Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sleepy... (11 June, Week3, Transfer 8)

Well Mom, you hit it right on the head in your email...  I feel absolutely exhausted ALL of the Time.  I am having trouble functioning.  I feel like I have been SPRINTING for the past 3 weeks non stop and I am just so tired.  WE had to give 3 trainings (like big mission trainings)  this week and we've been on 2 exchanges in the last 4 days and we have 2 more in the next 4 days.  There has been sooooo much packed into this week that I can't even remember what has happened. Other than that our poor area is suffering. We have 2 investigators...none of which let us come over this week for one reason or another and we picked up 0 new. SOrry I havn't told you much about this area...that would mostly be because not much is happening:( We are trying. and Working, and running. and working, and EVERYTHING. but nothing as of yet. Our numbers were horrid last week. I was so embarrassed to call them in. But we are doing the best we can.
As far as info on STLs ,President said we were one of the first ones implementing the program...so. It's good. Basically we have STLs over the spanish sisters and  separate ones over the englsih ones.  We go on exchanges once a tranfer which each of our girls and we talk about goals, improvements, strengths/weaknesses and just try to excite them for the work and help them do it better:) It has been great so far- very beneficial to the girls.   As far as weaknesses...well other than that I am utterly exhausted, there aren't really other downfalls. WE get to go to the mission leader council once a month and talk about goals and trainings that are going to be given and give our advice and counsel.  So it's good.
Got to go to Mauricio's baptism this las Saturday and it was so great:) He was so excited that I got to go!  Oh I love tha kid. It was  avery spiritual experience and was just so great!  AND Alfredo (the men who told us he would NEVER wear a tie) was wearing a TIE and he SPOKE at the baptism. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love them both. Pictures attached. 
WE went to the temple this morning and it was great. Stresful to get there as our district leader called us last night and asked us who we were riding with...when we were under the impression that we were riding with the same member they were...so we were scrambling to get a ride last night at 9:30 for a 7am departure the next morning. It all worked out, but I wasn't very chipper abou it all. Then we almost missed the session due to EVERYONE arriving 30 minutes late to the church. But we made it- so that was good. And it was all worth it! I love the temple.
sorry I haven't written anyone in a long time...there literally hasn't been any time. But hopefully next pday Ill have a little time to breathe.
I saw someone from Katrina's ward in Kaysville at the SD temple today. That was fun:) The weather here is just beautiful. It is a lot cooler here in Vista than in other areas Ihave been in becuase we get a nice ocean breeze (well everywhere except Oceanside).
WEll I'm out of time. CAn't wait to hear about the birth of little Hank!
Sorry to hear about the Prius...but no worries, that's fine:) All is well here...just need to catch up on some sleep( which quite honestly will never happen...but it's a nice thought:) . Love you all a lot!  Good luck house hunting Cam and Tara with the 8 kids!  Mucho amor.
- Hna Whick

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

4 June, Week 2, Transfer 8

I just don't even know where to start. Sounds like everyone's lives are pretty busy these days and the same is true here in Vista California.  So much. So much and I only have about 20 minutes to write...there were too many things to report on today and too many emails to read! ( but I love your emails...so don't stop writing:)

Hard week. Not gonna lie. It started off with an exchange to mission viejo, which was pure BLISS! Oh I LOVE the poepl up there will all of my heart. and I miss them dearly.  But I got to see some great ward members and Iris, Andrea, and Jose (who got baptized on saturday) and I got to help out one on the sisters I'm over a lot, and she helped me with some of my goals as well. So it was a very edifying trip. (Ali I'm only over spanish hnas). And then I cam eback to vista to an explosion. Well, just the baptism we were suposed to have last saturday with Alfredo ( the one investigator that was here when we got here) fell through and there was drama in the ward about it and it needed some calming down.

But the week ended nice yesterday by getting a blessing from our District Leader.  This area is dead- and we are trying to do our best to relight the fire, but it is hard!  We contacted 50 people yesterday and we got one return appointment...that we had to send in as a referral because she was outside of our area.  I love hna Lythgoe- but this is a difficult companionship in the sense that we have to work very hard to make our missionary work ' flow'. Whereas most of my others have been able to just 'flow' OR I was training, so it was easy to lead out. Whereas Hna L and I are both used to that (leading and directing the work), and it is just slow moving. We are wroking hard, and we just gotta keep going, it's just difficult sometimes!  We have some great moments though- we laugh all the time:)

Tomorrow we have to give a training to our whole Zone...and I am just...well... tired. I am exhausted all the time. Running has become the death of me, because I just want to SLEEP. I mi ght hibernate for a day or two when I get home! 

Last week we were told that we were speaking in sacrament meeting  about 30 minutes before it started....it was a nice "welcome to the ward" gift...STRESS. But it all worked out, so it was good.  Along with my falling up a hill of pure mud....yes I have talent:) There was a nice slide mark from my body that we got a kick out of...and I 'm sure the mexican man that watched it happen got a good laugh too:) 

Things here are good, just getting a nice dose of that "refining fire". This is a nice little movie clippet that made me change my mindset a littel bit about this hard experience. It's a good one and you guys should watch it ( here ). It's good just to stop and remember the "purpose' of why we are doing everythign that we are. It puts the 'desire' back in your heart and gives you the motivation and the energy to keep going. I know that there is nothing better than this work! It's worth every ounce of energy and hardship, because we are bringin people unto Christ- eternal salvation is what we are talkign about!  And it's worth it! I know it's  true. that's all there is to it. My MTC teacher always siad this, "It's true isn't it? So what else matters!?" Yes- it is true, so none of the difficulties matter:) Even though they're hard:) 

Sad to hear that Katie still is suffering, but glad there has been slight improvement!  

Ali, I am excited for Hank's birth!!! Are you doing 'Hypnobaby' again? REmember how funny that was when you would do it with Wade? and Perris would always fall asleep and I just smiled and watched? good memories.

Glad Gma Stones is functioning okay in the sunshine Terrace- I hope that she can improve rather than get worse!

What color of cast is Addie gonna get?  She's gonna love it:) And love the attention:)

Hope the Fords and the Harts have a fun time together:)

Time's up!

O I love you all! Hope you have a marvellous week!

Love, Hna Whicker