Monday, December 26, 2016

Letter #23 - Happy New Years

December 26, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

This week was exciting. So many of you reached out to me and made me
feel loved, so thank you! On Tuesday we had a mission fireside for
Christmas. It was more of a party though. We got to watch a movie (One
Dollar Christmas) and had lunch, and then a pipe broke in the church.
So we all had to evacuate and we watched a ceiling come down and the
fire department came. It was all very exciting. Needless to say, the
festivities were cut short.

Christmas Eve was spent with the Checketts family. For dinner we had
Swedish meatballs. We read Luke 2 and opened stockings! They are so
good to us. For Christmas we had dinner with the Andersons and then
the Penningtons. They were all so kind and made us feel welcome,
loved, and included us in all their festivities.

It wasn't a big teaching week. Most people were busy and with family,
which is good and bad. It's an iPad week, so this is it haha. Have a
great week and a Happy New Years!

Sister Prue

Christmas Skype

December 25, 2016

So happy to get to talk to Sister Prue on Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Letter #22 - Merry Christmas

December 19, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

This past week was awesome. We were able to do so much service and a lot of it was pretty fun. On Tuesday we went tracting and on Wednesday we went to the same area to do more tracting. We passed by someone we had talked to the day before while she was raking her leaves and we offered to help. She accepted our offer and so we ran off to get our service clothes, changed in her bathroom and raked leaves for about an hour before she had to pick up her grandkids. I think it helped soften her heart. We were able to learn a little bit more about her and her difficult circumstances and then bear testimony of God's love for her. 
Another service we did this week was to sing to some people at an assisted care center. We sang with about four other companionships of sister missionaries. The pastor there even let us sing in the church where the acoustics were amazing. It was a blessing and gift to us to be able to hear ourselves bear testimony of the Savior through song and it really brought the Spirit. It was a neat experience. 
We were also able to ring bells for Salvation Army this year. We rang bells for two hours and opened doors for the people coming in and out of the mall. Sometimes you don't know what muscles you have until you make them sore, haha! 
On Saturday we had an entire day of tracting ahead of us, but it was getting cold and quickly dropped from the 50s to the 20s. There was also a wind advisory out. We had planned on 70 degree weather since that was what was in the forecast and that is what we had dressed for. We live too far away from home to return once we have left for the day. Heavenly Father was merciful however, and after a prayer we were able to schedule four or five appointments to visit people for that day. It was a miracle and sign to me of my Father's awareness of me and love for me. We were able to stay out of the wind and Sister Wallace even gave us some fantastic hot chocolate.

I hope that you have been able to see Heavenly Father's hand in your life as you have reached out to others - to serve and love and care for your brothers and sisters. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for your love and support. I am so blessed. 

John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 
Merry Christmas!
Sister Prue

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Letter #21 - Transfer #4

December 12, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

I am staying a fourth transfer here in Denton, so my address will
remain the same:

I'm fairly content with this. Yesterday we had an awesome fireside
called 'An evening of Christmas Joys' which had all the instruments
and choir caroling and musical wonders that accompany this time of
year. It was good and up to the standards set for me at BYU.
I had a great exchange with my STL, Sister Foster. We taught a bunch
of lessons and the Lord blessed us abundantly on a day that looked
like it would be full of tracting. AND we got to decorate Sister
Wallace's Christmas tree. So all my dreams came true. It did get cold
this week. I got to tract for several hours in 34 degree weather. I'm
going to have to learn what tights are...

Sorry this letter is so short. I'm on the iPad and am sick, so my
stamina is nonexistent.

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, December 5, 2016

Letter #20 - #LIGHTtheWORLD

December 5, 2016

Dear Friends and Family, 

Thanks for sharing your #LIGHTtheWORLD experiences with me! Last Monday we had two appointments set up with a different member going with us to each one. Neither one of them worked out, so we took the members out tracting with us (lucky them ;))! I think each had a good experience as we went around at night sharing the #LIGHTtheWORLD video with others. We even made a return appointment with a couple of people. Missionary work really does accelerate when the members and missionaries work together, even if it is just out pounding the pavement! I am grateful for all of the ways that our members have served us. Sister Hovenier's birthday was yesterday and our dinner appointment cancelled. Another member stepped up though and made us dinner and even whipped up a special birthday treat for my companion. 

