Thursday, May 1, 2014

I hope everyone had a good Christmas!

Okay, so it's been 2 weeks since I have really wrote, sorry time gets away! 

My Companion--- Sister Greene is from Georgia! She is seriously one of the funniest people I have ever met. She talks…ALOT!  So, we get along just great. 

Snow, is all new to her.  She has never seen it before. So, one day we decided that we would shovel the walks in our little neighborhood circle. Well, I am just working away!  I turn around and see Sister Greene trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue!

 (me) "What are you doing?!"
 (her) " I don't know.  I saw it on a movie!" 

Then we proceed to shovel, okay we actually just proceeded to throw snow at each other with our shovels. Okay, so the snow gets to like a foot or more here! And she kept trying to push me in the snow . So, when she wasn't paying attention I tackled her in the snow, and then grab my shovel and buried her in the snow. I called it "white-washing" 
(yes, pun intended.) 

Caroling and Poles-
So on Christmas Eve we went caroling. It was fun!  We stopped at one of my favorite member's home.  And they have a basketball pole.  I walk up to it and say "who dares me" with my tongue sticking!  Oh, course no one encouraged me to do it. 
So my companion asks, "does your tongue really get stuck"? ... not even 2 seconds later we hear this yelp! "help me"!,  "My tongue is stuck!" okay, it sounded more like "memlp me, mea mounge is muck!" 

I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life! This was seriously one of the funniest things I have ever seen! I nearly died laughing. 

So, we can't get her tongue off and I'm the nominated one that has to knock on a members home and ask for a cup of hot water. I could not contain myself from laughing, so I finally just pointed to my companion!  And she knew exactly what to do. Except the member's water wasn't heating up real fast, and eventually Sister Greene kept spitting and blowing hot air and her tongue finally came off. There is still a little piece of her tongue stuck on the pole. 

She tells everyone I told her to do it! AND PEOPLE BELIEVE HER!!!!

Ha, so if you hear this story form another source. I am the one telling the truth! 

A little too much- 
Okay, so Utah People are very generous... too generous! I'm pretty sure I have "OD" on the amount of cookies that have been brought to us, along with the fudge, candies, cakes, and candy canes. So, I am a little sugared out. You know after you eat alot of junk food how nothing is appealing, because your just sick of food? Well, that's how it was the week of Christmas! 

We ate dinner with an Investigator, and what they made was really good! I just wasn't that hungry. Well, my companion uses her cunning words and I end up with seconds. That I planned on NOT getting. Well, then of course you can't ever go to a Utah Dinner WITHOUT dessert. It was Homemade Nutella Ice Cream, okay I'll admit it was the bomb-diggity! But I was seriously so full, and sick of food! So, I ate a very small portion. 

You know what my companion does? She grabs my bowel and says "oh, let me get you more!" In her sneaky little voice. I knew exactly what she was up to with that smile of hers. I'm watching in the background and she brings back my plate and it is over flowing with ice cream! Literally, the bowel  was full of ice cream! I give the death glare of all death glares! 

So, you can't be rude and waste all that ice cream. So, I sit there and eat slow bites at at time because I am on the verge of exploding. 

My companion was in for a surprise!  Because I can play back just as good. She excuses her self to go use the restroom! And I take her bowel load it up with Cool Whip and all sorts of toppings. 

Her face was priceless. 

So, we both walked out of that dinner wanting to throw up of UHFOD 
(Utahian Holiday Food Over Dose)

Christmas Day- 
Christmas Day was lots of fun, we ate with our neighbors the Condie's. Brother Condie is the sweetest old man, He and President Monson are cousins and were really close growing up. They still are really close. Sometimes President Monson comes an visit him.  I've never had the chance to see him, but maybe one day while I'm serving here.
 (But, Probably not, that's okay! I can dream :)
They were really sweet to us. They had a huge party! And of course... LOTS of Food. 

I am just so grateful for the Gospel!  My mission has been a huge blessing in my life! It will change me forever, and ever! It's true and that's all there's to it. 

Well, That kinda sums up my week! It's been a pretty busy week, but I love you all so much! And I'll write you all Next Year! 

Love, you so much! 

-Sister Ashcroft

Tooth Problems :(

Hello Everyone!

Well, thankfully it really hasn't snowed that much this week. Although snow
is still on the ground.  ALOT is still on the ground.  Blehh....

It's been an exciting week. I have spent the entire week in and out of the
Dentist offices.  Not Fun.  I've had a tooth that has bothered me the
majority of my mission, so I finally couldn't take it anymore and went to
the dentist. It's so nice have a dentist that live right by you, and serving in
his Ward. He was able to help me out.

Well, he took some x-rays and didn't really see anything wrong with my
teeth, but when he put ice on it, I didn't feel a thing. And I have super
sensitive teeth. So, he tested the ice trick on a few other teeth, I about
flew out of my chair. It hurt before he even touch my teeth. I would soooo
much rather get a shot in the mouth, than have him put that 1 million below
freezing stick of ice on my teeth.

Since I didn't feel any ice on my back tooth he assume that it might be a
dead tooth, gross, right? So he sent me to the Endodontist. Well, the
Endodontist did the same thing! Okay, my mouth has been killing me weeks
now and the last thing I want is ice being put on my teeth.

Turns out it is dead, because again I did not feel the ice on my teeth one
little bit.

So, they were ready to do the root canal right then and there. But I was
like I have places to be!  People to see!  And, I think the last thing my
parents want to hear on Monday is that their daughter got a root
canal...HERE'S THE BILL.

I mean either way their getting the bill.  At least this way they have a
heads up :)

Well, I am pleased to announce that I will not be transferred!  I am so
excited about that :)  I just LOVE this area a lot.
So, I will be training again. I have never not trained, since I have
finished my training. Ha, by the end of this transfer I will have 10 months
straight of 12 weeks.  That's alot of 12 weeks.

For those who don't know what 12 weeks is, it's a 12 week training program
 when you first enter the mission field. You and your trainer do it
everyday for the first 12 weeks of your mission. By the way did you guys
catch that this is a 12 week program? I have done it 3 times through all the
way. Yeah, I'm pretty much a pro at it now. I don't even have to look at
the book, I know it like the back of my hand. (totally joking)

So, in Utah they do Hymn-a-mony every so often. The object of the meeting
is kinda like Testimony meeting except it's with songs. Whoever wants to go
to the pulpit gives a ONE sentence testimony about their favorite Hymn, and
then we sing it.

So, I was sitting with a Family who came to church for the first time in
over 15 years. They have a daughter who is 8, and we are pals! She wanted
to sing Far, Far away on Judea's Plain. So, I said maybe someone will pick
that song. She grabbed me and said go tell them I want to sing this! So,
she grabbed my hand walked me up the pulpit, pointed her finger to the
microphone and said "tell them I want to sing this song."
So, I did, and we sang :) She's quite demanding. But the cutest thing ever!

I have been working with the Clark's foster boys for about 6 months, and
we have finally been able to set a baptism date for them.  It is a miracle!
It has been a long process, but Heavenly Father provided away. Even though it
wasn't easy, it was so worth it!

I love that family and those boys soo much!  It has been a crazy week!

I am so excited to Skype for Christmas!  The Holiday's are going to be hard,
but they'll be fun.  We already have so many people who want us to come
over.  I am so excited.

I love you all, and miss you like crazy!!!!

Love, Sister Ashcroft