This week hasn't been super eventful again because were still doing area book stuff. We basically just sit inside all day and type on our iPads to convert all of our records. We've been pretty cranky about it all week but we're getting there. We'll still have to do it this week but we're getting close to the end of it so that's nice.
Last Monday I think I already told you about pday and that we hiked mt nittany again. And then afterwards we did FHE at the branch. We played games which was a lot of fun. Some people played phase 10 and others played Bang! Bang is a hard game to explain but it was pretty fun. We had a lot of treats there too and it was fun because someone brought Dorito Roulette. Idk if you've seen that in the stores or not but it's a bag of nacho Doritos and then like 1/4 of the chips are super spicy
and so it's a game of roulette to see if you get the regular nacho cheese ones or the super spicy ones. It's so fun! I feel like my family would love it!
Tuesday we did dinner with the Gardner's again. They're so sweet! They had us over last week but because the elders weren't able to make it they had us over again this week so the elders could come too. After dinner we had to do more area book stuff so we decided to make it fun by making a fort! Haha it was super hot in there but it was fun. Ohand also earlier that day we got roses from some Muslims who had a booth on campus. They were telling everyone about how Ramadan started the next day and they had lots of treats and drinks from their culturethat they were handing out. They gave us tea and we felt bad for telling them no so we just took the cup and then walked away and dumped it out down the street lol they were so nice and sweet though!
Wednesday was Sister Busath's (one of the other sister missionaries in our branch) click day so we went to the waffle shop. It was yummy! That night we did dinner with the branch as usual and as we were sitting there Loveday just randomly asked us if we could have a lesson right then lol it was so awesome of her to feel so comfortable with us to do that. So we took a member and did a lesson with her. She hadsome questions about the restoration and the timeline of it so we went over that with her and showed her Joseph Smith history. It was cool too because I searched "restoration" on the gospel library app and it came up with a new institute manual which is dedicated just to the restoration. Apparently it was brand new that week so we thought that was cool and probably not a coincidence that both of those things
happened that same week. After Loveday's lesson we had institute and we learned about Moses 6. It was funny because we read a couple scriptures that morning for studies on being better about opening our mouths and how we need to talk to everyone as missionaries and then in institute that night we read the same ones as part of the lesson plan. We felt pretty rebuked and decided we need to be better at OYMing (open your mouth, basically talking to everyone we see).
Thursday we had zone conference. We had a training on how they want us to us social media in our work. We'll be able to use Facebook, Skype/FaceTime and blogs. We probably won't be able to get all that for the next couples weeks. We can't get it until every single missionary is done converting all their area books. Yuck! Haha we're
really trying to push social media in missionary work though. If you don't already have a Mormon.org profile, I encourage you to make one. They are so helpful to missionary work to be able to have your investigators relate to Mormons. So ya...get one 😁
Friday we did a dinner with all the missionaries again. We're trying to do those once a week when our schedules match up. It's so fun to be in an area when there's so many missionaries. I love hearing and sharing stories of the work in other areas. It's motivating and helpful. We made pancakes and grilled muffins. It was funny cause the
elders did the pancakes in crazy shapes. They did stars, Mickey Mouse, a shark, and this is a pic of a horse pancake lol. Silly elders. That night after we finished our planning we heard weird sounds outside so we went out and saw fireworks!!! It was so cool! I love fireworks and am sad to miss doing them with my family for 4th of July but it was cool to see them already this season 😊💥🇺🇸#murica
Saturday Sam took us out to lunch at the Diner. They are famous for their "grilled stickies". It's like a grilled cinnamon roll with ice cream on top. Super yummy! And then that night Sister Busath got a package with s'more stuff so we roasted them over our stove that night haha. It was also Sister Hansen's first click day on Saturday so that was fun. We were going to go to the creamery but never got the chance so we decided we'll go sometime this week.
Yesterday church was really good. One of our recent converts, Rav, spoke in sacrament. He shared his conversion story which was super cool. He has such an amazing testimony. Also it was Father's Day so that was good. Definitely not as eventful for us as missionaries as Mother's Day is but is was still good. I love and miss my dad that's for sure haha
This week should be fun. We're going and helping out with a devotional at girls camp and we have a lunch appointment with a former investigator so we're really excited about that. Hopefully we can survive one more week full of area book stuff. If you don't hear from me next week it probably means we died from boredom from doing too much area book stuff haha
Love you all and hope you're doing well!
Sister Kayla Johnson