Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 Feliz semana de accion de gracias!! :)‏

Hey there!! :) This first part of the letter is from my compa :) Hermana McDonald!
Okay... so just when you think that the name teasing thing is going to go down... you get another companion. so Hermana HADLOCK..... the hispanics can't pronounce her name so they say "Hatdock". which sounds like hotdog when they say it. So now instead of the McTwins is Hermana Hamberguesa and Hotdog. hahahahah my last name is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Hombre o hombre! Direct translation... Man oh man!! (This is a game my compass and I play... direct translation of Spanish and English phrases... it's hilarious :) )
This week I have LOTS to be grateful for and also lots of stories to tell :) So do you all remember the papusa lady from El Salvador from the lavandaria that we met last week?? :) Well, we ended up going to her house the day of my birthday and she made us papusas!!! It was so delicious and she even taught us how so that one day I can make them when I come home and I am missing all of this delicious food :) Her husband ended up coming home and he is really into his church. We ended up having a lesson on the Book of Mormon and he wants us to come back and he said he wants to "teach us a few things". I'm not sure exactly what that means but I guess we will find out :) They're super nice and have no plans of joining the church but I think they want to learn more about ours which is totally okay with us :) I still can't believe she invited us over and cooked papusas though.... that was a straight miracle and a gift from God on my birthday :) Tuesday was really good. We went running and did I ever tell you all about the 2 dogs that were outside of our apts? Well, one of them followed us the ENTIRE way on our run. It was too funny :) At district meeting they made us cupcakes and brownies for our Birthdays and sang to us! It was so much fun and so nice of them :) Then when we got home the dogs were still outside... it had been like 5 days and the pound still hadn't come so we decided to take them ourselves. We wrapped them up in some pillow cases and held them in our laps and off to the pound we went. Hermana McDonald had named they Skunkers and Parana :) Hahah!! They were so stinkin' cute. Not in appearance but personality... ah well, it's what's on the inside that counts right? When we dropped them off I would be lying if I said I didn't cry. Can you believe that??? I know, me neither. I'm such a softy for animals. Still think I might be a vet one day but who really knows? Tuesday we also had another amazing thing happen! So we found this guy outside changing his wiper blades one day and we asked him if we could stop by another time. He said he was from Ecuador and had just barely moved here like a month or two before that. He said when he was young he went to our church and that lots of his family were members. We went by on Tuesday and had such a good lesson with him! We got to go back on Saturday again I believe and we had another amazing lesson. We taught him the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon. This time his two daughters and their cousin listened. We set a baptismal date with them for this Christmas :) How amazing would that be?? So will you pray for them? They are the Checker family :) The dad and one of the daughters ended up coming to church this last week. We are SO excited about them and really do have a good feeling. I feel like they're really special :) Like maybe they are some of the people I was sent here to find. We will see how it all turns out. Wednesday you all know was my 20th GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!!! Honestly... I don't think it could have been any better! It was one of the best birthdays I've ever had in my life!!! I got a lot of packages and letters from all my family and friends :) My companion is also the greatest in the whole world!!! So here was my day... funniest thing of my life :) We woke up and for exercise we decided to do something really fun and go to the park! We played on some super awesome swings. Then we went to McDonald's and got my favorite thing ever the Bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle. YUM! Then we came home and I opened all of my packages and letters :) I have to say... THANK YOU!!! GRACIAS, GRACIAS, MUSHISISISISMAS GRACIAS to anyone who sent anything!!!! :D I have never felt so loved in my life :D After that we went to the food bank and did service. I love working there! They have the best people :) When we got back from service we went and picked up Alma, one of our recent converts, and she took us out to eat at a Taqueria! Those are my favorite in the whole world. The funniest thing happened there.. so Alma and Hermana McDonald were singing Happy Birthday in Spanish and then these 3 hombres starting singing with them! I felt super loved. They told me feliz cumpleanos and I told them to tell my compa too because it was her birthday the next day! They responded with what time are we all coming to celebrate? In