Okay, so this is what happened. It was early morning, we were studying, and we were bundled in blankets because our heater was kind of a little bit not working. Alright. So out of the corner of my eye I saw a movement of light, almost as if someone was opening our door. My first instinct is to scream because I need to let the intruder know that I can make his ears bleed with the shrillness of my voice. I whip my head around, still screaming, to look our assailant in the eye and show him that I'm not afraid of asserting my dominance still wrapped in a blanket. There's even more light in the room and a scraping noise. At this point Sister Roberts is screaming too because she has no idea why I'm screaming except there's a scary noise and we're both terrified and screaming and then there's a CRASH! and we're still screaming. You have to understand all of this took place within the time frame of 5-10 seconds. Very fast paced and very loud, thanks to me. There was no man breaking into our apartment. A lamp had fallen in the other room. There was no danger. There was, however, enough adrenaline pumping through our frightened bodies to keep us awake for the remainder of the day.
All is well in the world! New Years was so fun. We joined the rest of the Zone on New Years Eve for s'mores makin' (courtesy of the lovely Sister Wuehler and her family) and Mormonopoly playin'. And the best part was that we were all in bed around 10!
The first day of the new year was a hard one. Even though we had retired to bed almost half an hour earlier, the lullabies all night were those of sirens going off on the main road by our apartments, the small road next to our apartments, the apartment complex next door to ours. Don't drink and drive.
But the year looks promising! I get to spend this entire year dedicated to the Lord and doing what He wants me to do. One of my resolutions for the year was to keep a dream journal. Also, Sister Roberts and I have started to ponderize! ( What is ponderizing? go to https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/my-heart-pondereth-them-continually?lang=eng and find out!) This week we're working on Doctrine & Covenants 11:8. AND we're trying to eat a little bit healthier!.. Which is killing me. I honestly think I'm addicted to sugar. I had dreams of cookie butter and truffles the one day I didn't eat them. It's a serious problem.... But we're working on it! We can overcome all of our trials and temptations (i.e. desire to make an entire batch of cookies and immediately eat them all) through the Atonement. I definitely need to rely on the strength of my Savior.
We spent a majority of the first day of the year deep cleaning our apartment. There was a lot of surface area for only two Sisters, and then it was another story reorganizing all of our belongings. The other Sisters left an empty room (and an empty space in our hearts) and we made use of that spare room in whatever way we could. Also, taking over the whole ward is kind of daunting! There are people we've never met because they weren't in our area! But like I said: we need to rely on the strength of our Savior to overcome it all.
In other news, we might be picking up a family tonight as investigators! Check out this story: They've recently lost their home, and have been living at Valley Restart, a kind of safe house for homeless families. A few of the children go to school where our stake's orchestra director works (I think??) and she invited them to join the stake's Christmas Concert Orchestra. They practiced for weeks and performed like angels. During all of that they attended our ward and stayed for all the meetings. They're looking into getting a house in our ward boundaries. During the deep clean of the church building, they showed up and helped. And tonight, we're teaching them the message of the Restoration at our stake President's home. They are an answer to prayers. They are miraculous. How humbling it is to know that Heavenly Father trusts us to be part of their conversion.
In other fun news, we were kind of stalked by an investigator who thought we were at his house to break in and we met a man who rips up Bibles because reading frustrates him. Hemet is great!
I love all of you so much! I'm grateful for the love and support I received this Christmas season, and I pray that you all feel the love our Savior has for you each day this year.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. - Ralph Waldo Emerson