Monday, November 25, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

                                                                                                                                     11-25-2013

I'm so sad I'm not home for Thanksgiving, but we're going to have a great one here! Don't worry, I already caught my yearly cold. Thank heavens for Cold-Eze! Love it! I don't think it will feel like Thanksgiving without the fam though. But it'll be great! I'll be with ya'll in 2 years on Thanksgiving! :)

Well, I'm here in Kokomo (sing the Beach Boys!) Indiana! I miss Plainfield, but I have a feeling this is going to be a fantastic area! I'm here in a trio with Sister C (from Snowflake Arizona) and Sister L (from Logan Utah) but Sister L is probably going home this week because of health reasons. So it'll be me and Sister C! But I'm super stoked. We're fired up to get this area going. We were triple transferred in, so basically whitewashing the area again. It needed it though. There's a set of elders here too. The ward mission leader wants 100 baptisms by the end of 2014, so us and the ward have a LOT of work to do. I'm excited though. The work is hastening!

Well, Monday and Tuesday were spent wrapping up the work with Sister O. We made a lot of notes for the Elders taking over and said goodbye, which stunk, but I'm excited to go back and see all those people at some point! It was such a great area. I guess that's why they took me out. They need me in another great area! :) I hated saying bye to Sister O, Sister H, and Sister R, but on the bright side: Sister H got exiled to Lafayette with me and Sister R is now companions with Sister H! I love it!

Wednesday, transfers were crazy. President Cleveland created 12 new zones, which meant there were TONS of double transfers, new district and zone leaders and sister training leaders. It was the biggest transfer meeting in Indiana history. All but 40 missionaries were there. CRAZY! It was awesome. It'll be a good change. I'm stoked. I've said that a lot, but I really am.

The past few days have been spent meeting members, trying to figure out who our investigators are, and the funnest part: TORNADO CLEANUP! Kokomo got hit last Sunday. Bad. Seriously, it was crazy. But my dreams came true and I got to wear a Mormon Helping Hands vest and clean a disaster area. 55 missionaries and 100 people from the stake put on gloves and vests and cleaned up from 9-4 on Saturday. It was awesome to see the help and we got to give out humanitarian supplies. It was definitely humbling. And reassured the fact I never want to be in a tornado. A bank in front of Kroger was completely leveled and it said "This branch is closed due to a power outage, weather issues, or facility problems." Ya think? All that was left was the safe. CRAZY!

So that was basically this week. We don't have a ton of time cause P-Day only lasts until 1 today because they're making from 1-9 P-Day on Thanksgiving so we can just spend time with members. Pretty sweet.

But I have a lot of pictures.

Oh and question. Is Ashley Sessions (Scott Erickson's niece) in the Indiana Mission? A Sister Sessions from Boise just arrived on Wednesday...it looked kind of like her. And I didn't get to talk to her. So find out, okay? :)

I think that's all for this week! Have a great week! Thanks for all the love and support!

LOVE YOU!
Peace and Blessin's.
-Sista Christensen

Pictures:

With Sister J. A sister from Plainfield we visited.

With S and D from Strides Horse Barn.

With Sister B.

With M and Sister P.
they're so awesome.


With the M Family. They just adopted a son from Uganda
And they're adopting another one.

With the Ss. It's fine, you can laugh at him. A lot. :)
He kept saying "double up!" everytime he'd do a double chin.

Tornado stuff. . .




More Tornado stuff. . .





And my letter that was addressed to Elder Darcie Christensen.

I think you forgot to change the title Dadio :) 



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tornado Alley!

Don't worry, I'm alive and well. I've now lived through my first tornado sirens. Crazy. No me gusta. Pretty sure Heavenly Father knows I'd seriously consider leaving if a tornado came :) You'd be pleased with me though. I was pretty well composed cause Sister O was freaking out so someone had to hold it together! hahaa :) But only a few tree branches were sacrificed in the storm! Supposedly there were tornados around though.

