Thank you to all who sent me happy birthday wishes!!! It was such an incredible birthday :) AND HERE'S WHY
So as a missionary, the birthday life is a little different. It is basically a normal day. But this year, our mission did something really awesome and it happened to land on the 17th! They did what they call "The Federal Way Festival of Finding" so all the missionaries in our whole mission went finding all day, from 10 am to 5 pm. Finding basically means we go out and talk to everyone we see and try to find people who are interested to hear the message. This includes knocking doors and talking to people on the street and doing bascially everything we can to talk to lots of people. What better Birthday gift than to talk with tons of people? EXACTLY. It was awesome, and even though we found basically no spanish speakers, we found a lot of people interested for the English missionaries. We went on splits with a lot of other sisters. Splits means that I went with one of them and Hermana Souza went with her companion and we blitzed the area meaning all of us contacted there and it was just more opportunity to talk with more people and it was cool because if either group ran into a spanish speaker they had someone who could talk to them. It also allowed us to learn a lot from the other missionaries :) Time went super fast and then for the last two hours from 3-5 we decided to try caroling. So It was me and 4 other English sisters from different areas and I kid you not the first door we knocked was only spanish speaking! I was the only one there able to talk to them and I did and he was so interested! He said "when can you come back?" and i was like LIKE BASICALLY ALWAYS. It was awesome, and also made me feel really good that I could hold me own when I was the only one there who knew SPanish! I guess the language is coming and I didn't even realize it.
That night we had our branch Christmas party too and I guess somehow they all found out it was my birthday and the whole branch sang to me Feliz cumpleanos :) I felt very loved. Lots of members reached out and bought me food and gave me hugs and it was just such a great day.
Other major news! Thursday we had a zone conference with the whole southern half of the mission and i played cello for a song! hahahahah I know you're all probably like WHAT but yeah I whipped out the cello and played a duet with the other Elder in our spanish branch who also plays. It went really well I think!
ANyways, that was most of this week. Can't wait until I see your faces in a short week!
buenos tardes mi familia!
What a week we've had. I can't believe there's only two more weeks til' Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday cheer and the spirit in the air. I can definitely feel a difference in people as we go around and talk to everyone we see. It's AWESOME. For all those who haven't seen it, I SERIOUSLY suggest you look up the Church's light the world initiative. I've seen it probably over 50 times by now and it never gets old! I'm also trying to learn it on the piano because its so dang catchy. I'll keep you updated. But seriously go watch it it'll change your perspective on Christmas! Other major news: IT SNOWED THIS WEEK. Who would've thought, WA is stepping up its Christmas game.
This week had a few exciting points. Remember like two weeks ago when we got a new car? hahahahahhaha so this week We had an exchange and I stayed in Graham and Hermana Huhem came here for a day. This means I GOT TO DRIVE THE NEW CAR AGAIN. I love that thing, so fancy. ANyways we were driving to an appointment and I was waiting to turn right at a light and this guy comes up and hits us from behind like decently hard. We were blessed because nobody was coming from the other lane that he pushed us into. We pulled off into a parking lot and me and Hermana Huhem were like freaking out a little bit. But seriously, I testify that the Lord protects His vehicles hahaha Our car was untouched! No dents, no scratches, no nothing! It was a miracle and we have no idea what happened. We were both mostly untouched as well. We were pretty sore with whiplash and such for a few days, but now about a week later I'm feeling basically recovered. and so I testify, the Lord also protects His missionaries! All is well and we haven't destroyed the new car yet! haha
As for our investigators, This week was basically "everyone reveal the hardest things in their lives" week and as a result the "lay on the floor face down for 10 minutes every night" week. I think the hardest part about being a missionary is seeing so many people suffering and knowing there isn't anything I can physically do. 1) that's not what we're called here to do. We would love to stay and talk for hours with people to help them with their problems but we can't, it isn't our calling. 2) There really isn't anything we can do for them. Nobody can do anything, except the Lord. That is where the blessing of being a missionary comes because we CAN teach them all about the one who can. It has brought a whole new meaning to me the phrase "we're not their Savior". We can't save them, but we know who can! And that is a blessing to be able to testify to so many people who are lost, heart broken, confused, and depressed. I'm grateful to have the happiest message especially for the saddest of people. I'm so grateful to be a missionary.
I can't wait to see you all on Christmas over Skype! We'll plan it out this week and I'll let you all know more information. Thank you for the love and prayers, I always feel them.
Though provoking question of the week: Could animals reproduce in the Garden of Eden? Get back to me on your thoughts..
Hermana Reed IV
1) SNOW/FROST MIRACLE
2) us post car accident hahahaah
3) cutest girl, biggest difficulty keeping her eyes open for pictures
hola hola! Another great week here in the PNW,
This week we were so blessed to find 7 new investigators. WE were praying really hard to be able to find the people that God has prepared to hear this gospel this week because we've had a lot of people lose interest and our investigator pool was becoming pretty stagnant which left us sad and not having a lot of lessons. but we were SO BLESSED. Another testament to God knowing what we need and when we need it! We are so excited to start teaching these people :)
The coolest lesson was probably with a boy named Art. His family has been taught in the past and we found them again and he had never really learned but told us we could come back. When we came back to teach him we asked why he invited us over again and he said he wanted something better to talk about and how he knows that what were doing is good and he's ready to start having a relationship with God again. CAN YOU SAY PREPARED. He's so awesome. God is TOO GOOD.
Other cool things that happened this week! Our stake had a cool christmas tree expo activity where a bunch of people decorated trees and there was like a competiton. Of course, there were the Seahawks themed trees... classic. but who wouldve guessed on the other side of the gym... A BRONCOS THEMED TREE. YES THEY EXIST IN WASHINGTON AND I WAS SO STOKED. The picture is me with two of the kids of one of our Investigators, Jazmin. They said they'll become broncos fans someday too hahaha The bad choice we made Sunday night was to go contacting during the seahawks game... I have never heard so many "cant talk the game is on *slams door*". More reasons to hate the seahawks...
Today for pday we went hiking with a member we met in the English ward who recently returned from her mission in Oklahoma. She's awesome and has been coming with us to lessons and stuff but this hike was AMAZING. Made me realize how much I've missed nature, but seriously Washington is gorgeous. AND it was snowing the whole time! A good snow, like a not too cold kinda snow but still snow so you feel all happy and christmas-ey. It was a good break from the constant rain.
That's all I got this week. Can we believe its already December?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOTTIE!!!!!! Holy cow she's 2?! That's ridiculous. Can't wait to see the faces of my family in a short 3 weeks!!!
con mucho amor,
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.