Monday, April 28, 2014

Finding Miracles

Hello everybody!! How are you all?
Sister S and I have been focusing so much on finding this past week, we have also had a lot of service opportunities.
On Tuesday we helped the ---'s, a couple in our branch, paint a room in a rental house that they own. That was a lot of fun, I've never painted before! We had dinner with Brother and Sister ---, Brother --- made us steak. I've never had such good steak before! He said he marinates them with Daddy Hinkles steak marinade. So yummy!
On Wednesday we had lunch with ---, one of the guys that we work with at the Soup Kitchen on Saturday. He wanted to take us to dinner in case one of us was getting transferred, and if not (which was the case) we were just going to have lunch with him. We went to this place called  Bad Brads, we all got Cowboy Fries, which are fries covered in beans, onions, cheese, jalapenos, and brisquet. THEY WERE SO GOOD! We had an appointment that evening that fell through, we decided that we were going to drive out to Nelagoany, a teeny tiny town in our area near Pawhuska. We drove until we came to a T in the road, there was a house there, so we knocked on the door, as soon as we said that we were missionaries he started shaking his head. I was a little discouraged because I felt like we had been prompted to go there. We turned around and decided to knock on a few doors on the way back to Pawhuska. We knocked on the next house we saw. A South American woman answered the door and said "From the Mormon church? Come in!" I was a little surprised, people don't usually let us in when we first meet them! She then told us that she is a member, but hasn't been since she lived in Los Angeles, which it kind of sounds like was about 15 years ago. She said that when she was there she would feed/go on exchanges with the Sisters there about three times a week! She is so kind and we are so excited to go back and see her again!
Saturday was Sister S's birthday! We did so much service! We had Soup Kitchen, as always, but we also had Hearts and Hands, which is a service project that all the churches in Pawhuska do once a year. We helped paint the outside of a house. I always hated vinyl siding on houses, now I've decided that I don't even care, because taking care of wood siding so it looks good, is exhausting! I didn't know that when you re-painted you have to scrape off any old paint that is coming off. It was a lot of fun though! I love how much service we get to do in Pawhuska!
I hope you all have a splendiferous week!
Sister Fleck

Monday, April 21, 2014

Transfer calls again?!?!?!?!?!

This week was transfer calls again! I was surprised because I feel like I just got to Pawhuska! Sister S was so sure all week that she was going to be transferred to Missouri. Every time we were planning and she talked like she wasn't going to be there I got after her. I didn't want her to go!!!
On Monday we had dinner with one of our investigators, the lesson was kind of rushed, we only had like 5 minutes to do it ): but she invited us to her house on Sunday/Easter/Her Birthday for dinner, which was good because we didn't have anyone sign up to feed us Easter Dinner.

Tuesday we had dinner at one of the member's house. Sister S and I were kind of freaking out because every room in their house was perfectly decorated and it looked like it was from a magazine!! When we were eating dinner Sister S said "I really like this table" and Brother --- said "Thanks, Sister --- made it!" All we could say was "Of course she did!" She. Made. The Table. She found/bought the legs, painted them, got wood, had it cut to the right size, sanded it, and then stained it. We were in awe. For our message we watched a video that our mission president told us to share with members. Sister S and I hadn't seen it yet. IT WAS SO GOOD!! We want to watch it everyday!!!!  Eastern Morn Just... just... just watch. (It kind of seems like an apple commercial at first... but it's not.)

On Saturday we decided to walk around a little bit so that we can be seen more. We met a really great potential and a woman who is a member, but hasn't been to church in about 15 years. It's soo cool when we find less-actives by accident! Saturday night was transfer calls! Transfer calls start at 9:30, if you are going they call you and if you're staying, you get a text when they're done calling everyone that says that you're staying. So at about 9:37 (which is super early for this, by the way) we got a...... TEXT!!! We're both staying in Pawhuska! I was so excited! Sister S didn't believe me and had to read the text for herself.

