Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Last week of the mission.

2/16/2015

I really don't even know where the last 1 1/2 years have went... woo wee. I wish I could list all the things I have learned, but I don't think I'll ever have enough time in this life to write down all the blessings. I'm excited to work hard and kill it this week. I'll definitely miss this place and these people. A lot. :( But I'm excited to see ya'll! :)

This week was super weird. We couldn't keep track of what day it was. But it was a really good week! We started off on Monday with a weird P-Day. We did the usual then went to Fishers and practiced our musical number with Sister Smithhart. Then we were going to play but pretty much no one showed up other than our district, so we did some line tag and yoga and that was about it haha. Pretty lame, but it's alright. Then we went to the church and had dinner with the Holts. Sister Holt is a hoot. She knows the beauty of day old Jimmy John's Bread. (Jimmy John's sells their day old bread for 50 cents and it is yummy) Then we went and saw Sister Fleener. She's doing pretty good still. Just tired.

Tuesday, we were supposed to see Betty in the morning but she had a nurse over or something. It was super funny cause we were waiting for Sister Palmer (member) to get there and a lady pulled up with sunglasses on and it looked just like Sister Palmer. But she stayed in the car for a minute doing some paperwork, which we thought was weird but still just waited. Then she got out and we realized it wasn't her and just awkwardly said hi. Then Sister Palmer came and we took her tracting and talked to some people. It was awesome. Sister Palmer is great. Then we had lunch at Panera so we could visit Amber then we taught Johanna with Sister Smithhart. Johanna's niece and mom picked her up in the middle of the lesson and Johanna thought something was wrong so she went with them and then didn't text us til Wednesday night late and so we were panicked but it turned out they just celebrated her niece's birthday. Heart attack for nothing! She just acted like it was nothing...for the love Johanna... then we went and saw Brother Fleener and took him to Bible Study. We learned about Psalms and taught a couple of the people about the temple. We did a little tracting then went to Warrick's baptism. Justin came too, so that was sweet. The musical number went really well. We saw Sister Heston after and then the Smithharts fed us Greek's Pizza. It was super good. Almost as good as Pizza Plus. Almost. :) (I notice she didn't compare it to Fredrico's so hopefully that is still her favorite!)

Wednesday, we had Zone Conference in Fishers! It was great. We learned a lot about Family History and contacting and members and such. We got to have a basketball clinic afterward too. Coach Cleveland worked us pretty good! It was tons of fun, especially since I missed it last year. We had some Haitian food with Sister Clervoix afterward. She makes the best food. Fried plantains! We tried to go see Johanna after but she wasn't there then we went to YW.

Thursday, we had an exchange with Crawfordsville. I spent the day with Sister Herzog! Wahoo! We went and saw Betty and dropped her in the morning, FINALLY got to see Johanna, had lunch, then went to teach Sabrina. It was awkward cause they had some people from some family thing there and we didn't know how long they'd be there and it ended up being a long time...but we finally shared a message! haha. Then we had an exchange review and sent them back off to Crawfordsville cause they had an appointment. So we went tracting then went and taught Justin at the Kline's house. We taught him the 10 commandments and he's still just as golden as ever. The Klines fed us all afterward too. It was super great. Love them. Then we had a Relief Society activity after. We learned about healthy eating and exercise. I'm excited to apply it when I get home when other people aren't feeding me every night :)

Friday, we weekly planned in the morning then after lunch we went to see Carole. She says her only concern with baptism is that we don't have a cross in the church....interesting... but we're going to do some service for her on Tuesday so hopefully she'll have her heart softened :) Then we went and decorated Elder Steab's door for his birthday and did some family history then we went to the Ropers for dinner (I think you got a picture from them). We went to see the Smiths after that cause we hadn't seen them forever. Sister Smith started crying! It was so sad! I'm going to miss them so much!

