Arvadan Adventures

DSCN0589[1]Hey everyone,

Arvada is beautiful! We’re right by the mountains, and rumor has it we’re going on a hike with the mission president’s wife for sisters’ p-day! I’m crossing my fingers:)

Sister Johnson is HILARIOUS. She’s from Texas and has been at BYU for the past couple years (go cougs!). She keeps me laughing all the time:D She swept into the Boulder area with her first trainer, so now she’s pretty much an expert at sweeping in and staying sane at the same time. We’ve been having a fun time meeting everyone and figuring out the area!

Some highlights from the week:

We’re living with members! My first time for that:) They’re an amazing family and they have a daughter on a mission, so they treat us like princesses. Like seriously, when we first went to their house on Wednesday and saw the basement we’re staying in, we were speechless. Floofy white full-size beds with tons of pillows, antique furniture, a huge bean bag. It’s beautiful.

Our first dinner was with a cute, young, recent convert family! They’re going to be sealed in the temple soon:) The dinner conversation was mainly about childbirth, but we still managed to transition into a dinner message. #success

We have an investigator who was meeting with the missionaries a few years ago, but it kinda stopped after a while, but the day before we came, she called the elders who were here and said she’s ready to change her life now and wants to be baptized! So yeah, sorry elders. But we’re happy we get to teach her:D She’s so awesome, and she came to church on Sunday and loved everything! (even though sacrament meeting was a hardcore law of chastity lesson!)

We do service at a food bank here, and so I was just minding my own business and sorting produce when this man came up to me, staring at my nametag, and said he’s a Stratford too! We had a nice conversation (“Do people leave out the second T all the time?” “Yeah, I get Stafford a lot” “Man me too seriously I thought I was the only one”). Also the food bank gave us free donuts!

We were going to see an investigator, and on the way we met a cute old lady and got to know her a bit. She’s about 4 feet tall. She says God blesses her through gambling. She also said we can come back and talk with her more:)

Quote of the week from a guy we met as he was smoking on his porch: “Like spirits know each other in the midst of hell.” We’re going to put it up on our wall.

We also got to do some yard work for another investigator! We were pulling up stray tree shoots in her lawn. She gave us a hammer to use.

DSCN0583[1]Also I broke free of the Colorado Denver North Mission boundaries muahaha. Basically, our church building is under construction, so our ward meets at a building in Golden, which is in the Denver South mission. (We got permission from President, don’t worry.) I feel like I can’t talk to the missionaries of the other wards meeting there because it would be fraternizing with the enemy or something.

So yes there have been lots of adventures already, and I’m sure there are many more to come!

One last thought: missions are interesting because there is SO much change all the time and you’re constantly moving around and meeting new people and doing things in new ways, but what I’ve really realized is that all of that change is necessary for growth. I’ve seen that growth in myself. And it’s not just a pattern on missions; it’s a pattern of life. The whole reason we chose to come here to earth was so we could learn and grow and become like our Heavenly Father someday. We knew it would be uncomfortable and hard sometimes, but we also trusted His promise that it would be worth it. So now that we’re here, we just have to keep trusting and keep stretching and keep becoming:) And I know that as we follow the example of our Savior and learn to use His Atonement, it will be worth it.

And we can have quite a bit of joy in the journey as well:)

Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Sister Stratford

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