Monday, November 25, 2013
((Erin is the Bold letters and Mom is the italic letters)) My new comp is Sister Perkins. This will be the longest 3 months of my life. I'm her trainer, and she doesn't even have a testimony. Then you are her companion that she needs. You are supposed to help her find that she does have one. It may not be strong, but it is there. She will develop it in your care. Just let her know how you have gotten yours and how it needs to be fed in order to grow. YOU CAN DO IT. You are AwEsOmE! MOMMY!!!!!!! I love you! Please, pray for me harder than you ever have in your life. If these three months don't kill me, I'll shrivel into oblivion. Heavenly Father knows that you can do it otherwise he wouldn't have given the assignment to you. I know that it is hard and overwhelming. Just know that this was given to you probably not for you but for Sister Perkins. Maybe she will go on to a full time mission because of you. If not, the three months will be for her benefit. I am so glad that you are her companion. I will keep her in our prayers as well as you. We will beat that Beast (Devil)!!!!! And you are a wonderful missionary for doing this. A GREAT Sacrifice. President Harding says that this companionship is from a revelation... for what though? I'm not good enough to do this. Shannon Clarke can tell I'm struggling, so she is constantly giving me "mom hugs''. Thank goodness for her. I'm having Thanksgiving with her. It is a Revelation. This young lady needs you! You are the one that will help her the most. Get to know her and you will love her. She may be different, but it is YOU that she needs. She obviously has some hardships in her life that you don't know about. Have some heart to heart talks with her. Talking to her is hard. She doesn't speak. She acts like she doesn't want to be here. She is though. She may not act like it, but it sounds like she is testing the waters (so to speak). If this is a bad experience for her it will taint her perception on the church. If it is good, Her testimony will grow and you will have had a hand in that. But....it ultimately is her decision on what will become of it. Just try and do your best. That is all that is expected of you. President Harding knows that you are the one to help her. I am loving the pictures. You have had a lot of fun with those girls. Did Aldous get transferred? This was super fun. My arm hurts still. Aldous is still here... THANK GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know if I could handle any of this if she wasn't here. She's my bff out here. I have never cried so much in my life, in front of people. I bawl at least 10 times a day, no matter where I am, even in front of members and nonmembers. I'm going back to the surgeon next week or the week after. My PT says they'll x-ray it and do one of 3 things: rebreak it, surgery, or hope for the best. My luck is that they won't find anything, but it still hurts as if I broke it yesterday. Just so you know. I found Bryn Stevens! Where did you find Bryn????? Did you go to a Zone Conference? She just flew in. I thought I was going to be her trainer... transfer meeting. Let’s just say, I'm an emotional mess. This last three months were long, but these next three months will be looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggg. I hope I have to get surgery on my arm. I just want the pain to stop. I'm so stressed over everything right now. If I didn't live with Aldous and Burckle, I'd probably quit. I am sorry that you didn't get Bryn. You did get Sister Perkins for a reason. I just feel it deep in my heart. You have to break down the walls that she has. I hope that your arm will be ok. I wish that you didn't have that to worry about as well. Don't quit. You would regret that so much in the coming years. Oh, I'm trying my hardest. Sorry, we're eating thanksgiving at the Leavitt’s, we get Shannon for CHRISTMAS! I seriously don't know what I'd do if I didn't have a pday to talk to you. This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do... worse than quitting basketball and losing my friends. Let’s just say, that my next companions will be a breeze. Yes. You may get all your hard ones up front and then it will be a breeze. Just know that you will get to "talk" to me each pday. Yay!!!!! 15 months seem like a long time to "talk" to you. I can't wait until I can squeeze you until your eyes bulge. I am sure that your eyes will be bulging with my hug back to you! Who ever knew that a mission would be so hard? I think I just have terrible luck and get the hardest of hard. That means that you will be the best Relief Society President around. Those make the