Wednesday, July 16, 2014

11 Months...whaaaat.

7/14/2014

I can't believe it's been 11 months since I went to the MTC. Weird..it seems like forever yet it seems like yesterday. Time is flying!

Well, this week went by in a BLINK! Holy cow it went fast.

Monday, we had P-Day. I ended up making cupcakes and that was about it I think...then we went to dinner at Sister F's house (she made these green beans with bacon and soy sauce and brown sugar and butter...you should look them up. SUPER good!). Then we went and taught P and showed her the gospel library app and she was stoked. It was pretty great.

Tuesday, we had service at the museum then went to Lakeville to teach G (the referral we got from a member and taught her last week). She committed to baptism! Her family situation is about to get crazy, so hopefully she'll stick with it but we'll just have to be persistent because she is GOLDEN. Then we worked around Lakeville for a little while then went to Bremen. We ended up meeting this youth pastor from the Church of Jesus Christ (just not of Latter-Day Saints) and he was super nice but didn't want to take a Book of Mormon but by the end, I was pretty bold with him and told him that he couldn't say it wasn't true if he didn't read it and I promised that it would support the Bible and the only way he could tell us it didn't was if he read it. Turns out he's related to the R's too. We went to their house after for dinner. They're fun. He showed me your comments on facebook from the tornado, mom :) (Hope that wasn't against the rules & I hope I didn't say anything stupid)  Then we stopped by a less-active and finished up our church tour studies.

Wednesday, we went and taught D (the one we scraped paint for last weekend) and set up a church tour with her. Then we finally got to sit down with our investigator we have been trying to meet with for like..ever. We were able to set up a church tour with her too...she's had to move it twice but hopefully tomorrow we'll do it with her! Then we went and taught J...it was a little rough, but by the end we got her back on track so hopefully she'll be good to go now. I don't remember what we did after that...we did some contacting and followed up and dropped some of our investigators...went to teach a less-active couple. Then we went to the H's for dinner then had YW in excellence. We both had to speak at it. Mine was on integrity and I used a lot from President Monson's priesthood session talk. Everyone should read it...super good.

Thursday, we went to the museum, had lunch, had weekly planning, went and taught a recent convert then went to the B's (branch mission leader) for dinner. Then we went and saw two less-active young women...took one of them some of the cupcakes for her birthday/her mom let me borrow a muffin tin haha :)

Friday, we had zone training in Mishawaka (I'll send you a zone picture once I get it emailed to me. (Elder H is in my zone. Does his mom ever get pictures or do I need to make sure to send one too like I had to for Elder H? (two different Elder H's – Maybe Elders H's don't like to send pictures) haha :) ) Then we worked in Lakeville on our way back and went to the R's for dinner and then contacted a referral from Brother R. They know SO MUCH about family history. They told us a bunch of stories and dates all from memory. It was crazy. I need them to teach me haha.

Saturday, we went and taught our investigator named A. She's an older lady and she said she had a Book of Mormon before but I'm not so sure it wasn't a 7th day Adventist bible....she thought that's who we were. But she made a good connection with Sister S, so that was good. I think they knew each other in the pre-mortal life because A said she knew Sister S haha. Afterward, we taught Sister S, went out to Walkerton to try a few people, saw quite a few less-actives that we needed to see for a while now, went to dinner with Sister F, went to another less-active's home, stopped by P's, and called people for the linger longer on Sunday.

Yesterday, we went to church, J & her daughter came, P's daughter woke up throwing up so they couldn't come, and a couple less-actives we had worked with came, so it was pretty solid. Relief Society was about baptism this time too, so it didn't throw J off haha :) Then we had a linger longer after church, had coordination meeting, went and found Brenda R's friend who lives up here (Brenda stopped by and saw me last week. She's up here a lot.), went to the junior R's for dinner, then went to a less-active's in Argos. Nothing too crazy...but overall a solid week.

And this morning, it's P-Day again! We were supposed to do A's church tour this morning but she bailed because of vomit too so we gave the member a church tour then went to the fair with Sister F! (Now I know why her email was so late – all that worrying for nothing) And now we're just trying to get everything else done! Woo!!!

One thought I had this week was from Alma 34: 37-38. Amulek tells us to "work out our salvation" and to "contend no more against the Holy Ghost". I loved that wording that he used. I think it's so important, ESPECIALLY as a missionary, to not contend against the Holy Ghost. It is really all about going with that first instinct and following those promptings. That is where the miracles happen. Hopefully I can help more of those happen by my obedience to the spirit.

LOVE YOU ALL! I just barely got your letter today mom, so I haven't read it yet because we came directly here to the library, so hopefully nothing too important of a question was in it! :) (I promise I sent it last Wednesday – just like usual)

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc


Pictures . . .
Shower door...Plymouth style!

There's the color of my suitcase mom. (Sent her a new huge suitcase)

 With the Johnson's goat at the fair this morning.

The goat tried to kiss me!

With the Johnson's cow.

Again with the cow. His name was Preacher Man

Monday, July 7, 2014

'Merica

7/7/2014

I hope everyone had a fantastic birthday party for America. I'm very grateful to be here in this fantastic country. God bless it!

