Tales of a Minnesotan Missionary
A small sampling of the adventures of Hermana Andrus on her mission in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
May 30 TRANSFERS111
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ok so transfers always get me pumped. I'm going to NORTH ST PAUL as a Sister Training
Leader!!! STL's are kind of the sister equivalent to Zone Leaders minus all the paperwork. AHH. ok. I'm nervous but
really excited. Hna Hughes is staying here and her new companion is a sister I served with in Minneapolis. She's
awesome. I will be with Hna Chavez, I don't know anything about her haha
I might freak out randomly during this email because many things are happening! Nate goes home this week!!!!
And this is basically the last week that I can write Josh emails because after that they won't get to him in time.
One of the coolest things this week is that we taught 20 lessons. Maybe that doesn't sound too impressive to you
guys, but just for perspective, the week before Hna Hughes got here we taught 7. We have been working really
hard.The most fun and happiness on a mission come from working as hard as possible. Sometimes its hard to
keep that motivation because you are seriously wiped at the end of every day, and you dont know if you can
wake up in the morning, but you always do, and it's so worth it. There's a real satisfaction that comes from
leaving an area more productive than you found it. I am so thankful for Hna Hughes and how much she's
helped me grow in the last two transfers. I really needed her help.
Among those lessons was a lesson with a couple named Paula and Luis. They did not want to hear anything we
had to say. It's so frustrating when people ask questions to trap you instead of really wanting to know. It's so
hard especially in Spanish. All we could do was testify of the Book of Mormon and leave. When people aren't
ready they're not ready. It's sad. We had a lesson with a guy named Fidel who told us his 'come to Jesus' story
which included cocaine overdoses and stab wounds and who knows what else. It was pretty intense but it was
cool to see how much faith he has. Occasionally I miss my greenie days when I didn't understand stories like
that haha. But not really. I love Spanish.
We took our PDay on Tuesday this week as a zone because we got permission to go to Valley Fair! Aka
rollercoasters. We had so much fun and I got sunburned and got to wear jeans and ride rollercoasters. We
seriously had so much fun. I love this zone and am sad to leave. But I'm ready for new adventures:) I'll send you
lots of pictures.
We got to talk to one of our less active members for the first time and he was telling us about all sorts of new
technology and advances and stuff. I don't even know how we got on the subject but it's a good thing we were
talking in English because if he had started about Teslas, mega batteries and missile lasers and quantum machines
in Spanish I would be lost. He also told me how I should be washing my face and what skin products I should use.
That wasn't really appreciated haha.
Another highlight of the week was going to the temple with Leo. We just walked around the outside and sang
hymns and went in the waiting room. We are really trying to help him prepare to receive the priesthood and
enter the temple. It was a really good experience.
I am pumped to be a missionary. I have never been more grateful for a family that raised me reading the scriptures
and learning the stories and doing all the things we're supposed to. I am so thankful for you and love you! Mom
I think your story about seminary is really cool. It's obviously somewhere you need to be/something you need
to be doing. I can't believe it's JUNE!! What?!
I love you! Let me know how life is, keep me updated on sports and school and stuff!
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