March 3, 2014
So this past week was crazy but good. We spent about 8 hours in the mission home helping them to re-do the transfer board (a huge white board that has these little cards with all the missionaries on it and who they are serving with) we helped re-do the tape on it so make little squares for all the name cards to fit in. it was fun but took a while! we were there Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday! but it was fun to get to spend time with President and Sister Anderson. Not something that many missionaries get to do!! on Wednesday night they even took us out to frozen yogurt :) so that was fun!
We also saw all our typical people. Kristina came to church! so we were super excited for that! We are having dinner with her and her husband again this week too. So we are continuing to pray that her husbands heart will be softened and he will be okay with her joining the church. We also took a recent return missionary sister Stephanie main out teaching with us to see our investigator Linda. So Linda is this stubborn old woman who we love with ALL of our hearts! We have been about to drop her as an investigator multiple times but every time that we do the spirit has told us to wait a little longer. We have got her to admit that she believes in the Book of Mormon and she believes in Joseph Smith but she struggles to think that only Mormon's are saved. She just feels like there are so many good people in other religions. Which there are! So we explained about why we have the missionary program and the spirit world. We taught about how when Christ was here he established his church. In first Corinthians Paul asks a question, he says is Christ Divided? We asked her if she believed that there could be one true church of Christ on the earth. She said yes. Then we committed her to pray and ask if this church was it. She told us she would. She told us she didn't know why she was fighting this all so hard. (we were thinking ya! we don't know why you are fighting so much either!) she is such a good Christ like person. Everything she talks to us about we are like Linda! we believe that!! long story short we made some really great progress with her! She is so cute. She has told me multiple times that she knows God sent me to her because we have very similar personalities. Both stubborn and bold! :) But I love her so much! She is a retired teacher. So we have some really good conversations about that sometimes too. We have an appointment set for this Wed. with her and our mission president and his wife so we are praying that it holds!
So in other news I got super sick on Saturday. Like sleep all day sick. I felt better Sunday and was able to go to church and teach the lessons we had planned. but today I am again not feeling super great. I have no idea what I have. I would call it being miserable :) but I am sure I will get over it soon! Since it's P-Day we are going to get our emailing and shopping done and then go home and sleep!!! which is what I am looking forward to most!! like sitting here writing this i am just super tired. and I keep spacing out when I try to think what else I should write.
This past week we really just did a lot of service which was awesome! We got to see a lot of people and have some good experiences. Yesterday was a pretty busy day and we were able to get a lot of good plans for this coming week. There is a woman in our ward who's grandson is 9 and just moved in to live with her and wants to get baptized! so we are excited about that. we will start teaching him this week! Oddly enough his name is also Kaydin.... I guess I just find cute 9 year old boys named kaydin to teach! :) I really don't know what else to write about. It was a good week but a pretty typical week. All I know is that time is moving too fast. I don't like it. I have been a missionary for way too long. I am in denial that next month is my year mark. People keep asking how much longer we have and I am like... blah stop asking! I don't want to think about it :) This transfer is already more than half way done too! we have two more weeks til transfer calls. It's weird.
Well I love you all and I know this email is kinda random. I apologize. It's what happens when I am sick and trying to remember what I wanted to write home about. Hope everything keeps going good at home!!
Love always your favorite sister missionary,
March 10, 2014
Hello!!! oh my goodness I can't believe it's been an entire week! Weird. Time goes way too fast. Expect when you have nothing to do and no appointments. Then time slows down to a crawl.... :) okay so this past week! well let me think. It was good! I got feeling much better! We were able to start teaching a cute 9 year old little boy who really wants to get baptized! so that was nice. We also had dinner with Kristina and her husband again and we can see her husbands heart slowly softening. We keep praying that he will support her and be okay with her getting baptized! She is ready!!! we know someday she will be. but it would be nice if that could be while we are still here :)
So this morning we got to take our mission president and his wife to a lesson with our investigator Linda. Oh my goodness it was amazing!!! He was able to answer a lot of her questions and concerns and the spirit was super strong. it was awesome. something I will remember for the rest of my mission that is for sure! For the first time since we have been teaching her today she admitted that she might get baptized some day. Which is amazing because she once told us that she has NO intentions of becoming a Mormon :) I just love Linda so much! she is the cute investigator that told me that I remind her of herself. That when she first met me she thought it was the 21 year old version of her! She is the one who is a retired school teacher. She makes me smile. She is an amazing Christ-like person. We can just imagine her in white!!!!
So cool story (well I think it's cool you might not...) we have some pictures from our vacation we took of us at this place with a bunch of different big story book replica's so the place is called story book island and it's totally down the street from where I live! This past Saturday we went and did service there (we took down the Christmas lights that they put up. We had to wait til March because every Saturday the scheduled it for was sooo cold we couldn't do it) As we got there I was like Hey! I have been here before. I have a picture of myself when I was 6 and I swear that I was sitting on a donkey. I searched everywhere trying to find it so that I could take a picture with it again but the woman told me it was removed a few years ago because it got broken :( but that's okay I took a picture on a cute little black horse. It was the best I could do! but I just thought it was cool that a place I went as a child is somewhere that I got to visit and do service at as a missionary!
So this week is also the last week in the transfer. which is weird. this one has gone crazy fast! so next Monday I will be able to tell you what is happening! most likely one of us will be going since sister haskell has been here 4 transfers and I have been here 3. It just feels weird that I have been here for so long already! ahh!! it is kinda scary in all honestly. my mission is going too fast! some days I am like we have to get to work! I am running out of time!!!!! I love being a missionary so much!!!! best experience that I have ever had.
So if we are being honest with ourselves then I would have to say that my time here with Sister Haskell has been pretty hard. She is a great girl and I do love her but we have had our fare share of struggles. But we have made it through them. and we still manage to laugh and giggle together every single day. The other day we were talking about things and I told her you know I don't think that Heavenly Father ever expected the two of us to get along perfectly. I think that He meant for the two of us to struggle. This is what I wrote to my mission president today,
"I realized the other day that Heavenly Father never intended for our companionship to be perfect. He wanted us to struggle and to learn. Which we have! (done both) I guess I have just realized that life is not always supposed to work out perfectly. He will ask us to do a lot of things that we don't want to or that we aren't very good at. But He asks because He is molding us into who He wants us to become and He knows that these experiences will help us get there. I am so thankful that He loves me enough to mold me even when it hurts, even when I don't want it, and especially when I need it"
Heavenly Father has taught me that His way is not usually the easy way, but it's the way that will bring the most growth and in the end the most joy. That doesn't mean that it hasn't been hard. and it doesn't mean that I enjoyed every minute of it. but it has been worth it. I have grown to see sister haskell a little more like God sees here. and I have learned that while the two of us are different we are both loved the same. Things aren't my fault and they aren't her fault. We both have responsibility and we both need to change and learn and grow together. I guess that has been my major epiphany of the week. well the past 3 transfers. I feel like in my life Heavenly Father is going to ask me to do plenty of things that I don't really want to do but they are the things that will help me grow the most. and that I am thankful for.
I feel your prayers!! and I am so thankful for them!!!!! they mean the world to me. Whenever I feel like quitting or giving up I remember how many people back home love me and are praying for me. I remember why I wanted to be here. and that gives me the strength to keep going. to keep trying even when I don't want to. So thank you!!! I love you all with all of my heart!!!!!
well I had better get going!! but again I love you!!
Love always your favorite sister missionary,