most understanding people in their callings. They have experienced the worst of things and can help most everyone when they are struggling. Let’s hope that all this is for a reason, otherwise, this time sucks. Maybe, hopefully, I'll cry out all my tears and have none left. Seriously though, Aldous Burckle and Shannon Clarke are my 3 saviors at this time. Thank goodness for them. I also look very forward to pdays when I can talk to you. You will have tears. I still do. I am glad that you still have these other sisters to come home to. Shannon is there to talk to you at any time. Use that to your advantage. She can help you. I look forward to pdays as well. I miss my girls. But....I know you are where you are needed more than your mommy. I try to talk to Shannon, but I don't want to act like I'm gossiping, she can tell I hurt. She can tell that this is rough. Erin....Shannon is like me. She will not think you are gossiping at all. She can give you good advice. She is inspired as well and will know how to help you. She is like me, so TALK to her from your heart. Tell her everything. How do I tell her how I feel if sister P is right there? That would just be awkward. I will let Shannon know so she can get you alone for a few minutes without your companion. Thank you. Ya, I'll just follow her like a lost puppy. I love her. Sis P uses the bathroom a ton, so I jump on that opportunity with the other sisters. If your companion is kept busy with maybe BriAnne (Shannon Clarke’s daughter) Shannon can talk to you in private. Ya, hopefully. I could really use that time. The Clarkes are my favorite people ever. We're having Christmas with them. I am so glad. Make the time in the morning if possible. She wants to feed you breakfast. But on Thanksgiving when you go for dessert....she will find the time to pull you aside to help you to make it through this tough time. I LOVE THE CLARKES!!!!!! I'm so thankful that God gave me them, when He took away you. I don't know what I’d do without them or you. Sis P wakes me up about 4 times each night. I was getting 5ish hours of sleep on average; I'm now back down to 2. My body shakes because of the lack of sleep. Why is she up? She just walks around like a zombie. I have to go now, I love you mom, more than a cell phone loves its charger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE PRAY!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! look who I found... Bryn Stephens (from Orem Utah-next street over)
Hello Family!!! This week was transfers... :( I was sad to see Sister Eckman go, but she will bless the lives of her future companions just like she has mine. My New Companion is Sister Paxton. She is from Bountiful Utah. She is really nice. I'm still in Brevard and it's FREEZING! It feels way colder than Utah. We are out of miles for the rest of the month, so we're on foot... in the cold. WOW. When I get off my mission, it's going to feel like summer time. I got invited to the McDowell's home for Thanksgiving! The sad thing is, they canceled because she didn't realize it was Thanksgiving. Oh, well... Wendy's it is. So, Sister Eckman and I started a new form of missionary work before she left... We call it Missionary Match Making!! We set up a young woman named Kate, who's in Asheville and she's getting baptized in December, with a less-active named Mason. Mason's family is in our branch, so we've heard stories about him. We set them up hoping they could strengthen each other and TA DA!!! They're going out and LOVING it!! I told them that when they get married, they have to name their first daughter Kimberly Brooke after Sister Eckman and I. :) YAY! Seriously! When I get back, I'm going to start the new program because it works... haha! We are meeting with Diego tonight and we are hoping to set a baptismal date with him. Last time he met with the missionaries, he was like, "how do you know when you're ready to be baptized?" Hooray! I love you more than the all the rain in a rainforest! Dad: You have such amazing life experiences, that of course people listen to you. It's just what they needed to hear. I really am going to write Aleece... I will do it as soon as I have any free time. Will you send my love to her? Would it be alright if I just sent her letter to you and you could get it to her? I don't know how mail works in prison... Mom: Nope, no stress relief yet, but I know I'll figure it out soon. :) So, kind of funny, you know that dark gray skirt you got me from Sister missionary mall? The zipper broke. :/ But, I've heard that anything you get from Sister Missionary mall has a 18 month warranty.. is that true? Because if so, I can send you both those skirts and they will replace them for free. :) Michael: You are seriously one of my heros. You and Kevin and Dad too. You all surprise me with how strong you are. You might drive me crazy sometimes, just like I do to you, but I really do love you. How's MiKayla? (however you spell her name. :)) Kevin: Of course you were sick! It seems like you are a lot. By the way, my new companion is named Sister Paxton and she's going to be your first date when she gets back. :):) She likes you AND Michael! haha! That's what you get for being so handsome! Auntie NaNa: Tell Heather to write me! :) This is Sister Paxton trying Frog Legs for the first time.