Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Good Week In All

The word around the block is that some sisters on temple square got to meet President Uchtdorf. This is true, about 6-8 of them. My companion has been praying her whole mission to have the opportunity to meet him, but we were at Welfare square that day. Two of those sisters were in my district. 

This week is Zone Conference and I get to go tomorrow! We have heard only good things about it. 

Monday was the slowest day I have had on Welfare Square! Amazing! It seemed so weird to have time to sit for long stretches. It makes me feel like there is something I should be doing. We hardly ever have time like that on our mission, so it can seem foreign when it happens, but nice. 

When I am not on WS, it is like any other day on temple square. We have desk assignments, TC time, scheduled tours, and motor-coaches! We haven't taken as much this transfer, which is very sad. I rather like them. When September hits, there will be no more and the Square will calm down. I am really wishing I would get two summers instead of two winters. Busy all day is better than busy at night with people who just want to look at the pretty lights. 

We did something rather interesting last Saturday. Trio Exchanges. To better help and assess the sisters in the district and how they work as companionship. Sister Leavitt had the results that she wanted and she is doing a stellar job helping them. Our little district is rather fun.

Sister Leavitt and I are a high needs companionship when it comes to physical well being. She has all of these problems (her ear got infected, scabbed over, so I had to put a needle through it to reopen it) and really is best friends with Sister Risenmay, not like super bad, but they pop up here and there... a lot. For me, when I had a problem, I rub some dirt on it and call/hope it's good. I'll just pray everything away! The atonement can help to heal me, as long as I do what I can to help and truly have faith! But my wrist was having this weird swelling, now I have a brace, but it is for a right hand, not left. We can still have fun though. But I have decided, that if your body doesn't start breaking on you, not like major, here a little, there a little, you are not working hard enough in the mission. Most of the best sisters that have left had some type of physical pain that hit them while on their mission. There is a reason our missions are only so long. That is Sister Glanzer chapter 7 verse 21. Temple Square edition. 😉I have no idea if that hold true on other missions, but I could imagine. 

It is hot and dry here, just like Tonasket, but not smokey. I caught a hear of the news in passing, there maybe fires going to catch in Northern Utah, I think, I tried to be consecrated and not pay attention. But then I did watch a clip about a rodeo clown with a barrel racing dog... That dog was fast. 

Sister Leavitt's family came on Tuesday for their one time visit! They are a fun bunch! We went to the Assembly Hall, and the tour really wasn't a tour. They all just pointed at the pretty things or the things that caught their eye. They all have the same short excitement that she has. I started laughing. 

Good week all in all. I can't believe I have been out longer than I have left! I thought this day would never come.

Sister Glanzer

My contribution to District Meeting: The board of communication skills
Waiting to take the mission picture
Zone Activity, Pioneer type activities, milking
Me and my new used right hand brace! Wooooooo! 🙌

     This is what it takes to get Sister Smith out of our room so we can go to bed on time. 😂

Monday, July 24, 2017

47 Days Parade

KSL news took photos of our dear Temple Square sisters at the Days of 47 Parade in Salt Lake City.  Allison is in the photos in the front row.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Look Who Found Allison!

Rick Garcia:   As soon as I stepped on Temple Square grounds I said, "where is Sister Glanzer?!"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sidekicks Rule!

Monday, I was at Welfare Square. I am there twice a week from 9-4ish. Then we return to Square for the rest of the day. While I was there, two very interesting things happened. In the morning a South Korean member came into the VC and asked us for some help on a phone call. The car people he was trying to talk to couldn't understand him over the phone so I was the voice piece for him. I thought it would take maybe 5-7 minutes. Well the first call took five minutes. The second call took 20 minutes, plus explaining exactly what a cost would be. All in all, I knew a bit more about cars than I gave myself credit for. Then later a younger man member came in. We asked him what his name was, "Jason." Whenever anyone says their name is Jason, I always light up, and think, "Ah Jason!" No, I haven't told any one, "That's my dog's name!" But I really want to. Sister Leavitt almost started laughing because she thought, "That's her dogs name."

