Sunday, June 8, 2014

Last week with Sister Newton

Love this girl!
Transfers are this Wednesday!!  It is exciting and sad all at the same time.  I will be so beyond sad to see Sis Newton go. :(  But I just found out like 5 seconds ago that my new companion's name is Sis. Silva.  I don't know much about her.  In fact, I don't know anything about her haha.  But I will meet her on Wednesday!  I am super excited.  I feel like a lot of good things are going to happen in West Allis this transfer.  So we will see how it goes.  But didn't this transfer go by so fast??  Like I seriously feel like Sis. Newton got here yesterday.  And can you believe May is already over too???  Weird.  Fun fact- for the month of May I counted how many sirens we heard everyday here in West Allis and the total was 119.  Haha I don't know if that is because it is a busy city or if it is dangerous or probably a mixture of the two.  But we hear sirens going off all the time!  Haha 119 in May. 
As for the update of the week, not a lot happened because P-day was late last week.  But here you are:
Wednesday we got to play volleyball in the morning with the women of the stake.  It was way fun and Sis. Newton and I could definitely hold our own.  Then we had our last district meeting of the transfer. :( again, bittersweet.  We had a really good district.  We all got along and were friends, but most importantly we all worked really hard.  It really was a good transfer.  Then Kopp's (the famous frozen custard place in Wisconsin) had my favorite flavor that day.  It's called Never Enough Chocolate and it is just as good as it sounds.  So we went out to lunch together.  That night we swapped with the Sister Training Leaders for exchanges.  It was so fun to get to see Sis. Tanner again!  I didn't get to go on the exchange with Sis. Tanner, but hopefully next transfer.  I got to go with Sis. Peterson and I absolutely love her too!  I went with her on my very first exchange and I have definitely grown sooooooo much since then.  So it was really fun.  I got to go to Kenosha on the exchange so that was kind of exciting!  All I have ever known my whole entire mission is West Allis.  So I was excited to get to do something new.  Plus Kenosha is widely known as "the promised land" in this mission because they get a lot of baptisms.  So it was fun to get to go down there.

Last district meeting with these guys

And yes I win for funniest face!
Thursday- my day in Kenosha!  We ended up visiting a lot of less-actives and recent converts.  So that was cool.  The biggest difference for me though is that we had a car!  That was a luxury that I have yet to enjoy on my mission!  haha.  Nothing super exciting happened while we were there.  But we did meet this one guy on the street who told us that he had a vision that he needed to meet Taylor Swift.  So he walked allllll the way down to Chicago from here.  Taylor Swift was set to perform in 9 days.  So he waited 8 days, and then walked home.  hahahaha yeah I know.  It was interesting.  But it was a really good day and I learned a lot from Sis. Peterson.  I forgot to take a picture with her. Sorry!  But she is awesome.  it was so good to be back in good ole Stallis at the end of the day though.  And back with Sis. Newton. 
Friday was kinda lame.  We spent a good chunk of time waiting for appointments that never showed.  Oh and the most awkward thing happened hahahaha.  We were out street contacting and I walked up to this lady and asked if I could talk to her about the church and she says, "Um I'm in your ward." hahahahahahaha in my defense she had big sunglasses on and I had never met her before.  Oh well. 
Saturday we had a ward lunch!  That was way fun.  There are a lot of cool people in the ward.  None of our investigators showed up.... :( but it was fun to get to hang out with the ward members.  We spent the rest of the day contacting people on a list that the ward gave us and most of them were people that didn't want any contact from the church anymore which is really sad. 

Triple dog dare you to count all the double chins
Sunday was great!  We were fasting for some of our investigators to know what to teach them and I really feel like we got the answers at church.  So that was cool.  One of our investigators came to church too!  So that is always fun.  After church, we were on the bus on the way to an appointment with a less-active.  We were the only ones on the bus.  Just us and the bus driver.  And it is a bus that we don't normally take very often.  Lots of times if the buses are running ahead of schedule they will pull over and wait at a bus stop until it is time to leave again.  As soon as we got on the bus, this bus driver pulled over to wait.  He turned and looked at me and said, "Can I ask you a question?  How can two people grow up in the same home in the same circumstances, but take two completely different paths?  On path being good and the other being bad?"  Whoa!  What a loaded question!  I was so scared to answer.  I had no idea what to say, but then the Spirit completely took over.  I explained to him about how we are all given agency, but because of Christ's Atonement for us, he can make up for all the bad decisions that we make.  All the mistakes that we make can be made right through Him.  As we continued to talk to him, he completely opened up to us about how his brother had died just 2 weeks earlier.  His brother had made some bad choices that had taken him down a completely different path.  He then asked, "So does my brother still have a chance?"  How grateful I was to be able to explain to him that YES his brother does still have a chance.  He is in a better place now and he still have the opportunity to accept the gospel.  I could tell in the bus driver's countenance that he was feeling the Spirit.  Ya know, that is really cool that we have that knowledge.  I don't know what I would do if I had someone close to me like that make some not so good decision.  I would want them to have another chance.  And because of our Savior, we do!  How amazing is that?  We taught him some more about the Plan of Salvation until our bus stop came along.  I know without a doubt that we were supposed to be on that bus that day.
Overall, it was a great week.  A great last week with Sis. Newton.  Transfers should be interesting!  Can't wait to talk to you next week!  Love you!
Sister King

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