Doesn't it feel like I JUST talked about last transfers? I don't know about you, but these past six weeks whizzed by. Transfer calls came in and..... I'm gone! I'm going to Pocatello! Few fun facts:
-I'm going to Highland II, which is the other part of the stake Sister Barnett came from serving in. She's told me a lot about the area and people and my apartment and things.
-My new companion is Sister McKnight, who was in the Idaho Falls Temple Visitors Center my second transfer and we instantly became great friends there! She became a Sister Training Leader in Pocatello a few transfers ago, so we've been able to see each other at Mission Leadership Councils the past few months. There we confessed to each other our dream of serving together, even though she's a Spanish-speaker. (I also confessed my undying love for her, but you know.... whatever.) So we're really excited for the chance we have to serve together! As one of the Elders said, "They put the two smiliest Sisters in the mission together. There is going to be SO much energy in that companionship!" Brace yourself, Poki; you're gonna get smiled into oblivion. Or into conversion. Hopefully the latter.
-Sister Barnett is going to be serving here with Sister Woods, from England! She was also in the Visitors Center my second transfer there, and she's AWESOME. Probably the hardest working Sister in the mission, which is hard to fathom being with Sister Barnett these past four months. They're going to get WORK done!
We recently figured out, we think, that I am the oldest mission-age Sister in the mission that hasn't trained. Sister Barnett already has four granddaughters! I guess I'm just infertile. (Note: when you train, that missionary is your daughter, their daughters are your granddaughters, etc.)
-Sister Barnett and I have been coping with the loss of each other by screaming at each other as often as we can that we can't wait to be separated. It's not working too well; it usually ends in arguments at the tops of our lungs over how hard of a worker the other is, how pretty the other is, and how much we love each other. It's almost working!
-A less active lady we visit said that she was really going to miss me and said she could imagine me as the kind of person to put on a superhero cape and save the world after I get home. Apparently, my secret identity of *Justice Girl has been compromised. Gosh dang it...
-Mission President lives in my stake! Not in my area, but in my stake. We're going to be beeeest friends by the time I'm through there! Or maybe he's moving me down there to keep a closer eye on me. If all goes well, he won't discover my secret Sister army I plan to build up in the southern part of the mission to re-absorb the Twin Falls Mission back into ours. We want our missionaries back!
I think that's all the fun news of transfers! This week, we found a new investigator! His name is Kobie, and he's 15. His dad is less active, but Sister Barnett and Sister Woods will straighten that out. He's agreed to be baptized in about a month, and he's super cool. Kelton is being baptized this weekend, which I sadly will miss, but he's excited and solid. We found another new investigator on campus, too! His bishop called us, told us a cool story about how he found out Shane wasn't a member, and how Shane wanted to learn more and possibly be baptized! We stopped by the new family we found and met the wife, but she said they wouldn't be in town for when we planned, so we're hopefully going to get in contact this week. Logan is awesome and is praying about baptism.
Being perfectly honest, I'm really sad to be leaving. I love Rexburg, I love the people, I love Sister Barnett, I love the missionaries I get to serve around, I love everything. However, my excitement is balancing it out fairly well. This life is about progression, and change is an integral part of that! I'm excited for the new friendships I'll be able to develop and the work I'll be able to do in my new area! Life is too short to stay sad for too long, and missions are WAY to short to dwell on negative feelings. Bloom where you're planted. Lift where you stand. Life is not about circumstances making you happy, but learning to be happy in your circumstances. My circumstances are going to be pretty dang awesome in Pocatello, but even if I was sent to a black hole of an area, there would still be something to be grateful for!
Oh, and General Conference was amazing! Exclamation point! (Just watch that "exclamation point" talk. I was ready to karate kick the church pew in front of us in half, I was so pumped up! Also, watch Elder Ballard's talk again, too. Soooo dang awesome!)
Oh, and thank you SO MUCH for the package!! Upstate New York honeycrisp apples. I nearly cried with joy! Pic: Bonding with the apples! Our zone of missionaries demolished them at General Conference! Thanks again!
I love you all so much. I know this is the Lord's work on the earth. The Book of Mormon is true and it will change your life! Seriously. Just ask. (Moroni 10:4-5)
Peacin' out from Rexburg,
(aka Justice Girl)