State Yard Sale and a Few Thoughts

WE HAD A MIRACLE!

OK it’s not that exciting. On Friday (the 24th aka Pioneer day) I heard fireworks, I couldn’t figure out where they were and the trees were too high but I heard them! On Friday, we woke up to noise. Why was is noisy at 6:30 in the morning? Well I guess once a year there is a garage sale on Rout 90. It’s a really long street in NY and I guess we live on part of that street. There were people everywhere.

This week we had a wonderful ward picnic.

We had chicken (the pieces were HUGE it was a whole half a chicken!). We played Uno. Just like all those times in Placid (game night)! For a few weeks now I have been craving no bake cookies… I don’t know why, but I have, and someone brought them. They tasted so good! I really feel like I am getting to know the ward here, so that’s good. And of course as we were about to leave it started raining… Lovely NY!

This week was my first District Meeting with senior couples.

It was a bit crazy. We had a get to know you game where we each asked a question and then we all had to answer it. Apparently my patronice (Idk if that’s right…the thing from Harry Potter) is a zebra, and my companion thinks I’m a turtle. After a debate about where our district lunch will be (It’s this week, so your hear about it next week) we got to our training. Sister Gilstrap (I just follow her everywhere) and her brand new trainee gave the training. It was about helping members feel comfortable teaching with us. We did a pretty awesome role play where we had a “member” (another missionary) with us. It was easy to see that having members at lessons really does help investigators make friends in the ward or branch. We want to implement that more! Next week my companion and I are giving the training, for the first time ever! It’s gonna be fun!

A few other thoughts:

Remember That investigator that we found a few weeks? Well we went to her house on Tuesday to teach her. She said she forgot that another appointment came up, however we were able to meet her family. We haven’t been able to meet with her since. Both my companion and I know that she is prepared, and we know we have done some good even if we are not the ones who bring her to baptism.

I had my first ever phone lesson! He lives far into our area so most of the time we just have a phone lesson unless we can meet at a members house. He said that he has had a hard time getting work off on Sundays. I was able to tell him my story of getting Sundays off while working at WalMart. I hope that it will help him too! I am excited to see him at church one of these days

We met with a less active this last week, she is really getting into the Book of Mormon. She even wants to meet with us once a week so that her Niece can read with us! That’s awesome!

We have invited a 10 year old girl and her sister to church. They are always really excited when we come over! We haven’t started teaching yet because we need permission, however we will probably start teaching her this week. I hope she comes to church one day!

Dinners:

This week we had two dinner appointments! One was with an older couple. He use to be a seminary teacher. It made me think of my time in seminary, and how much I loved it. We had stroganoff, my favorite! It was pretty good. On Friday we had dinner with another couple at a Chinese restaurant. It was pretty good.

Next week we have an exchange… I am going to Hamilton.  It’s gonna be awesome!

I hope you have a great week!

Pizza and a Tracting Miracle

On Monday night…

We had dinner at Pizza Hut with a member family. Did you know that Pizza Hut has sit down restaurants? Well I didn’t. One of them recently returned home from his mission in Brazil. I thought that was kind of cool. We also went to the Greenwood’s home to play a game of Skipo with a Sister Greenwood’s mom (She was 93). That was a lot of fun she was a sweet lady.

We had Our Zone Training Meeting on Wednesday.

It was about working with members. We learned about how our investigators can have more connection to the church if they become friends with and are strengthen by the members. Not only will it help our investigators we can also help the members feel the spirit in their homes when we go over to teach them. The Liverpool building (Where we have ZTM) was the same floor plan as the West Jordan building. It brought back a lot of memories. It was kind of cool! We also had a Zone lunch. We just picked up pizza (I guess that’s all they have in New York…pizza) and had our interviews with President Rogers. I felt like I was in a doctors office and I was a patient to President Rogers… but that’s OK, he is a doctor by profession. President and Sister Rogers are great!

That evening, we put our skills that we learned at ZTM. We had dinner with an older couple. They are really great, we asked them some questions to get to know them, I could really feel the spirit in their home! Their testimonies are so strong and we could tell that they love their family! I am excited to get to know the members in this ward!

Tracting…

We had a really really cool experience tracting the other day! But first let me get you in the mood of that day. We got up. It was hot! we exercised, got ready, and studied. We got a text from the Elders telling us that we should go check out the Holiday in Homer fair (We actually live in Homer). So we thought it would be a good idea to go so that we could interact with the community. As soon as we walked out side, we could literally eat the air it was so humid, and it was the hottest day yet! So we walked around, checked out the booths. There was one that sold hand made doll cloths. I thought that was cool. There was lots of jewelry. It was fun, however we didn’t get a chance to talk to very many people.

So we went home for lunch and my companion prepared for her talk the next day. It was hot! Our plan was to go tracting, with a little bit of dread and excitement we braved the humidity and went tracting. We were drenched in sweat and humidity bugs were attacking us, but we kept going. We started tracting one street, but not a lot of people were home, and if they were they rejected us. A lot of people looked like they were leaving. Finally I told my companion that we needed to go tract another street. So we did. We went to the next street over. We still had the same results. No one was home. We got to house number eight. We knocked, no answer. We knocked again. No answer.

