So you know how when you go on a mission say...in the middle of the U.S., and it is supposed to get super cold? Well, so far, that has not been the case for me. It has been in the 40's most of the winter but then, here and there, randomly dropping to 2 degrees the next day.
We went to a Catholic Church service this Sunday with one of the people we've been working with. It was a very unique experience for me since I had not been to a Catholic service before. It was good to see how people of other faiths worship, and good to see some of the similarities and differences in Christianity. We had an investigator come to church with us this Sunday, and it was awesome to have him join us. He is super close to baptism, just trying to work some things out.
Elder Lete and I had the opportunity to go to the Bismark ND Temple. We went on P-day and a member drove us the 7 hours it takes to get there from here--it was a really good experience. We didn't get any sleep because neither of us could sleep in the car very well. It was well worth it though. We got to do temple work for a lot of people. The best part was sealing the families together..it was an awesome experience. I didn't think that I would ever get the chance to go to the temple on my mission, feeling like I'd likely never serve in ND.
Valentines Day this year will likely be like any other day. I mean, back home I don't think I ever really had a "Valentine" but there was always that hope/thought in the back of your head that someone might give you something anyway. (A Charlie Brown moment.) This year there won't even be that. Haha!
Transfers are coming up next week, my companion and I are thinking that he will get transferred out because he has been here for 7 months...guess we will see what happens. I have no idea if I'll stay here or not, there is a lot going on with where missionaries are serving and for some reason, I don't feel like I'll stay in Marshall--just have to see.
Mother and family...you will never escape my socks! I have placed them all over the house in spots you would never even think of looking, then one day you'll do some deep cleaning and voila! Hahaha! You are now forced to do so!
The 3D image/ultrasound pic of Caitlin's baby looks as she would say, "totes fat," which is good because even if the baby is homely, chubby babies are cuter than non-chubby babies, right? =) Haha! JK, I'm excited to see him.
Thanks for the package it was awesome to receive! It's easy to feel alone out here because we are on the outskirts of our mission and the closest missionaries are 2 hours away. It was very nice to feel that my companion and I are cared for and remembered. I feel like my patience has really been tried lately and the so the care package was a nice pick-me-up and reminder to be forgiving, patience and understanding with others.
Dad will be pleased to learn I am picking up the local accent rather well, and learning all sorts regional substitutes for words--like "ooofta" is something you say when you get hurt. Question...does Laurie happen to have a brother/cousin that lives in Marshall or the surrounding area? There is a Spitzenburger on our ward list--just curious.
Well, It's time I get going. Love you all a ton and miss you, Hope you have a great week!