Helloooh to everybody!
Here I am in St. Anthony. At the moment I am in the family history center here, munching on some who-knows-how-old dried apples that I found in our apartment. There was lots of random food stuff in there when I got here, so we're trying to get rid of most of it by either throwing it away or eating it so that we can make more room for food we will buy at the store. I don't think anyone's gone through the past missionaries' stuff for years--there were cans and foods from like 2013. Gross. But it feels great to de-junk. It's quite therapeutic.
The area that we cover has a whopping 9 wards. That's the size of my first and second area combined. It's a bit overwhelming, and there are a lot of names, people, and meeting times to remember, but slowly and surely, I'm sure I'll get it. I'm just praying for the Lord to expand my mind so that I can fit everything inside.
My companion is Sister Richins. She is from Flagstaff, Arizona, is 20 years old, has been out for 14 months, and has a beautiful singing voice. Upon arriving here, I was told that we have 2 investigators that are preparing for baptism! So that is a pleasant surprise! Sounds like St. Anthony has been really catching fire. Since both Sister Richins and I are pretty new, we're still trying to figure out our area, meet all 9 of our Bishops and Ward Mission Leaders, setting up dinner schedules, etc. Keeping us busy for sure.
Ew. These apples are really gross. But for some reason I can't stop eating them.
We had a lesson with Trevor and Sicily yesterday, a young couple that the missionaries have been teaching. It was a great lesson on following the prophet and how they can prepare for general conference this weekend. It made me ponder on how I personally can prepare for general conference. I have decided to take my own advice and come to conference with a few specific questions in mind. I will write these questions down, watch general conference, and take notes on the things I hear or impressions I receive that answer my questions. I recommend that everyone try it! Here is a video on how to prepare.
Women's Session on Saturday was awesome! I loved Linda Reed's talk on staying pure in a world with so much impurity. Her advice to pray continually and read the scriptures was a point that we got to talk about with Trevor during his lesson, so I was grateful for the inspiration.
Love you all soo much!