Catch up – Again

Sorry I am so slow – unlike Joseph Smith, I had to go back and see where I left off.  July 21st, that is so embarrassing, over a month.  Oh well, here you go:   If some of this is a repeat – I am sorry for that too.

On Wednesday we went to go contact a less active member that Brother Parker home teaches. Well, she moved, but we found this little neighborhood that we had never seen before. It was really cool. We spent some time down there tracting. We didn’t find anyone who was very interested, but we were happy to find a new little part of our area.

We also met with Debbie, Allen and Aaron that day. They’re so funny. They all live in the same apartment complex. We taught the Plan of Salvation with Brother Colby. He reminds me of Dad. Him and his wife joined the church about 5 years ago. Before our lesson we were talking about how to invite the three of them to be baptized. We got to our lesson late and slightly frazzled so we did a terrible job preparing Brother Colby for the lesson. Luckily he just went along with it all. At the end he bore a powerful testimony about eternal families and eternal families. Sister Tyler jumped in on that and brought up baptism, then I asked them the baptismal invitation. They said they want to be baptized, but are confused why they would need to be baptized again. Our lesson had already ran on too long so we set up an appointment to talk about it on Friday. Sadly we haven’t gotten a hold of them since Wednesday. We’re hoping everything’s okay. It’s not like them to cancel on us. For some reason we kept getting our times and days mixed up with each other. Boo!

We got to garden with Brother Gratton again this week. I am becoming the expert bug squisher! Their garden is so cool! Sister Tyler and I weeded the peas and helped them climb up the teepee thing they have. It was really cool. Their daughter Rebecca has it so she can sit in her teepee and eat peas. All she has to do is reach out to grab one. It thought that was a cute idea.

When we were leaving I was trying to wash the dirt on my hands. Well the hose they have is like the length of my foot so you can attach other ones to them. Well…I went to go turn it off and instead turned it ALL THE WAY ON! Yeah…I sprayed Sister Tyler. She was really wet.

After Sister Tyler changed we went and helped Sister Maurice to move some furniture.  She’s this cute Filipino lady. I love her! She had just gotten back from the Philippians so she was still getting over her jet lag. She spent the last 2 months over in Manila visiting her family. She showed us the pictures after we helped her. They’re so cool! She told me I should go with her on her next trip. I wouldn’t mind :). With her and Judi I could have some exciting adventures traveling random countries.

On Saturday the Elders gave us a referral for someone they had talked to in downtown Burlington that wanted to learn more, but lived in our side of the area. It worked out perfectly because they happened to be on the same street we had already planned to go contact a former investigator there. I don’t know why we didn’t realize, but it was the same person! When I put the address in my gps I thought, “this looks really familiar” yeah it was the same one. We talked with her for a second, but she was cooking so we’re going back next Saturday.

On Sunday we met with Jordan and Gabe and Gabe’s family. We actually had the lesson at his parent’s, the Bosen’s, and taught the lesson with his dad, Jordan and Gabe. It was really good. We taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We read through the pamphlet then talked about the different parts of it. We don’t normally do that, but felt Jordan would like that. We asked her about baptism again and this time she said,”not yet”. She seems to like it more each time we meet with her. She’s so sweet.

Yesterday at church we had a pot luck after church. Micalea, one of the college students that just came back for school came and sat by us. We were talking about the usual stuff. Where are you from, where did you go to school, you know. Well she went to BYU Hawaii. I mentioned how I had friends who played soccer out there. She got excited and said wait who? As soon as I said, “Makelle” we both said “you know Makelle Yates!” She lived with Makelle and know Chanise and Kammi. How crazy is that! Small world. She texted them right then. It was so weird to think she’s actually talking to them haha. Isn’t that so crazy!?

That’s kind of it for exciting stuff. I have two tomatoes that are red. My other ones are working on it. I moved more in the bathroom. And yes, I sing to them haha.


August 4th

We got to go to the Joseph Smith Memorial for Zone Conference on Tuesday. It is so wonderful there. There’s a quote in one of the houses there by Elder Worthlin that says there are angels in the trees watching over it. Members out here have told me if they can’t get to the temple they go to the JSM. It is so nice a peaceful there. Definitely not Burlington, VT haha.

Guess what!? We have a new investigator! She is a college student at UVM. She went to the Hill Cumorah pagent (I forget Palmyra is like across the lake from me) and just loved it. She went with one of her good friends, who is a member. We met with her on Thursday and she is so excited to learn more. She even came to church! I haven’t had an investigator come to church in over 4 months. I was really excited!
Do you remember Mrs. Ogden from Willowcreek? Well she is serving at the Joseph Smith Memorial. How crazy is that?
Things are good here. We find out about transfers this week. We’ll see if I’ll stay or not. It’s crazy to think that next week starts my last transfer. Weird!

So I’m getting transferred. I’m going to be a Sister Training Leader again, which means I’m going to blink and this transfer will be over before I know it. It’s going to be crazy! I’m excited though. I can feel I’ve done all I can in Burlington. I’m sad to go, but I know it will be okay. I’m probably going to Maine or New Hampshire. There is only one Sister Training Leader area in Vermont, and I know I’m not going there.
August 11th:
I’m in Canterbury, NH now. I’m right next to Laconia!
Here’s Sister Jensen, my companion

August 11th

Here’s a picture of Ann. She was really excited to hear back from you. That was a very sweet email she sent.

She was so excited you told her my first name. She’s so funny.
She gave me this as we left (the wooden smiley face)

August 18th
Yesterday, we had a lesson with a recent convert Cheryl. She was baptized a month ago. When we got there she had her book of mormon open to 2 Nephi with her bible on the left side open to Isaiah and another bible reference book on the right side. She told us she is determined to figure out what in the world Isaiah is talking about! She wants to understand it so bad!
We went through the restoration with her. It was so cool to hear her bare her testimony of her conversion with each thing we talked about.
When I was on exchange in December with the Cantebury Sisters, we actually taught Cheryl, so it was SO cool to see her again. It’s weird I pretty much already know this ward from all the exchanges I’ve been on here.
On Saturday we saw this sweet old lady who lives in the Veterans home. We read 1 Nephi 2 with her. She told us, “don’t make your soup! Just leave! You don’t have time to make your soup and pack up you just have to leave when the Lord tells you to!” And then she told us to eat her grapes. I love reading scriptures with old people!

Oh yeah! Brother Couture is teaching us how to speak “New England”

August 25th:
This week has been good. It’s a little frightening that I’ll be home in less then a month. It’s kind of crazy!
I got to go to Wolfboro on exchange. That was fun.
Here’s an update on our funny investigators. Our investigators Joey and Anthony accepted a baptismal date for Oct.12. We have a few things to follow up with, but we were really excited about it because they brought it up themselves. We read 2 Nephi 31 and then Anthony told us he wants to be baptized! Their friend Michael is slowly becoming interested. We invited him to join us at the picnic table we always meet at. At first it turned into I’m here for moral support, then he was almost talking the book of Mormon out of Anthony’s hands. We met with them twice a week and on Saturday Michael came down with us like he was supposed to be there haha. It was pretty funny.  We’re going to help Michael move next week. He’s actually moving closer to us which is good. We won’t lose him. Anthony told us dinosaurs are in the bible. It’s in Job 40:15-24. It could be…or a hippopotamus if you look at the bible dictionary. You know same thing haha.

Ok, that is it for now – caught up – we shall see how we do today!  Love you all, Mom

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