the Hispanic culture they look for any reason to celebrate anything :) So we were joking and we said you bring the cake and we'll meet you here at 12:00. They asked what kind of cake chocolate or tres leches? I was joking and said both! One for each of us. Then we headed out and we went to go knock a street that we have been wanting to knock for a while. We met some people that I know we were supposed to meet and said they had been going through a really tough time. It was then time to head to Delmi's (the lady with the papusas) I already described it there but it was delicious! Then we had a lesson with a man named Antonio and he works for Coca cola. So he gave Hermana McDonald and I antique cokes for our birthdays :) We are still trying to get him to come to church! President and Sister Durrant called us while we were there to wish us happy birthdays :) After we headed to a lesson with the Martinez family. The husband has been a member for a really long time but the wife isn't. Missionaries have been visiting them for years so we are still trying to work with them. He is really starting to change and wants to come back to church! The wife still doesn't really want to but we'll see what we can do :) Anyways... when we got there they said they had a surprise for us and they pulled out a big cake and sang for us!! :D It was so good :) Then we had a lesson on eternal families and the temples. Hopefully they'll keep progressing! All in all it was the greatest birthday ever and it's never felt so good to be 20 :D Ha! I'll remember my birthday forever and I wouldn't have rather spent in any where else but on a mission. It's amazing the love you feel for the people you serve. The next day was another blast!! It was another day of birthday for my companion and working hard :) I decorated our kitchen for her and it looked so fun! We made her breakfast with eggs, bacon, chocolate chip pancakes, and chocolate milk. ALL gluten, sugar, and lactose free. Ask how we did it... Honestly, I have no idea :) It was amazing! She has allergies to all those things but it was still delicious. Then we went to lunch with Alma again and we decided to stop and see if the 3 hombres were there from the taqueria. They were there and they had tres leches! We couldn't believe it and we were dying laughing. The best part about it was they said... "Instead of one chocolate and one tres leches we just bought tres leches with cafĂ©!" I didn't know if he meant chocolate or coffee but I smelled it and it smelled like coffee so we couldn't even eat it... funniest things of my life! We ended up serving it up for all the people in the taqueria :) We wrote down their info and missionaries will be stopping by their house. Funniest thing ever :) I hope them and their families all get baptized!! That night was sad because we had exchanges. Hermana Ostler came here and I went to her area with Hermana Malekamu. It was a fun exchange! Hermana Malekamu only has 2 weeks left before she goes home. But.. I was FREEZING!! I hadn't brought stuff to stay warm because when I left it was fine. We got there and it was raining/ snowing and I was in flats and basically just a light cardigan so I went to Target right then with her and bought tights!! She let me use her coat and I survived! :) It has been freezing here in Texas since Friday! I have been bundled up in coats and tights and boots! It's a whole different kind of cold here... it cuts you to the bone because it's a wet cold. Any how, we'll get more blessings right? :) We have been sick for the last 3 days but we are both starting to feel a little better :) Friday night was really good and we got to teach Hermana Sanchez. She came to church this last Sunday and honestly she is one of the most humble people I know! I love her so much :) We were excited because we had 4 people at church on Sunday! Also... Sunday was the best day of my mission!!!!  I'll explain. So we were waiting outside when we got a phone call that said they had changed the time of the baptism from 6:00 to 1:00. Are you ready for this... it was the BAPTISM of Lili y David!!! We were so afraid we wouldn't make it in time but they had changed it because of the storm warnings. Nevertheless, WE MADE IT!!! I think I almost broke Lili I gave her a hug so big when I walked in and there they were standing in white!!! I honestly can't begin to express the joy I felt.  They are so special and honestly so incredible :) If they are the only 2 I were ever to find on my mission it would be worth it a million times over. They were so excited and their faces when they came out of the water was filled with joy :) It was the best day of my life!!! I love them :) So grateful I'm a missionary. I love and thank you all for everything! P.s. I challenge every one of you to take the challenge from conference and invite 1 person to church between now and Christmas!! This is the work of salvation and it's the work of every single one of us :) "The only way to win is to lose-LOSE YOURSELF." Lose yourself in the work of the Lord! What better gift could you give? Love you :)
-Hermana Hadlock

