So what exactly did we do with cows this week? We vaccinated them. That's right! We herded them with these big sticks called Rattle Paddles into a chute of sorts, then they filled up the big needle with meds and did their thing! Sister McConkie and I each did 1 cow, because we're not professionals or anything. But! I can officially say that I've vaccinated a cow now! How many of you can say that? None? Oh! Well, it's fun! If you have the opportunity someday, go for it!! Ha,ha. It worked out great because we helped out Meghan and Bryce (Meghan is a less active and Bryce isn't a member), and were able to eat dinner with them after and share Because of Him with them! So yay! It was super fun. They own a cow ranch, it's pretty legit. Meghan was riding her horse for a while, and she had her chaps and spurs on and everything--they don't mess around! These are real, live cowboys!! At one point, one of the calves got loose, so Bryce got his rope, ran and hopped the fence, lassoed it while RUNNING, and then the other guy there helped him tackle it to the ground and get it back in the pen. It was nuts!
Neck update on Sister McConkie: so here's the real story. She hurt it originally 4 1/2 years ago playing soccer, and has reinjured it a bunch of times. She can't play soccer any more because it's too bad. She got it cleared to come on a mission, but then her first week in the field she got in a car accident and hurt it again. It wasn't too bad until a couple months ago, and then it's just gotten way bad. She's now used up all of her chiropractic appointments she can on her mission, and it's still not great. So she'll actually be coming home with me next week so she can really focus on her neck and give it the time and attention it needs to get better. So we'll both be home next week! Isn't that so sad?! But good in a way because since we're both from Bountiful, we'll be together to help each other out. So our list of things to do has skyrocketed this week, because we have to prepare our area to be washed (bringing either 2 sisters or 2 elders into the area), so there's a lot of information we have to let them know. So we are staying very busy! This will be one of the busiest weeks of my mission, I'm sure. Woohoo!
We also got to see Tracy this week (sheep lady), and this time she showed us her box of cremated animals....she had us feel the difference of a cat compared to a border collie. SO that was weird!! But we also got to share Because of Him with her, and we got a really good discussion going, so that was awesome! More progress than we've ever had with her! So yay! Oh yeah! We also tried lamb formula, and after we tried it found out it was medicated. So good! We won't get any weird sheep disease!! Yay!
BILL CAME TO CHURCH! It was an Easter miracle!! We were so so excited!! We had a good lesson, but what helped him to commit to come was the member who was with us. As soon as she found out that he was off work the next day, she straight out asked him, "Can we pick you up for church ?". He then had the whole lesson to think about it and by the end said, "If I don't get called into work, I'll come." When he got there morning, We asked him how he was doing and he said, "Really nervous." After Sacrament meeting, we asked him how he was and he responded, "It wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be." So woohooo!! He went home after Sacrament meeting, but now that we got him there once and he liked it, it shouldn't be too hard to get him to come again!! Yay!! We were super pumped! That's the first time I've had an investigator at Sacrament meeting since I was in Casper!
We've been starting to make great contacts with some of the part member families here, which is so great! It's a bit unfortunate because we're building these awesome relationships, but then won't be here to actually see where they go, but it's a part of the work I guess. But we've been loving the miracles we've been seeing with that! They are evident every day!!
Bobbie's getting there. We had a pretty good lesson on prophets this week and were able to have it outside because it's been so warm! Towards the end of the lesson, it was fairly dark, but still! It's been great!! We've been loving the weather here. It;s been in the 50s/60s this last week, and the week before it was in the 70s all week! We're getting spoiled and we're loving it!!
Corbin and Sylver are doing well, They are super bummed that both of us are leaving (as is everyone else we've told so far), so we're making the most of the lessons we have left with them. Corbin has been sick this week, and the stopping smoking thing didn't go so well, which is sad. So we'll get there., we're going to provide them with some motivation by talking about eternal marriage!!
The good thing about both of us going home is that it gives us a great excuse to get in with people, because they want to see us before we go and then we fit our lesson in there--BAM! That is good missionary work right there!!
Alma 7:11-13 has helped me so many times on my mission. It reads: "11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me." This is especially an appropriate Easter scripture. My favorite word in these verses is the word "succor". Succor means 'to run to'. When knowing this, it tells us that Christ didn't perform the Atonement just to cover our sins and mistakes, but EVERYTHING. Christ performed the Atonement so He might now how to run to our aid when we need it. He performed the Atonement to enliven us. My favorite quote on the Atonement was first spoken by Elder Bednar a couple general conferences ago. He said: "It is one thing to know that Jesus Christ came to the earth to die for us. But we also need to appreciate that the Lord desires, through His Atonement and by the power of the Holy Ghost, to enliven us—not only to guide but also to strengthen and heal us...There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first." I love that!! I have come to understand the Savior and His role in my life so much more as I have served Him as His full time representative. This is an amazing talk and I invite all of you to read it at https://www.lds.org/
general-conference/2014/04/ bear-up-their-burdens-with- ease?lang=eng. I love the Savior and am grateful every day for all He has done for me!!
I love you all so so much and am so humbled by all the experiences I have had and the testimony I have gained as I have been serving as His representative. Sister McConkie and I are going to make this the best week of our missions and serve with everything we have!!
I love you!
St. Patty's day green!
Us in Brother Stednick's coat. We were cold while standing outside, and we both fit in it! haha
Us with Meghan and our Rattle Paddles
Us and the cows!!
Vaccinating my cow!