Dinner with the Ropers

Saturday, we cleaned Sister Steadman's apartment in the morning with the Smithharts since she is in North Carolina for a funeral. Then we had lunch with Sister Heston and went around with her delivering a few Valentine's gifts. She is one of the most charitable people ever. Hopefully someday I can be like her! Then we went to play BINGO with Brother Fleener for a Valentine's date. He has been in better spirits and getting stronger lately, so hopefully he'll be out soon. Then we taught Christian (recent convert from YSA), had dinner with the Smithharts, and went heart attacking a few members with the Elders. Definitely almost got caught a few times, but it's okay! It was way fun!

Sunday, we had meetings and church. Johanna came to Westfield's ward and it was great cause we were able to send her with members and go to our meetings and she did great! Then Justin came to our ward and got to meet with Bishop. Super great. I love these people! Then we had lunch after church and then headed out to work! Taught a guy on house arrest in the parking lot of an apartment complex and then saw a less-active with a huge boxer that shed all over us. But he was cute! Then Katie Priddis got baptized so we went to that and then the Coopers fed us yummy pulled pork. Their family is adorable. I'm going to miss them! Then we tried to teach the Kelly Clan about family history but family search was not cooperating and Sister Kelly can't remember her email password hahahaa.

And here we are at Monday. Last official Preparation day. Insanity. We're going to go ice skating today, so that should be fun! And the Moalas are feeding us. Love them.

Something I learned from it this morning was from Boyd K. Packer's talk "The Atonement". He says, "That is the promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement: to take anyone who comes, anyone who will join, and put them through an experience so that at the end of their life, they can go through the veil having repented of their sins and having been washed clean through the blood of Christ." And that is our purpose as missionaries and members. We want to bring others closer to Christ through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Atonement is what makes those steps actually work. Each day, I become more and more grateful for the Atonement and its strengthening power. Happiness=application of the Atonement. Hopefully I've been able to share that every day of my mission.

I don't think I have anything to answer from letters other than congrats on the new calling dad! That's exciting! You'll do great!

LOVE YOU!
Be good this week! See you soon!
Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc

Pictures:

Brother Fleener with his mohawk we gave him.

 
With Sammi Adams.

 
 Love this place. 

 What the temple looked like
when I first came to Carmel...crazy, right?

Elder Steab's door.
Look close at the light sabers.
And our hands have the may force be with you sign thingy...

 
With Emily Roper

 With Brianna Roper
  
 With Sister Herzog 

 With Kami Roper 

With Lindsey Roper
  
Sister Steadman's door.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

2-9-2015

Can't believe Valentine's Day has rolled around again...crazy. I still can't figure out where the last year snuck off to...

This week was interesting cause I was a little under the weather, so we didn't go tracting too much and I had to take a few naps to try to sleep off the sick, but we still worked hard and taught a lot, so it was a solid week!

Monday, we had a regular ol' "Diversion Day" (according to Elder Smithhart that's what it's called). We went to Coldstone with the Elders, so that was fun. Did some playing at Fishers. Started taking cold medicine. The usual. :) Afterwards, we went and had dinner with Susan Perdue (the one who took us to Grace church). They are definitely trying to convert us. Not cool. So we just kinda prayed and left cause we were supposed to teach Johanna after that. It ended up that she wasn't home, so we taught Sister Fleener instead with Sister Steadman. Sister Fleener is just super tired from all the running around. But Brother Fleener made it to the nursing home, so he's happier and it will hopefully be less stress for her.

Tuesday, we had an exchange with the Lebanon Sisters. I had my second exchange day with the one and only Sister Place! She's so great. We had a lot of fun and taught a lot of good people. We taught Betty (Jehovah's Witness from a week or so back) the Plan of Salvation. Not sure how much real intent she has, but we'll see I guess. We did some tracting, had lunch, went to see Brother Fleener, taught a less-active and went to see Donna with Sister Browne. Donna just likes to talk. She's definitley not ready to accept the gospel yet, but she is uplifted by our visits so we'll stop by once in a while. Then we had an exchange review, had dinner with Sister Parsons, sent the sisters on their way, then went to the Kline's home to teach Justin. He is stinkin' elect. We taught him the Word of Wisdom and he's cool with all of it. He thinks he may be slightly addicted to caffiene in soda, so he is praying about whether he should give that up, but other than that he's good. haha Seriously so elect.

