Date

May 2, 2016

Area

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Companion

Sister Iloa

Kaylene's May 2, 2016 Letter

Dad,

I know the passage of time is so weird. Days feel like weeks and weeks feel like days. It is hard to believe that it has been 3 months already. I don't know if I am happy or sad about that.

I was never a big fan of Cecil. It sure sounds like he needs to step it up. That's frustrating when they do things like that but it's good that they took the series in Tampa Bay.

I forgot that Quest was this close. Now the real headache begins. Dayton Valley is a long ways to go but it sounds like it was worth it. A 274 is still really good. That's awesome that they won provincials.

Yeah of course we don't watch the news but I did hear my fair share about Trump's visit. I hear he got in and out of California mighty quickly.

Brother Fletcher that we had dinner with a couple of weeks ago is a dentist. He told us that if they had a cancellation he would give us a call and if it worked with our schedule he would let us have a cleaning for free. He said he would rather have his hygienist doing something instead of just sitting there. So we had the privilege of going to the dentist this week. He said that we may as well go ahead and do pictures as well as X-rays the one where the machine goes around your head (I'm sure that's the technical term for it haha). He said that he can email those to our dentists back home if they want it for their records. Apparently I have an extra little mini tooth. It is behind my top front teeth. He had some technical name for it. He said it is really rare. Anyway he said that they don't do anything to it and that it should just stay right where it is at. But he did say that I have to get one of those around the head X-rays done every few years just to be sure. But yeah so we have clean teeth now and yes I was cavity free.

On Tuesday we did service for sister Sager in the PA ward. She had a small tree that she wanted cut down. So we went over there and cut down the tree and broke it down to where she could dispose of it. The Elders were really angry when they found out that we cut down a tree. They were complaining telling us that Sisters don't cut down trees and why didn't we call them and blah blah blah. Who do they think we are a couple of pansies? We can handle a little tree.

Tuesday night we met with Amelia and Robby. They are dating and Robby is a member while Amelia is not and that's where we come in. They are in PA and the Sisters have been teaching Amelia for a while. She really loves it. She pretty well knows everything already because of Robby. She is one of those people that you would think is already a member. But of course she won't commit to a baptismal date.

On Wednesday we had interviews with President Mella. I had barely sat down before he says let me guess and then he proceeded to explain my whole mission life thus far. And I was like yep pretty much. I'm telling you this man is worse than Santa Clause he knows everything. All I can say is I love President and Sister Mella.

We were also able to meet with Phillip. Again he really loves the lessons and loves going to church. He keeps telling us how it is different than all the other church's that he has seen and really likes it. But again there is just a lack of commitment to anything.

That evening we also dropped by to see a less active and she wasn't home but her son Ben was. I guess he had been taught by missionaries when he was about 10 and was almost baptized but his dad didn't want him to. He has been taught by a few other missionaries since then but it has been a couple years. He did say that he participated in the scouting program and got his Eagle Scout with the young men (he is probably close to 30 now). He also plays the viola and violin and has played a couple of musical numbers in the past and said he was interested in doing that again. So we hope to continue to drop by and meet both with him and his mom. We are also trying to set up a time for him to do a musical number at church.

Thursday was the rough day of the week. We started with district meeting but after that all of our appointments fell through. We went from plan A all the way to plan Z and couldn't find anyone at home.

Friday we saw Joann. I love her so much. We talked to her about patriarchal blessings. She said she had never heard of them before but was thinking she might want hers. She asked us to print something off about them for her to read to better help her make a decision.

Then we had service at the food bank followed by lunch and then service at the chamber of commerce. A lady there asked a set of Elders to help do the name tags for an event they have coming up. She said it would take about 5 hours. So they invited us to help them out. We cut out name tags, put them into plastic sleeves, alphabetized them, and put table numbers on them and all that fun stuff. There were about 400 name tags to do. It took us about 4 hours. But it could have been worse. At least we were sitting in air conditioning.

And we ended the night with bible study. Ellen came and quickly got it off topic with her many questions. But it was good. We were able to answer them and you could see things kinda start to click. It is very slow with her. You have to teach her something at least 10 times before you can see any progress. But she did say that she started to read the Book of Mormon so that was good to hear.

Then at 10:30pm we got a phone call from the Elders saying that they didn't have a piano player for their baptism at 10 the next morning and needed me to play. They wanted me to play 2 songs that I have never played before. We told them that we would figure something out. So we got up and decided to do studies at the church so I could practice before the baptism. Luckily we got a phone call just after I had started practicing saying that their ward mission leader found someone so I was off the hook. So yeah they only stressed me out a little bit.

On Saturday we got to see Ellen. She had lots of questions about the Book of Mormon. Pretty well we just explained the history of it; gave a brief summary of the whole thing starting in Jerusalem and ending with Joseph Smith finding the record. You could see it starting to make sense and get her more excited to read from the Book of Mormon. The Spirit was really strong. And it was probably the best lesson we have ever had with her.

Sunday was church of course. After which we sang hymns with Thalia. She is a disabled sister in the PA ward. So after church we go to her house and sing hymns with her for an hour as service. She is super cute.

Yes the Feddocks are in the RWC ward. Sister Feddock just talked to me on Sunday asking if I knew or remembered Janae and Jayden. Except she was saying that she was their Aunt. It does have more than one Feddock on LDS tools so the grandparents could be there as well.

Here is the even crazier thing from Sunday. Ask Paul if the name Elder Beal rings a bell. We were handing out the programs and this guy shakes my hand and reads my name tag. (I should have taken the fact that he actually knew how to say Doig as my first hint.) He asks where I'm from and I say Alberta Canada. His eyes got big and he says is there any chance that you know an Elder Doig that served in Malawi. And I said yes my brother just got home from there. He said that he and his wife just returned home from serving there as well. He said they were the only senior couple in Malawi at that time. He goes on to say Paul's companion was Elder so-'n-so and he served in Blantyre (Paul you can correct the spelling later) and he was there for at least 8-9 months. And I said yep definitely my brother. So yeah brother Beal's son is in the RWC ward so he was just visiting him. He said after meeting me his wife would be very upset that she wasn't there. He asked what Paul was up to so he could report to his wife. So yeah that's who's in the picture with me. It's definitely a small world within the church.

So yeah I think that does it for this week. Don't work too hard. I love you and will talk to you soon!

Love ya,
Sister Doig




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