Monday, November 25, 2013
Kebabs, Miracles, Rain, and More Miracles
Well....I have to start off with an embaressing story....all 4 of us ameircan missionaries where under the impression that Thanksgiving was Thursday....embaressing. We told all the members and everything. We go into district meeting on Thursday and so thankful and are talking on Gratitude, when Elder Patten the DL says..Elders & Sisters, today is not Thanksgiving! This is what happens when you are away from America for 8 months and nobody even understands Thanksgiving besides a holiday americans eat a lot of food. We all got a pretty good laugh this week on that and made a pact to not tell anyone of our embaressing encounter. Well Have a good Thanksgiving this week! Sounds like Fun, and please eat lots of pumpkin pie for me. I did manage to get my hands on one can, which is pretty much impossible here, but we will have to do it next week. Its the last week of the month and we are low on MSF (Missionary money). But This last week was really good! We had a Dinner app every day this week, we are so spoiled here. The elders dont always have one, but we (us sisters) have decided we are loved more and are fed every night! This week I went to the doctor as well and he says everything is looking good and getting better real quick. He was quite suprised actually, I wanted to ask him, do you know why im healing so quickly?? Intro in the 1st lesson.... He is sending me for an MRI on my shoulder just to make sure 100% is fine inside there, but im feeling pretty good and looking even better:) haha This week was exciting for a Recent convert we have becuase she got her temple recomend to go the the temple for baptisms! She had the biggest grin on her face and has never been happier she says. Bishop came over with us on Thursday for her interview and she was so excited and couldnt wait for Saturday! Well..long story short, she ended up not going on satruday :( so sad. But we called and called and got a call from her ride saying she is still not here where they were suppose to meet, and so we ran as fast as we could to her flat. Her windows were open and all the lights were on and food still out and her purse still on the table with her coat. We were really worried about her and she still didnt answer her phone. I decided the best idea was to climb in her window to see if everything was all right! haha Well she was not in their and finally crawled back out worried. We said a quick prayer and then headed home puzzled. She calls a couple hours later explaining the suition, but in the end she wasnt able to attendd, but she got her recommend and is now excited to do family history at the centre to get names for her to go again. haha quite the scare that our RC had just disapered but in the end, all worked out fine.
We had a DA this week with the little fairs and they made homeade chips and Burgers. They bring out our huge burgers and on top of each of ours is a homeade flag of America and Switzerland! haha So cute and the kids were so proud to give them to us even though the american flag was backwards, such a fun night there! We also did a lot of Less Acitve work and even got the YSA to come out with us on splits to go see some YSA less actives since there are about 100 of them! haha Lots of work to be done!
So recently the Mission home has sent our area a list of what we call AUF names: (Address Unknown files) These are names that the church has record of but think they are the wrong address, so they send the missionaries out to serach for these lost sheep who are all very less active for the past 20 plus years! Were bringing in the lost sheep they call it. Basically we take these names (we got about 16 of them) and go to this persons house and then knock 20 doors around and work the area and miracles happen. Missionaries Love AUFs becuase they = miracles and finding people to teach. Alot of the time the actual AUF wants nothing to do with us and usually slams the door, but we always find people to teach around these AUFs. So we have been working these AUFs like crazy and they are all over our area. Our Area is Huge and some of them take 45 plus minutes on a double decker bus to get out to just one way! We worked one specific AUF and the person no longer lived ther and we had about 15 min left before we had to catch a bus to dinner. We knocked and knocked: dreading each knock becuase it hurts your fingers so bad and no answer. We decided ok, one more door. we knock and a lady name Michelle answers. just in the middle of Tea (dinner :) Thats for you mum: a definition of each word I use) and we tell her about the church and the Book of Mormon, her eyes were huge and lit up so bright, she actually let us into her home and told her a bit about the Book of Mormon and set a return app for the following week. She was so excited and wants to raise her 3 kids (11, 6, 3) in a strong foundation in Jesus Christ! We walked away from that home into the cold that night, feeling pretty warm. That is the best feeling, miracles! We actually just taught her this morning! she loved it and clung to every word we said! She agreed to be baptised when she knew it was true and has allrady read over 12 chapters all by herself! She is 28 and has had some crazy trials in her life and is so ready for the gospel! She is attending church this sunday! and we are so excited! Blessings and miracles everywhere. They never stop! Dad you said a quote in your email about praying as if it depended on the Lord and then working as if it depended on you.. I just read that quote in a talk this morning! and wrote it all down! I love it! Thank you for bringing it back to my mind this morning!