But Jason's, the member, story goes beyond his name. We had a good, slightly awkward, tour. But the highlight of it all was at the tasting table. He tooooooook his time to spread the honey on his bread, by tilting and rotating the bread to make the honey reach all sides of the bread, instead of using his peanut-butter knife. It was only so funny, because there were sisters waiting to restock for a VIP tour coming through after us. We are trying to hurry him, without him realizing it. 😂

This transfer of being District leader's companion has been really fun and very rewarding. Sure it is the 5th transfer in a row, but after the first 12 hours of knowing, I always get excited for it again! We are a team to help with the other missionaries! I tell her what I see and learn, I get to suggest to others some things, and see how others work! I also know that if ever I train, I will be building up my patience to be so muscular, nothing will bother me ever in the world! I am a sidekick, but I enjoy being a sidekick.

My Book of Mormon hero is Sam, 3rd son of Lehi. He was there with Nephi through a lot of stuff, but never was it written that he murmured and complained, that he raised his hand against his brother, or laughed at his father. He did what he should, he is a great sidekick! But sidekicks are heroes too. So as long as we all do what we should, follow Christ, keep the commandments, we can do so much. 

I testify that going to bed on time as a missionary really makes a difference and Heavenly Father will chasten you if you don't. Being extremely tired is something Sister Leavitt and I dealt with a few days this week, because of this one thing, and boy, we could really tell on some tours with some big words we used. 😯 But we are in the repentance process or making a plan. We just have all the important things done before our roommates get home! Still a work in progress, but we will get there! 

Temple Square is pretty hoppin'!
Sister Glanzer!

"Snacks" tasting table
Welfare Square Training!

                                              Called to serve, name tag addition.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Serving at Welfare Square

The big question! What is Welfare Square like? Well, my first day was last Thursday, and only 2 of the 6 sisters there had served before, so it was a bit hectic! We made it though. I haven't been back since that day because our other shift is Monday. Our MLC was on Monday so we couldn't go. It was great to be able to go back to Welfare Square and see again the things that we as a church do.

At Welfare Square, there is also a room that shows a little bit of what the Humanitarian Center does, and that is where we end the tour. Fun Fact… in Elberta, UT the church owns a ranch that has 5,000 head of cattle and it is from there that comes the Deseret Industries Milk and Cheese, plus more, making a total of 18 products produced by those 5,000 cows! As well as when you buy BYU creamery items, funds go back to the Welfare Program to continue the work!

On the 2nd tour we gave of the WS, the youth that came through, whose Stake grows onions that are used in the spaghetti sauce and the salsa the church makes! I won’t tell you everything because there is a lot! The Deseret Industries Brand cannot be bought; it is only used in Bishop's Store Houses (BSH). 

The first tour we gave was to a youth group from the church and a girl told us that thanks to this program her family was able to have food during a very hard time in their life.

There are more than just the Welfare Square Campus in SLC, but other ones around the US, mostly in the Western U.S. Definitely not one in Tonasket, but keep paying your fast offerings! You don't need a BSH to be able to see how it helps people. It is easy to find where your tithes and offers go!

Seeing how the church's Welfare Program operates worldwide is so amazing. We have a huge impact on the world! This is just another thing that confirms to me that this is God's church and I am missionary serving Him, and caring for the poor and needy is a sacred thing, so of course God wants us to do our best to help! 

As for my companion, Sister Leavitt is my first American comp while being on Temple Square. If you recall, I had two in the MTC. We are getting along great! All my companions seem to have some type of medical issue, whether it is small, great, hidden, or mental. Each one. Then I am able to be at their side patting them. She and I get along great! She is very organized and easy to get excited! Definitely a hard working missionary. Yesterday I was on exchanges with Sister Smith A. and I said something in a way that Sister Leavitt would say it; both of us got big eyed….we haven’t even been together a consecutive 7 days yet!

It is so sunny and bright here! The Temple isn't white per say, but it is super close to it, so walking around the Square is blinding and eye-burning when you exit the dim tabernacle or dim south desk of the South Visitor Center. 

Thanks all! Keep up the good Christlike things you are doing and strive to do more!

Sister Glanzer


Sister Smith and Leavitt are excited about a clean apartment. Sister Smith for people who will clean, Sister Leavitt for all her cleaning.

