January 22, 2014
What-ho!? I'm in a new area. WAUSAU. And let me tell you, Wisconsin is showing it's true colors. Yesterday the zone leaders sent us a text:
"Wind advisory today and tomorrow. Exposed skin will freeze in a matter of minutes. Be very careful and be smart. Most importantly though, Do Work!!"
Yep. Sister Brady has been super sick since we got here, so yesterday was the first day we were really able to get out and do some tracting/etc. (Let it be known, despite -13 degrees, we found someone new to teach. Ha!)
Anyways, I'm loving Wausau so far. :) On the way here we got to stop in Stevens Point to pick up our car. The itty-bitty building in Stevens Point has been expanded into a lovely LARGE building! I would give you a picture, but I forgot my camera cord. So... sorry.
When we got here we moved into the Elder's old apartment. (They were doubled out so we could be doubled in.) I've heard horror stories of moving into Elder's apartments, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But we were delighted to find everything clean and ready for us to move in for the most part. :) We have found some accumulated random stuff (clothes, blankets, styling products that we can't use...) but we've settled in nicely. :) The Elders even left us some food and a never ending supply of hot chocolate and instant oatmeal. (Paradise, let me tell you.)
As to the area itself, there are only a few people they were teaching, and we haven't been able to get in contact with any of them yet. So we are working on finding them and contacting new people. We've already found a few, so things should be looking up.
I absolutely LOVE being Sister Brady's companion! She is such a tender mercy at this point in my mission. She is so motivated and sweet. And hilarious. :) It's great.
I forgot how many one-way streets seem to exist in this area. (Stevens Point was CRAZY.) But it's even crazier here. Hopefully we won't get in any accidents.
We've already met some wonderful people. :) Our ward is great! They are SO excited to have Sister missionaries... I guess they haven't had them in a few decades. Made for a warm welcome. :) There are Hmong elders serving in the ward as well... I guess there is a large Hmong population out here. :)
There are 5 stakes in Wisconsin. Milwaukee North, Milwaukee South, Green Bay, Madison, and Wausau. Crazy, huh? I keep thinking about how there are multiple stakes in my home town. So crazy! The Wausau stake is doing a "Flood Wausau Stake With the Book of Mormon" project currently. :) We are putting special emphasis on helping members give out the Book of Mormon to friends and family. So, in light of that:
Weekly Challenge: Prepare a Book of Mormon to give away. Write your testimony or your favorite passage or something in the front so you can have it ready. :) The Lord can give you an opportunity if you seek after it! Even in Utah. ;)
I guess that's it for now. No frostbite yet. :)
Love you all!