Monday, February 24, 2014

Another week in 'stallis

STOKED when I got Dad's letter!!!  Especially the stat sheet!
HELLO!!!!!!!  Can't believe it is finally P-day again!  Reading e-mails from you all is the best thing in the world!  Haha it was so funny!  Sister Tanner and I both instinctively started running when we got off the bus at the library today.  Kind of embarrassing.... but that is seriously how much we love getting mail.
Fair warning- not a lot happened this week so sorry if this e-mail is lame and boring.
Tuesday was the funeral for the Relief Society President's husband.  Sister Tanner and I helped a lot with that.  It was a great service.  He wasn't a member so there were a lot of non members there in the congregation during the funeral.  The spirit there was so strong and the relief society president said that there were some people asking her about the church after.  We really are so blessed to have the knowledge that families can be together forever and that this life isn't the end.  I am so grateful for my family!  That is all I could think about during the funeral service.  It is so cool that we get to be together forever!  Sometimes that is the only thing that can help when I really start to miss everyone throughout the week.  We should thank Heavenly Father everyday and but then we also need to do our best to live worthy of these blessings.  Interesting story, Sister Tanner's companion before me came up here for the funeral from her area because she was good friends with the relief society president.  They had a member of their ward drive them and during the luncheon I sat down and started talking to her.  I don't remember for sure how she said she was related to them, but I think her husband is Dave Crowther's brother!  Isn't that so cool?  It was such a tender mercy to get to run into her!  She was so sweet.
I met Sister Crowther!  She is related to Dave and Kris Crowther.  It was so fun to meet her!  She was so sweet.
Wednesday was BLISTERING HOT!  And by blistering hot I mean it got up to 48 degrees!  It was nuts!  Sis Tanner and I were so stoked that we didn't even wear a coat all day and we walked everywhere!  We went to Kopp's for lunch which is the super famous Wisconsin Custard place and boy was it good.  Other than that, every one that we visited wasn't home, but at least it was warm!  :)
Thursday was another somewhat uneventful day.  Except we did have a lesson with one of the less active members we are working with that went so well.  We read Alma 37 and talked about how by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.  And how we shouldn't be slothful because of the easiness of the way.  And then we shared Sister Oscarson's conference talk called Be Ye Converted which is a GREAT talk and you should drop what you are doing and read it right now.  It talks about how we need to do the small and simple things to gain our testimony. Conversion isn't an event, it is a process.  We need to be continually converting ourselves to the Lord every single day.  If there is one thing that I have learned so far on my mission, it's that.  Reading your scriptures everyday, saying sincere prayers, and attending church are SO IMPORTANT.  They are the simple and obvious things, yet there are so many people that struggle to do them.  Reading my scriptures everyday has made such a difference for me here on my mission. 
Honey Creek Bridge in West Allis
Friday was definitely the highlight of the week.  It was my very first zone conference!  I loved every single second of it!  Guess what!  I played the piano!  It was scary because this conference was combined with 3 zones so there were tons of missionaries there plus President and Sister Cutler so I was waaaaaay nervous but I actually did a really good job.  Yay!  The theme of the conference was prayer.  Sister Cutler talked to us about the importance of fasting with prayer.  She pointed something out that I have always known but thought was a good reminder- Fasting is a tool that Heavenly Father has given us to make our prayers more powerful.  Fasting isn't just skipping a couple of meals.  It is an opportunity for us to receive blessings from Heavenly Father!  I thought that was way awesome.  President Cutler talked to us about Joseph Smith and his experience with prayer.  I mean if you think about it, a 14 year old boy restored the Lord's true church on the earth again in our day all because he decided to say a simple prayer in a grove of trees one day.  In fact, every time Joseph Smith needed help and revelation, he said a prayer to receive the revelation.  It wasn't just given to him.  I think that is important for us to remember.  President Cutler also pointed out another thing that I thought was interesting.  He talked about when Joseph faced the adversary as he began praying before he had the first vision.  In verse 20 of JS-History Joseph says something like Satan must have known he was going to be an "annoyer" and "disturber" of his Kingdom.  Then President Cutler said this, "If you don't feel some opposition, you need to re-evaluate what you are doing." BAM.  Isn't that so true though!  As missionaries we are definitely annoyers and disturbers of Satan's Kingdom.  That is why we are here!  And Satan doesn't like it.  I think that might be one of the reasons that missions are so hard.  Also, this totally applies to real life too.  We should always be doing something to be disturbing satan's kingdom.  Whether it be teaching someone else the gospel or building our own testimony.  If you feel some opposition, then you are doing it right.  Just a thought.
Reuniting with some MTC homies at Zone Conference!!!

