Hogs, Kids, and Chicks {February 16, 2015}

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Gobble Gobble! {December 1, 2014}

I Have a Sweet Tooth {September 15, 2014}

Dear Bob and Ray and the piano-playing mice (I think my dad is the only one that’ll get that reference),

 
Well, well, well. I am now in Sugar City. My companion and I cover the entire stake (nine wards) and three towns (Sugar, Teton, and New Dale). Sugar is our largest town (population of about 1500 people) and New Dale is our smallest (about 300 people?). So far, it’s been a hoot.
 
It smells like hay everywhereeeee (except for the parts that smell like cow). There’s a LOT of people that work for John Deere so there are a LOT of John Deere tractors. It’s like my childhood! Crazy. I even got a John Deere hat from a guy we had dinner with:
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​It says “Idaho” on the back. AND IT FITS MY HEAD. I love it.
 
It’s country out here for sure. In one day I heard “barrow pit” mentioned 4 times and “creek” (gotta say it “crick” though). Everyone talks about the weather and the crops (P.S. stock up on bread because the wheat went bad because the rain/hail rotted it/damaged it…..and the potatoes this year are going to be small). 
Our area is 90something percent members (my companion said it’s about 98%….talk about finding the needle in the haystack!).
 
But yeah! It’s going to be fun here. Let’s get on to the pictures…
 
Last photo together as a district…
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Saying my goodbyes to Siera and Cailey (and Liam?)…
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Sister Brough and I sitting in our carrrrrrrr….
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ANNNNDDDDD THE DEMOLITION DERBY (I know):
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A little comic thingie I did in my planner…
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Really. I leave the city for two days and I go to a demolition derby. What the what? It was fun. There were A LOT of people there. 
 
My family is going to ask anyways so…
Sister Brough is from Memphis, Tennessee and has been out for three months. Yeah? I don’t know what else to say 🙂
 
I’m looking forward for this next transfer. I’ll probably die here in Sugar. We’ll see! 
 
My Spiritual Thought:
 
So I guess this week I’ll talk about Alma 37: 6-7…
 
 6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
 7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
What are some “small and simple things”? Reading scriptures, praying, etc. etc. And it is so true! The little things are what make things happen! It’s the “easy” things that’ll change lives. When Naaman went to be healed of his leprosy, he was told to wash in the river. Not to go do some grand thing, but to take a bath. Simple! I know if we do the small things we can be clean, we can find lasting joy, we can have eternal life!
I love y’all and hope you have a great week!
Love,
Sister Gale

Don’t Head Butt without the Full Armor of God {September 1, 2014}

Dear…..Eh….Galatians and Ephesians,

 
Happy Missionary Monday! 
I’ll have one and a half thoughts today. The half is just to explain a picture. That’s what  I’ll start with I guess.
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​This is Siera and Cailey dressed in their Armor of God. I got this idea from my former companion, Sister Jacobson. As we were reading in Ephesians 6, about the Armor of God, we had the girls find the different parts for it. Bonus points for Siera for the shield of faith in the form of a OneDirection kid cutout and bonus points for Cailey for her bowls as her breastplate of righteousness.
 
Ephesians 6:13-17
 
 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Yeah. It was fun. We were laughing up a storm. So much fun 🙂
 
Let see what other pictures I have today…
 
OH! I’ve been decorating envelopes. I got some Disney-Pixar stamps and let me tell you. Those are the best thing of my life. And I have a few Harry Potter stamps, but I can’t draw those as well. BUT DISNEY. I think my favorite is my Mike Wazowski or Boo. I’m pretty sure I didn’t color Dory right. Oh well. I think I did a good job on Flick too, but it’s kind of a boring one. But look at that hand! Dang.
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Annnndd…My companion running on her bike…
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Annnd huge cinnamon rolls from Mrs. Powell’s…
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And of course…a selfie…
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I was looking at old pictures when my hair was darker. I’m going to have to color my hair soon. It’s not quite cool enough to do that, but it’s going happen before too long (I know, my dad won’t be too happy about that. Oh well!).
 
Okay. This is going to sound ridiculous but I had the BEST olive oil and balsamic vinegar I’ve ever had in my life this last week. Holy cow. The olive oil was like….Persian Lime and the vinegar was cinnamon pear. So. GOOOOOD. I could have had a whole loaf of bread dipping it in that mixture. I really had to use self control that night. Man I love olive oil.
 
