Thanksgiving Week!


Happy week-after-Thanksgiving-in-which-every-project-is-due! Take it away, Priel.

Hello fellow humans!

This week has been awesome! I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving.

On Monday, we played games with the zone. We originally met at the church building to play soccer, but no one wanted to, so we all just ended up playing Apples to Apples and stuff like that. It was a lot of fun! That night we had a lesson with the Canters. The Canters are a less active family who have a 9 year old boy who has not been baptized yet. So we’re teaching him the lessons and trying to get the rest of the family to come back to church. Their son really wants to get baptized, but his parents won’t take him to church or let any of the other members take him. It breaks my heart that they’re not letting him make this amazing decision because they’re being too stubborn/ lazy to come to church (they admitted that laziness is the main reason why they don’t come to church).

On Tuesday we had district meeting. It was a good meeting, and then we all had lunch together. We came up with this brilliant idea to have a missionary movie night, and invite all of our investigators to the church to watch the Joseph Smith movie and make cookies for them. Afterwards, we visited Sister Clayton. Her husband recently got rebaptized, and so now she’s super happy because now they can start working towards getting sealed in the temple. Then we went and contacted the Woodwards, the people who used to be do not contacts. Bro. Woodward was super friendly and wanted us to come back later in the week! After that some members across the street invited us to come over, and then they fed us dinner because we didn’t have a scheduled dinner appointment, which was super nice of them.

On Wednesday we did weekly planning early because we didn’t want to do it on Thanksgiving. Then we tried to visit some members in the ward, but everyone was busy prepping for Thanksgiving. Then we went to a mini zone meeting. We talked about the He is the Gift initiative, which is so amazing! The church has made a video that shows that we need to refocus Christmas on Christ. Go watch the video! It is amazing! Go to

After the meeting we had a lesson with the Nunos. It’s always a little crazy when we go over. They don’t really discipline their children very well, so Sister Facer and I switch between teaching and trying to keep the little kids from stealing stuff out of our bags and destroying things. I honestly think going on a mission is the best method of birth control because you see how crazy some people’s children can be. Anyways, we taught them about tithing, and we recommitted the parents to live the Law of the Tithe and committed the older kids to live it.

Thursday was Thanksgiving!!!! It was awesome. The people we live with made us a huge breakfast, which was super delicious. After breakfast we made a turkey for people to write what they were grateful for at our dinner appointments.Then we went to our 1st dinner appointment with the Ord’s. Yes, our first. We had 2 dinners scheduled. The Ord’s made super yummy food, so it was hard to not eat so much. Then we went to our 2nd dinner appointment, which was with the Bishop Dodds’ family. The bishop has 7 kids ranging from 6 months to 12, so his house was a little crazy! But Sister Dodds was an amazing cook too, so we ate a lot there as well. By the time we were done eating I really hated myself for eating so much, but it was worth it. Some of the Elders in the district had 4 dinner appointments, so they felt way worse. Thanksgiving was a good day, and the members really helped me to not feel too homesick! Members are awesome like that.

On Friday we spent most of the day seeing active members, so we didn’t get any lessons in, but it is good to visit the members because everyone needs strengthening! We did schedule an appointment with a potential investigator, Vic. Sister Facer didn’t tell me anything about him when we went to go see him, so he was not at all like I imagined he would be. I pictured a clean cut business man. When he opened the door, he was not at all like that. He has long hair, a beard, and a ton of earrings, and a Harley Davidson shirt. He was super cool though. He got excited when I told him I was from New Mexico because he rides his motorcycle through Taos all the time.

On Saturday we helped the people we live with decorate their house for Christmas. They had 3 Christmas trees and let us put one up in our room. So now our room looks all festive! All of their trees are fake Christmas trees though. After decorating 2, I have decided that I will never buy a fake tree. They are so much more work than a real tree. Plus real trees smell better.

Saturday night we had a lesson with the Woodward! Sister Woodward is not a member, and she wants to learn more because she believes that the LDS church will provide a strong foundation for their new baby. She grew up Catholic, but hasn’t practiced for years. Brother Woodward hasn’t been active since he was 15 or 16, so he doesn’t remember much from his upbringing. We taught them the Restoration, and it was a super good lesson! Sister Woodward understood the need for a restoration, and said that the apostasy made sense. We invited them to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it. They seem pretty solid right now, so hopefully they find out it’s true!

After that, we ran to the Sheltons. They are less actives who are probably some of the most awesome people I’ve met on my mission. We showed them the He is the Gift video, and asked them to come to church.

On Sunday, we went to church, and the Sheltons were there! We weren’t expecting them to be there at all, so we were pleasantly surprised to see them. There were also some other less active families there, so it was awesome to see them all. One of our investigators came during Sunday School. He couldn’t make it earlier because he had to work, but it was good that he could come just for a little bit.

I hope that you’re all doing well! I love you and hope to hear from you soon!

Love, Sister Bawden

#sharethegift #heisthegift

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