Monday, December 30, 2013

Belated Christmas Card

A lot of people were supposed to get this via my mom..but the envelope that I tried sending to her never made it...It came back to me...so hopefully this makes up for it! :D

My Mini!


Alexus Wrote Me a Note :)


Christmas!!


AHHH!

We have very limited time today. The librarian here today hates us.
This week was awesome.
We found two GOLDEN-Gators I love them.
I had all these things I was going to write about, but maybe I'll just have to write it and send it to mom and make her type it up.
But seriously. Hymn 336: all I can think of is a drunk man breaking a beer bottle over another dudes head. haha
I'm thinking for the music video it should be a bar fight/brawl in slow motion with a guy in the middle of it all sitting really still and singing with the orchestra lining the walls.
good idea, eh?

SO MANY PEOPLE CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY. It was awesome.

Guys. Missionary work is the greatest.
Audgie is on his mish now and will be in the field next week! ahhhh! It's nuts. Jessica Nelson said that they had to put up a new display case in the building to fit all the missionary plaques.
Melts my heart.
Also I got a SWEET update from my first area!

I got to go to Anderson this weekend for TWO BAPTISMS!!! Just thought I'd give you a little update:
-Eddie got baptized!! He was so excited for it that they moved the date up  a few weeks from the original date of Nov 24 that we set with him.
-Chris and Brother McPherson got married and then Chris also got baptized!! They are doing great and went to the temple this weekend to do baptisms :)
-There were at least 30 islanders there that I did not recognize, and they stayed all three hours!
-Pete Sampson and his family officially move in and he is now teaching the islander sunday school. It's a HUGE success.
-Little Leighanna who lived next door to us has been going to church for 3 weeks now!
-Brother and Sister Patrick were both there
-Rendy Lanso has been coming every week with Eddie and Meriko
-Michael Thomas blessed the Sacrament (I started bawling when I saw that. Actually I cried a lot that day.)
-Bro and Sis Thomas were also at Sacrament meeting, and there are in 2 Nephi 15 in their family scripture study :)
-Christina is the Sunbeams teacher and Rodney is the Cub Scout Master and the 2nd councilor in the Sunday School Presidency
-There were over 50 nonmembers at the ward Halloween Party
-There are applying for a bigger building at the end of the year
-There were so many people at Sacrament they had to open the partition in the back
-They split the primary into junior/ senior primary because it was so big
 
And last but not least.........
-GREG TRYON WAS ORDAINED A PRIEST.

you don't know any of these people, but they are like family! Especially Greg, he's a HANDFUL but I am SO Proud!

Ahhh. I wish I could tell you about everything but it would take forever. I love it all, and I don't ever want it to end!

Love,
Sister Huskey

Monday, December 23, 2013

WE FOUND SHIRRICK!! Best Day Ever :)


Favorite people :)


Tree made out of uhh..Glass?

Nope, that's ice yo.

My New Sisters!

Sister Clayson (also cousin) and Sister Vance

Christmas Makes Me Trumpy.

No, not trunky, TRUMPY.

I hear all this sweet Christmas music with sweet trumpet sections and
ALL I WANT TO DO IS PLAY TRUMPET.

I think I'm going to study music when I get home.
I have a list of instruments I want to master:
Trumpet
Piano
Violin
Guitar
Bag Pipes

There's a lot of other stuff I want to do, but we don't need to get into that right now.

I've been MAJORLY stressing about coming home. I think the first thing I'm going to do is go donate plasma so that I'm not poor.

haha! Buttt I've yet to figure out anything beyond that.

oh boy. this week has been Crazy!
 
I'm in my new area, Miami!
and I'm with Two beautiful sisters! They are amazing, I love them to bits and pieces! The ward is awesome, and we drive a truck! wohoo!
It's the best.
I've met so many people, and this war already feels like family.
I'm excited for Christmas, we have so many fun things planned! :D

It was sad to leave Van Buren, but we spent Tuesday with the ZL's to introduce them to everyone, it was like being on exchanges...but with Elders. It was weird, but lots of fun :) Those Elders are like brothers, I'm going to miss them so much!

The ward in Fort Smith is amazing, they took such good care of us! On transfer day I got to see sister Gilbert AND sister Erickson! it was so good to see them!

OH YEAH. GUESS WHAT!

Sister Clayson and I are RELATED!
Her 13th (or whatever ) Great Grandma is Pocahontas too!!!!!!

not even joking right now. It's so cool.

well. I love you all! have a good Christmas! Also, watch these videos on this page. :)

http://www.mormonchannel.org/christmas-videos?v=2919740155001&cid=HPFR122013274&im=true

anndd GO :)
Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Yeahhhh.

Alex and Clara will miss me so much!

The Bull

SANTA

Onto Transfer #5!!

So crazy.
 
This week was sweeeet.
 
ok, we were actually pretty sick most of the week, BUT, it was ok, because some awesome things happened.
 
FIRST. On Tuesday we had Zone Conference in Tulsa. SO goood. We rode "The Bull" (aka a Water's van) up with all the missionaries from our area. We listened to christmas music the whole time. Turns out Missionaries really love Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Michael Buble... at least, they are pretty popular in the OTM.
 
