Monday, August 31, 2015

Where Am I?

Sister Erekson & Sister Richards
(They played basketball in Boise together)

Hola Familia!!

This week we felt like chickens running around with our heads cut off.......  Moving was a pain!! Deep cleaning both apartments, packing, moving, unpacking, and then finding all these new things wrong with our new apartment. The worst is the fishy closet. The carpet in the closet smells like dead fish and when we step on it, its like it releases the fumes and then we are running out of there.  Plus our sliding bathroom door doesn't work so we have to announce to everyone when we are using the restroom!



We picked the apartment because of this staircase :)






We are finally all settled into our new apartment!  We had some great miracles this week :)

Marie is now getting baptized a week earlier than planned!!!!  We met with her on Wednesday and we were going to teach her about prophets, but she started asking questions about Tithing so we switched our plan and taught Tithing and Fasting.  She accepted both commandments and is willing to follow them.  In the middle of the lesson she stopped us and said, "I do have to tell you something." We listened carefully as she related to us one of the most spiritual experiences I heard from an investigator.  Tears rolled down her face as she told us that during the week she had been driving and praying for forgiveness of her past as she drove. She told God, "I hope you won't forget me because of all this...."  Then she heard a voice in her head that kind of surprised her. It said "Marie, I haven't forgotten you."  Tears filled my eyes as she bore testimony that she knew it was a message from Heavenly Father and that he indeed has not forgotten her.  She asked us afterwards if we were still planning on the 26th for her baptism.  We told her yes and jokingly pointed out that she could do it earlier if she'd like. She told us she doesn't feel that ready, plus the 26th is the day that she and Russ agreed on, so it meant something to her to do it on that day. We were fine with that and the subject changed - to tea. She told us...."I was cleaning out my fridge and found a bottle of sweet tea. I didn't want it to go to waste so I decided to just hurry and drink it."  I could all ready feel the disappointment inside of me building. Then Marie said, "but the bottle wouldn't open!!!! So I guess I will just wait for a tea drinker to come visit and they can open the bottle."  God works in mysterious ways doesn't he :)  My favorite is that she does not consider herself a "tea drinker" anymore. Haha

We went home after that lesson to start moving apartments and Sister Erekson came running into the room to show me a text from Marie.  She said that after our visit, she went to a work meeting and found out she has a mandatory event to go to on the 26th, so could we please move her baptism to the 19th at 11am.  WAHOO!!!!!!  She told us at church on Sunday...."It was funny how we had just finished talking about moving the date....I guess it was meant to be!!!" On Sunday she came to all 3 hours of church for the first time. Her knees were starting to hurt her really bad in the 3rd hour, but she pushed through and commented on how much you learn by staying all 3 hours.  Funny enough, the lesson in Sunday School was Tithing and Offerings.  And since she discovered the BYU channel this week, she had watched a program that morning on tithing.  The Spirit must have touched her because she had us show her where to get a tithing slip after church :)  Man that woman is a gem.  

She is also an incredible missionary. As a hospice nurse she sees all sorts of people.  She visits one sick less-active lady in snowflake. Marie told us that she told her whole conversion story so far to this lady and the woman told Marie that she wants to be at her baptism. Marie also invited a non-member family she works with. They promised her they would be there too :)  Marie told us "I hope that when they see my change, they will want this too."  Where is the fault in this woman???  A friend of hers encouraged her to start a journal to write down this story. Marie told us she started from the beginning when Russ told us no, and how our hair was covering our badges so he didn't realize who we were......all the way up to when she heard the Spirit speak to her in the car.  I'd love to read her side of the story one day :)

