Hey y'all! Another week gone, how crazy! What a week this past week has been. Monday was totally awesome! Sister Jenks and I went hiking in Vedauwoo State Park with a family from our ward and it was totally awesome. It was beautiful, and so nice to get out of Cheyenne and be around trees and rocks and foliage haha! We got fresh air, and got to walk around outside before it gets freezing cold here so it was super nice.
That night we had the coolest experience. We've been teaching a 13 year old girl for a little while now, and on Monday she committed to be baptized! Oh my word I cannot tell you how excited I am for her. Her momma was baptized in January and she has seen what a blessing the gospel has been in her life. The spirit was so strong in that lesson it was amazing. We were all in tears when she told us she would like to be baptized! It’s incredible to me how strong her testimony is. She knows it's true and that it will bless her throughout her life. She is getting baptized on November 14th and I cannot wait! I know it is going to be so spiritual and beautiful as she follows the example of her Savior.
On Tuesday Sister Jenks and I got to paint on the legendary Missionary Chapel on Virginia’s ranch. She's had a ton of missionaries out on her ranch helping out over the years, and whenever a new missionary goes through, they get to write their favorite quote and sign their names on the Missionary Chapel. Guess what the missionary chapel is? IT’S AN OUTHOUSE! Yep that's right. Virginia’s house is 100 years old, so there is an outhouse on the property that Rodney painted white years ago to have the missionaries sign. Anyways it is a huge honor to sign, but even bigger for us because we were the first sisters ever to get to sign it! After we signed the chapel, we had the coolest conversation with Virginia. She gave us the tour of her house and it is so cool. There are so many amazing elements of the original house that she still uses today.
Wednesday I had my first exchange! Exchanges are when you switch companions for a day. So Sister Jenks and I said goodbye for 24 hours and swapped with our Sister Training Leaders. I spent the day with Sister Jenson, who is amazing. She's been out for 14 months so she's exactly a year ahead of me. But we had the best time together. We taught one of our investigators that we met last week and it was such a cool experience. Sister Jenson is an awesome missionary! She testifies with so much power and strength and she is an incredible missionary. I hope that I can be a fraction as good as she is a year from now. We laughed all day long and it was so great. She really helped me to get a better grip on being a missionary, so I am super grateful for her. I was so sad to have to say goodbye to her! I wish exchanges lasted a little longer, but I'm so grateful for the experience I had with her.
Thursday we were back on the ranch to help finish painting the horse walker. There are two different ranches that we help out on, Virginia’s and the Micheli's. They work together breeding racehorses though so it's super cool. There is the fattest goat on the Micheli's ranch though. And he has a bit of a word of wisdom problem... So whenever Rodney cracks a beer and the goat is around, Rod gives that goat some of his beer. And if Rod lights a cigarette, that goat is right there to smoke his secondhand smoke. It's seriously the funniest goat. Picture of the goat and I will be included below. Now to address the subject line. While we were painting, Rod would walk around behind us and point out parts we had missed. He was behind Sister Jenks watching her paint, and then all of a sudden he points and screams "AH BUSHKA!!" I almost dropped my paint, and I think Sister Jenks nearly passed out. She gave him the funniest look and was like what the heck Rod!? He goes "now sister, you missed that spot! There is some brown!" We could no stop laughing. BUSHKA. Where did that even come from? So now it's a huge joke and we laugh about it all the time.
Friday and Saturday were just normal days. We went out and visited people, went knocking on doors, and just did missionary stuff. Saturday we did go to a birthday party for a one year old, and ate some bomb cake. It was the bomb because Sister Jenks and I helped make it. Chocolate cake from scratch and buttercream icing from scratch. It was a Barbie cake, so Cinderella was in the center and the cake was her dress. It was truly a work of art. We didn't decorate the cake so we can't take credit for that part of it.
I'm learning so much out here. Heavenly Father truly does have a plan for each one of his children. We have a specific purpose and place here on earth. He loves us and our Savior loves us. I feel that love each and everyday as I get to experience and better understand the atonement. I love this gospel and I know it is true. I have experienced so many blessings and so much peace from being a member of this church. I invite everyone to read Enos 1:12 in the Book of Mormon. It helped me a ton this week! I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!
Me by the missionary chapel
Me being a creature while hiking
Sister Jenson and I
The fat goat and I. He tried to bite my hand right before this picture was taken.
The fat goat