Monday, January 12, 2015

9 Months Out - That's Half Way!

I hope you are all doing incredibly well :) Things are pretty awesome here! Sister Pearson and I had a great week and had a ton of fun teaching and working and finding and doing all those other missionary things. Seriously this week flew by!

On Friday I hit my 9-month-mark!!!! I didn't do anything out of the ordinary....but it was a good Friday. I can't believe I'm halfway's freaking me out a little bit.

This week we saw the R’s and their granddaughters. We decided to talk about the story of Daniel in the lions den from the Bible, because we have been talking about obedience and choosing the right and it fits perfectly! So Sister Pearson and I pull out the scriptures and we start reading in Daniel chapter 6 about how the bad guys tricked the king to get everyone to pray to him, and then Daniel didn't pray to the king, he prayed to the Lord, so his punishment was that he had to be thrown in the lions den. The twins were freaking out about it haha. They had never heard the story before so obviously they didn't know that in the end he would be alright. Then we told them that Daniel lived because the angel calmed the lions and everything was ok. Happy happy sunshine and rainbows etc etc. Then they asked what happened to the bad guys so Sister Pearson turns to Daniel 6:24 and starts reading. She read the first part, which says "And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,". That's all fine and dandy, right? Then she was about to read more, when we both realized how ENTIRELY AWFUL the next part is!!!!!!!!!!! It says "them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den." AHHHH WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!! Thankfully she noticed right before she started reading and we both like slammed our Bibles shut in shock!!!!!!!!!!! hahahhaaha oh man. Gotta love the Bible...... :P

A couple weeks ago the Spanish Sisters gave us a referral for this guy who came to the church building and found them and told them that he wanted to start coming back to church and wanted to meet with missionaries. He's in our area, so we went and tried him last week. We met them a week ago on Sunday and they're so great. It's a dad R, and his 13-year-old daughter M. R's wife died 10 years ago and he's been really shut off to religion since then because of that. He grew up in the church but stopped going when he was 15, but whenever one of his 5 kids turned 8 he called the missionaries up and he got his kids baptized. He has these SUPER awesome-sounding Mormon friends up in Seattle (woot woot!) who have been such good missionaries to him. They did his wife's work in the temple and have talked to him all about the importance of temple sealings. He wants his daughter to be sealed to her mom, and she wants that for herself as well, so they're basically willing to do whatever it takes. We're meeting with them now 2 to 3 times a week and going through the lessons and trying to get them back to church!!! I'm really excited about it. We've taught them a few times now and they're just great. Richard is so funny. He has all these memories of church when he was a kid, but he has trouble remembering the names of things sometimes, like he couldn't remember what General Conference was called so he said "What's that thing called where the big-wigs in Utah all get together and talk to everybody?" And then yesterday he said my favorite one - "What's that thing where those people go up there at church and they share some horror story about their life...?" Testimony meeting. He was talking about testimony meeting lol. I thought it was a fairly accurate description :P

Yesterday we came out of church and it looked like I had popped the hood on the car. Upon further inspection, I realized that someone actually hit our car and totally scratched the bumper and the front of the hood and pushed it up a little bit!!! And it happened in the church parking lot and they didn't even leave a note!!! I was not very happy with that. So we're going to have to get it fixed soon.
This week is going to be so busy for us. We have tons of set appointments with people that we are teaching, and also a lot of meetings! On Wednesday we have Sister's conference and Sister Pearson and I have to do a training on mission/eternal progression. Then on Thursday we have District Meeting and I have to train on working with members. Then on Friday we have weekly planning (of course), and then right after that we have Exchanges. I'm going to the 6th ward with my former companion Sister Duprey! It'll be great. And Sunday we are teaching the 14-16 year old Sunday school class. Yesterday we taught the 12 and 13 year old class, and there were 18 kids!!!!!!!!! It was insane. I don't know how the teacher does that every week. We were teaching about the Godhead and we did a jeopardy game and it was pretty sweet. Sometimes I'm impressed with my creativity, ngl.
I hope you all have the best week ever and that you find missionary opportunities and act on them! And don't forget that daily prayer and scripture study will unleash the powers of heaven upon you and give you so much strength beyond your own!! :)

Sister Koenig

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