Monday, April 28, 2014

 I forgot to mention... On Monday for P-Day, we ended up going hiking up Deer Creek which was really pretty, so I got some cool pictures. Also, random story, while hiking, there was this Elder who was being a punk and had decided to climb some rocks just to show how cool he was. So I decided to show him up and climb the rocks, too. I succeeded. It was awesome. Maybe I was being a bit of a punk, too, but it was fun.

Fw: Truckin'

Greetings to everyone,
This week has been a bit of a tough week. I've been feeling sick through most of it. I'm kind of sick of feeling sick, so I pushed myself to do work anyway every day of the week except for Sunday. Yup. It felt like there was a knot in my throat that was constricting my breathing and was making me feel sick to my stomach. I went to Urgent Care on Saturday and they told me that my throat was swelling a little. Not much, and it wasn't causing any serious problems, but it was obnoxious. The swelling hasn't gone down all the way, but it's better than it was Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. >.>
It was cool, though, since on one of the days where I wasn't feeling good, we were doing some finding, and it was really a struggle to keep going, but I didn't want to hold my companions back from doing actual missionary work. So I kept going, and the next door, this lady answered who was really prepared to hear our message. It really shows that the Lord truly sees our efforts.
We also did some service painting someone's apartment, which was fun. I love doing service.
Also, we ended up talking to this crazy guy. He looked a little sketchy and we weren't sure we wanted to talk to him, but we talked to him anyway, and he talked to us for like an hour straight about how the stories in the bible were fairy tales made up to teach children how to watch for the seasons and know when to plant crops. o.O It was possibly the strangest thing I've ever heard. He was like, "Yeah, the story of the three wise men following the star to find the Christ child is actually talking about the three stars that make up Orion's belt and how on December 25th, they line up with the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, and they together point to the location in the sky where the sun is at it's lowest point when it rises, so the Christ child is actually representing the sun. He isn't the son of God, but he's the sun." Yeah, it was pretty crazy. Fascinating. But crazy.
Anyhoo, I think that does it for stories this week. I'm just Truckin' along. Yup. :)
~Sister Richelle Jones

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fw: Easter!

Dear everyone,
This week has been a good week. I'm enjoying my area and loving my two companions. I got a little sick near the end of the week, but I'm sure I'll get over it. I was still able to go out and do missionary work, so it wasn't that big of a deal.
For Easter, there weren't a whole lot of people who wanted us to randomly show up at their house, so we weren't able to see many people. I did enjoy the sacrament meeting we had, though. We had this beautiful musical program offered by the choir and soloists in the ward. It's a very musically talented ward.
After our dinner appointment, we ended up taking a walk around Clement Park, the park that our area is named after. That's where the Columbine memorial is, and yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. That combined with a gorgeous sunset and warm evening weather made for a beautiful walk with lots of pictures. :D
We dyed Easter eggs Saturday night during our dinner hour since our dinner appointment had canceled that day. I forgot to take pictures of that, though. :( But then I turned them into deviled eggs for my companions. My stomach wasn't feeling good that day, so I may have eaten one or two deviled eggs since I seemed to be sick anyway. They were tasty, but then my stomach was even less happy, but I didn't throw up, which was good.
Yup. That was pretty much this week. :)
~Sister Richelle Jones
P.S. I would send more pictures, but my computer is being slow and it's already blue-screen-of-death'd once on me. I think this is all you'll be getting this week. Sorry.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fw: Settled at last

Hello, everyone!
So it would figure that the last week of the transfer, I finally get to where I'm going to be for a while. I am now in Clement Park with Sister Joslin and Sister Allen. And they are both awesome. I've only been with them for two days, but I already feel really good about how this next transfer will be. It's really an answer to my prayers, being able to settle here.
A few interesting facts about this area. One is that it's one of the few areas that actually goes into the city of Denver. Most of the metro areas are in cities around Denver like Lakewood and stuff like that. So half of this area covers a portion of Littleton, and the other half goes into Denver a little. Also, I live right down the street from the Columbine High School. Yup. The infamous school of the Columbine shooting is in my area. ;) It's a new experience being in this area. I find myself liking it, though. It's going to be a fun transfer.
Oh, also, the day after I arrived, it snowed again. Despite the fact that we had 80 degree weather earlier this week. The weather here is truly bipolar.
It's interesting looking at the horizon at night and seeing a sea of lights as far as the eye can see. Since we're kinda on a hill over-looking downtown Denver and the plains beyond, there is just city that goes on for miles. It's pretty awesome.
So, yeah. I'm happy that I've finally found a place to really dig in my roots and settle.
~Sister Jones
P.S. I made a teddy bear for Sister Pfeifer in the two an a half weeks I was with her again. I realized I've made something for all my other companions, so I figured I'd make her something, too. And she used to have a bear back in Eagle, but it disappeared one day while she was on exchanges, so I made her a new bear. :3 And I STILL have leftover yarn from when Grandma Bair gave me an entire bag of yarn back in Eagle. It's pretty great.
whoops, almost forgot to send my new address.
6627 S Newland Circle
Littleton, CO 80123

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fw: Purgatory

Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 10:50 AM
Subject: Purgatory
Dear family and friends,
I seem to be in a very in-between stage of my life. On Tuesday, I went with another companionship for the day, but then we got a text that I would be going back with Sister Pfeifer and Sister Pearson. But it's still only temporary, only now I don't have a deadline in it. So I'm in a stage of, "You'll be leaving, but we don't know when," which is kind of worse.
So, yeah.
Shout out to Grandma Nancy, I got the letter you sent me the day before I knew I would be emergency transferred. I already informed my previous companion to forward any mail to me.
GAKMYCOMPUTERSAYSITWILLSHUTDOWNINTHREEMINUTES sorry, I have to go very suddenly. Ahum, I'm going to go reserve another computer. SORRY!!!
Sorry about that. These computers don't work like the ones at the Fruita library where they automatically tack on extra minutes if there aren't any reservations made on your computer, so the computer was like, "SHUTTING DOWN NOW!" -_-
Anyway, I don't really have a whole lot to say for this week. General Conference was good for me since most of the talks were about enduring to the end and whatnot.
We spent most of the time trying to get one of the people we were teaching to actually come to General Conference. At the last session, we FINALLY got someone to come. So that was good.
Oh, and it snowed randomly this week. Then it melted. Then it snowed again. Then it melted. It's April already! Make up your mind! The saying here is that if you don't like the weather outside, wait for about five minutes. We tend to get some pretty bipolar weather here, especially in the springtime, apparently.
So, yeah. That's about it. I'm basically awaiting a call from President that might come tomorrow, or it could not come at all. Who knows. But in the meantime, I'm just chilling in Green Mountain with Sister Pfeifer and Sister Pearson. Yup.
OH and I went to the temple this week for the first time since I started my mission some nine months or so ago. Which was neat. Yeah.
~Sister Jones