Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

It was so fantastic talking to my family!  It's was weird though.  I'm excited to actually talk to you, not through a device.  haha =)  Brigham seriously sounds like dad.  And everyone else just looks older.  Stop growing up people! Isn't time supposed to stop when I'm gone? ;)

 


So this week was fun.  We went to a Christmas party/ wedding reception on Monday night.  We saw one of our potential investigators.  So that was pretty fun.

Tuesday was super crazy.  We were supposed to go on exchanges with one of the spanish sisters.  But for some reason they had to cancel last minute.  So that didn't happen.  We went to district meeting...my first one here.  Our whole district is sisters.  Except for the district leader and his companion of course. So that should be interesting.  After district meeting we went to the Hicks to help her make Christmas plates and then we helped her deliver them. That was great!  Helped us find people we didn't know.
 Wednesday we went to lunch with a ward mission leader, Sister Hooper.  She is so sweet!  We went to a delicious pizza place, Garbonzos.  1 of the 2 places to eat in New Plymouth.  Great thing with small towns... the places to eat are always amazing.  (As long as they aren't sketchy;))  Then we went and saw the Hortons.  Debbie is still doing alright.  Made it to Christmas.  Those girls are so strong to see their mom have to go through this.  I look up to them.  I want them to have the gospel in their lives so they can have that support.  We then hopped around to different families and joined their family parties.  It's always weird to go to someone's family parties. I always feel like I'm intruding.  But we did have a lot of fun.  We had a very authentic Jerusalem dinner.  There were a few things that I would have again, but most of it I wouldn't care to try again.  haha =)

Christmas!!  My family is awesome!  We had a great time with the Hick's Christmas morning.  They invited us over at 7 am so we could watch all the kids get up and out of bed.  They were all super groggy.  Then we opened presents with them.  Sweet kids.  Then we skyped!  That was a blast as always!  My last time skyping.  That blows my mind.  We then went to Christmas dinner which was fabulous, then we went to a baptism.  His name is Neil.  He is in the Ontario singles ward.  Not the kind of person you would have thought would get baptized.  Somehow I got roped into playing the piano.  But I'm so glad I did, because there was an amazing spirit there.  Neil received the greatest gift Christmas day.  I can't think of much else that can top getting baptized! =)  It was a very cool experience.
Friday we were supposed to go on exchanges with the fruitland sisters.  But Sister Clegg woke up super sick with a flu.  So we stayed inside all day.  She slept most of the day (or tried). There were a bunch of crazy kids upstairs stopping and screaming away.  So it was hard to sleep.  I got a lot done while she was sleeping.  I organized a lot of my papers and my desk.  And I read a lot.  Sometimes it's a blessing in disguise when your companion is sick.  It's not fun for the companion, but you can get a lot done.

Saturday, even though sister Clegg still wasn't feeling great, she was determined to do something.  So we visited a few people, but in the end we just headed home so she could sleep some more.  But those 2 people we did visit were super good visits.  The Lord provides miracles when we do what we can.  We had a conversation with Sister Vincent, a less active.  She made a goal to read all the ensigns this year.  And to try to come to church.  Then her non-member husband came in and offered to show us his store.  So we went to his store outside and talked to him about making a baptismal goal.  So he will be thinking about that this week!  The Lord has prepared him so much!  He is so ready.  He is just a stubborn cowboy =)  His name is Jerry.  So pray that he will set a date! =)

Sunday we went to 2nd ward church, Sister Clegg got a blessing, then we headed home.  The kids were still running around upstairs so Sister Clegg couldn't sleep.  So we pulled her mattress out to the kitchen next to the heater so she could  be warmer and so the heater would muffle the kids.  It worked really well.  haha =)  She slept for 3 or 4 hours straight.  And I was stuck in the bedroom reading and writing and napping.  Then she woke up for an hour, then went back to sleep for 2 more hours.  Her body was exhausted!  Somehow she convinced me to let her go to dinner.  So we went to dinner and had steak of course.  That didn't make her feel very good :P  But God helped us out... the Cables (who we had dinner with) invited us to watch the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert with them.  It was a blessing since Sister Clegg felt so sick.  She was able to relax and feel the spirit with some members.  God works in little ways like that, then we do our best... like I said before =)

So that was our crazy week =)  I really hope I don't get sick.  That would be lame.  I've still only gone on 1 exchange when we've had 4 planned!  So we dont' have time to get sick again.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas filled with love, joy, peace, Christ, and the spirit.  Have a wonderful new year.  Make some good, not too hard, goals that you can keep ;)

Every year from now on I am going to have a one word focus every year.  This last year was the word 'Be...'. The point of the word be was to help me be myself.  Be what I want to be. Be like Christ.  Be like my hero.  Be whatever!    So this year my word is 'Explore'.  I'm going to explore myself this year.  Explore everything I can.  People, places, school, myself, challenges, emotions, whatever I can =)  
You should try a one word focus!  They are pretty cool.  Not overwhelming, yet the word can be on your mind all the time.  I make a collage and put it on the wall so I can remember it every day.  Maybe try that if you want. =)  I highly suggest it.

