computer before but that is NOTHING like how the game really is played haha he had to dumb down the rules for us though for us to be able to catch on at first. It was super fun though!
Tuesday we did area book stuff again all day but luckily we were able to finish all of our part that by that night. The only thing we had to do after that was have our district leader check off that we had done all the records and then shred or burn all the records.
Wednesday we had district meeting in the morning where Sister Hansen and I felt rebuked because once again we talked about OYMing. That's the third time that has come up within the last week...I think Heavenly Father is trying to tell us something lol. That afternoon we did family history research. Our mission is really pushing family
history. Our mission President wants us to have stories of our ancestors within the next month so we've been doing some research for that. Families are so important and if we're going to be teaching people about that everyday then we should probably know something about our own family history as well. It's been so cool to look more
into my family and where I came from. I feel like I tell about this every week but it's seriously because it feels so good to do it. I'm glad that we've been emphasizing it so much lately. For dinner we went out to Hoss's (steak and seafood place, it's like sizzler) with a couple from the family Ward. They're this super cute retired couple
who have so many great stories. He was in the military and served in the Vietnam war and she had her own private investigator business that they did together for awhile. They've moved all around since they've been in the military so they have lots of fun stories from all around the world. One of the Elders here in State College who went with us made a bet with Sister Hansen to see who could make the tallest ice
cream cone at the dessert bar and in order to win, you had to eat it all too. Sister Hansen made hers the tallest and of course she ate it all. Surprisingly she didn't feel too sick afterwards which was good. We didn't have our cameras with us which is sad but it was super funny. That night we did institute where we studied Moses 7. We talked all about Zion (what it is, where it is, what it'll be like). We got off on a tangent about the economy because in Moses 7:18 where it talks about Zion it says that there will be no poor. So of course we discussed the economy and how that could be a thing haha ultimately it came down to the law of consecration though and the fact that since God gave us everything, if we recognize that, are grateful for it and are willing to give it all back to him then things will work out and there will be no poor.
Thursday we went and helped out with our stake's girls camp. They asked us if we would give a devotional in the evening so we went up for dinner and participated in some of their activities after that and then finished off the evening with the devotional with them. They did skits which were pretty funny and then a faith walk where along the way they heard the testimonies of some of the women in church history about the restoration. The theme for their camp was D&C 50:24. It was
all about the light that comes from the gospel and sharing it. We talked about the restoration and testimonies in our devotional and based it off of a talk given by Elder Uchtdorf called "Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth" and a talk by Elder L. Whitney Clayton called "Choose to Believe." It was fun to be there with all the young
women and feel of their love and testimonies. Man I miss girls camp. Those were definitely some times that strengthened my testimony. Also Thursday was my 4th click day which means I have been a missionary for 4 months now. That's crazy! It feels like it's been forever haha
Friday was good because we went out to lunch with one of our former investigators, Izzy. Man I miss her a bunch. She dropped us about 2 months ago because she didn't have enough time to meet with us between school and work and family but she's done with school for the summer so she's going to try and meet with us again if she can. Her family is awesome and is way supportive in her meeting with us. She says she misses us and the peace that came into her life when she did meet with us. Hopefully we get to see her again soon. The other thing that made that lunch appointment so good was that we went out for Thai food! Man I miss Thai food so much! It's been so long since I've had some and man I sure love it! On the bus we ran into one of our former investigators who told us that gay marriage is now legal all
throughout the U.S., that's pretty crazy. It hasn't affect us or our work too much yet so hopefully they're aren't any complications with that as far as the church goes.
Saturday we had two meal appointments, one for lunch and the other for dinner. Lunch was with the Banya family and they are seriously so cute and I want to grow up and be like them someday. They have amazing kids who are already so accomplished but are under the age of 6. They definitely have a gospel centered family and you can tell. That makes such a difference in a home. Dinner was with the Bench family. They
made us this nice, fancy dinner that was so amazing! Brother Bench made us Lion House rolls which were so good. They have awesome testimonies and it was fun to sit and talk with the about their lives. In between our meal appointments we had our district leader check off our area book to make sure we were done. There were a couple changes that needed to be done but they're quick and easy. We were supposed to have a bonfire that night to burn our area books but it got rained out so we're gonna have to do it another night. We also went and saw Raisa at her work that day. She was busy and didn't have a lot of time to talk but we gave her cookies and a talk so hopefully she liked it. She texted us afterwards and told us she loved the cookies and wanted the recipe haha
Church yesterday was good. My favorite part was relief society where we talked about questioning, pondering, and finding answers to things within the church. I love that it is encouraged within the church to question things and to find the answers for ourselves. We tell people everyday not to take our word about what we teach but to study and pray to know for themselves. We can each get that confirmation and find the truths that are in the gospel. "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith"- Dieter F. Uchtdorf 😊 After church we tried to take cookies to one of our less actives but he wasn't home so that was sad. Then for dinner we ate with the Moss family who is in our branch. They're like a perfect couple; so cute and they basically have they're lives all figured out all ready. Then that night we had a sleepover with the other Sister missionaries in our branch which was really fun. We made popcorn and had cookies while talking about some fun mission stories we have. We love pday Eve (the night before pday lol) 😁
This morning we had to go talk to the office at our apartment complex because there was a leak in one of our closets that started Friday night but progressively got worse through the weekend. The maintenance guys showed up and found out that our water heater is rusting and had a leak in it so they're replacing that for us this morning. Hopefully that solves everything and we won't have any more problems with that.
For pday we are going to the Arboretum which is a pretty park/garden on campus. I haven't been there yet but I've heard it's really pretty there so we're going to go walk through it today and then we're going to Denny's for lunch for an Elders birthday. So it should be a fun day
Hope ya'll are doing well! Happy 4th of July this week!!!
Sister Kayla Johnson