Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Going on another 6 weeks in Folsom!

Transfers are IN!!! I AM STAYING IN FOLSOM WOOHOOO!!! This will be my
first area that I will be 6 months in....I have been waiting my whole
mission for this!! Sister Briggs and I are happy to be staying
together :)
So, President Jardine is kind of on this kick of changing everything
since we are the "new" California Sacramento Mission and all.
Therefore, he changed how transfers are. We get calls Saturday night
if we are staying or leaving. If we are leaving, we do not get told
where. You have Sunday to tell your wards bye at church (which will be
SO nice), and everyone transferring and their comps meet at the
mission office Monday morning and they do this whole thing on where
everyone is going! Since we both stayed, we didn't get to go so we are
in the dark with where everyone is...I hate it!! you all know how I
have to know everything!!!! I am awaiting emails from all my friends
of where they are. Because word on the street is that Sister Campbell
was made a Sister Training Leader and is companions with Sister Wright
:) YAYA!!! they were talking about wanting to be comps at Coloma last
week. haha so funny. glad my besties are comps. so fun! glad my sister
campbell will be at the leadership meetings with me every month...they
will be so much more enjoyable! Sister Campbell, I know you are
reading this...and I all have to say is...welcome to the CPM :) At
least, I hope that is what you called it.....
This week was FULL OF MIRACLES I TELL YOU!!! That is why I was
freaking out all week about getting transferred!!!!!!!! Ugh. so glad
that stress is over. So Tuesday, I was on exchanges here in my area
with Sister Kauvaka (Sister campbell's baby). We were biking and there
was this less-active who I had tried a million and 1 times and she had
never answered. I decided to take like a month off, and since it had
been a while, as we biked by, I thought to try again. Well, she
answered! I do not think she realized she answered to the missionaries
lol. Anyways, we told her we were inviting her to the relief society
activity and she started talking to us and invited us in and then
proceeded to tell us her life story. I just felt the spirit working
through me to tell her what she needed to hear. It is the best feeling
ever when I can just be that conduit for God to work through!
Basically, she wants to be active again and go through the temple. It
was awesome! I havent had a ton of reactivation work on my mission, so
I am excited for this! Small world...Sister Parkinson, I mean Hannah
(so weird, I cant call you that), we made the connection that me and
you taught her father-in-law in Green valley!! haha don custis!!!! so
funny. I was dying. When I realized her last name and that she used to
live in Cameron Park, I asked if they were related and she said it was
her husband's dad! Her husband isnt a member.
Okay so for the other big miracle this week. Same day....we were
biking back to the house to get the car before dinner because I had
killed poor Sister Kauvaka out on the Folsom hills (I think the
sisters hate exchanges with me in folsom haha) and I decide to ride
through this park by our house to see if anyone is there to talk to.
There is a man and woman there and the man is on the phone. I try
talking to the woman, but she said she is listening to his call and
told me to wait. We stood there awkwardly waiting, and she finally
came over. She told us she grew up in Texas and is looking for a
church here. Everything she said she wanted  like MATCHED OUR CHURCH
PERFECTLY. Her husband came over and goes, "tell me about this John
Smith guy." In my head im like "oh great." I explain how God has
ALWAYS called prophets (read the Old Testament) and that God has
reached out to His children once again and that we are led by a
prophet today. I told him that we do not believe prophets are above
Jesus Christ in any way. They are just like Abraham, Noah, Moses---all
the prophets of old. We worship Jesus Christ as our Savior and
Redeemer. After we got that all cleared up, I was freaking out of
happiness telling them to please let us teach our first lesson because
it would totally click everything for them.  They were totally down
for it! They have a 7 year old son, btw. Cute little family :)
We met them at the church on Saturday and showed them around and
talked about Sunday services. They wanted the first lesson so we
taught them the Restoration. the spirit was SOOOO STRONG. After the
First Vision, we asked how they felt and they said they felt peace and
the spirit. The wife talked about how it totally makes sense to her.
She also wants a church that is close and like a family to her. It all
is just awesome! that night they came to the Stake Pioneer day
activity and LOVED IT! They kept saying how nice everyone was. Their
son got sick, so they couldnt make it to church, but they are excited
to come next week!
So this is why I was freaking out for transfers. I was like, would God
lead me to this family then rip me away!??! He didn't so I am one
happy missionary :) This family is in 2nd, which hasnt had much going
on since the Lane's so we are happy. Susan is in 4th ward. She is
doing awesome :) Getting baptized Aug 29!!! so many great things
happening here in Folsom. This transfer FLEW, so I am scared for this
This last transfer was one of my favorite. I have changed a lot in my
priorities as a missionary. I have become a LOT LESS intense and
driven and have really focused on the Lord and just doing His will. It
feels good to do "right for right's sake." I am grateful for the
opportunity to serve out of a love for God and my Savior. I want to do
all things for Them and no one else.
tears me apart that I cannot hold that little nug. Good thing all
these miracles distracted me as my mom sent me a bigilloin pictures
all week. She will carry my name on well :) Congrats Annalee and
Mychal and to mom & dad for being grandparents! i love the video you
sent of daddy rocking Genevieve. It made me almost cry!! you can see
in his face how much he loves her!! cant wait to meet that little ray
of sunshine. I show pictures of her to everyone i come into contact
with :)

Have the best week!!!! We have so much to be grateful for! I cannot
believe the summer is coming to an end. Time needs to stop passing!!!

Sister Hickman
welcoming baby Genevieve into the world on Julyy 22 :) I am one proud
Auntie!!!! Cannot wait to hold my little namesake!

welcoming baby Genevieve into the world on Julyy 22 :) I am one proud
Auntie!!!! Cannot wait to hold my little namesake!

Transfers are hard for the Folsom Zone....we are happy because all the
sisters are staying :)

summer garden party in folsom :) nothing better than California nights!

This is the cute family of one of my ward mission leaders. I love
them! I took a picture to get prepared in case I got transferred. But,
I am still here :) I am sending it to show that I CUT ALL MY HAIR
OFF!!!! I want it to be long by the time I come home in 6 months, so I
decided to chop it.

cheesin because we're stayin :)

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