Sarah and her companion were invited to the High Priest Social. I had mentioned to Brother McNeal that I don't get many pictures of Sarah so he sent me another one! Fun times with lot's of pictures of Sarah!
Brother McNeal even made a video of the social and sent me a link if your interested. I want to put it in a safe place so I don't lose it!
We were very privileged to get to meet Sarah's Mission President and his wife tonight. They were in Dallas for training. We just happen to work with a very good friend of there's in the Temple and they were so very kind to let us come to a dinner they had planned as friends. We were worried we were intruding on the their time together but they made us feel so welcome. It really was incredible to meet the couple that takes care of our daughter and so many other missionaries. We feel very blessed to get to know them and tell them a few more things about Sarah! We had to take a picture of course!
I'm not getting transferred! I will be staying in Scottsdale till the
end of May. Also we will be getting iPad's in May. Our mission has been
approved finally. I think we might be the last Arizona mission to get
Being on bike has been really fun. Kinda.
I've been getting a work out. I usually bike around 10 miles a day.
Exercise is a good thing though. I go a little crazy if I don't bike.
Which this week was interesting because I got a little sick and so did
my companion. When we get sick we call our mission nurse. Well. I didn't
want to call the nurse. Next thing I knew I heard my companion, pride
comes before the hospitalization. Turns out I'm fine though!
week was general conference! Which is where all the church leaders give
talks and it's really great. This time I watched it with a family at
there home. There was a lot of adorable chatter due to the fact that
they have a two year old.
I got a Easter surprise today! A wonderful member in Scottsdale fed my adorable daughter tonight and sent me pictures. I LOVE getting pictures of my missionaries randomly. It is the best! Thanks Brother McNeal your the best!
I would like to apologize about not writing enough group emails. I'm not
very good at that sometimes. This week I have some fun stories!
going to start with the funny story of the week. It all starts with
District Meeting. Sister Lee and I were asked to give a training on
companionship unity. The training went well and we committed everyone do
do something during the week to serve/work better with their companion.
So this week, Sister Lee and I practiced the lessons a lot, she made my
bed and did my dishes and I made me dinner one night. Doesn't sound too
funny or interesting, right? Here's the funny part; that dinner I made
her? She got food poisoning haha. It was hilarious when we figured it
out! I was fine, I guess her body didn't quite accept the lentils,
Last night we riding our bikes
and we were almost to the apartment and we waved hello to some people on
the streets.Then my companion ran into me. It was awkward for everyone,
but we survived. They didn't know what to do and we were so
Well I'm working hard and biking my heart out in Scottsdale, the most livable city. (That's the slogan seriously look it up)
This week there was no group e-mail but Sarah sent pictures of her new companion S. Lee! They get along great and LOVE serving in the same ward as their Mission President, President Sweeney. I have heard from a great source that the ward loves them just as much!
I got transferred! I left Paradise Valley for Scottsdale. I'm in my
mission presidents ward doing English work on bike. It's super fun. My
companion loves to ride fast and so do I. Watch out for the 2 sisters
racing each other. Since I haven't been transferred, I've realized I
have too many things. Today will be spent unpacking and getting rid of
It was really sad leaving my old area. I had
gotten really close with the people there. I got to see how much of
impact you can make on the lives of the people you help. I think that
Also thanks for the birthday shout outs! I had the best birthday ever.
We seem to have been doing lots of really fun service
projects. Everyone trying to get everything done before it gets too hot.
I heard everyone is really cold right now. We're suffering, and by
suffering it's a perfect 80 degrees. Arizona is really great. So I
learned how to build a stone fence. Yes stone fences are a big thing
here. We were joking around about it. They can't have wood fences
because they would catch on fire in the summer. I have the gift! All the
sister missionaries are secretly stone masons. All the elders were
breaking the stones, but the sister chisel really well. My chiseling arm
is pretty sore though.
We have also been teaching
some fun people. Gabriel is from Iraq and he speaks Arabic and English.
We teach him in English and he reads the scriptures in Arabic. It's fun.
He a Christian and he has lots of questions. He's been studying the
church for a long time now.
We have been
really busy recently. We have been overbooking ourselves and we didn't
get a lunch break for 2 days in a row. Being busy is good! But sometimes
you get tired...
