Hello everyone! So the reason why I title this post the bittersweet goodbyes is because I ended up being transferred: /. I have to say goodbye to everyone in
the week before Christmas. It was very sad, but it's ok. I knew that I was
going to be transferred eventually. I couldn't stay in Brookfield for my whole mission, even though
I would have if they asked me :). Brookfield
So, before I left we were able to go around and say goodbye to the
ward members. It was so sweet because so many of them were so gracious just
giving us Christmas gifts. All of them are so giving, willing to do so much for
us missionaries :). A couple of the gifts that I received were an ornament, a
makeup bag, a McDonalds gift card, and a heated jacket! Yes, I did say a heated
jacket!! :) Some of the members had pitched in to get me and the other sister
heated jackets!! When I opened up the present I was shocked. I was just so
grateful for such a wonderful ward. I had been so blessed to be able to serve
in Brookfield .
All of the people there have blessed me so much and have helped me become the
missionary that I need to be. I know that Brookfield
will always hold a special place in my heart and it will be a place that I
never forget, along with all of the wonderful people! Brookfield
I will also never forget the Jones! They are just wonderful, kind, and selfless people. Brother and Sister Jones have been so kind to me in the past six months that I had been living with them. They have done so much for me that I couldn't count it all on two hands! I was so sad to have to leave their house, but I know that I will be back there again. They are both amazing examples to me and I have been forever changed because of them :).
Well on to my new area. I am now in
and my new
companion is Sister Arnold. I love Sister Arnold. Her and I came out together
and were in the MTC together. We had so much fun and when I came to Appleton I kept saying
that I wanted to be her companion at some point on our missions. Lucky for me
that wish was granted sooner that I thought it would! I was so happy to find
out that we would be able to work together. Right from the beginning we were
able to just click and be willing to just work hard and be obedient. Since we have
been together we have been able to do some good things for Wisconsin . We also are able to be obedient and
I truly know that obedience brings miracles. :) Appleton
there are a lot of Hmong people, so that has been fun! They are all so nice and
I think I will have fun here. The Bishop is awesome and works with us
missionaries to really help the work. I was able to meet the ward this Sunday
which was good, because last Sunday it was canceled due to a snow storm! This Sunday though it wasn't canceled and I met
the members and all of them seem super nice and so I am excited to continue to
get to know them. We are really excited because we have a baptism coming up
this weekend. His name is Alec. His moms name is Pam and she will be getting
baptized soon as well! Alec also has a brother named Appleton who was already baptized before I got
here. We are really excited for this weekend!! Tyler
Other than that we work with a lot of less actives! There is one older gentleman that lives out a little far from us and we are able to go and see him every Friday and his name is Fred! I just love Fred. He always tells us how much we make his day when we go and see him. He also gives us soda every time, and then he gave us a fruit basket for the Holidays.
Speaking of the Holidays, Christmas was awesome! I am sorry that I am jumping around so much, I just guess that I have a lot of things that I want to talk about :). So Christmas was good. We were able to have a nice dinner with a family from the ward and we were able to Skype our families!! I loved being able to Skype my family. I love them so much and I felt like the time went by way too fast, but I loved every second of it. I hope that all of you had a great Christmas and that you were able to remember why we celebrate Christmas. I am so grateful for my Savior and for being able to be out here spreading the good news that he lives and that he loves us. I love you all and hope that you have an amazing new year!! Feel free to write me letters, I love getting letters :).
Lunch with the Maas Family ;)
The Rabe Family
The Jones' - My Second Family!!
My electric jacket from Milwaukee Tool!! Thank you all so much for everything you have done for me in Brookfield!!
I will always love Alex Janusz!!
Now on to my new area, Appleton First Ward with Sister Arnold!!
Celebrating Christmas Eve with my new Companion Sister Arnold!! We were in the MTC together and we are together again!! We are going to love serving in Appleton!!
Sister Arnold and I on Christmas morning
We love the socks Sister Arnold's parent sent us!!
President and Sister Cutler gave us beautiful ornaments for Christmas!!
On transfer day I was able to see my buddy Elder Neville!!
On our first P-Day in Appleton we had a zone activity day and I was able to meet all the missionaries in my new zone.
Elder Obi is a VISA waiter who has been with us for 10 months now.
My best Elder friend - Elder Andrus
Sister Tanner and Sister Hancock make me remember how short I am!!
My first Sister Training Leader is now up here with me!! Yay for Sister Westra!!
Sister Hurst is companions with Sister Westra