Well, don’t have TOO much to tell since I got to email you Thursday, but I’ll see if I can squeeze out any other stories. 🙂
Our first day here, we had to take kind of an emergency P-Day since we had no food and our apartment had been left quite messy. So we did some shopping which was actually super fun because I’ve never really done my OWN shopping before. Mom, you’d be so proud I totally found all the cheapest prices on everything. 🙂 AND we made Sloppy Joes, all on our own! We also spent a few HOURS organizing and cleaning, but in the end it all looks great. Dad, our sound system is AWESOME. I use it ALL the time for everything–totally worth the extra pounds in my suitcase. 🙂
Friday was my first ‘Real’ day of missionary work, and it was interesting. We tried getting our licenses first thing, and Sister Hart got hers, but I failed the test. Wah-wah. So we’ll have to go back next week to get it. And sad day, they keep your license! Except they can cut out your picture for you–really? The worst part of the whole license is what I can keep?? Haha, it’s alright though, at least I’ll have an Alaskian one. 🙂
Then we went and had pizza with Sister Mehew. Her name’s actually Sharon, but she looks just like Sister Mehew with grey hair. So weird. Sharon has a daughter on a mission right now so she’s had the missionaries over for a while now to learn more. She likes what we teach her, but she kind of just takes it and incorporates it onto her overall understanding of spirituality, instead of realizing this is the one true church. It was also a little awkward because she’s already good friends with Sis Hart, and doesn’t know me, so I didn’t really get to say much. The lesson went over by like an hour, and I’ve learned that I don’t leave feeling good when we do that (lessons are only supposed to be an hour at most). But it’s alright, pretty good first experience overall. 🙂
So I was left with kind of a bleh feeling after that, and soon after we had to go to dinner. I felt bad because I still just wasn’t feeling super well, physically and emotionally, and then I saw we were eating meatloaf. Haha, Mom, don’t laugh to hard. 🙂 But I sucked it up and ate it. Once we finished, the Dewey’s (who we were eating with) asked if we wanted to know what kind of meat we had just eaten. Haha, um, what? You mean that wasn’t normal meat?? NOPE, it was a BEAR!!! Yeah, like a real live bear, that was no longer alive, was cooked into a meatloaf, and then I ate it. First member dinner in Alaska? I’d say it was a success. Also, Bro Dewey had killed the bear himself. Skills man, skills.
That got me in a MUCH MUCH better mood, which was perfect because then we went to the service project where I got to meet a lot of the YSA members. We helped this adorable old guy, Bro Arter, get his house ready for the winter since he’s to old to really do much of it any more. We got to talk to him a bit though and he is SO cool! He makes guns and he’s killed a bear with only a knife, inside a cave with no light. He said it lasted for about an hour. Wow, I’ll stick with tracting down people thank you very much. 🙂
Saturday we got to help two people move. The first was this cute little family (who made us blueberry pancakes–seriously the members here are so nice) who had been living with all their stuff in a storage unit for three months while they stayed at their parents house. Sound familiar? Needless to say, I was able to sympathize with them a lot and I think they were surprised at how happy I was for them to get to a house of their own. (which was gorgeous by the way–it backed up to a lake!)
The next house was a bit more on the dark, scary side of things. She had us pack stuff up for her and it smelled interesting, but it was still good to help out. 🙂 And she fed us pizza, and we weren’t going to have had time for lunch, so BLESSINGS do come from service. 🙂
That night we had pizza (are you catching onto what I eat for most meals?) with some members who are so, so funny, but also awesome. Then we got to go to the adult session of stake conference which was AWESOME.
It was all about obedience, and Sister Hart and I just laughed when they announced that. I’ve been thinking a LOT about obedience, especially since they are always telling us to be EXACTLY obedient. I wish I had time to share all my thoughts about it, but the main conclusion I’ve come to is that you should STRIVE to be exactly obedient. God knows the thoughts of our hearts and if he knows that we’re trying our hardest to be exactly obedient, that’s what counts. Being a bit of a perfectionist, I try to use that to remember that I’m doing my best, and that I don’t need to cry at night because I forgot to put in my retainer, but since it’s after 10:30 I can’t get it. Christ suffered for us, not so we would be miserable, but so we can turn to him and find happiness. He doesn’t want the blessing of obedience to be something to bring us down. It should build us up, and when we are obedient he’ll help us do whatever he’s called us to. Obedience is a blessing. 🙂
Anyway, back to Sunday now, and I hope that last bit made sense. 🙂 Sunday we had the actual Stake Conference and it was cool because they can’t always get GA’s here, so they just broadcast it from SL to all of Alaska, so everyone saw the same thing. That way we got to hear from a member of the 70, a general YW counselor, and Elder Perry and Elder Hales! It was so powerful! I loved it. It was especially perfect because we had two non-members come and they said they really loved it, especially the focus on the family. Long story short–we get to teach them sometime! Yay! They’re so cute and I already love them!
