Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 26 Letter

I am getting transferred. Over the river (Mississippi). I don't know where. Either Dysberg, TN, South Haven, TN/MS, or Millington, TN. But I don't think it will be Millington. But maybe I don't know. Sister Miller and I are both going. They are moving us both due to the fact that there are 2 new sisters this transfer and two came last time and there is a shortage of trainers. I could train if I had to but I only know one way of doing things. I really want to have another companion who knows what they are doing first so I can choose what way works best for me. So I will let you all know where I am next week. I am excited for a new experience, companion, area, everything.
Don was baptized yesterday. That was awesome. It sure took some pulling to get him there but we were super excited. I am sad I will miss Amy's baptism. Really sad about that. We have been working on her for a long time. But she is going to in a few weeks. Oh well. They will HAVE to send me pictures. Oh, Amy was interviewed for Baptism. Her husband and her are getting along and he consented to the discussions. Right as I leave. But at least our prayers where answered. I am just extemely grateful about that!!!! I will really miss the members in the area too. The Hilson's, Martinez's, Arthur ( I will miss them a lot!) Anywho this old guy decided to start talking to me and I had to explain the Book of Mormon to him and that took up a lot of typing time. Always a missionary. Even on p-day. I am just kind of relieved. I don't feel so much responsibility for the people here. All the one's we have been stressed about. They are the new sister's responsibility. But it will not last for long. I will have a new area on Wednesday and it will start all over again. I hope it is a bit cooler in Tennessee from here. Because it is HOT here still. That's all I have time for really.

July 19 Letter

Wow this week has not been bad but interesting. It has been nice and humid but we have been so busy we have not had a whole ton of time to tract. So that is good. I get headaches when we tract in this sweltery humidity. It was not too bad when I got here in March but man is it hot now! We did have some random rain a few times and then the other times are just awful hot. It rained so hard tuesday on the way to District meeting in Pine Bluff that is was hard to drive. The road where sometimes almost like a small river. I have never seen anything like rain here before. I am excited for when the summer is over and it is getting there. I can't believe July is almost over. And we have transfers next week and I am pretty much sure that one of us is out of here. We are getting two new sisters and losing one. I think Sis. Miller will go but you can never be sure. I could just as easily be me. I have been here almost 4 1/2 months myself. You never know with President Drewes and the Lord.
Arthur is doing so much better!!!! He was even at church yesterday. It was awesome! Don was interviewed on Saturday and he is getting there he is just a bit hard of hearing so that presents problems and he has a bad memory so we have to teach and re-teach him. Oh well. In two weeks he is almost done with 2 Nephi so that is cool. We went outside when he was getting interviewed with Elder Morgan (one of our ZL's in Monticello) and it was raining so hard then too. His companion asked us if we knew anything about the major changes that are going on with all the missions. We were like no... well it is secret and he heard because he is comp. to one of the Zone Leaders. He was sworn to secrecy but this Elder is not well known as a good secret keeper and might have held his own if he had not been against Sister Miller. He is no problem for her. Ha. He spilled what he know. That was pretty funny. We got a call later from Elder Morgan, "Were you Sister grilling my companion, ha?", "No of course not Elder Morgan, we would never do that." Don't mess with the sisters. Ha
Oh we got a call on Thursday from Amy. We were in a appointment with a member so we listened to it later. So it was like, "Hey I have good news and bad news. The bad news is my husband kicked me out and we are getting a divorce but the good news is I can come to church on sunday." Sad huh. She seems all right with it because he was a total control freak and she did not like that but it is still sad. She it totally getting baptized soon. She is rock solid. She moved to Louisianna with her parents but she is thinking of moving to Hot Springs, AR. It is nice up there, a bit bigger and she said one of the deciding factors is that there is a big ward and building up there. Ha I love her a lot! She did come to church on yesterday and saw Kathy's baptism. It was great!
Yeah so Kathy was baptized yesterday. It was a wonderful baptism and the spirit was so strong. She is going to be a great member. Better maybe because she waited until now. I would not suggest it because she was denying herself blessings but maybe this time it was all right. Anyway it was great! Don came and one of our new investigators, Casey. And we had a good pot luck. I love those here but I always hurt afterwards. I eat too much, but it is sooo good.
Yeah so this week we had tracted into 3 pastors from this one church in town. Victory (it is Assembly of God, even though most people don't know that. Even a lot that go there, they just know it is Victory). Anyway, let me try to paint a picture. When I first got here I asked Sister Miller if it was a casino. And I am not the first Sister who thought it was. All the other one's did two. The last 4 at least. It is big and colorful and the sign looks like one. I had no idea it was a church. It is just showy. A lot of poor people go there because it is almost like they are bribing them with free stuff and it is just entertainment. It was more like a concert stage with lights, a band, microphones. It is so loud I don't know how they can feel the spirit. I am not a fan of it. The principle of it bothers me. I try not to judge though and last night did not change my feelings that much. A little, she quoted from the KJV bible and did a decent job using it in the right context. Sometimes as she was preaching I was like, uh... that's not right and Sister Miller and I would look at one another. A member and her husband when with us. Brother and Sister Daniel. I love them. She is so funny. Well it was an expecience. Don't worry I think I will be sticking with our church. It was good experiencing though but I just couldn't feel right about it. Most was all right. They had truth's but in the wrong context sometimes. Oh they had a baptism too. It was interesting. They wore street cloths and they just dunked them. And they just start spontaniously praying and the last time we were talking and had no idea they were praying. Woops. The preacher lady had an interesting view on speaking in tounges but not as bad as the penticostals. MMM It was interesting.
Anyway... that was my interesting week. Better than last.

