Sunday, December 23, 2018

Week 72/73 - I Broke Down and Drove to the Airport... then Came Back for Christmas Conferences ;)


We got to be Santa's helpers!

Surprise! It is Saturday and I am writing. Weird huh? But it is because:...I AM GOING TO THE TEMPLE WITH TOM TODAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is going to do baptisms for Linda and Cooper. Oh my goodness this is amazing! It was a crazy long complicated process to get me to be able to go but here it is!

This morning is crazy because we got up, ran because it is 60 DEGREES HERE!!!....WHAT THE GLADSOME TIDINGS!!?!? Craziness. Then got ready so fast. Drove to the church, and then broke into president's office to email. We have and 8 year old Daniel, that we taught the lessons to, who is getting baptized today, then we are booking it to Portsmouth to meet at the Gongs. Sister Ross and Sister Reynolds are going to spend the day in Portsmouth and Sister Anderson and I will go to the temple with the Gongs, Blackwells, and Fairchilds! Wahoo!

Soooooooo so much has happened since I last wrote. Hopefully the pictures sent will tell you a lot about all the fun stuff! We had 4 exchanges and a Christmas conference in Maine...

...and a Christmas conference in Vermont:

We put 450 miles on our car in two days. TWO DAYS!!! What in the world!?? Lots of time in the car.

Our faces because we were way stressed out.....

... and our car is a mess!!

We have done a ton of light the world activities - which have been fun but sometimes quite overwhelming. But it has been good to do nice little things for other people and spend some quality time with them.

Okay. So we had a lot of exchanges since I have written. Lowell, Revere, Farmingdale, and Canterbury. I was with Sister Larsen in Lowell. Revere was really good for me! haha!

I WAS ON TV!! hahah!  We were on the Local television station in Revere, Massachusetts when I was on exchange with Hermana Hyatt. 

We sang and it was so fun haha we didn't sound very good but it was a blast! 

Hermana Hyatt and I such a fun day. We had one of the funnest power hours of finding and it was great! 

Farmingdale was a great fun short exchange. I was with Sister Hyde.  

Canterbury is doing pretty good! I was with Sister Callahan and it was awesome!

Now to explain my title.........The airport thing was when I was in Revere I was driving and didn't know where I was going because we were in EAST BOSTON (yes....Boston!) and I was in the wrong lane and ended up driving through the airport!! haha!!! It was so funny and we were crackin' jokes the whole time. 

A lot has happened in the last week and a half. I am doing a lot better now, but last week was really hard for me and I had an emotional crash. I was just very discouraged about how things were not going how I thought or felt they should. I know everything doesn't always go how we envision it, but I was feeling that very little was my way. I felt discontent with the work I had tried to do in the area this far. Those we are teaching are not progressing, and it is so hard to get consistent meetings with them. Dana did not pass his baptismal interview, and I was nervous about it and was praying for a miracle. He agreed with everything we taught, but doesn't have that true conversion yet. I think he may get baptized in January now... but he still needs to have a refresher course on some things.

Becasue Dana didn't pass his baptismal interview, I felt like I let him down, my companion, my ward, President Blair, and the mission. And then a lot of the #LightTheWorld plans I had made didn't turn out how I envisioned either, so I was disappointed. I just want to be a better leader, companion, daughter, friend, and missionary, and I felt like I just wasn't making the cut. I lost my light for a couple days.

But then it led to some good contemplation about why I chose to come on a mission in the first place. It wasn't to execute perfect booths, it wasn't to become a master scheduler, and it wasn't to impress anyone. It is because I know I have experienced the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is because I love my Savior and I know what His love can do for our hearts. And I know the perspective and richness of life that comes when we do our best to follow Him, even when we stumble and fall along the way. It has brought a much greater focus on Christ back into the efforts I put forth each day.

Bless Sister Ross for being with me through that. I know she still really misses her language and wants people to progress so badly. We do have a lot of fun and laugh a lot though so that is good. We are also learning a rap about the restoration!...So stay tuned!

As for this week, we did a TON of #LightTheWorld activities:

Present wrapping/caroling booth outside of walmart for # LightTheWorld!

We wrapped Book of Mormons and then hid them around town with a note that said "Take me" 

Writing letters to Postal Workers with Linda!

Making cookies with our returning member Sister Chapman!

Making cookies for our "Ward Family Reunion" with the youth. 

 We also had our Christmas conferences all over the place and found people along the way and are trying to teach them! We had some wonderful Christmas celebrations and we loved it!!

Hermana Allen and I remembering the good ol' days in Keene

Sister Foote, Sister Me, Sister Tobler and Sister Ward

It was SO FUN to just sing and laugh. Sister Blair read a story and we had a nice meal and then had a sing-along. I haven't had that much fun in a long time and it was SO great. (I do have fun a lot, but that was just extra special) It was a blast because I got to go to two conferences and I didn't even have to do any training. haha!

Brother Sypher!

As far as others in our teaching pool: Jayne has been really hard to meet with but is planning on coming on the 23rd.  Adam and Brittany are awesome, growing in interest in the Book of Mormon. 

Linda is doing great! One thing though while I was on exchange, she told the Sisters that she finally decided on a temple date! And she wants to go the last week of December......... sooooo.... I don't know what that means for my eligibility to go because I get to go with Tom, but it will be so great for her!


Sister Brady

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