Monday, March 23, 2015

The City is...Big

Hey everyone!

So this was quite the interesting week since it was my first week in a new area, with a new companion, and in the city for the first time.

Sister Moe-Tufaga is pronounced Moy (like boy) Tufanga. Not as hard as it looks.
To say I am starting to learn my way around would be an overstatement. If I'm lucky I can find my way back to our apartment. And I drive all the time so you'd think I'd learn, but learning streets in the city is a totally different animal. I can learn a small town in no time, but a city? No thanks! And we even have the outskirts....and I STILL can't learn it! I started studying the map a little though and that seems to be helping.

I'd love to tell you about all the people I met but frankly, I only met a few people. We have a handful of investigators we teach, and that's it. No less-actives, nothing. Now I know why I got sent here! I talked to President and he was suprised when I told him what the work was like. The wards are AWESOME so I'm not sure what the disconnect is. We got some names from ward council yesterday, but other than that we knock, and knock, and knock, and try to find people that the ward doesn't know who they are. Which means more knocking. Good thing I like it! It's tough though because I got used to teaching 30ish lessons a week and to cut that in half....I just feel really unproductive.

We go to the gym every morning around 6! Wohoo! Since missionaries aren't allowed to go to public gyms, a member gave us a key to an apartment gym, and Hermanas Sutherland and Budge come with us. It's fun! It's actually in some of the elders' apartment complex, so now they complain they "can't use their gym" because we're there. I told them they could come. They said nah. Haha

Nothing too exciting or crazy for this week. I'll try to have some better stories next week!

Love y'all!

Hermana Blackford

Hermana Blackford with the Busby family
Hermana Blackford & Loretta

Hermana Blackford and the Merrills

Hermana Blackford on St. Patrick's Day - Green skirt!

Hermana Blackford & Sharlane


  1. YOU ARE AMAZING! I just found your blog posts and decided to leave a little something. I love hearing these experiences from your mission. I'm still a beehive, but I really want to put an effort into preparing for a mission and strengthening my testimony, and possibly one day go on a mission. Your example is powerful. I'm thankful you wrote these experiences down.
    I live less than twenty minutes away from the Gila Valley Temple and attempt to go every Wednesday morning. I think it's genius to do a mission lesson at the temple (especially when the topic is focused on eternal families)!
    I would love it if you did another post when you find the time to share how it has strengthened your soul. I love hearing the addition to testimonies of those who have returned from their mission.
    Love your work!!

  2. Kayla,

    Thank you so much! You are so sweet. I read your comment almost 3 months ago when you sent it, and I have been thinking about it regularly ever since. The only reason I haven't written a post yet is because I have so many thoughts and haven't had a way to articulate them. I will write one though - and soon! Keep up your temple attendance and being a member missionary! <3