Week 66 – Halloween, Rain and Interviews
Birthdays, Interviews and Domestic Violence
Zone Conference, Busy Week and the P-day Gone Haywire
We had a lesson with ********. She got there super late. She had a friend with her that had just gotten out of jail. We talked a bit about what missionaries do. They were all so amazed that we could do all of the things we can do. We also talked some about prophets. Again, the spirit guided us and we had them and her kids listen to the Restoration message. It was amazing. She was in tune to the Spirit. She had so many questions and we had 20 minutes to teach it. Each of he biggest questions were answered by the next point in the lesson. It was amazing. After we got out, Elder Niederhauser asked: “Was that scripted?” It was like someone had written out a MR. Brown lesson. We answered it all and she was so excited that the church is back and we have the priesthood and prophets. She was just so hungry for the truth. It was cool. We gave them all Book of Mormons. It was too much for them to take in so we will be going over it all again more thoroughly soon.
I got y’all a letters by the way. Thank you! Elder Niederhauser enjoyed them too!
Fires, Friends and Facebook
Gridley, Elder Jones and Elder Niederhauser
Elder Niederhauser is cool. He reminds me of Ben Teams. He is from Logan, Utah. He just got done with a hard companion and so it looks like he wants to work hard. So that’s good.
We live in a house. It’s great. A big living room is what we use. We don’t really even use the three bedrooms in the house. A big kitchen. Individual bathrooms. Garage. It’s an old house but it’s good. So that’s great.
Anyways, I’m exhausted. Im going to sleep.
THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK:
Falling apart laughing while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. For some reason the random people and situations got to me. I couldn’t stop laughing. Tessa filmed me, but I think I’ll pass on sharing that with you. It felt good to laugh that hard, but I don’t advise anyone to do it at that location….
Dixon’s sayings: “Right over there, Mom, there is a raining bow.” “Mom, let’s go to Costco and get some zamples.” Royce keeps trying to correct him, but I quickly stop him. I can’t let him grow up…. 🙂
Dixon from the back of the car: “Johnny at soccer, says that Werewolves are real!” Me: “Well, what do you think?” DJ: “His Dad says they are too, especially during Halloween!” Hmmmmm….. Then we saw this huge, super moon come up behind the beautiful mountains. Dixon quickly said: “See the big moon, well it looks like the werewolves will be out tonight.”
Nana and Boppa visiting Tess at work. Tess got all flustered and charged them $400 for their food! So funny!
THINGS THAT WORKED:
Orders coming in for our MintCreek store on Etsy. We make and sell custom made pallet pictures. It became a joke when each day a new order came in. Previously, we were getting about one a week. Kind of fun.
Fun game night with friends. I’m so thankful for other fun people that can make me laugh.
Beautiful rain! It poured for four days, but then the sun came back. It feels like Autumn, which is my favorite. Running in the crunchy leaves makes my heart smile! One day last week, I finished my run along the river, then went down to the water. It was so beautiful that I had to go get the kids at home and take them down to the river too. It was a great recess for them. 😉
Royce: “Mom, why are Flip Flops called Flip Flops?” Me, having NEVER thought about this before said: “Because they flip up, then flop down”. Cool huh? I bet you all have had deep thoughts about this topic before, right? 🙂
Watching General Conference! It was so wonderful to be together as a family and snuggle up to hear words from our Prophets. I’m so thankful for the the time they take to teach us. The sticky notes are quotes we all write out so we can play Conference Jeopardy later on. 🙂 We have fun texting our other kids during it too. Next year Corbin will be part of the texting!!! I’m so excited!
Sweet Family Home Evening. We watched Elder Hale’s Life Videos. It was so neat for the kids to see how young he used to be and what a great life he led.
Nana and Boppa coming to the kids soccer games and swim meets. We’re so thankful for them. We usually get a meal in with them too. 🙂 We met Nana at Kennedy School in Portland for dinner last week. It’s such a cool place!
Vancouver Pumpkin patch with the Johansen’s! We thought we’d seize the day while it was sunny. The best part was hardly anyone was there, so we had the entire place practically to ourselves. Great pumpkins, great prices, great friends.
Tess getting to sign the National Anthem with her ASL class (300 students) at the Homecoming football game. So cool! They even had fireworks right afterwards. The boys LOVED having them go off right over our heads.
Tess going to the Homecoming dance with a great group of kids. Her date was Nolan Purkenson. They were all so cute! The fabulous other Jones family made a five course meal and outdid themselves. Tess loved the food and had a great time.
General Conference, Transfers and Stolen Bikes
Monday: So……..my bike got stolen. Story time!
We were going over to a members house to watch the Facebook training
videos and we were just going to sit outside of their house to use
their wifi. Then we remembered that they have security cameras that
set alarms off inside the house to let them know that people are in
their driveway or yard. We were going to go to the side of the house
behind their gate like we usually do but since it was super dark out
we didn’t want to scare them. So we were going to leave our bikes in
front of the gate and knock on their door and tell them they were
there and then grab our bikes and go to the side of the house behind
the gate. They said they we could just watch the videos inside but
first wanted to talk to us about some members. So we completely forgot
about our bikes. We went in and within 30 seconds we heard the
security alarm go off. We all froze and Sister Godfrey looked out the
door and saw someone. We went out and my bike was gone. It was really
dark but I saw his silhouette as he rode off. I almost started running
but then realized elder Kerby probably wouldn’t want to. Brother
Godfrey called the cops and then had me talk to the cops and he went
to chase the guy down. When I was done talking to the cops, I couldn’t
go anywhere because they said to stay there. For some reason I felt
super calm and not worried at all. So, we watched the videos on
Facebook and talked about how we can be better as a companionship. It
was a really good conversation and we resolved some things to make our
companionship better. Eventually brother Godfrey got back and he
couldn’t find the guy but said the cops were still looking. Elder
Kerby and i kept talking as brother Godfrey went though the security
cameras and found where it caught the guy in camera. He had a hat and
a backpack on but we couldn’t tell much else. It caught him taking the
bike though. Probably a homeless guy. There’s a lot here. So we ate
some ice cream and eventually a cop finally showed up and asked what
had happened. Then he told me he had my bike and looked at the camera
recordings and gave me my bike and asked for ID and got some info.
