Priel’s had a really good week this time around! They spent time proselyting again, but she’s starting to get the hang of it. She says, “This push for finding has really pushed me outside of my comfort zone, but I can definitely say that I’m starting to get better at talking to random people on the street. Talking to random people has always been a struggle with me as a missionary, just because it wasn’t really an effective thing to do in my previous areas. In my first area everyone was a member, in my second area everyone you met on the street was on drugs or drunk, but here everyone is normal and most likely not a member.”
Friday they did more service with the elders cleaning up a yard full of weeds and garbage. They started finding rotten clothes, though, so they stopped, Priel says, “because we were afraid that we would find a dead body or something.”
I’m not sure if she’s joking or not.
They also had a movie night where they showed “How Rare a Possession.” On Saturday, they helped at an Activity Days (girls age 8-12, if I recall right) event teaching the girls how to use social media properly to spread the Gospel.
In lessons this week, they taught a less active, Brother Garcia, and saw some potential there along with his nonmember wife. They’re interested, it seems, though struggling with Sunday-based work and stuff. They also taught the Nuno’s, who seemed less stressed, and Tia, who’s struggling with her divorce but sticking it out well, Priel says. Then they visited a few ward members, which was nice as usual.
The big news this week was across the weekend, where they got to participate in two baptisms! The first was Bea’s. Her husband baptized her, her little boy was super excited, and Priel cried from joy and from the Spirit. She says she knows that this will help Bea and her family in the future. Bea got confirmed as well on Sunday and cried from the beautiful blessing she received. The second baptism was in Priel’s old area — Annie finally got approval. She asked Priel to give a talk at the service, so Priel did, and she cried there as well. Basically, lots of crying, but in the good way.
Priel had a lot to say this week!
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.
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.”
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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!