Monday: After Emailing, we grabbed some healthy Wendy's for lunch and met the district, Zone Leaders (Wabash), and a set of the Wabash Elders. (There's three districts in our zone. Honey Creek, Wabash, and Linton. I'm in HC with two sets of Elders, Wabash has two sets of elders and one set of sisters. I'm not really sure what Linton has, I think two sets of elders.) We played sports and had a lot of fun! One of the Zone Leaders, Elder J Palmer, made fun of me for crying so much during the email time.. Awkward! But he said it gets better. I won the first game of Chair Soccer, more by default and no body attempting to get my out than my skills, but a win is a win!
After P-Day ended, we (Elders Campbell, Clark, Caplin, and Reece, and us)went to Sister Velma Newton's house for dinner. I was so stuffed by the end. She made baked mac and cheese, corn on the cob, vegetables, and apple-pineapple cobbler. It looked a little sketchy at first, but wasn't too bad once I tried it. Sister Carpenter said there's a famous meal here called Chicken and Noodles. It's like a thick Chicken Noodle Soup over mashed potatoes. It sounds absolutely delicious! I hope I encounter that, but who knows, maybe it's actually disgusting...
After dinner, I guess it's tradition to play Yahtzee until we have to be in our apartments for the night, so we played a few rounds with Velma and made our way to the cars...
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: I saw fireflies for the first time! It was so cool! Velma has a big patch of grass and they were glimmering in the twilight. It had just been raining really hard! So cool and Beautiful!!
Tuesday: HAHA! Funny story, we went to Bro. and Sis. Blanton's to do service with our district. While we waited to do service, Sis. Carpenter and I helped prepare lunch (cause they always feed ya) and the Elders fished on their lake. Eventually we went outside to fish as well. They have a beautiful stairway that walks all the way down to the dock where their two jet skies and pontoon boat hang out.
We ate dinner at the apartment afterwards and went to work on Family History at the church. That was pretty cool! I loved being able to read about my great grandparents and see the pictures of them! (probably the Brady line)
Wednesday: We had a specialized training for the sisters for the temple open house! It was cool to hear from the Area 70 and the temple President. The Area 70, Elder Sinclair taught us about D&C 101:64. He explained how we should strive to build up others from where they are, not where we want them to be. The temple president told us that when he and his wife met with Pres. Eyring, he wanted to know everything about their lives. He said he likes to hear those stories because it's interesting the way the Lord brings you to this place where you were pre-destined to be.
I appreciate that because it reminds me of my purpose here. When I am discouraged or exhausted, I remember what he said and I can pick myself up again. We are all meant to be in the places we are right now. He knows us and knows what we are capable of. He will always provide.
After the wonderful meeting and training (where we learned the Video Room script and how to answer questions in the reception tent) we ate lunch and drove 2 hours back to Terre Haute. We met with Mike at 5PM at the library. It was easier to be involved in the lesson because he was new to both Sis Carpenter and me. We taught him about the Restoration and God's love. He seemed to really feel the spirit. We invited him to the Temple Open House. I hope he'll be able to make it with his children.
Thursday: Not much happened, but we visited sweet Sue. She is in a nursing home due to a stroke. She loves when we visit and talk with her. While we were there this week, she asked if I would brush her hair. It is SO long. Like, probably down to her butt. It's nice knowing that one simple action or favor for someone can brighten their day. I've started to love doing service for people. Sometimes because we can wear P-Day clothes, but a lot of times because it's something they need and it's lightening their burden. If pulling weeds or brushing someone's hair makes their life a little easier or nicer, it's worth it.
Friday: ZONE MEETING DAY!We met at the Newton's. They have a gorgeous they-built home. We had the meeting. They usually ask someone to give a training on something we need to focus on. Elder Decow gave one on the first 3 hours (studies and exercise). He talks like a scientific general authority. His lesson involved the story of Balaam's ass. He had us all read a verse. I'm pretty sure all of us read "ass" in the verses. I'm still not exactly sure how it relates to the lesson, but that happened..
He also included the example of the theory of relativity... I did not do well in sciences.. HAH! The zone leaders held a little zone workout because the Pres is all about staying fit! It's kind of cool, though. I haven't gained more that a few pounds since June 17. so that's cool. Then we ate a bunch of homemade Cafe Rio! It was SOO GOOD! They had homemade Italian sodas too. YUMMY!
All of our appointments (AKA only 1) fell through so we went with the Elders to a visit with their recent convert Salvadore. None of us are Spanish missionaries, but elder Clark started learning to help teach Salvadore. We read the children's Book of Mormon in Spanish with him. He told me that my Spanish is okay, but Sis. carpenter's isn't good. Haha! I'm planning on getting a Spanish Book of Mormon to start learning a little bit!
We have this less-active woman we visit. Her name is Linda. She's a little too honest and a little abrasive. We took the elders and she reamed them! It was a little funny because she was like that when I met her the first time. She grows on you. That's what I mean by the people are different but you really do learn to love them. It takes a little bit, but it happens. Also, what an awful 12 weeks it would be if we didn't love any of the people we visited! The Senior Missionaries had us for dinner and then we visited with Lori. She is so sweet. We were with her until curfew!
Saturday: Finally went on a run! It's a lot easier to run in this altitude than in Utah! We had a plan to do service for Sister Christie, but she called and cancelled, so we basically had no plans for the whole day. We called a different member and ended up weeding their garden for the afternoon. It was a really hot day and it kind of sucked.
TIP OF THE DAY: Vanilla body spray (or actual vanilla) keeps the bugs away. We've used it a few different times, but the people here swear by it! The gnats are absolutely AWFUL. Anywhere you go they are flying around your face!
For dinner, we met as a district at Texas Roadhouse. It was so nice to sit and listen to country music! Sis. Carpenter and I sang along to a lot of the songs. I loved it. It reminded me that I'm still normal.
Sunday: Gave a 7 minute talk, which was supposed to be 15.. Oops. It's so funny. The chorister is an older man. He sings very loudly with a LOT of vibrato. Like, you can't sing without hearing his vibrato. It shakes the building.
WE GOT TO GO TO THE TEMPLE OPEN HOUSE EARLY TODAY WITH INVESTIGATORS!!!! They held a special walk-through for missionaries and people they are teaching. It was so beautiful. Like, I can't even describe the feeling when we walked from the Telestial room to the Terrestrial room. It wasn't even the highest level, but it was breath taking. The light from the sunset was coming through the stained glass magnificently! It was amazing. Indescribable. We went through with Elder Clark and Campbell's investigator, Idassa. She was so sweet and kept saying, "Thank you Lord". It was really special to go through with her and see the spirit touch her soul.
We have another training on Monday (today), so we were assigned to sleep over at a set of sisters' apartment nearby. While we waited to go to bed, two other sets of sisters were there. I found out that one of them is a cousin of my manager, Becca Maynard, at the Hub! Her name is Sister Hanson! She is so funny! We talked all about Utah State and the Hub. It was so funny. We know a few of the same people that were there during both of our times! Small world!
This week has been amazing! We have a big few weeks ahead of us with the Temple Open house! I'm so grateful that I can be here during this special time in the churches history. It's so unique!
Thank you to everyone who has written me and supports me! You're all fabulous! Keep sending those good vibes and letters my way! I love you all! Have a good week! (: