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Monday, June 19, 2017

War chapters!

Farewell to the Wakolo family! Thank you, we love you!
Final picture together.
The Otter Creek Sisters with REAL Otters!

Hello all! This Week has been crazy, and amazing. Last Monday we went to the zoo with the STLs and the sisters in Glenwood. It was super fun, and really warm and humid. Love it! After that we had an FHE at President Wakolo's house, one of our investigators came for the dinner, and a recent covert came for the dinner and the lesson after. It was amazing. President is such a great teacher! And we had a fun moment when the power went out for a minute and then came right back on. Then we had to slip out for a second to call someone, and there was this beeping that was quiet, but consistent and annoying. As we were coming back inside we saw Sister Wakolo and Jasmine trying to find where it was coming from. We finally found it in the pantry. And then we had to figure out how to turn it off. We tried everything, and repeated everything. For several minutes. Then Sister Wakolo tried something, and it magically turned off. Mommy magic is real. 

The on Tuesday we had exchanges  time with our STLs. It was really fun. I went to Pinnacle Mom (to) train with Sister Lange. We had a lot of fun, and some crazy experiences. Sister Lange is so fun!

Then on Wednesday we (we is Sister Lange and myself and Sister Brumett and Sister Crookshank) had lunch with a deaf member in the ward, she is amazing! And she went on a mission and showed us things from when she was teaching. It was fun. Then we went back (the exchange ended at lunch) and had a crazy busy day like normal. We never have time!

Then on Thursday we had our last zone conference with President Wakolo. It was amazing. We learned so much. And we got a new tiwi, and it took so long hat we were at the NLR building from 9:30am until 7:40pm. Wow, good thing the meeting was long and we had a lot of people to text and call. So it all worked out. (Definition of a "tiwi": "A tiwi is the black box in our car that monitors our driving and tells us to slow down and things like that."  Good plan!)

And Friday we had a super long weekly planning. Not much happened that day. It was fun though. I love being able to teach the restored gospel. We get so down and sad about nothing until we get an opportunity to teach and bear testimony, and then life is amazing and fun and beautiful. I love the difference that bearing testimony does in the lives of those who share it. It's an incredible spiritual boost.

On Saturday we saw more people, we were trying to talk to as many people as we could. I don't remember all that we did, but we were busy. Thy night we had our third ASL class, and this time we only had our investigators there. They loved it anyway, so that was good. It was really fun. Then we waited around for the transfer email to come. That's right people, transfer week. And I've been transferred. I'm going to Bartlett to be an STL! (Sister-Training-Leader) Crazy! I'm only going in Bartlett for one transfer, but it's going to be really fun. My new companion is Sister Anderson. I'm excited to work with her.

Ok, then Sunday was great. We had several people come, and they are beautiful and they all loved it! I'm so excited to hear how it all goes with them. It was such a fun day yesterday. I love Otter Creek, and I'll be so sad to go! But I'm excited to see what Bartlett has for me. It's going to be a lot of fun.

I was reading in Alma 52 and thinking about the strategy and how they had to coordinate everything and then follow through. And then I read verse 30 and I thought that it is amazing how much trust they had to have and did have to succeed. They didn't have cell phones to call and double check that things are still going according to plan. They just planned carefully and followed through. I thought that was really impressive.

I've loved everything. It's so fun here!

Love y'all!
Sister Beckstrand
Otter Creek Sisters!
Converting Kerchek!!...Set a baptismal date with him!

Farewell to the soul-sister companionship!
Thank you, Sister Brummett!

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