Thursday, January 9, 2014

CHRISTMAS and ... it's almost 2014!?! Waaaa??? (12/30/13)

This week was crazy!!! Per usual
On Pday, I gave Sister Dockstader her Christmas present...I dyed her hair GINGER! woot woot!
She looks AMAZING!
We also read the Christmas in America story in the Book of Mormon with our most progressing investigator, Jane. She is still planning on being baptized, so everyone please pray for her! We also stopped by another investigator named Terry. It's so sad because her landlord is kicking her and her roommate out of their house, and she doesn't have enough money to afford another place right now. So, I'm pretty sure she is homeless :( We haven't been able to get ahold of her.
On Tuesday, we stopped by to see some people in the morning but nobody was home. Then, we drove to RICHMOND! YAYYY!! It wasn't even too bad of traffic. We stopped by the mission office and gave all of the mission office missionaries Christmas cards. Then we went to the mission home! It was 4:45pm when we got there, so we even got to knock some doors around the mission home until 5pm. One guy named Tom was super nice and said that if we were ever in Richmond again, we could stop by again. Hopefully we will get too see him again!
Then, we had dinner and a devotional with President Tilleman, Sister Tilleman, Karl Tilleman, Danny Tilleman, Sarah Olsen, Sarah Tilleman, Sister Dockstader and I. It was definetly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The spirit was SO strong as we all bore our testimony of the savior on Christmas eve.
Then we stayed the night with the Surry Sisters: Sister Smith and Sister Fonnespeck. Sister Fonnespeck was up in Prince George so I already knew her; Sister Dockstader Trained Sister Smith. It was so fun! We woke up and then GOT TO MAKE OUR PHONE CALLS :) I loved talking to my family . . . I MISS YOU SO MUCH!!
We drove back on Christmas day to Chilliwack. We knocked on some doors and found a new investigator on Christmas!!! We knocked on a door of a less active lady and she was so nice! She let us in, we met her husband and kids; she wasn't even on our ward directory! It was such a Christmas miracle! Then we went to Dinner with one member family, and then another member family, and then stopped by a part member family and it was so nice. It was a Christmas that I'll never forget!!
Then we did weekly planning...blech. I hate doing it, but it is the best thing ever because then we always know what we need to do. We found 4 new investigators that day!!! We knocked on this lady's door and she was like "sure come back" and sister Dockstader...being the cat lover she is...saw her cat and wanted to pet it. She let us in, we met her parents, taught the whole first discussion, and they can't wait for us to come back! It was so awesome. I can't wait to teach them again tomorrow.
We also taught this Protestant man and his wife. It was hard because he's like "only God can withstand the wrath of God" and we are like..."Jesus is the son of he could withstand the wrath of God". He also believes in the Trinity. We will try teaching him one more time...but I don't know how truth-seeking he is.
Then on Saturday, we stopped by some more people and set up some appointments. We stopped by this less active lady's house but she wasn't home. Her non-member husband and their daughter and kids were home though. The less active lady came to church on Sunday and brought her non-member grandaughter! It was AWESOME! Then we stopped by to teach an investigator after church on Sunday, but we found out that he was we can't teach him unless we get his parents permission. That was awkward. And that pretty much sums up the week!
I hope y'all had a wonderful christmas and I miss you all so much. I can't believe that it's almost 2014 and I'll be a missionary for the WHOLE YEAR of 2014....weird.
Oh and when Sister Dockstader called her family, her little sister played the song "what does the fox say?" on the phone for us. It was SUCH A GOOD SONG! hahahaha. I wish I could listen to it again. In 13 months I'll be able to.
Sister Struempler

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