Love you all!
Have a great week!
Happy 2015!
Love, Sister Radmall

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Busy in the Service of the Lord

I have never been so tired in my life!!  It's been a great week.  But a crazy one.  And every week this transfer is just going to get crazier!

Started with Monday, obviously... usually does.  Had a crazy time making Christmas cards and going to the church to say hi to other missionaries.  Then we went to the Hortons.  We read a little bit with the girls.  Then we had a really good conversation with their mom, Debbie.  Debbie is dying of cancer.  Hoping to make it to Christmas.  We talked to her about how to have more faith.  And that there is life after death.  She already knows that, but we gave her Alma 34 to read.  Which talks about both faith and the plan of salvation.  So hopefully she read it and liked it.

Tuesday we taught our investigator, Sherry.  She had a baptismal date for January and we are hoping she keeps it.  We had an awesome lesson about the plan of salvation and helped her answer some of her questions.  She is headed up to Alaska this week. 

Wednesday was Christmas conference!  This is the first conference in 9 months that I haven't had to spend the night in the mission home because we live so far away.  haha.  Now we are only 45 minutes from Nampa.  I had an awesome time at conference.  The spirit was so strong!! 
 Sister Cannon did a Living Christ for the program.  It wasn't exactly like the one's I've done.  But she modeled it after those.  It was pretty cool.  There were a lot of musical numbers.  I played a piano solo, "Silent night/Still Still Still" by Sally Deford.  Then I accompanied Sister Lyman to "Gesu Bambino" (Amazing voice she has) then last minute I was asked to accompany a group of 5 with Away in a Manger.  I got my fair share of playing piano that day.  haha.  It was fun.  I'm so grateful for the talent I have for playing the piano.  It's been so useful on my mission.  Thanks mom for making me practice! =)  

When we got home we went to mutual.  They were caroling  so we joined them!  Our investigator, Mike, was driving the horses that were pulling the sleigh.  It was great fun!  And we got to talk to Mike a bunch.

Thursday we went to Ontario for a stake correlation meeting, then I got to go with Sister Breen for the day!  We had a great time talking about the fun times we had in Weiser.  I can't believe that was almost a year ago!  Time goes by so fast when you look back... and so slow when you look forward.  Wish I could just always look to the present to time would go moderate. haha =)

Friday we did weekly planning then went to dinner.  It was an awesome dinner!  We went to a part member families and it didn't seem like he was interested in us.  But then we invited him to watch He is the Gift with us and he really enjoyed it.  Then we started talking about what missions are like and how we go on missions and such.  It was a great conversation!  We had another great conversation with some non-members.  They were so nice, and we talked a lot about Christ and how he is the meaning of Christmas.  They were super excited to watch the He is the Gift video as well.

Saturday we went out to lunch with a member.  All the way out to Sand Hollow.  I got a crazy sandwich.  It was good though.  It had ham and turkey and cheese between french toast with powdered sugar on top.  Yum!  Not that you cared to know, I just thought it was a crazy sandwich.  haha!  

Sunday after church we went to some peoples houses.  I was super bold on Sunday.  I don't know why.  Actually, I do know why.... it's because the people we saw needed to hear what I said and the spirit told me to say what I said.  It was very cool.  We went to two part member families.  In both families the wife isn't a member.  So we went to ask if either of them wanted to get baptized.  Neither did, but we said some things that will make them think.  It was awesome to feel Heavenly Father working through me!

And that brings us back to Monday.  We are just going to relax and clean today.  We need it.  I hope next week is crazy too!  Makes for a better week! =)

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! And I hope that you all remember Christ throughout the season.  He really is my best friend.  He is my brother.  He is my Savior.  He is my healer.  He is the ear I turn to.  He is my comforter.  The list could go on.  He is kind, loving, patient, forgiving, a friend, perfect, strong, courageous, fabulous, generous, amazing!  I love him, and he loves me! =)  I'm so glad I've had this 14 months to get to know him by serving others.  I've been so blessed to have this opportunity!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! 
Love you!
Sister Radmall


Monday, December 15, 2014

Greetings from New Plymouth!

New Plymouth:  known for being the biggest Horseshoe in the world!  Pretty cool, huh?


On Monday we had a crazy crazy day.  Trying to get everyone and their luggage where they needed to be. I was so grateful to get home and un-pack.  I felt very rushed.  But transfers are always like that.  
I don't think I told you about Sister Morales.  I was in my 4th trio on Monday and Tuesday.  But only those two days, because she was going back to Temple Square.  That is her mission.  She was only in this mission for 3 months.  She is from Mexico and has an awesome accent.  It was fun to be with her for 2 days.

Making tie quilts

Tuesday we ran around meeting people and going to appointments.  It was a super busy day.  I was so so tired.  It's great to be tired.  Means you're working hard!

