Monday, May 16, 2016

5/9-5/15/2016: Enlisted in the service

Aren't I just so photogenic?

"May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose
the harder right instead of the easier wrong." (President Thomas S
Monson, Choices, April 2016 General Conference)

Choosing the right is ever so much harder than choosing the wrong. How
easy is it to give up and give in to temptation? How easy is it to
choose the wrong thing to do rather than the right thing to do? When I
read this and talked about it in church this week, I compared it to
doing a math problem. When we have a problem like 70/4984 how easy is
it to just write down an answer and get it wrong? How much effort does
that take? How much harder would it be to write it down and go out and
do the math, to somehow find the answer? The effort that we put forth
makes getting the RIGHT answer harder, but getting the WRONG answer a
whole lot easier.
So why would we choose to put forth effort to do the right, to get the
right answer? Because if we don't pass the test, than we don't get the
rewards that come from a passing score. The rewards from the math test
is a passing grade in the class. The rewards from "passing" life's
test are a little different though.
The point of this life is that we may be "[proven] herewith, to see if
[we] might do all things which [the lord] has commanded [us]" we are
here to take a test of life (of a sort). What happens if we put forth
the effort to choose the harder right? The Lord rains down blessings
on our head. He showers us with his love, with his kindness, and with
those things that we have been praying earnestly for! How wonderful
are the benefits that we receive when we make the decision to choose

Transfers this week.... (Or I guess just transfer calls... But whatever)
We did A TON of service this week!
Another example of the "zoo" zone..... My last zone pic :(

Had a super packed preparation day! It was super sweet! We started
with some bowling at a new place that the sisters in 5th Ward had
found and made some reservations for us. It was super sweet- it was
brand new so the lanes were all super oiled and so the balls didn't
really spin much, they just rolled right down the lane to the pins.
Made my life great, because the only reason I ever lose is because I
can't freakin get the ball to go straight! Haha so I wrecked everyone
(except for the last game, where Elder Hansen did pretty good.) and it
was fun because we played with the YSA sisters, and we definitely did
our fair share of smack talk.
It was intense.
New high(er) score in bowling! Heck yeah I'm beating everyone! I got a
300, and it only took me 3 games! Haha

After that we went to the church- we were throwing a surprise party
for Elder Delimata and Sister Freeman whose birthdays were Tuesday and
Wednesday. We set up one of the Seminary rooms with a bunch of
streamers and balloons and stuff, and we had hats and a cake; the
whole 9 yards. It was cool to see the surprise on their faces. Half
faked half real. I think that we were way to loud for it to be too
much of a surprise, but it was a surprise in how much we had done. We
all gave them presents, and with it we had some cake. 

We played
podball as a zone right after that, which is always intensely awesome,
and then after that we played some soccer. It was super rough to play
because 1) I'm SUPER out of shape. 2)I was wearing jeans.... JEANS. So
just running the short distance from one end of the gym to the other
was killer. Our team started off winning (I think....we don't exactly
keep score) but because two of the three of us were wearing jeans, we
quickly died and I'm sure that the other team win (plus they had 4
people and we had 3... That definitely helped)
After that we made our normal visit to Brother Gowey, and we talked a
lot about the restoration of the priesthood, and how the priesthood
that we have comes directly from Jesus Christ. I showed him my line of
authority, which was SUPER cool for him to see. It really smacked him
hard when he saw Christ's name at the end of the list. It hit him hard
that the things that I was doing (missionary work), I had direct
authority from Christ to be doing such things. Brother Gowey's super
great and he is really growing to just love the restored gospel!
Tuesday was super slow. We had a hard time waking up in the morning,
as the activities from the day previous absolutely tired us out. Plus,
waking up late always kind of puts a negative spin on the rest of the
day's activities, so we knew from the get go that it was going to be a
rough day.
We were able to go help Sue out some more in her home, changing things
around and making some room for some of her stuff. It's always nice to
help her, but she always has the TV on while we work, and even worse-
it's on a Si-Fi movie channel that she watches all the time. So we
tried hard to just work and not bother with that, though sometimes
just hearing it in the background was hard haha. We were able to get a
bunch done and help her out a good amount, which was cool.
After Sue's we had some open time to wander, so we wandered around the
neighborhood and tried to find some people to teach, without any sort
of avail. Tracting seems to be super ineffective lately, and it's
starting to make me wonder why it's happening, if maybe it's some form
of our fault. Either way, imma keep doin it, and I'm going to find
some way to make it start working better!
For dinner we went to the Egberts out in Beavertail, which is always a
fun thing. Those children are fireballs and they are always a mess to
try to keep occupied while we talk with their parents. I tripped and
hit the floor part way through our lesson, as I was walking from
washing my hands in the kitchen to going back to sit down and keep
going the with lesson, and apparently that warranted my becoming a dad
horse and a trampoline for the kids. I'm glad I have at least an OKAY
back, because those kids would have ruined me for life if I didn't.
Teaching families is GREAT.
Apparently... When you trip at the Egbert house it means you have
become a horse.... And a trampoline

