Thursday, December 27

#50 and #51



December 26, 2012

Hey, MERRY CHRISTMAS!  :D  How was it?  It was so wonderful for me!  We had some lessons/meals with members of our ward, and I have never been so well-fed in my entire life.  We also got to Skype/call our families, which was lovely as well.  :)  It's funny how apprehensive I get about calling home and then it's no worry at all and I'm back to business right after.  I do miss everyone though!  Looks like you are all surviving without me.  The next time I call home, I will have one more transfer left.  Weird?  I think so. 

Hmm.  Otherwise, this week has been very sweet.  :)  There is a special feeling, whether I am sleeping in and lazing around with my family, or I am tracting in 15 degree weather at 8:00 PM.  You just feel... close to Christ.  You are more aware of Him, more aware of the joy and peace that you have found ONLY because of Him!  And when you have that degree of focus, the Holy Ghost has your attention and He can direct you with power.  :)  I really want to make a point in my life to have that focus more often.  People speak of "remembering Christ" all the year round.  And we do, right?  We go to church and such.  But what about remembering Christ all the day long?  What if Him and His example were at the forefront of your thoughts all the time?  What would that do?  What could you become? 

Anyways, hope your Christmas was as full of joy and good food as mine was.  ;)  New Years is coming, so make some goals.  :)  There is an excellent section on goals in Preach My Gospel.  ;)  

Weekly Challenge: Write a missionary (it doesn't have to be me) and tell them about a Spiritual experience that means a lot to you.  :)  It can really invite the Spirit into their day, especially if they are having a hard time.   

Sister Fontanetti and I are doing well.  :)  As usual.
Love you all! 


-- 
-Sister B.






December 17, 2012


What-ho?!

What a RAINY weekend it has been.  Wisconsin?  Snow?  Nope.  ;)  Not that I'm truly complaining, because I'm sure everyone here is very happy with the lack of snow.  But I was sad to see the snow we had melt away in the rain.  :(

This week has been good, just still working with our people.  :)  We are teaching so many wonderful people right now.  And I just found out that another of the lovely women I taught in Waukesha was baptized!  I am so excited for her!  :D  :D  :D

I am so grateful for the birthday greetings I recieved as well.  I love all of you and I hope you know that I am overwhelmed with how supportive you are of me.  :)  It really gives me courage to work harder and give my best.

I also got a new coat (pictured below), which I am very grateful for.  It's getting very VERY windy, and snow or no snow, wind is the killer.

I got to do exchanges in Appleton with Sister Jones.  That was pretty awesome.  :)  It was way too fun to work with her again.  We got to see some wonderful people in the Appleton ward.  She took some pictures of us, but I don't have them so too bad for you.

Not really sure where this email is going, so I should probably just stop here.  ;)  I probably won't write again before Christmas, so HAPPY CHRISTMAS to each of you and make the best of it.  :D

Also, just in case, if the world ends (mwahaha) it was great knowing each of you.  I only wish I was with my brother, who I am very sure is the most prepared-for-a-zombie-apocolypse person I know.  *sigh*  It's been real.

Weekly Challenge: Pray and come up with someone you could visit this week, whether it is a person you home/visit teach, or a friend/relative you haven't seen for a while.  Go visit them and let them know how thankful you are for them and wish them a Merry Christmas.  :)  Share with them a quote or a scripture you have been inspired by.  (You can do this with more than one person, obviously.  But AT LEAST one.  Try to do it before the world ends.)
Loves,
--
-Sister B.

Monday, December 10

# 49


Dec. 10, 2012

Hey all!  I am short short SHORT on time so I will be brief.  It was a good week, great birthday, etc.  The family we are teaching CAME TO CHURCH so I am super excited.  :D  They have five crazy kids, but they all went to primary and loved it. 
 
