This week was really strange. I honestly don't feel like I've done any real missionary work since the first week. We've been so busy with the temple open house, being trained and everything. We never get much time to go out and tract. We mostly visit people we already know and eat. Haha. I usually write from the things in my planner or a little notebook I carry around, but I lost my original Indiana planner, so that sucks. I don't have the first two weeks. It's crazy how the time has flown. I can't believe we're already halfway finished with Week 4 of the transfer. I've been serving for over a month! Barf.
Monday: We had another special sister training for the temple again. It was good. The video we show before the tour has a few really good parts. There's a comment by Elder Holland about how he "can't imagine heaven without his wife and his children. It would not be heaven for [him]." You know how Elder Holland speaks straight to the heart of everyone. Every time we watch that video with the new tours, I nearly cry because it's just so sweet. Another thing is that they emphasize families so heavily. I'm so grateful for my family. I'm so grateful for the opportunity we had to be sealed in the temple and to be able to live with them for eternity. Being out here without my family has made me realize how important they really are. They say you don't know what you have until it's gone and it's so accurate. There hasn't been a time when I've been frustrated or sad or discouraged that I haven't wanted to see any number of my family members. It's a challenge and a sacrifice to serve a mission and leave my family. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't difficult. Anyway, I love you guys.. haha.
Tuesday: Okay, I'm still not sure who I told about this, but I have become the designated driver. hah. So we had a lesson in the morning and ate lunch with the elders. However, on the way to the restaurant, my companion got pulled over. I don't usually pay attention to the speed limit, so when she got pulled over I was confused. We were literally like 20 feet from the restaurant. He gave her a ticket for going 50 in a 30 zone..... It was awful. She waited the rest of the day to call Elder Smith, the senior missionary in charge of vehicles. He suspended her driving privileges and put me in charge of the driving. I'm not gonna lie, I was terrified. This place is crazy and I don't understand where anything is.. The other day, I turned right at a red light.. across a train track.. oops. Good thing we didn't die. But seriously, there are train tracks everywhere. I hate them. I feel like I'm going to be hit by a train every time I cross one...
Wednesday: Everything followed through today! We didn't have a single appointment cancelled. It was so great. We were like on top of the world! We taught three lessons and had dinner with the cutest couple. They took us to Bob Evans, which is like Dee's or Village Inn, kind of. It's a little diner. Anyway, they told me the best way to have a successful marriage is to get over stuff. Don't hold grudges. Talk about it if you need to and then move on and enjoy the positive things. I think that goes for everything. Just look on the bright side. Deal with the crappy stuff and then move on.
Thursday: While Wednesday was really successful, Thursday was not. All of our appointments fell through. Barf. It was sucky. We like wandered around all day from place to place trying to find people. It was sooo hot. That heat everyone told me about really killed us. We went to tract in a wealthy neighborhood, where the drive ways are like a quarter mile long and there's a bunch of land between each house. We walked forever, but didn't knock many houses because they were so spread out and the heat was draining. We were drenched in sweat by the second house. Not a pretty smell. Modesty is great, but it truly is the hottest. our dinner appointment fell through also, so we stopped by Velma Newton's house and helped her pick black berries and then she decided to feed us. Her son is in the Stake Presidency here and their whole family is the greatest. They are all so sweet. We'll eat at Velma's house then the Woodwards (which is Pres. Newton's wife's parents) and then at the Newton's too. It's so great. They treat us well! Velma fed us a cabbage thing... it was interesting looking but ended up tasting a little like healthy lasagna.
Friday: We had a pretty funny experience regarding dinner. So we drove to Cheryl's house for dinner, but as we pulled up a little early we check the phone to find a voicemail from her. She said she got really sick, (like really sick) and proceeded to tell us what the situation was in detail. It was so funny. She rescheduled, but I couldn't get over how similar the story was to Clark's MTC story.. HAH! So instead, we drove to Texas Roadhouse, to listen to the country music mostly, for dinner.
Saturday: Since nothing was planned or scheduled for the day, we drove the elders to Indianapolis so they could meet an investigator to go through the temple. We were kind of just chauffeurs.. It was funny though. They're such interesting guys that we had the funniest conversations during the 90 minute drive. After we got back from the temple, we dropped them off and went to visit Sue in the nursing home. She's so sweet and gives us kisses on the cheek when we visit her. I love that lady. She had a stroke so she talks different, but she's always so sweet to us. Following up with Cheryl. We had rescheduled dinner for tonight but she called us again and said she couldn't make it because she was in the hospital now, for completely different reasons than the night before. We asked if she wanted a blessing. She said yes, so we picked up the elders to go to the hospital. I swear, everyone in Terre Haute is strong minded. Everyone has a big opinion on anything and they are willing to share it. It's a hard thing to get used to, but eventually ya do. Sometimes you just let the words go over your head so you don't get offended..
Sunday: Regular church day, except we got to have the meeting in Brazil. It's an actual city in Indiana. We met there, but a non-member called us and asked if we wanted a ride to the meeting. it was really cool. We sat with her and then she drove us home. I think she enjoyed the meeting. It was a pretty cool experience. We drove to Indianapolis later that night to stay at Sister Tua and Hathcock's apartment in order to work at the temple open house on Monday.
Monday: What a long day! We started working in the Reception Tent. It was really cool to talk to people. I can feel myself gaining that confidence that Dad has. You have to just talk to people and not be afraid of the rejection. Some people will be rude and slam a door in your face or comment rudely, but others will need you to be there so they can ask questions. At first knocking doors was really uncomfortable for me. but as we've needed to talk to a lot of strangers in not a lot of time, I've gained more confidence in myself. It's pretty cool. The video room is cool too because you can get to know a few people before they go through. We never get real food though. They don't give us a scheduled break, but we don't usually die. Just exhaustion to near death by the end and then the best sleep ever.
Tuesday: Same thing. Temple open house. Super Spirit! Swag. Dinner at the Newton's. Good night(:
This week has been really good! I love you guys! Keep up the good stuff and have a great week! I'll send pictures another day!
Love,Sister SassDragon (that's what the elders in my district call me)