Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 11 - Teaching Explosion


Well I have way less time than usual today because we only get an hour to email, because our actual P-day will be Thursday this week. You will probably have to send that recipe Sister Borgholthaus because I wont be able to get it in time, but that's alright! I hope Texas was great!!! 

So this week exploded with teaching, like exploded!!!! We taught 30 lessons, and got a new investigator!!! His name is Alex, and we got him from the Mary Poppins bag apartment. I kid you not every time we show up there there is someone new living there, and someone new to teach, IT'S AWESOME!!!!! Seriously like a dream, the apartment as a whole has some word of wisdom issues to resolve, but they're so great!!! Alex knows literally nothing about religion it blows my mind!!!!!! Anyway he's to cool, and in the middle of the lesson (Sister Hallett and our member with us were teaching another new investigator Cooper) he stopped me and was like " I am getting such good vibes right now, like everything you're saying just makes me feel awesome, and I feel like it's true, why is that?" So I was like, well let me tell about the Holy Ghost, BOOOOOOOM HE's GOLDEN!!!!! Sadly though that whole apartment is YSA aged, so assuming they want to go to a YSA ward we have to pass them on :( bummer right? but that's OK! Ultimately they'll have the same teacher regardless of the missionaries in front of them!!!! 

So something even crazier, we've been working with this former named Katie, she is to cute!!! (and her son Michael is special needs so we connected so quickly) Well Katie literally just showed up to church yesterday without even being asked! That never happens!!!! TO COOL!!!! Way awesome! We had 4 investigators (out of our 6) at church, SO BLESSED!!!!!! 

Anyway when Elder Martino came he asked us to continually have 10 progressing investigators, which is like a crazy amount!!!! But now we have 6 and I wish I had more faith in his council before, but now I know without a doubt it was inspired, and we are so capable of it!!!! 

So we went laser tagging this week, SWEET!!!! And I lost my tag, Sad life :( but don't worry, I had 2!!!!!!! But I have to order another. So question, is my sister coming home for Christmas? I need to know.....Anyway hopefully I actually hear from you next week......Hope you have a good one!!!! 

Sister Kaycie Sondrup 

Week 10 - Brrr it is getting cold outside


This week wasn't to bad for me, crazy because of Elder Martino, and p-day Tuesday, plus zone training Friday, so teaching was really slow, but that's ok!!! I have faith it will pick up!!!! 

So this week we finally got a taste of Idaho weather! So not fun!!! Our high was 20 all week. Tuesday was literally torture in that the wind was going nuts!!! Sister Hallett and I thought it was like 30 outside and we wanted to cry because we were so cold. Come to find out the next day it was really 3 with a wind chill of -15, awesome right? it's been snowing all week to, we ended with about 8 inches, which wouldn't be to bad if we weren't walking, but it's horrible, the ice is such a pain!!! But guess what?! I have yet to fall, I feel so accomplished with myself!!!! 

So Friday it was raining, which is ridiculous because it was below freezing!!!! But we ended getting stuck outside and getting soaked! No bueno!!!!!!! I feel a little bad because I looked to the sky and was like "WHAT THE HECK HEAVENLY FATHER! AT LEAST LET IT SNOW I CAN BRUSH THAT OFF!" after I said it though I felt bad, and I humbled myself and said a prayer asking for forgiveness because I was being rude, and almost immediately after wards the rain turned to snow, and life became happier! I love tender mercies like that!!!!! That's awesome!!!!! But I do know now I need to get a warmer coat/boots because mine so aren't going to cut it!!!!

Anyway I wish I had more to say but like I said we didn't teach to much so the cold is pretty much all I have!!!! I hope all is good with you and you are all staying safe!!!!!

Sister Kaycie Sondrup

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Week 9 Surprise it's Tuesday

Surprise it's Tuesday!!!!!!! 

So I forgot to mention last week that the mission had Elder Martino from the 70 coming into town this week for a mission tour, so my p-day is Tuesday this week, not Monday. Anyway so I here I am, and guess what, everyone and their mother wants to meet with us today, so we really only have p-hours, seeing as we have appointments from 3-9 today. It's horrible because I want to complain because they cut in, but at the same time I am so stoked to have appointments so I'll take it!!!!!! 

Elder Martino was so awesome!!!!! He is such a cool cat!!!! He and his Wife are converts to the church but dang they are spiritual giants!!!!!! He was so bold and talked about having pure intentions in all we do, and how to be the best missionaries possible. He was so flippin awesome!!! He ended the day with stuff about the atonement, and that was so crazy!!!! Such a great day!!!!! We even got to see all the missionaries from the southern part of our mission, and it was so fun!!!! It was like an MTC reunion which was way fun!!!! I forget how much I love all of them until I saw them again!!! They're the best!!! It honestly was probable the highlight of my week, because I'm not going to lie, it was rough!!!! 

