Monday, April 29, 2013


This week has been awesome! Our investigator, Felicia got baptized! It was a really great experience to have and I will never forget it. 

Felicia is AMAZING! She has been investigating the church for a long time and has been taught by many missionaries. I'm so glad that she decided that this was the right decision to make! 
Leading up to the baptism was CRAZY though! Mostly we were trying to coordinate last minute rides for everyone (including Felicia...) But it all worked out and everyone got there. It was fun figuring out rides and using silly code phrases about it. (The eagle has left the nest! ) haha
It was very cool watching her get baptized and them come out of the water totally clean. She just looked SO happy. It was really cool to be a part of!
Here's a picture of Felicia with some of the sisters that have taught her over the years... we estimate she was taught by about 15 missionaries, or possibly up to 20.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Awkward Easter Dinner

So, this past Easter will forever be known in my mind as "The Awkward Easter". I probably can't even put it in writing how awkward it was. 

To start, our Easter dinner appointment cancelled on us, but our ward mission leader was DETERMINED to find us another dinner. After the second hour of church, he just told us to come over to the dinner that he was having at another family in the ward's house. After a few minutes of his insisting, we told them that we would just stop by really fast and say, "Hi" because we didn't want to awkwardly impose on someone's Easter Dinner. I was pretty sure that I knew where they lived, because the family whose house we were going to had given us a referral before to go and see a family member who wasn't a member of the church. 

Fast forward to an hour after church when we were supposed to go to dinner. 

We pulled up to the house and knocked on the door. And waited. And waited some more. A lady came to the door and let us right in. We walked into the kitchen to find...nothing. No food, no people, just us and this lady. So we start talking to her to try and figure out what the heck is happening and why the heck there aren't any people that we know there...Then she started to shrug her shoulders, shake her head, and speak Spanish. Then the whole situation hit me. Here we were standing in this lady's kitchen, not being about to communicate at all with each other, and not knowing how to explain ourselves and leave the house without looking like total weirdos. Great. 

We awkwardly stood there in silence with her little dogs running around us and jumping on us for what seemed like and ETERNITY and I keep thinking, "Heavenly Father, remember those 3 years of Spanish that I took in High School? Now would be a good time to remember some of that". Ask and ye shall receive, right? I'm racking my brain for some Spanish, and the only word that comes to my mind is "Perro" for Dog. So I say, "Perro" and start petting the Dogs. It was the only thing that I could only defense to awkward.

But then the lady got a call and went to the other room, and I seriously considered just leaving...but it was her daughter in law calling to talk to us to tell us that we went to the wrong house and that we should go a few houses down for dinner. haha

There were a lot more awkward things, but that was the biggest one. 

To finish it up, when we were finally at the dinner, we were having this soup that was chili based and Sister Bowles accidentally spilled it on her skirt and ended up wearing one of the Lady's skirts home. 

And then after dinner, we took some food from dinner over to the lady's house that we had accidentally gone to...super awkward. We were just like, " you go! Bye!" haha.   

It was definitely a good day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter!

  Heyyy Everyone!!  Happy Easter! 
I hope that everyone had a great day and that everyone got a chance to think about all that our Savior has done for us.    I am so thankful for Him!    I am thankful to know that He lives today and to know that He is very aware of each of us. 

I just want to say that serving a mission is the BEST thing ever!! And definitely the hardest thing ever as well. But it's so good! I am so thankful that I get to be here right now. I have learned so much about the gospel, and I can definitely say that I know that it is true. I know it, without a doubt in my mind. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know that He translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. I know that you can know too! All you have to do is read the Book of Mormon and go to the source of all truth. Pray about it! You will definitely get an answer.

Just a cool thing that happened to us: The other day, we were seeing an investigator and I kept feeling like when we were done, we should just go for a walk instead of getting in our car and driving to the next place, which is kind of weird because we wouldn't normally just go and walk around. But I kept thinking of it, so we did it! The crazy part is that I knew exactly where we were going to go. We went up the street and around the corner and there was this cute family outside! We started talking to them (well, actually, they started talking to us first!) and we got them to agree to come to the Trail Center for a tour and to see this art exhibit that we have downstairs. It was awesome and I can't wait to see them again! I love getting to see how different people are prepared to hear about the Gospel. Just by talking to them, we could tell that they have had so many experiences in their lives that have been preparing them. So cool!

I have to get going, but stay tuned. I'll write about the most awkward Easter ever next week!



PS -So fun to get to see the Duffy family during their Spring Break!!