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Dear Mom We got Auriana and Brandon a date for baptism. Nov 16! Lathan (Bridgette and Harry Crosby’s son) is getting baptized then too. My arm has been killing. I’m still not getting much sleep at all. Shannon Clarke has been really taking care of me and drugging me up a lot. I wish the doctors could find what’s wrong with it, but that’s never the case with me. I don’t think they believe me that it hurts. Sister Hixon told me to act like it feels. I guess it’s just my high tolerance for pain maybe. We got to meet Elder Oaks and his wife. We met with them with the North Mission too (I kept my eye out for Dusty but I never saw him). And there was 750 missionaries. They shook all our hands. When it was my turn, I grabbed his hand with my left hand, so he looked down. He gasped like a fish and looked like he was going to cry. It was so intimidating that I just kept walking so the line could keep flowing. Throughout his fireside he kept looking at me and smiling. Elder Ulesis Suarez (70’s) really likes me too. There were 4 other 70’s guys there too. Sister Oaks is the cutest and funniest old lady that you’d ever meet. She’s a hoot! As a district, we all got golf carts, got Chick fil A, ate at a lake, had fun driving around, and played some games. It was soooo fun! I look forward to pday every day of the week. It’s so relaxing to act normal and casual for a few hours. I can’t even describe how nice it feels. I’m craving the feeling of wearing sweats, socks and a t-shirt and laying on the ground in front of the fireplace, eating an orange and watching a movie. I really miss the simple things like that. My heart loooongs to hug my family and spend time with them. It was so nice to talk to you through email. I miss you Mom. You are one of my very best friends in eternity. God put us together for a reason. There’s no doubt of that in my mind. You’re my hero, my idol, and my inspiration. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Sister Hixon and I go attacked by a squirrel. We were on our golf cart and it totally charged us. But thank goodness golf carts can out run vicious man eating-demons. We met a lady who I call “Brutal Brunhilda”. I have never seen a more vicious/ferocious person against the church. Her mouth was literally foaming as she spoke poisonous sentences. My soul felt shredded and burned. Sister Hixon just started crying and I did my best to defend our faith. But she wasn’t just possessed, she was pure evil. We left and have never felt that kind of pain. We had the worst day ever, even with our investigators, the Ingrams. They were extremely cold and we’ll be dropping them soon. We were both super depressed and discouraged. So the next day we stayed super busy and got a new investigator from it. I feel a little better. Madison Houston came home from Brazil and she’s still super sick. We baked some cookies and took them to her. We also took cookies to several other people and sang. They all love it. We stopped at Chick fil A for dinner and a cool song cam on. It had no lyrics, just a beat. I started singing a cool song (just making it up as I went (words and tune)). Before I knew it, Sister Hixson’s mouth was wide open and so were the people around us. I sang like a pro! Nobody expected that kind of voice to come out of a skinny little white girl. They even complimented me and were in awe. I seem to have gotten some musical skill since being here. I was even asked to sing a solo on a door stop once. Wow. We’re a trio!!!! Sister Baty (Bay-Tee) joined the club. Her section of Atlanta City was shut down for sisters from being too dangerous. She’s from Draper, adopted from India. Everyone here is sick except for me….it’s funny seeing 4 girls coughing their brains out while the girl in the sling is singing the Sound of Music at the top of her lungs. Haha, that’s me. Guess what? I’m now 5’7”!!!! I’m still growing! Huzzah! They measured me at the Orthopedic Surgeons office and I’m 112 lbs. which