Disney Princess Practice

Wowza, what an exciting week to be alive and to be a missionary in Palmyra! We had quite the adventure Sunday morning at 12:35 in the AM. We woke up to the most annoying alarm in the whole world. It wasn’t the smoke detector. It wasn’t the carbon monoxide detector. We couldn’t find the blasted source! One sister was packed up and heading to the car, another was about to dial 9-11. Finally we discovered it was coming from our very creepy basement. Now I’ve probably talked about some creepy basements I’ve had on my mission, but nothing compares to the current one. The high pitched wailing was finally found on the stairs in the form of the FLOOD ALARM! With all our snow melt we had a few inches of water in our basement and the pump was broken. We got one of the facilities management senior missionaries to come and fix it and a couple of hours later we were able to go back to bed. The next day we were comparable to zombies, and that’s how the week started.

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Later on Sunday, man with a fancy camera came to take pictures at the Smith Farm and he took some pictures of us missionaries serving there. Just notice the Sacred Grove in the background. In early spring.. (Therearenoleavesandallthevideosyouseelie)..Anyway, it was freezing on Sunday, and this is what it was like when Joseph went to pray! But he didn’t let anything stop him, not the cold, not the wet, and not Satan. When he was “seized upon by some power which entirely overcame him” and when he felt as though he was “doomed to sudden destruction” he exerted all his powers to call upon God, and his prayer was answered. Here’s a quote from Spencer W. Kimball, I might have sent in in a previous email..oh well! “A spot of hidden solitude was found, knees were bent, a heart was humbled, pleadings were voice and a light brighter than the noonday sun illuminated the world-the curtain never to be closed again. Heaven kissed the earth, light dissipated the darkness and God again spoke to man.”

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Luckily Sunday turned to Monday, which was probably the greatest day of my mission thus far. ‘Twas the day to celebrate the publication of the Book of Mormon! It was first sold on March 26th, but as it was a Sunday we did our Family Home Evening activity at the Grandin Building on the 27th. We dressed up in period costumes and had games and cookies for the guests. It was so.much.FUN! I had the privilege of dressing up as Harriet Grandin, E.B.’s wife, and got to explain the binding process in a dress that Sister Bradford made for me just the week before. She’s the best, and a master seamstress since it fit great! I had so much fun! We also had shopkeepers in the bookstore, Martin Harris explaining the contract, Emma Smith telling about the translation in our Harmony display, Pomeroy Tucker (the foreman) in the print shop telling the printing process, and little ole me in the bindery. The sisters who were guiding groups through were also dressed up and it was a blast. I was in heaven! I figured that dressing up like Harriet Grandin and teaching kids how to make a book is just like being a princess in Disneyland, right?
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Tuesday we got to go on team ups with some of the other site sisters. I am so grateful for the opportunity I get to serve with these great sisters. They are incredible and I love them all! Yesterday we took the new sisters and the THREE new senior couples (yay, more grandparents!) down to the Whitmer Farm to be trained there. It was cold but it was amazing!

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Now everyone stop what you’re doing and go to mormon.org for the new Easter video. It’s a good one! Share it with family and friends and make sure you participate in each day of Holy Week by following the suggestions! Yayayay Easter, woohooooooooo! 


Conference weekend! Oh how I love conference! Tune in and then tell me which were your favorite talks! 
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