July 1, 2013
Family and friends! Recap of the week:
Monday night we met with Sis. Johnson, YW's president, to talk to her about the YW in the ward and she asked us to teach her kids for FHE since we were there anyway. We, of course, taught about missionary work and asked what kinds of opportunities they have had in the past. They had tons of stories for us! And these are all kids under the age of 10! Toward the end of the lesson, their boy (9, I think) goes, "So, are you gonna give us a challenge, or what?" and I asked, "Do you want a challenge?" All of the kids gave us a resounding "YES!" It was awesome. We gave them some mormon.org cards and asked them to give them away to their friends. That was sooo much fun! I don't feel like I'm very good at teaching and relating to adults, so teaching a group of kids was super refreshing for me. It was like a "oh yeah. This is why I wanted to teach elementary school in the first place!" At the end, they sang "I want to be a missionary now" for the closing song. Cutest thing ever.
Wednesday was so fantastic. We had interviews with President. And it was just good! I don't even remember why it was so great. I just remember my face hurting from smiling so much at the end of the day.
We heard back from Blair. She told us that she was in the hospital again and that her parents are going through a super rough time. I'm not very happy with the adversary right now. Not that I'm ever happy with him... but I'm reeeeally not happy with him, haha. We've got a couple of ideas of things we can do for her.
We just have to make them happen.
I love the Sabbath. Seriously. I love getting ready on Sunday morning and just thinking. Pondering the questions and concerns that I have, and prepping myself to get those answers in a few hours. I just love it. As we walked out of Sacrament meeting, I got a text from the ward mission leader, "Hey, I'm not there today. I asked Bishop if he could find someone to cover gospel essentials but didn't hear back. Can you teach?" Um... so I walk into class and Bishop's 14-yr-old son was standing at the front of the room, ready to teach! He just got back from EFY (Especially for Youth Program) and kind of re-taught a missionary lesson he learned there. It was so great! He called it, "10 ways Ammon was a missionary." One of his ways was to be an example and he said that we can only reflect His light when we're standing in it. I loved that! It's just like the moon! If you think about it, we have all the phases of the moon because we only see the light that is directly reflected from the sun. Man. Everything connects to the gospel.
Sister Loader and I went to YW instead of Relief Society so we could introduce ourselves to the YW. It's been a while! I loved it! For opening exercises, they asked for "Missionary Moments" and they all shared stories from the week. Man. This ward is great! After church I found a piano to practice hymns on (yeah. I'm the designated piano player for district meetings now. Never thought that would happen) and one of Sister Johnson's daughters came in and told us that she gave away her mormon.org card! Suuuper cute.
I'm going to try to start a new section of my letters, but we'll see how long it lasts, haha. It's called "Things Elders don't have to think/worry about on their missions." For instance... I now part my hair on the other side of my head so that my hair doesn't hang over my name tag. Tuesday morning I told Sister Loader, "This is a monumental day. I hope that you're excited to be a part of this major change I'm making in my life" haha. It was good times.
Well, my dear family and friends, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and that it's full of fireworks and hot dogs! I love you all!!