Monday, January 13, 2014

A Fun and Freezing Week!

Oh man, do I love my mission!
I am so happy to be serving in Cedar Falls, the people here are amazing. I always feel so blessed and loved at the end of the day.
Also, I have the best companion ever. Sister Sumsion and I are doing so well together, and learning so much from one another. I love it. We can't wait to see the miracles that happen while we are companions. We are already hoping that they'll keep us together for a full 12 weeks (2 transfers).

Mick and Angie are both doing amazing. We actually dropped by Mick's work today, just to say hello, and he was happy to see us. He told us that things have been hard, but he is doing well. It's great how the gospel can do that for each of us as we have faith and rely on the savior.
When we met with Angie this week, she told us that she can really feel the spirit as she reads, and she is seeing the blessings of her baptism. She is such a different person from when I got here. The atonement is just a miracle!

This week we had zone training, which is always great- and it was even better this time. In trying to set new goals for our mission this year, President Jensen received amazing revelation. With first presidency approval, he decided that we will not set a mission wide numerical goal. We will follow the counsel of the living prophets by taking on the goals of our wards and stakes. Our goal is to work equally with the members to meet the goals that they have set. I know this all sounds very logical, but it is unheard of that a mission doesn't have it's own goal. He felt inspired, however, that having our own goals that don't align with those of the units within our mission is something that continues the pattern of missionaries seeming separate from the church. We are now a pilot mission. I know we are going to see so many miracles by shifting our way of thinking and our approach to goal-setting.
Anyway- that was the biggest news we got at zone training. Pretty exciting. During the meeting, we got a little bit of freezing rain, and the whole zone-our sister training leaders included- got grounded in Cedar Falls. President gave us a 30 minute window to get home, and for the elders to get food and clothes to stay at the church, and our cars and us were grounded after that. 22 elders slept throughout the church building over friday night, and Sister Cannon and Sister Egbert got to stay at our apartment with us. It was unexpected, but great! :) We love them so much.

We are having a hard time getting a hold of our investigators! Julie, Gabriel, and Brandy are all so difficult to reach, let alone to make appointments with. Please pray that we'll be able to contact them. In the meantime, we are also working through less- actives, members, and our own efforts to find people to teach. Only a couple of potential investigators so far- please pray that we will be able to find those who are ready to receive us and the gospel!

We went bowling for zone p-day this afternoon, and I bought a new camera to replace my broken one, so it's been a good p-day, plus it's a balmy 31 degrees- woo! So nice- never ever thought I'd say that. :)
Thank you for all the love and prayers. They make all the difference.

Sister Monroe

 We had an etiquette training at Zone Training Meeting, and I sort of owned
everyone at table setting. :)

 Sister Cannon. I love her.

 The Zone Leaders followed us back to our apartment to be sure we were safe,
and then we took a few funny pictures in our crazy little house.

 Crazy Zone leaders- oh, and Elder Ackley. They are all so hilarious.

A box of sunshine to warm my soul! I loved it! thanks mom!

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