Just some updates =)
Taylor Partlow: passed his interview and will be baptized this Saturday!
Laura, Sister Stahnke, and Taylor all came to church!
We were able to give Christmas to Ashley and Carson who absolutely
loved it! We haven't been able to visit them in a while since Ashely
works a lot, but she did text us very gratefully, even though it was
supposed to be anonymous. We also finished off the 12 days of
Christmas nativities and the Andersons, Phillip, and Sister Stahnke
loved it! We gave Christmas gifts to Tracy Lynn also from the gift
cards sent, we gave her a classy bracelet that she absolutely LOVED!
She kept texting us when people would compliment it. We also gave the
Elders a Walmart card since they seem to always be running low on
groceries and they helped us put a spare on our car last week.
We went on exchanges with Tyler on Wednesday. I was in Nac with sister
Cooper, we had a great time! Then we went on exchanges with Gilmer
directly from that exchange and I went to Gilmer with sister Whittier.
When we were exchanging Gilmer had gotten a ride to Henderson to
exchange so we got their ride back and this was at maybe 9:30 at night
when we got back. We get out of the member's car to go into their
apartment when sister Whittier realizes that she does not have the key
ring which has their car keys and house keys on it! Sister Terry had
the keys about 2 and 1/2 hours away in Nac! Sister Whittier then
remembers that there is a spare key to their apartment in their locked
car sitting right there. So we called the WML and he called around to
find someone who could break into the car. He called back about ten
minutes later and says "sisters, I have some good news and some bad
news. The good news is, I found someone who can break into your car.
The bad news is that it is President Austin." So by now all of Gilmer
knew what was going on and president Austin probably told president
Taylor, but you know, that's ok! It was so funny our predicament! I
was laughing the whole time! We always forget something on exchanges,
the phone, the keys, whatever it may be, it always works out! :P
We have just had a crazy week with key stories! So last Saturday the
elders called us wondering if we had a library key because they had
locked their keys in the library. This week they called us wondering
if we had a key to the family history center because they locked their
keys in there! We got to the church to find them climbing through the
ceiling into the attic and then into the family history center. Now
you know how to break into a church building family history center if
you ever want to do family history without an appointment! :P
Christmas Eve was so much fun! We got to go to bishops house and do a
white elephant sock exchange! I got some cat socks that say "Santa
Paws!" Sister Bramall got Dino socks. We watched Mr. krueger's
Christmas after planning in our Christmas socks!
Skype on Christmas was nice! It's weird that it was my last one!
We visited a former investigator, Annette, Saturday. She told us that
she saw a "little fairy" in her yard. Sister Joseph tried to tell her
it must have been a little angel, but Annette was not having that!
According to her "fairies do exist!" :P
We got a text Saturday at around 6:30pm that said all missionaries
need to go inside immediately. There was no explanation as to why. Our
weather was probably like 75 and no rain or nothin! So we were
speculating all sorts of stories! Maybe there was a bombing, maybe
scary people started tracking down missionaries, maybe it was a drill,
maybe Isis finally realized that Mormons are Christian...who knows!
Then we found out there was a tornado in the city. We were
disappointed, tornados happen all the time, it seemed like a lame
reason to lock down. But we heard it killed 11 people in Garland or
somewhere. I am so grateful that President Taylor kept the
missionaries safe! We had another lock down last night as there was a
tornado warning for Nacogdoches. Apparently there actually was a
tornado over Garrison, which is part of our area. Just a couple miles
from where we were. There was also a tornado in Tyler.
In the middle of sacrament meeting everyone's phone went off with the
tornado warning sound and no one even flinched. We just went on with
the talks even though the tornado was only a few miles away! That's
Texas for you I guess!
Ponderizing Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them
their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and
my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me;
for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then
will I make weak things become strong unto them."
I love this scripture for the obvious reasons. It is comforting to
know that when I feel so aware of my weaknesses it means I am coming
closer to Christ, and that I have hope that He may make them into
Hope y'all had a merry Christmas! Thank you to the couple of families
who sent Christmas cards! They are on our wall!