Thursday, October 17, 2013

(91) Pictures!!

ok so it has taken me way too long to read all my emails and other things so i am going to send all the pictures to you guys now and then if i have time send an email, and if not a letter. sorry! also i havent gotten your guys letter yet, which is weird. i was looking forward to it all week! hopefully soon! love you!
1. a member gave us green chilies out of his garden. "Oh yeah, this is gonna be a good one."
2. i drank this pitcher full of water in under 4 mins. yes it was the greatest moment of my life. yes, it hurt. yes, i was scared for my life afterwards (cuz of that one story about that one mom, trying to get the xbox you know). yes, there is video. sadly sister cozzens has it and it is too big. but seriously. boss.
3. missy and i on her baptism!
4. us in the caves on the rez on sister cozzens last pday at like 4 in the morning!
5. these are the mountain hill things we climed up to get to the cave... at 4 in the morning... ha
6. us at the temple later that day with Jessi James! She's going on a mission in december!
7. Sam and dean??
8. the james' had a tardis! booyahh oh and that's my new companion sister pielstick!
9.  more tardis!

(84) Oi!

Alright so first off, sorry that last weeks email was so lame. I had to cut it short a little bit cuz we had kind of a baby emergency (as in small, not child...hahah) to take care of buuuuut it's no prob and all is good now. =] And hopefully today's email will make up for it.  Oh and also before I forget, Momma, do you have Anderson's address?? I found something at Walmart for him that I just had to get and I am super excited to send to him... but I  don't have his address... If that is something that you could send in your letter this week, that would be so awesome! Thanks! Oh and also  I forgot my camera back at home so once again no pics this week... Sorry! But just think next week is gonna be so awesome! =]
     SO the big news of the week is TRANSFERS! And I'm not gonna lie, I kind of hate transfers. They are so stressful. Seriously, it was the worst. Not knowing if you are going to stay or go or where you are going to go and who else is going to go and who is going to come here.... all of it, just a nightmare... buuuut I've got some good news... I'm staying here in Kirtland!! YAY! I'm so happy! Staying here for only one transfer really would've sucked a lot.  There are so many people here that I love so much and want to get to know better! I am so excited. Sister Toyn is also staying! And then we are getting another sister, Sister Pielstick.  Also since Sister Cozzens decided to get her visa to Brazil and leave us all behind... not that I'm bitter or anything. hahah But no it was really hard saying goodbye to Sister Cozzens but I am so excited for her! We dropped her off yesterday at the mission home and she began her 23 hour travelings down to Brazil this morning! It's so exciting and I know that she is going to love it and that they are going to love her!
     And then there was General Conference this weekend!! Oh man it was fabulous!! Pretty much every single talk was perfect! I was trying to think of my favorites but I have too many and it would totally take way too long to talk about them all so I figured I would just write up some of my favorite lines from the weekend! The first is from Edward Dube (wasn't he awesome!! loved him.) and the line "In the service of the Lord it's not where you serve but how."  This was so perfect.  I've been thinking about my visa a lot lately, especially with Sister Cozzens getting hers, and I've realized that I really do really want to go to Brazil.  I mean I love New Mexico and I love Kirtland and I love these people, more than I thought I would ever be able to, and I don't really want to leave them at all, but at the same time there's been this ache in the back of my heart (is that a thing?? whatever. It is now.) of just wanting to be in Brazil so badly.  And I wasn't completely sure what to do with it.  Cuz I've been pretty good for the most part of accepting where I am and that I will get down to Brazil when I am supposed/needed, and then all of a sudden I really really wanted to be down there... and that line was exactly what I needed. It reminded me that all that matters is how I am serving the Lord and the people that I am with now, not where and who. I am so blessed. I get to serve pretty much two missions for the price of one...on two seperate continents! There is so much for me to do here in New Mexico, in Kirtland, and I am so excited to continue doing it and to continue loving these people!
     So yeah, that was one of the first things that stood out to me at conference.  And then of course there was Elder Bednar's talk (I love him so stinking much! haha) and the line: The blessings being poured out in many cases is often a greater capacity to act more to change our circumstances... I paraphrased that, but, that was basically it and it too was perfect. And then there was Jeffery R. Holland's "We are infiintely more than our limitations" and Richard G. Scott's "The Lord sees weaknesses differently than He sees rebellion; He sees them with mercy." Can you tell who my faves are?? hahah All of them were so so good! If you didn't get to see conference this weekend go look it  online right now! It was so fantastic! Oh and the stake center here in Kirtland is pretty much almost an exact copy of our stake center and it was super weird watching Conference there cuz I totally  expected to be able to turn around or walk down the halls and see all of you guys there! It was weird! hahah
     But yeah so that's the big big news of the week. I loved your big news! James is getting married!! That's so exciting! I mean I totally saw that coming like 500 years ago but it's so exciting! And Allie's getting married too! So many weddings! AHH! hahah But yeah I'm really glad everything is going so great back home! I love hearing about it all!
     Oh and I got the Primary's package this week too! I loved it so much! Tell them thank you for me! I'm planning on writing them, but I just wanted to let them know now that I got it and loved it and love and miss them! Also I got the insurance card! Thanks! Also....I was wondering if maybe... it would be possible if I could get another pair of Toms... my red ones have a pretty decent sized hole building up on the bottom (don't worry I haven't duct taped it yet...) and it's making me so sad! I love my Toms! hahah They're easier to wear here just because we have a truck and don't do any actual intense walking yet, which will not be the case in Brazil, but I thought I'd just ask =]
     Love you guys so much! I hope you guys have a great week and I can't wait to write to you guys again Monday! And send pictures! It is so going to happen next week! I promise! Te Amo!!
-Sister Rice

