Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7-28-14 Same stuff, different week

Howdy Ho!
Well this week doesn't look like much on paper, but we sure worked hard.  Sister Migao still isn't sleeping, so our morning routine is kind of off, but we try to work hard during the day.  Tuesday we got dropped by a potential, but that's ok.  We didn't really see him going anywhere either.  But he does want a list of scripture passages from the Book of Mormon he can read so that is good!  Then we ran to Ace Hardware because we may have accidentally broken our shower.  Of course the one part that was broken they didn't have, so we had to buy glue to fix it.  Which then had to set for a day.  We did get to go to Texas Roadhouse that night for dinner!  Yum!!  Made me a little sad thinking of Grandpa.
Wednesday I went with my Relief Society President, Sister Petersen to Christine's.  Sister Migao's eye was swollen (which we later found out was due to two bug bites that she got right by her eye).  The lesson went well; it really helped to have Sis.Petersen there.  Christine isn't progressing, but she isn't a waste of time.  So hopefully we can get her progressing.  We'll see.
Thursday night, we decided to head up into the mountains.  We have a ton of miles since we switched cars half way through the month.  We quickly decided we needed a truck.  Dieter (our poor car) was just having quite the trouble with the hills.  But we didn't get stranded so that is good news!!
But, Sister Migao still keeps me laughing and we are having such a great time!!  I wish I could spend the rest of my mission with her!!  Even though everything sucks, we are still doing awesome!  I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for all the letters!  Love you guys lots!  Love, Sister Grossman

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

7-21-14 Sleepless in Arvada

Hello all!!
Man I love Mondays!! Probably the only time in my life I will haha. We're happy to be out of the house, so it's a good day! Transfers happened and we made it out unscathed!!
Not much of an exciting week. We got to go to the temple on Wednesday!! Apparently there is an even newer video!! It was interesting. I just love the temple.
 A cavity that I got fixed a year ago was still bothering me and was getting worse. So one of the men in 4th ward whose parents are in my ward (we know him because he was at dinner once) is a dentist and had me come in. Bless him, he did it for free. Feeling great so far!!  Apparently the filling was too high.
We spent a lot of the week at home. Sister Migao still isn't sleeping. 13 hours in 2 weeks. We are working on getting a doctor's appointment. It got to the point that she doesn't remember anything after dinner on Saturday night, including transfer doctrine. She conked out for quite a while Sunday morning until 3 o'clock that afternoon. At least she slept!
She is going a bit stir crazy at home, but she doesn't have the energy to go out, she gets tired walking up the stairs. Our members house is now very clean though! Everyone but her is pretty concerned. Hopefully we get it sorted soon.
Oh, my award at transfer doctrine: "Sass meets Salvation". I thought it was pretty humorous haha.
Still loving Sister Migao, still having tons of fun, work still sucks and is getting worse, but we're doing good. Hope all is well and that everyone is enjoying the scorching heat. It is pretty bad here too.
Much love, Sister Grossman

7-14-14 Give 'em Heaven

Hello there!
Hope everyone's week has been great!  What an interesting week it has been here.  It was another very hard week.  Probably the lowest number of lessons I have ever taught.  However, the Lord is blessing us so much because Sister Migao and I are still happy!  We still have faith that this is the Lord's work so we don't need to stress.  We have finally reached the point that we just laugh and it doesn't affect us at all to which I am so grateful to the Lord.  Even though things failed all week, we still felt the spirit so strongly and that is really all that matters.
Monday night was bad.  Sister Migao was really upset and I tried to talk about it with her, but it all went south.  She ended up locking herself in the closet and when I checked later, all of her bags were packed.  Later, when she was upstairs, I called the STL's because I just didn't know what to do.  I prayed really hard that night, but just left her alone.  I felt really bad since this her first transfer, the area is sucking, and I am suppose to be her trainer and help her.  But she will learn that everyone has that in the beginning of her mission and that it won't be the last.  She will probably get to that point 4 more times.  I know I have been there multiple times. 
We spent most of Tuesday talking to our leaders.  I was really grateful for my STLs; normally I'm not a huge fan of them, but I was so thankful to have someone else to help me in that moment.  They were on exchanges that night and the brand new STL accidentally ended up with both phones.  I felt bad she had to deal with this the first couple weeks, but what better way to break them in haha!
Tuesday night, the ZL's had extended a challenge to us to see how many people we could get to wave to us.  We drove around a neighborhood waving.  Thankfully, there was a terrible storm the night before so we had a ton of hail damage that day so everyone was outside cleaning that up.  One of the guys who waved turned out to be a member in our ward.  We jumped out and started helping him clean his yard.  Then, we cleaned his neighbor's yard.  Her husband and just passed away and the Elders had been helping her a lot around her yard and with her car.  I like hailstorms.  They let us do service!!  For the record, we got 72 waves!  We beat the whole zone!
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday pretty much everything fell through.  Christine cancelled everything this week...again.  Even our own ward mission leader forgot his appointment hahaha.
This whole week has been thrown off as Sister Migao is just not sleeping.  Since last Saturday she has had a total of about 11 1/2 hours of sleep.  Sad right?  The poor thing has tried all sorts of different things to help her fall asleep, but nothing has worked.  When I think she is sleeping, I just leave her, trying to let her get some sleep, and I don't do anything that would wake her up (i.e. shower).  Our whole schedule has been off since I think she is actually sleeping, but then she tells me later she wasn't.