Paul and Amanda have an exciting week this week!  They are still on fire.  Amanda's boss told her she has to work Sundays now....there is no out. So Amanda told her, "my church is more important than my job, so I'm sorry, but I'm done."  The miracle of this was that one of Amanda's big reasons for quitting is that she has a responsibility at church (Relief Society Chorister) that she needs to fulfill each week. Was it not the Lord's plan to give her a calling 2 weeks prior to her having to make this huge decision?  In more big news....Paul got a calling this week!!!! So until he gets baptized, he is the Priesthood chorister :)  He's excited, we are excited, man it was a good Sunday!  Today Amanda called us as she was sitting with a friend of hers.  She called us to set up an appointment for us to come teach that friend the gospel!!! So we are meeting with the two of them tomorrow :)  

This Saturday, cute 8 year old Aiden is getting baptized.  In our lesson with Amanda, Paul, Paige, and Aiden we asked the two kids 5 things they are grateful for. Aiden's 2nd one was that he can get baptized. :)  A few hours after his baptism, we are heading into the woods for Amanda and Paul's wedding :) President Sweeney encouraged us to go to the wedding and help out, but that we can't be bridesmaids. Hahaha thank you President, we were totally wondering!! :)  

OH man, best part of this past week......

We are the first missionaries in a long time to have gathered some of the branch back together!!!! With the help of some of our Spanish members we pulled together a dinner activity Saturday night and it was a bigger success than we thought!!  We had 4 Spanish families there, plus 3 bilingual families that used to attend the branch. There were probably 30 people there!!  It was cute to see those members reunite again and we had delicious Nogales hotdogs.  A grilled hot dog with beans, guacamole and salsa on top :)  We played games with the kids and then shared a message with the group. We talked about the importance of keeping the commandments, praying, and fasting to see miracles.  We told them that we as missionaries are really going to work to get the branch back, but we need them to act as well.  So we decided to have 2 FHE's every month together, and everyone committed to come.  Progress :)  We are quite pleased :)  

Hermana Trujillo and Francisco

los ninos




We met with Kathy again this week and she told us she is praying, but hasn't received her answer yet. This week we are going to suggest the idea of attending both churches together. Sister Erekson and I will make a point of meeting her pastor and thanking him for teaching the people about Christ. 

Darlia is a new investigator that had a lot of questions for us about what the Book of Mormon is about.  She too attends "The Church," but didn't seem too fond of it.  She wants to meet with us regularly and has member friends in Snowflake that support her and have gotten her interested.

Cazzie is still Cazzie. We tried to teach her about Virtue and chasing out negative thoughts, but the key word there is tried. She kept getting distracted by telling us stories about how she passed out in the shower, all her attempts at stopping smoking, and how she forgot everything we taught her last time. Hahaha literally she tells us that.  We usually just walk out of her room chuckling and brainstorming how we can keep her on task the next time....

In funnier news this week, we are literally working til we are "drop dead exhausted."  The Sisters came upstairs one night (the night after our Fiesta) at 10:30 and didn't see me on the top bunk so they started to wonder where we were. Sister Arnold turned on the light and then apparently laughed because she found us both still in our skirts, passed out on the bottom bunk. The last thing we remember is that we were about to start planning and decided to rest for just a second.....after a couple seconds I said "Ok are you ready to plan?" She murmured "What's planning?" and then everything went black....needless to say we learned how fast we can pass out now :)


My new study area


Well we have a jam packed week ahead, but we are excited for all of the events coming up.  Stay tuned to hear about this weeks crazy experiences :)

I love you family! Have fun at work and school!!!

I love you, I Love You, I LOVE YOU

Love, 
Hermana Short

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Say what?


Querida Familia,

We got some surprising advice from President Sweeney this week.  We told him about the great and abominable church and you know what he told us?  He suggested we attend it with one of our investigators who goes there!! Say what?! He wants us to read about Elijah when he says that the Lord was not in the storm or the thunder or the wind, but in the still small voice.  Then to go to their church and compare the rock music and clapping to the storm. Following their service, we would take the investigator to our church and invite them to pay attention to the still small voice. Its kind of a genius idea, but we are slightly concerned of what will happen when two Mormon missionaries walk into their church.....haha this could be fun.

