Saturday, November 29, 2014

11-24-14 Same place, new companion

Hello all!
What a great week we have had!  We sure were busy!  Coal Creek is really starting to come together!...except we still don't have a ward mission leader yet...we've made it a whole transfer without one!  Bishop promised it would happen very soon!  Fingers crossed!
- Had 12 Less Active/Recent Convert lessons this week!  It was so great!  Most of them are really progressing and we are really getting down to the root of their problems in order to help them fix it.
- Went to the temple on Wednesday and saw so many of my good friends who are getting ready to leave.  So weird that so many of them are gone!  Drove with a member that used to be a part of our ward and she was hilarious.  Her husband was driving the elders and we all stopped and got Krispy Kreme on the way home! Yum :)
-Forgot to mention last week a little miracle we had.  We kept meaning to stop by the house of this less active couple, the Mileys, for a long time and had never gotten around to it.  The wife is very ill and her health has been rapidly declining.  The husband is more of the inactive one.  The night we finally make it is the first day her daughter (an inactive member), Crislin, is in town and we had a wonderful talk with her about the plan of salvation and not having to do it all alone because of Jesus Christ.  It was an amazing talk.  At one point it was heart breaking because her mother was asking where her son was.  He passed away a while ago in a car accident.  Crislin just cried and put her scriptures on her mother's lap and said, "you know where he is mom, he is somewhere better.  He is waiting for you. you know this mama, please remember!"  It was so heartbreaking.  I thought this must be what Heavenly Father feels like sometimes.  Just begging us to remember who we were, the happiness we had, to remember he has an extraordinary plan for us.  I was very humbled to be a witness to that scene.  It made me so grateful to have such a testimony of the plan of salvation that I don't have to worry when my loved ones pass.  This Wednesday, everything fell through for the evening and I was mad at Heavenly Father.  But I could hear him telling me there was a reason and I had to find it.  To stop being stubborn because I was needed elsewhere.  We eventually found our way over to Crislin and she was having a hard time.  We had a great talk with her about coming to church, being an example to her father, finding strength and solace in Christ.  She started crying and said those words were exactly what her mother would have said.  She wanted to come to church and she also wanted to take the missionary lessons (and get her dad in on them too!!)! She asked us if she could have them!  It was awesome!  before we left, we sang the first verse of "I am a child of God" to Sister Miley (her mother) and also "families can be together forever".  It was hard to be there, but very humbling and very spiritual.  The next morning we got a text from a ward member saying Sister Miley passed away later that night.  We were a little awe struck; we both felt that it was her last night here, but we didn't want to say anything.  It was a little freaky to know we were right, but really cool at the same time.
- Had a great lesson with the Okelberrys and their son Daniel.  They helped us teach the lesson and it was so great!  So excited for this family, I love them so much!
- Friday all the missionaries in our stake  were called in to help set up for a giant fencing tournament happening.  It was so much fun setting up all the...I actually don't know what they are called, can't call them courts.  Hmm..  Anyway, it was a lot of fun and they even fed us!  This was the first time they had ever used the church for help and they were so thankful and pleasantly surprised with all the help.  They said they would call us next year!  They were even asking us all sorts of questions about missions and the church.
- Had a less active family ask to feed us on Saturday and it was so much fun!  They were just a hoot.  Honestly, less actives are some of my favorites out here.  I love the members and investigators too, but I've just connected with so many of them
-Transfers...I stayed in Aurora!  I was pretty excited for that.  There is so much going on here, I would hate to leave.  There is so much I want to accomplish!  Sister Bracey got transferred to Denver South, the area I was just at.  My new companion is Sister Bush!  We served together in the Denver South Zone.  An elder we served with in Denver south said, "you're with Sister Grossman?? that is going to be the sassiest companionship ever!"  She is so awesome, super hilarious.  I was so excited when I heard her name!  She is from Hawaii and has been out almost a year.  I think this ward needs her, and us.  It is going to be a great transfer :)
- Sunday we had some awesome lessons.  Also helped set up a Christmas tree :)  Jessie (ironic right?), a member we are very close to, wanted Sister Bracey to be there.  It was way fun!  I didn't get to do one last year so it made me happy to have that this year.
- Excited for Thanksgiving!  We have lots of people lined up to go see.  It should be great.  I hope you all enjoy yours and really focus on what you are grateful for. 
I love you all and miss you dearly.  But don't worry, I am well taken care of.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Keep praying for missionary opportunities.  Be what someone else is grateful for.  Love you all!
Sister Grossman