Saturday night at dinner, just as we finished giving the message and asked "how can we serve you?", the little boy ran yelling "DADDY THE BUNNY IS IN THE GARDEN. HE'S HERE!  HE'S HERE!!"  They told us during dinner about a rabbit who was digging in their garden.  He pulled us all outside and I proceed to catch the rabbit!!  My business is expanding to more than just window wells haha!  Our next two appointments cancelled, so the member we were supposed to have a lesson with at her house took us out for ice cream.  It sure made everything better :)  good ol' reliable Coldstone!
Sunday was better than the rest of the week!  Had the most meaningful sacrament I have had in a long time.  I just felt so free from burden as I took the sacrament and felt washed clean again.  That even though this week sucked, things were going to be ok.  I had done everything I could have, it wasn't my fault.  I just started crying during the sacrament because it was so nice to have that burden removed from me.  I'm sure the members think I am breaking, and maybe I am a little bit.  But that is ok, God loves broken things because from them, he can grow new things in the direction wants.
I am still having such a good time with Sister Migao.  She is awesome!  Loving the ward more and more.  We were at a member's house who has the little redhead 3yr old who is just the cutest thing.  His name is Cannon and usually we have to bribe him to give us a hug, but yesterday when we were over there, we were giving his sisters a hug and he runs over "My turn!  My turn!  I want a hug!!"  and then gave us a big ol' hug. He went and picked flowers for us to and told us we had to put them in our hair.  A different day, we were walking out and he was saying something so I bent down to listen and he thought I was going to give him a kiss, so he puckered up.  I gave him one on the forehead because I couldn't just leave him hanging.  Things are going good; still loving being a missionary despite the hateful glares.  Wouldn't ever give this experience up.  The sister who I talked about last week had her farewell on Sunday and Sister Migao and I were just crying thinking of our own haha.
I love you guys lots and hope you have a fantastical week!!!  Love, Sister Grossman

7-7-14 Having a Ball in Arvada

Hello family and persons!!
Hope everyone is doing good today!!  Have a ball here in Arvada.  Been a bit of a tough week.  No one really wants to listen haha.  Sister Migao took it pretty hard.  I guess you just kind of go numb to it after while...most of the time.  Sometimes it still gets to you.  Bit of a crazy week.  (this might be shorter than I thought.  I was helping an elder with his family history and it took a bit of time)
Not too much to report this week.  We got to meet President and Sister Mendenhall!  They are awesome!!  So excited to work with them.  
Did a lot of family history again this week.  We got permission from P.Men to do family history on our members computer when we were grounded for the fourth of July, so I spent all night working on it.  Had a headache by the end haha.  It is so exciting and incredibly frustrating at the same time!!  Found a few problem spots I need help with.
Wednesday night we helped a recent convert.  She has a paper route and had to fold and gad over 2,000 newspapers.  We sat for a long time helping her!  It was good though because she trusts us more now.  
Yesterday was pretty fun.  A family in our ward has a daughter leaving next week on her mission to Argentina.  Her nonmember friend was visiting and they invited us over for an early dinner.  Her husband and son were out doing fast offerings so we had 30 minutes that we got to sit and chat with her.  Afterwards, their daughter showed us all of her mission stuff and asked tons of questions.  In Argentina, the whole time they are down there they can't receive packages and I guess the part she is at is pretty rural so for some of her stuff she has to take 18 months worth of items.  (I guess in Argentina, they think using tampons means you aren't a virgin.  Imagine having to pack 18 months worth of tampons!!!)  Suddenly, I was very very grateful to be serving in the states hahaha.
Well, not too much else other than normal missionary work.  Christine is still struggling, Cannons are still out out town.  But we're having fun!  Talk to you guys next week!  Love you!!