Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I am getting trunky! Conversation with mom.

Mom:  Hey girl, how arw you?  Ww are in at.gworge,.on a little vacation.  We got a rental unit at the sportsman village in .  It is decorated all in early 90s decor southweatern yuck.  But it is nice and clean,and more space that a hotel room and we are having s good time.  We just got back from a night swim/ keep away exercise swim.  After three week we had, trying to salvage makennas grades (she passed all her class, a couple with a d_minus, but a d minus is passing) we all needed a bresk witj nothing on the agenda.  Sometimes it is just nice to get away...we will be doing that when you get home.
How are you?  How is the work going?  I am sorry for a short letter  but it I'd hard to type on my phone.
I will be watching for your email tomorrow.

Malynne:  Hey mom, I am here now. yesterday was Memorial day and the library was closed :( Are you ther? 

Mom:  Hamelin I'm here now talk to me.

Malynne:  Oh my gosh! I have had dreams about coming home for like 4 days in a row and they are all the same! I get home and we totally forget that I need to get my hair done and then I don't get to be released for some reason so I have to stay a missionary for 2 days after I get home and have a companion and live the schedule and all of that stuff, and I have really ugly hair! Ha ha. Please don't let that happen! 

Mom:  I will do everything I can to help you get your hair done when you get home.  I want to know what time.you meet with president merk.... How do I figure that out?  I can't make an appointment until that is finalized.

Malynne:  I don't know...I honestly don't even know when I am getting home. Sister Hopkins called me on Tuesday of last week and needed some info off of my drivers license. I think she was booking my flight, so hopefully we will all know what time I will be coming home soon! 

Mom:  I know when you're coming home it's August 16th at 2:30 p.m. Is when your flight arrives in Salt Lake City I have all the information at home do you need me to forward it to you?

Malynne:  yes please! I don't need it...but I want it!~ 

Mom:  I will forward it on to you tomorrow I mean this afternoon when I get home so you'll have it tomorrow how are you and how is your mission going?

Malynne:  It is going good. :) Most days. Some days I just really want to come home....but, I am doing good too. I have super bad cramps today and kind of want to puke but that's okay. 

I was on my cell phone and a lot of the conversation got deleted.  I asked Malynne how she would feel about going to St. George a couple of weeks after she gets home and then go to Montana in October for Fall break.  

Mom:  let me know what your thoughts are.

Malynne:  I haven't been to Lovell since October...

I asked for pictures.

Malynne Erbe :  I don't have any to send this week, we were crazy busy! But I will send some more next week. :) Okay We can go to St. George over labor day. :) As long as we go to Lovell in October.

Malynne Erbe:  I don't have any to send this week, we were crazy busy! But I will send some more next week. :) Okay We can go to St. George over labor day. :) As long as we go to Lovell in October.

Malynne Erbe:  Oh hey, so I am going to send a bunch of stuff home with some people here from Whitefish. I will send them with your number. They are leaving here in June to go down to his sisters wedding in Salt Lake so you might have to meet them somewhere. Also, I was wondering if you would be willing to send some dried mangos and dried coconut?
Mom, seriously I am dying to come home right now....I am sooo trunky! 

Mom:  I will send dried mangoes and dried coconut home for you but no clothes because you have to eat whatever I sent. I would be more than happy to go and pick up stuff from someone else in Salt Lake for you

Malynne Erbe:  Ha ha perfect. :) Thanks yeah, I don't need clothes actually I think I am going to only keep like 5 skirts and then a few shirts. I don't mind rewearing stuff.....weird? Nope! :) So when I come home I hope to come home with very little. 

Mom:  Bring it all home!  Your sisters will love their new wardrobe!  

Malynne:  K, well I am going to head out now. :) Hope you have a great day! LOVE YOU!!!! 

Malynne:  Oh, I just forgot one thing. When I get home I want to go and see Grandma Alma for a minute. It doesn't have to be long and I figured it would be easy since her house is on the way home from the airport. Let me know! :) LOVE YOU! 

Warm weather, miracles, Porta Potties, Plan of Salvation and Service.