Getting some meat at Rancho market. 

Sister Smith A. and I on exchanges on the Fourth. Almost all the sisters had Red, White and Blue on. Which are also the colors of a lot of other countries. The mission provided lunch for us too.

So technically I serve in 3 Visitor Centers.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Surprise Photo!

The O'Hares, a couple tourists wandering through Temple Square sent this wonderful surprise photo in a text.  They mentioned that they have two missionaries out who are serving in England.  We certainly love receiving photos like this. Thanks to the O'Hares.

Friday, June 30, 2017

We Had a Surprise Baptism!

Assignment: Welfare Square!
Zone Leaders: Sisters Herr (hair) and Monzalvo (my west 2 zone leader!)
Companion: Sister Leavitt from Orem Utah!
District: Sister Smith (Allyson) and Sister Moses, Sister Calderon and who ever she is training
District leader: Sister Leavitt (you all guessed it, district leader's companion round five! I am a great support, and I have experience to help the first time district leader! My skills have been honed for this moment!) 
Pday: WEDNESDAY! I get another one tomorrow! Woot! Blessings!
Apt: Deseret building, back to one bathroom for four women. 

This week, this week. We had a surprise baptism! We sent this lady to the locals on the 6th, the 24th she was baptized. Now not every mission in the world wants Temple Square sisters to call the missionaries which is fine. We were getting things done before, and we still can. She was in one of the two missions, so we have to call the mission home. We all send a lot of people to both of those missions, so the mission homes must be getting overloaded with sisters calling! But it was through the mission home that we got the date! Fun!

I took a chat one day where this kid was asking about repentance, and saying that his parents would be disappointed in him. Long story short I found out his parents passed four years ago. He and his brother moved to the UK to live with their aunt, and he stopped going to church, but the old brother didn't. The older brother is now just starting his mission in Argentina! This boy knew nothing about what his brother was doing on his mission, and he didn't know anything at all, and he was angry that he left him. He would start to type things (we can see what you type before you send it) things like I miss him, and stuff like that, poor kid. But I encouraged him to email his brother right then and there. He was so dear. I loved seeing how serving a mission can answer a missionaries prayers, because I bet you all, that brand new elder is wondering if his brother would ever write him as he is in a foreign country learning a new language. This is going to be a start of a great thing, I am going to think positive and say that the kid is going to end up serving a mission too! Why not? Missionaries can bless families on both ends of the spectrum! 

We have a ton of new changes that are going to take place over the next few transfers! 

Keep doing good, and serve others!
Sister Glanzer

The different tags
Sister Fernandez broke her phone, mine is the intact one in the corner
This was the Uno hand that was dealt me, no changes... We play Uno a lot at night

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Same In Purpose

Howdy everyone! During this week the sisters who are going outbound got their calls! Four are going to Tempe, AZ and two are going somewhere in TX, and no, I was not one of them. Maybe within the next two transfers I'll go. But for now, I am roaming the Square! That is all the news I know about next transfer. Oh, and they got us our new name tags earlier than we thought. It was sad to take off the old one and have the traditional one on, but we are the flagship mission, and we need to set the example so all the people will see we are just the same in purpose as other missionaries.

The other day in Teaching Center some guy was calling over and over and over and over... and over and over... and over again. There was nothing for us to do on TC so we picked up his phone call and would talk to him in different languages, or just keep it on mute. He would tell us we are going to hell, that we are wrong, and that the church he made is true. He contradicted himself on what he was trying "teach" us. He was really entertaining us! He was singing some Christian songs that were pretty jazzy songs. I did actually get him to have a civil conversation at one point, telling him that it is wonderful that he has a belief in Christ and he wants to share that with people, but here he is just wasting his time. He started "teaching" fast and getting angry as he spoke. He wasted hours of his life calling into the system. Sister Sookhoo told us that he had been calling in almost non stop since Friday night to Sunday morning. That is really sad. If I had time like that to waste I would take a nap, read a book, or talk to a loved one. Something must have been really upsetting him.

