Hermana Millington - Notes from New Jersy

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Transfers! Dun dun duuuun...April 3, 2017

glamour shots by the fire escape
Hopefully you had an awesome week and an even awesomer
weekend watching General Conference! I LOVED it. I had so many
questions answered. It was super great as well to hear from President
Monson about the Book of Mormon! (Ps I'm going to finish it tomorrow
in Spanish woot woot) I watched the two morning sessions in Spanish
but the afternoons in English. It was a little rough Saturday
afternoon, we watched at a member's home and their internet was bad.
But we absorbed most of what they were saying!

So like my email title says, tomorrow is transfers!! Man. Wanna know a
crazy thing? I only have three left. So that hurts. But it's okay :)
I've decided that it stinks to go home because I love this place and
these people, but that there are a lot of ways I need to progress back
there, too. But for now I'm here and happy and learning and growing
and having the best time :) so this is all the transfer doctrine: IM
STAYING!! Yay :) and Sister Allen is going to Jersey City! And I'll be
her STL :) and Sister Holguin is going to Paterson and I'll be her
STL, too! Fun, right? And I'm getting a new companion, Sister Gaytán!
She's from Mexico, but lived a while in California. Remember Sister
Hettinger from the MTC? She's her trainer! So Sister Gaytan is just a
couple transfers younger than me. But she's an awesome missionary! And
Mexican, and I'm pretty much Mexican, so ya know. It'll be awesome,
though, I'm excited :) sad to lose sister Allen, she's super awesome.
She's helped me and these people a lot this transfer. I'll definitely
miss her. But I'll still get to see her around, it'll be good!

Here's some highlights from the week:

We had two exchanges! Monday night I went out with Sister
Higginbotham, that was cool! We met some interesting people on the
streets of Englewood while advertising our English Class. This one
guy, Jorge, kept asking us questions about when the Bible was edited
and if God and the Devil are two separate things or the same person..
anyway, come to find out he'd taken some seminary in his country for
nine years and just wanted to see if we had our facts straight. Haha.
Punk. But it was good anyway, we met some other nice people and got
some numbers!
Tuesday night I was with Sister Murphy. She's super cute! She's a
great conversationalist. It was a really nice and easy exchange- we
were full of appointments and she teaches well and was easy to talk to
as we drove around. We came home and the other sisters had gone to see
someone that gave them chicken feet and hearts for dinner.. luckily
they had to leave for an appointment and they took them to-go, but
they're still in the fridge. Ew. But sweet of her to give us food!
She's a nice little lady :)

Thursday we had TAC- transfer apartment cleaning. It was great! We
scrubbed everything. For hours. It was insane. But the apartment feels
better now :) then we tried to get some planning done at the chapel,
but ended up going to see an investigator that the elders are teaching
that decided last-minute she didn't want to get baptized on Sunday :(
so we went over to see what was up and to meet her parents that are
Dominican and don't speak any English. We talked a lot with her about
the Holy Ghost and how bad she needs it, and hopefully it helped a
little. Her mom gave us some cake and orange juice so we're buddies
now too ❤️ we also got tacos for dinner and they were SO GOOD. Real
tacos guys? They're so good.

Friday we ended up going way North in our area to pick something up
from a member and may or may not have accidentally crossed the border
into New York. AGAIN. But it's okay, this time it was still in our
mission and our zone :) we just had to get back on the turnpike and
make it back into Jersey. Haha oops. I know how to drive. We also made
banana bread muffins that morning during planning to take to some
members when we took their dishes back and that was good :) we saw
cute little Hermano Pichardo and he gave us some yummy yogurt and we
got drenched in the rain. All good stuff. I learned what shoes NOT to
wear in the rain. Haha

Saturday was the bomb! Conference is the best. I seriously almost
cried like three times. I loved it a lot :) it's amazing how inspired
those people are to speak to our hearts through the spirit and tell us
exactly what we need to hear. And how we can find comfort and council
simply by the spirit that is there, not necessarily because of what
they say.
We also had a face-time lesson with this guy, Jorge Argudo from
Ecuador, that was awesome! He was the one we had the crazy hour-long
phone call lesson with the other week. He still has a ton of questions
and we ended up teaching about the Plan of Salvation and some of
repentance and some of the commandments. Man! But he told us he'd been
looking for the true church his whole life but didn't really know how
to find it and hadn't really taken the time to. But he said he would
pray and ask and we promised he'd find his answer :)
#moderndayecuadorianjosephsmith and then he said a beautiful closing
prayer, that was good too :) he's a funny man. We like him a lot.

Sunday was great! Conference. Between sessions we ran to see
Gloria Coba and her family and Brenda and Jorge to put conference on
their phones. But unfortunately they didn't have enough gigs to watch
it :( but we sent her a talk after and she loved it! After the second
session we went to see the Calderon's and have some dinner with them.
It was awesome, I love that family. Ana is such a sweet mother to her
kids and so kind to her husband :) and she wants to share the gospel!
Woo! They're sweet.
That night we had our call and found out what's going down! It's super
crazy.. I'll have spent a fourth of my mission here in the EngleHood!
But I know there's more the Lord needs me to do here :) I'm excited to
stay and help and serve and love these people!
 Hope you had a great week and a great
conference and a great week this next week too! :)
Les amoooo! :)
Hermana Millington
New Jersey Morristown Mission

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