Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HAPPY 2015

!12/29/2014

I remember when I used to think 2015 was so far away. And here we are. Only 3 days left of 2014. I think this has been the fastest year of my life.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! It definitely was a great one here in Carmel. It's sad that it's my last one on the mission. They're definitely Christmases I won't forget!

So Monday, after we emailed, we went and taught Jhnnh. We took her a Bible and a Book of Mormon cause she lost her bible on a cruise recently. We were able to teach her a little bit about the Book of Mormon. She was a little confused...but that may have been due to the fact she may or may not have been drinking while we were there hahaha. She definitely needs the gospel and just wants to get back to God. Then we ate lunch at the Flnr's and shared a message with them. We finished up our shopping and cleaning and laundry then went to the Rpr's for dinner. We got to go caroling with the Hwlls' afterward. It was tons of fun. They had a good variety of members and non-members to go to, so that was sweet. Then we had some stuff to drop off at the Smth's and shared a message with them.

Tuesday, we went tracting in the morning and taught a girl from Chicago. Too bad she doesn't live here. After lunch, we went with the Elders and two of the Brwn girls to a rehab/nursing home and went caroling. We sang in each of the dining rooms and they loved it. We caroled to a couple individual rooms and shared the Christmas story with the coolest lady named Vr. She's was awesome. It definitely brought the Christmas spirit for us and hopefully for the people we sang to! Afterwards, we went and saw some former investigators and did a little tracting, went and taught Ambr, taught Jstn (from last week...I think I talked about him)'s wife who just got home from basic training, then taught Jy with Sister Prdds. He's finding out answers so quick. He knows the Bible super well and basically just asks us "This is what I read in the Bible but no one believes it. Is that what you believe?" And usually we answer yes and he is so surprised that he's finally found somewhere who teaches what's in the bible haha. Afterward, we had dinner with the Hthwy's then went caroling with the Brghm's. Their kids are hilarious. We did scripture study and had hot chocolate with them after.

Wednesday, Merry Christmas Eve! We had district meeting in the mornin' then Sister Stdmn had us over for lunch with the whole district and her family. Her family loves the missionaries and it's actually pretty sweet how much this had an impact on them because now her grandkids want to go to church and her daughter, who is less-active, wants to get active again. SO SWEET. It was a great week :) So after lunch, we went caroling as a huge group to a bunch of members and investigators. It was like a group of 20. We sounded pretty good if I do say so myself. We went to see the Bmn's after that and share a Christmas message with them. Brother Bmn gave us pieces from the temple floor as a Christmas present! Super sweet! Then we had dinner at the Jhnsns. They went to school in Logan. We got to talk about all the great places to eat. I'm excited for some Fredrico's again. :) Then we went and played games at the Brihm's with the Elders to finish out the night.

Thursday was jam packed! We had breakfast and opened stockings at the Brwn's, played some games, and then skyped you. Then we started a puzzle but had to leave to go to the Jhnsn's. We played some games with their kids and ate some good food. We then headed to the Smithhart's, played some serious Skipbo with their son and Sister Stdmn's grandson, stopped by the Hwll's open house, and played games with our Zone Leaders and the Carmel and Westfield Elders at the church. It was a great Christmas!

Friday, it was back to work and we had a rockin' day. We had weekly planning and then we ate and headed to teach Jy. He's awesome. He's reading and praying and getting answers. It's so sweet! I love the gospel! Then we did some tracting and found a lady named Jss who wants to quit smoking and was excited to hear we have a program to help, taught a guy named Lrry who already knows the Restoration but wouldn't accept a follow-up appointment but definitely needs to be baptized, taught his neighbor, then went to see a member but they weren't home. BUT we embraced an awkward situation and talked to these people in their driveway and ended up teaching one of them and then their neighbor, who we were going to knock on the door of but it had a no soliciting sign, was out getting her mail so we talked to her and she's a new investigator! Wahoo! Miracles! Then the Bmn's fed us, we saw the Vn Brgn's before they headed out on a vacation, and had more stuff to drop off to the Smith's.

Saturday, we started off by seeing a less-active who was a little bit crazy. And mean. She may have been one of the craziest ladies I've ever taught on my mission. She's had a pretty rough past though and definitely just needs to come back and get her foundation set. Then we had lunch with Sister Crzr and got to teach her and her son then we did some family history with the Flnrs. We started Brother Flnr on recording a personal history. He has the best stories. We've gotta get him and Grandpa talking. They would be a hoot. Then we just tried people, picked back up a former investigator, then went to dinner with a member and a recent convert from the YSA branch who came up to visit. We also stopped by the Adms' and helped them with a puzzle that they were strugglin' with from Christmas (you know how much I love puzzles...not haha)(she stays as far away as possible from puzzles – never would help Zach or I out with ours)

Sunday was a good day. We didn't have meetings, so we had our full amount of studies then just had awesome church meetings. A ton of singing Christmas music, a ton of good stories, and Jy (investigator) came. So it was a great day :) Then after church, we were supposed to go teaching with Sister Cpr, but we got stood up, so we went and saw a member with her named Chm. She's a sweet lady. We got to meet her son who is less-active, so that was super good too. Then we had dinner with Sister Stdmn, the Westfield Elders, the Carmel Elders, and the AP's, so it was a full house. Then we went and saw the Stglr's. Eljh is getting so big! He was using your blanket Momma. He's adorable.

And here we are at Monday again. It's just a half a p-day again, but we have a lot planned for tonight, so it should be good. And we're headed to Crawfordsville for an exchange tomorrow, so it'll be real good!

Something I learned this week was from President Uchtdorf's "Lord, is it I?" He says: "Being able to see ourselves clearly is essential to our spiritual growth and well-being. If our weaknesses and shortcomings remain obscured in the shadows, then the redeeming power of the Savior cannot heal them and make them strengths. Ironically, our blindness toward our human weaknesses will also make us blind to the divine potential that our Father yearns to nurture within each of us." I love this. If we don't truly humble ourselves and ask God how we can improve, the Savior's Atonement can't really work in our lives. We have to realize our weaknesses and trust that His Grace is sufficient for us to become stronger. I think a lot of this just comes from repenting daily to keep ourselves in check. Definitely a good New Years' resolution!

Love you all! Have a great New Year's week!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc 

Carmel District! Elder Mths, Elder Olsn,
Elder Cpnr, Elder Smth, Elder Orth, Elder Stb,
Elder Andrsn, Elder Lrsn, and us!

Playin' Headbanz at the Brghm's

Our beautiful Christmas set-up.
We stole a tree from the Flnr's.
(I hope she meant they borrowed!)

 Christmas Morning. Sleepy eyes! haha.

My cute new apron from Sister Hstn!

Me and all my presents! I got spoiled!

Opening stockings at the Brwn's with
Elder Orth and Elder Stb.

The Holly Headband! Everyone loves it.
I think I'll just keep wearing it.


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