Monday, February 29, 2016

The Annoying Alarm

Sorry. Myldsmail kinda was having problems last week so some of my emails didn't send. This is last weeks.


Went on 2 exchanges this week. The first we were woken up by "you've got a friend in me" at 1:50 in the morning... And it went off three times. My companion put a nap alarm on the phone but instead of setting it as PM, she set it as AM. So we were tired but we did a lot of tracting and found three potential investigators!
We helped a lady move her Italian couch and pack all her glass using blankets. My first service project as a missionary.
So we decorated for a Valentine's dance. We put on chair body suits. Not really how else to describe them... It looked good though.
My Valentine's Day was fantastic. The scouts heart attacked our door, we had an exciting "romantic" dinner with a fantastically wild family. And for the first time since my first day in the field, I slept the entire night!
Once on exchanges, I taught a guy named Mike. He got baptized and when he came up out of the water, he threw his fists in the air in victory.
And it's moments like that, that makes all the rockier parts of missionary life worth it. Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how many people yell, swear, or flip us off. It doesn't matter that some beg us to look into our religion, get angry at us, or say they got to what the sisters and I call "the great and abominable church." (They have hate Mormon classes.) The headaches, the early mornings, waking up every night because you dream of going to meetings (that's just me though), the big dogs you can't see through the screen barking at you. It's that one email telling you that you have a referral, the one person who doesn't shoo us away when they see us coming, the one that lets us stay and talk, the one who says they will let us back, the one that's taking the lessons, that one little miracle of the day. That's what makes it worth it. That's what pulls you out of bed in the early morning, it's what makes you say "one more house then we will go to dinner", it's way brings you hope and a realization that your assisting in something much bigger then anything you have ever been a part of.
-Sister Hayes

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