Monday, October 27, 2014

Is Fall Coming Yet??

Hey everyone!

Man these weeks are flying by. I feeling like I was just sitting here, typing out my last email. This week I didn't play the ukulele quite as much before coming though so it doesn't hurt to type today.

Best thing this week (also an investigator story)....we started teaching a new family! The Vegas!! And yes...the parents do not speak English. BUT the hermanas don't work with them because his  ex-wife goes to the Spanish branch and his records (oh yeah the dad is a member) are in our ward so we get to teach them. They have4 kids and it's super fun. The boys, who are like 10 and 11, would get baptized, but in the past (I knew them when I was here in the Spanish branch) the mom wouldn't let them. We'll see if things have changed though.

I don't know that there really was a worst this week. I can't really think of anything bad that happened. Just kinda the normal stuff.

With Halloween we don't have too many rules, just no hanging out at ward parties. If we use it as a missionary tool, we can go, but we can't use it to fill time. I think we'll probably end up weekly planning that evening since that would probably be the most productive use of our time.

We didn't really get to do any cool service projects this week. The elders are looking at lining something up to go do out in Bylas (the indian reservation) but I don't know when or if that will happen. But I'm glad the girls think I'm crazy for liking yardwork. I'm not crazy! I just like the sense of accomplishment that comes with projects like building fences.

Sounds like you've had a little bit of crazy weather back there in WA. It's warmed up a little this last week, and I'm really ready for it to cool down and pull out my sweaters and stuff.

Miss y'all and love you!

Hermana Blackford

Monday, October 20, 2014

This Week We Did So Many Things I Can't Remember Any of Them

Hey everyone!

Alright...this is probably going to be a rather lame email but not a whole lot of exciting stuff happened this week. Zone conference is tomorrow though and I'm stoked for that. Plus I'll get to see the missionaries from good ol' Deming!

We were super busy this week and taught lots of lessons. And we rode bikes a couple days! I forgot how much I missed biking. I feel like I'm going to go home and want to bike everywhere. I also learned that apparently the bike I bought from the other sister is a SUPER nice bike. It seemed nice but the members are all like, "Dang!! Nice bike sister!"

With the 4 wards we church hop. We hit as many sacrament meetings as we can (usually go to two and greet people for one more) and we also have ward councils to attend. Which means church for us is about 9 hours. My brain feels fried by the end but it's good.

In one of the wards this week they had the Primary program. Seriously, my FAVORITE Sunday of the year. I think I feel the Spirit stronger then than during any other sacrament meeting. It was weird hearing Primary songs in English...I realized I'd forgotten some of the words. But I know some in Spanish! Haha. Anyway, all our investigators that come are from part member families so they don't really need us at church. If we find anyone that's not, we'd go with them.

On Tuesday I helped build a fence! Some elderly members needed a hand so we got a team of 8 missionaries and a family from Thatcher and got the whole thing up in like 3 hours! We had to clear some mesquite trees and pound in the posts and all that jazz. It was lots of fun though. I like manual labor. Which people think is funny because I'm not very big, but I really would rather pound fence posts than paint or clean someone's house any day.

Let's see...I got to play to piano for one of the elders' baptisms this week. We almost didn't go and I'm so glad we did not only because they realized they needed a pianist, but also because it was the daughter-in-law of a family from Rio Rico! They came out for the baptism so it was fun to see them and chat with them for a little bit. They recognized me right away and all the other missionaries were confused as to why I was so excited at first.

Well...I think that's about it for now. I'll try to come up with better stories next week.

Love y'all!

Hermana Blackford



Monday, October 13, 2014

Un Ano!?

Hey people!

I can NOT believe this week marks one year on the mission...scary!

Everyone asks if I like being back in the Valley and the answer is yes, I really do. The people here are awesome and I bump into people from the branch pretty regularly and they're excited to see me which makes me feel good to know they liked having me there!

We have a lot of part-member families we're trying to work with right now, so we'll see where that takes us this week. One girl we're just waiting on her grandma to get custody of her so she can get baptized(:

I feel like I don't really know our ward members very well yet. I've met a lot of people (many of which I can't even remember the face with the name) and I'm trying to get to know more, but it's hard. It will take more time than learning the people in a small branch.

The weather has cooled off quite a bit. I don't think it's usually hotter than the 80s with low 90s here and there. The mornings are nice and cool :)

Biking starts this week, and crossfit is kicking my butt. I'm still a little sore from Friday's workout! I love it though. Haven't missed a class yet!

This Saturday we had John's baptism!! Talk about the most prepared kid I've ever met. Beyond golden. He has so much fire for the gospel and already shares it with everyone. He's inspired so many of the other kids to be better missionaries too. And he had over 100 people at his baptism. WHAT!?!? I've never even HEARD of that many people at a baptism before. It was awesome! I'll send a picture here in a minute of us with him.

Last p-day we went on a little hike up on the mountain. The view was awesome and it was cool to be up in the trees for a few hours. I miss hiking a lot. Today we're doing a BBQ and outdoor sports at the fairgrounds. Lots of fun things(:

I can't think of any other crazy stories at the moment.

Love y'all!

Hermana Blackford
View from the mountain hike

John's baptism

Zone on a hike - Oct 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

General Conferencia!

Hey people!

Alright...this is going to be a short one but I don't have tons of time and I also can't think of a ton to say this week.

To answer questions, YES it is REALLY weird to not speak Spanish. Though I've already taught 2 lessons in Spanish since coming here. So I'm finding ways to use it as much as possible. And I sometimes forget how to say things in English. I'll be talking and then stop abruptly because I can't remember a phrase or word. I got used to saying whatever came out first but Sister Harrington knows 0 Spanish so I can't do that anymore.

So more about Sis. Harrington. Her dad was in the air force so she moved a ton as a kid. She is super sweet and has been out 3 months. Not sure what else to tell...haha. We get along well :)

I feel like my brain was turned inside out a little bit this week. There are so many new names and faces and tons of people to visit and it's a little overwhelming. BUT we are all set for a baptism this Saturday (his name is John, he's a senior in high school who had some awesome friends that introduced him to the gospel). We work with a lot of part-member families, but I am yet to meet most of them. No other baptisms scheduled, but we're going to try to fix that!

Conference was INCREDIBLE. I can't wait for the Liahona to come out. And the fact that people spoke in other languages? So cool! I was sad it was voiced over because I wanted to listen to the Spanish ones in Spanish...oh well.

I think the talks I enjoyed most were Elder Lynn G. Robbinss (he actually spoke while I was in the MTC too) and Elder Bednar's. Both missionary ones, so go figure :)

I love the promise that we have of Conference answering our questions. I wrote down 4 as part of my preparation and bam! Every single one answered. So cool!

Make sure to pick a handful of things from conference to focus on over the next few weeks to develop those habits that lead us to become more like Christ, like President Monson talked about.

Love y'all!

Hermana Blackford