Conference was amazing, at the end President Shumway read that book, "The story of Mr Toomey." something like that. Mom will know what I'm talking about. The one about the carpenter that ALWAYS makes you cry when he starts helping the little boy carve his bird. awww yeah.
 
After it was alll over I wanted to go ask President about something so I just went over and stood near him while he finished talking to another elder. I looked over at my companion and started singing Thrift Shop really quiet.....because It's been stuck in my head ALLL WEEEK. Then we started playing that game like on Finding Nemo. Whoever can sing Thrift Shop closest to President Shumway without getting caught wins!
 
...i win.
muahhaha.
 
I also ripped a phone book in half after conference was over...nbd.
pictures to come.
 
After conference we hit up B-dubbs! (buffalo wild wings..)  Elder Magana did the flamin wing challange. As we walk in Elder Allred says, "The marmons have arrieved! If you want to know what we believe in, we believe in 60 cent hot wings!!"
 
bahahaha.
 
 
good times in the Fort.
good times.
 
Well after monday we were sick, so not much happened.
 
we had a ward chirstmas party on Saturday! It was a lot of fun. Bro. Kev and Shawn came! Woop woop! So did Shawn's son Liam. It was great. We even got to see SANTA!
 
I would send pictures buuuttt..my camera's being dummbbb today so, next week you're gonna get a TON of pictures. for sure.
 
I'm also working on loading up a usb to send home sooooooo look out for that too! Probably in a couple weeks though.
 
Alright, so here's the news we've all been waiting for. Transferrr callllsss!
 
Van Buren is getting closed. The Zone Leader's are expanding their area and I am going to Miami, (pronounced My-AMA) Oklahoma.
 
I'm a THREE stater! holla!
One more and I'll have em all!
 
haha
 
Sister Boll is going to Huntsville, Arkansas.
 
We get on the loop on wedensday! So tomorrow we'll be hanging out with the ZL's and introducing them to everyone!
 
It's crazy. Packing is hard, I have acuumulated SO MUCH STUFF!
 
 
anyway.
 
I'll be in Miami for Christmas! I don't know what time yet...but we only have 30 minutes to talk/skype. (you can thank "the bretheren" for that one) But I'll let ya'll know when it will be.
 
 
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bro Kev

MASSIVE ICE SICKLE!!

ugh..nasty face..don't look too closely! haha!
 
hard day of work, ok?!

Another Cute Puppy!

I've finally made it!

SNOW!

Planning in Seattle....I Mean Starbucks! :D

5 Down. 13 To Go.

Oh man. Guess what everyone!
Grace and I hit FIVE months on Tuesday! Say whatttt?! It's crazy. I still feel like a baby. haha.
We get transfer calls on Saturday night and then we'll change on Wednesday!
I predict that I'll stay and train here in Van Buren OR that we'll both leave. Sister Boll predicts that I'll stay and train or that we'll both stay.
We'll find out soon enough!
 
So, remember how last week I told you I got a Tiwi card? Well, you're probably wondering what the heck that is, right?
 
Tiwi is a nice little man inside a black box that sticks to the windshield who yells at the driver when he or she:
Goes over the speed limit
Is aggressive driving
Is reckless driving
when our seat belts aren't buckled
or when we haven't logged into the system
 
It records EVERYTHING, speed, time on and off, when we get home, every-thing!
It's kinda cool.
 
So far I've only gotten O-N-E speeding violation.
 
woop! woop!
 
I'm a pro. I wonder if I can print out my tiwi reccord and use it for future jobs? hmmm..
 
I've also decided that I'm totally going to be an EFY counselor the summer I get home! GET AT ME! It's going to be sweet. I wanted to do that pre-mish, but you have to be stinkin 21 to do it. LAME. But the good thing is that RM's basically ALWAYS get the job. sooo....It's happening.
 
Also, Pops/Jenni, thanks SO MUCH for sending that package. LOVED it! The socks came in HAN-DY this week.
 
Also, this week was crazy.
 
Also, we got a christmas tree this week! Holla!
It's fake...but still...DOPPEEE!
 
*I AM a sister missionary*
 
...I meant to say that it's just really really cool and totally invites the TRUE spirit of Christmas into our lives ;)
 
haha :)
 
Anyyyway.
Monday we ate at the usual spot: Casa de Cureton.
They're the best, we ate mac and cheese! SO YUMMY!
They also aren't going to be able to move as soon as they thought(*YESSSS!!**)
 
On Tuesday I went on exchanges with my old companion, Sister Breaux, it was a GOOD day, we did WORK. Played bingo with old people (the lady I played with won like...5 bucks!) We went to the RS activity and ate our dinner via the finger food provided, and we also got to see Brother Henery.
 
His story is AMAZING.
Brother Henery read the book of Mormon and knew it was true at the age of 17. This area that he lives in was opened up on July 4, 2013.
on July 3, 2013 Brother Henery sent in a self-referral through lds.org.
the next day when the sisters arrived they got it and they went to see him a few days later, a few WEEKS later Brother Henery was baptized.
In the beginning his family was ultra anti Mormon, but now we have lessons IN his parent's home! AHHH so cool.
 
anyway. I want to find a Brother Henery. that's my life goal.
 
