Felt an Earthquake Finally


March 31,  2014           

Hello those who most likely didn't feel the ground move unexpectedly,

Yep. I was on exchanges, leaning against the kitchen sink in the apartment, eating a cupcake we got from a member over the sink. Then the sink moved and started making noises. I thought the garbage disposle was all out of wack, but then everything else started shaking for about seven seconds. Yep, while I have been "through" many earthqukes on my mission that I did not know happened, this is the first one that I actually felt. It was a 5.1. I have 10 months left on my mission, which means there's a good chance I will feel at least one more while still here.

I forgot my journal, so this will be from memory. Hopefully I do my week justice, since it was pretty good. We taught a personal record high 27 lessons this week. I was on exchanges for about 10 of them, but they were still taught in my area, so I will still take the credit.

Another small world factoid. After talking to a member (who is related to family friend Ben Behunin in Utah), I learned that an old member in our ward was from Annabella. After finally meeting him at church, I learn that he is my 1st cousin twice removed. He looks like a Roberts. Small(ish) world. 

We started teaching Kenny's nurse. We asked if she was enjoying the pamphlets that we left her to read to him. He said "I don't know, let me ask". Then he called her and said that two men wanted to talk to her. It caught us off guard, but we started teaching her, she was very open, and wants to come to church. Good job Kenny!

Church is always good here. Our bishop really slammed down hard on hometeaching, due to some events that could have been prevented or helped if appropriate home teaching had been done. DO YOUR HOME/VISITING TEACHING!!!! It is how God has designed to help his kingdom grow and stay strong. Be a part of your familes' lives! Bless them! Show them a magic trick! One time, in doing some "search and rescue" for a ward, we knocked on a door. "Hi, are Sally and John home?" "Sally is sleeping." "Oh, okay. How about John?" "He died last year." "OH, OKAY. We will make a note." Yep. If the home teachers were there, maybe they could have played a part in comforting the family, or something like that. Do your home teaching! And love others. Always do that too.

Well, I have racked my brain. Just a lot of teaching, biking, and walking in the rain one day. And clearing out a hoarder's home on exchanges. That was fun.

Yep, that was my week. Hope to hear from you all! Love you all,

E. Summerhays

Shaking Hands with Apostles

March 17, 2014

Hello people who didn't shake the hand of an Apostle (maybe) recently,

Yep, Elder Andersen visited our mission. I have now heard from six Seventies, and one Apostle. Aren't I lucky? He talked primarily on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Overall, it made me feel really good. Not necessarily because of talking about the Atonement, though it was really good, but just to hear an Apostle talk. I loved it.
This week has been pretty good. There were some miracles here and there. One I will share briefly. At one point dinner and splits weren't going to work out.  The family the single sister invited so we could eat with her could only show up 30 min before a lesson we scheduled 3 miles away from dinner. After racking our brains, we figured that the easiest way to solve our problem is give to God and let him "figure it out" while we worked. So we went outside and started working. Things worked out!  How: our lessons fell through, and we didn't need splits. Pointless? No. God was just testing our obedience. Because stuff fell through, and we decided to walk to an apartment that we had doubts we could get in, we ran into a member carrying in groceries, got in her home, and was able to teach her and her less active son a great lesson. :)

Other miracle. I ask the AP’s if there was a bike I could borrow since mine was stolen.  They said  “Tell your parents about it and get a new bike" "Fiiiiinnnnee" I learned that there was a bike I could borrow in my area "Sweet! Don't have to tell my parents!" E. Smith/Langi back from MLC "E. Summerhays, APs wanted us to remind you to tell your parents about the bike." Warned twice. "Fiiiinnnee" I tell my parents, they are sad about it and start working something out. A few days later, the Zone Leaders find a bike in an apartment that does not have an owner for me to use. A test to obey church leaders, I assume. I like these little challenges.

The week has been going decent. Elder Frost has a good knowledge of the area, but it's still hard with me not entirely knowing it, yet. That, and not knowing where a lot of the members live. But we are chugging along.

We have a new investigator, Kenny. It is a long story of how we found him, but we did. He may not be mentally capable of getting baptized, though. He participated well in church, and decently in lessons. Apparently he used to walk to our church for a long time, but then fell down some stairs and hasn't been able to since. He eventually came in contact with some missionaries, and now here we are. We will see. 

I think the hardest part of this area is just adjusting. After being in Redlands for 7 months, a new ward with new goals and meetings is a little stressful for meCl. I feel the pressure to change now so I don't screw anything up. It's good stress, though.

Oh, a thought that Elder Andersen shared with the local leaders is D&C 31:3-5. Notice how it doesn't say "The field is white already to harvest." The time to harvest is now, we need to get ready for the "burning" (The Second Coming). Crazy stuff. Do missionary work. Share the Gospel. Post a Mormon Message. There are many ways to do it, so do it.

Love you all!!!
E. Summerhays

Dear families of our missionaries,
We welcomed our new missionary, Elder Summerhays from Connecticut.  Bishop and I are excited to have him in our ward!  He’s a energetic, fun missionary that can do some cool magic tricks!  He used to be in the same student ward with our son, Elder Eastwood, at BYU.  What a small world!  He bore his testimony during our sacrament meeting yesterday, and it was very nice.
Here are some more photos from our FHE on 3-10-14 & dinner with the sister missionaries yesterday.  Our living room has soft lighting, and it’s not best for taking pictures!  It may be time for me to replace my camera, too.  Not as clear as it used to be...  Regardless, we enjoy our FHE each Monday, and are expecting them tonight again.
Have a wonderful day today!
Sister Eastwood

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