Monday, April 11, 2016

Week #73 - 2016 Apr 11 - We Are All Enlisted Till the Conflict is O'er! Happy are we! Happy are we!

Heyyyyya all of y'all!
This past week was great!! Lots happened and I can't believe it's already Monday again...every Monday I feel like I've entered some sort of time wharp thing and I have no idea what even happened. Thank goodness to planners and journals that clear that chaos up! Haha. Anywho!
Monday (4): We went to the museums as a district activity! Which was kinda lame...only for the fact that nobody could find each other cause we all parked in different places..So it was basically just a companionship thing because everyone was doing their own thing. Haha so a lame district activity...but Sister Petersen and I had a great time!!! The museums in downtown Raleigh are amazing!!! So cool. Definitely going back after the mission. And then after that we had a FHE with Ken (our investigator) and Verlinda (our recent convert) at a ward missionary's home :) It was awesome!! We watched Elder Holland's talk and talked all about the Atonement and wow. The spirit was so strong it was incredible!! :) It was great.
Tuesday (5): We still didn't have the car and we wanted to be as effective as possible....soooo we tried to contact some less actives that lived on our street. We thought that would be a good activity until we remembered that North Hills (our street) goes on for days. Literally it goes on for miles. And miles. And miles. hahaha. So we live at 6217 and we needed to get to 5410. Uhm...we were walking for an hour and a half....hahaha. And then there was one point where we had to cross this SUPER busy street and there wasn't any crosswalks or buttons to press to, ya know, get the walk guy that indicates the fact that it's safe to walk. So we watch the lights, figure out what's going on and then once we figured it out, we RAN FOR OUR LIVES. Hahaha. Screaming like monsters all the way across (it made us feel more invincible ;) haha). Oh and best part about the whole thing? The less active we were looking for WASN'T EVEN HOME!!! we had to walk all the way back. But it's okay because we were singing hymns all the way home! hahaha (sorry to anyone that was kinda sounded like dying cows in a death chorus before their last breath...) So that made the time and the walk seem a lot easier! Especially all the hills....did I ever tell you how hilly Raleigh is? Well if not, now you was great. Ya know. We're really just working on our leg muscles... we're gonna have legs of steel after all this walking ;) Anywho! And then our dinner appointment had to drop dinner off at our we barely made it in time to get that.
And then we had an amazing lesson with Ken! It went great. We taught him the Word of Wisdom..which we were slightly nervous for just because we know how much he LOVES his coffee and it's evident that he we were all like ahh. This could go very good orrrrrr not. Haha and I'm SO happy to say that it was VERY good! The spirit was so so so strong when we were teaching him! It was great! :) AND he even committed to cutting down on his coffee and cigarettes. So YAY!!! He's so willing to change for the better it's really a miracle. Ken is a miracle. And I am SO grateful that I have this opportunity to work with him. It's really an honor and a privilege :)
Wednesday (6): We had zone training and then right after that exchanges! Again! This time I stayed in our area and I was with Hermana Pouliot. :) It was good! We contacted a ton of was AWESOME! We've been meaning to do that for a while now so it was nice to get it done. Nobody was super interested...but at that point we were just happy to contact them. We had a good time and I just love Hermana Pouliot!! She's the best!
Thursday (7): Oh man. So we weekly planned...but that's not the most exciting part of the day. Basically, for the sake of time, long story short, we had to discontinue teaching our little Duyck family. All that was happening was a Bible bash every Thursday night. Sooo, we decided that we better just take a break from one we bore powerful testimonies of the Book of Mormon and the restored gospel and left it at that. And told them that if they want to talk more about what we believe to let us know and we'll come back. But until then, we just told them that we were going to let them think about everything that we've talked about and that we wouldn't keep coming because we didn't want to overwhelm them (which is what seemed like was happening) and they agreed that that was probably best. So it was a "clean break up" ;) Haha which was a tender mercy. So yayyy. But it seriously broke my heart. I'm so sad that we won't be able to see them anymore. They are literally the sweetest little family. Mission heart breaks are the worst. I'm telling ya. But it's all for the best. If nothing else, we planted seeds for them and that's an important part of missionary work. Without the seeds, nothing would ever grow! So that happened haha.
Friday (8): We just contacted some more people :) And that's about it haha.
Saturday (9): Sister Petersen wasn't feeling very good that day! So we did A TON of area book clean up. So we did a lot of the administration part of missionary work that no one really talks about. But it was very much needed. So that was good!
Sunday (10): We went to church and that was great! As always :) and then we visited a few people and it was great. Definitely a good day! We had dinner with a great family and we had a good visit with the Clements. And that was a good time -- as always. I just love that family!
And that's about it!!! I hope you all had a great week as well! And I hope this next one is even better :) (as per usual!)
I know this church is true! I am so grateful for Joseph Smith and that he was able to restore the gospel with the Lord's help :) without him, none of us would be where we're at today! Crazy to think about. But I'm so grateful for this gospel. It's truly changed me for the better and I promise it will do the same for you :)
I love you all!!! Miss you a ton!!
Take care! Keep smiling!
Sister Blumel
xoxoxo <3
PS - Here are some pictures from our Tuesday walk :) hahaha so ridiculous. 

We tried to contact a referral and found this graffiti wall hahaha too good

i'm's cuz the wall said sad..but I guess the s got cut out? ha. 

Anddd here's a selfie of Sis Petersen and I. 

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