MOST IMPORTANT PART. forgotten. my bad.

OH GOSH. So sorry! I almost forgot the most important part of this WHOLE emailing experience! 

So this transfer, we have been reading the 4 Gospels as a mission, right? Right. Well, this last week, we have had this whole Zone Game going down. It's been a New Testament Trivia Game. Our Zone Leaders would send a shout out message and ask the question and then we had to text in our answers. And if you were the fastest correct response you got two points but if you weren't first but still got it right you got one point. So this has been going on for this last week. And let me tell you. It has been so stressful. Sister Montgomery and I have tried SO hard to win. And last night they asked the last question. And then we got another voicemail (shout out) and they said that US AND CENTRALIA were tied. And then they made us do a tie breaker question. And they said that we could take as long as we needed to figure it out. But that we wouldn't find out who the winner was OR if we got it right until today at Zone P-day. Guess what the tie breaker question was. Just guess. 

WHAT IS THE MIDDLE CHAPTER OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE? 

I was like, "are you kidding me?" I mean really. We ALL know that Math is NOT my strong point. It is not genetic. Well, we did some math. But we didn't trust ourselves. So then guess what we did. We went chapter by chapter-- Sister Montgomery started at the back and I started at the front-- and counted it out. .... and the worst part-- we're still not sure if we got it right. :/ it's been pretty stressful. But it's all good. 

If we win we get t-shirts. And you and I both know that I love t-shirts. ESPECIALLY if they mean I won something. 

:) 

work hard. PLAY HARD. die hard.
Sister Sadie Leavitt

the last melon. (July 7, 2014)

Hey Family.

This is the weirdest email I think I've ever sent. I hate this so much. But I love it at the same time. I am so excited to see all of you!! Dah. I can't believe that my 18 months passed so quickly. I seriously cannot believe that I come home in like .7 days..... super weird. 

I've done a LOT of reflection lately. Just reflecting on my mission, life, and the lives of those around me, and of course the Savior's life. And I am just so grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have been given. I would not trade anything for the world. I love that Heavenly Father can take our experiences and mold them into what experiences that we need to become better. The other day, Sister Montgomery and I were talking about my younger days (when I wasn't as smart and humble... :)) and I was thinking about my teeth breaking experience. I knew that I needed to sit down, but because I didn't; I was placed into a humbling situation that ultimately helped me to come on a mission sooner. (I don't know if this makes sense, but whatever) I am just so grateful for Heavenly Father's hand in my life. 

This week was pretty weird though. And I have a feeling that this week will be quite similar. We had a pretty awesome 4th of July though. We had a Ward Breakfast. And then we went to lunch with a family from the ward. Nothing says "America" like Mexican food. :) and then we visited some folks. And then we had dinner with the Farthings at IGA. I love those old people. :) And then Megan and Johnny Newcomb (siblings) came and picked us up and took us to Centralia for fireworks and shakes. :) It was a lot of fun. We played 3 flies up with the Elders before it got too dark. And then we took some hilarious district pictures. It was a way fun day. The fireworks were kind of lame. But you win some, ya lose some. People told us there was going to be an American Flag firework and we were stoked. But there wasn't one..... lame. Oh well. 

whoo. this is where it gets to the lame part. and where I get a little emotional. (and when I say emotional, I mean emotional. I'm such a baby.) I cried today because I'm not going to be able to drive/ ride in a mission car anymore. And yesterday I teared up because I was so excited. And then I've teared up because I'm so sad. I just have a lot of feelings. 

I love being a missionary. This truly is the Lord's work. He guides it. And He lets us help Him. 
I have loved being able to see the Atonement at work. And not only that, but seeing it change people so quickly. The gospel applied truly changes people. I know that because it has changed me. I know that Christ's Atonement works for others, because it works for me. None of us are an exception to the Atonement. None of us. I know that we have an adversary in Satan, but more importantly, we have an Advocate in Christ. And He will help us if WE will let Him.
I know that God loves me. I know that He is ever aware of me. "Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in;" [Alma 26:37] That is so true. I have never felt my Heavenly Father and Savior so close than here on my mission-- because I needed Them and still need Them. I know that They know exactly where I am at and what I am feeling. 
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That it WILL bring us closer to Christ than any other book. I stand by that statement-- firm and unchanging. I truly have come closer to Jesus Christ through the Book of Mormon. I love the Bible. It holds God's word, but it will not bring someone closer to Christ than the Book of Mormon will. The Book of Mormon was written for our day. Written for you. Written for me. Its intent is to bring us closer to our Savior. And if we will read it with true intent, a humble heart, and seeking truth through prayer and study we "will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." [Introduction to the Book of Mormon; emphasis added] 
I testify that God has indeed called a prophet in our day. Joseph Smith was called to be the prophet of the Restoration. He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. He was the instrument our Heavenly Father used to restore Christ's true church on the earth today. The Priesthood has been restored. We are so blessed to live in a time where we have the Priesthood again on the earth. That we don't have to search for truth and not be able to find it. I know that President Thomas S. Monson IS the prophet on the earth today. He is God's mouth piece to the world. If we will follow his teachings-- ultimately Christ's teachings-- we will NOT go astray. 
I am grateful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. I know that God has a plan for us. That He sees the whole train track. (That's an analogy... I'll explain it at some other date) This life is not the end. Or the beginning. 
I love this gospel. I love everything about it. I know it is true. I love being a member. And I have absolutely loved being a missionary. 