11-17-14 Finding out what cold really means

I really didn't know what clever think to write in my subject so that you knew it was freezing cold down here! but that is mostly the moral of the story.  So cold.  We were happy when it was in the 20s, ecstatic when it was in the 30s.  Single digits were normal.  You had to drive at 10 mph in order to not slide all over the road!  I dearly love my long skirts that I can wear pants under and get away with it.  I wore a shorter skirt for the first time yesterday and about froze my knees off.  Well another week gone and passed!  Not too shabby, had lots of appointments cancel, but it was still good.  Not too much to share on those, although there were lots of good lessons.  Everything is just prefaced with it was too cold.  Had zone conference on Wednesday!  It took us an hour and a half to drive up there when normally it wouldn't have been 45 minutes.  Thank you snow storm.  Driving was sure a blast.  They were inspecting our cars in 0 degree weather.  As a zone, we performed the song "Come unto Christ". It's the new youth song.  It was a good meeting.  Doing our weekly hour of family history Saturday morning.  There was a ton of nonmembers at the church for this big Aurora Arts Festival.  Someone comes running into the center saying a pip has burst and it has spiked out into the hall!!  We go running over  and sure enough, it's a big room with a boiler in it flooding itself, the mothers'  room next to it, the classroom it is attached to, and is now pooling in the hallway.  No one can get in touch with the facility manager so we are trying to find someone who has a key.  Thankfully, we get someone and the door is opened, the water gets shut off.  Now what to do with the pond in the hall?  We grab some mops and an empty janitors bucket with the nifty squeeze thing and start trying to soak up as much water as possible.  We were worried that we weren't going to have church the next day.  If they couldn't get the pipe fixed, they couldn't get the water on, which would mean no bathrooms.  Thankfully they got it working again.  Apparently it wasn't anywhere close to the mess they had in the brand new building the day before.  200,000 gallons of water came out ruining the primary piano and flooding several rooms.  Sorry not too much to share!  That's it for this week.  Can't believe we are already on week 6 of the transfer!  Love you all! Have a good week.
Love, Sister Grossman

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11-10-14 Apparently I get to live Frozen before I watch it

Man what a crazy week!
And next week should be even crazier!!  Our schedule is so booked solid with appointments that we don't have enough time to see everyone we need to.  So cool!!  Well this last week still had no snow!  It was ever warmer!  But this week is complete opposites.  Single digit weather.  Highs of 15s.  Crazy winds.  They are predicting snow, but at this point I am really starting to doubt it.  I guess we will see.  But I did break out the fleece lined tights today!  Winter is coming!  Well we saw a lot of great things happen this week!
- Tuesday I was on exchanges in another area.  We went to visit a RF they received.  Twins answered the door, told us to come in, that their sister had warned them about everything.  Their sister was just baptized and told them she was sending missionaries whether they liked it or not and told them everything to expect.  It was awesome because they were just like, "alright!  What message do you have for us?"
- Dr.'s office on Thursday. Of course because I followed through and went to a Dr's office, my wrist started feeling better.  She thinks it might be a ganglion cyst and that is why the pain is coming and going because they swell up at different times.  Especially because when it was hurting I could see a specific lump instead of all around general swelling.  It won't show up on an MRI unless it is flared so we are going to wait until it gets bad again, I'll call her, she left a note in my record, and they will right away approve me for an MRI so I can get it done while it is bad.  Hopefully that will help.  So for now...once is a waiting game.  Traffic was the worst.  It took me through my old area of downtown Denver again and I do not miss the traffic!!
- Had an awesome first lesson with one of the investigators, Tom, the elders passed off to us.  He seems to be very sincere and open to learning more.  Was excited when we invited him to church and to read, respects us a ton as missionaries (told us a few things to make our egos pretty big haha), and was super impressed when we told him we would invite him to be baptized.  Hope it turns out well!!
- Had quite a few great lessons with LA.  Setting expectations with them.  Telling them we were there to bring them to Christ.  If they wanted to come great, we'll be here every week and we will challenge them!  It went really good :)
- First time I legitimately got to talk to someone about the Law of Chastity! so great :)  Saturday night.  Investigators: Big John and Momz.  Invited us over to their house for their son Ricky's 21st birthday. Just them, some good food and cake, no wild party. So we showed up for a little bit.  He made some hints about his plans for the night which included beer and girls.  His mom turned to us and kind of joking said please help him!  So we started talking to him about it.  You should know he just got out of jail (I don't think for anything awful, might have been some type of addiction).  So she made the comment, "Do not call me from JeffCo Jail. I will hang up on you.  You will be wasting your free phone call!"  I told him, "And do not call us!  Because we will just bring you a chastity pamphlet!  In fact...I have one in the car, you can have it right now!  Our birthday present to you!!"  I went and grabbed one and also a Word of Wisdom pamphlet, handed it to him and said happy birthday!  He started to read it, a little jokingly at first and then very serious.  He was even reading parts out to his mom, calling her out on the things she isn't living, such as a common law marriage.  They brought the cake out so he put it down and as soon as they left to cut it, he picked it right back up again.  Afterwards, he had nothing to say.  He was slightly stunned.  Finally he said, , "I feel like I just knocked lopsided (edited for family content haha) by a piece of paper..."  I couldn't help it, I busted out laughing.  We talked with him a little later on it and he said, he knew it was true and that he felt so guilty!!!  What!  Major miracle!!  We got a text from him mom this morning saying that he felt so guilty that night that he ended up just coming straight home and not doing anything bad (well other than the 6 things of alcohol he had. guess he had to drink his sorrows away lol).  It was awesome!!!!!  We even got to talk with him a little about the Atonement because he said it felt like it was all so overwhelming. He had hope in his eyes :)  I hope we get to talk with him more.
- Sunday we are sitting in Relief Society and the Elders Quorum president comes and pulls us out, asks if we know the Okelberrys.  We say no.  He explains they are less actives for a while that haven't wanted anything to do with the church.  They just showed up saying they want to come back to church and they want their 9yr old son baptized.  We have an appointment with them on Friday :) so cool!!!
The Lord is listening :)  It was such a great week and we have an awesome one planned out for next week too.  We are so booked that we don't have enough time for everyone we need to see.  We have maybe 2 hours open on Saturday and Sunday is wide open.  We also have zone conference coming up this week.  Man I'm already exhausted, but so pumped!  As I have trusted the Lord more, I have seen the miracles that come from it.  We are not in control; this is his work.  We just choose if we will be left behind or not.  We are so blessed to be apart of this.  I love you all and hope your week is great!!
Love, Sister Grossman

