Thanks for the letters and pictures this week. I
can't believe that Laura went to Disneyland-AGAIN! This is getting
ridiculous! Also, I can't believe it snowed! We still haven't had any
snow here and it hasn't even been all that cold. I'm hoping that winter
waits to come until January 5. We'll see though :)
1- Guess who came back to visit! Me and Sister Myers! Crazy!
2- AAAND Sister Hawkes! It was so good to see them again. I am so grateful for the friends I have made here
I have had a stye on my eye for WEEKS and it's the worst! Luckily, the
Doctors at the clinic gave me some prescription eye drops and told me to
put heat on it. Those HOT HANDS sure do come in handy :)
This week has been CRAZY
On Tuesday one of the Sisters was
super sick and at 8 at night, she decided she needed to go to the
hospital (she's dealt with this for a while) and so we called our
Mission Mom and she didn't answer, the Watsons were in the temple, and
we couldn't get a hold of President. So Sister Arnold and I took her to
the ER. First of all, there are a lot of people who go to the ER who do
not have EMERGENCIES. We waited 2 hours in the lobby! I was super mad
because I just wanted to make sure that she was OK. Then, we finally got
in a room and then waited for another 1 1/2 hours. Luckily she was OK
and they were able to get her some pain medicine to help her. I turned
into a total Momma bear and was ready to freak out if they weren't going
to help her. We ended up leaving there at about 130 in the morning. It
was nuts. Elder Watson was with us for a little bit in the lobby and he
was very proud of the "mother" I was :)
On Wednesday we slept in until 1030 because we were so stinking
tired. Then we went and helped a Senior couple set up the printer in
their apartment and they took us out to lunch. I love them so much. All
of the Senior couples are just SOOO great! Then Elder Watson had me go
to the hospital with another sister to try and get her some financial
aid- she has rheumatoid arthritis and has to get tested each month. He
wanted me to go so I could be her spokesman I guess. It was good and I
was very happy to help her out. The rest of the week was pretty good.
On Saturday we had the Temple President and His wife come and give us
our weekly Trail Center Training. It was PHENOMENAL. They are so great!
Then Sister Hawkes and Sister Myers came! It was so fun to spend time
with them. I love them so much! Then we spent some time talking with
some other sisters and Senior Couples that are having a hard time. I
really feel like they are my investigators and I want to take care of
them. It's a cool way to do missionary work- as well as still being out
in our area and teaching people there.
I feel grateful that Heavenly Father has given me this opportunity
to serve the other sisters. I feel like a Relief Society President on
steroids or something. Anyway, it's really great and is providing me
with a lot of learning experiences and opportunities for growth and
So, with this huge increase in missionaries, word on the street is
that we are going to get A TON of sisters starting in January. Elder
Watson was telling me about this, and then another Senior Elder was
asking about when we wanted to go out to dinner as a farewell thing,
and for the first time EVER, I felt totally sad and mad that I was going
to be going home. I guess I just figured that I would move on with life
and things here would remain the same. Although, I am glad that the
work is progressing and things are changing, but I just wish I could be
there for a part of it. So, here's what I need you all to do-- Remind me
of why going home is such a great idea :) Don't get me wrong, I am
excited to see all of you and play with you, but right now the thing
that is more at the forefront of my mind is being sad to miss out on all
the huge changes here. It's been a while since I've gotten a
hand-written letter-- and I know that I've been terrible at writing you
real letters, but that's because I don't have money for stamps. I know
that I'm coming home soon, but I still want to feel remembered HERE. I'm
sorry I'm so whiny. It's just hard to be away from your family and then
realize that you are going to have to leave the family you have here.
Anyway, I love all of you, and I love this gospel. Thank you for
living it. Thank you for being so good to me. Thank you for your love
and your support. I love all of you!
Monday, October 22, 2012
I hope you are all getting ready for a big fun party tonight to celebrate William's birthday. Are you going bowling again? Or fishing? haha. I hope you have a fun night and I can't believe that William is 7!!! I loved listening to his talk. He is so funny. Man oh Man, I love you all so much.
This week was great. The picture that I attached was from Sister Arnold and I about 5 minutes ago haha. It's great.