I had a role play for this last district meeting of the transfer,
about using the Book of Mormon to answer questions of the soul. For
some reason Elder Bozue gave me a lot to do in district meetings this
transfer, and oddly Hansen did nothing......... Makes ya wonder.
ANYWAY! So I planned a cool little game role play thing where everyone
had to put their PMGs and iPads away, and using nothing but a blank
copy of the Book of Mormon and their Schema (I actually used that
word. Everyone looked so confused. Only really my family, and possibly
only my father will understand why that is funny). But we turned it
into a cool little scripture chase where the two teams (ELDERS V.
SISTERS) had to race to find an answer to either my or Sister
Hodgson's concerns, using nothing but the Book of Mormon. It was fun
because I brought my HUGE bag of Jolly Ranchers and the team that
sufficiently answered the concern got to stick their hand into the bag
and pull out a few. Everyone said they loved it, so I suppose that is
somewhat of a success on my part!
Just before district meeting we got a phone call from Brother Gowey-
he sounded super stressed out and nervous about something. After
calming him down a bit and talking with him, we found out that he was
being evicted from his house, and that he wanted us to come over so he
could talk about it, and so we could help him pack some before he had
to be out (he was only given like 4 days!). So we talked with the 2nd
ward Elders and scheduled with them for us to go over to Brother
Gowey's house right after district meeting. It made me laugh when we
got there because like a year ago Elder Hatton went on an exchange
with the Clinton Elders and he slept in this house that Brother Gowey
is currently in (the missionaries were in it at that point, of
Our WONDERFUL packing job with Brother Gowey

