So good to hear from everyone! It has been a wonderful week, but very exhausting. This type of a white weekend is the only one I am ok with, as the other is very freezing!!
Monday we spent mostly in the other zone because of transfers. It was so fun to see everyone. I got to see a sister who I hadn't seen since my first day out here when we arrived together. It was so great to talk to her! One of our ward missionaries took us out to Menchies to celebrate both of us staying!
Tuesday night was so hectic. Haleigh, the 17yr old Less Active that we are working with, cancelled her 8 o'clock appointment. So we had to drop everything we were doing to get over to her house then (5 o'clock). But it was worth it because it was a great lesson. The gospel isn't a super big priority in her life, but she told her grandma it might someday be. Which is fine, at least she isn't closing herself off to the gospel. So we taught her about the prodigal son; that even though she wasn't super interested right now, God will always love her and will always welcome her back into the fold. The spirit was so strong as we bore our testimony of God's love for her, as well as our love for her. She said she really enjoyed it. Her aunt (Sister Chin) was crying the whole time. After that, we left to go see Joyce. When we got there, the door was propped open which is unusual. We knocked and called her name and she hollered for us to come in. We walked in and there was a tipped over chair and she was sitting on the floor. She told us she fell and had opened the door for when the paramedics got there (she pressed her life alert button). We helped her up, got her over to the couch, and gave her some water. We checked to make sure she wasn't hurt, but then the paramedics got there. She told them that thanks to her angels she was just fine. Order me a halo! It was super funny though, because she kept trying to set us up with the paramedics. We were trying so hard not to laugh! We had to call our 7 o'clock appointment and push them back until 8. By the time we left there, we had about 35 minutes for dinner. A member had given us money, so we just ran and inhaled some food and then rushed to our appointment. The investigator wasn't there, but her member mom was, who is recent to the church as of a few years. We had a great lesson with her. By the time we got home, we were so exhausted. But, as luck would have it, as soon as we tried to go to bed, we were wide awake. Needless to say, we were up very late!
The worst part? Wednesday was temple day! So we had to get up at 5 o'clock :( Temple was great. (only fell asleep a little bit!) Then we had appointment after appointment until the end of the night. I am thankful we had such a packed day, but it sure made for a long one. We were at the Routs for our last appointment and we were close to just being zombies. They were having a good time laughing at us at least. Funny quote for the day: we were teaching Joyce about the Law of Chastity and she said, "Procreation is what it is all about!!" That has to be one of her favorite words: procreation. Apparently we also had pretty jewelry on and she kept saying we were all "kadoodlebugged up"; it was super hilarious!!
Thursday we had a lesson with a new investigator: Scott. Unfortunately it got cut short because he had to pick up his niece and then he couldn't meet with us for another 2 weeks because his son is coming this weekend. That's alright though, he seemed excited to talk to us. After our district meeting, it was Joyce's Baptismal interview!! We got a brand spanking new, fresh off the calling list, district leader this transfer. His name is Elder Farr. It's cool to have a brand new one because they are so excited and pumped up. So Joyce was his first baptismal interview hahahah. Got to break them in somehow!!
We are working with a less active, Sister Otting, who has 4 kids and she is divorced, so a single mom. Her youngest are 2 twin girls. They just turned 8! So Saturday morning we got permission to go to their baptism even though it is out of the mission. It wasn't that far; it was actually at our mission office and we are the closest people to that. We got there a little late, so at first they didn't see us. It wasn't until their confirmation that they saw us. As soon as it was over, they ran up and gave us hugs! It was so nice to know that we are making a difference in their life. I think that is one of my favorite things about being a missionary: being able to feel such immense love for people. One of our potential investigators (a 16yr old girl named Calli) was there and she was listening the whole time, even crying. She said that she felt really good. Unfortunately, this is spring break for her, so we won't be able to meet with her soon. After that we ran to a meeting, had some lunch and crashed for ten minutes. Then had to run to an appointment with a Less Active. The spirit was so strong as we bore testimony of the power of Christ's love and atoning grace. It strengthened my testimony of it. Then we ran to the church to start setting up for Joyce's baptism. It was actually a double baptism because the Elders had an investigator getting baptized too. She is much younger though; Katie is only 24. We had to help Joyce get all changed and ready. (Thankfully she didn't wear her wig or crazy smeared lipstick.) She was just adorable. When they baptized her, there were two of them in the water to help her and because she is scared of water. But her leg just flew up as she went under. So they had to do it again and her leg came up again!! Luckily, they said she was under all the way first before it popped up. Katie went after her and as she was coming up the stairs, Joyce says to her so excitedly, "WE'RE BAPTIZED KID!!!!" We were laughing so hard! She was so cute after her baptism, she told me, "I'm one of you now!" I just was laughing all night. I am just super happy for her. A member took us out to dinner afterwards and then we had a lesson with sister Otting's 12yr old who just got the priesthood, but is too scared to pass the sacrament. We had the deacon adviser and president come with us and walk him through it. After that we had a great FHE lesson with the Routs on the armor of God. It was really great and again, the spirit was so strong.
Sunday was kind of a sad and slow day. We had quite a few people bail on church and then our two appointments for the day bailed as well. We did get to visit a less active family who is moving soon and they said we could come help them pack. This is the one with the adorable little boy. He was so hilarious last night. All of us were cracking up.
All in all, we are exhausted, but pleasantly so. I am grateful for how busy the Lord is keeping us. He is blessing us so much. I love being a missionary. I love getting to represent hope and God's love in people's lives. It is the best feeling ever. I can't believe I am already one third of the way done! I heard it goes by so fast from here. I am so thankful though for the time I have served so far. It has truly changed me.
Unfortunately, the weather decided I needed a white week as well as a weekend. It is still cold and sort of snowy here.
Well, I love you all so much!! I hope you are warmer than I am! Have a wonderful week! I love you!!