Things I Used to Care About But Give Zero Craps About Now

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Alright, so I’ve decided that another blog post has been long overdue. I apologize for not being a more diligent blogger. In my defense, last semester was insane, but now that I have a little more time on my hands, I decided to update the blog!

Quick news update: I’M ENGAGED! 😀 I’m getting married in August and I couldn’t be more excited 🙂

So, I’ve been contemplating a lot about what to write. The idea finally came to me after I got out of the shower and was contemplating whether or not I wanted to wear real pants that day. I decided to write about things I used to care about (especially in high school) that I don’t care about now.

Here is the list!

  1. Wearing real pants, as stated above- I would only wear a specific brand of jeans in high school and I refused to go out in public in sweat pants or my PJ bottoms. Now, I just don’t care. If I wear jeans, it’s a good day. If I wear slacks, it’s because I have a job interview or I’m at some fancy event and I don’t feel like wearing a dress. Most of the time I’m usually wearing sweats or PJ bottoms. If I can get away with it, I choose to not wear pants at all (which isn’t an option most of the time since I live with my parents).
  2. Matching socks- For some reason, my socks ALWAYS needed to match. I had/ have some really crazy looking socks (because life is too short for boring socks) and they had to match with the mate that they came with. Now I don’t care, mostly because one mate in the sock pair has worn out so now I have to mismatch socks.
  3. Having perfect hair- I wouldn’t walk out the door unless my hair looked amazing. I would blow dry it every morning, put hair products in it, curl it, do awesome braids, etc. Now I just wash it and call it good. Air drying is better for hair anyways.
  4. Shaving my legs- I shaved my legs every day throughout middle school and high school, including during the winter. In college I discovered that there was a thing called “No Shave November” and I took full advantage of it. I didn’t shave during November, and then I decided to not shave until it was warm enough to wear shorts. My legs looked like they belonged to a Yeti and it took me about 2 hours to shave my legs once warm weather hit, but it was totally worth it. I’ve done it every winter since and I have no shame in doing so. When I’m married my husband will just have to learn to embrace the Yeti legs.
  5. Sexy underwear- I would only buy bras and other things if they looked “sexy.” I have no idea why, but that was super important to me at the time. I don’t remember any particular reason. I guess I just enjoyed being secretly sexy or something. Anyways, now I don’t care. If it’s comfortable I will buy it, and honestly, some of the stuff I used to get embarrasses me now.
  6. Being happy and hilarious all of the time- I used to think that my role in life was being the jokester and making people laugh and be happy. I would fake being happy just so people would be happy. Now I don’t care. I decided about a year ago that I just needed to be me and not cover up how I feel. If I want to be funny I will be, but if I’m feeling like giving the finger to the world there will be no jokes for anyone.
  7. Wanting to have a perfect family and house- I used to always envision myself married to a rich red-headed guy with perfect little children and living in a perfect huge house with cute decorations and perfectly clean. Now, I know that that is not going to happen. I am engaged to a Native American, so the red-headed thing is definitely not happening haha. Our children will not be perfect but we will love them anyways. And I doubt we will ever be able to afford a large house because of the professions we want to go into. There will be no cute decorations because I am not a crafty Molly-Mormon type of girl and I suck big time at organizing so the house will be cluttered. But hey, I’m good at deep cleaning, so it will actually be clean! It just won’t look that way. But I know I’ll be happy with what happens because I’ll be married to the guy I love and that’s all that matters. Forget the big house and stupid crafty decor.

 

I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head, so the list ends there. Comment if you want a second part to this. But there you go!

I am going to try to suck less at blogging. I have a million ideas for my blog but I never get around to actually updating. Hopefully I will be posting something else soon!

Grumpiness, Lots of Lessons, and the Heat

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Hi guys! This week Priel’s been struggling a bit with being grumpy, both because of the stress of her upcoming return home (two weeks!) and because of the heat. It’s been really annoyingly hot in Idaho this past week, which I can attest to — “like 106 degrees” Priel says. She’s not looking forward to having to pack up either — she’s got lots more stuff now than she did when she first arrived, gifts and things.

Tuesday they had district meeting. Wednesday, they spent a lot of time with Dixie, doing service. Priel adores Dixie. They also did some work trying to contact people. Thursday Sister Francies was sick, so they stayed home most the day. In the evening they went on splits with the ward mission leader, who the Shamrock bishop had talked to about previous issues. Priel really likes that bishop. Friday they did yard work service for an old less-active couple, and the heat had Priel sweating like mad — she says she soaked through her shirt. The couple will be dealing with some major surgeries soon, so the ward will be helping them out. Saturday they met with the ward mission leader for their other ward, and Priel says he’s a real go-getter and easy to work with. Sunday they just had meeting after meeting and collapsed into bed after.

