Monday, April 27, 2015

Free Slurpees for Sisters!

Monday : P-day is a happy day typically but this one shaped our whole week. It was a rough week. But Monday was nice because we emailed, we went shopping, and we cleaned the car. After being sick last week, I really wanted to clean our living quarters. One thing I'm positive I learned from work is to love cleaning. Monday night we had dinner with a family from the ward, and then went to see Jackie, Johnny, and Shannon. They are all three on different lessons so its tough but they are almost all caught up.

Tuesday: We had time and I got to see the really cute new mormon message. We had lunch and shared a message with Sister Mark. Overall it was really a great lesson. We saw Sister Black nothing new there...well she didn't record us this time. (we sing to here) We had dinner with the Randall's, Owen turned 3 this week. He is super cute. And he's totally a miracle baby. His mom had him at 24 weeks and even with all his health problems he is a survivor. Love that kid. Also we had to go get gas for the car. While at 7-11 I wanted a Slurpee so we went inside When I went to check out, the cashier told us it was on him! Free Slurpee . . . so nice!

Wednesday : District meeting, Sister Carbno gave the training and all was well. The tv wouldn't work for the video and it felt like every single thing I said that day was wrong. and I wasn't sure why. I decided just to back off and not speak unless I had to. We taught Johnny and Jackie and had dinner with the Coleman family. We then visited with the Randall's for brother Randall's new member lessons. Over all, the day really wasn't that bad.

Thursday : Service Special Olympics yah! We did track and field with children. Pretty sure this service project was against mission rules. It was hosted at a school field. We got a little sun burned which was fine becase I needed some color! Hahha! My companion wasn't happy she got burned (we were in the sun 5 hours). Anyway, after service we went home to put on some aloe. Additionally, we taught 5 lessons. Needless to say it was a busy day. We had dinner at Village Inn with a member. It was so good! Key Lime pie!

Friday : We did service for the Global Refugee Center where we hand out food to refugees. It is a very quick but busy service project. We also weekly planned which was the one thing I looked forward to all week because of how things were going. But even then I felt like I was being a bad companion. Things aren't perfect in my companionship but I knew enough to know I needed to reflect and read my Patriarchal blessing more. Which I did it was great to see I needed to stretch myself.

Saturday : We learned how to make cinnamon rolls, super fun! Our ward mission leader had us all out for dinner so we helped them get things together. We got to feed chickens and I caught one . . . it is not as easy as you might think!

Sunday : Church, craziest day of the week. I wanted to be happy, instead I was so caught up in all these different things. We went to visit some members to return things to them after dinner and our member let us play with fire in their house. Fun! Well, we watched for one of the lessons. He caught his hands on fire. Crazy . . . he had alcohol on them. Anyway, hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, April 20, 2015

YAY for Investigators at Church!

This last week was crazy . . . shall we get started!

Monday: We had dinner with the Wickman family. They live right next to the church farms. They made us what felt like a huge feast. The food was so good. After, we met with Jackie who is set with a date to be baptized. We then met with her friend Shannon. Shannon has told us many times she wants to build her relationship with Heavenly Father. Monday night she told us she wants to be baptized. Shannon invited her boyfriend Chris to sit in on her lesson that night. Although Chis didn't want to be taught he was still fine with Shannon being taught. He was very respectful of it. He told us if he didn't have to give up his smoking he would listen to the lessons.

Tuesday: We had exchanges. I wasn't too excited about it. I hate leaving my area. I feel when I come back I have no clue what's going on, or my companion and the sister she was with didn't get any work done . . . they play. In this case I was right. I knew the sister she was with would do this, she once served here in this ward. They went to the appointments they had scheduled but mostly just visited people without sharing any messages with any of those people . . . not even a prayer. Oh, my side of things, they weren't that bad. We sat at home most of the day and made cookies. Then we shared scriptures with the people we visited and all the lessons were very side tracked. Which is how it was last exchange. (duck picture from Tuesday)

Wednesday : we exchanged back. We had dinner with one of my favorite people from the ward the Richardson family. (When I was sick the week prior they gave me NyQuil and Day Quil. They are a super sweet family. Love them. And she is a super good cook! We also got to teach JAckie and Shannon again. and the Randall's. Their are so many great people here.

