Mary

Dear Loved ones,

This week was really good! Actually….it ended good. we won’t go into the other details.

Hey, did you know that it’s freeeezing up here, yup. cool huh.

But This week something crazy happened.

I got really ill (seems like a rollercoster with me)
But I couldn’t keep any food down all week and by Saturday/Sunday I was so tired and hungry and going crazy. That I finally talked to someone and they talked to someone and I received a call this morning from a doctor in Spokane who gave me some instructions and I have to be really careful this week and then if things progress I’ll be going to a doctor somewhere to get checked for my blood count levels/sugar/whatever else.. So prayers would be nice. no mom….don’t worry. I’m a missionary, I’m invincible right? and no you don’t need to call the mission office. I’m okay. I’m just sad that I have to give away those chocolates you just sent me.
Speaking of giving things away……There is this family in a ward, a single mom and 3 teenage girls who aren’t going to be having much of a Christmas (even thought I know that it’s not about gifts) I still wanted them to have a Christmas of some sort. She doesn’t have a job, the girls are in highschool, one of them is deaf and we were over for dinner and I was hearing the girls write what they wanted and all they wanted was CLOTHES! sounds like teenage girls right?
I knew the mom couldn’t afford it, So I told one of the girls that I had some clothes she could have, she got so excited and I promised her I would bring them on Sunday.
So after planning that night I started going through my clothes…one by one I thought “they would love this…” Pretty soon I had 2 good sized bags of clothes…
I went through the clothes again and thought…”man I really love this shirt….etc.. but then I thought of the girls that It would be going to and the true need that was there. That was all the motivation I needed. So without a second thought I tied up the bags and on Sunday I gave them to the girls and they loved them! one of them gave me the biggest hug 3x over and said THANK YOU SO MUCH SISTER LYMAN… I cant tell you how much I needed these. So I guess that helped me really give. and one that note….Sister Solosko and I are going to the outlet mall today.
mom…dad….its christmas right? haha.
We also had interviews with the President Bonham this week, he is awesome. Love the guy, he’s like my dad out here and the older I get as a missionary, the more I see the true inspiration he receives.
Then as a Relief Society activity we had “Christmas in Darrington” where we did the nativity through the eyes of the women….where we had for example Marys mom….Joesph’s mom and other wonderful woman from that time. I was asked to be Mary….
As I read the script I thought ” this is talking about motherhood…i’m not a mom…”
But I had a beautiful blue thing draped over me and I read my part and I felt the spirit so strongly. Then after I had a group of the women come up to me and Sister Olsen said “Sister Lyman, as soon as you stood up…I thought that I was really seeing Mary. I had an impression that If he chose anyone from this room to be the mother of Jesus…he would’ve chosen you…” I started to cry and she started to cry…we were all crying. That was the most tender thing I had ever been told. Not to mention I made like 3 dozen crepes for the activity.

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Also this week, We had the last cottage mtg at the mission home. We were lucky enough to get to go! lucky us! It was a very small cottage meeting, and Sister Solosko and I were asked to play a musical number. Then we were asked to play for the mission Christmas devotional this upcoming monday….Im pretty nervous.
So this upcoming Monday (the 21st) we will probably be emailing in the afternoon. Hopefully we get to email. Then we get to face-time a few days after that!

So Lets talk about why all missionaries need AAA.

A couple days ago….in the middle of the woods(for real though) I locked the keys in the trunk.
Yup. No one in the ward could help us….911 told us they didn’t have the tools to help us….SO we had the call the Assistants and they had to drive all the up and find us….only to go “Drum-roll….*beep beep* pop the trunk…:
We stood outside for a good 1 1/2 hour. And I felt so bad.
I guess there are still things I need to learn.

Anywho, Im good. LOVE YOU ALL.

Love, me!

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HELLO WORLD

Hello my dearest people,

Well this week, has been awesome.

Yes, I have a new companion, and I’m still here In Arlington WA.

