October 2013

I found out I am being transferred this week but I don’t know where yet.  I will find out tomorrow. 
This week has had it’s ups and downs. Monday we saw one of our investigators Kim. She is so sweet. We talked about the restoration with her. Our intention was to finish it…but that didn’t happen all the way. We were talking about having prophets in each dispensation. She started asking about Joseph Smith so our lesson kind of jumped ahead. Eventually I recited the First Vision and it was so neat to see the look on her face. You could see that she knew this was real. The whole first lesson always goes back to how much our Heavenly Father loves us and it was so neat to see in her face that she know Heavenly Father loves her. It was cool. I of course lost it, but it was really neat. 
       Tuesday was not the best day. I didn’t feel very good. 
       Wednesday we say Sister Whitcomb. She’s really neat. We went visiting teaching with Holly Hartwell. Sister Hartwell is so funny. She has taken us out to lunch a few times. She is the biggest red sox fan, which is really weird, but I don’t say anything. She does a paper route and did not get any sleep, but after she dropped us off she said, “I sleep later the red sox are playing tonight!” She’s so funny. I’m going to miss Sister Hartwell. 
 
Thursday we met with Brother Lassen. He always makes us so much food to take home! Every time we have visited him he makes a goodie for us to eat, then sends us home with a ton of food. This week he made us coconut custard pie. It was really yummy! After Brother Lassen we met with Sharleen. I felt so bad. We asked her to read some scriptures, but she didn’t know how to look them up. I felt so bad! She’s so sweet though. She was a referral from a member in the ward. After every visit she calls Sis. Donovan and tells her how much she enjoyed our visit. She is so sweet. She always says, “God bless” a lot when we leave. She’s really sweet. 
 
Friday we met with the Pecors. Doug and Jackie are so wonderful! There little boy calls me Hoff. He’s only 2. On Sunday Doug passed the sacrament for the first time and gave his first talk. It was the perfect Sunday to end on. After Doug and Jackie we met with Stephen. A recent convert Rob came with us. Rob did so good! That was his first time coming with us. It was really fun to see Rob be able to help Stephen. 
 
One Saturday we got to go to the Rayburn’s baptism. Their Grandma was the one who brought us packages. It was really fun. Little Nathan was so excited!
 
Yesterday was really good. It was hard saying goodbye to a lot of people, but I know I’ll see them again. This ward is really great! After church we went to Sister Terres house for dinner. She is always so good to us. She drives us every where and does so hard to help everyone. She’s the relief society president for the last 3 years but has only been a member for 5. She does a great job. After dinner we met with Rob and Sister Mann. We talked about how the Provo tabernacle was burned but then turned into a temple and then we carved pumpkins. It was really fun! 
 
Today Sister Burkholder is coming down to Littleton to make dresses with us. She makes these dresses for women in the ward and we’re making them with her, but we need to finish mine today. 
 
There’s a little bit of what we did this week. I have been feeling a little better. I think the change will be good for me. I will miss this area though. 
 

Monday, October 7th (Our 41st anniversary-what better gift than to have a missionary daughter)

So on Tuesday, Brother Calkins called us and told us to stop by this house he was excavating a shed at. We stopped by and we got to see him fold a frame of a bus like it was rubber. It was really cool! We got to sit in his tractor thing and then we got to sit in his diesel truck and I got to pull the horn! It was really fun. Well we also met the lady who lived there. We talked to her about how the church runs because her son took a class from our Bishop at Lyndon State, but didn’t understand how he was a bishop and a professor. She was really nice. We’re going to stop by her again soon. 
On Wednesday we got to celebrate Stephen’s two year anniversary of him being alcohol free! It was fun we had hamburgers and hot dogs and then had a lesson around the fire pit. The Larsons and Donovans (they’re related) call it the party mound. Then we got to enjoy s’mores. Those are always nice!
Thursday we had interviews with President Stoker. He asked how I was doing and I just kind of told him everything. I told him how I feel. He told me something very similar to what my mom always says. He told me, “You’re a great missionary, I just wish you could see that.” That phrasing sounded a little familiar. Sorry I’m not telling you this to brag, I just thought it was ironic how it was the same phrasing you usually use. Anyway I did feel a little better after interviews. 
Conference was wonderful! I really enjoyed all of it. I don’t know if there was one in particular talk that I liked over the others. I received a blessing last night before we went home and I was told to look over my notes to see what I should do. So at least I know I have the answer, I just hope I recognize it. 
Thank you for the package! I really like the necklace and earrings Sarah sent even if it was a joke. Thank you for the pictures and cookies, and taffy. It was perfect. 
Happy Anniversary! 
 
