August 11, 2014
Howddyyyyyyyyy. So BIG NEWS. Are you readyyyyyy? I GOT TRANSFERRED. AND I'M NOW A VISITOR CENTER SISTER. Can you believe it? I'm actually serving at the Trail Center! Ahhhhh! That like never happens anymore--moving from full proselyting to trail center. And I have noooo idea what I'm doing there. I will more than likely be giving my 1st tour all alone today....so some prayers would be oh so lovely...because I know nada. Golly. This will be an interesting transfer. Like why me? Out of allll the sisters in the mission, why did Heavenly Father want me to go serve there? I'm excited to find out. Secret fact: when we were giving the Roots a church tour, Sister Frisina did almost all the paintings and stuff because she served there when all of the sisters first started coming out after the announcement was made and our mission didn't have areas for sisters to serve in yet. and I thought to myself "THANK GOODNESS I WILL NEVER BE A TRAIL CENTER SISTER. IT SEEMS TERRIFYING." woof. Well now that's me. I've really been working on relying on the Spirit and when giving tours that is what it's all about! So I will be stretching even more! yayayayay for more growing :) Heavenly Father is the BEST.
Fun fact: I've now served in all the big areas of the mission (for zone status): Sioux City, Lincoln, Grand Island, and now Omaha..ish..I'm in Kaynesville, IA! and we live with the sweetest members. I was super scared at first but I love them! I will have to send you pictures of this tender house of theirs! AND I'M THE SENIOR COMPANION. There's a 1st time for everything. So it's weird because Sister Purcell just finished being trained...so I'm helping her since she's still new to the mission....but she's training me on Visitor Sister stuff. And I'm driving!!! Tiwi is being nice to me right now..yikes.
My comp is Sister Purcell and she's from like all over--but right now her fambam is in good ol' Provo, Utah! She's Samoan. She's kinda sorta really like Sister Frisina...in a different way? So this shall be fun!
So I realllyyyy loved Hastings. Like BUCKETS. In 12 weeks it felt like home and I was happy and loved all the people and it just felt great....so aka Heavenly Father said TIME TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. But they really felt like a family! I got the call that I was getting transferred and I just started crying...I love the people there! I love the people we're teaching and the ward and my heart felt like it was ripped out. But I'll see them all again one day. Sooo many people were not happy though! hahaha The cupcake lady (duhhhh i was bffs with the cupcake lady) was TICKED. She said, "who do I need to call? Well I will tell Mike (aka President Michael Weston) that I am not happy. What if I bribed him with 2 dozen free cupcakes a week?" hahahahaha love her. Other favorites from people: "Why are they punishing us?!" BILLIE. i Love Billie. We just had a lesson with her about Joseph Smith and she prayed to know if he is a prophet with us and I love her. I can't wait to tell you alll about her one day! She said, "why are they making you leave? I need you! Especially right now during my conversion!" Goll I'm crying right now just thinking of that gem. Julia struggles take 2. I loveddd Hastings but I'm very excited for this new chapter of my mission!
And I love and miss Sister Frisina so much! I am so grateful for her. She taught me so much--and one of the most important things that I learned was how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ and how to use the atonement in my life. I will NEVER forget her. Heavenly Father knew I needed her to help strengthen my testimony in ways that honestly--I didn't want to work on. She forced me to stretch and change and be molded into a better representative of Jesus Christ. And I know I wouldn't have been able to be HERE with Sister Purcell and at the Trail Center if it wasn't for having Sister Frisina first. I am so grateful.
Welll I have no idea what I'm doing but the Lord does and that's all that matters. Alma 26:12 is my favorite Scripture at the moment.