Thursday, August 28, 2014

8-25-14 #stalkerlife

But really, being a missionary means you are an excellent stalker.  In fact, being a Mormon, but mostly people like the ward clerk.  Ours has an account to a site called peoplefinder and as our bishop put it "a hack in the CIA software".  Our bishop, Bishop Bashford (fondly known amongst the youth as BishBash), and the clerk, Jerry (really Brother Blackburn, but we all just call him Jerry) were sitting next to each other in ward council. Jerry, with his computer as we are talking about people, will research them on whatever he has on there.  Bishop will lean over, look at the screen, and say things like, "according to the CIA, they...".  We were all dying.  The site didn't have something listed that the Elders reported and our young women's president said, "Psh! we are way ahead of the CIA!"  So there you have it: #stalkerlife.  But really we are great at stalking people...with love.

The weekly play-by-play:
- One more week until transfers!  "should I stay or should I go??"  Not really sure.  Part of me thinks I will be leaving, but then I think God is going to punish me and make me stay longer...or even worse, train again.  I got lucky with Sister Migao, I don't think I will get so lucky again.  Not that I don't love the area, but it gets a little old staying in one spot for so long.  Guess we will find out.  But remember, it is a gov holiday so I still won't be on unless we can find a place that is not a library (like the family history centers).
- Starting Tuesday, we were both feeling a little ill.  I determined it must be our shower curtain.  Apparently the guests they had prior in the basement did not do well at keeping the curtain closed and there was mold and crap all over it.  Ok it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't pretty.  Wednesday night we went and bought a new one.  We are feeling better now so I am guessing that was it.
- Went to the temple on Wednesday!  Love it so much.  It was cool to be there after having the Zone Meeting on the pre-earth life.  It meant more.  Although we had a hard time going to sleep the night before so we were fighting to stay awake.
-Had my Dr. apt. Paid $10 for him to refer me to another doctor.  Thank you sir.  I really appreciate your insightful advice that came from years of education.  Going to a hand surgeon on Thursday (out of the mission!).  But don't worry, I'm not getting surgery.  At least not yet.  He is just sending me there because they will know more of the little things in the wrist (that I guess he doesn't)
Do you remember Aurora and Jeremiah? The one with the two year old and brand new twins? Well if you don't, quick run down: elders contacted him in April? and he was so excited to learn more, they were passed to the sisters since they were in the sisters area.  They had one lesson with her and it was met well, but the week she was due so they said to come back in May.  We did and it was met well, but a little less enthusiastically.  She mentioned to her deacon at her Catholic church that she was meeting with us and he told her she was not allowed to go to other churches or meet with us. She still let us come over every now and then, but we just tried to serve her more.
Ok, so on Thursday we get a text from her saying today would be a good day for us to come over if we would like.  We seriously debated not going because it was on the opposite side of town that we were on and had to be on in 2 hours, which means a lot of miles. But we went.  Within 2 minutes of us being there, she was crying.  She is in a tiny apartment and doesn't get out all day because her husband works crazy hours so she can stay home.  So she has postpartum because she doesn't leave and no one comes to see her.  She said she has been missing the Spirit and knew we would have it if we came.  Was so happy that we did come, said no one in her church would have done that for her.  We talked a while with her and shared a message.  We invited her to a women's group that meets almost every week and then invited her to church. She brought up her deacon again and I said, "I don't want to tell you he's wrong...but I'm going to." and then told her why.  She said that the things we said made sense and we invited her to pray about it.  She also wants us to come over a couple times a week to read scriptures with her!  I hope things lead to her investigating the church, but if it doesn't that is ok.  Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ.  I know that even if she doesn't accept this religion, at her time of need, we brought her closer to Christ and helped strengthen her faith.  
- had another great lesson with Aurora and we brought a member. She even made us food, she was so excited to have us there.  She admitted that she was scared to pray and get an answer to go because she is worried what her family will think since they are all Catholic.  It was amazing to see the spirit work through all 3 of us to help her.
-Spent forever hunting out this house.  We ended up having to go down this secret, tucked away little dirt road back to these apartments and found some people to ask about the people we were searching for.  Seriously felt like a detective.  Thanks to Jerry and his CIA software, we now have a new address to try.  We also now have pictures taken off of facebook (done by Sister Scott, not us) of a LessActive we are trying to hunt down.  We also found out which Petsmart she works at so we can hunt her down there. Pro-stalkers. (or so we would like to think)
- We held signs again on Saturday. I made sure to wear sunscreen this time.  It was on a crazy busy street and we were against traffic this time, so we only handed out one to a guy walking on the street. He asked Sister Migao why he should take it and she told him, "Well it has changed my life.  I'm a 21yr old college student who left everything to come spread His word."  he said, "I'll take one!"  It was awesome.  Made me think of a scripture that talks about how he knows with a surety that this gospel is true, he sought out the witness of the spirit so much that is was undeniable and he was filled with joy. Which joy pushed him to share it with everyone because he was so happy about the knowledge that he had.  That is all missionary work is.  Inviting people to have the same happiness you do, sharing the love and joy that is in your heart.  Inviting them to participate in our activities and to learn more won't be offensive when it is done with love because they see you just want to share the happiness you have. Are our testimonies so great that this is the result, like this man?  That is what I am working for!  Because that is when missionary work becomes second nature.
-Got to see the Clarines.  They took us out for dinner on Saturday.  Had a great time getting to talk with them.

