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Thursday, November 28, 2013

11-25-13 Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello!
This week started with our lives being all sorts of mixed up.  We moved houses Monday night.  We went from having a whole basement to one small bedroom.  Not that we mind, it was just hard to fit everything in!  We are just grateful for a bed to sleep on.  The Wakens are so nice though!  We love being with them.  They actually fed us waffles Sunday morning!  In the mornings we have the house completely to ourselves because they all have already left for work.
We got to go to the temple on Wednesday morning!  Our ride is with a temple worker and she had to work the 6:00 session (normally we are 6:30) so we had to wake up even earlier.  She picked us up at 4:45, so Sister Lee set her alarm for 4. I told her she needed to learn to get ready faster, as I set my alarm for 4:30 haha! I have my priorities straight!  But even with all that, I managed to stay awake the whole time!  I just love the temple and the peace felt there :)  It is so remarkable and I feel so blessed to be able to attend every month, even though that still doesn't feel like enough!  It is such a blessing to have one so close.
The rest of the week consisted of a lot of little things.  Lots of cancelled appointments, but still some really good ones.  There was one with a lady named Linda.  She has cancelled about 4 lessons now, but we finally got to meet with her.  Even with all of the distractions going on, it was an incredible lesson where I felt the spirit so strongly!  By the end of it, she couldn't stop smiling, she seemed so happy and she said she felt peaceful.  We have another meeting with her tonight.  We'll see if she comes seeing as how yesterday she was sick and couldn't make it to church.  We had one appointment with this wonderful lady named Patty.  She loves the bible and studies it often.  She kept asking all these questions that we had such a hard time answering!  It was almost like she was bible bashing with us, but she sincerely wanted to know.  She's interested in learning, she just wants answers.  She made us lunch though and amazing!! cheesecake.  I hope we can find her answers.
Saturday, we had dinner with the Elders.  It was impromptu and we were lucky they were willing to change the day that family had planned on feeding us.  Afterwards during the lesson, she brought up how she had a hard time forgiving this one person.  She had loved them dearly, like family and they had betrayed them.  The Elders rambled on for a while (they were on exchanges and the visiting Elder talks a lot....)  Finally we were able to jump in and talk to her, relating the parable in Matt about the Master who loaned his servant money.  Then we related that to the Atonement.  I also told her about how not all trials benefit us.  It is for us to help others through the same thing.  I told her about mom's arthritis and how I had many lessons I needed to learn from that.  She immediately thought of her son who was going through something similar.  The next day she thanked us profusely and said we talked circles around the Elders.  She was so grateful for the help we had given her.  It had truly helped her to see it in a new light. 
The best lesson of all though was last night.  Our ward mission leader invited us over for dinner.  He also invited another women.  Her name is Katie and she just moved here at the beginning of the month.  She has been investigating the church since Sept.  She is 30 and just went through a divorce.  She keeps putting off a baptism date and wouldn't tell anyone all of the reasons why.  The Brother was sick, so it was just his wife, us, and Katie. We had a great dinner.  Sister Lee and I were a little worried for the lesson.  Seeing as how we had never taught her (she's the Elder's investigator) and she has been taught all the lessons, we weren't sure what we could teach her.  So we decided to just leave it up to the spirit.  What an incredible experience.  We started talking about her understanding of God, got on the subject of prayer, and some how she just started blurting out why she was so scared to get baptized.  She was afraid to make that commitment and then fail.  She was worried she would disappoint Heavenly Father.  I told  her a story of when I was in a similar situation (the one from just last week or 2 or 3) and the answers I received to it.  That he is so happy we have made right decisions to come to him.  He just wants us to try.  It's OK if we fall, that is what the Atonement is for.  He will never be disappointed in us about trying to come closer to him.  There was a lot of other things wrapped up in there:  how special she is to him and how proud he is of her (which she didn't know!!), how real fear is and that it is not from God, but Satan, and lots of other things.  she was just in tears the whole time.  Her only question when we finished talking was: "trying is enough?"  I felt so sorry for her that she had been thinking this whole time that she had to be perfect after baptism!!  I told her absolutely!  That is all God asks of us is to try, he doesn't expect anything more.  It is something we have to do with or without baptism.  Baptism just gives us that added help!!  I think she was so relieved to hear that!!  Sister Carlson made a great point.  In the 4 gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John)  out of all the people Christ met, no matter their sins, or their standing in life, he was never disappointed in them if they were listening to his words and trying to follow him.  Never!  Not once was he upset at someone.  What an incredible knowledge to have!  There was much more to the lesson but it would take far too long to write.  The spirit was so strong and we were all taught something that night.
I can't wait to go shopping today at that mall.  Hopefully we can find warm things!! Especially boots as it is currently snowing outside!  Yuck! I hope things are going well for everyone!  I love you all!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to be grateful for the wonderful things the Lord has blessed all of us with because they truly are more numerous than we can count.