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 La semana de CUMPLEANOS! :D‏

How in the world are you all doing??
I know I say this every week... but I have SO much to write I can't even begin where to remember to remember :) Ha, that's quite the mouthful of a sentence. Anyhow, what a week!!! On Tuesday we had Zone conferences. Can I just say ever single time we have a meeting with President Durrant I walk away feeling like in this work we can take on the world! :) Of course we could never do it alone, the Savior and our Heavenly Father are the most important. With them, we truly can do anything :) During the conference we were able to build towers out of paper. We then had a competition where we got to use spray bottles and a blow dryer to try and destroy the towers made out of paper. It was such a blast!! Our President compared it with Helaman 5:12. "12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." He pointed out this scripture doesn't say if the devil sends forth his mighty whirlwinds but WHEN. Our time of testing is now. Trials will come. But we can be strong and overcome them with faith in Christ :) There is always hope. Which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes... "All will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end." Something like that :) Take a few minutes and go look at a night sky with all the stars and I promise you'll be able to feel a little hope from above :) Anyways, zone conference was truly amazing. The next day we had the opportunity of going to the temple!!! I was SO excited see as how I haven't been to the temple since the MTC and it's my first time here in the Dallas Temple. It was absolutely incredible. To just sit and feel of the peace and truly forget all about the world was amazing. We got to go as a zone and that hardly ever happens! President Durrant told zones that if they reached their baptismal goals 2 months in a row then we could go. We missed ours barely but another zone got it more than once so they gave their turn to us. I love how President Durrant always motivates us positively. I have learned to be a true and great leader you must show those you lead that you truly, truly love them :) I invite any of you that haven't been to the temple for a while or who haven't been there at all to get there!! It is a place where we can find peace. Where we can find true and everlasting joy :) So a few funny stories for the week. Wednesday we needed Hermana McDonald's bike back. We already had one and the Elders had borrowed the other one. So we decided that she would run and I would bike to their house and then get the bike and we could both ride back together. When we got there the front tire was half way flat.... we didn't have a way to pump it so Hermana McDonald (the champion of all champions) hops on the bike anyways and we just prayed we'd make it home! We found if she was riding really fast then it wasn't so bad. Too funny and we eventually made it home :) Also, we have pets!! Well, sorta. One night we were in an apartment complex not too far from our house but still probably a couple of miles. There was this stray looking dog outside and it was coming after us. We went into the house for the appointment and when we came out it was gone. The next morning we came outside and it was outside our door. I am CONVINCED it is the same dog. Anyways, we felt really bad so we gave it some food and called animal services to see what they could do. When we came home again... there were two dogs. The animal services said they couldn't come until today so since then we have been feeding them and they have been following us around EVERYWHERE! It's the funniest thing :) We sure will miss them when they come and pick them up :( Friday was another funny day. Remember when I talked about how I tripped while running?? Well I did that and I have also tripped up stairs 2 my time with Hermana McDonald!! Can you believe that?? So embarrassing :) We're teaching 3 sisters that live in the same apartment complexes and it happened at one of their houses. The next time we visited the other sister she asked who had fallen up the stairs?? Too funny and SO embarrassing :) So like myself :) The people here that we are teaching are amazing!! I learned how to make tamales this week with one of them named Blanca. They were so stinkin' good!! They have the cutest family and I am so hoping we can get them into the Gospel. We haven't gotten them to church yet but I am praying we will be able to. We are also teaching their next door neighbors. The mom is a member and the daughter is 17 and she is going to have a baby in a few months. It has been a really tough situation to work with because the mom and the daughter don't get along but we love them so much and we are hoping that Ana (the daughter) will see why she needs the Gospel in her life. We are also teaching another Blanca. She had told us she wanted to be baptized and we were so excited! We finally got to teach the husband and he said that he would like to be baptized as well so we are super excited to keep working with them!! Sadly, they didn't come to church this last week but we will keep working with them. I don't remember if I have talked about Alma y Ramon. Alma was baptized but Ramon (her ex-husband) still isn't. We had the MOST powerful lesson about the Book of Mormon with them this last week. Before we went in we said a  prayer. Hermana McDonald prayed that we could have the Prophets who have written the scriptures be in the lesson with us, testifying with us that it is the word of God. That made a huge impression on me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I know that if you will read it every day you will have more power to do good in your life. If you read the Book of Mormon every day you will be happier. It was saved for our day for a reason :) People died so that we could have it in our hands. Open it!!!! Also, Hermana McDonald has taught me so much about faith. Faith is power. She is such a good example of showing this :) When we work hard and put our faith in God nothing is impossible! There are still days I start to wonder if I can keep going, if I'll ever speak Spanish fluently, if we are going to have more baptisms, etc. Then I have to remember all the blessings and miracles I have seen in my life and I know I have no choice but to press on :) So remember how my birthday is this Wednesday? :) Well my companion's birthday is this THURSDAY!!! We are definitely going to have to have a fiesta :D Alma said she wants to get us a cake or something :) I am so excited! Also, Lili y David are going to be baptized this Sunday the 24th :) From my last area. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Hermana McDonald and I are going to drive up there Saturday night to go to the baptism. I couldn't be more thrilled :) They are so ready! They sent me a letter this last week and it had a picture of Choco (their chocolate lab that I love in it) and said he missed me. Haha, too funny! Well, that's about all for this week. Thank goodness we didn't have to kill any more cock roaches this week!!! Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes :) It's going to be the best golden birthday ever!! One last birthday miracle... so today we were doing our laundry and we started talking to this lady that was folding laundry by us. As the conversation keeps going we got to explain that we're missionaries and that we share a message about Jesus Christ. We then found out she was from El Salvador. The people from there are seriously the nicest I have ever met!! Also, they make papusas there... (my favorite.) Next thing we know... she asks us when we can come over and that she will teach us how to make them!!!! :D and... WE'RE GOING OVER ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! :) Even better she already lives next to some members and some less actives in our ward. Such a miracle :) Well I love you all!!! Oh and I hit my 6 month mark on the 15th. Where in the world has time gone??? Another favorite quote... "You don't find the happy life. You make it." Enjoy every day and make yours the happy life!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!! Que tengan buen semana :) Les quiero mucho! Ya dije? Me encanta espanol :) Hablo con ustedes proximo semana!!!
Con Amor, Hermana Hadlock :D