More MTC homies!
Another cool thing that happened at zone conference was when President Cutler had all of the missionaries that are leaving after this transfer bear their testimonies.  They were amazing.  I hope more than anything that I sound like that when I am getting ready to leave.  It reminded me a lot of Timpview Soccer.  I remember when I was a freshman and Coach Rob had all of the seniors talk to us on their last day of practice.  They told us that time goes by so fast and to enjoy it while we can and to work hard while we still have the chance.  I remember thinking to myself, "sucker!  I've still got 4 years of this!"  But then I blinked my eyes and it was my senior year and I was trying to tell all the Freshmen that time really does go by so fast and all of those same things.  I caught myself having those same thoughts as they were bearing their testimonies.  I thought to myself, It's fine!  I still have 18 months!  But then I remembered.  And I learned my lesson this time.  I want to make this 18 months count while I can.  I hope it doesn't go by too fast!
Overall, I just thought I would reiterate how much I love the Cutlers.  I know that they receive direct revelation from Heavenly Father for our mission and I am so grateful for them.  Zone conference was awesome!
Saturday was another normal day.  We met a couple of people on the street and we were able to give them some Book of Mormons.  It was awesome!  Saturday nights on the bus are always pretty interesting.  And scary.  Everyone is usually high or wasted so they can't drive home so they are on the bus.  And then they see our nametags that say Jesus Christ on them.  And then they feel like they have to pour out their whole life stories to us.  I have some pretty crazy stories to tell but I am running out of time!  Ah!
Warming up with some hot chocolate at the bus stop
Sunday was great!  I love going to church and having the opportunity to renew my covenants!  It was so awesome to hear about Tommy's homecoming and see pictures.  You can tell he was an awesome missionary.  It is weird to hear about people that come home because I just barely left. 
Anyways, we are working hard here in West Allis!!  Thank you so much for your prayers.  AND LETTERS TOO!!!  I love you all so much and am already counting down the minutes until next p-day when I get to read your e-mails again.  Love you so much!!
Sister King

Monday, February 17, 2014

Jesus Loves You Snow Much!

Can't believe another week has gone by here in West Allis!

Don't know if you can see, but the water tower in the back says West Allis on it.  I am really starting to love it here.

Waiting for the bus... as usual.

Waiting inside for the bus because it was way too cold outside.

Time really is a weird thing when you are on a mission. I still don't really know the best way to let you know what has been happening here, so here is a little synopsis of the week:

Tuesday- We had a really awesome district meeting! Elder Harmon is an awesome district leader. We all bore our testimonies on something that we thought was the strongest part of our testimony. It was really interesting the think about. We found that we all had similar experiences. Whenever our faith was being tried, we all had to fall back on the things that we did know. Satan is going to try to shake you, but if you have a testimony, then it will be ok! We got to spend a lot of time in the mission office because we wait for buses haha. But it is ok because we get to spend a lot of time with the senior couples that are there and they are AMAZING! They are the Carters and the Shumways just so you know if I ever talk about them.

Wednesday- Was really slow. We visited a couple less-actives.

Thursday- This is the day for weekly planning in our mission. In PMG it says that weekly planning should take about 3 hours, but Sister Tanner and I are such good friends now that we often have a hard time focusing when we are stuck inside for that long... haha so sometimes it takes us a little longer. I am just glad that Sister Tanner and I get along so well. I am so grateful for her. Anyways, Thursdays are usually pretty slow too because of weekly planning, so we weren't able to get a lot done. 

The heart shaped pizza that some awesome members gave us for Valentine's Day!
 Friday- Valentine's Day! I asked Sister Tanner to be my valentine, and she said yes. So I totally had a valentine this year. We made cute little valentine sacks and handed them out to people we saw on the street and on the bus. Don't worry. We put cards in all of them. It was another slow and hard day. Most people that we went to visit weren't home.  But then that is when I got the package so thank you so much Mom! It really came at a time when I needed it! I love you! That night some members of our ward brought us a heart-shaped pizza for dinner. We really do have an awesome ward.

