Monday, December 15, 2014

Sista B signing out

okay this is too crazy! this is my last email to you guys as a missionary. i am almost a return missionary.....what. okay okay lets just go over what went down this week. day by dayyyyy!

monday: we went bowling for pday! my last pday ever!!! i think ima go to the stake center on mondays though and play with the elders and sisters that weird? guys i was tearing it up at bowling. like so good! i got 129 my first game. i beat EVERYBODY!!! then i sucked my last time. but it was still soo fun. the bowling alley was connected to hooters so we had to shield the elders eyes as we walked by. i got a letter from sis ballard and it made me so trunky/wanna puke with nervousness. lol im so dummmmmmmmmmmmmb! 

tuesday: we went to asl class in the morning and learned how to say my purpose. i will definitely be showing that to you guys on wednesday. then we went and saw sister lundby and admired her collection of nut crackers. then we had an appointment with a man named paul. he told us that he had been taking the lessons for years but just got off track and now he is ready to get back to church! such a miracle. then we had dinner with my favorite family (probably one of my fave in the whole mission) the rubens! omg i just love them and their kids are so cute and they are so funny and they met on their mission. cute! after we saw aaron and dean squeezed our head!! i love aaron and his family.

wednesday: i had my last zone meeting ever. a lot of "lasts" this week :( the trainings were super good though. one on the atonement....ugh you guys ILOVEJESUS!!!! he is the best thing that has ever happened....EVER! i could not have made it without the knowledge of his grace and forgiveness. because i am so imperfect its nuts. then they talked about being consecrated missionaries. its about sacrifice. the mission is sacrifice and what a great sacrifice it is! then i had to give my "dying testimony". it came so natural...even though bearing my testimony in public freaks me out i was just able to TESTIFY!!! afterwards the district went out to lunch at dennys and elder merrell bought my lunch...ugh so nice! that night we went to say goodbye to the lavalle family. i love those kids so much and hope they will remember me and the things we tried to teach them. then we had to go on exchanges with the sister training leaders...i went with sis whitmore to her area.

thursday: i was on exchanges. in the morning we went and helped some recent converts clean their house. then we tracted and tracted. exactly what i wanted to do!!! tracting is actually really fun. maybe ill go for kicks and giggles when i get home! we had dinner with the cutest family and the wife decorated her house sooo cute. i shoulda took pictures. last exchange on the mission. 

friday: we saw marissa and her puppies! shes great and came to the ward party this weekend. i really hope she gets baptized soon. that would be awesome. then we went tracting again!!! yeeee. that day i was planning on packing up most of my things...which i was doing. then AP elder hales called. so since there are 19 sisters going home this week and only 3 coming in...there are alot of changes that have to be made in the mission. so he called and told us that the sisters from the neighboring ward would be covering avra valley as well. QUE STRESSSS!!! you know what that means. in addition to freaking out about coming home we have to: both pack now and say goodbye to people, talk to the other sisters and give them our area book/talk about every person that we are working with, clean the whole house perfectly--- 7 years of missionaries crap in that house and it all has to be gone. yeah i was trippin. then we had dinner with the gibsons haha.

saturday:we had the ward christmas party in the morning. it was really good and a great turn out. me and mags bought matching pajamas so obvi we were the hit of the party. we told everyone that we were both leaving the area and a lot of people were real sad about it...that makes me feel good because that means i am so fun! when we got home we just cleaned and cleaned. then we went to say bye to all the people. ugh i hate goodbyes because i love people just so darn much! that night after dinner we went caroling as a district! it was so fun and everybody loved it...people just dont go caroling anymore. then we got calls from president about transfers. mags is going back to her birth area to be in a trio! she was soooo pumped because that means she will know a lot of people for christmas. then president to me "sister butcherite, you are going home and i see in your future a tall, dark, handsome, smart, wealthy man in a car." there you have it ladies and gentle men....he cannot tell a lie!!! soooo fun!!!