Sister Tripptree and I have been giving really great tours! So now we are trying to focus on individual contacts, which are not my favorite. I would rather give a motor-coach of 100 people than walk up to people on the square. They are good, individual contacts, but I don't really know why I don't like them. 

We took a motor-coach of YSA (young single adults) through Temple Square. It was fun because the majority of them were returned missionaries, and one of the girls served her mission in South Dakota! So I knew where the cities she was talking about were located! 

Sadly I forgot my iPad in the apartment, so no pictures... I didn't have any news anyway. 😁

I almost forgot! Today Sister Tripptree and I picked up the Cooks (Sr. Couple from England) from the home of the daughter of Gordon B. Hinkley! He was the Prophet before our prophet today. That was neat and we got to meet her. They were the Temple President of the Salt Lake Temple, and the Cooks got to hear about a lot of cool things about the temple. There are over 4,000 people that volunteer in the Salt Lake Temple! 

Goodbye Folks!
Sister Glanzer

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Am Just So Blessed to Serve At Temple Square

This week was more exciting. I had a thought, which is worse? To stand in front of a crowd of people trying to preach the gospel and have them shout and yell, and not let you speak? Or preach to a crowd of people and see them stare at you with blank faces, laugh at you and then leave the tour, but then you see them walking around. I think people yelling at me. I have not been fortunate enough to have someone rudely tell me to stop preaching whilst I have been here, but other sisters have. Wow. I am just so blessed to serve at Temple Square. 

There have been some changes that are going to happen next transfer. Our name tags currently have the Salt Lake Temple on them. Next transfer we can no longer wear those badges and will be wearing traditional name tag. That was the saddest news ever. Also we get to choose when we have square time, teaching center time, and companionship study time....... WE GET THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. You don't understand what this means for us! Our schedule, except for assignments, is up to us. This is a whole new ball park of obedience, consecration, and trust. We are free to choose freedom or captivity! WE ARE MORE AND MORE LIKE TRADITIONAL MISSIONS, that is utterly crazy.... but they had to take the name tags away. Gee. What a time to have lived at! 

We had zone conference this past week. One of the things talked about was marriage and family, and how we are able to teach these things to others. Also, at the very end, President Risenmay told us strongly and firmly, and repeatedly, "Don't marry outside the temple. DON'T marry OUTSIDE the temple."

Another thing that was talked about was being happy. We watched a video, TED Talk to be exact, of two monkeys doing the same task. One got a cucumber and the other got a grape. The one getting the cucumber was less than pleased, and would chuck it back because he saw the other monkey getting the grape. That really is how we are sometimes, seeing life as unfair with what we receive, thinking that "I'll be happy when I get a 'grape'" instead of really appreciating what God gives us. I know that he is giving us what we need to grow and progress. I thought to myself, "I like cucumbers just as much as grapes... but is that how I see life? What God has given me?"

After weeks of a dry Teaching Center, we made some changes, and were able to find two new people to teach and send to the local missionaries. I am excited to help them progress and trust in God and learn more about this Good News, the Gospel! So those silent, judging laughing crowds wont throw me for the loop, there are people out there waiting and ready for this message who don't even know it yet! We missionaries just need to pluck away, ask, listen, discern, and follow the spirit! 

Sister Glanzer

Music and the spoken word in the Conference Center!
Announcing moved to Conference Center
District activity: Food from your country and play games!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Look Who Found Allison!

Michele Giovia found Allison on Temple Square today! Michele said: "Ran into Allison today ! Only got to see her for a second -- she was on to her next assignment."

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I Am Letting the Mission Mold Me!

Remember to the other week when I told about Sister Halverson from Japan getting sick? Well then a bunch of other sisters in the zone got sick. I got this weird kind of sick, where my body wasn't tired or anything or sore, but my sinus and throat hurt so bad! I have never ever blown my nose so much in my life. I still have some sniffles and it has been a week! I am taking some allergy medicine to see if maybe I have developed allergies here in Utah. Hmmm. I am starting dry up a bit with the mucus! 

