Monday, August 12, 2013

Busy Week

This week was a busy one! 
So last Monday we had zone p-day and it was SO fun. A member in one of the wards in our zone has a giant backyard with an obstacle course, a lake, and a huge field so we all went over there and they had this whole thing set up for us. First we split into teams and those were the teams we were in the rest of the day. Then we played a game of flag football and that was a blast. Then we did this thing called the wounded warrior. So each person on every team had to reach into this bucket and pick a colored bottle cap. There were 10 people on each team, and in the bucket there were 10 bottle caps, 8 silver and 2 red. If you picked silver you were a carrier and if you picked red you are the person being carried. And if a Sister picked a red one we had to carry two Elders becuase Sister can't be carried by Elders that's awkward. But luckily for us the two skinniest Elders on our team picked the red bottle caps! So what we had to do was, as a team, carry these Elders through this really hard and long obstacle course. The Elders that were being carried had to act as if they were dead, they had to be completely still and limp, they couldn't help us at all. This activity was my favorite for sure because it was weirdly spiritual. No one knew how hard it was going to be. Oh man it was hard. It was about 100 outside and everyone was sweating bullets.. including me..TMI? But it was such an amazing experience. The man that was in charge of the activity told us to think about the Savior and about the pioneers as we were walking the trail. I don't really know how to explain it very well but the spirit was so strong. I thought about what the Savior and the pioneers went through alot during that long, hot, hard walk. 
Then on Tuesday we had zone conference. President and Sister Crawford spoke to us and it was just so inspiring. President Crawford is such an inspired man, I am so lucky to have him as my mission president. 
Then on Friday we finally moved out of our apartment yay! So the Elders in our district came over and helped us move all of our stuff out and take it to the other apartment. There was SO much stuff in that apartment. Missionaries have been living there for about 20 years so you can imagine how much random stuff was just piled up everywhere. But we are finally all moved in so we are happy! 
Saturday was a fun day. One of our less actives that we are teaching right now had a baby shower on Saturday so we went a little before it started and helped her set everything up and make decorations and stuff so that was fun! It was a great finding activity. We got a couple of return appointments with people so it was great! 
We are meeting with the boys now about 4 times a week and just preparing them for their baptism on the 31st! They are getting so excited and they are so ready. I'm so happy for them, they are great kids. Also lucky for me, my companions let me teach the whole law of chastity to them yesterday so that was great! haha but it actually went fine and wasn't even that awkward so yay!
So by the way before I forget..Chalice and Jamie congrats on your adorable new baby girl Sunny Cherie!! Oh my goodness she is cute. Grandma St John sent me some pictures in the mail..ADORABLE. And her name makes me so happy. I want to hold her so badly, but I'm sure Paige will hold her enough for the both of us haha :)
And also Paige, Dad sent me your talk! Ahh it was so good. I am going to print it out so I can read it again. I'm sure you did such a great job. Love you Paigie!
Okay so before I have to sign out I want to tell you two hilarious things that happened this week. 
So on Thursday night at about 1 A.M. I was apparently having a dream that there were bugs all over my pillow. Hermana Arcila told me that she woke up to me sitting straight up in my bed just saying, "oh my gosh! oh my gosh!" over and over again. And at this point she was freaking out a little bit and was like "Hermana St John what's wrong, what's going on?" And I was just like "oh my gosh oh my gosh hold on oh my gosh!" and apparently I grabbed our phone and started shinning it on my pillow. And then I started to wake up and I told her that I was having a dream there were bugs on my pillow and I thought they were everywhere. haha We were laughing so hard and we still haven't stopped laughing about it. haha It was so weird. 
So other quick story. Yesterday we were walking around our apartment complex trying to find this apartment that the elders gave us as a referral and we saw this Indian woman walking around so we said hi to her and started talking to her but she didn't speak any none. But she started beckoning us to follow her so we did and she took us to her apartment and told us to sit down. haha We were a little afraid at this point. But she was really nice and gave us juice and cookies and showed us pictures of her family. It was a different experience that's for sure! And then just out of the blue she shouted "Church!" and she ran out of her apartment and got in someone's car. haha So we decided that was our cue to leave. Oh good times, good times.
Anyway I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all of your e-mails and letters! This Church is true I know it with all my heart.
D&C 24:8    Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.
Hermana San Juan


  1. Sister St. John,
    I love reading your emails. They are so funny. I can just hear you talking when I read them. I am so proud of the work you are doing and the love you are sharing with so many people. We pray for you constantly, and we know that you are being blessed.
    G-Pa Cable

  2. Well zone p-day sure sounds like it was fun! The obstacle course would have been SO challenging in the hot Houston sun--way to go!! I hope you like your new apartment. Sounds like a lot of work to move everything. Good thing the Elders helped out. Funny stories about the dream and the Indian lady. I laughed my head off! We're all doing great here. Tomorrow Tom and I head off to Flaming Gorge--Mickell Maxwell (how do you spell that?) will miss you for sure. Johnny just got home from his mission last week, so he'll be that ill-adjusted returned missionary, but it will be fun to see him. We'll miss having you there! It's a much smaller group this time because everyone's getting old and busy. After Flaming Gorge, we'll head down to St. George to see Chase and to go his homecoming. I can't wait to hear his talk and see him, but I'll miss reading his emails. He had an awesome mission. Anyway, take care and know that there is a bunch of people here praying for you.

    Julie (and Tom too)