This week has been great!
Thanksgiving was so much fun! I have never been so full I all my life and I loved it! We started off at breakfast with the Welch's and they had a bunch of baby children and it was kinda crazy and just like home! ;) We ate a bunch of waffles and yummy bacon :) Then we went and visited with sister Roush! Aw I love sister Roush. When we first got there she was asleep, but right when she opened her eyes and saw us she got so surprised and had the biggest smile on her face :) She makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world! I want to be like her someday. Then we went out to the Dayton and had a feast with the Riecharts! I looove them too! They have a crazy funny family. I wish I would have taken pictures with everyone. Then we went to- OH!! First we had a miracle! A few weeks ago one of our investigators, S, dropped us, but then we remembered that she does hair! So I got my haircut this week by her and we were able to slide in some gospel conversation and next day she texted us and invited us to come and have Thanksgiving dinner with her and her family! Ah it was so cool! God works in mysterious ways :) We went to her house and had another yummy dinner. She had her parents and other relatives over and all of these people had never really gotten to talk much with missionaries before, so it was a really cool experience. After that we went back to Sheridan and had some pie with sister Holtry! She is so cute! She's probably around 80ish and we played some board games with her and she is so funny! Then we went to the Johnsons for some more pie! Then back out to Dayton for some more pie with Stanbery's! Hahaha it was so funny. One of the sons was trying to talk to his mom, but she was ignoring him because we were talking to her. This is how the conversation went: "hey, hey mom, can you pass the sour cream?" ..... "Mom?"..... - Travis "Hold on I'm having a conversation with someone" ..... -sister Stanbery "Can you pass the sour cream?" .... "Hey mom" ..... "The sour cream?" -Travis "Travis! I don't know where your Nintendo is!" -sister Stanbery ....... the look on Travis's face was priceless hahaha he was so confused. It was a good thanksgiving! And we have been having leftovers ever since. It's great.
The next day was the Christmas stroll on Main Street! It was so fun! We wore probably every warm piece of clothing we owned haha Including our sweats underneath our skirts yes skirts with an S on the end. Plus we got some hand warmer things and we stayed pretty warm! We went with D's wife and saw a bunch of people we knew and that was fun.
A couple days ago we ate dinner with a family and we shared a message about missionary work and invited them to get 3 OYM's. An OYM is something that we use to do in our mission. It stands for Open Your Mouth. Anytime that we have an honest attempt to share the gospel with someone, so even if they slam the door in our face it still would count as an OYM. And the family accepted the challenge! Then at church this Sunday we noticed that the daughter of that family had brought a friend to church! Later the mom came up to us and said that her daughter had accepted our challenge and later that week her non-member friend asked her about missionary work and the church, so she invited him to church! And guess who gave talks on missionary work and the church this week in sacrament meeting? Sister Peterson and I that's who! It was so cool! God's got everything figured out. I love it :)
My ponderizing for this week is Mosiah 5:15. "Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you His, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of Him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen." I love this scripture! Steadfast and immovable! Christ, the Lord God omnipotent, may seal you His. Everlasting salvation and eternal life. God above all. The words are all put so beautifully. It gets me so pumped to get out there and let everyone know about this amazing gospel. One of my favorite scriptures :)
I love you all! Thank you thank you for all of your prayers and letters and everything that you send my way:)
PS. if you haven't seen the new Christmas Mormon message, A Savior is Born, you should! We have been waiting all month for that to come out haha SO GOOD. Our mission president's wife has asked that we invite our families and friends back at home to share it on Facebook and things! So I invite you all to do so :)
With sister Roush
Sister Judy & Maxwell
All bundled up for the Sheridan Christmas Stroll
With D's wife Christmas strolling
Their Christmas tree
These are all over Ranchester, this is one of the smaller ones we've seen
Out tracting in the snowyness
At Bishop Anderson's house
Today's weather & temperature in Ranchester