Lots of things happened this week, even though some hours seemed to be so slow! Thus is the life of a missionary. Time is a strange thing.
Well first off: TRANSFER calls were last night. I am heartbroken because Hermana Walton is going to leave me! But all is well! She is going to the area where she wanted to go next and we will be team training with one of our favorite Hermanas, so it is a PERFECT FIT!! Hermana Walton will be the best trainer EVER! She already trained me A LOT!!
THE ENDING OF AN AMAZING COMPANIONSHIP!
HERMANAS WALTON & PHIPPS
HERMANA WALTON GOT TRANSFERRED!
ON JUNE 29, 2014
So yep! I AM STAYING IN THE SOUTHWEST! And there is A LOT of work to be done. And guess who will be my new companion?
WE WERE MTC COMPANIONS TOGETHER IN MEXICO!!
Ha ha, I am super duper excited! Changes are far and few between as a Spanish speaking missionary!
So, I am ready to learn some more!
Sister Quinn called last night to talk about the transfer calls! (This will be her last full transfer.) I was rejoicing so much because this means I get to go to Krystal's baptism and Sister Quinn will be staying in that branch (this means she has served her whole mission in this one branch)! But...
WE GET TO BE TOGETHER FOR KRYSTAL'S BAPTISM!
BEST THING OF MY LIFE.
I COULD NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE!!
She told me she felt that we would both be staying just so we could both be part of her baptism.
My prayers are full of thanks for this Tender Mercy!
SO MUCH HAPPENED THIS WEEK:
Let me try to break it down for you!
Let's get the sad news out of the way. Arcelia moved on Friday! So quick! Too fast in my opinion, but no fears, she just moved to the only other Spanish Branch in the mission. This is where Sister Walton is going (but Sister Walton will be serving in a different area of the Branch), but the Elders there will take good care of our FAVORITE family! I hope the transition will work well for them! I just love them all so much.
On Wednesday, our newest favorite member in the world had us come over to learn how to make Papusas! A traditional food from El Salvador! (Shout Out to Hermana Alvarado! Your country makes amazing food!) It was sooo delicious and stuffed with Cotilja cheese! I wrote down how to make them in my journal and will be making them for the rest of my life!
EMMA TURNED '20'!!
EMMA WITH HER SUNSHINE BOX FROM HOME!
Thursday June 26th was my BIRTHDAY!!! WHOOOO! My family is the best and sent me a sunshiny box of beautiful things! I am the luckiest Sister Missionary. We weekly planned, did some service and then we had a Branch Activity that night where ALL the Sister Missionaries were asked to play volleyball. At first I was against it, but I played and I did pretty well! I now have hope that someday I will be able to play Volleyball! Ha, ha! Playing volleyball with Spanish speakers is the BEST! They always try to use their feet when nothing else works. It is so GREAT!
SUNSHINY WEEK! -- Opening the Present!
Friday we helped our Branch make 3,000 tamales in order to raise money for girl's camp and scout camps! It was lots of fun! But really hard, 'cause I just wanted to eat them all!
HERMANA WALTON & HERMANA PHIPPS
OUR FAVORITE MINI MISSIONARY
WHO DEMANDED THAT WE HAVE A
PICTURE WITH HER!
During the Lunch Break while making 3,000 TAMALES!
Saturday we had a Branch Activity at the Petting Zoo! It was such a success the first time that the Branch voted on doing it again! We weren't sure if anyone was going to make it, especially since many of the people who wanted to come live an hour away. But we texted some of our potential families to remind them, just as a final try and guess what? We had three families immediately reply that they would be coming!
THEY CAME & LOVED IT! THEN THEY CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY TOO!!
We had two families come to church who we have never been able to teach inside their house before!
I LOVE THIS WORK!!
Also, the Spanish Catholic pastor in Cheney last Sunday stood up and announced that this Sunday was his final Sunday and no one would be coming to replace him! Is that even possible? So basically, we are praying that we can help those searching for the TRUTH to find it!
DISTRICT MEETING WITH THE
AS OUR DISTRICT LEADER CALLS US!
All in all, I feel like there is so much to do! So, I better go out and get to work. SCARY NEW THOUGHT! We got our car back on Saturday, just in time for a new month. Time to get my BIKE HELMET out! :S I am sure you will all get an update on how that is going!
I LOVE YOU! Talk to you next Monday... or WRITE ME A LETTER! :D
BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
Had FRIED ICE CREAM! Got to order everything in SPANISH!
The waiter is a relative of a recent convert in our Branch and
Promised Us to come to CHURCH sometime this week! :D
I THINK I WAS HAPPY!!
PS... Mom and Dad...can you keep me accountable that we will have 30 lessons this week? I know we can do it. Now just got to kick into having the Faith and Doing the WORK!