Love, Sister Grossman

Monday, November 18, 2013

11-18-13 Using those moving skills for ourselves!

Hi there!
I love when we email on Tuesdays!!  The week just goes by so much faster!  I can't believe it's already time to write again!  This week was full of surprises!  It's a good thing, keeps me from getting bored and restless.
Tuesday before email, we stopped by an investigator who moved in about 2 weeks ago, Katie. Technically, the Elders' have dibs on her because she is in their area and the Zone Leaders gave her to them.  However, the bishop wants us in there and she is a single women so it would make sense.  We stopped by to introduce ourselves and get to know her. We ended up staying for an hour and half. What a fantastic women!!  She is so awesome and has truly been prepared by the Lord. She asked us questions she didn't feel comfortable asking the Elders, like why do we have to wear skirts, etc.  On Thursday, Bishop went over there to meet with her and asked which companionship she liked best and she said us!  So, he should be switching that around soon and we'll be teaching her!
Wednesday, we met with Pearl again!  She FINALLY read her scriptures, at least a little bit.  baby steps!  She had the desire to have more faith and show it. She even brought up baptism.  The downside, she just got diagnosed with breast cancer and has surgery on the 4th of December.  You have to attend church 3 times before you can be baptized and she doesn't like us pressuring her into going, meaning I'm not sure if she'll ever come.  We'll have to see how that turns out.  Tuesday night we received a challenge from our zone leaders on behalf of our mission president: talk to 100 nonmembers this week!  Crazy!  You actually have to talk about the gospel though, not just chatting.  So Wednesday night we went out tracting. We talked to some very interesting people.  Most were not receptive...not in the slightest.  There were a few nice people who told us gently they were not interested. The best part was one couple who bible bashed with us.  They were really nice, don't get me wrong. But they told us we were being brainwashed by the Book of Mormon. Because we were reading out of another book rather than just the bible, we were going to hell.  And as missionaries we were leading people to hell!!  Wow, it was really interesting. It makes me sad that she thinks that.  She started crying for us!!  No joke, on her front porch in tears, she told us to go to Wal-Mart and to buy a bible, that way we could be saved!  It was a very interesting experience to say the least.
Thursday we traveled to Aurora for my first Zone Conference.  It was pretty interesting; I really enjoyed it.  I want to share one thought I had from the talk President Toombs gave us.  He likes to tell horse stories.  He had these two work horses and one would always get out through a weak spot in the fence.  He lived right by a road and was worried, but never got around to fixing the fences.  One day, the horse got out, got hit by a car, and they had to put him down because his two back legs were broken.  He was heartbroken.  As the owner, it was his job to keep the fences fixed and make it safe for the horses.  He compared the fences to commandments, but I thought of them as testimonies.  We have to keep our fences strong in order to stay safe.  When there are weak spots in them, we can break out, or things can break in and we can get hurt.  The fences are for our safety.  And going farther, we cannot welcome others into a pasture if they can't find safety there.  Meaning, we can't help people come to the gospel until our testimonies are strong enough to share with them.
For zone conference, we had to loan our car to a few elders and get a ride with a few sisters.  On the way back, apparently our car started acting up.  I guess smoke was coming out from under the hood when they pressed on the accelerator, it was shaking, etc.  We didn't see any of it.  But they were very paranoid.  The next day, the Elder in charge of cars asked us to take it in to Chevy.  We had to drive all the way up to Broomfield only to find out they couldn't look at it until Monday.  While we waited to hear back from the elder if he wanted us to leave our car or just return with it on Monday, we got to wait in the waiting room.  What a magical place. They had free donuts, cookies, popcorn, water, and even coloring books to entertain little kids!!  That was the greatest place!!  
Saturday morning we got to participate in a stake activity day girls thing.  We dealt with only 10 and 11 year olds.  They wanted sister missionaries to teach the classes to the girls.  Ours was on sharing the gospel.  We had such a blast teaching them.  Sunday, we went home about an hour early so that we could start packing. We're moving tonight!  I got told by someone at church that I was very smiley!  haha it made me happy!
This morning we got up and set out early to make our appointment at Chevy, only to get there and be told that since we haven't had problems with it since the initial issue, they don't even think it's work looking at meaning we wasted our time and miles!!  So upsetting, that would have been nice to know last time we were there!!  Anyways, that was it for our crazy week. We always had things popping up here and there.  But it was still good and I saw the hand of the Lord in helping us reach some of our goals, even when we weren't sure we could.  I love you guys!  Glad to hear things are going well!  
Love,

