gas, and putting the tire on the car. It was really hot out, but when we were done and sent her on her way, she was so grateful, and we were so flipping happy. We hiked back down the road, sweaty and dusty and exhausted, and I was singing I was so happy. It was a wonderful adventure. When we help others, the Lord truly blesses us with joy.

So it's been a crazy week here. Lots of lessons with folks, learning new things, meeting random people. The people here are wonderful. I loved the ward on Sunday too. Everyone's very nice. Hermana Cardullo is a great companion, and we're both just raring to get to work.

Some of the experiences I've had, talking with folks and teaching folks, has reminded me of a talk I love by Richard G. Scott - it's called "I Have Given You An Example", from this past April General Conference. You can find it on lds.org. It's a wonderful talk about how we can help others come to know their Heavenly Father loves them.

So everything is going great. I love you all! Remember that the Lord loves you, and He knows the best person you can be, and He'll help you become that person. :) Hurrah for Israel! All is well!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers
Rooke wanted everyone to know that she appreciates the birthday wishes.  I will be printing them out and sending them to her this week because she can't get on this site to see them.  I'm kind of her go between for the time being.  You can send her letters to:
Hermana Sarah Sellers
8267 Deseret Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
United States

She will always get the letters eventually at this address, even if she is in another area. It's the Mission address.
Mamarooke :)

Dear Everyone,

So, this past week has been good. Just a normal week, abouts. We had some fun adventures - as we were visiting one of our investigators, a drunk guy started trying to ask poor Hermana Naatjes on a date...he was English but he didn't really understand when I was like, "We're like nuns...NUNS." Like, we don't date. We reeeeaallly don't want to go to IHOP with you. But then he asked to come to church with us...so we gave him the address. XD Hey, if it helps his eternal salvation? We weren't sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing when he didn't show up for church on Sunday, but at the least we felt pretty relieved. It's a funny story in hindsight. XD

Then this past week was my last week of this past transfer. So yesterday was a very intense Monday, anticipating our calls in the evening that would let us know our fate. Would both Hermana Naatjes and I stay here in this area? Would Hermana Naatjes be heading out to a new area, and I stay? Or would I head out, and she stay? The anticipation is very very strong on transfer mondays. XD We had a good day though. Sorted out some car issues with Elder Marston (in charge of cars for all missionaries) and we got to visit a former investigator who's getting interested again.

We also went and visited that address that Mom gave me. It was the address of where my Great-Grandmother lived, Mom's Grandma, where she would visit her when she was very young. It's in my area. So we went there and knocked on the door. No one answered, but it was still really cool to be there, to see the little house and imagine my Mom as a little girl going to visit her Grandma.

Then that evening we went and ate dinner with the Faveros family in this ward. They're English speakers, I think Hermano Favero served his mission in a Spanish-speaking country. But it was a real treat to eat with them, because they have a huge house and a beautiful garden. It was hard not to gawke. It was a very pleasant evening, and I got to talk to Hermano Favero all about Book of Mormon / Bible anthropology, a subject that fascinated both of us (as well as you, Mom, who I got it from. :) So that was fun. And at the end of dinner, one of the Hermanas here, Hermana Fullerton, got a call from the zone leaders. She's going to be a trainer! So that means Hermana Poulson will leave to make way for the little newbie. I'll miss her - we'll be great friends for a long time. She's very funny and weird. I drew her riding a dolphin with a breadstick once. Fun times. :)

At long last, after a very pensive evening at home, we got our transfer calls as well...and I'm leaving! I'm being transferred to a new area - Stockton! It's exciting, I hear it's a great area. And my new companion will be Hermana Cardullo. I recognize the name because she used to be a missionary in this area, so folks here remember her.

I'm nervous and excited all at once, and also pretty sad because I'll be leaving my dear companion Hermana Naatjes, who I've grown so close too. We're going to be friends for life, for sure. We went out the other day to get sushi for lunch for my birthday. And she bought me a box of Sees Chocolate today for my birthday present as well, which made me very very happy. She's a wonderful person, and I'll always treasure our time together as companions.

This will be my first transfer to a new area...so if any of you had and were using an address for me OTHER than the 8267 Deseret Ave Fair Oaks 95628 address, that address won't work for me anymore. It's really just best to use that Deseret Ave one. It'll always get my letters to me, even if I get moved around to new areas.