My new Companions name is Sister Solosk ( Suh-lo-sko) from Texas!
Yup, I got myself another Texan! She has just hit her 10 month mark.

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Well this week was just like any other first week of the transfer with a new companion. A lot of driving through different parts of the areas to help Sister Solosko learn the areas, investigators and members and situations etc.

We are still really struggling with our WML.
But we are being very patient and we are doing all we can to work around his limitations and schedule.
Over the past few weeks I have been praying and pondering very intensely how we as missionaries and how our WML can unify in the salvation of souls, then I had an idea.
I cleared it with the Bishop and the Stake High Councilor over missionary work. Then we met with the Elders in our ward and I talked to them about this Idea.
It seemed to me that in our ward, they were calling new ward missionaries and just throwing them into all of our meetings without any explanation or training and what not. Often these newly called people would come up to me and say “So what do I do exactly? Do I just go out with you…do I speak in lessons? Do I share things?….Do you call me…or I call you?
Also, our WML is really struggling with understanding our key indicators/standards and why we have them.
So I thought about going against the currant…and how that never works (unless your crush the turtle) So what are we going to do…we are going to inspire our WML and Ward Missionaries!
We are organizing a little seminar! and we are going to go over our key indicators and the tools we use to set goals each week. Why we set goals, what the goals mean, what the numbers truly represent, and how they help us (or how we work together) to achieve these standard key indicators. Also, the Progress record and how those things we write each week in the ‘help needed’ box represent things that we as missionaries can’t do by ourselves. We rely on the Ward to help us. Because this church of Christ will always be a missionary church, that includes full time and members.
So this week has been great! We had a great lesson with RJ, and he accepted a baptism date of Jan 17.
He comes from a part member family, and it’s so great to see a family unite in the truths of the gospel.

Anywho…..Im doing great. yup.
today I’m treating myself to some panda express. yup.

LOVE YOU ALL!
p.s. can I have a cool calculator watch for Christmas? I’m being dead serious. love you all.

Sister Solosko and I.

Hey. Did you know its my Birthday?

Hey Dearest people…

Hey. DId you know that it’s my birthday. DId you know that i’m a whopping 23 years of age. Yup for 23 years I have been mortal. weird.

This week was pretty cool. But it was for sure one of the saddest, happiest, craziest weeks of my entire mission.
We packed and packed and sent stuff home and got Sister Sinclair all ready for home. I didn’t think it’d be that hard to send home a companion….but it was a great learning experience for me. and heeey….only 18 more weeks untill Sister Sinclair and I can be real friends.

Oh and…..it snowed. yup. s-n-o-w. But it was beautiful.
We forgot that Sister Sinclair had packed all of her winter stuff and/or had mailed it home. So she froze…..I felt so bad.

How was your thanksgiving? Mine was great….we spent a lot of the day packing and then we went to the Dicksons for Dinner….it is always such a treat to see a family and grandkids and parents running around and telling stories….it makes me excited to be with my family next year.
Then we went home and just packed and planned.

Georgia doing great….we moved her baptismal date to January, she is overcoming a lot of things right now and is doing really well, she came to church on Sunday and cried all through sacrament because she had to say goodbye to S. Sinclair.

ALso….guess what. its my birthday! Sister Lawson made me a wonderful breakfast today and an obstacle course that i had to get through.

So my pday will be Next Tuesday…look below. Also, I send a package home with all my spanish stuff and stuff. keep an eye out.

Also a little blurp from the mission to you all….i’ll just have President Bonham explain better than I can……” I spoke today with Elder Craig A. Cardon of the Seventy, who will be touring our mission December 8 and 9 at the direction of President Packer. The north half of the mission will have a multi-zone conference with Elder Cardon on Monday, December 8 (preparation day the following day on Tuesday–warn your families now about delayed letters)”

Can I tell you how hard it is to take a decent district picture?
last night with sister sinclair.

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Beautiful baptism

DEAR WORLD,

This week was awesome and rainy!