sunday: church was really good and i said bye to a lot of people and they expressed their love and wishes to me returning home. then we went and spent the day saying goodbye to all my avra valley lovelies. at 6 our ward went tunnel caroling! it was really fun and we all sang loud and proud! bishop patten had me say the closing prayer....ugh its so sad! 

okay now for the mush and gush of the email. 18 months. this has been the best 18 months of my life! going on a mission has been the best thing of my entire life. the best decision i have ever made was choosing to serve the lord and his children. i have learned and grown more in these 18 months that i have at any other period of time. i have learned to love more that i can imagine. every person i have come in contact with on my mission, i have genuine christlike love for them! its a hard thing to love so much. i now know just a fraction of the love that heavenly father has for his children. it is sooo much. the members, less actives, investigators and fellow missionaries. i love them all and they all have a piece of my heart for real though. arizona you got me forever. i will never regret being on the lords errand and helping him in his bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all men. he lives to bring us home to him and its a honor to help him. my testimony of the gospel and mission of jesus christ is the biggest difference ive seen in myself. this church is truly christ church on the earth, with the fullness and joy and power! it makes sense in every way. i know the book of mormon is true. i have read it everyday of my mission and love that i have been able to testify of it the last 570 days. read it plz! prayer is a mighty thing and i dont think i would have been able to make it if i didnt know i had a loving heavenly father listening and comforting me. the atonement and love of our savior jesus christ is what will bring us home to god. the atonement can enable us to do things we dont think we can. it can rid us of the stains and pains of mistakes we have made. we are not perfect and i can call myself out as a prime example of imperfection...if it wasnt for the atonement i would be nothing. these last 18 months have been the hardest, funnest, and most rewarding times of my life. i love my mission, i love arizona, i love this gospel. i want to thank everyone that i have met out here and for allowing me to be apart of your lives. i want to thank all my family and friends back home that have continued to give me your love and support. i love you all. i especially want to thank my mom and dad. if it wasnt for them i wouldnt even be on a mission! you are my rocks!!! i love you guys so much and cant wait to hug you in 2 day!!! welllllp. this is it. 18 months over and done with. i love you allllllll and cant wait to see you. sista b signing out! duces!
sister jennifer butcherite

pepperoni for lunch

be carfl going down the hill

lavalles...theyre crazy

hey sannnntttttaaa

aaron and dean

doug!!!! the legend

frost kids....can you tell it was self timer. nahhh

the rubens. my faves!

the gibsons

i will live by this quote

heather!!! i love this girl so much!!! shes in the middle obvi

we found glow sticks cleaning out the house!!! butch and mags!

                                                for real doe how cute is the ruben family?

we are soooo fun!