After an hour or two there we had packed all that we could fit into
the few boxes that he had, and then placed them in a place that was
easy to get to so that the elders quorum could get it super easy when
they came to move him. As we were leaving to get back to the apartment
to take our lunch/dinner break, Elder Hansen and I came to the stark
realization that we had no food in the apartment.... None. With the
want to actually eat overcoming our desire to be lazy and just not
eat, we ran into Missoula super fast to go to Walmart and get some
foodstuffs for us to munch on haha. So we spent a good amount of time
in driving to and from Missoula, and then the rest of the time eating
and napping! It was a nice break.
We finished the Isaiah chapters of 2 Nephi with the Goerge's, which
they thought was super cool. It felt pretty good to help them keep
moving through the book, and it was even cooler when we asked them how
reading the book on a regular basis was helping their lives. Sister
George said that she knew that the book was helping invite the spirit
into her life. Brother George said that he couldn't quite put his
finger on it, but something about his life while reading the book was
making his life better, happier even. He said that he didn't know how
a little book like the Book of Mormon could do something like make
someone's life easier, but it was, so he said he wasn't going to
complain! It was super cool to see their testimonies of the Book of
Mormon growing, and to see the progress that they are making in the
We did the final piece of the gross Apartment remodeling today! We
finally were able to put to carpet pads down, getting ready for the
new carpet and new floors to go in! It was super exciting to see the
difference in the apartment from when we first got there to take
almost 3 TONS of garbage to the dump to this final piece of putting in
the new floors. The walls had been painted, the counters re-done, the
windows re-framed, the doors sanded down and repainted- oh I know it
sounds a little egotistical, but man it felt good to say that we did
the work to be able to get the place from where it was to where it is
now! Sister Freeman and Sister Hodgson were super happy to see the
place progress as well, but I don't think they know the extent of
when we had to do before they got there to tear up carpet and pull
staples out of the wall. Brother Yule says that he is super happy to
have our help, and that he is never going to forget the things that we
did for him. He says that as soon as I get off my mission, he will
give me some free kayaking lessons!!! FREE KAYAKING LESSONS!!!!!!!!
All I have to do is come up to Montana. Let me tell you- even though
Brother Yule is in his late 60s, he still wins kayaking races all the
time- against college students!!! Cleaning that gross apartment was so
worth it. Kayaking is the best.
After that Brother Yule took the four of us out to lunch, and then
Elder Hansen and I had to rush to get to Sue's. When we got there she
was a little down, and after a little bit of discussion we found out
that she recently went to he doctor's for her 3 month check up from
her cancer... And the doctors think that the cancer may be back to get
her. We were so shocked! We tried hard to tell her that things would
be okay, but we didn't know so we couldn't say it. We had planned to
talk about the plan of salvation that day, but we ended up spending
almost an hour and a half talking about how the Atonement of Jesus
Christ can and will help her through this trial, all she has to do is
accept the help. We discussed that atonement super in-depth, and by
the end I could tell that she was a lot less worried about this trial,
ready to take it by the horns! Sue is a super strong sister, and I am
super happy to know her!
We had dinner with Sister Nichols, and we took the whole hour long
walk to East Missoula to make sure we could have a good appetite! Haha
she made this cool spaghetti casserole thingy, with "Aunt Albertsons"
famous garlic bread haha. It was super good, plus all her cats started
gathering around the table, expecting to get some food. We assumed it
was not okay to feed the cats so we ignored them, but then Sister
Nichols started throwing them some food, putting some of the hamburger
meat on the ground for the cats to fight over. After she did that we
knew it was okay so we tried to start feeding the cats too. I don't
think they trusted me because they would eat stuff from Elder Hansen
and from Sister Nichols, but wouldn't eat anything from me..... Oh
well, I'm not a cat person anyway! 
Sister Nichols's 16 year old cat was not amused with me trying to feed
it spaghetti... It just laid there and looked at me like that the
whole time I was there...

