Thursday, March 30, 2017

Certified Stalkers

Monday, 27 March 2017

Dear family and friends,

We had quite the week! Lots of crazy things happened! (I'm tellin' ya... it's going to be a really random email...)

We met an amazing woman on Tuesday! We were in her neighborhood following up with someone else we had met earlier that week, and she was outside enjoying the sun. So we went to talk to her and ended up having a great lesson with her about the Restoration and prophets! She was really interested in the Book of Mormon and told us that she would definitely read it and make her son read it, too! :)

We volunteer regularly at an assisted living home, and this week we played games with them. One of them is Lucille, and she's my new best friend! She is so sweet! As we played Uno, we were all talking about St. Patrick's Day and things that they did for it, and Lucille told us that when she was younger, she kissed the Blarney Stone! So, I've officially met someone who's kissed the Blarney Stone! :) I love volunteering there. We meet so many amazing people! :)

Something I got reminded of this week is the importance of slowing down and enjoying God's creations. Sometimes I get caught up in my never-ending to-do list and how crazy missionary life gets, and I forget to take a breather. So, after a crazy few days, I was just drained and feeling anxious and frustrated. Sister Foote, our mission president's wife, has told us before to take breaks occasionally and just walk around a pond or do something that is a stress-reliever. So we took her advice and went for a walk around our neighborhood lake. It felt so good to just walk in silence, just listening to God's creations and enjoying the light breeze and sunshine. God is so good and He has given us His creations to help us find peace!

Funny moment: We met a woman who kept telling us that Jesus had an afro and a big moon dimple on his cheek. ;) She had a lot of stories to tell, and she was VERY animated! (This is just a taste of some good ol' Southern life. She had huge earrings, wore a turban, and had very bright nails!)

We also decided that we are certified stalkers. At least, that's sometimes what missionary life feels like. 
(Us sitting in our car)
"Do you think they're home?"
"I dunno"
"Well their car isn't in the driveway..."
"Let's go try anyway! Maybe if we knock loud enough someone will answer..."

And the stories go on... ;)

Another ray of sunshine:
-A few weeks ago, we received a referral (from two different people!) for a family that might be interested in hearing more or at least receiving a prayer. We met the dad, B, last week, just as the member who told us about him pulled into his driveway, so we didn't get to talk to him much. But then, this week we stopped by and he was just getting out of his truck to head in! (PERFECT timing!) So we were blessed with an opportunity to talk to him and HE invited us back! He asked us to come back on Monday! So tonight we get to go see him and his family. We are so excited!!

Y'all, life is beautiful. God is good. And so are you. Remember that you are surrounded by GREAT people! (If y'all haven't watched or listened to the General Women's session for General Conference, that is my invitation to y'all. Go to and watch it! I especially loved President Eyring's talk.)

Remember to take the time to enjoy God's creations, too! He is so good in providing us with ways to be filled with peace in this crazy world.

Keep smiling and have a blessed week!

The pollen is here, and everything is turning yellow!

I love Sister Dean's triumphant pose! She crossed the creepy improvised bridge with all the yukkie pollen in the water... and made it to the other side! (I wasn't as brave...)​​

Pictures at the lake! It is so peaceful there. :)

And EW. We got a BLACK WASP stuck inside our apartment!! It flew in while we left the door open to enjoy the weather. We had to call the elders and ask for advice on how to kill it... We were freaking out!

Ew. Ew ew ew... We squished it in the window with our area book... Ew.

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