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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ephesians 2 - Fitly Framed Together (11/03/2014)

Hey Mommy,
So since we had to chauffeur the other sisters in our area around for P-Day I didn't have time to write your letter :(  They ran out of miles for the month so they couldn't drive until Saturday when their miles get renewed. So, here's a pic of ma face for you instead <3

In ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) that we had just last Friday, yep right on Halloween, we had this great scripture to focus on. It's Ephesians 2:19-22.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;
21 In whom the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an inhabitation of God through the Spirit.
We focused on the part that says "fitly framed together". We related this to our missions and how we as servants of the Lord need to be working together. That message in itself is pretty great, but then you look up the meaning of the word "fitly" and it gets even more AWESOME!!! Fitly means "of a suitable quality, standard or type to meet the required purpose; having the requisite qualities or skills to undertake something competently". 
Isn't that awesome?! When we all (and this doesn't just go for missionaries) work together as a body fitly framed together we can literally do anything when we put ourselves in the Lords hands.
We will be giving a temple tour to one of our investigators too tomorrow so that'll be nice and super spiritual! And we have the temple maintenance president guy to help us out in telling her about it so that'll be nice. It's so great having the temple so close.
Also could you pray for one of our investigators? We are going to be inviting her to baptism this week....Prayers would be nice :)

Those pictures <of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" movie to be released in 2015> are just too funny. And you're right in both accounts. I think it's a bit funny but also I am mortified that someone is using these precious characters so dreadfully. Jane Austen is rolling in her grave, I just know it.
This isn't quite how I remember it <the Pancit> looking, but it tasted good to me and my companion and the Elders.
Sister Duenas made Pancit for District Meeting
The wok was a bit small for it and we forgot a lid, but other than that it was pretty easy. The wok was so small that, even though I stirred it at the slowest pace possible, it just got everywhere! Haha...oops, but at least it was super fun to make. I followed the recipe exactly so I don't know what happened. It was rather bland to my taste. Everyone liked it though. None of them had ever had it before. When I first mentioned it all I had to say was I'm going to cook something and they were all for whatever it was. 
These Elders don't care what it is as long as they get food :) So silly. They're like little puppies. 
So here's basically how the conversation went when I initially mentioned making Pancit for District Meeting:
Me - Hey Elders, I'm thinking of making some food for next district...
Elders1 - (before I could finish) You cook? Sweet! Yeah totally.
Me - Yeah I'm gonna make...
Elders1 - (to other Elders) hey Sister Duenas is going bring food next time!
Elders2 - Really? Sweet food!
Me - Yeah I got this Guamanian dish...
Elders1 - oh sweet, Islander food! Yeah you bring and we'll eat it. Thanks Sister.
Me - (finally given up) Yeah no problem. Later Elders.   **Me thinking - guess they don't care what it is, and I could be making something completely gross and they wouldn't even know** sigh, Elders.

The ward here had a trunk or treat on Halloween night, but it was at 630 and we had to be in our apartments by 6, so we couldn't go. But that's ok, since the members are giving us all their extra candy anyways ;)    

Some things I saw and did on Halloween :
Passed this awesomely decorated haunted house
Tortured, I mean, made a dog pretty in a Santa Paws costume - at the request of her owner of course :)
Followed the "Ghostbusters" on the way back home. Safest I've ever felt on my mission <smirk, wink> ;)
For Service this week, we will be doing more temple grounds work on Tuesday and we have some more wood splitting is in store and we might be helping with some demolition next week as well. Lots of fun stuff. 
The wood splitting is for an older couple preparing for winter. They've got tons of wood. We got a wood-splitter and they won't let us Sisters handle the machinery. More like the boys want to play with their toys ;) So, we Sisters stack the wood. And apparently I do such a great job at it that everyone else just chucks the wood at me and let's me put it all into place. They don't want to use their brain that early in the morning to make sure everything fits and is secure. I'm happy to do it, but my back always kills me when we are finished. Last time we stacked five rows deep of wood and about 12 feet across, and 5 and half feet tall. Lots of wood. Ok, well actually, Elder Pease, the Senior Missionary, handles the machine, while the Elders lift the wood onto it and carry the split wood (or pitch it) to me. Sister Hall takes care of the smaller pieces and puts them on a wagon, which is also dragged to me and stacked.

Okie dokes. I gots to go now :(
TTM! <3<3<3

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