On Monday we celebrated Payslee and Brother Boyces birthdays for cookie night! I cant tell you all enough how much I love this family. They are so much fun and they take such good care of us.
Tuesday morning we woke up at about 3:30 AM to get ready to go to MLC in Helena. 30 minutes later we were in the truck and driving. It is in moments like this that I really wish I wasn't the designated driver, I was so tired. At 6AM we finally got to Missoula, I crawled into the back, put my earplugs in and had a glorious nap until we got to Helena 2 hours later.
MLC was really cool! We discussed Facebook and some changes we were going to make so that the entire mission could be on the same page. We also discussed the focus of the transfer which is chapter 4 and chapter 10 in Preach My Gospel, recognizing the Holy Ghost and improving our teaching. We are excited for this transfer. Quote of the Day: "There are no dead areas, just dead missionaries." -President Wadsworth
Aaaaaand then we drove back. We got home at 8:30 that night. Insanity.
On Friday we woke up early so that we could go help a nonmember family move some furniture. I was wearing my favorite gray suit that I had owned since sophomore year, so you can imagine how thin the fabric on the seat of the pants is. When I squatted down to lift the couch, my pants ripped all along the back of the pants haha. I was already holding the couch, so I just had another elder walk right behind me as we carried the couch outside. Needless to say, we were a little late to Zone Training because we were getting me some new pants haha. Best part? President and Sister Wadsworth were at our Zone Training haha, ill never hear the end of it. Every time I did something that day someone said, don't rip your pants!
One of the last crazy things that happened this week was when we went and tried to contact a former investigator. When we first got there she just seemed like this nice old lady who was willing to listen, then everything changed, all the sudden she just went very anti. It was a little scary to be honest.
We had stake conference this week with Elder Rawson! I got so much out of it, but by far my favorite quote was this, "When you ask a question, you create a place in your mind for an answer. If we don't ask the question, we may get an answer but it won't stick because there is no place for it to go."
-Elder Rawson I love that! Ive never thought about it that way, and this new perspective has made me always want to have a question.
I don't know what it was this week, but a lot of crazy stuff happened. I got beat in a game of PIG by an 11 year old girl (It was on a little nerf hoop, but STILL), I got pulled over at 5 AM on my way to MLC because I missed a speed limit sign, I slipped in mud as we were trying to take a picture, I slipped off a porch into a thorn bush while tracting, and I ripped my pants trying to pick up a couch. It was... Interesting haha.
QUOTE OF MY LIFE:
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light get's in."
When you woke up at 3AM
City streets (Tyrna get some Pita Pit in Missoula)
It was hard to say goodbye to Elder Fleming but change is good, it helps us grow! Elder Christensen and I get along extremely well. In missionary work, the ideal situation is when you have two missionaries that are trying their hardest to be more like Christ and to be the best missionaries that they can be! When that happens, the companionship will have unity, and Elder Christensen and I are very unified.
The last few days before Elder Fleming left were full of a lot of hard goodbyes and visits. He is very loved here and nobody really wanted to see him go. On Tuesday we woke up and drove to Helena to drop him off and bring Elder Christensen back. That is about 4 hours of driving there, and then 4 hours back. The drive back was full of a lot of talking and getting to know each other. We knew right off the bat that we were going to get along. I am pleased to announce that their were no accidents this time haha.
The rest of the week has been busy and crazy! One of the best things that happened this week was that Mike Roberts is starting to show some serious, consistent progress! He asked a lot more questions about specific teachings in the Book of Mormon when we came back this last time, he came to church, AND he has made it through two hours of church now! He's getting closer and closer.
Our investigator that is on date for baptism, Noelle, came to church this week! This has been a goal of hers for a little bit and she is hoping to make this a lot more consistent. She is a very brave, determined woman and we are proud of her. Please keep her in your prayers as she tries to find a job.
Please also include Chelsey Junkin (hard to find a time to meet with her), Tifani Curtin (trying to get work off on Sundays), and Autumn (a member's non-member friend we are trying to meet with).
We have also been working a lot closer with the YSA branch, and we have already seen miracles. One girl has a good friend, Autumn, that has started coming to institute with her and a less-active young man everyone has been worried about just came back to church! This is a very choice group of people, we are lucky to get to work with them. This week the YSA had a game night and a "cookie and soup cook-off," and they were some of the funnest/funniest nights I have had in a while. Just so y'all know, my Disney trivia skills are lacking after these last 18 months haha.
One of the funnest things that happened this week was when we ran out to Whitefish to deliver some supplies to the elders out there. While we were there, Elder Christensen wanted to see an investigator that he knows, so we went to his work to say hi. His name is Trini, and he is one of the coolest people I have ever met in my life! He was extremely kind to us, and invited us and the other elders over in about an hour, so we went and grabbed lunch and then headed over. This man and his wife have been investigating the church for 13 years and they're getting really close. They are basically Mormon. We had such a fun time getting to know them and discussing the gospel. You never know when they will finally be ready, so you just keep trying!
I love you all! Remember to pray for missionary experiences.
Elder Christensen and Chick-Fil-A (the Only one in the mission)
No time today my friends, no time! First of all, we found out that
Elder Fleming is getting transferred to the Billings East Zone, which
we are NOT happy about. I am going to miss him a ton, he has been an
incredibly kind and patient companion. We worked hard together and got
a lot done. Elder Jon Christensen will be my new companion, and
honestly I do not really know anything about him. He looks like a cool
kid, we should get along very well.
Also we helped the Stuarts pull down trees. (See attached video)
We had some very good lessons this week! They were great haha but I
don't have any time to write about them! We did put a woman named
Noelle on date for baptism this week though, which is super cool. More
next week, I love you all and hope you are remaining close to the
We got caught eating Banana Cream Pie (new fave dessert)
Elder Fleming tried to open a can without a can opener haha
Photo Cred: Elder Brandon Rich. Caption Cred: Me :)
Photo Cred: Elder G. Austin Porter. Caption Cred: Also me!
Also we pulled down a tree at the Stuart's because we're manly.