Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 - I (seriously) met a Jedi Knight

So, this week.

I really don't even know where to begin.

So I guess I'll just start at the beginning. :)

On Monday, we went to Linder Farms as a Zone, a place sort of like Thanksgiving Point, but smaller.  It was fun.  We were running around in the corn maze and played with the animals in the petting zoo and just relaxed and had a good ole' time being crazy kids. :)  It was great.

Tuesday.  On Tuesday we saw the Whiteheads, the first time we have seen them in 5 weeks!  We talked a lot about commandments, and why we need to follow them.  The whole family was interested, and they all showed up for church on Sunday!  WOOT!  So happy they came.  We're hoping that we can keep visiting them.  All the kids are great. :)

So on Wednesday, I had a feeling that we needed to tract out a certain neighborhood, and Sister Stevens agreed with me.  So we did and met this lady named Kim.  As we started talking to her, she had told us before how she had been taking the lessons up in John Day, OR!  We were sitting there like "what?!"  And then she told us about how one of the Elders had offended her, so she excused them out of her home and they had never been back.  We of course apologized for what had happened, and she said that it was fine, but wasn't 'interested in letting more missionaries in, and talked a little more.  Well, I don't remember how we got to the subject of hair, but it did.  And I offered to cut her hair for her.  AND SHE SAID YES.  This lady, who 5 minutes before wasn't willing to let any more missionaries in her home, agreed to let us come in so that I could cut her hair!  To make a long story short, what normally probably would have been a 2 minute discussion ended up being a 30 minute porch discussion.  It was awesome. :)

BUT IT GETS BETTER.  So, we went over on Friday so that I can cut her hair.  (That's right, she didn't cancel.  We actually got inside the house!)  And while we're there talking, she offered to feed us dinner.  DINNER.  And we're like "uh.... we're booked, but we'll get back to you when we have a free spot."  I am so happy!  And she wants us to keep visiting her!  So, before we left (what had started out as a half-hour haircut turned into an hour-and-a-half discussion :) ), we left her with a scripture in Isaiah 63:9, where it talks about how the Atonement was done out of love, and there was a very powerful spirit in the room as we discussed that verse.  I am really excited to be able to go back there and visit more with her.  She's a super sweet lady. :)

We also taught Karisma Wood on Wednesday night.  The lesson went really well.  I like Karisma because she'll ask questions when she doesn't get it, like she did when we taught the Kingdoms of Glory.  She wants to make sure she understands what she's learning, and it's great.  And she showed up for Sacrament meeting too this Sunday!  We're thinking that we actually might make the date of November 22 for her baptism.  We're super excited for her. :)

We also went to the Pitts home for a lesson on Tithing and Fasting on Friday.  David is the sweetest 7-year old EVER.  Like, seriously.  So stinking cute!  Before we got to teach our lesson, he had to ask us some questions first, like if Lehi was a prophet and if Joseph Smith went to church.  And he loves reading the Book of Mormon.  :)  The rest of the lesson went well too, and we willingly agreed to live the law of tithing and fasting.  Then on Sunday they came to church!  So many church goers! :D  So we sat with them during Sacrament Meeting.  Apparently David really likes Primary. :)  Which of course makes us happy. :)  They're going to feed us tonight-- "payment" for me giving both of them haircuts-- and we're super excited.  BRING ON THE GRILLED CHEESES AND POTATO SOUP!!!  (yes, that is what we requested for dinner.  What can I say?  We're kids at heart.)

Saturday was BUSY.  We started out by helping clean the church, then we went to 3rd Wards Super Saturday, which was fun.  We made little necklaces and talked to the ladies making tortillas.  And then guess who showed up for Lunch?!  Suzanne and Shanna Pfieffer!!!  (Suzanne is Susan, by the way.)  So they stayed around and ate lunch, got to know a couple of the Sisters in the ward, and we set up an appointment so that I could cut Shanna's hair later. (Yup.  Hair skills.   They get you into doors.  Who knew?)  So, we went over later that day, cut Shanna's hair, and talked about the Book of Mormon a little bit.  it went well. :)  But sadly, they weren't at Sacrament meeting yesterday. :(  Oh well, maybe next week. 

In between the two visits with the Pfieffers, we went over to the Taylors home and shared the Prophet of the Restoration movie with them.  Chris really enjoyed it, and was glad to know more about Joseph Smiths life.  We then directed the conversation to how it relates to us.  We talked about how we are like Joseph Smith; How we each have a divine purpose and potential, and that as we follow the Lord, we can be clear about the path we need to take, no matter what happens to us.  It was an amazing lesson.

So, after all of that, we went to dinner with the Neals, an awesome missionary family.  We had fun teaching them how faith is like bubbles and sunglasses.  Don't ask me to repeat the lesson though.  It was so awesome that it cannot be repeated.

.... actually, I just can't remember it.


At the end of the night, we had a Halloween carnival for 10th ward.  And guess who came to the carnival?  CHRIS TAYLOR!!!!  In all of his Jedi Knight glory!!!!! (Seriously though, he is like, the most legit-looking Jedi I have ever seen in my life.  It was awesome.)  He didn't stay the whole time, probably around 45 minutes or so.  We were just super happy that he actually came.  This was a huge step for him, so we're excited. :)  (Also, for those who were wondering, there was a little haunted walkway.  I'm pretty sure Sister Stevens and I squealed more than the primary kids.)

And to round out the week, we had a lesson with the Martin Girls on Sunday.  We talked about service and how they could serve others.  It was nice. :)  Their dad had the day off yesterday, so he was able to come to church.  he was talking about it and was like "Yeah, Sundays like today makes me want to go to my manager and tell him that I'm no longer working Sundays and tough darts if he doesn't like it.  Just to ruffle his feathers.  At least."  It was a good lesson though.

... oh.  Did I forget to mention that we had transfer calls this Saturday?  Well, in case you were wondering, I am staying another transfer in Kuna with Sister Stevens!  I'm so happy that I get another six weeks with her. :)  It's going to be awesome. :)

Well, that's it for this week!  Have a Happy Halloween for those of you that get to celebrate it!  I love y'all!  Keep the faith!


Sister Empey

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