is still the same. The x-rays and MRI showed that I chipped/fractured the end in the elbow and got a spider web fracture towards the middle. I’m going through physical therapy because I had it in a sling for so long that I can’t straighten my elbow. My wrist is broken too. The doctor retook x-rays and his reaction was…”Whoa! How the heck did we miss that?” It was funny. We got to go to the temple again, and it’s so nice to take a break and just sit there. We then had our Zone training afterwards. I’m the mission’s example for “How to stay Happy even if you break your arm”! I’m also the official meal prayer sayer, everyone loves my fast ones. Apparently I’m betrothed. A Patriarch and his wife are in our ward. Their 5 daughters with their families live here too. He had a revelation that I’m going to marry his grandson, Alex Jenkinson, who is serving in Brazil. Now the whole ward knows that and is buzzing with excitement. What just happened??? Strange! Random people just come up and hug me and say…”you’re going to be my niece”!!! This is the weirdest thing ever to happen on a mission. We (all 5 missionaries) said goodbye to Niccole Clarke. She left for her mission in Idaho and we are all going to miss her sooooo much. Sister Aldous parents wrote each of us a letter. It was so cool. They forgot my name so they referred to me as Broken Arm Beauty! They’re so nice. I love you and I can’t wait to see you in 16 months!!!!!! Love Erin PS. I go to Physical Therapy 3 times a week, and it hurts! But I can’t tell you how nice it is to take an hour to be a normal human being. A “break” from being a missionary. I have a 6-pack! Huzzah! My face has gotten super chubby. Why? It’s so weird. I look like a person who’s been through Chemo. People have told me that it’s impossible to be sad when they’re around me, I make everyone happy. I’m still super famous. A guy literally came running up to me and asked for a picture and autograph. Who the heck do people think I am?! Who do I look like?! At least I got him to come to church. Haha Advantage! PSS. I miss you like a proton misses an electron. The reunion in 16 months is going to be the happiest reunion in history.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I went on exchanges this week to a place called Marion. It is super high up in the mountains and VERY cold. We were able to set a baptismal date with one of their investigators! Well, transfers came up, and I'm staying while Sister Eckman is leaving... she's going to be a Sister Training Leader!!! She's so great. Luckily, I'm not training, but I'm still super nervous about getting a new companion because she might be difficult. It's a stressful time. We found a family!! They live next to one of our Less actives, and it's a family of 5 and we're going to do FHE with them. Sister Eckman cut off her hair for locks of love too! I'm such a good influence. ;P I have the craziest hair ever!! When I wake up in the mornings, now that it's short, it sticks out in EVERY direction!! Next time, I'll take a picture. This might be a short email, but just know that it is written with love! This week, we also got fed 3 times!! WHOA! That's unheard of! The air here is cold... it seeps into your bones. When I get off my mission, it will be like summer time... almost, not quite. It's so cool that Mom got to have lunch with some people who's daughters know Erin! Small world! I still LLLOOOVVVVEEE Pday! It's my very favorite because I get to hear from my favorite people on earth! I love you more than the crystals on an iceburg! Mom: Haha! I love how you have a countdown on your phone! I miss Christmas music! Actually, I just miss music! I can't wait to buy some CD's so I can burn the music Dad sent to me! I will think of stuff for Christmas. Am I supposed to get all you something too?? I don't think I can swing that on a missionary budget. Dad: I think I know who you're talking about... And of course you mean so much to people! You make a huge difference in their lives. And, I'm glad you liked those Mormon messages...I know I did. Thank you so much for the talks from prophets you send... I really like them. You should read a book called, "the Infinite Atonement" by Tad R. Callister. LIFE CHANGING! Kevin: Isn't Dace just the BEST?? I love him, and I love you! If I absolutely love my companions, I'm going to tell them to write to you and also to Michael so we can be related someday. Haha... Just kidding! Michael: Wow, honestly, you kind of amaze me. Missions are hard, but you were still yourself and played with Legos. I will find something that I can be myself with... like Sea-monkeys... hahaha! Really though, You're so great! I love having Crazy brothers! (most of the time anyway... :P) Jen: Whoa! You wrote me! JK. You would be sick on Halloween. Typical. At least you know it will come again! Is my hair shorter than yours? It's crazy, but I figured that a mission was the best time to do it. NaNa: You are the best! I love hearing about Ol' LiLi. Did she get the letter I wrote to her? I sure hope so. Oreo's forever!! Haha, you would have Christmas up already! Nothing's changed there! :) Sister Echols, Sandy,Steve