It's exciting to get a fresh start, but of course I'm nervous because I've never been transferred before. I'm not sure what to expect. But I do know one thing for sure - that Stockton is where the Lord wants me to be right now. There are people, in Stockton, who are waiting to receive the gospel in their lives. They may not know it yet, but one day soon they will be introduced to this incredible church, and they will learn about how much God loves us and his incredible plan for us. And then they will be baptized into the church, and start on that path of returning to Him, of becoming like Him. And they'll receive so much flipping joy and light and hope in their lives! So much that it just...there aren't sufficient words for it. But I'm thrilled and humbled to have this opportunity to bring that joy and light to them. And I urge everyone, wherever you are, if you have the gospel of Jesus Christ in your life? Share it! And if you don't? You can have it! It's free - it's a life of hope and help and peace and joy, and it's freely offered. And I hope from the bottom of my soul that you take up that offer, for nothing else in this world or in any other world can compare to the blessings it brings.

So next week I'll let you all know all about my first week of adventure in Stockton, and what it's like, and what Hermana Cardullo is like. I love you all, keep doing good things! The gospel is true and the Lord loves you more than you can imagine! Hurrah for Israel!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers

go to    www.mormon.org/    if you want to see what this is all about
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Hey Everyone,
Mama Rooke here.  I have been so bad about updating Rookes Journal and artwork.  There is some artwork I will be posting.  Here is her latest letter to everyone.  Do you want me to post her older ones? I think I'm about 6 behind.  She really loves and misses all you guys.  Thanks for your well wishes and prayers.  


Dear Everyone,

This week was good! A few things of note happened. It's hard to keep track. The magical thing about missions is that time moves really really REALLY fast, but is also full of SO MUCH STUFF. So while you're saying, "Oh man, it's been a whole month ALREADY?" You're also at the same time saying, "Wait, that only happened two days ago? It feels like forever ago!"

It's pretty weird. XD You just spend every day doing so much - studying, driving, finding, talking, teaching, knocking, contacting, eating, rushing, searching, preaching, and overall being busy in some way all day until bedtime...It all sort of blurs together into one big mass of missionary-ness. And it's absolutely wonderful. When you're anxiously engaged in a good cause, in the best cause in the whole world, then time flies and you're so flipping happy!

Of course, rough times come. Like when you can't find anyone home, or companions get unhappy, or you catch food poisoning. But those problems all sort of fade away in the face of all the happy you feel at all other times. :)

One great thing that happened this week, was we got to meet our new mission president, President Jardine and his wife Sister Jardine! They were awesome. We had a nice little meeting with them, and they made sure to shake everyone's hand or give everyone a hug. They really want to know every missionary personally. They shared a message about the importance of having the Savior's image in our countenance. When we're in this work, we're not representing ourselves when we talk to people or knock on doors. We're representing Him, as if He himself were knocking at their door. That's why we invite as He did - "Come and see." It was a wonderful meeting. Really made me want to live up to His name more - really act like His representative when we meet with our brothers and sisters, children of God.

President Jardine also reminds me of Dad or of Brother Young - those really big guys who look somewhat intimidating at first, but then they start talking and have the really rich powerful testimonies. And are also pretty funny. He cracked some pretty good jokes. XD Everyone really likes them, right from the start - Hermana Naatjes is sad that she only gets one transfer with them! But she did get to be one of the first missionaries to receive "trunky papers" from the new President. "Trunky papers" are the papers you get near the end of your mission, encouraging you to keep working hard and letting you know you need to start planning for your life afterwards. Apply for school, figure out your plans, etc. The word "trunky" is a pretty funny mission term, meaning you're dwelling on leaving and going back to the real world (either worrying about it, or being too excited about it.) So I like to poke Hermana Naatjes from time to time and say, "Don't get trunky. Don't get trunky. Don't get trunky."

Oh yeah, Mom, I got Dad's book in the mail! I've started reading it and it's awesome. I've also been reading yours a lot as well. I read through almost all of it within a week for personal study. XD Something funny, two of the talks in your book I already had, as part of my welcome-to-the-mission binder! The Challenging and Testifying Missionary, and Lock Your Hearts. I had no idea those talks were so old, ha ha ha! Still really good though. And I've also started marking a Book of Mormon to study, the way that Dad told you about in your book with that one letter of his. Marking it for concise reading. Hermana Naatjes and I think it's a really cool idea, and we're going to mark a few Libros de Mormon for our investigators who we haven't given a Book of Mormon to.

Something else, that's pretty funny actually, has to do with my artwork. I got a sketchbook at Walmart that I doodle in from time to time. Hermana Naatjes loves watching me draw, and bragging about me...so pretty quickly everyone in the district and many others know about my abilities. I've been requested many drawings, which I'm happy to comply - I can draw them during our meal-hours when we're not meeting with members. So I've drawn three people's dogs, an Elder as a horse, and one Elder as a lion, dragon, and now he wants me to draw him as an eagle too. He's getting a veritable menagerie of my artwork, ha ha ha. It's fun though, and it just makes the other missionaries so happy, so I'm happy to do it.

