Friday, April 15, 2016

Week 62: My Week

Tuesday April 5,2016
Today we met a pagan lady. She had to make sure that we were not poor
women suppressed by the men in the church. We explained to her that we
have the same power and authority that the elders do. It was an
interesting conversation. She also told us some interesting theories.

The elders told us about a return appointment they set up with this
guy that they met while tracting. They thought he would go to the
Rocky Butte elders, but really it was our area. They call us 15
minutes before the lesson. Luckily we didn't have anything going on.
We went, and met the guy. Turns out he was getting ready for work, and
we did not have another person with us, so we could not go in anyway.
We set a time to come back later in the week. He seems pretty open
minded. We will see.

We taught a RM about missionary work and dating. She has been home
from her mission for almost two years now, and has not really found
her place. She is from Micronesia, and served in Australia. We had
this other RM that has been home for a week come with us (she is from
the Tongan ward). We shared with her the April ensign article Taking
Fear Out of Dating. It was interesting to see how missionary work, and
dating can parallel each other. Then her aunt had made home made
donuts, and they were super delicious. We also were given this white
drink. I taste it, and it is really good. It had almost an almond
taste to it. I ask what it is, and the aunt with her little English
tells us it is milk mixed with water. Haha really? After that it was
kinda gross to drink it, but I didn't want to be rude.

Wednesday April 6,2016
Let me preface this with a phone call we got last week. It was from
this member out of town wanting us to help her non member parents
move. Her parents are old, and not in a condition to load a truck by
themselves. She wanted us to call elder's quorum president to see if
they could get a couple of guys to help load the truck. The daughter
assured us that it would all be packed, and we would just need to load
the truck. Well, his wife was expecting a baby any day, so we called
the bishop. He handed it off to us the missionaries because it would
be a great missionary opportunity. So we call the lady, and she said
that they would need about 4 people. Well I  can not really lift
things, so we decided to ask our district for help. That would make 8
of us. We get there, and nothing is packed. We started at 10, and
finally left at 2. And it still was not all done. I kept telling
everyone that they can leave when they need. One set of elders said
they block psd out the time until 2. They know how moving people goes.
The lady was so disorganized, and didn't want to through anything
away. She had so much dust in her house, and took constant breaks for
a smoke. It was really hard to be happy, and serve. The elders kept
telling me to smile apparently I didn't look to happy either. It was
tiring! She was kind enough to give us money to go get some pizza, so
the elders did that while we finished boxing up some other stuff. At
one point I called our bishop out of desperation. He came, and helped
for a bit, but had to peace out.

We got home, and I took a nap. I was so tired. I iced my back, took
some medicine, and I fell asleep on the couch. We didn't leave the
house until it was time to go to dinner. Which was with bishop..

We are at dinner, and Sister Dethman made this new recipe with this
kind of steak, that I forgot what it was called. Well it was hard to
chew. Super yummy though. At one point  I took a bite that was too
big, and I did not chew it enough, and swallowed. I knew that was a
mistake once I did that. Yep, I was choking at the bishop's house. I
locked eyes with Sister Dethman, and I put my hands to my throat. She
asked if I was okay, and I shook my head no. Everyone was kinda
freaking out. I think I really scared her adult son who has
autism..sigh.. Yep. Luckily Sister D does not freak out like Aunt
Jane. Bishop had to give me the hymlick. It was a miracle that I
didn't throw up everywhere.
I am never going to live that one down. I am sure the whole ward will
know that I almost died at Bishop's house.

We leave, and Sister De Leon Gomez is just laughing, and explaining
her concern, and laughed some more. I told her to take me to
McDonald's, so I could get a shake. My throat was sore, and I needed
something to smooth it. It still hurts. I told her I was going home,
icing my back, drink my shake and lay down until our one appointment
tonight at eight. But then that cancelled.

It has been a really long day.

April 7,2016
It was so hot today! It was so nice out! At one point we went to a
convenient store for a drink, and a snack. It was a pretty solemn day.
Walked around, talked to some people. At one point we were at a park!
Guess what happened? I bruised my leg. I am just falling apart over

Swinging at the park.

 We had our meeting with Brother Mueller. Had some ice cream. Bishop
told him that I choked at his house.. Then came the teasing.
Missionary work is hard in this area. It does not help that my
companion is a negative nelly. I also do not like how she talks about
herself. She says she is fat, and all these things. It is so
exhausting reassuring her when she does not believe me anyway.

We also started to get the cottage ready for when we leave. We trashed
a lot of stuff, and tore down the wall decorations... Yep, and that
was my day.

April 8,2016
Weekly planning day! Except we barely have anyone to plan for.
We started our exchange with the sister training leaders. I came to
the Kelly Creek ward. It took me forever to fall asleep because of my

April 9,2016
I actually had a really good exchange! We were walking through this
apartment complex when Sister Hansen points to this gutter, and says I
can have it if I grab it. I look down, and what do my eyes behold? A
five dollar bill. I was so determined to get it! I have no shame, I
bent down, and I had to use two pens as chop sticks to get it out.
Sister Hansen helped, but I did the hard work. After my hands were a
bit nasty. We went to this investigator's house, and he was not there,
but his wife was. Sister Hansen  has never been inside, so I told her
that washing my hands would be the perfect excuse. Turns out the wife
was sick, but I really needed to wash my hands, and she was kind
enough to let me do that. Later I washed the five dollar bill, and it
is all clean now. Normally I find pennies, and on a good day I find a
quarter. This by far was the best find. It reminds me of a story my
dad told me when I was young we were standing in the check out line,
and I was on the floor, and my dad told me to get up. I some how found
what I think was a five dollar bill. (I do not know, I can't remember)
Apparently I love finding money. If I believed in reincarnation I
think I may have been a pirate or something. It was good to take a
break from Columbia River. I got to see Heidi Bell. I got to teach her
while I was in Columbia. Her in laws live in Kelly creek, and that is
where we had dinner. She was picking up one of her kids from there
when we showed up. Then we exchanged back. We spent a long while
trying to find this address of this referral. We have decided that it
does not exist.


 April 10,2016
A few days ago we met this girl (we will call her Sarah) when we were
trying to find a less active member. Turns out they moved. She said we
could come back. Fast forward to tonight we go back again. We meet a
different girl. We ask for Sarah, and she says no one lives here by
that name. I was kinda sassy when I asked really? Because we met her a
few days a go. "Oh! My house mate Sarah, yeah she is not home right
now." Seriously? How could you forget your house mate's name? Just
tell the truth.

We also found this free couch sitting on the side of the road. We told
the lady we would be back Saturday for it. Haha it gave us an excuse
to talk to her plus we got a free couch. Killed two birds with one

Now it is p day! I will blink then it will be over..
Love you all!

Sister Slattery

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