Monday, December 8, 2014

ill be home for christmas

lol literally all i wanna do i hold you all in my arms right now. but soon enough!!!! ugh this week was hard! probs that hardest on my mission...just because of me and my thoughts and ahhhhh i want to turn my brain off and just hit cruise control for these next 9 days. too much thinking...i wish i was a boy or something. LOLOLOLOL! so on monday we went to the zoo! it was so fun and i love animals bc theyre cute and they dont judge. right?! then we went to sports but no one was doing anything. seee yaaa!!! after dinner we went to see the burns. they are returning to church! its so great to see less actives come back....its just like baptism! conversion all over again. on tuesday we went to asl class where i learned how to say funeral potatoes and Porto rico in sign language. it would be so fun to contact a deaf person though! we met with sandy that afternoon and read the book of mormon. she is finally out of the Isaiah chapters so we can actually help her understand hahha. we talked more about baptism and she said she is ready to talk to her kids about it! but then she said she is still drinking that coffee. -__________- yeah that has definitely got to get cleared up stat! we walked around and contacted people for a bit but no takers. dang! that night our relief society had a christmas activity. it was really good! talked a lot about baby jesus and him being our gift this christmas. seriously guys, he is the greatest gift that anyone of us can receive. EVER! we wouldnt be able to accomplish much with out him and it all started with his mortal birth...which is why we celebrate this time of year! After wards we saw What a great guy! His autistic son was eating banana peals all night hahahah so funny. Aaron said some really nice things to me that night. Just how I have been able to touch him and his family and that every new missionary that comes into his house gets him one step closer to coming back to church! Just come to church aaron!!! Wednesday we had district meeting and elder merrell gave a good training on “don’t drop the beans”. We have so much potential in this life to do great things and heavenly father knows our eternal possibilities! Don’t drop the beans and discover it! Lol so good! We went to see sami later but she wasn’t home. Lemme tell you this though. The little black girls in that neighborhood love us!!! We gave them a couple book of Mormons and told them to spread the word!! Hahahah theyre cute. After dinner we saw the lavalles. We taught them that contention is of the devil so everytime that they fought we were like “CONTENTION”….el Diablo!!! I think they caught on! Then we went to see heather. Omg I was so emotional that night. Idk why. But we were talking about love and the love that heavenly father has for her and she told us all her feelings and doubt and I just broke down because I love her and I KNOW heavenly father loves her! I just wish everyone could feel his love because if they did then the world wouldn’t be that bad! On Thursday we saw marissa and we talked about her getting baptism! She said she is so down to get baptized but that she wants her son to do it…he lives in Utah! so maybe we can get something to happen soon! that would be a christmas miracle. we also saw doug that day and he showed us all the characters in the power ranger show. friday we went and gave service to the old couple in my ward that remind me of my mom and dad. lol they are so funny and me and mags just laugh all the time at how they talk to each other. then we weekly planned (last one EVER) and saw the frosts that night. they are going on a cruise for christmas! fun. okay now saturday was the funnest day ever. in the morning we went to help dougs mom at a thing where they give out 60lbs of food for 10 bucks. it was a great deal a lot of people got to see us....famous! then we went to a cowboy ranch for the "round up". i wanted to be a real cowboy and castrate a i bucked up and did it!!!! omg it was the grossest most empowering thing of my life. taking man hood from a cow. lol jk. it wasnt that bad. but im a real cow girl now! the video shows it all. after that we had interviews with president passey. it was my final exit interview!!!! crazy. we talked for a long time. i told him about my issues and my freak outs and he was just soooo good as i sat there crying and being dumb. he told me everything i needed to hear and reassured me that nerves are just fine! hes a good guy and i feel privileged to serve with him. on sunday church was real good. at the beginning of sacrament meeting the microphone wasnt wut? but then it turned on right before the sacrament! blessed day. then we helped out in young womens, talking about how the girls can help new members and less actives! be friends!!! we watched the chirstmas trunky for utah. then we went to ward choir because tis the season to sing all the christmas songs! now its all down hill from here you guys! 1 more week to find and teach people the message of the restored gospel. 1 more week to grow spiritually and learn more about my savior and redeemer. 1 more week to explore arizona hahah! 1 more week to miss me! eeeeek i cant believe im coming home! i will write you guys next week. then im outtie for real! have a great week! i love you all.
saguaro national park! fun


ohhhhhh pooor cow

mags branding

after the dirty deed

lol frozen came to arizona i guess. 

