Monday, January 25, 2016

Warning: This blog post is very long!

Hey everyone!

I don't even know where to begin because SO much has happened this past week! First off, Sister Ritter and I are soul companions. She is so much fun! She doesn't have nerves in her feet from a surgery before her mission, and she had her toe amputated a few months ago! It's really funny to see her slip all the time during the ice storm we had this past week! Fun fact: it was 6 degrees last Sunday when we went chalking on MSU campus! We didn't know that until Tuesday... I don't think I've ever experienced anything that cold before. 

We have met with a lot of less active members and have been trying to find more investigators. On Monday, we visited Regan (LA) and she came to volleyball that night! She has been warming up to the idea of church and has come to a few activities since we have met! She is one of the coolest people I have met. She ran a marathon last Sunday like it was no big deal. She also has a dog that reminds me of my puppy at home :) 

On Tuesday, there was an ice storm and cars were sliding and crashing everywhere! It was hard to even walk anywhere! So we cancelled all of our appointments and Bishop decided to pick us and the elders up to help his son move. On the way there, he started driving on a one-way street and no one noticed until I said, "Uh.... Why does that sign say 'Do Not Enter'?" And then a bunch of cars started coming at us and he quickly turned into the parking lot! I have never laughed so hard in my life! We are going to try and find a 'Do not Enter' sign for his office door :) It probably wasn't the best idea to drive that night, especially a moving truck on huge hills! Thankfully, we were in Bishops huge pickup truck and not in the moving truck. He then drove us to the airport for a missionary homecoming, and we were still in our service clothes! One of the leaders from this mission was there and it was super awkward. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father was watching out for us that night on the roads! 

On Wednesday, Bishop made us go to crossfit because the instructor was a less 
active member. Sister Ritter and I died after that. We think Bishop is trying to make our lives miserable! I could hardly move the next day and the day after that! I am finally getting back to normal. We teach an English class on Wednesday nights for anyone who wants to improve their english conversation skills. It was really fun! A lot of Chinese students were there, including two of our investigators and a recent convert! After the class, two of the students came up and asked if we could teach them more about Jesus! YES! So we met with them later that week and it went really well! We also gave a Chinese Book of Mormon to another student that was there who seemed interested in learning more. We hope to start meeting with him regularly! 

On Thursday, Bishop came by at 9:45 during our companion study and texted us to come out of our apartment. Right when I opened the door he threw a snowball! Thankfully, I closed the door to block it from hitting me :) Then I opened it again and he got me right in the face. Then he drove away. We don't understand why he does the things that he does hahaha! After he drove away, we talked with one of our neighbors, Andrew! He was really nice and wants to go caving this next weekend with us! 

On Friday we were in Arkansas all day for a leadership meeting and I got to see a lot of amazing missionaries! On Saturday, our temple trip was cancelled, so we had nothing scheduled the whole day! We were able to meet a lot of cool people and have lessons with a few of our Chinese investigators. Hannah's lesson was so great! That was the most spiritual lesson I have ever had! We had a really good discussion about faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. She had a lot of great questions and was finally able to recognize the holy ghost! I could almost see Heavenly Fathers finger touch her heart during that lesson. Hopefully we can set a date for her to be baptized soon! We also got a lot of people together to play dodgeball on Saturday. Everyone knows how uncoordinated I am now. It was worse than dodge ball at the mission conference! People like to bring up how great of a dodge ball player I am ;) 

Sunday was great and a lot of less actives were at church! We also went to dinner with Bishop and his family. He invited a lot of the YSA members and we got to hold his puppies!
Bishop is gone next week, so the email shouldn't be as long next time! I have never had such a fun week before! I am so grateful to be serving here! I hope and pray that you all will have a great week! 

Love, Sister Jacobsen

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