Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Winchester Sisters

Mine familier og venner,

This week, Sister Tenny and I were visiting referrals. We are sharing the car right now with another set of sisters in Winchester who moved in, but mainly we have it still because they also have bikes and we do not. I am not allowed to drive the car because you have to fill out some forms, etc. and I am not here permanently anyway, the mission did not give them to me. But, I like having others drive all the time anyway. So Sister Tenny was driving. I was in the passenger seat. I can't see the gas gauge from there because of where it is placed on the driver’s side. All of the sudden, the car was slowing down. I looked at Sister Tenny and asked why she was going slower. It was dark outside and we were headed back to our apartment. She said that the gas light was on and that we had just run out of gas. So inside, I slightly panicked. Luckily, there was a gas station ahead. I told Sister Tenny, "Okay, here is the deal. I am not sure if this can work because I usually have seen two people or more pushing a car in neutral, but I am going to hop out, you put the car in neutral and I will push it, but I might need you to get out of the car and help if I can't get it to move." The second I get out of the car, it starts pouring rain! Ha ha! It was SO funny! :) I was laughing really hard and it made it kind of fun. Somehow, I was able to push the car to the gas station. However, then Sister Tenny opened her door and said "uhh... Sister Orgill... the gas cap is on the other side." So we had to push it out and push it back in to another one. That was more challenging because of the slight incline, so I had to have Sister Tenny push to get it up the little hill with me. It's a small town. No one else was around. Good times :) I'm glad the Lord made sure we were alright though.

Anyway, great week. I got to speak in church on Sunday.(However, the speaker system connected on the pulpit was kind of tall so people said they could only see my eyes when I was speaking, ha ha) Three of our investigators came to church! It was great!

Oh and I was teaching a lesson this week and was telling this lady to read in Mosiah Chapter 14, but I accidently said chapter in Danish... I can't think of how it is spelled right now, but its like "capital." I had no idea I said it, but my companion corrected me.

Anyway, things are going great here. We know that we will be able to make this branch a ward.

de kaerligste hisener,

Søster Orgill

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The quarterly Great Tullahoma City Clean up

Me with Christine

Nashville Tribute Band concert.
We brought Kristi and Tammy with us.
They loved it.

The band, their baby Becca, Kristi, me and Sister Tenny

I was brushing my teeth when Sister Pearson
decided it was funny that she was closer
to my height kneeling than standing.

Visa waitin’ Danes in the Zone

I made banana bread muffins with a fork!
Somehow they still turned out great!

Me with Abe.
He’s a mormon! J

Me with the catfish, Peachy Lips.
He was the first fish I caught.

Peachy Lips on a leash.

My four fish I caught.

My companions, Elder Carter and me
at Zone meeting in the
longest standing LDS chapel in the South States.

P Day without the trainers.
Hanging out with Evie.

Last district meeting in my first area in Tennessee.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tullahoma and Winchester

Mine familier og venner,

Hvordan har du det?

So Sister Tenny and I are still shifting between Tullahoma and Winchester. It's about a 30 minute drive. We can't move into the Winchester apartment yet because they have some repairs to do first. This week we stayed two nights in a member's home in Winchester, but came back to Tullahoma today.

So last preparation day, also known as "p-day," we went fishing in a member's pond! I had never really fished before, especially with LIVE bait! I didn't even realize you put a live worm on the hook! Ha ha, wow, I know... I need to get out more or something ;)
So it was SUPER gross to me to put the live worms on. I tried my best not to touch them and would just try to stab them with the hook until they were one it. Whenever they squirmed up and touched me, I screamed. It made it pretty exciting for everyone around me. eventually, I came up with a genius method to use my hook to get one out of the container and them pin it down with two lids so it could not move. Then, I would hook it three or four times. We were out there for a little longer than an hour and I caught 5 fish over all. Way fun! Taking the fish off the hook also scared me at first, especially since they were slimy and wiggly, but eventually I got used to it. However, I accidently dropped one back in the water.

Pictures to come :)

Lessons I learned from fishing:

1. There is more than one way to hook a worm ;)
2. While waiting, enjoy the scenery and the quiet time you have to contemplate
3. It's important to try new things, even if you think they aren't up your alley of fun, because you might really enjoy them

Highlight of the week: We visited one of the people this week who had filled out a survey at the Dogwood Festival and said she wanted to learn more about the gospel. We came by and she said she wanted to learn more and wanted her children to be raised better than how she had grown up and wanted them to have good values. We told her about how the gospel blesses families, about Joseph Smith wanting to know which church to join and about the Book of Mormon being another testament of Jesus Christ when he had visited the Ancient Americas. We also talked about the Savior's earthly ministry and how He asks us to follow in his example. We asked her if she would be willing to follow His example and be baptized and she said she did and that she could not wait! We were all beaming. We knew that the spirit was there and that this was all in the Lord's timing.

