Monday, March 31, 2014

10 Months

Hello all!  
I guess you might want to know that I reached my 10 month mark on Saturday.  Yes I have been on my mission for 10 months. I honestly cannot believe it.  10 months.  These have been the longest and yet the shortest 10 months in my entire life.  How have they gone by so quickly?!  I guess since I have been our 10 months I should have some sort of list of 10.  this list will be a list of 10 of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon.  They are in no particular order, just they are on the list:
1.  2 Nephi 2:11
2. Alma 7: 11-13
3. Alma 17: 13
4.  Alma 26:12
5.  Alma 34:41
6.  Alma 58:11
7. Helaman 5: 12, 30
8. Moroni 7: 15-19
9.  Moroni 7:45, 47-48
9 3/4. Alma 37:37
10.  Moroni 10:32-33

So I threw in an extra scripture.  What can I say.  

So this week have been ok.  
Tuesday we went and did some tracting and had a great dinner with Judi, our recent convert.  She is doing really well and she got us some great thai food.  :) It was great.  Like really good.  That was great because we were able to help her set up her Family history account online and we are not sure how to transfer the information from ancestry to  or if it is even possible.

Wednesday we got sick.  Really sick.   Like Sister Vanderhoef has Strep sick.  I just have a really bad cold.  And I am a little worried that it may turn into bronchitis but I am watching it and hopefully it will be good.  I also got a package from Amber and it really made my day.  Especially since we are both so sick.

Thursday we had district meeting and it was really fun.  We did some fun activities on using Easter to find people.  Sister Vanderhoef and I have to use Easter 10x in the real play or role play that we did.  I'm pretty sure this information is correct, but did you know that easter falls on the first sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring?  That is why it changes so much every year.  That night we also went to Alison's play.  It was so much fun.  It was definitely a middle school play, but Alison did a really good job and it was fun to watch.  Sister Vanderhoef and I were eating cough drops like candy and at the end when they come out, I tried so hard to cheer for ali, but my voice just stopped working.  It was sad.  We made her some flowers and gave them to her at the end of the Musical.  

Friday: we were so sick again.  But we still went on exchanges anyway.  So that was fun.  I went to Canterbury with Sister Hoffman.  If you are wondering why that name sounds familier she was in my district in maine. :)

Saturday we went and taught some people and there is one lady who is less active who served in the Navy.  She was in communications and she would do the morse code.  I had no idea that the dot and dashes were pronounced differently.  You don't say dot, dot ,dot.  you say deet, deet, deet.  or something like that.  You learn all sorts of cool things on your mission.

The broadcast was that night to.  I loved it!  It was so great!  The messages were so wonderful.  I love how the keep bring up our covenants and how important they are.  I really am understanding that they are so important.  Whether baptismal or temple.  Every promise we make with God is a blessing.  Ahh.  I love conference!  I am so excited for it this week!!!  

This week we are challenging everybody to write down questions for conference and pray about them.  I never really did that until my mission and it has helped make conference that much more meaningful. 

Sunday we had some great speakers.  One said something that I found very interesting,  she said, "Repentance is a gift."  For some reason that struck me.  It is so true though.  Repentance is a gift from our Heavenly father to be able to life with him some day.  It is not this doom and gloom that some portray it to be, but a blessing that we should all take better advantage of.   
We had Dinner at the Ortons and that was fun.  They are so much fun to be around. :)

Well that is all for this week!  

Love you for every particle found on the seashore,
 Sister Lundahl

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Week of Crazy (March 24)

