This week has been utter chaos! Like for real this time! Haha Sadly,
our mission tour was cancelled because Elder G was sick, and we
found our Friday that we had to move out of our apartment by Monday
because Elders were moving in! We have been literally running from
place to place the past few days. Thankfully, it has been a wonderful
week for the people we are teaching!
I'll start with J. I know I say this every week, but he truly is so
golden!!! The funniest thing happened with our lesson with him on
Saturday. We had been moving stuff all day/ running to appointments,
but we planned out our day so that we would have an hour to get to his
appointment since we would be taking the buses. The roads were super
icy, so our first bus was 15 minutes late. We go to catch our
connecting bus, and it wasn't there at the right time.... so we call
the bus link, and they say it's going to be 30 minutes late! So we had
no choice but to wait it out, and it was freezing, so we hopped into
Starbucks to get a hot chocolate. We had met the guys working there a
few times, and so we were chatting away with them. We grab our hot
chocolates and head out to the bus stop. I start to drink mine, and it
tastes a little funny...... I ask Sister A to try it to see if it
tastes funny to her too. PEOPLE, IT HAD COFFEE IN IT! Hahahah and
guess what we were teaching J that night..... the Word of Wisdom!
Hahaha such irony!
So we catch the bus to head to the lesson, and we're 15 minutes
late.... We walk into the house, and the wife is just glaring at us! I
knew we were late, but I was quite surprised. Come to find out, her
husband hadn't told her that we were coming! So J showed up at the
door, and she asked, "what do you want?" He said, "are you a Mormon?"
Hahahaha so she was a bit surprised about the whole evening, but we
had such a great lesson with J! Despite my own Word of Wisdom slip,
he's committed to quitting smoking and coffee. He is so ready to make
a change in his life. It's amazing to see the Spirit working so strong
in his heart. I've never met someone so ready to change his life. He
went to six hours of church on Sunday, went home and read 16 pages of
the Book of Mormon, and read through some of President Monson's talks.
He's incredible! We're praying that he can stop smoking before his
baptism on December 10. So please keep him in your prayers!
Wednesday night was a fundraiser Fiesta for the Young Women. What a
blast! Lots of people showed up, and quite a few nonmembers were
there! One in particular was the auctioneer for the night. This guy is
a professional auctioneer! He's won competitions, he has his own
auction lot, it was amazing! They were able to raise $5,000 dollars!
Incredible! We had the chance to chat with him for a little bit, and
he's such a good man. Now you all know how all over the place I am,
but it was hilarious that night! One minute I'm talking about
Government structures with a former politician, and the next I'm
discussing the qualities of good livestock for a rodeo! Hahahah I'm
seriously so strange. But we're hoping to have another opportunity to
see the auctioneer and invite him to take the lessons.
Thursday's district meeting was incredible. We talked about testimony
and why it is so important, and then we went around the room, and
talked about how each of us had gained our testimony. The Spirit was
so strong!! Being in a district with 9 elders is quite chaotic most
times, but it was powerful to hear their own personal conversion
stories, and I'm grateful to be serving with such steadfast and
We've taught so many people this week, and I sadly don't have time to
tell you about each one, but I do know that this is the Lord's work.
I've reflected a lot on how wonderful my mission has been so far, and
it is so evident that He is actively engaged in His work! We may not
always see the hands that lift us, but I know that He will
continuously help us through everything. He can change us! He's
changed me, and I hope that I can continue to become more like him.
I hope you all have a wonderful week, and Thanksgiving if you're in
the States! I love you all!
Sister Bethany Christensen