It SNOWED.  Lovely lovely snow.  :D
 
Pictures: Megan made me a birthday message and taped my door over with a bag of packing peanuts which fell all over my groggy 6:30 AM self as I went to exercise.  Best ever.  :)
She also made me some posters.  :D
Sister Bartell made me a surprise orange cake.  :) 
And it SNOWED this morning.  I am delighted. 
 
Weekly Challenge: In Preach My Gospel, chapter 2 (the one on Effective Study), find something you don't already do or haven't already tried and apply it to your own scripture study once a day this week.  :)  Be consistant!  I know if you do this you will be able to improve the quality of your study and your reception to the Holy Ghost.
 
Good luck with life.  We have the good news of the gospel.  :D  Remember, Christ told us to "fear not" because we have nothing to fear... except for sin.  Be happy!
 
I Love you all!
-Sister Black




 

Monday, December 3

# 48

Dec. 3, 2012

Hey all!  What an awesome week it has been.  :D  We are plugging along and continuing to work with the sweet families we are teaching.  It is a marvelous season to spread the gospel.  :)  The church has launched a new website (Weekly Challenge: Check out mormon.org/Christmas and share it with someone) to spread Christmas joy and to help people learn about our beliefs in regards to Christ.  It is wonderful!  We had a special training about ways to share the gospel and bring the Christmas spirit to those we meet.  

Funny how it's DECEMBER.  Woah!  Sister Fontanetti's birthday is December 1st and mine is December 4th, so we've decided that today (December 3rd) is our "birthdays observed" (since we can't really party it up on our real days).  Kind of like President's Day except we aren't presidents and today isn't a holiday for anyone else.  

This week we have some serious lessons planned, so please keep us in your prayers!  

In other news, this week is Transfers.  Sister Fontanetti and I get to stay together for another six weeks, though.  :)  I am excited to stay in Green Bay.  This will be the longest I've been in an area so far on my mission.  (Steven's Point-->2 Transfers, Waukesha-->3 Transfers, Green Bay-->4 Transfers)  I am very excited.  We have wonderful things going on here, and a fantastic ward.  :D  

Hmm.  And I love living with Sister Bartell and Megan.  :)  It is wonderful.  

Also, wasn't the First Presidency Christmas Devotional WONDERFUL?  I just love President Monson, President Uchtdorf, and President Eyring.  You can just feel their love and the love of our Heavenly Father whenever you hear them speak.  :)  I highly recommend you watch it if you haven't already.  And then go watch it again if you get too caught up in the craziness of the season.  :)  

Anyways, as promised I have some pictures this week.  :)  

-->Sister Fontanetti
-->The Sturgeon Bay church building (don't worry, it's not the smallest one in the United States.  THAT is in Germfask, which is also in my zone.)
-->Me by some ferries. 
-->The Sturgeon Bay historic bridge.  :)
-->Sturgeon Bay.  :D  GORGEOUS area. 
-->Some typical road in Wisconsin.  This is pretty much what I see ALL the time.  (It is beautiful though.  Notice, however, the lack of MOUNTAINS...  ;)  

--
-Sister B.







Saturday, December 1

# 47

November 26, 2012

Ok, they don't have enough computers for us today so I'm limited on time.  But things are going super well!  I can't believe it's almost December.  We got our first snow yesterday and it has made everything look so beautiful.  :)  

Uhm... yeah.  There isn't much to be said.  Love you all!  I will write for reals next week, I promise.  I even have some photos.
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  Ours was as fantastic as can be expected on a mission.  ;)  Lovely food!  I met the first stuffing I have ever LOVED, so that's cool.  :)  (Those of you who know me know that I'm not usually a fan.)

And, rest assured, I ate a lot of pie.  What else matters?  :D

I am also coming up on 22 years old.  That's super weird.  But 2+2=4 and that's my lucky number, so I think I will like it.  :)
For those of you who would like to surprise me for my birthday but are at a loss of what to send, you may send me a RECENT photograph that contains all of the following:

You wearing a hat (of any kind), holding a sign that says I am awesome/epic/the best/whatever/old.  Use your imagination.  Bonus if you have some kind of animal in the picture with you.