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 Ah man... an emergency transfer!!!‏

So this last week was such a WILD one!!! I honestly don't even know where to start. Usually, I use my journal. But seeing as how I haven't even had time to get it all down in there... I can't use that this week to refer back to. Wow, wow, wow. So we had lots of lessons one night so we decided to go on missionary exchanges with the members. It went really well :) It's sweet being in a trio because two of us (Hermana McDaniel and I ) went to a few lessons while Hermana McDonald went to a few others. It's hilarious... when we are introducing ourselves at the door they go first and say, " Hi, I'm Hermana McDonald... and McDaniel... " then I started saying Hermana McHadlock :) It was super funny and we were all laughing!! This last week we set a few more baptismal dates. I am so excited!! We have one super solid guy whose name is Rodrigo. He always had wanted to know why there are so many churches. He didn't come to church but he was really sick and he said that he would come the next week. He came to a member dinner with us and that was awesome. Here in this area we are doing something right now where we only eat dinners with the members if they have one of their friends that isn't a member or if we can bring an investigator. It is definitely a lot harder and we don't have as many dinners but how it has been working and getting the members involved is incredible. We also use a question our mission president came up with... "Would you be willing to listen to a brief presentation of my ... faith, church, about Jesus Christ." We have the members ask it and then invite people over and we go! It has been working really well and we love it. The members are getting excited about the work :) So this last week was seriously SO eventful. This next coming one will be too!! On Thursday I think it was we got home and I realized that my wallet was gone... Surprise surprise right?? :) I don't lose things all the time or anything ;) Well, we searched and searched for it all over the apartment and in the car! We couldn't find it anywhere. I thought for sure it was stolen. We decided to kneel down and pray and while we were praying I had two different ideas come to my head. I knew they weren't my own. One was the lavandaria and the other was in the gutter on the street where we had parked. We decided to go to the lavandaria first... we were all in our pajamas and searching. We didn't find it there but Hermana McDaniel contacted a family outside. They said that they were going through a really hard time and could really use some help right now. They spoke english so we won't be teaching them but we gave them a card and all of us knew that was why we had to go to the lavandaria was to know them. Then we decided to go to the street where we had parked...sure enough!!! As we're pulling up we're all like no way... my compa jumps out and there is my wallet in the street!!! Right in the gutter. It must have fallen out of my back pack when we were getting out. I couldn't believe it. We started to cry because the Spirit was so strong. We knew that I had lost my wallet so that we could find that family at the lavandaria. Miracles happen every day on a mission :) Then we got home and it was already past bed time when Hermana McDonald starts yelling.. sure enough... there's a NASTY cockroach the size of TEXAS in our kitchen!!! It was quite the event trying to kill it. While we were trying to kill it... we found more!!! It was so nasty. I was screaming and we were all freaking out trying to get them. None the less, we ended up killing them all and all ended well :) We saw one on the ceiling again the next night but we killed that one too and haven't seen another one since. Also this last week we ran in Long John Silver's to go to the bathroom really fast. As we are leaving my compa turns around and starts talking real loud and tells everyone in there we have a very special message for them and that we are missionaries!!! :D I was shocked to say the least. So we went around and gave everyone cards. I seriously love my companions. They are the greatest :) Well now for the other shocking piece of news... we got a call last Saturday night that Hermana McDaniel was getting emergency transferred to Rowlette. They told her another sister was going home for an emergency and she had to go and take her place. We were all crying. They told her she would be leaving the next day (which was yesterday). We drove her to Rowlette yesterday. I honestly miss her so bad!! Our little trio doesn't feel complete without the other McD. But all is well. We have confidence in the Lord that everything will work out for our good :) I am still super excited to be here with Hermana McDonald!! She is awesome and I have a lot to learn from her :) This area is honestly amazing. We have so many people we are preparing for baptism. My companion told me you can change an area by what you say and what you believe about it. She said a year ago... this was one of the slowest/toughest areas in the missions. The work has changed here :) We are now doing SO well!! The work is hard but so worth it :) While I am here trying to help others I realize how often God is helping and building up me personally. No matter what comes in life... have faith in God and follow what he would have you do and you will never come out with the short end of the stick. So I can't believe it... this week on the 15th I hit my 6 month mark!!! And.. one year from tomorrow, November 12th, I'll be coming home! How nuts is that??? Time passes SO FAST!! I'm going to be an old geezer here soon on the 20th :) Oh yeah... one last thing. Too funny! So the other morning we were running and I trip... it looks so funny that my companions thought I was doing it just to be funny :) NOT!!! I had really fallen. So then the next morning... my companion biffs it as well. Ah man, it was hilarious :) Well, all is well here in Texas. God is working with me slowly to make me into the person He would have me be. My companion is amazing. The work here is incredible. I love Spanish and I love the people!! We are never alone in this work. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Savior Himself. Oh yeah... and Wednesday I get to go to the temple for the 1st time!!! :D WHHOO!! Hope all is well there at home :) I love y'all!! 