The last five days are melted together in my head, but we did have some great lessons and experiences :)

Marie is still on fire. This week we taught her the 10 commandments and Sabbath Day. She came to church again on Sunday and really connected with what the speaker was saying in Sacrament meeting. The speaker was giving her conversion story and it was perfect.  Saturday morning we did service for Marie by helping her set up for a yard sale.  I couldn't help but chuckle as we did so because I could hear mom pricing things in my head. I'm still traumatized by when she sold what felt like all of our childhood toys for $20! Or when she sold the
bunk beds and the girls had to sleep on an air mattress....hahahaha mom loves yard sales!!!  Marie wasn't as apt to give away her junk and it cracked me up ;)



Delbert Adams was a miracle this week! This man is probably in his late 50's and lives with his daughter. He is a less-active, active member. Meaning that besides his lack of church attendance, you wouldn't know that he is less-active.  When we go over we have to sit outside, but he has a super comfy porch swing so we don't mind.  Plus we get to watch 50 hummingbirds zooming around in his yard!  And we sit there for an hour while this man talks to us. It's kind of talented  that he has this ability to have a one sided conversation!  He tells us story after story and we look desperately for breaks in his speech so that we can chime in with a gospel principle. Sometimes we get lucky and sometimes we just have to get out of there before he starts into another series.  But man do we love him :)  He promised us 20 times that he would be at church Sunday, but come Sunday, we didn't see him :/   We stood up to go call him, and there he was in the back of the chapel being welcomed back by some of the members!  He was shaking a bit because he was nervous, but he smiled almost the entire meeting. It has been yeeaars since that man came back and finally he did it!  We were so excited!!!

The Yeomans were adorable this week!!! Sister Yeomans was getting after Brother Yeomans for not letting her work in the yard for longer amounts of time. He didn't hear her very well and thought that she had said something else....we aren't quite sure what. So he responds "Now Joyce, I love you very much!!" It was so cute! Then she says "That has nothing to do with it!" Hahaha later they were telling us a story and Brother Yeomans popped in and pointed to his wife saying "Yeah she's a pretty good-lookin' chick!" We were dying :) We taught them about
Tithing and Fasting, but they both are unable to fast because of medical reasons. So Brother Yeomans decided that he is going to fast from his word searches for a day!  Oh the life of an old couple :)

You wanted a picture of our car :)

Bonnie is a new youth investigator that kind of picked us up.  She was working at Taco Bell and met two Elders and told them she is looking for a church to go to. She's only 17! We contacted her a few weeks ago and she said she couldn't meet with us because her mom was against it.  A week later we got her referral again. We were having a ward BBQ that weekend so we sent a text inviting her and her mom to it.  To our surprise, Bonnie came!  She is super friendly and open! She moved from Alaska this year and her dad was raised LDS so she has gone to church with her grandma a few times in Snowflake. She wants to take the missionary discussions and see if this is the path for her. Of course it is :)  She's pretty hilarious too. Her friends at school have been
asking her "Are you a mormon?" And she says "I don't know yet!" Bonnie said the looks on their faces are pure confusion :) We are just impressed at her desire to find a church for herself!

Paul, Amanda, and the kids got feeling better and came to church on Sunday. Wednesday night we taught Paul and the kids about tithing and fasting. They were so willing...Paige is going to fast for 5 days, and Aiden is going to fast for 2. Haha that is real faith my friends!  Paul and Amanda have all ready been paying tithing, so once again they made our job easy.  Their wedding is next weekend and we are super excited!  Aiden's baptism is that morning, and after the wedding the ward is throwing them a reception. They are a beloved family amongst
our ward members!!

Emily opened up to us last night and admitted to us herself for the first time, that she has friends trying to pull her away from the church. We had an awesome lesson with her last night about Baptism and went over the interview questions with her.  We really stressed the importance of her gaining her own testimony and to stop listening to the voices pulling her all sorts of directions. We talked to her about praying with real intent, meaning that she would act if she got an answer. Her baptism is supposed to be in 3 weeks, so we are really praying for her to receive and recognize her answer.