Wednesday we exchanged back...whatever happened escapes me..haha.
 
Thursday we did our weekly planning, we could NOT focus at home so we went to Starbucks instead! It felt like we were at  home (Sister Boll is from Seattle) it smelled SO good in there and we got our planning done really quick.
 
That night we had a freezing rain storm/then sleet/ THEN snow.
 
Friday there was.so.much.snow! SO MUCH. We walked everywhere to go see people, it was actually a LOT of fun. The powder was niiiceee. I WISH with all my heart that snowboarding was allowed on the mission, because this stuff was just perfect.
 
our heat went out at our apartment, so we stayed with a member family from Alma. Sarah Vindel gave us some yarn to make stuff out of. I LOVE OLD LADY CRAFTS!
 
It reminded me of Grandma's Sister Vindel spins and hand dyes most of her stuff too, it was sweet. Who knew that you could bond with someone over wool?
 
Saturday we could drive! hallelujah! We also got to visit with EVERYONE we wanted to see! That was the best. LOVE those days.  We ended the night by breakin it down with Bro. Kev.
 
I WISH I could send the video..cause it was hilarious.
 
Church got cancelled on Sunday.  It was weird. Saturday and Sunday we originally planned on being in Fort Smith ALL day...it was so weird staying here. It's like Sunday never happened. I'M GOING TO DIE!!!! haha.
 
We saw Bro. Kev and his brother Shaun tonight and taught them the Plan of Salvation using the Celestial Pyramid! It was SO good. Shaun loovveedd it. Shaun is a LA who is PROUD of it. Last time we brought over an object lesson he was.not.impressed. But I really think the Legos struck a cord. We got an A+ for that one.  
 
jk. I wont. I did get sick this weekend though, I just about heaved up the entirety of my guts this morning, but  I'ma survivor.
 
annnyway. it's been a good week.
 
No visa yet.
 
still FREEZING cold.
 
but regardless...
 
 (Bud-duh-bum-buh-buhh!!) I'm lovin it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

FORWARDDD!

I had to teach Sister Boll about the lightsaber ways of the MTC...English speaking missionaries miss out sometimes.

Husky Man!

KATIE!!

Brotha Kev.

Drunk as evverrrr. But we still love him! haha

FIVE MONTHS.

Tomorrow will mark 5 months of being on the mish.
Say Whaaa?!
 
That's crazy.
 
a LOT has changed at home but the work keeps truckin on!
 
This week was great. First of all it was Thanksgiving!!! Which means eating a feast every day and having enough left overs to last the rest of the transfer!
 
On Monday we had the first Feast at the Cureton's house..anddd they told us that they are MOVING! Noooo.....Not only that but they are moving to Alma...which is the NEXT ward over and is where basically all of our investigators are/have moved to in the last week.
 
Stinkin Alma....
 
Well Brother Cureton gave me a blessing that night too...because I was just *SO* sad that they were moving. haha. just kidding.  But it was THE best...because it's the first one I've gotten on the mission so far and it was MUCH needed.
 
Tuesday my companion and I had a little "Best Two Years" Moment. Sister Shumway (the Mission President's Wife) called randomly in the middle of the day and said, "Guess where I am!? I'm in Arkansas! I'm coming to see you!"
 
AHHHHHH! We ran home and cleaned up! haha. It wasn't THAT messy..buuut this is Sister Shumway we're talkin about. Gotta have it top notch :P
 
It was fun having her over, we got to give her the grand tour and talk about all of our investigators with her.
 
Wednesday we had exchanges. I got to go to Charleston and do some work with Sister Ficklin (if I get stuck here, we'll be going home together :])
Pretty much all of our plans fell through that afternoon so we decided to do some good ol' Tracting. We said a prayer first and then I saw the house. It was basically glowing and screaming "JESUS"...oh wait..that must've just been all the Christmas Decorations. My bad...Well, we knocked on the door. A woman answered and she knew who we were immediately. She has four sisters who are all LDS, she's Baptist, but "just a believer". She told us that her sisters were on the way to her house for Thanksgiving! We told her to say we stopped by! She continued on to tell us about dilasis and Sister Ficklin said, "I have faith that it's all going to work out. I really do." The woman just MELTED into us she came out of the house and gave us each HUGE hugs.
 
Such a tender moment!
 
Gotta love it.
 
We kept walking to see if any other houses "spoke" to us...but we ended up just finding a Husky Dog instead!!
 
It was great. Sister Ficklin also told me that when she was on exchanges in Anderson (my first area) that TWO of the people I used to teach are now baptized!!
 
That is always THE best news to get.
 
Wednesday marked the second thanksgiving feast of the week. So delicious.
 
Thursday we played FOOTBALL alllll morning. So fun. We had our final Thanksgiving at the McClellan's house and Sister McClellan even made Grammi's weird carrot and pineapple jello for me! It was SO good! :) I think I ate more that meal than the rest of the week combined :/ yikes.
 
But soooo worth it.
 
Sister Boll and I took the opportunity to rake some leaves that day too. As we were finishing up the ZL's and Spanish pulled up..such a convienent time. haha. They had gotten flowers for Sister McClellan..they looked like they were headed off to prom. awk.
 
