So I don't keep everyone on their toes, I did win the Stick Pull in our Zone Olympics, which just means I get to compete against the other zones at Zone Conference next week... Unless I get transferred when transfers come at the end of the week. Dun dun dun! So send mail this week to the mission office until I can let you know what happens. I don't know that I'm leaving--in my last interview, President told me to get comfortable in Kearney, because he intends for missionaries to stay in an area for 8 months. If that is the case, then I have the potential to be here for a while yet. I've only been here for 5 1/2 months, so there's time. But after I won the stick pull, one of my zone leaders said, "Please don't get transferred!" HA! Fun times.
We have continued to work with the membership of the branch and working on reactivating and strengthening the branch. It has been rewarding and great. One thing that was fun about this week is the whole YSA went to do laser tag for FHE, so we asked our Zone Leaders if we could join them, and we got permission! So we got to do laser tag, which was fun, and just a little bit wacky. I may or may not have bruised my trigger finger, but I refuse to confirm or deny that report.
We also just had a weird week in that everything that we tried to do got sidetracked, altered, or wiped out for other things. Sigh. I guess that's just part of life. But we got to participate in the MTC Experience activity with the Kearney Family Ward. They issued calls to the YM/YW, then sent them out to visit people from those areas (One family was Australia, which is where I went with a YW. Other families were Germany, New Mexico, and other places). The YM/YW had to learn how to teach in little workshops, then go teach the families they were to visit. It was truly a fun activity. When it was over, they returned to the church building for a testimony meeting, and they had a great time.
I also had a lesson this week that was just so powerful, spiritually speaking. I felt the Spirit really strongly and I knew that what I was saying was what God wanted for the person to hear. It was good to know that I was able to help and be the missionary I was supposed to be.
We also said goodbye to our friends from Alabama this week. Sob! It just makes me realize how much impact just a couple of people make. We can all make a difference in the spheres where we are, and that is all God asks of us. So I am here in Kearney to try and make a difference. If I get transferred, then I will try to make a difference there. Life is full of weirdness, but just improve where you are, and everyone around you receives blessings for that.
Yesterday was the most fun I've had on a P Day since I started my mission. We met one of the YSAs at the store yesterday, then went to lunch with her and 3 other girls, then just had a Girls' day and wandered around and window shopped and got to be girly. That never gets to happen while on my mission, so I enjoyed it a lot. It was simple, but just what I needed. Plus, if I get transferred and have to leave, at least I will have made a lovely P Day memory with them! I just love them here, and I love the people I work with, and I just know that I am making friendships and bonds that are going to last for a long time. I feel such love for the people here, and it overwhelms me sometimes.
Anyway, wish me luck in transfers, Mission Olympics, and anything else we can think of! I love you all immensely!
Sister Loradona May