This Saturday Anne was baptized!

She is so sweet and has been so blessed with protection from the adversary and what not.
On Saturday our Ward Mission Leader went to the church a couple hours early to fill the font and so we arrived a little past 4 to make sure everything was ready. Anne showed up with us, she was so early and so excited. We decided to show her the font and everything….and to our surprise it wasn’t even filling.

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So we all started filling coolers and trashcans ( yes huge trash cans) full of water and dumping them into the font. As ward members showed up they started helping us. As we were all filling the font, something happened and all of the water in the building turned brown. So eventually we filled the font and had a beautiful program. Anne is my only investigator that has filled her own font….that means shes pretty solid right? ha. So Anne was baptized in warm brown water.

This week was pretty good, this is Sister Sinclairs last week in the mission. She fly’s home next Monday….my birthday….yup.
So I will join another companionship for my birthday :/ The things I do because I love the Lord. Just kidding I love all these sisters.

So this week is going to be different.

Sorry this email is short….today isn’t really pday…not until Thursday.

But I still love you all!

Sister Lyman

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Freezing, with a chance of flu

Dear Loved ones,

This week was awesome!

Good news first….ANNE PASSED HER BAPTISM INTERVIEW!
So we are going to have a baptism this Saturday!
Ann is doing so well and she wants to go to the temple so bad that she somehow ended up in Temple Prep class yesterday….we were looking all over for her and we see her in the temple prep class and I look and Sister Sinclair and say “are investigators allowed to go to temple prep before they’re baptized?” haha. But she is solid. yay! This is the greatest blessing ever!

This week I got sick. well…yeah…I guess I have some lympnode thingy that isn’t doing its job…and it’s only my right side so I can’t hear or breath. But whatever, I don’t have time for this. But it’s slowed us down this week because IM SO TIRED.
Also, wanna know something I learned this week? You can’t take sudaffed at night time…I did and I only slept for 3 hours on Saturday night and I about died. Dr. Tate (mission doc) told me he did that one time too. I guess you learn as you go.

Georgia is still progressing…just a little slower. Her baptism is scheduled for Nov 29. But she isn’t being as proactive and needs to be in keeping commitments and so forth…so we will see what happens.

This week us and the Elders got asked to help demo a mobile home haha. We had no Idea what we were really doing but it was fun!

Did you know in 15 days I only have 18 weeks left.
Did you know there are only like 15 days until my birthday!!
Did you know there are only like 15 days until my companion fly’s home 😦
So on that note…I have no Idea where I will be emailing from on my birthday.

Also, Next week is the week of thanksgiving. We don’t have pday on Monday. But we get 1 hour of Email time next Monday. Im assuming we will email in the morning like normal, but we only get an hour.
Then our pday is moved to thanksgiving 😦

Sorry this email is short.
what do ya do.

Love you! Love me! Love this gospel!

write me?
Love Sista Lyman

when your tired/ sick. you sleep whever possible. even on the floor at church.

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Blessings

Hello from cold, wet, grey skied Washington!

So for the past week, it’s rained err’y day here.
And, now it’s dark at 5pm. cool beans.
but I. AM. STILL. HAPPY. :)<—–we are required to take 2,000IUs of Vitamin each day.

So this week was awesome! We had zone conference and because we are the only sisters in the zone, we are pretty quiet…we were reviewing the requirements for baptism and President Bonham says ” I see the Sisters taking notes over there….but I’d really like to hear from you…” awkward.
So I guess he really wanted us to participate….later in the meeting after we got back from a break we were called on the give a talk on our favorite Book of Mormon Hero….President really wanted us to participate. We also got to watch Meet the Mormons….AWESOME! I loved it! Sister Bonham made us all popcorn…I felt so weird watching a movie.

We also went bowling for our District Pday….we went to the only bowling ally and then we saw that it was ancient. zero technology….and since none of us had done math in over a year…..and now we had to score by hand…I ended up just going with how many gutter balls I got….I pretty positive I won. yay! But it was actually fun to have no computers and what not.

