Monday, December 2, 2013

Week of Thanksgiving

To whom it may concern,

So last week was Thanksgiving and boy was it ever so crazy!!! We had transfers the day before Turkey day and so Monday and Tuesday were spent running around teaching people and Sister Grigley saying her goodbyes. I have a new comp now! Sister Flores and I were in the MTC together.

Her family is from Mexico and so her first language is Spanish! She is awesome and I love her to death. We are going to have a lot of fun this transfer. Also, I am constantly being reminded of how small this world really is. Sister Flores is from Hyrum, UT and she worked as a custodian in the apartment complex where I lived while going to USU. I've seen her in "real life"!! That was a crazy connection!
Thanksgiving Day we went over to the recently released Stake President's home. President Shumway will one day be a general authority, I just know it. Thanksgiving there was great we ate with his family and a lot of the other missionaries from our zone! They have this tradition where they place three corn kernels at everyone's place on the table. Since there are three kernels, everyone says three things they are grateful for. It was so spiritual and basically like a testimony meeting, tears were shed and tissues were needed. 

From the Shumway's home, we went over to the Baumann's. The Baumann's are a family in our ward that our just awesome. They had the Semone's and the Harris' over as well. It was a ward gathering with the missionaries. Tons of fun. I ate so much food on Thurs. it is ridiculous. Do people normally have key lime pie as an option at their Thanksgiving meal? It was an option at both of ours! The food was delicious and I am so grateful that we were fed so willingly by members. One thing I really missed at dinner was real, from scratch, cooked in the bird, stuffing. Other than that I was perfectly content. 

After dinner we all tried to rip body parts off of one another in the form of a board game of course! We played Candy Man, which is basically a parody of Candy Land. Everyone is a gingerbread man that is running along from piece of candy to piece of candy. As you pass other players, you attack different parts of their gingerbread body. Like the gut, head, arms, and legs. And you collect trophies once the limb has been attacked so many times. It was pretty vicious and super hilarious. 

Friday morning, not so fun. Sister Flores and I were both sick. Luckily, we felt well enough a few hours before dinner to go out and invite people to a multicultural, interfaith Christmas Festival that is the weekend of December 7th

Saturday was full of lots of painting and tearing off wallpaper. Over the holiday, the Simons (the family we live with) were out of town and the Gouldings had family coming into town and no room in their home to house them, so the Simons being the wonderful and generous people that they are, had them stay at their home. So as a huge thank you and because Sister Goulding has always wanted to redo the Simons home, we fixed up one of the bedrooms upstairs. It was an all day project because it had to be done by Sunday since that was the day the Simons came home. I love the love that these ward members have for one another! 

Well, not much else to write about here. Our investigators have been afraid of us or something cause they are avoiding us like the plague, so we did a lot of work with the less actives in our area. 

I love you all and hoped you ate a piece of pie for me! 

      Miss ya more than homemade stuffing!

                Sister Fish

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