Sunday, July 12, 2015

New iPad

June 15, 2015


This week I am emailing on my very own brand new iPad mini! We got them on Saturday and I have only used it once for a hymn book yesterday at church. It will come in phases though, so it's okay. Hopefully it works out well. I can definitely see all the pros and

Glad to hear that things in the 'Slow are going good. This week has been good here. I really enjoy being with Sister Montgomery and serving in this area. She is awesome and I am sad I only have another week to be with her. I am learning from her and trying to absorb as much as I can before next Tuesday morning. She has inspired me to be a little more put together than I sometimes am. It's not that I go out looking bad, but I could probably put a little more effort into it sometimes. It's just this magical thing called TIME. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH OF IT AND I GET LAZY EVERY NOW AND THEN. That is all. But she always looks so cute and put together and I am going to do better...... After my mission when I have more time. 

So the cool thing this week was that on Tuesday we had dinner with the Tomyn family. They are these super Asian cute people with 2 kids, a 3 year old boy and a 7 month old little girl. They are so awesome! We had Korean food: lettuce wraps! They were so yummy! They invited their next door neighbors and we had a lesson with them too! Their names are Joy and Kristen (Joy's daughter). They seem excited to learn and they came to church yesterday! And even stayed for the linger longer (awesomeness that consists of staying later after the block and eating! Who wouldn't love that?). It was a cool experience and the lesson went well. So that's the neat thing from the week.

I can't think of much else for this week. . . . I am doing well and mentally preparing myself for next week. It will be fun! I should find out who my new companion will be next Sunday. Bittersweet times.

I love you all and hope you are enjoying the summer! Send some rain this way!

Love, Sister Lauren Hatch :)

Mid-Cycle Transfer

June 8, 2015


So we were going about our normal Friday night routine. Sister Wehrhahn was taking a shower and I was tidying up and such, getting ready for bed. Then at about 10pm the phone rang and it was Elder Okerlund, one of the APs. He said that there was going to be a mid-cycle transfer that would affect our companionship. So when Sister W got out of the shower, we called him back and he said that I would be going to Torrance 1st with Sister Montgomery, and Sister Flores (sp?) would be coming from the Visitor's Center with Sister W. So I woke up Saturday morning and packed my bags. We had a shift helping at the Family Search booth at the Palos Verdes Street Fair (think like the fair with all the little booths at the 24th of July in Snowflake, but a lot bigger) and then we headed up to Santa Monica. We did our stuff and then left. So now I am serving with Sister Montgomery in the Torrance 1st ward. It isn't far from my other area - our church building is the one we had been coming to for district meeting. I do miss the people though. And Sister Montgomery goes home in 2 weeks..... So yeah. I am handling it much better than I thought I would, but I am worried about learning everything I need to about this area before she leaves. The crazy thing is that NO ONE KNOWS WHY WE HAD A MID-CYCLE! I'm sure the APs do, and President of course, but nothing was wrong in any of the companionships involved. Its weird but whatever. Heavenly Father knows what He is doing.

One a side note, we have a much newer car in this area (Sister M is the driver, so I get to do the backing - its annoying), and my flash drive works in the car! In the other older car it would only play like 3 songs over and over again, so that makes me happy. :)

This week was good. We were able to get a hold of John, and then I left the next day, of course. But its all good. On Thursday we had interviews with President and Sister Weidman. I guess one of their sons was in town, so Sister Weidman only made it for the sisters, and that's fine ;) We had zone training meeting last Friday, and we should be getting our iPads this Friday, I think.  I am excited to have the WHOLE ENTIRE GOSPEL LIBRARY right at my fingertips. That means I don't have to borrow gospel principles books anymore and I don't have to make room in my bags for them either. WOOOHOOO! Thankfully all of my stuff fit in my suitcases, but I am definitely going to be a pro packer by the time this whole mission thing is over :)

I don't have much else to say... Things are going well and I am doing well too. I can sort of see some progress in myself, which is cool for me. Hopefully I can continue to see that. It will be a busy and interesting 2 weeks with Sister Montgomery getting ready to leave. This morning she said she wishes she was in my place. Silly girl. ;) But as far as time on my mission goes, I am also doing better with that, so don't worry. I am quickly running out of months that I will repeat, which is also kinda cool.

I hope you are all doing well and will look forward to the mail this Friday. I love you!!

Sister Lauren Hatch :)