Sister Grossman

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

11-12-13 Some are silver and the other gold!

Hi there!
I thought about putting the whole song, but it seemed like a very long title so I decided on just the last part!  This is in honor of transfers!  I know you're wondering, so here it is:  I am staying!  Sister Lee is staying, pretty much everyone is staying.  Only two people got transferred out of our district, one being Elder Larson, one of the ones in my ward.  All in all though, it could have been much worse so I am pleased.  However, I am not in the clear.  We (Sister Lee and I) are moving.  We will be moving into another house at the end of this week.  We will just be living in a bedroom upstairs, so no more private basement, but we do have access to the full kitchen!  That will be exciting.  They leave super early in the morning, so we'll basically have the house to ourselves.
What another odd week.  I'm beginning to think that every week of the mission will be an "out of ordinary" week.
Tuesday we spent about two hours at Firestone getting our tire fixed.  We were continually losing air pressure in just one tire!  After two weeks the light went on and then again after one week.  They tried to tell me it was because it is getting colder.  I know physics, Mr. Vanderbosch taught me well.  It wouldn't have affected just one tire!  Finally they took it off and dunked it in water.  Yep, there was a nail.  So we had to get our tire changed out.
Wednesday was Zone meeting which was just fantastic!  I love my leaders, they have such awesome insights.  One of the Sister Training leaders came to our zone on an emergency transfer.  She was there for three weeks.  She told us how in her previous Zone they assigned you something to speak, but she was amazed to see how the promptings of the Lord all worked together.  Seriously, all of them went so perfectly together.  It was exactly what I needed. Sister Moore's (the temporary STL) training was about why we need to be obedient.  Satan attacks us the most, as missionaries, he works the hardest on us.  There is a law in Heaven saying you can only receive blessings through obedience.  Heavenly Father gives us, as missionaries, many rules so that as we follow them all, we may receive blessings!  What an amazing perspective.  I knew rules and commandments all had their own purpose, but I never stopped to think, maybe he's giving us this so it can bless our lives.  Even though I don't understand them all or agree with them all, I still need to follow them so that I can receive the blessings it takes to be a successful missionary.
Later that night, we had an open hour and a half because an appointment cancelled last minute on us.  We were driving around visiting less actives, but either no one was home or no one would listen to us.  It was a few minutes to nine and it was the last house of the night.  We knocked on the door and asked for the member, only to find out they moved.  We started talking to this guy only to find out that his previous wife was a member and due to complications, he couldn't be baptized.  One of his boys had even been given a baby blessing.  Now he has two sons, 12 and 9, neither of which is baptized, but the oldest has been asking to go to church!  They just moved here, and as soon as the Dad is done with training for his job (it requires him to be gone a lot for periods of time), he wants us to come over and teach them.
The Lord is preparing people everywhere!!  Do not doubt that!!  My favorite scripture that talks about this is Matthew 9:36-38.  This scripture is now one of my favorites.  You have to look at the footnote for fainted in order for it to make sense.  If Christ came today, not everyone who would believe in him would be of our faith.  It says they were like sheep with no Shepard.  We have to show them the Shepard, let them hear his voice and only then can they follow him.  The laborers are few.  There are over 100,000 missionaries out, and this isn't counting members!!  Imagine how many people there must be to compare to that number and say that 100,000 (+members) is few!!  This scripture always gives me hope that my work isn't in vain.  I always share it with members when we discuss member missionary work.