Well, this last week was full of miracles! :) We don't really know if it is because the weather finally warmed up and people actually want to talk to us, or if it is because the ward has finally decided that they should help us. :) We don't really know, but we are really excited about it. This is the very first week that we had a dinner appointment every night. Usually we only get 3 or 4 a week, but we were able to fill our calendar up. We also had at least 1 appointment every single day this last week. It was an awesome week!
Monday night we had an appointment set up to teach an investigator the plan of salvation at a members house. We went over and Trini didn't even come. We were kind of bummed, but felt like we should teach the lesson anyway. We taught it to them as a family home evening and it was such a great lesson! We had such an awesome spirit there and we were able to get some revelation as to how to help our area! It was seriously so awesome! 

Tuesday night we went out with Brother Reagan who is a member of the Bishopric. We went and visited this old lady named Ruth. We were at her house quite a bit longer than we thought and we didn't have time to go and visit the other lady that we wanted to because she was to far out. So, we went and tried another lady named Sister Cook. I have to tell a back story right now...So, Sister Ayala has the smallest bladder in the world. Last week we were going to try a former investigator couple and she had to go to the bathroom so bad. So, we found a porta potty just chillin' in front of someones house. There was a guy next door mowing the lawn and so she asked him "Can I use that bathroom?" He said "Oh yeah dude, totally, you have my permission." It was super funny! So, Sister Ayala used it and went on her way. We were able to meet the former investigators and set up an appointment and we just thought nothing of it. So on Tuesday night Sister Cook was sleeping and we weren't able to see her. Then, this guy yells across from the parking lot "Hey, there are no porta potties here!" We turned around and we saw him....which was crazy because this was miles away from where we had seen him before! We started laughing and we talked to him a bit. We asked "Can we visit you sometime?" And he said "Yeah totally, I live in #19 right there." We then had to leave. So Sister Ayala was backing me and he came running out of his apartment and handed her a piece of paper with his name and number. Sister Ayala asked "You do know we're missionaries right?" and he said "Yeah." Then he invited us to come bowling with a group on Monday nights for a dollar. CRAZY! He gave his number to us.....? WAAh? It was pretty cool, and the Lord definitely directed us that night.

On Wednesday we had an appointment with our investigator Joan. Sister Lee came and we taught the Plan of Salvation. It was a really good lesson, but we didn't know how much she understands the priesthood. But she said "If I am ever going to know then I better read and study more." She committed herself to doing that and said she would pray about being baptized. :) We also were able to go out and teach on Wednesday night with our relief society president. It was good and we were glad that she finally seems willing to come with us and to help.

On Thursday we went out with Sister Lee who is one of the greatest people on earth. She is just so sweet! She is the primary president in our ward and we were able to go through her list and try a bunch of people. We found this one family that was pretty cool, but they were moving. We are going to try and see if we can help them move so we can find out their address. But, they had a 2 legged dog! It only had its back two legs. It was super freaky actually! It was a really little dog and it was like defending its house. Sister Lee said "you're an inspiration to us all..." except that we all were dying laughing as soon as we got in the car. What the heck? Only in Montana would there be a two legged dog defending its little trailer home! Anyway....after we tried a bunch of people we had an appointment with our investigator named Jen. It was a good visit and then at the end she really opened up and told us her concerns. It was so awesome and we know that it was because Sister lee was there. We know that because we had a member there Jen was able to open up more than she ever has before. It we didn't have Sister Lee with us then that wouldn't have happened. 

