What a wild week!!
First!!! We got transfer calls - sister Goldsberry and I are staying together in elm creek for another 6 weeks! By the end of this transfer, I'll hit 6 months of living in Owasso...
Interviews were this week, at interviews we roleplay a scenario to practice our teaching so we aren't so nervous when it actually happens. This time around roleplays were simply talking to strangers. We were all just walking around the gym of the church, I actually played basketball for 2 of my roleplays hahahahha...
Afterwards, we went to Brahms for lunch. There were so many cute old couples there getting ice cream. We talked to a few and prayed with one couple. Holding hands. In the middle of Braums. Praying.
Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE my mission????
We went to visit a potential but sister Neilsen got confused and we ended up knocking on a "nice bashers" door. He remembered her immediately, but invited us in!! Now getting bashed can be pretty nerve-wracking but I think it was worse when he was so nice about it!! He would ask such deep and confrontational questions in a calm way I was nervous to reply. We did, however, answer all his crazy questions and ended up leaving a Book of Mormon with him and his cute wife. Pretty neat how it all worked out. Definitely, God's hands moving us along.
As we were all winding down for the evening most everyone else had gone to bed, I was still finishing getting ready when I heard this loud siren. For a second I thought it was the wind in the chimney but then I realized it was the tornado siren!! The other sisters had never heard one before and they were freaking out!! The wind was going crazy, there was hail the size of ping pong balls, the rain just pounding down in sheets!!!! We checked our weather apps, and saw we were under a severe thunderstorm watch and a tornado warning! Oh really?!?! I'd have never guessed that one! So we spent some quality time in the sister's tiny downstairs bathroom waiting for the storm to pass. Eventually, it did pass and we all calmed down enough to sleep.
Bartlesville is literally the cutest town ever. It stole my heart immediately. It's definitely a lot bigger than I thought it would be, and there was no end to people to talk to walking their dogs, playing outside, gardening it was beautiful. Marcus, one man we talked too gave us a bag of popcorn.
This week I've been reading and studying the last week of the Savior's life. Each day, crucial events and teachings happened all leading up to the crowning event of his atonement, crucifixion, death, and resurrection. all the sisters in our mission got to spend Easter Sunday in a training meeting pertaining to the temple open house then we got a tour. there's no place I would rather be than in the temple on Easter Sunday. It was an incredible experience. I know my Savior lived a perfect life and died in a cruel way and he lives again.
For all of us. I add my personal testimony to that of prophets and apostles that "you cannot sink farther than the light and sweeping intelligence of Jesus Christ can reach. I bear testimony that as long as there is one spark of the will to repent and to reach, he is there. He did not just descend to your condition; he descended below it, ‘that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth'".
This hymn has been stuck in my head this week. I've bracketed the lines that about knocked me over.
O Savior, thou who wearest
A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest,
Weigh’d down by grief and scorn.
The soldiers mock and flail thee;
For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee
To die, O King of all.
No creature is so lowly,
No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy
And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee,
They feel thy love’s embrace;
[The very foes who slay thee
Have access to thy grace.]
Thy sacrifice transcended
The mortal law’s demand;
Thy mercy is extended
To ev’ry time and land.
[No more can Satan harm us,
Tho long the fight may be,]
Nor fear of death alarm us;
We live, O Lord, thru thee.
What praises can we offer
To thank thee, Lord most high?
[In our place thou didst suffer;
In our place thou didst die,]
By heaven’s plan appointed,
To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed,
To thee our love we bring!
have a blessed week, strive to always remember HIM!! because He always remembers YOU.
LOVE SISTER MALONEY
only slightly obsessed with washi tape
MY FAVVVVVVV <3