We had Zone Conference this week and at the end President Cannon surprised us with tickets to see Ephraim's Rescue! So we got to go to the Nampa Reel! First time I ever went to the movie theater on my mission! It's a movie about Ephraim Hanks who was a convert to the LDS church around the time the Joseph Smith was martyred. Some of his descendants actually live in the wards that we cover! It was a great movie. I laughed and I cried! The people in the early church sacrificed a lot to do what God asked of them. And they had amazing spiritual experiences that strengthened their faith.
We also did a lot of service this week. Like we got to milk cows! and feed the calves and pick up bails of hay! I'm glad I'm finally getting my Idaho farming experience. :) It's really hard work. We went to a family farm and they work so hard. I don't know how they do it! Oh, we also got to collect chicken eggs. I was afraid the chickens were going to bite me but I was brave and picked one up to see if there were eggs under it and it didn't hurt me!
We had a cool experience where we stopped by this house we had knocked on before and we met the lady's son this time. He told us that they just moved here from Washington and he thinks that Idaho is the best place in the whole world! He said everyone is so nice and the weather is perfect. We invited him to the talent show we're putting on. Planting seeds!
The best part of the whole week was when Vanessa Sharp was baptized! She is our investigator that we taught last transfer before the Elders took over the ward she's in. We just love her so much and it was such a happy experience to see her husband baptize her. We got to help do her hair and we spoke after she was baptized. We couldn't hold back the tears of joy! We also go to go to church on Sunday when she received the Holy Ghost. She said she felt on top of the world! :)
Love you all!! Thank you for the support!
Linda's birthday! She turned 21 ;)
Aren't they just beautiful?! Brother Sharp baptized Sister Sharp! :)
This week was fun. We had two big meetings! I found out that our mission will eventually have 80 sisters and 120 Elders! Exciting! Missionaries will be everywhere!
We met saw this lady named Linda again on Monday and we met her animals! She has a ferret and birds and a dog. When she said the prayer before we left she thanked God for sending us because "she really needed that." Those moments make it all worth it!
One of our investigators went back to California this week. We miss her and hope she is doing okay. She left in a bit of a hurry and there was a lot of drama happening in her life.
Sister Thomas turned 21 on the 7th! We helped Micah make her missionary pinata. That was fun.
On Thursday we got to meet some Donkeys and cows! I feel more and more country every day! And on Friday we met LOTS of cows and goats and chickens!
On Saturday we did a lot of service. A few weeks ago we met this man named Issac. We turned around in his driveway and didn't realize he was standing outside. So we talked to him. He said his granddaughter is LDS but he wasn't interested. We went by again to invite him to an activity and he was really nice and we even gave him a pamphlet! Then on Saturday we came over and just started weeding his garden without asking him. It was pretty funny because after a while his grandson and his friend came out and asked if we wanted lemonade. Our secret was out! But they helped us finish. The grandson is the brother of his granddaughter who got baptized and he went to church and scouts with his LDS friend growing up. We invited them to the activity too. It was really inspired.
On Sunday we had some awkward moments trying to contact people. We randomly met this guy named Guy. haha. He offered us a beer and said 'Just one beer, God will forgive you!" If he only knew that thats not quite how it works. ;) Then we knocked on one door and when we walked away we saw the guy drive by his house staring at us. Then when we left we crossed paths again as he was driving back to his house. Just silly. haha
Have a great week everyone! Love you all!!
<3 Sister Bishaw
Micah is making a Missionary Pinata!! haha
I held a chicken!
Let me love you!! haha
We're kind of obsessed with picture taking...
We like to take random pics and sister Thomas edits them...
She got 2 cool watches for her birthday!
Cool editing skills
Me wearing Sister Thomas' clothes ;)
Sister Thomas dressed me that day ;)
Oh so bittersweet :/ I go home at EXACTLY 18 months though! Crazy!
Sister Thomas turned 21 on the 7th!! Happy Birthday to her! :)
We taught one of our investigators twice. She's been reading from the Book of Mormon and really feels like God is speaking to her. She is still thinking about Baptism but she is studying and she has a really good friend from church.
We also taught a family where the dad is not LDS and the mom and kids are. We invited him to be baptized and he said that he wants to be fully committed to living the gospel before he does. That's a really good attitude. He said he would pray about a baptism date. And his wife got the job she wanted and finally felt like her prayers were answered! :)
We've been working on planning a talent show for the stake as a finding activity so that's been fun. Pray for us that it goes well!
This week was pretty interesting with only working in 3 wards! Our single's ward is still huge though so there is so much work to do! We found a new investigator last Monday! Her name is Liz and her sister-in-law is a member. She just moved here from California. We taught her 3 times this week. She knows that God cares about her because we keep saying things that she says she needed to hear. It's always great when we follow the spirit!
We have been working hard and seeing small miracles every day!
Oh and to explain the title, we had this really crazy day where everything wasn't working out. First, we went out to the car to leave for the day and our GPS wasn't in the car! Someone stole it. It was so sad because we borrowed it from someone at church! He wasn't mad though because it was an old one they didn't use. But we still felt bad. You can't trust anyone anymore! We reported it to the police. Then we went out and tried to get around without it and it slowed us down a little. Maybe God wants us to learn the area! But yeah, we knocked on this door and then we saw this bird that was hurt on the ground and Sister Thomas told me to pick it up to save it and I listened to her...The bird freaked out and wouldn't let me catch it. Oh the things that happen...
Have a great week everyone!! Not much time left to write me letters and email me so please do it! :)
Me pulling potatoes out of the ground!
Me digging up potatoes!
I love potatoes :)
The Sharps are so clever! They learned our first names and this is what they put on our bags of cookies. Britney Spears and Princess Di. haha