Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Holli - September 21, 2015

We taught a Sunday School class

Surprise visit from Elder and Sister Echo-Hawk

and President and Sister Villanueva
Hello Everyone! 

We had a really good week!

So mission conference was this week and on Monday, Elder and Sister Echo-Hawk came to inspect random missionary apartments (they were the speakers at Mission Conference) and ours was one of them! They were super awesome and it was fun to meet them. We also sang at Mission Conference and I think it sounded good . . . Haha, hopefully it sounded good! Ok and weirdest thing, so just like Lindsay, we were all asked to prepare 5 minute talks because random missionaries would be called on to give them and guess what, I was called on! I told everyone that this had happened to my sister in her mission conference, so it must run in the family! 

Anyways, I talked about faith and shared this great scripture in 2 Nephi that talks about having unshaken faith in the Lord. I then shared my track experience - when Lindsay and I were on a relay team together and our first race we were disqualified because someone (cough cough, Lindsay) took off like a bullet without getting the baton from me first. I kind of had to act out the story so they could get the whole picture, so I may or may not have disgraced the family name. I said that sometimes as missionaries we feel like we are in this race and we are trying to hand the baton to our investigators hoping they will hold onto it and keep running. Sometimes we feel like we give it our all and then the investigator just takes off on a completely different route and we feel so discouraged and sad. But our coach (Heavenly Father) knows the best order to place us, where to place us, and he lets us learn and grow from those experiences so we can run faster, work harder, and help more of His children.

So Mission Conference was on Tuesday and it was pouring. Sister Bennion and I got soaked! But the conference was amazing. Sister Bennion and I came back on Wednesday to help prepare food for the other missionaries (the conference was split into two days) and that was fun too. I got to talk to Sister Duncan and she is doing well in Claremont. 

We had exchanges on Saturday and Sister Razzy came here from Sunland and we had a pretty fun day. We walked, and walked, and walked and walked, . . . . And walked! We were able to have quite a few lessons but poor Sister Razzy was limping home by the end of the day! Sister Bennion went to Sunland and got to paint faces and help out doing tailgate stuff before the BYU game. She also got to meet Elaine S. Dalton! Super cool! 

We had some really good lessons with promising investigators that the ward has given us. The ward does so much missionary work and is working so hard so we try to keep upping our game as well! 

Haha, interesting experience with one of our investigators named Tim. We met him walking home and he's pretty stuck in his religion but he was curious about ours. We gave him a Book of Mormon and encouraged him to read it and pray about it. We haven't been able to meet with him since but we've been calling him and he has lots of questions but he thinks a lot of the BofM is pretty astonishing. So one day we called him and he told us he had injured his back so bad he couldn't move. He then hesitantly told us that he had prayed to Heavenly Father and asked if He could give him a sign if it wasn't the path he should take and the next day  he injured his back. We were like, there's also this evil guy named Satan that doesn't want you to learn about this so that was probably him :) 

That's about it for this week in Arcadia. I love you all so much and hope this next week is a good one!

Love, Sister Dunn

We went on exchanges and Sister Bennion 

got to meet Elaine S. Dalton

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