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This week had it’s ups and downs 🙂

We had ZTM this week! I love missionary meetings! They usually make me want to be a better missionary and work harder!

We went on exchange this week! Sister Williams came here to Vestal with me! There were a lot of Miracles, that’s generally what happens on exchange.

When we got to our apartment, we made some goals, I decided that I wanted to give out a Book of Mormon before we came in for dinner, mind you we only had a few hours before dinner, but I was hopeful that I would reach my goal! So we went out. There were a ton of people on the streets, more than normal! It was amazing! We met so many wonderful people and we even taught the first lesson right there on the street for a few of them! I gave my Book of Mormon to one of them. Another one we taught seemed really interested, he said the message we shared was inspiring and hopeful! It’s amazing how people can start to feel the spirit in their life in such a short time! He looked a lot happier when we left that when we first met him!

We had a quick dinner and we were back on the street! We tracted a road, it was dark and I was a little scared to knock on doors at night, but we did it anyway! We didn’t have a whole lot of success until the very last house! We a man who seemed really interested and told us we could come back later! We also found a lot of people as we tracted part of our apartment building! The people we met seemed so prepared! One even made an appointment with us later in the week! When we went back he seemed really interested!

I forgot to send this last week, but this is a picture of Sister William and I. We had a birthday party!! We both have the same birthday!

Sister William and I. We had a birthday party! We both have the same birthday!

The next day, Sister Gass texted us that Sister Hale wasn’t feeling very well and was in bed resting. So when we were finished with our exchange, a member of our ward drove us all the way to Elmira! They are the nicest people ever! they gave us water and chocolate for our journey to Elmira and they stopped at Wendy’s on the way back for dinner! And gave Sister Hale some things to help her feel better! They are the best!

Before Sister Williams left Vestal, we had a great lesson with one of our investigators, she had been coming to church a few times. She almost committed to be baptized! Later that week she called us and told us that she didn’t want to meet with us again! It was scary! However, she agreed to have us come over later this week and talk things over! 🙂

On Thursday I turned 20!

It was a great day! I got lots of presents and cards from my family! (Also Sister Gass gave me a birthday card!) I loved everything that I got! Thank you for sending so much love! It made my day!

For lunch Sister Hale and I made pizza! It was a lot of fun! (We also got to wear our new aprons from my dad! 🙂 Later that day, we went to the Guthrie’s house so that I could have a picture with the birthday hat! They also made me a cake in a mug! Then we had dinner with the Drake’s! Sister Drake made stroganoff, my favorite! It was pretty good! We had pink and green cupcakes and I opened some more presents!

The next day, Sister Donohoe, took us out to TGI Fridays for lunch in celebration of my birthday! It was very sweet of her! Later that day for dinner we went to Texas road house with another member of the ward. I guess everyone wanted to celebrate my birthday! 😉 I am grateful for everyone in the ward! 🙂

Friday's with Sister Donohoe and Sister Mcdaniel! So much fun!

Friday’s with Sister Donohoe and Sister Mcdaniel! So much fun!

On Saturday we made cookies for one of our investigator’s and left it on her door because she was at work. It’s fun to do little services for people! 🙂

We had a really great lesson with one of our newer investigators, she really seems interested in learning more. She saw the example of one of the members in the ward, and that sparked her interest! Hopefully she will come to church soon!

On Sunday night we were out tracting and finding people, when all of a sudden there was a cat by us! So Sister Hale befriended it, it was rather cute! It followed us for a long time and we thought it would follow us all the way to our car but eventually it disappeared! Sister Hale thought it was like a “spirit cat”…

We had our first snow this morning! I was sitting at my desk and I saw something through the blinds of my window! I open the blinds and I was snow! It so pretty! 🙂 Winter is definitely on it’s way!

First Snow

First Snow

My List of Thanksgiving:

I am grateful to have two wonderful parents that have taught me the gospel my whole life! It’s because of them that I am on a mission! I am grateful for the example of my dad going on a mission, it had inspired me to go on a mission as well! I am also grateful for the example of my mom, I would always see her saying her nightly prayers every night, she has also influenced me to going on a mission. I am also grateful for my grandparents in teaching my parents the gospel as well! They have been a tremendous influence on me also! 🙂

I am grateful for the friend that I have had through out my life! They have been good examples to me of love and friendship! I am especially grateful for the friends I had in high school and the fact that they had high standards! Their influence has also inspired me!

I am so very grateful the be in the New York Utica Mission! I am grateful for the companions that I have had and the things that I have learned from each one of them! I am grateful for the people that I have met and the wards that I have been in! I have been able to find several families that are dear to my heart! I am grateful for my mission president and his wife! They are wonderful people and I am grateful for their example and dedication. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary and to preach the gospel in upstate New York. I love the people here and I don’t regret my decision to be a missionary! 🙂

I am grateful for temples, and although I have not been able to go to a temple in  months, I am so grateful for the spirit that is there and I am excited to go to the temple frequently! I am also grateful for the scriptures and the peace and knowledge that they give me! I am grateful that the true church was restored and that we have a living prophet on the earth today.

I am grateful for the gospel and that we can return to live with God, Jesus Christ and our families again! I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and His sacrifice that was for each and every one of us! I am grateful for the plan that our Heavenly Father made for us! I am grateful for the happiness that I have felt from this gospel.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!

I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Loves yas!

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