Sunday was Easter, after church we were invited to the --- family party. Now, about half of Pawhuska is ---. Sister S and I took the family picture (well, Sister S took the picture, I made a funny face for the kids) so that everyone could be in it. Sister S made them say "There are so many ---'s in Pawhuska!" instead of "cheese!" That was a lunch party, but it was at 3, then at 4 we had dinner with our investigator who invited us over for her birthday party... yeah... So we ate a tiny bit at the ---'s because we knew we couldn't get away with that at the other place. We probably wouldn't have gotten away with it at the ---'s either if there hadn't been so many people that we just kind of blended in.

Well, it's just about time for me to go! I love you all! I hope you had an amazing Easter!

PS: From Helen:  I asked Sister Fleck to send me a picture of the house they are living in.  She refers me to the picture of the shack here (you see I can't look up the house on google earth (there are no street views in that town *gasp*)).  She said that it is just painted to look like a shack for security, why would anyone want to break into a house like that.    Finally got her to send me the actual picture of her house :)  She cracks me up.  She said to tell everyone to MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Transfer Calls this Saturday.....WHAAAAATTT?

So this upcoming Saturday (April 19th) is Transfer calls! I cannot believe it! I feel like I just got to Pawhuska!! I am partially telling all of you this because, like I said, my mind is a little blown, and  so you're all anxious to see how the transfers fall for Sister S and I all week like we will be!
We have a new Branch Mission Leader this week! Woohoo!! Brother --- is awesome and is so excited about the work being done here in Pawhuska!

Wednesday was pretty exciting, we had District Training meeting in Cleveland, OK. The Cleveland Elders have been teaching a deaf woman, her mom knows a little bit of sign language, so she can interpret for them, but she mostly fingerspells everything, so it's pretty hard. At the beginning of the transfer I mentioned that I know ASL, so on Wednesday I was supposed to interpret for them. When we got there (they teach her at her mom's) the woman they were going to teach wasn't there, so we just taught her mom. It was cool though, because she (the mom) mentioned that she didn't come to church because she didn't have any church clothes, so we told her that we had a ton of extra clothes that sisters had left behind. We were able to give them to her! Unfortunately, the Elder's never told us if she came to church or not!!

On Thursday we had a really awesome member exchange (when a member comes to an investigators lesson), it was really exciting and I feel like it really helped the investigator's testimony!

On Friday we were on exchanges! I was in Independence, KS (again!) with Sister W, she's the Sister Training Leader. It went really well and I had a lot of fun! But I was so ready to get back to Sister S and Pawhuska on Saturday!

Sorry this is so short! I'm not sure what else to say! This week was kind of same old same old.
Sister Fleck

Monday, April 7, 2014

Conference Weekend !!!!!

This week was a little on the slow side, but that's okay. Sometimes it's nice to slow down a little bit. Sister Scheuermann and I have figured out what made it slow, so we will be making improvements!

On Wednesday we had exchanges! Now that neither Sister S and I are Sister Training Leaders exchanges are kind of a novelty because we probably won't go on more than 2 a transfer! The Sister Training Leader, Sister W, came to Pawhuska with Sister Scheuermann and I went to Independence Kansas with her companion Sister H. It was a lot of fun! This is Sister H's first transfer, aka, someone newer than me! Woohoo! ;) She is very sweet and so excited about the work! The funny thing about exchanges is that normally 24 hours doesn't give you enough time to miss someone, but because you are with your companion 24/7 at the end of 24 hours you are ready to be with them again!!

On Thursday we walked by one our members, who is single, mowing her lawn. Of course, we couldn't have any of that, so we took over! I was oddly excited, because I've never mowed a lawn before (Thank you for that Dad and Tanner)! Here are some pictures of my first lawn mowing experience!

Conference weekend was, of course, awesome! I learned so much and I hope you all did too! I would like to follow up on Elder Ballard's invitation to study Preach My Gospel! There are a lot of amazing things to be learned! I am planning on sharing one thing that I have learned from it in my emails starting next week... hopefully I remember ;) I would, of course, love to hear what you are all learning from either Preach My Gospel, or the scriptures, or, whatever!

I love you all! I hope you all take the time to study the words of the prophets, both modern day and ancient. They truly speak the words of God and our lives can be guided and directed by them in ways we can't imagine!

Mowing the Lawn (2)
There is a table full of free books at the library, so, of course, Sister S and I put a copy of the Book of Mormon there!