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Monday, October 27, 2014
New Missionary Training
This week has been crazy! Not really, it just seems like we've been doing a lot. Which we have!

I love being a missionary!!!! It's so awesome and rewarding and hard and awesome!!!!!! We've been finding people, losing people, re-finding people, meeting with people we already meet with, every day is a roller coaster. 

I got my first care package!!! (I love you mom!) And it had everything I needed! 

We had New Missionary Training, in which I learned about a lot of things, things I should start doing, and things I am already doing well!

We've been challenging people to obey the Word of Wisdom! A lot of people smoke here in Lewiston... but it's okay! It just means we know for sure a commitment we can extend! I've realized that teaching is easy. But teaching and having that teaching make them want to change is hard. We talk about teaching to a commitment all the time, and I haven't quite gotten the hang of it. But I'm learning! 

Our members are AWESOME!!!!! So many are willing to help not only us but our investigators too! They just come out of nowhere and as if they can meet our new investigators, or show up with a whole kitchen set for someone in need! They're AMAZING!!! We also talk about utilizing our members, and I know that some time in the future I may have to initiate that. But I am grateful that for now they are so willing on their own.

One thing we've really been trying to do is get referrals. And it's so cool when we go up to someone random, talk to them a little about the gospel, then ask them if they know anyone who could benefit from this message. And they think of someone right off!

We had our primary program this Sunday, and it was so fun! Kids are the best missionaries! There were so many non-members there, and I hope they felt the Spirit as much as I did. 

A few miracles:

We had a nice dinner with a member, and she sent us off with the leftovers because she's awesome. As we were leaving we got a text from an investigator saying that she had no food for herself or her son. Sister B--- and I both thought of the leftovers, and we immediately went over and gave it to them. 

Then we've just been meeting nice people. Some are not interested, but they are still nice. I feel sad that they don't want to learn more, but I heard of something once. That it takes seven positive, random interactions with something about the Church for a person to finally look into it. We don't know if it is the first or the seventh, but whatever step they're on we can contribute to it. I heard a similar thing in training. That we need to give everyone every opportunity to say 'yes'. Even if it seems like all you're doing is giving them opportunity to say 'no' a lot of times, you never know if that next time they will say yes. I believe this.

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Sister Batchelor
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Sister Batchelor and Companion

So much has happened, it is unreal! We had a baptism on Saturday! D--- is in his 70s and has been smoking for most of his life, he quit just before I got here and was set to be baptized, but then he got super sick, I mean really sick. It is a miracle he got better so quickly, it's a miracle he got better at all! I know that the Lord was helping him, because if he had died without being baptized I'm sure it would have taken a really long time for his work to be done. I just hope that he stays here on earth and receives all the rest of his ordinances for himself! of course, the Lord's will be done.

We also committed one of our other investigators to baptism! We invited A--- to be baptized November 1st, so please keep her in your prayers! Speaking of prayers, I've never prayed so much in my life! Anyway, A--- is so golden it's not even funny. Going into that lesson we hadn't even thought about inviting her to be baptized. It just happened, and then we had to steal Bro. F---'s phone to find a date for her. Bro. F--- said he just about fell over backwards with how willing she was! I really really really hope she sticks to it.

We also had a really good lesson with N---. I had met him before, but at that lesson it didn't seem like they were understanding, and other people came in during the middle and had questions about the beginning and it was a mess, I thought. But this last time it was just him, and it was super spiritual and focused. We committed him to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. I hope he does!

One thing that's hard is teaching members who have recently been baptized and are struggling or are less active and have been less active for years. Because you pretty much know that they believed it and had faith, they're just not doing those things that are right or that bring the Spirit. Sister B--- has taught me about Spiritual CPR, which is Church, Praying, and Reading the Book of Mormon. Really it's those simple things that are so essential to keeping your Spirit alive.

A cool thing that's been happening all week is when we just meet people, have a short Gospel Conversation, then leave them with a prayer. We have no idea if we will ever see them again, but maybe down the line they'll remember those weird girls who bumped into them and prayed right there on the spot. I love it!