Wednesday was MLC.  We dropped off Sister Morales then went and learned about the Christlike attributes.  It was pretty cool.  I made a goal... I am going to work on 1 Christlike attribute every transfer.  I only have three more, but I'm going to pick 3 things to work on.  This transfer I'm studying and working on humility.  I'll let you know how that goes =)  For dinner we went to the Moscripts.  So I went in there knowing the he owned something in the town, so I asked him what it was he owned.  He replied, "The town"  haha!! It was funny.  But it's kind of true.  He owns most of the town and is building a subdivision of 45 houses that will be done fairly soon.  They are very well off people, but so so humble.  It's amazing.  They are so giving of what they have.  If everyone was like them no one would be lacking in anything.
Santa is coming to town in a nice truck and boat this year ;)

Thursday We went to an exercise class that the bishop's wife does.  There is a non-member there that we talk to.  It was kick-boxing.  My arms were so sore!  It was a really good work out.  If I stay in New Plymouth for the rest of my mission I might actually be in shape when I get home ;) haha!!  Then we went and helped out at the senior center.  We worked in their thrift shop for a little while.  They need a lot of help, so we will be doing that a lot in the future.  And we also helped serve lunch.  That was fun.  It reminded me of working in the center at home.  Good times.  So every week, sometimes multiple times a week we go over to the Horton's.  They aren't members.  We help the twins, Sage and Lane read their books and do their homework.  Their mom is dying of cancer.  They are hoping she makes it to Christmas.  It is so sad to see.  We do what we can, offer service, and uplifting comments.  They are a happy family even with the circumstances.  But we can only do so much.  They have a belief in Christ which is why they can be so happy in such a sad time.  Anyway, we helped them on Thursday.

Friday was zone meeting.  New zone!  I've been in the La Grande zone for a year.  So it was weird to go to a new zone.  haha =)  Then we went and helped Sage and Lane clean their toy corner so their grandma wasn't so stressed. Friday night was a Christmas party for 2nd ward.  It's always so overwhelming to try to remember everyone's faces and names.  But it was still a lot of fun.  One of our investigators came.  So that was good.

Saturday we went to a ladies house with a member.  Her house is undergroud.  Kind of.  It's covered in dirt.  That's what the roof is.  It was pretty cool.  Later was the 1st wards Christmas party.  We got roped into doing something for the program.  They did what's called the 'pains' of Christmas.  So we sung "on the first pain of Christmas... on the second pain of Christmas..." etc.  That was fun.  
Sunday I got to get up and introduce myself and bear my testimony.  Love that.  I always introduce myself by saying, "I'm Sister Radmall.  That's like a cool-shopping-center; Rad-mall.... now you'll never forget it." They usually think that's pretty funny.  After both wards we were able to go to our potential Russian investigator's house.  She is soooo sweet.  We walked in and she was like, take your coats off, sit at the table.  So we did.  Then she said, you always are serving other people, now it's time for you to just have some fun.  haha =)  So we painted Christmas cards.  It was a lot of fun.  haha.  We talked about the church a lot too.  That was even better ;)

 Later we went on splits with a recently returned missionary, Amy.  She just came from Jades mission!  She got home in September, so didn't meet Jade.  But it was pretty cool.  We met with our investigator, Sherry.  And committed her to a baptismal date!  So that was super exciting!

I am happy here in New Plymouth!  While I miss La Grande it's been fun to have a change.  And sister Clegg is awesome.  She is so fun.  I love being with her!  We get along great.  I don't know if I told you where she is from... but she is from Provo.  Another Utah companion =)
Well, that was my crazy week.  We are super busy, and it's awesome.  Time is truly flying!  Can't believe next week is Christmas! I am so excited to see you all!! =)  What is everyone doing for Christmas?    

#HeistheGift   <------- watch this!!!! =D then share it!!!

Love you all!
have a great week
~Sister Radmall

 Only in Idaho.... it even makes shooting sounds!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Transferred!!!

So I got transferred...It was so sad!  I really wanted to stay in La Grande for Christmas.  But I know this is where I'm supposed to be, and La Grande needs some new sisters.  It's still hard to leave though.  I've been there almost 6 months.  Made some amazing friends!  So I'll be in New Plymouth Idaho with Sister Clegg who is from Provo Utah.  I'm pretty stoked.

Sister Clegg
So I'm just going to mention the things that really stood out to me this week.
On Tuesday we had district meeting.  Sister Bailey's last one.  So for the skill check she decided to have everyone play chubby bunny.  That was pretty funny!