This week has been better than last week thank goodness. Thank goodness the sun is shining today too. that always makes me happy. I'm out of my sling and cast! It still hurts like crazy. The physical therapist told me that if it feels the same way in 4ish weeks, she'll send me back to the orthopedic surgeon for help. Sister Hixon is getting transferred. Sad. Sad. I'm going to be companions with Sister Baty, who came out with me, but she's going home on Wednesday because she gets massive headaches. So, I'm the mystery of the mission right now, President doesn't know what will happen with me. I don't know if I'm being transferred or not, because everything’s kind of a mess right now. I LOVE Sisters Aldous and Burckle. We get along like BFFs. I get to stay here for Christmas! With Shannon! I'll get to go caroling too! Did you get my letter that I sent last week? NO LETTER???!!! No! I hope it's not lost! It's pretty cold here at night, but in the day time it's nice. This pic is of me today. 70 degrees outside. If you want to send me Christmas things, I could use some warm, fashionable boots that keep my feet dry. (Mom to Erin: don't worry about the money. we will pay for the boots. Just spend. The only time we will tell you not to worry about the money. HEHE) That sounds weird coming from a mom. Just like when you would tell us to stop doing our homework and go watch a movie because we were singing our math problems at the top of our lungs. I guess I just feel super poor…and you know how I hate spending money. I've already ruined my ankle boots :( because they got soaked and muddy. I just need cute stuff that I can wear and will keep me warm. I swear Mom, Pdays are the only way I'll make it through to the end of my mission. 15 MONTHS TO GOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I'm not emailing you this week, I'm writing a letter, is that ok? I'll write letters instead of emails this week because I have a ton of pictures to send you! Well I have to go, I love you MOM!!!!!!!!!!! More than a pig loves mud! 70 degrees outside today!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
From Shannon Clarke: Guess who I had lunch with today? Yep, sister Hixon's mom, sister Echols mom & sister Burkle's mom! Now I know why their daughters are so amazing...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! We missed sis Aldous's mom, but I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her parents Sunday! They rock too!!!!
Well, this week was pretty weird. Sorry I didn't write yesterday... the library was closed because of Veteran's day. For a while, we had been trying to get a hold of Sherry (one of our investigators), but it seemed like she'd fallen off the face of the earth. On Sunday, all of our plans were falling through and so we were just walking around on foot, out in the cold. For some reason, we decided to take the long way to our car. When we were turning the corner that led to our car, Sherry comes walking around the corner. She was just as shocked to see us as we were to see her. We were able to help her and she had her very first spiritual experience! It was incredible! Also, Diego came to church on Sunday with his son, Oliver! Probably the cutest baby I've ever seen besides Dace Face. It was fast and testimony meeting, so it could have been weird, but it turned out really well. Luckily! Oh ya, I cut my hair and donated it for locks of love!! Again! It was 15'' and the haircut cost 15$... EXPENSIVE! For the first time since birth, it's shorter than Erin's! Ya, my hair is super short. it takes me about 10 seconds to brush it now... very different. Every one says I look older because of it... I think I look the same. I love you mumsy!!! You are the best, I mean Meanest mom in the world! Bonnie and Annie got baptized! There were more than 50 people there! It was pretty amazing. Bonnie was really nervous, but she knows it's right. She did great. Annie was dancing around and singing and bouncing off the walls. She was super excited! Our teeny tiny branch is slowly but surely getting bigger. This week, we went through our Area book and found a former investigator who had met with