We had probably 15 bags STUFFED full of leaves. Dinner was earned, and tasted SO much better afterwards.
 
So this week Sister Boll and I have been jammin out every day to the Nashville Tribute band: The Work.
That stuff is top notch.
We made our own video of "Children Go Where I Send Thee"
 
It's (as the kids would say) DOPE.
 
maybe one day you'll get to see it.
 
Friday we played Bingo at the Rehab center..like we do every friday. it was great fun.
 
Something really cool happened today. As sisters do not hold the priesthood there are not many occasions that we get to drop anything and go help someone. But we got a phone call from a Less Active woman we see. Her son got into a bad bike wreck and was in the hospital with his mom and needed a blessing.
We called the Elders and met them at Mercy Hospital. (The Elders are great. btw gotta love em)
I called Tammy: "Hi tammy, it's Sister Huskey, how are you?"
Tammy: "It's crazy, we're at the hospital and Gabe got it a bike wreck."
Me:"Tammy we're here at the hospital, the elders are here to give your son a blessing."
Tammy: "No way!"
 
She had NO idea how we found out about Gabe or that they were at the hospital, it was SO COOL. haha.
 
We all got to go back and see him in the emergency room and the elders gave him a blessing. I love watching the priesthood in action.  It's good stuff.
 
Anyway. that was the most exciting part of the day.
 
On Saturday we cleaned the chruch and played some Basket Ball. So fun. I got to see Katie! She was recently Baptized in the Greenwood ward, I helped to teach her (once) when I was on exchanges there, we are bffs. Love her!
 
The Silers took us out for lunch to a Pizza Buffet, YUM. (thanksgiving #4? You betcha!)
 
Saturday was great because guess what?! I GOT A TIWI CARRDD. I can drive now. WHAT'S UP!!!
 
I haven't driven in 5 MONTHS! AHHHH. It's so refreshing to be behind the wheel again :)
 
We stopped by Bro. Kev's house on our way to see another neighbor and his friend. Bro. Kev is a Less Active. We love him. He served 2 tours in Iraq back in the day and has bad PTSD. He's an alchoholic. We walked up to him and he was drinkin a Heinikin. haha. We told him we were going to see ms Dixie and he said he'd be right behind us!
 
To my astonishment, Bro. Kev gave this woman a pretty amazing lesson (dispite the fact that he was overly tipsy)
 
Kinda cool.
 
We walked him back to his apartment and he wanted to say a prayer with us before we left.
 
Sister Boll:"Please bless Kevin that he-" Bro. Kev "Bless kevin?! Bless kevin!? What about Bless the Mis-ion-ar-ies?! Thank you jesus for sending these two girls to re-juv-inate myyyy ding-dong botay bootay! Halla-Halla!" Sister Boll:"...in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
 
Bahhaah .
 
so funny.
 
We love Brotha Kev.
 
Sunday was WEIRD. SO much drama at church, but I'll spare you from all of that.
 
We had a lesson with one of our favorite LA's Michael Jones Jr. we had a dance off in the drive way....that should tell you how fun those lessons are.
 
 
hahaha.
 
ahhhh well...That's all for this week.
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

This is My Companion's BLOGGGG

Ch-ch-check it out.
 
 

one more.

If you save these and then skip between them suuupper fast it is HILARIOUS! For real...do it.

dying!!

Fresnessss

Fwd: This week. Super exciting.




Just kidding.
Nothing happened this week.
 
We had dinner at the Cureton's on monday like usual and tuesday we had like...1 lesson. WE SAW EVERYONE. It was nuts. Wednesday we had District Meeting and Thursday we did weekly planning. Friday it was freezing and no one was home and saturday we played soccer like PROS and also tried to see everyone and  yet saw noone. 
 
Today has been pretty slow too...but me and my companion got these sweet elf and santa shorts at walmart. soooo it's gonna be a good preperation day.
We're going to a members house to jam on their banjo and start our own Baptist bluegrass band....
 
 
"Saved by grace Cleansed from sin
now I don't have to work again...
 
Beat my kids, slapped my wife,
but I still got eternal life.."
 
hahahahah!
 
Thank's To Alex Phelps for that Gem.
 
ohhh man.
 
we keep it fresh.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Sunsets here are Crazy Amazing. Trust Me.

Blend It.

Blender Bottles. Get Some.

HUGE GRASSHOPPER!

Van Buren Selfies

My Companion is a CRAZY Driver..But I love her :)

TARGET!

CHRISTMAS IN APARTMENT #7!!

Fwd: PRECHRISTMASING!



 
Last Preperation day we went to TARGET!!! AHHH it was amazing. I felt like a real person again. But at the same time it was pretty crazy I wanted EVERYTHING!
 
I love Target.
 
We got Christmas lights and set them up  in the apartment!
Christmas time in apartment #7!
 
 
So that night we had interviews with President at the stake center. We were unloading supplies for Zone Training the next day...Elder Gulbranson and Elder Loomis were trying to one-up eachother seeing how many boxes of Boof of Mormons they could each carry. In the end it was a  ton...but unfortunately as Elder Gulbranson set all 100,000,000 of his boxes down he split  his pants! Bahahaha. It was classic.
Sister Boll told Presidnet Shumway about what happened when she went in to be interviewed. His response "That is Riiichhh!" hahaha. ahhh. President Shumway is the best. for sure.
 
