Archive | February, 2014

Snowy Wyoming!

26 Feb
So many icicles on our house.

So many icicles on our house.

Hello everyone! This week was super crazy, so I’ll just jump right in and tell you about it! Last preparation day was good, nothing really too notable that I remember. We shopped and played basketball about like usual.

On Tuesday, the family whose kids we teach seminary threw my companion a little goodbye party at Seminary. Food, balloons, and fun- what more could we want?

Our good bye party at seminary.

Our good bye party at seminary.

Right after that we drove to Cody and had our District Meeting like usual. We had to stick around afterwards for a little bit because we all had interviews with the Mission President. President Mecham is such an inspired man! He gave me a lot of good advice and counsel regarding the area and my own spiritual growth. Recently, he challenged the missionaries to go out tracting more. During my interview I expressed my concerns about that for Meeteetse… so here’s why. Since Meeteetse used to be a “shared” area, missionaries would come once a month, tract, and then leave. So the missionaries here got a really bad rep about just being door-knockers. I sensed that a lot when I got here, so for the past 4 months we have been trying to change that image. And we really have! It’s amazing to see the difference in attitude towards the missionaries lately- they really love us! So I when I told President Mecham about all that, he completely understood. He invited us to occasionally tract by the Spirit, which means to only knock on doors that we felt prompted to. Meeteetse is kind of a unique area in the mission, and I love serving here!

Wednesday morning my companion and I left early and drove up to Billings for her flight. It was so sad to see her leave! I love her so much- I am so grateful that we got to be companions. So who’s my new companion, you might ask? Well, it’s the Temple Square sister that came to replace her! Sister G literally got on the plane that my new companion had just gotten off of. She’s from Oakland, California, but her parents are from Tonga and Fiji. She goes by Sister V, since most people can’t say her name.

Me and my new companion!

Me and my new companion!

I’m senior companion, and I get to train her on being in a “normal” mission. I was a little nervous when I first found out, but it’s turned out great! It’s weird- I haven’t had a companion yet that was originally assigned to the Montana Billings Mission! After we picked her up from the airport, we went to lunch with Sister Mecham and then we got to go to the Temple. So nice!

Pretty temple!

Pretty temple!

On Sister V’s first night in Meeteetse, she got to eat deer meat. I told her after we left that it was deer, and she totally freaked out. It was hilarious! Goes with the territory.

Starting last Sunday, my throat got a little sore. And then congestion came, and then coughing… I got a really bad cold. I almost completely lost my voice Wednesday through Saturday. We actually ended up having to stay in on Thursday because I was feeling pretty bad. But thankfully I am on the mend now!! I have kind of a residual cough today, but hopefully that will clear up in the next few days. My knee is doing a little better I think. I can bend it all the way now, but it’s still tender to the touch sometimes.

Hmmm, what else happened this week? Well, we taught a decent amount of lessons still, even with having to miss two entire days because of Billings and infirmity (haha). And what would be my letter without a cat story? So lately the stray cats near our house have begun breaking the law of chastity, and it is so annoying. Seriously, we wake up in the middle of the night and have to go outside and chase them away!. Oh, and it’s been snowing ALL weekend! Non-stop pretty much. It’s accumulated about 7-8 inches I think. It’s been really pretty to watch! Well, that’s about it for me this week! Transfer calls are this Sunday, but I should be safe from a transfer. Have a great week!!

A selfie!!!

A selfie!!!

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BUSY week

18 Feb
We have bison here!

We have bison here!

What a crazy busy week! We were basically running all week trying to get everything done. The week started out pretty fun though. We met up with the sisters in Cody and had lunch together- so fun! When they left to do their own thing, we met up with the elders in Cody and helped build a snow fort! We had a blast. It was fun to actually play in the snow, instead of just having to walk around in it all the time.

Inside the snow fort! It had three entrances even.

Inside the snow fort! It had three entrances even.

When my companion and I went inside to change our clothes, we came out to find the Elders having completely covered our truck in snow! They thought they were pretty clever until they had to clean it up because we were already in proselyting clothes.

They thought they were so clever...hahaha!

