Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

President Lewis presented me with a birthday cake.
 Hahaha, the snow is melting!  My birthday last Monday was awesome.  FHE with the singles ward last week is the same as being at the one at home. We are celebrating Sis. Wright’s birthday today.

Last week was hectic.  We had district meeting on Tuesday and then Zone Conference on Wednesday and then had a break before going to the Nashville Tribute concert which was amazing!  All of our investigators came; even a less active who was a DNC came.  Oh, and we met all of the band members, they were really nice and the concert was a lot of fun!

Our investigators are slowly progressing.  Saturday we went tracting and had little success, we even had a door slammed and locked on us. 
President & Sister Cannon with me at the concert
This week flew by so fast that I have not had a chance to think about how each day went.  Something that made me laugh is on Friday we were visiting a member and her kid locked her out because she wouldn't give him popcorn.  LOL  Another funny thing is my companion recorded me walking in the snow, I look ridiculous.

Something that touched my spirit is I have currently been struggling to be sincere with each prayer I say, so it was kind of interesting when we went to a member’s house for dinner and she had had the same problem; she helped counsel me about it.
 
This week I am honestly looking forward to Thanksgiving because the members we are eating with are just a warm, kind family.  They really make you feel like you are home.  They are an awesome family.  Afterwards, we are visiting with members.
Nashville Tribute

Sis. Wright and I are doing fine.  We are hoping to stay another transfer with each other.  We are currently studying teaching skills and recognizing the Spirit.

A little favor to ask, could you please make a Christmas CD that we can listen to?

Have a great week!

Love ya!

Sis. Donner




Monday, November 17, 2014

21st Birthday!


Hey Mom,

So today has been an awesome day so far.  Sis. Wright sang happy birthday to me, so that was
awesome.  I opened the package you sent, and I love everything!  Thank you so much!  Sis. Wright and I are doing great!  The district is fine.  We are going to play hide and seek for my b-day. Lol

YES, IT SNOWED A LOT!  According to everyone that lives here, it never snows this early.

So, hahaha, our week was funny, interesting, and really cold.  It was -7 degrees yesterday morning, and we had a meeting.  The weather has been in the 30’s or below.  We have tried to be as careful as possible when driving because the roads here are completely covered in ice.  I will just tell you now; I have slipped in the ice 3 times already.  We've had some crazy experience in the snow.

First, we accidentally drove the car into a small ditch.  It was pretty funny and embarrassing, all at the same time.  LOL Luckily some member was close by and helped us get out.  The second thing that happened in the snow happened that very same day when we.  When we got home we thought we were just going to be able to go inside.  Nope!  The back truck wouldn't close, so it took us till 12am to close it.  We succeeded only after we un-melted the lock to the truck that has frozen.  Needless to say, we were exhausted.  So that happened Saturday night, so on Sunday I was sleepy.  During one of the talks, the power went out for the rest of the meeting. LOL it was so funny.  The rest of the speakers did fine just speaking louder without the microphone.

Our investigators are doing well.  Dustin in the newest one and he is slowing progressing. He said the prayer the first time we asked him.

So my least favorite day was Friday because it snowed. We had to spend four hours just shoveling a pathway so we could get out. Not FUN!

My favorite part of last week was Saturday, minus the evening, because we were able to see a DNC (Do Not Contact) person who was really nice and let us in.  This area is just awesome.

So I told you all of the funny moments except yesterday in ward council.  Sis. Wright announced, “It’s Sis. Donner’s birthday tomorrow.”  I nearly died.

That has been my week!

Love Ya!

Sis. Donner

video


Side note:  A member took the time to send a video and picture of Nicki and wrote, “She is getting lots of love!  The missionaries are having cake and playing games at the church and then for FHE tonight for the singles branch we are celebrating with her by having a cake.  She is well loved!”

I learned why you don't shovel snow in your workout clothes.

This is how we dressed Saturday night to get the trunk unstuck.



Sis. Wright took pictures of me opening my birthday package:


Monday, November 10, 2014

Awesome Week!

My week was awesome and exhausting.


I got the stamps and the package, thank you so much.
It is really cold in the mornings and it is rumored that Thursday we should be getting some snow.

What I meant when I said that I needed an adapter for my camera was that I needed an SD card reader, but thanks for the other stuff you sent.

I love all the wards I am in; they are all pretty big.  We actually have a couple of investigators.  James who is 18 and is golden.  Then there is Kevin who knows everything we teach is true, but has a WOW problem.  Then we have Dustin who seems to want to learn more.  So those are just a few.

Sis. Wright and I are just fine.  I think she is one of my favorite companions.  She doesn’t get mad easily or impatient.  She loves taking pictures and likes having fun.  She remembers small details I tell her and she is always smiling.  I sent a picture of me and Sis. Wright.

So, I don’t think there was a bad part of last week, hahaha, well, except yesterday because my legs were really sore from a service project we did on Saturday.  I basically had a really restless night and a really bad dream, but I did stay awake for all three sacraments, I am just really hungry during them.

