Monday, February 24, 2014

Make That 6... Transfers

     So this was a slow week. We taught only 8 lessons. But I'm excited for the work to pick back up these next few weeks!  So I get to stay in 9 Mile for another 6 weeks! At the end of this transfer I will be at my halfway/ 9 month mark! That's half of my mission in the same area!!! I'm still an STL and I will be training for the first time. :) I'm excited! I pick up my trainee tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed that she's not crazy! :)
     So with only 8 lessons there's not much news for this week. But there were some really fun things! First is that in the lesson with Russ this week we challenged him to pray about being baptized on March 22nd and his girlfriend wants him to pray for it to be sooner. So we'll find out this week what he thinks. I'm excited for him! He's been working so hard and is so sincere :)

     This week we also had Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the 70 speak to the youth of North Spokane at a fireside. He gave the talk in general conference "Hastening the Lord's Game Plan". He was such a good speaker! He played for BYU football and then for the Houston Oilers and was a sportscaster for a way long time. He has a lot of cool life experiences and spoke about keeping your standards high and not giving in to peer pressure. He was so dynamic. We brought our recent convert Caity to it and she loved it! 

     We're still working with Austin and MaKenna but it's slow going. We're gonna start working harder with the grandparents because they're the ones who are holding then back. We also met with Chelsea again. She's the one who contacted a boy in our ward on facebook about becoming Mormon and Sister Dickerman and I taught her one lesson. Well we met up with her at a members home yesterday and made cookies and basically just talked. It was informal and comfortable and SO good! Her dad died a week and a half ago from cancer and so we talked about the Plan of Salvation. She is just amazing with how well she's handling this all. She's so at peace with it and she only started believing in God A few months ago when her dad was diagnosed. Her boyfriend is serving his mission in the Ventura, Ca mission too! His name is Elder Clarkson. Keep an eye out for him. What a small world that would be if he served in Simi :)

     This Saturday we went up to the Beckman's. They're a less active family that live in Ford (boonies) and they have a farm. They were previously known as "do not contacts". When they showed up a few weeks ago out of the blue at church to bless their daughter I had the STRONGEST impression to write down Lorelei's blessing. So I did and I typed it up. I drove it out to their home and it was the perfect thing to soften their hearts. I then pulled the "LA city slicker" card and begged them to let me help do chores on their farm. So I (and I say I because my companion sat and watched for 3 hours) hauled pig manure and cleaned the chicken coop and prepared a lamb pen this week. It was so much fun! I mean it wouldn't be if I had to do that every day. But it was nice to do some hard work. But I will tell you- that was the WORST smell I have ever beheld! Yikes! It's been nice to serve them though and soften their hearts :) Hopefully we'll go back again soon.

     Well I love you all! I'm so grateful for this opportunity that I have to serve the people of Nine Mile Falls! It has been amazing to watch this gospel change people's lives. Let it change yours. Follow Christ and live His teachings. Have a great week!

-Sister Megan Metcalf
(on Tuesday)
I just picked up my new companion and get to send a quick email to you guys :) Her name is Sister Karisa Riddle. She's from Vista, Ca and 21 years old. And... she's 6'1" haha! I love it! We're gonna to really stand out. Probably more so than when I had another redheaded companion :) She went to BYU- Idaho for 3 and a half years before coming out. I can tell she's going to be a great missionary! She's very enthusiastic about the work and ready to go. I can't wait for the ward and the people we work with to meet her. This is going to be a great transfer! I love you and will talk to you on Monday.
-Sister Megan Metcalf

 District Picture
Big Pigs
Hauled all that manure
Holding a chicken (can't let Breanne show me up)
Elder Andrew, Cordell, Whitaker, Larsen, and Lindsay, Sister Bohling, and me

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

All Things Considered

     All things considered it's been a good week. Lot's of wind and rain. But weather is in the 40's feels heavenly right now! :)

     I left my planner at home so I'm gonna have to go off of memory with what happened this week. First off, today I spent most of the day with Brenda Colvin (our second cousin!) because she took us down to the temple for a session and then took us to run some errands. One of those included a stop to the mission office to pick things up (and my mission president came out and was talking to Sister Bohling about how things are going with her. He definitely could tell things were off). I've been honest with him about everything that is going on and how I'm doing with it, etc. No need to cover things up where president's concerned. When members or others ask, obviously that's a different story. I had some interesting situations with my companion this week that are in my journal and not meant for the general public... but rest assured they're funny/ and frustrating.

