What a wild week it's been here in good ol' Berthoud, CO! This week we saw lots of miracles and successes which has been so good. Lots of people are opening up to us and giving us their friends to go see which is awesome! I am also having so much fun with Sister M! She is so wonderful and I am so grateful to have her as my companion!
So last Monday something so happy happened. We went to eat at a member's home, Sister Cacka's, for dinner and I was so pumped about it because she is the mom of one of my favorite ladies in the Boyd Lake Ward, Heather Chase. Well we show up to dinner and we are just chatting with her, when who walks through the door? THE CHASE FAMILY! It was the bomb! They are just so much fun and I love them!
We had another week full of exchanges which went really great! On Tuesday I was in Berthoud with Sister Jacobson who I love a lot. I've gotten to go on lots of exchanges with her and I always have a blast. She is so fun and such an awesome teacher. I always learn a lot from her. We had some really awkward moments though because missionary life is just full of awkward moments. We went to go see this one family that lives way out in the mountains and we were sitting in the car for a minute and all of a sudden there is a man walking towards us. He asked if he could help us and we told him we were looking for this one family and he goes, "That's us! Come on in. We didn't know if you had a gun or if you two were some couple having an intimate moment in the car." Lol. So then we go in and his wife says the exact same thing, and then she has us sit down and help them put together a puzzle. So we are sitting there attempting to put together this massive puzzle, and no one is really talking so I'm making awkward small talk with myself, and then finally we break the ice. All I had to do was ask them about their hobbies and suddenly I'm looking at this mans treasure box, he is a metal detector for fun and has all sorts of treasures, and she's telling us about how she worked as a federal agent monitoring criminals ankle bracelets and how she was able to get an ankle bracelet off by not eating for a week, drinking little water, and using large amounts of soap to slide the bracelet off onto a shampoo bottle. So legit. Then we shared a message and got on our way.
The second exchange we went on this week was with the Longmont sisters. I got to go down to Longmont and spend the day with Sister Hoffman who I love sooooo much. She is a wonderful missionary and we had some really good bonding moments. We saw some awesome miracles, like finding a super prepared part member family from Columbia. They were so fun! On Wednesday morning, Sister Maxwell got an email from her mom saying that she would be praying every hour on the hour for us to see progress and miracles happen in the area, and boy did miracles happen! While Sister M was in Berthoud they found new investigators!!! Yay!!! So she called Sister Hoffman and I that night and we all freaked out together!
This week we were able to teach an incredible new investigator named Fran who is wonderful. She was effected by a huge flood here about 3 years and some members found her and helped her a lot. Since then, they've been slowly teaching her more and more about the church. Then they took her to the temple open house and she had some incredible experiences and now has a lot of questions that she wants to know more about. So we taught her about the plan of salvation and her purpose her on earth. It was an amazing lesson and the spirit was so strong. We get to meet with Fran this week and we are so excited about it!!
Church was wonderful yesterday. I love the people here in Berthoud and how kind they are. They have really helped us to feel welcomed and loved and it means so much!
I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve. I love being in the FOCO mission and I couldn't have asked to be in a better place. I hope you all have such a good week! I love you and miss you all!
When you stop to have a photo shoot in the mountains
Exchanges with Sister Jacobson and Sister Mamea!