So wedensday we had Zone training. It was awesome. Lots of fun. We got a new DVD to show to people, and specific instruction for another DVD to not show it until after thanksgiving. NO PRE-CHRISTMASING! not allowed.
 
well.. the lights are up...sooooo....hmmm...
 
Thursday we busted through weekly planning like pros and then hit up Craigs for some Happy Hour donuts. THAT is a dangerous place. So delicious. So cheap.
 
On friday the UAFS Women's Chorus came and had a concert at the church. It was pretty good.
At the end the Conductor said something about how we shouldn't be afraid to stand up and start dancing if we're feeling the Spirit! haha...*crickets* ....
 
only in the south.
 
It's good stuff.
 
We helped a Family move on saturday morning and GOT MORE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!! We also took this trampoline apart and discovered some of the most discusting spiders on the face of the planet. It surely must've been entertaining to watch that happen. haha!
 
Then we had our weekly socc
e
r match. It was oddly warm out that morning so it was perfect weather for the game!
We drank our protien from our blender bottles. and that was even better. If only Elder Park were still here, he would be so proud of us! haha
 
 
Saturday we had about 2000 lesssons planned buuuutttt nothing happened. it was great.
 
Sunday was good. We had ward council- which is always fun and got to eat lunch with the Zone Leaders at the Ward Mission Leader's house. The Bardin family (the ones that sent dad those pictures) also already called dibs to have us over for Christmas! :D We love them! And we hope that we stay for next transfer! This one gets over just a few days before christmas! So, it'll be weird if we have to leave and spend it somewhere where we don't know anyone!
 
Last night we also got dropped by our favorite investigating family. It was a big ol' stab in the heart. But we are excited for this week. We have a lot of member exchanges set up and we're pumped for that! So, it should be good.
 
Anyyyway. It's starting to get suuuper cold here. and Brazil is still far far away it seems like. Everyone just keep the fingers crossed taht I actually get to go one day!
 
Also...send me letters because our mailbox is sad because it has nothing to hold :P
 
do it.
 
I love you all! Some more than others..You know who you are ;) haha.
 
Tchau! (that means goodbye in portuguese...hopefully:P)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

District Outing!

Transfer Point!

Transfer 2 in the Fort

Well, we had transfers this week and I'm still here in Van Buren with Sister Boll. We are having a blast.
 
There is this Bakery that we like to go to during happy hour to get REALLY cheap donuts and free Baptist comics! Woohoo! It's a good little break on the not so good days.
 
So yesterday was Veteran's Day. Brother Cureton served in the Army. He got to go to the Elementary school and talk to the kids about all that good stuff. We eat dinner with them almost every monday and he told us the FUNNIEST stories about the questions the kids would ask. The best one:
Kid: Did you have an AK47?!
Bro. Cureton: Yes I did.
Kid: Cool! I have some of those!
Bro. Cureton: You have AK47s?
Kid: yeah!
Bro. Cureton: What kind?
Kid: A Red one and a Black one
Bro. Cureton: ...On Call of Duty?
Kid: ...yeah...
 
bahahahah!
 
ok, maybe you had to be there to hear him tell the story, but it was pretty good.
 
We were supposed to have a TON of people at church on Sunday. No.one.showed. it was horrible.
 
Alsoooo...The mail box was flat out empty EVERY DAY this week. Talk about depressing. haha!
 
Also, Sister Pahl and Elder Phelps went home on Friday. That was also pretty sad.
 
BUT we always have the Bakery! haha.
 
ooooookkkk. so
my companion. she's a jem.
 
there's this object lesson that we do that consists of lighting a tea bag on fire that's sitting on your hand and then it floats away right before the fire hits your skin. SOO Sister Boll was practicing this on the carpet one day.
 
You have cup of water that you dump the innards of the tea bag into and then you open up the tea bag so it stands like a tower on your/the person your teaching's hand and then you light it up!
 
SO Sister Boll lit the tea bag on her hand...but instead of flying away, it fell to the ground. So at this point, it's still burning, she stares at it for about 5 seconds and then takes the cup of water and tea junk and dumps the WHOLE thing onto the carpet. Bahahahaha!!!
 
so funny.
like I said. She's a jem.
 
 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Misssssiiiooonnnnnn.