Well I think that is all.  It was a good week, not too much going on, but we have a good week lined up next week.  I hope all goes well.  Thanks for praying for me and supporting me!  Love you guys!
Sister Grossman

Saturday, August 23, 2014

8-18-14 Honk if You Love Jesus

I feel like it has been forever since I have been on!  Ok, lots to tell you and a short time!!
- Zone Conference on Tuesday.  That's right, I'm still alive after driving through early morning rush hour on the freeway and rush hour traffic through the streets of downtown Denver.  Be impressed.  I sure am.  I think I about gave Sister Migao a heart attack with my driving.  Oh well, alive and kicking!! haha  It was a good meeting.  Saw lots of people, but was so exhausted!!  However, our car got a 50!!  Oh yeah!!  That's what happens when you have Elder McGrath judging your car who doesn't know a thing about them haha.  Or you got up at 5:00 to wash and wax it.  Or both.
- Thursday got to go on exchanges with one of my really good friends out here, Sister Openshaw.  We've decided to be roommates after this.  Accidentally matched, pictures attached.  Had a blast and she helped me to be a little braver.  Did a ton of service.  Finally contacted a less active who might be growing weed in her basement..  Welcome to Colorado!!
Had an awesome day on Saturday.
- did a district blitz and talked to a cool guy named ThunderCloud (he's Native American) but goes by Joe.  Wants us to come back.  Also told me he could heal my wrist.  It didn't work.  I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday.  But he was still awesome.
-Held giant Mormon signs on a street corner saying to come get a free book of Mormon.  In one hour we got 70 waves, lots of honks, thumbs up, thumbs down, devil horns, couple of the birds, and a grown man who stuck his tongue out.  And we passed out 4 Books of Mormon!! One even wanted to go to church!  Got a wicked sunburn on only half of my face and collarbone.  Have to use a ton of makeup to even my face out.
- Contacted 2 Less Actives (LA) who let us come back!
- had an awesome lesson with Catherine (the one with fibromyalgia who can't come to church) about missionary ideas for her family as she is trying to convert her nieces.
-great sacrament meeting.  Homecoming talk by an elder who was serving in Korea.  Told us just to get over our fears and share the gospel.  The missionary's purpose is all over our purpose.  I loved it.
-got to have dinner in the mountains.  It was beautiful but I got a little carsick.  The driver was going 50-60 mph around all of those curves.
- Just wanted to finish up describing a small part of last week's zone meeting.  After we read our patriarchal blessing, we watched the Mormon message, Choose Ye This Day ( ) and I realized even though there are things in my patriarchal blessing that I say "that's not me, I can't do that"  My patriarchal blessing is who I am and who I can be.  Even if I am not that right now, God is telling me, "Follow me and I will make it happen".  If you feel weighed down with the burden of who you need to be versus who you are, just choose today that you will be who the Lord wants you to be, and then don't worry if that doesn't happen tomorrow.  You already chose.  Keep that as your vision and walk to it.  It will come when the Lord needs it to.  But don't be concerned abut reaching it.  The Lord has promised that is who you will be if you walk the path he has asked.  That is your goal of a better you, not someone to look down on the person you are now.  Not sure I expressed that like I wanted, but oh well.  Hope it meant something.
Well those are the highlights.  Love you all.  Hope the start of school is wonderful!!  Miss you so much!!  Love, Sister Grossman
With Sister Openshaw