Golden plate awarded to our clean car!

Ooooh I have been getting pretty peeved this week. Members keep wanting to talk to us about how the Second Coming is going to happen soon!  I think one guessed after September. One even went so far as to ask if we had received a letter stating that all missionaries need to prepare 72 hour kits. No!  If anything -all of these "preppers" have made me thankful for my testimony of a living prophet. He is there to lead us! Unlike the times of apostasy, we are not running around with our heads cut off wondering who to follow and what to do. Keep the Sabbath Day Holy, Strengthen your family relationships, and strengthen your testimony through daily efforts.  That is what the Prophet has asked along with the 12 apostles, if we follow them, we are going to be just fine :)  If they start telling us to panic about the Jewish lunar calendar, then I'll start paying attention to this crazy information these ladies tried to feed us. But for now I'll keep my Mormon calendar :) 12 months, 365 days :)  Can you tell I'm annoyed?
hahaha

Well family, its been a good week, and this one will be a crazy one!  We have to super clean our apartment, move apartments, go to Eager for Zone Conference, and then our big Spanish party is Saturday.  Back
to event planning we go :p

Matching nightgowns!
Everyday someone asks if we are related.

Have a great week at school girls!!!! You will do awesome :)

I love you, I Love You, I LOVE YOU

Love,
Hermana Short

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

And the rains kept tumblin' down


Goodbye Sister Lords (one of our roommates)

Hola Familia!

Unfortunately the rain on the mountain stopped, but there are some not so fun storms brewing in our area right now. Satan works real hard on the mountain people here.....and there is one church in specific that I have started calling "the great and abominable" in my head.  Oye this church pulls all our investigators, feeds them anti information, and then spits them back out.  They got 2 more this week!

Emily was our most solid investigator living with a member family.  However now she has started canceling meetings, and apparently is attending Bible Study at another church. She asked a couple questions this week that she wouldn't have known to ask unless someone told her to.


It's really frustrating and we just aren't sure what to do.  We have fasted for her, prayed for her, her friends at school are incredible member missionaries and supports for her, but she seems to slip farther out of our hands every week. We refuse to lose her completely.  With God's help and the Spirit we know we can win this tug-o-war she is in the middle of.  She has two groups of people pulling her between 2 churches. She has to decide, and she can't until she stops and really takes time to feel and learn for herself. We just hate watching
her struggle :/

Paul is still going strong though luckily. Although he didn't attend church this week. He dropped off his daughter, but she told us that her mom and dad are sick. We will give them the benefit of the doubt this time.  We have a lesson with them tonight. Last time we taught him about temples and family history.  Paige, the 9 year old, told us that Paul has family from Ireland. Then out of the blue she spits out "The rainbow ends at our house!!!!" From a missionary perspective, that family is definitely a pot of gold!

Marie is a gem. That is our favorite phrase to describe her :) "She's a gem!" we always say.  This past weekend, Sister Erekson and I kind of ran around with our heads cut off getting the funeral for Russ together.  I realized this week that a missionaries job description is practically endless. Event planning was something I didn't realize we
would do so much of!  We made programs, found speakers, set up the Relief Society room, found someone to coordinate a luncheon, and finally I felt like we were home free when the opening song started.  It was a really nice service. Quite a few members that don't know Marie came just to support her. Sister Erekson and I gave a talk together on our memories of Russ and where he is now. There were a lot of non-members there and they were all pretty impressed, so we were glad everything worked out. Russ' sister and father came up from the
valley for the service. His sister just cried as she hugged and thanked us. It felt good to know that we helped that family find closure and that they literally didn't have to worry about a thing.  They will be so receptive to missionaries next time they meet :)

This past week we went over to finalize funeral plans with Marie. We have been debating how we get her back into the lessons and when to start teaching her the discussions again rather than messages of peace
and comfort. When Marie brought up why we don't drink coffee last week, I knew it was the Lord telling us to get on with it, because she is ready to keep learning :) So we taught her the word of wisdom and she committed to live it :) Tonight the young men are going over to do her yard work and we can see how grateful she is!