Nothing was stolen from my bike thankfully. It was a little dirty
because when the cop found him he ditched my bike and ran. They
haven’t found him as far as I know right now. Bunk got it back. So I’m
happy. Prayers work. The cop found the guys hat and backpack so they
are looking into it. I don’t care really, I got my bike back. No harm
done. So that was fun. Afterwards elder Kerby and I were saying we
should have yelled “Swiper no swiping!” That would have fixed
Tuesday: Not much happened today. We had a ton of lessons set up and
most cancelled. We did some service. We watched more training videos
and had great conversations. The coolest thing was after dinner we
went to a ward missionary’s house and just talked with him about how
we can affect people better. How we can improve our dealings with
investigators and members and show them that we care. He wasn’t
flowery about it. He was to the point and I loved it. He told us what
we do wrong and how to fix it a very smart man. I soaked it all in.
Coolest conversation in a long long time. There’s so much I need to
Wednesday: We had to go to Rocklin this morning for something for
Elder Kerby. We crashed a district meeting. I got to see elder Goodman
from Yuba City and that was nice. And I got to see a Sister Andersen
as I passed her in the hallway. I haven’t seen her since my first
area. It was cool to see those two. It was a fun adventure altogether.
This afternoon we had a lesson with ****. *****’s friend. I’ve
mentioned him before in past emails. We sat outside Starbucks and we
focused on getting to know him and what he believes. We didn’t have
much time but we answered some questions he had. He had some hard
questions that were very direct. The way he asked them was very cool,
focusing on what we personally believe on touchy subjects like
evolution and homosexuality. He’s very smart. We will see him again in
Thursday: Great day, we had service, meetings and cancelled lessons. We had members come to those lessons and neither happened. But
one of the members was super awesome and took everything the extra
mile and did things we can’t do because we are missionaries and he is
a member and he fulfilled his part. I’m super tired and need sleep so
I’m going to bed.
Friday: Mostly daily planning today. But we had another great lesson
with the *****s. We had the Bishop and his son come, who is their
age. They should be coming to mutual. And maybe church, next week. I’m
writing this in Saturday because I totally forgot.
Saturday: General Conference was amazing. It’s the conference that I’ve gotten the most out of. We watched it at the Baldridge’s. So awesome and I learned so much from all the amazing talks. I will probably send my
notes in it just for fun. Right now I feel horrible because we just
got a call from President Ward saying Elder Kerby will train. Which
means I’m leaving. And I don’t want to leave. So I’m not happy right
Sunday: Ok. Wow. I have quite a bit to catch up on. So, first, General
Conference. Now that I am done mourning, I can talk more about it. I
have never been much of a note taker but I made myself do it this
time. I’ll send the notes to you. Remember, I haven’t gone through the notes yet but I’ll do it anyways. But it was amazing. As
Sister Wall put it “All the talks were written just for me so they
couldn’t have been written for you”. So true. That’s how I feel. But
somehow they were that way for everyone that listened intently. I have
so much I want to say about it. This talks were amazing! I can’t
stress that enough. I have never gotten so much out of Conference and
that’s because I was listening intently and prepared. To sum up, the
themes of Conference were: Support your leaders, trust God, joy is a
choice and read the talk about the Book of Mormon from last conference
by President Monson’s. That talk was quoted by over 5 people. It’s
important. And even cooler, I have watched that talk and been showing
it to people lately. That was so cool to see how I was prepared. We
watched it all at the Baldridge’s and they are amazing. I love them so
much and will miss them a lot. But I could go on and on and on about
how amazing this conference was but I have to do some things. Next
I’m going to be going to Gridley. It’s just north of Yuba
City. There will be another Elder Jones in the district. We got a ton
of missionaries from different countries that have been demolished by
the hurricanes and he is one of them. So that’s cool. I’m going to be
with Elder Niederhouser (I think I butchered the spelling). I replaced
him here in Auburn. I feel very good about it. There is supposed to be a lot of work in Gridley. It’s the first stake organized in California. Lost and lots
of members. A super small town. It’s going to be great. We have a
house, but I heard it’s been trashed by missionaries. I’ll get a car.
That’s fun. I think it’ll be like Yuba City but in a smaller town. It
pretty much is. So I’m excited. I’m super sad that I am leaving though.
I said goodbye to the Walls and the Baldridges. We watched Conference
at the Baldridge’s and it took me over two hours to make myself tell
them that I was leaving. I love them so much. I was dreading telling
them. And dreading leaving them. Sister Baldridge and Abby are coming
to say goodbye to me tonight. That’s going to be really hard. Abby
reminds me of a quiet Hadley. I’m so sad. But I trust God that he
knows what he is doing.