Friday, February 27, 2015

December 22, 2015

Sorry im emailing late, this week has been wild! it'll be short. I got the packages mom! and cards from many amazing people! thank you all so so much! im such a happy missionary. I love my area and my companion. sister Jensen and I have been having so much fun together and doing a lot of work. we've seen a lot of miracles, i'll give you a brief summary of a few of them. we taught this girl, E, in the visitors center and it was amazing! she wanted to know more about the life of Christ so we took her to this little display and watched a bunch of the videos about him. afterwards she said sisters, you talk a lot about the atonement, and I don't fully understand it, but to me it means progress. ans becoming like Jesus Christ, not being exactly like Him right here and right now. its a constant, lifetime pursuit of becoming a little better each day. be patient with yourself! I wish I would've understood that in high school softball. and volleyball.

we also were able to have a super bold lesson with an investigator. we pretty much just told her flat out that she needs to be baptized. she knows its all true and she has to make a decision one way or the other. its always scary going into those lessons wondering how theyre going to take it, but as you bear testimony, they understand the importance of what you are teaching the spirit always has your back. we set a baptismal date with another investigator. he invited us over for Christmas eve so im excited for that. we spent a lot of time in food pantries this week volunteering which has been amazing! i'll elaborate on that more when I have time.

when sister Jensen and I first got together we set some companionship goals: 10+ hours of service a week, set a baptismal date every week, teach a lesson in every members home, etc. well our fourth and final goal was to catch a squirrel. and guess what, GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! it was the best thing ever! so we borrowed a trap from our bishop and set it up outside our apartment with some peanut butter inside. when we checked the trap the next morning we found a huge squirrel in our trap! we were so pumped. this thing was the size of a house cat, no joke. he was kind of freaking out, so we took the trap inside and put on some celine dion Christmas and that calmed him down right quick. something about celine dion singing about the savior is soothing to our squirrel friend. we weren't sure what to do with him, until we spoke with the elders later that day. they were at the church with grocery bags collecting presents from members. they literally had 5 garbage bags full, and they were still cramming more in their car. the members were spoiling them! so we decided to give them a present of our own by unleashing the squirrel in their apartment. so we went home, found a box, and tried to transport the squirrel, but he escaped and ran all over our apartment. you could call it karma. we chased him arounf forever! he peed, pooped, and vomited all over our carpet. it was nasty. but we finally caught him and made a successful transplant into the elders apartment. they still don't know it was us, they thought he just snuck in somehow, but he caused them a lot of grief. SUCCESS! anyways, im excited for Christmas. I love you all and I cant wait to Skype! stay classy!

sister udall


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