Friday we had an appointment with the Wards. We invited a sister in our ward named Sister Acton. She is one of the sweetest ladies in the world, but when you first meet her she can be kind of freaky. Because she is just one of the loudest people I have ever met in my entire life. She doesn't talk to you, she yells to you. She is also very dramatic with her hand movements and loves to tell stories and  make like the longest dramatic pauses. Just the way that she talks is kind of off-putting at first. But we felt like she would be perfect for this sister. So, we invited her over last minute and she came. She had been studying her preach my gospel that morning and was getting all prepared for the lesson. But when we got there Nikki Ward had forgotten about our appointment, so we made a return appointment for that night. She said "Oh good, now my husband can come." So she left and we made some phone calls to rearrange our dinner appointment so that we could be there on time. We figured it all out and then we called Sister Acton back to tell her the exact time. She didn't answer and we didn't think anything of it. We went home to have our lunch and we decided to take a little power nap. Well Sister Acton called us shortly after we had fallen asleep. I asked "Hi Sister Acton, how are you?" She just cracked up laughing on the other line....I had no idea what to do it kind of freaked me out. Then Sister Acton said "Oh, well while I was on my way to tell my husband about the appointment tonight and I tried to answer your phone call and I drove right into a ditch." Then I felt super bad because we didn't know that she had been driving. I didn't know if she was hurt and if we needed to go and find her right then. "She said I am not hurt and my husband was able to get the car out and it's fine too." She then told us how proud of it that she was. She was so proud of the fact that she drove into that ditch because that meant that she is doing the right thing and that Satan didn't want her to come out with us. She and her husband both came to the lesson and basically taught it themselves, we were just there to back them up. It was awesome....although the whole ditch thing was super funny when sister Acton was telling it because she is so dramatic! 

Saturday we had a service project over at the ward missionaries house. They have a little farm so we were able to see their little chickens and their baby pigs and their brand new little cow. It was awesome! We then had a dinner appointment and that was basically all we did. 

Sunday we went over to the Lee's and we celebrated their daughter Mia's 11th birthday with them. :) it was super fun! Then we went and visited with an old lady named Ethel McNett. :) It was a good visit and not a crazy one like it usually is. Oh, we also found out that we were not getting transferred. I only have 1 more transfer call left! Yay! Staying in Whitefish forever. 

Monday we did a service project with all the rest of the missionaries. We went and helped laid sod/all the Elders told the sisters to stand aside and watch. It was a great service project. Then we went out and got lunch with everybody and then we went and played podball and then signs. it was pretty fun. It was sad though because our favorite zone leader is getting transferred and his companion and our Sister Training leader. So, we said good bye to all of them yesterday and they all are leaving tomorrow morning I think. That night we had a dinner appointment with the McDerrmotts and then our investigator Joan came. It was super fun! There was awesome food and we sang songs and then we watched the testaments. Joan loved the testaments and she now wants to read 3 Nephi. We showed her where it was and she said that she would read it. It is awesome! :) It was such a great night. 

So, that was my life this week. It was pretty good! Hopefully we continue to stay busy. :) Love you all, hope that you have a great week! LOVES!

-Sister Malynne Erbe 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Should we start praying for Natural Disasters?

Honestly I really don't have a ton to report on this week since not a lot happened. We spent a lot of time tracting....not much success. We need to start praying for natural disasters or something! Hey Nephi did it, I read it. He prayed for a famine....we are thinking more like a mud slide or something. Lots of fires? I don't know which one sounds better?
The work is finally starting to pick up. We are so happy because we have a bunch of appointments this week that we don't usually get to have. YAY!!!!! We met 2 potential investigators that we can try and hopefully will be able to start teaching. 

Okay other thing that happened this week. Joan came to church! Yay!!!!!!! :D We stopped by and saw her with Brother Blalack since he was coming out on visits with us. He is the best! We went over and we met with Joan and we were able to talk to her. She was going through a hard time and she is stressed out because she has to go to court to get her divorce finalized and stuff like that. So, we sang her a song and invited her to church, and then Brother Blalack invited her over to his house for dinner. :) Next Monday we are going to have Mexican food and sister Ayala is going to make it. Joan said that she would love too, we also invited her over to church on Sunday. Although we didn't hear from her for the rest of the week. We texted her on Saturday night and told her we would have a seat saved for her, but she didn't text back. w were totally bummed. Until like 20 minutes before church started when she sent us a text that said "I will send you a text when I get there." We freaked out! We told our ward mission leader and our bishop, and a few sisters in the ward. Then she came!!!!!! :D She sat by us and the Blalacks and we explained things to her through sacrament meeting. She really liked the talks and it was great. SO AWESOME! She is so prepared to hear about the gospel I just love it! She didn't stay for all of the meetings, but she stayed for the sacrament meeting and it was really good. We have an appointment set up on Wednesday and we are going to teach her the plan of salvation! YAY!

