Another day, another dollar...oh, wait never-mind.
can anyone believe this transfer has flown by? (I'll admit I think my
brain is permanently programmed to only think in 6 week periods)
feel like Sister Merrill and I have only been companions for like a
week. I guess the statement, 'time sure flies when you're having fun',
is really applicable here. We've been staying busy with missionary work
and office work.
Now that the end of the year is over we have
finished all of our yearly reports but we finished just in time to start
working on things for transfers. It is a little weird working in the
office because we know everything that is going to be happening next
transfer before any of the other sisters. So the nervousness,
anticipation, and stress isn't really present this transfer, which
really is just a blessing I think.
But aside from all the boring office work, we had a great week!
sisters all got their outbound assignments, Sister Merrill is going to
Louisiana! It's crazy, a huge group is going out this time because we
don't need as many sisters on the square right now since it is a lot
slower. So like all the sisters who have just been out a transfer longer
than me...and like all the sisters who came out with me are leaving!
Crazy! I feel like we all just here yesterday, well I still think we
did, but now they are all leaving me. So that will be the weird thing
about next transfer. Sister Mahoney and I are both in an assignment that
is at least 2 transfers long so we are both staying, and we are
speculating (which president doesn't like when we do that) that we will
probably go outbound next transfer. Crazy! Another transfer, another
thing to learn.
We had some great experience this week.
Some not so spiritual ones would be that we helped President Harmon and Elder
Skanky (members of the Mission Presidency) with two seperate problems.
I've learned that being an Office Assitant means that everyone assumes you can fix
everything, be it technical or whatever. So President Harmon came in
saying that his mouse for his computer wasn't working, so we went into
his office and played around with a few cords, unplugged something here
and plugged something in there, and would you look at that we fixed it!
Elder Skanky came in another day saying that he needed his folders all
organized again for the new year. So we did, we got it all done in a
day. Anyways they now both owe us dinner :) Isn't service just
So that's been fun, we get to work a lot with them and they are just funny.
I also learned that Elder Skanky remembers Becca Fluckiger serving here.
He has been here for a couple of years and I told him that we were
cousins. Small world.
As for the spiritual experiences, we
were able to meet a lot of awesome people who had amazing stories to
tell and beautiful testimonies. Throughout the week we met a lot of
recent converts who had just moved here to attend school and they were
working on preparing for their missions. Each one had their own unique
experiences with the spirit, but what I learned that even though
each one of us takes a different path, our Father always finds a way to
get us all where we need to be. He sure does always know what is best.
This week we also had the privilege of taking around a new
senior couple who will be serving as a director of a visitor
center. Apparently, each visitor center has a director and then our
mission and Nauvoo are the two that have mission presidents. They are
all just two years of service and so each year they call new directors
to serve over them. And just like sisters who get called to a visitor
center come to Temple Square as part of their training at the MTC, so do
the directors and their wives. So we were asked to help out in the
training. We got paired with a couple and we took them on a tour, we
didn't role play or anything. We just did the tour as we would have done
it for any other member of the church. We taught, bore testimony, and
invited. It was a very cool experience. The couple that we took around
got called to serve at Hill Cumorah and they were just awesome! They
taught us so much! They were actually serving in Africa recently but
their mission was shut down so they were sent home and released. And
they just got a phone call like 2 days before they needed to report to
the MTC saying that they had a new assignment to serve on Hill
Cumorah.Crazy. Well we took them around, and then we dropped them off in
a classroom to have lunch and then to continue their instruction and we
picked them up later in the day and they came back onto the square with
us, but instead of taking them on a tour they wanted to teach with
us. So we walked around and explained a bit of how the mission goes, the
difference between online teaching and teaching on the square with
tours and things. And then just told them that we would walk around and
if they felt prompted to talk with anyone, then that was what we were
going to do. Man, did they just dive right in! It's was awesome. We
approached the first man who walked on the square as we walked past the
gate and they were awesome. They followed all the steps in Preach My
Gospel and we ended up taking him on a tour. We were meant to be there
to help them with the history and to help them with the little things
like 'How to Begin Teaching', 'Asking Inspired Questions' and other
teaching skills from Preach My Gospel, but they got it all. They even remembered all
the history from the tour that we shared with them. We were able to have
a great spiritual, converting tour and it was because of their awesome
testimonies. I don't feel like we helped them with anything but we were
definitely uplifted and strengthened from spending the day with them.
and because I'm in the office I already know who my next companion is
going to be. I am super excited, I don't know too much about her but I
think it will be really fun. She is just a transfer below me and is from
Germany. Sister Fingerle, gotta love those German names :D
Oh, and next week is transfer week, but I already know that my p-day will stay the same, so no worries there. :)
I'll let you know all about the crazy transfer stuff next week.