Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Week 10

aloha family! the longer I am away from Hawaii the more I miss it. #asperusual
okay so things this week were pretty good.

Monday we played basketball with the elders. typical. sister d and I feel bad bc we don't want to ruin their game bc we suck at basketball but they reassured us they like it when we play with them. so alas we play. in the words of peter HAZAW! idk if that's spelled right tho. anywho we then went to a FHE with a family and all day I said I miss my moms homemade café rio pork. well sister stucki must have read my mind bc that's what we had for dinner! it was GREAT! they had one of our investigators there and some other nonmembers. and then we had to stop by the YSA FHE and went to there Luau which was a horrid luau but whatever, then we had exchanges I was with sister bailey and sister d was with sister bowler.

Tuesday I discovered sister b is boy crazy. well as much as you can be on a mission. so that was interesting. we were teaching a LA and basically have to start from ground zero so that is also a challenge but we are working through it. we taught a YSA LA about tithing and tried to commit him to paying it but he wasn't sure that's what god wanted him to do... I reassured him I knew gods answer would be yes but to pray about it. later that day we switched back and needless to say I was glad to have sister d back even though we struggle sometimes I know she is the best trainer for me right now. oh it was hilarious so we told our DL that we were going on exchanges so I get this super spiritual text in the morning and sister b thought it was the sweetest thing that he did that. after exchanges were over we were laughing bc he never does that and we were talking with him and he was like I just wanted the STL to think I was the best DL ever. well she does think that now and its so funny bc we all know it was a joke. #missionaries.
we tried to meet a former investigator and when we went she would even look at us and made us leave, it was a little awkward haha. oh well. we just laughed about it bc what else can you do. we got a basketball from the elders to secretly train so we can become better and actually contribute when we play with them ahah.

Wednesday we had district service at library moving boxes of books.we finally met the new sisters they are nice enough but the one thinks she can do whatever she wants bc she is a Spanish sister so that's kinda annoying. we went on splits and found some LAs and got snow cones because it was soooo hot. 100 degrees. I decided I hate Idaho and its hell because its so hot. remind me to NEVER live here when I have the choice. it will be so ingrained in my mind how much I hate it I will never want to live here. but being a missionary here isn't horrid. so that's good. we saw one of the crazy ladies we visit and listened to her stories and shared a message.

Thursday we had zone meeting. we were getting discourage because our numbers look bad. well they are bad. we aren't where we should be by this time of the year and that's partially because the wards don't do much but that's no excuse. so we made curry quickly and then taught zion our investigator the L3 about the gospel of jesus Christ which went well. he didn't even accept Christ as his savior so he said the sweetest prayer to help him accept Christ and to know if this is the path he should be on. so very sweet. we saw more LAs and then we to the fishers to make Americas birthday cake aka my flag cake and work on some missionary work over there. they helped us not be discouraged.
Friday we did service for the town we helped people register for the car show and got to see a TON of cool old cars. uncle vince would've loved it/had cars in it! then we help direct traffic for the parade. then all the missionaries watched the big parade together so that was fun:) we had an awkward lunch  and then had all the missionaries over for a missionary BBQ. we played basketball and made smores and then the fireworks sucked. I  missed waveny soo much. I was so sad. but ill go back in a few years I guess. #disappointment.

Saturday we weekly planned we saw we were behind on our weekly lessons so we had three hours to get 6 lessons in and we did it!! it was crazy to see the lords hand in that when we made a goal and went out to accomplish it. goals are so great! I have learned that if you set goals heavenly father will help you accomplish them. so we got 18 lessons!:) we came home and played bball and I did an ab work out! and we finished our paperwork.

sunday we had a busy busy day. we went to 8th wards sacrament meeting and a lady bore her testimony about her going on splits with me and how great and spiritual of an experience it was so that was super sweet. then we had 9th wards ward council. right after that we had a meeting with the stake president and elders boswell and brimhall about the upcoming open house we are SO excited for that! its going to be great!! we came home and took a much needed nap before our dinner appointment. which was a little weird... just dumplings edamame and raw broccoli.. so then we went to visit a recent convert and then there was a less active across the street so we thought hey lets stop by! she is sooo sweet and it was like she was waiting for us. so we actually got 19 lessons!:) so over all this we a good week. I am happy for the most part and I am having fun. I do miss you all. It gets hard sometimes when there are holidays and things that we would do as a family. but I know that this is a short time. bc at thanksgiving ill be says hey this time next year ill be home. isn't that weird?? also I hope NOBODY forgets that I will be turning 20 on the 20th. 20 PEOPLE come on. that is 1 week and 6 days. so mark up your calendars.! ok love you all sooo much!
sister abby wasden

