I'm currently sitting in the Krantz's kitchen. Just finished the best Chinese food from our favorite food truck. The smell of the wood pile outside, the roaring of the fireplace, and the over encompassing nostalgia of sitting in this house that became my home for the first 6 months of my mission. Oh man, best day ever :)
I was looking through my journal last night from this last week trying to remember everything that has happened and realizing how crazy it was. I have faithfully written in my journal nearly every single day of my mission, and I don't know what happened this week...but journaling was a struggle. I get home at the end of the day, plan, and pretty much as soon as my head hits the pillow, I'm out. I love feeling exhausted. I never thought I'd say that!
I forgot to mention this last week...but Kristy came to stake conference! We didn't think she was coming, so we went and sat down in the back. About 5 minutes into the meeting Brother Henderson tracked us down and told us "Hey, there's an investigator in the foyer. She said she's catholic and loves Mormons and wants to talk to you" I about fell over dead. That's Kristy! Hahaha She LOVED stake conference. We walked her back to her car after the meeting and she said "This is why I love you Mormons and your services. Because every talk, every speaker, every meeting always ties back to Jesus Christ. That's how it's supposed to be and I love it" We had another cool miracle with her this week. She has been trying to find the missionary that taught her 15 years ago. She knows his name and where he's from, but that's it. We tried finding him on Facebook, but to no avail. So we brought the Hawley's to Kristy's lesson and as we all talked Kristy told them about this missionary she has been trying to find. Unbeknownst to us, Sister Hawley's grew up in the same small Canadian town as this elder AND HAS RELATIVES WITH THE SAME LAST NAME AS THE ELDER THAT LIVE THERE STILL. MIRACLE MIRACLE MIRACLE. It was so cool. Keep in mind, this is the missionary that she told, "you can baptize me when I'm 80" She's in her 60's now and will definitely be baptized much before she's 80 if we have anything to do with it ;)
We weren't able to connect with Melanie this week. Tawny is doing well. She doesn't understand why it's bad to drink and do drugs....oh man. She cracks me up. We taught the plan of salvation and focused on our purpose here on earth and agency. She's doing great overall. Her scriptures are all marked up and she reads them everyday :) Bonnie and Mary came to church yesterday :) They are two less actives we are teaching. Both are progressing well towards the temple.
I've been reading a lot in Jesus the Christ lately. I'm just about halfway through and loving it. I read it a year ago, but there is so much more that I have learned this time. That probably has a lot to do with reading it on my iPad this time so I can define all of those crazy big words that Elder Talmage uses. It has been so fun to delve into the scriptures and other words of the prophets and learn who Jesus Christ really is. My favorite attribute that I've studied this week is hope. Truly, Jesus Christ is the source of real, doctrinal hope. Hope that lasts forever. Not just wishful thinking, but a sure knowledge that it's going to work out for the best :)
Well, I'm going to go roam my old stomping grounds again!! Best day ever. Love you all!
My favorite elk friend :)
waiting to Skype into a meeting
Exchanges with Sister Dayes! <3
That awkward moment when you think you can make a u-turn and then end up in the middle of a 3 inch deep puddle. "Hey...sister Crosland...you're going to need to get out and back me" This was the look I got. Hahahaha
Reallllly big leaf
The cool bus. And some people trying to be cool.
Describes our companionship perfectly.
The best Chinese food...ever.