September 30, 2013

IMG_2991[1]IMG_2891[1]I got to watch the Relief Society Broadcast and I absolutely loved it 🙂 I really liked the story about the farmer and his sheep. While I was at the stake center for the broadcast I started talking to a young women about her children. A little bit into the conversation she asked me how many kids I had! Oops, my hair was covering up my name tag so she hadn’t realized I was a missionary. I doubt I’ll get asked that question all that many more times on my mission lol. There is another new family in the ward? That is wonderful! I think you and dad would totally love the mission! I hope you get to go as soon as you are planning to! The senior couples in our area are awesome! This area is a little different than others because we have the bishop’s store house in our mission so we get to go and do service at the storehouse every Wednesday. This past Wednesday was my first time working there and let me tell you, the people we work with are hilarious! After we finished working, Sister Rigby and I made dinner for everyone that was here working, so about 12 people. We were going to make shepherds pie, but I had stewing beef instead of ground beef and I didn’t realize the mistake until I had already put the meat in the frying pan. To make a long story short we ended up making stew instead. It turned out pretty good, but I promised that next time I would make shepherds pie the right way 😉 So yesterday was my first Sunday in the mission field. Before church we had to go to the ward counsel meeting. Sister Rigby and I were running a little behind and as we were running into the church a big bug hit me smack in the face! I thought the bug might have gone into my hair so I ran my fingers through it really quick as we headed into the meeting. We were about 15 minutes late so when we walked in everyone turned to look. The primary president wasted no time telling me there was a bug on my head and my companion whipped around and smacked me in the face trying to get the bug off from me. The stupid bug took flight and it was then that I saw it was a pretty large wasp that had been chilling in my hair. One of the elders took of their shoes and proceeded to chase the wasp. To say the least my first impression to all of the ward leaders was quite embarrassing.

This is a quick run down of my week –
Monday- travel
Tuesday- Travel and meet my new companion Sister Rigby
Wednesday- District meeting with the Elders, and working at the storehouse (Just so ya know we have 6 sets of missionaries in our ward. There are two senior couples, a set of senior sisters, me and my companion, the district leader and his companion, and the zone leaders) 12 missionaries in total! That’s a lot of missionaries for such a tiny ward! The ward here is like our home ward with wonderful, sweet, and eccentric people, but less people in total.
Thursday- had lunch at a little Guatemalan woman’s house named Marie. She is 91, lives on her own and doesn’t speak a word of English. Which is kind of hard since neither my companion or I speak any Spanish. Despite the language barrier, she still tells stories like most sweet older people do. She uses her hands a lot when she talks so I can kind of understand what she is saying lol She has a sweet little dog and an African Gray, both with intense Spanish names that I can’t remember. After we saw her we went to an investigators house.  We ended our day at the senior sisters house for dinner.
Friday- We went and visited a wonderful sweet couple where the husband is partially paralyzed. Every Friday we have the opportunity to go visit them, which I’m very grateful for. I’m excited to get to know them better 🙂 Once we left their house we made a quick trip to the store and then headed home to pack our apartment. I was very fortunate and got a wonderful companion and a fabulous area to work in, but we had to move from the apartment we were at. We have a new place now that has just been redone and has beautiful wood floors and came furnished and decorated. I’m not going to lie, I feel a little spoiled. Sister Rigby said our first apartment is the worst she has ever lived in and our new one is the best. So lucky me, I got to see both ends of the spectrum in one week lol
Saturday- We moved everything over, we are still working on getting everything moved in, and went to the relief Society broadcast.
Sunday- Went to the meeting in the morning and then to church.  After church we went to visit an investigator. She and her husband are very sweet people. Then we went to a meeting with the ward mission leader, and let me tell ya, after that meeting I felt a little overwhelmed by how much work we have to do. We ended the day with dinner at one of the senior couples houses with the other missionaries as well 🙂 All in all  a great week!
This week we wont be moving so hopefully we will get more missionary work in! My companion, Sister Rigby, is from Blackfoot Idaho.  I’m grateful she is my companion 🙂 I’m loving my mission! The Lord has truly been helping me to love the people I meet 🙂 I’m grateful for this time I have to serve the Lord and learn from his children. There are so many wonderful missionaries our here that I have so much to learn form 🙂 I couldn’t be luckier, or happier 🙂
I love you and the gospels true 🙂
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September 24, 2013

