Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures!

This week was pretty good. Nothing too crazy happened. Actually, that's probably a lie. I'll explain later.

On Wednesday we were going to be teaching Activity Days, we can't be alone with the girls, so another woman has to be with us. One of our investigators, ---, normally comes with us, but she had to work. We weren't sure what to do, but then we decided to call one of the members that we found a few weeks back. She was super excited to help, and invited us over for dinner afterwards! Unfortunately, when the time came, she called us and said she couldn't come, but still wanted to feed us dinner. Soon after that --- said she had gotten off work early and would be able to come! None of the girls showed up so we had a little impromptu lesson with ---! Wednesday was super cool because we reached all of our goals and most of the lessons we had planned fell through. It was cool to see Heavenly Father help us out like that.

Friday night was kind of crazy. Someone had told us that if you sleep with oil in your hair it makes the lice eggs easier to get out. We have been desperate to get rid of them, we were ready to try anything. So we did it. We were worried about getting oil all over the place though, so we put saran wrap over our hair. I'm not kidding right now. It was super weird, my hair smelled like chicken fingers. Normally that's an appetizing smell, but when it's coming from your hair it's super gross.

Yesterday was pretty cool. Part of The Standard of Excellence in the OTM is 20 lessons a week, which comes out to about 3 lessons a day. There are certain days of the week, where that is super hard to achieve, one of those days is Monday, because of Preparation Day. Yesterday not only did we get 3 lessons, but they were all with people who are super hard to contact, and they were really good lessons!

Today is where the subject of this email comes in. Sister Shumway called us to see how the lice was and give us some suggestions for eliminating them. One of those suggestions, which she had suggested when we first got the lice, was for me to cut my hair. I had kind of been thinking about it since she first suggested it, and now, I was motivated, I decided I just needed to do it. With Sister S's help, I cut off about 9 inches. It is now just past my shoulders. It is really weird!! I would include pictures but I forgot my SD>USB adapter! So ya'll will just have to wait until next week. Sorry!!

I hope you have a wonderful week!
Sister Fleck

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Family History, I am doing it!

Okay, I am not actually doing Family History much ): I wish we had time to though. This week has just been super focused on Family History. Last week we had a Zone Conference and we talked a lot about finding by using Family History materials.

One of our investigators --- is really into Family History and we didn't even know it! We went to her house last week and instead of teaching her what we had planned we talked about Family History with her! We went in and she wanted to show us some picture albums that she has been looking for, for a while. We opened one up, and there was a family tree in it! We asked her if she did family history and she said she is interested but hasn't been able to do anything with it in a while because ancestry.com is too expensive. We told her about Family Search, she seemed really interested, so we invited her to come to the Family History center we have at our building. Yes, tiny Pawhuska branch has a family history center... kind of. It's either bring a laptop and have the Family History Consultants help you in the Relief Society room, or try to use a computer with Windows 98 on it (I'm not kidding), but we have one! Anyway, --- came! And, the consultants are there from 5:30-8:00 on Wednesday, and --- stayed the whole time!

Yesterday we had a Zone Training Meeting and interviews with President Shumway. It went really well. He and Sister Shumway always say the perfect things!

I don't really know what to say now! This week we mostly de-liced! Yuck!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I'd like to invite you all to do a little family history! It's soo cool! If you don't know where to start and feel overwhelmed order a My Family booklet! They are awesome help! https://familysearch.org/campaign/myfamily
Sister Fleck

Monday, May 12, 2014

Nit Picking

This was a pretty good week. We found a new investigator, on Monday, which is always exciting.
Tuesday was so good, we're not even sure exactly what made it so good, it just was. We had another lesson with our new investigator ---, we taught him the restoration and we talked about how God has one true church and after we shared Joseph Smith's Vision he said he felt really good, better than he had ever felt at the church he currently attends. He also said that he thinks this might be the true church.What? We thought maybe we were on The District (https://www.lds.org/callings/missionary/the-district) and we didn't know it. Then we had Activity Days, in branches as small as Pawhuska they have to get help wherever they can get it, and if that means that the missionaries are in charge of Activity Days every other week, then so be it. This week we had one of our investigators, ---, teach the girls how to crochet. The girls were excited to learn, and --- was so excited to teach them.
After that we had dinner with M and A, it went so well. We have a really good relationship with them and the lesson was so powerful.
Friday we had Zone Training. It was soo good!!! We learned so much! I have to study my notes again to remember everything I learned.
Sunday was... interesting. It's where the subject of this email comes into play. So, Sister S’s head has been itchy for a week or so. We thought maybe it was her hairspray, because she got a new kind that she had never used before. Well, on Sunday morning, we found bugs in it. So I went through and got as many out as I could. I had always been told that lice were white, and these weren't white, so I kind of thought that they might be fleas. At dinner we had the member who was feeding us look up a picture of lice (members are so nice to us), and we confirmed that it was lice. The members that fed us had some old lice shampoo, so we used it last night. Hopefully we are lice free.
Well, I've got to go!
Sister Fleck

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tracting, Lemon Bars and Skype

This week was really good!!
On Monday we started doing the Harrison Reading Program with someone. It's this cool program that teaches people to read using the Book of Mormon. We tracted for a little bit and the first door we knocked on we found a miracle! We did our little thing "Hi, we're missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, have you heard of it before?" The guy that answered the door said that he had, and that he was a member! He told us that his name was ---, there aren't any ---’s on the branch directory, which means that his records are somewhere else! He invited us in and introduced his wife, ---, we asked her if she was a member and she said "Not yet." I was so excited to hear that response!
Tuesday we had an appointment in another town, so we decided to tract there a little bit, we were just about to go home we knocked on one more door before we got to the car and they let us in! After that we were finally able to contact one of our potential investigators, ---, who we have been trying to contact for a month! We taught her a short lesson and set up an appointment to come back the next day when we could teach her and her husband together!
Wednesday we had our return appointment with --- and ---, we had our Branch Mission Leader and his wife come to the lesson, they said the perfect things, like members always do! After we said the prayer we were sitting there chatting for a couple more minutes and --- said "Would you like a lemon bar?" We were floored! It was so perfect and so funny to us for some reason! We think she's going to be a Relief Society President one day ;)
We also had our return appointment with --- and her husband J. We taught them the Plan of Salvation (http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/plan-of-salvation). Normally when we get to the Three Kingdoms of Glory people ask if we don't believe in Hell, but J confirmed that Heavenly Father only dwells in the first kingdom then said "Well, that makes sense because I've never thought of hell as fire and brimstone, but as being without God." We were blown away!!!
On Thursday we were able to contact some investigators that moved from Bartlesville to Pawhuska, we were so excited because we had been trying to contact them all of last transfer!
On Sunday I got to call home!! That was so good, but super weird at the same time! We also saw some investigators we haven't seen in about a month! Needless to say this week was really good.
It is so cool to see how Heavenly Father blesses us when we are doing his will, it is also cool to see when he answers prayers. I know that we wouldn't have been able to contact most of those people if we hadn't have been praying for it.
I hope you all have a good week! Look out for answered prayers, you'll be surprised what you find!
Sister Fleck