What a week it has been! Let's start with Monday. On Monday night we had another lesson with the Manley family. We were teaching about some of the commandments: obedience, prayer, scripture study, and keeping the sabbath day holy. As we were talking about keeping the sabbath day holy, Sister Munford and I brought up the sacrament and how important it is that we partake of it weekly. We explained the symbolism and need for the sacrament. You could tell that Barbara and Peyton understood why the sacrament is so important, but they couldn't feel how important it was. I knew that they needed to feel the importance of the sacrament, since coming to church isn't something that they're fully committed to yet. So I whipped out my iPad and showed them the Mormon Message, 'Always Remember Him.' Boom! That did the trick. The spirit flooded the room as Elder Holland explained the importance and significance of the sacrament, and it was evident that Barb and Peyton could feel the spirit. After the video, Bishop Russell asked them how the video made them feel, and both of them replied, "It made me feel like my Savior loves me." WHAAAAATTTT! It was awesome, I was doing a celebratory dance in my head! So the Manley family has gone through dozens of missionaries, but they've never committed to being baptized. We've been teaching them for about two months, and they've slowly, but surely made progress. But on Monday, we asked them to be baptized on December 12...and they said yes! This family is so awesome! And they're finally taking the first step to becoming an eternal family!
So let's skip over Tuesday and go to Wednesday. Wednesday...kind of really stank! EVERYONE we planned to see that day cancelled on us. Everyone! And we had hardly any miles left to drive, so we couldn't go contact random people throughout the area, so we were basically stuck. Sister Munford and I prayed to know where we should go, but we couldn't find anywhere to go that was within reasonable driving distance. We got feeling pretty sorry for ourselves, and when you're feeling sorry for yourself, you get ice cream. So we went to Dairy Queen! After we got our ice cream, we went to bishop's and ended up helping him clean up his shop. After that, we were driving to the church for mutual to see if there was anything we could do to help out with activities going on that night for mutual. On the way there, sister Munford and I turned on a song in the car and we recorded ourselves dancing along like complete dorks to the song. We thought we were pretty funny, and it really brightened our not so eventful day. I'll attach the video so you can all laugh at us!
Skip Thursday, because it basically went the same way that Wednesday did, and jump to Friday. Friday was great! We had district meeting in Bend, which was awesome as always. I love it when Friday comes because we get to see all of our fellow missionaries serving with us in our zone. My companion and I are pretty secluded up here in LaPine, since we're 45 minutes away from Bend. So I'm always excited for district meeting! Our ward mission leader, Brother Rothrock, and his wife drove us to district meeting. (We've basically been begging for rides this past week because we were running out of miles.) The Rothrock's had their grandson with them, and that was super fun because their grandson proceeded to tell us stories about how his papa (Brother Rothrock) had been letting off real loud farts the night before! It was so funny! Brother Rothrock tried to keep his grandson quiet, but that kid could not be tamed! It was so funny! Hearing about my ward mission leader's farts is definitely something I'll never forget!
Friday was also awesome because our ward mission leader took us out to eat at a restaurant called Cowboy Dinner Tree. So the Cowboy Dinner Tree is an hour away and it is literally in the middle of nowhere. It's a run down cabin that has no electricity, but only a few light bulbs spread around that are lit by a generator. The only meal options are either chicken or beef. If you order the chicken, they give you the whole chicken! If you order the beef, they give you the entire roast! Not to mention its unlimited salad, soup, and rolls. You're already full by the time you get your meal! But the food was SO GOOD. And everywhere you look in the restaurant, customers have shoved dollar bills into every possible nook and cranny. There's seriously hundreds of dollars shoved into the walls. The point of this restaurant is to give you the experience of eating like a true cowboy. It was definitely the funnest and most unique place I have ever eaten!
Saturday was a good day! Since it was Halloween, we had to be inside our apartments by 7pm, but that didn't stop us from having fun! Bishop Russell took us out to breakfast, and then we went over and helped a member clean up the mess made from redoing his roof. Then we went over the bishop's and raked his leaves. We visited a few people, shared some messages, and then went over to the Pearce's to carve pumpkins! I've said this so many times already, but I LOVE THE PEARCE'S! They are so sweet and they take such good care of Sister Munford and I. So we carved pumpkins, and pretty much laughed the entire time. Then they fed us dinner, and way too much candy. It was so much fun! Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! Sister Munford and I dressed up as each other for Halloween. We both had the same dress, and we switched our name tags, so that was fun! We also wore the same tshirt when we were doing service and carving pumpkins.
So it's pretty cold here in LaPine! It's supposed to snow this week! I'm excited, and also not haha. Let's see if I'll be able to handle this cold weather!
President Samuelian sent out an email last week to all the missionaries. He wants the mission to have a "White Christmas." Not in terms of snow, but in terms of white jumpsuits, aka baptisms. Each companionship in the mission has set a goal to have at least one baptism in the months of November and December! As a mission, we want to give our Heavenly Father and Savior the gift of clean hands and pure hearts.
Well that's it this week! I love all of you!
Cowboy Dinner Tree
(dressed up as each other)
carving pumpkins with the Pearce's
(Haley's pumpkin is on the far right)
Pajamas sent from Grandma Patti