Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Missin' the fair!

8/18/2014

Helloooo everyone! :) Hope you had a great week. And everyone going to the fair, eat lots of good food for me. And for the fam, have a great week! I'll miss being there, but you can just eat cheesecake dip and swim for me! :)

So this week flew by. It was a little crazy and a little frustrating because we had so many member presents set up and for whatever reason we just couldn't get them to happen, but it's been a great week nonetheless, which is what I love about life. Even though we have negative situations sometimes, the good ALWAYS overtakes the bad, but it's all based on your attitude. :)

So last Monday, we had a regular ol' P-Day. We didn't do too much other than haircuts, shopping, and hangin' out at the apartment. Today we'll hopefully go play some volleyball or somethin' with the elders, so that should be more fun :) Then after P-Day, we headed out to the R's for dinner. We had some Weight Watchers burritos and some not so Weight Watchers homemade oreos. YUM. Elder J ate 8 burritos (3 points a piece) and 6 oreos (5 points a piece).(the points are used in keeping track when you are on Weight Watchers)  Needless to say, there weren't many left after haha. Then we stopped in Argos and taught a potential that we hadn't been able to catch for a while. So that wrapped up the night.

Tuesday, we had service at the museum, had lunch, went out to North Liberty and found a new investigator (that place is golden I tell ya) and taught our investigator we found last week then we stopped by a less-active in Walkerton, came and had dinner, then went out to the middle of nowhere in Knox with Sister F to see a less-active.

Wednesday, we got to see D, our investigator, before she moved to Wyatt (she added me on facebook so if there's a D you can add her). We got her all referred to the Mishawaka Sisters, so hopefully she'll listen and be more receptive in her new situation because the one she was in wasn't so good. We also saw some formers and did some contacting, and then headed to teach Jul. It ended up that she just started doing this baton class, so we didn't get to see her but we chatted with J and the member we had with us. Then we had dinner and headed back with Sister H to teach J. She's doing so good! She's just quit smoking as of yesterday, so she's going to be clean for 2 weeks before her baptism! Woot! She's awesome. Then we went and taught Sister S during Young Women's (she's seeing miracles from praying on her knees...it works! If you don't do it, start!).

Thursday, we worked at the museum, ate, had weekly planning, then went to teach A with Sister S. It was such a powerful lesson about the Atonement. A was so funny with the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. We gave it to her probably like 2 months ago but she finally sat down and read it and she said she got to the last page and she wanted it to not end so she read it over and over. Adorable. She's still stubborn about church and praying out loud, but she committed to pray to know if it was true, so we're makin' progress! Then we tried some people with Sister F but no one answered, so we picked up Sister S and she took us all to dinner at a place called Symphony. It was pretty good! Then we stopped by and saw the E's on the way home. Their new house looks good!

Friday, we had district meeting in the morning then we went and finished pulling Sister S's weeds then had a lesson with her. (Seriously Mom and Dad, you should come get that puppy. It would make a great running dog and is just adorable. And it loves me. Soooo.....it's free! :) PLEAASSSEEE! :) haha )(She wants us to make a trip to Indiana to get this dog that she has fallen in love with - it's the same dog in the picture from last week) then we went and contacted a bit, went out for Chinese with the K's, then went to Lakeville to work a bit. Then we met up with the South Bend Sisters to exchange! So I headed up to South Bend with Sister McK!

Saturday, we had such a fun day. We just laughed. Sister McK is dang funny. We ended up having a miracle too because an investigator was supposed to be coming to a baptism so we had a member with us, but the investigator didn't show up but we ended up giving a group church tour to both of the little boy's non-member grandparents. It was so sweet!  We also got to teach a few other awesome investigators and we got to teach A again (the lady that's straight from the Help that I taught last time on exchanges) and we ate Cold Stone for dinner. The lady at Cold Stone totally gave the worst nametag stare then proudly claimed she was an atheist haha. It was great. I love being a missionary. The reactions we get are seriously priceless.

Yesterday, we had Branch Council and Church, President and Sister Cleveland came to church too so that was fun. J didn't make it to all of church, but she made it by the end of sacrament because of some family issues. It was just what she needed though. She's adorable. Then we had correlation, did a lot of contacting, tried to get a member present but the investigator wasn't there so we taught the member and stopped by S's (7th day Adventist from a few weeks ago...) then went out to the R's again for dinner. I solicited a fish dinner from them cause they went fishing this weekend. YUM. I ate WAY too much. Then we stopped by and saw J to see how her smoking for the day was going. She's done. WOO!

And that about wraps it up!

Something I loved from my studies from this morning was from Richard G. Scott's talk from Conference. He said, "How can each of us become such a significant influence? We must be sure to sincerely love those we want to help in righteousness so they can begin to develop confidence in Gods love. For so many in the world, the first challenge in accepting the gospel is to develop faith in a Father in Heaven, who loves them perfectly. It is easier to develop that faith when they have friends or family members who love them in a similar way." If we learn to have charity and love all those we serve, they're a lot more likely to want what we have because they know it's a gospel and life filled with love which helps them to build that relationship with their Heavenly Father.

Oh and funny story I forgot to tell you. A Sister at transfers came up to me and she's like "You don't know me but I've been reading your blog and I'm so excited to meet you!" :) I thought you were the only one who read it, Mom! :) haha

To answer questions:

At Zone Training, the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders do the training. President or the Assistants can come, but all of the zones do their zone training all on the same day (every 2nd Friday of the month), so they can't be at all of them. Zone Conference (once every other transfer) is when President and the Assistants do all the training.

I touch some of the Fosburgh's animals. I don't really like holding any.

The packing tape works fine for now to laminate. I don't do it with too many things.

I'm jealous of that tennis facility. I WANT IT. (Saw a fabulous home with an indoor tennis court at the Salt Lake Parade of Homes)

The Ogden Temple looks gorgeous! I'm excited to see it someday!

LOVE YOU ALL! Have a great week! Especially for everyone going back to school next week! Enjoy it! :)

Peace and Blessin's

-Sista Darc

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