I've been hanging out in Paradise Valley for awhile, but
it's great here so I don't mind. I got to go to the Gilbert temple
again. I walked around inside and it was so beautiful. There was a
spiral staircase 4 stories high. I was out of breathe when I reached the
top. I guess it's symbolic of how getting closer to God isn't easy, but
it's worth it.
Also something really interesting
is we got approved to go to a concert. Yes I can now say I've attended a
concert as a missionary. It was a showcase of some really talented
kids. It was real life kids pop. It was the first time in a really long
time I heard worldly music. Half the song I didn't even know. I guess I
reached that point where I've been out too long.
we've been doing a lot of service. Service is good. I've been helping
people clean. I even groomed someone's dog. I gave my first dog haircut.
Well I think that's all for this week!
This week was a great week! I got to go a temple sealing at the Gilbert
Temple. We believe that we can be sealed as family for eternity. It was
really nice. The whole thing was in Spanish
which it made it
interesting. Not too much new this week. Next week I'll be going again
because another family is going.
I love Trader Joe's. I think Trader Joe's need to be everywhere. I love that store way too
much. We have a lady that teaches us how be healthier, so this week I am
trying chia seed pudding. This should be interesting. I have also been
exercising better. I've lifting lots of weights, even though I feel
silly doing it, because I'm really weak. One day I will be strong! I
like how we are told to take care of ourselves physically and
spiritually. We should try and improve all parts of our lives. That's my
little pep talk this week, eat your veggies!
I'm still in Paradise Valley. It's pretty fun here. I've been serving in
a Young Single Adult ward and a Spanish ward. I have some pretty fun
adventures. Last night at dinner a member from the YSA ward fed us. He
served in Brazil and he's from the South so he fed us this rice and meat
dish. There was this weird sausage in it. It was super chewy. Well I
soon discovered it wasn't sausage, it was chicken hearts! Actually it
wasn't that bad. I kind of enjoyed it. My companion didn't like it all.
Poor thing, she's a new missionary and not used to strange things. He
also fed us this giant cake. It was a seven pound cake and I think we
ate a pound each.
Well on a more spiritual note.
Book of Mormon reading group we should be finished with 2nd Nephi by
now. Also there is a super cool movie about the Book of Mormon. Our
president gave us permission to watch it and I liked a lot. Everyone
should go check it out!
Alright group, we should be on 1 Nephi 12. If you
gotten behind make sure you make it up. Also we have recently got new
office staff and they are struggling. They messed up my address and so
from now on just send things to the mission home. I'll put the address
on the bottom.
This week has been great. Our
investigator Chris got baptized. His songs of choice were great. We
started by singing America the Beautiful and ended with Battle Hymn of
the Republic. They are two very fun and loud songs.
have this problem. Our mission has new rules about music and we can
only listen to Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Since is there very few songs I
enjoy, I like to put those songs on repeat, for days. I think it's
beginning to annoy my companion.
I know that this a little bit of a random letter but that's all for this week!
Fun stories from this week! Now that I'm back in spanish work
part time, I run into some really funny moments. We were teaching this
family that has two small boys. The little wanted to show me his toys so
he put them on my lap. Well I started to get a lot of toys on my lap.
He didn't speak any English though. I kept trying to tell him to put his
toys back, but I didn't know how to say it in Spanish, so I
accidentally told him to bring more. Well I ended up with a lot of toys
on my lap.
New years! We had a good New year. We ate
dinner at a member's house New Years Eve and played games afterwards.
Then we went to a member's party and had a Nerf gun fight with some of
our members and the other missionaries. New years day we had a
missionary party and played boards and watched movies. It was super
great. We played Russian monopoly. An Elder who got evacuated from
Ukraine brought it.
Today we helped a lady move. We
had missionaries in the house cleaning and moving boxes. It was really
cool. The house was n really bad shape (really dirty, other little
friends like bugs). Instead of whining and making rude comments, we
decided to sing! We sang while we scrubbed the walls and floors and
vents and cleared boxes. An old lady in her wheel chair wheeled in there
to listen to us, and actually started crying. She loved our singing
Remember there are always people around
that need a helping hand. You just have to look! Serving others brings
happiness and who doesn't want to be happy?