July 12 Letter

Wow, this week has been just awesome! So lets see. Tuesday I jammed my thumb playing basketball. It still hurts freaking bad and turned purple. But other than that monday- thursday were not so bad. Wednesday the Ap's came down and came to some appointments. That was chill. They are cool. Thrusday was all right but then friday on sucked. We finally got a hold of Lavette but than when we were supposed to meet with us she sent us a text telling us not to come back. And some recent converts ditched on us and told us pretty much the same thing. They want nothing to do with the church anymore. Great...
Arthur is awesome but was hospitolized saturday and almost died. We sent Pres. Olson over to give him a blessing saturday. That was a good idea because the only keeping him alive at that point was the defibrilator. He is doing better now and is waiting to have his pacemaker put in in Little Rock. But he gave us a scare. So pretty much this week was ugh! At best. I am pretty sick of people. Kathy Hilson is getting baptized on sunday so that is good. Sigh I am just tired. Oh and the AC went out again for two days. And we have a leak from our sealing. mmmmmhhhhmmm

July 5 Letter

Wow, this week ha been something else! K, to start off we had this appointment on Monday... well she called us to verify the appointment which never happens. Anywho, she invited her "friend" from church. Church of Christ. Great. They are an intense bunch. So, her friend invited us in and asked if we wanted to borrow one of her bibles to study with. We brought our own. She started out (it was weird, we usually do) and offered a prayer. Well we know very well that Church of Christ does not believe that there is any other books but the bible. So I knew where she was going with it. Yeah so she pulled out scripture after scripture teaching us as if we were totally ignorant. We just listened and mostly agreed as she read and preached to us. Until finally Sis. Miller just interrupted her a was like, "Do you know what the book of Mormon is?" The lady was like, "Let me finish." She just went right on talking. Then we started not "bible bashing" but debating a little. Mostly Sis. Miller and her but I was a little annoyed. I just don't like being treated like I know nothing. Yeah, so eventually we just agreed to disagree and the lady we came to see said like a sentence the whole time we were there. We left just spiritually drained. When we got in the car I was like, "We were ambushed. They ambushed us." Uh! Yeah that was only the first. Another trinity lady who tried SO hard to convert us to the idea. And a lady who... ah man. I can't even describe her. And a few Baptists. Oh Baptists. Long long long week.
Then with the 4th of July hardly anyone was at church. Members and investigators. I think we had like 20 people there all together. And everyone was gone so we had nothing to do yesterday. And there would have been no reason to tract because no one was home. Oh fun stuff. Our apartment has decided to revolt. Last weekend the hot water was off. Nice cold showers and the fixer guy only works Monday-Friday and of course it decides to stop working Friday night. Well they came and fixed that but this weekend the air conditioner decides to stop working. Awesome. It is so hot. So... we have stayed the last two nights with members, the French's. They have a giant house and only the two of them. So they don't mind. It is actually nice. They have queen beds and it is so nice and cold. MMM and last night we went and celebrated the fourth with the Martinez's. They lit off some fireworks but it was funny. We had to stop when we saw car lights because it is illegal to shoot them off in town because of the forest. Man and you have not barbecued until you have in the south. That is everywhere. Ha it wasn't us. It was fun though. We had a good time. I have been out a few days and four months. Yay.