Friday, we finally got to participate in a service project that I had yet to do. We did landscaping at one of the rec centers!  It felt so great to poor my frustrations into physical work!  I had so much fun.  It was a crazy day and we didn't even get the opportunity to start weekly planning until 3:30!  Then some Elders showed up asking if we would watch the baptismal font for them.  They were filling it up, but had a dinner appointment.  Well neither of us had ever filled it up before, but didn't stop to think that we should ask how full it needed to be or where the controls were!  There were many frantic phone calls asking for help, but all in all, it turned out just fine.
Saturday was the Adult session of stake conference!  Our stake was getting split so we had a 70 and an area 70 come!  They were so awesome!  At one point, a bishop was speaking and asked his Elders and his ward mission leader to come up.  How glad I was that that was not my bishop!  Both of these Elders were big guys!  One was a Samoan and the other looked like his favorite past time was wrestling and weight lifting, but man did they look so scared!!  Elder Brown, the Samoan was handed the mic first and he immediately passed it off to the next Elder! hahaha we laughed so hard, they did this the whole time.  They did a great job though.  At one point the 70 got up and asked them several questions.  Elder Brown took the mic from his companion to answer, but before he did the 70 clarified his question.  Elder Brown paused and then handed the mic back to his companion.  It was hilarious!  At the end of the meeting, Elder Teh (the 70) said the meeting would not be complete unless we heard from a Sister Missionary!!  Thankfully, he called the Sister right next to me.  Man was I relieved.   Right after conference ended, we had transfer doctrine!  They started out with Zone awards!  There were some great ones!  Sister Lee's was the next Yellow Power Ranger haha.  Mine was Zone Gangster!  (One of the ZL's and I are teaching Sister Lee how to speak gangster...it is so hilarious.  She thought 'G' stood for girl.  When I told her to call Elder Matheson that, she protested, "he's not a girl!!")  And then we found out where everyone was going.  Some of it wasn't a shocker, such as all of the Monte Vista Branch (the Spanish branch) was leaving because we knew they were going to be in the new stake.  It turned out really fun though.  We didn't get home until very late!
Sunday's stake conference was the normal bearing of the testimonies of all the new and old stake officers.  But it was still good.  Afterwards about eight missionaries hung out in the kitchen having lunch and got to talk about all the changes.
Sorry I didn't get on yesterday, the library was closed due to Veteran's Day.  If there is ever a gov. holiday, you know I won't be on until the next day.  But because it was transfer day, a ton of missionaries were at the Stake Center being swapped, so we got to go and hang out!  We had dinner that night with the people we were moving in with, so it was nice to see where we would be going.
Things are a little slow with the work.  Our investigators are struggling.  Even though we find ways to better help them, we still have to meet with them first!  It's ok though. The Lord truly works miracles as we dedicate everything we do to him.  As we pray with faith (this phrase has taken on a much deeper meaning to me) to have experiences to serve people and open their hearts to the gospel, we will be blessed with them!  I love this gospel and I love the opportunity I have to share it with those out here.  Thanks again for all the letters and pictures.  I'm sorry if I don't respond, it's a very long work in process, but I promise I will at one point!  I love you all and hope everything is going well.  Talk to you next week!

