Phoenix Arizona Temple

Phoenix Arizona Temple

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

Hey Mom.
I guess I will start with the story of the week.  So I've been borrowing another sister's bike for the past couple of weeks.  On Saturday they brought MY bike over from the mission office, finally ready to ride.  I decided to use the borrowed bike one more time, pretty much out of laziness because when I was done with it I would just hand it to the zone leaders and wouldn't have to take any bike up the stairs that night :) But here's what happened.  So we were on the wrong side of a busy street and had to go down a block to use the crosswalk. I pulled out the phone to see if there was a quicker way (while riding) and saw only one way to go.  I was putting the phone back in my bag when I saw that the curb didn't come down to allow people up onto the sidewalk.  I had about 1 and a half seconds to decide what to do and saw that a little ways up the sidewalk was a driveway I could go up.  I also saw that there were cars coming in front of me and that there was no shoulder except for the 8 inch gutter.  So I went for it quickly.  I didn't realize until I got there that the driveway still had an edge that was an inch high.  My tire got stuck on it sideways and I fell into the sidewalk.  Somehow I turned and saved the phone! But I scraped up my knees and the tops of my feet and hurt my other wrist that wasn't holding the phone and my elbow.  And I bruised my hip, but that might have been because of a different time.  We continued on and as we were going home after a few visits I looked down to notice that the reason it had suddenly gotten harder to pedal was because the front tire was flat. Good thing that was my last day using that bike! So we began walking our bikes the 12 blocks home. Sister Clark looked at her watch and said, "we're going to be late." So I said, "then let's pick up the pace!" and we started walking faster.  Sister Clark is 4'11" so she has short legs.  So we had a new idea; I would walk fast and she would ride behind me!  It worked out pretty great, we got home with 10 minutes to spare!  But on the walk home, my shoes and socks fell I walked about 4 blocks barefoot.... This bike thing is causing me a lot of problems.  On Friday I was coming off the curb and my shoe fell off again and the pedal smacked my shin!  I also walk around with black marks from the chain every day and the helmet causes breakage to my hair in the middle of my head :( I really dislike riding the bike.  It's sad, too, because I was finally starting to have a good attitude about it and then all this happened. I really hope that I get transferred to a car area some day.  More and more sisters are on bikes though....but maybe I could be the one who ends bikes for everyone!
We have two investigators who had their baptism interview last week.  They're mother and son :) They will be baptized this Saturday at 12:30! I'm so excited :) They are really sweet and I love them already! Coming into a new area with a companion who is also new to the area isn't as hard as I thought it would be.  Not because we have some baptisms coming up, but because we have adjusted so well already!  We don't know the members very well, yet, but we've been focusing on the nonmembers and less-active members which I think is almost better because they're the ones we NEED to focus on anyway! Life is good, except for the bike...
Our Zone Leaders are over the YSA ward in our stake so we don't work with the YSA at all which makes me sad :( Working in a family ward I thought would be SO DIFFERENT! But it's not really.  I think because I gained so much confidence talking with and approaching people my own age prepared me to be in a family ward where it could be a little more intimidating.  But it's not :) I thought it would be! I was thinking about how it would be hard to teach someone who is way above me in experience or the pressure of trying to teach simply to children, but it came so easy!  I think it's because the gospel is the same for everyone...or something like that.  The transition was actually kind of weird.  I feel like from day to day I don't remember my yesterdays and it doesn't occur to me that there will be a tomorrow.  Maybe that's a blessing.  I feel like I can't even remember what it's like to be home with all of you, and I actually can't remember what it's like in Flagstaff...I have no memories! It's really weird.  Everything goes into storage and I can only remember vague, translucent fragments of my life before today.  I kind of like it, though.  I'm not going to try to break it.  I'm sorry if that was weird.
We had a Mission Tour this week where Elder Teh of the Seventy came to give us some training! It was great! I learned so much! I wrote to Dad a little bit of what I've been thinking about, about being a Member Missionary. Maybe if he's nice he'll let you read it :) But one thing I have been trying to focus on is learning to use my online resources more efficiently.  I have some ideas but they're pretty vague. I want to be better at using the tools that I have been given, especially because the Lord is testing some of these things out with us. I want to figure it out so that other missionaries after me will have all the blessings of online proselyting! So far, my best idea has been Liken, but if everyone at home can help us to get their friends on board "chatting" with the missionaries over Facebook, that would really help move the Work of Salvation along. I think :)
I must say, I really do enjoy the Glendale weather.  Spending the Summer in the most Northern part of the mission and the Winter in the most Southern part of the mission is pretty nice :) I'm sorry that my letters aren't very spiritual.  I will work on it.  I need to start taking my journal to the computers with me again!  I'm sorry, I'll do better next week.
Love you! Miss you! I think it's weird that you foster puppies!

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