This week we also had the ward Christmas party which consisted of a waffle breakfast followed by a nativity put on by the primary and then a service project. We made blankets, hygiene kits, busy bags, and block toys for the children who are taken by CPS (child protective services) in the Denton area. The blankets took the longest to tie and so everyone ended up working on those together at the end. It was such a Christmas sight to see everyone happily talking, laughing, and working together to make the blankets. It truly warmed my heart. Also there was a surprise visit by the three wise men at the end :)

Here is some of the service that I was involved in this week: 
Dog walking for an older woman
Visited a lonely widow on her birthday
Cleaned the church bathroom
Helped work on mailings for the local soup kitchen
Helped set up and take down for the ward Christmas party

I hope you continue to look for ways to serve one another as the busy Christmas season comes to engulf us. If you aren't feeling the Spirit of Christmas, then you are doing it wrong! ;)


Sister Prue

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Letter #19 - Fall is finally here

November 28, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

Did you see the #LIGHTtheWORLD video? Great, huh? We started using it yesterday in our tracting. We went to a trailer park for an hour and a half, and people didn't even open their doors that whole time, just maybe four or five. It was actually pretty unnerving. After over an hour, we finally said a prayer asking for direction to someone who we could talk to. We ended up finding a high schooler and talking to him and his friend. We showed them the video and we were able to make a return appointment with one of them after having a short conversation about how he has seen God's hand in his life. It was pretty cool, and I don't think we would have been able to have that conversation or make that return appointment if we hadn't had that video to show him. It really brought the Spirit and made an environment conducive to the conversation we had with him. 

It's finally looking like fall here. The leaves are falling and changing colors. The weather has been in the 50s-60s. I'm wearing my winter coat. We had our Thanksgiving meal with about 15 other people at the church and it was fun. We played Apples to Apples with a few others. Not sure if that's allowed, but it happened. Also, I've had a question or two about the Peppermint Soap. It's good. Not as strong as I would have liked, but when I really think about it, it's probably the right strength for hand soap. It makes me happy. ALSO. Sugar Cookie Pringles. You can get them from Wal-Mart. It is a bizarre experience, but one that I think is worth having. Especially if you like sugary/salty things together. 

Things I'm Looking Foward To: 
Decorating Sister Wallace's Christmas Tree

Sister Prue

Monday, November 21, 2016

Letter #18 - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

This week at zone conference we got to see the video that the church will be releasing on November 25th for their Christmas initiative #LIGHTtheWORLD. It is a good one. I really really enjoyed it. Starting on Dec.1st they are encouraging 25 acts of service. They will also be releasing an advent calendar where each days gives a way that we can be more like Jesus with very simple ways of working towards that particular way. It was really cool and I would encourage you all to participate this year. I will hopefully be getting to do stuff as a missionary and will write about it in my letters. 

This week I also got the flu. Despite my best efforts and a flu shot several weeks ago. I spent all day and night of day one in bed. The second day I spent about half the day in bed, and the other half deciding whether I should try eating or not. I slept soundly the whole second night. Then day three was Sunday so we just did our regular church meeting/ ward council at 7AM thing. So luckily it didn't last a long time. 

This week for Thanksgiving, we will be going to a ward Friendsgiving potluck. It is the fifth year they have held it and last year about 60 people attended. It's for all the people in the community that don't have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving, so it should be a nice little event. 

Things I was Thankful for this week: 
A companion who made me soup and gave me extra blankets
Concerned ward members

Christ is the light of the world. Our lives are filled with the Spirit was as we focus on and give gratitude to Him. He is the reason that the holiday season is so bright and enjoyable. Make him your focus as you serve and celebrate and the coming weeks will be filled with peace that comes from the Spirit. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!  