After that we went to Brother Gowey's and we watched the Joseph Smith
movie with him. It was able to answer a lot of questions that he had,
and able to really show him the kind of person that the prophet was.
Brother Gowey said he would love to meet the man someday, and that he
is honored to belong to a church that could have been started by such
a person. We knew what he meant so we didn't correct him, but it was
cool to hear Brother Gowey's testimony about the restoration of the
We spent the first part of the morning helping Brother Gowey finally
finish packing. He got more boxes and so we spent a good hour or so
helping hum take all the loose stuff left around the house and
throwing it in a somewhat organized manner into boxes to be moved.
Sad to see him go, I've worked so hard with him to get him to where he
is now, and it has been a SUPER long journey to get him there. I love
that guy!
After Brother Gowey we rushed out to Clinton for some more service, at
the Lemons this time. They just needed some help moving some stuff
around so we went and used our "muscles" to help them move what needed
to be moved. It was cool to be able to help them! They told us at the
end that they really did love us and having us over, which coming from
them means a lot. It was cool to see their appreciation for us and for
the church at least start to grow!
Since we were busy helping at the gross apartment on Thursday, we
needed to plan for the coming week so that we didn't have a blank area
book. So we went to the church and started planning (after making some
brownies, of course). It went well... As well as planning can go I
guess haha.
We walked from the church to the Weavers after a while of planning,
about 2 miles, for dinner. They are super cool and they made a new
dish I had never had before- they called it Doritos Dinner. It was
Doritos with rice and then some hamburger mixed with Tomato soup. It
sounds super weird... I know. But it was SUPER GOOD! Definitely going
into my recipe book!!!
After dinner we walked to the Johns, another 3 or so miles down the
road. It is a super nice walk because it's flat, yet the mountains are
on either side of you and it just is super pretty. Montana Is great.
We had a cool little visit with the Johns family (and then some of the
granddaughters friends came over) even though it started out weird.
The granddaughter said she knew all the states and capitals, so being
the nerd that I am and knowing most of them myself I started asking
her a bunch of them. Well that turned into a trivia fest because Elder
Hansen didn't know any of the capitols so he started shouting random
history questions that he knew to see if any of us did. So we went
around in a circle the whole bunch of us just asking a ton of random
trivia questions for like an hour. Then we realized we should probably
teach at least some form of a lesson, so we tried to relate it to the
gospel. Talked something about the trivial things in life, and how we
need to focus, but it was mostly a lost cause. It was a good visit
though. Then we walked the good 5 miles or so back to the church and
drove home very..... Hastily be cause it was like 9:25 when we got in
the car!
We had a carwash planned for the day today, and then as we were
getting ready we got a call from the 2nd ward Elders telling us that
they needed some help moving! So we hastily dressed and went to help
the elders move someone in their ward. It was a good thing we came
too, because if it was just going to be the elders and the members it
would have taken them probably like 4 hours. With all the missionaries
there we were almost moving stuff faster than they could tell us where
to put it haha. It was great!
We did another carwash! This one wasn't as good as the last one, for
some reason. More planning went to this one than the last one, but for
some reason was less successful. It was still a lot of fun, and I
didn't even get that badly sunburned this time! Hahah
After the carwash we had to rush to Seeley Lake, so we were in a super
big hurry. Well, amongst the hurry, I misplaced my iPad! (Don't worry
I have it now). So we tried to find that but we ran out
of time and we had to leave to Seeley. Interesting.
All our plans cancelled in Seeley, so we spent the night kind of
wandering, until, we got frustrated and went to the church and spent
some time organizing the music on my USB. It's all good now, but it
took a while haha.
We spoke in church on Sunday in Seeley, but the talk I had prepared was
on my iPad.... Which was nowhere to be seen.., so I gave the high
councilman a little bit of long time to speak as I just kind of spoke
in what I could remember that I had written. I felt kinda bad but
everyone said I did good, so whatever I suppose!
We got our transfer calls during lunch, which was weird because it was
just like right after we walked in so we took the call and then
couldn't tell thee members what was happening haha.
Oh what's happening? We are, sadly, both leaving the area. Elder
Hansen is going to a Butte 1st ward, and I am going to Helena 2nd
Ward/Lincoln Branch. I get to be the Jr companion to the district
leader!!! -_- I'm so excited
After that we went to the Daniels Snider Whitman family and visited
with them. The older brother has recently been having an obsession
with water-related things, so we walked in in the middle of a water
balloon and water gun fight. Fun? Heck yeah. We got soaked, then spent
like 30 minutes drying off during a lesson, then we took pictures with
them, because we're both leaving and want to have some sort of
The Snider/Whitman/Daniels clan all in one picture... It took like 30
minutes and 400 pictures to find one good one hahahah

After a few mor appointments we had to rush back to Clinton for a
dinner with the Lohmans. Still weird that people not that much older
than me are married, living alone, and adulting. I don't wanna.
That night was spent with Elder Hansen updating the area book like
crazy and me doing a little bit of packing. I have too much stuff
But in all reality, after 6 months here I really am going to miss all
the people, the places, and the missionaries. However, Helena is about
to get hit with a Wallgren Bomb.
Look out Helena.. Here I come!

Monday, May 9, 2016

5/03 - 5/8/2016: I'm broken.... Apparently

Phone home...from YW Room
"Simply living life can be and often is a humbling experience.
Accident and illness, the death of loved ones, problems in
relationships, even financial reversals can bring us to our knees.
Whether these difficult experiences come through no fault of our own
or through bad decisions and poor judgment, these trials are all
humbling. If we choose to be spiritually attuned and remain humble and
teachable, our prayers become more earnest and faith and testimony
will grow as we overcome the tribulations of mortal existence. All of
us look forward to exaltation, but before this can occur, we must
persevere through what has been referred to as the 'valley of
humility.'" (Steven E. Snow, Be Thou Humble, April 2016 General

It really makes me think.... Even if I'm not doing anything wrong
(which I do A LOT) this life is meant to have trials and problems. I'm
not supposed to have an easy time in life, at least not if I want the
highest reward in heaven. I think it's really cool that he says that
sometimes (and often) just simply living life can be hard,
discouraging, and just plain sucky. We are not meant to just simply
coast through life, having an easy fun time. We are meant to have hard

