Well it's official! I am now serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque mission (instead of what seemed like the El Paso, Texas mission) and I am right in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. If there is one thing I have learned about missions it's that the Lord doesn't let you get comfortable. He will jerk you again and again outside of your comfort zone and make you grow a little bit more. Well I'm growing again as I conquer my fears of a big city...again. Really, wasn't El Paso downtown enough? :)
Well about two weeks ago Hna Fallentine and I were talking and I made the mistake of wondering what would be harder...riding a bike in 115 during the summer or 15 during the winter. Well we all know the Lord has a sense of humor and I'll let you know as soon as I have decided. Yep that's right. Good missionaries get put in bike/car share areas, but awesome missionaries get put back in full bike areas. Yay! I can eat all the Christmas food I want and not feel guilty at all! Wahoo!
Ok so let's see. A lot has happened this week. On Tuesday we were at the transfer site at around 10am. I just happened to drive the Zone leaders truck up. They have this little hamster named Pellet in the truck that sits up front with a button that says ask me why I am awesome. Well I just couldn't resist. So I had Hna Biancardi write a little note that said "Dear elders I am being transferred north. Love Pellet. PS sisters rule!" :) So I was all about getting into the transfer van quick before the elders noticed he was missing and came and hunted me down. It actually was just perfect. We were sitting at the stop light, them in their truck about to head south and us in the van about to head north, and they looked over and pellet waved goodbye to them. The looks on the elders faces' was priceless. The entire transfer van was rolling in laughter. I think I might have to ransom pellet for an amor por juarez sticker. I never got one of those. So Pellet is currently enjoying his first transfer up north. He was pretty excited to ride a bike too!
Hermana Bills and I both came up north and we are serving in...are you ready for this...RIO GRANDE. Yep I am serving in Rio Grande again. Hehe. Actually this ward was mentioned in conference about a year ago. It's like a really awesome ward, so I am excited to work! My new companion is Hermana Gubeli. She is from Gunnison, Utah and she'll be 21 in January, so not too much of a young'un. We are getting along great and I think we'll have a lot of success together. The only down side about my new area is the apartment. Elders had lived in this apartment for who knows how long and it has been slightly abused. I believe we should make things better when we leave then when we came, so we are going to make sure that the next sisters who come won't even realize Elders had lived there. We have cleaned and scrubbed and got rid of the ugly bench press and overall have made our apartment a little nicer. We are still working on the interesting smell that accompanies the apartment. It makes me think of the movie Tangled where he tells her to take a big whiff and overall it just smells like the color brown. :D Well if it's not roaches it's something else.
Thanksgiving was really nice. We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. We actually were able to visit a few people which was good. It was pretty low key overall and really just felt like another day as a missionary. The best part is taking the time to remember all of the blessings we have been given. I am always amazed at all of the little blessings the Lord has given me and I know there are so many blessings that he has given me that I don't even know of. Hopefully we can all remember to take a little time to ponder on the wonderful gifts that we have been given in this special time of year. Love you all!
|Pellet in his new bike area|
|Can she really get it to go that fast?|