June 28 Letter

My 4 month birthday is going to be on the third. This week. It is hard to believe I have been gone for four months. It was stake conference this week. I have never been so excited for stake conference before. And we got to road trip (road trip to me out here means any drive over an hour) up with Sister Cummings. We are always running low on miles. Stake conference was up at the Otter creek building and the stake that I am in is the whole southern part of Arkansas below Little Rock. Since it covers so much area there was not a huge attendance. In fact it was about the size of my ward in Utah but that was nice. It was like home. Not a lot of members from our branch went. It is a far way to go. And we did not have any investigators able to come but the Little Rock elders had about 30 which was great. We had an area 70 come and talk to us. He gave a great talk too.
So an interesting, busy week. So we tracted into this man last week on friday?... anyway he was not interested but he gave us his wife's information and we were not very confiedent that it would go anywhere becuase that happens sometimes and the wife usually says no. Well we called her and set up a time to come talk to her. Well we go and we are like. "Have you ever seen missionaries like us before?" She was like,"Yeah I was baptized 20 years ago." Yeah she is an inactive member. I guess she joined the church with her mothers when she was 19 and moved to Milwakee. When she moved back she never had her records moved back. She had 4 kids, was married a few times. Well she wants to come back to church and we are teaching her twin 17 year old daughters. Carol (the mom) has a smoking problem but we will work on it. Anyway. We get a call the next day. Their house almost burned down. Not an hour after we left a 14 year old boy lit it on fire. They lost all their food, clothes. A lot. Sad. Well we did what we could. Anyway. I am glad we met them. The one daughter, Andrea is really sweet and so willing to learn. Her sister Ambrea (yes their names rhyme and they are twins) is a little more quite but nice too. So we have been doing a lot with that.
It is the fourth of July this week and I am excited we are going to be doing things this weekend with members. We have zone conference on tuesday in Little Rock. That is always interesting. It has been incredibly hot. Ah, record breaking summer so far and we are not even to the worst yet. Just my luck, my first summer here. And another one to go. Yay. Anywho yeah that is what is going on with me.

June 21 Letter

Ok week number 2!!! Of the transfer! So... let me think. Wow this week has gone so fast. Lets see. Oh funny. So we are teaching this one lady named Amy and she is super into the gospel but her husband is anti. Anywho this baptist preacher (from a church that she does not even go to) heard that she had been meeting with us and felt the need to come to her house and warm her not to meet with us anymore. Haha I honestly thought it was kind of funny. Who does that. She just thought that is was not very christian (which is isn't). I am kind of sick of it sometimes. It is annoying sometimes. Sigh. Oh well. 14 1/2 more months.
I don't really know what else to say this week. We are just busy doing missionary week. Happy fathers day to everyone. There was slim pickings at church because everyone was gone for the holiday. But next weekend is stake conference in Little Rock and I have never been so excited to go before. A lot of members in one place and in a normal building. he he Oh Utah. Kathy Hilson should be getting baptized in 2 weeks because of stake conference and her family in law are going to throw a big party. They are super excited! I would be too they have been waiting for this for 10 years. Yay.
Ben wrote me a letter. YAY! He will be coming home in a few months. He is a much better letter writer now that I am in the south and he is curious how my mission in the south is. Since he is down here too. Ha it actually sounds like him. He asked me if I had bashed with any baptist (which I actually have not, maybe a jahovah's witness, but only a little and in a nice way) and then he said, isn't the food down here awesome. Can I get an amen. What a nerd. ha How has he not been shanked yet. In two years. Weirdie. I miss that kid. I miss everyone. Anywho. The south is good.

June 14 Letter

Today was the day we got transfer calls. Sister Miller was super nervous. I was not really. Whatever happens happens. I would suck if she left because I would have to take over the area with a new sister and things would be different and I like the way there are most of the time. I just have nothing to compair it too. Oh well I love Camden and I get to be here for the fourth of July. That will be fun! We will obvously go over to the Martinez's and would probably not have if I was with someone new so that is good. But this will be my third transfer in Camden. Well the only other sister areas are Millington TN (which is a hard area I hear) or the new sister area New Haven which is right on the border of Mississippi and Tennessee. So I could so be there at some point which would be cool. The area covers some of Misssissippi so that would be cool. There is one Sister who is leaving after this transfer who never got to come out of Tennessee her whole mission. Which is funny since the mission in Arkansas.
Oh man there is this AWESOME member who just is one of the greatest ever. Sister Rose Hilson. Who's family is from the Italian mafia. AWESOME I know. Her great-grandfather was a high up mafia guy in Texas and there was a lot of shady stuff in her family history. SO COOL! Anywho she made us an awesome dinner. Very southern. White chicken chili (Awesome. I am getting the recipefor all of it. It is super easy), hot water corn bread which is just the best corn bread ever! and fried green tomatoes! OH it was fantastic. What a great night. She is just a neat lady. We just love going over there and eating and talking. We know when we go over there for the night we will be there until almost curfew. Ha Her husband who is just funny and the greatest Sunday school teacher ever drives trucks so he is gone during the week. So we just chill with her.
Ah sunday was Branch conference and the stake presidency came down from Little Rock and it was just a great meeting. Jarred and his dad came this time. We were so beyond thrilled and they really enjoyed it. I think we have almost gotten to Don and Jarred just needs a little push but six weeks are finally paying off. They stayed for the pot luck and got to know the members. It was fantastic food as I knew it would be. The members here are such good cooks. I was super excited. Oh and Kathey Hilson is FINALLY going to get baptized! We were walking out with her, her husband and their little family and his mother in law (Rose Hilson) and he told us she was going to "take the plunge" soon. In two or three weeks. We were super excited. This is YEARS in the making. We were excited but you should have seen Rose's face. Her mouth just dropped. Well they got in their car and left and Rose like freaked out, she could not contain her excitement anymore. It was super funny.
Oh Elder Andersen is getting transfered. That makes me sad. Since I have known him the longest of anyone out here. Oh well. I will miss him when he is probably over the river in Tenessee. We get to restock our supplies today. We are like totally out of everything because we did not know if we were leaving ha. Anywho. Pray for me not to die of heat stroke. ha LOVE FROM THE SOUTH

