Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 21

Sister Gardner with the Gratitude Chain
Holy Mack, what a week! Let me start from the very beginning. So for this week there has been a challenge where we missionaries go around and street contact using a gratitude chain. So we go around and ask every person we see if we can put down something that they are grateful for on a strip of paper and then we add it as a link to this chain. Well the district with the most links win. The districts who lose: girls can't shave their legs for a month and the guys have to keep their legs clean-shaven for a month. Needless to say, the competition got fierce. xD

So on Wednesday we went to our dinner appointment at 5pm like usual, but when we arrived they told us that they had asked us to come an hour and a half later. We did not remember them saying that, but being a missionary you just play along so we said "oh my goodness we are so sorry we forgot to put that down. We will be back in an hour and a half. We have some people that we can go visit so this is perfect!" We then left and we went to visit some of the referrals we had received that day. But, of course NO one was home. So we decided to go see a potential we had tried to see the week before and had only seen his son when we were there. When we got there the front door was open and they were all there decorating the Christmas tree. So we poked our heads, just being nosy missionaries that we are. 😇 And said, "Hey how are you guys!?" At first they were a little startled and didn't know how to handle the situation, but then they realized who we were and started to relax a little. John, the potential investigator, and father, was sitting on the couch with a can of beer in his hand… We just asked how their family was and asked if there's anything we could do for them. John, told us that he was not interested right now and apologized. However we kept talking because, firstly we are missionaries, and sixth and lastly the gratitude chain. So we asked this family and they responded and told us what they were grateful for. It was time for us to go because we had a dinner appointment and we are about to turn in leave and John was standing at the door. He looks at Sister Gardner and looked down at her stomach, realize that she was wearing a skirt that was tighter on her stomach and so made it stick out weird. And he asks, holding his third can of beer we had seen in his hand, "Is that a baby bump?"
........Dear friends and family, I am not writing to you from beyond the grave because I DIED!!! 😂😂😂 And that moment I nearly spewed out the water that I had been drinking right before he asked the fatal question. From the corner of the house you could hear his wife go, "JOHN!" with a tone of completely shocked horror.  My companion's jaw dropped and looked like she had just been hit by a stun ray before she exclaimed, not rude but with emphasis, "NO! I am not!" He immediately apologized but, then proceeded to POKE HER STOMACH… Meanwhile I, in complete and total shock, am standing in the corner just dying of laughter, on the floor rolling, spitting my water out, peeing, all of the above! And my companion is standing there with her jaw on the floor with a drunk man poking her stomach asking her if she is pregnant. What a night!!! (Just so you all know I have complete permission to share this story. #ThismessagehasbeenapprovedbySisterGardner)

The next day by a lesson we had with Erica Rincon. This was an amazing lesson! Erica, is an investigator that we have not been able to get in contact with her for a while. She was busy with school and with her little daughter. But we finally got in. This was such a spiritual lesson! She was so awesome! The member we had with us said that was the most spiritual lesson she has ever had with her! Wowza guys, this woman is amazing! She said the last sister kind of scared her because they set her with a date and didn't answer her questions and they didn't help her understand what they were teaching her! She was soooo excited about this lesson because she truly started to understand. She is SOOOOO GOLDEN! But sadly Sister Gardner will not be able to go back and have another lesson with her, she is being transferred out tomorrow. She is excited it'll be a fun area, and she's going into a trio. But I will miss her. While my companion is getting transferred, I am staying and leading the area. My new companion will be Sister Kaufusi who is from Tonga! She's already been out 14 months (my oldest companion thus far) and I'm excited to see how this next transfer come to be!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Wow, I just love Thanksgiving it is so awesome! I love how people are more willing to talk about the things they are great before and the people there grateful for around this time of year! They recognize the importance of gratitude, the Savior, their family, and so much more! Members here are so awesome they're so concerned about making sure that we are taken care of! We had an amazing dinner with an amazing family on Thanksgiving I am so very grateful for their hospitality and the willingness to serve us! I hope all of you had an amazing Thanksgiving this year! And I hope that you can remember the things we truly need to be grateful for! We have a loving Heavenly Father and a Savior who was willing to suffer and die and live again for us so that we could be forgiven of all of our sins and to be able to return home to live with them again someday! Being able to share this message with people this time of year has been such a blessing and it has helped people realize that there's more to life than just living! Another blessing I'm grateful for this time of year was the opportunity Sister Gardner and I had to give talks on gratitude and missionary work in the sunset ward on Sunday! We were thinking we would be giving our talks the week before but the bishop then asked us to speak this past Sunday. Sister Gardner decided to focus her talk on being grateful for the Atonement and the Savior and what he did for us! So Sister Gardner and I went through the four Gospels, the harmony of the Gospels in the back of the Bible, and we took the accounts of the Atonement from each of the four Gospels and we combined them into one so that we could have the most beautiful story of the Savior's Atonement! Doing this has been so cool! I have learned so much about how the Savior truly does love us and about what He did for us and how I can take it and apply into my life more! I encourage all of you to read through the life of Christ this Holiday Season with your Families! There is so much to be learned!

Sister Longo

(MOM NOTE:  No captions were provided for these pictures.)

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