Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Week #37

Hello mom!

Well I'm in Clear Fork, which is actually a reservoir, not a town. So that's just the name of the ward. It takes us 30 minutes to get to the church building. We cover Ontario, Mansfield, Shelby, Willard, Fairfield, Plymouth and I think some other town. The ward boundaries are crazy because they tried to make it so they could have some priesthood holders. Technically Clear Fork is a ward but it really should be a branch. It's so tiny! Well, the amount of active members is small. 2/3 of the ward is less active. Time to get to work! I don't want to baptize anyone until we can get the ward moving. There are TONS of part member families. The best! We have a set of elders here and a senior couple who work specifically with less actives so that's super helpful. Everyone in the ward is way nice and the Bishop is great. The building is so small, they don't even have pews. I guess that's one of the goals is get enough people coming that they can get pews

I spent most of Wednesday night saying goodbye to investigators. The Dowlers had a house fire and their whole house is gone! It's crazy so I wasn't able to say goodbye to them :( Sister Miller and Jackie took us out to dinner. It was a super weird feeling, the whole way to transfers I didn't feel like I was getting transferred! It's just so weird because I was in Huber Heights for such a long time. Friday morning I woke up and forgot that I was in Clear Fork. I literally had no idea where I was for a minute. I got a little homesick for Huber yesterday at church. I miss everyone so much! My family is back there and some of my best friends! 

Want to hear the greatest thing ever though? Clear Fork covers Amish country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to be sending some Amish treats your way! We ate at an Amish restaurant and it was the best thing ever. Our area is so big it's ridiculous. A lot different than the Dayton area since Huber Heights was a city. Now we cover like 5 cities and it's a lot of driving. I'm teaching my companion how to drive. For real. She barely got her license when she was 18 and hasn't really driven since. So my new companion is Sister Hibbert! She's been out about 4 months and she's from Sugar City, Idaho. Still haven't had a comp from somewhere other than Utah or Idaho. She's really excited to be on a mission and has a desire to do the work which is great! She's way sweet and always cooks me breakfast and dinner. So I'm going to have find a way to serve her haha
There's a lot of work to be done here and a lot of organizing to do. I'm super excited! I'm way up north on the edge of the mission so I went from one extreme to the other. Being up north means it's not going to warm up as fast as it was down south in Dayton. Anyway that's all I really have for this week. I'm just trying to get my bearings here. 

My new address is 1344 Spring Village Dr Ontario, OH 44906

Love you!

Sister Clark

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Week #36

Well this week has been crazy. No good bus stories. Monday night we were driving home and it was super cold and we passed this lady flagging down cars. Immediately Sister Loder says turn around and we both felt impressed to ask her if she needed a ride. She had a fake leg and was planning on walking home in the negative degree weather. She only lived around the block.  We handed her a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and she just started crying. She was so nice but too bad she probably didn't remember us the next morning.
We taught this great couple Wednesday night that are really open and just looking for what's right. Tyler said our church totally makes sense since it's not about which pastor is the best, it's just the same everywhere so he was really excited to come to church. Unfortunately their kids got really sick this weekend and they couldn't come :( But next week!
Our mission President came to Huber Heights Thursday night as well as the stake president and the sister training leaders for a stake correlation thing. So we had to get tons of appointments for everyone to go to. So stressful! But everything worked out okay. Except the part where Sister Jensen told President that I've hit a wall and he sat me down in the hallway and asked if I've been in a funk and then proceeded to lecture me. It was awesome.
We had dinner with Jessica and Kyle on Friday night and I think she might be ready to take the lessons again. Fingers crossed and everyone should pray for her because she would just be the best Mormon ever! Then we went to the ward Valentines Party because Tiffany was there and she's been making a lot of friends in the ward. She still doesn't know what she's going to do with her fiance but during Beyonce's single ladies song she got up and was dancing. It was hilarious! I love her. Robin told her friend that she always babysits for that she can't babysit on Sundays anymore because she wants to go to church. We just have the greatest investigators!
We had this insane ice storm Monday night and Tuesday it was in the 50's. Today is the warmest it's been in a long time! Ohio is thawing finally!
Funny story from this week we went to go visit a new move in and we asked if Justin Jennings was there and the lady said nope and immediately slammed the door. Then she yells "looking for a gosh dang man" to someone in the house except she swore and as we were walking away I was like well aren't we all?
We found a family this week! We're just trying to get a return appointment with them. I love Huber Heights! I just got the news I'm getting transferred. I think it's time, though because I've been here forever. It's time for some fresh blood and a new brain. I'm just really going to miss Sister Loder. She has been my favorite companion. Since we're the same person and we're just a party. Did I tell you that this Elder at zone meeting told us we're his favorite sister companionship and asked how we have fun and then this other sister leans over and seriously asks yeah how do you have fun? Sister Loder goes how do we not? Missionary work is just fun! Most of the time. There are still frustrating days.
We've seen a lot of success this past week I'm sad I won't be able to see it through for another transfer. And Sydney is going on her mission so I'll miss her farewell talk! This ward is just basically my family.
Well I love you lots and I love being on a mission. Thanks for the support. This gospel is true and this work is real.
Sister Clark

