Tuesday, August 30, 2016

6 more weeks in Ripon (& Sister Winn!!)

June 6, 2016


It has gotten incredibly hot here. One of the days it hit 108. It will be a hot summer. The nights cool down a bit, but it is still hot. I like the summer better though, it is much easier to work when it stays light outside longer. So it will be hot but I will just drink lots of water.

We got our transfer calls! I am staying in Ripon with sister winn again as sister training leaders! We are seriously so excited and happy to be here still. I have been here for 6 months already but the work is just starting to bloom, and having sister winn as my companion is the best thing in the world. The only change is that we will now also be covering the YSA (young single adult) ward!!!! So we are covering two wards. President Palmer told us he was very hesitant to give us the YSA ward to cover as well because of our other responsibilities but he was strongly prompted that we needed to be there. It will be a lot of work for us covering the Ripon and YSA ward, plus being sister training leaders (with now an extra set of sisters in our stewardship) but the Lord knows where we are needed and he will help us in every aspect. It will be weird to cover YSA because they are mostly returned missionaries and my age, but it should be really fun too. I am anxious to start the work there.

This week was a bit crazy with meetings. We had MLC (mission leadership council) this past tuesday because tomorrow is our transfer tuesday, which then means on the following thursday was a zone training to relate to the zone what we counselled about in MLC so that as a mission we are all on the same page and improving together. Then on Friday we had a sister training leader meeting to discuss any further concerns and needs with President and Sister Palmer as they make decisions on transfers. It was a cool meeting because it was at the mission home and it was a breakfast all together. I really appreciate how personable president palmer is to us, I feel comfortable being open and talking to him about anything I need to. Working so closely with him and his wife has blessed me more than they know. We went on our last two exchanges this week, in Oakdale and in Turlock and they went alright.

Kelly didn't come to church this week, neither did Marco her fiance. They said they were though, so as we sat in sacrament meeting every time a door would open our heads would whip around, but they never showed up. Those kinds of sundays can be slightly depressing but they happen! We just figure out how to best help them prepare to come next week. We have had four cancelled appointments in a row with them, but tonight we have another so we are praying it will go as planned. They continue to apologize and reschedule with us so that is a good sign. We know they are in a hard place right now in their lives and we are having compassion and understanding with them. I trust that in God's timing things will begin to workout. We will probably end up pushing her baptism date back to the 25th of June. We love them and are excited to keep teaching them.

The souza's our recent converts are getting into family history and are preparing for the temple! It makes me so happy to see how excited they are about family history. We had a lesson at the family history center with them. Hopefully in the next few weeks they will get to take their family names to the temple. Robert is very anxious to do the work for his Dad in the temple. I can only imagine what a healing experience that will be for him. 

So I am so excited to be in Ripon still with sister winn again and to take on the YSA ward now as well. It will be an adventure this transfer and hopefully this next week of transition will go smoothly for us and our sisters. I love you and I miss you!

all my love,
sister eleanor neeley

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