Monday, November 16, 2015

All Things are Possible

Another week has come and gone...  MAKE IT STOP!!!
This week was good!
Monday we spent playing sports... no comment on that :/

Tuesday we were supposed to go play Bingo at the Veteran's Center, but I was sick, so we figured it was better not to go and kill all the old people with my germs! So we packed up our bags and then went and got some books from one of our members, took them to the library, and got her some new ones, and then headed to Colorado Springs for the night as we had Leadership Council meeting in the morning.
We got to have dinner with one of the members from my first area again! It was awesome catching up! Then we went and surprised another member from my first ward who lived just around the corner!  After that we headed over to the sisters we were staying at for the night! Sister Hall was trained around me just after I finished training so I knew her pretty well, and now she is training a new sister, Sister Sturgeon! It was pretty cool to spend the night with them and seeing how they are doing... which is GREAT! They are doing so well...
Sis Hall on the left

It snowed that night!  So we got up to go to our meeting and all we heard were happy squeals from their bedroom... "It's snowing!!" haha it was like Christmas morning! So we all looked at the snow together for a bit! It was cool... and then we headed to our meeting.  By the time our meeting finished all the snow had melted... you would never have thought it had snowed so much.

After our meeting we went and had dinner with a bunch of missionaries at this Hawaiian place... it was nice... my shrimp still had poop in it though... and that's gross! I literally ate poop for dinner!

After dinner we headed down back to the valley. Our Zone Leaders were at dinner too, so we drove home together... and I don't mean together in the car... just following one another since it might have been snowing on the pass, and so it'd be good to look out for each other...  Finally we got home and just dived straight into bed!! So tired!

Thursday was planning!  We planned with the Zone leaders what we would teach on Friday at Specialised Training! We planned a pretty awesome training I think!

Then we had dinner with this family that have been members for like 3 years... they usually set up our dinners but I haven't actually ever had dinner with them...
It was so great! The father asked lots of questions about deep doctrinal stuff and we had some really good conversations.  Then before we left he said that he knew that Heavenly Father knew what He was doing when he sent me here... that made me so happy because I'd been feeling a little redundant here the last few days!!

So Friday comes... we have zone training!! It was so great! We went over a survey that we've been trying to get people to use to make having gospel conversations with new people easier... and then instead of role playing the surveys... we just sent the missionaries out in the streets to try it... we did it too! It was so much fun!! We talked to a whole bunch of new people and then when we got everyone back together, we talked about our experiences and how it had gone! It was great!!!  Then we got on to the doctrine portion... Sister Zitting and I started out by talking about how we can have Faith to see Miracles!
And then we had an activity...

For the activity we divided the zone into 2 teams... one side got rubber bands... and the other side got balloons that we had blown up...  then we said... 'play dodge ball'...  The poor side with the balloons got whipped... all out and the rubber band team won... so then... we swapped the air filled balloons for balloons with just enough water to make them heavy but not enough to make them burst...  well now the tables were turned... the team with the balloons kicked butt!

Then it was the Zone Leaders turn to teach and they related 'faith to see miracles' to making that Faith in Christ... because without Him we are like the empty balloons against Satan's rubber bands... but with Christ we are full and ready to fight and win!

Funny part of all of that is that, instead of balloons, we were gonna use nerf guns... and then paper instead of the air filled balloons... but the morning of the meeting Sister Zitting and I decided to blow up balloons instead, and Elders Austin and Fox decided to use water balloons instead!! Inspired I tell ya!!!

 There were a few upcoming birthdays in the zone so we went to have lunch at Chilies... so there's like 22 missionaries sitting having lunch at Chilies and the manager comes to the table and tells us someone has covered our bill.... ??????!?!?!? WHAT?! That's a huge bill!!!   I have my suspicions on who it was, but it was really just so cool and kind of them... I'm so grateful for their love and kindness!! How great are people?!?

Saturday we went on exchanges! I got to stay in my area with a brand new missionary. I was intent on pushing myself out of my comfort zone that day... so I did... we did a lot of tracting!!  It was so great! She had never been tracting yet, and I hate to do it, so it was the perfect practice...  We enjoyed it! We had lunch together at a Mexican restaurant. It was nice to sit down and get to know her!  Then we did some more tracting!! What?!? I know right!
And we taught our investigator then too... it was a good evening and I really enjoyed the exchange!! Probably my favourite so far because we just worked so hard!   Then she wrote me a note and left it under my blanket, so I found it as I was about to go to bed.... it was so sweet and just what I needed to hear this week!!  I'm so grateful to be a missionary and to be a sister training leader... I get to serve with such amazing missionaries that I probably wouldn't get to serve with otherwise!

Sometimes I need a day like that, where I'm run off my feet, to remember just how much I love, love, love this work!!!

Sunday was ok... ended up going home early just before Relief Society because I've been sick this week, and so I slept for like 4 hours.. It was good to rest, but it felt really, really weird not being at church while it was still going... not a happy feeling! But I'm feeling a bit better today! So we shall see!!

And then this morning..... IT'S SNOWING!!!!!  Everything is white!! Happy days!! I love it!!!   So great! And I drove in the snow for the first time today too!! It was ... normal... not enough snow to make driving hard... yet!

Happy Snow Days

On Thursday this week we get to hear from and meet Elder Nash of the Seventy!  Waah... so cool... except I'm doing the opening prayer... I might be sick that day! Hahaha jokes!! But kinda terrifying! And then on Friday we get to have a special leadership council with him... exciting!!!
Elder Marcus B. Nash 

Well.... that's me for now.

Just one thing.... when you feel like you're not good enough to do what Heavenly Father expects you to do... quite frankly, you're not! But that's ok because Christ is... and through Him, all things are possible!!

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Sister Botts

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