Good news...I successfully survived this week without another episode of leprosy. Hallelujah! This week was a whirlwind! So Monday night I sent Sister Sorenson home and it just about broke my heart. That was one of the hardest things I've had to do my whole mission. I love that girl so much and I am so grateful for the 6 weeks I had with her.
I got Sister Manning on Tuesday and it was weird from the beginning. But not a bad weird. The best kind of weird because we are basically the same person. So right from the beginning we were just amazed that the other one got it. So needless to say we have had a ton of fun and have been laughing
almost non stop! Sister Manning is from Seattle, WA and has been out for 4 and a half months. The craziest thing is that we lived at the same place at BYUI, but she was there after me since I was on my mission at that point. How cool is that??
Sister Manning has basically been dying this week so we haven't had the opportunity to do much work. She has been sick with anything and everything and we decided that the shift from Casper, WY to Colorado was just too much for her. But she is a trooper and hanging in there. Hopefully she starts
feeling better soon!
In my down time I've had the opportunity to develop some talents. For example:
We live with Brother Cross who is this old man. He can't do much for himself at all. A few weeks ago he asked me if I would help him try to fix his light fixture in his kitchen. He told me that it would be a simple fix. Well we haven't really had the time to do that until this week when we've been in all day. So I offered my height to assist him in lighting the kitchen and it was the most hilarious experience of my life. Physics in high school taught me no real life applications with electricity, like rewiring an entire light fixture. So I climb up on the counter and open the fixture and then proceed to take out all of the bulbs and then dissembling all of the parts. I then have to strip some wires out of the holder for one of the bulbs and then put a new holder in. Brother Cross then chose that opportune moment to flip the light switch on to see if it was working (I hadn't even put the bulbs in yet) which shocked the freaking daylights out of me! Brother Cross goes, "Oh Sister Hooper, you've got to be careful! This is running electricity!" Thank you. Yes I am aware of that fact. My dad would be so proud though because I got everything assembled and put together. He has something wrong with a box inside the fixture though
because two of the bulbs wouldn't turn on. Brother Cross was pretty disappointed that I couldn't get the other two bulbs working. Listen folks, I'm not actually an electrician. I'm just really tall and sort of smart. So that was probably the highlight of exciting moments this week. Get it...light fixtures.... highlight. Oh man I crack myself up.
In other height news... we now serve lunch to old people (my favorite kind of people) at the rec center a couple of times a week. This old man came up to Sister M and I and goes, "If I started a basketball team, would you both be on it?" I swear. I'm only needed because I'm tall.
Anyways, in depressing news, our ward boundaries have completely changed and we have lost all of our work. That means we are no longer teaching the Jensen's. I am so sad to be losing them. But this is one of those time when I have to put my faith in the Lord and trust in His plan. Sister Manning and I will be hitting the pavement and knocking lots of doors these next couple of weeks because we have no one left to teach. But it will be a really great character building experience!
I am so glad to be here in Severance. It is such a blessing to serve my Lord every day! I miss you and love you all! Hope you have a great week!!
The most money I've ever held in my life!