Another busy week here in the Fort Collins mission. A lot has happened this week which means I have lots to talk about!
Monday night was a heart breaking night as I went to say goodbye to some people from the Boyd Lake Ward. That ward is truly amazing and I am so grateful for the 4 and 1/2 months I got to spend there. Those people hold such a special place in my heart! The hardest goodbye was with Brittney, Alex, Paola, and Yolanh. That family is so sweet and I love them so much.
So Tuesday was transfer day that was just crazy. We had a lesson in the morning, and then I ran all my stuff down to Berthoud because there was no way we were going to fit two missionaries belongings in a car, plus drive two other sisters to their area. So Sister P and I went down and dragged my suitcases to the basement of my new home. The new family I live with is a sweet older couple and they are so kind and loving to Sister Maxwell and I. Then Sister P and I went back to Loveland, ate some lunch, tried to see people, and then did service at House of Neighborly Services, which has been my favorite service. We then headed off to Windsor so that I could grab Sister Maxwell and Sister P could get her new comp. It was really sad to say goodbye to Sister P. It was the ending of an era and that is hard. But she is the best missionary I know and I am so grateful for all she has taught me these last 3 months.
Well Sister Maxwell and I officially became companions and embarked on the journey of Berthoud. So Sister M is from Alberta, Canada and she has been out for just a transfer less than me. We actually were both in the same district in Cheyenne so we were greenies in Wyoming together. It's fun to be together now! We are having such a blast together and attempting to figure Berthoud out.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were full of meetings that took us away from Berthoud for a while. And when we were in Berthoud, we were either trying to meet people, getting lost, or going to another meeting. So needless to say, it's been nuts, but such a blast.
On Friday we went to MLC and it was amazing as always. It was very different though because we have a lot of new missionaries in MLC. We set a new goal for our missions "standard of excellence" which is basically standards that we place so that missionaries will strive to be better and more diligent. It was crazy setting those because everyone had very different opinions of what the new numbers should be. But we prayed and all felt the confirmation of the spirit that what we set was right and in accordance to what the Lord wants.
The funniest/strangest moment of our week had to be what happened last night. So Sister M and I were trying to contact some people, and as we are getting ready to get out of the car, these two teenage boys come strolling by. They walk across the street and proceed to pull a stop sign out of the ground, and keep walking. Now I hope that all of you are as perplexed as Sister M and I were because how does one just pull a stop sign out of concrete?? Then, this truck comes speeding down the road and blasts its horn and then whips into the school parking lot, then backs out into the middle of the road, almost hitting another on coming truck. Then some creeper van pulls out of the school parking lot very slowly, takes a picture, and continues to drive slowly down the road. At this point we didn't know what was going on, but we needed to see this guy. So we got out of the car with pepper spray in hand (someone gave pepper sprays to all of the sisters at the temple open house) and made our way to the door. To top it all of, this dog comes barreling out of no where barking at us and we thought death was imminent. Luckily we survived and are alive and well. You know I thought I was getting sent to this cute, quiet little town. Nope this place is crazy! But it's exciting and we are having so much fun!
Yesterday at church we got a super nice and warm welcome. The members here are so kind and willing to help out with the work. They are eager and excited to see progress and help their friends come into Christ.
This week in my studies I was reading from Enos - Mosiah, which i love doing because you can read like 4 books from the Book of Mormon in 30 minutes. But I was really struck by the power of the testimonies of all of the people in those books. There isn't a lot written about them, but we know they were tasked with the responsibility to protect and keep the plates safe. All they could do was write that they know the words in those plates were true. How grateful I am for those men and for their obedience and diligence in serving God and for their witnesses of the Book of Mormon.
I cannot wait to see what adventures await us in Berthoud this week! I miss you all and love you!
Brit, Alex, Paola, Nessie, and us
Back on dirt roads again!
I finally found my name on a street sign!!
All of us Elders and Sisters that came out together that are at MLC. We are growing.
Sis Hoops and Max