A Better Week


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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Busy Week with New Mexico Throwbacks


Here’s what Priel has to say this week:

Hi Everyone!

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.
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Christmas Festivities


Copying Priel over:

This week was super awesome, especially because I got to talk to my family!!!

On Monday we had an activity with the zone. We made zone t-shirts, which was a lot of fun! We also played volleyball and rugby and other things. One thing I have discovered on my mission is that I can actually play rugby ok, mostly because the ball is easy to throw.

On Tuesday we had district meeting and interviews with President Winder. I talked to President about some concerns I’ve had.  President was able to clear those up for me. After district meeting, Sister Facer and I went on exchanges for the day. I was dreading exchanges. Sister Facer went with Sister Molbek, and I went a sister that is known as the wicked witch of the west in this mission. She tends to offend people because she has no filter. But exchanges weren’t so bad. We just street contacted all day basically and gave out a ton of “He Is The Gift” cards. This sister went home a few days after Christmas, so I don’t have to worry about going on exchanges with her again!

Wednesday was Christmas Eve, and it was awesome! We weren’t allowed to proselyte on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so we just spent both days with members.In the morning we taught the Vargas kids. After that we went to the Bowers and played board games and then decorated cookies for Santa. Then we had dinner with the Callahan’s. They have a HUGE family. They have 7 kids and I think they’re planning on having more. Anyways, we just made some pizzas, and then had a white elephant. It was so fun! Then we went with the Konewko’s to go see the lights at the Boise Botanical Gardens. It was super cool! It had started snowing a lot during dinner, so it was kind of cold at the gardens, but it was a lot of fun. I took a lot of cool pictures.

Thursday was Christmas Day! We started off the day by having breakfast and opening presents with the people that we live with. Then we went over to the Nelson’s and had lunch with them and played games with them. Then we went over to the Forsberg’s to skype with our families! It was so much fun! After that we had dinner with the Forsberg’s. It was a traditional Christmas dinner. Ham, potatoes, yams, etc. It was really good. The Forsberg’s had a lot of family over, and they had a nephew that was about 19, and he sat next to me during dinner and kept hitting on me the whole time. It was awkward. After dinner we went to the Ord’s and played some games and just talked. Christmas was a really fun day! I can definitely say that I appreciate family more after this Christmas because spending Christmas with family is just a lot more fun than spending it with random people.

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 christmas.mormon.org
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Busy Bee Life


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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Wrapping Up for a Transfer


At the end of this past week, Priel got transferred with a new companion, so this was her last week teaching in the area with Sister Farley.

She and Sister Farley taught little Jack, who’s about to get baptized, with his family so they’d understand what was happening, and did something similar with MIkalai, who just got baptized. Her mom didn’t stay to listen, but afterwards she said she’d been listening in the other room and that she would like to hear the lesson next time! They also taught Ms. Padgette about trials. The elders will most likely be finishing up the cleaning of her house. The bishop doesn’t want the sisters involved in that nastiness anymore.

They taught Trina about faith, shared some scriptures with Lavonne, who volunteered to pray this time, took a ward missionary to fellowship the Swansons’ son, which went well, and taught Sister Slay about how God shows his love.

Thursday, Priel went to the doctor to get everything checked out and they did a bunch of blood work, looking at the thyroid, etc. She’s hopeful they’ll be able to work out the medical troubles she’s been having.

Then this weekend, as I said before, the sisters got their transfer calls. Priel’s being moved and she’s got a new companion, Sister Pitkin, who she’s met before and is super excited to work with! She’s going to miss being in the area but she’s determined to do well. She’s made a few new goals for herself:

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Utah Trip


I went to Utah over my short spring break. It was pretty fantastic! I stayed with my niece, Cheyenne, for a couple of days at BYU. Her friends were super welcoming and tried to include me in everything they did, which I’m super grateful for. She’s got a great bunch of friends in Provo 🙂

After staying with  Cheyenne I went and visited my grandma. My grandma is probably the awesomest grandma in the history of awesome grandmas. She just got surgery on her hip, since she broke it pretty bad about a month ago. She’s doing a lot better now, but still has limited movement. Because of her limited movement I decided to help her around the house by doing dishes and laundry and such. She and I also played Skip-Bo for about 3 hours straight, which was agonizing for me, but she loved it. I was just glad to make her happy. Such an amazing woman like her deserves all the happiness she can get. She also fed me until I was full, which I was super, super grateful for. I haven’t had a full stomach in a while and she didn’t care that I was eating like a man. She just wanted me to go to bed with a full stomach that night.

I stayed with my sister for a couple of days after visiting my grandma. My sister has the cutest little girls ever. Her youngest girl is 3, and she said the funniest thing after watching a program about mummies on the Discovery Channel:

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