This week is another video thought. This video is probably my new favorite mormon message. It is pretty artsy in the videography, but it looks cool. And the story is amazing…it’s called “The Hope of God’s Light.” I love this video. It just reminds me that God is there, He does listen to our prayers, and He just wants to hear from us and for us to be closer to Him. I love being a missionary because I just help people on the path that this man found. I get to help them know our Father. How cool is that? I get to know my brothers and sisters. I get to know our Father better. I get to feel more love for them and see them as what they can become. Have I said how much I love that word? “Become”….it signifies growth and learning. 
 
Anyways. 
 
We get transfer calls this week! I’ll let y’all know what’s happening. I love you!
 
Love,
Sister Gale

Jedis and Elders {August 4, 2014}

Dear People of the World that read this,

 
I forgot to put this in last week but…
“What do mint chocolate chip ice cream, grass, and my new companion have in common? They’re all GREEN!!” Copyright Sister King 2014
 
But not really. You hear trainers say all the time that their greenie is training them or that they came pre-trained. Usually they’re not being literal. But I am. Seriously. Sister Whalen. My home girl from California. She’s already trained and she’s such a good missionary! She’s been out for three and a half months already but she has this thing DOWN. She’s pouring gasoline on this area (not literally).
 
This is what an old planner looks like next to a new one…
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They get all puffy and dirty! Ew. 

Random Sister King cartoon from before she left me for Montpelier…
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Yeah.
umm. Ugly moth.
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​And day old kitten!!! 🙂

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LOOK AT IT’S LITTLE FACEEEEEEE. Awhhh 😀

Quote from Caden H.
“Working out is my alcohol and sore muscles are my hang over”
(He’s wanting to be an amateur body building. Funny kid.) I love it when people act all tough and whatever but they’re just big softies. It entertains me every time.
We went on another Blitz this week. This time in the Elders’ area. We met a really cool guy that gave us a coupon thing for a free pizza at his pizza shop. FREE FOOD. yes. He was super prepared. Totally ready to be baptized I think.
We helped out at the Ammon Days thing. That was fun. I learn a little martial arts and broke a board. No big deal. The elders decided to break the board. with their heads. Elders…seriously. A couple of the elders got beat up by a 15 year old jedi kid in a sword fight thing. Funniest thing of my life. I can’t even begin to tell y’all what that looked like. I told the kid not to go easy on them, he said he only tries hard on his master. He still beat the snot out of the elders. Don’t worry. They’re mostly okay 🙂
Yeah. That was pretty much my week.
This week I’m doing a Mormon Message as my thought….
So yesterday our District Leader had some Young Women he wanted to go with us. We didn’t have appointments and we couldn’t go into the area where we were planning on going to, so we stayed in a different neighborhood. This neighborhood doesn’t have as much work as our others so we just needed houses to visit. We weren’t having much luck. So we prayed! And prayed and prayed and prayed. Finally one of the girls spoke up and said she might know of someone we could try to visit. So we went to the house ANDDDD no one was home. (Sad trombone sound). But then that cul-de-sac she took us to was one of mostly none members. So even though they weren’t home, we had other houses to try. Life is like that sometimes. Sometimes we are lead to areas we think are not helpful or answers to prayers, but it turns out that they were! They were a blessing in disguise. I love you all and hope everything is FANTASTIC this week!
Love,
Sister Gale

S’more s’mores. {July 21, 2014}

Dear telephones and staplers,

 
Can I just say how thankful I am for the temple? Sister King and I went to the temple this Thursday FINALLY. We needed to recharge our spiritual batteries. We felt as though we were running on 5% and were blinking red. That’s not good as a missionary! Everything seemed so much more dramatic when our batteries were low. Now we are functioning human beings. Yessssss.
 
This week we visited the sister in the retirement home that was asking for us. She didn’t have her hearing aid in though so that made it interesting….I had to yell to invite her to be baptized. I’m sure that not very many missionaries can say they yelled at someone asking if they’d like to be baptized. The traveling Sister Training Leader, Sister McKnight, was thoroughly entertained. She said she hasn’t experienced anything like that yet on her mission and she’s going home at the end of this transfer.
 
Speaking of transfers! We get calls this Thursday. Now. I’ve been in Ammon for about six months and in interviews with my mission President this past week it sounds as if I need to be prepared to leave. That’s okay. I LOVE this area. I love my people here, but I also wouldn’t mind experiencing other parts of my mission. We will have to wait and see!! The suspense is killing me! (not really killing. I can wait)
 
Not much else happened this week. I’ll be playing for the musical fireside on my flute for the visitors center on Sunday. I’ll be playing a medley of songs about Christ called “He Lives!” I love preforming so I’m excited. I need to practice more, but I’m excited. 
We did take some pictures of a really cute wedding reception (don’t worry, we didn’t crash another wedding. The stuff was just set up)
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I think it’s cute. My favorite part???
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​Quoting the best movie ever? Bronus points!!! (bonus+brownie points)…The movie is The Princess Bride be-tee-dubs.