Love, Sister Grossman

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11-4-13 If all else fails, I have a very promising career in the moving industry.

Hey there!
This week was a good week..kind of haha.  I wasn't quite as focused as I should have been, and neither was Sister Lee, so it wasn't as productive.  But it was still a good week!
Tuesday we had interviews with President which was great!  He was so nice!  Our appointment with Autumn (the one I first committed to baptism) fell through.  She didn't show up at church for the past two weeks either.  I am worried for her, but I know it will happen in the Lord's timing, so I am not stressing over it.
Wednesday was our last district meeting of the transfer!  So sad!  I am going to have a hard time with the people who leave!  But afterwards, we all went out to lunch together which was a great time!  During the meeting we got a call saying that my medicine had finally arrived at the office and I had permission to come and pick it up!!  So we drove all the way up to the office and got it, along with some of the other missionaries’ packages.  As we drove back, we received a call from Debby, saying she needed to meet with us.  We went over to find that she had locked both sets of keys in her car!  Thankfully at that time, our ward mission leader, Brother Carlson and his wife drove by.  They gave Debby a ride over to her new place to get some tools to break into her car.  She talked with us afterwards and told us that she needed to put a hold on the baptismal date.  She got served a court order from the apt complex because she wasn't out in time, many times people had stolen things from her truck, and her health was not doing well due to moving by herself.  She wants to wait until after moving.  Let's hope she'll want to meet with us after that.  Later that day, we met with Jase, a 13 year old boy.  Sister Lee and her former companion taught him the first lesson a while back and he flaked on the return appointment.  We took a boy his age with us and taught him the second lesson and committed him to baptism!!  I hope he holds it though.  being 13, he doesn't quite have the drive to find his purpose in life  and eternal happiness doesn't mean much to him.  Let's hope he understands the importance of it!  He has also had a hard time coming to church in the past due to sports.  Cross my fingers!
Thursday was Halloween, so we had to be home by six.  We hung out with the Morrison's and watched some movie; I think it is called "The Legacy".  I think Niki, the bishop’s daughter, has fun having other girls around the house.  That night as we were getting ready to go downstairs, a member of our ward called Bishop, who handed off the phone to me.  She was calling to let us know a less active, Melanie Wilson, was moving tomorrow.  Melanie hurt her back and was still planning on moving all by herself.  It was just to another apt in the complex, but still.  It was so last minute that we could only get one person in the ward to come help.  We called our Zone leaders and they arranged to have our elders and the district leader and his companion excused from the normal service to help.  We thought it would only take a few hours....how wrong we were.  We were there six hours!!  It was so much fun though.  We had a small truck and a car so we had to make several trips!  Lots of heavy items. I got the opportunity to play first aide.  As the Elders were moving the couch, Elder McGrath slammed his thumb between the wall and the couch proceeding to pinch off some of his skin.  He happens to have a blood problem and issues with clotting.  We quickly obtained a first aid kit and I was able to bandage him up.  We ran to Target to get more supplies.  It was a good thing because he already bled through the bandage I had put on.  I had to rewrap again the next day! Of course, it was all fun for me, but some of the other people were very squeamish.  Haha pansies.
Saturday was all service!  That night we helped more people move!!  They had a giant moving truck with things stacked all the way up to the top.  I was the only one light enough, but strong enough to climb on top of other boxes and move those things down.  I also helped the men carry in a giant wardrobe.  I got called the Terminator haha...I’m still trying to decide if that is a good thing.
We had dinner last night at my favorite house!  Sister Chubbs (much to the contrary of her name, they are all very skinny) is an amazing cook!!  And her husband is amazing on the grill!  We had steaks and potatoes, these buttery/cheesy/garlic rolls and cheesecake for dessert!  It was all so delicious!!  Thank goodness it was fast Sunday and I wasn't still full from lunch.
I'm finally beginning to feel like I am adjusting.  Give it a week (transfers are next week) and I'll lose it all again.  Oh well, such is life!  Love you guys!
Sister Grossman

Please apologize for me to all those people who have written to me.  I run out of time to write and am trying to work on them, but it is a slow process.  But I am so appreciative of their letters!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

10-28-13 I'm an Elder!! But without the priesthood. Don't worry! I'm not preaching blasphemy.

