A week in Hamilton.
Well, last week I wrote a super short email about being transferred.
Then I ran up to kalispell to spend the day with all the missionaries I
was leaving. I didn't care about most of them, but sister Owens and
sister wahlquist I am going to miss Soo much! Also sister jones I
already miss her. I was so sad that she wasn't going to be my companion.
But, I was just so ready to leave plains and Thompson falls. It is an
awesome place, just a really hard area for me and I was glad for a
change of scene. We stayed up in kalispell then came back and had some
appointments to go to. We had about an hour where we went and packed
things into the house and then we started a movie. We were able to watch
Ephraims rescue together since it was approved! Oh man one of my last
nights with sister jones and we watched a movie and had martinellis
cider and lots of popcorn. Then we went to bed to get ready for a crazy
Tuesday morning we woke up and we went straight to work. We had to pack
all of my stuff and then we had to move the entire trailer to the other
house. Thus commenced the entire day of craziness! We finally finished
with it all at around 4:30 when we stopped and ate and showered and then
went to dinner. We had one last appointment and then we headed up to
kalispell. We spent the night with the kalispell sisters sister Owens
and sister wahlquist. It was such an awesome, but hard night. We were
all having a hard time with transfers and we talked about lots of stuff.
We signed goodbye books and talked and talked.....and then it was like
1:30 so they went to bed. Then sister jones and I stayed up talking just
one last time....until about 2:30. Yep I know we were dumb ha ha that
whole next day I ran off of 2 1/2 hours of sleep. I am not gonna say it
wasn't needed though. You make lifetime friends out on the mission, and
truth is I probably won't get to serve around most of those sisters
again just because of how big the mission is. We will always be friends
Wednesday was a really long day! We woke up at 5 and drove up to
Columbia falls from kalispell. I was picked up by the transfer van
around 6:30. We drove from there to Helena which is a 5 hour drive. It
was me and 4 elders being transferred and we just talked the entire way
there about stuff. In Helena I got to see some awesome people I haven't
seen in a while. Then they packed all of us in another van and drove us
to Missoula. I got to talk to sister Davis all the way there. :) Soo
good! We got to Missoula and our zone leader was waiting to pick us up.
There was 2 sisters and an elder and we all went to cafe rio. From there
we drove another hour down to stevensville and dropped off one sister
and picked up my companion. Then we were driven to Corvallis and dropped
off at our car....from there we drove down to Hamilton and had
appointments that I honestly couldn't even tell you about.....:) then we
went to sleep.
Thursday we got up and had lots of people to go and see. We had an
appointment with an investigator first thing. We went over to her house
and we got to walk her dog :) then we just talked to her and she told us
about the things she is going through. It was a really great visit I
loved it. We didn't really have appointments for the rest of the day we
just went out and met with less actives and some active members for the
rest of the day. Everywhere we went sister siilata said "yep we are just
goin around so I can show off my companion!" :) she is the best! We had
dinner with the Hawkes family. Brother Hawkes is in the bishopric and
he has 3 little kids. One of his daughters names is Natalie and she has
red curly hair and looks a ton like Kennedy! :) hey are such an awesome
Friday we spent going around....but there really weren't that many
people home. We had a bunch of appointments. We met with a less active
who is trying to get reactivated. It was pretty fun, and she is super
sweet! We had service to do with a non-member. She just owns this store
that has baby stuff in it and we go and help her once a week. We helped
fold some stuff and then I got to use the tag gun and put tags on stuff!
Super fun! :) Then we went to visit another woman who has recently been
reactivated. We taught about faith and invited her to come to church.
Then we walked over and visited another family who is going to be sealed
in April. They are pretty awesome too. That night we had dinner with a
part member family...,from lehi! The kings. :) they moved up here in
august because sister king knows that this is where her husband will
accept the gospel. Pretty sweet! Their daughter is like 5 and named
cambrey and they told her "hey cambrey she is from your favorite place."
And cambrey said "lehi?.....TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!" Ha ha she is so funny!
We got to know them and I seriously just love them! Brother king asked
me "do you like sushi? Have you ever been to the sushi house in American
fork?" Oh my goodness I could've just died since that is like my
favorite place in the world! Yep we are totally buds!
Saturday we tried to visit less active families but literally nobody was home.
Sow e ended up visiting active families. We spent all afternoon visiting
them. We saw the Wynns and the majors and the Williams. They are all
just so great! Seriously such amazing members here! We were given money
for dinner and so we went out and got pizza at like 8 them we headed
home for the night.
Yesterday was Sunday and it was awesome! Okay we got to church and the
youth were doing musical number. Saturday afternoon we sang to a few
families and so I guess word travels fast because I got sucked into
helping the youth prepare this song that they were singing. It was so
fun, there are great youth here. The whole sacrament meeting was
centered around the new youth theme and they had 8 youth speakers who
talked about coming unto Christ in different ways. For those of you who
don't know the new youth theme, it is Mormons 10:32 "come unto Christ
and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and
deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might,
mind, and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his
grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God he are
perfect in Christ, he can in no wise deny the power of God." Such a
great theme! Oh man, that's what we are all trying to do right? Yep.
Well after church they had a linger longer potluck. It was super fun and
I got to meet a bunch more members. After church we went out and we had
an appointment and we went and visited the Carson's who are less
active. We talked a lot about books and then related it to the Book of
Mormon and invited them or read it. Then we had our dinner appointment
and ended up staying for a while. They used to be a part member family
and told their conversion story which was amazing! They wouldn't let
missionaries in for 5 years and then they just decided that they were
going to and now they are active and sealed in the temple! Soo awesome!
Yep. Things here are great! And my companion is amazing! She is from
Samoa and she is just so humble. She literally grew up in a shack with
all 6 members of her family. She is learning English and sometimes she
struggles but she always asks for help when she needs it. She just knows
how to rely on The Lord! Oh man I love her. She is also super funny and
she was telling a story and was trying to describe a woman to another
woman and she said "she's Connecticut....Christmas.....Chinese? Hey
what's that other word for white people?" And I said "um....Caucasian?"
"Oh yeah, Caucasian, that's it!" Soo funny because 1- she couldn't come
up with the word and 2- um, we are in Montana everyone is Caucasian
pretty much! :) sooo funny!
Basically I love this area a lot! I am so blessed to be here. Thank you
so much for all of your prayers and support! I love you all! I hope you
have a great week!! LOVES!!!!!
-Sister Malynne Erbe