Ola! So, just going to start with a fun fact we were blessed to hear from a member yesterday during tea. This winter...has been forecast...to be the worst winter they've had...
IN 100 YEARS.
What the actual heck. Why? Who would do that? Worst in 100 years. Worse than The Big Freeze in the 50s or 60s or whenever it was, and worse than the horrendous winter they had in 2010 with snow drifts higher than like 6ft. It's starting in November and won't stop until March.
So...hmm…yeah. If I don't come home because I've got frost bite and DIED, tell my dog Rommel I love him. I think I might just be cryogenically frozen kind of like Walt Disney and they can unfreeze me in the summer time next June. Wowwww. Worst in 100 years. Well, it'll make for a good story!
The members who told us are probably the funniest couple there will ever be and ever have been on the earth. Craig and Blanche Oseland. Oh my goodness. They are just too funny. They're also fantastic cooks! We always love going to their house, eating their food, and then laughing so hard that we usually work it off right then and there. It's a win/win.
This last week has been lovely. Ups and downs as any week in missionary life goes, but the good always outweighs the bad, every time.
This morning we got a ring-a-ding-ding in our apartment from someone pressing our buzzer thing downstairs outside. Sister Edgington answered it. She hung up after a while and said 'Jehovah's Witnesses are downstairs, let's go and talk to them!' we were like yeahh buddyyyy! So we skipped downstairs and had a lovely conversation with a man and a lady for about 10 to 15 minutes. She said they might come back. She read some of the Bible they use and we talked about how heaven will be on earth etc etc. It was all very interesting. They were both very nice. We also talked a lot about missionary work…we liked them :) Hopefully they will come back and we can actually sit down at the chapel or in their Kingdom Hall and have a chat! It was all very civil and kind of rejoicing in our beliefs and things. So that was nice :)
Magdalena was at church, which was great! She's preparing for her baptism on the 2nd of November :) We taught her about keeping the Sabbath day holy last week and when we went over last night to teach her she showed us how her tv was off and she even grabbed my hand and placed it on the top of it to prove it wasn't hot and that nobody had been watching it. She is ADORABLE! She's making the changes and exercising her faith in Jesus Christ. She knows it's true. She loves coming to church even though she doesn't understand a word of it because she's Polish and doesn't speak much English. She loves us teaching her and she loves the fact that after she is baptized she will feel clean and pure and will be doing what God would want. She is the best. Sister Edgington and I just love her to bits. Her boys are funny as well. Lukas and Simon. 14 and 12 years old. They aren't super interested in being baptized but we did take them to one a week or 2 ago and they love coming to Young Mens on Tuesday evenings...we're working on them! They're like younger brothers to Sister Edgington and me. We just love that family. We've taught her all the lessons via Google Translator. It's been a blessing. If we didn't have it, we wouldn't have been able to teach. The first few times we tried to teach but it just wasn't working. Then our District Leader Elder Berrio (the genius) told us we can use Google Translator, so that's what we have been doing. Success!
Our next investigator we've been working with a lot this last week is Richard. Lol. Richard...
He thinks Sister Edgington and I bring sunshine wherever we go. He loves how enthusiastic we are ALL the time and how hilarious we are. He's funny. We had a great lesson about The Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith and the pioneers. He was fascinated. We're seeing him again tomorrow to teach him Plan of Salvation and probably Law of Chastity. Bless him. He's 55 and loves caving and being outdoors doing things. He's also quite spiritual and has a firm belief in God. We're just working on him coming to a knowledge of the truth for himself so he can prepare to be baptized. We scheduled him for baptism but he wasn't ready because he hadn't been putting in enough time and effort to find out if it's true for himself. We can be very frank and straight up with him though. I asked him if he thinks he's put 100% effort into finding out for himself and he said he hadn't, so we went from there. He's a laugh and a half though he is. Love teaching him.
On Saturday the weather was amazing. Blue skies, short sleeve shirt weather! We were busy all day with appointments and things, and we set aside about an hour for finding at 5:30pm. After we went to a potential investigators house and they weren't home, we started our adventure knocking on doors...and it started to rain. Not only rain, but wind, strong wind, umbrella inside out 99% of the time, bag soaked, shoes soaked...may as well have been walking bare foot. Not only that but just before we started knocking, we had the time to go home and have a proper dinner (because we had a super quick dinner that took about 10 minutes when we get an hour for it so we could go by a potential when they said to come back) But we both had the feeling we should go knocking still, so we did. Then the heavens opened and I'm pretty sure I saw Noah's ark sailing down the street at one point while we were talking to people on their door steps in torrential rain. It was great. We got a few solid rejections, most of which we just cracked up laughing at afterwards. Some lovely man opened his door to stick his head out, I asked if he had any beliefs, he said he believes what we believe, I asked if he goes to church and he looked at me as if I just said his mother was stupid or something, me totally disregarding the reaction he gave us, I then asked if he believed in God, to which his reply was 'What? Why would I believe in God? I believe in Darwinism' So then I said 'oh so you believe in evolution?' He said 'Evolution? What's that got to do with it?' Needless to say the guy was just trying to be cunning and witty. He needed a better audience who appreciated what he was trying to do. We didn't. At all. Nevertheless, we love that man, and he will get another opportunity to hear the truth later on. We had many rejections like that. They were all very funny. We love knocking on doors in the rain! Haha
Ok so Christmas is coming up everyone. Now, missionaries get few luxuries (I'm not complaining) but I am in desperate need of some new perfume. If anyone feels like they want to send me anything, you may send me the following perfumes:
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
Any sort of perfume from Juicy Couture
This is not a drill. If you feel the need to be Santa Claus this Christmas and also MAKE MY DAY, you may send me perfume. I love perfume. Much appreciated!
Happy birthday to everyone's birthday in October by the way! Especially Chantelle Kuhn on the 4th, Aunty Jill Kuhn on the 15th, my brother Sam for the 20th and Joe for the 30th! Hope you had GREAT and FANTASTIC days!
The work is hastening! Thank you again for all the emails and support and prayers and love. You're all my favourite!