Best district ever!  I'm sad to leave.  That night we went to Elgin to a Relief Society activity.  Just so you know, Sister Bowles took a package for me and she will be bringing it down to you sometime this month.  Not sure if it will be before or after Christmas.  But she will call you =)
Thursday Sister Bailey and Sister Clegg's companion went to the temple.  So me and Sister Clegg were together for the day.  It was a foreshadowing of the new transfer.  haha.  That was fun.  I had a feeling I would be there, but I just didn't want to come to terms with it.  So I didn't prepare to leave.  I should have just accepted that I was going to leave La Grande.  Cuz I knew it.  Oh well =)
Friday was a crazy day.  In the morning I left New Plymouth with Sister Bailey and as we were headed back to La Grande the freeways closed because of ice rain and lots of accidents.  So we were stuck in Ontario for 3 hours.  It was an adventure.  We kinda just walked around because we couldn't do anything since it wasn't our area.  It was fun.  I met a trucker from Hyrum who was headed back home.  That was fun.  He knew of Radco Construction.  haha =)  After waiting for a while we finally were able to go back to our area.  We had an amazing meeting with the Jederbergs.  Sister Bailey went to say bye, and I said a maybe goodbye.  Before we left Sis Bailey felt like she needed to bear her testimony of Joseph Smith.  So she did, then I followed, then Brother Jederberg who is less active kind of bore his testimony too.  About how God is always there for us.  He really opened up and told us why he doesn't go to church and all this other stuff.  It was so cool.  Then he said the prayer!  That was awesome!  It was pretty funny.  After he offered his non-member wife's face was so funny.  SHe was like, "Let me just pick myself up off the floor."  =)
Saturday was so crazy.  Stressing to get everything packed!  We had to say bye to people, pack, clean, and all the appointments we already had.  It was crazy.  But fun. 
Sunday was a really hard day.  It was amazing though! For 4th ward we were invited to share our testimonies through music.  So we got up and did our Joseph's first prayer arrangement.  It set the mood so well.   All the testimonies after that were so amazing.  A couple people made me cry because they were talking about how we had changed their lives.  I was like, really??  Sometime I feel like I'm not doing anything to help anyone, because I'm just being myself.  But there are those that needed me, and I helped them in more ways than I  thought.  I felt their love and friendship as they thanked us.  It was amazing.  Then a less active man that we have been working with got up and bore his testimony.  When he got up he said that the spirit was so thick he could practically see it.  It really was.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.  I can't explain the feeling in there.  It's beyond words.  Amazing is the only word I can come up with =)  Love that ward!!!  We went to the Jackmans' after church.  They are the best!  I didn't want to leave.  The Christmas devotional was great!  I loved it.  I'm going to be watching it again tonight because my companion didn't see it.  I'm excited.
Sister Bailey and I in the transfer van. Our last time together :(
Sister Bowler!  She is going up to McCall, so I will be her sister training leader!

So, that was my week.  I wrote more than I planned.  haha.  Thanks so much for all your support.  I really appreciate it!  I love you all.  And I know the Lord is with all of you.  No matter what.  Just open the door and let him in.
have a great week! 
~Sister Cool-shoppingcenter ;) 

Here are some of the people in La Grande I have grown to love:
Pam

Stremchas

Willards

 Lesters, Bishop

Glabes, ward mission leader... with their 5 day old baby =)

Brother 'Papa' Orton

 Huntsmans, Bishop

3rd Ward Missionaries

Cleo

Meyers, ward mission leader

Misty

Jederbergs

Jessee and Hyrom

Karen

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!! (Message from Dec. 1)

So, starting with Monday.  We made chocolate chip cookies at the Meyers so we could give them to people during the week.  They were pretty good if I don't say so myself =)  After p-day we had dinner and family night at the Hutchins.  They are a cute family.  It was a lot of fun.  Talked about baptism because their daughter is getting baptized pretty soon.  Then we played movie charade.  It was hard.  I didn't know anything.  haha =)

Tuesday was a really good district meeting.  Probably one of the best I've ever been to.  It was focused on being thankful because of Thanksgiving.  At the end we went around the room and each shared an experience of when they were struggling with their testimony, then got a reassuring witness of the truth.  It was definitely a spirit filled meeting.  Our district is the best.  I really hope no one transfers!  Though it is inevitable eventually.

Wednesday we finally got to meet a less active named Anita.  I haven't been able to meet her the whole 5 months I've been here!  She is just so busy.  But we caught her at home and it was a really good meeting.  We shared the 'He is the Gift' video.  And it really touched her.  So did the prayer we left.  Hopefully it will help her come back to church.  After that we went to Elgin.  We finally had a good discussion with Lisa.  Whenever we go there when both TJ and Lisa are there we always get off topic somehow.  But this time we talked about church and reading the scriptures.  And how TJ still wants to get baptized.  He just has to stop smoking and drinking.  He is going to the addiction recovery classes every week.  So there is a step in the right direction!  We had a fun dinner.  We went to the Winkelmans.  He was a psychologist.  So he was teaching us how to read people.  And how to communicate with the people we are closest to.  So for example, apparently I prefer talking and listening (mostly listening) so if someone wants to communicate with me so I feel loved they should talk to me so I can listen, but also let me talk when I want to.  Sister Bailey is a touchy feely person.  So in order to communicate with her, and get her attention, she needs to be touched then talked to.  I don't know if that made sense.  It made more sense when he explained it.  But it was pretty cool.  =)

