Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

What a week full of craziness, changes, and laughter. Transfer week is so crazy in this mission. Lots of screaming, laughing and crying. But it has been so fun. 
Monday morning was transfer conference. They did it a little different this transfer in hopes of having it be more reverent. Last transfer there was lots of screaming and cheering as companions /assignments/ and apartments were announced. This transfer when we met together as a zone early in the morning they only announced our companion and then they emailed out the rest of the information. I'll admit I spent a lot of time on my knees preparing myself for this transfer. I knew it was going to be full of new and exciting changes and I was so ready for it. I prayed over and over to have a transfer full of learning and full of new insights. I know that I'm still at the beginning of my mission so I want to develop good habits and learn as much as I can in the beginning and be able to use the things that I learn all throughout my mission. Monday morning as we were walking to our zone spot where we meet I was so nervous.  I knew that I was either going to get a companion where we got along great or the exact opposite because really having both can teach you a lot. Well my companion is now Sister Humble. And she is such an answer to prayer. She was actually my zone leader for my first week on Temple Square before they switched us to the West Gate zone. I love her so much. Even before we were companions she was one of my favorite sisters. She actually was supposed to go home this transfer but she extended so she will be going home in December after this transfer. 
A quick little info about her. She lives in Monterrey, CA. She is the youngest with an older brother and sister. She is probably one of the funniest sisters I know here. We have laughed probably the entire time since we were put together, I love it. Yet at the same time she is also probably one of the most wise and spiritual sisters here. In just the two days we have had together we have been able to have some very cool spiritual experiences and I know that this whole transfer will be filled with them. 
She is determined to try basically everything new. Yesterday for dinner, we had no food in our apartment,so we went to dinner at a Greek place and she made me try lamb. And would you believe it, I actually liked it. We also had Korean food from a food truck we found near the square. That was super good and spicy. That's something cool about my mission, it is based in Salt Lake City yet it is definitely the most international mission.  
I didn't have to move, but I did change districts and assignments. I no longer am in West Gate, but I did just get bounced to Guest Services. Which instead of assigning the tours for people who just walked on the square, I assign and schedule the larger tours. Like the tour buses, the lessons that the Elders and Sisters from the surrounding missions have when they come to the square. So all of that fun stuff. So really it's more computer and phone calls. I have a feeling this is preparing me for something, I'm just not sure what yet. It was pretty funny, we had training for it this morning but yesterday morning was our first shift. So really we had no idea what we were doing and every time the phone rang the both of us would shreek a little haha. I'm sure the sisters walking past our cubicle thought we were the weirdest companionship :)
The two of us are super excited for this transfer because we both strongly feel like there is something specific that we need to do and learn. We are not sure what it is though. We have been praying about it the last few days and still don't feel like we really know. Tonight for Halloween the entire mission is going to the Temple so we are planning on going with that question in mind. 
On that note, for Halloween the square is closing down at 5 and as a mission we are all getting together to have a dinner and then all going to the temple together. We are really so blessed to be in this mission. I was talking with a sister about how cool it will be to be in the Temple with about 200 sisters that you love so much, and she shared with me that she feels like it will be a little glimpse of our mission reunion in Heaven. We all live all over the world, and yes we might be able to see a good amount of each other after our missions but it is very doubtful that we will see everyone. But in the life to come we will all see each other and it will be like a giant, massive mission reunion. Being in one room, away from the distractions of the world with all of your close friends. I know that it will be a wonderful experience 

Snow is supposed to come either this weekend, or next week...ahhh.
I'm realizing just how much of a California girl I am down to the bones. I'm prepared, yet I'm scared. We shall she how it goes. Oh and a funny realization I had this week. I was flashed back to when I was in SYC studying world views and when I was literally in the mind set of a cosmic humanist. Well if you were wondering, those people actually exist. It kind of scared me a bit when someone came on chat and starting talking about how yes he believes in God but really aren't we all God. Ya, it was quite interesting, especially because I've run into people like that more than once this week. Odd. Well I'm glad for the preparation that SYC gave me, because now I know haha. 

So I want to share a bit with you about something that we have discussed in our companionship study the last two nights. We have been talking about how we can recognize more fully the spirit, and how we can really have it all the time. That lead us talking about our relationship with our Father in Heaven, and how yes the Spirit is our companion but really it's our Father in Heaven who is and wants to be our companion. Then we went through a series of examples of things that we might do or not do to our companions. Do we ask their opinion when we make decisions, do we talk with them all day or only at certain times of the day? Are we actually interested in getting to know them or do we only talk about ourselves? We then took these questions and asked if we do those things to our Father in Heaven? When we pray do we only talk about ourselves, do we include Him in the decisions that we make? Do we even talk to Him throughout our day? Really when we pray it shouldn't just be us talking about everything and anything, it should be more of a conversation. We can talk about everything and anything but we then need to listen to His response. So we are now both doing a prayer journal where we write down a question or a concern that we have. Then during our prayer we take time to stop and think, and listen to our Father's response. We then write it down so show Him that we really are committed to hearing and listening to Him. It's been a pretty cool experience since I have started. So if you are looking for a way to make your prayers more meaningful it doesn't hurt to try a journal. 

Well we are having a mission dinner tonight so it's time to head the that. :) Happy Halloween and enjoy and the candy!

-Sister Fluckiger

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