Thursday, February 27, 2014

FLOODS!

                                                                                                                                     2-24-2014
Okay maybe not floods. But Indiana is under water. All the fields have turned into lakes (like literally, they have a current) and there's water everywhere. Crazy crazy! We're going to have to rent a canoe and throw out pass along cards along the way! :)

Well this week was a little crazy, a little hard, and good all at the same time. It just seemed like everyone was sick or not available or grumpy or something. Kokomo was in a slump! But this week is going to be fantastic, so it's all good! :)

So Monday, after emailing, we went about our shopping and such, I got a bottle of Mayo for 25 cents (it was only a month after expiration :) Don't tell Margo! haha), I went to my first flea market (yuck) and shopped at Aldi's for the first time. OH and we went to Sam's Club and I got a new shirt. That's my new go-to store for shirts! :) Then we played pool with the Elders. That night, we had dinner with the S's (family with 7 kids...I'm pretty sure I've talked about them haha) and then we went and taught another family in the ward and got a referral (SICK! Get referrals for the missionaries! It's the best!). It also snowed the biggest snowballs I've ever seen this day. It was crazy!

Tuesday, we did service at the library in the morning, went contacting in the afternoon (nothing too out of the ordinary except it was pretty sweet cause we have a Former Investigator who will talk to us as long as he's outside (we can't knock on his door) and we were walking by his house and I said "Man, I wish he was outside so we could talk to him" and not like 3 minutes later he walked out to get his mail! Tender Mercy!) That night, we had dinner with the R's and took some less-actives cookies. We went and played a rousing game of chair soccer. It didn't end too well, but that's a story for another time haha :)

Wednesday, our appointment in the morning cancelled, so we 2-2-4'd them and found a guy who gave us a referral, so that was a sweet 2-2-4 miracle. Then we found some more solid potentials out contacting and just did some regular old tracting and contacting! :) That night, we had dinner with the J's and then we taught the H's.

Thursday, we had Zone Conference over in Lafayette. All the Lafayette and South Bend Zones were there, so I got to see quite a few people! Sister R and Sister C were both there and I also saw Elder H and told him that our moms were talking. He gave me an Idaho Potato pin even though I'm not from Idaho haha :) So it was fun to see all them. And the trainings...SICK. I just love Zone Conference. President just always hits the nail right on the head. It's like he's inspired or something :) We talked a lot about the power of the Book of Mormon, humility, obedience, the whole 9 yards. I loved it. It's cool how you can prayerfully go to a meeting with a question and get answers. That's my invitation this week: go to church this week with a question (maybe even fast about it) that has been bugging you or something and let me know how it goes! We also won our car inspection! WOOO! We slaved over Stuart (they have named their car apparently) and put our feet on towels for a few days and drove through the car wash right before going to the church and it paid off. We were the only car to get 5/5 interior and exterior. Everyone was complaining that they couldn't have a clean car in the snow. We proved them wrong! We're getting Steak 'n Shake gift cards for winning. Best day ever. The drive home was a little questionable. There were Tornado warnings out, there was fog (and it was like blowing fog not just sitting still fog) and the whole road coming home was under water. It was a little sketchy. But we made it alive and Stuart didn't get flooded so that's good :) ) We ate with the M's that night. Their son just came home from his mission in Salt Lake because he had to have surgery, so it was fun to talk missionary with him. It's pretty funny cause we have gotten about 300 baptisms a year for the mission but he says in Salt Lake they've already had like 200 or something this year. So crazy. And he's never tracted. All their work is done by referrals (hence how they get 200 baptisms in 2 months...hint hint.) THAT is why members are so important!

Friday, we had correlation, went and saw a couple less-actives that we had been needing to see, had weekly planning, had dinner with J, and taught Sister H. Pretty solid day.