But the best part? Because we have the bad times, because are
compelled to be humble, because we can be sad, discouraged, and upset,
we can know what REAL happiness is like. There must needs be an
opposition in all things, otherwise we wouldn't be able to grow. The
strongest trees grow in the harshest winds. The most powerful swords
are built through repeated beatings. The purest gold has to be burned
over and over and over again. If we didn't have the blessing of being
humbled, of going through the bad times, how would we know what the
good times feel like? How would we grow to learn from the past, to
become who we are today? Yes, it is important to try to make as little
mistakes as possible; but when we do, or even when life is just
beating us down, we can grow, we can be one better, we can do what our
father in heaven wishes for us to do!
I drew this week... Cuz I was bored

Had a....... Different preparation day this week. It started off with
the fact that the stake center was being deep cleaned, so when we
showed up we couldn't change inside. I suggested we just change in the
car but Elder Hansen refused, so we ended up doing all of the day's
activities in white shirts and slacks. I took my tie off, but I still
felt super weird.
Either way, we did so some weird stuff. The first thing that happened
was that apparently everyone in the zone bought their own kites
(without telling us, mind you) and so we sat and watched the kites fly
around in the sky for a good 30 minutes or so. The wind wasn't really
prevalent though, so the kite flying was actually interesting to watch
as everyone tried to catch the wind that didn't exist. Watching like
15 other missionaries run around trying to get kites in the air for
like half an hour is actually pretty entertaining hah. But after that
an Elder recommended that we walk down to a duck pond that was just a
walk down the street. It sounded pretty chill, so most of us agreed
that it would be a fun thing to do. When we got there we skipped rocks
for a while, as there were no actual ducks for us to feed or watch. It
was a little more lame than I thought it was going to be, but we had
some fun once the ducks appeared. While the whole zone was bust
admiring the ducks and ooo-ing and aahh-ing, I decided it was time for
me to go for a little walk. One of the zone leaders joined me, and we
just spent some time walking along the edge of the pond exploring the
little bit of vegetation that existed there. It was fun because we did
have to do a little climbing to be able to get past certain areas.
The best part was when we found the turtle!!

the turtle we found at the duck pond on Monday. We all took
pictures with it, naturally!

We were just walking and we noticed at the end of a long long that was
half in the water there was a turtle sunbathing. Naturally, we decided
it was our responsibility to try to reel the turtle in and to take
some pictures with it! (Harassing the wildlife?! No!) We tried for
like 20 or so minutes to reel the thing in, but the log was so big
that 1. It was hard to move, and 2. When we would try to move it the
turtle would jump ship and swim in the water, only to eventually come
back to his favorite sunbathing spot. One thing that we didn't really
notice is that by this point the zone saw that we were doing something
so a bunch of them came over to see what it was and see if it was any
fun. Well the two of us had decided to give up at that point, but as
we were giving up Sister Adamson decided that it was worth any effort
to get the turtle.... Including breaking mission rules in front of the
zone leaders to walk along the log and eventually into the water to
grab the turtle. Elder Hoschouer, the zone leader with me, was about
to say something to her, but then he just said that she had already
broken the rules, so she might as well just go get him.
So she did.
And naturally, we all took pictures with the thing!! It made me laugh
that even though we are all "adults" we still found a simple turtle
the most interesting thing on the planet. Yeah..... "Adults"
Haha after that we all went to the stake center and finished up some
emails, and then we took a zone trip to DQ. The rest of the day was
just teaching a lesson to brother Gowey about covenants and then very
slowly walking home in the ironic wind that had very ferociously
picked up in West Riverside!
We did a pretty sweet zone car wash today. Full of soap, suds,
flip-flops, and all sorts of different sunburns. The winter made us
all super white so I think almost, if not all, of us got at least a
little bit of a sunburn. It was fun to be able to give some service to
the people of Missoula though, and to boot it was some sweet bonding
time with the zone. Sister Shoemaker took a bazillion pictures, and
now the zone has lots of weird laughing moments with each other over
some of the pictures (the biggest laugh everyone got out of any
picture is attracted below of sister hodgson and myself. Elder Hansen
thinks it's the funniest picture he's ever seen in Missoula... I might
agree with him).

