Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 65: Happy Halloween!!!

Before I Die.......
Happy Halloween to everyone! I can't believe the Holidays are already here. It seems like it was just yesterday I was in Lynnwood picking up trash on 164th Street. Hahaha but time must go on I guess. 

This last week has been so crazy and so much fun! I love being a missionary and getting to do missionary work. On Monday of last week we got to go to the Military FHE and it was a lot of fun. We were able to see a lot of families that we never really get to see because we aren't allowed to go on the base, darn. That is okay because we got to see those families and have dinner also! WIN if you ask me. 

Elle and Hermana Blake
Tuesday I was able to go on exchanges with Hermana Blake! I love going on exchanges because I ALWAYS learn sooo much. Hermana Blake has been on her mission for six months so she knows a good amount of Spanish. Every time I go on exchanges with a Spanish missionary I am so jealous about the fact that I don't know Spanish and they do. But then they teach me a little bit and so I feel better! Although most of our appointments canceled that day Hermana Blake was such a trooper and had the most positive attitude the entire day. I am so grateful I get to serve a long side her and both of her companions, she is in a three pack! 

Elle and Sister Leininger
Tuesday night is when I would normally go back with Sister Perry to Oak Harbor but because the next couple of days were a little crazy we weren't able to. Zone meeting was the next day and Sister Leininger and I were asked to instruct at not only our zone meeting but also Arlington's. So Tuesday night I went with Sister Leininger to Mount Vernon so that we could plan for our instructions.  Sister Perry, Sister Brush and Sister Barr all went back to Oak Harbor for a couple of days. 

Treats from Elle's training lesson
So Wednesday at Mount Vernon zone meeting we instructed on the importance of using your time wisely and having effective studies. We decided to use Elder Bednars talk from October 2011 ensign where he talks about Lehi’s dream. It went really good and so right after our instruction we had to drive over to Arlington so we could give our second instruction which was about the importance of using: How to Begin Teaching. How to Begin Teaching is my favorite and so I was excited for this. Well it decided to rain and so we were doing our best to get there on time but it didn't work out. So when we got there we parked and ran inside and it looked like their role play was over and so we were okay. But we still felt really bad. After the meeting was over though we went out to lunch and it was fun to get to know a lot of missionaries that I don't even know. 

Elle and Sister Bergamini
Sister Leininger and I stayed together that day because Wednesday night we were going to be exchanging with the Camano Island Sisters, Sisters Matthews and Bergamini. I stayed with Sister Bergamini on Camono Island and we had a lot of fun. I didn't know Sister Bergamini couldn't drive and so when the next day came and we were getting ready to go out and work she handed me the keys and told me that I was going to need to drive. Well I had left my Tiwi card (Tiwi is a unit that is in all of the missionary vehicles that in order to drive you have to clock in so it knows who is driving.  Tiwi also says when you are speeding it tells you to check your speed and if you push the gas to hard or slam on the break it gives you an aggressive driving, but you can't drive unless you have your Tiwi card.) In Oak Harbor because normally I wouldn't be driving because it’s not my area. Well we had to call Sister Matthew and Sister Leininger and ask them to head to Oak Harbor to get my card because I didn't have it, lesson learned for sure. We had plenty to go before they got here and so it worked out. Sister Bergamini is so cool. She has only been out for three weeks and so it was a lot of fun to get to work with such a new missionary again!

Finally Thursday night I got to go back to Oak Harbor with Sister Perry, it was so nice to be home.

Elle and Sister Leininger preparing for their training lesson
Saturday morning Sister Leininger and I had to go to Stanwood and do a companionship study with the Stanwood Sisters. Sister Plank, Krummanachar and Moody. So we drove there and met with them and then afterward we stopped somewhere where we could figure out our travel plans for the last couple of things that we needed to do. That took longer than we thought it was going to....but it is all figured out! 

This last week has been crazy but I am so grateful that I get to work with so many amazing missionaries! They teach me so much! 

I love you all so much and I hope that you have an amazing week! Happy Halloween! 

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