June 24th, 2013

Family!

It has been raining here in Davenport like crazy! It doesn’t rain in Gilbert compared to this.  There are so many bunnies and squirrels here but they are all black for some reason (the elders call the squirrels, “squiggers”…). Also the humidity hates my hair, but hey my skin is super soft from it 🙂

The Jergensen’s are done and our new mission president, the Jenson’s come next week. Which I am excited about!

This past week has sure been one of ups and downs. Many of our potential investigators bailed on our appointments or they did not want to change. One of our solid investigators gave us her real address (we met her at her friends) and she lives in the elders area. That is okay though, it doesn’t matter who teaches her as long as she gets taught. We did meet a lady named Toni who is awesome! She was meeting with the missionaries about four months ago and the elders just stopped coming….we have no record of her in the books and she said she would love to continue investigating the church. YAY!

Thank you to anyone that sent a letter this week! I am making my comp jealous every day when the mailbox is full of letters for me. I feel so loved, so thank you a ton!

Also THANK YOU a ton Mom and Dad for teaching me how to work hard and keep a clean house! That is something I took for granted and now I could not be more grateful for a home that is clean and centered in the gospel!

The members here are awesome! Shirley, who is in a nursing home, loves it when I sing to her. She makes me make up songs with the word pink in it. She doesn’t respond or like most people but for some reason she thinks I am “sweet”. She asked me and sister hunter where we were from. When I answered, Arizona she looked at me completely puzzled and said…”why are you white” Elder Dyer from Alabama died laughing because I am the tanner of my companionship. But I must admit my tan lines are getting ridiculous. Especially on my feet and where my watch and rings are.  It’s bad.

Anyway my favorite person in the ward so far is Brother Zesiger. He is an old man that has one paralyzed vocal cord. Yet he still calls us each week to “report on his missionary work”. If every member where more like him we would be set. He is so cute. He brings his wife from the nursing home to sacrament and then takes her home after then comes back for the rest of church. He does not let his age be an excuse for anything!

At dinner with a couple in our ward the man was talking about how is wife converted to the gospel after general conference. She was saying all these spiritual reasons and he turns to us and said, “The only reason Sally converted is because Dieter is a chick magnet” I died laughing. Also there is a family in our ward that had a civil war themed wedding…and I thought, Dad is into the civil war.

Planning is my favorite. President Monson said,” wishing will not make it so, the Lord expects our action.” I have found that when we plan we accomplish so much more. The other day in planning sister hunter and I blew our minds when we started talking about Kolob and how our missions pass so quickly…we had to stop thinking.

The missionary devotional was great, wasn’t it?

Our mission split with Chicago West so the zone next to ours is not even in our mission anymore. I am glad that I wasn’t there, I don’t think my mind can take anymore change just right now.

Anyway, I will stop rambling now and get back to work but I love you all!

 

Love,

Sister Despain

  PICTURES WILL BE COMING SOON!

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June 17th, 2013

Hello Hello!
Thank you Grandma Holladay and Olivia for the letters! They kept me going through this extremely hard week. Since my companion and I are “white washing” or starting up the area, it is rough. I got my first experiences knocking doors. Most everyone here is hardcore church goers so a lot of doors slammed in the face. Many people here are stuck in this rut where they make bad decisions because that is what their parents did,and their parents parents until it is one crazy cycle! We are trying to stop that cycle and show them their potential.  Sister Hunter and I had a few, what I like to call “curb cry” moments. only a few though on a few special occasions when we got told to go to a hot place or my personal favorite, that I am wasting my life. Its a good time. The best parts of the of the week included setting two baptismal dates for July.  I think by far the hardest rule to follow is not holding the babies! They all tempt me to hold them but I cant. The highlight of knocking doors is one night the last door we knocked, two little girls answered. Their names were Abigail and Rachel. They talked to us for a few minutes about everything they could think of. We handed them a  mormon.org card and told them we had to go. They both ran past my comp and up to me and gave me a huge hug. The littlest one looked up at me and said,”You are the prettiest girl ever.” then ran inside. I am not sure why but it made my day. The Lord knows how to cheer us up even if it is with strangers. But little kids, regardless of if they are  members or not seem to know us.
I love teaching. It comes so easy for me because it isn’t me! Dad, I have used your plan of salvation visual like three times now and everyone loves it. They are like, Who is Steve Despain and why did he die? Then i have to explain that you are the football player and you dint die. Haha! People here over share a lot. Already i know things about people I wish i never knew about anyone. Some people think because we are missionaries they can confess to us…its odd.
Fathers day was rough. Everyone kept saying, “don’t forget to call your dads today..” well needless to say my comp and I cried many times. I just like to cry I guess.
We volunteer every Friday at the hospital gift shop which is uber exciting 🙂
All I can say is please be a good member missionary! We need you! The work is harder without you and you should be in it! All you have to do it socially convert people and the missionary can spiritually convert them!
Look up the Bill Carpenter story! He went to my mission and he has an amazing conversion story.
I love you all! Sorry this was a bit scatterbrained.
Love kels
Here is some pictures that Kels sent to share!
Sister Lindgren
MTC Teachers and District
Kelsey & Gage
Humidity
The Mississippi
My bedroom
Leaving the MTC
Sad wall at the MTC
My living room/desk
My sad finger!
The hospital we volunteer at on Fridays