Thursday, Thanksgiving!!  It was a lot of fun!  I am so thankful for my mission, and the people here in La Grande that make every day a good one.  We went to the church and played flag football with a bunch of people, then we went to the Jackmans and helped them make dinner.  Ate dinner (super delicious, they had rice cream... don't know how to spell it) then we got permission to play some games.  So we played card golf and Zarahemla.  They are the sweetest family ever!  We then made our way over to the Meyers.  Played 'Last Word' there and just had a good time.  It's so hard to do missionary work on big holidays because no one is home.  And no one wants you if you're not invited.  So we just went to members that invited us, and shared the 'He is the Gift' video.  After the Meyers we went to the Glabes.  They gave us pie and we played Rummikube there.  That was fun too.  It reminded me of playing with mom =)  So that was our crazy Thanksgiving!  It was a blast.

Friday we were invited to Sister Westenskow's yoga class because she said a lot of non-members go.  So that was my first experience doing yoga.  It was actually really relaxing.   We were able to talk to a non-member from Italy.  That was pretty cool.  I was wondering if that whole thing would be worth it, but I think it was.  That one person made it worth it.  We went out with Ashley who is a recently returned missionary.  She is so great!  She took us to her visiting teaching appointment.  But she wasn't home.  We ran into her sister and cousin instead.  The cousin being Clara, the Marshallese girl!!  Yay!  We hadn't seen her forever!  And she told us she is still reading and praying and she still wants to be baptized (we think and hope she understood us and wasn't just nodding her head)!  So we will have to try hard to get her and her cousin, Kamna, to do lessons again so she can get baptized.

Saturday we helped Ginny, a less active, move.  She is in a really good spot now to come to church!  She has more money now, has a bigger, clean (for now) apartment.  And is finally adopting her granddaughter, Madison (who, by the way, is the most adorable 6 year old girl on the planet).  So I am super excited to see if she will come to church next week like she said.  She really needs the church, and so does her granddaughter.  They would be so happy.  And the church needs them!

Sunday was great.  Went to all of church, also joined choir practice, then went to the Orton's for dinner.  We call him 'papa' Orton because is is just so papa-ly and takes such good care of us.  We always love going over there forSunday dinner.  Then we went to Ashley's house and taught her family and a friend.  We were going to do the restoration because the friend isn't a member, but it turned into talking about our reason on earth and the fall of Adam.  They had some pretty deep questions.  It was funny.  But really good.  Led by the spirit.  Then we went to Ashley's brother's house.  Shane doesn't believe in God anymore, and Ashley really wants to help him.  So we went over there.  He was there and his room mate Brandon was there.  Both of them were very open.  Shane said he isn't quite ready to believe in God, but is more than happy with us coming to help him get to that point.  And Brandon accepted a Book of Mormon!  We watched a video about Al Fox the 'painted Mormon' because Shane asked if he could still go to the temple with tattoos.  We didn't find the right video, but it was cool because it talked about having faith in God.  It was what both of them needed.  Even though it wasn't the one we were expecting it was still awesome!  So that was a really good discussion.  About God and whether he is there or not.  I know he is there!  He has shown me his love.  I've felt it.  And it's amazing!=)

That was the week! Pretty great!!  Sister Bailey is going home next week.  I'm going to miss her!  She is super excited.  She has learned so much on her mission and is ready to go home and be with her family.  I have learned so much from her.  She has been an example of working till the end and doing my best.  I'm so glad I was able to be her last companion =)  And she is one of my favorite! ;)  I'm also excited to get a new companion and have new adventures as a Sister Training Leader.  I'll let you know who it is as soon as I can =)  

Love you all!!  
Remember Christ... the first Gift of Christmas.  Discover the Gift, Embrace the Gift, then Share the gift!  With EVERYONE!!! =D
#Sharethegift

~Sister Radmall      


Monday, November 24, 2014

Flag Football, Exchanges, and Musical Notes

Hey!
So this week we were gone a lot.  Another one of those crazy weeks =)

Monday we went to Baker and played flag football with the zone.  It was so fun!  I loved it.  Made two touch downs ;) 


 Then we had dinner and a preach my gospel family night lesson with our ward mission leader and his family, the Glabes.  It was great!

Tuesday had lunch with Cleo and she invited Amity.  Such a sweet lady.  Loves her missionaries.  And now she loves Amity too.  Then we went to the blood drive.  Thought it would be quick thing... so much for that.  Sister Bailey couldn't donate because she had a ct scan that morning and her blood was died.  They took forever in the booth because my one finger didn't have enough iron in it, so they pricked the other.  Finally got me in the chair and I almost passed out.  Guess I didn't eat enough meat that day.  Whoops.  haha =)  So that didn't really go as planned.  We then went to dinner, then in splits with our new ward missionary, Rande.

Wednesday was Elgin as always.  We did weekly planning because we thought we would be on exchanges on Thursday .  Then we went and visited some people, had dinner, then met with the ward mission leader.  Not very eventful.

