Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014

"Turtle Rock"

First off let me tell you how great it is to have super weird lessons as a missionary. They make for the BEST stories. All missionaries will understand. Our "Turtle Rock" incident was hands down the highlight of the week. I will get to that story in a second. Try not to lose hope in humanity. 

This week was actually really crazy. We had a lot of random things pop out of nowhere. Sister McWilliams and I both got sick. We had nasty colds... and we're still recovering. I hate runny noses! We've basically used a whole box of tissues in 5 days. Awesome. I know you're all super jealous.

Our investigator, Anne, pulled out pamphlets on Anti-Mormon stuff this week at an appointment. I had never seen it before. It was crazy. Most of it wasn't even true, and the other stuff was taken out of context so it sounded really weird. Anne said she knew that most of it was a lie and the truth was stretched, so we aren't too concerned. But we'll definitely be watching her.

We also had dinner with a Pastor. That was quite an event. His church preached Anti, so we got hit with that, too. (twice in one week....) He was basically nicely bible bashing us. It was really cool to see how flustered he was getting in the lesson. Sister McWilliams and I were completely fine and he was always all over the place. It was mostly just a Q and A thing. He's a talker, and he was reading some "notes" during our lesson and asking us questions from the papers. It was anti Mormon stuff. Sister McWilliams couldn't tell, but let's be honest. Nobody types 5 pages of notes to discuss with the Mormon missionaries when they come over for dinner. Nobody. And it was all weird questions. 

So we got a referral for another set of sisters. So we went to go visit him with a member. He seemed pretty normal. So we sit and get to know him a bit. His name is Lamar he used to meet with the Elders a several years ago. This and that.. then our member asks about his religious background...And so it began. Turns out he is a schizophrenic and has visions and hallucinations all of the time.. After we get past the initial shock of hearing this craziness we ask how he could see religion and faith blessing him in his life. He responds simply by saying that he could definitely appreciate it as he knows that it would enhance his "voice hearing" experiences... things like that. Haha!! So we try and clarify the purpose of religion and ask if he is interested in learning more.. His response goes something along these lines... Well the other day I was on a walk and I found this rock and on it there's this turtle like fossil on it..I couldn't find it anywhere on the internet or anything! So it has to be the source of all spirituality. Okay basically he tells us that right now he is enjoying too much his worshipping of his fossily turtle rock. YEAH! I never thought I would actually meet someone that worships false Idols!!! Like I said. Don't lose hope in humanity.

Yep. So it was a pretty normal week. Hahahaha. But all of these things made me grateful for the gospel and how much it blesses us. There are so many blessings that we are given that we don't even see. I love that I know what I'm doing here, where I'm going,  and where I came from. It gives me peace to know that there's someone who knows more than me. That He has a purpose for me here on earth. :)

I love all of you. This is my last email as a teenage missionary. HOLLA. :)

Watch General Conference. Its going to be SO GOOD.

All my love,

Sister Gardanier

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

This week was crazy busy. But what else is new? Sister McWilliams got me sick this week. I have a nasty cold and I sneeze every 5 minutes. Good luck teaching when you can hardly breathe....Hahaha... But hey. When I was sneezing, Sister McWilliams wasn't so it all turned out well. Someone has his eye on us. :)

I really can't think of anything super exciting that happened. We've been doing lots of service! We're helping a member re-do her cabinets. I am PRO.... so if you ever need help sanding or staining cabinets, let us know. we know what to do. :) 

I feel like we're always running for appointment to appointment. And we're always late. But we're working on it. :) And we bike on the weekends, and Sister M can ride circles around me. Let me tell you. Moscow is SO not flat. So my thighs obviously love me. 

I'm learning to love tracting.....awful. I can't believe it. We tract in trailer parks. Mom would not be happy with the conditions of these apartments. Hahahaha. But we're obviously safe. And we've actually found quite a few potential investigators there. So, I guess tracting can work. But don't quote me on that.

We have a small town in our area called Genesee. Its a 15 minute drive from our apartment to the town. the population is teeny. We could probably tract it in one day. Sad how frequent the word "tracting" has been appearing in this email. ..Haha. But we were able to go there twice this week! We got lots done. We visited a less active who sells gyros at state fairs. She said she goes to the Arizona State Fair every year! :)

I don't have a ton of time. But thanks for everything you do! I can't believe I'm almost 20. That's insane to me. Its wierd to think I spent the majority of my 19th year serving a mission. If you would have told me I would be doing that 2 years ago, I wouldn't have believed you. 

Love you lots!

Shout out to Dallyce Christensen for eating legs. :)

Sister Gardanier!

                                 We made caramel sauce and brownies
                                      for one of the Elder's birthday's.

                                     We helped clean out an investigators trailer.

                                                   Sanding cabinets.

                                          Sister M and Sister G!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

Cliff Notes....

This week we had SO MANY funny things. I wish I wrote them all down. One of my favorites was our investigator, Matt told us that he read Moroni. And we were like why would you just skip to the back? And he told us that it was because he thought Moroni was the "cliff notes" of the book of Mormon. Hahahahah we DIED. He's so honest that it's hilarious.

This week I don't have a ton of time to email, but I'll share some of the high lights that I can remember.