We got new computers for the Trail Center so I have been spending a lot of time setting those up. What a nightmare. But, it's almost all over...That night Diane came to the Trail Center which was so good! She really liked it and she is coming back tomorrow. Things are going so great at the Clinic. The people we work with are really opening up to us and asking us more and more questions. It is SO COOL! I really love serving there. We've been trying to get businesses to make Gingerbread Houses to donate them to the GB Festival, so we went around visiting them, that was fun. We had a really awesome training on Saturday morning. Sister Arnold and I made a slideshow of pictures of everyone with attributes of them that other missionaries had said to describe them. Everyone loved it and it was so cool. I love all the missionaries here. They have become some of my best friends and I am so grateful for the influence they have had on my life. Elder Watson was so nice that day and he said that I have changed the Trail Center in this time that I have been a Trail Center Leader. It is so nice to hear. Sometimes it's hard because we spend so much time in the Trail Center or doing things for the Trail Center, that we hardly ever go out to our area, but it's like our mission right now is to help the Sisters and the Seniors have successful missions as well. It's nice to be able to serve those that I love so much, while still being able to go out and find more people to teach as well. It's interesting to be a missionary during the election. I feel very privileged that Heavenly Father trusts me to do it. So many people come into the Trail Center, just because they want to know what Mitt Romney believes. It's been pretty cool. I took an awesome tour yesterday with some people that were just asking questions and it was awesome to be able to answer. Can I just say that I am so glad that I am a missionary for the TRUE church?! Otherwise, life would be pretty hard to not have simple and easy to understand answers haha. It's great!
So, I am SO GLAD to hear that the Christensens are moving!!!! That is great news!!! It will be awesome to have you so much closer! I'm assuming that things are going swimmingly with wedding plans? I loved the pictures of all the little girl dresses! They look so cute! Mom's a champ.
I don't have a lot else to say... Sorry. This letter might actually be shorter than one of Jared's. That will be a first. hahah
Know that I love you and that I love being here in Omaha. Heavenly Father is so good to all of us. I know the Church is true and I don't ever want to find out what my life would be like without it. I love you!
Dearest Darlingest Family,
I just want to start out by saying that I love you. Nothing huge happened that made me want to express this to you, but after reading your letters and seeing your pictures I just feel an overwhelming amount of love for every one of you. Our Family is so good. And I love being a part of it. Thank you for all that you do.
This week was a slower/crazy week. On Thursday we were still pretty sick and went out for a little bit, then had to rest and then work at the Trail Center. We also just had transfers, so we were busy making the new TC schedule and planning for new Sister Orientation. One of the new sisters knows Mitchell Wright. It was so fun to talk about all of the fun things we did. I have been blessed with great friends too!
We have been in the Trail Center all day everyday, our first night out in our area is tonight, and Sister Arnold and I are SO excited!!! There are a few reasons why we haven't been able to go to our area. You got the email from the Pharmacist Ron which makes me so happy. He is so great and he doesn't know it, but he is so close to embracing the gospel. It's really cool the impact that we have there at the Clinic. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father gave us this opportunity. We have also been busy with Transfers, and then we had some Sisters get emergency transferred so we were busy talking with Elder Watson and President Weston. Then we've been busy planning out our Christmas performances. Did I tell you we are going to be performing at malls and stuff? Then at our gingerbread festival and then we'll have a fireside at the TC. It's been really awesome. So, we are still doing a TON of missionary work, but not in the normal knocking on doors kind of way. It's cool.
1- Playing with other Sisters' glasses
2- Me and Sister Brown- it was the end of her mission and she went home. Oh how I love her and all the sisters here.
3 &4- We got new beds and decided to double stack our mattresses so they are super high. and fun.
Laura had asked if I wanted to be a part of the Christmas name drawing thing... and it reminded me of this great idea. That is that anyone who wants to can send me 10 dollars out of their Child's Christmas Budget and I can get them a cool Nebraska souvenir as one of their Christmas gifts-- this isn't just for little kids, but for Mom too! I think it's a great idea... just let me know. As far as being part of the Christmas name drawing... I would love to be a part of it... but I have $0 dollars to my name. But, I could make you coupons! hahaa or teach you how to talk to people on the street? haha I don't mind either way. Also, I think that I would rather you just save Christmas presents for when I come home. There's no point in you paying to ship them out and then me having to shove them in my suit case later.
HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY TO MOM AND BRIAN!!! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WILLIAM ON MONDAY!!!
I'm SO happy that I will have a phone when I go home!!! Ahhh I was so worried about that. Did T-Mobile and ATT join up yet? AKA... can I upgrade to and iPhone eventually? haha
FBI- I don't know if I'm going to Utah State anymore or if I'm doing music or what. We'll see what happens- but Michelle was talking about me trying one more time at the Y and I will probably do that, or just change my major all together. We'll see when I get home.
P.S. Whoever is in charge of my g-mail account (i think Laura) can you find a copy of my resume? It might also be just stored on my computer. Then, if you could email that to me that would be great. I've got to turn it in to Elder Watson. He made me a bit of a job offer to work for him at Ethan Allen just off 106th and this would be my dream come true... so I need to turn it in ASAP! I'm so excited!
This letter is a lot of business and logistics.... sorry, let me conclude with my testimony...
Heavenly Father knows us each so perfectly. I am amazed at how involved He is with every facet of each of our lives. He loves us with all the love and tenderness of a Father. Of all the things we could call Him --Master, Creator, King-- He wants us to call Him Father. How I love that. He has devised a plan for us to return to Him. It is through His Son, Jesus Christ-- Our Savior. How I have felt His grace and His love for me not only as I have been serving here, but throughout my whole life. This beautiful plan is the way for families to be happy and successful in this life and in the next. Oh, how it has blessed our family. Because Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to return to Him, He has always revealed His gospel through Prophets. Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet, called of God. I am so grateful that we were able to hear from Him last week. I know that Joseph Smith was also a Prophet and through Him, was the true Church of Jesus Christ restored. The Book of Mormon is true and has had such a profound influence on my life. When I read it, I get closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I understand more of God's love for me and all His children. I have a greater desire to do the things that are right when I diligently study from the Book of Mormon. I know that it is true, because of the way it has blessed my life. Also, I know that because Heavenly Father loves us, He has sent His Spirit to communicate with us. How grateful I am for the promptings of the Spirit. How grateful I am to feel my Savior's love for me through the Spirit. This gospel is true, and there is no better place I could be right now.
I love you all so much. I hope you have a wonderful week. Your letters uplift and inspire me always. Thank you.
Well, this week was great! General Conference just makes life better. Oh, how I love it. I can't believe that they changed the age for missions! That is awesome!!! I'm excited to see the number of girls that go on missions now. Let's be honest, if this would have happened 4 years ago, I would have freaked out. Heavenly Father knew I couldn't handle it. But I'm glad that it's happening now. Sister Arnold pointed out something that will benefit us with the new age change-- and that is that when we go home, all the younger girls will be going on missions, rather than marrying all the guys that we could be dating. So this is great! haha I am excited.
Today was transfer day. Sister Arnold and I are staying together- woohoo! And we will both still be Trail Center Leaders. So by the end of this transfer I will have been TC Leader for 6 months! That's the longest anyone has been a TC leader. SO crazy, but I love it. It's really fun to serve the sisters this way. Ok, so this week:
Wednesday: We recorded some of our music- there is someone in the Council Bluffs stake that has all the studio recording equipment who is donating all of his time to help us record these songs. It's so awesome!!! Then that night, the Kiwanis Club of Florence that Elder Watson belongs to was having a changing of the guard or something and so they asked him if we could come and perform. So, Sister Arnold, Graham and I went. It seemed more like a night to honor the sisters for all their service at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and at the clinic, and then about how extremely talented we all were. It is really cool. The Lieutenant Governor was talking to us, and he said he felt there was a reason why he had met us, and he wasn't quite sure what it was, but that he was excited to see what happened. It's crazy. Sometimes I feel like we are Church PR missionaries. Because we get to meet with a lot of influential people in the area and they all LOVE us and have a better taste in their mouth about the church.
