Here are LaPriel’s beautiful words! She seems to be doing well.
This first week of the transfer has been good so far. It’s been crazy busy but good. There is so much to take in though. I’ve met so many people this week and I can’t remember most of their names. Sister Facer has been amazing, so she’s really helped me out with the transition. We’ve discovered that we have a lot in common. We discovered that we both really like the word poop, so that broke the ice immediately.
On Monday, Sister Facer took me to meet the Bishop and other ward auxiliaries. Holy cow, this ward is super young. Our bishop is only in his early 30’s, and so are most of the other auxiliaries.
Tuesday was a crazy busy day. We met a lot of ward members and with a couple of people that we’re teaching. There’s this lady, Sis Clayton, who is a recent convert that we visited. Her kids are crazy. Her 4 year old son was jumping all over me while we were trying to teach his mom, so Sister Facer ended up teaching the lesson by herself while I tried to entertain the kid and keep him from mauling us.
Then we visited one of our investigators, Jerry. He’s a pretty cool guy. He’s hispanic, and he has hair that goes past his waist and a super thick mustache. He has a lot of deep insights and stuff. We taught the Word of Wisdom, and committed him to live it, but he said it’s too much to change all at once, because he loves his coffee and cigarettes. We told him to give up one thing this week and then give up the other thing next week. He chose to give up soda. We laughed and said, “Soda isn’t in the Word of Wisdom, Jerry!” He claimed that he’s more addicted to soda than the rest of the stuff, so he thinks he should start off with that. We decided to just let him do that, so next time we go over we’ll try to convince him to give up smoking.
Wednesday was also a blur of visiting members whose names I do not remember. We went to mutual that night, and so I was able to meet a lot of the youth in the ward.
On Thursday, we visited this less active lady, Teresa, who has MS. She is super sweet and funny. I love her already! We taught her the Word of Wisdom, and found out that she has an addiction to cigarettes as well. She said that she would wean herself off of them and be done with smoking by Thanksgiving. We also visited a less active lady, Julie. She is 50, and is addicted to World of Warcraft. I kid you not. I’ve never met a lady who is 50 who plays computer games like a teenage boy. It is a little ridiculous haha. But she’s really funny, and wants to get back into activity.
We also visited a less active family that night, and they won my heart because they are all Doctor Who fans. They told us a funny story. They have a 2 year old boy that they took to the doctor this week. They told him that they were seeing the doctor, and he was sitting in the waiting room happy as a clam. When he actually saw the doctor he looked at him and said, “You’re not the doctor! Who are you?” He thought he was going to see Doctor Who. Ha! Hilarious!
On Friday, we had Zone Meeting, and the Zone Leaders somehow roped me and Sister Facer and a couple of other sisters into doing the training. I’ve never had to do training at a meeting before, so I was a little scared. But it all went well, and it was a pretty good Zone Meeting. The rest of the day was again spend visiting people whose names I do not remember.
Saturday we cleaned the church building and then visited people, and then we had the adult session of Stake Conference. Elder Johnson of the 70 was there, and he gave a really good talk.
Sunday was Stake Conference, and then we had a lesson with our investigator, Zach. He is 17 and wants to be baptized, but he can’t until he is 18, so he has to wait until March. I think he’s pretty solid though. We also taught the Vargas kids. The Vargas’ have 8 kids (blended family) and 5 of them can’t be baptized until they are 18 because their mom won’t let them. They are fantastic kids who really know their scriptures and the gospel. We had a lot of fun teaching them!
Hope you’re all doing well! Love you!
Love, Sister Bawden