June 10th, 2013 – THRASH ON!

Well Everyone I am in Davenport, Iowa. Its right by the Mississippi but our area ends right before it. The MTC feels like forever ago and a dream. I think I like the MTC better than out here. Now time goes by super slow and I never can get enough sleep plus I have to buy my own food and be with only one person all the time. Good thing I like my companion. Her name is Shannon Hunter from Provo Utah. She has only been out about three months and she is training me. She wakes up like a minute before I do and jumps in the shower so for about 30 minutes I have to wait for her to get out so i can go to the bathroom…I just need to wake up a minute before her. Our apartment looks ghetto on the outside and super nice inside. Everything is brand new. All of our beds, furniture, kitchen supplies, everything. I am getting spoiled here my companion keeps telling me because the members feed us every night, also we ahve our own brand new car. Our Bishop’s name is Bishop Snarr. He is hilarious and reminds me of Nic SO much. Our ward is made up of a lot of students at Palmer chiropractic school. It makes up about a third of our ward. Then another third are interns at John Deere for the summer. The interns are mostly college kids, but married, so that is weird and fun at the same time. There are a lot of Aggies out here too. The bishopric is 2/3 Aggies so they really love me.  On Friday we ate dinner with the Harwards (Brohter Harward grew up in Gilbert on Lindsey and Houston, went to USU, and is at Palmers) they invited their friend Rachel over for dinner who is not a member and she has her bachelors degree in bible studies so needless to say she knew everything to counter us. We didn’t bible bash it was actually a cool discussion. After finals we will meet with her again. There iis a Despain family here(not related) but they have many of the same Despain signs as us which made me feel at home! We visited n inactive lady named Carol who had lots of stories to tell us. She has seen a catfish in the Mississippi bigger than a grown man and she once slapped the Mayor of Davenport for something(we couldn’t figure out what?).Mostly she just swore in all her stories and it was impossible not to laugh when she cussed like ten times in a sentence.  I guess the Jehovah Witnesses got a hold of her and have been telling her Anti for a while so ya. There is a huge fancy church on each corner…just not our churches. Our one building is on the edge of town.

Mike: You were right. the Mexican food here stinks. For district lunch after our meeting we ate at a place called Azteca…Gag. It was bad!

By the way I was told I am not allowed to write letters on any day except p-day out here so that is why the lack of written letters coming home. Thank you for the package, Mom/Cort/Logan. I love it! And now I have a single blanket for my bed 🙂 I think I am going to need my raincoat soon. It kinda drizzles here all the time. It makes it beautiful and green here!

I miss you all so much! Just move to Iowa. Mmmkay 🙂

Love you all!

Sister Despain

Our District Theme: Thrash on!

(D&C 35:13) ‘Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thresh the nations by the power of my Spirit;’

(Romans 8:31) ‘What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?’

Final picture from MTC with Sis . Woodberry

 

Update: June 9th, 2013

We heard from Kelsey on Wednesday of last week.  She was at the airport, getting ready to depart to IOWA!! She was very excited and loving the work. She is definitely committed to serving the Lord and will be a great asset to the Des Moines, Iowa mission. Her new P-Day is on Monday’s, so tomorrow we should find out where she is for her first assignment. Here are some pictures that Aunt Amy took of Kels before she left!! BEAUTIFUL!!  Which do we like better for her plaque?

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