Sister Prue

Letter #17 - Peppermint Hand Soap

November 14, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

This week has probably been my best week yet out in the field. Lots of good stuff happening here. Sunday was stake conference and I really liked the stake president's talk. He called it worse, worser, worst :) He talked about how bad days are really just small tests from the Lord that help us assess how Christ-like we are becoming. We are able to see how we treat others and handle situations when we are annoyed and frustrated and things just aren't going our way. Then we have worser and worst days when we are hit with longer and more serious trials that are opportunities for us to build our faith and grow. Anyways, now any day I have a bad day I'm going to think about how I'm measuring up. I thought it was a nice perspective to get through those inevitable bad days. 

Last week we received a little ring of paper where each day we write something we are grateful for that day. Mine have included: Peppermint Hand Soap, Sister Hovenier, Appointments after dark (it gets dark around 6, and we have to be out until 9), Warm weather (it's getting to the 50s now, but we still are having warm days), and Soup made by members (my companion got sick and then I got it, but not nearly as bad)

One day after dark we were looking for someone we might be able to visit, and we weren't sure who to go to, so we said a prayer. One of the names that popped into my head was of a less active member who has been impossible to find at home. I disregarded the idea and we started heading to another member's house. As we were driving, a car was tailgaiting me and I couldn't figure out which street to turn down and I couldn't slow down in order to do so, so I ended up missing the right turn, at which point the car went around me. I decided to turn on the next street so that I could pull over and figure out where we were. Where were we? Lo and behold we were on the street of the person whose name popped into my head, and so at that point I knew what was going on. We went and of course the person was home and we were able to make an appointment for later that week. We visited them and it was great. The end. The Lord helps us repent even when we are unwise and don't follow his advice the first time. 

Things I'm looking forward to this week: 
Using the peppermint hand soap we bought
Zone conference

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, November 7, 2016

Letter #16 - Fall is finally here!

November 7, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

Wednesday was transfer day, and I now have a new companion: Sister Hovenier (for those of you who speak spanish pronounced: joven-ir). She is wonderful and I love her already. She is a convert of about 3 years and has a beautiful testimony of how the gospel changes lives and makes us happier! She is from Washington state, but hates the colder weather we've been having (it has now dipped into the 60s and is rainy again.) She is so kind to me and I really appreciate the way she prays for me and our companionship. I think we will be able to do great things together in this area. I am now the driver in this area, and things have gone pretty well in that department. I did get lost one day, but Sister Hovenier has a GPS, so we were able to get back to our area safe and sound. 

Yesterday was the first day that I felt that the holiday season is finally upon us. We had a Relief Society Lesson on gratitude and I got the warm fuzzies commonly associated with this time of the year. We also had pie for dessert at Bishop's house. Yum. As always, I love the members here and they are probably what I am most grateful for this week. 

Sorry this is so short, but I hope to have some good stories for you next week!

Sister Prue 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Letter #15 - Another Transfer in Denton

October 31, 2016

Dear Family and Friends, 

Well transfer calls came this morning and I will be spending another transfer here, and my companion is going to another area. The weather remains nice here (it's been mid 80s all week), so I'm not sad to stay. I know my new companion (I've talked to her on several occasions), but I cannot spell her name, so more on that next week. 

This past week we went on exchanges with our sister training leaders This time I stayed in Denton while my companion went to the other area. Because I was staying in the area, I got to drive for the first time in over three months. As such, we spent most of our time together in the car trying to figure out how to get to places. I'm not sure who will be driving this next transfer, but it was really good practice. I know that I at least know how to get to the church and home, which is comforting because it's pretty far out. 

Today is Halloween. We've been told not to go tracting, but we can still do other normal missionary activities. I'll be hanging out with the ward at our Trunk-Or-Treat activity. The ward is combining with two other wards and the missionaries are in charge of the popcorn booth and judging some contests. It should be fun. For P-Day all the missionaries are planning on getting together and carving pumpkins, so that should be fun.  