Something that made me laugh happened yesterday when we were coming out of our dinner appointment.  It is pitch black outside and I couldn’t see a thing, so I am trying to be as careful as possible, but I ended up stumbling into a dark hole.  I had to laugh at myself.

Something that touched my spirit is how wonderful this district works together and accepts everyone.

I am actually not having too many struggles here, I guess the one struggle is not being trunky.  I did receive my travel papers and I was hoping I wouldn’t have to fly home…I get air sick.

I will email you as soon as I know when the Christmas call will happen and what to do.  Hahaha It will be really weird seeing everyone and knowing I will have two month left after Christmas.

I gotta go now!

Love ya!


Sis. Donner

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween in Middleton

Thanks for all the Halloween pictures, they are really cute.  This week has been totally awesome and exhausting.  We had three service projects this week raking up leaves and it was a blast!

I think my favorite day of this week was Saturday, even though it rained all stinkin’ day, we still had fun tracting.  First we had Super Saturday with the relief society and then we went on a tracting blitz with the district.

Halloween Night
My least favorite day was yesterday, Sunday, because we got up at 5 in the morning even though our phone said it was 6.  We attend all three wards Sacraments, but we leave early to go visit people.

A lot of funny things happened this week.  One, I almost slipped in a puddle, but I caught myself.  Two, while role playing one of the elders pretended to be an older lady and in the role play they completely forgot the name of the older lady and said a differ name.  This district is going to be fun.  There are 11 missionaries in our district and another set of sisters.

Something spiritual that happened was Sis. Wright was able to answer on of the questions I had on the atonement and she explained it in a really awesome way.  I had been told in previous priesthood blessing to study the atonement, and I never really knew why.

Super Saturday
Ok, about my new companion, She is 22 and has already graduated from BYU.  She is paying for her own mission.  She is the fifth of 8 kids.  She wants to be strictly obedient which is awesome!  She knows how to dance and she loves music just like me.  She is very easy to get along with and she is very creative.

It’s weird to know that I only have 5 months left and that I will be turning 21 soon.  I have no idea what I want for my b-day.

Gotta go,
Sis. Donner

Transferred!

October 27th  

Sorry it has taken me so long to email today, I have had a long day.  I did get transferred and I am now serving in Middleton.  We went in a van from Nampa to a transfer spot in Caldwell and then to Middleton.  It took almost an hour getting there.  It has been a good change so far.  My new companions name is Sis. Wright and has 9 months left.  She has an Hawaiian complexion and she is really pretty. She is really nice, she is originally from Hawaii and she is all about obedience.  I love it!!!!

A couple of people from my zone were transferred, but not that many.  Sis. Fonua is not with another Tongan sister.  She is from South Carolina and has been out a couple of transfers.

This past week was not that eventful and not fun.
Our investigator is doing fine.

Nieder Family
It rained all day on Thursday, so we didn’t get much done.
My cold is slowly leaving and I have literally been out of it, like I said, it wasn’t a really good week.  We did have a good day on Saturday.  I was able to visit some members and say good bye.


In my new area we cover three wards, so we are going to be kept pretty busy.  We have a car and a cd player in the car. She is a good driver. The members switch off feeding us.  I don’t know any of the Elders in my new area, but they are very friendly.

Johnson Family
Something that touched my spirit on Sunday was how many people on Sunday told me how much I had touched their lives.

Something that made me laugh was last night I threw a pillow at Sis. Fonua because she was being a pill.  She wasn’t ready for it and it scared her. Lol  Now that I’m gone I don’t have to worry about her retaliating.

I did get the packages you sent.  Thanks!



I gotta go,

Sis. Donner

What my room looked like the night before I left Nampa, Idaho









Blah Week...

October 20th

My week in one word was Blah!  I was sick two days in a row.  My cold is so-so.  It is there, but it is to the point I can just ignore it. My headaches are caused from the wind, and because it is cold in the morning and hot during the afternoon.

The talk I gave last week was on the Holy Ghost.  I can talk clearly now, but I still can’t look up for that long.  I was lightheaded the whole time because I wasn’t feeling well.

I have been struggling this week with not being discouraged and not being busy and trying to understand my role right now, so at church yesterday and throughout the day I was asked to say the prayer like 5 times.  The sacrament talks that were given were about spiritual strength and physical strength, so that was awesome.  Another awesome thing we were able to do last night was go to a fireside where Joseph Smith’s great, great, great, great granddaughter spoke.  It was really cool and informative.

My least favorite part of last week was Wednesday because I was really sick.  I was not a happy camper. We had a district meeting and our interview was that day. My interview with President was good.  We talked about which person in the book of Mormon I admire most, and I said Ammon
My favorite part of last week was Thursday, we pretty much had a chill day and visited members.
Something that made me laugh this week was a little girl named Lauren was eating her snack and then looked over at me, and then came over and started feeding me her snack. lol

Our investigator Liz is great!  We did not get to teach her last week, and this week we actually get to teach her at her house, so that is awesome.

We have transfer calls this weekend on Saturday, and Trunk or Treat to look forward to for next week.

Have a great week!

Love ya,
Sis. Donner