A fun thing that happened was I went on exchanges with Sister S---, and this time we had a car! I was so happy about that. We did two different service projects, digging up grass and stuff for a garden, and staining a wooden gazebo(I have no idea if I spelled that right, haha!). Then we taught J--- and M---. They met J--- out on the street one day and just set up an appointment. M--- is his wife, and she goes to a Pentecostal church. That lesson was interesting. M--- committed to reading the Book of Mormon, but when Sister S--- asked if they could follow-up she said "No. No. No. No. Just no." Yeah... But it was learning experience for me. That day we also met E---, who is a less active. That was funny. He told us why he didn't go to church. Quote:" There are some people in the church that I would like to set on fire and roast Smores over. To put it lightly. So if I invite you over for Smores, don't come." LOL!!! People are funny. Oh, and Sister S--- basically used the pick up line "I lost my number, can I have yours' on a street contact! It wasn't exactly like that, she's new to the area s she doens't know the phone number, so she couldn't give it to anybody so she asks for their phone number instead. Just the way she said it sounded funny. :)

Sunday was awesome! D--- got confirmed, and I am so happy that I was able to experience a baptism and confirmation so early in my mission! Of course now I have a standard to uphold... Anyway, after church we saw the other D---, which was awesome because we didn't get to see him last week. He is totally a Dry Mormon! He expressed concerns about changes that would happen if he did join the Church, and we were thinking about why he would be wondering about that if he wasn't seriously considering joining the church!

More Fun Stuff: Missionary Lingo

Swept: An area has been swept when both missionaries are moved and two new missionaries come in. It is hard because the missionaries don't know the area or the people, they have to rely on the Area Book and members to help them get started.

When a missionary dies or is killed: When a missionary goes home they die, and the companion that was with them when they died killed them off. That was so confusing when I first got here, because I thought someone had actually died, and the other missionaries talked about dying so casually. LOL!!!!

I miss you all and want to hear from you too! Have a great week!

Sister Batchelor
Monday, October 6, 2014
Provo Temple - MTC Picture
This week... Oh my goodness. I just looked at my planner and I can't believe all the stuff I've done! 

We helped Sister C--- clean her house, went on exchanges with Sister R--- and rode a bike all day, volunteered at a nursing home and helped all the cute old people paint, had Project Clean-up at a house that's being remodeled, tons of appointments, lessons, training, and of course General Conference! (You all better have watched it or I will get really upset!)

Pretty much every time we saw somebody we invited them to watch General Conference, and we had 5 of our investigators watch at least one session, either at a member's home or with us at the Stake Center! IT WAS AWESOME!!!! (Awesome seems to be my favorite word now, so sorry if I say it too much) We also had a lot of lessons on Family History and Genealogy. Sister B--- is brilliant, and has been using these pedigree sheets for door approaches, which have so far been really successful! 

The weather here has been up and down. A few days this week I had to break out the leggings! It was cold! But then today it's all sunny and beautiful. Lewiston is bipolar, I know that now. Everyone says the Lewiston is one of the warmest places in the mission, but with how cold it's already gotten and it's only October? I don't think so! 

Oh, and training! We had Zone training on Friday and it was amazing! I felt the spirit and wrote down so many things, it was just awesome! Then we had a meeting with our Ward Mission Leader, and that was awesome too! Brother F--- is one of the most spiritual people I've ever met, yet he cracks jokes and all that too! He's awesome. At the end of the meeting he showed a Bible video by the Church about Jesus Christ coming to Paul while he was in prison, and it quoted Acts 23:11. Then Brother F--- put our names into the passage, and the name of the place we're serving. "And the night following the Lord stood by me, and said, Be of good cheer, Sister B---, Sister Batchelor, Brother F---: For as thou hast testified of me in other cities, so must thou bear witness also at Lewiston." I will never forget that. I will always say that to myself through out my mission. 

So many experiences, so little time... 

Oh! Next week we are planning on having a baptism! D--- is better now and we're all set to go! Please pray that it will go well and that he will be truly converted! 

I love you all! If there is anything specific you want to know about, just send me an email!

Sister Batchelor