Saturday, we had a Relief Society activity in the morning (we ate waffles and talked about VT.). I had an epiphany about Visiting Teaching. We were watching a talk by Sister Edmunds and she said God could send angels to do VT but he chooses instead to send women to do it = ERRAND OF ANGELS IS GIVEN TO WOMEN. WHAAAAT. Genius right? Listen to her talk on BYUTV. It was at a Women's Conference and it's called Visiting Teaching: Not all about statistics or something like that. I'm going to make sure I do my VT when I get back. It really is one of our most important responsibilities but we put just about the least priority on it a lot of times. So after RS we studied, went and taught the Tuckers, went out to lunch with Sister R's mom because we shoveled her drive for her, went and saw Sister D's friend that we had contacted with her about 2 weeks ago and she has those adorable cocker spaniel puppies and you'll never guess what she's naming the one that I absolutely love: DARCIE! AHHHH! And she had no idea. haha I'll have to take a picture with it.  It's by far the cutest puppy I've ever seen. Then we went to the ward spaghetti dinner. It was fun. They had Scripture charades and we had to act out the story of Martha and Mary and Jesus when Mary was listening to Jesus and Martha was getting mad because she wasn't up working and I didn't know how to end the pantomime so I just started laughing and walked off the stage. My acting skills are just so great. It was pretty funny. Then we finished up Weekly Planning that night.

Yesterday, it was just a pretty solid Sunday! We went about Ward Council and church (Tony didn't come :( ) then studied then ate with the D's then went to Eve S's baptism then went out contacting and then taught a less-active family. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

And Today is P-Day once again. Sister J is going to take us out to lunch and help polish my boots (I've never polished shoes in my life..haha but my boots are lookin' pretty yuck) and then we're planning on working on packing and cleaning! Super exciting! We move on Friday! Woo! They're putting the new linoleum in our new apartment Today and appliances come Tuesday...I'm so excited!

And that's about it I think...

I loved the Birthday stuff. I left all the presents wrapped. I'll open them next week. I loved the poster. Sister W says I look exactly like Dad and Zach because I smile awkwardly like them haha :) We just can't be normal for pictures! :)

Funny how I know what Adenovirus is :) Hopefully he gets better in time for his birthday! (Julian has been sick with this)

All my friends are going to get married when I get back. haha :) Congrats to Caitlin! And will you give Sister R my email and send her the blog address?

Have a fantastic week! I just know it's going to be great! I love you all! A lot! And miss ya!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc


We got a new vacuum that actually works! We've been blowing dust
instead of sucking it up for weeks!

Happy Birthday to me! :) (Her 21st birthday is March 3)

Happy President's Day!

                                                                                                                                    2/17/2014

February is flyin' by isn't it? Crazy! I've now been here in Kokomo for over 3 months. Weird. It seems like Thanksgiving was yesterday.

Well, this was a crazy week. It went by in a blink, I think. :)

Last Monday, we just had a regular P-Day...shopping (I got 2 new shirts...), emailing, grocery store...then Sister W made cookies, I wrote a couple letters, and then it was time for dinner with the L's! We played dominos too. It took me a few rounds, but I finally won. They play chicken foot (it's more like Wildfire) instead of Mexican Train. It was fun! I miss domino games on Sundays!

Tuesday, we went and did service in the morning then we went out to the middle of nowhere (aka Kempton...it's at the very southwest corner of our ward boundaries) to go see a lady who had been referred to us. It turns out she is a member so we got her info for records and visited with her. It took us about 30 minutes to get out to her house. It's funny how big ward boundaries are here. They all laugh when I tell them we had a ward boundary line in front of our house and a stake boundary behind. And that you could walk to do visiting and home teaching. It's definitely a different dynamic for sure! Then we did some contacting when we got back, took cookies to a few people, the D's brought us dinner, we went and taught a member, then we finished the night at the ward's sports night. Me and Sister W won a round of chair soccer. Pretty solid.

Wednesday, we had district meeting in Frankfort, ate at McDonalds (the elders have awful taste...I can't remember the last time I ate there...luckily it only cost $2 haha). When we got back, we went to go visit Janet because she had a heart attack and was coming home. I made her jello. It was pretty funny because Elder J had no idea how you make jello. It was almost as funny as when Elder C didn't know you could make cake and frosting not out of a can or box. I'm glad you taught me to cook. Then we had dinner with the M's then helped a lady move. Let's just say I've never seen or stepped in that much cat poop in my life. Ick. Missions definitely build character. We finally got her all moved though so that was good.

Thursday, we taught Sister B in the morning. She babysits the cutest dogs. I love it. One looked just like Daisy. She sat on my lap most of the time. Sister B is doing so good. They're hopefully coming to our ward activities this week. Then we delivered a birthday card, had weekly planning, did some contacting, went to dinner at Sister H's (she made us meatloaf and cabbage and deviled eggs and peach cobbler...YUM! It was pretty good. She's an awesome cook.) Then we had a couple more lessons that night.