I hope all of you are well!

Love, Sister Prue

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Letter #14 - Scripture Power!

October 24, 2016

Dear Family and Friends, 

This week was a good week. One thing that I've really enjoyed doing since I've been out here is taking members on exchanges with us who have never been out with missionaries. I love it because I know I would have been uncomfortable doing exactly what they are doing and yet they are leaving their comfort zones just to help us out. And I like having another beginner out there with me. Unfortunately I think in every instance our appointment has cancelled, but all of them have been willing to go out and do some running around with us and have ended up having a positive experience that has helped build their testimony and my testimony. I am so grateful for the members here!
We had some good experiences with some less active members that we decided to try talking to. We had never heard of most of them, but were able to share a message with all of them and one of them even told us that God had sent us to her in her time of need. She even asked us for a return appointment! It felt really good to know that maybe we are doing something right and are being led by the Spirit even if we didn't recognize it at the time. Also being built: my testimony of the back-up plan. These experiences were only made possible because we had come up with a back up plan for an appointment we had set. We are always supposed to have a back-up plan, but it's something I'm not very good at doing. We're getting better though!
We also were able to hand out more copies of the Book of Mormon than we have been handing out lately and these have been quality placements. The recipients have been reading them and one of them that we followed up with has really enjoyed it so far. They are feeling the Spirit that comes into their lives as they read the Book of Mormon and they hunger for more. I know that the Book of Mormon has been a great source of comfort and strength to me out on my mission and I am grateful to have had experiences in the past that let me bear witness of it's power in our lives as I teach others. 

ALSO- Next Monday I find out if I will be transferred or not. Transfers are on Nov. 2nd, so I wouldn't send any mail from now until I let you know where I will be next transfer. For some reason the mail has been slower than usual in getting to me. Thanks :)

Sister Prue

Monday, October 17, 2016

Letter #13 - Mission Tour

October 17, 2017

This week was exciting because we got to hear from Elder Kim B. Clark.  I think one of the things that I and my companion took away from the experience is that we need to be committed to our investigators. When we commit them to doing something then we need to be committed to helping them keep their commitments. My companion and I took that to heart during weekly planning the following day. We talked about our commitment level to the people that we have been trying to get in contact with. We talked about some of the things we need to do in order to show and be committed to helping them succeed and receive the restored gospel. I also enjoyed what was said about love being a gift from God and that we need to pray as well as act in order to have that love for those we interact with. I have been praying for an increase in love for my companion as well as those that we meet while out and about. Another thing I learned from the meeting is that God really does want us to do better and he lets us know how, but he never does it in a way that discourages us. The Lord and his servants always encourage. The Spirit encourages and inspires us to do better. He doesn't demand or demean. I have also been working on trying to talk to everyone, even if it is just a hello. The more I practice, the more comfortable I become and the closer I move toward making bigger improvements. I love you all and hope you are well! Thanks for all the support :)

Sister Prue

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Letter #12 - Short and Sweet

October 10, 2016

It's another holiday, which means typing on my iPad, which means I'm
going to keep it short. Yesterday marked two months in Texas. Crazy.
This week we will have a conference with Elder Kim B. Clark, which is
cool because he is the former president of BYU-I and used to be in my
ward. We also will have a few other meetings, so it will be lighter on
typical missionary work. We've been working more and more with the
members and one day we went on a four hour exchange with one of the
counselors in the bishopric and his wife. We worked on the ward's
search and rescue list. We knocked on houses to try and locate the
member, although in these cases we already knew they didn't live there
any longer, so another step was to talk to their neighbors to see if
anyone knew where they went. Our ward receives bread donations from
Panera bread and so we took bread with us when we went to talk to the
neighbors and we left bread with them. We were able to teach a lesson
along the way and we also bumped into someone at one of the addresses
who is looking for a church. It was a good experience and the ward
hopes to continue to utilize us in this way. I've also been working on
reading the General conference talks. Mostly I read priesthood
session's talks. They were all ready good. I liked the one about the
Book of Mormon and also President Utchdorf's talk about Alma and
Amulek. Anyway, hopefully a longer letter next week. Have a great
Love, Sister Prue

