Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer of Showers in Show Low

Buenos Dias!!

Ha sido una semana increíble aquí en Show Low este semana :).  Sister Erekson and I have decided to do a full Spanish when we are out of the apartment or doing studies it's all Spanish! We will see how long we last :). We are just incredibly excited to stay together another transfer!!!! Saturday we waited anxiously for our news and finally we texted President because we were so nervous!  He called us within 15 minutes to tell us we are staying together and serving as Sister Training Leaders over the Show Low and Snowflake sisters.  I'm super excited for Sister Erekson because that's a huge compliment to be a leader straight out of training....she will be awesome :). In August, 22 new missionaries are coming in, so I bet she will train after that.  This transfer only 8 new came in and none were Spanish sisters :(.

This has been one of the rainiest weeks of my life!  Yesterday was the first day it didn't rain! It makes the weather here real nice though.  July 4th was especially rainy and very unexciting. In the morning we went to the Show Low city parade as volunteers. From 7-9am we were trying to round up waivers from all of the "floats." It was
mainly pick-up trucks with trailers!   At 9 we watched the parade and waited to be assigned pick-up duty, but at the end the city decided they were just going to leave the streets a mess because they didn't want to deal with it.  We thought it was weird, but we headed home none the less.  Thanks to our Area Books we were inside all stinking day that day.  We have 3 area books filled with paper records of people.  We had to manually enter every single one and all of their information and lesson reports into our iPads.  It took us 2 full days inside and 4-5 extra afternoons.  We were pretty behind because of girls camp :/ Now we are caught up and if we do an hour a day we should be able to get through our monster of a Spanish area book.  Once everything is on the iPads I'm sure we will appreciate it, but for now we still hold bitter feelings :)  One of our Elderly couples in the ward had us over for a barbecue that day which was nice :)  Their grand-kids were there and made us sit at the little kid picnic table with them.  I wish we got a picture! Whoops....

The rain made our investigators depressing this week too :(  We seem to be on a downhill slide!

Kxxxx told us over a text that she has a problem with the emphasis we put on the Book of Mormon.  We told her we probably didn't do a good job of explaining why we have it and we asked for a second chance.  She told us of course and we set up an appointment.  She ended up canceling and rescheduling, then canceling, and didn't respond to our attempt to reschedule. We are super bummed about it because she was supposed to be baptized this week and was progressing so well, but someone got in her way :(  We are going to give her a
small rest and try again.

Txxx tried to drop us this week :(  His friends talked to us at church and warned us that he was feeling overwhelmed with school and work and that this church stuff was just another thing on his list of
to do's.  Sure enough when we got to his lesson after church, he told us it would probably be our last lesson for a while.  We spent the next 45 minutes trying to get to the bottom of his concerns and what we basically figured out is that he is afraid the church will distance him from his family.  He agreed to put his whole heart into applying the teachings we've given him for 2 weeks and then meet again and decide if he still wants to take a pause or continue.  He told us he knows that if he takes a pause that he will pick up the lessons again
in the future, but he feels too stressed out right now.  Poor kid must have seen the sadness in all 7 of our faces. After the lesson he said "Everyone looks so depressed now!!"  If only he knew what we all know he will miss out on.

Emily on the other hand is on fire. She always reads her assigned chapter multiple times, creates a list of questions for us, and is super attentive in the lessons.  She could probably get baptized in August, but she has to wait til she turns 18 in September.  Unfortunately she'll also be gone for 2 weeks at different camps.
Luckily her testimony is all ready pretty strong and she reads and prays daily, so we aren't too concerned.

Lxxxx is 12 and the daughter of a Spanish less-active.  We taught her and a few of her siblings and cousins the restoration last night and she's excited to have the church back in her life.  She was meeting with missionaries over a year ago and was supposed to get baptized, but those missionaries flaked out! Lxxxx told us yesterday, "I was supposed to get baptized on my birthday in February, but I don't know what happened!" She told us she will be out of town this weekend, but the next week she will walk to church with her cousin :)  Hopefully we
can get in with her whole family because her dad isn't a member either.

The Ys' got their patriarchal blessings on Sunday!!! We called them to ask how it went and Sister Y said "Well....we are still trying to understand it."   When we first started talking about getting these blessings they were concerned that it was like fortune-telling, so I'm sure when the Patriarch said things about them that he didn't know previously that it was a bit weird!  We are excited to talk more with them tomorrow.

Sharolena, Jeremy's grandma, is a funny character.  When we go over there she tells Jeremy to get out his "bible" and then Jeremy always has to tell her, "You have to listen too!" We taught her the Plan of Salvation with his help this week and she accepted it well.  She also told us some interesting Apache history....they are a peculiar people.  She has been part of several religions in the past, but she feels comfortable in ours. Jeremy was sick on Sunday, so they didn't come though :p  Hopefully that wasn't a fib, a member was even ready to
pick them up!

Sxxx and Dxxx are two of the less-actives that came to girls camp and for the first time since I've been here, their whole family came to church on Sunday!  We were quite happy to see them at our church and not their grandma's :)

Zxxx is another non-member that attended camp and we met with her and her less-active mom this week.  We taught the Restoration and Zxxx said an awesome prayer to end the lesson.  Her mom bore her testimony
of the prophet Joseph Smith and Zxxx  paid very close attention to everything.  She accepted a soft baptismal committment, but isn't ready to set a date.  She's skittish about the church because of past experiences, so we want to help her gain a strong testimony and not push her past her limits.

We had a few Spanish less-active lessons last week, but once again only the faithful Hermana Gonzalez and her daughter were at church.  A couple ladies visiting from Phoenix attended the Spanish class as well, but none of our members. :(  We can't figure out what we need to do to make it click for them.  They won't create another Spanish branch if no one is coming to church right now! You will be blessed for faithfulness, not rewarded because of laziness.  What we pushed with one family this week is that taking the sacrament is more
important than any English message they can't understand. 

I wish I had more exciting stories to tell from this week, but I can't remember anything else.  Sister Johnston finished her mission and went home on Monday.   Sister Lords is training a new missionary from American Fork, Sister Suter.

Oh we did get a kick out of fireworks this week.  Those pull-poppers have been used in scaring multiple unsuspecting sisters :) One morning I hid in Sister Erekson's closet and shot the confetti popper at her
when she walked in.  If only I had had a camera ready!  Sister Lords got me pretty good when she put poppers under our toilet seat :p

And that's it for this week!  I love you all so much, and I hope you had a brighter 4th of July than we did here!  I'm not jealous of the bear sighting though.....nightmares for days!!! Have a good week, I love you all :)

I love you, I Love You, I LOVE YOU

Hermana Short

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