Wednesday, I was not feelin' super spry, but we went to teach a guy named Vance who Sister Heston cleans for. He's an older guy that doesn't have too many visitors, so that was fun. We had some lunch then went to teach Lindsey. She is also trying to convert us. She slightly told us that we were going to hell...awkward. But I told her that so far the gospel hasn't failed me so I don't think it's going to now. So we kindly dropped her. :) Then we weekly planned, had dinner, then went to YW to take Emily Roper her birthday card and have some fun with the YW. They are crazy fun. Love them.

Thursday, we went and did some service for Sister Fleener in the morning before she scurried off to the nursing home, had some lunch and I took a nap then went to teach Johanna with Sister Steadman. Johanna is doing so good. She is such a different person from when we first met her. She's still tryin' to kick the alcohol, but she's cutting back a lot and it has been so good. She's much happier and the craving is going away. She re-set her baptismal date for March 14th. I think she'll make it! Wahoo! Then we went to see the Pillings because they invited us over for cake and went to see Sister Jacobson, who is a less-active returning slightly active who just got a new foster baby and has a 15 month old. She is super sweet. She has a LOT on her plate, but she handles it with grace! We stopped by and saw LuAnn after that. She got into some hardcore anti, but we testified to her and she felt the spirit again and got scared and said she had to go. Someday she will accept it. I hate anti-. It's so ridiculous. Stinking Satan. Then we had dinner with the Foits and then taught Justin in the Mission Home. It was so great. He accepted to live the law of tithing and fasting. He said he'd have to okay it with his wife but it should be fine. He's seriously the best.

Friday, we had District Meeting in the morning, went to lunch at Red Robin, took Johanna a jumbo set of scriptures (which she LOVES!) and then I took a solid nap cause I felt like poop. I took some Nyquil and crashed until dinner with the Brownes (well the Browne girls cause Brother and Sister Browne were at a seminary thing). That's about it. Not a super good day.

Saturday, I still wasn't feeling so swell, so we went to teach Robin in the morning. Luckily it was really warm so we stood outside and taught her. Then we had some lunch, went to visit the Fleeners, did some family history, had dinner with Grandma Kelly and Sabrina and Amber, then went to the adult session of stake conference. It was all about ministering. Super good.

Sunday, we went and practiced a musical number for a baptism on Tuesday with the Westfield Elders and Sister Smithhart then we watched Stake Conference. It was a POWERFUL meeting, again about ministering and the hastening of the work. Legit. We had our stake coorelation meeting after that then the Priddises fed us cafe rio food. YUM. We went to visit Sister Clervoix after that and then headed to Why I Believe. I got to see a bunch of the Plainfield crew. So fun. I miss them all! Such good people. Definitely won't forget them.

And here we are at Monday.

Something we have been studying a lot lately is about grace and works because of an investigator that we have. I was reading "None were with Him" by Jeffery R. Holland this morning and it talked about Judas Iscariot in there and I found it interesting to think that even Judas Iscariot, who was chosen as an apostle by Jesus Christ, had no excuse for his works that eventually showed his betrayal of Jesus. We've been hearing a lot lately how people believe that as long as we've been accepted by Jesus Christ that it doesn't matter what we do after that, we can't lose our salvation. Judas Iscariot is definitely proof that that is not true. Even an apostle of the Lord affected his salvation by his works, so I'm pretty sure we can do the same. Decisions really do determine destiny!

To answer letters:

I'll keep Annette and her family in my prayers! Hopefully she'll get healthy again soon! (Our good friend Annette has been having some health problems but is home now. We'll keep praying for her full recovery. Go Annette!!! We LOVE you!)



It sounds like you had a fun trip to Minnesota. Crazy time getting home, but I'm glad you made it safe! :) (I spent 12 days there and had a great time. Thanks Stacy, Mike and Ellie!)

And I'm not trunky mom! I don't know how to be. So you don't have to worry! (She claims that but I'll admit I am trunky)

I'm jealous of the 70 degrees dad. Lucky. Do you have any more Fresno trips planned? The Smithharts want me to come visit this summer. (Chuck travels to Fresno quite often for his job)

LOVE YOU! Be good!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc

Pictures:


Brother Fleener and his frog. He's so adorable.