Monday, October 3, 2016

Letter #11 - Conference Weekend is the Best

October 3, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

General conference has always been a highlight in my life, but as a missionary it is even better. It's interesting to see how the apostles and other leaders teach the principles that we as missionaries are supposed to be teaching every day. And there were a ton of really good talks about missionary work, so that's always a bonus :) I liked what Elder Rasband talked about when he said that we need to record the spiritual experiences we have, so that when times get tough, we can look back at them and remember the feelings and experiences we have had with the Spirit. They told us that at the MTC and said we should be recording specific experiences to look back at when things got tough in the field. Conference does significantly reduce the time you spend out tracting and doing regular missionary work though. However, it is nice to break up the routine every once in awhile.

This week my companion and I got to have the mission president observe our companionship study. It was fun to have him and his wife study with us. They were able to offer suggestions for the lessons we were planning for the people we were going to meet with that day. They were more participants than observers, which was nice. Thanks for all the letters and e-mails this week! It's always nice to hear from all of you and see and hear about the changes that are happening in your lives!

Sister Prue

Monday, September 26, 2016

Letter #10 - Area Book Goals

September 26, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

This past week, my companion and I spent a lot of time visiting less actives in the ward and cleaning out our area book. The area book is a record of all the people we visit and what we have been teaching and what they still need to learn/do before they can get baptized. I'm still not sure how things worked on paper, but our book has probably over 100 active "potential investigators". So we've been taking time to visit all of these people and find out if they are interested in meeting with missionaries (again). Unfortunately a lot of them aren't home and we have to find time to go back/get in touch. We do a lot of phone calling/texting as well. If they aren't interested, then we "drop" them and know that we don't have to spend time teaching/staying in contact. Our hope is that by the end of the transfer, whatever missionaries are in the area will know who we are working with and how they've progressed. It's a never ending cycle however as we continue to add to the list as we are out and about. You enter in anyone that you've taught a lesson to. Visiting less actives has been successful as well and ward council has been pleased with the people we have been able to visit and teach. Ideally we want to link members to our less actives and investigators, so that when we are gone, they will still have a support system. 

One of our members has been great and has taken one of our investigators to three church activities. The first was a "Sunshine Sisters" activity, which is an activity for all the 60+ year olds (or maybe 70+?). The second was Women's session of General Conference. The third was an awesome fireside called the "Why I Believe" fireside. This month's fireside was mostly musical numbers, but typically recent converts come and talk about why they joined the church. At the end of yesterday's fireside we had a missionary who just came out and who is a convert come and bear her testimony and then we had another missionary who is a recent convert speak about his conversion story. The spirit was very strong and it was a great event. Unfortunately this investigator has yet to come to church, but we're hoping the experiences that she is having with us is building her faith in Christ and building in her a desire to come. Until next time!

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, September 19, 2016

Letter #9 - Two Months, Tomorrow

September 19. 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

Tomorrow will mark two months since I got to the MTC. I wish I could say that I'm amazed at how fast time has gone by, but I haven't hit that point yet. #missiongoals. One thing I'm building a testimony of is that the Lord is in the details. I'm constantly amazed at how the members who go on transfers with us are the exact people that those we visit need to talk to and have contact with. It's amazing how the members are able to help meet the needs of those we visit. I have seen it time and time again as I have served here. The members here have been great to work with and have given freely of their time and resources to make missionary work possible in this area. We are always so blessed when the members involve themselves in our lives and in our work. If you ever have the opportunity to help out the missionaries or to go out on exchanges with them, do so! (Also, for those who might not know - Exchanges are when members come out with us and visit investigators or do whatever work with us that we have planned for that amount of time). Also, for you sisters out there, make sure to hug the sister missionaries when you see them. We need those hugs and support! 