sister missionary castrate cow

Monday, December 1, 2014

He knows your heart

okay this week had to be the fastest ever! like ever in the mission. it just went by way to fast! it was a good, hard week though! so monday was pday and we just had sports. our zone isnt too keen on sports so its kinda boring but i get everyone pumped/yell at them till they get up and join! hahah im like hitler and i think some of the elders are legit scared of me. oh well. we had dinner with the best family. the mom is a recent convert and her love and enthusiasm for the gospel is out of this world! i want to grow up and be like her! they were so pumped on missionary work and were like "we are going to invite all of our neighbors to meet with you guys"...ummm yeah okay i LOVE YOU!! i cant wait to be a member missionary when i get home! tuesday we had ASL class in the morning hahah i can teach people the gospel in almost 2 languages. jk i dont even know what im doing half the time, but its fun. that afternoon mags was feeling sick so we came home and she slept and i made soup. cute! im like a mom. then we went to see doug before dinner. omg so there we are and we are lookin though his dragon ball z books, pickin out who were would be if we were on the show, and i just got a promptin like "get to know this kid, who is the man we call doug". no biggie, so i just start asking him question about himself. then BOOM. silence. and he just unloads the biggest stuff about him. it was so special for me. here we are teaching this man about the gospel and heavenly fathers love and we didnt even know his needs. im thankful for the spirit and listening to those promptings because now we will be able to really help him through his struggles. ugh it was awesome! i love this job! we had dinner at one of our ward missionaries house and then after we took their 18 year old son, who is preparing to serve a mission, out with us to see aaron. it was fun because he got to see real life missionary work!! he did really good though and will be a great missionary. i think every future missionary should have to go out with the missionaries to get a real taste! ya feel or wut? on wednesday we had district meeting...elder merrell, ladies and gents, is the best district leader EVER! so we talked about using good language, especially when we teach. so we came up with a list of filler words like "umm, ya know, like, ect" and had to teach a 1 minute principle not using them. omg it was sooo funny! i was being so obnoxious hhahah like everytime some one said one of the words i would be like "STOP!!! START OVER! YOU SAID UM" hhahah i didnt even mess up when it came to my turn though. that night we had dinner with the funnest old couple. omg mom and dad i swear it was you in like 10 years. so im like "can we play a video for you guys?" then the husband is like "of course", then starts the struggle to get the dvd player to work. hahah hes yelling at his wife asking how to work it. she starts complaining that she doesn know then proceeds to dust the tv and dvd player. he like "NANCY, youre in the way. cmon, it doesnt need to be cleaned. i just was like...epiphany....this is my parents. sooo funny! then we saw the lavalle kids, who were just outt control and their hispanic dad yells at them in spanish. so fun!!! on thusday it was thanksgiving!!!! in the morning we joined some elders in playin football. naturally, they passed us the ball in every play and let us be QB. -_________- i touch the ball twice. i suck but like my spiral is pretty decent. we had dinner at the gibsons. i love that family! we helped peel potatoes, then caught marshmallows in our mouths for a solid 30 minutes. dinner was way decent. i missed cookin with you mom! next year, for sure!! then we had dinner number 2 at heathers. it was good, but i was soooo full. we helped cleaned up while listening to christmas music! ugh its christmas time now!! it just keeps me thinking that im gonna be home for christmas!! friday was sooo freakin hot!! like so hot! i think 87 or something. simply stupid and no one was home so thats cool! i needed eggnog that night for sure! fun!  okay so here comes the freak out now. everything is going fast and i dont know if i like it anymore. its legit freak out mode now. i hear everyone talk about it before they go home and im just like "psshhhh CMON GUYS YOURE GOING HOME!!! get pumped. you get to watch tv and see your family and do normal things!" but im the one just like trippin now! its wierd. all i can think about is how im not READY, like prepared to come home. i will def need all your support and will probs just cry a lot so get used to it k? its actually kinda stressin so much i cant eat so like ima be lookin fly. 2 people said i look thinner and im just like "thanks, i havent eaten anything in 52 hours." so ive been feeling this for like a couple of days now and of course been talking it over with the big man upstairs. all about my worries, imperfections and craziness. of course i know hes listening and he can help me with anything, but its hard. then comes saturday, we went to a baptism on the east side for someone that sis mags taught. after wards i was just like "i need a soda stat" so we drive around for a while and mags is like "how about this circle k" yeah okay. so we go in and im getting me some mtdew lol and this guy comes up to me and is like "sister butcherite?" umm yeah "do you remember me" i definitely recognized the was kevin!! who remembers kevin? he goes on "i though it was you!" how are you, kevin?! "im doing really good! ive gone to the temple and have done a ton of baptism and now im preparing to take out my endowments" guys, heavenly father knows you! he hears your prayers and love you more than you can even imagine! he knew that i needed to see kevin and hear how good he is doing. its like i could literally hear heavenly father saying "see sista b, dont be dumb, youve done good things these last 18 months....look at my son. you helped him so much."ugh it was perfect! just sooo good. just for kevin. it was all worth it. on sunday we had to sing in choir and me and mags were so nervous because lemme tell you, practices sounded rough! but it turned out sooo good! the spirit was way strong. then we sang christmas songs all day! eeek i love christmas. okay this was a freakin long email. i love you guys and cant wait to see you all so soon!!! pray i finish strong and faithful!! yeah? thanks. i will email probs the 8 and last on the 15th for my final over and out! 
sista b