Ann is progressing like crazy! She is getting baptized November 22 and she is so excited! She has read the Book of Mormon like a champ and she even came to stake conference.
Speaking of stake conference…the Stake Presidency of the Arlington Stake was reorganized yesterday….we had some general authority from Germany there, and another from Salt lake. It was so good. The theme they spoke on was hastening the work and how from technology to the scriptures…everything is hastening!

Also, I finally got my new glasses, so I can see now! I was like “sister! I didn’t know you could see individual branches on trees!”….apparently…I’ve been missing out.

How was Halloween? We had a very eventful Halloween…..our ward had the classic trunk or treat and I was a cat and sister sinclair and I were twins…it was great. We judged the chili cook off and our investigator Ann ended up winning (crazzzy) and then we ate candy. I guess earlier that morning, the Elders were doing a service projects and they were throwing wood down a line of people….Elder Potter threw some wood at Elder Christensen and ended up cutting a hole….Elder Christensen came with the coolest costume….stitches in his lip….everyone thought it was fake. I told him to be careful that night because I heard that people were throwing wood at everyone with the last name Christensen.

This week was awesome. Such a good week.
I love my mission. I love being a missionary. I don’t know if I could be a missionary like Ammon who served his mission for 14 years…but I do want my converts to be like the people of Ammon. In the BOM it says that none of his people ever fell away. How cool.
And like Nephi…the Lord instructed him to build a ship “So how then can the Lord not instruct me…”

Keep being awesome member missionaries and do all you can to invite others to come unto Christ!

Here’s some of my attempt to carve a stencil pumkin….I’m the most impatient person…SO I we retracted back to the classic jack.
Sister sinclair rocked her pumkin though!
(The elders did a trunk and wrote fake “dear john” letters….each letter ended with “whitney” and “Sydney”….our first names….
elders think they are soooo funny.

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Sun….. what sun?

Hello from cold, wet, grey skied Washington!

So for the past week, it’s rained err’y day here.
And, now it’s dark at 5pm. cool beans.
but I. AM. STILL. HAPPY. :)<—–we are required to take 2,000IUs of Vitamin each day.

So this week was awesome! We had zone conference and because we are the only sisters in the zone, we are pretty quiet…we were reviewing the requirements for baptism and President Bonham says ” I see the Sisters taking notes over there….but I’d really like to hear from you…” awkward.
So I guess he really wanted us to participate….later in the meeting after we got back from a break we were called on the give a talk on our favorite Book of Mormon Hero….President really wanted us to participate. We also got to watch Meet the Mormons….AWESOME! I loved it! Sister Bonham made us all popcorn…I felt so weird watching a movie.

We also went bowling for our District Pday….we went to the only bowling ally and then we saw that it was ancient. zero technology….and since none of us had done math in over a year…..and now we had to score by hand…I ended up just going with how many gutter balls I got….I pretty positive I won. yay! But it was actually fun to have no computers and what not.

Ann is progressing like crazy! She is getting baptized November 22 and she is so excited! She has read the Book of Mormon like a champ and she even came to stake conference.
Speaking of stake conference…the Stake Presidency of the Arlington Stake was reorganized yesterday….we had some general authority from Germany there, and another from Salt lake. It was so good. The theme they spoke on was hastening the work and how from technology to the scriptures…everything is hastening!

Also, I finally got my new glasses, so I can see now! I was like “sister! I didn’t know you could see individual branches on trees!”….apparently…I’ve been missing out.

How was Halloween? We had a very eventful Halloween…..our ward had the classic trunk or treat and I was a cat and sister sinclair and I were twins…it was great. We judged the chili cook off and our investigator Ann ended up winning (crazzzy) and then we ate candy. I guess earlier that morning, the Elders were doing a service projects and they were throwing wood down a line of people….Elder Potter threw some wood at Elder Christensen and ended up cutting a hole….Elder Christensen came with the coolest costume….stitches in his lip….everyone thought it was fake. I told him to be careful that night because I heard that people were throwing wood at everyone with the last name Christensen.

