Monday, April 13, 2015

Week #21 - 2015 Apr 13 - C'est la vie!


Wowza, I survived my first week as a trainer...just barely...HAHA just kidding! My trainee is AMAZING. She totally came all I have to do is guide her a little bit here and there. Seriously though, she's great. I feel so blessed to have her as a companion! It's the best. We make a pretty good team because we both have that desire to work as hard as we can. :) 

This week was great. On Tuesday, that was transfer day, and because I'm training we had to be up in Raleigh by 8:15am. We had to wake up at 5am and be on the road by 6:30am. AH it was crazy. Wayyyy too early. Haha I'm just saying! But the day was good! So it all worked out. First, all the trainers met together with President Bernhisel and one of the assistants (Sister Bernhisel came in later) and the trainees met together. So at first the trainers and trainees were separated. And then at about 10, we finally met our trainees! It was awesome! My new companion is Sister Peterson and she's from Utah. She's great! And then we had a little bit of instruction, we role played, and then we had lunch! And came back for more instruction and then we went to the transfer meeting. It was awesome! After that we found our ride back home, which was Sister Horn (Elder & Sister Hill brought us up to Raleigh...I forgot to mention that). So after the meeting, I said my goodbyes to Sister Webb -- I'm gonna miss her! And then Sister Peterson and I went and got her stuff to put in Sister Horn's van. We found her luggage, but her bike disappeared! So we spent a solid 20 minutes trying to track it down. But no luck. So we talked to Elder Scott (he's in charge of that kinda stuff) and he said we would track it down and bring it to us when he comes to Fayetteville. So it will all work out. Good thing she got called to an area where we have a full time car!! Haha. The ride back was good. We stopped at Cook Out and Sister Horn bought us all shakes. Sister Peterson had her first Cook Out experience!! WOO! So yeah Cook Out is totally a southern fast food place (it's comparable to Peter's in Calgary) and it's SO good. I love it. The rest of the day was good! All of our appointments fell through....but that's why back up plans are so important! Haha it all worked out :) 

On Wednesday we had an appointment with one of the less actives in Fort Bragg. Her name is Sister Smith. She's the best, I love her. We hadn't been able to get up with her for a couple it was great to finally get in with her. And wow. There was such a difference about her! Last time we met with her, she was way distant and she didn't want to talk to us at all..and she looked miserable. But this time, a complete 180. She was super happy and bubbly and totally soaking in everything we were saying. She mentioned that she has her ons and offs about the gospel and she's just getting over one of her offs. And now she's coming to church and reading her scriptures and having family prayer and all of those things that help you come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This was such a great experience for me and a huge testimony builder on the fact that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and WILL make you happier! I've noticed being out on the mission that the people who are happy and full of joy are the ones that are anxiously engaged in the gospel and those who are not in that happy place are putting other things before the church. So family (and friends), stay close to the gospel, do those things that you know you should be doing, and I PROMISE you that you will see the difference in your life! You WILL be happier! :D That doesn't mean that you won't ever have trials or hard times, but it does mean that you will have that hope and faith that you need to get through those trials. The church is true!! 

Saturday was a wonderful day as well! I'm sure you all remember Mercedes. Our golden investigator who is totally and completely amazing? Yeah her. :) Anywho, we recently found out that she is going to the ward that she's supposed to be going to (she lives in that ward's boundaries). She was only going to the YSA branch because that's the one her boyfriend took her too. So, we figured out where she was supposed to be and we passed her off to the sisters in that ward and now she's being taught to them! It's kinda sad because we won't be teaching her anymore, but it's MUCH better for Mercedes. She has a daughter and so they will be able to learn more about the church together and have the fellowship and support from the ward that they'll be baptized in. So all in all, this is exactly how it's supposed to be. I'm really happy for her! She actually wants to get baptized before her boyfriend moves back to Utah. And that's in a couple weeks. So I'll keep you posted on that! It would be absolutely amazing to see her get baptized. :) ANYWHO. The YSA branch had a service project planned for her - yardwork in Mercedes' backyard! So we totally went to that and helped :) It was a lot of fun!!! We got so much work done and Mercedes even fed us ALL lunch. She's such a sweetheart. It was great to see her again, and she just looks so so so happy! I love it. I love seeing the gospel change lives...that's the greatest miracle that you get to witness on the mission. In my opinion anyway. Seeing the Atonement work through people to soften hearts and help them closer to Christ just gives you the most indescribable feeling ever. 

Also! On Saturday, we were able to meet with Ceresa!! YAY! It was so good to see her again. We just stopped by her house so we were taking our chances as to if she would be home and if she would let us in. BUT it's a good thing we did because she was totally home and she totally let us in! It was wonderful! We had a really good chat with her and we just got to know her more and strengthen that relationship with her. We have an appointment scheduled for Thursday evening with her to actually start teaching her the lessons. I'm super excited for it. She seems really interested in learning more. I just love her! Haha she's the best!! :D

Well that's about all I have to report for this week! Thanks for all your continued love and support! Remember that I love you all SO so SOOO much. 

Have a magically delightful week!! :D Y'all are all the best! Love you!

Much Love,
Sister Blumel

Service project at Mercedes

Transfer Day

Sister Peterson and Sister Blumel

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