lol then we went to the zoo this morning as you can tell from the pictures! it was so fun!

how fun is the library at night!!

16 days my little ryder hahahah

soon seattle...soon

hello mini pony

just chillin wit some jaguars nbd

okay hey tiger

dats a giraffe 


us and elephant lol

Monday, November 24, 2014

t : its a time to give thanks!

what a great week this was. like unreal you guys. so fun and so much good work and miracles. on monday, we just had pday sports at the park but i was just like lol chillin. then at dinner the members gave us each a box of cereal! THANKFUL. then we went to heathers that night and talked about the hope of gods light that we can all have. when we are down and sad...gods light and the atonement of jesus christ is the hope that we have that everything will be alright. when everything is taken away that is all we are left with. hope. on tuesday we walked to an apt with sandy. sis mags said that she likes to walk so i thought it would be fine. we had a good lesson with sandy and read the book of mormon with her. we are in 2 nephi so its like hard to explain something that Isaiah said when i dont really understand either. oh well...ill trust the spirit will speak louder than me! by the time we got home mags was HURTIN!!! like big blisters on her piggy toes. NOT THE PIGGIES!!! i felt so bad. after dinner we were able to see the frosts and aaron. dude, its like 50 degrees at night and im just FREEZING! omg i am going to be suffering when i get back to washington. and then i will just DIE when i get to provo. layer up! on wednesday we had a great district meeting. everyone brought a random object and then elder merrell gave us a number and a gospel principle. we had to get the object and relate it to the principle. the gospel literally relates to EVERYTHING! try it. i double dog dare you!!! we were way into analogies for the rest of the day. we saw our investigators john and barbara that night and our relief socitey president was able to come with us. we had a powerful lesson about the atonement. freak, i am so obsessed with it and our savior. its ridiculous! on thursday we saw doug and his mom gave us a box full of fruits and nice! THANKFUL! we also were able to see sami and every child in the neighborhood was at her house. so we taught them all how to pray. so cute. i love the little children. so cute and innocent. on friday we saw 2 of our investigators...marissa and sandy. these people are so great! i love them and it hurts to see how there is something holding them back. SATAN. im still gonna try and do all that i can to help them progress. then when they do get b-tized ima come and cheer them on!!! wooooooo!!! we got taken out to pizza for dinner. holler. how good is pizza though? saturday was a real good day too! we went on a blitz with the district....we tracted a whole neighborhood! i bet the people were like "ATTACK OF THE MORMONS" hahah it was great. thinking about tracting literally makes me wanna die sometimes but when we get out there and do it, it is actually so fun! you meet the craziest people and have great stories to tell. like the man who opened the door without a shirt....i think he might have been the hairest man on earth. i got a hair ball just lookin at him. but then there are actually people who are interested!!! those are for sure tender mercies of the lord. we saw sami and had 4 little girls from the ward come! so many eager fellowshippers. its great. sami got