Monday, May 25, 2015

Week 53

basically this week was weird.
monday we had a meeting with the YSA bishop and went over the new ward mission plan its starting to look really good and get the work rolling.
tuesday we spent most of the day finding YSA and met a bunch of people in the YSA or founf out they moved. classic. we also met a few people in our other ward that I had never ever met. so that was cool
wednesday was district meeting and we found more info on the ysa. so many people had moved. its interesting because parents wont give us their info to move their records. they are actually pretty cranky. we had a meeting with the bishop and ward mission leader and the ward mission plan but we are working on both wards. lighting that fire to share the gospel and serve.
thursday we made cookies with a sister in the ward and then we went to lunch with some missionaries at my fave. hawaiian food. yummmm we weekly planned and then we had dinner with the cannons. it was nice because we got to tell president all about how the work is really going. its so slow and we are trying our hardest but you cant force anyone to share the gospel so alas we are left to our own efforts. this area has SO much potential but when the member missionary work isnt going sadly we have no investigators. but we keep our chins up and keep trying to find and make visits. we attended the stake ysa meeting.
friday i graduated from physical therapy! YAY! we delivered the cookies we made to less actives and it was a success actually!! we had dinner with a super fun family I LOVE THEM! we were supposed to have a lesson with a new investigator but he just never showed up... and we got dropped by another investigator. so that was interesting.
saturday we were on exchanges and i went spanish. i can honestly day i know what it feels like to understand the majority of what people are saying and you can follow and want to respond but you cant. so i talked through sister shirley. we did service for the jehovahs witnesses we asked if they wanted help when they were working and said yes so we parked and got out in our skirts and pulled weeds for an hour and a half. it was actually really good because they kept asking up a bunch of questions and we answered them! we met some youngins in a gang and shared the gospel and tried to help them out. we went to a baptism and it was great. i had a bunch of fun speaking spanish not really speaking but kinda. i was surprised how much i could understand tho.
sunday we were in ward council and we bore our testimonies about member missionary work and i cried. in this ward its a struggle and hopefully a change of heart will help this ward move along. we went to seminary graduation that night and we tried contacting more people. i honestly feel like my work here in this area is to help motivate the ward to open their mouths and share the gospel and serve others with a willing and happy heart. if anything i have realized how passionate i am about member missionary work it is SO IMPORTANT and is everything.
i hope yall have a great week! WRITE ME
sister abby wasden

Week 52

ok peeps this whole week was chalk full of service all day err day.
tuesday we met with the YSA relief society president and had the last lesson with our YSA investigator maddie! we helped out at activity days helping them make mothers day presents. we helped out with a sisters visiting teaching and we went to the come and see!
wednesday we had district meeting and spent the rest of the afternoon making signs for the meet the mormons in the park showing. that night we helped our stake relief society president set up for the womens conference
thursday morning we helped a lady in our ward sew quilts bc they were due for the conference and hadnt started them yet so we came over i sewed all the strips together while sister longhurst cut them all. we weekly planned and then we headed over to the womens conference which was super fun! we spent and hour and a half cutting all the cake for the sisters so that was fun!
friday we spent the morning calling the ward about maddies baptism and then inviting people to the meet the mormons we helped set up for that and then watched the movie we had a pretty good turn out but it could always be better
saturday was maddies baptism it was so sweet she had her whole family there! we visited some less actives and then had our ward correlation meeting
sunday maddie was confirmed and then we skipped over to our other ward. we had a good mothers day program and then we ate and called home it was pretty great!
well talk to you next week!
Sister Wasden

Week 51

this week was crazy.
monday we played basketball and im defs getting better. i even made a couple three pointers so i would say yes improvement. we had 2 lessons that night with YSA kids and got one new investigator and set a baptismal date for may 9th!!
tuesday we helped stain a fence and met with one of our YSA investigators. we went to activity days and it was so cute they made toilet papers dresses to go over modesty it was a cute lesson. we had a meeting with the bishop and ward mission leader after and that went well!
wednesday we were in meridian for appointments and i got chickfila and it was AMAZING, we contacted some people and then we went on splits with the relief society presidency and it was so successful we taught 11 people that day!
thursday was round 2 in meridian and it was a good outcome. im not crazy! we got lunch and then we tried to contact  some people and  went to a baptism
friday we had an awesome zone meeting and i gave a training on the holy ghost the difference between the witness and the gift i used a hula hoop and described how when we exercise the gift by reading our scriptures going to church and praying and the holy ghost (hula hoop) will always touch you but when you stop it falls and you cant feel it it was pretty clever if i do say so myself we weekly planned after
 saturday we did service and helping out with a youth conference being the adult leaders and doing service then we pulled weeds and are completely ripping out someones yard bc they are redoing it. we had a lesson with one of our YSAs and went over the book of mormon and she really liked that
sunday we had ysa ward council and then went to the family ward. we had a meeting and then updated records and contacted some more ysa!
welll thats about it
love ya
sister wasden

Week 50

so not having a toaster is actually harder than it sounds. i didnt think it would be that bad but toasters are a pretty necessary kitchen item. but we dont reallyyy have a kitchen. well thats not the point.
so monday was transfer day and nuts as per usual but it was the best because i got to have sister dijkwel with me for her last few hours as a missionary. we went to a family home evening with a super cool family in our ward and heard some of the CRAZIEST mission stories ever. ever. if you want to hear them i will talk with you after the mission. but it made my worst days in the mission feel like nothing. i will put it that way. and it makes the saratov approach look like childs play. the son had his non member friend there and we all got to testify of the priesthood gospel and joseph smith it was really cool. we took sister dijkwel to the mission home and we said our see ya laters
tuesday we redid the white board with both wards ysa and 9th and let me tell you it look soooo much better. we took sister ioane to say goodbye to a few people before she left wednesday. we had a dinner appointment with a fun young family. and they asked if we needed anything and i thought a toaster and they were like okay we will drop one off ... WHAT? FINALLY A TOASTER they are great. we had a great lesson with a new investigator who has gone through a lot in like and she is so ready for the gospel we met with the ysa bishop and we are excited to start having more work. we came home and had a brand new toaster waiting outside our door!:)
wednesday i used our new toaster and it was great. we took sister ioane to the mission home for her to go back to temple square. we had district meeting and we went over the area together so sister longhurst could get a better idea of our area.
thursday we did service at the homeless shelter in the morning washing dishes it was actually really fun. we weekly planned which took forever and then a family took us to the hippest resturant in nampa brick 29 and it was soooo good. it reminded me of CT.
friday we had a lesson with another new investigator and a recently returned missionary in the YSA she too is really interested in the gospel and wants to learn more:) we helped a sister go visiting teaching bc he partner couldnt go and then we helped with the young womens fundraiser getting it all ready.  i was the only one who said they would help cut garlic cloves and my hands still smell like garlic but i did a good job mincing it:)
saturday we had our stake meeting with the ward mission leaders and full time missionaries this one went really well. we did service and pulled weeds for 2 hours straight. and then we met with the relief society president. after that we tried to contact a bunch of people but no one was home and then we went to dinner.
sunday we had ysa ward council and our new investigator came to church!!! we had a couple more meetings and then contacted more ysa people and planned.
it was a busy week and next week is crazy too.
well gotta go
sister wasden