Final Transfer, Lots of Feels


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.
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Now She Has Shingles

Pasting Priel’s short bit in and all I have to say is WOW.

Hello everyone!

Not much has happened this week, for me at least, because I have suddenly come down with a bad case of shingles!

So, here’s the story of how it happened.

Thursday night, I went to the bathroom and discovered that I had a huge rash on my left leg. I didn’t think anything of it, so I continued to get ready for bed and do my thing. I went to the bathroom again right before going to bed, and the rash had already gotten worse. It was painful, angry red, and blistering. I started to get scared, and showed Sister T. She told me that we’d call the mission nurse in the morning if it had gotten worse. I woke up the next morning and my entire leg was numb. My first thought was that I had a blood clot, so I freaked out and called the mission nurse, who told me to get to urgent care as soon as possible. We went to urgent care, and the doctor looked at my leg, and said, “You have shingles!” I told her that was impossible because I had never had chicken pox before. She told me that you can get chicken pox from the vaccine or you can get the virus without showing any symptoms. She prescribed me some antiviral pills, which are the biggest pills I’ve ever seen my whole life, and she told me that I needed to stay home until the rash cleared up. And I can’t be around Sister T because she’s never had chicken pox or the vaccine. So I’ve basically been quarantined for the past few days. I’ve never been more bored in my life! I did finish reading Isaiah though, so that’s a good thing.

Please pray that this will end soon! I want to go out proselyting so bad but I have to stay home. My sanity is draining away!

We got transfer calls yesterday, and Sister T and I are staying together another transfer. She finishes her mission at the end of the transfer, so I will be her last companion<].

Well, that’s my week! Hopefully you’re all having a much better week than me!


Sister Bawden

A Filling and a Transfer


Priel’s had a decently significant week. Monday, they did dart wars again, and Priel won a round! Tuesday was a slow proselyting day, kind of frustrating.

Wednesday, though, Priel had an emergency dentist appointment for a very painful tooth. She didn’t have any cavities (which, as she said, surprises her because of her constant Dr. Pepper consumption), but there was a filling that had been done very badly by her previous dentist and was hurting the nerve. So they had to redo that filling for her and she still might lose the tooth, depending. So she spent the rest of the day drooling and a little annoyed.

Thursday was full of meetings — zone, service, and the mission president — and it was a good day. Friday, in between lessons, Priel got to go get pizza twice, which was fun. Once was with the elders. Priel says, “The Elders were just like my brothers and we were all just best friends. I’ll miss them a lot, especially Elder Stark. Elder Stark and I were in the same district for about 10 months, so he and I have gotten really close. He’s going zone leader this transfer, and this will be the first transfer in a long time that we won’t be in the same district. Bah, it’s going to be hard!”

Saturday, Sheri Dew talked to all the Relief Society, whch Priel loved loved loved. Then they got transfer calls — and Priel has been transferred by to her old area. She’s kind of sad, but she’ll have lots of new stories to tell! Her new companion is from Samoa, the first one from out of the US, and her name is Sister Tauiliili. She says the missionaries in that zone have (rumoredly) gotten out of hand so she’s proud to be able to go back there and bring more obedience in, haha.

Then they had a baptism, for Zach, which was super happy. He managed even though his family doesn’t support it. But he’s scared of water, so he basically ran out of the font as soon as he got baptized, haha. Priel says he’s bound to go far.

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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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Transfer to Amity


Ain’t nobody got time to paraphrase LaPriel’s perfectly good email during NaNoWriMo. I’ll see you next week. (Also, ten points to Ravenclaw for anyone who appreciates the Divergent-ish-ness of this post title like I do.)

Hello everyone!

Well, to start off, I got transferred :(. I am now in the Amity Stake, which borders the Nampa mission. So I could step into another mission and no one would know! Hahaha I would never do that though. My area is kind of in the boonies. Well, as boonies as you can get here. People have lots of land here, and there are horses, cows, goats, and llamas everywhere!

My new companion is Sister Facer. She is from Texas and has been out for almost 9 months. She seems pretty awesome so far. I am sad to not be in Boise North anymore because I grew to love so many people there, but I am excited for what this transfer has to offer. I will make the best of it!

Sister Pitkin and I tried our best to visit people this week, but it was one of those weird weeks where people weren’t home.

On Monday night, we visited Catie and Jayla. Catie just had surgery, and she’s doing well. Catie is slowly starting to trust us. I hope that her heart softens enough one day to listen to the message that we have to share.

On Tuesday, we knocked on a lot of doors, but no one was home, so it wasn’t a very productive day. But Sister Pitkin and I tried to make the best of it. We ended up having a really good street contact. There were these two teenage boys who were catcalling us, and asking for our number. I was freaked out and getting ready to go hurt them or something, and then Sister Pitkin says, “No, you can’t have our number, but would you like to learn more about Jesus Christ?” And then we started talking to them about the church. They opened up to us a lot. They both just got out of juvie for meth use, and they decided they wanted to clean up their lives. One kid said that he read the Bible 3 times while he was in juvie. It was a pretty cool experience. We gave them our number and told them to call us if they wanted to learn more. So we did end up giving them our number, haha.
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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.

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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