Sunday, June 5, 2016

Holli - May 30, 2016

We found a few deer tracting :) Yeah that's as close to a live animal
as you get here in Glendale - minus the squirrels! Super jealous of
Chelsea’s cows right now haha
Hey Everyone!

We had a pretty crazy week this week!

We had a mission conference on Thursday with a member of the Seventy 
and his wife - Elder and Sister Gaverett (not sure on the spelling) and it
was really cool! The APs told us afterwards that Elder Gaverett
changed the agenda of the meeting like 10 different times and the
purpose was to have the Spirit guide the meeting. It was  kind of
hilarious too because they did accountability last minute and had all
the ZLs come up and do accountability for the entire zone - baptisms
for the last four months and how many were still active in the church
- focused on retention. Those poor zone leaders were really sweating
it but did a great job! And some ZLs weren't there so they called up
the DL in place - haha yeah Sister Colson said she was really glad not
to be either at the moment.

We had an awesome church tour with Heriberto, Connie, and April. It
was kind of hilarious because April's date is set for the 19th of June
and we only meet with her once a week so we literally crammed like
half of the lessons into the church tour. However, April did get the
pack of gum Sister Colson used to explain tithing so she stayed awake
for most of it. It's cool too because Connie is just kind of present
for lessons, to support April, but we can tell she's feeling the
Spirit so we hope as we continue to meet that her testimony will
strengthen and she'll have the desire to do more. Wonderful family!
Unfortunately Eddie (short for Heriberto) works every other Sunday so
church attendance will be very spotty. Connie told us she would bring
April to church but unfortunately they never came. Life goes on
though! We have a temple trip planned for this Thursday and they said
they would meet us there to check out the Visitors Center so we're
excited for that!

Oh my gosh we have the coolest family in the Ward. So it's Brother and
Sister Butler and they will just be here until August but Brother
Butler is going to school at BYU and they live in Wyview and will be
there for a while so they told me I should come and visit which would
be super cool! He's doing his masters in engineering and another funny
fact we found out- he was in the movie High School Musical! So that's
the plan when I go back to school is to go to the Butler's apt. And
watch High School Musical :) haha- they are awesome! Sister Butler is
actually coming on a lesson with us today for Eivet and Sonahey
(friends of a less active member who have come to church twice now)
and we are so excited to teach them.

We had such a unique experience last night. It was late (like
8:40) and we had planned on stopping by this potential. She had
stopped us in the street a month ago and asked if we wanted to come by
her house and "talk about it" so we were like, sure . . .? Then when
we were on exchanges a few weeks ago we stopped by their house and met
her very crazy brother Fabien. Pretty creepy dude. Anyways so we
decided to stop by last night. Not a super logical thing when it's
dark but we felt OK about it. So we go and Fabien is the only one home
and he's just super creepy. So we asked him to tell Patricia we
stopped by and prepared to jet when this group of kids passed by us
ranging from like 5-13. They were the sweetest kids in the world. They
all lived in the neighborhood and were used to Fabien but they were
kind of scared of him. Anyways, they asked who we were and then told
us about the churches they went to. Then one of the boys (Angel) asked
if we believed in bad dreams - we told them to pray whenever they had
one and then they all started sharing their bad dreams. Then Kelly, one
of the little girls, asked if we could all say a prayer together. So
we like moved away from Fabien's house and gathered in a circle and
all took turns saying a prayer. And it was so cool! It was 9:15 by
then and we told them we had to go. Angel asked us if we could stay
for another hour and it was so hard to leave those kids! But we told
them we would come back. Such an amazing experience!

We were in primary a few weeks ago and this little girl named Madison
(she's maybe 4) is just a hoot. The lesson was on Jesus and His many
titles/roles. They started talking about how Jesus was the Good
Shepherd which would make all of the kids the "sheep" and Madison
stands up and states very pointedly "I'm not a sheep, I'm a kitty!"

So remember, no matter what animal you are, Jesus still loves you and
still wants you to follow Him. ☺️

Haha, so Mariana (she just got confirmed last week) has a daughter
named Gen in the YSA Ward but Gen comes with her mom to the family
Ward a lot to support her. So yesterday was fast Sunday and we were
going back over it with Mariana and she was like joke griping about
how we have to fast for two meals. She asked if 12 was ok to start
eating. Haha, I told her that when we were young our parents made
sure it was two full meals so we didn't end up eating until 4 or so
and sometimes when dad (who was bishop at the time) got home late we
would fast until 5 or 6 and Gen's like "So that's why you're so
skinny! You guys fasted until 6!" Oh my gosh hilarious - but yes there
are many health benefits to fasting! Physical and spiritual!

That's about it from here in Glendale! I love you all so much! Thanks
again for all of the letters and support! Have a wonderful week :)

Love, Sister Dunn

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