Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello Family and friends,

This week has been an adventure of many different things.  We have had the good and bad, and boy is it hard but rewarding. :)

So starting with last monday.  We had dinner with a less active named misty.  I may have mentioned her last time I was here.  We had a great meal with her and her non-member mother.  Her mom then invited us to thanksgiving!  What?!  Yep yep!  We are going to thanksgiving at the red door church in town.  It is a local church and that is where this family has thanksgiving every year because there are so many of them :)  It will be an adventure. 
ps. happy birthday dad!

tuesday We had a good time walking around Randolph.  It is getting a little chilly and while I want' quite dressed for the weather we had a fantastic day.  We were able to talk to quite a few people and we met with some of our investigators.  It was great!  We had a great lesson with Elizabeth who we invited to come to church and then... she came!  We found her a ride and they picked her up and we think that she really liked it.  

Wednesday we had a really good district meeting.  We have some funny Elders. We are the only set of Sisters in out district. Also one of the boys in the ward was there because he is getting ready to go on him mission.  We then had lunch, which the future missionary made for all of us.  He is a good cook, so his companions will like him.
We then went and tracted around to some different people.  We met a very nice Jehovah's witness and we also had a dog barrel right toward us.  We didn't run because we didn't have anywhere to go.  So we just stood there as a dog came racing towards us.  Luckily it was a nice dog.  I am really glad because Sister Erickson got bit by a pit bull earlier in her mission and she has only been out 4 months!
We were supposed to have dinner with an investigator, but she is sick so we went about doing some other missionary work.  Going through the area book and such!  YAY!....

Thursday we went to FM aka Facilities management.  We moved around costumes and then we helped put up the stable on the hill.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it.  It is dark now so we can't see it.  They do a live nativity the first couple of days after thanksgiving!  I am really excited.  We get to be here for it.  We had to drive way out for a lesson with an investigator.  It was really good.  She is doing well.  She has been reading and she came to church. :)

Friday we had weekly planning. :)  Yay!  We got most of it done.  And then we went to the JSM to do chat.  We get some very interesting people online.  Some lady got on just to tell us how wrong we are.... I don't understand people sometimes.  We were supposed to have a lesson with a potential investigator but that didn't happen.  She was inside.  She could hear her, but she wouldn't open the door.  Some people just aren't quite ready for the gospel yet.

Saturday we went less active contacting and we found out that a few have moved and a few still aren't interested.  We did read with one.  And that was good.  He is confined to his home because of health reasons, but his daughter was there and she really appreciated the visit as well.  

Sunday we were super blessed with having 2 investigators at church!  Both of which got there independently of each other!  I am so happy!  I feel like this is what it is all about, people coming and learning and feeling the love of the savior at church and learning more and more.  I love it!

We had dinner with a fantastic family.  the Turinetti's!  They have 6 girls and 4 boys!  It is one party for dinner!  I love them. :)  They are a great family.  We have so much fun with them.  

Well that is about all.  I gtg.

Love you all!  Love,
Sister Lundahl

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Area.... or not

Hello family,

So as you can guess by the title, I am back to JSM.  I am so excited because I am the only missionary who was born here and is going to die here!  Those are missionary terms for starting and ending your mission.  Yep.  I am back.  And it is great!  It is  really cool to see how the investigators I found have started to progress and how people are making changes and doing really well.  I am so happy.  Things are good.  So I guess I should start from the beginning.

Tuesday we had transfer meeting.  We had a very long drive in close quarters with the Elders.  It was fun! As we were going down I said I was probably gonig back to the JSM.  Well, one of the elders said I couldn't know that that I didn't have the keys blah blah blah.  So I said, you want to bet?  He said sure. So what did we bet?  If I won he would eat his words if I won he would eat his words.... Well transfer meeting came and I saw the So Ro sisters, and I thought oh, there is my new companion.  And lo and behold, we are companions and said Elder ate his words.  :)  It was really funny.  
We had Elders in So Ro now.  That is really odd.  It is really odd.  They are good elders though.