Friday, we went to contact and found a couple solid potentials, ended up getting grounded so we took the car back home and hopped on the bus, ended up running into the elders, got ungrounded so went back to get the car, followed up with a potential, then went to dinner with Sister O. She's a sweetie. We had fun with her. She originally is from Ogden. And you'll never believe the magnet she has on the fridge...WALL DRUG FREE ICE WATER. Hilarious. Good ol' Wall Drug. Then we taught a member and delivered more cookies. (We went to Wall Drug on our vacation to South Dakota)

Saturday, we went to a basketball game for a less-active's son then went and taught the T's. Then we took Sister T with us to a lesson (the people were so prepared and agreed with the idea of the Book of Mormon and prophets but when we asked them to read and pray they said no :(.) then the T's fed us lunch and Sister T beat us in pool. I can't believe they weren't sick of us. haha :) Then we went to visit a few people then had a lesson with T (the guy that called us from across the parking lot and came to church with us last week). He's so solid and came to church again yesterday. 

Then we went to Steak and Shake for dinner cause our dinner cancelled and that was about it for Saturday...

And then the best day of the week. I love Sunday. We had PEC then church. T came again! He loves it. Hopefully he keeps coming and we can teach him more. The D family was supposed to come but they got a leak in their roof :( Sad day. They still like us though. We took cookies over there this week and they said "The Church Ladies brought Cookies!" and their little daughter is so excited about church. Hopefully things work out soon that they can come! We taught F and C and a less-active couple after church, had dinner with the M's. and finished up studies.

And that's about it for this quick week! It seriously just flew by. They say your mission keeps going faster and faster. If it gets much faster, P-Day is going to come like every other day! You'd love that, wouldn't you mom? :)

I forgot your letters...so I can't remember what you asked...hm...Sorry. But I don't remember anything too pressing.

Love ya'll! Hope you have a fantastic week! Share the love of the Savior with all those you meet! Missionary work is a commandment! :)

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

Pictures:



On the L's massive snow pile with their granddaughter J. It's pretty big. Theyre worried it's going to flood once all this snow melts...which makes sense cause there's no hills in Indiana...so the water has nowhere to go. :)

  


We saw the biggest, nastiest possum. I couldn't get a picture of its face, but look at its nasty tail! They are some ugly creatures.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

                                                                                                                                              2/10/2014

I hope ya'll know how much I love ya!

And I hit my 6 month mark on Valentine's day. It's flown by far too fast. Wooaaaah. Crazy.

So this week was just fast. And super solid. It was so great. It seems like Monday was yesterday.

So on Monday, we did our P-Day stuff then went and played pool at the Elder's apartment complex. J came and chatted with us too. It was fun. And chill. Then we had dinner with the S's that night and then met with another member family after that. Nothin' too out of the ordinary!

Tuesday, we were going to an appointment with Sister D but the people we were going to had pneumonia so we ended up going to see one of Sister Ds' friend. It was so sweet! I love when the members share the gospel with their friends! It's so much more successful, cause let's be honest...not many people listen to random people knocking on their doors :) We then tried another one of our investigators after that with the R's but he was a no-show.  Then we went and did service at the library, went and saw a few people, then it started snowing so we got grounded and headed back to the apartment because it was dark so we just did stuff around the apartment and called people and I made brownies for Zone Meeting (I'm converting the mission to my brownies one zone meeting at a time :) ) (Darcie could always make delicious brownies)

Wednesday was awesome. We were grounded again so we hopped on the bus and rode it up to go get some maps from the Chamber of Commerce. We ended up finding a new investigator on the bus (he even started the conversation with us) and then we were getting off the bus and heading up the road and this guy called to us from across the parking lot and asked us if we went to church and so we told him we did, taught him a little bit, and he came to church with us yesterday! So sweet! Miracles happen my friends! :) Then we met a Mennonite guy on the bus ride home who said he was moving to Colorado to sell Marijuana because the government is paying a lot for it right now. Pretty funny. Oh the people you meet on the bus. I love it.  Then we went and followed up with some people that night and just did some contacting!

