Me quedaron aqui en la ciudad bonita de Corpus Christi! #googletranslateisforlameos
So we got the transfer call and Sister Bushman and I are staying together!.. We were so excited, but we looked at each other a bit confused.. there must be a catch. Sure enough, the next morning we were informed that the elders in Flour Bluff (the area next to ours) would be taken out and no one was coming in to replace them.. aka it's all our area now. We've got 36+ active families.. #mealappointments (haha spencer) I am pretty sure that we now have the biggest area in the mission, so that's great.
We started off the new transfer finding cockroaches in the bathroom. Then we went upstairs to go to bed that night and there was one crawling across the floor and one down the wall next to my bed. NO! We killed the beasts with poison in a spray bottle, but we were nervous that there would be more, so we slept on the couch just to be safe. I am so glad I am not in a foreign country.
I woke up on the Fourth of July with so much animo. It's my favorite holiday (hence my apparel) If you are wondering how Texas celebrates it's Fourth, here's a little insider: Texas is the most 'merica of any state. People were driving up and down the main road on the island in their big trucks and jeeps with huge American flags flying in the wind. It was hysterical. Northern Texas is so much different than southern Texas. A lot of the people here sound like Mater from cars.. it's quite entertaining.
To celebrate, we were able to go sit by the ocean for lunch with all the elders. While we were waiting the five minutes for everyone to get there we set 4 baptismal dates just talking to people in passing.. #norestfortheweary #therearenoholidaysonmissions
Then we helped one of our friends, Ginger make all of her Fourth of July food for her party, but by the time we were done cookin, it was 6pm and we had to be inside for safety reasons. (The beach is party central..) We made gluten free cotto cookies (s/o to Ashley Cotto) and peanut butter cookies, and then sat at the window eating cookie dough and watermelon as fireworks lit up the sky. Fireworks is my favorite.
An elder told this story in his last testimony before going home.
A man bought a very nice rifle. It was nice and smooth, all ready to use to go hunting. He was so excited. He took it out early the next morning. He tromped around in the woods for a while looking for a deer. Spotting one, he drew closer, trying to not miss his shot. He got within 15 ft, took a deep breath and ran straight at the animal, and beat it with the gun like a baseball bat.
He related this to the atonement, and how we all have it, but sometimes we don't know how to use it. It is my hope that as a missionary, I will be able to show people how to not just know that Christ is their Savior, but to know how to use his atonement to live their life up to their potential.
I also have been studying my scriptures different recently. Most people read stories in 1st person, but I recently have changed and like to view it from a different person's perspective. At the end of my studies I write a journal entry as if I were the person. (For example: I was Nephi's wife when he built the boat) It has changed my whole outlook of the scriptures. Everyone should try it. It makes the stories change, and brings new ideas.
Life is great. A challenge everyday makes me stronger.
HAPPY 18th TO ABIGAILA. #longlivethequeen
Please enjoy this picture of Chloe, my future roommate, herding sheep.