Thursday we had exchanges planned... but it had snowed and there was a sheet of ice everywhere.  4 accidents on the free way.  So we canceled those and helped Sister Meyer at her thrift store, "Barkin' Basement".  Then we drove to Weiser because it got warmer and the roads cleared.  We didn't want to drive in the ice the next morning at 5 am to get to zone conference.  Practiced our songs in Weiser and had a sleep over with the sisters.

Friday was zone conference.  It was so great!  Loved it!  I was going to share some of my notes with you but I left them in our apartment :P  Next week!  Sorry.  It was really good though.  We read the whole Book of Mormon in 40 minutes!  Beat that.  haha.  They cut up a paperback book and gave each missionary about 10 pages for them to read individually.  So as a group we read the whole thing in 40 minutes.  That was pretty trikcy =)  Had a yummy thanksgiving feast.  And it was just fun to see other missionaries!  Then we decided to do exchanges after the meeting.  I came back to La Grande with Sister Keyser (who served here last year so she was super excited to come back).
 
 It decided to snow really hard while we were in the last canyon.  That was pretty scary.  But we made it back safe.  (Thanks family for living in a place that has snow on the roads all winter.  It's really helped on my mission.  haha  It's crazy how many people come from places that don't have snow.)

Saturday we had another awesome scripture study with Katie and Kaydon.  Kaydon, again, was really annoyed at having to come down and read.  But without fail, he got into it and was much happier when we finished.  The scriptures really change attitude.  It's pretty cool!  We visited a couple other people.  Then exchanged back and went to the Chili feed.... We were the entertainment.  haha =)  Sister Bailey sang a version of Savior Redeemer of my Soul and I made up and arranged.  Then I played waterfall (still know it!), then they asked for us to sing the one we sang last Sunday.  It was pretty cool =)  I discovered a new talent!  I found out I can take a hymn and arrange it.  I'm still mastering writing it down.  But I'm working on it.

Sunday we spoke and did the musical number in Elgin.  Great fun.  Then we went to choir practice, then more church, then dinner.  Best dinner ever!  Individual made pizzas =)  It was fun.  Then we went and saw a less active, Karen.  We watched her make some candy and talked about moving on.  Sister Bailey has been worried she won't adjust well.  But Karen was a great comfort to her last night with her great encouragement and advice.  It was really good for all three of us to have that chat I think.

So that was my crazy week.  Super fun.  I can't believe Sister Bailey is going home in 2 weeks! I'm going to miss her :P

So I have a talk suggestion that everyone should read =)
"Believing Christ: A Practical Approach to the Atonement" by Stephen E. Robinson
It is a fantastic talk. =)
How is everyone's book of mormon reading coming?  I'm in Alma and quickly reading;)

Love you all!
~Sister Radmall 

Letter from November 17th

Hey y'all!  

So, we got tons of snow this week.  Monday through Wednesday was so super cold and miserable.  Like in the teens.  Then Thursday it started snowing around 10 am and didn't stop until Friday evening.  Got about a foot of snow.  It's a lot better to be cold with snow, than without.  It's just miserable without snow.
Anywho... So this week we decided to teach the auxiliary heads The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is really hard to go out and meet new people in the dark and the cold.  So we are trying to fill our nights with appointments.  Teaching the members has been a really cool experience.  To figure out what to teach them we prayed and fasted the week before and felt good about the lesson we chose.  The members we have taught have shared awesome conversion stories, missionary stories, and just amazing experiences.  It's been great.

On Tuesday we had an awesome time with our new investigator, Becckie.  At first we thought we were there for her fiance, but quickly discovered he isn't interested much.  She is so ready for the gospel.  She is having a lot of struggles in every aspect of life.  Said she has hit rock bottom and is willing to try anything.  She was going to come to church yesterday but didn't =(  Anyway, we are super excited to teach her about Christ and the atonement.  I know it will help her so much.  It won't change her circumstances, but it can help her outlook and strength so much.

We have seen a little bit of progress in a couple of our investigators that we didn't think would be interested for a while.  Cleo we have been meeting with for ever it seems.  She loves the missionaries and loves the church but just can't get past Joseph Smith.  But when we answered some questions she had and she started reading the Book of Mormon she mentioned to us that Nephi could only have prophesied of America being a free country if he was a prophet.  So that was pretty cool =)

Saturday we had another awesome scripture study with Katie and Kaydon.  Kaite had a really good question and was so excited to find the answer in the next couple chapters following.  Kaydon was excited to read again.  It's so cool to see how exciting scripture studies can be.  I think we don't take full advantage of how easily we can have the scriptures.  And we don't use them as much as we could.  The scriptures, though they may be hard to understand, are so fun to read.  There are awesome if you really get into them.  
Hope that made sense... I'm a little distracted today.  haha.

