Thursday, April 9, 2015

8 months down ... "This was a Wonderful Week!"

This was a wonderful week!  I love being a missionary.  And I love reading all of your emails giving spoilers for general conference ha...just kidding.  But we don't get to watch it until a week later.  I'm SO excited it's ridiculous!  They broadcast it at the chapel (They do that at home too, right?)  But no one ever goes...guess it's the same in the states haha.  We are trying to organize a brunch in between sessions on Sunday so that more people will come to the chapel and it'll be more fun and welcoming for anyone we can get to come! 
Here's a pic from the temple before Sister Formica left,
Courtesy of Jeff Van Jindelt - great photographer and friend!
Thought I'd share it, since there are no new pictures.
This week:

my companion learned how to ride a bike
It started to get cold!!  Thank goodness...I'm done with summers for a little while ha. 
Easter was amazing!
We pulled an April Fool's joke on our vehicle coordinator, Elder Sunderland. 
It was super small, but he thought it was so funny afterwards, which made it really funny. We had to text in how many ks we used, and when our next tune-up appt was.  We had an apt scheduled, but it was a week later than it was supposed to be (oops), and we told him that we had gone over our ks by a ton.  He called us laughing to tell us that he was muttering under his breath and getting frustrated with us until he got our april fools text. 
We just did little things to each other all day--I found out that Sister Vaha'i is super gullible and had a lot of fun with that ha. 

It's been a really fun morning!  It was rainy and gray today, but we washed our car in the rain (it was so bad that it had to be done, and it wasn't raining hard enough to get the dirt off...) sounds really dumb, but it was necessary.  And we had to take our car in for a check-up or tune-up or whatever you call it, so we walked to the library after that and here we are!

And then the library was crazy busy since it had been closed for the last couple of days...but while we were waiting for computers to be free, we met this guy from Zimbabwe who just moved over here and is looking for work.  He just moved here by himself and is having a really hard time.  When I finally got on a computer, we watched the Because He Lives video together and then introduced him to the elders who were here emailing--he's in their area :( --and they are going over sometime this week!   John said that even though he didn't get to do what he needed to (it was too busy), he believes he came to the library for a reason, it was divine intervention.  I know that is true, and if we are paying attention, Heavenly Father will guide us to those who are seeking for the truth and for comfort.  Corisa sent me a quote today that I LOVE:

"Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there, and be prepared." Sister Clark.
If we do that, Heavenly Father will work through us to answer the prayers of others and bless all of His children, and it gives you the best feeling!  You are all the best examples to me of being ready and willing to serve those around you. 

I am the biggest fan of open communication.  It solves soo many problems that aren't really problems but get blown out of proportion because of miscommunication.  One night this week, things were just a wee bit tense between Sister Vaha'i and I--and I had no clue why.  I LOVE when you have a companion who will talk with you, because we were able to figure out what the problem was and how we could fix it, and get on the same page....I am working on being more kind and loving with my requests like, "can you look this up? or text this person?"  I'll ask without really thinking about it, which I decided I get from Dad ha.  But it was bothering her, and it never would have occurred to me that that would bug someone.  It's not something that I think anyone is really comfortable with (Communicating, I assume), it's something I've had to learn to do, and am still learning to do, but it really strengthens all relationships. 

Easter Monday isn't a public holiday over there is it?  Sad, but I can't remember. 

This is such a random email, but that's all folks.  Hope you have a great week!  I was reading something this morning by President Hinckley, I can't remember exactly how it went, but it was along the lines of, "be happy,  (something probably really insightful), it will all work out."  Good advice. 

We had family home evening last night with a less active member who had just learned on Sunday that Gordon B Hinckley passed away haha.  Oh, that sounded disrespectful, but it was really funny! 

Ok, computers gonna shut off.  Love you all!!!  Have a great week!

Sister Formica

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