Monday, February 6, 2012

of Germans, Gin, and Poker Chips.....

Dearest Familia,

Did our Stake get two more new wards?? Or did Meridian 7&8 just get renamed? Because Brother Davis in his "high counselor" letter said something about a few wards I've never heard of...

Did you see the Janssens in the Ensign?? I was on exchanges and Sister Daley and I were flipping through, and suddenly I saw people I knew! It was very exciting :)

Jasmine's mom was finally home when we went to teach her!!!! YAY! She sat down with us and we had a great discussion. We gave her a Book of Mormon in French, but I guess she actually reads/understands Creole much better. So now we're working on tracking down a Creole BoM. The Zone Leaders were a little surprised when we asked for that one... :) But really, it was great. She sat down with us, and is really interested in learning too, and very excited to read the BoM. She wanted Jasmine to be able to come to church too, even though she wouldn't be able to take her because she would be at work! And now THAT, my dear friends, in an adventurous story...

We had arranged for Brother and Sister Cox to pick up Jasmine for church because they lived close by, and Sister Cox is a YW advisor. We planned to meet them there, so Jasmine could be introduced before getting in car with people she didn't know (her mom made sure we would only have someone that we trusted pick her up :) which of course we were planning on). We got to Jasmine's and waited for the Cox's to come, but they never came. We tried calling, thinking perhaps they were just late in leaving, but they didn't answer. We called Sister Anderson (who is in YW with her, to see if she had a cell phone number). The only other number she had for Sister Cox, turned out to be a work number. Disappointed and confused, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we would just have to tell Jasmine that we were sorry, but they never showed, and we would just have to try again next week. But when we got to the door, and saw her coming, she was all dressed up and ready and she looked so pretty! It broke my heart to think of telling her we wouldn't be able to get her to church. Thankfully Sister Stewart was closer to the door and said that we would try someone else really quickly. I called the Andersons again, but they didn't answer and must have already left. I didn't know who else to call, because it was getting so late, and everyone that lived by Jasmine had probably already left. I decided to give the Beylers a try, since Sister Beyler and Grace had met Jasmine on an appointment a few weeks ago. Sister Beyler answered!!! She said they were just getting ready to leave, and that they would be right there to pick her up. Hurray! We were saved! The Beylers came a few minutes later, and Sister Beyler told us that they had literally been walking out the door when the phone rang. She almost didn't anwer, but then had the impression that she should. How grateful I am that she heeded that prompting!

The story doesn't end there though. We all got in our cars, and were heading out of the neighborhood, when we see the Coxs, driving the other way, back toward Jasmine's house! Sister Stewart and I turned around, and hailed them down by honking as Sister Cox was walking up to Jasmine's front door. It turns out they had been driving around trying to find her house, but were at the wrong place because they had mis-heard what I described about where she lived. Anyway, they had tried calling and had left us a message, but our phone has been wigging out lately, so we never got the call! Needless to say, by the end of all that, we were late to church, and the ward was all looking at us funny when we walked in, but we got Jasmine to church, and that's all that matters!

And she loved it! And she wants to go to mutual too :) We're pretty excited for her and her family. Hopefully as we start teaching her mom more, we will be able to teach her cousins (who already sit in sometimes) and her aunt and uncle as well.

The other exciting thing about church is that Mario came again, and he brought his roommate with him! So cool. On Thursday we had a lesson with Mario, and he said he's not ready for baptism yet, but that's definitely the direction he's going, and he does want to be a part of the church.

Don and Rose are doing well, though their friend Bill, who has been renting a room from them, just passed away last night. It's sad, but it's also good because Bill was really sick and Rose just couldn't keep taking care of him. Hopefully soon they will be able to find someone else to rent the room from them though, because finances will be really rough without the extra rent income.

Oh... and I suppose I should explain that title, eh? Friday I was on exchanges in Wheaton and Sister Daley and I were stopping by one of their potential investigators. As we were coming out, we started talking to this man in the garage next door, because his dog came out to greet us. We told him who we were and a little about what we do as missionaries. He had lived in Salt Lake years ago, so he knew about the church. He told us that the dog's name was Morgen, as in the German morgen meaning "morning" so then I asked him if he was German. He said his mom and grandmother were, and then asked me in German if I spoke German, and I said, "Ja, ich kann ein bischen. Ich habe zwei Jahren an der Universitaet gestudiert." We spoke in broken German for a while, because neither of ours was very good, and then he offered us a drink of whatever alcoholic beverage he had with him. haha. No thank you sir! (It was in a glass bottle and it was clear, so it was probably Vodka, but Gin sounded better in the title, and I don't REALLY know, so whatever...) And then, this is my favorite part, he gave us both a poker chip. So random! Hahaha. I'm not sure why, but he did. And they're real, legit poker chips. Oh. And his name was Ron :)

I'm running out of time, but I love you very very very EXTREMELY much!

I love you!
Sister Ali Hatch

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