Mary has become a very sad and difficult situation. She needs a new liver, and if she doesn't find one, doctors think she might live to the end of this year.  Obviously that is a really hard pill for her to swallow, and religion is getting really mixed up for her.  Her lifelong pastor told her that if she joins the church, she can't be
buried with her dad in the Episcopal cemetery. She says she is very confused and she isn't getting direct answers. We meet with her again tomorrow but we aren't quite sure what to do in this situation. Teach
correct principles and let her govern herself I guess....we really can't do more than provide opportunities for her to feel the Spirit.

Yesterday we found a family to teach! It was a member referral for a mom and 2 kids.  Kathy is the mom and Landen  and Katelyn are her two kids. They were very open upon our first contact with them so we sat down and taught the Restoration. Katelyn gets pretty sidetracked, but it was kind of amusing when she was getting the gospel confused with Thor. Poor kid needs some Primary in her life :)

Us: "Who is God?"
Katelyn: "He's the good King and he and the other Gods all fight in a battle in the sky and...."
Us: "Mmm I think that's Thor, but...."
Katelyn: "And then he sends this one guy to fight for him..." (Pulls up picture of man in greek robe from her video game)
Her mom: "Ummmm that's Hercules...."

Her brother Landen  was very attentive the entire time. He was laying on the couch sick when we came in, but by the end was sitting up and staring at us as we spoke. At the end we asked if anyone had questions and Landen said "How will I know if he answers me?" Awww it was so tender :)

Lunch with Brother Phil


Kathy let us in for another lesson this week! We re-explained the 3 kingdoms to her using the Bible this time, and she said she still doesn't get it. Oy.  She knows she has to pray for answers though so she promised us she would. The great and abominable church is still thwarting her progress though.  She continues to bring up the
anti-video she watched. Sister Suter was with us that day and she made a good point. She said "No one makes anti Catholic movies or anti Buddhist movies! Something must be right if we are the only ones Satan tries to bring down."  Kathy agreed that while she waits for answers to her prayer she will continue to learn from us.

Tyler was at church on Sunday! It was his best friends mission farewell so he came to support him. Tyler came right up to us and was super friendly. We asked him about school and work and there was no
awkwardness so we were relieved that the future Mormon is still inside of him :)  He looks and acts just like one! White shirt and tie, sings all they hymns, pays attention to the talks. It kiiillls us that he won't pick the lessons back up, but we are patient....all in due timing right? grr

Sister Erekson and I are really working on speaking more Spanish with each other. Sometimes we get a kick out of her vocabulary though :) This morning she prayed that we would know how to best teach Paul about "breakfast and fasting."  Ohhh I died :)  And then last night she told a Christian preacher that we would pray to him.  Bahaha she did fix that one pretty fast :)  We have a video of me teaching her to say characteristics. She has improved so much in 2 transfers though.....its just understanding native Spanish that still gets to her.

So the preacher story now. Oye!! Last Tuesday we were trying to find a former investigator and when we knocked we happenned upon 6 Mexicans doing a Bible study! Sweet! They invited us in and let us share a scripture and prayer :) We asked if we could come back the next week and they said yes! After that extravaganza, a Spanish member chuckled as she told us that 2 of those Mexicans are inactive members and the leader of the group is an anti.  I tired to be positive and pointed out that that was 4 years in the past!  So we went back yesterday and
who was there?? The woman preacher and her husband. The Spirit had prepared us though and prompted us to bring an RM from Paraguay.  Brother Goss helped us out a lot that lesson! The preachers husband shared a message about Christ and then they turned on me and asked me to share a scripture. Gulp. I pullled out John 10:16 "other sheep I have which are not of this fold...." and then I talked about our purpose as missionaries in bringing others to Christ.  Everything was still fine and dandy and then Brother Goss taught the group about the Book of Mormon. The preacher's husband started to ask typical anti questions and Brother Goss was awesome and reminding them that religions shouldn't fight, but he would answer their questions the
best he could and leave it to them to pray about it.  Things were feeling contentious until Sister Erekson followed the Spirit and interrupted to share another scripture about Christ.  Everyone said "Amen, Gloria a Dios!" and then they asked Brother Goss to say a closing prayer. Luckily we left on good terms, but we probably won't
return to Tuesday night Bible Study.  We will go talk to those formers on a different night :)