 With Sister Bergesen, my first mission mom! Love her. 

Exchange with Sister Place. It was bright. 

With Sister Pfeil. Also a mission mom. Love this woman! 

With Elder Jacobson. He's serving in Plainfield now!

With the Meachams from Plainfield! 

With Sister Bulman. I will miss this girl! So funny!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happy Groundhog Day!

2-02-2015

I hope that winter doesn't last forever longer...but I am glad we got some snow finally! It took long enough! The funny thing is that people panic here like crazy everytime there is snow in the forecast. Everyone said this storm was going to be horrible and the power could go out and such....1 inch later, we have snow. haha. The grocery store was probably bought out of milk, bread, and fruit. Every time. Good ol' Indiana.

Another week blazed by! On Monday, we had the regular ol' P-Day. We played some soccer and volleyball at Fishers then we had dinner at the Adams. After that, I went to the Smith's to do all that scholarship stuff. Yuck. Real life. haha :)(Had a scholarship application that she needed to fill out)

Tuesday, we taught Johanna in the morning with Sister Kelly. Johanna is getting it; it just is super confusing to her because of the alcohol. Gotta kick that to the curb! There's a reason God inspired Joseph Smith to write down the Word of Wisdom. We had some lunch after that then went visiting teaching with Sister Foit to a couple of ladies from the ward. She made some sweet homemade lamps to go along with the 10 Virgins obedience lesson. It was pretty sweet. I wish I was that creative. Then we went and taught LuAnn, who was a referral from Donna that we found last Friday on exchanges. We had a super good lesson with her and Sister Steadman. The only problem was she had a friend tell her we were a cult. We worked on overcoming that, but she called us a couple days ago and said she had been reading on the internet and talking to her friend and said she doesn't want to meet with us :( Stinkin' anti! It's amazing how much Satan works against the truth. Stinkin' Satan... Then we went to see Brother Fleener. He was still a little loopy...definitely not as funny and sassy on drugs haha. Then we went to dinner with Sister Tegeler at the Greek place and went to teach Justin with her afterward. We taught him about obedience and started in on the commandments and following the prophet. Somehow, Sister Tegeler said something about giving up tea and he was like, "We can't drink tea?" Which we hadn't taught him the Word of Wisdom yet, but we just talked him through it and he ended up being defensive about it and being like, "I don't even really drink that much tea. I prefer water. No big deal." So Justin is set and we haven't even taught him the Word of Wisdom yet hahahaha. He is THE BEST! I'm so sad he won't be baptized til May when his wife comes home from Basic. Maybe Sister Hales and I will road trip back out.

Wednesday, we went and taught one of the Westfield Elder's investigators cause Elder Mathias had the flu. He was super legit. Definitely wants to search, not super willing to give up his church, but willing to learn. Then we had lunch, went and taught Betty (Jehovah's Witness from a couple weeks back) and it stinks cause a lot of our doctrine is way too similar to JW's, so it's hard to have something unique, so we're still workin' on that haha. Then we taught Sister Fleener cause she's been pretty stressed and tired. The Klines, who just moved out from Utah, fed us Cafe Rio tacos that night. Yum.

Thursday, we weekly planned in the morning, had lunch, then went to teach Johanna with Sister Steadman. About the same story here. Johanna is Johanna. Her favorite word this week is "Doggonest". She is hilarious. Then we taught a few other lessons out tracting, went to dinner at City BBQ with the Starnes for a fundraiser for a little girl with an immuno disorder that is in the ward, went and saw where Sister Starnes works, then went to the Priddis' for a little birthday party for Katie. She turned 8 so she'll be getting baptized in a couple weeks. She's really excited.

Friday, we had District Meeting in the morning. We had an awesome training by Brother Cheek from the Lebanon Branch. He just loves to talk to everyone about the gospel and taught us about cinnamon rolls being filled with love. He also gave us a new CD, so that was fun. Then we had lunch at Jimmy John's and went to teach Sister Miller. Her husband is about getting done working on the temple and she has a daycare and they're just awesome. Then we did some tracting, stopped by to see the Brigham's, Sister DaBell (from Park City) fed us dinner, and then we dropped off a birthday card to Sammi Adams and helped with some of her birthday party preparation.