After the car wash we were able to go on a 3 hour exchange with Elder
Bozue (bow-zoo) and Elder Ross from Ronan. All four of us just hung
out in the Clinton/East Missoula area, as the Ronan Elders did not
want to spend the time or the miles to go back to Ronan. So Elder
Bozue and I went out to Clinton and Turrah while Elder Hansen and
Elder Ross were in West Riverside and East Missoula. It was a sweet
little exchange, Elder Bozue and I were able to give a priesthood
blessing, help one of our investigators know what is happening to his
recently deceased father, and I was able to answer some questions that
had been burning in Elder Bozue's mind for a while about the second
coming and the judgement day. I think I was lead by the spirit in some
stuff, because I know I couldn't have remembered half the stuff I was
able to without some sort of help! It was nice though to have
something to talk about while we walked, because with Elder Hansen
being the introvert he is, most of our walks (including the 5 mile
walk to east Missoula we make every week) are basically silent. Leaves
me alone to my thoughts... Which is NEVER good!
Had an interesting district meeting today, focused on talking to
everyone. Elder Bozue lead a sweet role play that gave us all a
character of weird people he has taught on his mission so far. We had
some interesting people- a mailman who picked up a Book of Mormon off
the street, an atheist who worked at a Christain bookstore, a
politician who had a testimony but wouldn't convert to not loose
voters, and lots of other fun things. My favorite was my companions-
an exotic dancer who wants to get to know God. My companion, the
exotic dancer. Hahahahahhahahaha it was the best thing ever because
once the sister that was teaching him found out what he was she got
SUPER wide-eyed! Haha it was priceless.
We taught a few good lessons later in the day too. We are reading out
the Book of Mormon still with the George's, and we are currently on
the Isaiah chapter of 2nd Nephi, where Nephi quotes HEAVILY from the
book of Isaiah in the bible. If any of you have ever read from the
book of Isaiah, you will know that it is not at all easy to understand
for two missionaries, let alone a couple older folk who have never
read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. So we have an interesting
time working with them in figuring out what the book is saying to us
ahaha. Besides that we also were able to go to sister baker's house
and talk with her about trials and the bad things that happen in life.
We related it to her new cat, who only has three legs, and how even
though she is missing a limb, she had learned to be happy and that she
had gotten to be super fast even missing a leg. The cat is super fast,
ran across a whole room in no time flat! Makes me sad that the cat is
missing a leg, but it did relate to her super well so I guess I can't
We were getting ready weekly planning today (we were actually ready
for once!) but then the Pippos called us and said that they wanted to
come over to inspect our apartment and our car. Oh boy.. It was not
ready for inspection. Therefore, weekly planning turned into a deep
cleaning session. We rushed super quick so that it wouldn't be
apparent that we just spent like 3 hours cleaning, and even though we
were in a hurry we were surprisingly able to get everything looking
spick and span! The only points we got knocked off were for some
broken curtains and for some limewater stains in the toilet. We were
super relieved hahaha.
After inspections we went over to Sue's to hopefully have a plan of
salvation lesson, but we actually just spent like 2 hours helping her
organize her family history chart online so that she could have some
names to take to the temple on Saturday. It was super cool to see the
contrast between her tree and mine. If we spent 2 hours on my family
tree, we would probably only find like 3-4 names. But spending that
time with sue, we found 35 names for her and a young man in the ward
to get baptized for! It was super sweet that we are able to help with
that work. It makes me feel good that I am not only able to help those
who are alive, but also those who are passed on, but still looking for
their work to be done!!
We went Tracting a little after dinner, and then we walked to Brother
Stoumbaugh's and talked with him about the Book of Mormon and how it
can provide strength in our lives. It is super cool to be able to see
his love for the book, and to see the love that he feels for the
gospel. Christ changes lives, and I haven't doubted it for a moment!
We gave some more service with the M3 sisters (Sisters Hodgson and
Freeman) at that gross apparent, that really isn't that gross anymore.
All the walls have been painted and all the flooring is gone, so even
though it is bare it actually looks A TON better than it did before.
The service we did this time was really just a last clean-up before
the floors got painted. We took a shop-vac and vacuumed up all the
dust and other random stuff left on the floors. While Elder Hansen ran
the vacuum, the two sisters and I took pliers and hammers and got the
rest of the staples and nails out of the floor. It was kind of weird
because the member that owns the apartment (not the Yules) said that
there was going to be some lifting to do, but there wasn't any lifting
to be done... So really it just turned into sweeping, pulling, and
lots of conversation between the four of us haha.
We had dinner with the Yules that night, then we ran out to Brother
Gowey's, then we went back to Clinton for a lesson with the Lemons.
Lots of running around! We tried to teach Brother Gowey more about the
priesthood, but it just turned into an Elder Wallgren roast fest.
Brother Gowey is mean to me... But I'm oddly okay with it. We have a
weird relationship.
Brother Gowey and I have a........... Special relationship