Thursday, Sister W wasn't feeling too swell so she tried to sleep it off, then we had weekly planning, then we went to see Sister H, our investigator M before he leaves for Florida, and picked up pizza with my giftcard from Dominos (Thanks for dinner!). (Christmas gift) Then we went to our Relief Society activity. Brother B gave the presentation about the psychology with the Word of Wisdom. It was pretty sweet. And Brother B is just funny. So it was great. They had a really good turn out.

Friday, we headed off to Lafayette to go to Zone Training. It was great. They're always awesome. They all loved the brownies too. haha :) Then we had lunch at Jimmy John's (this one was pretty fast...not quite as fast as St. Geezy's (the Jimmy John's in St. George is really fast) but still pretty good) then we came back, studied, had dinner with the B's, took a less-active a birthday card, and went to a part-member family's house. They're so awesome. Their kids are like angels. They don't fight. Like legitimately. EVER. It's so crazy. The little girl said a prayer when we left and said thank you for sending these lovely ladies and that she didn't like tornados or bandits or fire so to please keep them away. SO CUTE. Then we finished up study that night and wrapped up the day!

Saturday, we taught the T's in the morning, went contacting in the afternoon but not many people were home for some reason, had a lesson with our investigator we found on the bus that afternoon, had dinner with the S's (part-member family...I think I talked about them before) and had Chili with elbow macaroni in it (Weird right? But pretty good!) Then we visited F that night. He's still in the rehab center from his stroke so we went to check on him.

Sunday was great. We went to Ward Council then went with the H's to pick up the guy from the bus stop for church. He enjoyed it. We should be teaching him this week and hopefully he'll come to church again. He's from Queens. He's awesome. Then after church, we had lunch then studied then we went out to visit people...nothing too crazy. Then we had dinner with the H's, went to visit C since she's been bored without Frank and ended up teaching her friends that were there and played a round of trouble with them. Then we finished up studies and called it a night. Oh and we got our "You're Staying" transfer text. Relief. :) (Her and Sister W are companions for another 6 weeks)

And today, it's P-Day once again. This week was just crazy cause it went so fast and nothing too crazy happened but it was just good. I love being a missionary! :)

I love you all! Have a fantastic week and a fantastic Valentine's Day! Share the love of Jesus Christ with all your friends. It's the best kind you can share! TPLoC! (The Pure Love of Christ).

Love you!
Peace and Blessin's!
Sista Christensen

Pictures:
 Get on Facebook and go to R C and tell him I found him in the Ensign! It was crazy! And tell him to email me!
(Darcie worked with R at AFY – He is on the left)




District Pictures. Me, Sister W, Elder H, Elder C, Elder C, and Elder J (in the Wheelchair.) We are all staying here for another transfer in the same district! It's going to be sweet! :)

FEBRUARY?!?!?!

                                                                                                                                              2-3-2014

Where did January go? It's transfers again already next week. I just can't believe it. So crazy. Sister Wilkinson is halfway done being trained! She's so awesome. We're having fun here.

P.S. This week was just awesome. We've been working on a mission-wide finding fast this week to prepare for this past fast Sunday in behalf of all of our finding efforts. And weirdly enough, it's working! :) It's like President is inspired or something...

So Monday was a fun P-Day.  We went about the norm and I got to go to Rural King (it's like a lamer version of Smith and Eddy's but still satisfied my missing of that store) and got some more wool socks. 85% Wool and $20 later, I have two more pairs. Merry Christmas to me! I was also looking for mittens, but everyone in this town is sold out of them. Mine have a hole in the outside. So will you find me some good Gore-Tex mittens and have them shipped here? Mine are Men's Large and I like that size (They're the grandoe gore-tex ones). Use my money out of my account. I was going to use my Christmas money, but no one here has mittens. Monday night, we had dinner with our Filipino members who have the cutest baby ever! She made taco soup that was almost identical to yours mom. It was so great. I miss your cooking. Then we saw a part-member family that night.

Tuesday, it was like -10 outside, so we did study in the morning then went to the library to do service then just stayed in and made phone calls and tried to set up appointments. Then we had dinner with the R's (They're the ones who live part-time in Idaho Falls...actually Ammon to be exact...can't remember if I mentioned them. They're just adorable.)

