Wednesday, October 28, 2009

hallloooooo

Dear Famblee,

BBBRRRR! SNOW!!!! I am not even kidding you. Snow in Oct. My jacket keeps me pretty warm though :)

Have I told you how much I love Sister Cline? She's amazing, pretty much the best friend companion lady ever. This tranfer has been the most challenging but absolutely my favorite so far. I think I am beginning to learn how to enjoy my mission. I have learned so much these past weeks, and sister Cline truly is like a sister to me. I am learning how to be myself and how to relax and have fun but still work hard and think more about those we are teaching. I can't believe I only have a couple weeks left in this transfer, I wish I could stay companions with Cline forever. I have a feeling that I will be leaving Syracuse though, but I feel a lot better prepared to accept whatever happens this time around.

That's cool that you went to cb [Cracker Barrell, where Camille used to work]. I love my cb peeps, and I actually REALLY miss waiting tables! that's exciting that some of them said they would write me. I wonder how all my old regulars are doing? We tracted into a cute old couple yesterday and it made me happy and reminded me of the old cb days.

Halloween is going to be fun, we are having a sister's activity/sleepover friday night. It's costume, and Sister Cline and I are planning/practicing an surprise dance performance, which I will video record. We will be dressed as missionaries from the 70's, and dancing to a little disco tune called "messengers of light" from a cd of the same title by lex de azervado. Brother mcGEE gave us the CD, it's a delightfully cheesy missionary ballads from the 70s. Listen to it if you can, you will crack up.

I love you all!
Sister Jordan

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

famblee

Dear fambleh,

Here I be again, with a bit more time to spare this week. Last week I was able to get a few cold-weather staples, including some leggings, a coat and gloves. I have the most important things (except boots) So my plan is just to slowly build up my winter wardrobe each week until I have enough to brave the crazy Utah winter! One week recently was freezing, but this past week has not been so bad.

Sister Cline is awesome! She's from PA like Schill, but she spent the last few years in Alaska and Hawaii. She is super laid back and goofy, very surfer-ish and tomboy. She doesn't take anything too seriously. She is a fun companion, and we work hard together because we are both pretty much new. I have learned more in this transfer so far than I have since I've been out, and I FEEL a lot more like a missionary. I have an easier time being bold and confident now, and I am growing in other ways.

She is a health nut so we were running every morning, but I sprained my foot stepping off a curb wrong (only me and my graceful self could do that) in the first week, so that put an end to that. My foot hurt pretty bad for a while, but it's getting a lot better. I got a blessing and saw a Dr and I don't have to have a cast or anything - it's just a light sprain.

We are teaching a lot and finding a lot of new investigators. We had a baptism a few weeks ago and it went awesome! She is such a sweet girl. Schill and I sang "What Heaven Sees in You," the same song I sung at Nina's wedding. We also hard a baptism this last Saturday, another little blonde angel. Her baptism was awesome, the spirit was very strong there. Sister Schilling tracted into her mom a couple months ago right before I got there. She was really receptive so we started teaching them both and it has really been an amazing journey for that little family. The mom totally turned her life around and started re-activating, the daughter had the lessons and was able to be baptized, and the mom is on the track to rebaptism. They were so grateful that they were found. The little girl bore her testimony on Sunday after she was confirmed (she's 9) and it was the sweetest, cutest thing I've ever heard! It went something like this: "I'm so glad the missionaries found us, because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have the Holy Ghost right now!" And she burst into tears!

I am doing a lot better with directions, I have learned a lot, and we get around fine now. I even read a map once! I didn't go to conference, but we had a great time watching it at member's houses and stuffing our faces. I truly have developed a new sense of appreciation for conference. It's amazing!

Gotta Go!
Love,
Your sister missionary

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Week 1 w/ new comp

Hey! I got a ton of emails/snail mails today, and now I only have about 5 minutes to write you guys! Sorry! Don't worry, Sister Cline and I are doing well. She is awesome, really laid back and likes to have fun. We get lost a lot, but we just laugh. It is as many of you suspected, I am learning and growing a lot from this experience. It is hard, but it's kind of like we are in the same boat and we are learning together. But Sister Cline is awesome, and I'm doing just fine. I actually used a map the other day! My brow was furrowed with intense concentration and I thought I might explode, but I got from point A to point B! Exciting stuff. The GPS pretty much saves our lives, even though a lot of things in our area don't show up on it because they are so new!

I really appreciate the encouraging letters of support, they mean so much to me.
Well, my time is up! I love you guys!

Love,
Sister Jordan

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Transfers

We had tranfer calls this morning, and Sister Schilling is leaving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sister Kline is coming to be in Syracuse with me, and she's been out 2 transfers ahead of me. I should have learned a lot more during this last transfer. We cover 18 wards, and I do not know where the area, stake or any ward boundaries are, I don't know who any of the auxiliaries are for which ward, I don't remember what streets we have already tracted, I don't know which of the ward mission leaders are in which ward, and I don't know where any of the people that we teach live. I am just going to have to develop a lot of faith. I do know that calls are inspired, that this is God's will concerning me and the area, and I will grow a lot from this experience and be able to do things because He will will give me the skills. Please pray A LOT for me!! Pray for miracles!!

I love you all. And don't worry about me, I'm sure everything will be fine, the Lord will provide a way.

Much love,
Sister Jordan

PS From Alaina: We got Camille's memory card from the camera in the mail, so now we have LOTS of pictures, which have been added to both slideshows on the right. We also got this video of Camille singing with her companion (who is now leaving), Sister Schilling.


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