Saturday, I don't really remember a lot of what we did cause I forgot my planner at Sister Fleener's that night so I didn't circle what I accomplished haha....um...In the morning, we saw a sister who just moved in recently. Her visiting teachers showed up right after. It was pretty funny. We have a knack for doing that. Then we went to see Sister Massella and ended up having lunch with her. We did some family history after that and got a new couch and broke the old one in the back parking lot with the elders. We tried a few people after that...taught a lady while she walked her dog, went to see Brother Fleener, who was much more spry and funny, had dinner, then did some more family history for Sister Fleener.

Sunday, we had meetings in the morning, went about church (Justin came! And stayed the whole time. We didn't lose him before Sunday School this time. A guy named Mark who was a former investigator called us and came to church too!), taught Gospel Principles, went to see Brother Dorff for his birthday in the hospital, went to see Sister Clervoix cause she just had surgery, had dinner with Sister Crozier, picked up my planner, and had popcorn night at Sister Steadman's.

And here we are again today. We had a laundry fiasco this morning cause the dryer quarter machine thing was jammed, so we went to use another dryer and it didn't really work, so our clothes are hanging everywhere in our apartment. I'm so excited to have a non-coin laundry machine. haha.

Something I learned this week was in Mormon 2:13. He teaches us about the difference between Godly Sorrow and just being sorry we got caught. The people were starting to repent and Mormon was excited, but he realized that these people were sorry that God wouldn't give them happiness in their sins. We all have to have this realization at some point to be able to see that God always gives lasting happiness when we do what is right. We only get temporary happiness when we choose wrong.

To answer questions:

You better put some pass along cards in your purse mom! (I do need to stick some in my carry on)

I'm glad I have jobs for the wedding already. I'm ready. haha :) (Stacy wants her to be her assistant)

I'm glad the Aggies are doing semi well. Sister Cleveland was all for President coaching at USU, but she says it's a year too early. They need a temporary coach for a year then he'll come. :) (USU's coach is retiring this year)

Dad, what did you tell the ward about me? haha Hopefully all good stuff! (I wasn't there so I couldn't tell on him – he spoke in church)

Love you! Be good!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc

With Ian and Katie on Katie's Birthday.

Again.

Sister Hales bought this drink last week. 
She only broke the Word of Wisdom a little bit. haha
She was in the kitchen and just started saying
"I did a bad thing!" and showed me this. Whoops. haha.


The Church is True.

1-26-2015

I don't think I've learned anything on my mission as strongly as I've learned that the Church is true. I'll explain later. :)

Another week has come and gone and here we are at Monday. Typical. haha :)

So let's see....Tuesday last week you heard mostly about...after emailing, we tried a few people without any success then a member dropped of dinner to us. We went to teach Justin that night. Our member was super late because of a rough day at work, but she is HILARIOUS. It was a really good lesson and Justin committed to baptism! Super stoked. Only problem is, his wife won't be home from basic for a while and I don't think he'll get baptized unless she's there, so it might not happen til May or so, but still. He's pretty excited.

Wednesday, we had Zone Conference in Fishers in the morning. It was pretty much recapping last year and how great it was and introducing our "Indy 500" goal for baptisms next year. Pretty sweet. They also talked a lot about family history and how to contact using it. The Spirit of Elijah is going to take over Indiana! Wahoo! Especially with the temple. They then took us out to lunch at a Chinese Buffet (typical...seriously never going to one again.) and we headed to a lesson. We taught Lindsey again. Pretty sure she's trying to convert us. We talked about the Atonement and Grace and at this point, I just don't think she's willing to understand. Which is so frustrating because she'll meet with us, just I don't think with real intent. We went to the Gohier's after that to use their potty and ended up chatting and sharing a message. They're so great. Then we went and saw the Lathrops. Their kids are full of energy! We picked up some sticks with them and got to know them. We caught Donna out in her driveway too and taught her a little bit and told her about the temple open house. She's so excited to tell everyone. She gave us a referral that turned out super sweet too (story on Friday)! We went to dinner with the Elders after that at Wendy's because the member who was supposed to feed us was sick. We went to YM/YW after that and went on a cruise with them since the new theme is "O ye that EMBARK". It was pretty legit.

