Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hand written letter to home to re-cap September 2-8 received September 14, 2013


Dear Family                                                                                       
September 2, 2013
Today was important to me.  I got Dad’s conversion story and read it when I got to the flat.  I feel like I just didn’t know anything before, like I didn’t realize the things you taught me, Dad, and you in many ways still have missionary attributes.  Being separated just makes me really realize how important my parents are.  I’m now seeing that all the work is worth it because I’m growing and changing more and more.  I also just like the American culture.  Today we just ran errands and shopped.  Elder Holbrook bought a jump rope so we are going to start using that in the mornings.  I also love Br. Ware, the ward mission leader, he just is so loving and always gives us a big hug.  I’m excited for the days to come, though they are many, they will be a great reward.

September 3, 2013
Today I went to a funeral for Tommy Thompson, the Stake Patriarch.  He’s the one that always told missionaries to keep the heed (or keep your cool).  He was a super cool old man that I will miss.  I’ve noticed today especially, because of all the trials I have had, that I’ve been able to really relate to people.  Especially with Adam passing away, I was able to testify to a woman that Heavenly Father will comfort us and I could tell that what I said meant a lot to her.  In my setting apart it says people will notice something about me by looking at my face, that they will feel the spirit.  We were just on the street corner and I could see this woman feel the spirit.  We gave her our info and I hope she calls us.  But that’s all we can do, the rest is for her and the Lord.

September 4, 2013
Today was a nice warm day.  We had zone meeting and learned about working as one.  Then we did some service.  Their house is completely gutted and they have a lot of work to be done so us and the zone leaders helped paint in their house.  To finish the night we had dinner with the McCrays.  I took a picture of them, I love them.  Br. McCray was driving home and we asked if he knew anyone we could visit so he took us to his less active daughter that was super nice.  She doesn’t have anything against the Church.  Two of their sons served missions.  She just hasn’t been to church in a while and she loves missionaries, so we shared a message with her and listened to stories that she and Br. McCray told.  It was a really great night.  We asked to do service but she hasn’t been able to work on her garden and yard for health reasons so we were more than happy to set up a time to help.

September 5, 2013
It was a nae’ bad day.  We taught a less active named Gordon and he’s an interesting man.  He thinks he’s been possessed a couple times and he thinks his neighbor is a devil with a head shaped like a pizza.  Other than that, pretty normal, haha.  Now we will be meeting with him weekly, haha.  Then we had lunch with Steve and he pretty much just tried to bible bash but we just tried to shut it down.  He thinks he knows everything because he is a ‘born again’, so that was interesting.  We had correlation with Br. Ware and I love him, he’s like a loving bear.

September 6, 2013
Today was just a really cold day.  We were just walking all over town and not a lot of good conversations because people were too cold.  We went to see the Mundie's again today and we got to talking about their son that I went to the funeral for a while ago.  I just shared how I know what it’s like to have a big loss because losing Adam was a trial that has and will shape me, also that I am comforted to know that I will see him again.

September 7, 2013
We had to drop Todor today and we told him that if he wasn’t going to pray then there wasn’t really a point of us being there.  So we told him to call us when he decides to pray.  So that hurts because it feels like we were the ones getting dumped.  I really didn’t want to do it because we have grown close to him and I know it was a prompting to knock on his door and I just didn’t want to, but it had to be done because without him wanting to pray, there is no progress.  Other than that, we just walked all day non-stop and had a couple of good conversations with people.

September 8, 2013
It was a great Sunday in Aberdeen.  We went over to the Brewster’s and helped them move a piano just a couple of feet just so they can open a door that’s near it and we just talked to them to get to know them and Br. Brewster told us his conversion story when he was 18 and they are super nice.  They are from Alaska so they gave us some vacuum packed smoked salmon and we saw their kitchen and I miss American kitchens so much.  It’s sad that you can tell people are from America because they are so much nicer to us.  You can also tell when they are from Aberdeen because they either don’t want to talk or don’t even know who we are.  ‘Aberdeenians’ are known for not being the nicest and open people.  It’s also getting a lot colder, but today was nae’ bad, so that’s good.

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