Monday, November 3, 2014

11-3-14 We're not in Colorado anymore!

Hello from cold Colorado!
Everyone is surprised it hasn't snowed on us yet!  Usually it is bitterly cold Halloween and we have already received two snowfalls by that point.  But don't be too sad, snow is predicted today!  Winter is coming! :O
This week:
- Got a call from President Mendenhall during dinner on Monday.   They have asked me to be on the family history committee.  A new thing the mission is doing.  All about putting the power back into the hands of the missionaries.  There are 3 committees: family history, flooding Denver with the BOM, and 1001 in 2015 (1001 is the goal for baptisms we have set for 2015).  We meet every Tuesday and it is all about how to implement family history into the mission, how to use it in our proselyting.  Going to be interesting!
-Got to carve pumpkins with a member and her 2 daughters!  So much fun!  First time ever using a pattern!
- Thursday was our Halloween trunk or treat.  Since Sister Bracey is originally from Virginia and her family is now in Maryland, she had the idea to be the wicked witches from the Wizard of Oz.  I am the witch of the west and she is of the east!  It just so happened that there was a little Dorothy there with Todo!!  It was so cute.  We had a good time!
-Saturday we helped a family move.  (really gross!!  I don't think they have ever used their vacuum, let alone a cleaning supply.  The house just wreaked.)  I vacuumed a very small carpeted area and had to empty the canister and filter 5 times!!!  It was chock full every time.  The other filter inside that you have to wash was so chock full of dirt that it was leaving dirt streaks on the carpet.  The dirt that was on the carpet had stained it.  It was so gross!  Of course she didn't offer us gloves until near the end...  After we left we washed off thoroughly and that night I dosed up on Echinacea and OnGuard.  I also made Sister Bracey take some.  I am surprised we haven't gotten sick.  I didn't know it was going to be that bad...
- Had a few good lessons this week.  Just  trying to get the area going.  Things are moving a little slow so we need to dig in our heels and get to work.  
- I think all of the problems with my health lately are so that I have to rely on Sister Bracey more and she has to step up and take control.  I keep letting her know how much I am struggling and how much it is worrying me, but I don't think she is entirely getting it.  
Well not too much more to add.  Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!!  Have a great week!! Love you lots!  Sister Grossman

10-27-14 Happy Halloween!