Thursday, we did the normal Weekly Plannin' in the mornin' then we headed out to work. The Elders came and gave Johanna a blessing to help her stop drinking and they also gave Brother Fleener a blessing in prep for his surgery (he had just fallen over their handrail the night before too, so he was a little bruised and sore too). It was definitely good for Johanna I think. She's down to about 7 cans per day, so things are looking up! We went and taught a less-active, Robin, after at McDonalds. She had had a crazy week, so I think it was a blessing. We taught Amber after that. She was in good spirits and we had a good lesson with her. She's still working on Sundays unfortunately, but she wants us to come visit her at work, so that's good. We did a little tracting and tried a couple other people then had dinner at the Hale's. They just moved last June from Virginia to go to Dental School. They're fun people. We taught Justin afterward at Sister Washburn's home. It was really good. I love having lessons in member homes. The Spirit is just automatically there instead of having to work a little harder to invite it haha. It's amazingly true though.

Friday was an exchange day. Frankfort came here and blitzed. I was with Sister Smallcomb from Springville, UT. She's hilarious. We had a good day filled with a lot of contacting, but it was successful! We went to see Brother Fleener in the hospital in the morning because he had come down with some blood clots on Thursday night and was not doin' so swell. Hopefully he recovers somewhat soon. They had to cancel their Patriarchal Blessings on Sunday and his surgery for the 2nd might have to be postponed if they don't go away soon. Then we had lunch with Sister Clervoix. She made us Tilapia, Black Rice, and Fried Plantains. I love her food. We taught Sabrina and Sister Stiegler after that. Elijah is still just being a terrible baby, but man he's so cute! And big! We went and contacted Donna's referral afterward and her name is LuAnn. She recently lost her husband and is struggling with that but is so ready to come back to church, so it was perfect timing. I love when non-members do missionary work (Good Work Donna!). It's the best. We all had dinner at the Priddis' after (pizza night!) and shipped the Frankfort sisters off. It was a fun day.

Saturday was interesting. We went and painted for Sister Neal and she made us egg rolls in return then we tried a few people but no one was home/available, so we did our 2 hours of family history at the library and then went to Grace Church with Susan. It was interesting that's for sure. It was fun, just definitely didn't feel like church. Half of it was like a Christian-rock concert and then they had like a drama thing in the middle and then the pastor shared a message. I can now say I've been to another church! They have to have policemen out directing traffic for all of the services if that tells you anything. We had dinner with Sister Knisely after that and went to visit Brother Fleener.

Sunday, we went to the Westfield Ward with Johanna and then went to our ward. They had a fun little visiting teaching conference for Relief Society with refreshments and everything (I really can't understand why people don't want to be mormon...). Super sweet. We visited a less-active family after church. They have cute little twin boys. One of them is autistic and has the cutest little laugh that sounds like a minion! They are adorable. Then Sister Steadman fed us dinner and we spent some time playing games with her and a bunch of other missionaries and President and Sister Cleveland.

And here we are at Monday!

Something I learned this morning was in 3 Nephi where Jesus is quoting some chapters that are compared to Malachi. I had never really thought about it, but he was quoting these to the Nephites because they only had the "Bible" up to the point of Isaiah and he says the Father wanted them to know these things since they didn't have the original scripture. I find it interesting that he talks about tithing and Malachi coming back, two things that not a lot of other churches talk about, but it must have been things that He really wanted us to know and carry on and something that was not passed on very well through the Apostasy. I love the Book of Mormon. We learn the doctrines that are important so clearly.

To answer letters:

I forgot a picture of the car again...whoops. But yes. It rocks having a new car. :)

I'm excited to see the tree and take it down. Christmas in March! :) (Yes our Christmas tree is still up – Darcie requested that)

Don't worry about sending more dishrags. I think I'm good. I gotta start getting rid of stuff to pack.