Yesterday we did our musical number.  It was really good.  Sister Bailey's first solo, and my first time arranging music and playing it without music.  It was fun =)

Today we are playing flag football with the zone in Baker..... in the snow. I'm going to freeze!!!!
Last week dad asked if I needed anything for winter.. and I realized I don't have many warm socks.  Some fuzzy socks and super warm socks would be really nice.  And I may need gloves, depending on if there are any at walmart here or not.

Have a fantastic week!  Remember that the scriptures are written for us, and it is so easy to read them.  The more we read them the more will understand them and appreciate them. =)  If you have a bad day just open the scriptures and read... it always helps!
 LOve you!

~Sister Radmall  




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sister Training Week


Well, it was another one of those busy Sister Training Leader weeks.... I packed my bag on Monday planning to be gone for 5 days!  Like another mini vacation.  We left Monday night.  Got to the mission home around 9.  Had a great time, as always, talking to Sister Cannon.  Got to relax a bit and play the piano.  Then crashed in their awesome comfy beds!  

Tuesday morning we got up, got ready and went to MLC (Mission Leadership Training).  It was fantastic!  Talked about how the Book of Mormon is just not the same without the Bible, and visa versa.  Having just the Bible is like having just one dot on a piece of paper.  How many straight lines can you draw through that dot? Tons!  But if you have two dots, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, how many straight lines can you draw through them?  One!  President Cannon assigned Sister Bailey and I to choose a favorite talk from conference and apply it to us and missionaries.  I chose President Uchtdorf's talk, Finding truth and light I think it's called.  It's pretty awesome.  You should read it =)  After MLC we went on splits with Sister Bowler and Sister Dijkwel again.  I got to go with Sister Dijkwel again.  She is great!  She came out with me, and we were both blown away that we have been out for over a year.  We went to a less actives house and chatted for a bit, figured out he is from Cove and related to pretty much all of the Allens there.  So that was pretty cool.  haha =)

Wednesday we took our time to get ready and study because we planned to exchange with the McCall sister's in Weiser, but they couldn't until 6:30.  So we had a while.  We went to lunch at Panda express... hadn't eaten there since January.  It was so good!  We then went to Weiser and did some paperwork in our area book.  Finding things to do that are useful when you're not in your area is really hard!  But we did it.  Oh ya!  We had to stop and get gas in Payette... which is in Idaho... which means you have to pump it yourself.... so on Wednesday I pumped gas for the first time in 9 months!  haha =)  Almost forgot how ;)  Oregon is pretty great.  I love not having to get out in the cold to pump my gas.  Wednesday night we had dinner with the Weiser missionaries then exchanged with the McCall sisters.  I went all the way up to McCall.  Long 1.5 hour drive.  I was so tired.  But I didn't sleep very good that night.  Probably because I was in a different place.

Thursday we visited people all over McCall.  Met some pretty crazy people.  But it was a lot of fun =)  Learned about the book of Enoch.  Which I had no idea existed until now.  So that was fun.  We went to the Pancake House and got their famous giant cinnamon roll.  It's as big as my head.  It was so good!  After that we had a really good experience.  We went to visit this less active, Courtney.  Knocked on the door.. she wasn't home.  So we walked around and started back to the truck.  I noticed a Swiss flag flying in front of a log cabin.  I said out loud, "Hey look! They are Swiss, I'm Swiss... lets go see if we are related."  Not sure why that came out of my mouth, but we went and knocked on the door.  No one answered. (so I don't know if we are related haha)  We headed back to the truck again and I saw someone get off the bus.  She walked around to wear Courtney lives so I figured, hey that's probably her!  So I told Sister Colby and we decided to wait in the truck for 5 minutes so we weren't total creepers.  We made a phone call then hopped back out and went and knocked on her door again.... no one answered!  Lame.  But then a couple Spanish ladies came out of the apartment behind us.  We started talking to them and asked if they had met missionaries before.  They had met the elders.  We asked if they were interested in learning, they were a little hesitant at that.  But we figured out they were moving and so we offered our help and they accepted!  It's amazing how the Lord works.  He timed that whole thing perfectly.  Because they were all leaving.  We probably wouldn't have knocked on their door, so if they didn't come out we wouldn't have met them.  And now the sisters up there have a service project and possibly an investigator!  It was awesome.  I really saw the hand of the Lord in that little meeting =)  I saw it again later.  I really wanted to take a picture of the lake.  So before it got dark we went and took a couple pictures then as we were walking back to the truck Sister Colby asked me if I wanted to go talk to this guy who was walking his dog.  I said sure, so we went and talked to him.  He turned out to be a less active member.  His wife is active, he is not.  So the sisters are going to go visit them.  And hopefully he will start coming back to church!  That was pretty cool too =)  It was just a great day.  Then we went home for dinner and had pizza.  I was exhausted!  Didn't sleep well that night either.
Exchange in McCall with Sister Colby
Friday we got up at 5:30, which is actually 4:30 La Grande time, and because of the time change and all the traveling I don't think my body knew what time it was.  haha.  I was so tired!  We drove an hour (longest hour of my life) down to Council to get a ride with the Masters (Senior missionaries) to Baker for zone meeting.  Needless to say, I slept almost the whole way.  Zone meeting was great.  Talked about the Bible and Book of Mormon supporting each other again.  Went to lunch, got my awesome companion back and finally went home!  It was so nice to go home.  We went home and dropped off my stuff and took a potty break.  I crashed on the bed while Sister Bailey was in the bathroom and she didn't wake me up.  So... nap time!  I had a good nap.  I obviously couldn't stay awake.  We made a couple visits that night, but I was so tired I can't remember them.  haha

