our way to Edmonton for a trip to the legislature building and the
temple! Then we have zone conference Wednesday and then exchanges! So
I'll be in the city for 3 days! It's gonna be an adventure! Here's
what happened in Cherry Grove this week!
Wednesday at the Food Bank was crazy! We work there from 10-2:30, and
we were busy the entire time, there was even a line with out the door!
Times are pretty tough up here. Everyone either farms, works for the
military, or works in the oil field which has no jobs right now. Of
course there are those who abuse the system, but there are also so
many people who are doing everything they can do provide for their
families. Heavenly Father is really humbling these people! It's been
humbling for me too, I'm so grateful for the peace the gospel brings.
We've started doing Personal Progress with two women in the ward, one
of whom is less active. She's a convert and never had the chance to do
it. She's also in a pretty tough situation because her husband is a
truck driver so he's gone all the time, and she's lost custody of her
two kids and only gets to see them every once in a while. So we're
hoping that this will keep her busy while her husband is away while
helping her improve her mom skills so she can get her kids back. So
we'll see how it goes!
Thursday was Crazy! We had district meeting in Vermillion. It was a
breath taking drive! Just fields of wheat and hay everywhere! It was
gorgeous. We had never been to Vermillion before so I looked at the
map beforehand and found my route. Well Sister V struggles to
read maps... Haha long story short, we got lost! We ended up on some
back road that was supposed to lead to the main highway! Hahaha what a
gong show. We were 30 minutes late for our meeting, but we made it!
After district meeting, the Vermillion elders had an investigator that
wanted to meet us! She's been investigating for two years, and she had
never met sister missionaries. So we went over, met her, and became
very fast friends! She's had two strokes in the last two years, lost
her husband 15 years ago, and her only child died when she was little.
She's had a pretty rough go at life, but she has been able to push
through it through with the help of the elders. She recently went to
church for the first time and loved it! It was so fun to spend time
with her, and it really helped her understand the role of women in the
church. She for sure thought that our missionary life is totally
different from the elders, but we were able to explain to her that we
do the exact same thing, they just hold the priesthood. Then we had a
great conversation about women and the priesthood and were able to
help her see our role in sustaining that priesthood.
Thursday night was spent in Bonnyville! We stopped by S, the
woman we met a few weeks ago. She's still not wanting to take the
lessons, but she does want help painting her house! So it may take a
bit of time to open her heart, but service softens hearts! After
S, we were able to go visit a part member family that I've never
been able to get in with, E and K D. E is inactive
but has no ill feelings towards the church. He just feels like he
never developed that faith or belief. Kate was raised in a strict
Catholic home, but she feels like she never gained faith either. We
had great conversation with them, and when we got to the message,
Sister V felt prompted to share "Does Faith Really Matter?"
from the His Grace series. Check it out if you've never seen it! It
was exactly what they needed, and K got so excited. She said, "I
have so many questions for you! But I don't remember any of them!"
Hahaha having Sister V, K, and I in the same room is pretty
entertaining! We are all super outgoing, and we were best friends by
the end, including plans for them to come visit us in Idaho! Hahaha it
escalated quickly! But on the spiritual side of things, we told them
that we're here to help them with their faith and to help them develop
a relationship with God. We asked if we could start teaching them, and
they said yes! They also asked if someone could come and bless their
house! They are so prepared, and we love them so much already. This
couple will for sure end up as an eternal family.
Friday morning was hilarious. Bishop knew that Sister V has a
list of things she wants to do in Cherry Grove before she leaves. The
list included castrating a calf. Hahah so bishop called us and told us
he didn't have any to castrate, but he had some to vaccinate and tag!
So we went first thing in the morning, and we put Sister V
right to work! This girl wouldn't hurt a fly, and so sticking little
baby cattle with a needle and piercing their ears about broke her
heart! She kept telling them she was sorry! Hahaha it was the cutest
thing, and she did it! But I don't think she has a future as being a
Friday night was great too! We had supper at the T, who have
their grandkids over for dinner every Friday night. All of their
grandkids are less active, and their significant others are not
members. The first time we went, there was a slight awkwardness
because hey, we're the missionaries! But this time around was great!
It was just M & S this time, but we were all laughing and having
a great time. M said the prayer on the food, and you could just
feel his testimony through his prayer! He has a heart of gold, he's a
sarcastic as they come, and he would be the greatest active member! So
we're still trying to figure out how we can help him, but the hope is
I'll finish off with a G and R update! We were able to have a
lesson with them on Saturday. We were getting worried because we had
texted and called with no response. But we were finally able to get
through! We decided that we needed to have a DTR (determine the
relationship.) They were on baptismal date for this weekend, but we
didn't feel like they were ready because they had only been to church
once. So we discussed baptism with them, and they want to get baptized
so badly! But G wasn't a fan of church. He felt like people would
give him the runaround when answering his questions, and he wants to
get deep! Well it makes sense why. Most investigators need simple!
They need the primary answers because they can't handle anything else!
Haha so we explained that to him, and asked them to try it again. They
agreed to come on Sunday, and they did! We haven't been able to ask
them how it went yet, but there were lots of members introducing
themselves and talking with them, so hopefully he felt better about
It's been a great week, and I've got a great week ahead! Every week is
a great week if you haven't noticed! Haha Before I left, everyone told
me that I would just love my mission. I knew they were right, but I
didn't expect to love it this much! It took me awhile to get to this
point, but I'm there! I love this place so much! And I love these
people more than I can comprehend. And I still have 7 1/2 months left!
I'm in trouble when I leave. Haha but I know that this is the Lord's
work. He is constantly guiding us to those who are ready, and it's
such a cool experience to be a tool in His hands.
Have a fantastic week! Get out there and be like Jesus!
Sister Bethany Christensen