Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Speed Bumps

Hey all!

     This week has been a weird one. First off, we had to work on MLK day and had specialized training on Tuesday. That's why I'm emailing on a Wednesday. I also had a training meeting on Friday that was for new Sister Training Leaders and new Zone Leaders. I learned a lot and am ready to step up to the challenge.

     Speaking of challenges- I've been getting to know my new companion this last week. I won't go into detail, but it's been rough. There is very clearly a huge difference in level of maturity between a 19 year old and a 25 year old. On top of that there's a lot of emotional, mental, and spiritual things she's working through. I'm trying to help the best I can. Things are going okay, but our work is already starting to suffer because of it. Long story short- send out some prayers for me. This is going to be a long six weeks.

     Mom would be proud to hear that I had to play the piano for relief society this week. The usual pianists were either out of town or sick. 

     We're still busy teaching less actives and a few investigators. Chelsea ended up dropping us. Apparently 3 hours was too long for church, and she liked her coffee. Little things are holding her back! Hopefully she'll have a change of heart soon. I know she needs this in her life! Austin and MaKenna are coming along slowly. But they're making progress. We're starting to do individual lessons for them in other family's homes. We taught Russ, the former nudist, yesterday. He has some really great questions and is working on building his faith. He has been reading the Book of Mormon every day but still doesn't want to give up drinking. It might be a little slower progress with him than I originally thought. But he has a lot of real intent and is very sincere! I look forward to helping him along more. We taught Caity the Word of Wisdom this week. And by we I mean me. My companion in her 3 months out hadn't taught it before. We practiced and role played it at home, but once we got in the lesson, she froze. As in when I would turn to her for her part, she literally didn't say a word. She just looked at the table. Soooo.... I did a lot of talking and question answering. We're working on it.

     I have become so close to the members here! I absolutely love it. And I was praying that I'd get to stay. But now... I'm feeling like I hope this is my last transfer out here. Although, it has been great being able to establish relationships with people and be able to see the progress some families are making. I love being a missionary!

     Sorry this letter is so short- it's not because of time, just because the most eventful things that happened this week were negative and involve my companion so rather than murmur to the masses, I'll just leave it on a positive note.

     My mission president challenged us to all read the Book of Mormon in 1 transfer- so 6 weeks. I started over last Tuesday and am already to Jacob! I am absolutely loving this! The Book of Mormon is true. I know it is because each time I read it I feel the spirit testify that to me! I hope you all are reading in your scriptures each day. It's so important!

     I love you all!
-Sister Metcalf
a selfie so you know I'm a cute missionary and not a frumpy one!
I'm still the clean one
Meeting my 2nd cousin Benda Colvin! :)

I love the frost line :)‏

 

Nine Mile Falls off Shore Road‏

 

cooking a zone breakfast at the Harston's

 

Piloxing last P-day (pilotes and boxing)‏

Monday, January 13, 2014

One More Time

Hola!

     Lot's of crazy stuff happened this week. First of all, transfer calls came last night and... I'm staying! I will be senior companion to Sister Bohling (who I pick up tomorrow) and..... I'm also going to be Sister Training Leader! Ahh! It's kind of like a sister zone leader. A ton of responsibilities. I have to go on exchanges with the other sisters, train at meetings, go to leadership trainings, and I don't even know what else! Yikes. I don't think I can handle this! I mean, I know I will... but I don't want to. Okay. I want to. I don't know. I'm torn. It's going to be hard work- but I know it'll push me to be a better missionary. I'll have to be an example of exact obedience and how to teach, etc. I guess what I'm saying is pray for me please!

     We saw Neil L. Andersen on Saturday and Elder Christianson of the 70. When they got there we took a group picture with them and sang "called to serve". (the picture will be on www.washingtonspokanemission.wordpress.com our mission blog that the mission presidents wife keeps up) So of course I cried while we were singing- the spirit was so strong! Then we each shook their hands and sat down to listen to them. They were both incredible. They were in town for something else and decided they'd take the time to talk to missionaries. Our whole mission got together- all 250 of us. And it was basically a big stake conference. They gave talks. Really good ones on sharing the gospel, and the atonement. I wish I had time to write to you about everything they shared.The spirit was way strong. We had to leave early for Steven's baptism though. 

