Archive | March, 2014

A good week!

26 Mar
We found a horse. We fed it a carrot.

We found a horse. We fed it a carrot.

Hello all! I hope you have had an awesome week. Meeteetse is doing good! We had a pretty fun preparation day last Monday- we did a little sight-seeing! The Buffalo Bill Dam is about 5 miles outside of Cody, so we drove out there and took lot of pictures. The dam was closed though. Super bummer. But we still made the best of it and had fun. It was one of the Elder’s birthdays, so we went back to the church building and had ice cream cake and celebrated with him.

Sister Helm and I climbed in the big green thing that we found by the dam. Elder Jackson tried to photo-bomb us!

Sister Helm and I climbed in the big green thing that we found by the dam. Elder Jackson tried to photo-bomb us!

Monday night was super awesome- we had dinner with only nonmembers! Some members were supposed to feed us, but they had to unexpectedly go out of town. They mentioned it to their friend in conversation, and he was like, “Well, hey, I can feed em’!” It was so fun. We had dinner with the man, his daughter, and her friend. The two girls were both our age- they were the first ones our age we have ever met here in Meeteetse!

This week went by so fast- I’m struggling here to remember what all happened. On Tuesday we had a good district meeting like usual. It was pretty cold though again! This week has been another blast of winter. I’m ready for spring! It’s really not too bad though thankfully. I’ll take 30 degrees over 20 below any day! On Thursday, we called some investigators and tried to set up a meeting with them. They have just had the worst past few weeks! The man’s dad was in the hospital, their car kicked the bucket, etc. I had to laugh though, because the woman still had a pretty good humor about it all. She’s an older lady, and she said, “Well, it’s a good thing I can’t get pregnant, or that would have happened too!” Hahaha, love it. On Friday we taught a bunch of lessons and even had some members present with us! Y’all should totally go out teaching with your local missionaries. It’s fun, it’s spiritual, and it’s so helpful for the work!!

I love my companion!

I love my companion!

So Sister V and I have been trying to eat healthier this week, and we’ve had some funny experiences because of it. On Friday, we decided to throw away all the chips, snacks, etc., that were bad for us. We have a dumpster that we walk to when we take out the trash, and so I just chucked it all it. Well, then Sis. V was like, “Wait, we should have given the chips to the elders!” I realized that she was right, so I tried to reach in and grab them. (They were still in their bags… they weren’t dirty or anything! lol). I ended up having to lean completely on the dumpster, feet off the ground, to reach them! Shhhh, the elders will never know.
We also had a member feed us for dessert Strawberry Shortcake on a donut. I could feel my arteries clogging, hahaha.

Whyyyy does this exist, hahaha.

Whyyyy does this exist? Hahaha.

We got to give the elders their chips on Saturday, because we drove up to Cody for a baptism. It was the first baptism I have been able to see on my mission. So inspiring! The lady who was baptized, Sarah, gave her testimony and it was so good. She talked about how her husband was a less-active member, and they had tried out lots of different churches. She always kind of ignored the missionaries when they would come over to see her husband, but her heart was softened when they helped them move. Years later, after a lot of prayer and study, she finally decided to get baptized! It’s amazing to see how small acts of service and kindness open hearts and doors.

Yesterday in church, we had our “fifth Sunday” lesson a week early because our Bishop has to be gone next week. He talked about getting excited to do family history work! One thought particularly stuck out to me. Genealogy work is about birth and death dates, ex: 1917-1992. Family History is about the “dash” in between those two dates, 1917 {-} 1992. Who they were, what they liked, etc! It really is exciting to get on Family Search and find out about our ancestors. I invite each of you to check out all the new features, especially the pictures and the cousins-finder!

I think I told you that President Mecham is now allowing missionaries to go to the temple as a preparation day activity. Well, our district is doing a temple trip together next week! Since the temple is closed on Mondays, we’re allowed to move our preparation day to another day, which will be Wednesday for us. We are so excited to get to go! Our district it huge- one of the biggest in the mission. We have, including us, 3 sets of sisters and 4 sets of elders, so 15 missionaries total because the zone leaders are in a trio. It’ll be fun! We have to have members drive us, and thankfully a member in Cody has like a 12 passenger van, so we’re pretty much covered. So don’t expect an email from me this Monday! It’ll be on Wednesday.

Well, that’s really about it for me this week. Sorry my letters are getting kind of preachy! It just happens when you’re a missionary, hahaha. I love hearing from each of you, regardless of how trivial it may seem to you. Even just a “hello” brightens my day! I love you all soooo much and miss you bunches!!!

Chickens and Leprechauns

18 Mar

Hello and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all are wearing green so no one pinches you! My companion and I are both sporting our emerald best. We email at the school library, and the librarian was telling us about how a lot of the elementary kids set “leprechaun traps” in their classrooms. Such a cute idea! Maybe Sis. V and I should have in our house?

The fancy Relief Society dinner.

The fancy Relief Society dinner.

