|Sister Melly at Boy's Town with the World's Largest Ball of Stamps - 4 million!|
|Founder of Boy's Town - Father Flanagan|
|Boy's Town Visit with the Watkin's Wagon|
Love you! Happy Mother's Day! It was so good to talk to you on Sunday. We spent Mother's Day running around doing all sorts of things. We had church in the morning. They gave all of the women little forget-me-not grow kits. We are going to plant them and put them in the window of our apartment. If they live, I will send you a picture, but that may be a pretty big if. After church, we had lunch with the Gunn family. They also invited Katie, our recent convert, over. They have seven kids who were all very sweet. Then, we went and stopped by some of our investigators' home and took them Mothers Day cards and some of the Oreo balls that we kept inheriting from the families at church. We had dinner with the Kmieciks, Skyped, and finished our weekly planning. It was a bit of a crazy day, but most days are pretty crazy.
has recently made
a big change. Instead of having the Trail Center Leaders and then everyone
else, we now have 6 committees. Each Committee has 2 sets of sisters and at
least one senior couple. The Trail Center Leaders are each assigned two committees
to oversee. We are on the Education Committee with Sister Proctor, Sister Hawks
the Johnsons (a senior service couple) and the Wrights. The idea of the committees
was to lighten the load of the Trail Center Leaders and to help us all be able
to contribute and better use the talents of the sisters. Ha ha. When I think
about being on the education committee, I remember before my mission when dad
asked me teach something or explain something and I said "I don’t want to.
I'm not good at teaching." and Dad said "Well, what are you going to
do when you are on your mission?" "I don’t know. I'll figure that out
then" ha ha. How things have changed. I am certainly not a perfect teacher,
but I think that I have gotten a lot better. Our current projects on the
education committee are helping the sisters develop master lesson plans for the
Trail Center (coming up with ideas of various things they could talk about, scriptures
to share/ questions to ask, etc) it seems like that is one of the hardest
things in the Trail Center: not being rote in giving tours. I learn something
new and start sharing it on tours but then I share it all the time and suddenly
it doesn't seem very new or exciting to me. We have to constantly be learning
and finding new stories to share so that we don't become robots. When I do this,
the Spirit becomes a lot more present on my tours. I am able to learn new
things and gain new insights from the Spirit because I am able to approach the
things that we talk about with an open mind Bellevue
Let's see, I don't know much what else to say about this last week. We have spent a lot of time in the
between getting ready for the parade and serving there and everything else.
Although the Trail Center has always been my
home, it is even more so now. I love the Trail
|Sister Melanie (on right) in the Florence (Nebraska) Days Parade|
The time we had in our area has been mostly devoted to visiting recent converts. They are so fun to visit because they love us and they really need the extra attention to their testimonies, but we are working on getting them more integrated into the ward so that we can focus our efforts on finding and teaching! We have already been able to find a few good new investigators and potentials.
Yesterday morning, we met a man named Pat. I am excited about him, although I can sum up everything that we know about him in just a couple of sentences. He lives in an apartment building near a less active in the ward. We knocked on his door. He is kind of a recluse and seems afraid of people. We were surprised that he opened his door. He hasn't been to church in 30 years, but took a restoration pamphlet, said he would read it and let us come back later this week. We only talked to him for a few minutes, but we both just fell in love with this guy (in a missionary sort of way). We were both so excited.
So, yeah, things are going great! I still don't know where all the time goes, but I am enjoying it!
|More Missionaries in the Parade|
|Missionaries waiting for the parade|
Have fun in
Love, Sister Melly
|Skypeing with Sister Melly|
The other day, we were on out way to our area and passed a building that was under construction. I looked over, and saw the crane hoisting something on top of the building. "Wait a second; is that . . . the letter 'e'?" It was the letter e. A giant letter e being hoisted into the air. It reminded me of something from
Street. Sister Belka says I am going to be on Sesame Street on
day. Take that as you will.