Monday, July 25, 2016

"I'm Feelin 22" // Merry Christmas in July !!!

Hey everyone :)

This week has been a busy one. It is only appropriate that I gave this email that title because when else can I say that. It's been a good birthday week :) Huge thanks to my family and friends for making my birthday special even while im out here in Idaho.  For our last P-day sister Olson and I got some members in the ward to donate bouncy houses for p-day and we had an Olympic games day it was super fun and i think all the missionaries really enjoyed it. That night we had exchanges with the "Kuna Trio" which was fun. I was in Kuna with Sisters Latu and Beauchamp and we had fun with all the cornfields and cows in Kuna. It was a very much needed exchange for one of the sisters who is far from home. We were just grateful to be able to step in and help the sisters in their area. We were able to find a potential investigator who said he would like to learn more and get into some less active homes which they needed some more work in their area. This week i really focused on being a bolder, better missionary at ever door we went too.

 Sister Olson and I worked on having a thought prepared for them as we approached and we had some good conversations with people. Our district leader  committed us to talk to 10 extra people everyday. It helps that Pokemon Go came out because we can actually talk to people on the streets now. We had a lesson with a potential investigator that I have personally been praying about and for for weeks now and the moment came we brought a member and he brought his friend. His friend did all the talking and the purpose of us meeting was so lost. We went twenty different directions and I asked the gentleman what is your purpose if you want to know the book of Mormon is true what are you going to do when you find out? There is so much that flew through my mind in the moments. It wasn't the most positive experience but i learned many things from it this week. I reflected on Oliver Cowderys experience when he wanted to translate the plates the lord says in Section 9 "you supposed i would give it to you.. and you thought not to ask me and i will answer" sometimes we expect heavenly father to just give us answers and the fact that we asked the question should bee enough. But Heavenly Father asks us to search and ponder we need to work for the answers we get but when we truly search we learn and then receive that confirmation of the principles truthfulness and that journey is what builds our testimony. 

 Saturday morning we went to have a tracking blitz and were supposed to meet in the high council room and as i walked it I heard "Surprise!!" It's super hard to surprise me but, well I'm nosy and i make it my job to know. But Sister Zittinig and Robinson pulled it off and we had a early birthday celebration with the zone ice cream was the cake with 22 candles :) It was great. Balloons, streamers, party hats it was super sweet of my sista to pull it together for me! Tons of randoms surprises this week from family and friends it was awesome. Sunday was great it was filled with tons of happy birthdays from the primary kids who sang to me twice, more ice cream and cupcakes than you can imagine from ward members and tons of sweet birthdays wishes. I serve in such wonderful wards and am super grateful to have celebrated my birthday in the mission field. We ended our day with ice cream sundaes with the members we live with and their kids and a awesome voicemail President and Sister Sorenson left on our phone wishing me a Happy Birthday. It was a jammed packed week but we made it work! Thank everyone SOO much for thinking of me on my birthday I really appreciate you remembering one of your favorite missionaries :) Hope everyone had a great week :)

Merry Christmas in July :)

xo Sister Cleveland    

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