My adventures as a sister missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Idaho Boise Mission!
Monday, December 3, 2012
"Yeah, you can have them come over and do the voodoo."
My first week in Middleton went pretty well! It seems like with each area it gets easier and easier to learn directions and peoples names. I struggled with those two things a lot in my first area! It's called progress. ;)
Last Monday night we visited this lady named Fern. She has thousands of of things in her house that have unicorns on them. Pretty much the coolest thing I've seen. She is a super sweet old lady and she was really glad we stopped by because she has missed the missionaries because the sisters haven't been able to see her in a while. I also met the Troutner family during FHE when they were decorating their house. Sister T is super into decorating and she has three little trees in her living room that she calls her "tree-o". Get it? hahaha.
Our first appointment on Tuesday was with a lady who is coming back into activity in the church. It was amazing because her son, who is active, happened to be visiting and he was about to go back to Seattle when he found out that she was meeting with us. When he found out he decided to come. He is a convert of about 5 years and he was the best missionary ever for his mom. He was able to explain things a way that she would understand because they are so close. We loved it. That night we taught Vance whose wife is LDS but he is not. He agreed to take the missionary discussions!
On Wednesday we had district meeting in Caldwell! It was the farthest I've ever had to drive for district meeting. And out district leader is and Elder that was in my district my first 3 transfers. Pretty crazy! After the meeting we met with Colleen who has known about the LDS church for pretty much her whole life and she used to be married to a Mormon. She is dying from cancer so we asked her if she would like a priesthood blessing. She didn't really say anything at first but before we left she said "yeah, you can have them come over and do the voodoo." bahahah! It was awesome. Just so everyone knows, Mormons don't do voodoo. ;)
That night we taught Kayden who is 9 and his family are all members but he isn't baptized yet. So we taught him about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and set a date for him to be baptized on the 15th. He is a really smart 9 year old. When I asked what a prophet was he said "A man who tells the people what God wants them to do." Right on, my friend. :)
On Thursday we did lots of weekly planning and organizing of information. I have learned that I love paperwork and recording information and organizing it too. My companions pretty much all love me because most of them hate paperwork. :)
Friday we visited lots of awesome families. We visited a lady who was baptized 4 years ago and before that she was raised Jehovah's Witness. Her husband is still a witness, but she had found a lot of joy in the LDS faith. She knows so much about the gospel. We had an great discussion.
On Saturday we helped Sister Dombrowski, who is a ward missionary, decorate her house for Christmas. Service is so fun! And afterwards she took us to the "Burger Den." It's right accross the street from the church and it's delicious.
On Sunday we taught 2 lessons in church and taught Kayden again. Before we taught him we watched the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. I liked when President Monson said "We find true joy when we make Christ the focus of the season." So true!
I love you all! Enjoy your week and this awesome Christmas season!
Thanks for everything!
Love, Sister B
1. The horse in our backyard! It was a foggy day. I'll get a better picture next week!
2. The first of many pictures that will include me, animals, and Middleton. The Beverlins' dog had cute puppies!!