Monday, August 19, 2013

Week 10

Can you believe that I have just started my 10th week on my mission!!!!!  It is a bit crazy to think about.  I have already been out in Vermont for 9 weeks going on 10.. AHHHHHHH!!! Sorry crazy moment.
Well this week has definitely been a challenge.  We basically have lost all contact with Phil because he is worried about what his family thinks of him and he won't give up drinking socially because he doesn't want to be thought of as an odd person.  And he won't meet with us.  So we are trying hard to help him, but we can only help those that want to be helped or listen. So that is not a tough situation.
The visitor center has not been as busy.  They are fixing the outside a bit and they found mold in the wall.... So that has been interesting.  They are taking all that out. 
The weather is getting colder here.  We are having fall weather according to the locals so I might have to buy a winter coat and boots sooner than i expected.  It hasn't been too cold, just a bit chilly in the mornings and of course still a bit of rain.  Ok a lot of rain.
So at the visitor center we basically tell the story of Joseph Smith and the monument story.  I haven't learned too much extra than what is written in the books, but I do learn all the details now.  So I'm getting better and better at dates and other things that are asked for.  We occasionally get some people who have never heard of Joseph Smith but 80% of the people who come are members.  But those who aren't, we ask them why they come and the response is always different.  We saw the sign and just wanted to turn, I'm not really sure, or heard that the flowers are pretty, my family is mormon and told me to come here.  So that is the main reason why people come here if they are not Mormon.  When we talk to people we always ask them if they've been here and they have but only durning  the Christmas season.  So it has been a while. 
Today in my studies, something that really stood out to me was how crazy it is how much God cares for us.  I was looking through the ensign of August and they have the pictures of space and nebulae and all these other cool things and the thing that President Uchtdorf said really hit home.  The paradox of God truly is astounding.  And it amazes me, and throws me for a loop. 
My companion is doing ok.  She still has not been to the doctor because she wants to know what her doctor at home thinks and a bunch of other things so she is waiting for that.  In the mean time she gets to wear open toed shoes for her feet,  And that sounds nice, but in new england. that is not nice.  Not at all. At least in our area.
We had exchanges this week and a Sister Morgan came and stayed with me, and I was in charge of the area for a day.  Of course all of our appointments ended up falling through so we had to use our back ups and even then they weren't there.  It was a bit sad, but it was good because we had backups, so always plan backups. :)
On chat the other day we got a guy who came online asking if we knew what his grandmother's funeral potatoes recipe was... We thought he was a troller, but he was serious so we told him to google it or look on pinterest.  Cuz we had no idea.  We're not sure if we're supposed to direct people to other sites but we did for this guy, and he was grateful and left.  Kind of random, but hey, you never know what will happen.  We tried to share a little bit of the gospel with him but he disconnected. :(
Well one miracle this week has been homemade bread!!! Today a member took us shopping and she made all of us homemade bread.  And not just a companionship but each person.  Because she said she doesn't know how to cook in small quantities.  Since she has 9 kids.  Yep.  It was crazy.  Plus she only goes shopping once a month so we were shopping for 5  hrs... What an adventure!
Well I love you all and can't wait to hear from you soon!
Love always and forever,
Sister Lundahl

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