Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy New Year!!

January 5, 2015
Hello Family and Friends!

Wow you all have been up to so many fun things!! I'm sad I missed it all but love to see all the pictures. I'm glad Amanda could go to the Nutcracker with you:) 
This week has been pretty low key because the weather has been horrible and News Years. We did end up hanging out with some members New Years Eve. It was with three older couples but it was actually really fun! We played games and ate food and chatted. We still had to be home by 9:30 and went to bed at 10:30 but it was nice to just relax. We had some pretty fun adventures as well...
So Tuesday was close to the end of the month and we had a lot of kilometers to use up for the month so we decided to go visit one of our previous members who now lives out of our boundaries. (I know we are really bad missionaries) But she lives literally right on the edge of our boundaries so it wasn't too bad. We have this area in our ward called Madden and it's way North past Crossfield even and no missionaries really go out there because there are no members there and it is a super small town with only like five houses so it's really not worth it to go all the way out there to tract. But anyways since we had enough kilometers we wanted to go out there and tract and visit our previous member. She had told us the directions to her house and everything but it is literally the middle of nowhere and just tons of land and she didn't know the address so she just gave us instructions based on landmarks. Of course we got lost and it took forever to find it but we eventually did. But the first house we ended up at a huge dog came out and was barking at us and chasing our car so that was kind of scary but it was good times:) 
So that was one adventure, the next one was Monday night (I think). We had been out tracting and it was super cold by the way. Our toes were freezing  but one man was out smoking on his porch so we just stopped to talk to him. He said he believed in Jesus Christ and everything and we had a good 15 minute conversation with him. But anyway after we were done talking to him we moved on and by then we were so cold and we said we would only do one more house when a car just flies into the front yard of this persons house we had just been standing at. It was insane!! We think the car lost control turning the corner and ended up in the front yard but it was crazy because we had just been standing there a few minutes earlier... The Lord was protecting us!!! And after that we just decided to go home haha!! 
So that was my crazy week and we were able to teach to less actives this week. One had a friend over that wasn't a member so we mostly taught the nonmember friend. The other is a couple who one is a member and the other is not but he is a member of Community of Christ church which is a break off from the LDS church also known as RLDS. So he already believes a lot of what we believe. We go there every Sunday night and have great spiritual discussions with them about the lessons and they have both been coming to church each sunday so thats good! They are the ones I told you were vegetarian and loved animals and that feed us all this vegan stuff. The wife has Lupus too (I don't think I told you that) so that is why she changed her diet. But her Lupus was in her kidneys and they told her she only had 5 years to live but she changed her diet and shes doing really well! But we don't want to pressure the husband into baptism. We hope he will decide on his own as we go through all the lessons with him. So we'll see!!! 
Oh another crazy event was a baptism that happened this week. It was one girl in our ward who turned eight and we went to support the family because we love them so much!! So they have six kids and one on the way and they forgot the oldest (who is like 14) at home!!! We had to wait until she arrived to do the actual baptism and once she got there the mom and aunts were in the kitchen and totally missed seeing the baptism haha!!! It was the craziest baptism I've been to but it will definitely always be remembered!
So this week has been good! Full of lots of memories! I hope you all have a great week and have fun back at school! I love you and miss you all!:)

Sister Hatch

Scripture of the week (I have been studying charity):

"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."

1 Cor 13:2-3 

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