What-ho, Utah! Or whoever else is reading this... you are all welcome. :)
This week, commandment is: "Thou shalt not wear thy gator without first brushing thy teeth."
No explanation needed, I'm afraid.
This week has been all very topsy-turvey. Highlights include:
1. On Wednesday we went to a well-loved pizza shop called Politos. It was there that I first experienced macaroni and cheese pizza. For those of you who know me, you will understand what a momentous thing this is.
2. We spent the second half of the week up in Appleton! President Jones decided it might be fun for me and Sister Johnson to go and do some exchanges with the sister missionaries up there. I spent the first day as a Sister Kirkham's companion. She loves Scotland, so we got along quite well. She is going home in about 2 months! It was interesting to talk with her about it--she is rather nervous about going home, and it gives me hope that perhaps in a year or so I'll have a similar mentality. (As it is, I admit, I have my moments yet, and going home is a lovely prospect.) We did a lot of tracting, but it was good fun and not too cold. Then we spent the night and the next day we got up, studied, and then went to do service at the Appleton Paper Discovery Center before heading home.
3. During the aforementioned service opportunity, I got to MAKE PAPER. :D It was awesome. Really. Go try it. We taught several groups of 4th graders how to make it, and helped them to make their own samples, but in our spare time we got to make some ourselves. This will definately become a hobby of mine when I get home. The process is awesome.
4. We spent Saturday going down to Madison for a baptism. In her last area, Sister Johnson taught a woman named Sharon. She'd been investigating for quite a while, so when we heard she was getting baptized, we were both ecstatic. So President Jones let the Bowrings drive us down to attend. It was fantastic. :) It's funny how the smallest things can give you sufficient encouragement to push through the rest of the time.
In other news, I look like an Amish girl. I've been told so a few times now while we've been tracting, and I guess I have to accept it. I guess it's how I do my hair... or... something... anyways. It's pretty much awesome.
That's pretty much it... hope all is well for each of you! I'm beginning to feel at home here. When we drove back to Steven's Point from Appleton, I really felt like I was coming back home, so that was pretty cool. Our poor branch president has taken over as our branch mission leader, but he's amazing so I have no worries other than the fact that he has so much to do! One of our investigators--a darling girl named Liz--has accepted the commitment to baptism, so hopefully we can get things rolling with her. :) I'm so happy to be out here!
It's so incredible to see how Heavenly Father works with this little branch. The members are so strong and positive, and I have high hopes that--whether now or after I'm gone--membership in this area will really take off. I just need to keep planting seeds!
I want you all to know that I have a testimony of this work. It's for everyone! No matter your circumstances, your questions, your worries, or your hardships, the gospel can transform your perspective and beautify the mundane. It really is good news. I hope you each will take the opportunity to seek opportunities to share your faith. Members are the key to missionary work. They really are! And I've come to see that I am merely a tool to be utilized in the process. I love this gospel with all my heart and soul, and I hope I can learn to give everything I am to it. :)
Pictures: We made Duct Tape Ties for our District Leaders, Mac and Cheese Pizza, and Sharon's baptism (we're with two other sister missionaries, one of whom was also trained by Sister Johnson.) Cool stuff.
Almost February... 0_o
Love you all!