June 7 Letter

So good news. Kimmilie and Isaac were baptized yesterday!!! They wanted it to be a surprise but we found out. Oh well. I don't know how they expected to do it without us because we are the ones that put the program together. And we lead and play the music and if they wanted us to do a musical number and whatnot. Anywho. Richard did not do it, President Olsen did but that is all right. It just had to be done. Let's see what else. I have officially been out 3 months this week. I do not like humidity here. Since we are so far down here they say the summers are almost as bad as Luisianna so great. It's not even close to as bad as it gets appartly.
Transfers are next week. I love my companion, we get along totally fine but we get on each others nerves and have been together 3 months so I kind of hope there is a change. I do not dislike her at all but I might just strangle her in her sleep one of these nights. We are friends and would be but having to be together all the time is not the best for our friendship. She is just a bit too critical and that aggravates me after a while.
Man these people down here in the South are weird sometimes!!!! Oh and I had greens for the first time. Turnip greens. They are not that good. I don't really like them. We went over and had dinner at The Martinez's on Memorial day (which is a big deal down here) and had some good food. I am having to teach Sister Miller to be accepting of things. She does not like to accept things from people. Well we serve and people want to serve back it helps them grow too. Well anyway we just have to let people serve us too sometimes.
Yeah what else happened this week... I don't know... We got this guy to come to church that we have been working on him for a while so that was awesome. This girl we have been teaching said she would come to church. When we got there a member said that a referal she gave a while ago called her and said she was coming. She had the lessons some quite a while ago before Sis. Miller and I. So... 5/6 months ago and then would not anwer our calls. We dropped her last week. Well it turns out we have been teaching her 17 year old daughter who is really interested and she wanted her to come with her so she did. Ha funny how that works. Oh and Lavette is still MIA.
MMMM I think that's about it this week. I find out next monday if I, or Sister Miller are out of here, or if someone else is joining us.

May 31 Letter

Arthur was baptized yesterday which is awesome! It went great! Sister Miller and I sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The Branch President forgot to fill the font so the water was nice and chilly! Ha but other than that the week was not that eventful. I turn 3 on the third. School got out this week so tracting may be more productive. We did a lot of tracting this week and have a bunch of new people we are teaching. There is a less active lady who never comes because her husband is SUPER ANTI and we went over to visit yesterday and we visited for a while and he was not home but when he got home he was suprised and actually agreed to let us come over and teach. ha funny! So that was cool. I am excited for the summer to be over. Oh and this guy just showed up at church yesterday and of course I immediately introduced myself. Well we set up an appointment to see him. We had dinner at a members house last night and they said he had been taught by the older sister missionaries (the old lady ones) and they called her and we talked to her about him and about Camden. Apparently he asked her when church was and is really strong in his Assembly of God and knows a LOT about Mormonism and it is one of his secret goals (she thinks) to prove it wrong and to ruin our testimonies. He is a nice guy and she is still friends with him but to be careful. And he knew there were younger sisters in Camden and came because he wanted to meet us. Well I think he had met his match with Sister Miller. ha It might get interesting. I will let you all know. yeah this one is shorter this week.
Love Sister Broadhead