I have to say I am become a master chef! I have experimented and dabbled, and I am still chubby. Happy and living! There is a thing I guess the Hispanic sisters ask when you say their food is good, "Can I marry?" The first time I heard that, I chuckled. Now I whisper to myself, "It's good, I can marry." Disclaimer: my thoughts are not filled with marriage. I am more concerned with missionary work, and there are too many fun things to get done! But on that note, at Temple Square there are more and more brides walking around, looking beautiful, being sealed with their eternal companions in the House of the Lord! 

A lady got arrested yesterday! We don't really know why, but from talking with another sister I learned that a man's appendix burst during my time here! Even with the great peace that resides here, crazy stuff happens too! And there was this crazy storm that lasted 15 minutes, but that 15 minutes was the time we had to walk to Beehive House, so we got soaking wet! 

With testifying more often and trying not to share history, I have been told there is a difference in me. I am glad some can see changes in me because I can't. I am letting the mission mold me! 

There have been so many people here at for the summer time, and almost everyone is going to or from national parks. One man was here grading AP tests! Lots of people from Europe, but they just don't come in bus loads as often as the Chinese people. So nothing too exuberant here. 

Sister Glanzer

I wanted to share Jason in action with you all!
The Sharps were one of the senior couples when I first got here, they finished three months ago, but they live really, really close to the square. (this is a picture of my zone)

Doing My Best to Serve God

In the last three months of being a missionary, I felt myself in a rut. I was stuck in one way and I really couldn't get outside of it. But thanks to Sister Tripptree, who really magnifies her calling as a district leader, has found a great solution to help me get out! I am not allowed to share history! I didn't realize it, but I got in to just saying the same things over and over and over again in tours, especially the history of Temple Square. So now I am only sharing principles and my testimony. I can bring up the history and connect it to the gospel, or if it was just mentioned. It has been super hard, but there are some places in the Beehive House where she'll really make me think. "This is Brigham's bedroom and the hat and the cane on the bed are original to him." Then she gives me this smile of "Good luck." But I know that this will really help me grow as a missionary! Sometimes I flounder for what to say and I just look back at her, "My skills are not developed, help!" 

We gave our first motor coach together for the summer. I was able to share what I know to be true with 44 people in one go! We did a good job! If there are more than 35 people in a tour we have contactors, which are sisters who are going along with us to help answer people's questions because just two of us can't do it all! Sister De Sousa from Sweden and her trainee where the contactors, and they gave really good feed back on what we can to better next time! 

Sister Tripptree is in the last two months of her mission and when sisters here are nearing the end you can tell they are getting worn out physically, especially the sisters that work the hardest. She and I talked about how many people in 18 months that we will talk to here on temple square, not even counting those that we just say hi to and direct them places. We guessed about 4,000 people, if not more, especially in the summer time with motor coaches (15 people or more). That can be up to 50 people sometimes! As I have been told, it gets crazy busy and hectic and you are dead by the end of each day. I know that Temple Square and other Visitor Centers are definitely part of God's plan to bring the Gospel to all nations!

We haven't quite finished exchanges yet. Sister Tripptree really uses me during exchanges! It really makes the exchanges more meaningful and more fun! Sister Tripptree has a thing that I can focus on each individual sister so even being with me they can learn something! They all tell me I am amazing...That is nice of them. I am just average, but doing my best to serve God. 

Because of sickness, I got to be with sister Fernandez for two days! Those were some very very fun exchanges. We traveled through the tunnels on the second day, if people heard us, they we probably like, "sisters." 

Sister Glanzer

Sister Tripptree and me
I got some delicious cookies, containers, and paper towels!
There was a paint project going on around Beehive House, they really wanted people to know

Hiding in the post closet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Back to Beehive House Zone!

The moment that I know at least mom has been waiting for! I have p-day on Tuesday! My Zone is East 1, aka Beehive House zone. My companion is Sister Tripptree, from Tasmanian, Australia! My Zone leaders are Sisters Seol and Steffensen from South Korea and Norway. I am the only American in the District... And I am round four of district leader companion. I like seeing how different sisters take care of their districts. 

This week has been pretty good! Sister Tripptree went to get a snack one day from the vending machine. She put a $20 bill in the machine, and after about 10 minutes of being confused as to why we didn't get any change, she now has an account on a vending machine. That is in the tunnels under the square. 

