Monday, June 9, 2014

6/9/14 | Hello Yous

Happy Monday!

This week was super crazy! We had a special meeting yesterday where they scrambled up all of our ward/stake boundaries, which equals area changes for us! I'm super sad but also super excited because we get more of the city in our area and we get 2 more sisters in our ward! The elders who were serving in our ward are booted out which is ok because they get their own ward! A brand new ward! YAY! That doesn't happen too often out it never happens so we're makin' history! So I'm now serving in Reading 1st South (instead of North) yay!!! I just love reading...and Reading too :). The down side to this change is that the majority of our teaching pool got moved to the Reading 2nd ward :( But the work will go on! So, despite many of these investigators not being in our area anymore, I'm going to tell you all about them per request of Mumsiepants: 
Lori & Dori: They are the worlds oldest conjoined twins. They are seriously awesome! We taught them about baptism and Lori talked a lot about their baptism (they are LA's) and what a spiritual experience it was. 
Roselie and Octavia: They are the Haitians I told you about last week. We are in the middle of their re-teaching and they just love everything about the gospel! We had to go explain what the boundary changes meant for them (they are in the 2nd ward now) yesterday and they were so sad, it was heart breaking, but luckily our Bishop got moved into that ward with the changes and is their new bishop :). 
Linda Daub: We teach her 2 times a week. She is plowing through the book of mormon like a mad man! She just loves it! We taught her the 10 commandments this week and she struggled a bit with the concept of keeping the sabbath day holyon sunday (she seemed to think you can just pick your own day and call it the sabbath) But I think we straightened her out. She comes to church every week but we have a hard time getting her to sunday school and RS, her brother is a member and is in primary so she goes with him and LOVES seeing the little children and how much they know about the gospel. Which is good but it's not exactly helping her learn the things she needs to be learning at this point. 
And now for a miracle finding moment:
Saturday night we went Chalking for a finding activity. It's when you put on your chalking attire (aka jeans), grab your box of chalk and head to the busiest park in the area. Find a sidewalk and start drawing things like: Families are Forever, I am a child of God,, etc. and BAM! people are just drawn to you (no pun intended). Little kids flock to you and want to draw their names on the sidewalk next to the temple you just drew and their moms and mommoms follow! So on Saturday, we were chalking and a little girl comes up to me, looks down at the I was working on and asks, "What's a mormon?" (right question :)) So I just start talking to her, and answering all of her (100) questions about prayer and plan of salvation, everything! So we set up a time to meet her next week at the park when we go chalking again :) yay! Oh and her name is Jennifer Higgins :) 

Here's the run down of the daily we did this week...written by Sister Suckow :) because I'm too tired to write out something she has already written. And you can get to know her a little bit in her writing ;) 

"Tuesday was kind of a crappy day for us. Allergies are awful right now, and there has been a terrible cold going around. Unfortunately, I caught both of them. Tuesday was an in day for us because of how loopy and sick I was. However, it was nice because Sister Bailey got to begin the New Testament, which by the way, she's finished now lol. But we spent the day inside. I was trying to not cough out a lung or sneeze myself to death.
Wednesday was a day filled with service. We worked at Salvation Army in the morning, which was so good. We finally have the phone number for Dorcas, the assistant manager. I am positive that she is gonna accept the gospel one day and that that's why we felt prompted to start doing service there. After Salvation Army, we help Elisia clean part of her house again. It's crazy how different the spirit is in the home when it is clean. We went to Young Women's that night, and it was good. Sister Bailey got to meet a ton of the young women and I'm so glad! They all love her, which is no surprise because she's awesome!
Thursday was a good day. We had zone training in the morning, which I really enjoyed. It was really focused on helping the members with their missionary work. Sister Bailey and I have seen miracles come from applying the things we have learned. Then we literally spent the entire rest of the day working on our weekly planning. It was pretty good, and we were able to finish it in one day. I'm so grateful for that because it has been 7 1/2 months since I was able to finish weekly planning in just one day. But it was so good. :)
Friday was pretty good. While everyone in the family was at a wedding, I was helping a crippled woman empty out her house for a yard sale. Her name is Flo, and she's super nice, but she refused to get rid of anything. She had about 17 $200 watches that looked as if you bought them at Walmart for $5, but she refused to sell them, even though she never wore them. On the plus side, however, we did get to see about 150 dolls... Haha.... But anyway. After that, we went to visit Bonnie Murphy in the nursing home, and that went well. She is doing pretty good, just anxiously awaiting the time she can be released, which probably won't happen in this life, but we don't have the heart to tell her that. We met with Lori and Dorion Friday too. It was good to see them again and we love them a lot. We were able to help at the welfare garden on Fridaynight too, and that was fun. We were weeding, which made me laugh because it was such a chore before, but now I find it a little rewarding. Who knew?
Saturday was pretty good. We met with Linda Daub, which was super good. She really enjoyed the visit we had. We taught her the 10 Commandments, and since it wasn't new to her, she understood it super well. We also were able to do sidewalk chalk! WHOO!!!! The best part is that we got a new investigator while we were doing it. It was a 12 year old girl named Jennifer and she just came up and asked us what Mormons were. It was a huge miracle story and I was so thankful for the experience we had to meet her there. We have a return appointment for Friday so we will see what happens. :)
Yesterday was absolutely crazy. That's when they announced all the changes being made, and although I'm still in the Reading 1st Ward, we have a new bishop and half of our ward is in a new ward. Also, Roselie and Octavia, along with Elisia and her clan, are no longer in our ward. Trying to explain that to Roselie was heartbreaking, but she is ready for the adventure. Luckily, they don't live too far out of our boundaries so we can visit them from time to time. :) Sister Kohrman was freaking out because she suddenly was the only member in the relief society presidency, so we met with her after church. She told us that she has a lot of work for us to do, and Sister Bailey and I are super excited about it."

I love you all so so much! I hit my half way mark (as I'm sure you are all aware of :) Those sticker charts don't lie) this week, that is crazy! Sometimes I still feel like I've only been out of the MTC for like 3 days! But then again, when I'm in a public place and hear something on the radio...I don't recognize any of it = I've been out of the real world for a while now. It's actually a really refreshing feeling when you have those kind of moments out here. 
Fun Facts:
1: I'm going to be attending primary for the next 4 weeks...(sister Suckow plays the piano and all of the piano players have been taken out of the ward)
2: The Pagoda is now in my area :) yayyyyyyyy
3: I'm going to be a pro lawn mower by the time I leave Reading :)
4: Taco bell has a new thing called the is good! We were the first ones to try it at the Reading Taco Bell this afternoon 
5: We went to a baseball game this morning (so fun!) 
6: I LOVE PA! 
Have a super week! HAPPY FATHERS DAY PACHA!!!!! Glad you had fun at Walsburg and Basketball camp!


Sister Bailey 

Philly a couple weeks ago with Sister Wright

me with a massive monopoly piece! 

us at the pagoda last p day :) 

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