So we walked down the long path back to the side walk, and proceeded to walk up a long ramp up to the next house. Just as I was about to lay my knuckles on the door. We hear someone say hello from house number eight. We start talking and then we walk down the long ramp up her long path, surly enough time for her to slam the door shut and run away, but she didn’t. We started telling her about our message, then we ask if we can share our message with her. She said yes, I would love to hear a message about Jesus! She graciously invited us into her house. We talk her the first lesson, at the end we each said a silent prayer, she prayed for a long time, we could feel the spirit so strongly. At the end, we invited her to come to church the next day and we set up another appointment. Unfortunately she didn’t make it to church, but we are going to see her on Tuesday. I am so excited! Great things come when you work hard! 🙂 I know that Heavenly Father as a specific plan for each of us, he loves us and he knows what we need and when we need it. I know that it wasn’t a coincidence that we changed the street we were tracting. Heavenly Father has his hand in everything. I am grateful for that!

Hoopla!

My companion has been out for 8 months yesterday and I have been out for 6 months today, so on Saturday we went to Hoopla. It’s a frozen yogurt place, the first one I’ve been to since I’ve been in New York. It was super yummy!

On Sunday…

I was asked to give a testimony and introduce myself in place of my companion’s talk (she will give it next week) It’s not as hard as it use to be!

On Sunday night we had dinner with the Tranquill’s and some of their extended family. They are very involved in the Hill Cumorah Pageant (In New York it’s just “Pageant” like “I’m going to Pageant tonight”) One day I want to come back and see it!

Alice

I have a new friend, her name is Alice and she is a zebra. A sister in the ward makes and knitted stuffed animal for each Sister that comes into the Cortland ward. I was able to pick, the animal that I wanted and the colors that I wanted it to be. Each animal that she knits comes with a name. Mine is pink and Black, and very cute!

Well today was kind of a sad day for the Ward. Sister Greenwood’s mom, the one that I talked about earlier, passed away this week so we went to her funeral service today. She seemed like a sweet lady even though I only met her once.

Well that’s all that happened this week!

Horseshow and Strawberry Jam

A LOT of stuff happened this week!

I guess that’s what happens when you get transferred! So I will start with what happened in Lake Placid:

On Monday evening Sister Wiggins called and told me I had a package from Germany and was wondering if I was going to be at transfers and I said yes! So even though I was sad I was leaving Placid I was excited to go to transfers. I would get a package and I would be able to see my previous companions.

On Tuesday…

I packed for two hours straight! There were still a few things but I was tired and I need a break so we went to this Crepe Place on Main Street and we went to the horse show… but it was almost done by the time we got there… but I have a few pictures. Then we went to Sister Pascarelli’s house to say good bye. She loves the missionaries so much! She even put her famous mints in a bag for us to take on our 3 hour drive to Utica.

On Tuesday night, we had our Branch FHE and we made strawberry jam. It was a lot of fun! We almost took some home but it wasn’t quite ready yet. I was a little sad. However, when I started unpacking in Cortland, I found a jar of strawberry jam wrapped in my blanket! The Miskin’s had sneaked the jam into my suitcase as they packed it into their trunk!

On Wednesday…

I woke up at 4:45am to make sure everything was packed and ready to go. I signed our poster that all missionaries sign in Lake Placid. Left a note for my companion’s trainee. Played the Piano one more time. I finished just as the Miskins pulled up to our apartment.

Transfers was crazy!

There were so many people getting transferred. There were 21 new missionaries. I felt like I was in high school again it was so loud! I saw my former companion! I was going to be in her same district but then she had to get transferred back to the North Country. I also saw the one who was in my district at the MTC and she is one of my Sister Training Leaders!

After Lunch I got my stuff out of the Miskin’s car, I put it in the church. Went back in, found Sister Mason, located her stuff. Then we searched the whole Utica church building to find Elder Summers (our driver) so that we could locate the Owego van. Moved all of our luggage to the Owego van. Somewhere in all of this, Elder Medearis loaded his stuff. After a great game of Tetiris (Idk how to spell that game…), we loaded into the Owego van and we were off to Cortland so that I could move in and finally meet up with my new companion. Whew! That was a lot!

So I unpacked for a while…

And then we ate dinner. We were invited to go to the Young Women’s activity. We made Tortillas! They were really good! The church is much bigger that the Lake Placid church. I guess it’s like when Alice shrinks and everything is big to her.

On Thursday…

We had a yummy dinner with the Moss family. They are really nice! the spirit is so strong in their house, even if they had 8 crazy children running around the house. I guess there is always a family who pretty much “Adopts” the missionaries into their family. I am grateful for the members who do become friends with the missionaries, it makes me feel safe to be in that area. And they always make yummy homemade food.

On Fridays we have a crazy workout with a member at her gym. It is supper intense but you feel so good after, so yes, I do work out! Sometimes I even go running…

Tracting…

The only thing to really do in this area to find people, is to tract. So I guess I had a lot of practice in Lake Placid. I am grateful for my companion in Lake Placid… she really pushed me to be confident when I tract. Because of that I want to do some crazy things to find people. The other day, we were tracting and there was this couple who was fixing their car in their backyard. They had no fence and so we could easily talk to them. Well my companion was already up the road and didn’t want to talk with them so we didn’t. I used to be like that.