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Week #34 & 35

Well didn't get to have dinner with the Otts but we rescheduled for this Wednesday so fingers crossed! We're going to make playing cards but with the ten commandments and go in and play spoons or something with them after dinner. I hope we can teach their kids! It was kind of a slow week. We had to push back Tiffany's baptism date to March 1st because she needs to figure out what she's going to do with her fiance. She's super funny though. Since we've taught her the law of chastity she says she sees that word everywhere, like it's taunting her haha. And then we were showing her mormonchannel.org and the first video on the home page is the parable of the ten virgins and she was like oh my gosh that would be there. She's hilarious. We watched the Prophet of the Restoration with her and she had so many questions and she was like I know this is all true. She's just the best!
We've been getting a lot of media referrals but none of them ever come to be anything. We got 2 this week and they both had the same address. Different names and different phone numbers but the same address. And we realized that a previous referral had the phone number of the media referral we got this week! So somebody in Salt Lake is not doing their job right because the information is all messed up. Anyway we had this referral for this guy named Glen. He's in a war with the city of Huber Heights. It's lasted 25 years! They just give him random tickets all the time and they convicted him of 37 felonies! None of them were violent or immoral they were just stupid and the judge said if he pleads guilty he won't do any jail time. I'm not really sure why the police department hates him so much. He says he wakes up in the middle of night thinking of ways to get back at them haha and he's suing them for $10 million. His stories are so great. And he has 5 cats. Which, by the way, I think I might be allergic.
We had dinner with a less active family, who are the coolest people on the planet. So nice and they're all super crafty and artistic. You should see some of the paintings they have in their house. That they've all painted! And they have like a dungeons and dragons lair in their basement with a big table with a map on it and little figures and actual battle axes and stuff. It's so sweet. AND the dad hand paints all the little figures. They're no more than 2 inches tall and he paints them and puts them together. And he's obsessed with cats. He was just showing us cat memes all throughout dinner. They're just the funniest people and we're hoping we can get them reactivated.
We're going to start riding the bus! We got the schedule and everything. I'm so excited. So next week I'll have some pretty good stories I hope. We had quite a bit of success at the end of the week finding some potentials. Our whole Saturday was full of appointments. That's never happened to me before! Unfortunately, nobody was home for their appointments and we actually got members there. We did have dinner with Mariola and Joel though on Friday and we taught them the restoration and read the Book of Mormon with them and they really liked the Book of Mormon! They're going to keep reading it! One day they'll join the church I just know it.
We went to Brian and Angie's and Matt and Jill's last night during the super bowl hours because people in Ohio LOVE their football. Really, the superbowl should be a national holiday or a state holiday or something in Ohio because it's just not productive to go out and see people when a football game is on. They get really ornery. We invited Matt and Jill to the Valentine's dance the ward is having and they seemed pretty excited about it. Brian and Angie had their daughter and son in law there so we got to meet more of their family. Basically we're just building relationships with these people and Brian and Angie are like my adopted parents here. Of course both of them had the game on so Sister Loder got to see how bad Denver was losing. She was pretty upset. But we didn't really pay too much attention to the game because Brian always asks us lots of questions about the church when we're there. And he tells everybody about us so a lot more people know who we are! It's so great!
It was a whopping 48 degrees on Saturday. I didn't even need a coat! Unfortunately it all froze overnight and the streets were a sheet of ice but we survived. I think it's finally going to start warming up. Hopefully no more negative degree weather. Also I just really love the people here.
Love you!
Sister Clark 
Well my week was good. Hard, but good. We had our mission winter Olympics on Monday and I got to see Sister Hicken! And Sister Tueller gave me some sweaters haha it was really nice! We decided to ride the bus this week as a new way of finding. So Tuesday we set out to do just that. One problem. There's two stops: one for the south bus and one for the north bus. We were standing at the wrong sign and watched the bus drive past us. Good thing our car was just right there. So the whole bus thing didn't work out too well that day. But we did some 2-2-5ing and found a few potentials! In our, what we call, "dead zone". There was a house that had a chalkboard by the door to write messages so we drew the plan of salvation! Went back a couple of days later and it was all erased and the chalk was gone haha. Oh well! Gotta get creative! So Tuesday night the sister training leaders called us to inform us that they were coming to our area for surprise exchanges. Sweet. Good thing it dumped snow that night so all we had planned was to shovel snow. So Sister Buhler and I set out to find some driveways and this one lady asked us to do hers! She wanted to give us money but we said if she just gives us 10 minutes of her time that will be enough. She had a lot of great religious questions and she accepted everything we told her! Funny thing is I knocked on her door about 3 months ago and she was totally rude. Funny how service softens hearts! People just really don't like you on their doorstep. And Sister Loder found an awesome family shoveling snow as well!
Thursday we decided to try the bus again. Success! It's expensive, though. So don't know how often we're going to do it. We rode again on Friday and I ran into a former investigator! She said we need to come back! And we found two people that met with missionaries before and one almost got baptized. The only problem is they both live in Dayton. That's the downside of riding the bus since the route goes out of the mission we meet a lot of people out of the mission. Funny story about the bus. I'm always paranoid about getting off at the wrong stop because we don't want to walk forever to get back to our car. Well we got off a few stops early and we forgot where we parked the car since we caught the bus in a neighborhood. We walked around for 45 minutes looking for our car! We were so cold and poor Sister Loder lost the feeling in her toes. So our ward mission leader came to rescue us and then they took us to dinner. But we were thawing basically for the rest of the night.
Saturday we had a great lesson with Melinda, the one who we were afraid got offended at church, and she's totally fine! I'm pretty sure she has a testimony of the church and she wants to keep meeting with us! She thinks her husband is done, though. But he was glad that we kept reaching out to her because apparently that means we're real missionaries and we don't give up that easily haha he's a funny guy.
We had dinner last night with a family and the wife knows the Walkers! Her sister is married to Owen Jr.? And she was roommates with Candace McCain her senior year at BYU. Small world. We also found a part member family yesterday. Just knocked on their door randomly. Most days are really hard and pretty slow but there's always one little miracle we get out of each day and I think it's Heavenly Father's way of keeping us going.
Love you!
Sister Clark