That was the week, pretty much. Transfers are next week. So next Tuesday will be my P-day - Monday is dubbed "man-up-monday", and it's monday night that we learn if we're getting transferred or not. Naatjes only has one transfer left before going home, so I'm really hoping I'll stick with her for this next transfer, and get to see her off. But if the Lord wants to move her to another area, or me, then it'll be cool too. It's been wonderful serving with her - she's a really cool sister, and we really clicked. We'll probably be close friends for life. :)

So anyway, if anyone wants to send anything to me, make sure to send it to the Mission Office this week, to make sure it gets to me. Just in case I get transferred. And I'll let you know the verdict on where I'll be on Tuesday.

For your studies, I recommend reading "The Challenge to Become" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. It's a really good talk. Hermana got a copy of it in her trunky papers. It's all about how the Lord's aim for us is to become something - something better - and it's in the doing things that we become. It's something nice for all of us to keep in mind. The whole purpose of this life, all we do and all we go through, is to mold us into the best person we can possibly be - if we rise above it all, keep going, keep working, and doing our best. Then we'll become our best. And that's what our loving Heavenly Father wants for us. :)

I love you all! Keep doing awesome things! Hurrah for Israel!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers

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Hey there! Rooke here. I'm an artist, animator, writer...pretty much, overall, I'm a storyteller.

There are so many stories I want to tell. Grand stories, small stories, epic sagas or simple moments. Perhaps you'll find some of my stories here. I hope you enjoy them.


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MamaRooke here.  Here are the last two letters from Rooke.  She would love it if you wrote her a letter.  If you can't, post it here and I will try to get it to her.  Her address is in the past journal entries.
You guys are all so great!

Aug 11

Dear Everyone,

This was such a weird week! I'm looking back on it, puzzled, trying to figure out what even happened. Has the week even passed? It went so quickly, and not much really noteworthy happened...well, except for a few things. Mostly the week was a blur. Missionary work is like that a lot. Especially now that I think I'm all settled in to Stockton.

We had exchanges twice this week. Hermana Cardullo is a Sister Training Leader - that means she's in charge of the Sister Missionaries here in Stockton. Teaching them, making sure their needs are met, helping them be their best, etc. There are actually only 4 sisters in Stockton. They don't like sending sister missionaries to this zone, because it's slightly "ghetto", and so it's less safe. But they have to send Spanish Sisters because there's so many Spanish folks - we're needed. Likewise, they have to send sister missionaries who have been called to serve in American Sign Language! So the four of us down here are Hermana Cardullo, me, and then Sister Abbott and Sister Story, the two ASL Sisters.

We live in the same apartment complex, so we hang out a lot anyway. And then once a transfer we need to have exchanges, where we swap companions so that Hermana Cardullo can teach them and work with them. We've been needing to do them but procrastinating, so finally we just did both exchanges in one week. So I spent Tuesday with Sister Story, and Saturday with Sister Abbott.

It was fun - they're both great missionaries and fun people. And they taught me some sign language! I now know how to say, "Hi, my name is Sister Sellers" in sign language. And also the word "purple", which is now used as a "gang sign" by Sister Story and one of our investigators, JP. It was really really funny.

So that was fun to hang out with them. And then something else exciting happened...Hermana got us into a car crash!

Not a big one though. She tried to merge, didn't check her blind spot - and bam, big ole dent in the side of some poor little car, and a little dent in our front corner. We pulled over, and thanks to my experiences in East Sac I was a pro at filling out the paperwork. The folks we hit were, amazingly, a little Spanish family! They were so nice and not angry at all, mostly  just miffed...they had insurance, and so did we, so it was all ok. And we got all their contact info for the insurance, so we'll drop by sometime with "we're sorry" cookies. Maybe that's how they'll find the gospel. The Lord works in mysterious ways - maybe He'll turn a crash into a baptism. :)

Oh, and that was Hermana Cardullo's second crash, so that means I'M driving from now on. Ha ha ha...it'll be fun...

Today and yesterday I haven't driven though, because ironically enough, I threw my back out. XD It's been such a weird week! We had service, pulling weeds and cleaning a garden for a family we started teaching. T he mom, was so sweet. She said, "You MUST be sent from God, because I have been PRAYING for this help." It was wonderful.t She is so absolutely prepared. We got to pass her off to the English missionaries since English is her first language, and she already believes the Book of Mormon is true and has a baptismal date. We're so excited for them. I'm glad I got to be a part of their story. :)

But yes, all the squatting and weed-pulling hurt my back and the next day I could barely move. It's better now but I still limp along like an old lady, so Hermana Cardullo is driving. By tomorrow I should be all back to normal.

