This week we went on an exchange in Le Mars, IA. This is where Blue Bunny ice cream is from, but I didn't get to eat any ice cream. Believe me, I was sad about that. But I was grateful to go on the exchange. It meant doing some service with Sister Kent, who was in the MTC with me, so that was fun. She's from Washington, so hooray for the Northwest! Le Mars is a cute little town, and they have been hardworking missionaries! I have loved going on exchanges. I feel like I learn so much about how to be a better missionary when I see how other missionaries operate.
We also did a lot of service ourselves, which was cool. We do service every week with a local nursing home and rehab center, and this week the volunteer and activities coordinator asked if we were willing to help a group of the residents take an excursion to WalMart. We said we'd love to! We went on their bus to the store and just helped them get around the store and make their purchases. One of the women reminded me of Grandma Nylund. I told her she reminded me of my Grandma, and she said, "I think I am!" She then saved me a seat on the bus next to her for the ride home. She was so sweet and it made me miss Grandma Nylund just a little bit.
This week was a Zone Training week, and Sister Gomez and I had to give trainings to the whole zone. I was a little nervous, but it went really well. I felt a little like I was back teaching high school again, with really well-behaved students. It makes sense: so many of them are 18 and 19, so high school isn't that far behind them! But it was a good experience and I think that people maybe learned something, too. I hope so, anyway!
We really struggled to get into contact with our investigators this week. Sigh. This week, though, we have plans and every intention to contact everyone! It's going to be amazing. We only have one exchange planned this week, and it's with the Sioux City Spanish sisters, so we don't even have to leave Sioux City! Don't ask me how I'm supposed to go on exchanges when I don't speak the language! All I know is La Iglesia de Jesu Cristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias (I know I'm missing a few accents there, Cliff. Don't judge me!). Oh, I also can say Yo creo en Cristo. So there's that. Maybe the Spanish Sisters will help me out and teach me! I'll tell you all about it next week.
Today also happens to be 11 months since we entered the MTC. Which is crazy. But I also think it calls for ice cream. So everyone should have a little ice cream and think of me! I love you all!
Sister Loradona May