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10 Nov

Transfer news…. we’re both staying! Oh yeah, so with the transfer, Sister Randall and I also got a new assignment to be our zone’s Facebook Specialists! Not really sure what all that entails because it’s a brand new calling in the mission, lol. Basically we’re the go-to people for all Facebook questions and we’re supposed to lead by example. We also do online proselyting exchanges. Should be interesting. We’ll see what happens!

We match!  Didn't' do it on purpose though.

We match! Didn’t do it on purpose though.

Well, it finally happened: winter has arrived. We woke up to our first snow fall of the season this morning! We were both pretty pumped about it until we had to clean off our car… it brought back so many memories of last winter. Everyone here has been talking about an “arctic blast” coming through, and one elder made the comment, “Isn’t that a dessert you can get at Dairy Queen?”. The work of the Lord moves onward regardless of weather! Rain, snow, sleet, hail… we will preach without fail!

First snow!

First snow!


Our investigators are doing really well! We set a new baptism date with Adriana S. for December 13th. We had to push it back so far because she’s going home over Thanksgiving and then there are finals for all the students. Karen is still progressing too, but won’t commit to a date. We think her semi less active boyfriend is what’s primarily holding her back, because he’s not fully committed to coming back to church. BUT, we met with him last night by himself and had an incredibly spiritual lesson. He committed to reading the Book of Mormon. I told him that finding God is the greatest adventure you’ll ever take in your entire life, and it will have the most meaning too. Mary and Jessie are still all set to get baptized on the 22nd! There are going to be nine baptisms in our zone on that day, which is making scheduling the font a logistical nightmare. But it’s a good problem to have, so no complaints. The guy I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Brad, finally accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and promised to read some. **happiness**

Last Monday night for FHE, the ward did a series of “Minute to Win it” games- it was so fun! One of the girls in our ward, Lacey, totally dominated the chubby bunny game… eighteen marshmallows! I think everyone loved watching the missionaries doing outrageous things, haha. A big key in serving in a YSA Ward is being willing to just get involved and have fun. I did a discussion in District Meeting on Wednesday that turned out pretty well. It was a last minute assignment (given Tuesday morning!) and our schedule was completely full until right before the meeting. I was singing “Let the Holy Spirit guide” all of Tuesday in my head, hahaha. I had a burst our inspiration about thirty minutes before the meeting, and I made a little candy land type board game with questions and role plays on the cards. Everyone got pretty into it, and it was nice to do something kinda unusual.

Family history booth on campus

Family history booth on campus

On Friday, we did another family history booth in the university’s student union. This one went much smoother than last time. We got creative and had a world map on a poster and asked people where their heritage was from and then let them put a pin on it. We actually had two new less actives come approach us and talk to us for a while, which was great. One of the girls had attended BYU for two years before coming to UM, and she said that she felt like she was “with her peeps” again with us.

I found a little piece of home!

I found a little piece of home!

Hmmm, we had a couple funny moments this past week. So we always pray in the car right before lessons, right? Ok, so we were praying before going into a combined lesson with the elders (we teach a couple ladies in 4th ward together), and in Sister Randall’s prayer she says, “…and we are grateful that we can teach this lesson today with these sisters… umm… ELDERS”. We both just busted up laughing. The other funny thing that happened this week was when we were walking up to our house at the end of the day. It’s been pretty dark in the evenings, but there was a full moon that night so it wasn’t as dark as usual. As we were walking up the driveway, I see Sister Randall stop and freeze. I look further ahead and see a shadow from the tree. I think, “haha, she thinks it’s an bear.” But once I think that, I start to view it as a bear too so I gasp and freeze. So Sister Randall feeds off the fact that I now think it’s a bear and we both are freaking out! After we both gathered our senses, it really was just a shadow, but both our hearts were pounding for like an hour afterwards.

On Saturday, we did a bunch of raking for the the members we live with and their neighbors. When were were out teaching in the afternoon, one of their neighbors came by the Henderson’s and told them that they had just gotten back in town from one of their father’s funerals, and it meant so much to them to have us rake their leaves for them. They wrote us a really sweet thank you note. I know I say this all the time, but it is seriously my favorite thing to find out later that something you did or said made an impact. Saturday night, we met with a less active girl in our ward that we see pretty frequently. She gave us both a present- spoon rings! So what she does is that she takes old silver spoons and cuts off the handles, then forms them into a ring. I love mine so much!

That’s about all I can think of to write about this week, so I’ll wrap it up here. Have a happy and safe week everyone! Love you all!


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