I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more.
Monday, March 30, 2015
What a... Glorious... Week!
Really the only thing I have of importance to tell you all is this: I met David Archuleta.
Sister Smyly Crawford
I'm just kidding, I'll type a little longer. So, yeah, last week on
Monday after I finished emailing ya'll, Sister Taggart, our Mission
President's wife, had a special P-Day activity she wanted people to go
to, so we headed over. We got there, met the new Mission Presidency
counselors, and sat down. Sister Taggart reminded us that we were not to
have any cameras or ipads in there. We stood up and sang Called to
Serve and in the middle of the song, David Archuleta walks in. I just
want everyone to know that I called it. He gave a wonderful musical
fireside, complete with spiritual thoughts, experiences from his mission
and career, and songs sung by him. His voice just gets better and
better every time I hear it. Every single sister was swooning, and even
some elders were swooning, although they tried to hide it. I got to
interpret his testimony and his song, "Glorious". It was, ahem...
We had exchanges on Tuesday. I went
English for a day with Sister Jessen, on of our Sister Training Leaders.
She was really cool. I met so many people while I was there. It is
amazing to see that the work is progressing even outside our little
bubble here in the Deaf Branch.
A few weeks ago
the other sisters found a couple of orange folders in their apartment
in the stuff left over by previous sisters. It was full of potential
investigators that were previously in branch boundaries, but where the
missionaries couldn't go because the boundaries were not open yet. Now
that the entirety of the branch is open to the missionaries, we can go
and visit them. My companionship was given forty names! So awesome! And
these people live all over. Some even live way down in Laguna Niguel.
Talk about a long drive. I'll have to figure out what to do in the car
when we drive that far... But we are so excited to go and visit all
We already tried a few of these
people who live in Huntington Beach. We had a couple of weird
experiences doing it. I think the most awkward experience was this:
*we knock on the door*
*a young, hearing man in his twenties opens the door*
Young Man- "Hi!" Me-"Hi! We are looking for... Jonna?"
Me- "Jonna? That may be spelled wrong." YM- "Oh, you mean Joanna?"
"Yeah, she has been dead for about seven or eight years now." *turns to
a person out of sight* "Hey Dad, how long has Grandma been dead now?
Eight years? Yeah, eight years."
Me- O.o "Oh, my condolences. We apologize for taking up your time. Thank you!"
it or not, this was not even the most awkward conversation about
looking for a person who has passed away. Try going to a retirement
community and having a conversation with one old woman turn into a
conversation with three old women and an old man. All saying things
like, "Yeah I think she died. Was she the one next to so-and-so? The one
that died a few months ago? Oh, wait didn't she go to bingo? Or was
that the other woman?" I swear I am not exaggerating.
this has been my week. It was a lot of fun. But more importantly, it
has been very educational. I am discovering more and more every day how
strong I really am. And even better than that, I am discovering more and
more how strong the Savior is. I love him so much; he is my best