Oh, life as a missionary. Let me start this entry out by talking about the little annoyances that missionaries have to put up with once in a while. One of those little annoyances is ants. That's right, I'm talking about the little creepy crawling things that usually don't hurt you but when you see them crawling around, they are just annoying.
Katelyn wrote us a few weeks ago and told us about the ants in her apartment. The weather is still cold in Canada but warm enough for the ants to start moving again. Of course just like every other living thing, they want to get warm too. So the warmest place around is inside the missionary's apartment. Katelyn and her companion have been keeping their apartment really clean, but the ants don't seem to care. A few weeks ago Katelyn and her companion got home from an all day training meeting and interviews in Red Deer only to find ants all over their apartment. The ants were crawling all over the floor, on their desk and who knows where else. Katelyn has been spraying ant killer around the apartment to see if that will take care of the problem. But there seems to be more ants than killer. So these sister missionaries have just had to get inventive. Everybody has been telling them how to get rid of the ants but nothing seems to work. Therefore, turn it into a game. Whenever you enter the apartment, go on an ant hunt. Ants are pretty easy to hunt. The only problem is that there are too many of them. The good news is that spring is coming, the weather is warming up and soon the ants will like it better outside rather than inside.
Now that we have started with a funny story, why not continue. Katelyn told us that not long ago after a missionary meeting that they had, they went out to their car to find a sticky note on the rear-view mirror. The sticky not said, "Gal. 1:8, Read it". This scripture says something about being cursed if you preach any other gospel. Since the sisters didn't know who left the note, they got a little worried that somebody might be stalking them. Then it dawned on them that it was probably the Elders just playing a joke. When they confronted the Elders, of course they denied doing anything. A little later on, the Ward mission leader found out and was just about to report it to the housing coordinator for the mission. Well, this scared the Elders a bit, because obviously they did it, so they fess'ed up and came clean. I think that you would have probably had to be there in order to get why this story is so funny, but Katelyn assured us that it was and everybody had a good laugh over it.
Sticking with the funny story stuff, this one is sure to make you laugh. Here is Katelyn just cheesing it up for the camera.
Yes, those are cheetos in her mouth. I'm not sure what possessed her to make lips out of cheetos but she said that it took her quite a while to find the exact size of cheetos to fit just right in her mouth.
Have you ever seen a video or wondered what happens when you take a cup of hot water and throw it into the air in -40 degree weather. If you haven't ever seen this, well here is your chance. Or you could just Google it, there are plenty of other videos on the Internet. But we kind of like this one because it features someone that we love.
Katelyn wrote us a week or so ago and told us that the primary had asked her and her companion to play two different parts in a little skit for the primary children. So one of them dressed up as a Nephite and the other one dressed up as Mary Magdalene. During the skit they had to play their parts as someone was narrating the story. Katelyn played the part of May Magdalene seeing the resurrected Savior. Basically, their customs where made out of some table clothes that they wrapped around themselves. But nevertheless, Katelyn said that it was really a spiritual experience playing these parts for the primary children.
Even though these Sisters are having a great time serving the Lord in any way that they can, not everything always goes their way. Katelyn told us in her latest letter that she had kind of a tough week. She told us about some of the struggles that they have been having with the people that they have been teaching. She also told us about some of the struggles that some of the members of their Ward have been having due to health issues and other things. A mission is a growing experience. Sometimes the experiences are great and sometime they are not so great. Either way these experiences make you a better person. Katelyn has and is finding this out on her mission. Her older brothers found this out while they were serving as missionaries not long ago and hopefully her younger brother will also come to find out just how much a mission can serve him while he is serving others.