Well, I guess I should also tell everyone I'm leavin' Plainfield! It's been a good run, but Sister O and I are getting double transferred out to let a set of Elders come in. Sister R is staying and the rest of us are leaving. Sister H will be training a new missionary, so that's exciting. I'll hopefully be training next transfer. I'll try to get a letter to you by Saturday with my new address, but if not, I'll email it Monday.

And as of this week, I've been gone 3 months! I'm no longer a greenie!

This week was pretty solid. We didn't have much luck keeping appointments or getting new investigators, but we talked to a ton of people, especially a lot of the people we hadn't been able to contact thus far. So that was awesome. We had like, a bajillion appointments scheduled and for some reason, people like to cancel. Oh well. haha :) We spent our planning time trying to leave a lot of notes for the Elders so they have a good idea who everyone is.

Monday was Sister R's Birthday! Woo Woo! After we went and played with the missionaries, we went to the S family and they fed us and then we got to watch 17 miracles with them. It was so fun! They also made me molasses bread. They cooked it on medium instead of light, so the sides were a little well done and the top completely fell in, but it still tasted good! Brother Schmalfeldt was so upset. I'm surprised he didn't call you and try to figure out what was wrong. Good old S family.

Tuesday, we scooped poop, like usual. I can't remember anything else specific...I forgot my old planner at the apartment, so I can't remember what we did...whoops.

Wednesday, we did a lot of contacting, had a lesson or two, and then had an awesome dinner at the Ts. He is in the Stake Presidency. They invited a less active over and she is awesome. We just turned her over to Sister R to teach her the lessons again. We're sad that we're leaving before we got to teach her!

Thursday, I don't really remember...man this is why we have planners. I think we just did mostly contacting...shoot. And we had weekly planning.

Friday, we ate all together at Red Robin, tried to contact all these less actives that we were supposed to, helped Sister B make suckers for one of the other sisters investigators that is trying to quit smoking, and had Thanksgiving Dinner with our neighbors who are members at the clubhouse at our apartments. We also got to know our friends, the maintenance men, and they hugged us goodbye. haha :) Tell Tammie they call me Sister Christan. She'll think it's funny.

Saturday, we contacted in the morning, went with Sister S to visit a few people, went to a baptism for the YSA Elders, went to Camby for a lesson with the less active we met at the Ts and had dinner, went straight to another dinner appointment, then helped Sister B with her night in Bethlehem stuff. It was a good, solid day.

Sunday was Tornado day. It wasn't bad weather til during Relief Society then the sirens went off. Sister O was a little anxious. I actually did pretty well. We just kinda hung out then went to dinner with the Ms, taught the Bishop's family, studied, and got the Transfer call! I'm excited for a change. It'll be AWESOME. President is trying to figure out how he likes all the areas so there's a lot of double transfers happening, so who knows where I'll end up, but it will be good regardless! He's splitting a ton of zones, so there's a lot going on. It's exciting!

Well, I really can't remember what else I needed to tell you from this week... I'll try to remember my planner next week.

Two things:

If you end up making CDs for me, I also want John Allred's Come Thou Fount. I think the original is on my computer.

Can you order a single conference ensign and have it sent to me? It's probably only like $2 or something right? I want one I can color in and we haven't got our companion copies yet.

To answer your questions (I at least remembered your letters!):

The deposit should be like $75 or $80 cause it was $100 originally. I can't remember how much was non-refundable. Hopefully it comes soon. I like money. :)

Remind me how I should know Bret Rhode? The name is ringing a bell, but no connection is comin'. Sounds like elections were exciting :) (She worked with Bret at the hospital)

Um, I think Jordan Bullen was a year older than me...not sure though... (Jordan is in our ward and just returned from his mission) We don't have iPads yet, but within 6-12 months, we should have 2 iPads and 1 iPhone per companionship. That'll be exciting. I miss the convenience of my iPhone. This not so smart phone we have just isn't cutting it :) I'm excited for the opportunities it will bring with social media and videos. I think it will be an awesome addition to the work.