After that we had a munch and mingle, but the one’s here are on steroids compared to Provo ones. We had a full on meal that was just DELISH! And a nice break from Pizza. 🙂 There was also a CES fireside we got to go to that was broadcast from Hawaii, and reminded me–Did you ever finish watching that one by Elder Holland I told you about last year? If not, go watch it! And maybe with my missionary authority you’ll finish watching the whole thing this time. 🙂 Haha, love you.
After we had dinner with an engaged couple in our ward, TJ and Aubrey, things got a little rough. Both Sis. Hart and I are sick, and even though I’m feeling a lot better, I’m still not quite up to par. So we had to drive around and try and visit less actives, and we finally go into one, but it went for two hours and at least I didn’t really feel like we brought her any closer to Christ after everything was said and done. Maybe I was just to tired, but either way I was feeling a bit discouraged, so today I just prayed that Heavenly Father would help me, and then I randomly turned to Alma 26. I don’t have the verse with me but it talks about how if you bear your afflictions with patience, he’ll give you success. It was PERFECT, and gave me the little boost I needed to continue to trust in God, and even if we don’t have good ways of finding people now WE WILL. Just gotta be patient. 🙂
And we’re all caught up now! Let’s see, some little things–My address!
1630 Washington Drive,
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Just remember, if you send something to the mission address, I won’t get it until transfers or when anyone else comes up UNLESS you send it via USPS so they can forward it. So feel free to use my address here for now, but I would stop using it once it gets close to my 12 weeks here being up. 🙂 Also, I LOVE your emails! They’re so fun! Just remember though that I don’t have much time and would rather spend time writing you back then reading, so if you can, send a letter. Hey, and tell all my Glenwood friends to get on that letter writing! For reals! 🙂
I did love your emails this time though since you are all so smart and knew I wouldn’t be able to get mail for a while! 🙂 Clay, seriously, no one needs to go that extreme with spinach, or whatever that green stuff was. Bleh. 🙂 And Jared–we all new that Mt. Dew would do no good. Better start eating those BBQ veggies, unless Jess ate them all. 😉 Um, Brother Summers head!! Ah! I can’t believe that! Hope he’s doing okay, but he definitely has the COOLEST scar EVER! Dad, you’re gonna HAVE to send me a piece of Possum Pie. I don’t know how, but it’s gonna have to happen.
HAY BAY!! When’s homecoming?? I’m so excited for you!! And yes, I got all your emails, I just don’t have enough time to email back everything I want to! I’ll try and write a letter to you (and all the kids) today if I have time, but it not, I LOVE YOU and wear my ring everyday too. 🙂
Mom, gee I sure miss your cooking. As fun as pizza is for every meal… Haha, keep making good food and start cooking that roast for when I get back. It should be nice and tender by then, right? 🙂
OH! Can someone make sure my tithing from August gets paid? THANKS!
Sister J, thanks for the visiting teaching message! I loved it and took a pic of it so I can read it through the week!
Grandma Hansen, thanks for the card and money! I so SO appreciate it!
Jake the Snake! Awesome work in football dude! Keep it up!
I feel like I haven’t heard from Brinster at all. 😦 If you have a chance, you should send me the underwater selfie pic she took in vegas. She should know which one I’m talking about. Oh and send me our gingerbread christmas card! Please. As good as the terminator one is, that one might be more ‘mission approp’. 🙂
I found my Kuai shirt! I know you were all stressing, but don’t worry, it’s been found. 🙂
Oh hey, if you want to send the family calender to me, it’s sitting in the pink basket in my closet. 🙂
Well, I sure love you and hope these letters makes sense. I kind of just start and then don’t stop so I can get everything in possible, so let me know if you’re getting lost in my stream of conscience. 🙂