Hello Familia!
This week was a crazy one!  It was really funny.  So Monday we went and taught Alison and that was really fun.  Her little sister who is a member was really involved in the lesson and it was great.
Tuesday we drove to zone interviews.  I love interviews with our president.  They are always so good and it is great to be able to talk with him.  So Alison is in the Music Man and we really want to go to it and so I asked him and he said we could go to her musical!!!  Yay!  I am so excited!  It is going to be great!  Interviews ended up taking the whole day though because we were the last to be interviewed and some people took a long time.
Wednesday we went to contact some people and it was good.  We went to see Gina a less active we are working with and she wasn't there so we tracted her street.  We when we came back she was there so we talked with her and it was good.  We then contacted some former investigators and boxed them out, basically tracted around them.  We got some really good potential investigators and we are really excited!  There is one particularly that we are excited about.  He has a lot of potential we just need to catch him again in 3 weeks. :/ The only challenge.  We had a lesson with the Marcoux clan and I think that we will be for sure dropping them this week.  :(  We then went to dinner at the Presby's Oh that was so funny.  They have this little 7 year old and S. Presby thought that he would leave us alone.  Nope.  And then he said, "You're going to be my girlfriend when I grow up."  lol.  That was so funny.  What made it more funny is I had no idea what he was saying half the time.  haha.
Thursday we had a very uneventful day.  There was more snow.  So school was delayed 2 hours.  That was...great.  Yeah.  I love shoveling snow. :)
Friday we went and taught early morning seminary.  Oh dear.  As a missionary that was even earlier than expected.  We came home and both Sister Vanderhoef and I were not feeling well.  It was not good at all.  Yeah, but we pulled ourselves together to go visiting teaching with Judi.  That was really fun!  There are some great people in this area!  So we went and stopped by the Pancake house where Brother Swain was making some syrup.  It was really cool.  THey still use wood to heat up the syrup and everything.  But it is sooo good.  I love it!  We had dinner with Sister McCarthy.  She is a great Lady!  We love her. :)
Saturday we helped at the Swains and I made maple syrup.  Yes I helped make maple syrup!  It was so cool.  I love it!  We had a bunch of fun doing that.  We then had dinner at the Flanders and let me tell you, that was great! S. Flanders is from Colombia and she had all her Colombian friend over.  We brought the Diaper Palmer lesson and talked about knowledge and learning line upon line and precept upon precept and as we learn it grows.  It was really cool.  I was so nervous though with all those people and all of them non-members.  But it was great!  And I think they liked it. :)
Sunday we had Church.  :)  Church is great. :)  Then we had coordination and figured some things out.  Had dinner with the Millis's.  We had a new England boiled dinner.  So we had corned beef.  It is really good.  There are 2 types apparently.  One type is brown and is very similar to a roast and the other is red.  They are actually really good. :)
So while the week doesn't sound too crazy we had a bunch of fun and made maple syrup.  I will be sending some home so I hope you all enjoy it. :)  I did make it after all. :)
Love always and Forever,
Sister Lundahl

All is a Days work (march 10, sorry it's late/out of order)

Hey All,
So this week has been really crazy.  And a little different.   So tuesday we finally had time and I saw the bullying video.  Oh my goodness it is amazing!  I love that video.  It is perfect as it describes high school to the T and really puts things into perspective.  If anybody has not seen it click here and it will be one of the top ones.  We went and taught Mary.  She is an old italian woman who is so funny.   She turns 80 and doesn't look it.  Unfortunately we think we are going to have to drop her. We hope not, but we will see.   T

Wednesday we had a busy day of confirming addresses and teaching lessons.  We found some moved and were pretty sure this one person lives at the address but can't confirm it yet.  Well as we were contacting sometimes you meet some really awkward and creepy people who the spirit says go away, and when that happens you give them to the elders. :)  Yeah.  That's all I want to say about that.  We had a pretty good lesson with the Marcoux kids.  They are so funny and doing ok, but they haven't been keeping commitments or coming to church so we are trying to figure out what to do with them.    

Thursday we had district meeting which was really helpful and we also went tracting!  We both haven't done that for a while.  It was actually fun and really good.  We were able to contact some great people and now our potentials list is being added to. :)

Friday we had weekly planning and We milked a cow!!!!  Yes I totally milked a cow.  Not by hand.  Sorry do disappoint, but with the milking machine thingys and it was so much fun.  I actually liked it.  So I didn't just milk one I ended up milking like...5 or 6. :)  We also fed a calf and played with some pigs.  It was fun.  I love farms. :)

Saturday I got to complete another task off my bucket list.  We went tapping!  It was fantastic.  We went and hung the buckets and the lids just like in the olden times.  Only we had snow shoes and didn't do very many.  It was really cool.  So now I've been apart of the sugaring process here is Sanbornton NH.  It is really cool.  :) 

Sunday church was great.  BTW I'm speaking in church next week. I'm excited... not really.  I hope It will all work out though.  We had a lesson with Judi our recent convert and then we had dinner with the Ayer family.  I think I mentioned this before, but the know the Brocious family.  :)  Small world right?  

Well that's all for now.  I hope everything is going good there!  

Love always and forever,
Sister Lundahl

Monday, March 17, 2014

Birthday Week

Hello family!

I'm not going to say this week was great, it was...different.  That's a good way of describing it.  Different. 
Tuesday we went and had our time.   That was fun.  We watched some really random videos they have on there. But it was good.  Not much else exciting for the rest of the day until dinner.  That was awesome!  We went to the Ortons and Sister Orton made brownies with caramel in them and extra chocolate chips!  They were so good. It was such a fun evening.  They sang happy birthday and then with a little extra.  it was so funny.  They are great!