Tell Brandi hello! Can't believe she's getting married! I swear everyone's married now haha. I think I'll be super surprised when I come home and see everything that has changed in 1 1/2 years. (Brandi Summers married Colton Fronk – cute couple)

Go Aggies. Glad they beat Air Force. Go Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Again. :)

What is the Silver Beaver Award Dad? (Chuck is receiving the Silver Beaver Award on February 20 – way to go Chuck!!!)

LOVE YOU! I hope you all have a great last week of January!

Peace and Blessin's.
-Sista Darc

Pictures:

 With Sister Smallcomb. She's such a goof.

With Sister Sandberg cause 
we forgot to take a picture last time!


THE TEMPLE IS GETTING DEDICATED!

1/20/2015

Hellllloooooo from Carmel, where it's finally like 40 degrees and sunny. WAHOO! Hopefully winter stays like this. And we finally found out that the temple is getting dedicated in August! Wahooo! So exciting!

This week was definitely filled with some memorable moments. Love, love, love it. The mission seriously never has a dull moment.

So Monday, I don't think anything really out of the ordinary happened. We just went about our P-Day like normal and played at Fishers. We said goodbye to the missionaries leaving, so that was sad. Then we went to Sister Steadman's for dinner and FHE. She's so much fun. I love that lady.

Tuesday, we went and decorated Elder Smith's door for his birthday. It was adorable. We are definitely his favorite sisters for sure now. I don't remember what we did right after that, but then we had lunch and went to teach Jay. Sadly, he moved, but only 1 area over, so we can keep tabs on him. He'll do well I think. The Elders over there will teach him now. Then we got our new car. Wahhoo! 2015 Subaru Legacy. We forgot to take a picture so we'll do it next week. It's so pretty. Then we went and met a member who just recently moved in, so we got to chat with her a bit and get to know her. We then taught Justin. He had read all the intro and first 4 chapters of Nephi and we had a sweet lesson with him. He is legit and is a lot like Angie in how he is just super accepting of everything. We then had dinner at Ted's Montana Grill with the Moalas. Bison Burgers...yum. The Moalas are so funny. Sister Moala didn't know pickles were made from cucumbers hahaha. It was a fun night. Then we went to take Christian his set of scriptures from Sister Hales.

Wednesday was transfer meeting and we had some stuff we needed to get to people and just wanted to go, so we went there in the morning and had lunch at Subway. (Neither Sister Hales or Sister Christensen were being transferred) Then we went and taught Sabrina and Sister Stiegler and helped them take down their Christmas Tree. We did some tracting after and got to see Larry again, but he ditched on our follow-up appointment, but he was super stoked to see us. Hopefully we can catch him again soon (he's the guy who basically taught us the Restoration but hates religion because man has changed it...he just doesn't realize Christ's church is back...yet!). Then we had dinner with the Smithharts and went to YW at the Garner's.

Thursday, we started our weekly planning, went to teach the Fleeners, had lunch, then went to teach a lady named Lindsey who was a former investigator and is seeking again. We worked more on weekly planning and taught Zach, who has been MIA for a few weeks, so that was a miracle. We taught Justin again that night and he had already made it to 1 Nephi 17. I almost don't know how to react when people keep their commitments so quickly haha. He is definitely golden! We had dinner at the Helbling/Kelly's after that and then I don't remember who we went to or if we went to anywhere after that...

Friday, we had District Meeting in the morning. We learned all about the first 3 hours of the day with exercising and breakfast. I actually do pretty good with LL Cool J's 9 healthiest foods...I eat quite a few. Elder Orth has been on an LL Cool J kick lately haha. Then we helped the assistants put together 200 binders for the mission and went to lunch at Panda. We taught Johanna with Sister Steadman after that. Johanna drinks 30 beers a day and is the funniest drunk person I have ever met, but definitely has convinced me to NEVER, EVER drink. The Word of Wisdom was definitely inspired. It's so sad how caught up she is in it, but she is so ready to quit and find the truth. Hopefully soon, without dying from withdrawls would be good too. We told her she had to read a scripture before every drink and she texted us back and told us she was exhausted from reading hahah. So it worked. It at least made her think! We then taught this guy named Mike who we could not understand cause he was from Egypt. He thought we could find his wife a job...it was super weird. We stopped by the Coleman's then had dinner with Angie at Applebee's (Thanks for the giftcards mom and Judy! :) ). Angie's family is taking the discussions again and she is going on a mission! Wahoo! Hopefully to Utah :)