These can be emailed or sent via snail mail.  Thank you for your time.

Weekly Challenge: Go on Google and type in an ancestor's name.  Make sure to put quotation marks around it.  (For example, "Mary Chillins") which will search for the name EXACTLY.  If it's a common name, try adding a year they were born or something outside of the quotation marks.  See what comes up!  I have found several wonderful accounts/stories because of it.

Loves!

--
-Sister B.

Monday, November 19

#46

November 19, 2012


First of all, this video inspired me today.  Maybe it can inspire you.  :)

Secondly, this week has been wonderful!  I feel so spoiled to be seeing so many blessings.  I have felt so wonderful--so consumed by my purpose here.  :)

There are three things we recite each district meeting and each time we study as a companionship.  The first is Our Purpose, as found in Preach My Gospel:
"Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentence, baptism, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."
Second, we recite the Standard of Truth, as given by Joseph Smith:
"The Standard of Truth has been erected.  No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing.  Persecutions may rage, mobs my combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independant till it has penetrated every continent, visited every climb, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say "the work is done."
Third is a scripture of the month, as chosen by our mission President.  (This month is Doctrine and Covenants 4:4.)

I love reciting these things.  There is so much power in words... just to say them aloud to yourself and to think about what they actually mean.  It fills my heart.  :)  When I feel down or my heart falters, I love to have something to go over in my mind.  Some of my favorites are Doctrine and Covenants 121, which Sister Bastian encouraged me to memorize, and secondly, "The Living Christ," which my mum encouraged me to memorize (though I didn't do it till my mission.)  I have fallen asleep many a time with those beautiful words playing through my mind.  What a blessing it is to have scripture to use in it's limitless capacity.  :)  We must never underestimate the power of scripture to drive away the depressing spirit of sin and doubt.

This week Deborah (who I taught in Waukesha) was baptized.  :)  I wish I could see her and congratulate her!  I know she is doing well.  :)

All is going well here also.  We are beginning to uncover some of the concerns and difficulties that need to be resolved before those we are teaching can be baptized.  But I am always impressed and inspired by their faith!  There is so much desire, especially to strengthen family.  People are searching!  It's always amazing to me.

I've been seeking to increase the power and sincerity of my prayers.  One of our investigators, Cindy, mentioned to us once that one of the difficulties she has with investigating is "asking" God for so much (whether blessings or knowledge, or testimony.)  She is accustomed to focusing her prayers on thanks.  We know our Father in Heaven is eager to grant us these blessings and the help we may seek, but her concerns stuck with me!  I've paid careful attention since to how much of my prayers are spent in gratitude and how much is spent asking for things, and I was surprised to realize how "needy" my prayers had become.  It reminded me of a quote:

"Instead of pleading with the Lord to bestow more upon you, plead with yourselves to have confidence in yourselves, to have integrity in yourselves, and know when to speak and what to speak, what to reveal, and how to carry yourselves and walk before the Lord."  -Brigham Young (DBY, 93).

So I've been seeking to be more grateful, ask for what I sincerely feel I (or those I am working with) need, and to seek the guidance of the Spirit AS I pray, to know what to say.  :)
And so:

Weekly Challenge: Once a day, say a prayer of gratitude.  Resist the urge to ask for anything, and focus instead on expressing thanks.  This has brought me so much joy and has increased my faith in prayer and in my Heavenly Father's love for me.  It can do the same for you.  :)  

I've just read over what I wrote and I apologize for the spelling errors you may see.  I think that part of my brain is deteriorating.
Love you all!  Have a fantab Thanksgiving.  :)

Pictures: Our investigator Rosie makes us all socks.  :)  I dunno if I've modeled them before, but here they are, and Sister Fontanetti got them this week.  :)
Also, here is a picture of Sister Fontanetti and Megan Bartell (so you can know what they look like.)
--
-Sister B.