Yep, that was pretty much the coolest thing that happened this week. I hope that you all have a great week! LOVES!

-Sister Malynne Erbe 

Advice from a Missionary.

Malynne:  Hey mom, are you there? :)

Mom:  I am here.  How are you.?

Malynne:  I am doing good how are you?

Mom:  Today I am super stressed.  I am trying to get this big finished for Nudd.  I am stressed about money.  I am stressed about Malaya.  She is having self esteem problems.  I am stressed about Makennas birthday....I have nothing fir her.  I am stressed about going to st George this weekend.  I an just stressed.  And it is not even my time of the month.

Malynne:  What's most important right now? Just tackle one thing at a time. Makaylas self esteem issues won't go away in one day...actually they will probably hang around until she is 20...like mine. Makenna still has a few days before her birthday, and you have a whole week before St. George. :) 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spartan race=the atonement

So basically, I have learned a ton this weekend about the atonement. There is an Elder who is seriously one of my best friends, Elder Coleman. He has gained like 50 lbs + on his mission. In his interview with the mission President in January our mission President said "Elder Coleman, I am going to tell you something that I would never tell a Sister. you're fat, and you've gotten fatter on your mission." Elder Coleman is hilarious and took it super well ha ha he said "Alright, I'll take it like an Elder." President Mecham gave Elder Coleman a bunch of advice on losing weight and stuff. So, Elder Coleman gathered a bunch of people around him and said "Alright, whose with me to lose weight?" We all set goals and we had to call and check in with him as to what we were eating. In March he said "Sister Erbe, do you want to do the Spartan race?" I who had no idea what it was and said "Yeah, sure that would be super fun!" Basically he told me it was a 5 miles hike through mud. Except that it wasn't! It was the hardest physical thing anyone has ever done. Seriously, I just looked up pictures, I wish that I could find more ha ha, but I will send you some....don't judge! We ran the entire thing in button up shirts and the Elders did it in White shirts and ties. AAAHHH!!! I seriously can't believe that it happened. Let me tell you how it went. We got up at 4:00 in the morning. We met all the missionaries at the church at 5:15 that morning. Then we went to Bigfork (just a city pretty close by) and we registered and volunteered so we could race for like $14. We had to sign an insane waver that I already sent a picture of to everyone ha ha. So we get there and everyone get assigned to different places to volunteer. there was Sister Owens, Sister Austin, Sister Ayala and I and we were assigned to bag check. Which means that people bring us their stinky dirty bags and we had to haul them around. They probably weighed 50 lbs a piece. We were exhausted and we weren't even racing yet! We raced at 2:00 in the afternoon and in order to race we had to get over a 6 ft wall. Then we had to wait and just see what was going to happen since none of us knew what the heck to expect. We waited for the race to start and then it did.....it was like the longest 15 minutes of my life soo much anticipation. But, it was super cool because before the race even started we said a prayer, the missionaries all huddled up and prayed and when we looked up there was like 50 people who had made a circle around us and prayed with us. People with their beers came up and told us how much they loved and admired us and it was totally sweet! :) Also, lots of people took pictures of us all too. We started and we stayed together pretty good at first, but then others were faster than me, so they all got ahead. The first thing we had to do was to run through a massive like 4 foot deep puddle and then run up a giant hill. Elder Anthony and Elder Blackmon, and sister Austin stayed behind and stayed with me. We also picked up this lady who wasn't a member and she ran it with us. Elder Anthony is our zone leader and one of the best people I know, he ran the whole thing with a Book of Mormon in hand. :) We climbed up this giant ladder and then crawled across this stuff for like 50 ft. and then we had to jump over 3 more walls and run up a mile long hill. Then we had to carry a log up another hill, and then we had to pick between 2 hillls, one looked steeper and one wasn't as steep. We chose the steeper one since it would be faster. Then we had to climb down a cliff....On the very first rock I fell off. I landed on my side and just cried. I didn't want to do it anymore and I was so exhausted! Elder Anthony helped me up and looked at my cuts and then was like "I'll hold your hands, It'll be okay." So he held my hands and Elder Blackmon held my waist and then helped me down the whole thing. We made it to the next obstacle which was monkey bars and my arms were too short to reach them. So, Elder Anthony had me stand on his shoulders, but I was too tall so I was practically siting on his head. I said "Elder Anthony, I don't think this is approved!" He said "It's okay, I've got this!" ha ha. So he helped me again, and then climbed the monkey bars himself with a Book of Mormon in his mouth. We had to run down a hill, and then run through water, and then do military hurtles, and then lift a log up over our heads and then flip it around and put it down, then we ran down another hill, then we had to climb under 50 ft. of barbed wire. We got to the end and we got over a hay bale and there was more barbed wire, so we got to the end of that and climbed over a hay bale and there was more barbed wire. There was like 4 different sections of barbed wire. I had to figure out how to do this crazy side shuffle thing and it was insane! I was completely exhausted, but we weren't even done yet. We had to climb a rope (oh, and if you can't do it you have to do 30 burpies.) I couldn't do it, and so I was going to do burpies, but there was a guy who said "I'll climb the rope for you." So he did, and I didn't have to do it. I had to get over like a 10 ft wall, and It was easy getting up, but then I got a leg cramp at the top and fell off. A bunch of people grabbed my leg and helped work out the cramp and then had me keep going. We ran through another thing of water and I slipped on a rock and almost went under...oh, the water was freezing by the way. I didn't go all the way under I stayed up just enough. We had to then carry a 30 lb. Bag of sand up a hill and bring it back, then we had to throw a spear into a hay bale that they had dressed up like a spartan. I missed and had to do 30 burpies. Then we ran up another hill, and got to the last wall. I knew everyone was on the other side and the finish line was too. But the wall was like 25 ft. high. So the elders grabbed onto my ankles and helped me up and over it. We all stood in a line and ran towards the finish line where we had to jump over this like 3 ft. barricade of fire. But at the end it was so awesome! My companion had my medal for me and I ran to her and she put it on and I hugged her and I got water and powerade, and a banana and a protein bar. :) It was honestly one of the coolest things I have ever done! The entire race taught me about our Savior and about life itself. We read scriptures from Elder Anthony's book of Mormon and sang hymns the whole race. :) We were exhausted, but we had done it! The Sisters all cried, and the Elders cried a little too ha ha. We did a sisters group hug with the Elders around us not touching us. :P We are all soo much closer after going through that! I have massive bruises all over my whole body and I am so sore I can't even explain it in words, but it was one of the best things I have ever done honestly.