I love the Missouri St Louis Mission. Being a part of this mission has changed my life. I am so grateful for the friends I have made out here (whether I was companions with them or not.) 
I will surely miss this place. But I'll be back. 

DEUCES ZION. 
Sister Sadie Leavitt


#centraliadistrict .... we struggle. 
 someone just proposed at McDonalds..... check out Elder Clifford. hahahahahahaha

Centralia. Your Opportunity.


a picture is worth 1000 words. so here are three. (June 30, 2014)

Hey Family.

I have no words to describe how this week went. Seriously. It was THE best!! So I'm just going to send some pictures and hopefully, you'll get the idea of how AMAZING it was!

So we had one awesome weekend!! Saturday morning Centralia Ward had THREE baptisms!! It was awesome! And the even cooler part was that at one point, Sister Oberfield and I were teaching all three of them!! It was the best ever. 

The Elders took over teaching TJ, so in that picture there is Elder Butler, Chad Hays, TJ, Elder Mattson and then me! 

In the next one, there is Sister Montgomery, me, Alexus, Gracey, Kaylee, Brooklynn, Felix, Shawna, Addalyn (the baby Shawna is holding), and then Beau Waggoner. BAH. My heart is still so happy!

And the last one-- we were able to go up to Decatur, Saturday night for a baptism of a man that Sister Montgomery taught!! So in that one is Elder Wilkinson, Randy, Sister Montgomery, Sister Calton, and Sister Auble!

bah. Saturday and then Sunday were just the best ever!! Felix, Shawna, and TJ were all confirmed in Sacrament Meeting. And golly. I am soooooooooo happy!! Missionary work is the best!! there is NOTHING better. I'm telling you. NOTHING. try it if you don't believe me. I dare you.

Pretty much, my life is wonderful. Being a missionary is fabulous. It's almost like I'm not even coming home for another two weeks. We have much to be excited for. 
Salem. Out.

Work hard. Play hard. Die hard.
Love,
Sister Sadie Leavitt




learning.

Hello My Dears,

Life is great here. I seriously cannot complain at all! We have been having great success and we have been working with the world's finest people. I'm not even joking. We have some of the best investigators. It's the best thing in the world! I love teaching them the gospel and seeing them put it into action and then seeing the blessings they receive because of their actions. It's a rewarding cycle of awesome. Love it. Couldn't have asked for better. 

I'll go through our week real fast and then I have some stuffs that I want to say. Because I'm a Leavitt. And that's what we do. 

This week we had President Interviews, Exchanges, lessons, Church, went to Vandalia, and did all sorts of fun things! We saw lots of miracles-- big and small-- and were just so blessed. The next few weeks are going to FLY by because we have SO much going on. The work is hastening! I love it SO much. I can't even describe. President rebuked me for not being as prepared for 4 weeks from now as I should be.... and here I thought I was focusing on the work really well. dah. I just can't win here. hahaha. Oh well.

I don't want to give too much away because then it might jinx it and there is no need for that. Sorry friends. You'll have to find out next week. :) 

So the things I wanted to say. 
Today we were reading in Mark during companion study and it was the part at the end of Chapter 10 where Christ heals the blind man. I think this is one of my favorite stories as of right now. The blind man in the story can't see (obviously), but he still recognized his Savior. Often, I think to myself, "Would I recognize the Savior if He came near me?" and that made me think a lot. This blind man recognized Him. Do I? And then it says, "Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called." Christ didn't go to the man. He waited for the man to come to Him. Because that's how the Savior works. He waits [patiently] for us to come to Him. He is always willing to heal us and help us, but we have to come to Him. I just loved that story. 
Our whole mission is reading the 4 Gospels by the end of the transfer and it really has been one of my favorite parts of the day. I LOVE learning from my companion and seeing what sticks out to her and then having her teach and testify of the Savior and then on the flip side, being able to do that as well. The Atonement and Savior have become very real to me lately and I just want to talk about it all the time! 

I love being a missionary. I'll catch ya'll later. :) 
Stay safe. Be good. Know that I love you. But more importantly, know that the Savior loves you. 
Love,
Sister Sadie Leavitt


Sister Montgomery beckoning the camels in Centralia.... there are camels in Centralia? What?? weirdest thing ever.

me and the camels. it was really bright. and this picture is pretty darn hilarious. you're welcome.

our temple/ pictures of Christ wall. :) it's coming along nicely. "You can't get to Christ without the temple and you can't get to the temple without Christ." (<--- yep. the light bulb turned on with that one a little bit ago. I love spiritual one-liners.)