Wednesday we had district meeting.  We got a ride with a member and I was so happy to see him again.  It was great!  Sister Erickson and I are a little sassy together... so we have fun teasing people.  It is great.  This ward doesn't know what they are getting into now. :)
We say a few people and had a lesson with an investigator.  She is actually someone I found the week before I left So Ro.  Crazy!  She has a baptismal date, and it is really hard because she is struggling with motivation.  We are hoping to help her keep the date and help her be baptized. 

Thursday we went and did facilities management.  We are helping them put up Christmas lights. we decorated the lilac bushes with some blue lights... yeah I know such exciting info.  We then tried to contact some Less actives.  Well one was way out there in the middle of nowhere. That was a lot of miles. :( But we found out she doesn't live there anymore. 

Friday we had weekly planning.  It was took a little bit longer than it should have because we were having some problems as we went through the area book.  
We did some chat at the JSM.  They have a new system.  And I wasn't authorized for it, so we had to go call the churches help line and they didn't know how to help and the online tech support people weren't responding.  So after 30 mins of being on hold as they all tried to figure out there to transfer my call, the online tech people showed up and I got authorized.  Then we didn't get any chats.  we found out that we didn't put a language so we could.. It is a very new system, and I am just not used to it I guess.  If you have any questions you should go online and ask the missionaries. :)

Saturday we had an amazing lesson with an investigator.  She is a friend of Brother Syphers and she just was so grateful to be able to learn more and she wants to change.  She wants it so badly.  I am so excited to help her on the way.  

We then had a chili pie cook off thing.  Hosted, by the missionaries!  It was fun.  We had a few non-members show up and it was great!  There was a girl there who just got off her mission a transfer ago and she is so much fun!  It was so funny to see everybody.  They all were like, oh are you on exchanges, and I was like, nope I'm back.  I think they were all happy about it. :)
I know I am. :)

Sunday we had a tour come in during church that the directors wanted us to help with.  They are from a class at a college near here and they are doing a comparative religious studies class.  It was cool to answer their questions and talk with them.  They are really cool.  We did have one investigator at church and a less active.  I am so happy.  The less active is someone I've been working with for over a year now.  And it is cool to see her making progress.   Things are going well and I am so grateful to be serving here.  :)

I love you all so much and hope things are going well!

Love always and forever,
Sister Lundahl

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Last Week in Maine

Dear Family,

So this is my last week in Maine.  We got a transfer call on Saturday from the assistant saying that I was leaving.  I am really sad and I don't want to leave.  I love the people here so much and they are so great.  I especially love all the people I am teaching.  They are great and I feel so blessed that I have been able to teach them for this short amount of time that I have been here.

So I guess to the week.

Tuesday I was in Bangor for the day.  I was on exchange.  It was really fun.  We did some service at a thrift shop and we also went and tracted most of the day.  But it was so odd to be in a city.  I feel so odd.  And what is sad, is it isn't even a very big city.  IDK what I am going to do when I get to the suburbia of Utah!  Probably panic.

Wednesday we had our last district meeting.  It is Elder Weicks last week.  It is really weird to see a missionary go home.  I've never been around anybody who is going home.  So it was a good experience for me to see how to stay focused. 
We took the new relief society president out teaching with us.  We went and saw a less active and our investigator Branigan.  Wow.  The spirit was so strong while we saw the less active.  Her name is Bonnie.  She has a very strong personality, and is very for women's rights and such. 
Over all it was a very positive, good day. :)

Thursday we changed out plans so we could go and do some service.  We went and stacked wood, and I split wood for the very first time.  With a Maul (sp)  or mall. IDK  which was to spell it.  You swing the thing and split the wood just like in the olden days.  Yep.  I've got the full new England experience now.
We met with one of our investigators.  He just finished listening to the BoM on CD. He said that he knows it is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but that he is still not committed to coming to church.  :(  I won't be able to work with him on that, but I really hope he will make church a priority.

Friday was good. 

Saturday the call. :(

Sunday we got 4-6 inches of snow.  Luckily we were able to go to church.  Oh am so glad. 

I gtg. I am out of time and I still need to finish packing.  Man life is busy!

Love always and forever,
Sister Lundahl