We have survived the first of the major holidays. It was definitley hard being away from home, but i'm SO glad you all had so much fun and ate so much food! Couldn't be prouder ;) God blessed us out here with being pretty busy that day so we didn't have a lot of time to think of how much we missed our families. Thanksgiving day only racked up to 3 dinners, not our best showing. We'll try again next year ;) but the dinners were all HUGE. Our first rivaled our thanksgiving dinner back home in all legitimacy... We ate with the Rojas' family, the family who makes up most of our branch, and they ate in the capilla so it really felt quite hom-ey :) Second dinner was with the Sumsion family- one from the Domincan Republic and One from America so their dinner was all USA style but it was the fanciest Thanksgiving dinner I've ever eaten... it was incredible. so good. They had a lot of family members there too! pictures all attached of course. the Third dinner was with one of our investigators and it was simple and straight DELICIOUS. Goodness. and the fact that we've eaten leftovers for every meal since... I love the holidays.
THursday morning we also had a big activity with all the missionaries where we played basketball/volleyball/soccer for like 3 hours. IT WAS SO FUN. Goodness I miss playing sports so much. Luckily, there was one other sister who played basketball in her past life so the Elders let us play and guard eachother and we definitely held our own and it was A BLAST. Definitely a different Thanksgiving, but fun and successful! I wish you all could've been here ;)
Other highlights of the week: TRANSFERS. We were so nervous. Hermana Souza and I both didn't want to leave because we're just getting this place going and we actually had an investigator come to church this week BLESSINGS. And luckily, we are both staying! All the hermanas stayed the same because we didn't get any new hermanas this transfer... which is a bummer because we dont even have enough to cover all the branches. Someone tell Pres Monson to send us some more! Just kidding. kinda. Anyways so we'll be here through the new year and we are STOKED :) PIcture is us after transfer calls celebrating with cake and cider hahaha also I'M OUT OF TRAINING WHOOOOO FINALLY.
OTHER MAJOR HIGHLIGHT. This week we had an exchange and Hermana Gunner came to Graham which meant I was senior companion for the day! I loved it because 1 I drove the new car and 2 i got to lead everything! We stopped by a house of one of our investiagors and she was sick so we were talking to her husband at the door and he kept replying to everything we said in english... weird but okay we kept talking in Spanish. I finally at the end said "Puede dejarla saber a su esposa que pasamos?" can you let your wife know we stopped by? and he said "Yeah I told her." and i was like what? and he said "I will told her. Do you even speak English?" BAHAHHAAH BEST THING EVER. YES I SPEAK ENGLIGH BUT THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING THAT MY ONLY LANGUAGE WAS SPANISH BEST DAY EVER.
Anyways that was the week. Our investigators are slowly but surely progressing, but we're going to amp up the game this last transfer of the year and we know Heavenly Father is going to bless our efforts. For all who haven't seen it, you should go to Mormon.org and check out the new CHristmas Initiative video! I love the comparisons it makes to Christ's life and what we can do daily to become more like Him. I love you all so much and I'm so grateful, especially this week, to think of my whole family together praying for me. I've felt your strength so much. I miss you, but I know this is where I need to be! Hasta Lunes,
Fe en Dios y Adelante,
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.