In lessons this week: on Monday they had an FHE lesson with a less active family, and their little five-year-old girl rattled off the whole story of Korihor. She’s like a sponge, Priel says. Priel wishes she had more time to get to know these people.

On Tuesday, they had a lesson with Jon about the Restoration, and afterwards he agreed to be baptized! It’ll be hard because he’s got some issues in his life that mean he’ll need First Presidency approval first, but Priel believes in him. Wednesday, they taught Sheri about the Plan of Salvation. They invited her neighbor, a member of the church, over, and he was way helpful at teaching and bringing the Spirit. He’s a former Hell’s Angel and has come really far, and Priel says Sheri is too. She’s getting all kinds of important questions answered for herself through the scriptures. Friday they had a lesson with the Prescotts also about the Plan, and ditto with Jon on Saturday. Things are going well there.

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A Better Week

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Four weeks left, guys!!!!

Priel had a better time this week — she’s adjusted to the area and the area has adjusted to having sisters instead of elders. Monday they had a dart war, which Priel was super happy about — she says she’s “a boss” at them now. Also, “at the end, I was the only sister who was playing with the Elders because the other sisters were too busy flirting with a new missionary who is from French Canada. Sheesh.”

Oh my dear dear.

They had district meeting on Tuesday. Priel says, “Elder Stark, who is now AP, was at the meeting. I was really happy to see him, since he’s become one of my best friends, but he’s changed after becoming AP. He’s so serious now, and his “Starkle Sparkle” is gone. It makes me so sad when missionaries lose their personality once they go into a big leadership position!” My other missionary friend, Dalton, is zone leader now so I’m kinda hoping that’s not true for him, haha. The few letters I manage to get from him (the Brazil/US postal service is SO SLOW) don’t seem to be lacking personality.

It was a good meeting, though, and they did some teaching and meeting work, before having some drama with Relief Society: “Then we ran around like chickens with our heads cut off that night because our relief societies were having activities at the same time, so we had to run to both, and then the people in one ward got mad at us because we left early to go to the other activity. Seriously. People need to start acting like adults and learn to share us.” I’ve had trouble sharing Priel in the past, so I can’t totally blame them, myself. 😉

Wednesday they did some service for Dixie, who is a “dry Mormon” — would be a member but struggles with giving up wine. She’s called “the missionary mom” in their area and everyone loves her, including Priel, who cried at her for a little bit about not wanting to go home yet. Then they did some more proselyting.

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Step-Name of Sidewalk

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Finals week means I’m pasting Priel’s words right in. =)


Hello my friends!

This week was one of those weeks where you’ve been crazy busy, but have nothing to show for it. If you looked at the number of lessons we actually taught you’d think that we’d just lounged around at home, but we were so busy that we didn’t have much time to actually teach people. We also had transfers come up, and Sister Facer and I are both staying! I’m super happy about that. She and I get along so well.

Monday was not our p-day, because we got to go to the temple on Thurday! So we tried to visit some people (Mondays are a bad day to visit people because everyone seems to have a case of the grumpies). We went to the Canters because we had a lesson scheduled with them that night, but they forgot that we were going to teach them. Fortunately, they let us in and we visited with them for a bit. We got to meet Brother Canter for the first time! Sister Facer has been in this area for almost 6 months, and she’s never met Brother Canter. Hardly anyone here has. Everyone is under the impression that he doesn’t want anyone from the church visiting. But he was very friendly and was perfectly fine with us visiting them and sharing a message. I don’t think he’s against the church like everyone thinks he is. From our conversation with him he just feels very judged by members sometimes, and he knows it’s something that he’ll just have to deal with.

After visiting the Canter’s we visited the Nuno’s because it was one of the kid’s birthdays. She was super excited to see us! We had a good time with them. Their little almost 2 year old is obsessed with our tags, so she likes to take them off and play with them. She’d just eaten cake and was covered in it, so we had to wash frosting off of our tags when we got home.

On Tuesday we had the mission Christmas Devotional! Part of it was a talent show, and Sister Facer and I did the “Cupstoration.” There’s several videos of Sister Facer doing it on Facebook (due to members posting it), so I’m sure you can find a video and get the idea of what we did. I know that one of the Elders in my district took a video of it, so I’ll have to see if I can get that from him. But the devotional was lots of fun, and it was good to be around the other missionaries.

On Wednesday we updated our Mormon.org profiles, since we haven’t done that for a while. Then we tried to contact some people, but no one was home, or they were home but hiding. The holidays are such a bad time to contact people sometimes because they’re too stinking busy to do anything else except prepare for Christmas and such. And our appointments keep cancelling and most of our investigators told us that they can’t meet until after New Year’s. Anywho, we had dinner, and then we went to mutual and talked to the Laurels about serving missions and showed them videos of us opening our mission calls. It was a lot of fun! There are a few laurels who want to serve missions, so we were able to get them more excited about serving missions.
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Priel Gets Injured Again

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Priel’s had a good week! Productive, as usual… and once again she’s managed to injure herself. LOL.