So yep, that's been my fun, weird week. We've worked with a lot of people. JP, our investigator, is getting baptized this coming Wednesday, and we're so excited - and so is he! It's so great to see how far he's come. We're so unbelievably proud and happy. It's just the greatest thing in the world to see these people and to help them turn their lives towards God - and to His blessings poured out upon them.

Life is fantastic as a missionary. A chapter of the Book of Mormon I read today that I quite liked was Mosiah 5-6, which is about taking on the name of Christ and making that covenant to serve Him. The Lord really blesses us when we take His name upon us - and I feel so privileged to literally carry His name upon me, upon my missionary badge. But we can all carry His name in our hearts.

Keep working hard and doing well. The work of the Lord rolls forth! Huzzah!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers

August 18
Dear Everyone,

This was a busy week! It's funny how I sit down to write everything that happened this week, and often draw a blank. So much happens, that you look back, puzzled. Like, "Did that really only happen a few days ago? Nooo...really?" And yep, it really has. So sometimes my emails, or letters, have ended up being more about the second half of the week that seems more recent. XD

For instance, I almost forgot today that we had Zone Conference this week! It was Tuesday. It was President and Sister Jardine's first zone conference, and it was great. They taught a lot about gratitude and not comparing our results to the results of other missionaries - we are the ones that determine if we are successful missionaries or not, and that has nothing to do with our results but more with who we are. Who we become. It was a really good conference.

This Wednesday, then, JP got baptized! It was so great. The Spirit was strong - Brother Potter, a wonderful brother in the ward Congregation), gave the talk on baptism for him. It was a great talk - the Spirit was so strong. He talked about the story of Peter trying to walk on water to the Savior, and how we need to constantly reach out to the Savior. After his baptism, JP told us he felt like "an empty bin...but in a good way." He's kind of weird but he's awesome. XD And he wants to follow the Savior and live a good life, and that's what counts.

It was funny, because a while back, before he decided to be baptized, our friend  promised him that if he got baptized she'd make potato salad for him. XD It was just a joke, but then at his baptism, she really did bring potato salad for him! It was so funny!

I have so many funny stories related to JP. After church yesterday, as we were walking out, he was hiding in the bushes and jumped out at us yelling, "YAH I'M A MORMON." Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Let's see, what else? We've kept working hard, Hermana Cardullo and I. Transfers are next week, and there's no chance I'm leaving Stockton...because Hermana Cardullo is going home. She has spent a year and a half on her mission, and thus is finishing it and returning home. It's pretty crazy for her. She can't imagine not being a missionary - and I don't blame her, I feel the same! And I'm only 5 months out. O.O Wow, 5 months already. Time flies. Hermana Cardullo is going home, and so is my first companion Hermana Naatjes. I'll miss them - everyone I know in the mission is going home, ha ha ha! X'D

It'll be interesting to see who my new companion is...I'll let you all know next Tuesday, since that's when P-day will be because of transfers.

I hope everything is going well with all of you. Life in the mission is so sweet, and so short - I hope to use this brief time in my life to its fullest! I'm going to keep working hard and doing my best. You all do the same!

Love,
Hermana Sarah Sellers

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MuffyKat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
i readed all your nuzrooke comic, so cool! i cryed in that part..... you know.... :( (Sad) 
(i dont want to spoil) good work!
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DragonwolfRooke Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
FYI, Rookes brother Harpo-exe is returning from his Missionary service in Las Vegas, this week.  We are all looking forward to seeing more art from him.--MamaRooke
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SubConsciousInkStorm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

If you're atheist/ not Catholic, you can ignore this. 

Twenty one angels are IN your world. Ten of them are sleeping, Ten are playing, one is reading this message.

Send this to ten friends including me. I guess if I don't get it back I'm not one of them. As soon as you get five replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you.

Please read, not joking. God has seen you struggling with something. God says its over. A blessing is coming your way.

If you believe in God send this message on. Please don't ignore it. You are being tested. God is going to fix two things BIG tonight in your favor. DROP Everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't break this chain.

Send to 14 friends in 10 minutes. It's not that hard.

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DewottTheGamer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
graziella012.deviantart.com/ar… <-- this is for you ^^ hope you like it :D
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Eeveeluvver5000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! May you spend many more surrounded by the people who love you! Happy birthday again, and God bless! :iconballoonsplz:
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ArcticNightMoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
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Rhaidot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
A very happy day for you!
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PinkEnvy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday, Rooke! Stay safe on your mission. I know you'll do the best of your ability, and I know it's work you enjoy. 
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GeekyRockCandy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
whats her mission? is she ok? i just found her art today.
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PinkEnvy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's on a mission for her church, spreading the word of God. :3
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