Sister Erekson and I are together for one more transfer!!!!! And we are still STL's, so we get to take a trip to the valley again in a couple of weeks. :)  I will also get to experience the Apache Reservation on exchanges this transfer! There is something new!!

I hope you have a great week family!  Enjoy camping without me Jens and Kars....you each get your own bed! :)  Til next summer..... :) 

I love you! I miss you!

Love,
Hermana Short

Monday, August 10, 2015

Standards of EXCELLENT






Dear Familia,

Sister Erekson and I are really seeing the blessings of obedience and persistence in our area.  Our mission standard is that we have 3 people on baptism date, 3 people progressing, and 1 member referral weekly.  We had 6, 6, and 1 last week!!  We are scared to get too proud of it though because the Lord chastens the prideful :)  But we are so excited for these people and we know that this area has been prepared by the Lord.

Marie was our biggest concern this week, but she is a gem. We met with her on Wednesday and had a nice long chat. We talked about temples and showed her pictures of a baptismal font and a sealing room. She feels
comforted to know that even though Russ is gone, he is still progressing with her in the gospel. Just on the other side of the veil.  Our proudest moment was when Marie said to us with a look of concern on her face...."So, do I have to wait a year to get baptized now too??" She was relieved to hear that she can still be baptized in
September!

Her LDS co-workers have really been reaching out to her and even though she has only been to church twice, the ward is jumping on opportunities to serve her. The young men are going to help her with her yard work next week, the Relief Society is providing a luncheon for the funeral services this week, and the Bishop continues to call
and check up on her.  We have to admit that we were really concerned that because no one in the ward knew her, no one would care.  But we have been amazed by their support and love. She said yesterday in
church that she feels like she has a giant family now.  We know this was perfect planning on God's part. He took away her husband, but only after he had given her a family of 200 :)

Alexis is a new mother living with her future in-laws, he being our ward mission leader.  She expressed interest to him in being baptized so of course we jumped on her!!  The first lesson, the Restoration, went awesome.  She has ZERO knowledge of religious subjects so we struggled to be simple, but to our surprise her eyes stayed wide and she kept saying "this makes so much sense!" After we left the ward mission leader texted and said that Alexis was already reading the Book of Mormon.  We are working on getting her on a wedding date, so we can get her on a baptism date!

Paul had an awesome visit with President Sweeney this week. To our shock and "utter delight" (haha) President said Paul will probably be able to be baptized in January instead of April!! He and his wife Amanda are really doing awesome.  They are so devoted to changing their lives and fighting the good fight. Amanda got a calling as the chorister for Relief Society and she just bawled. She said "I know its a small calling, but the Lord called ME, and that means so much to me."  It was priceless :)

Mary is our investigator with 14 chickens and a garden that she is super proud of.  Before every lesson we have to go in the backyard and get a tour on how everything has grown and changed. This woman teaches me patience, but we love her :)  She not only accepted a baptism date, but she went as far as to schedule a time with us and put it in her calendar! Then she scheduled us to come visit her every Tuesday and Thursday to teach her all of the lessons.  We are super excited for her, but hoping she stays this solid.  Everyone loves the first 3
lessons....and then we teach the Word of Wisdom and people start to realize the life commitment they are making.  They want religion, but some struggle with change.