Saturday- As of Saturday I have been gone a month! ISN'T THAT THE WEIRDEST THING EVER??? A whole month. Only 17 more to go... haha. We went to St. Josephat's Basilica Saturday morning with a member of our ward. It was absolutely stunning! I think it is so cool to see how other religions worship God. Funny though, going to this Catholic church mangaged to strengthen my testimony of our true church. I am so grateful that I have a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel.

St. Josephat's Basilica in Milwaukee.  It was absolutely beautiful.

Love this girl!

The rest of Saturday was super frustrating and discouraging. After a long and unsuccessful week, Saturday managed to seem even longer and even more unsuccessful. The bus schedule is AWFUL on Saturdays so we missed our buses a lot. We were stuck in the ghetto waiting for buses for long periods of time. We went all the way to the other side of town and had to catch 2 buses to get there to visit a referral. When we got there, the address didn't even exist. And we weren't allowed to tract there because it was too far in the ghetto and not in the sister's proselyting area. So we were stuck waiting for the bus for like an hour. It was starting to get dark so Sister Tanner and I sang hymns together. It really helped us to invite the spirit back. As we were singing, we both had the feeling to go and visit one of our investigators. Finally! Some spiritual promptings and a direction to go! So we went there and....... she wasn't home. We were both feeling pretty down. Why would Heavenly Father want us to go there? Wisconsin is one of if not the least baptizing missions here in the states. For the most part, we probably won't get to see the "fruits of our labors" while we are here and Sis Tanner and I were both getting pretty discouraged about it. So we decided that Sunday we would fast for a miracle.
Elder Shumway, one of the senior elders in the office, let us drive one of the mission's brand new cars from the office to the stake center!  Since we don't have a car and are stuck on buses, I think we had a little too much fun.

Like it is embarrassing how much fun we had on our 1.5 mile drive to the stake center haha!

 So this week I was studying King Benjamin's address to his people.

 In Mosiah 2:41 he says, "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they arew received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness." What a cool scripture, right? I love how it says we will be blessed in things both temporal and spiritual. But then as we were teaching some people this week that definitely aren't feeling blessed and happy, I wondered what on earth made these people so happy. Like I know that they were keeping the commandments, But I try to keep the commandments and I don't feel happy all the time. So I noticed that the word "happy" is cross-referenced in the footnotes to Matthew 11:28-30.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." They weren't happy because everything in their lives was easy and rainbows and butterflies. It was because of Christ. They had taken his yoke upon them. Through him, our burdens are made light. We can be happy because Christ makes everything better. And that is why I am here! To let people know about Christ and how they can be made whole through him. It is weird. My soul really does delight in the scriptures. I am becoming a missionary and it is great! Another hard week here in West Allis, but we are pushin through! Miracles will happen! Love you! The church is true!

 Sister King

Monday, February 10, 2014

If the pioneers could do it, then I can do it too.

So happy it is finally P-day again and I get to read all of your letters!  They seriously are the best thing ever!
The bus: Our second home
Not gonna lie, this week started out pretty rough.  Missionary work is HARD.  We started out the week tracting and I kid you not, we picked the meanest street in the whole state of Wisconsin to be the first street I tracted on.  People yell mean things at us and slam the doors in our faces.  It's great.  Then we were hiking through the snow and I totally turfed it on this huge patch of ice and bruised my bad knee pretty good and to top it all off the fall ripped my favorite and warmest pair of tights.  This week was  just freezing cold and we did a lot of walking.  I was tired, frustrated, freezing cold, and starting to get kind of homesick.  But don't worry, my attitude changed.

It was about mid-way through the week and we were trekking through a bunch of snow to an appointment (which never showed up might I add).  I was really starting to feel pretty sorry for myself.  I don't know why, but as I struggled to put one foot in front of the other into the foot of freezing cold snow in front of me, the pioneers came to mind.  They trekked through the snow just like I was doing but they didn't have a -40 degree guaranteed coat from Land's end, water-proof boots, two pairs of wool socks, and a nice warm apartment to come home to at the end of the night.  But what did they have?  The Lord's help.  I snapped out of it then and there.  Yes, this is still really hard and sometimes it's not the funnest thing in the world.  But I am on the Lord's errand.  This is His work.  I know that He will help me.  Plus if the pioneers could do it, then I can do it too.  I also learned that my entire mission is going to completely depend on my attitude about it.  Please don't get me wrong, I am still so excited to be here!  This really is great.  But it is just going to take some serious work to get the experiences out of this that I am hoping for.  I am grateful that I had this experience at the very beginning of my mission because I think I will need to turn to this and remember this a lot throughout the next 18 months.

