Happy Easter Greene Branch!
Thank you for the Easter box and notes! It totally brightened my day to hear from all of you :)
I will send a letter soon!
|Happy Easter! <3 Sister Duenas <notice the Star Trek hand greeting...lol. |
And the funny looking stuffed animal is a teddy bear dressed as the Easter Bunny>
Oh my goodness, I have no idea how you can come up with so many different questions week after week! Haha. Well, I guess you do work for the (blank) so it makes sense 8P
I love the (Greene) Branch chili cook off! OF COURSE YOU WON!! Mwah-hahahaha! That’s my Mom – takin’ over the world with her awesome cookin’ :)
Poor Sister Missionary though, not liking chili
<Note: the Sister Missionaries and the Elders in the Greene Branch were the chili judges, and one of the Sister Missionaries does not like chili, but she was a trooper having to taste 12-13 different chili’s>.
They don’t have ‘Linger Longers’ out here in Oregon. They have only one church activity each quarter.
<Note: ‘Linger Longers’ is an activity that the Greene Branch (in New York) holds every 3rd Sunday of the month after church that is basically a dish-to-pass. It builds unity and strengthens relationships in the Branch.>
Advice: Daikon= icky, coulda asked me that. People are very health conscious out here in Oregon. I have had: humus, daikon, squash, no butter, coconut, cherry, bananas, no meat soup or sandwiches, etc.
<Note: Sister Duenas has eaten many of these foods before, but apparently they are served quite frequently in Oregon, and she does not enjoy cherries>.
Dinners here are the same members for the most part every month. We usually have a full dinner week and the next maybe 2 or 3 and then it's full again.
Sister West and I are going to start having dodgeball tournaments every other Saturday for all 10 and up. We will see how it goes. Our first one is May 10th.
<Note: Sister Duenas' last companion (Sister Clove) was transferred to Medford on 04/21/2014. Her new companion is Sister West.>
|Sister West and Sister Duenas|
We have interviews with President Young after every Zone Conference, so every other transfer. The interview with President Young is a time for us to discuss things with him and ask him questions as opposed to the other way around (him questioning us).
As a missionary, we must be well-rounded in all of our skills. There is a person out here who collects things and then has a HUGE yard sale. This person recycles the copper found in wire, but stripping the wire. That is how I learned to strip wire :)
This last district Meeting we talked a lot about goals and keeping ourselves accountable to them.
I loved the Faith & Repentance (Relief Society) lesson too! In Grants Pass, Sister Nielsen and I taught it. It went great! There was lots of participation and learning.
Yes, I am excited about my 6-month anniversary (of being a missionary) :) Now, I technically have just a year left on my mission. In terms of 6-month periods, it is so short!
We try to do 1 hour of tracting every day, but usually it is just 3-4 hours a week since we have a lot of people (potentials, investigators and less actives) to visit.
The University of Oregon is in the Young Single Adult area, so we don’t tract there. I haven’t run into my cousin yet though
<Note: Sister Duenas has a 2nd cousin who lives in Eugene and is not LDS and she has never met him>
My Atonement talk was pretty choppy and all over the place, but I’m glad you liked it nonetheless.