Emily is really starting to concern us.  Her friends reported to us that a teacher at school is discouraging her from joining the church, and we can tell by Emily's new attitude in lessons, that its really getting to her.  She's not very open with us about it, but she did admit that she is feeling overwhelmed.  Tonight we have an FHE with her
and the member family she lives with.  We plan on talking about how Satan will tempt her most when she's doing the most good.  We want her to be open with the concerns people are planting in her head, and then we are going to watch Meet the Mormons and help her understand that the world may say things, but we are normal and good!!

Thursday we drove with 3 other sisters for 3 hours to the Valley. My heart raced as we saw the city lights....I didn't realize how much I had missed it :)  On the way there we stopped in Payson for McFlurries.  Sister Erekson orders 5, one for each of us and the lady responds. "5 McFlurries?! Why do you need 5 McFlurries." Sis Erekson says nervously "Umm we like ice cream?"  Lady responds "I have to make them and it sucks!" Sister Erekson was good and just said "Sorrrry!"  We pull up to the window and she gives us a little more beef calling
us the "Infamous 5 McFlurries." Then we hear her whine to someone else through her drive through headset!"  She comes back and dropped my McFlurry on the ground.  After barely avoiding a swear word, she picks it up and comes back 5 seconds later telling me she fixed it. Hahaha worst customer service ever, but funniest drive-through story yet! We finally got the mission office after 10 and President Sweeney was waiting up for us. He offered to order a pizza and had snacks waiting on the counter :)  The next morning Sister Sweeney made the 5 of us a delicious breakfast and then we drove to our meeting.

Mission Leadership Council was great. I learned that to be a good leader its important to "lend the lead" and not insist on always doing everything myself :)  I don't have that with Sister Erekson, but I have in the past, and it's a great concept to teach the Sisters we are over. After MLC, Sister Erekson and I drove into Phoenix to visit Xochitl. That woman was bursting with excitement. She told me she had gotten her temple recommend recently and was doing baptisms for the first time this week!  She told a neat story of how she started paying
a full tithe 2 months ago, and since then, has been selling more kitchen-ware than ever before.  Her family keeps offering her coffee and tea, but she says its not even hard to say no anymore. The Branch gifted her a giant picture of Christ, but she didn't want contention with her husband so she didn't hang it up.  She was shocked one day when she came home from church and he had put it up in the family room for her. The oldest son has agreed to come to church, and even went to young mens one night.  This family is seriously my pride and joy :)

Xochitl told me a hilarious story.  She was sitting in church in front of Lupita, Lorenzo's wife.  While the sacrament was being passed, Lupita starts speaking very loudly and says "Where is Short?? Is she in Show Low now?" Sister Pierson tried to quiet her down and then Lupita says out loud "She's getting married, did you know?"  Xochitl said she whipped around and could not believe I would tell Lupita that but not her.  Hopefully Xochitl can now dispel any rumors. Oh Lupita, what a great story teller you are :)

I only got to see Valeria for a few minutes, but it was so good to see her :)  Driving down the streets of Phoenix was really hard for me....I wanted to take each right and left and see everybody I know and miss.  The worst is that Xochitl told everyone I was in town and President Alvarado tried to come visit, but he couldn't leave work in time. I just want to go to my branch!!!!!


Valeria



Cafe Rio with Sister Ereckson


Facebook post from Valeria

At the same time, I don't want to leave this area either :)  The members spoil us rotten and the work is on fire.  We were proud of one member this week who was having us over for dinner. She really really wanted to invite a non member and so she tried some of her friends and none could come.  So 5 minutes before dinner she sees one of her kids' friends parents on the street, and not knowing anything about them besides their name, asked them to come over for dinner with us!!  To her shock as well as ours, the person said yes!!  Our member panicked a little, but we were proud of her faith and diligence :)  The family came over and were super nice to us. He is a very inactive member it turns out,and his wife is not. They didn't show interest, but they didn't not show interest.......so we will let that member keep working with them.  I love member missionary work :)

All right family :)  I hope that gives you an idea of our exciting week :)  I love the good weeks!!!
I miss you all and love you so much!!

I love you, I Love You, I LOVE YOU

Love,
Hermana Short


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