Saturday, we finished up Weekly Planning in the morning and then did lunch and some family history with the Fleeners. We are finding such good stuff! Now we just have to get them to the temple. Bro. Fleener is having surgery on the 2nd though, so we'll see how soon that can happen. They're getting their patriarchal blessings this Sunday though! Wahoo! Then we went and saw Brother Dorff, who is in the hospital with complications from a knee surgery and previous health issues, with Kylie. He told us stories for an hour. He's so great. We had dinner with Jackie and Carol that night. Kung Pao Chicken and Rice and Chinese Salad. YUM. And afterward, we saw Sister Clervoix. She is so hilarious. Never a dull moment I tell ya.

Sunday was a lot of meetings. We had our normal ones, went about church (Justin came and loved it. Wahooo!), then had another correlation meeting after. We were going teaching with Sister Parsons after and our appointment didn't show so we went and taught the Fleeners with her cause none of our back-up people worked either. Then we stopped by for a few minutes to see Johanna and then had dinner at the Switzers. Sister Switzer is Sister Smith's (from Tremonton...Will's mom) sister. They're a super cute family. We went and saw Sister Jones after that and helped her daughter to start cleaning her room (we do all sorts of service haha) and then had popcorn/game night at Sister Steadman's.

Yesterday, we did the normal then went shopping at Charming Charlie (dangerous...), Stein Mart (new maxi skirt!) and Bath and Body Works. It was goooooood. Got good stuff. Then we played at Fishers, had dinner with Sister Neal (crepes!) and then taught the Smithharts.

And here we are at today. We found a new investigator this morning, helped Sister Heston take down Christmas decorations at the Cemetery, and taught Johanna at the Fleener's. Wahoo!

Something I learned this morning was from 3 Nephi 14. In verses 21-24, it talks about how we have to DO the will of the Father to be able to go to the Kingdom of Heaven. Believing and even acting, but without the right intentions, will not get us there. I feel like this teaches a lot about the Atonement and grace. The only time we can get grace is when we actually do all we can with the right intentions and do our best, THEN we can receive that power. Obedience brings miracles.

To answer letters:

Way to listen to the spirit on the lesson momma. You're the bomb. (My lesson in YW went well. I had a whole different lesson prepared and had the impression to incorporate my sugar cookie recipe – using special tools to make the cookies – and liken it to the Holy Ghost which is a special tool we have to help us return to our Father in Heaven – I gave the YW cookies and also the recipe. I had one YW already tell me that she has made the cookies so now I know it is possible to follow my recipe and make good sugar cookies unlike the people who keep telling me the recipe doesn't turn out the same way – no more fooling me people – you can make sugar cookies!)

I'm so mad about the toaster. That had the best chapels in it. (The famous toaster – church on USU campus – is not more)

It does resemble this toaster!

Homecoming is good for the 15th. I don't really care what day it is. haha. (Homecoming is schedules for March 15 at 12:30 pm at the Tremonton Stake Center, 660 N 300 E)

Hopefully the Ags can keep a winning record this year. That would be lame if they couldn't.

Congrats on the new job dadio! Love you! (Works at the same place – just a promotion)

Go Bears. Beatin' Juan Diego. Wahoo.

LOVE YOU! Have a great week!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc

With Elder Brinkerhoff before he left.

With Elder Combs before he left.

 With Elder Smith's door.
Notice the guy fishing at the bottom.
Pretty legit cause Elder Smith loves fishing. :)

With Frances, Elder Jacobson, and Elder Russell.
The Plymouth crew!
Love these people.

Sister Fleener with her headband. She loved it. 
(A Christmas headband I made)

 At the hospital. Had to gown up!