THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been so much fun opening some of them so far! I felt so loved!
This week has been a good one. Long, but good. It started snowing Friday night and hasn't really stopped since then. We have about a foot on the ground right now. But it was a blessing in disguise because we've been able to go around shoveling a lot of snow and people are much more receptive to that than people knocking on their door talking about Jesus Christ.
Tuesday night we met with a family, the Bullocks. They are so great! It's just the 2 of them. He has kids from a previous marriage, but they don't live around here, they're all grown and have their own kids. She doesn't have any kids, she's been single until about 10 years ago. they're both in their 60's. But I love them! Bro. Bullock had a stroke about 5 years ago and has a hard time communicating and is handicap, but he is so funny!!!! She works full time and then takes care of him when she gets home. She is so tired, you can tell. But she is a trooper, super strong lady. She served a mission when she was 23. Her bishop called her into his office and told her he was calling her on a mission. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?! haha! That would be trying... But they are so fun. He is from Oklahoma and has a good relationship with one of the big chiefs down there. He loves OK and the Sooners, so he likes me since I was born there. haha!
Thursday we went over to Sis. Tenney's house. She is so fun! She has 2 daughters that are off at school and she missed them so she invited us over to make Christmas cookies for people that we would be going to this week. It was a lot of fun! She's hilarious. She just got her masters in social work so we talked about that for a while. She's so cool. Mom, you would like her!
Saturday we started shoveling snow and then went to the Branch Christmas party. Not many people showed up. But we had a good time. Lots of good food. The streets were pretty bad, so weren't able to do a lot of what we wanted to.
Sunday the roads were still bad so they cancelled church. We had no idea what to do with 5 free hours... So we went over to the Jensons and they fed us and we had a coordination meeting and got some plans made for Christmas Eve and Christmas. I am so grateful they are here. We haven't gotten any invitations for Christmas or for skyping home, so we are planning on just doing everything with them. They are excited for it too! I need to get a picture with them so you can "see" them. Well, I bet you can meet them when we Skype at their apartment. (When do you guys want to do that? sis. Lemmon's family is Utah, so we would need to do it a little later so that they will be awake. We were thinking afternoon sometime.... Let me know... I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!)
Yesterday we had district meeting, that was fun! A few of the missionaries in our district just got their visas to Brazil so we were a little smaller than normal. I AM SO STOKED REX GOT HIS VISA ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I am so grateful he won't have to do that whole transition thing of staying in the states, it's so hard on them. yay!
I forgot to tell you about the visitor we had come on Saturday... WE FOUND A BED BUG!!! I have been praying my whole mission I would never get them. We found 1 and then tore our entire bedroom apart looking for more or for any signs of them. we couldn't find anything! But we still took all of our clothes and bedding and stuff to the Laundromat. (the dryer has to be at least 115 degrees to kill them and their eggs and the ones that people have in their homes don't get hot enough...) So that was quite the ordeal. But its over and we still haven't found anymore. THANK GOODNESS!!!!
It's been a pretty uneventful week... We still don't have any investigators and aren't teaching very many lessons at all, so it's been kind of slow. But we are still working hard trying to find as many people as we can.
Well I hope you guys have a great week! I miss you all so much and can't wait to actually talk to you guys soon!!!!
LOVE YOU! -Rachel