Exchanges with the STLs: So there is a trio of STLs down in Anchorage who all came up to Fairbanks to go on exchanges with all of the sisters up here. We picked them up at the airport and ended up giving them the keys to one of the trucks we had been using to get our car fixed for them to go get lunch while we did our emails at the Church. We, of course, played volleyball with the zone and played scum the card game and even spoons. Later for FHE we played basketball. Woot, woot.
Tuesday: All day Tuesday we had Sister Cox with us. We had district meeting and elder Paulson asked me to train, but when he found out the Oceanview sisters were coming, he asked Sister Oliver to train instead. Heck ya! I kinda liked having an exchange with a trio where Sister Richards and I can stay together. We had a lot of fun with Sister Cox and talking about all sorts of things while in the car traveling from house to house finding less actives. We worked on our talent for the zone conference talent show for Sister Cos when we retired to our house and she loved it. We perform that for the Zone next Monday so our P-day will be Tuesday, not Monday next week. We met with a less active named Spencer for the first time that day and we scheduled to meet with him for Friday. We invited Kaiana and Rachel to our lesson and afterwards him and Kaiana talked for a good 45 minutes after we left. They are already good friends. We are doing really great work with less actives up here and bringing them back to church.
Nanana Service: So a continuation of the service we are doing in Nenana. We went to help out at the Senior Center with a luncheon and we talked to quite a few people. Old people love to talk. We had Merry with us which was good because once she says "Verhagen", they instantly know who she is. We then helped Amie unpack when she came home from a month-long trip to Utah to visit her family. We saw this book written by this lady who talks about "Dressing Your Truth" and we gabbed with them about it for a while and even when we went to Nenana on Sunday for church. It's a lot of fun and something I want to look into more when I get home. We then helped out at the library shelving books and then helping to set up for a kids craft day that happens every month. The big project we did was later to help clean out a multi-purpose room. I cleaned the sink with this poly-zag stuff. It worked miracles, but I had to hold my breath while using it because it was that toxic. We didn't finish shampooing the carpet but, man, shampooing the carpet takes a long time. No wonder people usually hire other people to come and do that for them. On our way home we saw the amazing Aurora Borealis, which was like rainbow across the sky, and then it turned into a huge clump that was dancing around - so pretty!!!
Second Exchanges: We needed to do exchanges with the sisters and it needed to be this week even though we just had Oceanview up here. I stayed in the area with another sister while Sister Richards went to their area. I was losing my energy to keep the conversation going because it kept dying. I then didn't talk much. Our day turned into an all finding day which those days can be hard and long anyway. It made me really appreciate Sister Richards when we were back together.
Nikki: After church in Nenana we drove back to have a lesson with Tim which we could only stay for a half hour because we had dinner with Rachel at 7pm. Her roommate Nikki joined us again and we decided to talk about the Book of Mormon using the pictures at the beginning. At the end Rachel invited her, if she wanted, to read the Book of Mormon, and she accepted a copy and said she wanted to read it!
It is so good to be able to share the gospel with people who don't know it. It is like a light bulb experience with them. With less actives it is rekindling the light already in them that just needs more fuel and fanning. Either way we are doing missionary work and both are rewarding. The title of this post was a quote from a lady we tracted into. It just make me think that we are not Sunday Mormons. We don't just live our standards when we go to church, but our religion is a lifestyle we live everyday. That is what Christ taught.
Sent from ALASKA!