Monday they talked with a part-member family whose little boy miraculously survived an accident–a semitruck hit him on his bike. He can even walk and talk now, which is incredible. They talked about facing trials. Tuesday was district meeting and they talked to Annie about chastity and the Word of Wisdom. She’s doing wonderfully and is very committed. Wednesday they visited a less active member who has actually been attending her parents’ ward fairly often. Her husband is deployed and she feels awkward going to the married ward alone. Thursday they talked with Sister Swanson about the Word of Wisdom and patriarchal blessings and had a nice visit with the Lloyds.

They also had a small miracle Thursday–Tiffany’s daughter Jordyn has agreed to take the lessons.It startled them so much they stumbled over the beginning of the lesson but then the Spirit came in and straightened things out. They’re very happy about it, of course!

Friday they talked to Sister Slay about the Second Coming, but she’s not progressing very well so they’ve decided, sadly, to visit her less often. Then they talked to Annie about tithing. Saturday they talked to Sister Rambo about General Conference and the husband of a new move-in kindly asked them to come back, which she looks forward too. Sadly, she thinks transfers will be coming up next week and she’ll probably be moved since she’s been in this area so long. But she’s ready to go where God sends her.

Finally, today, Priel went to see the doctor because she’d tripped earlier in the week and hit her collarbone hard enough that she worried she’d broken it. It’s not broken but it’s been knocked slightly out of place and her muscles are all torn up, so she’s gonna be wearing a sling for a little while. Yay, she says, for being clumsy!

See you guys next week. 🙂

Busy Bee Life

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This week, Priel had two weeks to update on because of a temporary switch on p-days. She’s been busy in those two weeks, as always, and sounds pretty happy about the work she’s doing. She and her companion moved locations recently, so she’s now living in the basement of an older member couple, which she likes.

Last last week, they taught Mikalai about the Gospel, Jack about the Gospel and the Plan of Salvation, Lavonne and the Swansons about coming to Christ, and talked to Sister Slay about getting her a ride to Sacrament. They also visited Matt and Amanda and encouraged them to come to church, which they haven’t been doing because their new baby is exhausting them. Priel says they don’t seem to get yet the importance of the Sacrament, but she and her companion will keep trying.

Little Jack is going to get baptised soon now that he’s eight, and his father, Craig, is working hard to become worthy to do the baptism himself, which Priel says is an incredible and inspiring process to watch.

Tuesday they had a zone conference, which Priel said was really touching and made her cry a lot. She’s noted that she’s become a lot more emotional since starting her mission, haha. Two senior missionaries, a couple, were released, which Priel was sad about but she also was grateful for their presence. The sister will be staying on as the mission nurse. Also, on Thursday, they did some service at the local food bank. Saturday was the groundbreaking for the Meridian Temaple, which they watched over broadcast. Priel says she’s grateful to see the work of the Lord being hastened in all aspects.

This past week, they visited with ward members and with Sister Slay, and taught Mikalai about the Ten Commandments. Her mother sat in on it this time, which was very exciting for them. Sister Padgette, the one with the wacked-out basement, seems to be allowing less savory people into her house again, which the missionaries aren’t so happy about. They taught an inactive family about being like Christ, Trisha about scripture reading and prayers, and the Swansons about missionary work.

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A Busy Few Weeks

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Sorry I haven’t updated Priel’s blog in a while! Both of us have been pretty busy in our respective places, haha. So here’s her recent updates, starting with the last week of June:

 

June 30

Priel and her companion visited Anna and her husband for dinner and talked about the Sacrament. Anna’s been doing well, despite the struggles she faces, and is looking to have an eternal marriage and also to get out of the home she’s living in, which isn’t a positive atmosphere. They also talked about Sacrament with a less active member and encouraged her to go get it on Sundays. They went over the Plan of Salvation with Tiffany, who is looking to attend church soon.

Priel and Sister Farley then volunteered at a blood drive that Saturday. Sister Farley gave blood, but Priel “wimped out.” They got transfer calls and no one was transferred, which apparently is very unusual. They had dinner with a member and her non-member husband, and didn’t teach at the member’s request but did have a good time and gain some trust there. They then went to teach another less active member, who said she didn’t want to read the Book of Mormon because if she finds out it’s true, it’ll be too hard for her to change her life to fit that. That’s always a really hard thing to hear.

Priel also had an embarrassing moment when she went to buy some new skirts. They got some at a thrift store that was obviously Christian owned, and after they’d bought them they asked what church ran the thrift store. It was the Calvary Chapel, which publishes a lot of anti-Mormon material. Whoop!

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