Hello all!This week I left myself hopefully enough time to write what happened this week and things I left out from last week. I'll try to organize it, but I'm taking it from scattered notes I wrote in my planner.
The lady who has all of those dogs needed help building a shelter for her goats this week. So while we were helping, like 1/3 of her dogs were in the yard. I snapped a picture for you all. She's such an incredible woman though. And she's Scottish. She was really excited to have two red headed missionaries at her place. She went to the Scottish games and looked up our family tartan and printed it out. I'll have to send it home to you guys.
Okay, I'm running out of time so the rest will be scattered. Fun fact about our mission. We piloted the church tours. We've been doing them for a year and there's a unique structure to how we give them. It's way cool. So we add church tour invites and church tours to our key indicators each week. Did you know 1 out of every 3 people who go on a church tour end up being baptized?? So cool! No wonder they're trying to get all missions to do this! I'll share more about church tours next week.
I've killed (mostly my companion though) a large amount of large spiders down in the basement we live in. It's terrifying! I've found cool connections of people in our ward. There is a family, the Bleekers, who lived in Simi in the 60's and 70's. The wife reminds me of Aunt Joan a lot. They wanted to know if we knew Becky Gerber? Also, a family in our ward was asking where the Metcalf's are from. I started to explain about Springville and grandpa's family. Apparently his mom is best friends with Marilyn Metcalf! So he got her on the phone and had me talk to her to make sure it was my great aunt. It is! She talked about Jack and Milan and Evelyn and Eloise. I guess she grew up in Springville. Small world!
3 things I don't miss from the MTC:
2)being in the same room all day
3)teaching pretend people
4 things you need to know about 9 Mile Falls, Washington:
1) everyone and their dog has a dog. And they are indoor pets (I hope there's nothing toxic in inhaling dog urine fumes. I've never smelled more in my life!)
2) there are trees for days out here! trees on trees on trees. It's crazy beautiful and green. Don't even get me started on the sky! it's unbelieveable! Pictures don't do this place justice!
3)if you're gonna live here, you have to have a garden apparently. and can everything from your garden.
4)It's optional for men to wear shirts. So awkward!
We have a mission rule of no caffeine. It's rough. But I have been able to take a few short naps at lunch. That helps :)
Mom and Dad- you guys need to put in your papers and serve! Being a missionary is so incredible! I am loving this time in my life! I have such a stronger relationship with God and a much stronger conviction to live the gospel. I want to share this with everyone!
Mom- I'm eating everything members are giving me. You'd be proud. I'm pretty sure I ate rabbit this week. And I had deer jerky. Everyone gives us food when we visit. Jams, bags of nuts, jerky, fudge. I have so much food!
We have one baptism on date. A ten yr old named Gavin whose parents are returning to activity. It was supposed to be Saturday but the parents pushed it back. That was a little disheartening. I hope they don't keep pushing it off.
Okay, I love you all and think I got everything in. Well, that's a lie. I know I forgot things. Maybe I'll squeeze them in next weeks letter! I love you so much! Please pray for me and the people out here!
Do the little things! Pray daily, read the scriptures, take the sacrament weekly. This is what people who are struggling are lacking. Don't ever let those things go! I love you all too much to have any of you fall away from the gospel!Love- Sister Metcalf
Letting an investigators daughter do my hair after dinner
It's this beautiful.... everywhere we go! Me and Sister Wood
In case it's hard to see- there's 32 dogs in this picture! Probably only half of her dogs were outside....
Just your average family car loaded with---WEED!
Rabbit blood on my shoes :(