Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hello Hartford!

Whew! A lot has happened this week...again!
Another day by day would be the best:
Monday- Packed, got lost in Old Stone Fort (never trust an Elder to guide you), and said goodbye.
Tuesday- Got up bright and early to go to Franklin for meetings and more meetings. There I received my second daughter Sister Talbert from Delta, UT. We decided to go on a mission at the same time, but she just barely turned 19 so she had to wait a little bit. She is just wonderful and has all the cutest sister missionary gear from Downeast Outfitters and the Sister Missionary Mall. And all I have are cheap skirts from the Attic Outlet.
The journey to Hartford just spelled adventure. They gave us a car, gave us an address, and said good luck. So I loaded the car with our luggage, a half asleep trainee, and a sometimes working GPS. We are a result of miracles still happening because we made in through Nashville and all the way to Hartford. It  was about 5:30pm by the time we made it and we found ourselves at the BEST apartment in the mission. I'm not just saying that, it truly is the best apartment. The branch had a welcoming party for us and I just fell in love with the members here.
Wednesday- We journeyed to district meeting which was a good hour and a half away. We had to wait during a 2 hour baptismal interview because the Elders were riding with us. By that time we had dinner and went out with Sister Pieper (the ward mission leader's wife) and visited some of the less actives and returning members.
Thursday- Had a grand ole time during our missionary work. Everyone is pretty spread out around here so that equates to a lot of miles and minutes. It is like being back in Idaho again!
Friday- Another day of missionary-ing and breaking Sister Talbert in.
Saturday- A very long meeting with the ward mission leader in the morning, Facebook, studying, and tracting in the afternoon, and then the Relief Society broadcast in the evening. We watched the broadcast at a member's home. She is remodeling and the house took me back to my beloved England. The member has a son out on a mission and one of the senior ladies was trying to play matchmaker. What's sad is that that's not the first time nor will it be the last.
Sunday- Attended our 2 hour long branch. The testimony meeting theme was missionary work and the impromptu combined lesson was also on missionary work. Seriously, I love this branch! Even though it is an old Baptist building and has stained glass windows.....adds character right?
I just love being here in Hartford. I'm excited for the challenge of building the investigator pool here and working with these members who are so willing to do missionary work. It is all a part of our covenants that we make and covenants were the theme for the Relief Society broadcast. I loved what Sister Burton said about how we keep our covenants is a gauge for the love we have for the Savior. WILL YOU recommit yourself to the covenants you have made? Covenants bring power.
Well, that's my crazy life in a nutshell. I am so, so, so excited for General Conference this weekend! We will be watching it at the same time (:
Love Sister Neener (:

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