super quite and scared though, saying shes not sure about church because she sooo scared! plz pray for sami to have courage and to feel the saviors love for her! after dinner we saw the burns and committed the to church. i mean everyone says that theyll try to come to church...but by gollie they were at church the next day. i could hear the hallelujah courses when they walked in! then we saw my favorite grumpiest man bill! hes so fun and we just pick on him and teach him the gospel and stuff! FUNNN! sunday was soooo good! not only were the burns at church but so were 3 of our investigators. miracles! marissa and her son came. as she was leaving she said to us "thank you for inviting us to come to church yesturday." sometimes i just think duh its sunday they should know to come to church! but NO! people need invitations. to quote pmg "people will not likely change, unless they are invited to do so." invite invite invite!!! we went to choir that its fun but like i have no idea whats going on most the time. okay you guys, this week is thanksgiving. i love it because hello, good food and a good time, but lets not forget the real meaning of what thanksgiving is...TO BE THANKFUL! with that said, here are somethings that i am thankful for:
family: forever and always i will love my family and am so thankful for the continual support that they give me. i couldnt make it without you guys. omg i love my mom and dad sooo much. lets hang out for eternity!!! also, huge shoutout to my lil sister and best friend who has written me these last 17 months without fail! I LOVE YOU GADA! smh at jason and jessica...step up the game these last 22 days. jk love you guys tooooo!
friends: i love my friends way too much and you guys make me soooo trunky!!!! i hate that im missing all the fun times with you but the sacrifice is def worth it. big love to brittany, brayden, and brandon who have sent me an email every single week for the last 75 weeks. freak you are the best! i cant wait to see you again and for all the love! LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH! also, im thankful for all the love and support of the friends that read my blog and keep me in their prayers. they are felt, trust me!
mission: oh shooot there are too many things that i am thankful for in this aspect. just everything that ive learned from investigators, less actives, members and fellow missionaries. im thankful for the love of those ive served around and that have taken me in as one of their own children. im greatful that i have been able to be apart of gods work and helping others come unto christ. that will forever be one of the biggest blessings in my life. im grateful for all the ward members and countless dinners ive been fed. seriously that means so much. i love all my mission friends and family. couldnt have made it with out that friendship!
the gospel: who knows where i would be with out this gospel and the influence it has been in my whole life. being lds isnt my is my entire being. its who i am. i know my celestial purpose and identity. prayer and the scriptures have been my anchor and i love that hour i have for personal study everyday. the gospel blesses lives. it blesses families. how has it blessed you? IM MORMON AND I LOVE IT!
i love you guys and sad that i wont be home for this holiday but its that last one!!! then ill be home for chirstmas....eeeek im too pumped. i love you so much!!! SO MUCH! have a great week! BE THANKFUL!
sista b