On Monday we went hiking up in glacier. Holy cow I was not happy about it! I was exhausted and sore from the spartan race and we were hiking 7 miles through the snow and it was awful! I couldn't see the point, and didn't care to see the end. Also to top it all off the zone leaders put like 8 brain sized rocks in my bag! Well, they put it in everyones bags and then they had duplicates of all of our rocks and loaded them into Elder Lintons bag and he carried all of our load plus all of his. My bag probably weighed close to 20 lbs, and his bag weighed probably between 70 and 80 lbs. We hiked forever it seemed like and I didn't want to walk anymore. I kept saying "If I slip in this snow I won't get back up I swear." I was being stinky about the whole thing. But, I wasn't the only one. There were lots of tears shed. Somehow hiking up this trail was worse than the Spartan race for all of us! We got to the lake and took off our backpacks and ate lunch and then we laughed and talked and fed chipmunks and then we had a little devotional. There were some Sisters who couldn't walk through the marshy stuff that they wanted us to in order to get to our devotional spot, so I had a sister hold my bag and hers and I carried her. Seriously I have never had that much pain in my legs and in my feet and in my whole body but know that I was responsible to make sure that this Sister didn't hit that water. Man it was hard! But it made me love that Sister so much! When we got there we took a few minutes to think about what we had learned about the atonement, and then talk to our companions about what we had learned. 

