Hi! I'm Hermana Sherilyn Harper, I've been called to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm serving in the Colorado Denver South Mission, speaking Spanish.
Monday: We were in a trio with Sister Kaleopa all day, after we said goodbye to Hna Bittle. :( So sad. We had a good time in the trio, though. :) We got a ton of goodbyes said. We saw the Osorios, the Bugarins who were having an FHE with the Huertas, the Burrs, and the Rodriguez. Saying goodbye to the Rodriguez was the worst thing of my life. :(
Tuesday: I was in a car, all day. Because I'm back in Denver! In my first area, actually! Which is super weird, but also super, super good. We didn't get to Denver until7 pm. So I was quite literally in a 12 passenger van all day. #roughlife And I had to say goodbye to a lot of missionaries, that was sad. But mostly life is good. My new companion is Hermana Voss. :) This is only her second transfer speaking Spanish, so we're learning a lot. Which is good.
Wednesday: We got our oil changed, which took all day. And Hna Chandler wasn't feeling well, so we hung out with them all day. It was so nice to be back with Hermana Chandler! :) Reunited and it feels so good!
Thursday: We had our first District Meeting, and that was great. This district is weird. I miss my Montrose District. Who ever thought I'd say that? But I do. This District is cool though, and I finally get to serve around Elder Baker. So. That should be fun. Also we taught Lucero. :) She's my favorite. I'm so excited we're teaching her still.
Friday: Weekly planning. We're going to try a ton of formers, and we dropped a ton of people. Gotta get this area going again.
Saturday: We had a meeting with our STLs about our goals and visions for this transfer. So that was good. Then we did musical number practice. I got to be reunited with Santiago, mi abuelito! <3 I love him! SO that was really, really happy. He was so happy to see me that he hugged me. Grandpa rule is a thing! :)
Sunday: We were at church all day. From 9-4. I was reunited with a ton of my favorite people. But my favorite reunion was with Emma and her kids. <3 I love them! We ate dinner with the Hernandez family, and they made the best pizza of my entire life. SO good.
Yesterday: Hna Voss needed to get a filling fixed, so we were at the dentist's office. We were sitting there, and come to find out that the dental hygienist has been reading the Book of Mormon. So we're like, oh that's cool. We'll send some English missionaries to you. She starts talking to us a little more, after the dentist leaves, and just tells us her story. Come to find out, she's a whole lot more comfortable in SPANISH! So I started talking to her. She was telling us about her sister, who recently had a son died. So I explained to her briefly the plan of salvation. Mind you, all of this is going on while Hna Voss is getting her tooth worked on. So awkward. But I got her phone number, her address, and an appointment scheduled with her. :) It was so great. Such a miracle. Then we taught Magdalena and talked to her about the Atonement, which she knew absolutely NOTHING about. (She's a less-active, who was basically inactive from the time she got baptized until now.) She loved it though. The Spirit was really strong.
I'm mostly happy to be back in Denver. I love this ward, and there's a ton of really cool changes that are happening here.
If you want to send me mail for the next 5 weeks, my address is:
7160 W. Cedar Ave #1
Lakewood, CO 80226
If not, I'll be home at the end of the 5 weeks anyway. ;)
This is the first day of my last transfer in my mission. Last night, I received my last transfer call. It's probably the weirdest feeling.
The San Juan Branch is being whitewashed. Hna Chavez is going elsewhere (Steamboat...) to train a new missionary and be in a trio. :) She'll be great. As for me, all we know is that I'm going "east" which could be anywhere, really. President never tells me anything.
This week has been really stressful. I've done a lot of thinking. A lot of crying. And a lot of praying. I don't foresee this week being any easier, but I'll be sure to keep you posted.
I wanted to tell you about a funny moment that we had last night. Hna Chavez was wondering when the time is going to change again, because she still hates that it gets so dark so early. We had the following conversation:
Hna C: When is the time going to change again?
Me: Mmmm.... I don't know? I think maybe in March?
Hna C: No. I think it happens before March.
Me: Oh. You think it happens in February?
Hna C: No. I think it happens in April.
I'm really glad that my companion knows the months of the year. I laughed for a really long time about it. :) And it was good, because I really needed that laugh.
Life feels weird now. Like it's not real.
In your last 6 weeks as a missionary, you have the opportunity (by that I mean, you are forced into) to take this class called MyPlan to prepare you to go home and to continue progressing as a Returned Missionary. It freaks me out, but it'll be great.
This week, MyPlan has invited me to read, study, and ponder my patriarchal blessing. And I would like to extend that invitation to you. It provided me with a few suggestions on how I could make that time be a little more effective.
-Read your patriarchal blessing and write down your feelings and impressions.
-Circle the words that describe you. Underline the actions that you should take.
-Ask yourself, "What does my blessing teach me about the person that God wants me to become?"
That quote is because I promised Hna Eldredge I would use it. I was talking to Hna Chavez and I said something racist and she acted all shocked. Even though I say so many racist things to her all the time. It's all just a joke though, everyone. I'm not actually racist. LATINOS ARE MY FAVORITE PEOPLE! :)
Okay, onto the week.
This week was crazy, and I feel like I spent entirely too much time in Grand Junction, but it made Hna Chavez happy so, we had that going for us. :)
On Thursday we had a big meeting, a "mission tour" and we learned a lot about how we can become Preach My Gospel Missionaries. MOSTLY we learned about planning. So it was really good.
On Friday, we had interviews with President Murdock. They were supposed to be at 10, but he didn't call us in until11:30. Such is life. We had good interviews. We talked about our area, our companionship, and then we had individual interviews. But it was really good.
So, I guess what you all need to know is that I'm going to be transferred.
SO if you have letters or anything to send to me, please send it to my mission office!
999 East Tufts Ave
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
I hope that you all have an amazing week! Pray lots for me, please. I need it.