Friday, November 16

#44 and #45

Note from Beth's mum - Apologies for the late publishing of these two posts. 

#44 November 5, 2012
Hey all!  Happy November!  I have discovered-I live among kindred spirits.  Sister Fontanetti, Megan (Bartell) and I were sitting around the kitchen table.
Sister Fontanetti: "Hey Megan, where does the Christmas tree go?"
Megan: "I dunno.  "Sometimes in the corner."
Sister Fontanetti: "Cool."
*moment of reflective silence, penetrated only by turning pages as we continue to study*
Megan: "Want me to put it up?"
Within a half hour the tree was up and the lights were strung.  :D  Sister Bartell said she "thought it was a good idea" when we told her about it.
The next day a member bore his testimony in fast and testimony meeting.  He said something about not forgetting November and Thanksgiving in the excitement of Christmas.  Chastisement for us, perhaps?  ;)  I would ask a critic of our sinful Christmas-driven ways, "what do you have to be thankful for that doesn't have root in the birth and Atonement of our Savior?"
As for me and my house, we have put up our Christmas tree.  We'll enjoy it even as we stuff ourselves with turkey and stuffing.  :)  
Anyways... missionary things DID happen this week.  We've recieved several referrals from mormon.org, which is always a treat (unless it's a prank).  There's nothing like teaching someone who actually came looking for YOU instead of the other way around.  :)  We also got back in contact with a former investigator, and she wants to meet with us again!  So I'm in a pretty fine mood.  :)  I feel so grateful for these tender mercies.  I know it is due much in part to the loving prayers of others, and I hope you know what a powerful influence you each have on this work.  I have seen and felt it.  
My other favorite thing of the week?  Bragging about a certain sub-19-year-old I know who's putting her papers in... ;)   
Hope you all have a lovely week!  I think I definitely will.  :) 
(For those of you who are wondering, we just BARELY got the first sprinklings of snow this morning.  Sub-par.  Wisconsin is just not living up to standard!  Not that I'm really complaining about it.  Only a little...)
Weekly Challenge: Pray sincerely for an opportunity to share the gospel.  Then search earnestly for it during the next day.  Make sure it is at the forefront of your thoughts.  If someone comes to mind while you pray, don't hesitate to act on that prompting!  Remember Pres. Monson's advice.  Never ignore a prompting from the Spirit. 

Pictures: Sunrises here are BEAUTIFUL!  A prank from Sister Bartell.  (She is cruel to us.  Don't let her tell you differently!!)
--
-Sister B.




#45  November 13, 2012
Hello wonderful people! 
I just want to thank all of you for your prayers.  This week has been a miracle.  Sister Fontanetti and I were led to EIGHT new people to teach!  Three sweet families and a woman named Mary-- all of whom welcomed us into their lives eagerly.  My heart is so full of gratitude for the opportunity we now have to help each of them grow in faith and love for their Savior.  I know in my heart that these blessings come because of their faith, and because of the faith of our ward members and those who pray for us as missionaries.  I'm beginning to realize what a puzzle missionary work is!  When we are doing all we can to be obedient and diligent, and everyone who can puts their faith forward, then things begin to come together. 
It's Tuesday now, and I know this is late, but yesterday was Veteran's Day, so p-day took backseat once again.
Hmm.
I'm not too sure what to write about.  I feel so much love from my family this week--it is almost overwhelming.  I hope each of them knows how much I love them... I never would have come here without the influence of each of my siblings and my parents.  Their love and examples give me the strength to love and serve the people I meet here, and I pray that my work may bring joy and help to each of them. 
How precious the Plan of Happiness is.  As we taught Sabrina and Jerome about the Restoration of the Gospel this week, we were able to testify to them that our families are forever!  I know so deeply that this is our purpose--to bring each other closer to God and to bind ourselves to those we love--including our Father in Heaven.  I cannot begin to express the peace that comes to my heart whenever I contemplate that eternal destiny.  What else matters? 
The church family history website has launched a new setup.  I was practically drooling as I looked over it, haha.  PLEASE go check it out!  One of my "after mission" goals is to spend at LEAST two hours a week doing missionary work for my ancestors.  Pray to know what you can do as well.  :)  There is something for everyone to work on, no matter how far back your work has been done, and we can each become experts in our own field. 
If you have an account with the church you can log right in.  If you don't, create the account.  If you are a member, you will need to have your membership record number.  Someone you know can probably help, whether friends from church or family. 
Weekly Challenge: Log onto familysearch.org/tree and start looking into family history work.  Talk to people in your ward about what you need to do to get started if you aren't sure.  Sorry to be vague, but let the spirit guide!  If you already have done some family history work, set a specific goal for what you want to accomplish!  (See Preach My Gospel chapter 8 if you need help setting goals.  ;)

