Another wonderful week in Berthoud, CO. I almost froze to death this weekend because it was freaking -12' here, but it's fine. I've just learned how much I strongly dislike the cold since I've been on my mission. My Arkansas body just doesn't know how to function here. But good news, I'm starting to get over the plague that infected my body.
This week was so exciting! First off I had a really fantastic day because I got to go back to the Boyd Lake Ward with my girl Sister Pattillo for exchanges! That was such a blessing to me. I miss her and that ward so much. It was weird because I kept forgetting that I don't actually serve there anymore. It just felt so much like home. We went caroling for a little bit with the youth and then I got to see Brittney, Alex, Paola, and Yolanh! That was so wonderful! I love them so much! It was so good to be with Sister P again too. She's just the greatest and I love her so much!
On Thursday we had this really exciting meeting with the Missionary Department from SLC. It was so amazing because we learned so much! I left that meeting with a greater desire to be a more consecrated, diligent missionary. It hit me this week that I only have two transfers left and that is scary! For one, this is the happiest I've ever been and the thought of not serving God's children in this way everyday makes me so sad! But I have really come to feel and know the importance of this work and the blessing it is to serve. I am so grateful that I was able to be a missionary at this time in my life.
On Friday my heart broke into a million pieces. It started off really exciting. We got a call from one of our AP's telling us that we were getting a brand new RAV4 (super nice by the way) and that we needed to meet him to swap cars. So we are driving up to Loveland, super pumped to get a new car, when we get a phone call from an unknown number. I answer and this guy asks if we were the Mormon missionaries. I told him yes and he proceeds to tell us that his name is Hugh and he just moved to Berthoud from Oregon where he had been meeting with the Elders. He said that he has been reading the Book of Mormon and that he knows it's true and wants to be baptized, and asked if we could help him with that. At this point Sister M and I were freaking out with excitement because we have been praying for a miracle and here was a miracle. It was straight out of the "Best Two Years"! We told him of course and then proceeded to set up a Skype lesson for that night because he was out of town. We hung up and called our ward mission leader to see if he would be there during the lesson. Then "Hugh" called us back to give us his Skype info. Only, it wasn't Hugh. It was an elder in our zone who was bored weekly planning so he decided to prank call us from the church phone. So I chewed him out because THAT IS SO RUDE!!!!!!!!!! We were so livid. But to his credit, he did feel really bad and he has been apologizing to us over and over again all weekend. The good news is I'm over it now, but moral of the story, don't prank call missionaries like that. It's the worst.
Saturday was a really special day because CINDY CORBETT GOT BAPTIZED! Cindy was our miracle lady from Boyd Lake that just showed up at church one day wanting to learn more. Well this weekend she entered the waters of baptism and it was amazing. The coolest thing for me was seeing the change in her. It was so sweet to hear her bear testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and modern day prophets. Cindy is such an amazing woman. I am so grateful for the opportunity to know her!
With Christmas coming in 6 days, I have really been thinking about what a blessing it is to serve the Lord at this time. I've been studying the concept of gifts a lot this week; the gift of the Saviors life for us, the gift of the gospel, the gifts from the wise men, etc. I was thinking about the wise men and their gifts to the Savior. They traveled for years to find him and present him with the best gifts they could offer. Each of those gifts had significant value to Christ's life; the gold being a precious metal that would later help him and his family escape to Egypt, the Frankincense was valued for its aroma and other qualities and used in temple worship, and the Myrrh had many medicinal qualities and was also used in the temple for anointing and consecrating. These gifts were significant and precious, much like our gifts to the Savior should be. Cindy gave the gift of following her Savior Jesus Christ. What will you give to the Savior this Christmas season?
I am so grateful for Christ, for His life and His example. I love this gospel and I know it is true. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!!
When your zone gets Pinterest-y
Sister Mickelsen, Maxwell, and Elder Prescott
Paola and Alex
The missionaries with Brother Donaldson and the Missionary Department
Elder Burrell and Elder Aguirre. We were all in the same district in Cheyenne over a year ago!
When you have the plague and you get a box of tissues from a member with a sticker that says
"I Love My Missionary".
Sister M and I pretending we aren't freezing to death in -12' weather.
Freezing to death in -12' weather.