Saturday, July 26, 2014
So many miracles this week!! So President DeVore [oh, well brother DeVore now. He was one of President Vellinga's counselors but just recently got released. After 8 years! That's a long time for a calling!] had this genius plan that he concocted. So he comes up to us one Sunday at church and is so excited about this new idea he has. He says how missionaries always get lemons thrown at them from so many less actives, so we are going to turn those lemons into lemon snaps! Hahaha He had the missionaries over to make tons of lemon snaps and then we delivered them to the less actives that don't have home teachers or who don't meet with the missionaries. [The ones the missionaries sometimes dread going to visit] It was so awesome though!!!! We were able to sit down and visit with so many less actives that we had either never met before or who had never let us in. Those lemon snaps just melted down their little hearts! They were so touched that we would take time to make them cookies. It was such a huge miracle!!
So I have never had so many people so excited that I have Cystic Fibrosis. I just found out this past week that there is a young boy in the ward who also has CF and was in the hospital for a couple weeks and just got out. When his Mom found out from Sister Vellinga that I have CF it spread like wildfire through the whole ward! Everyone is so happy because the little boy has always wanted to serve a mission, but wasn't sure if he could or not because of his condition. Apparently meeting me though has given him and his family so much hope that he can serve a mission one day. Of course I explained that I have been very healthy and have had to take good care of it my whole life. But he is the happiest and healthiest looking little boy! We have to stay apart from each other of course, but it has been so fun to have this little bond with him. Sad, but fun.
I love and miss you all. I cannot thank you enough for all of the support I have gotten out here. I love this gospel and know that it is true. We are so incredibly blessed to have this knowledge and gospel in our life. Thank you for all of your wonderful examples to me over the years
|Ya little sassafrass!!!|
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
First of all thank you SO SO SO MUCH Mom for sending all of those awesome Family History stories!!! They have been so much fun to read. Our family is so cool! I had no idea that Great Great Grandpa Bunker met and first heard about the Book of Mormon from Martin Harris! And that he was in Cleveland, and Kirtland, and Akron!!! How cool is that?! Everyone told me that I had ancestors that were in Kirtland. [There was a prophesy from Joseph Smith I think it was that said that all of the saints that were in Kirtland, their descendants would come back to build Kirtland up. How cool is that?!] And Sisters Gannon, Gardner, and Genster all got a real good laugh at how Great Grandpa Hector and Great Grandma Mina met. "Is there room on this sidewalk for two to walk?" "You can if you want." Too great. I especially love that they all had recorded their testimonies down and their spiritual experiences. They really do help to strengthen my testimony. I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing family. And grateful for all that they went through and the tremendous faith that they had so we can still have this wonderful gospel in our family.
So this past Tuesday the Utah Valley Children's Choir came to perform here at the Cleveland Stake Center and then the next day out at Kirtland. I was pretty much just expecting a primary sacrament meeting program. Boy was I wrong! They were INCREDIBLE!!!! If you ever get the chance to go see them perform then do it! There spirit there was so strong the entire time. Also! the Conductor was the same conductor that we had at the MTC when I was in the choir there, so that was fun! I went up and talked to him afterwards and he was telling me about how just the week before he had conducted a choir for the new mission presidents fireside and all 12 apostles were there. Umm...awesome. Oh and he conducts choirs for General Conference as well. He was a pretty cool guy.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!! I was so happy that I got to be in America this year for it!! At ZTM this past week an elder asked me what I had done for the 4th of july last year and was like "Oh wait, nevermind, you were with your family." But then was super surprised when I said I was in Ukraine. Trying to get the kids to watch fireworks on a projector on the ceiling was about as exciting as it got last year to celebrate! However this year was pretty fun! The ward mission leader and his wife had all 6 of us missionaries in the ward over for Waffles and they were the BEST WAFFLES EVER!! Holy cow. I have seriously been missing out all these years! What was wrong with me?? So his wife is the stake camp director and she needed tons of help so we spent a lot of time helping her put packets together and then making oobleck. [Cornstarch and water] SO FUN!!! I felt like a three year old again. So they have this tradition of keeping their Christmas tree for a while after Christmas and then lighting it on fire a month or so after Christmas. Somehow this year they just forgot about and so they still had theirs and they decided to include us in the tradition. It was so crazy. I don't think they realized how big that fire was going to get! It lit up in a flash! We were all running from it cause it got so hot and was so huge. Thankfully the house or anything else nearby got caught in the fire. I came runnin in with the hose after to put it all out. All in all it was a pretty great Independence Day! That night we could barely see the firework show over the trees from our balcony, but it was still fun :)
Well my email is a bit shorter this week because we are going to go hit up West Side Market today in Cleveland! I'm stoked. I've never been before but from what I have heard it sounds a lot like the huge market I went to in Budapest!
LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!! Thank you for your continued love and support.
Just runnin in to save the day!
I told her if it isnt better by tomorrow I am forcing her to go see a doctor!