This week was awesome. Such a good week.
I love my mission. I love being a missionary. I don’t know if I could be a missionary like Ammon who served his mission for 14 years…but I do want my converts to be like the people of Ammon. In the BOM it says that none of his people ever fell away. How cool.
And like Nephi…the Lord instructed him to build a ship “So how then can the Lord not instruct me…”

Keep being awesome member missionaries and do all you can to invite others to come unto Christ!

Here’s some of my attempt to carve a stencil pumkin….I’m the most impatient person…SO I we retracted back to the classic jack.
Sister sinclair rocked her pumkin though!
(The elders did a trunk and wrote fake “dear john” letters….each letter ended with “whitney” and “Sydney”….our first names….
elders think they are soooo funny.

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Rain

Mary had a little lamb who grew into a sheep,
she went and joined the Mormon church
and died from lack of sleep. <——- Me.

So this week has been the rainiest week! Winter is for sure on the horizon because I dont remember this much rain since last year. Luckily, I bought some boots last week so I have been okay.

This week we met so many people! It was such an inspired week guided by the Lord.
One of My favorite experiences of that this week was when we were planning the night before, and during nightly planning we felt like we should see some of these people we hadn’t been able to ever meet. So the Next day we were able to finally meet the Roth family, Bro. Cook ( Less actives) and we were able to set up another returning appt with the Leender family. That night as we got home for dinner we received a call from Bro. Dickson. He told us he had some new families on his home teaching route and he needed to know some information about them. He asked us about The Roths and we were able to tell him the info he needed. He asked us about Bro. Cook, and we were able to tell him that he isn’t interested in having any contact with the church; and then he asked about the Leender family, and we were able to arrange for him to come the lesson we had set up and introduce him to them at church. Such a small, small things but a huge example of how heavenly father used us to bless his righteous, faithful home teacher!

Also, I went to the eye doctor this week…..I was doing good and going strong. Then came the part of reading the letters on the wall… I managed to squint really hard and make it through it with my right eye….or i could at least tell that the beginning letter was a “K”
Then as I covered my left eye and I couldn’t read a darn thing!
He asked me to read the first line ( the biggest print) and I started D?N?F?….
Then he started putting all these lenses in front of my eyes and slowly the letters got clearer and finally I was like ” was that seriously a “K” the whole time!” So basically…..I can’t see.
So I chose from frames…..you know me and my skills of deciding things, basically took me forever and a day. Then they started adding up the numbers and It scared me…because they were some big numbers, then because the office is owned by a LDS doctor and everyone that works there is LDS they gave me a 60% percent discount. Yup. can you say blessing 5 times fast. #ican
So, I’ve been wearing my old glasses, still can’t see but New glasses coming on Thursday.

Also, this week. The shooting 10 miles away from us at the high-school in Marysville. So sad. It really made me ponder on the prophecies of Isaiah and also in the Book of Mormon. How vitally important it is that we are firm and unyielding to the perplexities of this world. P.S. the world isn’t that cool anymore. Being a missionary is where it’s at.
I actually had a dream last night that I was home, and with my family and I was so unahppy, I just wanted to Call President Bonham and come back to the mission. Sorry mom.

This work is so amazing, its actually marvelous!

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Our ward is having a Trunk or Treat this Wednesday….I’m being a cat. I bought cat ears.
Also, we are having a Chilli Cookoff and yes…..WE ARE THE JUDGES!

Anywhhhhway….This week was awesome. I’m still a live.
Please thank Lloyd and Louis Bayles for the wonderful card they sent me!

have a Splendid Week and stay holy!

Love Sister Lyman

-dear sweet sister sinclair freezing in the rain

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Lesson learned

Dear dearest, of the dearests. <—-is that a word?