{https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEe1cTDbXHU}

 
My companion drew a picture of Christ for practice. She is ashamed on how terrible it is. I’m ashamed that she thinks this is even remotely bad!!!
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And a shameless-selfie because I really don’t know what to take pictures of 200% of the time…
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I guess this brings us to the spiritual thought of the week…
 
Fun fact: I usually never know what I want to do for a spiritual thought. I just choose something and go with it.
 
So I love the NewEra magazine Mormonads. They’re great. This week I’ll share one about attitude….
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The scripture (Proverbs 15:13) says…
 
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
 
Sounds like a Confucius say quote thing, doesn’t it? But it’s a good thing to remember. Doing service and turning out from yourself really will make you happier. The best way to be happy is to share the love of Christ with others.
I’ll share another mormonad just because I like it….
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​;)

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
 
Look at that sad Elder with no mail…..you should write to the missionaries you know! Even if you’re not best friends with them or whatever, they’ll really appreciate a letter from home. Just sayin’
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love,
Sister Gale


 

nothing witty in my brain today {July 7, 2014}

Dear [plural noun] and [plural noun],

 
So this week was the 4th of July annnddd I have a lot of photos. Kind of. 
 
Well…first let me show you how great the Book of Mormon really is….
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​You see…we use it to hold up a rod to hang a curtain on because Idaho (like most of the world) is silly and doesn’t understand that Day Light Savings is dumb and so the sun isn’t set until about 10pm. Our bedtime is 10:30. Yup.

 
Random field of farmness for my Dad….
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​I don’t get the sprinklers. Why don’t they irrigate? Eh.

 
Dooms day….”End of the World” (My sister Melly always talks about her end of the world dreams and stuff)…
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A SCORPIONNNNNNNN
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​That thing was hard to make. I didn’t really understand the instructions. I did my own thang (Yes. Thang)

 
And a drawing that I did this time (copying Sister King’s style)…
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​Look at me go with my ukulele (“small guitar” “violin” etc. etc. Don’t people know what ukuleles are?)

 
Mustashe photos (courtesy of my family for sending a fun 4th of July package. I think they were just wanting photos haha)
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​AND NUTELLLA! Oh my heavens. This is what Ambrosia tastes like…

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Now the 4th of July photos…
 
My makeup…
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{and now a cartoonish version I did}
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In the car on the way to the fireworks with my companion (photobombed by my little friend, Shaylee)…

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Sitting on the famous potato bench thing….
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a million fireworks….
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And the temple!
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​(ooooo ahhhhhh)

Anyways. We had a good week as you can tell. We were able to see my mom’s high school friend again this week. She gave me a hug and a bag with skirts in it. AND MINI CADBURY EGGS. I love those things. I love chocolate.
We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows with the other sisters that our sister training leaders cover. We walked ALL the way around the river (well. bridge to bridge), got ice cream (reed’s dairy guys. best stuff ever. Apparently their chocolate milk has POTATO FLAKES IN IT. Only in Idaho), saw some not-so-great break dancers (that was just funny. They were mildly terrible. Not that I can say much. I can’t dance to save my life), and had lots of fun.
Today’s little thought comes from Joseph Smith in History of the Church
“As you increase in innocence and virtue, as you increase in goodness, let your hearts expand, let them be enlarged towards others; you must be long-suffering, and bear with the faults and errors of mankind.
 
“How precious are the souls of men!”
 
Something I keep thinking about is how much more I love people now. I thought I was very loving before my mission, but now I love SO much more. I see more people like I see my two sweet sisters with Joubert Syndrome; not as there are but as they will be. None of us are perfect so we can’t expect anyone else to be. We just need to know that we are all brothers and sisters and learn to treat each other as such. I love my friends in Idaho. I love talking to them about our Savior, Jesus Chirst, and our Heavenly Father. I love talking to them as my siblings and all the families that have accepted me as their own. Being a missionary is AWESOME. If you can go, GO. If you can’t then be the best missionary you can be at home. “If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart—painted, as Paul said, “not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God”” (It’s a Miracle. Elder Andersen).
I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!
Love,
Sister Gale