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.


Christmas is Coming


Priel had a lot to say this week!

Hello everyone!

This week has been a really good week, despite all of the holiday slowness. A miracle was also experienced this week!

On Monday, we did our normal Pday whatnots, and then we played dart wars with the Elders in the district. And I didn’t get shot in the eye this time, which was good! I was smart this time and wore my sunglasses. After that, we had dinner with the Zone Leaders. We didn’t have a scheduled dinner appointment that night, so the ZL’s invited us to their dinner appointment, which was super nice of them. Afterwards we visited Sister Bailey. She is semi-active. She is the sweetest person ever though! She gave Sister Facer one of her old coats and gave us some of her old skirts. Yay for new clothes! We shared a scripture with her and then went home for the evening.

On Tuesday we had district meeting, which was really good. We’ve had some good Elders come into the district, so I’m super excited to get to know everyone. After district meeting we took plates of cookies to some of our investigators, then we had a lesson with our investigator, Yancey. He’s super cool. He struggles with smoking, so we’re trying to help him quit. After that, we went to dinner, and it ended up being the most epic dinner appointment I’ve ever had. The members took us to Chuck a Rama, and they have 3 kids, ages 7, 5, and 2. The evening started out normal, and then the 2 year old boy started choking on a french fry. After he finished choking, he proceeded to puke everywhere (we had finished eating before that happened, fortunately). His parents were surprisingly very calm as they cleaned him up and wiped up the puke off the floor. After they finished cleaning him up, the dad looked at the 7 year old daughter, and saw something in her coat. He pulled it out, and it was an empty pack of cigarettes. Her parents started questioning her, and she burst into tears and said that she had no idea how it got into her coat. All of that added up to one epic dinner appointment. After that awesome dinner, we went to a Relief Society activity. It was a lot of fun. Lots of cutesy Christmas decorations were everywhere, Christmas stories were shared, goodies were eaten, and we sang Christmas carols.
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Step-Name of Sidewalk


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 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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Shot in the Eye


Priel was a bit late with her e-mail this week because her P-Day got moved to Wednesday! Not that you would know the difference because I tend to post these things late anyway, haha.

Monday last, they had a p-day activity with a dart war, essentially–shooting nerf darts by blowing them out of PVC pipes. Priel had fun, but, being the wonderfully accident-prone human being she is, she got shot in the eye by one of the darts. So it’s all nice and bruised now. She had to stay home from one of their discussions to ice it because it hurt so bad.

This week they visited Ila and Jerry, whom they shared Helaman 5:12 with, and Sister Morgan, who they’re trying to convince to go to the temple. She saw an anti-video about it so she’s really nervous, but Priel’s hopeful that they and ward members can encourage her. They shared “He is the Gift” with Sister Buzard and a bunch of others in the area. They also taught Zach, who has a hard time focusing but makes really good comments, Tia and Sayler about making weaknesses strengths, and the Woodwards about the Plan of Salvation and eternal families. The Woodwards are making great progress and Priel’s eager to extend a baptism invitation soon–the Spirit told her not to this week. Not yet.

Wednesday they had a planning meeting and participated in a mutual where a few kids did invite non-members. Thursday they had exchanges, and Priel got to go with Sister Molbek, who’s from Denmark. She had a fantastic time. They visited an inactive member, Sister Berrocal, who expressed a number of concerns with basic doctrine and testimony. On Friday they had a really great zone meeting.

So on the whole, it’s really been a good week for Priel, ignoring being shot in the eye, haha. She expressed her gratitude for “He is the Gift” as a missionary tool and for her companion, Sister Facer. She says, “ I love [Sister Facer] a lot! She has been one of my favorite companions so far. She really encourages me to be a better missionary. I hope that we can be together at least one more transfer because I think that we can do so many amazing things together and learn so much more from her.”

Thanks for reading! See you next time.

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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
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