Wednesday, my Birthday!  That was fun, kindof.  We got a bunch of slushy snow.  It was so heavy and weird.  We decided it would be a good idea to stay a little closer to home and so we changed some of our appointments and helped Judi, our recent convert we are working with and then I helped Nicole, the Swain's daughter with Statistics.  Apparently they were "remodeling" our apt.  Well we came back to grab some things and then go to the Rudy's for dinner when Sam came running down the stairs saying we couldn't go up.  Well we went to dinner and it was soo good!!  They made a peanut butter cake and it was very rich.  We then went back to our apt.  I videoed us walking in and everything because I knew they had done something.  Well they cleaned our apt. and then filled our bedroom with balloons!  It was crazy!  So that was fun. :)

Thursday I got the package from home!  It was so good!  I loved it!  Sister Vanderhoef did too. :)  Schools were cancelled here due to snow so we had to stay and we did our weekly planning. That took some time, but we were able to see chelsea that evening.  It was really good.  We taught her about prophets and watched the movie special witnesses of Christ.  That is a really good movie that I recommend.  Those are the highlights.

Friday, we had district meeting and then district lunch at the pancake house.  It was so much fun.  We helped make them and it was good.  We then met with Judi again and talked to her about family history and going to the temple and doing baptisms for the dead.  It was really good and now she wants to do her family names,so we are getting her in touch with the family history people in our ward.  We then went and helped Nicole make a vegan chocolate cake.  It was pretty good.  We were supposed to have dinner with the swains that night but some things came up, so we finished some visuals we needed to fix up.

Saturday we finished weekly planning then went and saw mary this old italian woman.  She is so funny.  Her basement flooded which was crazy, but it is starting to come back together.  We helped her fix some things and finished teaching her the restoration.  We then stopped by some people and that was fun.  We showed them the motor object lesson and it was good.  We had dinner with the brignano family then had coordination.  :)

Sunday I spoke in church.  I think I forgot to mention that.  But I spoke on Service through missionary work.  As one speaker said it was very fortune cookie sentence structure.  I agree.  It was hard to write the talk.  But it all came together.  We did some tracting had dinner with the gumbs.  Yeah it was a good day.  

So that was my week.  At least the highlights.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Love always and forever,
Sister Lundahl

Monday, March 3, 2014

Week one of transfer who knows

Well this was the beginning of another great transfer! 
So Tuesday was basically the temple and all that great stuff.
Well wednesday was very interesting, because we had some apts with a few less actives and the first one cancelled, and then we went to the second one.  Well that was interesting because we followed up about faith which is what we taught last week and she said that she didn't want to come to church!  What?  So far she has been really thinking and considering what she should be doing and now it is just a no.  And what is really hard is for some reason she thinks that she will be fine if she were to die tomorrow.  We are at a slight loss as to what to do, but we have faith that it will all work out in the end.  After that interesting lesson we went to teach to Marcoux kids.  Well they weren't there.  So that lesson didn't happen.  Which was sad because I had prepared the object lessons to teach about faith, and then it didn't happen.  So we were sad, but set up a firm apt for this week.  We then had dinner with some members and we ended up taking home a whole pan of lasagna!  And not a little pan, like the pan took up half of our fridge!!  and they gave us 2 containers full of meatballs.  So yeah.  Lots of food.
Well thursday since it was district meeting we took the lasagna and gave it to the elders. They were even surprised at how much we were given.  District meeting was really good as we looked back at our journals and spiritual experiences that we have had.  It was interesting to look through my journal.  I think that I have grown a lot since the beginning of my mission.  Thank heavens. After we went and taught Beverly and Mary.  Bev is this really sweet old lady.  She is about 79 and is not sure if she wants to start over learning in a religion, but we know that we will be able to help her.  And Mary is an awesome Italian lady.  Her parents came over here from Italy and she is so funny.  Looking at her you would never guess that she is turning 80 this year!  She is starting to progress.  She also said that she would come to church when I spoke.  I am speaking on the 16 March. We then met with the bishop to talk to him about part member families and how we could help him better.
Friday we did our weekly planning and then we went out and contacted part member families.  It was great!  We were able to confirm some addresses and also find some that moved.  I really liked being able to go out and do that work.  It was very tiring though.
Saturday we went to coordination.  Sister Vanderhoef was sick again so we went home and I did some visuals and things like that.
Sunday was good.  Church was great.  We wish that Chelsea was there because we know that it would have helped her so much, but she didn't come.  So this past week she has been having some doubts and we are really trying to help her, but we think that since her family isn't too supportive that the stress is starting to get to her.  We are going to make it all work though and help her out. 
Well other news for this week, I got a haircut.  And it looks very different. Like I have bangs.  Unfortunately I can't send a picture from this computer right now so I will send one to yall later. let's just say, I'm a new person, and I now need to do my hair differently and it is really odd.   So yeah.  That's all for this week. :)
Love always and Forever,
Sister Lundahl