Come all whose souls are lighted with wisdom from on high!
Shall we to men benighted the lamp of life deny? 
Salvation, oh salvation!  The joyful sound proclaim
Till earth's remotest nation has learned Messiah's name.
     -Hymn # 268

-Sister B.
p.s. This statement is excellent! 


Monday, October 29

# 43


Hey all!  This week was a little crazy, what with packing up and shipping Sister Jones out.  She is very missed.  :(  But I'm super excited to be with Sister Fontanetti!  She is an incredible missionary.  Her parents are from Brazil so she speaks fluent Portuguese.  Super awesome.  She goes to BYU as well and is majoring in (Musical Performance?) with an emphasis in Violin.  But she says she really wants to be in communications so I think that's where she'll end up after she graduates.  :)  She is a wonderful teacher besides, and she's absolutely hilarious.  So... things are going well.  :) 
 
Work is still a bit slow.  We're just trying to find solid people to teach.  :) 
 
I cannot believe it is almost NOVEMBER. So crazy!  We're not allowed out after four on Halloween (well... not allowed to knock doors.  For obvious reasons.  ;)  We had a ward Halloween party on Saturday and I really wish I could dress up!  But all good, we have plenty to be getting on with and I will have many more Halloweens. 
 
Last Monday we had an epic time at Sister Bartell's mum's house.  She made us "buns" and "beet and carrot juice" and we had a fun time exploring her attic/barn/sketchy-areas-around-the-land.  Sister Bartell's daughter, Megan, took us around and gave us a thorough tour.  It was fantab.  Unfortunately, Sister Jones left with all the pictures we took so you will have to do your best and imagine what it was like.  They slaughtered all their chickens on Friday but we didn't get to go... because we are missionaries.  *sigh*  But all good.
 
Otherwise, loving life.  :)  I was reading in the (May 2009?) Ensign today and some general authority (I don't remember which) talked about how if we are living righteously, then we have no reason to complain about anything!  All that we experience--ESPECIALLY when we are being the best we can be--is to help us grow in humility.  So cool.
 
Well, that's about it.
 
Weekly Challenge: Read through the Introduction to the Book of Mormon, particularly the first and last two paragraphs.  Practice with someone (or to your favorite plant if that is less worrisome to you) how you could use the introduction to show someone what the Book of Mormon is and invite them to read it.  :)  I also love using the third paragraph to teach people who "know of" the Book of Mormon but haven't read it.  You can testify to them that it teaches God's plan for us.

Love you all!  Decide to have a splendid week.  :) 

-- 
-Sister B.
 
p.s. We didn't take any pictures this week that I have with me.  So here is a picture of the woodpecker that keeps trying to nest in Sister Bartell's siding.  He is cunning--he knows when she is gone and he is not in danger.  He will only come pecking when we are studying and she is at work. 