"To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude in our hearts is to touch heaven." -Thomas S. Monson (The Divine Gift of Gratitude)

harvested cotton thats wassup

"lets jump on the bed and take pics" yeah okay im dumb

Monday, November 17, 2014

running to the finish line!!!

oh hey guys, what the heck is up with yallll? this last week was so crazy and good!! so much fun. so on monday we went and had our last lunch as a district. i will miss them! then we made a movie where we "kill" the dying missionaries. i was in it and slit zealleys throat. lol fun!!!! the rest of the day was spent saying goodbye to people and finishing packing stuff up. we went to the sisters house to sleep over before transfers. me and ballard were up pretty late helping her pack up stuff and yak yak yaking. i will miss her so much! tuesday was transfer day!! saying goodbye to all my fellow missionaries was especially hard this time around. maybe because i was super close to them or because my time is next. its so weird! we played ball at the transfer cite and then me and sis magneson (mags) went back to the west zone to meet the new peeps at sports. theyre....interesting. everythings different and new and change is still hard. but im sure that we will all love each other by the end of the transfer. mags unpacked and made herself at home! on wednesday we had district meeting. elder merrell, my buddy from safford, is my district leader! we go home together so we will encourage with one another these last 4 weeks. we hit up that tbell for lunch. cheap and yummmmy! we didnt have dinner that night but we got a good nap in! then it was the lavalles (crazy children, that takes every thing in me to get in 10 minutes of BOM reading) and heather for the rest of the night. on thursday morning we walked to see barbara and john. they are the cutest old couple. we talked to them about faith and how they can strengthen it. i love teaching that lesson because it reminds me that i have to strengthen mine EVERYDAY! lol then we saw doug....omg he went through every tv show he watches, with every character and every super power they have. it took a solid 1.5 hours. oh doug! love that 24 year old child! isnt it fun how unique and different god made all of his children?! then we saw sami and after weeks and weeks of asking her to pray about coming to church a miracle happened! she said "i got an answer and God told me to give it a try" HALLELUJAH!!!! i was so happy! god answers prayers...everyones! we had ward coorelation that night and everyone got meet mags and we talked about how we can improve and get more investigators. guys, if there is something that you think the missionaries should try and could help...just tell them. every suggestion can help! on friday we saw kristi, a less active girl who just dropped out of high school so we are trying to help motivate her and see where she can be productive. i love working with the youth!!! after weekly planning we went to the despains for dinner. i love that family! they own a ranch and on dec 6th we are going to help them brand, tag and castrate the cows! IM TOOO PUMPED!!! then the sisters had a baptism that night, so we went to that and shared a little message with the people while the man was changing! this man had been taking lessons for years and had been taught by numerous sets of missionaries so a bunch of elders were there. they were so excited for him! awwww cute. i love missionaries! on saturday our stake was having a 5K so i was like wayyy down for that. i have been running every morning for the past couple months so i didnt think i would do too bad! it was actually really fun and i didnt stop the whole time. my finishing time was 32:17. so i was pretty surprised! go meeee! i ended up getting 2nd for my age group but lol i only think there were 5 of us. oh well. winnnner!!! that day we saw sami again and she taught us the funnest song about obedience:
obedience is the very best way to show what you believe
doing exactly what the lord commands
doing it happily
hahhah so funnn huh? then our member cancelled dinner but gave us money to go out so we hit up dat panda express. after dinner we went over to a members house to watch the cultural celebration for the phoenix az temple. it was sooo fun! i have never seen one before! i am def coming back to tucson if that temple ever gets finished. hahah it will. then on sunday we went to all 3 sessions of the dedication. the connection was awful though! we werent able to view the first one. the second one kept cutting out and the third one was audio only. i loved them all though. the temple is so fun!!! i cant wait to make it a bigger part of my life when i get home and go more often. president uchtdorf said something i really liked, "temple in spanish means templo- connecting 2 lines. the lines it connects is our earthly experience with our eternal existence." everything we do in the temple prepares us for the happiness of the eternities. stay temple worthy and go often! we went to choir practice that night because mags has a voice like woah! so im doing that hahaha. it was fun! theres one last thing i want to leave you with from my reading in the infinite atonement: 
"Oh in that moment when he (God) might have saved his son, i thank and praise him that he did not fail us for he had not only the love of his son in mind, but he also had love for us." 
i loved that because it showed me how much god loves us, enough to forsake his only begotten son. you are loved more than you know. never forget that. AND THAT I LOVE YOU TOO!!! have a great week. 30 days eek!
love, sista b

transfer cite!!! cute lil salazar love her

oh ballard DONT LEAVE ME!


what happens when you get 3 hours of sleep. #donthate

so theres this prison in marana called the MTC. coincidence...i think not. jk i loved the mtc

me and mags at the run

im a winnnnnnnerrr. lol

and then an elder broke my toe

makin salsa! fiesta!!!

sleepin in da car between dedications...real talk

Monday, November 10, 2014

seeeee ya zealley!!!!

