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!
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