the missionaries 5 or 6 years ago. We called him and asked if he was still interested and he said YES! We met with him last night, and it was super awkward. He just kept trying to "shake our faith." No wonder he's a FORMER investigator. We had our first apartment inspection and the Arnold's couldn't find anything we could improve on. Mom and Dad, you taught me well. I know I say this every week, but it's still true... getting emails and such from all of you is the HIGHLIGHT of my week! I will look forward to every Pday because of them. Thank you. We are supposed to get a blizzard tonight. Brrrr! So, how did the fence break? Did Michael or Kevin try to plank on it?? :) I noticed in the picture of the Retirement Center building down our street, you can't see the mountain anymore! Sad day! I love you more than the threads in a spider web! (Honestly, missions are hard, but I know it will be worth it. I'll have to take it on Pday to the next so I'll make it to the end. Haha!) Michael: Legos are a great idea! I think I'll go buy a coloring book too. :) Where did you get your awesome chef's coat? BYUI? Kevin: I got 2 of your 3 messages. Yay! Seriously though, request to Dad that we have all of our homecoming talks on the same day. That would be superb! Not to mention memorable! Dad: I'm glad Aleece is doing better. Tell her I said HI. It sounds like work is pretty crazy right now. Hopefully it settles down a little bit. The Garcia's will LOVE the Latino Christmas Devotional! I'm so excited that you get to go with them! I'm also glad that you liked my snake story. I'm sure I'll have more to share in the future letters. The Spitfire is really coming along... nice work Daddio! Mom: Wow, sounds like you've spent a ton of time doing work in the yard lately. I love the missionary board! You did such a good job! So, in that picture that is of Heather, is she trying to replace Erin and I in our Oreo???? ahaha. It's great that Michael is making fudge for you! Jen: How do the Bodells like SoJo? Any news for me? Are you still going to bring out SnowFlake for Dace Face? Is that a tradition? 15'' Later...
Monday, November 11, 2013
(Mothers note....it looks like a long stressful and painful week for Erin, but I am posting exactly as she wrote and her feelings. I won't sugar coat it). I went on splits with a Laurel named Chastity and I was leading us around. I accidentally took a wrong turn and we got lost. We wandered around for a while and when sisters Hixon and Baty found me, we weren't even in our area anymore. We ended up being a few miles outside our borders. We were starving and frozen cold. I started singing to Lion King because it was so miserable. I love the Lion King so I needed some happiness in my life. Pdays are the best because I get to talk you. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss you. Missions are extremely hard and stressful. I feel like I'm just a missionary, just another member on a list. I feel like I'm not even Erin anymore. I don't even recognize my name when someone calls it. There's so many things that I can't do because I represent Christ. I didn't even think I was bad before, but I definitely can't do those things anymore. I sure do miss being me. I can't wait for these sixteen months to pass. I just wish I could be in Elementary again... The good old days of innocents and fun. The thing is... I don't want to quit. I already quit my basketball team and that had me lose my friends. I don't want to lose anything else too. At least I put on a happy face for everyone. I don't think anyone even suspects that I don't really love being a Missionary. They think I'm having a blast. I think I have a hard time is because I am not spiritual. All these missionaries tell their miraculous experiences about feeling the Spirit and talking with God, but I must not be doing something right. You are the only person on earth who knows how I feel. It's rough being the missionary who barely knows anything. I'm not getting a cast. I'm just going through physical therapy. If they found all the breaks a month ago, than I would have gotten a cast. Lets just say its been a really looooooooooooong painful stressful month. Well, I love you and I have to go now. I love you mom, more than a beaver loves its dam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ¡Te amo!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
She went and had an MRI ordered by her Orthopedic Surgeon. She has the results back and she has a broken Elbow and a Spiderweb fracture on the Ulna. She is starting Physical Therapy. Things are going good. (found out she has a fractured wrist and an injured shoulder as well).
