Monday, July 8, 2013

I'm in love with the glove!

4th of July

July 8, 2013

Ok this title was a stretch but I had to think of something that compared to last week's title!

Thank you all for the letter!  I loved hearing from grandma and grandpa too and I can't believe you left on 4th of July so spur of the moment.  It sounds wonderful though, and I hope you are having fun!

Here are some updates from this week:

This week was a little slow because lots of our investigators were out of town for the 4th of July.  It was a bummer for sure!  They are all getting back this week though so hopefully we get to see them soon.  We spent tons of time this week meeting with members and setting missionary goals with them.  I loved meeting with the members so much.  They are so cool and they have the strongest desires to be good missionaries.  They all set some really awesome goals, too, so hopefully they can start seeing the fruits of their labors.  We have a missionary bbq coming up this Saturday, the 13th, and we have been challenging lots of members to bring friends to it!  We are even having a Slip and Slide so hopefully that will bring lots of new people to teach!  Also, the Chinese people have no clue what a Slip and Slide is so I am really excited to see them do it for the first time.  They played football for the first time on 4th of July and it was too funny.  Ah I love them so much!

The 4th of July was a slow day, but it was an awesome day as well.  I loved being a missionary on a holiday.  So many people we saw commented they couldn't believe we were out working on a holiday so I told them the message is so important that we don't ever stop!  We started the day by doing some service for a girl in our ward.  We cleaned her kitchen and it was really fun to serve!  Then, it was time for us to go tracting because we didn't have any lessons that day.  We always have an interesting dilemma since we don't have a car.  We usually have periods of 2-3 hours between teaching our lessons where we can go finding.  However, most of the apartment complexes near campus take 45 minutes to 1 hour to walk to so we can't really go door knocking there.  So, usually, we go on campus and talk to people there.  However, it was empty this week for some reason.  We saw 1 person in 1 hour on one of the days.  Therefore, we were pretty nervous for 4th of July because we knew campus was going to be dead and most people wouldn't be in their apartments.  But, we thought of the brilliant plan to go bus finding!  We thought tons of people would be on the bus going to various parties and stuff.  We got to the bus stop and waited there for like 20 minutes and then someone told us the buses weren't running on 4th of July.  Haha.  We felt pretty stupid.  We had to change our plans and we ended up going door knocking somewhere else for a bit.  It wasn't the most fruitful day, but it was still enjoyable.  The night of the 4th was seriously the best, though!  We had a little ward BBQ (we really like those) and 2 of our investigators were able to come.  They absolutely loved it and I did as well.  I love this ward so much.  Later, we were able to teach Bruce another lesson.  Bruce has been doing AWESOME this week.  He comes out teaching with us and the elders almost every day.  He always bears the strongest testimony during our lessons and it is seriously so inspiring.  He got the Priesthood yesterday, too, and he was just so happy!    Bruce has also been Skyping with people in China and sharing the gospel with them.  He read his mom some verses from the Book of Mormon.  The Chinese people in our ward are the best missionaries ever.  I am just trying to be more like them. After, we finished planning and then had some free time.  We were allowed to stay out until 10:30 to watch fireworks and stuff.  We tried to find some but all of them were blocked by the tall campus buildings.  We ended up going outside and watching the fireflies fly around.  It was a fun time and I was overwhelmed by how much I love it here.  That night for sure I felt like I really am supposed to be here for however long.  I hope I can do the work I know I was sent here to do!  

We had exchanges on Friday with Sister Smith, the Sister Training Leader.   She is basically like a zone leader but for the sister missionaries.  She came to MSU with Sister Christiansen and me and Sister Probert went to Williamston.  We had an awesome day!  We went bus finding for a long time and talked to some amazing people!  I hope they turn into investigators.  Bus finding is one of my favorite things to do.  We meet some characters for sure.  Anyway, Sister Smith was really helpful and I learned some valuable tips from her.  Remind me when I get home from my mission to tell you about a crazy guy I met on the bus.  I would tell you now, but I just don't think it will do it justice.

I just got word Sister Cox from my MTC district got her visa.  I am so curious as to see when mine will come.  We get transfer calls this Friday too so we will see what happens.  Maybe I will be speaking Spanish like Hayley.  Just kidding, I am pretty sure I am staying where I am but as we all know, sometimes the Lord has different plans for us!

Also, here is a funny/crazy story that happened this week.  There is a guy named LeAndre who we met a while back and we have been trying to have a lesson with him.  We have called him a few times to schedule appointments and we always say "Let us know if there is something we can do to help!"  Well, the other day, we got a call from the East Lansing Prison.  LeAndre called us and tried to get us to bail him out of jail!  It was crazy.  He started the phone call with "You said you would do something to help me, so can you bail me out?"  That is something I never expected to happen as a missionary!  Every day is an adventure.  It's the best!

I love you all!  Keep being great!

Sister Dixon

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