Monday, February 3, 2014

Stay Golden, Pony Boys

Alright, mom and dad get a lot of questions about what exaccctly  i'm doing out here as a missionary, so i figured i'd just show you our daily schedule:
6:30 a.m.
Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day.
7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Personal study: the Book of Mormon, other scriptures, doctrines of the missionary lessons, and other chapters from Preach My Gospel, the Missionary Handbook, and theMissionary Health Guide.
9:00 a.m.
Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, confirm plans for the day.
10:00 a.m.
Begin proselyting. Missionaries learning a language study that language for an additional 30 to 60 minutes, including planning language learning activities to use during the day.
Missionaries may take an hour for lunch and additional study, and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with their proselyting. Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
Return to living quarters (unless teaching a lesson; then return by 9:30) and plan the next day’s activities (30 minutes). Write in journal, prepare for bed, pray.
10:30 p.m.
Retire to bed.

so from the time we leave the house til the time we come back we are either 1. at meetings that we have with other missionaries 2. at lessons we have with investigators or 3. walking around, knocking doors trying to share our message about Christs true church on the earth today. it is AWESOME. 
Love me some Sister Edwards
My companion and I had a really neat experience last night. (I deffff wrote about it in my journal lol.) there is a family that came to church last week that we wanted to start teaching. So we go over Tuesday night and have a great lesson! They said they would be at church on Sunday. Well, as the week went on we would call to check on them and stuff and they’d never get back to us or anything so we decided we would drive over and try to see them. We went two separate nights and each time they weren’t home. So Sunday night we were trying to figure out who we should go see and they came to mind but we were a little hestitant because they live so far away and we didn’t want to drive all the way there just to not see them and waste the miles. (as missionaries we only get so many miles a month so we have to be careful lol) so I said “lets pray and ask heavenly father what we should do.” We prayed and just asked for help knowing whether or not to go. As we finished the prayer we sat in silence, thinking.... i felt very impressed that we should go see them. I thought, you know what? We had the faith last night to set a goal for 1 new investigator with hopes that THEY would be that 1, so we have to show heavenly father we have faith in Him and go. So we did….AND THEY WERE THERE :D we pulled up and saw lights on and tears filled my eyes. I was so happy to have been able to follow a prompting from the spirit. It made the ending of a pretty crappy weekend a little bit better.
Rocking the Red White & Blue
One of the less active families we have been working with has a little 5 year old. This week we went to see them and the mom goes “look at this. You’re gunna love it!” she started showing us pictures of the little girl all dressed up as a missionary with a handmade badge, and her scriptures in a lunch box ready to go!  I guess she said “I’m ready to go out and knock on the neighbors doors!” lol, how cute? I hope that one day that little girl will actually get to go on a mission and experience the joy that those little things, like that, bring. I love being a missionary!

Today is pray (Preparation Day) and a wonderful one at that because the elders washed our car for us this morning :D #suckers

I’ve been drinking 3 liters of water a day!!! I’ve also become best friends with the bathroom because of it…..but still! I’m being healthy! Stayin’ fit!

I love you all. Stay golden, pony boys.
Sister Toolan
Throw back to Christmas

Beautiful Cali

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