This was an exciting transfer day too because a group of sisters came back from outbound. This group was the one I had bonded with the most before leaving..... SISTER TUTTLE AND SKOUSON ARE BACK! Those were the two I was most excited for! I am also glad for the other ones too. 

Beginning of the transfer means exchanges! I went with Sister Halvorson from Japan! I got to learn the Japanese characters a bit... It is actually a tad easy! One day I will be able to read Japanese! I wont understand, but I'll read. there is character that is just "mm".
Sister Tripptree took a call for a lady in the south. She was one of the funnest people I have ever listened too! She was sweet but crazy! It took about five minutes for Sister Tripptree to spell her name so the lady, who insisted on being called Queen Mary, could call her the right name. And now Sister Tripptree has the name Miss Green Tripptree! Queen Mary was so sweet, she gave such the sweetest complement and said very nice things. When she gets back home from Florida, she will have the missionaries over for hot chocolate, because we don't drink tea. 😊

Sister Glanzer, from Eastern Washington, far from any town the common person would know.

 Last day in West Gate. How will it go on without us?
The watcher duck will the others rest.
So they had to cover the summer flowers so they wouldn't freeze. Utah has some weird weather. They look like big dishes of rice
This Bryan on a bike or bikin' Bryan. Sometimes his is biking home at the same we walk home, he is funny. He rides ahead and stops so the cars going right won't hit us.
SISTER TUTTLE! She is back from the NY Utica Mission
Rachael sent me a nice package in the mail!
Everyone needs a place to plan for the day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I am Just Going Along Sowing Sporadic Seeds

For the new transfer this is what I can tell you: I am moving to a different apartment in Brigham and I am NOT a district Leader and I am NOT training a new sister. That's all I know. So who knows when my next p-day will be. 

We had our service project this week! We went to the Spencer's house! We pulled weeds and planted some plants! Super fun! Then they fed us hotdogs that had been grilled. I was hoping we would have something grilled! So the Spencer's have an apartment in Brigham as well, but they have the home home that is 30 minutes away. So they don't have to travel 30 minutes everyday and are more capable to be on the square. When needed they live in Brigham! But they have a daughter that lives in the basement of their house, and her two children (I think) that were very excited for us to come over too! Their daughter is less active in the church, but a different group of sisters had gone before us to do some other things, and her daughter came home early from school because she knocked her head pretty hard. But she recovered pretty fast and was working alongside the first group of sisters. So when we came, the daughter left school early on Thursday so she could come and work with us and socialize with us. Fun, fun.

On Wednesday I am the one dropping Sister Nyamdeleg off at the airport!  Nooooooooooooo. I don't want her to go home! But every mission must come to an end and each missionary needs to return to their own society. I just wish she wasn't so far away!

I got to skype with my family, that was fun. My brother and his wife are gonna have twins! I am now the only without a child, that's okay, I am just 20... and not married... and on a mission... and I don't want to break the Law of Chastity. It was hard to hear at times because my companion was skyping at the same time and they were quite loud. Which made us be loud. But it was good. 

We have really been focusing on remembering to share the gospel with everyone, on square, on the phone. So people will call in for a prayer, and usually they'll hang up right away. This most recent man didn't. I was able to talk to him for a little bit. I think it is so interesting because he didn't believe in God, but he prayed, and wanted a prayer. So then I am pretty much done sharing the usual, and then you hear the sound that really makes your eye twitch when you are in the middle of a sentence. He hung up. But that is okay. Many people hear the message a lot before they accept. I am just going along sowing sporadic seeds for someone to hopefully come along and harvest!

Bart la (mongolian for good bye! but there is a r sound, like a slight roll but not quiet, in there  but don't know how to show it)

Sister Glanzer 

There are a lot of Book of Mormon Languages. Elders Spencer came up with this cool way of making sure we have them behind the desk. 
"What brought you to Temple Square today?" "The Flowers" "Oh"
Playing Ninjas of destruction
This set of departing sisters has a lot of sister that I am going to miss. Tear.
I pulled the bush stomp/root out of the ground! I am so strong!
We were just beginning the work.
The best picture of all the siblings I have, plus Jason! the one you can't really tell is Dana