Unfortunately, we do not get to teach her after this, the other sister will since she was actually in Tullahoma, but we are happy the Lord let us be a part of His plan for her.

I love you all so much, hope you have a wonderful day :)

Kaerlighed altid,

Søster Orgill

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rain, Danes, Festivals, and Transfers

Dear friends and family,

So, recently, we have received a lot of rain. However, I think this is the usual here in Tennessee. It's been good though. I love the rain. Plus, it gets me ready for Denmark ;)

On Tuesday, we had a kind of unusual day. One of our investigators needed to go to the emergency room for her migraines. She doesn't have a car needed to arrange a ride for her and needed us to stick with her since none of her family could come. We got members to take us all there and bring us back to her house (since it is against the rules for us to drive other people). Anyway, we spent two hours in the ER. Pretty crazy, but she was grateful we could stay. She considers us as family, in fact, she asks us to call her our Tullahoma Momma.

We also met with Erik (the Dane) twice this week. He has decided he will give us Danish lessons as much as we can meet up until we get our visas. The first day, he gave us a lesson on the history and geography of Denmark. I loved it! Then, he asked how we work on pronunciation and if we have tapes or CDs or something that we listen to. We told him that we practice by reading the Book of Mormon in Danish out loud. I had purchased one copy of a Danish Book of Mormon before my mission that I had brought with me. I handed it to him so he could look at it. He asked if he could borrow it to become familiar with what material we are working with and I told him he could have it. He then told us that he would be delighted to read it!

The second time we met with Erik, he had read chapters 1-15 of 1st Nephi and said that he enjoyed reading it! He also had compared the chapters to the English edition that his friend, Tom, had. (We meet at Tom's house because Erik lives about 40 minutes away). Erik told us that the translation to Danish translates almost perfectly and that he was impressed with it. He had Sister Pearson and me listen to him read two verses and then had us read so he could help correct any pronunciation mistakes that he sees. It really helped a lot. He also told us that he thought we were doing well and that the Danes would be able to understand us when we read.

Okay, so the major part of the week was the Dogwood Festival. It was held in Winchester (a city about 30 minutes from Tullahoma). Winchester used to be in the Tullahoma ward, but last week a Winchester Branch was created. To help the Branch grow, the Church had a booth at the Dogwood Festival. We gave away free lemonade, CTR balloons, had tables full of free church pamphlets, DVDs, Book of Mormons, etc. and also asked people to fill out a four question survey to enter into a contest to win one of two Dogwood trees or very large framed picture of the Savior. Each person who marked a yes to any of the questions, they count as a referral and we will send missionaries over to their house to deliver a Book of Mormon and talk about the category that they wanted to learn more about (The Book of Mormon, families, the Savior or all of the above).

In the end, we have 249 referrals from the festival. Most of them are in our zone, but there were also some from other parts of Tennessee and other states. Pretty sweet!

Yesterday was the last day of the festival. The festival was supposed to close at 5pm, but around 3:30pm, we received word to close down the booths because a lightning storm was headed our way. We started packing up, but one of the leaders told us we were welcomed to stay, continue surveying and help booths that were still there pack up. We went to a western clothing/jewelry booth and all 8 of us missionaries helped them pack up there stuff and put it in the trailer. About 2/5 of the stuff was packed when it started raining, we continued working in the rain and hardly noticed the loud clinks of hail hitting everywhere around us until the storm was right over us. Oh my gosh, it was crazy! The hale increase in size, quantity and intensity of speed as is hit forcefully flew all around us. There were two people in the trailer and everyone else stayed underneath the canopy booth with the rest of the stuff outside. Someone suggested we get in the trailer. I rain through the attacking hail to the trailer. Right after I did, the wind started to move even more forcefully and one of the canopy tents completely flipped over, while the other remained standing thanks to the lady who owned the shop and the 6 missionaries in there. Then, the lady's husband and the other elder who were both in the trailer with me left to help hold it down. All of the sudden, I was alone. It was dangerous to go back out, so I just stood on the edge of the trailer watching them and starring at the sky. The sky looked so scary! Dark, dark greys and blues. To me, it looked like a tornado could come. I was so scared. I kept praying the whole time, I was scared we could die. It was a frightening experience. On the ground, everything looked white, as if it had snowed, but it was all hail. The first layer melted against the warm ground and then everything started to look like ice water from Sonic. It filled up fast and there were deep puddles all around us. Eventually, the cold storm calmed. Most of the merchandise was soaked, but all of us were okay and so were our vehicles, so that was good.

The moral of this story? You really never know what is going to happen in life, so be prepared! Life could end tomorrow! But if we are prepared, we shall not fear. And, the Lord is on our side! :)

I love you all so much!

Thank you for your support!

Søster Orgill

P.S. I am being transferred this week to Winchester with my companion, Sister Tenny! We are really going to try to get Winchester Branch (formed last week) to become a ward :)