Trekking through the snow to a dinner appointment
Another thing that really helps is the love and support from family and friends back home.  Mom- I remember you asking me if I could feel people's prayers.  I really concentrated on that this week.  I really think that I can.  I can feel the prayers helping me here if I focus on what I need to do and then do it.  Thank you for your prayers.  And please continue to pray for me and all the missionaries out there because we really do need it.

weekly planning- it'll get 'cha

Marshmallow wars at a member's house.
I don't really know what the best way is to write these letters yet.  So here are just a couple of highlights from this week:
We got hit on on the bus.  This wasn't the first time it has happened and I am sure it won't be the last.  We are two kind, friendly, professional dressed, WHITE girls.  So we really stand out on the bus... haha.  Anyway, this guy was from France and didn't speak the best English.  So usually we tell people that we are missionaries and that is the end of that.  But this guy didn't understand what that meant. haha.  He asked for my number so I gave him a card.  I told him he could find a way to get a hold of us on that website.  He didn't really understand I don't think.  But if he is as interested as he seemed, maybe he will check it out.  Whatever it takes to plant those seeds, right?  If this is the way that this guy needs to find the gospel then so be it.
This week was pretty darn cold.  And there was another wind chill warning or whatever they are called for this coming week.  It really is as cold as everyone says it is.  One night we got home and my feet were FROZEN.  Like I took off my boots and socks and was shocked to find toes instead of a block of ice.  So Sister Tanner and I filled up the tub with hot water and thawed our feet in it while we did our planning for the next day.  Could you do me a favor and look up when it starts to warm up around here?  Please!  Haha if I could just know when the end is in sight then I think I could make it.  Because we don't have a car we are outside most of the day.  Like when does it start to consistently be above 30 at least.  If you could let me know then that would be great.
We got to play marshmallow wars at a members home again.  It is way fun and sometimes we play with nonmembers.  It is really fun to be able to have fun sometimes.  Plus I went undefeated this week.  NBD.
We went tracting again at the end of the week and I prayed so hard that we would pick a nicer street.  I didn't care if not a single person was interested just so long as people didn't yell and slam doors.  Heavenly Father answered my prayers!  No one was super interested, but we were able to give out a lot of cards and stuff and people were really nice!  They listened to what we had to say for the most part.  So that was DEFINITELY a tender mercy.  I didn't even feel like crying when we were done!  Huzzah!
I got your package on Thursday and I absolutely love it!  It is so fun!  Thank you so much!  I brag to Sister Tanner everyday about how awesome my family is.  Question, how did you get my address?  Just curious.  I sent you a letter with my address on it but I didn't think you would have gotten it by then.  Also, anyone and everyone my address because I WOULD LOVE TO GET MAIL FROM THEM!!! 

Thank you so much for the package!  Loved every bit of it!  I have the best family in the world!
Sorry, this week hasn't been super eventful.  We had a couple of investigators we were planning to teach but they alllllllll cancelled.  So most of the week was spent visiting less actives and trying to find people. 
Mom and Dad- I hope you had an awesome anniversary!  I thought about you guys a lot on Thursday.  I really lucked out getting you guys as parents.  I am so grateful for your amazing examples.  Especially your examples as missionaries.  And your example for what kind of marriage and family I want someday.  I really love you guys and I pray for you everyday.
Also, I love Sister Tanner!  She is an amazing companion and just the kind of trainer I need.  Plus I feel like we have become pretty good friends.  We get along great and we have fun together.
Overall, this week has been hard, but it has also been amazing.  And I know that this is where I should be.  I really just can't believe that I am even on a mission!
I thought I would leave you with this quote from Boyd K. Packer:
"The gospel teaches us to be happy, to have faith rather than fear, to find hope and overcome despair, to leave darkness and turn toward the light of the everlasting gospel."
The church is true!
Love, Sister King


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Greetings from West Allis, Wisconsin!

Hello!!! Boy do I miss you guys!!!  Reading everyone's e-mails really has brightened my day and is going to make this week that much easier.  I got some e-mails from a lot of family friends and I just feel so blessed that there are people that are thinking about me and praying for me while I am here.  We really do need all the prayers we can get and I really do appreciate all of the support from family and friends back home.  I am so blessed!!! 

