Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hi friends!

Well, I've got both good and bad news. Bad news is I'm leaving Terre Haute on Wednesday. The good news it that I'm leaving Terre Haute! haha I love this place, but I've been here for 6 months. I guess it's time to move on.

Wanna know some even better news? They're opening up three areas in our mission to sisters!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea if I'm going to help open or not (probably not), but it's super exciting! Along with opening three areas to sisters, we have 7 sisters and 7 elders coming out this week! Eek! I can't wait to meet them all. Poor little greenies... They'll have no idea what hit them when they step off the plane. :/

Well, the highlights of the week:

Monday night we got to eat Beefalo meatloaf! Yep! Beefalo and I mean it's actually from a beefalo- a cow that has been bred with a buffalo. Let me tell ya, BEST MEATLOAF EVER! Yep yep. I was one very content chicky on Monday evening. :D

Tuesday I got to meet with the 11 year old that got baptized right at the beginning of my mission in November/December. She's doing awesome and she is absolutely a hoot to be with. We were eating Sweet Tart Jelly Beans and reviewing the 10 commandments using hand motions and for commandment 2 (don't worship false idols). The hand motion for it is kinda like the sign for quiet coyote but really it's meant to be a cow. When she saw it, she immediately started doing "Happy llama, sad llama, mentally confused llama..." which continues on with different hand motions for each one. Most of you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but that's ok. All you need to know is that it was hilarious!

Wednesday we did service all day. We started at the YMCA and made packets for new hires, then we spent a couple hours with a non-member helping her clean her apartment. I got a couple of cute, vintage dresses for free too! :D Then we spent the evening with the ward doing spring cleaning and getting ready for the Spaghetti dinner which was on Thursday night for the Boy Scouts. The best part of Wednesday however was a total comp unity moment! On our way either to the church or to the non-members, we were having a jam session to "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the Lion King (this was a Capella mind!). Well, as we were singing, we changed the words so it was missionary appropriate from "love" to "Spirit" with no previous discussion about it. Sister London and I have been together for waaaay too long :/ We're starting to have one brain!

Thursday we got to see Jill who we have been meeting with for 4 or so months now. She's amazing and makes the best food ever! She made these awesome little cold/vegetarian pizza things. It was delicious! We also went to the Spaghetti dinner and our investigator that is on date right now came with her dad! Plus I got to meet Lucky Reddy who is running for judge out here. Neato!

I'm starting to notice a trend here... Every highlight I'm mentioning involves food...

Well, to keep with the theme, Friday we got to go to a birthday party for a member's sister who happens to not be a member. We had chocolate cake made with Coke-a-Cola. We get to go mushroom hunting with these members on Tuesday! xD Yay for mushrooms!!

Saturday was crazy busy! We had a lesson with one of our investigators who is very timid about getting baptized but it went super good! She's actually supposed to be meeting with the YSA sisters in the other ward, so we brought them and she connected to them really well, so hopefully that helps the transition when she starts meeting with them instead of us. That night we got to eat dinner with a non-member who we are trying to get to read the Book of Mormon. We got Mexican food and it was delicious. Not only did we get food, but we also got dessert- fried ice cream! :)

Sunday was interesting. After church we had a pitch-in (potluck) to break our fasts and I spent most of the time mingling and saying goodbye since I've been pretty sure for the last few weeks that I was going to leave. After that, we went up to Brazil for a combined lesson with their land lord and about 14 others who got to the same Independent Christian church that he goes to. It was really more of a question and answer session on both sides, but it was neat because the landlord laid some ground rules down so they could only ask who, what, where, and when, but no why to prevent a debate/bash session. Very nice people, although there were definitely a few who were not ok with us being there haha!

Yesterday evening was funny because Sister London and I were both anxiously waiting for our transfer call from President Cleveland and our elders kept calling us and freaking us out since they all found out their situations sooner than us.

We have two of our elders finishing their missions and going home tomorrow! Our District Leader, Elder Madsen and his companion Elder Fitzgerald. We got a nice picture of us all at our last Zone Meeting. I'll post it below.

Well, I hope you all are fabulous. Keep up the good missionary work! If you aren't following through on Elder Ballard's invitation to study from Preach My Gospel- get started!

Love you all!

Sister Ruth

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