Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014

Too many hashtags.  #notenough

The Palouse River sisters and us have been in a #hashtag fad. It's pretty great. We #hashtag everything.

Oh, also. This week is #TRANSFERWEEK. We got transfer calls last night. I'm leaving Moscow and am going to Hayden Lake, Idaho. My new companion will be Sister Maughn. She is a Brazil visa waiter. #languagestudy I'm really excited!  I'm sad to leave Moscow, but I know that this is where I'm needed. I'm excited to start a new adventure. :) Sister Rose will be training. So I'm really excited for her as well. :)

So this week was pretty slow, again. With it still being summer, a lot of families are still traveling and gone at the pool. So we tried to see a lot of people but nobody was home. And, we have dwindled down to a whopping 1 investigator. So sad. Thomas is avoiding us, Jefferson won't reschedule, and Ann and Doug aren't progressing. So, #thesturggle 

On Tuesday we had the BEST Get To It Tuesday EVER! We had a Nerf Gun War! :) We went early and set up the gym. We had so many kids there. It was so much fun. Even the missionaries got to play. And we got to be the referees. Hahaha. We are officially the coolest missionaries ever. #warzone #nerfguns 

This week we taught Annette. I honestly love her so much. She's a drunk, but when she's sober, she's really in tune with the spirit. It's really cool. We met with her yesterday and we asked her what the Book of Mormon was and why we need it. Her answer sounded like it came straight out of a missionary's mouth. She said we need it because Christ suffered for everyone and because of that, we all need to know about it. It was so perfect.

But we have been very busy this week because our Stake President has asked all the missionaries to get into every members home and follow up on their stake conference challenge.  Bishop has really been stressing it and so there were a lot of families that contacted us and we in turn contacted them this week to meet with them.  It's been fun to get to know the ward members better... and it's made our dinner schedule full. One thing that I've loved about this ward is how many returned sister missionaries there are.  We've counted at least 8. and although that is a single digit, that's more than any other area I've been in. The stake presidency challenged every member to make 4 invitations before the next stake conference.  It's been fun to hear their experiences. Nobody's had a bad one.  I love working with the members.  I have a testimony of member missionary work.  Though out my mission, by far the most investigators I've had came from member referrals.  #followup #bestward

This week we also had zone training.  It was so great.  we talked about following up and extending commitments. I love meetings. zone conference, zone training, district meeting, etc.  Whatever it is.  It's always that extra dose of the Spirit that I need.  After zone training we had a little going away party for Elder Dansie our zone leader because he was going home, or in missionary terms "dying."  So we had some monster pizzas (40" pizzas, they're huge) and took some death pictures (Elder Dansie laying on a table pretending to be dead, we all gathered around sad.)  ...and we got to ask Elder Dansie some questions about experiences on his mission and what not, it was very nice.  #zonetraining #ripdansie

Saturday was a really good day.  It went by super fast! Just running from one thing to another and before we knew it the day was over! We helped the stake Relief Society make blankets for some of the people involved in the Wenatchee fires. A couple of the university sisters found a lady named RJ who is golden! Turns out she's a lost less active. but we met with her and taught her about he Book of Mormon using the pictures in the front of the book...(really fun, good FHE activity, you should do it sometime) and had a great lesson with her.  We also talked to a lot of people on the street that day. And at zone training they had just talked about being specific for people you want to find.  i.e. someone in a hat, someone pushing a stroller.  So we decided to find someone in a hat AND glasses.  We had one awesome contact with a Russian guy who's met with the missionaries before. and then as we were walking on this long stretch of sidewalk there was a man ahead and he had a hat on so I turned to my companion and said "if he has glasses, we HAVE to talk to him."  Turns out he did and so we stopped and talked to him.....and he kept walking because he was running late.  Almost made a cool story. but not.  #newinvestigatorssomeday 

Wednesday was National Rootbeer Float day, so A&W was giving away free root beer floats. So we went with the other sisters and got root beer floats.  That's also where the title of this email, and the idea therein, comes from.  Sister Strong speaks in hashtag form. #SisStevensfault and #itscontagious.

This week I read In Helaman 8. The Nephites are wicked and the Lamanites are righteous. Nephi (the one who didn't get burned in the prison) writes:

All the people had to do was look at the brass snake that Moses was holding up on a stick. If they did that, they would be healed and live. But it was too easy and some of them didn't have the faith that it would actually work. Just as they needed to look to the serpent, we must look to Christ and we will live. That was my "motto" for this week.

"Look to Christ and LIVE."

I love you all! I'll email you next week from HAYDEN LAKE :)


All my love!
Sister Gardanier


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