Monday, December 19, 2016

Well look out Maryland peeps, Sister Gronning is behind the wheel!

New Companion- Sister Stubben
New Companions!

Well, hello everyone! Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 
It definitely feels like 20+ years have passed since my last email!!

I am now serving in Salisbury, Maryland! Which is like the most southern area of the mission. This area is HUGE!! We are sharing the ward with another set of sisters and the south side that Sister Stubben and I cover is ginormous. Goodbye miles. Which means we have to walk, IN THE FREEZING COLD!! I am not a fan of this weather and I am so not prepared!! The weather app said like a low chill warning and if you go outside, make sure you wear gloves and a hat.. ya, I didn't have those.. I was definitely not prepared and it was the coldest day that we decided to walk in. Like 7 degrees and super windy. People thought we were insane. Which we were, pretty much. Also the weather app had a warning/pre caution thingy for frost bite and hypothermia. Pray that I don't freeze to death here, okay? Oh and like my subject says, I am driving. You can also pray that I don't die while driving as well. If it snows, I'm asking President if Sister Stubben can drive because I have no experience driving in snow and she does!
Sister Stubben is from New Mexico and she's been out for 3 months, which means she just finished being trained, which means I am refining her! Except she is definitely refining me!! She's an incredible missionary and loves being a missionary!
It is so crazy that Christmas is less than a week away! It's insane. Oh so there is a choir here in the Salisbury ward and we are singing in sacrament meeting on Christmas and the songs are tricky! Me and Sister Watkins (a golden serving in the north side of our boundaries) are terrified. Pray that everything goes well! Haha. Oh and another side note. The new goldens that just came in, have Samsung tablets that they got while in the MTC! What?!

Monday- I remember sleeping, emailing, and packing. And eating dinner at the Fletchers with Kylie and that's it! Oh and I definitely cried at the Fletchers.

Tuesday- Transfer day! We went to the church building in Cherry Hill. There was quite a few sisters who met there and the rest of the missionaries met in Broomall. Sister Fuelling went with Sister Tovar back to Bayview and I went with Sister Stubben (pronounced like stooben) down to Salisbury, Maryland. When I was saying bye to Sister Fuelling, I started crying! I'm pretty sure I was the only sister there that was crying! I'm a mess lol. And then my gps was set to no tolls and fastest route but we didn't realize that until we had no idea where we were and the arrival time was like hours away! So we decided to check the settings on my gps and that was why! It was so frustrating. That is why we are almost out of miles. But hey, we just found out that we got 50 more so that is great! I can't imagine what life would be like without a gps! Like seriously though...
We got lunch at wawa.
We had a lesson at 4:30 but he cancelled. We had a lesson with Brandon and his mom Shelly! (Haha, it was weird hearing that) they are investigators. We are teaching Brandon more than his mom. We taught a little bit about the Plan of Salvation.
We visited a less active and read Ether 12:23-27 with her.
We went to a relief society activity and they had different classes set up. One was a baking class and the teacher was showing us different ways to make chocolate! The second class, we made cute little snowmen out of socks and the last class, the teacher was sharing fhe ideas. It was a lot of fun! Oh and we ate cookies :)
That was our dinner haha.

Wednesday- we had a lesson with a less active named Sister Kahler. We read Acts 2:37-38 and talked about the importance of repentance and the sacrament. We met with another less active named Sister Gentry and read 2 Nephi 32 and talked about how she needs to pray, read her scriptures, attend church, and live the commandments. We contacted a referral and delivered a bible to her and taught the restoration. We gave her a Book of Mormon as well. We invited her to read 3 Nephi 11. We have been showing #LIGHTtheWORLD to everyone who will let us! We visited another less active and showed her the video and we asked her how she became a member and she pretty much said that the missionaries forced her into it... uh oh. No good... She currently goes to a different church. We knocked on this one door and a lady answered who didn't speak much English and directed us to her daughter who was in the bedroom studying. We showed her the video and she started crying and she said she loved it and she told us that she was sitting there wondering why she was studying and then we just knocked on her door and shared a video all about serving others. It was so cool. Her name is Tulsi. We went to chipotle for dinner. Sooo good. We had a lesson over at the Laytons. Side note, I actually met April while I was serving in Delaware! We taught Ryan (a recent convert) serving and learning in the church. We went to a potentials house and shared the restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon.

Thursday- conference call. Weekly planning. This is the day we walked, which was the coldest day and we were not prepared! We were sharing the #LIGHTtheWORLD to people. We met with the Counts family (investigators) and taught them the Restoration and read 1 Nephi 1 and part of 3 Nephi 11. Ate dinner with the Bellantes and the Slushers. Went to the Laytons and focused on Jay and we taught him the Plan of Salvation using a picture of a drawing an Elder drew.

Friday- District Meeting. We have two goldens in our district! Had a lesson with Chelsea (investigator) about keeping the sabbath day holy. We read Alma 32:22 and 27 and 1 Nephi 11:17. Had a lesson with Sister Kelley (less active). We had a Facebook lesson with Tulsi. We delivered a bible to a referral. We visited the Williams and showed them the daily #LIGHTtheWORLD video. They gave us hot chocolate! 😊 
Oh so we got a call from a sister missionary serving in Logan Utah. Her parents are not members and she said her mom said she would take the missionary lessons as a Christmas present for her daughter! How cute is that! Her parents are in our area! We are meeting them tomorrow and eating at chick fil a!

Saturday- took our car to pep boys to get the battery changed. We shared the video with a lot of people. We finished teaching the Plan of Salvation to Brandon. We met with the Castellanos. Ate dinner with the Morris family. Taught jay the gospel of Jesus Christ using an egg! (He is 10) it was cool. 

Sunday- went to church. A lot of people gave us treats for Christmas! The ward members are super nice! The choir provided lunch for us. Spaghetti with meatballs! It was super yummy. Visited Sister Smith (less active)
Had a little FHE with the YSA at a members house but there was only like 4 of them.They gave us chocolate milk! 

Tonight we are having a Book of Mormon class at the church!

Wow, okay, that was a long email. I'm done!

Merry Christmas everyone!! Have a safe and fun holiday!!
Remember the true meaning of Christmas!

115 Overlook Dr. Apt 2D
Salisbury, MD 21804

Sister Gronning