Ordinary-Type Week


Priel’s had an ordinary kind of week this time. They had dinner with the Ords on Monday and got to play with their kids, but Priel felt like they spent too much time there instead of out proselyting and stuff. Tuesday they had a district meeting and on Thursday they had weekly planning and updated their accounts on mormon.org. Sunday church was a bit sparse because of the holiday and then they had exchanges with a sister who slipped on ice and got a concussion, so they could help with their appointments and stuff.

Friday was Sister Facer’s birthday! They got to go out for lunch and it was fun.

As for general appointments, this week they taught Delaney, who is very well-prepared and well-educated and intends to be baptized as soon as she receives a personal witness of the Gospel, the Lawsons with an emphasis on preparing their boys for missions, and Jerry and his family about chastity. They were worried how that would go, as he’s living with the mother of his children but they’re unmarried, but he seemed to understand and said they were planning on marrying soon. Progress! Yay!

And that’s all for this week! Talk to you again soon.


Priel Gets Injured Again


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. 🙂

Meet the Mormons


Sorry, guys, I’m behind again! I’ll just copy in last week’s update for this post. When I get Priel’s update for this past week, I’ll actually talk about it myself in another post. Thanks! So, from last Monday:

This week has been a good week! We were able to accomplish a lot.

On Monday, we taught Tiffany the Law of Chastity. Her daughter, Jordyn, actually sat in on the lesson and participated! It was a really good lesson and the Spirit was present. Tiffany said that she has had problems with chastity in the past, but she was willing to commit to live the Law of Chastity.

We also stopped by Mikalai’s work, and talked to her about getting her patriarchal blessing. She feels like she is ready to receive it, and she will be talking to the bishop about it soon.

I also had a super cool experience while visiting Mikalai. I saw this man from my old area sitting at one of the tables, and for the longest time I couldn’t figure out how I knew him. It finally clicked that he was in the Bridge Tower Ward. I got really excited but I couldn’t remember his name. I finally went and talked to him. He reminded me that his name is Brother Featherstone. In the middle of our conversation, I remembered a dream that I’d had while I was still serving in the Bridge Tower Ward. I’d had a dream that I was talking to Brother Featherstone in Baskin Robbins, and Sister Pitkin was talking to someone else. That dream was the exact situation that was happening. It was super cool! I then felt like Sister Pitkin and I were meant to be there at that time.

On Tuesday we finally met a less active man that we’ve been trying to meet but have never met before. We had a really good visit with him. His wife is not a member, and was taking the lessons a couple of years ago. The Elders that taught her told her that she needed to get baptized or else she would go to hell. That really turned her off (which is understandable), and hasn’t been ready to meet with missionaries again just yet.

On Wednesday we got to watch Meet the Mormons! It is a film done by the church about 6 members of the church from various parts of the world. It is super well done, and I highly recommend that people go see it. It really shows that Mormons are normal people and not some crazy cultists who sacrifice penguins. So yeah, go see it! All proceeds go to the Red Cross.

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Catching Up on Two Weeks


Sorry, I’m trying to catch up here, and I’ve got a fair bit of homework, so I’m just gonna copy and paste the past two e-mails from Priel. Thanks!

From 9/22

Hello Everyone!

To start off, we got transfer calls on Saturday, and Sister Pitkin and I are both staying in the area! I am super excited. It’s weird to think that by the end of this transfer I will have been in this area for 6 months. I remember when I first came into this area I was so freaked out and I didn’t want to be here at all. Now I love it and I don’t ever want to leave it!

On Monday, Sister Pitkin and I both got haircuts! One the members of the bishopric in one of our wards owns a hair school, and he is very good at cutting hair, and he cuts missionary’s hair for free! My hair actually looks good now, which makes me happy. We weren’t able to get any lessons in on Monday because no one was home. Or they were, but they were just hiding from us.

On Tuesday, we visited Sister Slay. She was in a really good mood because things are finally starting to work out in her and her son’s lives. We shared a scripture with her about the power of prayer, which she enjoyed. We also visited the Higgs, who are in the Married Student Ward. They are less-active. I’ve never seen them at church the whole time I’ve been here, and we’ve never been able to catch them at home. We were finally able to meet both of them, and we got to know them better. It was a good visit, and I hope that we’ll be able to talk to them more often, and hopefully get them to come back to church.

On Wednesday, we had the Sister’s Training Conference, which was super amazing! President Winder talked to us about the priesthood and I feel like I understand the priesthood better now. It was a really good meeting, and I really feel spiritually uplifted because of it.

We also visited the Workman’s in the Married Student Ward. We had a really good visit with them. They’ve started to come to church more often, which is amazing! We’ve been able to establish a good friendship with them this past transfer.

A Good Week


Priel’s had a good week! They’ve been teaching families in the ward the first lesson, which has brought a lot of Spirit to them.

They visited Ms. Padgette and decided to help her clean out house, which is a nightmare thanks to all the people she’s had over/living there in the past. Apparently, there’s a really bad aura too, especially in the basement, that nearly made Priel throw up. So they’re going to clean it out and then the elders are going to bless it. Priel says, “If you hear about a fire in Boise, it’s probably because we decided to torch the house.”

They visited Sister Slay, who appreciated them singing for her, and the Swansons, who just had to have their old dog put down, sadly. They taught Chastyn the Law of Chastity, which was somewhat awkward because her fiance, whom she’s living with, and their kids were there. They also taught Anna, who’s prepping for baptism, about repentance.

Thursday was Pioneer Day, so they helped the married ward set up for BYS (Boise Youth Spectacular) and then volunteered for the holiday celebrations. Priel says she’s never seen a ward outside of Utah put so much effort into Pioneer Day.

On Saturday, Mikalai got baptized! Mikalai is a seventeen year old girl who had committed to baptism with the previous sister missionaries. Priel and her companion found her recently and managed to work everything out for the big event! She was baptized in the other sisters’ area but confirmed in Priel’s. Priel says it was a beautiful, spiritual experience. Also, something about poaching? Apparently that’s “stealing and teaching investigators from another missionary’s area.” So.

That’s it for this week! See you next time!

Sickness and Success


So, Priel’s been sick off and on for the past two weeks, flu and stuff, but she’s had a great week anyway – the beginnings of some real success! She’s been teaching investigators with kids recently, so she came up with a little memory game for the Word of Wisdom and then a kid-friendly way of explaining the Law of Chastity, using the “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song. Her outline of that is as follows:

Head: Have only clean and virtuous thoughts.

Shoulders to Knees: Have modest dress

Toes: Stand on holy ground, don’t go to places that you shouldn’t go

Eyes: Watch only good things

Ears: Listen to only good things

Mouth: Don’t swear or say bad things about people

Nose: God “nose” everything you do! (Knee slapper, right?)”

She also challenged one of their investigators, Ken, to get baptized. She had been praying really hard to be able to do so successfully and with the Spirit, and when she spoke, she says she knew the words weren’t hers, but the Lord’s. It was a great experience, and Ken agreed that he’d like to do it, once he works out a couple more things in his life and testimony! She and Sister Rader are thrilled, of course.

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