Monday, August 4, 2014

Hey There! From Clinton Conneticut!

What? Not Boston? RIGHT!?!
Let me start from the beginning... or at least the last time  I wrote...
I legitly cant remember anything that happened unless I wrote it down. Things are that busy haha. 
So Saturday was a normal MTC day, I think, I didn't write anything and I forgot my planner at the apartment.
Sunday (July 27)  we got a group together and sang in sacrament meeting for our MTC branch. It was AWESOME. We sang "Savior, Redeemer of my soul" the version from 17 miracles.
It is my favorite song hands down now. The spirit was SO strong. Elder Lortsher was fangirling and we all couldn't look at him or else we would laugh. Then for Relief Society, Sheri Dew taught us. Yeah, like the real life Sheri Dew.
It was so cool, she talked about Women's role in the priesthood and just did a great job.
OH! Friday... haha Friday, after I emailed y'all I went and got my laundry.... The blazer that I was wearing in the Pink Wednesday picture... Is now navy and light pink not navy and white.
I screamed into my pillow haha.
Note to self: don't wash your raspberry pink washcloth with anything else. Yeah.
 Then also in Sunday we watched "The Character of Christ" which is a talk by Elder Bednar for the MTC and it was phenomenal. We all just were silent for a few seconds after it ended because it was so powerful.
If you can find that in document form or something send it to me because I want it.
Monday was like our last hurrah day so we talked about all of our questions and laughed a lot. I love my MTC district so much. That night we had a testimony meeting and we also got blessings which was wonderful.
I will never forget what I learned in the MTC. 
The next morning we got up at 2 am and finished cleaning our residence. We got to the travel office at 4:35 and then we had a 9 minute bus ride to the train station. We then took that about an hour out to the Trax and then took that to the airport. I was the travel coordinator so I had all of the tickets and info about where to go. That was fun. Then we got on our plane, all 21 of us and flew for 5 hours to Boston. The clouds covered the ground the whole time so I didn't get to see any other states, but they left right as we got to the harbor and I got a picture.  
We met the Packards at the airport and they are the most wonderful Texan family ever. His accent is so thick but it is so endearing. We ate dinner and then some of us went to stay the night at the Stake Presidents house, and oh my goodness it was hilarious. So, the Packards daughter Natalie took us there and she has only been around the back of their house and so she didn't really know which house to go to so she guessed with some GPS help and we all walk up...5 sister missionaries and Natalie, all cute with our suitcases and she rings the bell and this, like, 23 year old guy without a shirt on opens the door and leans against the frame and asks what he can do for us...and Natalie, bless her heart, was all, "These are the new sister missionaries, they are staying the night here!" and the look on his face. We all knew that it was the wrong house. He let us know that it was next door and as soon as the door shut we were all practically on the floor dying of laughter... no one even gave him a pass along card hahaha,
The Stake Presidents house was fabulous and we all slept awesome and then had yummy food and studied our scriptures until a giant spider tried to attack, we decided that it was time to go. I honestly forgot that with it being so green, bugs are everywhere. EW. 
Wednesday morning we did some contacting at the park, it was super fun but also scary because they dropped us off with some BOM's and pass along cards and said go get 'em. Yeah. We were all "Aight"
Then we did some training and then we went to the chapel to get our trainers. Then, it was funny when I saw this sister walk in. I was all, "I bet that is going to be my trainer," and it was! So crazy haha!
That is when I found out that we were going to be in the Madison Ward and that we were going to be shot gunning the area...They hadn't had sisters in a year and there are so many older single women who were so excited! We drove for about 2 1/2 hours with a family from the ward and when we got to the apartment... you could tell that elders lived there and that they left in a hurry. We spent a lot of Monday just trying to clean, and we went shopping too. We also met Kaye, the family history center clerk who is fantastic and ecstatic that sisters are back, and we also met the Taylors that night and had dinner with them He is the ward Mission leader and his daughter is dating our only current investigator Matt.
The ward is HUGE! 45 minute drive in good traffic from one side to the next. #cray. But, it is so beautiful. The houses here...they just... I cant even believe that I live here now.
So far we have eaten Baked Tilapia with crab and shrimp topping, grilled chicken with Italian breadcrumb and bow-tie pasta salad...SOOOO good.
 We went to a hoedown where there was a giant whole pig roasting and more varieties of salad than at a Mormon baby shower, and last night we had red chicken curry. Food here is so stinking good. The ward really is fantastic though. Everyone is friendly and there are 30 young women! We are so excited! It is so weird to be driving and see a sign that is all "New York City, Next exit" Like what?  Yesterday we met Emily. Oh my goodness. She was baptized on the first and she is AMAZING. She is full of so many questions but they aren't like faith shaking ones she just wants to know. She seriously drinks the gospel right up it is fantastic. We talked to her about personal revelation and she told us that she wants homework. She wants to learn as much as she can. Probably the best part is her parents. They are so happy that she found happiness and they are so kind and understanding. It is fantastic. I wish that everyone was like them. It would make our job a whole lot easier.
 Oh! She found out about the church from Instagram. The hashtag "#blackkeys" and she started talking to a kid in Idaho about music and then about his life and then about the church and he left on his mission in October and she has written him and she got baptized on his birthday! She is just fabulous and we get to teach her the new member lessons every week! 
There are also a lot of cemeteries around here and antique shops. 
This week I have been loving Jacob 4:4 and Alma 56:48.
I just love that people knew what to do and that they were doing the right thing. I know that I am doing the right thing. The work is hastening, and I love it. 

My new address is 
Sister Lauren Alexander 
6 Harbor Parkway
Clinton CT 06413
If you find any cute washi tape or sayings send them our way, this apartment really needs some dolling up. 
I love you all and I love this Gospel too!

Hurrah for Israel! 
Air view of the trees of Boston

 Like seriously??? Look at that! I took that! I live in Connecticut! So crazy!
Sister Alexander

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