We had a pretty good start to our week. The Relief Society put on the Relief Society Birthday dinner, and it was so cute! We helped a lot with set up too, which was fun. They did a whole “honey-bee” theme and focused it on doing little things of service. So honeybees live for 3 weeks to 4 months, and over their entire lifetime, they make only 1/16 of a teaspoon of honey! But when all the bees do their part, we have a magnificent product that never rots or goes bad. It is the same with service! If we each do something small, we can see a miraculous change in the world around us. The dinner was attended by lots of non-members and less-actives, so it was awesome that we got to be there!

Not gonna lie, this week was a little frustrating for us here in Meeteetse. We had SIX appointments cancel or fall through on us. Satan is working hard on the people here… but we work harder!! Wednesday was a particularly slow day, but we experienced a miracle in spite of it. We had about half an hour before dinner, and since our plans had fallen through, we were trying to decide what to do with ourselves. Sister V suggested that we go over to the Wea Market and “shop” and strike up conversations. We ended up talking to a man standing by the cash register and he was super friendly! He told us how his basement had flooded, so we offered him service and a Mormon.org card with our phone number on it. He looked at it and said, “Oh hey, I’m a baptized Mormon!” Turns out, he had been baptized when he was young, but his records hadn’t followed him so we had no idea he was a member. We asked if we could teach him, and he said we could stop by anytime! This really isn’t that spectacular of a story, but it was a miracle for me. It was a miracle because for the past 6 weeks, I have prayed everyday to find someone new to teach. And on that day which had gone so poorly, I KNEW that Heavenly Father was hearing and answering my prayers! Faith in the Lord means faith in His timing. Heavenly Father is intimately aware of each of us and our needs. I invite each of you to read and ponder Doctrine and Covenants 84:88.

Here’s a quick funny story from this week. So we had dinner at a part-member family’s house, and it went relatively well. They ended up making us look at like 500 pictures on their computer though! Anyways, while they were showing us lots of pictures, we got to talking about the wildlife in town. The mom said, “Sisters, go to Cody and watch the deer in town. I promise you, they use the cross walks”. We busted up laughing because it is so true! She also said that she’s pretty sure they can read, because during hunting season, they are only in fields with signs that say “no hunting”! These deer are fearless, lemme tell you, haha.

Holding one of the smaller chickens that I could catch!

Holding one of the smaller chickens that I could catch!

We’ve been having a pretty cool adventure yesterday and today. We are house/dogs/cat/chickens-sitting for some nonmembers! We had only met them a couple of times, but they called us and asked us if we could take care of their house and animals while they were gone for like 24 hours. We were like, “sure!’. So we’re watching 3 dogs, one of which is super geriatric and deaf, a cat, and 9 chickens, one of which is blind! We have to bring Millie the blind chicken inside twice a day and put her in a box and put the food right in front of her so she can eat. It’s been fun. I’ve never really been around chickens before, but I’m pro at picking them up now! Not even kidding, I think I want to have chickens when I am older. They love their owner so much, they’re pretty low maintenance, and the fresh eggs are awesome! Wyoming will turn me into a country girl yet.

Me with Millie the blind chicken.  We're all about the chickens!

Me with Millie the blind chicken. We’re all about the chickens!

I love you all soooo much and miss you bunches! Have an awesome week!!!

Melting, Mud, and Missionaries

12 Mar
Mail is the best part of the day!

Mail is the best part of the day!

Another week has gone by! It really is starting to go by fast. I’m almost to my 5 month mark… crazy! We had a really great week here in Meeteetse. The weather has been gorgeous! Seriously, I’m getting so spoiled to this springtime weather. It’s been in the 50’s almost every day- which means that the snow has been melting like crazy!! It’s actually been a pretty big problem around town. Pretty much everyone’s basement has flooded, and since a lot of the streets don’t have curbs or gutters, there has been a lot of standing water around town. Our poor truck is filthy! And we have been too! Every night we come home and completely wash our boots to get all the mud off. I’m starting to miss the snow! I don’t want to say that too loud though, because apparently March is the snowiest month here usually.

The street we walk down every single day.

The street we walk down every single day.

Well, I’m finally over my cold! I went to the doctor on Tuesday and she put me on some antibiotics and told me I wasn’t allowed to leave our house for 24 hours. So we did lots of studies, and just worked extra hard the rest of the week! On Thursday, we threw a little birthday party for one of our seminary students. So fun! We got her a little red basket and filled it up with everything red we could find! And her mom made us all breakfast… we’re pretty spoiled! That night, we met with one of our less-actives. She is doing super good, and has been keeping all of the commitments we leave with her! We had invited her to fast with us last time, and she totally did! Finding out that people are keeping their commitments and drawing closer to Christ is that best thing in the world.