Matching with my homies: Sister Wilson and Sister Weaver

Well from your e-mails it sounds like everyone is dying to know about where I am and what I am doing haha.  Yes I am alive!  The last couple of days in the MTC was amazing.  My advice to anyone going into the MTC is to take advantage of every single moment you are there.  The MTC is a great place.  We left the MTC at 2:00 am on Tuesday morning, had a layover in Denver where I got to talk to my AMAZING family, and then headed into Milwaukee!  

In field orientation. 

Our other teacher, Brother Ferrin-- he is awesome! 

Sister Packer and I matching as usual... haha
My first memory of Wisconsin was flying over Lake Michigan.  I tried to get some pictures but they just don't do it justice.  It is so BIG and it is absolutely stunning.  Right now it's almost like the water was in the middle of a wave and then it froze.  It is absolutely breathtaking!  

Riding the bus to the airport at 2 AM! 

Flying to Wisconsin! 

Lake Michigan-- my first view of Wisconsin.

Our flight was delayed a while because it was so cold, so we ended up getting there around 2 pm.  As we walked through security, there was President and Sister Cutler, their daughter Megan, and the AP's.  It seriously all happened in slow motion.  I had dreamed about this moment for what seems like forever!  I will never forget the smile on president Cutler's face and the firm handshake he gave me.  He is an AMAZING man.  Usually when new missionaries get off the plane, they hand them a Book of Mormon and don't let them come back until they have placed it.  But they said it was way too cold to do it that day.  So turns out the deathly cold here was a blessing in disguise.  

We love each other! 

Everyone was seriously so jealous that I got to see my brother-in-law every day!
Thanks for visiting all the time Bryan, it was so fun!

Sister Packer and I with the investigator we taught, she is really just a teacher in the MTC.
We learned so much from her, she is great. 

We all loaded into a van and headed for the mission home!  We had lunch and then we started orientation with one of the senior couples here in the mission.  We were given debit cards. After orientation, the Cutler's looked down on us in mercy and allowed us to take a nap.  BEST NAP I'VE EVER HAD. We woke up, had dinner, and then took turns having our first interviews with President Cutler.  I loved every second of my interview.  I wasn't nervous at all.  He made me feel so welcome and I feel like he is my friend.  There were a lot of things that I was nervous about and that I had been praying about and when I sat down in his office he said, "Sister King, before we get started, I feel like there are a few things I should tell you."  

He proceeded to directly answer some of the questions and concerns I had been praying about.  Of course, being Mom's daughter, I started bawling.  It was amazing.  Such a testimony to me that President Cutler really is called of God and that he receives direct revelation for his missionaries.  He told me that he knows Wisconsin is exactly where I need to be, and I know that it is where I need to be too.  After interviews, we had a testimony meeting with all of the missionaries, and then headed off to bed early. 

The other Sister King in the MTC. 

Our room at the MTC.

Sister Packer and I with our Branch President, President Mosher.
Because we were the Sister Training Leaders, we got to work very closely with him-- he is such a great man. 

The next morning we woke up and got ready to go meet our trainers.  This is where I got nervous.  We went to the stake center and unloaded our luggage.  We lined up in the foyer of the chapel and the APs opened the door and as we walked inside there were all of the trainers singing called to serve as we filed into the chapel.  It was a really special moment. (ps the shift key doesn't work very well on this computer so sorry if not everything is capitalized correctly haha. Casey, maybe you can fix it for me so I don't look like a fool on the blog haha) it was also cool because when I walked in, there was one trainer that caught my eye.  I don't know how or why but I knew she was going to be my trainer.  

After we sat down, President Cutler would announce a trainer and then who they would be training.  Not gonna like, it was a lot like a reaping in the hunger games.  Anyways, my trainer is Sister Karlie Tanner!  She is AMAZING!  She actually keeps a mission blog and I had looked at it a couple of times before coming out here.  If I remember correctly, it is so you can check that out if you want to!  I hope she says nice things about me........ haha.  

What the MTC does to you. 

Love this Sister! 