Monday, October 22

# 42


Hello all!  This week was good.  :)  We got to have "mission tour" which pretty much means a general authority comes and speaks to us.  Elder Christoffel (sp?) Golden Jr. came.  He is from South Africa, and he was INCREDIBLE.  (Well... he still is.  His teaching was also incredible.)  He came down very hard on us (in the best way) about our work and the importance of having faith and not allowing our doubt or discouragement to overpower it.  He said many powerful things, emphasizing to us that the Lord is "hastening His work" as evidenced by the age requirements changing for missionaries.  Absolutely true.  He and President Jones said that things are going to be changing in mission work, and we just need to stay focused while we still have time. 
 
Crazy!
 
He focused also on how our faith is "nothing more or less than our personal righteousness".  I love that.  :)  Faith can seem such an abstract concept sometimes.  It can be easy to forget that we are in total control of our faith.
 
In other news, we have been "dropped" by all but two of our investigators.  So please keep us in your prayers.  These next few weeks we will be trying hard to find those who have been prepared.  At mission tour the spirit kept pressing me to trust that there are several families/individuals who are prepared and seeking after this gospel in Green Bay.  And we just need to increase our faith and obedience in order to find them. 
 
I know it is true.  Even as I type this I feel warm confidence wash over me.  :)  It is so wonderful to be here and to have this chance. 
 
Sister Jones is being transferred to Appleton on Wednesday.  My new companion, Sister Fontanetti, is a fantastic gal.  :)  (I've met her a few times.)  So we will see how things progress from here! 
 
How wonderful that Heavenly Father is enabling more of his daughters to serve missions?  We were in the Young Women's yesterday to talk with them about missionary work and such and I felt the Holy Ghost testify very clearly to me that this is nessecary to prepare them for the difficulties of the future, and ESPECIALLY prepare them to raise men and women who will be prepared to serve as well.  I will say it again- NOTHING has prepared me to raise my future family so well as my work here.  I never would have fully understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I do now.  I don't know everything... but I feel that my priorities are shifting to better things. 
 
Anyways, for the last few weeks I have had the idea to start giving a "challenge" of sorts in each update... something that my readers can do if they feel the desire.  :)  Mostly things that I have had the opportunity to do and that have helped me to grow or change.  Hopefully it will benefit someone.  Or maybe it's just a silly idea.  Take it as you please.  ;) 
 
Have a wonderful week!  Pictures: one from Mission Tour.  (It wouldn't load properly to save so you only get half.  Elder Golden is on the bottom, third from the left.  His wife is next to him.  She was absolutely wonderful as well.)
 
Weekly Challenge: Read the talk "Unleashing the Dormant Spirit" by Elder Busche.  This talk has changed my mission/life.


-- 
-Sister B.

Monday, October 15

#41


This week was boring.   
Well, we did have a few stories.  We went to see the young man we had talked about teaching last week, and he told us he would be "out in a minute" but we could talk to his dad Pastor Dave (who we met last time) for a few minutes.  So we went and talked with Pastor Dave about the Book of Mormon until someone came out and said that he had run off.  Pastor Dave aplogized and said his son tended to do this-invite people of other faiths to come and talk to him.  But Pastor Dave gave us his number, so perhaps we will be able to have some more talks with him.  :)
 
Uhm... we also went to see Lambeau field (I hope I am spelling that right.  Apologies!) which was great and pictures are included. 
 
Otherwise... just pressing onward. 
Pictures:
1. Lambeau Field
2. Sister Jones in the Visiting Team's entrance.  (We got to walk through the Packer's entrance.  Let's just say it's much more impressive.  ;) 
3. A really bad attempt at a district photo.  (Heaven knows what went wrong.  I like it though because you cannot see my face.)
4. The best leaf pile ever.  We helped Sister Bartell rake up the leaves in her yard.  This is most of them... SO far. 




-Sister B.

