Monday, June 1, 2015

Arkansas Bentonville Mission - May 18, 2015

Hey everyone! 

Surprise announcement- I'm switching missions! 
Well... the mission name is changing and the mission home and office are changing. But that is all. Everything else will stay the same. Bentonville is a lot more central so the Mission President can see the missionaries more and also be away from home more. They have been working on getting this passed for the last 3 years. I'm pretty excited about it. It will all change July 1st when President Loveland comes in. It won't be the ONLY TRUE MISSION anymore but we'll think of something. :) We are going out with a bang so we have crazy goals we are trying to meet every week but they are great. The members are really great at helping us accomplish them. 

This week has been pretty busy. We are still trying to meet everyone. It's hard because our area is so big and we only have a certain number of miles. We don't ever make it out to Buffalo because it is so far away. We are hoping that Tuesday will be our Buffalo Day where we can have lessons with that neck of the woods on one day. We are hoping we get more miles but I don't know if we will. 

Our baptism got moved to this upcoming Saturday because of Stake Conference plus all the other meetings throughout the day. Stake Conference was really good. Elder Frost from the Seventy spoke at the adult session Saturday and the normal session on Sunday. The other speakers were great too. I have been to springfield 3 times this week because of conference and zone training on Thursday. Lots of travel time. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the stake center from our apartment. Luckily we have had members drive us out there. 

Zone training was great. We all had to write 2 christ-like attributes we wanted to work on and share them with President Shumway during our interviews. It has been great to reflect on them and work on them more everyday. Interviews went really well. President Shumway is really great. 

Saturday Night/Sunday morning we woke up to tornado sirens at 2 am. It was really scary because we didn't know what to do. We looked outside and everyone is running to the building across from ours so we get dressed and go talk to people. They all just hide in the laundry room. But it was great because we got to find out where the laundry room actually was and we met people from our apartment. the warning was over in an hour so we just went back to bed after that. I couldn't sleep very well for the rest of the night so I kept falling asleep all day Sunday. 

The food is really good. Nothing foreign so far. We have had lots of Mexican, 3 times in 2 days. Lots of meat and potatoes as well. I enjoy it! Our meal calendar has been pretty full and this next week is full for dinners. That's great! 

We were driving out to a dinner appointment in the middle of nowhere and we are on this dirt road, we found a fish! In the middle of the road missing its eyes! It was hilarious. We totally got out of the car to take pictures. How does a fish show up in the middle of the road?

I think that is all the funny stories for now! The people here are quite entertaining. There are also a lot of people here who have been offended so they won't come to church but they have strong testimonies of the gospel. The church is always true even if the people aren't. We all make mistakes in our life but we need to forgive others. Don't let someone else hold you back from being happy. 
I love you all so much! I miss everyone like crazy but it is great to stay busy! 

Sister Frederickson

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