Week 3 done in Cheyenne! That means I am halfway through my first transfer! A transfer is 6 weeks and that is the minimum you stay in one area. Sister Jenks and I will most likely be companions for 2 transfers, so hopefully she doesn't get sick of me by the end of 3 months. And I have also been a missionary for one whole month! YAY!
So last Monday was awesome because I got to talk to all of you guys! Sister Jenks and I went shopping and then went running. Holy cow running in Wyoming is crazy hard. The elevation kills my lungs and then the wind is so strong I thought it was going to blow me over. But we are trying to spend as much time outside as possible before it gets crazy cold here and then we don't want to leave the house anymore. For dinner, some members took us out to eat and it was super fun. We actually know a bunch of the same people because I hung out with them at BYUI my whole winter semester.
This week was super slow because like I've said before, no one is home during the day and that makes it really tough for us to find people. So we spend a TON of time in the car. This week it was super cold and rainy (I hate that kind of weather) and that made it even more difficult for us to want to get out of the car! But for some weird reason, Sister Jenks loves cold, cloudy, rainy days and so she rolls down her window while I crank the heat and shiver in the passenger seat. I will add a lovely picture of our feelings towards this weather below.
The sister we have been working with is slowly progressing. She is super busy and that makes it easier for her to come up with all sorts of excuses on why she hasn't been reading or praying. She did tell us though that ever since we have started coming over, her kids have been reminding her to pray at dinner and they have been really great missionaries at school. So I hope that they continue to keep that up. One of the members of the ward council told us that her biggest problem is that she just gets way attached to missionaries and then she struggles when the ones she likes leave. So Sister Jenks and I are going to try to get her attached to the gospel, not to us.
We are still teaching Evita, the 13 year old girl, and are hoping we can commit her to baptism this week. Her mom was baptized in January, but it seems like the elders kinda freaked her out and were a little bit too pushy with her. She told us that she already likes us a lot better. She gets kind of uncomfortable when we talk about the gospel with her and we aren't sure what it is that is holding her up. I pray for her so much to know what to do because I am just not sure what she needs.
There have been a few other cool moments. We have some potential investigators. They're an older couple who have been meeting with missionaries for a really long time. They have only had like one lesson though because they never stop talking. They are the people that have the house where there are like a million Christmas trees covered in lights. We found out the story though. They are the Kelly's, and they have a little granddaughter who had a hemispherectomy (probably way off on the spelling), which is a surgery where they remove part of the brain to stop seizures. They started to go way over the top on Christmas because they never know which Christmas will be her last. Eventually people stared to notice that they went all out for Christmas so they have started a charity where they dedicate trees to children who are suffering from all sorts of illnesses and diseases. From October to March they do Christmas and they have people from all over come out to celebrate with them. They do hay and train rides, hand out presents, and serve hot chocolate and cider to people. They also have a huge shed with a ton of displays for people to see. Their website is hemiforest.com and it shows what they do much better than I can explain. We get to help out and decorate and hand out gifts to people that come through and I am so excited!
I had the most amazing time watching General Conference this past weekend. I am so grateful for this church and its leaders who guide us. I wish conference could be every weekend because I just learn so much!
I hope you all have an amazing week! I miss you and love you all!
The mission gave us a new car for the winter
Freezing with the window down
All alone at the Church watching conference