A week of weeks here in the good ol' Fed Way.
This week I may have set a new record of number of companions in a week... 11! I was basically a homeless cat for a week and jumped around companions. The work still got done and we saw so many miracles! My companions consisted of Sister Rasmussen, the mission president's wife! That was so awesome, even though she doesn't know a bunch of spanish, her spirit helped us so much! I felt bad, we had appointments where the people literally spoke no English. usually they know at least a little, but these ones no. So she wasn't able to teach a lot but she helped me so much and we saw some miracles!!! I was also with Sisters Efnor and Thurman, Hermanas Lewis and Baird, Hermana Garcia, Sisters Zavala and Beazer, Hermana Stewart, and Hermana Acuna. IT was so awesome. Big news of the week is that now as I go back to regular hermana life with a new companion my new comp is going to be a BABY GREENIE :) I'm training! MOM IM HAVING A BABY! It is going to be a humbling experience, but I'm so excited to help her realize how great the work is. This transfer, we had 60/74 companionships got transferred, so basically everyone overwent a change. It should bring some great miracles for our mission. I don't have much time, I'll send more pictures next week! Love you lots! hasta la proxima semana.
Hermana Reed IV
mi querida family.
quickest of all updates: the trial of faith has been passed and my mission president changed the rule so that we can email friends again! I'm glad I was willing to be obedient, but more glad that now I can email everyone again! YAY BLESSINGS.
This week has been a crazy one. we had a few days with a TON of rain... see parking lot pool attached... We haven't had any crazy snow storms, but we've had something even crazier.. SUN. THE SUN CAME OUT IN WASHINGTON. It had been a long dry spell, but the sun does still exist. It feels so good and today I didn't wear any tights out of the house... first time my legs have seen the sun since Mexico. Praise this glorious day.
One awesome miracle happened from the snow storm though. So last week we were pushing all the cars up the hill right? We met this man with his cute lil wife who was 5 months pregnant so she obviosly couldnt push the car but they were super nice and we found out they spoke spanish! That was basically the only interaction we had with them, but then 4 days later we were knocking doors and we knocked on this door and nobody was answering. then we heard someone coming up the stairs, and who could it be? EDGAR IN THE FLESH. The man who's car we pushed!!! He said he was home for only like 10 seconds to grab his insulin because he's diabetic but his exact words and I quote. "But when can you come back?" OKAY SO WHAT. It was such a miracle and definitely divinely inspired, every part from pushing the peoples cars to knocking those doors at the specific time to him forgetting his insulin. he is so awesome and I can't wait to share the joy of Christ's message with him either.
Another miracle this week, the family that came to church my very first week here hasn't been able to come back because Laticia, the mom, has been really sick with some interesting things in her head. kinda scary. But this week they accepted the invitation to be baptized! her and her two daughters. They are so excited and even with all the pain she's in she still reads the book of mormon and wants to come to church so bad. God is so good and he definitely has blessed us this week.
A sadder note is that my companion is going home a week early, she heads back to arizona tomorrow! That leaves me a week companionless... we will see where i go/what I do but most likely i'll go with the English sisters and just double cover our areas meaning we'll cover where they are and also the lessons we have set in. Sister Rasmussen, my mission president's wife, is actually going to come be my companion for a day, so that should be fun :)
Oh another awesome thing we did this week/funny story. We had a youth activity for all the youth in our ward and the english ward we share with. It was hawaiian themed and this less active we found gave us lavalavas from somoa! Not sure if we wore them right, but ya know. Anyways, this member from the english ward looked at us with the lavalavas and says "Well where are your... tacos?" and we were like um what. and he said "dont you have those big skirts in the spanish branch?" hahahahahahahah SUCH RACISM BUT IT WAS FUNNY.
I know the church is true! I know that God has a plan for all of us, even if that plan is confusing and complicated, it is perfect and I know that no matter what happens God is watching over us and helping us get through. I'm so happy to be a missionary.
ps this week a less active family came to church that we've been working with and they casually pulled out tamales from their bags and were eating during sacrament meeting and i laughed harder than i have but at least they were there
mi bonita familia,
Another week of craziness here in the good ol' Federal Way. We had pday today because we had a huge storm here and basically all of washington shuts down whenever there is snow because everyone panics. Seriously, libraries closed, school closed, roads closed, but it's okay because cafe rio was open :) We spent hours pushing peoples cars up this hill by our house because everyone's tires just spin out out of control! Oh Washington. Little do they know they only recieved like 4 inches of snow. Nonetheless, snowmen cover every corner. Gotta love it.
