Monday, November 25, 2013

The Quest for the Brass Plates

Life in Norwich is fantastic. :) I am absolutely loving my mission. The people here are incredible. The Lord has blessed me so much and I could not imagine being anywhere else. I still have moments where I am thinking in my head," it would be so cool if I could tell my future kids and grand kids that I went on a mission." Then it hits me that I will be able too. :) It's funny to me. The only bad thing is that it is so cold!! We have no snow, but we have wind chill and humidity.  Blah. 
We are going to three different houses for Thanksgiving.  AHH!  So much food.  We are going to a members home first, then the next two are at potential investigators houses.  It will be worth it. :) 

The past few days have been good. :) We got to see our investigator, Roxanne. She is the one that wrote you that sweet letter. We taught her about covenants.  It was really good to see her, we love her. 
We got a new elder in our ward. His name is Elder Orgill.  He is a lot quieter than the last elder we had here. :) haha 
We had a lesson with our investigators Kassy and Gordo.  They are both really energetic kids.  I absolutely love them! We got to see them at church on Sunday too, which was so good.  SUNDAY WAS THE BEST! I'll tell you about it in a second.  
I have learned to clean really well on my mission.  I may be a neat freak when I get home, you may not believe me, but I am thinking that's my future. :) 
We found an awesome Book of Mormon board game in our library.  I think it is from the 70's or 80's.  It is called The Quest for the Brass Plates.  It is actually really fun even though it's cheesy.  We played it with one of our recent converts and her mom.  I lost. :) haha 
We met some people this weekend that we haven't been able to in the last three months.  It was SO good.  
I ate venison again.  This time in a stew.  It wasn't terrible. :) 
Okay, now for Sunday.  Here are four reasons why it rocked.

1. Lori came for the first time in years.  She is a potential investigator. She makes the coolest cards and has the most adorable house in the world!  You guys would love her.
2. Like I mentioned before, the Dunns came to church.  They stayed all three hours!  The Young Woman were so welcoming and sweet to Kassy. :)  I need to buy them all candy bars. 
3. We were really worried about who would be the speakers in Sacrament.  We didn't want to scare Lori away and we were nervous about it because a few weeks ago one of the speakers stood up and talked about how much families stink and that he hates them.  He said that he is afraid of having a family, because his was so disfunctional as a kid.  (not the greatest message in the world)  He meant well, but it was interesting. The Lord loves us, so He sent us President Coates from the stake presidency to speak. :) It was great.
4. Miriam just got baptized and her family isn't super excited about it, but we went over there and her husband actually sat down and talked to us.  Which he has never done before.  It was cool. :)  She has two boys. The older one is not happy about her joining a religion. I have no idea what they are teaching in the schools over here, but it is SCARY. There has been more than one kid we have come in contact with that has had a huge problem with religion when before he was fine. They aren't "allowed" to teach religion but they are allowed to bash on Christianity. Not cool.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The people in New England are the best!

These last few weeks have been a blur, but good news is, is I wrote it down. :) 
I am not getting transferred! WOOOOO! 
I finished Jesus the Christ!  WOO!  It is such a good book. I think I am going to read it over and over for the rest of my life.  
We went on exchanges with the Sisters in Scituate.  I got to spend the day with Makelle Bailey.  She is awesome! I love her. :) 
One of our members, Sister Sullivan, had surgery on her hip.  We went and visited her in the hospital and she was up and walking the next day!  
I have come to love apple cider.  It is so good over here because of all the apple orchards. 
We stayed the night in Franklin, Mass. so that we didn't have to get up at 3:30 in the morning to be at a Mission Leadership Council meeting by 7.  Elder S. Gifford Nielsen from the 70 came and he requested a special meeting with all the mission leadership. :)  It was so cool!!  He just spoke in conference about exclamation points.  He is six five.  His wife is adorable.  We drove home with Elders Batts and Brimhall. They are hilarious! I am going to miss being stuck in traffic with elders. They are hilarious. We spent Saturday in Westerly. One of the sisters has been pretty sick, so I stayed and took care of her while the other sisters went out to catch up on the area. It was a good day.  I got to study a lot.  We spent Monday in New Haven.  New Haven is pretty big.  I thought Central Falls was sketchy.  New Haven is worse, but it is such a cool city!  We were there to train sisters.  Yale is right across from the church building. :)  
The people in New England are the best. I get to meet so many of them from all different walks of life. :) I love it. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Picture Week

No official update this week.  Just stories by pictures :)  Love it!

Our Pumpkins!!

(Blurry) Pie Eating Contest

Trunk or Treating dressed as each other :)

Beautiful sunset

Go Stansbury!! I wore my stallion colors on Friday to support State Playoff Football Game :)

Go Stallions!

I just live in this beautiful place!

Our Bishop's Wife

Sister Giblette!

Monday, November 4, 2013

I am really so very blessed to be a missionary serving at this time

I am doing well. :) Sister Giblette and I found out that we have two more sister companionships that we are in charge of.  So the next two weeks of our lives are going to be insane!  Tomorrow we will be in Bridgeport, Wednesday we will be in Boston, Friday we will be in New Haven.  Next week we will be in New Haven again and then in Scituate. :) whoa.  So much fun though!!  It will be a party.  Heavenly Father is continually throwing His children at us. :)  I am really so very blessed to be a missionary serving at this time. So blessed.

Our Bishop's wife, Sister Seal, took us up to New Hampshire for Sister Giblette to get her crown put on. While we were waiting for her to go back, President Packard walked in. :) It was good to see him.

We had to be in by 6 on Halloween. We carved pumpkins and watched church movies from the 80's. We only watched the movies that we hand out to people.  So we watched Together Forever and The Testaments.  It was fun! :)  We did get some trick or treaters.  We handed out candy to them.  One of them was dressed up like and old person and I thought it was a real old person!  I was so impressed.  At the trunk or treat we gave out pass a long cards. :)

We had our ward Fall Festival on Friday.  We had over 30 non-members come!  We have a lot of work to do with those non-members. :)  I dressed up like Sister Giblette. :)  I entered into the pie contest (never again).  We got to help our investigator, Roxanne, at her Harvest Bazaar on Saturday. We got to meet her mom and her son. :) It was so much fun!  We went to the adult stake conference that night. It was so good! We drove in with one of our investigators, Miriam. She is getting baptized on Sunday :) I got to see so many people from Central Falls.  It was awesome!

We were asked to be a part of a phone conference last night with Pres Packard and all the zone leaders. Our phone died in the middle of it, and it didn't just lose power.  It is full on dead.  Oh well.

This is silly but, the other day I was looking for a rag in the church kitchen and I couldn't find one.. I couldn't find a sponge either and I needed to wash some dishes.. So I stopped in my tracks and said out loud, if I were my mom what would I do. :) 

I forgot my cord so I can't send you any pictures this week. :( Sorry!