Dear family& friends
(A trainer is someone who trains a brand new missionary straight from the Missionary Training Center as their first companion in the mission.)
I'm so crazy excited!! Seriously, I started running around our apartment when the Assistants called us Thursday morning with the news! If I can be half the trainer my trainer was (shoutout to former Sister Kuhns [also future Sister Kubie, yeeuh!]), then I will be a happy camper. Seriously. I'm so excited. I think it's unhealthy. It will be sad to see Sister Gale go--we've had so much fun together! And we say everything the same way at the same time like all the time. She'll be going up to Ammon (around Idaho Falls) with a cool Sister to whitewash into an Elders' area. They're going to tear it up!
Other things this week:
-We stopped by Myra's (the alleged druggie) again, and this time she was pretty sober. Turns out, she's way normal! We exchanged phone numbers and we're going to call to set up another appointment!
-Kaj's getting baptized in just over a week. Woo!
-A dog almost bit Sister Gale's hand off.
-We learned about self-defense from a lady here. Don't go for the nads. Elbow them in the throat.
-I got to go to a new trainers' meeting in Idaho Falls on friday with another Sister that's training, so we went on temporary exchanges. President Brinkerhoff and his wife drove us back and treated us to Olive Garden. Way nice!
-While I was gone, Sister Gale went with the other Sister's companion to their area in Chubbuck. She met a dog with dreadlocks!
-We got to see John and Megan and had a really nice discussion about the Restoration of Christ's church. They're like our best friends. And we got to see Felix! My heart will forever be wrapped around his disfigured little frame. Sorry, gentlemen.
-Elder David A. Bednar is coming to speak to the whole mission this Saturday! All 268+ of us! What an honor to hear an apostle of the Lord speaking directly to us!
-But really, I'm so excited to train!!
Also, we found a new investigator named Kelsey this week who agreed to prepare for baptism! We first met her and her husband with the Relief Society President going on visits (shoutout to all auxiliary leaders doing their job plus taking the missionaries out with you. Rock on, you champions.) They're new move-ins to the area, and we weren't sure if they were both members of this church or not, and when we asked, she wasn't sure at first either haha. She and her sister had walked to church a lot as kids (her parents aren't fans of the Church) and went to Young Women's and Girls' Camp and all that, so at first she said she was. But when we asked her if she had been baptized, she said no. We talked with her a bit about it, and she's accepted a date to prepare to be baptized on! We're so excited to begin working with her! It's been incredible to see this area grow so much, and I'm so grateful to have some solid people to work with for the new Sister coming in. We're going to hit the ground running!
This week I've learned more about how God truly is in the details of our lives! From saying the right thing at the right time without realizing it to asking someone to give us a ride to a baptism and it turns out the driver and the family of the baptizees knew each other and had lost contact, He wants us to have joy on the grand scale of things, but also in the small things. Those little tender mercies are His little winks in our general direction to let us know He cares!
I love you all so much, and I pray for you every night. Stay close to your Father in Heaven. He will provide you with everything He knows you need, not necessarily with what you think you need. He sees the big picture. He'll guide you to where you need to be most.
2. Hey, Palmyra peeps, look who's in the same zone now! (Spencer Cook is from Pittsford NY and he and Katie have known each other for several years!)
3. So we had this muffin mix and no muffin pan. Thus, muffin cake. Best idea we've ever had.
4. Also, Idaho gas prices. First time I've seen it below $3.00 in who knows how long!