Thursday: We worked again at the Clinic. They made Elder Watson promise that I would be there every week until I went home because no one can do the computer stuff faster. But, every week they ask more and more questions, and it's so GOOD! The pharmacist that I work right by is coming to the Gladys Knight concert this Friday. I am excited for him. He was excited when we invited him-- Did I tell you Gladys Knight was coming? It's like a big deal. She conducts a choir called Saints Unified Voices and they do a fireside thing and apparently it generates a million referrals, so I'm excited about it.
Friday: We had Zone Leader Council which was great and then we had dinner at a members house. They had a 7 year old and a 3 year old that reminded me so much of Heber and Eve it was awesome! They were so fun. Then we met with our Ward Mission Leader and the Elders to split our area, so it's like we each have our own areas. It's crazy. Our area is TINY now. It was already the smallest in the mission, and then we split it in half hahaah. But, it will be great!
Saturday: We had General Conference! It was awesome! The thing that stood out to me the most was that after serving a mission, making covenants, etc, you cannot go back to the way you were before! It's cool. I really liked that. I also really liked Elder Uchtdorf's talk on spending time where it matters the most. That is so good.
Sunday: Sister Arnold was sick, so one of the Senior Couples let us borrow their iPad to watch conference on- in our beds. It was hilarious and awesome. Such a great day. I love conference.
Monday: I was also sick, so Sister Arnold and I just slept ALL DAY LONG. It was really boring, but there's not much you can do about it.
Tuesday: This was another sick day. I was feeling better last night, but now this morning I kind of feel like I'm going to throw up. So that's great. Oh well, I'll just go home and sleep some more today.
1-Conference in bed
2- Just recording- NBD
3- More recording
So, tomorrow starts my 11th transfer. I only have 12. It's crazy. This means that 12 weeks from today will be my last P-day. I'm ready to work harder than ever and I'm excited. Another thing I got out of conference was how important it was to ACT and to SERVE with all you've got. And then to never go back. What a wonderful way to live your life. I'm excited. I love you all, and I hope you have a great week!
P.S. Tell Katelin congrats! and tell Sarah to DANG write me! She of all people should know this! haha
I love you!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Congratulations LAURA & TYLER!!!! That is so awesome! Hurry and get your engagement pictures so you can have pretty fall leaves :) Super exciting!
This week has been great! Today we went on another Watson Wagon. This time to Vala's Pumpkin Patch. It was the funnest thing ever!!!! Oh my gosh. It's like our family harvest party on steroids. So awesome! Since we did that, I don't have a ton of time to email, and I forgot my journal thing- so I don't even remember what happened. So here is the readers digest version:
1- We went on these slides in downtown Omaha last week for a district activity. They were super fun.
2- Elder Watson took us to see some cool Mormon Trail Sites.
3- Beautiful Glenwood Iowa
5- Elder and Sister Lund going home. They are so funny
6- At the Pumpkin Patch today
7- A bunch of the Sisters at Vala's
8- On the hayride
I hope you are all planning to go on a family vacation to Nebraska next year, because I have so many fun things to take you to!
Ok here is an Area Moment and then a Trail Center Moment:
Area: Last Monday we decided to stop by one of our investigators houses. Usually, we just teach the Mom because things are CRAZY at their house. But, this time they were all sitting down and watching TV. So then, I told them what all the families in the church should be doing on a Monday night, and we taught them about FHE. So then, we had a Family Night with them. It was so good! I am so grateful that we had family night's, even though I complained most of the time. It's important for families to have spiritual experiences together. It brings us closer together than anything else in the world. It's incredible. They really loved it.
Trail Center: Some of the Elders came in with their investigators and it was such a great tour! They really opened up in the Memorial Room as to why they weren't getting baptized yet and then we went and watched God's Plan For Happiness and the girl totally just opened up. That movie really touched her an it was so special. I am so grateful to be able to share these spiritual experiences with the people that we meet. I really love it. The TC is such a special place!!!
Ok, I'm sorry, I wish I had more time. I'm so glad you are all doing well, I loved your letters and your pictures. Keep being the best family in the world! I love you all!!!