Hello hello everyone, I hope you've all had a great couple weeks! So... I got transferred from Woodlake. I cried more than I have since I left home. Those people touched my heart in such a deep way, because of their testimonies and their faith forged in trials and just sticking through it even though life just stinks sometimes. I love them all with my whole heart. I miss them. There were a couple goodbyes where I knew I probably wasn't going to be seeing them again. Those were the hardest for sure. The Lord blessed me in such a big way by letting me love and know these sweet people. I wish I appreciated that time with them more. I realize that it hurt SO MUCH, because I have come to feel CHARITY for these beautiful people. I have felt the love of Christ deeply and passionately for them, and that gift is one that I will always be thankful for. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to serve around those members, the people we were teaching, and the wonderful missionaries there. It has truly changed the way I see things.
Transfer day was absolutely insane. I had to say a lot of missionary goodbyes too... I probably won't be seeing a lot of them again while I'm a missionary, which makes my heart hurt. A couple of them in particular were tough goodbyes. And on top of it all, the elders who drive us around on transfer day managed to lose my bike, all my bedding, AND my bag full of shoes. What an outrage!!! Haha jk, but it wasn't great lol.
I’m back in a bike area (which I really wanted!) and I managed to fall off my bike within 20 minutes of getting on it in the first place, during my second day in the area!! I mean, I know my first area, which was a bike area, was a while ago, but I didn't think it was THAT long ago... oh my word. I got introduced to 30+ members and friends, with blood all over my leg and hands. Oh my WORD. My legs don't want to work when walking up and down stairs anymore, because they're so sore and tired. Hopefully that should wear off after the first week or so. I'm gonna be in real good shape after this!💪 Also, the gym here is huge!! After the postage-stamp sized storage area that my last apartment complex called a gym, I feel SO BLESSED.
My new companion is Sister Yellowhair! She is full-blood Navajo and grew up on the reservation in southern Utah! She is a hoop dancer, and can speak Navajo which is so cool!! I haven't had any companions so far that have grown up in such a different culture, so it's been super cool to hear about her childhood. When I asked her how it was growing up for her, she looked at me with a completely straight face and said, "There isn't much to do in the desert... so ya know, you grab a stick, make an arrow, and shoot some rabbits." I JUST ABOUT DIED.... after I figure out she was kidding lol. I thought she was serious there for a sec. I am so naïve to the world, oh my WORD.
Well, that's my week everyone. My mom keeps telling me to add more stuff to my weekly emails, and y'all I am STUMPED. If you want to hear about something specifically, please please email me and I'll write about it in a weekly. I just don't have a lot of ideas.
I love y'all, have a great week!
-as always, thank you for the emails and letters! I really appreciate them :)
-last day of service at George’s farm (I LOVE the farm)
-working and washing Brooke (the horse)
-Sister Barlow’s “thumb”
-Zone Conference in Woodlake, East San Antonio
-notes from district training I gave
-Sister Barlow with the “farm hands”
-Sister Yellowhair captures my post fall from my bike
-making new friends in Kyle Texas