Did you know that Hannah does a “happy dance” in the privacy of the church bathroom after each baptism she attends? Thank you to Devin and Fred who gave Hannah a “happy dance” excuse on January 11th. Hannah also got to return to her first area in Texas, Imperial Oaks, to attend Annie’s baptism (and perform another “happy dance”)! Hannah expressed her feelings at these baptisms as “pure joy.”
As of last transfer (January 1), Hannah is in a new companionship with Sister Wessendorf from Payson, Utah (home of Bordeaux’s Bistro. Try the smothered shrimp po boy, red beans and rice, and, for dessert, beignets!) She is still serving in Montgomery, Texas. Hannah also has the assignment of Sister Training Leader. This is providing her with opportunities to associate with and get to know the other sisters in her zone. They are all wonderful, of course.
Stuck in Muck! (A sticky situation in two acts)
Act 1, Scene 1: 8:30 p.m. Middle of nowhere. 20 degrees and biting wind.
(Enter Hannah and Sister Wessendorf in their mission Jeep.)
Hannah attempts to flip a u-turn and the right front wheel and rear wheels are seized by mud on the roadside. Jeep is dramatically sucked in down to the frame. Hannah exits vehicle (Sister Wessendorf is unable to open her door).
(Enter big, scary dog.)
Hannah returns to vehicle and phones closest member she knows, Brother Hamilton, for help.
(Enter truck, pulling into nearby driveway.)
Hannah exits her vehicle and starts shouting, “Help, we are stuck.” Man exiting truck responds, “I can see that.” Man then goes to Hannah’s vehicle to assess damage. Man invites Hannah and Sister W to wait inside with his family until Brother Hamilton arrives. While man and Brother Hamilton are working on unsticking Jeep, Hannah and Sister W have enjoyable conversation with man’s family.
(Jeep is freed from mud.)
Act 2, Scene 1 Family home of good Samaritans who unstuck mission Jeep earlier.
(Enter Hannah and Sister Wessendorf bearing cupcakes.)
Hannah says, "Thank you for helping us out that night. Would you and your family be willing to take the missionary lessons?" Man replies, "Absolutely."
(Later that evening) Hannah writes in her journal: “God is great. He turns dumb mistakes into miraculous finding opportunities!” *
*Editor’s note: I think being a full time missionary gives God more to work with. Most of my dumb mistakes end up being dumb mistakes.
Word of caution to anyone who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Never Smile at a Missionary Unless You Want to Learn More. A stranger smiled at Hannah at the Library a couple of weeks ago. The thought crossed her mind, “Talk to him.” But then he looked away. She felt weird approaching him. As she was leaving the library, she again felt impressed to speak to him. She asked the member family providing her a ride to wait and she went and introduced herself. The man did not speak much English and was uncertain when Hannah offered to have the Spanish speaking missionaries contact him. He asked for her number and told her that he would call if he decided that he was interested in her message. He called! The Hermanas will be visiting him soon.
Hannah’s church schedule changed from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.*
*Editor’s Note: Now is the time for anyone who may have been whining about 9 a.m. to feel sheepish.
Hannah was introduced to Zumba at a Relief Society activity. She liked it!*
*Editor’s Note: Maybe I’ll have to send her a Zumba exercise DVD to use in the mornings. She sent me back the So You Think You Can Dance hip-hop exercise DVD I sent her for Christmas because “the music tracks used were not missionary appropriate.” Who would have guessed?
Hannah’s testimonies of the ordinances of baptism and of the Sacrament, of repentance, and of the unconditional love of her Heavenly Father, have been strengthened. She loves the people she is teaching, her companion, and the Lord. She acknowledges that God has literally poured out blessing after blessing upon her. She is doing well.