Monday, April 27, 2015

Roadkill for dinner???

It is official, Whitney and Sister Kimball are companions again, this time working together as Sister Training Leaders.

This week has been great! 

Sometimes I still feel like I am a new missionary but then I realize that there are only a few sisters that have been here longer than me.  Time really is going by so fast.  I am in the second week of this transfer and will only have 3 more transfers.  I can't believe I will be home in about 5 months.

Sister Kimball and I are doing great and are happy to be serving together again. We went tracting a lot and we were able to find at least one potential a day since Wednesday! So pretty much we have ten potentials to follow up on! We also found this cute couple and found out that their son is a member but is less active and used to be married to one of the members in our branch and they used to have dinner with the missionaries before their son and listened to the messages.  They let us in and we shared the first vision with them and the Spirit was so strong! They said we could come back anytime and they also let us know where their son lives so we can visit him.

So, cool spiritual moment:  So every road that we picked to hit first were the ones that had solid potentials on it and with almost all of them we were able to share a small testimony wit them.  Also, this week in my studies I have been studying out of both the Book of Mormon and the New Testament and I love reading in the Book of Mormon and them testifying of Christ and that He would come and then reading about that He did come and the many things He taught and the miracles he performed.  Then I love looking at all of the amazing miracles and blessings of our day and seeing that He truly lives and that He is here! It is so amazing! The gospel is truly what brings you lasting joy, peace and happiness!  I can't imagine what my life would be like without it.  

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As you can see in the picture, my hair is long enough to put it in a ponytail. . . I don't think I like it and the members want me to get it cut back into and a-line.  What do you think.  (silly question!  She knows I love her sassy a-line)

I getting to know the members so much better now which makes me soooo happy.  They have become so generous.  We had quite a few meals with members this week.  Sunday we had lunch with this sweet family and then dinner with another awesome family.  They both stuffed us full of yummy food!  Then on Monday we had dinner with the branch mission leader and his family and found out that they are moving to Utah around West Valley in a few weeks!  On Tuesday we had dinner with another really sweet family, corn chowder and really yummy cupcakes!  On Thursday we had dinner with another family and they fed us buffalo.  On Friday we helped the branch mission leader's mom start cleaning up and packing and so she fed us lunch and later we had dinner with one of the recent converts and had shepherds pie...

So... as we started eating the member said this "hamburg" is fresh!  And I said, "Oh really? Is it from one of your cows?"  Se said, "Nope, it is deer.  We told __ to watch out for deer last night as he was driving but he didn't listen and ended up hitting one.  So __ went out to help him and the officer who was helping them out asked if anyone  wanted the deer for the meat so __ remembered you were coming so he said he would take it." The thought just ran through my head, Sister Collins, you are eating roadkill!  HAHA it was really good though. :)

On Saturday a member left a whole meal at the church for us to take home! It was a huge pan of enchiladas, brownies, ice cream and watermelon!!!  I have been craving Mexican food for months.  Oh, I like watermelon now!  Yep, it used to make me gag, but now I love it.  The blessings of being a missionary.  

Well, one way I can tell I have been out for a while is because all of my shoes are dying! My snow/rain boots that I wore all fall and throughout winter are dead and have oles in them.  It is so muddy right now that rain boots are a must.  I was talking to a new member and asking if they new of a place I could find some cheap replacement rain boots.  She told me of a place I could get some, but when I asked where it was she ignored the question and asked what my shoe size is and insisted she was going to get me new boots!  How sweet is that?!?!

Awkward moment:  The other morning at 6:30 we got locked out of our apartment.  I wasn't even wearing shoes, just socks!  For exercising we have to go to the basement because we are on the second floor and right above a little girl's bedroom.  The door we have to go through from our apartment automatically locks if it gets shut.  So we went down and I just wore socks because I didn't feel like wearing shoes and we were just going to be in the basement but then Sister Kimball accidentally shut the door to our apartment and we literally had no way to get back inside.  We tried to see if there was a close enough window - there wasn't. Then we tried to see if we could pick any of the locks with a bobbi-pin - we couldn't. Then we tried to see if the people below us were home to grab the number and use the phone to call the landlord - the weren't even home.  Then we tried the post office next door - the window was closed.  We decided to walk to our next door neighbors and they were home and awake! I explained to the guy who answered the door what happened and he said "so you need to use a phon? Of course, come on in!" Then I had to ask if there was a woman in the home because are actually missionaries but they couldn't tell because we didn't have our tags on and that it was a rule that we could only enter his home if there was a woman present.  Luckily, there was. They let us use their phone and we had to call the Augusta sisters because that was the only number that we could remember.  They gave us the senior Elder's number who is over the apartments and we called him.  He didn't have the number for the landlord, it was at the office.  It was going to take him an hour to get to the office. The people said it would be fine for us to hang out there and then the lady said, "I don't know if it would make you feel better or worse, but you could always card the door to break i." So we said we could do that and her husband offered to help as soon as he was done eating.  Luckily I know how to card a door and within like 5 seconds I was able to get the door opened with the card the let us borrow. . .(Ummm, I thing they need a deadbolt!!!)

Sorry, I had so much I wanted to tell you that I ran out of time to upload pictures.

I love you soooooo much and I hope that you have a great day/week.  Find time to do something fun!

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