This week for the work was really good! We are working so hard. With the cold has come a looooooooott of enfermidades. All of our investigators are sick so none were able to come to church or keep a lot of their appointments, but God is still good and helped us meet a lot of new people just walking around! I am still floored every time we meet someone on the streets and then find out they speak spanish. Like the odds of that are not real! God blesses us and places us in the path to find these people prepared for the gospel. He is the greatest.
This week we had a special opportunity to learn from Elder Ardern of the 70! He came to a special zone conference with just our zone and the auburn zone... so about 1/3 of our mission got to hear from him so I felt super lucky! He is from new zealand so his accent was entertaining as well. His biggest message he shared was that God has a plan perfect for our area, for our investigators, for us. We must follow the spirit to know these plans and we must be simple and clear in how we say things so that people know what God wants for them. I love speaking spanish because the only way i know how to talk is simply, I literally don't have a vocabulary big enough for anything else. Once again, God is just too good.
Hermana Reed is safe and happy and loving life! 2 weeks left with my companion and she goes home! It's so weird to know i'll only be with my companion for a little while but we're working so hard and trying to do the Lord's will. wish us luck!
Oh also, big news. Our president changed some rules this week and I will now only be able to email my immediate family. I will be able to have them forward things to people, but as for direct emails my family will be extra blessed ;) This is really hard because I love emailing my friends and recieving things from them! But I know God will bless us in our efforts. mucho amor a todos
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Okay quite possible the craziest and best week ever!
Biggest news was probably, like a lot of mormons are now aware of, that the missionary daily schedule has been officially changed! Gives us more time to get ready in the mornings and we can go to bed earlier because we don't have to plan before bed! it's pretty crazy because changes like that like never happen, but they did and it was SO COOL. We were together as the whole north half of the mission when it happened and everyone was like 'take a selfie so when your kids ask where you were when it happened you can show this to them!' ahah we are putting it into effect starting next week so we'll see if i'm maybe not so exhausted all the time.
This week was so good for the work! One family, the less active Bucios I think i mentioned last week, recieved a message from teh government this week that they have 10 days to clean up their house or they'll get evicted... not good. She is a collector so she has.. many things and sometimes it's hard to keep it all clean, understandable. On Friday we went over for 3 hours and I did dishes the whole time... we barely finished the kitchen. Then we went back on Saturday and the kitchen was dirty again :) So instead of cleaning we had a family council about what we all wanted and how if we didn't clean up we were going to live on the streets. it was actually so good and the first time i've felt the spirit realy strong amidst all the things in their house! The church is truly so true.
This week we also WENT TO THE TEMPLE. gah i didn't realize how much i needed a spiritual recharge but I really did and the temple just changes everything. I invite everyone to go to the temple this week, or at least drive by one because your girl out here in the PNW doesnt have the chance and she sure wishes she did. pictures attached! My companion unfortunately wasn't able to come with me, so the pictures are with some of my other great friends from the mission :)
As for the work this week, we had an awesome week of finding and teaching. We are still working with the Belas family, but we found out the reason they never wanted to come to church was because they thought them coming to church was their actual baptism date.... always awkward. NOT TRUE! They are definitely coming next week now that they realize it will be a normal sabbath service. Gotta work on teaching that better I guess. Whoops.
We had an amazing expereince with a new investigator named Maria who we taught the restoration to and she said the closing prayer and just broke down in tears. She told us after that she didn't know why she was crying but she just felt like something was phsyically embracing her. She said that she has always seen us walking around the streets and just knew that we were daughters of God and knew we were teaching the right things and was just waiting for us to knock on her door. GOD IS SO GOOD. She is going to be baptized soon :)
The church is true! Yo se que Dios nos ama tanto. que el siempre esta cuidandonos y ayudandonos con las cosas que estan importantes en nuestras vidas. nunca olviden la fe que el existe y que el tiene un plan espicifico por cada uno de nosotros. los quiero mucho!!!! que tengan una semana llena de felicidad y helado.
Hermana Reed IV
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.