Don't fall asleep reading this... I'm almost done! Sorry, it's pretty long.  Crazy week. =)  Saturday  we helped someone move their storage unit.  It was kinda fun.  The Elders helped.  She was moving her unit from upstairs to downstairs.  Luckily the place had an elevator.  Then we had a fantastic scripture study with Katie and Kaydon.  Katie has a hard time understanding the scriptures (who doesn't).  So we brought a member along with us, Sister Isaacson, and had a really good study.  Even Kaydon was interested.  He was in time out, then Katie had him come down and read with us.  So he was grumpy at first, but he was the one that suggested we read another chapter.  Reading scriptures really does change attitudes.  Next time we will invite Katie's husband John who isn't a member to read with us.  Hopefully he will join!  After that we went to the walk in clinic for Sister Bailey.  She has been having stomach problems for three weeks and she finally gave in and went to the doctor.  Not sure what it is yet, but we are figuring it out.  We spent most of the rest of the day there.  Then went to Sarah's for dinner.  She was the one this time that suggested the prayer!  That was exciting because she never does that, and never even participates in the prayer.  One step in the right direction!  then we went to stake conference.  They talked about missionary work of course, which I assume was talked about everywhere.  The cutest returned missionary spoke.  She loves sharing the gospel.  She just got home from Japan.  I want to be like that when I get home!  Just happy, and excited, and cute!  She is a great example for me.  After conference I saw a bunch of people from Enterprise!! I was so excited! =)  They all bombarded me with hugs.  It was great.  I even saw the Lowes!  Me and Sister Lowe both screamed and hugged and hugged and hugged.  haha I miss them! =)  So great to see them!

Sunday was cool.  Interesting... and someone is going to have to tell me if stake conference has changed for everyone or just Oregon... I assume everyone.  So we went to stake conference.  We were in the choir.  President Chadwick announced that there will be 3 stake conferences from now on instead of just 2.  2 of those will be the regular, and one will be a broadcast.  Yesterday's was a broadcast.  So we started out with a prayer and a song with our stake. Then for the next 20 minutes President Chadwick spoke to us and the choir sang a song.  Then we went and sat down and all the stakes in Oregon watched the broadcast of President Monson, Neil L. Andersen, and a couple others.  It was pretty cool =)  Elder Andersen talked about FATIH in Jesus Christ, DILIGENCE in keeping the commandments of God, and PATIENCE in our trials and afflictions.  I loved it.  Later we visited a couple people.  Had a good scripture study with Jessee.  She wants to study the Pearl of Great Price with us.  Then we went and saw Becckie.  She was having a really hard time and we were able to comfort her.  She now wants to take the discussions for herself, not for her family.  She has a really hard life and a lot of health problems and we know our message can help her, so we are really excited to help her find Christ!  Then we went and saw Cleo.  Had a really good discussion with her!  She hasn't been interested in us teaching her because she says she loves everything about the Mormons, but can't believe the Joseph Smith story.  So we invited her to continue to read the Book of Mormon.  Turns out, when she started reading the Book of Mormon she thought Joseph Smith had wrote it and that it talked about Christ coming over the seas to talk to him.... so we cleared that one up fast!  Now she seems a lot more interested =)  We will be having Book of Mormon studies with her now.  We are super excited!! 

It was really a fantastic week!  Even though I wasn't home for 5 days I had a good time.  We felt the spirit.  We were led by the spirit.  We had great discussions and scripture studies.  And it was just all around one of the best weeks on the mission!  Sister Bailey is determined to finish her mission strong.  So even though she is excited to go home and talks about what she will be doing at home she does her best to use every minute of the rest of her 4 weeks to do the Lord's work.  I love her!  She is one of the best companions ever.  We have so much fun.  We laugh a lot, and tease each other, and work together well.  We just have a great time.  I'm sad she has to go home!  Wish she didn't have to.

Wow... talk about long winded today! Sorry if I bored you.  Didn't know I had so much to say.  Guess I was making up from last week's short email.  

Hope you all have a great week.  Remember that the Lord loves you.  He is aware of you and what you are going through.  He is sending someone your way to help you through any and all of your trials.  You just have to be patient, because he has to find someone who is trustworthy and is willing to follow the spirit.  have FAITH in him and in Christ, be DILIGENT in keeping his commandments, and be PATIENT, he will help you.  Just let him! =D  
Love you all!! 
~Sister Radmall

Jake, the dog, who snuck onto my lap.


The Andersons