Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Heat July 9, 2012

Hello Family!
   How's summer?  It's starting to get pretty hot here.  Triple digits.  It's been trying hard to get up there.  I'm sorry everyone in Utah.  I forgot how miserable it is to be that hot.  I'm just thankful we don't have fires.  I'm glad to hear that it rained.  I hope you continue to be blessed with more. 
   We had a good week here.  I don't remember if I mentioned or not last week, but we are now teaching Sister Kagle and her son, Danny, separately.  We had a great lesson with her about the doctrine of Christ.  It turns out even though she was baptized at 8 years old, she doesn't know anything.  We decided to treat her like an investigator and do all the basics.  I think that helped her a lot.  She doesn't know too much, but once she has it explained to her, she understands.  She has to work every Sunday, and I think once she retires she'll be active.  She likes the church.  And we had a good lesson with Danny last night.  We brought a member with us, which was good.  I like bringing members.  Missionary goes so much more smoothly when members get involved.  We also taught him about the doctrine of Christ and then talked a lot about how he's been having a lot of experiences lately that have helped him be more open to our message.  I know if he lets himself recognize that the spirit is guiding him to us, he'll want to be baptized.
   We also had a lesson with James.  I also don't remember if I mentioned him or not.  He is a less active man who wants to be active and to have the melchizedek priesthood.  We've met with him about three times, but he doesn't live in our area, so we passed him on to the elders.  We had a lesson with all of them to build up the relationship.  That was fun.  He told us that his name is no longer James.  He changed it to Rasiel Jordan Diamond.  People told him he could change his name and those are the three names that they mentioned, so there you go.  Interesting fellow.  Really nice guy.  He will go to our ward though because of financial situations.  We saw him at church yesterday.  I couldn't call him Rasiel, and apparently his name is no longer James, so I didn't call him anything.  He hasn't stayed for sunday school or anything yet but hopefully he will soon.
   We will be having sisters exchanges this week.  I'm leaving and I'm going somewhere other than Upland.  This time I'm going to the Victoria area (it covers Victoria Gardens) with Sister Fairbourn.  I'm way excited!  I was roommates with Sister Fairbourn for six months.  I'm excited to spend a couple days with her in her area.  Today all the sisters are going to go bowling for the sisters activity.  Don't know how I feel about that.  I mean, I'm really good at bowling and everything, so I don't want to make everyone feel bad when we're six rounds in and I only have 10 points. 
   In conclusion, I would just like to say that in this ward, for the whole month every sacrament meeting speaker is assigned the same topic.  This month is faith, hope, and charity.  Sister Dyckman and I had already prepared some of our talks, and yesterday, all of it was shared by the speakers.  It's going to be fun to try and make our talks different from everyone else's talks in addition to each others.  I've changed mine and taken a different direction that hopefully no one else will talk about.  We'll find out on Sunday. 
   Have a great week everyone!  Love you all!
-Sister Stacey
PS MOM AND DAD- glad to hear that the trip was fun.  I'll be feeling 'out of my groove' for the rest of the week.  Sisters exchanges always to that to me.  Especially when I go to a different area.  I can't believe that I'm halfway through this transfer.  Sister Dyckman and I have been having so much fun.  It's been so refreshing to have a companion that is fun to go do work with.  I hope whoever my companion is next transfer is also fun to do the work with.  ALSO I think that my mail has been getting lost.  I know that you said you weren't able to send Kevin's email, but I haven't been getting ANY mail, and I know people are sending things.  And that's been going on for about three weeks now.  I'm going to check with the mission office and see if they've been forwarding my mail to the wrong address.  I just don't see the post office losing so much mail, and all just mine.  Hopefully that's what happened and they're not lost!  That would make me sad.  Anyway, love you both!  Have a great week at work, Dad!  Have fun with the dogs, Mom! haha

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