Monday, November 4, 2013
Dear mom, I am so glad that you can rake and do normal things again. I’m glad that you’re feeling better. Dace can say our names?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????? ?????? ???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! He’s growing up so fast!!!! I sure do miss him and I pray every night that he will remember me when I get home, but 18 months is a long time and he’ll probably forget me when he sees me sprinting down the terminal in the airport. When I get home, we’ll be having a lot of girl’s night to catch up and get you away from the boys. That’s a lot of boys, 7 boys for thanksgiving. 9 if you count Brian and Dace face. Wow. Too much. I actually get along better with the elders in our district, were super good friends and we have a lot of laughs together. Everyone here thinks I’m crazy because I’m hilarious. We have at least 10 good belly laughs a day because of something I do or say. I am not that shy anymore... but I’m super shy when I have to talk about the gospel. But, if I talk about normal stuff, I can make friends really easily. We met a really mean lady and I have had my feelings hurt before, but not like that. My soul ached for hers and I was grieved with how twisted her point of view on the church was. She just doesn’t understand. I’m in a three-some now. We are a trio!!! Sister Baty joined the cool team and now it’s going to be a party. I must be an interesting missionary because now I have 2 trainers. My arm hurts like crazy and I got an MRI. It took over an hour and I’m meeting with an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow. Please pray that they’ll find something so I can get fixed. I still don’t sleep much and my arm hurts super bad. Every time it gets bumped or someone reaches inside my sling, it feels like someone is pounding a railroad stake into my arm. For a minute I thought I was going to die. Don’t worry mom, I’m attempting to write Heather a letter, but it’s hard to write anything at all, so don’t expect a letter for a while. I’ll try my best to write some more, but it hurts to hold a pen. I love you mommy!!!!!!!!! More than a squid loves its tentacles.
Thank you Mom and Michael for writing me! This week was very eventful. On Halloween day, we tried to go tracting (bad idea). Everyone was freaking out because they only had 6 more hours before trick-or-treaters showed up. I guess that's understandable because they get an average of 800 that come around. Halloween night, we were raking some leaves and Sister Eckman accidentally almost picked up a baby copperhead snake (VERY poisonous). It was scary. I picked up a shovel and threw it like a spear at the snake. It cut off it's head! Just think of the movie 'Prince of Persia' when Prince Dastan throws the knife at the snake and cuts off its head. That's pretty much what I did. :) Then, I felt a tickle on my head, so I reached up and pulled off a HUGE spider!! I screamed like a little girl. We met with Diego this week and the first thing he said to us when we saw him was, "I want to learn how to pray." !!! He's so prepared for the gospel it's not even funny! Bonnie is getting baptized this Saturday! I'm super excited for it! We had stake conference this week and Sister Eckman was a speaker! She's awesome. Then President and Sister Irion surprised us all and showed up. They personally delivered my package to me! Thank you by the way! I absolutely LOVED it! OHH! I think I want to do Locks of Love. I figure that there's no better place to do it than the mission field. I think I'll have enough hair left over that it won't be too short. What do you think? Yea, nay? We are going to spend the day with the elders today! They are so much fun. It was Elder LeSueur's birthday, so we are going to Ihop! Did you like my Loooong letter? Did you like the outline of my foot I sent? I thought I was pretty clever sending it. :) Transfers are coming up, and I don't want Sister Eckman to get transferred. I REALLY hope I don't train, because I feel like I would ruin the new missionary. Talk about stressful. Dace is so cute!!! Can he actually say our names? I sure miss my Dace Face! He probably won't remember us in 16 months. Last transfer, Sister Nelson (my MTC comp) and Sister Eckman were doing an exchange here. They met a guy and talked with him. It didn't go anywhere, but they were still nice to him. Last night, we ran into him again, and he remembered that the missionaries were nice. He invited us in to talk and we had a really great Restoration lesson. Yay for being nice! I love you more than the amount of teeth in a great white shark! P.S. One of our branch members named Sister Holden would like to send you some of her family names that need to go through the temple. I'm going to give her your address so she can mail you the names. She can't do the male names, but wants them done. Would Dad and Michael be willing to do those? You'll get them in the mail soon. I LOVE YOU! Michael: Seriously though, what did you do to relieve stress? Everything as a missionary is stressful. Love ya! Mom: I think I've bagged more leaves than you... ;) Every day. Ewww... Boys! At least you will see us in a little more than 10 transfers. (I wish it would go by faster! Haha!) I love you! Dad: How is Aleece doing? Have you gone to visit her lately? Do you think you'll still be Bishop when we get home? I miss your craziness and funniness! Kevin: How's your mission going? Do you like it? Maybe we can all have our homecoming talks on the same day!