     Steven's baptism was definitely the highlight of the week- probably above meeting an apostle of the Lord! Steven's mom walked in 10 minutes late- we were trying to stall to give her time and I'm glad we did. He was kind of bummed when he thought she wasn't going to be there. Seth Abrams baptized him and it was incredible! You could just tell that Seth knew how important the ordinance he was performing was- and he did a perfect job. I was crying. The spirit was so strong. While we waited for them to change Sister Dickerman and Sister Yu and I bore our testimonies. And afterwards the grandparents were just so proud and happy! They told us to keep working hard with Austin and MaKenna- who I don't think are too far from baptism either. And after the baptism we picked up Jacob as a new investigator. He is one of Steven's friends who he invited to his baptism. He's also the grandson of some member's in our ward. We are teaching so many teenagers! I love it :)

     So I'm sure you are wondering who Sister Yu (pronounced yo) is. Well she is a missionary who usually serves at temple square. But since temple square missionaries never get to visit people in their homes or tract, they get to serve an "outbound" mission for 3 months. Sister Yu is from Taiwan and her Engrish (see what I did there? haha) is pretty good. We picked her up on Wednesday and she will be my companion until tomorrow. She is wonderful and so sweet! It was nice to have her with us during Sister Dickerman's last week. It forced us to work harder and stay focused. We dropped Sister Dickerman off on Sunday and she should be home in Indio by now! Weird.

     Some other cool things that happened this week- a less active family we've been reactivating started talking to us about what they need to do to go to the temple and get sealed. I almost started crying! Chelsea the 16 yr old girl we are teaching is super excited about the church! She came on Sunday and went to a stake dance on Saturday with some friends We teach her this week and I am SO excited about her! Her dad has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we are teaching her the Plan of Salvation this week. I know this will help comfort her.

     Well- that's all I could think of to update you on this week. I miss you guys. But I know that I am out here doing what I am supposed to be doing. I'm so glad I finally got up the courage to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost and come on a mission. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people like this!

     I love you all!!!

-Sister Metcalf

p.s. I've been meaning to say for months that I made it on the "World Report" that they show in between conferences. They did a spot on the Hastening the Work of Salvation broadcast and have a short clip of the outside of the building before it starts and you can see Tela and me standing in the standby line! I'm in a black dress with my heels on... anyway. Just thought you all should know that I'm famous. It's at the 4 minute 50 second ish mark on http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/world-report


Steven's baptism


With the Brunette's

The Merrill's - another one of my favorite families in the ward

Sister Dickerman's "dying" picture

With Sister Yu

This is where I ate it HARD on the Smith's driveway

Nine Mile Falls on a very icy Charles Road

Nurf gun war last week - I have a hilarious video that is too big to send :(  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Starting off the New Year right!

     So this last week was surprisingly good! We were expecting it to be slow with only 2 and 1/2 working days. We couldn't work on New Year's Eve (night) or Day (all day). We went to the Abrams' on NYE and they invited a non member family, the Raywalt's (who we are wanting to teach), over for games. And we get to watch one movie a year on NYE. They have a limited list: like Best 2 Years, Saints and Soldiers, and a handful of Disney movies. We picked Finding Nemo :) It was so weird to watch a movie... so weird. On New Years Day a member in another ward invited all of the missionaries in our zone over to their house for games. They have a sick game room. It was a ton of fun! Then Hope and Hugh Brunette took us out to Olive Garden.
     We had a lesson with Russ on New Years Eve. He's a really great guy with a lot of good questions and intent. We teach him again on Wednesday and our ward mission leader is coming with us. I think Russ will be baptized the end of this month. I'm excited to work with him. We taught Caity twice this week. She is progressing, but the foster family she was staying with filled her head with anti garbage. So it's taking a little longer than we thought. But that's okay! I'm not worried.  

     Steven is getting baptized this Saturday and Seth Abrams (a priest in our ward)  will be baptizing him :) How cool is that? We had a lesson with all of the Langton kids and it was unreal. Their mom (who is a recovering addict and 18 yrs inactive) sat in on the lesson. I'm gonna be honest- since we started teaching them, we've been worried about their mom derailing everything. We've been praying for her heart to be softened and circumstances to allow her children to keep investigating. But she was there, and she approved of Steven getting baptized. AND she was testifying and encouraging her kids during the entire lesson! I was blown away! God answers prayers. He really does. And during the lesson, Austin and MaKenna were so open. They were asking questions and talking about concerns. It was incredible. They are trying so hard to get their own confirmation!

     Random fact: while tracting this week we ran into a preacher and a cross dressing 63 year old. I'm not kidding, I think the cross dresser will be coming to church next week! What did I tell you about getting to meet the most interesting people?!

     This morning we got to teach in seminary- it was fun :) And last night we had a vegetarian dinner at a members... and I liked it! Who'd have thought? It was quinoa and sprouted rice, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and salad. Yes. I ate it all. Are any jaws dropped? ;)

     Last p-day we played dodgeball with giant marshmallows. And I have to get going because we are about to start a giant nerf gun war. But I love you all! Thank you for all of your letters and support. You're the best friends and family a girl could ask for.

     This church is true. I know it with my whole heart!

Love,
Sister Metcalf

p.s. this Saturday we get to meet with Neil L. Andersen and then go straight to the baptism for Steven- it's going to be like a second Christmas!

An investigator, Angie, gave us more of her old dresses from the 80's :)‏





 Games on New Years Day

 

 My district- all in gray tights

 

marshmallow dodgeball

 

marshmallow dodgeball- I'm a bit too intense

 

preview of Nerf gun war!