Picture this: You’re putting your paper records for former investigators into the iPad, when your companion come across one for someone who lives in a place called Albin, Wyoming. At this point, you had thought you had visited or at least heard of every single small town in your area, so you're curious as to where Albin is. Well let me tell you about Albin. Albin is located about 20 miles north of Pine Bluffs, so about an hour away. When we looked it up on Google maps, we saw that the town of Albin is smaller than the crop circle next to it. What the heck! So then on Saturday all of our lessons and appointments fell through (that happened the entire week), so we decided we were gonna go check out Albin. We jumped in the car and made pilgrimage to this unheard of small town. Well we were barreling down the highway when we come upon a sign that says "Albin Population 181". 181. I graduated with 900 kids. How on earth are there only 181 people in this town? We drove around the perimeter of the town 3 times in 15 minutes and did not see a single person. So we tried to go see the former investigator (vacant house for sale), and then went tracting (no one was the slightest bit interested). But you know, that's missionary life.
Transfer calls were Saturday night, and Sister J and I were surprised to find out that we are actually staying together in this area. Out of all of the sisters in the mission, only two companionships stayed together and we were one of them. We are way excited because 1.) we will get to stay here for Christmas together and 2.) we both get to keep teaching some awesome people.
One of our investigators, Jenna, is literally the coolest girl ever. Like you would have had no clue she wasn't a Mormon if she hadn't told you. We've taught her almost all of the lessons in 2 weeks. She is so ready it's crazy. She wants to be baptized and she knows what blessings it will bring. The cool thing about Jenna is that she just wants to know as much as she can, so she's asks tons of questions and then is able to relate what we are talking about to things that have happened in her life, or things she wants to have happen. Plus she just really fun and nice and she's our age so it's cool to relate the gospel to things pertaining to her right now, because Sister J and I get it.
We had a really awesome lesson with Virginia this week about women and how important they are to our Heavenly Father. She has had some struggles feeling like churches treat women to be less important or not valued highly enough. We were able to talk about how important women are in the world today, that our role as mothers is one of the most sacred and important things we will do on the earth. She texted us later thanking us for helping her to see how it all works. We know it wasn't us though, just the spirit teaching Virginia what she needs to know.
Still cannot believe it is almost Christmas! So crazy that it's that time of year. I am so grateful to have a loving Heavenly Father who sent His son for each and every one of us. I know that the Savior was born so that we can return to be with our Heavenly Father again.
I hope y'all have an awesome week! I love and miss everyone!
Dakota Rae who might be the sassiest girl I know
Decided to fit in here. Or maybe I should get them for back home.