Thursday : District Meeting - Elder Stock gave his first training as a district leader. He also brought me cough drops. How nice. The night before he called to remind us what to study and the whole time I couldn't stop coughing . . . ugh! District meeting was good. We were taught a magic trick . . . that requires no magic. The lesson you learn is "you get out of it what you put into it" talking about studies, meeting and etc. It was pretty nifty. My companion hates role plays and and so for the most part unless the role play involves another missionary we just sit and talk. She says role plays all you do is practice teaching alone. She is great, so please no one take this the wrong way. I use to hate role pays, my trainer just taught me to love them. Thursday Sister Carbno felt sick so we stayed in for a little bit, then we did serve for a member and went to the Relief Society activity. They did a service auction. Needless to say because we had some many points we binned on a lot. Cinnamon rolls, a cross stitch, bread sticks, and a couple other items. It was so nice!

Friday : we weekly planning and had service. We visited with Amanda...I really wish she was active. Also she is a lot nicer when her mom isn't there. We had dinner with the Marks. Brother Mark is looking for a job. We read from the scriptures with them. To help them get started on their companion study. We also met with Jackie. She told us she hasn't even desired a cup of coffee since her blessing Wednesday. How exciting!

Saturday : We had breakfast with our bishops family so we could talk with him about the work here. It was super nice. We showed the kids the pepper and soap trick. And talked about the atonement. We then went to a baptism the Johnstown sisters had going on. JAckie was goign to come but couldn't... We then spent the rest of our day contacting referrals. And even visiting less actives, recent converts, and investigators. You name it we were there. Jackie and Johnny told us they would be at church and that Shannon and Chris would as well. Holy Cow, 4 investigators at church. We were very hopefully they would come.

Sunday : All four of them came to church! After church I threw up (feeling way better now). But my lunch hour was spent showering and sleeping for 20 mins. Luckily my companion was nice enough to clean up the mess inside the car. I didn't want to stay in after church I wanted to go and visit with Jackie, Johnny and Shannon. So we went. Johnny told us of how that was his best experience ever at a church, and how welcomed he felt. Next Shannon told us how much she loved it, and how glad she was that they stayed all three hours. We had dinner with the Herrick family (primary president) and taught on how we need to be building our foundation daily. This week was the most lessons we've taught in this ward . . . 28! I know if we do what is told to use to do . . . and we keep an eye single to his glory and focus on him great things can happen even if your sick. Sometimes we must carry our burdens and push forward with them. The church put out this cool video. Check it out.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sick But Still Doing the Work!

Monday : We had p-day! Woo hoo. We had dinner with the Casey family. They are super nice. Dinner was so good! It was nice being there with them and talking about conference. All of our plans fell through . . . but that happens. It gets a little stressful at times. But it's those moments that help you turn to Heavenly Father even more.

Tuesday: We had a very busy day. We helped a family move out of their house. We then saw Sister Black. She is super fun. We got to sing to her, we always sing her a hymn. So we sang "Where can I turn for peace?" It was a great experience. She needed that hymn. We met with others as well It was a great day. Towards the evening I started feeling sick. We kept going. Tuesdays are our busiest days. So many good things happened, we visited Sister Biffle who is a less active. We talked about family history and she told us she wanted to do it so bad. After our lesson we went to the church building to fill up our water bottles. Shortly after we saw Sister Biffle ,she wanted her membership number so she could use the church website to do family history. She hasn't been to church or even in a church building in forever.

Wednesday : We had zone meeting. Great things were said. We had interviews with our mission president. Which went really well. I was for sure sick (just a bad cold) We taught Jackie about Faith. She is doing very well. She wants to be baptized so bad. (May 2).

Thursday : We visited with Rick. I mostly slept the whole day because of my fever. We only visited the people we had scheduled. Over all it was good day.