Hi everyone!
What a crazy week!  We have seen so many miracles!  Tuesday, we started off the morning with service.  But then we got a call.  Zelma had introduced us to a friend of hers named Debby.  Debby was desperately trying to move out of the apartment.  A couple of missionaries helped her one day, but she needed more.  So we went and helped her for a while.  After lunch, all of our appointments ended up cancelling and we had nothing to do so we decided to go visit a former investigator.  She wasn't home either!  SO we tracted around her area and found two potential investigators and a few other friendly people who listened to us!  It was amazing!    Then dinner wasn't ready when we got there and Sister Mcleish (we eat with them every Tuesday.  Such awesome people!) wasn't home so we couldn't go inside.  We knocked a few doors and found another PI!  

Wednesday, again all of our plans fell through.  We ended up in an apartment complex where we knew a lot of people who are in our ward directory live.  We wrote them all down and went looking around.  We found the Sanchez family who moved in back in January, but never knew where church was so they never went.  We invited them to the Halloween party, church, and scheduled dinner with them for this Wednesday.  We were a little lost trying to find all of the buildings so we asked one of the workers and started talking to him about the gospel.  We were able to schedule an appointment!  Then we gave another guy a Book of Mormon!  Afterwards, we decided to visit Ben, one of the PI's we found yesterday.  We had an amazing lesson with him and gave him a Book of Mormon.  We're hoping to commit him to baptism next time we meet with him!  He's so great!  After dinner, we checked the ward directory to see who was in the area.  We ended up visiting a less active, Mike Pollock.  He let us in and we had a long conversation with him.  He believed he had never received answers to his prayers.  He is the type of guy who needs tangible evidence for everything, which is why I knew the Lord sent me to him; we are very similar in that matter. It was a major testimony building experience for me because at the beginning, I had no idea what to say.  I was completely lost.  But as I opened my mouth, and trusted the Lord, he blessed me with direction.  Then the spirit helped me bear boldly.  Nothing else got across to this guy.  I had to be much more bold than I am with other people and it was a little nerve wracking, but he didn't shy away from it or become offended.  I just really had to rely on the spirit in that lesson.

It really was a week of miracles.  We got to see the hand of the Lord guiding us and putting us in the exact places we needed to be.  I was so grateful for his blessings.  All of our lessons were impromptu and in different directions than what we intended, so I really had to listen to know what to say.

Thursday night, a Korean lady in our ward took us out for dinner.  I ate my whole meal (even the rice!) with chopsticks!!  Sister Lee was super impressed!  I was too haha.  We had Book of Mormon class after that.  The whole day I could feel the headache that had plagued me all week begin to escalate.  It got really bad, but I hoped that maybe after some sleep it would go away.  No such luck.  I woke up Friday morning with a full blown migraine.  Of course it would just so happen that we (the Elders and Sisters in our ward) would be fasting that day as part of the 40 day fast.  I thought about it and decided I really needed to fast even though it would mean I couldn't take any pills.  This would also manage to land on the day that we were doing a big service project...outside.  As I continued to think about this trial, I realized what I needed to learn from it.  I had to learn to rely on the Lord's strength and not my own.  During study, as I tried supporting myself, I got worse and worse.  But as I turned to the Lord for help, I was blessed with strength to be able to work.  Sister Lee and I, the district leader and his companion, and the zone leaders were all working on this project.  We went to two different senior citizens home's to help them do yard work, things they needed for the winter and any house work they needed done.  During lunch time, while the rest of the Elders sat on the edge of the bed of the truck and ate, I just curled up in a ball in the bed of the truck.  But of course my zone leader, bless him, is not a quiet soul.  I was about ready to chuck the box he kept rifling through out of the car.  We had a couple hours afterwards that we ran a few errands, but thankfully it was soon dinner time.  The Lady who was supposed to make us dinner got sick, so she gave us gift cards to Fazoli's instead.  It was great because we just got our food and went home.  We got to stay there all night because we also had to do weekly planning.  Best meal I've ever had!  Once again, I was able to see the blessing of the Lord.  As soon as I ate and drank, my headache started to go away, and by the time we were finished, it was gone.  I knew I was being blessed because I had done what the Lord asked me even though I was given a hard load.  I was so grateful for that blessing since that headache had been with me all week.  My poor district leader, Elder McGrath called later that night though and apparently had inherited my migraine!

