Monday, July 17, 2017

"Embrace the Awkward, Love the Crazies"

We need more than two hours to email everything that goes on in one week.  I'm caught up on my journal so I can remember it all years from now.  Here are the highlights:

P-Day Adventures:  We plan on hiking every P-day this transfer, so we hiked a trail at Hatcher Pass.  This trail was fairly short, but it was basically a trail leading to heaven. The Bible condemns the people who tried building the Tower of Babel that would lead to heaven, so then why do we always seem to hike the mountains that just keep going up and up?  This hike was basically vertical.  I don't know how I made it up, but I did it and it always seems to take no time at all to get back down.  Thankfully I could walk the days to follow.  Afterwards we went to the church to play glow-in-the-dark capture the flag.  It was a lot of fun and we ended with a tie before we all had to go to dinner.

6 days of Summer:  This summer really has been an extended Spring but for 6 days in a row we have had sunshine and people are booming at the parks.  We have cleaned out our area book and realize we only have one truly progressing investigator, so we are doing a lot of finding.  It is a lot of fun OYMing (opening your mouth) at the Park. We meet some interesting people and only a few crazy ones.  The crazies make the best stories to write home about.  My trainer would always say, "Embrace the awkward, love the crazies." Nothing too crazy this week.  Nothing really beat a drunk native who proposes to your comp while on exchanges last week.  Haha.  We went tracting and talked to this lady named Debbie, who was interested in our message, accepted a copy of the BOM, and wants to meet with us again later this week. :)

Service as Always:  We got a call from the STLs in Anchorage telling us they ran into a lady from our ward while at the temple who needs help with her garden.  She told them they she didn't want to bother us for help, but they said for us to show up in service clothes and offer our help.  We did and even though she seemed to not want us there, by the end she seemed so grateful.  We did service for one of our potential investigators and afterward her and I talked for a long time and were able to talk more about how the gospel can help her in this difficult time she is going through.  The last service was at Hannah's.  We helped to separate the good from the bad tires and then re-stack all of the tires.  The elders were making so many jokes and playing around that it started to change Hannah's mood. :)  Service always softens people's hearts.

B-Day Dinner:  Elder Morley in our district had his birthday on Saturday.  We get a text a few days prior from the Wasilla elders asking us if we had a dinner Saturday.  We said no but asked if they had food for us ;).  They came up with the idea to celebrate Elder Morley's birthday by having a district dinner because none of us had dinner signed up.  We ate at DQ and brought gifts.  Sister Pike and I got him some beer ... root beer ;) for his 21st birthday!  The other elders all pitched in to get him some pretty sick basketball shoes.

The trials we go through are a way for us to be closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to make us more Christ-like.  If you aren't having trials, then you are not progressing. Pray for help and God will help you.

Sent from ALASKA!
Sister Shelley Willden

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