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Monday, December 29, 2014
Sis. B--- Goes Home
Christmas was great! We ate at a couple member's homes and then we got to Skype home! It was great to see my family, and now it's back to missionary work!
Something crazy happened over the weekend! My companion Sister B--- is home! She wasn't supposed to leave until January 3rd, but our mission president could only meet with her on Sunday for her exit interview, so that's what they did and then she got on a plane and went home to Provo! It was crazy, and I feel like things are only just settling down. I still have Sister U--- as my companion, which is a major blessing! I love her so much, and I know that the rest of this transfer is going to be great! I love Sister B--- too, and I will be forever grateful for all that she taught me. We have a weird custom as missionaries where we call people our mom or dad if they trained us and when a missionary goes home they die.
So my mom is dead.
That sounds really weird, but I have to get used to this mission lingo! I'm also her only child, she didn't train anybody else, and if I become a Sister Training Leader I'll be her Only Begotten, I think. It's weird, but funny! I cried when she left, and I'll miss her a lot. But she'll have a great post-mission life!
Miracle! Last night we were driving home and we saw a car pull into the driveway of a less-active member's house that we had been trying to contact since I got here to Lewiston. So we pull over and jump out of the car and we're almost running to catch them before they go into the house. They were super nice and we set up a time to come and meet with them next week! It was so amazing!
I've realized that the Lord always provides. We had to drop an investigator this week because he wasn't progressing. He was reading the Book of Mormon and he really liked us coming over, but he had no desire to come to church or to really do anything that would change his life. I struggled with dropping him, because he was a solid, set lesson every week that we could always get a member to go to, but it had to be done. I've realized that sometimes we have to close a door, and really really hope that God will open up another one. But sometimes he opens up a window instead. It may be a small window that would be hard to get through, but he does give us something. I want to keep that in mind throughout my whole mission, because there will be harder things that I'll have to do, and it may seem like I'm closing a giant door. But then I just have to do it, and then look for the window.
And that's not just about me! It's true for everyone, you, you, and yes, you! God may want you to close a door that you really want to keep open, but if you trust him and follow him, then he'll provide another door or a window that will lead you to better things. It won't be easy. But he doesn't promise that it'll be easy. He promises it will be worth it.
Well, there's my sermon for the week, hope you enjoyed it, tune in next time!
Just joking, I want to know all about how your Christmas was and all that stuff, New Years, write me lots, I love reading it!
Sister Batchelor
Monday, December 15, 2014
We got transfer calls last night and I'll be staying here in Lewiston with Sister Brown! But she'll be going home in a few weeks, so we'll have a trio for a bit and then a normal companionship. My new companion is Sister Ungrich (don't know if I spelled that right) and she was one of the sisters that came out with me, so we'll both only be on our third transfer! It will be fun!

I was asked the other day if my mission was anything like I thought it would be, and I realized that I really had no idea beforehand what it would be like. I did not know that it would be so hard, fun, exhausting, invigorating, frustrating, or rewarding. And each of those things are true and eqauly present it seems. I guess the scripture is true that says there must be opposition in all things. If there weren't hard times I wouldn't know what the easy times would be like. If there wasn't dissapointment, I wouldn't know satisfaction. It's a roller-coaster that has many turns and twists and a few up-side-down parts. I guess you could say that's life, but I haven't really had a lot of those times in mine. And I am grateful that I have it now. I think this may be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know that it's the best thing I could have done. And I still have a while to go! But it's already going by so fast. I love it though, and I know that what I'm learning now and what I have yet to learn on my mission will help me.

Well, that's enough about me, I hope you all have a great week!

Sister Batchelor
Monday, December 8, 2014
How's everyone doing? This week was jam-packed!

We had a couple Christmas parties, one for the ward, and one for the missionaries in Lewiston and Clarkston. Both were fun, we got to sing songs, eat food, it was great! Last night was the Christmas Devotional and I was sad because we didn't get to watch all of it because we had an appointment, but the lesson was awesome! It was with a less active member and he is doing so well! I get so happy when people keep meeting with us and understand what we teach them. There's nothing better!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

Sister Batchelor
Monday, December 1, 2014
It's December everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate tons of food! I know I did, we went to three member's houses and by the end of the day I was so stuffed! It was great, and one of our investigators, Sarah, came to dinner with us and they were so nice and welcoming, it was the best!

I am amazed at how willing the members are in this area. They are always asking about how the work is going and who we're meeting with, and they are willing to meet with us as well. We have this kind of program called the Member Missionary Focus Families, and we meet and have lessons with families to help them to do their missionary work.

We're preparing to have a Christmas party for next week, and it's going to be really fun! We're going to have a gift exchange and waffles and a tree and snowflakes! I'm really getting into the Christmas Spirit, and now that it's December I can do one of my favorite things! Sing Christmas songs!

I want you all to go to christmas.mormon.org and check out the new video they have on there! It's called 'He is the Gift'. If you got an ensign there should have been a packet all about it and some cards for you to pass out, so you can be like a real-life missionary!

And then you can all go on the regular mormon.org and look at that too! It's got these neat little 60 second videos on topics like Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and others. It's simple and straightforward, a great thing to share on your facebook! (hint hint)

I love being a missionary, and I love the challenges that it gives me to overcome. I love the people I serve around and those I get to teach and help on the pah o conversion.

I was a little sad this week because a couple people told us they didn't want to meet with us anymore. But I know hat I did my best to help them, and that at some point later on down the road they will have another chance to learn and to change.

But there are still people that want to meet with us and are taking those steps that will change their lives! One lady we teach is quitting smoking, another just came out and told us that she wants to live the Word of Wisdom, there are a lot of good people that we see every week and I love seeing them make those good choices.

It snowed in Lewiston! Just a little, and it wasn't cold enough for any of it to stick, but it was cool! To me it's not winter until it snows, so it is now officially winter!

I hope you have a great week and that you still have tons of leftovers from thanksgiving!

Sister Batchelor