(77) I miss you sooooooo much!

Ok so sorry about not emailing yesterday, we totally did not have anytime at all since we went to the temple! Which was amazing! We went to the Montecello temple up in Utah, it was great! And it's so baby and cute! hahaa Oh and then yesterday we got up at  4 in the morning and went cave exploring/climbing out on the reservation with the rest of our district! It was so much fun! I thought I was going to die the whole time!! hahaha I am  sending you pictures hopefully! Um and also it gets really cold out here in New Mexico.... who knew right?? I mean I guess it makes sense since it's a desert and everything and those getting freezing at night and in the morning but seriously I was not expecting that... I'm probably going to buy a jacket don't freak out if you see a bunch of money dissapear. It's just me buying a jacket, especially since i'm gonna need one down in Brazil.
    Oh and speaking of Brazil, Sister Cozzens got her visa!! She's leaving next Monday! She's been out on her mishh for 7 months and waiting for her visa since January... we are all so excited for her!  She's going to the same mishh as me so she promised to send me all the details of Brazilian mission life after she gets down there!
    Oh and Abby.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to get your letter! It could not have come at a better time.
     And seriously that is so exciting about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them movie!!! It is going to be fabulous! AHHH! So excited!
     Other exciting things that have happened this week, I am now driving! And it's awesome!!  Sister Toyn was the one who was driving for most of this past transfer, but um it was kind of terrifying... so Sister Cozzens and I may or may not have begged for me to be the driver since I have my driving papers and everything, which is funny cuz I'm pretty sure I am the first/only brazil visa waiter driver in the history of forever.  Apparently none of the other missionaries going to Brazil brought their driving papers since we dont drive down in Brazil... I guess we didn't get that memo.... but that's cool cuz now I get to drive and that's exciting!
    Also tranfers are coming up this weekend! pretty nervous. But it will all be great I am sure. hahah my first transfer! pretty exciting.
Sorry this is so short but I have to go now. I'll send the pictures next week! I love you all so much!
-Sister Rice

(70) heey!

                 The moment I fell in love with New Mexico...the picture really doesn't do it justice.


(70) heey!

So I don't think I have time to write out a full email... I will be writing an actual letter later today though... sorry I spent too much time trying to get in other people before this one and didn't realize what time it was... but yeah, I am for sure sending some pictures though! The email thing is being weird though so I'm just gonna attach them to the email instead of actually putting them into the email... whatever. here they are. =]
1. My distirct here in Kirtland. Back row left to right: E. Jashinsky, S. Toyn, S. Jeffery, S. Paramore. Front Row: E. Kuns, E. Moser, E. Pulson, S. Cozzens, and then ME! hahah
2. Sister Cozzens before trying to break the pancake eating record at pancake breakfast.  She was going for 40... She only did 20... which is the plate in front of her in that pic! hahah
3. We all have the same shirt! Aren't we cute??
4. Sometimes I get bored in the Library while we are making copies....