I asked Jessica about the weather and upcoming transfers – she asked me to send out her warm clothing.  I asked her if she wanted to wait until after transfers to see if she might be transferred to an area that is not as cold.  Here is her reply – I kind of had to laugh-my mother grew up in the East and always told me how cold it was, I should have known better.  Anyway, I loved Jessica’s response:  “There’s no where warm here. Sadly. I think my mission goes down to the NH coast, but I’m not sure. We have lake Winapasakee (that’s really spelled wrong) from the movie What About Bob! But no there’s no such thing as warm weather out here. Even the beaches are freezing. They were cold until the middle of June.
She is sad that the ice cream stores are all closing – but yeah the candy store is open. They have peachy penguins which is good. Those and sour watermelons are her favorites.
 
So, there it is, another week for an amazing missionary – I prefer not to dwell on the frustrations, just the joys (ok, and the amazing potentially freezing weather).  While the trials are probably the most important part of the journey, and they are the reason for the incredible growth one experiences throughout a mission, it is the results and successes we prefer to report.  Love to all, Mom

October Conference Weekend

I love conference weekend, it is so wonderful to receive inspiring words from our Prophet – it is also a good weekend to catch up on things (like your daughter’s blog)  I love having a missionary out – I love every time I hear other faithful members pray for the missionaries.  I love that they, along with me, ask Heavenly Father to bless them as they serve diligently – sharing His message,

Here are the last few emails from Jessica – there may be some overlap, better than omissions, I guess:

Not much has really changed here. We have an investigator Doug who is so ready to get baptized. He is getting baptized on September 14. His wife is a less active member who just realized one day that they need to go to church. They’re great. Every time we teach him something new he just tells us it makes sense. They always ask us if we need food or anything. They’re so great. 

Sister Mann is wonderful! She is the young women president who takes us everywhere. She drives us with her to church on Sunday and on Wednesday for scripture study. It works out because she always drives up there. I love talking with her. She’s an elementary teacher, but right now she’s the reading specialist. I love talking to her about different books. She always asks us questions on our way out to church like, what are five things in your dream house? if you could be one Disney princess what would it be? What are your three favorite traits about yourself? She’s really fun. 

 

This week was good. You and Dad probably won’t get a letter this week. We’re having district pday, which means we’re getting together with the 2 sets of Elders in our area and playing games or doing something. I’m not quite sure yet. Anyway I won’t have time to write you guys this week. Sorry!

This week we got to go down to the Joseph Smith Memorial again. Bro. Gregory (a recent convert) suggested that The Pecor’s go down to it. So Sister Jackman and I, the Pecor’s, and the Gregory’s went down to the JSM on Saturday. When we come back here we’ll have to make sure one of the senior couples shows us around. It was still really good. It’s really pretty down there.   (I love that Jessica is talking about when we go out there) 

We have transfer calls this week, so we find out if either of us are staying in Littleton or if we’re getting transferred. I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere, but Sister Jackman feels like she could be transferred. In the end anything could happen. We find out on Saturday though. I can’t believe another 6 weeks has already passed. (this was almost a month ago, new transfers will be coming up soon)

This week has been a little hard knowing my friends were all starting school. I really miss school, but I’m fine now. The leaves are changing already. It’s really strange.

Hmm what are some highlights from this week? Doug Pecor received the priesthood, I went to Newport, VT on exchange and tried maple syrup on pizza, we found a new investigator, Sharleen, I stunned our investigator John because I could flip right to Matt. 3 where the Savior was baptized (he reads the King James Bible, but didn’t he know Christ was baptized), the Relief Society broadcast was really good, but Pres. Monson looked old for the first time, we taught relief society, we have a hole in our cupboard from mice (we have a cookie sheet blocking it, which is held up by a pot), and I got a churro from taco bell on Thursday which was really good. Those are really the exciting things that have happened. 

I love the investigator stories but I also love the real life stories, everyone should have a mouse adventure to share for posterity.  So happy ‘last day of conference’ to you all – It is still hard to believe that it was a whole year ago that this wonderful ‘missionary adventure’ began.  What an exciting year this has been – and now to this new year – I shall tell you my goal is to post every week from now on – we shall see.  Jessica, as you read this next year when you get home – I love you so much!!!!!