13. Slices. Of. Pizza.

Hey y'all!

Fun Facts from Sissy Fletch

* I ate a total of 13 slices of pizza within a span of 5 days. I. Wanted. To. Die. I refuse to ever eat it again. Seriously. It was even the super good kinds of pizza! Papa Johns and Mckenzie River. But in those large quantities? Never again. All of our dinners fed us it this last week. Haha bad luck.
* We met a man named M. M is a little crazy. He showed us the dead porcupine he found in his backyard. He is trying to sell it to make jewelry. M also believes in aliens and told us a 20 minute story of how he saw a flying saucer. I love Montana :) Never a dull moment.
* On Monday for companionship study we sang all 9 verses of follow the prophet for the opening song. #primaryiswhereitsat
* Met with C. She's a less active that hails from Brooklyn New York. She talks like a New Yorker and tells us crazy stories about living in the projects. All the sudden, the south side doesn't sound so bad! Haha she frequently rolls her eyes at me.
* Driving in downtown Billings? The literal worst. SO MANY DIAGONAL STREETS AND ONE WAY ROADS. mdisksnsoamdls we get so lost every time we go to pick up the sisters. All of you better be enjoying the wonderful Utah grid system. I never realized how magical it is.
* Went to jail this week!
*  Last Monday we played volleyball with a dodge-ball. It worked surprisingly well! #toocheaptobuyone
* We had lunch with Sister T on Wednesday :) She's in the Echo Canyon Ward and is waiting to get her mission call. She's a 65 year old spitfire and I ADORE her. Keep her in your prayers. She's in the hospital :(
* That same Wednesday we also had 2 dinners. So I had a Cracker Barrel breakfast for lunch, and pizza for both dinners. Insanity.
* Carmel cookie waffles. Heaven on earth.
* Many much bike struggles. Hahahahahahaha we were stuck on the side of the road the other night trying to get Sister Linney's bike on the bike rack without her cross bar. Tried taking the tire off....adjusting the seat....putting it upside down.... Nada. I'm sure the guy in his car across the street had a lovely time laughing his head off at the 4 crazy sister missionaries across the street.

In other news, we went to Echo Canyon for the last time yesterday and said goodbye to some families. Ah. So much love for all of them. We had dinner with the W family (Sister W is the relief society president in Echo Canyon. She's a superhero. Seriously amazing). The W family makes up a good chunk of the Ward. There were probably 30 people at dinner. It brought back TONS of memories of my extended family back at home :) At the end everyone gathered around the various dinner tables and we shared Mosiah 2:41. "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." If we keeps the commandments and choose the right, that never ending happiness can be experienced right here and right now. It makes me smile to know that :)

Okay I'll explain the jail part now :) When I first got to this area we were working with V. She's a less active and one of the sweetest people I've ever met. She was on probation for a few DUI's but was working through things really well. Well, her life got really busy and crazy and we couldn't ever meet with her and then she got some bad news and fell back into her addictions-subsequently getting sent back to jail. Her visiting teachers visited her 2 weeks ago and asked if we could get permission to go and see her. Well one phone call to El Presidente later we were headed to the detention center! While we waited for our turn, we started talking to a lady sitting next to us, her name is D. :) she is at a point in her life where she is being prepared to accept the gospel. We taught her the restoration right then and there in the waiting room and set up a time to see her this next week! It was a testimony to me that God needed us to go there to not only uplift V, but to find D. :) We talked to V for 20 minutes, using a very quiet phone that connected to hers on the other side of a large glass window. She was in tears the whole time, but I can tell she is learning a lot. It's hard to watch when people have to hit rock bottom in order to learn, but it's always good to know that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them SO much and wants them to return home. He knows what it will take :)

We are currently working with two 9 year old girls that come from less active families. So much love for them and their sweet spirits. We are also teaching a few less active families that are progressing toward the temple. Sometimes they frustrate the heck out of me. JUST COME TO CHURCH OKAY?! But for the most part I just have a whole lot of love for them.

Well! I'm off! I love you all TONS!!!!!

