Ok where to start.. My new companion!!!! Its Sister Fitzgerald! She also shares the same last name as my favorite singer so shes destine to be great! Sister Fitzgerald was born in Portland Oregon and then spent the rest of her life in the good old Utah. In fact, I met her way long ago because we were both at BYU at the same time. She worked at the BYU book store and I remember vividly. I was looking for a poster and she totally made fun of me. It was one the the cliche black and white posters that every BYU girl was buying. I was totally judged lol. But its funny now and we joke about it all the time. Sister Fitzgerald is the best! She also works freaking hard which is my favorite!
But all that being said, this has probably been the most difficult week of my mission. Having Sister Stone leave after one transfer made everything so difficult. I felt like I knew nothing but then I had to try to teach my new companion the ropes. In fact the first two days she came to the area were full of cancellations and craziness. Plus we were biking because of the miles situation. Plus I spent my MSF funds too fast so we had to get clever with food. But the biggest stress was/is our area.It has been a mess. They have changed the boundaries and this and that so often that we have three area books full of crap. That has been stressing me out the most. Soooo Sister Fitzgerald and I have been taking some time to really clean it up so our work is effective. Its been so good and now there seems to be some hope. I am now really really getting to know our ward as well. Its been especially hard to get to know the Rootstown ward because we have to leave the second after sacrament ends to get to our other ward. But we are working out the kinks and getting places now. The coolest thing about Sister Fitzgerald is she isn't afraid to try new things. We have been getting a bunch of new ideas on how we can really get our area places. Plus now we have about 9 real investigators. This is so rare here!!!! So miracles are happening. Its just taking lots and lots of work on our part. But work builds character as dad says.
So now that I have told y'all about all my problems hahaha :) I will tell you the goods.
We taught Michelle this week and it was so good! She agreed to go without wine for the week. We basically asked her what her priorities were in life and then asked her where she places God. It was a neat lesson. Also she is going on a vacation this week and we all know how people like to drink on their vacation. So hopefully she stays strong!
We also saw Amber and Erin this week and taught them about the Book of Mormon. These little girls are great at reading, oh my gosh! Plus they comprehend a lot more then I thought they would be able to so that is awesome. I can't remember if I told yall, but we have a baptism date set for July18th. The only problem is that we have had a hard time seeing them because their parents are divorced so they are only in our area a couples days in the week. So the date might get pushed back, but they are really progressing so that is great!
Oh this week at sites was pretty neat as well! Lottttssss of bus tour. Ooo also I took a tour of New Zealand Rugby players with Sister Fitzgerald and it was so cool! I had a super difficult time understanding them the whole time because of the strong accents but it made for a fun tour. They were playing a game in Cleveland and so they came to Kirtland in their spare time. But man oh man can Sister Fitzgerald give a spirit filled tour. In the beginning I thought It was going to be a more difficult tour because I mean, its a bunch of New Zealand jocks, but the spirit was so strong! My bad for judging them before hand! So that was another one of the million humbling experiences I have had on the mission so far.
But seriously, this mission has been one of the most life changing experiences I have had! I have come to more fully know, understand, and love my Savior. I am constantly learning through my area work and when at the visitors center. I have seen so many miracles that it would be impossible for me to deny my Heavenly Fathers love for each of us. He is real. He is there! And He literally is in everyone one of our lives and He knows our full potential. What a blessing it is to be able to help others come to know that!
I love my mission!!!! And I love my family!!! I miss y'all all so very much! And I also especially miss hearing from my little sister Emily *hint hint*
I LOVE YALLLLLLLLL XOXOXOXOX
Sister Katie Call