okay ima just say this right now...having a companion that goes home 5 week before you do is just TORTURE! oh man im trunky but its okay because i know that there is a lot more work that i can do in these next 35 days. focus butcherite! okay lol lets see what happened this week. oh yeah on monday we had zone olympics. district vs district. we play volleyball, basketball, minute to win it games, soccer and had a relay race. it was really fun!!! we tied for second. we got zone shirts too and sis reeves drew all of the people in the zone as cartoons...i look so sassy. am i that sassy? i mean i just tell it how it is? sis zealley lost the phone that night so after dinner we were on a man hunt to find that thing!! but we didnt-_____- we met up at the stake center for exchanges. sis brown came with me to avra valley. the next morning we went to ASL class to learn how to teach the gospel in sign language. fun! then we all went to taco bell for lunch. we had to go to the mission office to get a new replacement phone which is awful and stupid and i dont like it. lol. we saw doug and he showed us all the toys he wanted in the target christmas magazine. fun! omg then MIRACLE!!! i had been looking through the area book and found a record for a snowbird couple that had been taking the lessons but went back to indiana in april but would be back in october, and when we went to try them they were back and were interested in continuing to learn!!! so fun!!! they are so cute and old. at dinner the kids were on one! im telling ya sooo funny. the little boy was just going off and talking about dessert. "WE ARE HAVING PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES FOR DESSERT....AND MY DAD IS 28!" sooo funny...i was dying. on wednesday we had zone training that went forever! we were trained on teaching by the spirit and leaving commitments right when the spirit is the strongest! people do great things when moved upon by the spirit. then we went to village inn for ballard and zealleys last lunch outing. i love wednesday nights because i get to see some of my favorite people. the lavalle kids....they are just a hoot and its almost impossible to get through our lesson. but its fun! i got told multiple times that i wasnt your "average" sister missionary. is that a good thing? i think so. im just sista b!!!! haters gonna hate! then we saw heather. she really confided in us and told us some of her issues that shes having. it made me so happy to know that people can trust in us and know that through christ and his gospel they can be healed. on thursday we met with barbara and john, our new investigators. our WML is really excited about them because he thinks that they are ready to be baptized! he knows them more than i do so i hope something will come from them! on friday we met with our investigator sandy....she is going to talk to her children this weekend about her baptism. but i still dont think it will be until january. so sad that i wont be here to see it. or maybe i will come back! fun!!! that day sister zealley spent most of the afternoon packing while i planned for the next week. TRUNKTRUNKTRUNK!! okay yeah....saturday was another crazy fun day with the district. in the morning we went to our district leaders area to blitz it. then after lunch we visited some people for sister zealley to say goodbye to. our elders had a baptism that we went to that night. it was huge!!! i swear the whole ward went. its so great to see how much fellowshipping and love was shown to that family. its great to see the church grow. lets keep it going. GOOD JOB MOM FOR YOU MISSIONARY EXPERIENCES!!! then that night we to dinner with some less actives in our elders area. its so funny how less actives love the missionaries so much. i guess if they came to church we wouldnt have to visit them so much. we are just so fun! im gonna go less active so i can be bffs with the missionaries. lol JUST KIDDINGGGG!!!! i swear. we got transfer calls that night and sister zealley is being transfered to riverton, utah and its up to her to find her new companion. LOLOLOLOLO AHAHHA AH i died when they told us that. so clever. and im getting sister magneson. she was in my zone this transfer but i didnt talk to her much. she seems fun and chill and has way cute clothes so it should be fun!!! on sunday there was a baby blessing and i just had the biggest revelation. like how great is the priesthood you guys!!!! it is so awesome!!!! i know that it is gods power that is on the earth and not to be like wierd but there is nothing more attractive to me right now than a worthy priesthood holder. just saying. i will definitely not settle for anything less. the priesthood blesses families and homes. thanks to my big bad dad for being so great and being worthy for this calling. use the priesthood! i cant wait tilll my hubs blesses my cute lil babes! eeek. see im trunky. hahahah okay welll thats about it. until next week! have a great one and be good. ctr!
love, sista b

christ IS the answer

west zone homies

lavalle children

apparently that sign means "stay fierce" fun

my girl heather and i