Thanks for all the love and letters! You are all the best!

Love ya'll! And miss ya! Peace and blessings! Spread the gospel!

-Sista Darc

With Elder P, one of my first Zone Leaders. He's headed home today.



Our District, again.

In the biggest pile of leaves EVER.
We had to run away shortly after cause the guy was looking out his window.





At the Plainfield Bridge.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy Veterans Day! The Library is open!

Let's see... Monday. We had just a typical P-Day! I took the vitamins back to Walgreens momma. They couldn't put the money back on the card, so I just got cash, so you can take $18 out of my account to refund. We went to Brownsburg to play with the other missionaries, but they just ended up playing basketball the whole time, so I just wrote letters cause let's be honest...I can't play basketball. haha :) We got to teach J that night too about the priesthood because he's soon to be a deacon! He was supposed to get ordained yesterday but he was home sick. Like everyone is sick. I felt a cold coming on this week but I took some Cold-Eze and some Vitamin C and it went away. Woo Woo!

Tuesday, we got to throw more hay and scoop more poo! Call me cowgirl. Throwing hay is a workout, which rocks. We had some good success contacting and taught a husband and wife where she is a member and he knows the church is true but isn't baptized yet. So we're working on that.  We also met a less active that works at the Zoo and offered to get us in for free but it's not open on Mondays...LAME. You'd be amazed how many things here aren't open on Monday...strange. Is there a reason for that? It's like Maddox...Oh I could really go for a corn pone right now..

Wednesday was pretty sweet. In the morning, we accidentally ran into a former investigator while looking for his less active wife. It turns out his wife is actually the daughter of a member of the mission presidency...weird right? But her husband wants to take the discussions again. So that's exciting! Small world. Coincidence? I think not. We tried to get Sister B to a lesson but none of our investigators like to answer the door, so we went to an 80 year old less active man and he loves to talk. We could not get out of there. We were late to our next lesson and didn't even get to share a thought with him. It was pretty funny. We had dinner with a hilarious less active that night. She's just recently started coming back to church...woo! She was so funny. All four of us ate with her and she loved it. We got to go to mutual that night too and the YW got a canvas painting lesson. They came up with some sweet stuff.

Thursday, we went and visited Sister F and she is leaving on a trip, so we had to say bye to her in case we leave at transfers. It was so sad! She has changed so much and you can see the spirit so much in her now, which is such a difference from when we first met her! She was so sad. But hopefully the ward will get involved more and love her back into the church. That night was the night we got a new investigator! It's the guy who showed up at church last Sunday unexpectedly. He's so in tune with the spirit already. He decided that there's a reason we ran into him. We hopefully will commit him to baptism this week. He had to work during church yesterday. We then ate with the Ts ( I don't know if I've talked about them). They're on an internship program and are moving soon since they only stay in a place 6 months, which is sad cause they are totally a missionary family. They're kids are so cute. We're going to miss them! Then we helped Sister B with some of her "Night in Bethlehem" stuff for the ward party.

Friday was just a day of a lot of contacting after we had district meeting and lunch. We went to Noodles and Company cause Sister O loves it (we've been 3 times...) and I still haven't found something I love there. Maybe eventually.

Saturday, we helped clean the building and got free quiznos. Then we headed out to Camby, did some tracting and contacting and found our other new investigator! She is awesome and just has a young family and wants a church, so we're excited. She's solid. We helped Sister B again that night and she's about done. Basically, it was just another missionary day of contacting! Which was good.

Sunday is just awesome. Another great day of spiritual upliftment. We got to go to Why I Believe too and I got to play the piano, so that was fun. I also saw Sister Herzog. You'll have to send the picture to Kelsey! She's adorable.