Until next week, Hermana Hadlock :) 

Lili in my last area drew this :)

Downtown Dallas last night

 The last picture with my trio!!! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

Howdy from GRAND PRAIRIE!!!

I gotta say... it was sure a long week but it sure was a great one!!
:) I think it was so long because we were all getting used to
everything. Honestly, now that I am more adjusted I think the time
will start to fly by again. It was funny, I was talking to my compass
(yes, I am in a trio now and loving it!) about how change is really
hard for me. I am not sure why but I think I just like to know my
surroundings and have things stable. So being on a mission has taught
me a lot. One second, you feel like you have started to get things
figured out and then the next you are in an entirely new area with
entirely new people. You have no idea where you are going to live or
who you are going to be around. It is the CRAZIEST thing!! You
honestly don't know a single person. Then before you know it, you feel
like you are at home again. There are 3 things I have learned from the
changes in the mission though... 1.Change is the only thing that is
constant in life. So make the best of it and be flexible. Decide to be
happy :)There will always be opposition, so make it work. 2. I got a
blessing from my dad just over a year ago now when I was moving to
college for the first time. In it, he said that I would grow more over
the next year than I ever had before. That scared me to death. Where
there is growth, there is struggle and change and progress. One of my
favorite quotes from my high school coach, Coach Richards"Where there
is no struggle, there is no progress." I can look back and truly say
that I have grown so much. I can't believe how far I have come and all
of it is thanks to the help of my Heavenly Father and Savior. 3.
Wherever the Gospel is... is HOME. It doesn't matter what else changes
in life. I remember being in Rexburg, ID and thinking what in the
world am I doing here so far away from everything I know?? I took a
drive to the temple and was sitting up there thinking. I remember at
that moment realizing it didn't matter where I was in life or what
changed but that if I had the Gospel in my life, that was my home.
There's some food for thought :) Now to catch you up on my new area!
First off, we all know how much I love mail... my address is 3001 S.
Carrier Parkway Apt. 2304 Grand Prairie, TX 75052. I would love to get
mail from anybody and everybody!! :) Oh and my golden birthday 20 on
the 20th is coming up ;) Cough cough. Only joking!! Also, thanks for
the mail that I have received :) Being in a trio has been fun. We can
definitely talk to a lot more people all at the same time! Lessons
have been a bit harder to adjust to only because there are three of us
trying to talk but honestly it has not been bad at all. I LOVE MY NEW
COMPANIONS!! I have been so lucky. Everyone always talks about "that
one" companion and I guess we will see if I get one by the end of my
mission but honestly I would be happy to serve with anyone.
Nevertheless, I have been SO grateful for the amazing companions I
have had and have!! These two Hermana McDaniel and Hermana McDonald
are ALWAYS making me laugh! I'll probably have a six-pack by the end
of this transfer :) Oh and I am also most definitely going to get in
better shape! Well, I hope :) We have been going out on really good
runs every morning. Maybe I'll loose the freshman fluff I gained at
college ;) Ha, we'll see! It's a workin' progress. Monday I spent
saying goodbye to a lot of my families. I gotta say Lili y David were
some of the hardest. By the end we were all crying!! All of us except
for David. It was too good :) I sure miss Choco, their chocolate lab
too, but all is well here in Grand Prairie!! I will get to go back to
their baptism on the 24th of November :) They told me if I didn't have
a ride, they would come get me!! Tuesday was transfers and it was sad
to say "see ya later" to the Whitley's and Hermana LeBaron but I got
all my stuff moved and got moved into my new apartment! Wednesday was