Basically this is what I learned over the whole weekend:
I learned that our Savior suffered for our physical pain. He really did, he knew what it felt like to have banged up my shoulder falling off of that rock. He also knew how heavy my feet felt and how exhausted I was. He knew how scared I got when I was super high in the air looking at the ground and still having to climb down the ladder on the other side. He knew how heavy that sandbag was. He knew how much it hurt to fall off the wall because of the excruciating pain in my leg. He knew how much I hated hiking through that snow, and He also knew how heavy that stupid backpack was! He knew it because he had to climb a giant hill to get to Gethsemane. I am sure after his muscle had been strained for that long he had tons of charlie horses. He was exhausted and He kept going. He was tried and had burdens placed upon him kind of like the zone leaders putting rocks in my backpack. He also knows that I don't feel good enough. Honestly I don't feel good enough at anything. I was scared to do the Spartan race because of my size. I don't feel incredibly capable of hardly anything....but, He knows that too. I wasn't carrying Elder Lintons backpack, I was just carrying my own, and I was struggling with it. Elder Linton loved us all so much more because he knew that he was carrying our burdens, the things that we are struggling with, and he knew that each of us was struggling with something. He knows everything, and he knows how to help me. He gave me tools so that I could help myself too. He gave me awesome friends, like Elder Anthony and Elder Blackmon, and Sister Austin, and Sister Jones, and sister Owens, and Sister Ayala, and Sister Christensen, and Elder Schlenker and Elder Coleman. He also gave us the Book of Mormon. :) It made us so happy to read from it the entire Spartan race. Also we have our families to help us and to help us to be happy. :) We are also give the knowledge that this life and this physical pain is only for right now. This life ends at some point and the pain we experience ends. And when it does, we are met with friends and medals and laughing and hugs and tears and beautiful scenery just like our hike. :) It is all possible through our Savior Jesus Christ. 

lots of stuff to still learn, but I am thankful for the opportunities that I get to have out here on my mission. I am thankful that I get to represent my Savior and that I get to 'run' for him as a missionary! :) I love you all, and I hope that you have an awesome week! LOVES!
-Sister Malynne Erbe 

More pictures of National Park pday.

Monday, May 12, 2014

National Park Pday Continued #3

Sister Jones and I, then Elder Remington jumped in with his bear spray, Then some trees.

More pictures of glacier, then Sister Ayala and then Sister Owens and I.

National Park Pday Continued.

More pictures from Glacier. Sister Todd, Sister Owens, Elder Blackmon, Sister Jones, Elder Rmington, Elder Coleman, Elder Schlenker, and I. Then Elder Coleman showing off his Spartan race shirt, Then Sister Owens, Elder Coleman and I, and finally trees. 

Later On, people were sad because they were left out of the picture, so we did it again. This time there is Sister Sister Jones, Elder Schlenker, Elder Linton, Elder Coleman, Sister Ayala and I. Then Sister Owens and I took pictures, and Sister Ayala stuck a cheetoh in one. 

Sister Owens, and Sister Ayala after the trip. We were exhausted! Also, Don't ever give Sister Ayala the camera because she takes goofy pictures! :P

Later On, people were sad because they were left out of the picture, so we did it again. This time there is Sister Sister Jones, Elder Schlenker, Elder Linton, Elder Coleman, Sister Ayala and I. Then Sister Owens and I took pictures, and Sister Ayala stuck a cheetoh in one. 

National Park P-day - Glacier National Park, the day after the Spartan Race. Still smiling.

Pictures of going on the hike at Glacier National Park with Sister Owens, Sister Jones, and Elder Coleman.

More pictures from Glacier....we added more and more people every time!
#1- Sister Owens, Sister Jones, Elder Coleman and I.
#2-Sister Todd, Sister Owens, Sister Jones, Elder Remington, Elder Coleman, and I.
#3-Sister Todd, Sister Owens, Elder Blackmon, Sister Jones, Elder Remington, Elder Coleman, Elder Schlenker, and I.

Sister Owens, and I. Then just a bunch more pictures of hiking in Glacier. Sister Jones and I are in the last one.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Skype with my Family

Mothers Day was the bomb!  We skyped with Malynne for 2.5 hours, then we went over to Kira's house to have dinner with the gang.  We were able to skype for another 2 hours and she got to see everyone.  I think Grandpa and Grandma enjoyed it almost as much as we did!  We loved seeing our missionary and getting to talk to her.  Can't wait for that girl to be home.