They thought they were so clever…hahaha!

On Tuesday, we had Zone Training with the Wyoming South Zone as well, so we drove to Worland for that. It was really good! Meetings like that are really good because they give us so many new ideas on how to improve our areas and ourselves. That night, we went to the Relief Society enrichment activity. They had invited a speaker from the community to speak on the book, “The Five Love Languages”. I remembered reading it a while ago, and it was good to get a refresher! It was also good for companionship unity- they tell us to love our companions, and this is a good way to know how!

We met some really awesome people on Wednesday. Our ward mission leader took us out to meet an old college friend of his, and it was such a cool experience! The people we met were an older couple but so adventurous. The man makes his own bows, arrows and arrowheads, and uses them too! He has gone on safari multiple times too. They were such interesting people to meet. Unfortunately, they had had some bad experiences in the past with members of the church, so they’re not open to the gospel yet, but we will work on creating good experiences for them! When we left, me gave us each an arrowhead that he had made himself. SO COOL.

Valentine’s Day was fairly uneventful for us. But it made me think about how much I love you all!!! I am so grateful everyday for the family and friends that I have. I also love everyone here in Wyoming!! Being a missionary is awesome.

On Saturday, we did some pretty sweet community service: we were judges at the ice fishing derby! My companion volunteered to actually measure the fish and handle them, so I got the easy clipboard job of just writing down the measurements.

Measuring da' fishies.

Measuring da’ fishies.

Sunday was a crazy hectic day, but an awesome one too! It didn’t start out the best though – I woke up with a terrible cold. A hot shower and some medicine later, and I was back at it. We had our ward activity about missionary work that night, so we spent the entire day doing set up and last minute preparations. It went so well though!! We had three other sets of missionaries there with us to help us. The theme was “MTC: Meeteetse Training Center”. We started with a short devotional where each missionary talked about why they came on a mission and shared their testimony. Then we divided the members up into 5 groups and gave them each their “nametags” (black duct tape and white paint pen), and had them go around to the five different “classes” we had. The classes were a pamphlet scavenger hunt, role playing, scripture study, coloring/finding ideas, and then a fun competition where we timed them doing various missionary activities such as making the bed and packing a suitcase. It was a blast! It seriously couldn’t have gone any smoother.

After the ward activity, we were sooo tired! I was/am completely congested too.

After the ward activity, we were sooo tired! I was/am completely congested too.

The assistants are finalizing my companion’s travel plans today, so hopefully we will find out soon what the plan is! It’ll be weird to have another new companion, but I’m sure it’ll be great. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I love you!!!

A snowy week

11 Feb
My eyelashes have icicles!

My eyelashes have icicles!

Hello everyone! This week totally flew by here in Wyoming. First off, quick update on my knee. I talked to our medical adviser last week, and he gave me some stuff to do to help it heal. It’s doing better I think, but still not healed yet. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts- keep em’ coming!

Last preparation day, my companion and I finally went on our much anticipated hike! We went to the Upper Sunshine Reservoir and climbed up some rocks and stuff. We saw this massive eagle there – it had to have had a wingspan of 5 ft at least! Sister G was afraid of it attacking us, hahaha. While hiking, we reached one point where we probably could have gone up, but it was getting kind of dangerous. We both heard the words of President Hinckley saying “Don’t do anything stupid”. So we were good missionaries and stopped there! It was pretty chilly, but thankfully the rocks shielded us mostly from the wind.

Conquered the rock!

Conquered the rock!

Earlier this week too, we came out of seminary and we saw that there were tons of hoof prints on the main road! We asked around, and apparently our main street is also a path for cattle drives when the ranchers move their cows. Only in Meeteetse! Now there’s tons of cow poop on the road too.

Tuesday was another bitter cold day- I’m not sure if it ever got about 0 degrees! After District Meeting, we went and got lunch at Wendy’s, and a nice lady gave each of us $5 for lunch! So kind! And then, the guy at the register gave us 10% off as well! Missionaries really are blessed.

Wednesday stayed really cold again, but we press onward! We went over to the Chocolatier and did some contacting. And some eating. It was awesome.