So Monday, we had half a p-day then we worked. We went out to Walkerton to follow up with a couple of our investigators then we went to see a less-active whose husband died about a month ago. She was at work but her sister-in-law was home and we got to chat with her and share the #BecauseofHim video with her. It was super sweet. Then we tried to find another less-active who we cannot for the life of us find so we knocked on who we thought were their neighbors and asked them if they knew where these people lived and the guy ended up inviting us in but his wife said "Wait, who are they?" and he replied, "They're here to save us!" and the wife wouldn't let us in. LAME. We're going back to convert that guy. haha :) Then we had dinner with Sister F at Bob Evans. Then we went and saw P to say sorry about being late on Sunday and then I don't remember who we saw after that... And that night was the crazy night with the tornados. Luckily, none were too close to us, but there were 2 in Plymouth and like 7 in the area...so that's fun...NOT. But we lived. We only lost power for like 12 hours, so we had to take our food to the church.

Tuesday, we had service at the museum in the morning, went to a lesson with a member but the lesson fell through, so we went and contacted a member referral and she is now a new investigator! She is super sweet. She got out of church mostly because she doesn't feel like the judgment on clothes should be in a church and she feels like she can worship at home, but we taught her the Plan of Salvation and she believes it. LEGIT. We're teaching her again tomorrow. Then we tried another lesson with another member but that lesson also didn't show up, so we went out contacting. Then we had another follow up lesson (no member this time) and they didn't show up either. So we just went and talked to people. It was fun. We met a cool lady who we ended up getting as a new investigator on Saturday. Then we went out to Leiters' Ford for dinner at the T's. Then we stopped in Argos and tried a potential there. She knew members in Warsaw and comes to events all the time. She's an ASL translator at her church though, so until those people aren't going to church, she can't really come to ours.

Wednesday, we ended up catching one of our investigators we hadn't been able to catch, so that was good, then we taught J with Sister M. J is doing so well! She is asking tons of questions and studying out everything for herself. I love it. She now has a quad, so she can study and cross reference. Afterward, Sister M took us out to eat. We totally taught a lesson to this lady who was sitting at the table across from us. I was joking with her about splitting a piece of pie (it was half price) and we ended up somehow talking about the church. Member present lesson at its finest! :) Then we did some contacting, went to Bremen and worked there a little bit, then went to the R's for dinner (Bro. Reed said you had contacted him on FB to see if we were alive haha) then we stopped by an investigator then went to YW to teach Sister S and went to part of YW. 

Thursday, we had service again, was supposed to have a lesson with a member there, but guess what, that one fell through too. haha :) Our follow-ups this week weren't too swell, but we had a ton of success finding and still taught a lot, so it was great. We weekly planned, went and saw an investigator (the catholic one who recently lost her husband) then we went with Sister F out to Sister B's house (the one who recently lost her husband).

Friday, we had District Meeting in Mishawaka then we went with most of our zone to go walk around Notre Dame. It was fun! It brought back a lot of memories from being there last time! It was pretty funny to have like 20 Mormon missionaries walking around Notre Dame too...haha. We only got a few weird looks, but we ended up meeting some people from Bountiful! We were trying to find the Grotto and asked a guy for directions and he saw our nametags and said "It's over there. It'll change your life. Hopefully." haha I think he wanted us to become Catholic. After Notre Dame, we went to the R's to eat, play, and watch fireworks. They bought a ton. We didn't get to stay to the grand finale cause we had to be in by 10:30 and it doesn't get really dark here til like 10:45, so we didn't make it. But it was good regardless :)

Saturday, we had some follow up appointments in the morning that fell through, so we did a lot of contacting and did some service for the lady we met on Tuesday and got to talk to her and she's an investigator. Then we went and taught J with President K at the church. She really wants to understand. I love it. Then we went to see a referral Sister M gave to us then went and taught Sister S. Then we had dinner then taught Sister S. (Another Sister S)

Yesterday, we did study, went to have P follow us to the church but she had an abscessed tooth, so she couldn't come but we almost got her roommate to come! Then we went to church (J came again! We talked about temples, so she has a lot of questions, but it was good!), had coordination, then went with Sister F out to Sister B's to do some service for her because she has to move. Then we took some stuff to P that we needed to drop off and shared a message with her, Sister F dropped us off, and we had an 8:00 dinner and finished up a little of studies. Crazy Sundays.

And today is P-Day. Again. We're halfway through this transfer already. This morning, our power went out because a stinkin' little albino squirrel blew up the transformer. I thought someone had got shot. So that was exciting. I think I'm going to make my Trader Joe's cupcakes today too. We owe Sister F for being awesome, so I think I'll make some. And then it'll be another week! Wooo! I love being a missionary!



My invitation this week is to read "The Living Christ". It is such a powerful testimony of who our savior is. It says: "Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son." Christ lives. He is our Savior and the only way we can get back to our Heavenly Father. You'd be surprised how many people out here say that Mormons don't believe Jesus Christ is our Savior. This statement the apostles gave definitely says otherwise, don't you think?

LOVE YOU ALL! I forgot letters at home...so I don't remember any questions you asked...hopefully nothing too important... :)

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc


With Stacy's favorite lockers. Everyone thought I was crazy for taking a picture with them.
(When we were there a few years ago, Darcie's sister Stacy was going through the lockers to see if people had forgotten their change. We will never quit teasing Stacy about this)



 A bunch of Mormon Missionaries going into the Basilica.

 Go Domers!

With the Mishawaka Sisters, Sister R and Sister E.

  
First down Moses.

  
 With Touchdown Jesus. I almost wore my T-Shirt with my skirt...but I decided I better not.