     Anyway! We went knocking door to door yesterday in the rain thinking more people would be likely to let us in. We were wrong. We did have some good quality gospel conversations with people, but didn't find anyone who was interested in learning more. We did get pretty wet. And I found out that my snow boarding jacket isn't all that waterproof. I should have worn my rain coat. Lesson learned.

     We let Jacob know that he's not ready to be baptized on March 1st. That was hard. He wants to learn/ apply the gospel and follow the things Christ taught, but he has some issues to fix before he can really let the gospel take hold. He's had a rough rough past with a less than ideal upbringing, which in turn gave him some real hurdles he needs to overcome. I was hoping that us teaching him about Christ would be enough, but he needs medical help first. We're still teaching MaKenna and Austin (Steven's siblings) but they're kinda slow going. It's hard to know how to help them- but I think we need to help the grandparents get a stronger testimony first. Russ is great! While on an exchange this week I taught him with Sister Brown (my MTC companion!) Man, we're good together! The lesson went so well and we were able to not only help him with so many questions, but show him how and where he can find those answers. It was great! And we had a cottage meeting on Sunday where we invited some less actives and investigators and had some men from our ward speak about their conversion to the church. Our recent convert Hugh hit it off with Russ and invited him to come do scripture study with him and his wife! How great is that??

     I don't remember much more from the week except having exchanges twice and getting lot's of Valentine's from everyone! Thank you all for the love you are sending my way! I hope you know how much I love you- and how much God loves you all! John 3:16 (did I share that last week?) Even if I did, it's still true- just like this church! ;)

     Oh yeah, and transfer calls come on Sunday night. Who knows where I'll be or who I'll be with next transfer. But just as Breanne stated- mail anything this week to the mission office until I find out where I'll be at.

Sister Metcalf
With my 2nd cousin Brenda Colvin
Photo bomber, Sister Brown, Me, Sister Bohling, Sister Call, Sister Yu, and Sister Stratton
with my companion Sister Bohling
All my Valentine's!
Deer sightings
Reardon (the boonies of my area)
Exchanges with Sister Call
Exchanges with Sister Stratton
Driving in Deer Park
With all the snow melting it looked like it was flooding in places- notice my boots sunk into the melting snow :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Winter Wonderland

     It is absolutely dumping snow right now. It's the 3rd or 4th day of snow in the last week. It's so pretty here- looks like we'll be doing some shoveling here pretty soon.

     I finally got to do a real exchange. It was in Greenbluff- such a pretty place! Comparable to 9 Mile Falls but less boonie and smaller geographically. Sister Ridge is so fun! It was nice to go out and see a new area and experience how different missionaries teach. And it was great to have that balance in teaching/ planning again. Gosh I miss that. Funny story though. I went to Missionary Leadership Council right before our exchange. We had to go into the valley for it and it's just for Sister Training Leaders so my companion had another sister come with her to our area while I was there. Anyway- two things happened from that. One is that we were in a hurry to get from MLC to exchanges and I forgot my overnight bag at the building in the valley! So I wore the same thing 2 days in a row and borrowed a bunch of stuff. It was a mess, but pretty funny! While I was gone Sister Bohling and two sisters put Jacob our other investigator on date for March first. His grandma is worried he won't be ready by then (he's the one that almost went to juvie... and his grandma told us she thinks he's gay- so that will make things interesting)

     Two days later we had zone training and I had to train on part of what we were taught in MLC. It was pretty awesome. It was on faith in Alma 32 and I trained on why and how to help investigators gain their own testimony. I love teaching :) It doesn't matter if it's kindergarteners, investigators, or missionaries. It's the best!

     We (...I) had another lesson with Russ this week and it went so well! It was great to be able to answer a lot of his questions and help him out. We discussed things he can do to help him overcome his temptations to drink and committed him to try them this week. I asked him if he knew the Book of Mormon was true and he said he's 89% sure, but that a few weeks ago he was only 2% sure. So I promised him that as he kept reading and praying he would get his answer. I've never taught someone who has studied so much! He started in the beginning and is on Alma 45 now. And we gave him a chapter to read for an assignment and he read it 4 times! How cool is he?

     Something weird happened at a member's home for lunch on Sunday. We were sitting at the table eating dinner and Sister Bohling hadn't touched her food. She was just sitting there with her eyes closed, swaying back and forth. She did this for a few minutes before I asked her if she needed to lay down on the couch. The members were so weirded out. When I asked her about it later she said it was a migraine- we ended up staying in the rest of the night because she was complaining of being dizzy and I didn't want that happening in any other people's homes. We're still role playing like crazy and I'm trying to get her as comfortable as possible with the lessons we'll teach so she doesn't just stare at her scriptures when it's her turn to teach. We're working on it.

