Monday night we went over to the Danielle families home. We went over to teach Tara about the plan of salvation. she just turned 8 yesterday and is getting baptized on Saturday, so we are teaching her. :) We have spent a lot of time with their family this week and have been able to build a really great relationship with them. Monday we were going to teach the Plan of Salvation and we ended up just talking and getting to know Angelique (the mom.) It was good though, it was what needed to happen, we built a really good relationship with them both and things are good. :)
Tuesday we had an insane day since it was transfers and we had to help run missionaries places and go and pick up some stuff in Kalispell and all that jazz. We said goodbye to everybody and then we had to go back to our area for dinner. Yeah long day of driving places. We had dinner with a less active couple named Dani and Dillon James. They are awesome! We had tacos for dinner and then we played apples to apples with them. They are soo much fun, and we were laughing so hard! After we played the game they asked us if we wanted to see some fire dancing.....they know how to do fire dancing! :) Super cool. Afterwards they pulled out a huge bag full of bracelets. They told us that they were good energy bracelets and that they make them for anybody who has good energy. They make them out of old T-shirts. They cut them into strips and braid them. It started when they were moving to Montana and they gave them to a bunch of their friends. They told us to choose one for ourselves and for some for anyone that means something to us. I picked one out for me, and then one out for mom, and dad, and Kenna, and Kayla, and Connor! :) Yeah they are the coolest people ever and I am soo happy that I met them!
Wednesday nobody was home! Seriously nobody we tried forever to try and find people who would be home or would let us in. We tried tracting and trying less actives. We walked around for like 4 hours with nothing to do except tract and didn't get into a single house. Finally our relief society president called and asked if we wanted to practice. YES! So we drove over to her house and practiced our song and then talked about a bunch of the sisters in the ward that we needed help with. We had dinner on our own that night and then we went to the Danielles. We taught Tara the plan of salvation and it was a good lesson.
Thursday I woke up and my ear hurt. I am so sick of them hurting that I finally called the doctor. I don't even care if I have permission or not. I will ask forgiveness later. So, we are going to the doctor this Wednesday and he will do a hearing test and just check and see if there is anything that he can do to make me feel better. We got out of the house late because I didn't feel good. But I decided sitting on my butt wasn't going to make me feel any better, so we went out. We went and visited a less active and sang to her and then we went to dinner. We had dinner with the Blalacks. They are an awesome family! They gave us a referral to go and visit a less active member. His name is Life noelle everlasting.......his parents were hippies. And so is he! They said "He's working over at alpine market right now." So, we drove over there. Sister Ayala walked in and looked at the 2 guys working and said "Alright, which one of you is life?" ha ha. soo funny! We talked with him and he is awesome. We committed him to coming to church for Easter, and he said he would bring his whole family. :)
Friday we had lots of appointments. In the evening, we were kind of winging it through out the day. :P We went and we visited a Part member family named the Ratchyes. We have discussed what we thought would help them the most and we decided that we were going to focus on Sister Ratchye since she is the member. We helped her with her house and did a bunch of service and then shared a mormon message. We watched a bunch more bible videos about the last days of the Saviors life and it was a really good lesson. After we were at her house we went over to visit a member who is in a nursing home that we visit every week. It was the weirdest thing that had ever happened while we were there. We walked in and Ethel told us that she needed a really sharp knife. The way she said it kind of freaked us out. So I asked "Ethel, what do you need a knife for?" She said "If I have to go through all of the explanation then just forget it." Okay so we decided not to talk about. But then she was talking with other people who lived there and kept bringing it up. She kept asking everyone "Do you have a sharp knife?" She asked some of the staff and they said "No Ethel we don't have that kind of stuff here." So, she asked these two men "Do you have a sharp knife?" One of them said "No we're not allowed to bring them home with us." Ethel said "Are you that sick?"....."you would kill your wife?" Dead silence.....he said "How the heck did that come in the conversation?!" Oh my gosh it was soo funny. Sister Ayala and I were trying not to crack up because she would've been mad. It turns out that she just needed a knife to cut some puzzle pieces out. :P But it was kind of freaky! We had an appointment with a part member family....it was the most uncomfortable hour of my life. They just said anything that they could to see how we would react.....yep not going back there to frequently. Then we went over and we taught Tara Danielle the gospel of Jesus Christ. :) I absolutely love that family!
Saturday morning we went over to the Danielles storage unit and we had an entire day of pulling out boxes and moving furniture and loading up the truck and moving stuff. She is trying to get rid of the storage unit. We ran home and showered then we went over our ward mission leaders house. We spent the rest of the night there having dinner and sharing a message and then doing missionary corrolation meeting with him. That was our whole Saturday.
Sunday was amazing!!!!!! We went and we had a devotional with our district in Columbia Falls. We talked about the plan of salvation and we bore our testimonies and it was just really good. :) We came back and went straight to church. We had to give talks that morning and we were just finishing them up. We also were doing our song. We sat up on the stand and we watched people filter in and saw an investigator and 5 Less actives including life and his family! :) WE were soo stoked. We did our talks and they went really well. Then we had to sing. We were singing I need thee every hour. We sang the first verse together, then I did a solo, then Sister Ayala did a solo then we sang the last verse a'capella. We did the first verse then I did my solo.....then Sister Ayala forgot to sing. She had made eye contact with a less active and she just forgot. I got super nervous and started laughing......It was either laugh or cry so I'm glad it was a laugh. Then Sister Ayala started to laugh. I seriously can't even believe that it happened, but we were soo mortified we couldn't stop laughing. It was a train-wreck. We sat down and Sister Ayala just hid her face and I just stared at my scriptures for the rest of the meeting. Oh my gosh I was soo embarassed! But, then everybody in the whole ward came up. Like I have never seen that many people on stage waiting to talk to one person in my whole life except maybe a General authority. they gave us tons of hugs and told us how much they love us and how happy our song made them. They told us Easter is a time to be happy and we brought joy! I don't feel soo bad about it. I still can't believe that it happened, but it ended up being good. :) After church we went and had lunch with a member of our ward. We watched a bunch of bible videos and shared a message with her. Then we had dinner with another family. Then we went over and had a birthday party with the Danielles. We dyed eggs, and roasted smores, and had an easter egg hunt, and ate cake and watched Ephraims rescue. It was a good day!
All in all, this was an exceptional week. The sun is finally coming out and we got to celebrate Easter. On Friday Sister Ayala were sitting in the car and I said "you want to know what I just realized? 2014 years ago, today was the worst day ever!" But then Saturday came and she said "Imagine finding his body gone? Today would be the worst day ever." But then Sunday came which was, and is, and always and forever will be the best day ever. Our Savior was resurrected. Because he lives we all can too. Because he was resurrected we have the opportunity to be with our family for time and all eternity. We have the chance to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. And it's all because he did what he was sent here to do. :) I love Easter, and I am thankful we had a chance to celebrate.
I love all of you too! Thanks for all of your love and support. :) have an awesome week. LOVES!
-Sister Malynne Erbe