From January 16, 2017:
This week was great! Luckily the weather cleared up so there isn’t ice anymore. We were able to teach the Peasley twins again this week. We talked about prayer and scripture study and it went really well. They are excited to get the gospel library app and read. Also super exciting, they talked to their dad to ask for permission to be baptized and he seems very open to the idea! Hopefully this week we will be able to sit down with him and talk more about it.
This week we also spent a lot of time getting our car fixed. Also we saw someone get hit by a car. On Saturday night we were driving over to see a member. We were driving down Main Street and there was a man in one of the cross walks. We stopped but unfortunately the car to the right of us didn’t stop. The guy jumped at the last second. It felt like forever before he got up. We spent a lot of time there. But we found out that the captain of the fire department here is a less active member!
From January 9, 2017:
Emily had a challenging week. These are pieces of her email this week:
The weather has been pretty bad. We didn’t even have church yesterday because of the weather. There is just a lot of ice.
I love you lots! I know I need to learn something from this but I just don’t want to right now! Love you and I will talk to you next week!
From January 2, 2017:
We purchased a new home and began remodeling it this week.
Yay!! I am so excited! It looks really good so far! When do you think it will all be finished?
Sorry for the late emails…. we were shopping. Anyway we had a good week! The most exciting thing that happened this week was exchanges. On Thursday Sister Broadhead came to our ward with me and we had such an amazing day. We taught five lessons. We invited four people to get baptized. It was so great! Hopefully we will be able to set dates with all of the ones we invited. Love you all and hope you have a good week.
From December 26, 2016:
I love you so much and I miss you all so much! We have just been relaxing all day long. This is basically our extended Christmas. We watched Hercules and had a white elephant gift exchange! I don’t really have much to tell you this week. I love you all so much and can’t wait for the next Skype!
Pictures: we went down to Roseburg and I got to see the Leach family and they are just adorable!
The rest are Skype screenshots.
From December 19, 2016:
I am so excited to talk to all of you! Just think we made it through the longest time without talking! It is only 5 months to Mother’s Day and then I will be home not long after that!
The last package I got from you was the birthday one. The mission office is holding all of them until zone conference this week. I guess they didn’t want us to open them all right away and not wait until Christmas. We are going down to Roseburg on Thursday and we will get them all that day! I will tell you on Sunday all of the ones that I get. I am so excited to talk to you! So the rule on Skype calls is that if we have two families we get to talk to each for 30 minutes or one for 45 minutes. I talked to President Russell and he said it was ok if I talk to all of you for 45 and the other is 15. I just didn’t want to give up any time I got to talk to you but I know that my dad wanted to talk to me too. I just love you and can’t wait to talk to you!
I am sorry that you are all sick, I feel like I might be getting sick too. I just hope no one is sick on Christmas…. hopefully the last two won’t catch it!
That is so good that Jamison came home. It didn’t sound like he was going to make it. That was definitely a Christmas miracle!
That is so fun that you and Grandma got to go to Texas! The mission office is always a fun place. The senior missionaries are the best and everyone loves them! I bet most of the missionaries there will love her! Will she be in the office a lot? The apartments they put missionaries in can be really interesting…. I am sure she will be fine! Just think of it this way: we have a homeless man that basically live in our complex and we are fine. He has never done anything, he just comes and digs through the dumpster at night and leaves. We leave him alone and he leaves us alone.
Hopefully everything will go faster with the house and you will be able to get into it soon!
That is crazy to think that Darrell will be here tonight! I just love him and miss him…..
This week has been freezing! Literally it has been icy all week long! It rains and then the rain freezes. Also the trees here are not strong enough to hold the ice so a lot of the trees fall when they get a little bit of ice on them….. literally entire trees just falling….. and the trees here are big! There are roads closed because the trees are not by the road but in the road now. It makes traffic a nightmare! We got new missionaries this week and their first morning here they had to move trees to get out of the mission home because they were stuck because the trees trapped them there. We also had to go do emergency service at a food bank for 2 1/2 hours because people have been out of power because some of the power lines just can’t hold the weight of the ice and are breaking. We had to pack food for homeless people, and the Eugene area has a very large number of homeless people. People who work for the power companies have been working 24 hours. This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen. They also canceled school. Even though it has been crazy with the weather it has been great to be able to serve those around us. It is amazing how even though we only spent a couple of hours serving so much got done and we were able to help so many in need.
Anyway besides the weather we had a decent week! We mostly taught less active members. My companion is still getting settled into the area. Funny story from this week… I totally broke the only key we had to our apartment, so we spent four hours on Saturday night getting that fixed….. haha. Luckily we were in the apartment and the elders that live in the same complex were able to figure out how to get the new deadbolt on. I am learning to love people that I would not otherwise even talk to.
Love you lots!
I love you and I love the pictures of the Christmas party! All of your decorations were great! So this next transfer will be seven weeks to make up for the last. It has not been officially announced……Sister Russell told some of the sisters in our area but when you are close to Eugene you hear the news before everyone else…… they are sending all missionaries home a week earlier!!!! We will be home on August 22, 2017! I was going to wait and tell you on Christmas but you asked!
From November 28, 2016:
We had a pretty good week! Surprisingly we did not eat turkey once. We had Thanksgiving dinner with a family from the Philippines. They were super cute but it was definitely a very interesting meal. After Thanksgiving no one served us leftovers
because they were all worried that we would be tired of having turkey. It was a little bit funny to see people’s reaction when we told them we had not had any turkey!
We were able to have a great lesson with a part member family. The husband has investigated the church for a long time. We had set up an appointment to go and have a lesson with them, but when we got there all of the lights were turned off so we were worried they had forgotten. She came to the door and told us they had. We set up another time and started walking away. We were almost back to our car when she came running down the sidewalk, yelling for us to come back. She had told her husband she sent us away and he told her to go get us because he still wanted to have the lesson! We went back and had a wonderful lesson! He has quite a few questions but has been prepared! They are the cutest little family and they set goals to start praying and
studying together! We are super excited for them!
Also the new Christmas initiative came out! It is called Light the World and it is amazing! They showed it to us a month ago and we have just had to wait for it to officially release. Needless to say we were very excited on Friday when it was released. If you haven’t
watched it you definitely should. And there are little videos for every day in December. They are only 30 seconds long so they don’t take much time at all.
Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and you enjoyed it!
Also we got a funny text we got from a less active member because it was civil war weekend here in Oregon. From what we have heard most people were expecting the Ducks to win! I guess it is comparable to when BYU and the Utes play each other! Both universities are in our mission. In Springfield we are closer to the Ducks so there are a lot of unhappy people around here… we made a joke about there being a lot of angry birds around here…..
From November 21, 2016:
This week was a lot better….I know that I am doing a lot better now. Thanks for the package. We went and got ice cream today so we will be eating ice cream tonight!
Nothing has really been happening here. This area is really struggling. I would not be surprised if they white wash this area after this transfer. We met some really interesting people though. We were walking and met a man named Billy. The first thing he said was, “I love weed.” It is definitely interesting here.
If there is one thing I love about this area is the ward mission leader. He gives me updates on BYU football every Sunday! Sorry we don’t have much time. I don’t know that there is anything I really need for either my birthday or Christmas…. I will let you know if I think of anything! Love you and have a happy Thanksgiving! We get to write a letter on Thanksgiving so there will be more in that!
This is the only picture we took so sorry….. there will be more next week!
From November 15, 2016:
P-day was changed from Monday to Tuesday this week. Emily did not send much information home this week, other than to say that she had a difficult week. Sometimes things are just that way. Please keep her in your prayers.