May 24 Letter

Yay so my 2 month anniversary was yesterday for being here in Arkansas and 2 months today in Camden. Time is flying. This week was a bit slow. We had some bad weather and a LOT of cancelled appointments and we could not tract if it is lightning so we could not do much but we made up for it saturday and sunday. Ah man is it hot and humid. And apparently it will only get worse. EEEk. So zone conference was good. Not as bad as I thought. I had to have an interview with President. (We all do once a transfer) and he is cool and nice but I am not good at talking sometimes. Well anyway it is always great to be with other missionaries because the closest ones are an hour away. The DL carpooled with us and we went and he interviewed Arthur for baptism while sis. Miller, Elder Andersen and I chilled in the kitchen. Arthur is awesome and is for sure getting baptized on sunday. Well Lavette... sigh well she is going through some hard stuff and we don't what exactly is going on there but we are praying... sigh. But there is a lady who said she wanted to be interviewed this week after zone meeting and this is great. She is married to a mormon, all his family is mormon and is really pressuring her but she was raised penticostal and her father is a penticostal preacher. Well she has had the lessons like 5 times and is pretty much always at church and has been teaching the children about baptism and recieving the holy ghost and is not baptized. ha well we have not said anything to her about it since I got here and she said she is ready. YAY!!!! So we are happy about that and will work on Lavette.
Oh goodness so we are teaching this guy out in East Camden. Well he is pretty solid except we can't get him to come to church. He is so close. Well he is 19 and the only time he gets to sleep is on the weekend. I really thought he might come this week since we had such a good lesson on saturday and he said this cool thing. "It all fits together so perfectly so either Joseph Smith was a genius and made it all up or it's true." Awesome.
President gave us an assignment to read the Book of Mormon and highlight in different colors 1) whenever Christ's name is mentioned 2) his attributes 3) doctrine 4) when he specifically speaks to us, as in it says "and Christ said unto them. He also mentioned how it would be cool if we also highlighted when it said the word "all" but that was not a part of the assignment but Sis. Miller and I are both doing it anyway. It is quite interesting. And good thing I just finished the Book of Mormon the day before he gave us the assignment so now I get to start over again. It takes forever and I am not spending all my study time on that but also reading the New Testiment. Anyway... I am already on week 4 of the transfer and there will probably be some changes because the new sister is for sure coming out. Sister Miller will probably go because she has been here longer and I will take over the area with a still more experienced sister. I just don't like change. Well I am on a mission. But if I stay that means I will be here 3 transfers. That's pretty long for a sister to be in one place. I would like to go somewhere else just because this is the only place I have been and it would be cool to find out the differences. Oh well. We will see. I am just not going to worry about it. I am not terribly concerned. Whatever happens happens. Yeah this week was not terribly eventful. Talk to you all next week. Oh yeah I gave blood for the first time on monday. We went in and I was super nervous but sis. Miller usually almost passes out so I was like ah. Well they were like how tall are you. Well I am 5'5 and sis. miller is 5'2. Well as a girl you have to be at least 5'5 to donate the special double blood thing. And over 175 lbs. and I am and sis. miller is not and have type b or O blood and apparently I do... Well they were like I don't want to pressure you or anything but that would be great because you give double red blood cells and I was like whatever. It took a lot longer though. It was weird because they take blood and automatically seperate it into three bags and then give you back your plasma so they can take more red blood and then give you back your plasma and so on. Well it felt weird when they gave it back to you. But it made it so I could give more red blood cells and be ok. I was totally fine until they gave me back the extra red blood cells and then I thought I was going to be sick. We did get stickers that said "Be nice to me, I gave blood today" and we showed that to anyone who was being mean to us (Richard Martinez) ha. Yeah that was my week. And we got asked if we were penticostal because we took a day off wearing makeup and the skirts of course. No we are not. Well she was so we got her name and number to call her and teach her the gospel. ha


May 17 Letter

Everything is going great down here! I am Awesome! We are going to have 5 baptisms this month!!!!!!! And we had 11 investigators at church again.Yeah Arthur who I was talking about last time committed to baptism on the 30th and Lavette and her three kids are getting baptized the same day! The story of Arthur is really awesome though. When he was like in high school sixty plus years ago his parents had missionaries board with them in West Virginia. They never taught them or anything but Arthur had a really good impression of them. Well, that is why he let us come in and teach him. Well we have been more bold with him than any other person we have taught because we both felt very strongly when we taught him. He is the only remaining person in his family alive and they are waiting for him to do their work even though he is 74. Well after he said he would be baptized he mentioned the missionaries and how he would like to talk to them again someday. Well he gave us their full names (including middle names) from 60 years ago and that they were from Utah. We found them on the internet at Kenya's and called them. One could not talk to us because he is on a mission in Salt Lake but he called us back and left a message. He was so glad to hear that simply his good example from so long ago is still effecting people for the better. AWESOME!!! He remembered Arthur and his family. It is super cool. Oh my gosh another awesome story. We gave this lady a card and set up a time to meet with her like my second week here. Well she was not home and we could not get a hold of her. And she kept sticking in my head because of her reaction to our first message. So, she called us a month later and said she was having a really had time and she wanted us to come and teach her and her children and she is super ready for it! Awesome! We are teaching a lot of other great people. Camden Rocks! I am already almost halfway done with this transfer. Weird!
Lets see what else. I just kind of think about missionary work now so I can't really think of... well it is getting humid! Awesome. We will be tracting and sweating bullets and be wiping our sopping foreheads. It's gross and I have Zone Conference tomorrow. Uh President will pick on me because he knows how much I hate speaking in front of everyone. Great. So I am dreading that a bit but then our DL Elder Morgan is coming down with us to Camden to do baptismal interviews for Lavette, Cha'atiavanna, Cha'alton, Napoleon and Arthur. Oh ha aha So I was in primary helping because this small little branch is being overwhelmed with more children. The branch is getting a ton bigger so I "helped". Probably made it worse with my ability to make children more hyper. Well Cha'atiavanna (who is 12, or Teisha) and I had fun in primary (she is the only girl who is YW age in the branch so we did not know what to do with her so she chilled with me) we had fun convincing this girl that her father was actually an alian. Apparently it is a family joke already so we were not scarring her for life or anything. ha
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD we finally saw a turtle. Ashley texted us and said she had a box turtle for us and we went and visited it yesterday and drew on it with a sharpy. We put our names on the bottom and "join the mormons" on the top in honor of my bishop at home. Of course I got pictures. I'm sure he appreciated us a lot. Anywho If any baptist see it they with know it is a "sign". Oh baptists. Speaking of baptists. Kenya works at her mom's taco stand and there is another girl who works there who apparently does not like us at all. Yeah we had never said one thing even slightly mean to her. I don't think I have said more than 10 words to her simply in passing. Kenya says it's because we have the spirit and makes her feel uncomfortable and when we come she leaves and sits in her car while we are there. ha And another worker was like, "what is she not christain?" and Kenya was like, "she is Baptist!" and wispery like it was a bad secret. ha ha it made me laugh.
Anywho. This may come out really badly spelled but I can't see the screen very well. So I love you all and hope you are doing great!