Later, we were tracting another street and I started talking to this woman who was fixing her door. I asked her if she needed help, she seemed stubborn and refused. We talked with her for a minute and then we left. When we came back up the street she saw us and started calling us. In her hand was a small white book. She gave it to us and said, “My children found this a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t remember which church it was from. It is yours?” It was my companion’s last companion’s Missionary handbook! That’s a tender mercy right there!

We also invited a ten year old girl to church. We first started talking to her mom and we asked her if she was interested, she said no, but my daughter might be. So she comes out the door and yells her daughters name down the street. She started running down the street as soon as her mom called her. She didn’t come this week, but I sure hopes she comes next week!

Church was great!

It was really weird to hear a lot of babies crying. And they actually had a raised stand and chapel benches. And I also forgot how cold real chapels are… So I need to pull some of my cardigans out!

That night we had dinner with the Moss’again. This time it was the whole family. Brother Moss went to Germany on his mission, I thought that was pretty cool! They also wanted to try something new… It was fried bread (aka Western Scones according to Brother Moss). I haven’t had a scone in forever so they were really good.

Well I guess that’s all… It hasn’t rained in a 3 days… It’s kind of weird.

Have a wonderful week!

Transfers and Happy Fourth

First thing’s first!

I am getting transferred. 🙁 I am going to Cortland (Near Syracuse). My companion will be my STL (Sister Training Leader) from my first transfer so I’m super excited to be her companion! I feel so much better going to a new area with someone I already know.

This week seemed to be pretty long…

Well it was the same old same old all week.

Saturday couldn’t come sooner! We went up to Potsdam to meet our new mission president and his wife, President and Sister Rogers. They are really great, and I know that the Lord has called them to come to this specific mission for a specific reason. I am excited to get to know them more.

​Our District #4: Back row: Elder Miskin, Elder Connole, Elder Cook, Elder Medearis, Elder Fortin, and Elder Swenson. Front row: Sister Miskin, Sister Baxter, Sister Brown, Sister Trapane, Sister Gass, and Sister Swenson

​Our District #4: Back row: Elder Miskin, Elder Connole, Elder Cook, Elder Medearis, Elder Fortin, and Elder Swenson. Front row: Sister Miskin, Sister Baxter, Sister Brown, Sister Trapane, Sister Gass, and Sister Swenson

Well earlier this week, our district leader cancelled district meeting because President and Sister Rogers were coming. We had to take a district photo. So we did that. This district that I have been in for the last transfer has been pretty cool, but it’s completely changing! Three people from our district are training, including my companion. I am excited for her!

When we got back to Lake Placid…

We had lunch and then it started pouring! So we couldn’t go outside so we stayed in and studied until it stopped. When it finally stopped, we went out to go tracting. No one was home, so we walked down to see the parade. And of course, it started pouring again. So we took cover under some trees. It finally let up enough so the parade could start. It was a fun parade. We were standing by two cute kids that yelled “HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!” to everyone. So cute! The high school marching band played, it poured again, but they kept on playing. It was pretty fun!

The Zone Leaders called while the fire trucks were blaring down the parade route. They were concerned. But we told them we were at a parade, and they weren’t too concerned after that. When they told me I was going to the Syracuse Zone, I was so excited that I was going there because my former companion is down there. Then they told us that she was training in Norwood… that’s in the Potsdam Zone… were I am now. I was so mad! But it’s OK, I will probably see her at transfers on Wednesday!

We were also told that we couldn’t go out to see the fireworks.

My companion was really bummed because they went off over Mirror Lake. However, we could hear them start to go off while we were planning. My companion went upstairs for something and then she started screaming so I went to grab a shoe because I thought she saw a spider. But then, she started running sown the stairs saying “We can see the fireworks!” So we get outside to take a few pictures. It was truly a #tendermercy!

Obviously, it was fast Sunday yesterday.

I had no intention of going up to bare my testimony (even if it was my last Sunday). But then an Elder went up who is also leaving, and bore his testimony and told everyone he was leaving… I then I felt like I needed to too, so I did. I have come to love Lake Placid so so so much! It is my favorite place. The people there are great! the branch is fun (especially Sacrament meetings). It’s really pretty! I just love it so much and I’m going to miss it!

On Sunday night…

We had dinner with the White’s and Evan’s at the White’s house. These two families (and many other people) have feed the missionaries countless times. They are always happy and they love the missionaries. It is so easy to love them back. I will miss them tons! I hope to come back some day. Oh yeah, so we had hot dogs and yummy pasta salad and Sister Evan’s famous monster cookies. It was a great night!

I’m not even close to being packed…

I’m honestly not sure what happened at the beginning of the week, so that’s why I haven’t told you about it. We tracted… we tried to find people to teach. It’s hard sometimes, but I know that we are planting seeds. It has been great being in Lake Placid, NY!