Date

September 14, 2016

Area

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Companion

Sister Hamblin

shots for the body and spiritual shots

First of all..Yeah.. lol. Rabies. Apparently, getting bit by a stray cat is a lot more serious than I thought. We spent a ton of time in the hospital this week, getting tons of Rabies treatment shots. It was the worst. The worst part about it is that I felt great but I had to do it just to be safe. I got two shots in my arm, one in my hand, TWO IN MY GLUTES!!!, and one in my thigh. And I've had to go back every three days to get more shots. Good things needles don't bother me. The only downside is wasted time sitting in the ER and bruises on my arm. But other than that, life is good.

We are finally settled for the most part. We've been really struggling this week with food because the ward is in this weird transition phase with the meal calendar. we called our ward mission leader and asked him if it would be okay if we went around begging for meals, and he and his wife picked us up on Saturday AND BOUGHT US GROCERIES. We cried. The people in this ward are AMAZING. We are trying to think of what we could do to repay them. It's been hard. They are just too good to us. We are going to be set for this week for food. SO BLESSED.

This week was really busy and we didn't have as much time as we would have liked to go out and do teaching and finding, but we DID meet this really awesome family who gave us Gatorade and said, "please come back. We've been really looking for a church and what you girls have to offer feels so right." So we are going back tomorrow. We also picked up this new investigator named Chloe. Chloe is 83 years old and just wants to know Jesus. She told us she is hurt by God and hasn't prayed in years. It made me sad. but we are excited to be teaching her. We also taught this man this week named John. John is a 61 year old man with a beer belly and a lot of faith. He cried every time he talks about God and he LOVES talking about religion. We obviously found something in common with him and tried to teach the Restoration but got stuck on the first point because he also likes to argue. lol. Contention drives away the spirit, so all we do in that situation is testify and invite him to know for himself.

the past few nights, a girl in our ward, Katelyn Pitts, has been coming out with us. She is just a little bit older than us and has a baby girl. She's been spending a lot of time with us this week and when we asked her why, she said, "Well, I've been really struggling lately. I read this conference talk by Elder Ballard and he said 'if you feel like a part of you is missing and you're not really sure what, you need to share the gospel.' so ever since I heard that, I've wanted to make it a priority." and boy has she ever. Today after we email we are going to do some shopping with Katelyn and her friend who she wants us to teach. YAY! SHE SEES THE VISION! FINALLY!

Elder Robert C Gay came to our mission this week. He told lots of amazing stories and we were so so SO spiritually filled. He even said himself, "I'm not sure if I've ever been to a mission where I've felt so fed after discussing with them." He talked A LOT about member missionary work and said that if we do God's priorities, then He will take care of us. PUT HIM FIRST. He also mentioned that sharing the Gospel is a fundamental requirement for exaltation, and I 'm not sure if I had ever thought of that. Another quote that he said is from Elder Hales, "I don't know what you did in your life to end up where you are at now, but don't forget what got you here." I loved that. I'm going to miss this a lot when I get home. Missionaries are just.. the greatest. There is not a better feeling in the world than sitting in a chapel with a bunch of Elders and Sisters and president and Sister Christiansen and Elder Gay and us all singing "Ye Elders of Israel" at the TOP of our lungs and beaming because we have the best job in the world.

Few more things.
- SISTER HAMBLIN AND I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND FOUND A BUG IN OUR KITCHEN THE SIZE OF A PINK ERASER AND IT WAS HALF COCKROACH AND HALF LUCIFER. We texted the Elders on what we should do if we didn't want to touch it and they suggested using a blow torch. we just stuck it under a heavy bowl and taped the bowl to the floor and we are just going to vacuum it when we get home.lol.
-also, people here say the word 'yet' like they mean it as the words "still" or "now". People will say things like, "I GOT TWO GOOD LEGS YET." and stuff like that. funny funny.
I love you all. church is true Everyone!




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