Friday was a day filled with service. Earlier in the week, we had visited a recently reactivated elderly man. Every time we ask him if we can do anything for him and every time he says no! Well, last time he finally had something for us! First off, he’s like 97 years old, but he’s still pretty active and awesome. He tells us that he has a branch in his backyard tree that was broken, and he “couldn’t quite get it down”. So we’re like, “OK! We can do it!” We head outside, and you know, we’re thinking a “branch”. Nope, we’re talking about a limb! We manage to yank it down after like 20 minutes! So on Friday, a member came with his chainsaw and we got it all cut up and loaded into the back of the truck. We drove it out to the dump, and the dump was soooo muddy. We got stuck at one point, and I had to put it in low 4 wheel drive to get us out! We were throwing mud everywhere with the tires. It was quite the adventure!

So much mud!

So much mud!

We also had a really great lesson with another less-active this weekend. She’s a young single mom who has had a hard life, but is really working on coming back to church. We talked to her about forgiveness, and she broke down and said that she hasn’t been able to forgive herself of certain things. We testified of the atonement and challenged her to pick a date to forgive herself. She did, and we talked to her again on Saturday night and she had truly felt the redeeming power of the atonement! It was a really incredible experience. We asked her on Saturday what we could do to help her remember to read her scriptures and pray. She jokingly responded, “Lots of post-it notes!” And I just responded, “Challenge accepted!!” So on Sunday we covered her front door with post-it notes and ding-dong ditched her. It was so fun!

There's tons of bear statues around town.

There’s tons of bear statues around town.

Well, that’s about it for me this week! I hope you all have an amazing week!

From your favorite Sister Missionary!

4 Mar

Hello everyone! First off, I’m staying in Meeteetse with Sister V for the next transfer! I hope you all are staying warm and safe there in Oklahoma. I’m gonna brag a little bit- it’s about 55 degrees here and sunny! Couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. We deserve it too, because this weekend was cold! It snowed too, but not nearly as much as they predicted. The weather people were basically predicting snow-maggedon for here, but it all went north of us and we got maybe 4 inches tops.

Meeteetse!

Meeteetse!

I’ll start with my most exciting story from last Monday. We had a “district preparation day” up in Cody with all the other missionaries and we played lots of games, which was fun. We were playing our game of podball/dodgeball, and I was running alongside the wall to avoid getting hit. Someone threw the ball at me, so I quickly turned and ducked. Well, I avoided the ball, but not the wall! Concrete walls are pretty hard when you hit them with your head, hahaha. I quickly sat down by one of the other sisters who was out, and I could feel a big goose-egg coming up on my forehead on the left. After about a minute or so, I asked my companion Sister V if my head was super red, and she was like, “You’re bleeding!” Long story short, I totally busted my eyebrow. I got it cleaned up pretty well, and it stopped bleeding fairly quickly, so we figured I didn’t need stitches. So for Monday and Tuesday, I rocked a pretty sweet butterfly closure bandage over my left eyebrow. I seriously looked like I’d been in a fight! The remarkable thing is that it is almost completely healed and gone today. I don’t think I’ll even get a scar. The best part of it all was coming up with different stories to tell about how I got it. I jokingly told one our less actives that my new companion had beat me up, and she totally started getting mad at Sister V! I quickly told her the truth of course, but it was hilarious.

My battle wound!

My battle wound!

On Tuesday, I led a role-play/discussion on teaching the Law of Chastity at District Meeting. I focused on how to not make it awkward, and then I made them role-play it as Elder/Sister pairs. It was kind of funny to watch some of them squirm, but a lot of people told me afterwards that they really appreciated it!

Photo-bombed!

Photo-bombed!

After district meeting, we had a “sister’s lunch” together, since one of the sisters was going home this past week. Our waiter was hilarious, and at one point he came up to us and asked if we as missionaries could get married. So we told him that we could after our missions. The waiter then proceeds to holler across the cafe at a table of guys and says, “Hey guys! I asked for you, and they can get married!” and then turned to us and said, “Girls, go talk to those guys over there!” A couple of the sisters went and gave them a mormon.org card.

The weather was pretty nasty this weekend, but that didn’t slow us down! Actually, this past week we had the best numbers that Meeteetse has ever seen. And we just heard from our Zone leaders that our Zone did the best ever too! The Lord truly is hastening His work. It’s not about the numbers though, it’s really just about the people that we touch. If we had only had one lesson, but that lesson was meaningful, then I would call it a successful week. We had a couple of lessons this past week that we didn’t plan on, but we felt prompted to teach. The spirit there was so powerful, and I know that the Lord truly was leading us. I have been reading the Book of Mormon lately, and I have been marking the attributes of Christ and the doctrine of Christ. I have started marking “remembrance” as a Christlike attribute, and I really have increased my testimony of remembrance. All throughout the Book of Mormon the prophets exhort the people to remember. Why? Because if we always remember our covenants and our divine identity, the adversary would have far less power over us. It takes faith to receive an answer to a prayer, but it takes more faith to remember that answer and continue to act on it!

I love you all so much! I hope you have a fantastic week, and know that I pray for you daily.