And here we are. Monday again. It's Sister R's birthday, so we're having a fun day. I can't believe this week, I'll have been out 3 months. Missionary time is weird...does it feel fast or slow to you?

I don't know that I had any specific questions or needs this week.

Except I am thinking that I may want you to burn copies of some music and send to me. It doesn't have to be like ASAP. But sometime in the future. I definitely want some Christmas Music (Maybe some David Archuleta ones that are hymns or about Christ? Mo Tab? Just general Christmas music?) And then I want a CD of some of my church music. Maybe just copy my two MoTab CD's that are in the 'burb and then from iTunes, I want my Alex Boye, Nichole Nordman's "I Am", Some of the EFY ones that are hymns. Basically just spiritual music. Don't buy any new stuff, just look what I have and pick :) I'm just getting sick of the stuff we have. haha :) Maybe Zach and La can help you out too.

Well, I think that's about it. Hopefully you all have a fantastic week! Love and miss you all! Hope to hear from you soon!

LOVE YOU! Peace and blessings!
-Sister Christensen



Beautiful leaves! They're like all dead now...lame.

Avon District! Elder B. S, Elder H, Sister B, Sister P,
and the Plainfield 4 Best district


I tried to knock on a door, I broke the handle, and this is how I put it back together. Sister O said it wasn't quite right. I think it looks good, right? :)



Me and Sister H at Why I Believe!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mormons don't believe in Blood Transfusions...what?

You're welcome for that subject line. We had a guy this week tell us that. This is how it went:

Man after we knocked on his door and we introduced ourselves: "Eh, you don't believe in Transfusion"

Us: "What kind of transfusion?"

Man: "Blood."

Sister O: "Yes we do. My Grandma had a lot!"

Man: "Eh, I don't think you do." Door slam.

Who are you, sir, to tell me what I believe? :) Darn Jehovah's Witnesses make all these people confused! :) People also think a lot that we don't celebrate holidays and birthdays. Thanks to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Again.

Welp, this week was pretty good. Not much success finding new investigators, but we had a lot of good training and taught a solid number of lessons!

Monday, we had a fun family home evening after dinner at a member's home with an older man that joined the church about 10ish years ago. He had never been to a home evening before, so it was awesome!

Tuesday, we helped some member's move out of a trailer. We ended up just kind of reorganizing the trailer and the Elders from Avon carried out stuff because the wife wasn't home so we couldn't go in the house. Then we contacted and went and taught one of our newer investigators, Miss D. She's pretty sweet. She's in her 70's and has had a hard time with organized religion. Bro. S went with us. It was good. She is definitely willing to learn. She'll be a Mormon soon enough! :) We then got to meet with a Former Investigator (the Yankee Flipper guy). He just needs to be baptized. He knows it's true! Hopefully we'll find that little push he needs to be able to know for sure this Church is Christ's.

Wednesday, we got to go to Stride's for service. I got to throw hay from the loft. That was pretty fun. Definitely a workout! I was covered in Hay. Then we cleaned stalls so I smelled like horse waste. It was great :) (She always said she liked the smell of horse manure!) 

We also had interviews with President. It was great. President Cleveland is awesome :) He was behind and super tired, so we had pretty short interviews, but it was great. We talked a lot about having specific prayers.

And that's my invitation this week: Be very specific in your prayers and you will get specific answers. Account to the Lord for everything you did that day. Tell Him what you want to improve on and ask what you can do better. He loves to hear about it. I'm learning how important accountability to Him is, especially in missionary work with key indicators.

We also had a Trunk or Treat for the ward and a chili dinner. I legitimately got asked if I was dressed up as a missionary. haha Yep! Today and every day! We got to meet some pretty sweet nonmembers and came home with a lot of candy. No me gusta candy. I eat your cookies instead! All of the sisters love them and Sister R said "I think your mom makes the best sugar cookies ever!" So there ya go. I'm not eating quite all of them by myself! :) (I accused her of not sharing)

Thursday was a pretty typical day of just attempting to catch people at home. We did get to meet some good potentials out in the rain. It was pouring. But my boots are waterproof! :) Halloween got changed...weird right? There were tornado and high wind warnings, so they changed Halloween to Friday. Strange...If it was a blizzard in Utah we just went out anyway! :) But we had weekly planning that night, so it worked out that we were in, but there was no tornado. Just quite a bit of rain and a little wind.

