So last monday I was on line and I emailed Alayna Een back and then she responded and we got to chat for a bit! It was so much fun! I just love getting to chat with her! I was telling Sister Melville that we first met in the mothers lounge when we were babies and we grew up together and we got our calls on the same day and then we left within a week of each other! Now we are serving close (er) to each other than some of my other friends. Both our misisons are getting ipads at the same time! I just love Alayna :)
But this week-
Monday- The elders came in from Evesham and we went shopping. Stores close at 5:30 here. My mind was blown. Still just use to 24/7 Smiths and 9-10 Target and all the others haha. Spoiled we are in Vegas!
Tuesday- I woke up with a sore throat. (I've been sick once a transfer so far!) and at one point it got a bit bad so I took a nap part way through the day. We had a few lessons cancel and that was a tender mercy. We had dinner with Sue and Gary. Here's the story with them. My first district leader Elder Houghton served in this area almost a year ago. He went to reactivate Sue and ended up converting her husband Gary and they are the sweetest people ever and they take such good care of the missionaries!! Love them to pieces!
Wednesday- We went on exchanges. Sister Picket from Las Vegas was my comp for the day. She went to Las Vegas High School, over by the temple. We had a great time. Learned a lot from her! We found a few families and were so happy with all that we were able to do! We had a great lesson with Kondwani the RC that we are working with. He has expressed some desire to serve a mission so we started some misison prep with him. It was great. The Spirit was totally there. Oh, but we met with Andrew and it turns out that he has a problem with remembering things with his previous heavy drinking. So with that and a few other things happening this past week it doesn't look like we will get him baptized by this weekend. It will take a bit longer. But that's okay.
Thursday- We had zone meeting. I played the piano. It was a blast! It went long - longest zone meeting ever. We are part of the smallest zone in the mission but we have close relationships with those in our zone!! We then went by our 94 year old investigator. She is still alive!!! We were worried haha, but the dog was locked in another room so I didn't almost puke again!! Tender mercy :) We then visited our LA family Sai and Olpha. They had 3 daughters. So it was so cool! Sai (he) is from Fiji. Olpha is from Tonga (pretty sure she went to the same school that Grandma taught English at when she was on her mission). She is also cousins with Elder Tukuafu. After getting to know them and telling her about Grandma, Curtiss, knowing her cousin and being comps with Sister Lesuma in the mtc, you could really tell they were starting to trust us. She wasn't born into the church but she lived with her aunt and uncle who were members. Then she became a member and ended up converting all of her family. All of her siblings have served missions now except her. A few things happend and she stopped coming to church. Its been 6 years since they have been back. They have such a strong desire to come back but you know when you ditch class once, it then gets so much easier to keep ditching.. same with them. But they love us and we love them. I might put a bit more weight back on since they are planning to feed us all the time now haha. But I'm excited. I love Polonesian food!! They drove us home and as we were talking it turns out that the elder that baptized Sai is one from Sister Melville's stake back home. He is older, but by the time we got home there was such a strong feeling that we were supposed to be here in this area together to help this family. It was one of the coolest feelings ever. It made me so happy I almost cried!! Oh, we also cleaned out the junk food cabinet and gave it all to the elders haha.
Friday- I had a bad fever and Sister Rasmussen said I needed to sleep. We went to lunch with our investigator Natasha at a really cute cafe called the Comfy Pew right next to the Cathedral. It was so good. Then we went home and I slept. ALL DAY. It felt so good.
Saturday- We had quite a few lessons and then Stake Conference. It was a busy day - A good day. And we got to see all the missionaries in the stake! Best part!
Sunday- We had stake conference and this is when most of the things with Andrew came up. Bishop could see that Andrew wasn't ready. I had felt a bit like we were rushing things. I was trying to see how things were going, but after church I looked like a right idiot to Bishop until I told him we were not going to let him get baptized until he really was ready. I needed to sleep so I went to bed early again... I have slept alot this week!
Sorry this is so long! It was an interesting week. Good, but interesting. I love it all!! Makes for good memories!
Love you all!!
Sister Ashley MacKay