Friday : Service I got a sun burn...shocker huh? ...that's what I thought. We visited quite a few people. Over all it was a good. One of the youth less-actives we met with, Amanda. Her lessons are usually super short. We had an hour long lesson with her. She talked to us like we were normal people. The name tag throws people off. But it was nice talking to her and truly seeing her as Heavenly Father sees her.

Saturday: Over all a great day . I started feeling way better! We were able to visit more people. And We finished weekly planning. We taught Greg his first new member lesson. And it was great, Brother Hull, a new ward missionary in the ward, came with us. We taught the restoration. And talked a lot about how much the gospel of Jesus Christ does bless our families.

Sunday : Sick again...ugh! We went to teach Jackie and it went really well. She brought three of her friends, and two of them want to be taught. One of them wants to be baptized when Jackie is. Holy Cow! We gotta get going with her lessons!

This week was crazy. Sorry I'm out of time. I'll talk more next week! Love you all!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

When you feel the spirit . . . you know what you need to do!

Monday: Well we had p-day like every other Monday but our Bishop asked us to do service for a woman who isn't a member. (We are not supposed to do service on Monday) but we helped the lady pack her truck. We had dinner with our Bishop and got little Easter baskets How cute! I love the bishop's family. I also got to jump on the trampoline. (5 mins before p-day was over)

Tuesday: Transfer day! We dropped off Sister Waters in Windsor. (She is now in Wheatland, WY) And Sister Carbno and I stayed together. So after we dropped her off we went back to work. We visited Sister Black, that lady is kind of funny . . . crazy but funny. Very sweet. It's interesting meeting with her because she not active but tries to preach at us. We met with Sister Rush (the lady who got the cat). Her son wasn't happy. haha. She loves that cat. It was cute listening to her prayer when she thanked Heavenly Father for the cat. CUTE!

Wednesday: We did service in the morning for Sister Wheeler. We ended up going to Johnstown and Windor . . . (not our area and we didn't have permission...eck!) Well after we finished she took us to Rubbin' Butts BBQ. Haha we all agreed it was a weird name. But its was pretty cool.

Brother Wright, our ward mission leader, took us to dinner Chick-Fil-A. I've decided if members take us out I want to go to the hole in the wall places that are unique to my mission. Don't get me wrong, I love Chick-Fil-A,I just want something new.

Every plan fell through . . . yes those days happen. But we were able to met with Sister Sheet is moving to Riffle. To be closer to her grand baby. We didn't get to met to long with her because she was packing. We did get to met with Sister Nelison and we were able to read the "The Living Christ."

Friday: Weekly planning . . . Need I say more on that matter. I love planning. We did service at the food bank. It was great. Then we visited the Marks and Jackie (side note: in Greeley lots of houses have solar plates on top of there house.) But we were driving down a street, couldn't tell you how many times we've been down this street in the last 6 weeks. But this time I noticed the solar plates. They looked huge! So I pointed to them. Coming out of the drive way was a car (we were on the opposite side of the street) and its a miracle we didn't get hit! my companion started panicking. I died laughing because I wasn't pointing at the car I was pointing at the top to the house. But because I was pointing at the house we noticed the car. Oh the tender mercies you see as a missionary! whoa. We made it to see Jackie and the Marks. It was great! We are hoping to set Jackie with a date for baptism.

Saturday: General Conference. we had dinner with the Martins and colored eggs. FUN! It was a long busy day. I loved conference. It was so powerful. I loved the spirit that was there. It was amazing.

Sunday: General Conference!!! Its always sad when its over We visited so many people Sunday night. We had a lovely Easter dinner. We watched the Sunday Morning session with the Marks and it was great. Jackie told us she wanted to be baptized! It was great! I couldn't have had a happier moment. And I mean Elder Holland spoke Sunday. It was a glorious moment. I love listening to Elder Holland. But this topped everything and anything that could have happened. Jackie felt the spirit and knew what step she needed to take next.