Monday, July 7, 2014

Week 9 - Planners, Pday and Pat

holy heckle. well today is my 2 month mark. im 2 months old in the mission. and sometimes I wake up and think... am I really a missionary have I really been doing this for 2 months already and then other days its like what the what will this ever end. but that doesn't happen as often haha. so that's good. my week,
Monday we went into Nampa and we went to world cost plus and had a little adventure and finished our shopping in Nampa. then we went back to middleton and we played dunk abll with the elders and went on this memebers homemade merry go round which was cool,. we played on the trampoline and then we had FHE with the coles again. typical we played telestrations and one night werewolf something. they were soooo fun! haha

Tuesday we did service and laid down a patio for a regina one of the elder investigators. then we went on splits and I met a family we have been trying to contact for a whole transfer. when we were leaving the lady who is a nonmember asked me for a hug and said she just felt like she needed a hug from me. it was soo sweet:)  we some less actives and then taught an amazing lesson to our investigator aubree!

Wednesday we had district meeting and lunch at garbanzos. then we taught one of the less actives we have been working with and then we went to.... yeah you guessed it PATs! haha oh boy. she had a problem this time. her entire front entry way/living room is boarded off to make a not so "hidden" room. and its FULL of food storage. she has been collecting since she was 14 and is now like 65. she is what we would call a hoarder I think. anyway she was having a guy come over to install a heater in her secret room but didn't want the guy to see the food storage. she was afraid that he would be coming to her house in 3 years when the world ends so that she could feed him when the world runs out of food. she said NOT GONNA HAPPEN! so she suggested that we take sheets and cover all the food, which in the ended it probably looked like she was hiding dead bodies instead of food storage. I told that to pat and she said let him think there are dead bodies in there instead of food because when the world ends he will stay far away hahaha I couldn't even take it. the food was floor to ceiling boxed and everywhere. she even had a TOILET in there. it was nuts. so then we went to a recent converts house for FHE bc they cant do Mondays their kids are so cute!

Thursday we made the sickest planners for the elders super personalized and so fun on the outside. then we did our weekly planning and taught our other YSA investigator zion and he has a baptismal date for the 19th! so we are excited about that. we taught aubree again and are planning on moving the date up. she is nervous to tell her parents about her baptism because they are sooo not for it and she doesn't know what they will do. its scary.

Friday we went on splits we didn't really find anyone we met 2 people. wasn't super successful but its all good. then we wrote our talks for sunday and contacted a referral and got rejected #missionarylife we ate Chinese at the harwoods and then visited in a LA she is such a drama queen but we talked with her. she told us how the church has ditched her and this stuff that's not true haha. we stopped by a another LA family/ PMF and the husband wants to hear the discussions and then when we left she called the RSP and told her how much she loved us and thought we were awesome!

Saturday we did service all day. holy heck im getting quite the farmers tan:0 ahhh no! but its okay. we finished reginas patio  and then moved bricks for the people we live with. then went to a baptism and brought our 2 investigators! zion was a little iffy but Aubree is SO excited for baptism and she just knows that its the right thing! then we got pulled over on the way home by this annoying cop who told us we almost ran 2 kids over when in reality they were on the side walk. its the end of the month and he wanted to give out tickets. but we got off the hook. I got moms package and caity and camis letters AHH I love that skirt mom. im actually wearing it now. and the letters were great. I loved it.
sunday we gave talks in the YSA it wasn't my best but  it was pretty good. the elders came to support us #districtunity then we went on visits and did diner with the hallenbecks. we taught aubree about tithing we tried to see the new sisters (who have been rude to us while we have been nothing but nice) we tried to meet them but they weren't home then we got some paper work from the ZL's and saw they DL's randomly it was crazyyyyyy. well I think that's it! love you allll! also caity you are dead for putting my selfies on my blog... seriously?
love you
sister abby wasden