We are assigned to West Allis.  West Allis is just southwest of Milwaukee.  In fact, part of west Milwaukee is in our area.  There are about 3 or 4 companionships of sisters in the WHOLE mission that don't have a car, and we are one of them!  Lucky us! haha I actually really don't mind that much.  The bus system here is okay.  The only problem is that it gets pretty darn cold waiting at the bus stop and walking places.  But that's ok!  I actually really think my testimony may be keeping me warm sometimes.  

West Allis is a pretty big city.  The ward here is awesome!  I have already met a lot of people and they are all so nice.  The ward feeds us every night just about.  So that's good.  There are 2 other sets of elders in our area and ward.  Our district leader is Elder Skylar Harmon and he went to Timpview!  He graduated the year before me.  I never knew him super well, but I do remember hearing a lot of good things about him around the halls of Timpview, so that is good. Also, I think he played basketball with Ryan freshman and sophmore year or something.  He is a really good missionary out here.  It is so fun to have someone from back home! We talk about provo stuff sometimes so that is fun. 

First thing I saw when I got off the plane-- I am definitely in Packer country.

We slept in these bunk-beds at the mission home. 

In front of the mission home! 

The rest of the day was spent unpacking and buying a couple of groceries.  We had an appointment that ended up falling through.  We had a relief society activity my first night here, so I got to know some of the ward members right off the bat! So that was good.  Then we went home and I tried to sleep! haha 
Last selfie with Sister Packer! I am going to miss this cute girl! 

My bedroom in our apartment in West Allis. 

Our living room, isn't Sister Tanner so cute?!

My first morning in Wisconsin.  We woke up and we are given an hour during the winter months for exercise in the morning.  So we did that and then got ready for the day.  Then we have a bunch of hours of studying, and your first 12 weeks in the field you are given an extra hour of companion study which is when most of the "training' happens.  So pretty much our whole entire morning is studying.  

Getting bundled up to hit the roads of West Allis. 

Waiting for an appointment that never showed up. 

A lot of what we do here in our mission is visit less actives.  Our ward actually has over 400 members, but probably more than half don't come.  So that is a lot of work for us missionaries to do!  In fact, that is what we mostly did this week- visited a bunch of less actives. Every single lesson we have had planned to teach this week, the person didn't show up.  Hahaha joys of missionary work!  But we stay positive and we do what we can! It is kind of hard though because the buses only come like every half hour, so we can't really get much done in a day.  If we go to an appointment and they don't show, it usually wastes about an hour and a half of our time AT LEAST. But we make do with what we have!  haha 

Our matching PJ's! 

I love Sister Tanner! 

Saturday was my favorite day here in the mission field so far.  Ok I know I only have like 4 days to choose from, but it was really good haha.  There was a baptism for a little girl that morning, so we invited one of our investigators to it!  Her name is L.  We took her on a church tour and showed her around the building.  The whole time she was like "I love the spirit, I feel here" and "this building has an amazing feeling." and then we took her to the baptism and she LOVED IT. " She was crying the whole time and was like "I feel so good!" haha it was so cute.  The tour could not have gone better.  I absolutely love L!  

After the baptism, Sister Tanner and I went to Kopp's.  Kopp's is a super famous frozen custard place here in Wisconsin and it was so good!  We went because Saturday was Sister Tanner's half way mark so we had to celebrate!  So sister tanner has been out 9 months. It is weird to think that when she goes home, I will be at my half way mark! It is going to go by fast!  After that we went to an appointment at the library that didn't show up... haha anyways, that night a family in our ward invited us over to play marshmallow wars!  They are the Boston family and they are AWESOME! Sister Boston is like the Aunt Jenni of West Allis.  They had marshmallow guns and we played in their basement.  It was like capture the flag but with shooting marshmallows at each other.  It was great!  (don't worry, my team won)  One time I went to shoot a marshmallow at Sister Tanner and she shot one right into my mouth hahahahaha.   I think it is really important to build relationships and trust with the members here because we want them to trust us to teach their friends the gospel. Anyways, it has been really hard, but I am loving it here in Wisconsin!  Sister Tanner is a great trainer and I think she is the perfect trainer specifically for me.  She is so kind and positive and she is so patient with me.  She is here to work hard, but she is here to have fun too.  It's great.  Plus she is a really good missionary, so I can learn a lot from her.  Please keep praying for us!  We really do need your prayers!  I would love to hear from all of you, so shoot me an e-mail or a letter in the mail!  Oh and send pictures!  I love to see what you guys are doing just as much as you probably want to see what I am doing!  Love you!  Sister King