My breath makes my hair icy.

My breath makes my hair icy.

Thursday started out kind of unique- the entire town was out of power! We think it was the extreme cold that busted it. It was only off for maybe 2 hours, and thankfully, since our house is small, it stayed pretty warm! We helped out on the weekly Senior Bus trip to Cody on Thursday too. We have the nicest elderly ladies here in Meeteetse. Thursday night, we had a good lesson with our new investigators at their member friends’ house. We’re hoping to see them tonight again! It’s so exciting to see people desire truth and peace in their lives and be able to help them find it.

Drove out to a ranch for dinner with members- so much snow!! Grateful for our truck. And for the beautiful scenery!

Drove out to a ranch for dinner with members- so much snow!! Grateful for our truck. And for the beautiful scenery!

It literally snowed ALL day on Saturday and Sunday. It was just a really light snow, but we did get probably 6-8 inches overall. Did some shoveling, but there’s still lots more to do! On Saturday, we taught a recently reactivated elderly man. We saw that he had cat food, so we asked about his cat. He said that it’s a stray that he sorta takes care of. We asked what it’s name was, and he responded with a grin, “Oh… just Cat”. You’d have to know him to truly appreciate it, but we had a good laugh.

Well, that’s about it for me this week! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and have a great week!!

Wyominggggg

4 Feb

Another week has gone by in Wyoming! The weather hasn’t been too bad here- it snowed maybe an inch total this week. I heard that this coming week is gonna be back down to -20F… yikes! Guess it’s all part of the experience.

Gotta love those narrow dirt roads!

Gotta love those narrow dirt roads!

Last preparation day was pretty fun, we had a zone activity up in Cody. We played a lot of group games, and then had an ice cream sculpting contest! My companion and I made Temple Square, complete with the Tabernacle. It was pretty awesome. On Tuesday, we taught a lot of lessons, which was sweet. And we also planned more of our ward activity! We titled it “MTC: Meeteetse Training Center”… lol, we were pretty proud of coming up with that. We’re going to have a bunch of different stations that everyone can go around too – I’m excited for it!

For Wednesday’s seminary, I introduced them to “scripture mastery basketball”, and we had a blast! I played it way-back-when when I was in seminary. The essence of the game is that you try to make as many free-throw baskets as you can before the other team finds the scripture mastery. So fun!

On Thursday, my companion and I were both generally broken. She had a killer headache, and I somehow managed to mess up my knee. Just keep my knee in your prayers if you would! I’m sure it will heal soon, and thankfully it hasn’t interfered with the work too much.

Friday was a blast! We went out to the Ward activity for a little bit, and it was ice-fishing! Yep, people really do it. We came at the very tail end of the activity, but we still got to see how it all worked and eat some amazing fresh fish. It was out on the local Upper Sunshine Reservoir, and I sure was glad to have a truck to maneuver around! Ain’t no way we could have made it with the Corolla. Oh, and I firmly believe that I serve in the most beautiful mission in the States. It’s seriously like being on vacation it’s so scenic.

Prettiest. Mission. Ever. That's the Upper Sunshine Reservoir where the ice fishing took place.

Prettiest. Mission. Ever. That’s the Upper Sunshine Reservoir where the ice fishing took place.

Saturday and Sunday were both really good days for us too- we were able to meet with our new investigators. We’re still waiting for next week to teach them the Restoration when their member-friends get back in town, and it should be really good!! It was exciting this weekend too because a less-active that we had been working with (who’s 97!), came to church again and he is officially re-activated! It’s amazing to see people come back to the gospel.

Our best tool in Meeteetse is that everyone knows us. We do not know all the people here, but I think they all know us! People in the community always tell us that their friends tell them where they saw us and what we have done. All the older people (90% of Meeteetse) simply call us “the girls” or some even “my girls”. It’s fun to hear that we are part of the village gossip! It really has been good for Meeteetse to have full-time missionaries, and I feel so blessed to have a small part in it.

That’s about it for me this week! I hope you all have a wonderful start of February, and I love you!!!!