Someone call up Brazil and Ask them where my Visa isss!!!
I'm dying.
This week was BUSY. And next week is BOOKED. It's awesome. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was emailing!
We had a Canadian Thanksgiving with some members here in Fort Smith since Elder Gulbranson is Canadian, it was way fun. The Spanish Elders said that they had gotten a call from "Anti-Andy" that day too, so It was exciting to hear about what the guy said. But what was EVEN cooler was that I have answers for those concerns/qestions of his. Cha-ching! I think it's safe to say that I'm not afraid to answer questions, regardless of what they might be about, or who they are coming from.
I'm rock solid.
Lately I've been missing my 'wordly' music, but I've found an even greater joy because I don't have that luxury. There is a new song out called "What Does the Fox Say?" pretty much everyone talks about it. And since we don't exactly have the means by which to play said song, we just have them sing the chorus for us...it's ridiclous. I'm excited to find out what it really sounds like one day....or maybe I'll just keep very far away from that one. haha. sounds like it'll kill a couple hundred brain cells.
Can't have that! Gotta focus on the work!
We had 2 baptisms in our ward on Saturday, Elder Phelps and Elder Gulbranson had a boy from a less active family...we did too. Theirs was named Michael, and so was ours. He was 9, and ours was 9, annnndd both had blonde hair.
We tried to spread the word about our baptism not really knowing the mix-up that might occur as the Elders were spreading the word about their baptism.
It was awesome though.
I also learned this week that half the time missionaries just eat to be curtious. ha! I don't know how many times I was eating this week on an ALREADY overflowing stomach. yikes.
I also got to go on exchanges this week with Sister Pahl. It was SO cool. a lot of really awesome things happened and it was just a really good exchange.
On Sunday Sister Boll and I sat in on the Spanish Branch so that they could have a piano player. It was fun listening to the talks and semi-knowing what they were talking about and getting to translate a little bit of it to Sister Boll. Can I just say that I am so stoked to be speaking Portuguese 24-7? STOKED. haha.
Elder Phelps asked me this week, "What if you actually do get stuck here for the rest of your mission?" and I told him that I'd be happy, because..at least I can speak English!
Line of the Week: From a former investigator named Betty: "I used to have pictures of my grandkids on the wall...but then I realized, this is MY HOUSE!"
          ....all the pictures in her house are of herself..haha! Classic betty..
 
The pictures are from Canadian Thanksgiving and Michael's Baptism!! :D 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sister Mormons

Van Buren is CRAZY!
It is a Marathon every day out here. We hardly get a breath of air. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Thank you to Cheryl for the letter. I needed it WAY bad, and I got it in PERFECT timing. You.are.the.best.
And Mom, I FINALLY got your package...luckily the food was still decent enough to eat...I choked it down...Just kidding. I basically inhaled it.  SO good.
 
This week was Penny Surfing week. Fall is comin on in quite nicely, so the wind is PERFECT. I highly encourage it!
 
But the most exciting part of the week was on Wednesday. I get a call from the Mission Office. Sister Boll says, "MAYBE IT'S YOUR VISA!!!" Soooo now I'm freaking out. It totally could be...But it wasn't instead I hear, "Hi, Sister Huskey. I just got of the phone with your Mother.."
In my head I AUTOMATICALLY think: "Who died?!" and "How could I have POSSIBLY made her mad all the way from here?" and a slew of other things. I really did think someone had died though. Turns out she just wanted to know if I had gotten her package yet...which I didn't, but I did on friday and it was awesome.
 
One of the best stories this week was when Andrew came out with us to do some lessons.  The first one was with an investigator who we just taught the Law of Chastity to. So we were following up. This guy is like....really old. But he says, "you know, in my day, I was pretty permiscuous...(turns to poor little Andrew) What about you!?" Bahahhaha. oh man. so funny. Sorry Andrew. He took it like a Champ though.
 
The best part about being down here is probably getting to hear about what everyone things about the Government shutdown. NO ONE know anything, here are some of the golden ones:
We ask: "So what's the deal with the Gov. shut down?"
 
"Well...all I know is that we're all going to be living in the woods soon"
 
"They said that they're going to change the national anthem to 'Party in the USA'!!!"
 
"All I know is that we have a Muslim for President!"
 
B:"It's our President's fault! And he wasn't even born in the USA!!!"
us: "Where was he born then?"
B:"He was born...out...in one of those...other foreign countries!!!"
 
Bahhahaha. SO classic. Gotta love it.
 
We also have a pretty lively Sunday school class. It keeps me going. I look forward to it every week. It's a hilight FOR SURE.
(email me if you want to know the full story ;])
 
Ahhhh..yep, that's about it.
 
Have a great week everybody!
Love,
Sister Huskey #2
  

Monday, September 30, 2013

Van Buren!

Hey! Write me!
The Mission home is:
3640 South New Haven Ave
Suite OTM
Tulsa Oklahoma 74135
 
orrr Straight to me for the next 5 weeks at:
222 Rena Valley Way
#7
Van Buren, Arkansas 72956
 
So, I'm in a trio again. with Sister Breaux and Sister Boll. They are great, we are having a lot of fun and staying SOOO busy.
 
We have Spanish Elders in our area and English Elders in Fort Smith. We all go to church together, and let me tell you. It's a party. 
We also play soccer on Saturdays. My skills are lacking, but it's so much fun. Seven missionaries and whoever else wants to join us, it's a blast.
 
There's so much to do here, I feel like this transfer will probably fly by!
 
Leaving Anderson Missiouri was ROUGH. But I was definitley ready for a change. I learned a lot last trasfer even with it being so difficult.
 
My companios are the best! Did I mention that? haha. Sister Boll is from Seattle Washington and Sister Breaux is from Idaho. It makes me so happy that none of us are from Utah! haha.
 
There is a LOT going on out here and I'm excited to be part of it.
 
