January 22, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
January 8, 2017
We finally got our heater fixed on Friday, just as Texas started warming up, but we’re glad to have the house warm consistently again. We had zone Conference this week and my companion and I went on exchanges with our sister training leaders. I got to go to Temple, TX with my old companion, Sister Day and that was fun. I forgot to get a picture though. We spent the day knocking doors and making phone calls to clean out the records for the area. It was just like old times. I forgot to get a picture with her though. It was a bit of an odd week with the schedule thrown off because P-Day had been on a Tuesday. We had apartment inspections as well and the senior couple who inspects our apartment took us out to lunch because we never get to spend time with them and the other missionaries because we live so far away from everyone. On fast Sunday one of our investigators bore her testimony. It was so awesome and we have been so proud of the growth and changes we have seen her making in her life. Her future looks bright indeed. This week will also be a little off schedule wise, but it should still be good. Hope all is well with all of you!
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
January 2, 2017
Dear Friends and Family
It was an eventful week this week. Our heater broke Wednesday night just before this area had an unusual cold snap. We even got snow! We eventually got a bunch of space heaters, but we now know what cold carpet and cold beds feel like (not good). Our apartment is actually a duplex and an unusually large living arrangement for missionaries, so it takes awhile to Bro g up the heat once we leave the place. The night we discovered our heat was broken was an eventful one and involved us getting up a few times for different reasons, one of which was because our carbon monoxide detector went off (a hilarious story for another day). Turns out it was a false alarm. Still not sure why it went off.
We had a cool experience In which we tracted into a member whose records are not in the branch and he hasn’t been active in awhile. He said he and his daughter have been looking for a church to go to and that he would take our visit as a sign that he should try out the branch. We told him where the building was and when it started. He didn’t come, but we are hoping he will in a future week :) Our New Year’s eve and New Years Day were pretty typical days; we didn’t do anything to celebrate.
Hope everyone is safe and warm!
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
December 26, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
P-Day was moved to Tuesday this week and next week because of the various holidays. Christmas was really nice this year. We had a breakfast, lunch, and dinner appointment and were showered with love. Santa even dropped off a couple of stockings the night before. I guess because we don’t have a chimney, he had to leave it on our porch :) Also on Christmas Eve we got to decorate sugar cookies and have a visit with an investigator that involved hot chocolate and popcorn...yum!
This past week the city of Gatesville has been pretty sick. We knocked on their doors and many of them did sound terrible. One or two let us in and we almost wished that they did not. Almost. But by the grace of God and a good deal of hand sanitizer (because we know that there is no nutritional value whatsoever in a missionary’s diet at this time of the year), we have not gotten sick. It’s been quite wet lately, but that also means it stays warmer and we are grateful for that (and sweater tights).
I am grateful most of all for my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful that Heavenly Father loved us enough to send his Son into this world to suffer for our sins and to die for us so that we might be able to return to live with Him. His is the peace which passeth all understanding and it can be ours this holiday season as we contemplate the matchless gift that He is to us.
Monday, December 18, 2017
December 18, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
Transfer news is in and I will be spending a third transfer here in Gatesville with Sister Chambers. We’re pretty excited because we’ve been invited to the homes of several members on Christmas and it should be a really good day. The weather has been nice here in Gatesville, mostly staying in the 60s. We’ve been working with some good people and have definitely felt the Spirit of the season as those in the branch have reached out to serve and take care of those around them.
This week we had our Mission Christmas party. We watched the movie ‘Errand of Angels’, made gingerbread houses, and had a talent show in which the elders were the primary participants. They looked like they enjoyed themselves immensely.
I hope everyone has taken the chance to look around them and find someone who could use a little more cheer in their lives and have sought to fill that need. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that our efforts to reach out to others are precious to him. Merry Christmas!