May 10 Letter

So we are on the second week of the transfer now and things are going great. Yesterday was mothers day so I spent pretty much all day talking to my family so some of you might have already heard some of my update. Oh well. I'm pretty sure my companion and the Martinez's know my family and I are freaks after seeing my sibling and I talk and make faces over web-cam. Ha! I had to speak yesterday in church which as usual was painful but the Branch President knows I hate it so he likes to torture me. But the branch usually never has more than 34-40 people a sunday. But yesterday there was 54! With the 11 investigators we had come!!!!! AWESOME I know! We had Geneva and her two kids. And Zoe turned 8 this week. YES! And Geneva's husband actually came which is huge because he has not been to a church in 8 years! So YAY! He also brought his Seventh Day Adventist best friend. I was a little shocked Kelly came too. But it's all good. We had Arthur there again which is awesome because he called us on friday and said he changed his mind and did not want to come anymore, he was going back to his methodist church and not to come back the next day. Well Sister Miller just did what she always does and ignored his doubt and said "Oh ok Arthur, well we will see you tomorrow." Ha and it worked. We went back on Saturday and taught him the plan of salvation and he said hw would come back. And yesterday's church was awesome. A member spoke after me and he is a awesome speaker. It was great. Amy Hull was also there. Good name too. So we do not get a lot of referals from this branch because it is so small. Well this lady named Katie Vollmer had a friend who recently moved here who she is in a club for mom's with little children. Amy had been asking her questions and even went and checked out a Book of Mormon from the library! Well Katie was being super cautious because she is friends with her and did not want to push it. Well honestly sometimes you need to push it a tiny bit and we are trained for this and know what we are doing. Anyway she finally gave us her information so we went over and just introduced ourselves. She is SUPER nice and said she really wanted us to come back and we will probably have Katie come too. Always a good idea. And she wanted to come to church but they would be out of town for mother's day. Well, she called us back on Saturday and said that it was mother's day, her day and she wanted to come to church. It was great and so she came. We are super excited about her. She is so ready for the gospel. And Lavette was supposed to come. Her and 3 of her kids have baptism dates but her husband started having chest pains at one sunday morning and they had to go to the hospitol in Little Rock. Ah. So hopefully that is all right for her. It has been kind of cold and rainy this week but honestly it was good after the humid nasty heat. Uh! Um I don't really know what else to say....
Amy (Sister Broadhead)
P.S. Church sign for the month of May, 2010. This one my companion told me about she saw in Tenessee. Thanks to the Baptists. "Don't read the Book of Mormon. That's how they get you." ahahahahahahaha Priceless.