On Friday we had a meeting for all the new missionaries and their trainers. The trainers were trained for a bit while the new missionaries had a Q and A with President Whitney. The stake center was over an hour away, so driving plus the meeting took most of the day. It's always nice when we get a chance to interact with the mission president. President Whitney is all about getting back to the basics and sticking to the rules and programs that the church has established for the missionaries and not adding to that for the most part. It's been really nice. He's a sweet man and just wants us to do our best. He's been a comforting mission president to have and it's nice to know that he and his wife are still learning just like we are. 

2 Nephi 2:24 "But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things." 


Sister Prue

Monday, September 12, 2016

Letter #8 - Ready, Set, Go!

September 12, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

I hate coming up with subject lines, it's probably the worst part of P-Day. Anyway, my companion and I had a really good day yesterday, because we finally have figured out what we are supposed to be doing here. It only took us four and a half weeks to do that. Luckily we should be here for another transfer because she is still training me. We met with the bishop and the spirit really thrives when we counsel with one another. Ward council, zone council, I love it. We had both this week and I learned so much from each one. The bishop told the ward council of the question that the stake president had asked him. In essence, it was "What is the desire of my heart concerning missionary work in this ward?" It was something that I hadn't asked myself and so I took the time to do so during church and throughout the day. We had dinner at the Bishop's house (tacos-my favorite) and afterward talked to him about what his vision for the work in this ward was. While he was talking, I found that my desires lined up with his own. I think a lot of what we are going to be doing in this area is to strengthen the ward and really reach out to the less active families here, a lot of which are part member families. There is so much we can do with what we already have. Of course we will continue to find and teach new investigators, but we are planning on shifting our focus quite a bit. 

Another opportunity we had this week was to attend a regional conference that was on Religious Freedom and what we can do to protect that. Elder Oaks was the keynote speaker (unfortunately he was at a stake center other than our own and we just watched the broadcast)  and he spoke on some of the doctrine/principles and then we heard from various other leaders who gave us more practical advice in how to have conversations with those around us about religious freedom and what that means and why it is important to protect. They also launched a new website that day: It was two hours long, but they talked to us about some good stuff including what currently is and isn't threatening our religious freedom. 

This week I've seen God answer my prayers, maybe not in the way that I expected Him to, but he has all the same. He also will give us multiple chances to learn the same lesson if we don't learn it the first time, haha. He makes up the difference when we try to do his will, but sometimes fall short. I know that He loves each and every one of us and is aware of our struggles and pains. He wants us to be happy, but getting there isn't always easy. I love you all and hope you're doing well. I love hearing from you :)


Sister Prue

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Letter #7 - Member Monday

September 5, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

This one is going to be a short one since the libraries are closed and
I'm typing this in the most agonizing way on my iPad. I'm not
complaining though :) This week we've had some great experiences with
building a better relationship with the members, which I think I
mentioned is me and my companion's transfer goal. We took a member who
had never worked with the missionaries before on exchanges and she had
a really good experience. Her mom later told us that she had been
worried about going, but that she ended up having a great time. The
member even mentioned her experience during fast and testimony meeting
and there were also many other blessings we saw from that one
experience alone. We had another experience where someone called and
wanted to reconnect with missionaries. We brought members along with
us to that too and they were just the people that the woman needed to
talk to. The Lord needs all of our talents and what we have to offer
to help others. It was amazing to see how we were able to help bring
them together.

My personal transfer goal is to ask better questions, so I put
together a notebook with a principle from each one of the lessons on
its own page. Then during personal or companionship study we
brainstorm what questions would better help us teach that principle.
It has been a very enjoyable exercise. I also try to think of personal
experiences that I can use while talking about that principle. I also
am sure to write down questions that I am directed by the Spirit to
ask when I am actually teaching a lesson because, of course those are
the best kind :)

I hope you are all enjoying your three day weekend!

