Monday, December 9, 2013

#Christmas Devo‏

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
December 9, 2013
Puyallup, WA
Companion: Sister Dudek 
NO Pictures this week :( 

So Sister Dudek and I have a goal to figure out how to do member-missionary work. We've been doing visits every night to see what they're doing to share the gospel, and then what else they can do. They've been awesome, and the ward has really seemed to started to catch the spirit of missionary work. It's been interesting to see as well: as we've become more involved with them, they've become more involved with us. (!)

So we got asked to go to mutual with the young women on Tuesday. They did a Q&A session,so Sister Dudek and I got to talk about ourselves for 45 minutes. They asked us a million questions that ranged from "what inspired you to go on a mission?" (beehives) and "do you always have to wear flats?" (mia maids) to "do you have a boy back at home?" (good 'ole laurels).

So that was fun. We got to know the girls a little bit better, they learned that we're normal people too, and also got to help them with short things they can say when they get questions at school.

Then we had like every sister in the ward last Sunday invite us personally to the progressive dinner that our ward was doing. So we went to that and Jennifer came with Sister Wayne! It was awesome to see her get to know the sisters in the ward in a more casual setting than church.

If that's not enough, we got a call on Saturday from the first counselor in the RS presidency asking if we could teach the next day because "who better to teach about Joseph Smith than our sister Missionaries??"

Anyone Sister Crandall, Anyone

Thank goodness for the Spirit though! We had no idea what we were going to say, read the lesson, had no idea what we were going to say, got to church, had no idea what to talk about, got to relief society, had no idea what to talk about, got up to teach the lesson, and then the words came. And we like to think it went well, but hopefully we won't get asked again.

Every year Puyallup does a Community Christmas Concert where a bunch of people come together and sing Christmas songs. It was pretty fun, our stake choir did an interfaith choir with a Presbyterian or Methodist church from Downtown, and they were fantastic! It was also really funny: the college choir that came sang Bethlehem and for the very final song they had everybody stand up and sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Even in Washington, I can't seem to get away from Mountain View High School Choir songs


That's about it! When you combine a slow week with my lack of desire to write the email's gonna be short. Buuuuut, there's a party going on this week. SO expect a good one to make up for this week.

Until we meet again,
Sister VerHoef

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