S'mores with Sister Migao

Sunday, August 17, 2014

8-11-14 Quidditch-A New Version

Hi all!!
Wow, what a fun week this has been.  Monday was Zone P-day and we played Quidditch.  But don't worry, it wasn't lame or anything, no brooms were involved.  We hung 3 hula hoops from the basketball hoop and there was a keeper.  Then we had a foam ball for the quaffle.  There were 2 beaters who had pantyhose filled with flour as the bludgers.  Everyone else were chasers.  Only rule was if you got hit by a bludger you had to sit down for 30 seconds.  Oh my gosh we had so much fun!!  By the end the gym was covered in flour (don't worry we cleaned up spic and span)  and I had to apologize to a few people for playing a little rough...  But regardless, it was so great!! Best p-day I've had!!  They also gave Sis.Migao a birthday cake!  They were joking about shoving her face in but she wanted to do it because she had never had it done before.  So her face was covered in cake haha.  Then the Scotts had us over for dinner and we celebrated it with pizza (her favorite) and mini lava chocolate cakes.  
Wednesday everyone decided to cram everything into the one day. We actually had something to do (we moved).  We had lunch with our stake president and then a poorly organized district blitz (we were able to find a couple potentials for the elders, which was cool!!)  which made us late for our moving.  We were able to move in an hour and a half!  Quickest that has ever happened!  We now each have a queen size bed.  It is magical and I sleep so good every night.  I miss my own bed haha.
Thursday, we had a zone meeting.  In all honesty, this was the best one I have ever had.  It was an incredible spiritual experience.  This might sound goofy, but we let it be really serious and it was incredible.  We reenacted the council in heaven.  Two elders were there as instigators (of course one was Elder Fleming and he is the best debater I have ever seen, so it didn't matter that  the whole zone was against him, he held his own well) and the rest of us got to say whatever we wanted.  By the end, half of of us wanted to punch Elder Fleming, but that means we really cared about the plan, so that is good right??  But it was so cool.  I have never felt the spirit witness to me as it did there how important this time is down here.  How much we really need to be fighting to get back; how serious this is.  After that, we moved onto a little class room setting where we got our patriarchal blessing in an envelope and were told to read them as our calls to earth.  My favorite line was "Are you ready to see for the first time who you were meant to be?"  That hit me so hard, to really take our blessing seriously.
Well, I am out of time, but I will finish explaining to you next week about it.  Love you all so much!!  Hope you have a fantastic week and rest of summer!  Sorry this is so short, lots to do today.  Talk to you soon!
Love, Sister Grossman

Monday, August 4, 2014

8-4-14 Small promptings

Hello all,
Not too much to tell this week.  Just share little tidbits.
Monday night we were driving to go visit some people and we passed this lady and her son sitting on the curb.  We both had the feeling that we should stop and talk, but of course, it takes me forever to determine what is me and what is the spirit, so we kept driving.  Just as we turned the corner, I parked the car and said we needed to go talk to her.  She, Amee, was really nice, and gave us her number without even asking.  Apparently her ex-husband is atheist and her and her son have been discussing it all week, so it was cool to talk to them.  Even if anything didn't happen, it was a neat experience with the spirit and listening/following it.

Wednesday we spent all day in the mountains.  We tried to get the Zone Leaders to switch us and let us have their truck, but the APs said the Elder Hollingsworth (the car guy) would probably kill them for sending a brand new truck into the mountains. HELLO!  That is what a truck is for.  So we were driving around the rainy mountains in our little Corolla.  Poor Dieter had a hard time with those hills, he spent almost the whole time in 2nd gear.  We got to visit a sweet older woman who is the only member in her family.  Before this day, so many things happened that would have kept us from going into the mountains.  We went anyway and it was a good thing we did.  She really needed it.  She told us how she had been feeling like she didn't belong in her family because she is the only member.  And then the week before she was sitting in Relief society and everyone was talking with each other, but no one was talking with her and she thought, "I don't fit in at home and I don't fit in at church either."  And that was when I stopped to talk with her.  She said it meant so much to her.  This Sunday, she thanked us so much for coming; in her words we left a glow in her house, that we just sprinkled fairy dust all around.  I was so glad that it helped her.  She is the sweetest lady.  It was really a testimony to me to look around for those people who are on the outskirts and to reach out to them. 
We went to a few other houses, but on the way to our last one, our gps got us lost.  So we were lost in the mountains with no cell service.  Don't worry, we are honorary boy scouts.  We had walking shoes, a blanket, a flashlight, food, water, all sorts of stuff.  We were prepared.  But we got home eventually, 2 hours late for dinner.  It was so cool though to drive through all of the low hanging clouds!  I love it up there.

Friday, Sister Migao had her doctor's appointment.  We got some pills to help her sleep, but for the past two days they haven't worked.  So we will see.  We had a meeting with our ward mission leader and our bishop later that night.  It finally went well.  We were able to address many of our concerns and they listened when we said what to do with a recent convert, which was a blessing.  So that is thankfully getting better.  Ward council and mission correlation went surprisingly better this week.

Saturday we had a trainer's meeting in Aurora.  It was fun to be out there because I got to see a lot of old friends.  As we were leaving, we went to help people who were carrying stuff in.  Once we got inside, we realized Sister Migao knew them.  It was her cousin!  Well second cousin, but apparently they don't pay attention to things like that.  So we stayed and helped them set up for a while because they were behind schedule for setting up for a bridal shower.  Then she saw her aunt and other people she was related to.  Apparently all Polynesian people are related somehow.

I forgot to tell you last week, official missionary stamp was issued.  I got peed on by a dog.  Yep, that's right.  Apparently whenever he is nervous or excited he pees.  He was leaning against my leg and just started going.  Oh fun times.

Yesterday my hair was in a bun and I had a lock of hair that kept falling out.  I was leaning down talking to a little girl and she kept trying to push it back,  but it wouldn't stay.  So finally, she put both her hands right on top and smoothed my hair back on both sides while telling me, "Someday,  I'll be five.....and that day is in two days."  With all seriousness!  It was so funny and so precious. 

But I think that is all I have to share.  We are moving this week.  Sad to leave the Scott's but it will be fun at our new house.  Love you all, talk to you next week.
Love, Sister Grossman