What a week we had! So this transfer, Sister M and I are STL's over 6 companionships of sisters, which means 6 exchanges a transfer. That's a lot of exchanges! So we decided that we would do back to back exchanges for three weeks so we could make sure all of the exchanges got done. This week we started off our back to back exchanges!
On Tuesday, I was up in Fort Collins with Hermana Larsen! It was so fun to do Spanish work again! We had an incredible miracle happen though. We were contacting people in this trailer park, and we saw a guy out cleaning up some branches and offered to help. He said no because it was actually his job to pick up debris, and he didn't want us to mess up our dresses and skirts. He told us his name was Rudy (I instantly started chanting Rudy! Rudy! In my head) and we talked with him for like an hour! He told us that he used to be missionary for his church and he has been all over the world doing what we do. He converted to his religion when he was serving in the Air Force and he would go from barrack to barrack knocking on doors sharing his beliefs. We sympathized with one another on the tracting struggles. We shared with him the Book of Mormon and the story of Alma the Younger because his own personal story was very similar. He didn't accept a copy, but he told us he might check out the church one day.
Wednesday was FREEZING!!!! It was 38' and I am so not ready for winter. I went on exchanges with Sister Taylor and we came down to Berthoud together. She is so wonderful! I was on exchanges with Sister Taylor last transfer, this is only her second transfer in the mission, and she has improved so much! It was awesome to see how much more confident she is in her teaching and testifying abilities! We had a great day together in Berthoud. We got to meet and see lots of new people and we had some super great lessons.
Thursday, Sister M and I were finally back together! We had zone meeting and we gave a training on our talents and spiritual gifts. It was a really great training for me to prepare for because I learned so much. We studied 1 Corinthians 12 and read it with our zone. The focus of the training was about how much our Heavenly Father loves us as individuals. He gives us each unique and different gifts and talents that allow us to help one another. We cannot individually posses all of the spiritual gifts or talents right now, but that is why we have families and friends, so that we can each use our spiritual gifts and talents and together have all we need.
On Saturday we went to our Stake President's house for breakfast with the rest of the zone. It was so good! They gave us a training on being more diligent and acting with urgency to accomplish the Lord's work. It was really good for me to realize what more I need to be doing. In the afternoon we drove up into the mountains to see some less actives. They live right above Carter Lake so we had to take some pictures! Sister M almost fell down this huge hill and died about 4 times, so she isn't allowed to traverse in the wilderness unattended anymore. Saturday night was fun because we decided to park the car and walk all night. We walked all over town and got some major blisters, but it was totally worth it. The cultural celebration for the temple was also Saturday night, but we weren't able to go because we didn't have tickets, or less actives/investigators to bring. That was a bit of a bummer, but I have faith I'll be able to attend another cultural celebration at some point in my life!
Yesterday was a very sacred and special day for everyone in the FOCO mission and temple district. The Fort Collins Colorado temple was dedicated unto the Lord. President Uchtdorf came and dedicated the temple. It was such a special and spiritual experience to hear the prayer offered giving the temple as a gift to our Heavenly Father and Savior. Something that really stood out to me was the concept of, "Where much is given, much is required." We have been given so many gifts, blessings, and opportunities. That means we have a duty to work hard and to share and help others. It helped my desire to be a more consecrated missionary. I am so grateful for temples. I love the temple so much! I love what it stands for, what it means, the blessings we partake of within the temples, and the beacon of light that they are. I know that as we strive to live worthy and enter into the temple, we will be protected and guided through our journey here on earth.
Thank you all for your love and support! I miss you guys so much! Have a wonderful week!!
Pokémon go for date night?
Carter Lake pics
Sister M falling down the mountain.
When you're the only missionaries in the zone that don't go to the cultural celebration.
Walking all night!!!!
Random mural in Berthoud