How are you all doing this beautiful cold morning?

Well, I am doing great, In fact, I am in a beautiful library listening to little children sing songs.

Since last week, I have learned a lot of lessons, and I have seen my weakness’s and what I need to improve upon.

This week I set a few goals to help me improve
1. Rely on the Holy Ghost for more guidance
2. Charity…really pray
3. Be more confident

As I began this week I prayed and wondered how heavenly father would help me achieve these things, Which I already know is a dangerous train of thought, because what you seek after….heavenly father will help achieve, in very mysterious ways.
But regardless I started going through, happy that I was staying with Sister Sinclair and ready for another week in this area.

We were able to meet with the Bakers this week, and as we sat down to share a message with them they were all so quiet. We knew that Brother Baker works nights. So sister Sinclair asks, How is your husbands work going? then sister baker stops for a moments and sighs…..”he’s….not here anymore…he left us yesterday…” My heart literally broke into shambles. I felt so much love this dear sister and for her situation. I asked…”how are you doing on food, do you need anything….what can we do to help Sister Baker…” she assured us that she was okay for now. She used what money she had to buy some food for her and her 3 girls, and she promised she would call if she needed anything. As we left that home, My heart ached for the sorrow, but also I knew that heavenly father had inspired us to go there- because they initially weren’t in our plans for the night. We accounted to Bishop and he was right on that, helping them. The next night while we were at the church, Bishop spoke to us and gave us ideas on how we could help.
To our wonderful surprise we got a call from Sister Baker the next morning, we went over to her home and trimmed some bushes, pulled lots of weeds and help her get decorated for Halloween. I saw then how the Lord helped me see charity for others.

We have met so many Less Actives this week that were so nice to us. One of them we walked up and he was smoking a cigar (word of wisdom…hmm), he invited us to dinner with him and his wife this Wednesday coming, and invited us in for a tour of his home…we had a great time meeting these beautiful people……

and then….it happened.

……..I lost my beloved planner….
To a missionary the planner contains EVERYTHING. I was so sad and I literally tour our apartments apart…I prayed and eventually just gave up….the next day I was so sad about my planner and I was so lost, its like a phone to teenagers. So I realized that, that day I had no planner, I didn’t rely on the Holy Ghost, I wasn’t charitable because I was irritated and I wasn’t confident because I was in limbo.
So I guess in a weird, round about way….I saw how I had been achieving my goals, when I really felt like it impossible to achieve them. I told you…..weird and mysterious ways. So that night when we got home we walk into the apartment and my planner was literally just sitting there…and I know it wasn’t there before. I’m pretty 100% positive that the Lord was trying to teach me a lesson and then had an angel bring it back….or I’m going blind. Speaking of going blind…I have an eye doctor apt because I have been squinting at things I used to be able to see. FYI.

Then one of my favorite families ever, told us the crazy news that they were going to move.
Thats one thing I have learned to love on my mission, is the ability to see righteousness and to love it. I have felt like I am drawn to them because its light, its right, and ….. it’s the spirit of these righteous people that draws my spirit in. So we said goodbye to the Wright family, the coolest cats in town, they are going to do the work of the Lord and serve a mission, wherever they go, the people they serve will be the luckiest people around!

On Saturday, we had an awesome lesson with the Weldons….Sister Weldon was Baptized last August and then In May Bro. Weldon suffered a Brain Injury, and then their son was in an accident…some kids got divorced and moved in with them…so they have had a pretty crazy year. we have had lessons with them before, but this was so much more powerful. And we invited them to come and partake of the sacrament with us the next day. Sunday came and sacrament meeting started and I prayed for heavenly father to give them the strength the make it to church. I turn around right before the sacrament AND THEY WALKED IN! Pretty amazing!

*sigh. Anyway…..I’m still alive. My feet hurt, I don’t know why they go through spurts of pain and bleeding all of the time. My blood vessles in the bottom of my feet broke this week…or thats what they tell me. So my feet are all dark red. but I AM SO HAPPY!