Saturday was crazy!  We got to sing again, but don't worry this time I sat down and it went fine.  After lunch, we went to help Sister Mcleish.  She will be having her baby any day now and needed help cleaning her closet out before the baby got here.  We had to leave in the middle for a baptism in another ward.  We had an appointment with Zelma that day.  We talked with her previously in the week and she wanted to invite Debby to hear our message. (Just fine with us!)  It was an amazing lesson taught completely on the fly and by the spirit!  We committed her to baptism!! So excited!  We were even able to talk to Zelma again about baptism.  Thankfully the member who came along with us talked with her about that. Maybe another voice might make a difference!  It doesn't matter though.  I love her a ton!  That night was our ward Halloween party which was so much fun!  With dress code and all, we couldn't do much by way of costume, but you know me, I won't miss a chance to dress up!  SO we came up with the idea of dressing up as the Elders!  We borrowed ties from them and wore white button up shirts and blazers.  Sister Lee was supposed to be Elder Larson and I was going to be Elder Osborne, but because Hermana Trujillo jokingly stole Elder Osborne second tag (unbeknownst to him, he thought Elder McGrath lost it) he didn't have a name tag to give me.  Instead I borrowed one from Elder McGrath.  So I was two people at once!  Except I just looked like Hermoine (later years, when she had better hair)!  It was so much fun though!  The Sanchez family showed up.  A member also brought along an investigator who was deaf!!!  Elder Osborne and I talked to her!  It was awesome!  We even set up an appointment with her to teach her!  We got special permission from President to teach her together because once we're together, we fill in each other's holes.  And there are two members in our ward who know sign language!  I'm so excited to teach her this Sunday!  After the party, we got a call from Zelma saying she has another person who wants us to give her a lesson!  Even if Zelma won't get baptized, she's bringing others into the waters!!  Sunday came and as church started, we were bummed because no one had shown up!  As we were sitting in Relief Society (they do it backwards) our zone leaders opened the door and pulled us out into the hallway.  They said Debby had shown up and brought a friend!  You can imagine my excitement!  It was so great to have them in church!  Just another blessing from the Lord!  All of our appointments fell through again!  We took the list Bishop gave us of people he wanted us to stop by and we went to one. At first the women asked us why we were there, but as we talked to them, they opened up a lot and we even got them to fill our open night for dinner!  She is from Austria and has a thick accent.  The whole time I was there I just kept thinking the bishop thought of her for a reason!  I hope we can pull them back in!
This week we have interviews with president which should be interesting!  Also, with Halloween, we have to be in by four!  Hopefully all the letters and thank you cards I'm behind on, I can get caught up!  Anyways, not much left!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  I am learning so much out here and am truly learning how important it is that we stand strong in our testimonies.  Love you all! 
Sister Grossman

p.s. I forgot to say, totally won the scripture challenge again!  I think everyone else has stopped trying, no one else is participating :( sad day, I like competition to beat haha jk.  This week's question was what was the daughter of Jared famous for.  We all know the brother of Jared, but what about the daughter of Jared.  (just for the sake of Jared's dignity, it was a different Jared.  Apparently people back then didn't have very much imagination when it comes to names.  I wish we had that problem today!)