 The lesson we had with the Lemons was about as
interesting as it usually is. Some time spent making fun of "Mr.
Texas" and his plans for the future, talking about some form of
hunting, and then to top it all off ice cream at the end. Literally
how the last like 9 lessons had gone with them hhaha.

I saw it and it made me laugh, even though I just barely understand it

We got home just a little past nine.... And then we were broken:
When we got home the neighbors were out and about doing their thing,
being a group of college students living in one apartment. They had
some friends over, and as such they were laughing and having a good
time. When we got out of the car, one of the girls walked up to us-
"Hey I have a question for you!"  Was this going to be a miraculous
It wasn't
The next 35 or so minutes consisted of someone trying to bash with us
who couldn't even build a viable argument. We literally had to help
her find her facts to build her argument, which even still was not
quite good. We went from discussing (I say discussing, but she never
let us say more than like 3 words) the difference between Christians
and Catholics, to why God isn't destroying the earth right now, to why
it "might" be okay to follow the devil to get happiness, to the
hypocrites in Jerusalem, and finally to why we are all descendants of
Noah, not of Adam and Eve.... My companion and I were a loss for
words. We had no idea what to say... What to think... What to do! She
smiled, and I could tell she thought she had won our little encounter
here. She was about to start again on something else when her neighbor
came out and corralled her inside. We waved goodbye, and as we walked
into our apartment we hear the two of them arguing:
"Brianna, why would you do that?!"
"I F****** broke the Mormons! Did you see that?! I broke them!" We got
into our apartment and I looked at Elder Hansen- "Is this what it
feels like to be broken? It's new to me. I must have been broken for a
while now!" And then a fit of giggles followed from the two of us with
lots of other comments on the discussion we had. 

Pretty slow day today.....
We spent the first half the day walking to East Missoula, teaching a
few lessons to a few people, and then walking back. The hour it takes
to walk stinks, and Elder Hansen doesn't like the bus, so we walk it
usually once a week haha. Oh well, I guess it is keeping me at least
somewhat in shape. We taught some good lessons, and were able to teach
some really cool people on the side of the road as we walked!
The later half of the day we spent walking around West Riverside,
visiting a few less active and medically home-bound people close to
us. It took us like 45 minutes of wandering around in a trailer court
to find one sister, but eventually we found her and were able to have
a nice visit with her. She said at the end of the visit that she was
super happy we came over, super happy that we were there to talk with
her! It's nice to visit those who normally don't have people to talk
with, I can always tell that they like that more than anything else
that we might give them!
Church was weird today- everyone was talking about their mothers and
how we need to hug and serve out mothers and I just felt.... Weird. My
mother is like 1300 miles away, so I couldn't really accept the
challenges that were given in sacrament meeting ahah.
BUT! It was the day I got to skype home, and that was SUPER cool, as I
expected it to be. I camped out in the young women's room, because it
was the closest room to the clerk's office, where the WiFi router was.
Even with that the service was a little sketchy, but it was super
awesome to talk to my family for a while!
I skyped home in the young women's room..... And they had a couch
full of colorful and fluffy blankets and a couple heart pillows. So,
naturally, I had to take a few pictures!

As always happens after talking to your family, doing work was a
little weird that evening. Thoughts are on home, but we tried to work
and just get some stuff done! Even though we tried... No one that we
tried was home or interested. So really we just spent the evening
walking around haha.
However, I did teach Elder Hansen how to cook Mac N' Cheese, so that
was sweet. It was also very entertaining for me to watch him try to
figure out what the directions on the back of the box said to do. I
know that's probably bad, but whatever. It was fun.