I wish I could put it into words, but I really can't last week was just a struggle!!!!!! Which is funny because I feel like some of the brightest points in my mission thus far happened last week, yet things were just hard!!!! I'm so grateful for the STL's who felt like we needed to go on splits, because I did!!!! So Friday I went out with Sister 'Otokolo and that really helped!!!! She is so great and she really lifted my spirits and  gave me some great advice!!! She went through some of the same things I'm going through at the beginning of her mission as well, it was definitely inspired for her to come out with me!!!! In addition to her help I actually came across some notes you and dad wrote me in my wallet, I have no idea when you wrote them, but I found them and some how it was everything I needed to hear, so thanks!!!! You're helping me without even knowing it!!!!!!! 

Grandma sent me a package this week, which was awesome and way cool to get, but so did Tia Pat!!!!! You can imagine how surprised I was to hear yesterday that I had 2 packages!!!!!! I was shocked to see one from her! But so happy!!!! She is way to sweet!!!! That also brightened my day/week! 

Well it's cold here, the high for the week is supposed to be around 30, and the low supposedly in the single digits, if not the negative ones, yay. Kidding of course, we have a snow storm raging outside, so you know, that's fun, I'm just glad we actually have appointments today so we don't have to go wandering around in it too long today!!!! I guess it's time to pull out my real coat :(
storms a brewing!

Also, I was trying to fix something on my family history last week, and I asked one of the lady's here and guess what she did to solve the problem? Delete my line!!!!! Awesome right?! I seriously felt like crying, all of my family gone in a poof! But don't worry I fixed most of it, except for grandma ransdell, it says she's dead, and has 0 ordinances done, so could you send me her birthday, and maybe some other dates in her life so I can fix it? That would be great!!!! 

Well I'm sorry your week was crazy, but things will get better remember Moroni 7:42, it's probably my favorite verse right now!!!! Hope all is well and you're staying warm!!!! 

Sister Sondrup 
trying to fix jeff's motorcycle
Drink Dat Water
sleep over 
 party with the star valley girls! And sister Hill 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 8 First Snow


Sounds like a busy week!!! But I'd rather be busy than not so count your blessings!!!! If you find yourself in Flag again, and you find anything warm, feel free to get me it, we had our first snow yesterday and I live up in the hill's/mountains and it's a tad cold up here. 

Ryan's mom's name is Holly Borgolthaus she's awesome!! She has two kids out on missions right now, one is in North Carolina (I'm pretty sure), and Wisconsin. We're actually going DI shopping with her today, so I'm stoked!!!! 

Halloween gets a little crazy up where I live because it's a really affluent area and everyone out the wazoo comes there for candy. Each house expects 500-600 trick-or-treaters, and from what I hear this year was way worse. Anyway tons of people dress up like missionaries and then do stupid stuff, so to keep us from getting blamed for their mistakes we get locked in as zones.

who's the real missionaries and who is dressed up
We got to watch the Emperors New Groove, and Frozen.
Sister Hallett also taught me to crochet and so I made a hat,
it's not to bad for my first one, especially considering I made it in the dark. 
crocheted my first hat
I heard about Nikita going home, that's a bummer, but better to get it fixed now than later for sure!!! 

So let's think.....This week was not nearly as crazy, and actually not to much happened. All the older people are starting to leave for Arizona (snow birds) and it has greatly lessened our teaching pool. But that's alright we'll find others to teach!!! We had a lesson with Sister Zhang (literally an hour before she went home), and Sister Brinkerhoff, it really helped Ninn and she is starting to progress more and more. 

I really cant think of much else, it snowed, and that's cold. Since I live higher it snowed on us while the rest of Pocatello only got rain, not cool!!! We had like 50 million (ok only 5) trunk or treats we went to, and I'm so sick of candy!!! People feed us way to much here!!!! I'm getting a little sick of eating!!!! Ok not really, food is so good!!!! 

Sorry I don't have anything more to say, this week was just pretty average,fun, but average.  I guess we did have interviews with president, that was cool, we had a whole training on how to properly knock doors, that was a little strange, but always insightful!!! We also moved a LA out and she had nothing packed the day she was supposed to go, so we helped her, and all the boxes, and I mean hundreds of boxes, she had were liquor boxes, nothing fit in them it was horrible!!! and I guess we know what she needs to work on to be reactivated!!! Anyway I hope all is well and tell Ryan he should go out with the Elders, that would  help him a ton!!! And tell him good luck in wrestling!!!!!! 

Sister Sondrup 

 notes from the zone leaders in my planning book.