May 3 Letter

So this is my 2nd Birthday! And.... I am not going to be transfered. Neither is Sister Miller. Another 6 weeks in Camden and I am actually really glad. I did not want to leave in the middle of teaching some people. The other sister that was supposed to come out this transfer is not coming yet because she could not get her visa in time. So that is probably why there is not going to be any change for any of the sisters in the mission. I would not really want to go to any of the other sister areas anyway. We are having more work done here. But I have been eating all the food I have and have not bought anymore in case I was moved and now I have no food. Ha so we are going to have to do some shopping today at good old Walmart because that is pretty much all there is here.
We are teaching a bunch of awesome people that I am excited about and you will probably be sick of hearing about it. So there is Geneva and Troy and their two kids. Troy did not come to church yesterday but Geneva, Tyler and Zoe did. Which is great! Troy we are still working on but I have bonded with him and I am afraid that me leaving would be really bad. Anyway so I am not so that is great. But since we are friends it is better because there is a lot more trust. I am going to cry when I leave. I may be here next transfer too because one of us will probably go and Sister Miller has been here longer unless they close the area or whitewash (put all new missionaries in) it. Hmm probably not though because we are having a lot of progress and Elders do not do well here. So next there is Jim and Jimmy Hendricks (awesome names I know) . We tracted into them and they are super awesome. Jim was actually raised in the Restored LDS church. Which is interesting. It is weird teaching someone who is not of our exact faith but believes very similar in most areas. Like a belief in the Book of Mormon and the plan of salvation. But he does not practice it. She is Baptist but does not really go either. She told us she would never change from Baptist but I think it is only a matter of time. We went over to East Camden and there are a few people over there that we are teaching or going to start teaching that are promising. A young girl named Nina who has been looking into church's. Amanda who is really interested but her Grandma is dying so we will teach her soon. Keri who took the lessons in high school and is really nice but she rescheduled because her older sister wants to come too. And Dillen who has had a lot of crap in his life and when we met him he said he was athiest but I convinced him otherwise and that God does love him and he really wants to change. So we will see where those go. Oh and Arthur. Who is just the cutest old man who has been Methodist but is actually receptive and we had a cool experience with. His whole family has died. Including his siblings, parents, wife, children. All he has left are a few grandkids that were adopted. He is super lonely and we felt like we needed to talk about temple work a lot and he actually came to church. Man we had to convince him but I feel his family wants him to hear it.
And in Camden we met a cool lady named Lavette who when we talk to her on her doorstep said we could come back and she had gone to our church a few times in New York. When we go for the first lesson she tells us she actually went straight for 4-5 months and her and her daughter had baptism dates. She had stopped smoking and everything. But the area she was in was whitewashed and new Elders came in. Well they had an appointment with her and she was sick and called their apartment to cancel. Well they never got the message and came. They did not answer the door and the Elders knew they were home and they started throwing rocks and snowballs at her window to get her attention. Well that is not cool so she got them in trouble and she felt so bad going to church with them there when she had gotten them in trouble that she decided to stop going until they were gone. Well they moved here a few years ago and I guess she thought that the church was only in New York. Well here we are and we are like well are you still interested in getting baptized and she is like yeah. So we set up a baptism date for her and we are teaching her and her 5 kids. Awesome. OH and when we were leaving her puppie peed on Sister Miller's leg and I laughed a lot. Haaaaha.
Man there were tornado warning all over Arkansas and Tennessee this last Saturday and man there were bad storms. So we go to give Jim and Jimmy cookies and the tornado sirens start going off and they are like. Yeah you guys should not leave it is not safe. So we stayed there but Jim was just sitting on the porch watching and he was like. I know if it is going to get super dangerous and we will go inside to the bathroom. Well there was a tornado 20 south of us and a few 2 hours north but nothing too close. But is was totally cool. Ha. The Martinez's called and they were in the basement and we were sitting on Jim's porch ha. Yeah and the humidity is getting pretty bad. I am SUPER (sarcasm) excited for June. Sigh Well anywho that is all for this week.

April 26 Letter

I can't believe I have been in Arkansas for 5 weeks. 8 for my whole mission. I find out next monday morning if I am getting transfered. So I will let you know. K so this week we argued with a Penticolstal man about the trinity because it says "On the right hand of God" not "by the right hand of God". Man he was intense! We were like, doesn't that confuse you? Yeah they are the Holy Rollers and have some interesting beliefs. And a baptist preacher who tried to convince us that Melkisedik (I have no idea how to spell it, the man the higher priesthood was named after) was actually Jesus that came down in a different body another time because it calls him the King of Peace. Christ is the Prince of Peace and Melkisadek? was the actual King of Salem and High Priest of the church with Abraham. Weird people!
For Zone meeting we were up in Hot Springs and Sister Miller and I sang together. She has a pretty soprano voice. We carpooled up with the Monticello elders because they were going to come back with us after and go see the Martinez's again with us. Well the meeting went well and afterwards we went to a place called Buffillo Bills? that has awesome wings. They have 10 different sauces and all you can eat wings on wednesdays and we "happened" to go on a wednesday. Yeah. 16 Elders and 2 Sisters. Poor weightress's. Our DL, Elder Cortez was like better not get any of THOSE drinks (alcoholic) and I was like "yeah, as if YOUR old enough!" Ahhhahahha got him. I did the all you can eat and I ate like 38! The Honey BBQ were SOOO good. But one of the ZL's ate 60 and was going to have more but we had to leave. The look on the weightress's face was priceless!!!
Ah man Friday night we had a crazy storm!!! They sky goes completely black and low and there was lightning about every 2 seconds then constantly all over the sky. We had never seen anything like it. It lit up the whole sky. It was awesome! Then the thunder came just as I was trying to go to bed. Sister Miller was still watching it but I was too tired and we had already watched it for like an hour. I was almost asleep when this LOUD thunder went off and it sounded like gun shots and I JUMPED out of bed and ran into the kitchen. I knew what it was but I would not have been suprised in this town. IT was a COOL storm. There is nothing like it in Utah.
Man the misquito's are getting worse. This week I had 25 at one time on my right leg alone. It is awful. I am ready for fall and it is not even summer yet!
Oh after Zone meeting we (Sister Miller, me, Elder Cortez, and Elder Andersen) stopped in Arkadelphia to go see a couple referals the Elders in Hot Springs are slacking on. The address sent us to the middle of no where. We followed the GPS and we went 6 miles down this gravel road in the jungle looking area. It was swampy on both sides and so we put on the music to Tarzan. It was funny. Well we found it eventually. And they were not home so we took one side and went three down and the Elders took the other. Well we came back and they took about another 45 minutes. Well we were angry because we missed an apointment back in Camden. But they were teaching a girl who is in college named Megan who actually lives with a member girl and they taught her the first lesson. Well we sent back this week and taught her the second lesson and she seems really promising. They member roommate is awesome!
Troy and Geniva (Kenya and Richards friends) are doing well and are moving along. Troy appartly thinks I am cool so now that he knows we are not freaks trying to trick him it is going better. So we went over and taught them this week again and we knew all of his concerns through Kenya who got them from Geniva so we could address them in the lesson without him even knowing but he did ask some questions so that is good. And we went over and just chatted with them Saturday night and I think it is going super well!!!
Yeah that was pretty much my week.
I miss my name!

