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.
This week, Priel says, was probably the hardest of her mission. She’s only got six weeks left now, which alarms her, but I’M SO HaAaAaAaAaAaApPyYyYyY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They spent the week prepping for Sister T’s return home, saying goodbyes and stuff. Sister T waited til last minute to pack, though, haha. Friday, she left, which was really hard on Priel. She says, “Even though she sometimes drove me crazy I really grew to love her a lot and we got super close. I’ve honestly gotten closer to her than any other companion I’ve had. She and I were bawling and hugging in the mission office, and I didn’t want to send her off! We took one picture before we left and it’s probably the saddest picture I’ve ever seen. Our faces are red from crying.”
Priel was then paired up with Sister Leavitt for the weekend since both their companions had left, who is her “mission twin” because people say they look alike, but Priel doesn’t see it. They do fangirl together, though.
Saturday, the two of them helped an old lady move out, and Priel says she nearly died because of the heat and humidity in Idaho this past weekend. Which I too can attest to, being at BYU-Idaho right now. Then they got transfer calls, and Priel is being moved finally out of the area, which led to an emotional breakdown that evening. She really loves the ward she’s been in and the people there. She wrote, “I locked myself in the bathroom and cried for about an hour straight. I had a complete mental breakdown, and called Sister Lomu and Petersen and kept telling them that I couldn’t handle getting my heart broken anymore and that I wanted to go home. I’d lost my companion that I loved very much and then I was getting transferred from an area that I’ve loved from the instant that I got transferred there. They tried to calm me down with encouraging words, but I just got mad at them and hung up. The Elders ended up calling me, and Elder Szendre was really good at calming me down. He said exactly what I needed to hear. He’s also getting transferred to Meridian East, so I’m glad I’ll have a friend here. Sister Leavitt was a big help too. She cancelled all of the appointments she had in her area, and let me go to my area to start saying goodbye to everyone. She also bought me a shake from Dairy Queen, which also helped a lot.”
Milkshakes win the world.
Here’s what Priel has to say this week:
This week was pretty good and pretty busy.
On Monday we hiked Table Rock with a few other missionaries in the zone. It was super hot, so I about died.
On Tuesday we went and got the oil changed in the car. I thought that it would take a long time, but it only took them about 45 minutes. The rest of the day was spent with making visits.
Wednesday Sister T woke up not feeling well, so she slept until about 2, and then insisted that we still go out even though she felt like she was going to puke. We visited Sister Gomez and she told us a lot of funny stories. Then we had dinner with a less active family, the Lee’s. They are awesome! It’s too bad that they don’t come to church more often.
On Thursday we had district meeting, which was good. Then we went to Delsa’s for lunch, which I really enjoyed because I haven’t been there since I got transferred from the Boise North Stake. It brought back a lot of good memories. Then we visited with Eva, and had a really good visit with her. I told her I love looking at artwork and that Mom is a watercolor artist, and she immediately took us to see her neighbor who is a professional oil painter. The lady showed us all of her artwork and it was pretty amazing! I felt like I was back at home in a Santa Fe gallery. A lot of her paintings were of New Mexico, which I got really excited about, of course. I think that this visit opened up a door for us, and I hope we can see this lady again because she was super cool! After that we had dinner and then went to teach our Book of Mormon class.
On Friday Sister T. was really sick so we stayed home all day. I got a lot of studying in and now I’m done with the Book of Mormon and halfway through the Book of Ezekiel.
LaPriel’s update this week was pretty brief. She says they’ve just been proselyting a lot, with lots of slammed doors and the like. No real successes, which is discouraging. She’s looking to try and get in with some people for chiropractor-ness and such, to keep her health up.
Her one fun story was that Sister Rader, at one point during their proselyting, had a feeling they shouldn’t walk by a particular house. Priel ignored her and kept walking, and she nearly got hit by a car backing out. So Sister Rader wrote a song about it:
(Sing to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”)
“Sister Bawden got ran over by a car,
because she was too dumb to listen to the Spirit,
you can say there is no such thing as promptings,
but as for Sister Rader, she believes!”
Haha. I don’t KNOW how LaPriel manages to come up with so many funny stories. My life certainly isn’t this funny! Or maybe I’m looking in the wrong places. Anyway, thanks for checking in, and I’ll see you next week for her next update!
In today’s update, Priel told a couple funny stories about her mission, as well as expanding some on other stuff that’s been happening.
Funny stories first: she and her companion have been spending a lot of time on P-Days with the Elders (because of drama in the ranks of the Sisters), and they were talking about how Priel’s gained 10 pounds since she started her mission. (She would like to inform y’all that she is indeed ashamed, but there’s a lot of good food, so.) One of the Elders, Elder Pearce, said that she should buy pants an extra size larger, and Sister Rader said to Priel, “You don’t wear pants!” (Because Sisters only wear dresses and skirts on missions.) Which was terribly funny to them, so they cracked up.
Then, when they were going through a car wash, the mirror got hit and it folded, but Priel freaked because she thought it’d broken off. So Sister Rader freaked too, but then she figured out that the mirror had just folded, and since then she’s made fun of Priel for that. So at least they’re enjoying themselves, lol.
In mission news, they challenged their first person to a baptism, and she’s going to pray and think about it. So they’re very hopeful about this situation! Also, Priel’s finger is healing up pretty well. She’s got therapy putty to play with to help her muscles heal properly. She’s pretty darn tired of having a hurt finger, though.