Conference is this weekend!! Watch it! :D
 
 
 



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Monday, September 23, 2013

Transfers!!!

I'm headed to Van Bueren Arkansas!
I am SO sad to be leaving this area. It was a complete shock when the ZL told us that Anderson was getting Shotgunned (aka White washed ...aka...we're all leaving!) Usually that only happens when nothing is happening in an area..but we have SO MUCH TO DO HERE. It's going to be really hard to leave it all behind. I really do love the people here so much.
I get transferred on Thursday, so we just have a few more PACKED days left here in Anderson before we head out! Should be exciting!
President said that Van Bueren has only been open for 3 months and we have Elders and Sisters there! It should be pretty fun, I'll be helping to build up the area there! And I'll be in a trio again...soooo hopefully that works out well!

anyway. Have a great week!



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Monday, September 16, 2013

First Break Up. Last Hot Pink Envelope.

Disclaimer: NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!

But you have to admit, I got you for a second, didn't I? Muahahahaha :P

Firstly: Check out these awesome statistics.
The OTM (Oklahoma Tulsa Mission) Is #1 in the United States for Member Present Lessons. BOO-YAH. Eat that...every other mission in the United States....eat.it.
Our area is #1 in the Zone for number of lessons. nbd.
and our ward/area is also #2 in the stake for Baptisms this year.

BOOM.

So there's this guy who's like .... SO close to being an investigator and DEFINITELY potential Stake President material. His name is Tom. We went to see him the other day and he said something WAY cool. Randomly he asks us, "Do you guys get turned down a lot?" we say yes..obviously..haha. He says, "Well every time someone opens the door and you tell them who you are and who you represent- even if they say, 'I'm not interested' or slam the door in your face- you have still put the thought and the words of God into their hearts and minds. I guarantee that they still think about that and they probably talk about it too. You're in a win-win situation here- you didn't fail because they said no and shut the door. Don't be discouraged when that happens- because for the split second that the door was open, you invited God into their lives."

Ok, alone, that's pretty awesome to hear.
but from a NON-member? Seriously.

He said, "I don't know why I said that, it just came into my heart and I had to let it out!"

We told him how we had had a HORRIBLE day of tracting just the day before and that we ALL needed so badly to hear that. It was amazing.

In other news, I taught the Law of Chastity for the first time this week to an islander. haha. That's the best lesson. Gotta love it!

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had exchanges, Sister Gilbert, Sister Sister Stoker and I were asked to sing at this memorial for a woman who died that week in the ward, she was like...mid thirties. It was pretty heart-breaking. We sang "Be Still My Soul". So amazing.

So about this break-up I mentioned. It was with an investigator. The Carpenter family. We first met them out on the street while we were tracting...Steve, the dad, was like, "I've been to so many other churches and nothing seems right, they all have little bits and pieces everywhere but I know I haven't found it yet." SOOO open. We thought he/they were golden. We gave them a thing on the Restoration and asked them to read it. 2 weeks later we came back.. He had so many bizzare questions. "Why do I need a prophet when I have the bible?" "Why do I need another book of scripture when I'm already following God's word?" He contradicted himself SO many times with ...everything. It was weird, but we set up another appointment....This time we went in and Steve was the most closed off person I have ever met.  He went from warm and friendly and understanding, with an open heart and mind, to total.complete.lockdown.

what.the.heck.

So I did it. I asked "Is your heart even open to learning new things right now? To asking God if they're even true?" he said no. "We've loved getting to know you and talking with you but, we cant teach someone who doesn't want to be taught, it's a waste of your time and of our time." We had a closing prayer and that was that. It killed me.

The only thing I can think of happening is that he saw some anti CRAP on the internet -__-
A guy who's worried about being led 'astray' by false prophets goes to MAN aka blatantly obvious false prophets aka google to get his answer to THE.most.important.thing anyone can have on the earth instead of PRAYYYIIINGGG and asking God. Real smart....you're super cool Steve..suuuperrr cool.

Just run a bulldozer over my heart why dont'cha?!

We bought Ice Cream...that made it a little better.

haha.

Well. this week also marked a MONUMENTAL occasion....at least I think it is.
Remember how Leisha bought a MILLION AND A HALF hot pink envelopes before Wayne left on his mission? Well.....I finally sent the last one the other day!

The hot pink envelope era has ended.

Just thought you all should know. haha.

ok. one more random story from this week:

We were driving to Goodman, a town like 10 minutes away, when we realize that EVERYONE is driving on this one road, TONS of people in front and behind us....Sister GIlbert says "I feel like we're in a funeral procession or something!" we all laugh...then we pass the cemetery.... we totally were...hahahah. it was awkward. One of the islanders passed away a couple weeks ago...soooo that pretty much meant that the whole population of Anderson/Goodman was at this funeral. TONS of islanders, it was pretty cool to see the support they all had for each other.

ALSO: On the way back from exchanges we got a ride from a couple in the ward where we were staying. I didn't know until the ride was over, but the Husband is blind, and the Wife doesn't walk...she uses a wheelchair. He is her legs, and she is his eyes. HOW PRECIOUS IS THAT!?  kills me. so cute.

annndd lastly.. We went caving today! It.was.intense. WAY fun. we had to army crawl and duck walk like THE whole time. My quads are KILLLINNG me and my knees are swollen sooooo bad. Totally worth it though. It felt like snowboarding..but worse, because I could actually feel it. haha! we got ULTRA muddy. so fun.

