I hope you all had a fantastic New Year celebration :)
My New Years Eve was pretty good. We baked cookies for a lot of the part-member and less-active families in our ward. Everyone was so welcoming to us and nice! :) I know you are all curious, but I totally went to bed at 10:30 that night. Sleep is so much more valuable to me right now than staying up, saying "woohoo" at midnight, and then being dead tired waking up at 6:30 the next morning. Technically I could have though.. I think I have mentioned how loud the neighbors that live above us are. Man, New Years Eve was a whole new low for them. Their music was so loud we could literally hear every word, beat, and our room would shake when the bass dropped. They were screaming, drinking, partying, and I choked a few times from the smoke seeping through our vents. We called the apartment security, and we heard them stop by. The neighbors stopped.. For a half an hour.. Then started again. So, we called a second time. They stopped.. For a half an hour!! Then the next morning they were on their balcony when we went outside. The two men that live there just gave us the creepiest look. It's one thing to give someone a "funny look". But the way they looked and smiled at us was like a lion stalking his prey. Definitely an "Uh Oh" feeling moment. I guess the moral of the story is Yes, we were up at midnight, and Yes our Mission President is having us sleep at the Sister Training Leaders' house until we are moved (hopefully this weekend).
So that was my kind of crazy story for this week. I should share some spiritual things now :) We stopped by to see this inactive family this week, and the man opened the door and let us right in. It was a miracle because he NEVER lets missionaries in. We talked to him about temples, and he said he wants to go back so badly. He said "don't give up on us. We will come back" when we were getting ready to leave. Then he texted us after and told us that I looked almost identical to his daughter and he had to take a second look. But, it touched his heart, and he wants to set up another return appointment with us. That was so reassuring that I need to be in the Rockbrook ward.
So about a month ago, we were teaching a 9 year old boy and just fell in love with his step mom. She would sit in on all of the lessons, and take him to church. On the week of Luca's baptism, his father (who is against organized religion) had a talk with him, and Luca decided not to be baptized. It was so sad. But, we still served that family and kept in touch with the mom. This week we took them for a tour of the Trail Center and it was a great experience. The feeling was so strong. They have an 11 year old boy, Alec, in the family who is severely autistic, and he HATES religion. He would have to be locked up in his room when we would come over or else he would have panic attacks. But, he loved the Trail Center. We decided to be bold with Courtney, the mom, and straight up asked her if we could continue teaching her. She said she would love it!!!!! So we let her know about church on Sunday (yesterday) and made an appointment with her for Wednesday. She then told us that Luca and Alec (!!) wanted to come to church with her. So that was huge!!!!!! Alec ended up getting really sick yesterday morning, but Courtney and Luca were at church. Let me tell you how amazing it is, sitting next to investigators in church and watching them take the sacrament. It is such a peaceful feeling. I truly believe the Trail Center touched their hearts. That is such a sacred place.
I love you all so much. Thanks for everything you all do for me. I hope you have a great week!!
Sister Missy Hutchison
The sunset behind the Winter Quarters Temple in the TC parking lot.
Wishing you a happy New Year!!