Wednesday, we had district meeting in the morning. I love our district. So crazy. I gave a training about success as a missionary, which I've discovered is so different for everyone, which is frustrating. haha. We're all here for such different reasons and here to meet certain people. It's so crazy. I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK! After district meeting, Sister W and I went for a tour of our new apartment! It's the ones that the D's manage. Our lease is up in February, so we took a tour and Elder S, our housing person, liked it. It's all newly renovated and is just sweet. We're excited. And it's closer to town. So it'll be more convenient. PLUS we're going to be the D's neighbor. SICK.

Then we found a new investigator, M that afternoon. He's super cool and just ready to hear the gospel. Only problem is, he's going to Florida for a month. But he's taking his Book of Mormon with. So that's a plus. We met with a less-active that afternoon, had dinner with the D's, and then drove to Purdue to drop Sister W off and pick up Sister C for exchanges.

Thursday was exchanges. We saw a less-active (Sister B...don't remember if I mentioned her either. She's blind and is just so cool. We love her.) and she is just progressing and getting so much closer to coming back. Then we had a sweet afternoon. We taught a member then ended up getting a return appointment, a potential, 2 referrals, and a new investigator all while 2-2-4ing. So sweet. Miracles happened! Then we helped Sister R pack and move. She finally got a job in Tennessee! It was sad to see her go, but I'm glad she got a job! We met with one of our investigators (M) and decided it's time to just let her go because she's just not progressing :( Sad day. But I think she'll come around in a few months. We saw Sister H that night then Sister W came back, we visited a couple other people, and that was Thursday.

Friday, we had correlation, taught the T's, taught a semi-active, made a family mission plan with the H's, went to go to an appointment with Sister M and the  guy didn't show so we stopped by the D's house and they want to come to church and get their kids involved in the youth programs! They are so stinkin' prepared it's awesome! They didn't come yesterday because it snowed again (stinking Satan) but I have faith they're going to! I'm so excited for them. Then we had dinner with the G's that night (good Mexican food. SO GOOD.)

Saturday, we did study and weekly planning since Thursday we didn't get weekly planning in with exchanges then we had some study to do at the library, had an appointment with M and he was supposed to come to church too but the snow scared him away (again...Satan) then we did some service, visited some members, and that was about it!

Yesterday, fast Sunday. So great. Our finding fast is just bringing miracles. We didn't have investigators at church, but we're so close to getting progressing investigators, so it's so great. We're seeing miracles. LOVE IT. After church, we had a lesson with a member, went and tried a guy who set up this appointment like a month ago and he left the funniest note saying he wasn't trying to put us off but had to go to his grandaughter's and maybe we should just forget him because he's never going to join our church. I wrote him back and said there's no way we were forgetting him and that we'd be back this week. haha. Persistence is key. He'll be Mormon soon. Then we helped a random lady shovel then studied then spent the time during super bowl at the M's because we weren't supposed to proselyte during that time to prevent getting angry drunk people trying to watch Peyton.

And today is P-Day once again. Time flies. I'm almost at 6 months! WHAAAT.

Questions for today:

1. For my birthday, will you send me the book "Power of Everyday Missionaries" by Clayton Christensen? Buy one for yourself too. It's genius. (We received this book from Wendy for Christmas! Thanks Wendy!)

2. Do you know Cathy and Gary Potter from Tremonton? They're related to Sister W. (Yes we do know them. Sister W's grandma is Kathi White Potter's sister. Small world)

To answer letters:

1. I'm mad you went to Bert's without me. (We did eat at Bert's Cafe in Brigham the other day. But we will take her there when she gets home)

2. The story about Julian on the stick horse saying he's John Wayne...priceless. Did you film it? (Grandpa had Julian watch a John Wayne movie the other night and he was riding the stick horse and I asked him if he was playing cowboys and he said No I'm John Wayne!)

3. I loved the pictures. Keep them comin'. Tell Lacee and Taylor congratulations and that I miss them! They're adorable and I'm so happy for them! Tell Haylee congrats too. Where's her fiance from? I didn't recognize him.

Welp, that's about it for this week! I love you all! You're the best! Keep the faith! Do missionary work! I'd love to hear from ya'll! :)

Peace and blessin's
-Sista Christensen


Pictures:



 Sister C and I.

Me in my Seahawks colors! Go Seahawks!


Sister W and I in our touchdown Jesus shirts! Brother S got them for us! So sick!