     But back to happiness. Saturday was Caity's baptism and it was SO good! Her grandpa baptized her . He was baptized 2 years ago and this was his first baptism he performed. This was the first baptism I've had for a woman (the other 3 were men), so I decided we would go in to the stall and help her get into the font and waited on the tile while she was baptized. Before she went out I had this really cool moment where I told her how proud God was of her decision. I gave her a hug and we cried for a minute, the spirit was so strong! Then Sister Bohling broke the moment and was weird- no need for details. So I tried to bring the spirit back again by saying a prayer with her. So that worked. It was just such a great service! I loved it :)

     Well, I'm off. I love you all so much! Thank you for all of the letters and support! I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day :)

Excited for my new shirt
Valentine's Day on Pday with the box of stuff mom sent :)
From mom's package :)
Caity's baptism
With Sister Ridge on Exchanges- the wind made it so frigid!
Homemade tortilla/ quesadilla
Sister Meservy (the other STL in the zone)
 All the Sister Training Leader's at MLC (and Sister Mullen)
Sister Wood!

Monday, February 3, 2014

It's All About Perspective

     One of my favorite quotes is by Spencer W. Kimball, "Sometimes the solution is not to change our circumstance, but to change our attitude about that circumstance". So I really took that to heart this week... and received a blessing from my district leader. I was determined to not just "make it through" the week, but to feel happy and successful. And I did it! I know what you're thinking- it was all in my head. Not true. My companion is a real problem that I'm dealing with. But I chose to change my attitude about it and received this strength to endure that is just not my own. It also really helped that I received SEVEN letters in one day! That's a new record. And they were perfectly timed. I was right at the hump of the week and losing steam and patience and those letters really helped tip me over into having a more positive outlook. So thank you thank you to everyone who sent me a letter! You're too good to me :)
     Okay- highlights for the week. I conducted my first official exchange as Sister Training Leader this week! Funny thing was- that morning President Mullen called and said he didn't want any missionaries driving cars that day (we had a pretty big snow storm and the roads were iced over). So since I was on exchanges with a sister serving in the YSA ward (they cover 2 stakes), there was no one within walking distance! We tried calling people to give us rides places, but to no avail. So we shoveled people's driveways for hours... and taught no one. So we'll do a "make up" exchange later in the month.

     We taught Jacob this week. He's 15 and had a rough past/ upbringing. His grandparents are LDS though. So we started teaching him the restoration and he had all these questions so we switched gears and taught the Plan of Salvation. Well... it threw my companion off too much I guess. So when it was her turn to speak she just said "I don't know where you're going with this" or "My mind is blank". So I essentially taught 98% of the lesson. But it went surprisingly well! He had so many questions and is so curious. I've never met a kid with more real intent. He accepted baptism, but here's the hang up- he goes to court today and might get sent to juvie... so hopefully he doesn't so we can help him get off on the right track. Yeah. As usual, I get the unique cases. But honestly, I think everyone will be a unique case.

     We also taught Russ again this week. That man is so close to being baptized! But he said it's too soon. I'm predicting in March he'll be baptized. He knows its all true, he's just dragging his feet because he's bad mouthed the LDS church to his friends in the past and doesn't want to eat crow. On Saturday we taught Caity the Law of Chastity. It wasn't nearly as awkward as you'd think it would be teaching it to a 13 year old girl. At the end we asked if she had any questions and she said no- but she had been praying and finally got her answer! She said she wanted to be baptized as soon as possible! Her grandma started crying- she hadn't told anyone yet! So she's getting baptized this Saturday! (Joe's baptism fell through btw- his PTSD flared up and he didn't want to fly up from Texas. Not sure when his new date will be). But I'm so excited for Caity! And so is the ward and the youth!

     Seahawks won the Superbowl! It was like the world cup in South America up here! haha! Just kidding. But it was pretty dead on Sunday. No one wanted us to come over or inside. Boo. But at least the Seahawks won. 

     Other trivial stuff happened this week, but overall it was worlds better because I did some adjusting and felt a lot more strength. I love you all! I love this gospel. And I love trials. They help you grow and become a better person :)

Until next week,
Sister Metcalf
snowman craft from pday
Tum Tum
driving in Ford
Snowy fields in Ford
Selfie in the car window
Sketchy/ pretty roads
2 week old puppies (there's like 25 more dogs that didn't make it in the picture in the Clark's single wide)
So many letters!
Deer Park
Made a snowman with my name tag!
Shoveling with Sister's Stratton and Call

borrowing snow gear while on exchanges

snowed in during my exchange with Sister Call