Monday, July 6, 2015

Week 11 - Happy Belated Fourth!

What a fun 4th! Looks like a ton of people were there. That's awesome. I didn't realize how much i actually love 4th of July. We had a pretty fun day though as well. We went to the ward picnic on Lake Winneconne. So beautiful. It was hot, hot, hot! And just super muggy. It had a really great turn out though. We enjoyed playing ladderball and catch with the members and just visiting with them. Bro. Whiting's wife (non-member), came out, which was very exciting!! She's seriously one of the prettiest women I've ever met. We then went and tried to see some people, but no one was home :( We did get to see Sis. Moffitt, which is always a good time. Love that lady. That afternoon was a blast. We got together with a couple sets of missionaries and some members and had a BBQ/ s'mores/ volleyball. It was awesome. Felt like I was just hanging out with friends. Which was nice. Ended the evening by enjoying some fireworks on our drive home:)

happy fourth! basically the loves of my life.

winnebago ysa sisters sister lamprecht (super fresh. just out of the mtc this transfer), 
sister gifford, yours truly, and sister straight

Oh. And this past week we were on foot for 3 days. Haha. That was an adventure. You know how Sis. Straight hit a rock like a month ago? Yeah, so it finally went into the shop to get fixed and in the meantime we were left to walking. Dang. Talk about unproductive. I just felt like we got nothing done cause it took so long getting from place to place! It was okay though. Now I'm super skinny and tan. Just kidding. But it was nice to get some good exercise! Not envious of walking missionaries though #blessed

Other than that our week was pretty good! We've been working really hard to get new people to teach and it's honestly exhausting, but it's so worth it. We're not really sure what's up with Fonda. The whole situation is kind of sketchy. We were able to get another appointment in a member's home with her, we texted her the morning of and she said she had to cancel b/c she had to take her daughter to emergency room. Yikes. Of course we understood. But then on our way home that afternoon we were walking kind of by where her house is and we saw her all dressed up walking down the street with some guy...who is not the boyfriend we thought she had. Then we stopped by a couple days later and she came to the door in tears and told us her grandmother was passing that day, but told us to come back later that evening. We went, but she wasn't there. We've since texted her a couple times and no reply. So we're not totally sure what's up there...

We did go back and see Quincy. Oh Quincy. First of all it was awesome because we found out he's been reading every day since we last saw him. Yay! But he still refuses to make it to church. He just kept saying how hard it was to get going in the morning and how he never used to be a complainer, but now that he has MS everything is "just hard". I might have exploded if he said how hard his life was one more time during that lesson. I was getting so upset, but trying to be compassionate at the same time.  We have a member of our ward who has MS and has cancer and is going through chemo and she comes to church every single week. Life is hard, Quincy.  I mean, I get it, I can't imagine what he's going through. But this world is full of people who have hard things going on and he's letting his MS define who he is, when he should be looking at this trial as an opportunity to refine himself. But who am I to talk. (also, shout out to Amanda Garlock for teaching me about refining vs. defining ourselves-- I use that ALL the time). We have this really ugly piece of cardboard on our apartment wall, but I love what's written on it. It says, "It's good to know how to do hard things". I love that. Hard things test our faith and devotion to our Savior and Heavenly Father. Makes us better. 

We're just working our tails off here and praying and fasting to see the fruits of our labors. Hope that y'all have the best week! Much love.

Sister Quist

Had to get a pic with this (go knights!)
Oh yeah. Sis. Straight was done being the driver so now I'm driving around. This is me filling out the miles report.