Monday, October 8

#40


Hey der!  Another week has flown by.  This one was especially delightful because we had ZONE CONFERENCE which is always great and GENERAL CONFERENCE which is like Christmas for missionaries.  :) 
 
This week we also contacted our first new investigator in several weeks.  :)  I cannot begin to express what a great relief it is to have someone new to teach.  We've been looking and looking and we are so grateful!  As always, Heavenly Father has his own agenda and I know for certain that he has been steadily breaking through my less-desirable habits and agenda.  I am so grateful to him.  :)
 
In other news, I was utterly shocked about the age requirement change for missionary work.  :D  I probably sat there with my mouth open for several minutes before I could run upstairs and tell Sister Bartell.  I am SO EXCITED... most especially because I will hopefully get to see the beginning of it as I still have 9 months.  :)  I still remember half-heartedly wishing that the age limit would change when I was waiting anxiously the 1-2 years before I could go.  I am excited for those sisters who now have the opportunity.  :)  (I immediately had several of my friends/family float through my mind who now COULD go, so if you are thinking about it, please let me know!  I am SO curious!  :D)
 
No pressure. 
 
What a beautiful time to be alive!  :D  And especially to be in this glorious church.  I am so grateful to be out here!
 
Anyways, not much else to report.  It is getting COLD.  In a good way.  :)  I had to put away my summer things and get out my winter things yesterday, and I hear tell of SNOW in the U.P.  Crazy to think we're coming back around to winter! 
 
Got my flu shot also.  Did I mention I have a hard time with needles?  Just the feeling of them going in my arm... *shiver*  Sister Jones laughed out loud at how white I was when I came out of the office.  But it's alright, I bought myself some mallowcreme pumpkins to tide off the faintness.  ;) 
 
Well, I'll stop talking your ears off.  Thank you for all the lovely letters!  Each is a tender mercy.  :) 
 
Just some silly pictures this week.  We hiked back through the Ravine behind Sister Bartell's house.  Found ourselves some beautiful leaves and some entertaining camera functions.  :)

Have a good week!  Be missionary minded!  (And no, that doesn't nessecarily mean "be easily entertained.")  
-- 
-Sister B.
 



Monday, October 1

#39


Hey all.  :)  This is going to be a bit random, because I forgot my September planner at home (since it is now October) and I am absentminded enough to not quite be able to recall what has happened this week.  Go figure.
 
This week we did a bit of exchanging.  On Wednesday we did exchanges, so I got to go work with Sister Ipson again-but this time in HER area.  So I got to return again to Appleton-which was where I'd done exchanges in January (which, come to think of it, was quite a while ago!)  It was fun.  :)
 
Then Thursday night the sisters from Marquette, Michigan came down to stay the night while the zone leaders took their truck down to Greendale to do an "exchange" for their lovely new one.  :)  So we got to work with them in Green Bay on Friday.
 
So all in all, I'm a little off center.  It is good to be back in the swing of things.  :)
 
We drove out to see some of our recent converts in Oconto Falls--a good hour long drive from here.  On the way, my GPS took us on a road that was QUITE off the beaten path.  We weren't sure if our Malibu would make it through, as it seemed to be made for trucks and four-wheelers.  :)  But we did get some amazing pictures.  Have I mentioned how BEAUTIFUL Wisconsin is?!
 
I also had the opportunity to have lunch with some of my mum's friends, the Rackhams.  :D  They took Sister Jones and I to Applebees for a scrummy meal.  It was so fun to hear stories about my mum and her siblings and my grandpa and grandma.  :)  They had some of the funniest things to say.  I'm so grateful I got to meet them!  It was definitely a highlight of my week.  
 
Anyways, the work is going well enough.  We're having a bit of trouble finding people to teach.  We are trying to work more closely with the members and trying to catch up with some who were contacted in the past.  Lots of fun!
 
We got to watch the General Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday as well.  Everything was so lovely!  I am excited to support our new presidency.  :)  They seem to be lovely women with beautiful testimonies.
 
Lastly, some pictures of our lovely drive.  :)  Makes me think of fireworks.  Or at least sno-cones.  And Sister Rackham took a picture of us together.  :)  
Love you all!

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-Sister B.