Well, I hope you have a great week...PRAY HARD that my visa comes soon!

Love you!
-Sister Huskey #2



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Monday, September 9, 2013

BIG NEWS

I HAVE A WATCH TAN!!!!


Believe it!



I also have zero time.



Also, Tyler gets home on the 25th!


Seriously, I might die.

I love you all!



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Monday, September 2, 2013

Melinda got Baptized!

This week has been....meh. Pretty good.

Yesterday (Sunday) was Melinda's Baptism! I also realized this morning that it's been 12 years since I've been baptized!Pretty crazy, huh?

Well, the baptism was great. Melinda's son Wexy was the only family member that came to see her, but we had 54 members of the ward there to support her! That was amazing. We were definitely not anticipating that kind of a turn out. It was really cool. 

On Wednesday we had a Zone Conference, Elder Ellis came to speak to us!

Be jealous.

He was once the Mission President of the Sao Paulo North Mission! Now he is in the 70. There's a girl from the MTC who got reassigned to this mission too thats going to my mission in Brazil with me. We both got a chance to talk with him and his wife about it and I told him how Grace will be going to Sao Paulo North too!

It was a fun day.

I feel like it's all been pretty uneventful lately. Not much to report.

Saturday I did get suuuper sick, I woke up with a fever- had chills all night, so I stayed at a members house and slept it off there all day. It sucked. I feel a LOT better now, but still recovering!


These are the cute kids that live next door to us!


Hopefully one day my life will be more exciting! haha.



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Monday, August 26, 2013

Good Ol' Missouri!

First of all, Shout out to Cheryl Carstens for sending me my ONE AND ONLY letter so far!
You know I love you :)


It's only been a week, so I forgive the rest of you. A safe place to send mail would be to:
3640 South New Haven Ave. Suite OTM
Tulsa Oklahoma 74135-2255
 
annnddd GO!

I feel like I'm pretty horrible at writing to you guys so my goal is to try a little harder from now on to let you know all the cool stuff going on.

First and formost...whatever that saying is

We have a baptism on SUNDAY!
That's right. Melina George is gettin D-U-N-K-E-D
We are so excited for her. She has such a strong testimony and is such a joy to be around, she's really soft spoken, but sooo amazing.
She will be the first convert in her family, we're sill working on her Husband and kids. They'll figure it out one day ;) Wexy, her son randomly came to church with her on Sunday!
She said she was about to walk out the door and he was sitting on the couch and asked where she was going, she said "I'm going to church." So, he asked if he could come along!
Sweeet.
They had a perfect lesson in YM's too. They talked about how to be a good father, and what they can do now to prepare for that. Most of the Islanders don't have super solid father figures, I've met Wexy's dad, but I don't know him well enough to know his influence on the kids.
The bishop and the YM President both said that the class was just amazing, and they gave him an assignment to come back and teach next week!
Melinda gets baptized right after church next week so the whole fam-bam should be there!
It's gonna be good!
If I could figure out how to attach pictures, I would put one here of me with a buch of SUPER adorable Islander Kids.
 
We live in what locals call "Little Pohnpei" which is where everyone and their dog is from out here. haha. We love em though.
 
So, here's a great "Classic Missionary Appartment" story.
Our toilet doesn't usually fill after being flushed...soooo when we want to flush the toilet, we have to get water from the bathtub and fill that sucker up. every.time. so annoying, but such is the life, right?
 
On Thursday we had scheduled an appointment to see an investigator, he's like a 60 year old man, like most of our investigators are, so we have to sit out on the porch. He has long grass outside, which is just a beconing for skeeters and chiggers and ticks, and all other parasites.
So in preperation for this exciting adventure we pretty much bathe ourselves in bugspray, totally worth it for teaching a lesson out in the boons and MILLIONS of mosquitos everywhere, right?
 
Except guess what. He had already gone to bed because he was feeling sick.
 
Now we smell like bugspray for the rest of the night.
Awesome.
 
haha!
 
The night before we went to that same house to set up an appointment, but we didn't have bugspray because a memeber drove us there. So now it looks like I have chicken pox.  It also feels like I have chicken pox...but it isn't chicken pox. (I'm telling you right now there's no difference between the real thing and a TON of mosquito bites. haha!)
 
anyway, we get back in the car and theres ONE mosquito in the car...you would have thought it was a cereal killer by the way we acted. We were on the hunt...and we were also pretty afraid. It was pretty hilarious.
 
That guy that we go and see also has a Mini Grey Hound! Who knew those existed! I thought it was pretty cool.
 
Anyway. The ward out here is amazing. I've never met stronger members than in the little ol' Anderson Missouri ward. It's good stuff.
 
Next week we get to hear from Elder Ellis. It's a big deal, we all have to prepare 5 minute talks and they're going to choose a buch of us randomly to speak! Pray that I don't get chosen! haha
 
 
Well, I love you all!
-Sister Huskey



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