So I made it to Mississippi safe and sound! My mission president and his wife are absolutely wonderful and so are all of the missionaries that I’ve met so far. I’m not going to lie, when we landed I was a little unhappy, and as we drove around the feeling only got worse. It looks and feels like Missouri. In the car all of the sisters that were with me were talking about how green and different everything was. There are all from Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. All I could think about was the fact that it looked like home. I felt like I was driving through Missouri and it was killing me. Mostly because I felt like I should be driving to my house to sit on the front porch and pet my cat and dog and ride my horse later. Have a meal with the family and watch a movie, and I knew that wasn’t what was in store for me. This mission is going to be hard because it looks like home 😦 But….. I prayed last night for help, and guess where I got assigned… I’m going down to the coast to a place called Slidell! What an answer to my prayers 🙂 That should at least look a little different from Missouri 🙂 I’m excited to get down there and meet my companion Sister Rigby 🙂 Everyone says she is awesome! Also her birthday is this Thursday so I’ll get to celebrate that with her 🙂 Sooooo excited!!! Now to get in the car and drive for 4 hours!!! Gotta love traveling! Great time to write in the journal right lol I hope everything is going well with the family 🙂

I love you, and the gospel is true 🙂 Sister Rogersunnamed unnamed (49) unnamed (11)unnamed (21) unnamed (70)

September 19, 2013

I leave the MTC on Monday morning at 3:30 in the morning! there are 17 of us in the group heading out towards the south. We aren’t all going to the same place though. I literally have the best companion and best district!!!They are all soooo awesome! I really have been blessed 🙂 My companion is Sister Anderson and she is from Mesa Arizona. We are both going Mississippi so I really hope we get placed in the same zone! She is the sweetest girl, and we have tons in common! I couldn’t have chosen a better companion if given the decision 🙂 In my district there is an Elder Rogers, and he is just like Ed! lol They have all the same mannerisms and they even look the same. He is from Australia, but has lived in Texas for the past few years. There are three girls in our district and we are all going to Mississippi and there are four boys and they are all going to Vegas West.

So I really have been loving the MTC! So many things to learn and so many wonderful people to meet! Lots of awesome devotionals and spiritual experiences 🙂 I’m loving all of it. That’s not to say though, that this place isn’t challenging. It seems as if people are constantly reminding you that you aren’t going to be a perfect missionary right off the bat. It is definitely easy to forget that. You want so much to be your best that when you fall short of perfection you are totally crushed. But then we are reminded that we have time to become better and we’ve just barely began this adventure. In one of the talks in a devotional an older sister said about her missions experiences, “You will spend your entire mission thinking about home, and when you get home, not a day will go by that you won’t think about your mission.” I know I’ve just begun my crazy journey but I know that is definitely true 🙂 Just in the short time I’ve been here I’ve had some crazy experiences! The first full week you here they give you “investigators” to start teaching. My goodness that is scary. Our investigator has definitely been a challenge but I know my companion and I have learned so much. There is so much I’d still love to tell you but just not enough time! I’m really am thankful for the letters you’ve sent me 🙂 Thank you for the love and support 🙂

Sorry I don’t have time to write more, but the next letter from me should be from out in the field!!! SO exciting!!! 🙂 I love everyone and I’m truly loving my mission 🙂 I love you, and the gospels true! Sister Rogersunnamed (25) unnamed (24) Mignonne MTC District unnamed (17) Mignonne MTC sis. anderson