Sister Fletcher :)

Dead porcupine

 Candy Town USA

 Sister Linney and I celebrating Sister King's b-day!

 Went to say goodbye to Echo:(

 Part of a package mom sent. Everything was cut in half (insert: oreos look like 3/4) to celebrate my 9 month mark. Eeeek. Also, wind blown, disheveled hair.

I wanna get to the sun!

We were teaching a 9 year old and her family about the Plan of Salvation and at the end we asked the 9 year old to re teach us the entire plan with a little diagram we had. It was so cute :) At the very end her dad asked her what kingdom she wanted to end up in. She shouted "I WANNA GET TO THE SUN" Hahaha I guess "sun" is a lot easier to say than celestial ;)

This week was absolutely crazy. Although Sister Hurst and I weren't getting transferred  we housed  missionaries that were and drove them to and from the mission office all day Tuesday and Wednesday. This transfer was absolute insanity. Of the 200+ missionaries in our mission only 5 companionships stayed the same. Cray. Cray. It was good to see a lot of familiar faces and see President and Sister Wadsworth a little more than usual :) President gave Sister Hurst and I a VERY yummy waffle-caramel-cookie type thing. Secretly we are his favorite ;) haha I'm really not sure what happened earlier in the week other than that...because all I wrote in my journal Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday was basically "So. Tired. Getting up way early tomorrow. Need. Sleep. So many things." Hahahaha The car share has actually been super fun! Sister Linney and Sister Styer are the best :) Sharing a car just means we get to see them more ;)

Sharing a car also means a looooooooot more biking. Hahahaha Sister Hurst and I had a few appointments on the south side so we had the other sister just drop us off with our bikes. Well, little did we know that there would be INSANE wind and all of our appointments would fall through I could barely even stay upright on the bike. And I'm peddling....but like....not moving at all. Hahahaha So we tried to find people and went over to Rama's for a little bit and caught up with her. Oh my heavens. I LOVE RAMA. She just has this amazing light in her eyes now and it's so cool to see how happy she is. So we go back out into the wind and the cold and Sister Hurst mentions that she needs to go to the we biked over to Cabelas. Random. I know. It was the closest place! I thought we were going to die. I'm not even exaggerating. I HATE THE WIND. Biking. In a skirt. Wind. NO BUENO. We talked to a few people in Cabelas and watched all the little fishies and then the sisters came and picked us up. It was a very adventurous afternoon. BUT. I will say, miracles happen when you bike. We found a new investigator! :)

Okay, not sure how to transition into this next part. Just pretend it somehow all fits together ;) The English nerd inside me is cringing.

My heart broke in half yet again this week when we found out on Thursday that we would no longer be serving in the Echo Canyon Ward. I never realized how many times my heart would be crushed, stepped on, and broken in pieces while on my mission. Anytime an investigator denies or avoids receiving answers. Or that less active family doesn't walk through those chapel doors. And especially every time I leave a ward that I have served in. As missionaries we come to love and serve every member we possibly can in every ward we are in. The people in Echo Canyon took up a big spot in my heart and I was SO sad to spend my last Sunday with them. Elders were doubled in and although I'm sad I have all confidence in them that they will help the work to move forward there :) It has been cool to see the hand of God in every aspect of the work. Since we won't be in Echo, we will be able to devote more time to the Monad ward and the work happening there. We are still ward mission leader-less and have approximately 2 ward missionaries that are always out of town. SO. Any extra TLC we can give to Monad will be great :)

All is well in my corner of Montana :) I can't believe it. 9 months. Halfway. No. Eeeeek. WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!?!?!? Ah. No. So weird.

I love you all sooo much :) be happy. Work hard. Be the best you can be!
Love, Sissy Fletch

How many sister missionaries does it take to put a bike on a bike rack? Exactly 4. Did we even do it right? No. But we totally have it down now!

A dinner a member had a take home :) yummmm

 Last time in Echo :(

So Sunday afternoon we were trying to find a former and found her! She really wanted to show us this new bike she got...and subsequently showed us how to ride it...and made us ride it and take pictures ;) hahahahaha

Gorgeous rims and the temple. :) love it :)