P.S. thanks for the letters….I didn’t have to write any to myself this week! 🙂

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A letter from the prophet

Dear Loved ones…

TRANSFER NEWS TODAY

…..we stilll don’t know….

But can I just say….this area never ceases to amaze me. I’m pretty positive that at least 3 times a day this week I have just stopped and looked at sister sinclair and said “I AM JUST….EXCEEDINGLY ASTONISHED” <—— Thank you Book of Mormon

Let’s start with the positive….I AM OVER A YEAR OLD NOW. yay!

Okay, So now on to business.

Sister Sinclair and I are really struggling with the ward. I am grateful for our great companionship and for the resources we have such as Preach My Gospel and the Scriptures and our fellow leaders.

But I don’t know how we can better work with our Ward Mission Leader, he won’t meet with us except Sundays, and told bishop that if he has to meet with us on other days, that he needed to call a new WML. Then the Bishop was totally on his side and defensive. I expressed my love for the work, and our purpose as member’s and as missionaries, whether we have badges or not….we all have the holy calling to profess the gospel and to retain those fruits we worked so hard to obtain, like quoted by Gordon B. Hinkley.
Not only the WML or the Bishop, but the members have been…how can you say it…persecuting sister sinclair and I for being obedient to the mission rules. On Tuesday we had exchanges and I was here with Sister Lawson. We went to a member’s home, that lives waaaay out in the middle of nowhere and we walked into a beautiful home and the member says…”okay sisters…so whats our time frame here?” We said that we had to be gone by 6. She said “only an hour? are you serious…?” We said yes because it’s a mission rule…
This member said ” So the past 100 missionaries had this rule? hmmm funny…that your the first 2 that have had this rule..” She looked at me and said “why do you obey this rule? just curious..?” I said because when we obey, heavenly father blesses us.
You could say awkward dinner and it wouldn’t even start to describe that dinner.

Members here are struggling with the fact that we are going to be obedient. Because I am not going to be accountable for wasting the Lords time, or for disobeying the very rules that safe guard us each day.

I’ve been in Wards and Branches where maybe one person in a leadership position is struggling, but I have never experienced more than one organization struggling, and because of that I have been on my knees more than ever. I want to know how I can help. What can I do to strengthen these feeble knees. Then Last night I remembered a scripture saying that the Lord will try our faith…to teach us obedience.

I had to say goodbye to the Wooely family. The family that was “in hiding” that was really hard for me. I cried on the way out because I’d rather take the burdens of these wonderful people and let them be free.

We helped with 2 funerals this week. One of them was the Mckinley family. Her mother passed away. The Mckinley family is one of the most wealthiest families in Washington. I didn’t believe it until we walked into their 30,000 square foot house with horse barns…area…car barns….yes. barns for cars. I was in awwe. They are such a humble, cute couple.

Then on Saturday we helped with Brother Dicksons funeral. I felt like I had just left General Conference. I guess Bro. Dickson was a bigger deal than I thought.
His Son was just recently released as a General Authority and on the stand was an active member of the 1st quorm of the 70.
Brother Dickson received a personal letter From Thomas S. Monson that was read. It was cool to be surrounded by a huge righteous posterity that all loved the gospel. It was a huge testament to me of the power of the gospel. And how 2 people really affect hundreds of people.
Bro Dickson son (the GA) I met in Mount Vernon and he gave me his info so I could keep in touch with his family.

Also, remember that guy that has medical marijuana? Well we show up for a lesson this week and he’s out in his “garden” cutting up some…”supplies” and walks right in the house with a huge plant…sweeps by sister sinclair…I start coughing and think “only in washinton….” then I took a picture…

Sorry this email is crazy. Lots this week.

Have I mentioned my eye bags lately. is there a scripture that can fix that?

this is saying goodbye to the wooley family….

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sister lawson

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picture of plant…allowed? who knows.

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Mckinleys entry way

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