|Although never living in Idaho, Allyson still claims Idaho as her own.|
Wow Week 2 in Indiana! Sept 23
Well I don't even know where to start. I have a list so I could remember everything that happened so here it goes.
1.You know how we always point out cemeteries for dad, well there are cemeteries on every corner so you could be buried in Indiana if you wanted.
2. Everything is green here you don't see brown unless it is a side walk or a tree.
3.I forgot my white tank top...
4.Indiana is called the crossroads so there are train tracks everywhere. Mom would hate the train tracks. ahah
5. Our fridge makes weird noises all the time and we have a mouse in our house.
6. There is no time for my self except atto all the other times we are so busy.
7. In my zone we have only three sets of sisters. random other thing i see squirrels everywhere i look.
8. We run into Jehovah's Witnesses lots. The other day we ran into one right before a huge rain storm and he started to ask us what we believed and then it started raining. So we sat on his porch and he took everything we had (emotionally) out of us. We ended up talking for 2 hours and the storm was over by the time we were done talking. He wants us to come back but we aren't because he is not going to progress so we want to spend our time on those people.
9. You know your song about chicken and corn. Well we sang it a lot one day and a member ended up feeding us chicken and corn that day. ahah
10. Miracles are real. We were feeling all discouraged one day and nobody was answering their doors and all our appointments had fallen through. We were discouraged. So we had one back up plan and that was to go to a former investigators house. Her name is Jessica. We were pretty sure she wasn't going to be there but we went anyways. We get to her house and knocked on her door. She answers. Right away she is just enthusiastic that we are there and lets us in right away. She told us that a couple months back a former elder from the area sent her a post card and that she was so impressed that he took the time to send her a post card. She has a son and he is turning 9. She hadn't seen missionaries at her door for about three years. We talked about the BOM. She is going to read it and we have a return appointment. The lord brings us down so that we can be lifted up.
11.Here is a fun fact. The tornado siren goes off once a day at. its loud and alarming. It went off while we were teaching the Jehovah's Witness but it wasn't a warning for a tornado it was a warning for a fire because there was lightening.
12. Tracting: I didn't like it at first but now it is lots of fun! We get to meet so many new people and learn about new religions we have never heard of.
13.I get to go bowling today!
14. We had mission conference yesterday. It was exactly what i needed. Elder Perkins of the seventy came. He is the coolest person I have ever met. He served in the Taiwan mission and later became the mission president of that same mission. I don't really remember anything I learned there but I do remember that the spirit was there and it was strong. I encourage you to go read Acts. I don't remember what chapter but it has a lot to do with missionary work.
Where do Mike and Andrea live? What ward are they in? I love you all and Spencer yes you. Send me some pictures of my Favorite niece... Just because I am not home I still want to see her every week. I love you all again! Have a good week.
Week 3 Sept 29
I don't even know where to start. I like pictures so send me some. I also got the package thanks for all of the shirts and shorts. The shorts are too short to wear outside so i just wear them inside while lounging. Oh and when you send me more packages, I love the workouts you put in it so put more of those.
I guess this week was weird but missionary weeks are always weird. We are just not very normal. On Wednesday we went tracting (we go tracting a lot) by a Spanish Pentecostal church and found this man named Caesar. His dad is the preacher at that church but he seemed like he didn't go to his dads church. We taught him about the restoration of the gospel. He was very interested and so we gave him a book of Mormon and asked him when he found out that the church was true that he would be baptized. He said yes. Wow so many people say yes to baptism it is sooooooooooooooo cool.
Thursday and Friday felt like they were forever long. Thursday was just a lot of planning and nothing. It was kinda discouraging. Friday we did loads of tracting and got nothing again. Wow discouraging can you say... So we had one appointment left his name was Nicholas he speaks Spanish (hopefully we can get a Spanish branch soon. seems like everyone we are teaching speaks Spanish.) anyways we get to his house and start teaching him about the restoration and he is just so intrigued. We have to go slow and use small words because he can't understand English like we can. We gave him a Spanish Book of Mormon and (this is my first time) commit him to be baptized(first time asking or committing anyone to be baptized) he said yes with out hesitation.
Saturday! Great fun. We did a service project at the Richart's home. I got to dig holes and touch nasty chicken poop and I smelt like it the rest of the day. Still great fun. We were putting siding on their barn and other stuff like that. The Richart's are a big family they have 8 kids and now only 2 live at home. I am eating dinner with that inactive family on Tuesday. By the way I have exchanges that day and I have to be the leader on everything here in Plymouth. I am not too nervous.
|Service project at the Richart's home.|
|Sister Chidester and Elder Jacobson|
Still Saturday. We taught lots of people that day our whole day was busy so that is always nice when appointments don't fall through. Went to women's conference. Best thing ever. When you are a missionary and go to conference it's like they are aiming a fire hose at you and only you. Everything I heard was in relation to missionary work. Wowazaz. I just wanted more and more and more.
Want to hear an embarrassing moment. Well here it is. We were at a dinner appointment we had hot dogs with chili or hamburgers (our whole district was there by the way) and I get some chili to put on my hot dog and boom it falls on my shirt. great and it is white. Even greater. I got it out today in the laundry.
Here is another cool role play story! We were doing role plays for training (oh I get to do a training in district meeting...I don't know how I feel about it) Back to the story. It was my turn Sister Chidester just did it. So it was my turn. I had no clue where I was going with it and I just kept listening and asking questions I thought were relevant. Then it ended up being so mind blowing. I had been able to listen to the spirit and found out what was really troubling her and asked her why she didn't read the BOM. Wow it was totally the spirit. Listen to the spirit.
Okay I have some challenges for you. First, learn the First Vision. Second, feed the missionaries any chance you get. Third, send me a small copy of The Living Christ. I want to memorize it. Fourth, don't make visiting and home teaching a chore really just be their friends.
I love you all!
1 Month! The Priesthood
Let start with some random facts! Today I learned you can convert to Judaism and the water here tastes like rust and looks like rust. Don't worry about it mom I will be okay! while we were trying to visit people and it started snowing. So I had to break out the warm coat already and the wind was so chilling to my legs.
Another guy we are teaching his name is Nicholas and he speaks Spanish. We were able to teach him about the BOM and he has been reading it and is really enjoying the miracles are happening to Lehi and his family!
Conference was great I felt like a lot of the talks were about Jesus Christ and his Gospel upon this earth. During the whole general conference I felt so overwhelmed because there was so much information throw at me about everything that I need to emphasize on when I am teaching.
One last cool thing that happened this week. One of our investigators named Patricia had her daughter in the hospital. She came backnight and we talked to her about a priesthood blessing and asked her if she wanted one. She said yes so we got the elders and brought them over and explained how it would happen and how it would work according to her faith. So we got started with the blessing and the spirit in the room was just overwhelming. Wow the priesthood is powerful. That was just a wonderful experience with the spirit and Patricia has so much faith.