amazing. We taught this guy named Juan and we challenged him at the
end of the lesson to dump out his beer he had in the fridge. He
hesitated at first and then got up and dumped it down the drain. We
were cheering so loud and we were so excited!! Then we sang a hymn for
him. He started to cry and just kept saying, "Mi Corazon, mi Corazon."
It was incredible. That night we also ate papusas with a family! They
are one of my new favorite foods :) We also met a lady named Bonnie.
She has cancer and basically says she is just waiting to die. We had a
prayer with her and all gave her hugs. She said the English sisters
could come back and visit her but it was amazing to see how she opened
up to us and really how the knowledge of the plan of salvation can
change people's lives. Thursday was a good one! I was thinking about
faith a lot. I was thinking how most of us want to be the leader.. we
want to be the Nephi or the Moroni (the power house in the group that
leads everyone to a victory) but I was thinking about how each one of
us has our roles. I was thinking about how much faith it must take to
be someone like Nephi or Moroni and be a leader. Then I stopped and
thought about how much faith it must also take to be a follower. How
much faith does a follower need to put in his leader? Who would the
leader lead without the followers? We all have a purpose in this life
and everyone of us needs faith to fulfill our purpose. Just another
cool thought :) I am learning my role in God's hands every day.
Saturday was incredible! I got attend a baptism of my two compass :)
It was awesome! But there were also two other really great things.
First, we got a call from President Durrant the other day and he was
inviting us to come to a meeting with all of the stake presidents in
our mission, himself, and a member of the 70, Elder Hanson. It was my
companionship and a companionship of Elders that had been invited.
What an incredible experience it was!! Elder Hanson told us how proud
of us he was and how the leaders of the church reverence our service
as missionaries. It was such an incredible experience to be apart of
and the Spirit was there SO strong. What an honor and privilege it was
to be there. Then the funniest thing of my life happened that night...
We were going to visit a less active lady in our area. We knocked and
she asked who it was.. we said, "the missionaries!" She said, " I
thought I told you never to come back?? What are you doing here?? We
don't want you here!!!" We were all startled and just looking at each
other. Then one of my companions asked if we could leave a card on her
door... She responded with" You can take that card and (a few other
words...) " We were all so startled and at that comment I had both my
hands covering my mouth trying so hard not to die laughing!!! We
started to walk away and were most of the way down the side-walk when
she came out and was like, "come back!! Come back!" We were all
hesitant and scared at first.. then we went back and she told us she
thought it was her daughters playing a trick on her. She didn't know
it was actually the sister missionaries! She was crying she was so
embarrassed. We ended up having and awesome lesson with her! :) She's
super nice. Too hilarious right?? Church yesterday was awesome. We
received something like 22 referrals from the ward this last week.
THAT NUMBER IS unheard of!! But it's true. They are working so well
with us right now :) There are so many that are willing to help. It
blew my mind. I am doing well :) The area is great! It's been a little
hard to adjust at times but I honestly love it. I hope all is well at
home :) Pray tonight and ask God how He feels about you. Then ask Him
for His help and where you could do a little better in life. I
promise, you'll feel his love :) Y'all are great!!!! Thanks for
everything :)

Con Amor, Hermana Hadlock :) Oh yeah, and on Halloween we couldn't be
out for lots of reasons but one because people would think we were
trick or treaters so we got to have a party as a zone! :) It was
awesome :) Love and miss y'all :) Stay happy!!