Friday, we had Zone Training, had dinner with a member of the Stake Presidency and his wife, and helped a sister in the ward's neighbor move out. She's pretty sweet. We might actually end up teaching her. She's supposed to be coming to the primary program.

Saturday was pretty typical too, which is good. We did a lot of contacting and trying to find investigators. We also went to a couple of open houses for missionaries that are leaving on Wednesday. We got to meet a sweet nonmember who had questions at one of them, so that was good.

Sunday was as awesome as ever. I just love the spirit. We had a really cool experience. We got called out of Ward Council cause there was a guy at the door that wanted to know about the gospel. So we went and found him and it ended up that it was a random person we had met and invited to church, and he came! I think he really enjoyed sacrament. He is really funny and talkative and is very interested. His boss is actually a member too, so he has a lot of resources. Hopefully we'll get to teach him this week! We went to a cool family history night that the Elders put on in Brownsburg. The Bishop of their ward is going to be in Utah next week and is going to wave at Tremonton as he goes by! :)

And Today is just P-Day! :) Laundry...cleaning...and we're going to Brownsburg to play some sports. It should be good! :)

Funny story of the week: I got electrocuted. Pretty sweet right? haha The Elders that were here before had bunny hopped extension cords all the way around the room for our lamps so they could plug into the plug that connects to the light switch. I knew this was a bad idea, but I hadn't changed it yet. Well Sister O was making her bed and I was in the shower and she bumped the plug and it sparked and our lights went out. So we flipped the breaker and got them back on after unplugging everything. Then I went to plug the lamp just into an outlet and there were exposed wires that I didn't notice and I got electrocuted. Not cool. My hand was black (see picture). I can now check getting electrocuted off my bucket list now! :) The black is gone now though. Darn Elders. (I learned from a friend that Darcie actually got shocked - if she would have been electrocuted she would not live to tell about it – Thanks for the info Jack Williams)

Oh and just FYI: Transfers are on the 20th. They are every 6 weeks just so you know too, so you can calculate when they'll be :) I'll try to remember to tell you, but who knows. I don't know if I'll be leaving Plainfield, so that week send the mail to the mission office (from like the 15th on) and I'll get it at Transfer Meeting. Or if I don't get transferred, it'll get forwarded.

Go Aggies. Sounds like basketball season will be a good one! Glad Danny (Berger) is back. Hopefully Clifford will be up and at em soon.

I do know Sister H! She's in my Zone in Greencastle right now! I'll have to ask her next time I see her! We had talked about where we lived, but I guess she didn't think that I would know Kelsey, so I'll ask her and take a picture next time I see her.

Tell Kenzie congrats on the mission call. That's exciting.

Did the Card's win?

I got Devan's letter. Hilarious. Love that kid. Tell Bryce good luck! I heard from the Argyle's and Migan Monk, so that was fun!

Dad, I'm flossing to please mom and the dentist. They keep telling me. If I get cavities, I'll blame them :) I also don't believe your home teaching record. I'm amazed.

Welp, I think that's about it for now...I can't think of anything else...Thanks for the letters and love! And I got the headwraps! Thanks! My ears will be toasty now! :)

LOVE YOU! Peace and blessings! Spread the gospel!

-Sista Darc

Pictures:

Jumping in the same pile of leaves every time we go by there.

My electrocuted hand.

We played a prank on Sister R and hung her bear outside the bathroom when she was showering. She didn't even react.

The gorgeous trees! Leaves here are beautiful!

Sister O and I at the Family History night!