Sister Prue

Monday, August 29, 2016

Letter #6 - Blue Skies

August 29, 2016

Dear Family and Friends, 

One of the things I've enjoyed on my mission so far is the service that we do at the local soup kitchen. We've worked on mailings, distributed food, and been on dish duty. Mostly we're on dish duty, but it's actually pretty fun, so I enjoy doing that. They have this automatic industrial dish washer that fascinates me, and my companion and I are usually on the dish drying side of things aka we get the easy part, haha. I also like working on mailings because...mail. I love mail. People would probably consider it junk mail though, so that's not as fun for them. We're supposed to be doing 10 hours of service a week, and an ideal week would get us 6 hours of service at the soup kitchen, but we haven't had an ideal week yet. A lot of times a meeting will fall on at least one of our scheduled times there. 

Our last P-Day was fun. We got to explore downtown Denton a little bit. My companion needed to get her hair cut, and one of the members in another ward was nice enough to cut it herself at a salon down there where she works. We then went to an ice cream shop nearby and the girl said the ice cream was on her! The people here are so good to us. One of the members caters BBQ and so having dinner at his house was amazing. He then sent us home with all the leftovers! Also, Pokemon Go is alive and well here and all the shops downtown try to encourage trainers to stop at their business. I've been having fun taking pictures of all Pokemon related advertisements. Pictures to come. 

This week was also the first time that I had the chance to go on companion exchanges with the STLs (Sister Training Leaders). It was fun because I got to go to the other area and see a new part of Texas. I think the city was called Trophy House. I had a lot of fun running around with Sister McCann. She had only been in the area for a couple of weeks so she was as new to her area and I was to mine. I'm glad it was her and not me, haha. Apparently they often have the greenie take a STL around their area. 

The weather continues to be very nice and stays in high 80s to 90s. I'm thrilled about that. I also found out that our mission currently has 198 missionaries. I also had my first Zone Conference and it was good to hear from the mission president. I'm still getting to know the missionaries here - there isn't a lot of time to meet and get to know them. I'll have my second district meeting this week and that's where I'm finding we have the most chance to get to know each other. I am however, getting to know the members better and better and that has been fun. We have a great ward. 

Love, Sister Prue

Monday, August 22, 2016

Letter #5 - One Month

August 22, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

As of the 20th, I have been gone for one month now! I forgot to bring along the list of questions people wanted me to answer, so I'm sorry about that. I do remember that lots of people wanted to hear about my companion, Sister Harbour. She just turned 20, has red hair, and is from the Nashville, TN area. She likes Harry Potter, and we had one slightly awkward visit where we were at a house where the Olympics was on TV and then as soon as we looked down, we saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It felt like there was nowhere to look, haha. Temptation everywhere! It was pretty funny though. 

Everyone here has a dog. Sis. H calls them the Texas doorbell, and that's pretty much true. About half of them are friendly and the other half are not, so I'm developing a bit of a fear of them. Sis. H is fearless though and says you just need to tell them who the boss is (that's me, I guess). She has already taken a bite for me, so I'm grateful to have her around in those situations.  

This week there has been a ton of rain! One of the members guessed that it was about four inches. It makes it a little harder to get out there, and sometimes it makes the roads quite dangerous, but it has brought the temperature down quite a bit and I have been grateful for that. It's been around the 80s and that has been heaven for me and really cold for my companion. I sincerely hope that 80 never becomes "cold" to me. 

We met with the investigator who came to church last Sunday and she said she loved the sense of community we had. She had been reading the Book of Mormon and made it past the first book of Nephi. I had given a talk that Sunday and she was very impressed that we had women speak at the pulpit, so that was cool. She was going to come this past Sunday, but she ended up moving the day before, and now I think she might have moved out of our mission boundaries. She was really awesome though and I hope she continues to learn more in her new area. We are also beginning to meet with several less actives in the ward. 

Love, Sister Prue