Monday, November 9, 2015

letter from Alyssa - Nov. 9, 2015

First, I must say I am proud of Aubrey and Mom for sending their ponderizing scriptures (btw that was Joshua 1:9 if you haven't found it already Aubrey). Here is mine for the week, I might as well start of with it so I don't forget again: "Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things. And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God." - D&C 14:6-7.

Landon, we have a lot of fancy food. Something different every night, but not really exotic (which I must say I appreciate...). But one of the members, Brother Taylor, was saying next time we come we have to try his favorite dessert: apple pie with sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. (...?..ummm.........).

Casan, I showed my companion your part of the email because I love all the exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For a moment though she thought when you said "I also won Ty in a video game" that you meant to say Thai as in Thai food (she loves Thai food). But I didn't understand at first and thought "Ty food-?" Also my GPS has issues because it says there are several Papa Murphy's places in the mission but it lies. Oh well.

Kynsie - That's fun. Cali's good. I'm sure you're doing awesome, especially from what Mom and Dad are telling me, keep up the great work!

Landon and Ty - sometimes I wonder how we are related because you guys are superheroes! For real.

[4 out of 8 missionaries from our ward are serving in CA]
Whoa. So 50% chance Landon and Ty are going to California to serve? I knew one would go stateside and one foreign. (California is the foreign one of the 2).

A couple things this week:
I don't have my planner from last transfer (since this week marks the next one) with me, so I'll have to try to remember stuff, but I may be playing catch up next week since I rely on it so much.

Last Monday, right after emailing you, we had a lesson with Liz. We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and committed her to be baptized the first week of December. She likes it all and has a believing heart, but I'm afraid she doesn't recognize the importance of it all because our next appointment fell through and she didn't come to church again. We are staying hopeful though and doing our best to help her.

Lori came to dinner Friday at the Hobbins home, with her brother Dennis. The 6 of us had a wonderful night, and they had me play a few piano pieces. Lori loved it. This week we are arranging to bring her to the temple grounds and give her a tour, which should help to spark starting the lessons again with her. She's been really responsive too.

Jean (less-active into family history) responded to a call. We had called and left a message inviting her to the ward indexing party, she called back and said she wasn't able to make it but thanked us for thinking of her and asked if we'd come over the next day to help her set up her familysearch account. We did and we brought a family history specialist with us. We did a lot with her over that hour and she's going to start coming to the weekly family history hours on Tuesday mornings with us to build her tree. And she gave us cookies.

Sean texted us, we're meeting with him this weekend sometime soon.

We met with Rosanna finally (less-active), and we set up weekly meetings to come visit with her continually from now.

Ainsley is healing from her concussion, but can't do a lot. We went over and found some piano books she plays from like the books I would teach out of. We spent time just flipping through songs and playing simple duets. It was fun for both of us! And her mom loved it.

Found Steve again, got his number, going to meet with him sometime and talk more about the B of M with him and his wife.

Kathleen is a very shy shy shy person (less-active) but she comes across as negative or defensive. We found this out from her sister, no wonder she hasn't been answering. We called and asked if she'd come with us to visit Leslie Collins as a service, she agreed and we're setting up a time this week!

The Collins family - Leslie went in for surgery last week unexpectedly. What was supposed to take an hour lasted for 3. BUT it was a miracle, because the surgeoun took his time and did it right. It was to put a stint in her colon. She's home now and their family is being well taken care of by the ward. AND it solved a lot of problems with how she's been feeling! They also got a hold of the drug they needed to help her through chemo! So after this week she should literally be pretty much normal, even after chemo appointments. wow. We're going to start their family on the lessons probably next week.

There's probably other stuff, but I'll update you guys still. By the way, almost forgot, transfer calls were Saturday and Sister Ward and I are both staying here in Live Oak Canyon (yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). If they planned to transfer either of us they'd have to drag us out kicking and screaming. It's going to be a good week! Even though a lot of "results" we're working towards probably won't come to pass this week, we have a lot of work to do, so much to look forward to, and every reason to enjoy every minute of it.

- Sister Shumway

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