April 19 Letter

I love the south! It super great. The members feed us great! I mentioned to Kenya my favoirte food is steak and potatoes and she and Richard (Martinez) made us some. So great! I love being over there. It is more like being home. Other members houses I need to "be a missionary" but there they don't care. It is great. And we watched The Testiments. It was a great relaxing night. I have gotten to the point that I really miss home but I would miss it here too if I left. I will feel better when I get farther in and 16 1/2 more months did not feel so overwhelming. Oh and we tried to play tennis with the Martinez'z. Well sis. miller rocks at it. Kenya and I SUCK and Richard is all right. I accidentally hit sis. miller in the head with the ball. It was pretty funny. She is so bossy sometimes. She loves to exercise right and I well don't so on p-day we go over and work out with Kenya and she is always like you can do it Sister Broadhead and I am like, I know I can. I just don't want to. Today Kenya's "non-member" friends we are starting to teach came over with us and totally opened up. It's great!
Man I have been needing to get cooler clothes because it is starting to get freaking hot! I don't even notice the humidity difference right now. Maybe I will more in the summer. Ah but these last few weeks it has gotten SO green and for a few weeks lilacs would randomly bloom all over trees. It was super cool. I loved it. And there are some flowers down here that are So pretty.
Man, Gravin Gardens was so beautiful and I had a great time and I slept like the whole car ride there and back. It was cool. But my camera busted and I don't know what to do. Sigh!
So the new convert family I am sure I have talked about are the GREATEST! Richard is getting ready to baptize Kimmilie and Isaac. It is so awesome! AND So we were freaking out yesterday because we got a call from an older missionary couple yesterday who are in our district and they said they have talked to a man in our area who knows a family who is about ready for the missionaries. So sis miller called him and he wanted us to come wed. night to meet with them but Cortez and Andersen (district leader) are coming down to talk to Richard about the priesthood to help him get ready, and we don't really know anything about it. We the man was like, oh the new convert who works at Aerojet? we are like yeah... and is from El Salvador? yeah... oh this is his boss you are going to teach. RICHARDS BOSS!!! Because how much Richard has changed his boss gotten more interested and has started asking questions. AHHH awesome! And Kenya (Martinez) get her best friends interested and we are teaching her family and it is just great stuff!!! We are super excited and are praying so hard not to be transfered in two weeks. It's just great. We have been so busy teaching people and I am praying for some of them to open their hearts and change. Sigh. But great stuff is happening down here! And I am getting eaten ALIVE by misquito's. It is SO bad. I have 20 right now. It is awful. They are everywhere.
There is a new sister coming this transfer but there was supposed to be two but one dropped out. Apparently that happens a lot. So someone will be in a trio.
Packages are great even not for holidays. Oh I can read any gospel doctrine book and listen to any uplifting music. Our mission president is not super strict on things like that so we listen to mostly disney music and gospel pop. It is cool. But the storms here are crazy awesome but I have not heard a tornado horn yet. Sigh. I am excited to hear one.
Sister Broadhead
P.S. In the south there are like 100 churches in each town right. And most of them have signs in front with sayings. I have seen about a billion and some are pretty funny. So, this is my southern church sigh for the month of April. "Friends don't let friends go to Hell" ahahahah brought to you by the Bible Baptist church of Hot Springs, Arkansas.