Feel totally exhausted this week, but not quite sure what we did haha!
- Got in with a less active who I guess had never been able to sit down or even open up to other missionaries.  She has agreed to let us continue coming back.
- Spent a good deal of time working on the transition of the people we were working with to the other wards and picking up all the people the elders were working with.  I hoping none of them fall through the cracks!
- Met with one of the Elder's awesome investigators who ended up having a friend over who decided to sit in on the lessons too!  Unfortunately he is right across the street, which now belongs to the Sable ward, so we will have to pass him off.
- Had to take our car in for a recall on one of the parts.  We were going to do our planning there, but it was no place to feel the spirit and was so distracting.  We found some other elders who were there for the same thing and asked if we could join in on their game of Phase 10!  Had a fun time with them!
- Saturday, the brand new church building had its open house so we were there giving tours.  Sadly it was such a beautiful day that not as many people showed up as they were hoping, but we still had an ok turn out.
- Sunday was interesting because people in callings were lost so everyone was trying to scramble and adjust to get through.  We ended up teaching gospel principles, but they did give us heads up notice, so at least that was nice.  We don't have a ward mission leader so that is a little weird.
- Things are still good with Sister Bracey. She is in that phase though where she swings back and forth from knowing everything to know nothing (in her mindset). She just doesn't take the lead on a lot, except for when she is really comfortable with something.  Like in conversations, I'm the only one talking.  Kind of frustrating, but predictable from someone who is straight from her trainer.  I remember what it was like to be there.  We talked about it a little yesterday, so hopefully she steps up.  I told her I'm going to start acting like she is training me; she panicked slightly.  She just doesn't realize how much she really does know and how much I need help doing this.
Hope everyone has a very awesome Halloween!  We will be "grounded" after six that night so I won't get to see much fun.  But we have our Chili Cook Off/Trunk or Treat the night before.  A mom is letting us raid her little girls dress up clothes so we will see what we come up with.  Love you lots!!  Miss you!
Love, Sister Grossman

10-20-14 Having a great time

Hello Everyone!
It has been such a great week!  Sister Bracey and I are having a great time.  We get along really well!  Since she has just come out of training, she is really unsure about a lot of things, but she is great at learning fast.  I love that she always goes up to people on the street.  Anyone she sees she wants to talk to.  She doesn't really know what to say after she starts the conversation but that is why we make a good team lol.
- We live with a fight attendant so basically have our own apartment for half the week!
- Met some awesome people.  Found a ton of potentials that we referred to other missionaries, a couple really promising ones!
- Found a new investigator!  17yr old girl who when we asked her what she felt about Joseph Smith's experience she said, "I just felt it was true." So cool!  Unfortunately we'll have to pass her off to another set but more on that later.
- Temple was great once again!!  But there was a surprise there!  Sister Rodriguez (or now Audrea I guess...weird) and her parents are visiting!!    I got to see them all!  Including the Kers.  I am going to dinner with all of them tomorrow!  So excited.  I really am excited to ask Sister R how it was to go home and what she has found hard.
-District meeting was awesome!  It was all about inviting people to be baptized which is how they follow Jesus Christ.  So instead of practicing on each other like we normally do, we went out onto the most famous street in the mission, Colfax (it is famous because it is full of people to talk to during the day and the sketchiest place to go at night because that is where all the hookers stand.  No one good goes there after six.) (and don't worry, it was only 12:30 at this point) and just found the first person we could and invited them to be baptized.  We got two referrals for other missionaries and so many of the other companionships had amazing experiences, including people say yes!!  It was way cool just to go out and do it instead of practicing.
- Saturday and Sunday was Stake Conference!  It was so good!  The Sunday session was a broadcast where we got to hear from Elder Scott, Bednar, a lady in the primary presidency and the president of the 70's.  What amazing talks!  It was all about how our baptismal covenants are literally to do missionary work.  More and more everything is about missionary work.  I sure got a lot of good notes!
-Other exciting news, at Stake Conference they rearranged the wards.  2 wards completely disappeared, one of them being mine.  I was the last missionary to serve in the Buckley ward and the first to serve in the Coal Creek Ward!  Most of the boundaries are the same, we lost a couple neighborhoods though.  We also lost the elders.  We are now the only missionaries.  It is so weird to be without another set.  But I guess it will be this way until February because so many are going home in the next 2 transfers and we won't get enough to balance it out until then.  So quite a few wards will be shut down entirely and the ward members will have to take over teaching the progressing people the missionaries were working with.  So we have to do a lot of transitioning of people which is why we are losing our new investigator.  So this should be interesting!  I've never had to do this!  New experiences all the time!
Well there it is.  Not much more to say!  Love you all!  Hope this week is spectacular!!  Let your light shine to those around you!! Love, Sister Grossman