 1. One of our investigators, Terry, DROPPED US. It wasn't even a nice break up either. we went over to check on him because he had been avoiding us. We knocked on his door, he saw it was us, and then said "I'm busy. bye" ...then proceeded to SLAM THE DOOR IN OUR FACES. I do NOT like that. at all. I turned to Sis. McWilliams and I was like "yeah, I don't think so" and I knocked on his door again and he yelled "Leave me alone!" So we put a sticky note on his door that said "we love you and hope you're okay" We think he's gone crazy.

2. We put Cal on date! He'll be baptized on April 12th. :) He's the cutest old man I've ever seen. :)  He makes us pasta salad. Haha

3. We tract. That's not a good thing, but I figured I might as well put it on here.

4. We bike. A lot. That's not good either. But I know you were wondering. :)

5. We had 5 investigators in church on Sunday. HOLLAA!

6. I had to bear my testimony in sacrament meeting on Sunday. No big. Just reppin' the sissinnaries. :)

That's all I can remember right now. I have lots of pictures though!

I love you and thanks for all your love! Send me mail. Por Favor :)

All my love,
Sister Gardanier :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 - Moscow, Idaho


Surprise! Yo girl is in Moscow, Idaho! It's another college town. It's the college town for University of Idaho. Sister McWilliams is my new companion. She's way cute and hilarious. We've been having lots of fun. This has seriously been the craziest week ever though. In my new area, last week we had 12 PROGRESSING INVESTIGATORS. I thought those numbers only happened in South America and Africa. But I saw it with my own eyes this week. CRAZY. It blows my mind. We are so busy all the time and I seriously can't keep up. I'm dead tired by 9:00pm and practically pass out on the couch while we're planning. Its so great!

Tuesday morning I got the call from my mission president that I was getting ET'd (emergency transferred). We had appointments all day long and I didn't have any time to pack. We got home at 8:00pm and I hadn't even started gathering my belongings. So Sister Simpson packed all my study stuff and I did everything else. I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF. Ridiculous. I was packing until about 3am and then I had to wake up at 4:30am to meet the transfer van to take me to Moscow, Idaho. I had a solid hour and a half of sleep. I was absolutely charming when I got to Moscow. (100% sarcasm. hahaha) I really did try to be happy... but I hadn't eaten all day and I needed sleep. I told Sis. McWilliams that I was moody and this isn't actually how I am. We had appointments all night. 

Wednesday was smashed with Tuesday.

Thursday was weekly planning. We were planning all day.

Friday we had a crazy amount of lessons. I don't remember all of what happened. We're just always busy. 

We were on exchanges on Saturday! I was in a married student ward with Sis. Rasmuson, an STL (sister training leader - a sister who helps train new missionaries) . The other STL is Sis. Rasmussen. Crazy. I know. President has a sense of humor FOR SURE. :) We had lots of fun. We pretty just just did service and ate food. :)

Sunday we had 5 investigators in Church! HOLLAAA! I didn't know that was possible either. We had to get up early for ward council and I was totally falling asleep in sacrament meeting. I was being a GREAT example. Hahaha. I tried so hard to stay awake. Then we went to appointments and I met more people and lots of investigators. If I get left to this area without Sister McWilliams, I'm seriously going to die. I don't know how to handle all this work. Its insane.

Last transfer we were asked to read the Book of Mormon in 6 weeks (the length of time between one transfer). I learned SO MUCH. I wasn't able to keep up, but the things I did learn were absolutely unforgettable. My favorite scripture was Mosiah 2:41 "....consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things...." I have been surprised at the amount of people who begin investigating the church because they notice that Mormons are happy. I love it. We as members are happy because we keep the commandments. we know our purpose and know why we are here and where we are going. We are "blessed in all things"

I love all of you. Write me letters. :)

All my love,

Sister Gardanier

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Transfer #8

Let me tell you. These 10 months have literally flown by. I can't believe I'm in the 8th transfer and my 7th companion. That's crazy. I feel like I'm still a little baby in the mission field, but I'm in the "big kid's club". Almost all of the missionaries in the mission have been out less than I have. Which is super weird. there are 240 missionaries in my mission. our mission cap is 250. So, we will see what happens. :)

Tuesday was transfers! Sister Simpson got dropped off at our apartment. Then Sister Tritt finished packing and we drove to the valley to drop her off with her new companion. We also stopped by Cafe Rio for lunch, of course. :) We didn't get back home until like 5, so we ate dinner and Sister Simpson unpacked.

Nothing super cool has been going on this week. The first week of transfers is always slow and we don't get much work done with all the craziness. But we have met lots of members and been able to set up lessons with recent converts.

Friday we had a miracle! We had a referral from last transfer and we couldn't find her. Then we went to a youth baptism in our ward and she was there! So we talked to her and she wants to take the discussions! We'll start teaching her in like 2 weeks.

Sunday we had 3 less actives in church. 3!!! We worked all week to get them to church and when they walked in, I almost cried. It was so great to watch the members in the ward recognize who they were and say hello.  It was awesome to see the members show the less actives they were happy to see them at church. :)

Thanks for all the love. I love all of you lots and am grateful for the support I have received from everyone. :) 

Enjoy the Gilbert temple! Get lots of work done! :)

All my love,
Sister Gardanier

                          Her 10 month mark!!  You can see the huge banner our family
                             made for her at Thanksgiving on the top of the picture.
                                                   Thanks Espo's!!

                                   Her new companion, Sister Simpson

                                        A "selfie" of the two sisters...