Thursday, May 1, 2014

A New Flat and a Weird Week

This has been the strangest, most off schedule week I've had yet! We got to go to transfer meeting on Tuesday (we got special permission because some of Sister Leota's good friends are going home) which was a really cool experience. All the departing missionaries bear their testimonies at the end, and it was cool to hear where I could end up after my eighteen months are over. Hearing their burning testimonies and their love for the mission, the people, and the Lord really motivated me to want to be the best missionary I can be. One of the elders in our district, Elder Snyder, is going home in the middle of this transfer, so he got to bear his testimony at the meeting. It's kind of weird being so new to the mission and serving around people who are so close to being done. But it's inspiring to see what I can become as a missionary!

We moved into our new flat this week! It's so new and so much nicer than our other flat. (I totally forgot to take pictures of it though. Next week!) We have nice carpet and the kitchen cupboards still smell new and we have a cute little garage and a little baby front lawn. We're so in love with it, even though it's quiet with just the two of us.

Mercedes kind of dropped us this week. We wanted to hand her over to the new Werribee sisters since she's actually in their area, so we had a lesson with all four of us missionaries there. Mercedes' sister, Ida, was visiting when we came over. Ida is actually a member, but she has been less active and going to a Catholic church for probably twenty years. We invited both of them to come to church with us on Sunday and they said yes, so we were really excited! The Werribee sisters arranged a ride for them on Sunday morning and everything. Then on Saturday the sisters stopped by to see how Mercedes was doing, and she said that she didn't want to come to church with them and she didn't want them to come visit her any more. We don't really know what happened. We think maybe her sister influenced her or something. Sister Leota and I want to stop by this week to see what's up. Mercedes is still reading the Book of Mormon every day, so I really hope it was just the confusion between having her sister over and meeting new missionaries. We shall see!

Our investigator pool is kind of dwindling, what with Mercedes and some of our other investigators kind of stopping progressing. It's been kind of a crummy week, to be honest, besides moving into our new flat. We have just been so off schedule and it's felt really weird. But it's good to be all settled and back into the normal groove of things! Hopefully if we work hard and pray hard, we'll be able to see the work pick up this week!

It's actually getting kind of cold here now, and I'm kind of regretting leaving all my scarves and hats and tights at home. I guess it just means I'll have to do some shopping! Shucks. ;)

I love you all! Thank you so much for your prayers!

xoxo Sister Larsen

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