Also we had Eddie come to Church on Sunday! We have been praying for this moment forever! He loved it and walked away and saying in his african accent...sooo beautiful and shaking his head! haha He loved it! We have some other africans in our ward and one man Lucky Kamba came up and put his arm around him and hit it off so well. He ended up giving him a ride home and then staying at his home for a bit to show him his favourite chapters in the Book of Mormon. We have such a great ward and we are preparing for the primary nativity presenatation, so its back to primary for me and its so fun because they all sing songs I have really never heard before, but sing really old traditional english songs! So cute and they are so excited to dress up at shepherds and angels! I also played the piano for sacrament meeting, primary, and a song the Young Women are singing at Night in excellence on Tuesday! Thank you again mama! Your lessons you gave me are paying off! I also am playing for a christmas conference for the entire mission on the 13 of December where each zone had some missionaries asked to performe a christmas song and president asked me and some missionaries to get o holy night arranged and together! It will be so much fun to see everyone (all 260odd missionairies) I havent seen in forever! Its just around the corner!
So right now we have Eddie on a date for the 21 of Decemeber and he is solidly progressing towards then and Chris is still working towards the 14 of Dec. and Now Michelle as well. The Lord is blessing us with large and small miracles and our area is growing. The members have been getting much more involved as well, which is what president has wanted us to focus on as well is getting the ward involved and we got 2 referrals on sunday! Our efforts in the cold and wet rain every day are paying off and we are truely seeing the fruits of our labours. We also had an emergencey switch on Sunday. We now have elder Besinger (english) in Derby instead of Elder Shipp. We now have 3 americans, one philipino, one from Switzerland, and one from England on our Derby team! haha Pretty fun!
I also had a first this week! I had a english Kebab this week! so bad for you, but you have to try it once in your life (YOLO) and the elders have been coaxing us for weeks to go to a chipy and try one! haha So we did, not too bad, but Ill still with my rice cakes and peanut butter still! haha
Teddi- I hope all is going ok with you and you are in my prayers for sure! I know the Lord is watching over us wengerts especially (we are a troublesome group arnt we) and know that all will work out. Love you.
Mum..I promise I will contain my excitement and not open any presents, my secret sib present should be being sent this week! It might be better to send packages to the mission home as well from now on, i dont know how long i will for sure be in derby! Transfers are on the 11 of December! But whatever works out!
That is so funny about Jordy being sung to and ya she is such a babe, im suprised not everyone wants to take her! Send lots of pictures! When is it?? I remember that dance, so much work, but so fun and so worth it! Have you got your dress yet? Basketball tourny soon and Jordan and Janae both playing! So fun, what postions are you playing??
Derek stay nice and cool....im jealous! Ill send some cool your way! Dereks biggest problem is marriages while over here its word of wisdom, I have never seen so many pubs in my life, they line the streets and Word of wisdom is a hard one to teach here! haha Funny have different but similar our missions are! I love it! You look great dery! Dang...Oregon lost to UofA! That is legit, doesnt stetson Baird play for them? haha Not much talk of college Football over here! haha I havent seen a proper "football" in ages!
Mom- to answer your questions- jumpers are like a sweatshirt or a hoddy and boots are like "cleats" haha. I almost forget how to describe it haha im losing it! But all is well and this week should be great. We have zone meeting and lots of work to be done! Have a great Thanksgiving! Send me lots of pictures! and Please eat some pumpkin pie for me! Love you all and am so thankful to have you in my life!
W9 Sister Wengert
I attached a pic of our burgers, but it was so cold and wet that night, my camera got all misted and had to dry out so it did this to the picture haha, but its fine now! But just a bit cold for this picture!