Monday, March 21, 2016

Week 7

"You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way." -Lady Gaga

This week was awesome!

I could not believe how much fun we had and how crazy this week was!
Sister Gibb and I received the news that another sister in the mission
broke her elbow while biking, and we ended up being in a car-share
this week so she could have a car. So that meant- biking 5000 miles
every day. In the rain. And in the dark. And it was awesome! My bike
ended up being broken, but we didn't know for 2 days. So that was fun,
but then our less active friend fixed it for me and everything in the
world is right again!

Our most tragic event this week was that as we were tracting, we tried
to catch this lizard, and he fell down on the ground- ("And great was
the fall thereof"- Sister Gibb) and we were looking for him and Sister
Gibb stepped back and we hear a CRUNCH. We looked down and he was
dying on the ground! Sister Gibb stepped on him! It was so sad. And he
died. And I didn't take a picture because let's just say it was a
little graphic. But I did take an awesome picture of a huge lizard on
a house!
Here it is:

That is the closest I've seen to an Alligator. :)
But Lizards are everywhere out here! I try so hard to catch them but they are always too fast. When we bike I always think we are accidentally squishing them because they run all over the sidewalk. But they are so cool! I will catch one someday.

So this week was also transfers, and so much of our district is moving around! We had a double funeral for our elders in our district who are going home, and it is so sad to see them go. Here is a pic:

 Elder T didn't want to look like he was dying too but he did in a later picture. Elder C is so tall! Also his hands are ginormous next to mine. Here is the evidence:

It's crazy! Also, my grandma (aka my trainer's trainer) is being transferred to a different area, along with one of the Elders in our ward. That means we are getting 4 new district members! I'm sure it will be exciting. 

Sister Gibb and I are staying together for 6 more weeks for sure, which is good. Now she gets to train me 100%. :) she is awesome! 
Also this week, we did a service project where we painted a trailer with a bunch of other missionaries for a lady who is in the ward. We had a great time! 

You can't really see me in this pic, and I'm not that flushed out but hey, it's a picture. 

Also, I took this cool picture in a member's backyard when we had to wait out there until their mom got home so we could have a lesson.
I think it's awesome. 

Our most exciting news this week is that we are having a baptism! Our investigator K is getting baptized this Saturday, and it is incredible! He is such a miracle, and I feel so lucky because Sister Gibb and I have taught him from lesson 1 to baptism! He has changed so much in the last few weeks, and we know he is so ready for baptism. He has read so much of the Book of Mormon, and he has been reading everything we give to him. He loves God and he even said the closing prayer in Sunday School yesterday! Ahhh he is so awesome!
Oh yeah, and I sang in church yesterday. I guess this month is the month of Sister Caton haha

I love you all so much! I hope your week is full of miracles and love! I love being a missionary!
Sister Caton

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 6

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of
man." -Charles Darwin

This week was great because we saw tons of miracles! But it was also
kind of crazy because we did all sorts of missionary things and went
to meetings and such.
On Tuesday, we had interviews with the Mission President. It was
awesome because I love President Craig! He is such a good man, and he
is so in tune with the spirit. He always helps with everything! During
that time we also got trainings from Sister Craig and she is the best.
On Wednesday, I went on my first trade-off! A trade-off is when you
trade companions and get more work done in a certain area. I was with
Sister Miller for a few hours and we had so much fun! We contacted
referrals and got some ice cream. 

 Then on Thursday, we had a 24 hour trade off with the Sister Training Leaders! I was companions with Sister MacGregor, and she is from Australia! We had a great time teaching and finding people. We also helped a lady who needed service by helping her make soap! She sells it to make a living, and was having a hard time getting it made. We helped her for several hours and I had the time of my life! Who knew making soap could be so fun?
Here's some pictures! Sister MacGregor is the one with the black wavy hair.

 We got to take home some soap so that was fun!

Then we worked really hard for the rest of the week. We had an awesome lesson with our young investigator Kanoderick. We taught him the Word of Wisdom this week and he committed to it with no problems at all! He loves church and we know he's going to be a solid member who will endure to the end!

I had to speak in church this week, and I spoke on the Atonement and Moroni 4. It was fine, I thought. I prayed that I would be able to touch just one person at least, so that I wouldn't be wasting his time. It was pretty cool because a girl came up to me and told me that my talk made her cry and that it was everything she needed to hear! I love being a missionary. It was weird though because I had to speak with one of our Elders, Elder Perez. We had to sit next to each other on the stand and everything. It was awkward because- gross! Elders!
Just kidding, the Elders are awesome.

Then, the crowning moment of the week was last night, when as we were sitting in our car just about to go into our apartment, something caught my eye up on the fence by our car. It was an Opossum!!! It was so ugly and weird. I tried to take a picture, but I ended up taking a time lapse on accident, so here's the best pic we have:
It was insane! Nobody ever told me possums were so ugly! Haha
Well I hope you have a possum free week! I love you!
Sister Caton

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Week 5

"There Is Nothing more Artistic than to Love people."
-Vincent Van Gogh

This week was incredible. I cannot believe the MIRACLES we see each
and every day. I believe in Miracles!
We have 2 baptisms lined up for March 26th and we are almost 100% sure
they are both going to happen! Something I learned on the mission is
that some people say they will get baptized and you set a date and
everything then they drop you and avoid you haha
But hey, that means they weren't ready to get baptized! It's not forever.
This week the weather was warm and perfect which meant-mosquitos. But
I only got 3 bites, so that's good. We have been having a great time
teaching lessons and working hard.
Sister Gibb and I went to the trainer-trainee meeting this week, so I
was reunited with all my MTC buddies! (Only the girls though)
They are all doing great, and we love being missionaries!
Here's a picture:

This week we went to something called Genesis where we talked about how God loves you no matter what color you are and also why people of color couldn't hold the priesthood before. It was super awesome and informative. Pretty much everyone here is racist at some level haha and so it was good to know what to say to those people. The South is an interesting place!

Also, this week I accomplished something very awesome! I PICKED UP A CAT!!!
Cats are so weird. This cat was a member's who we were helping clean her house. She has twin 2 year olds and so things can get dirty really quick. I think we really helped her. We love her so much!

The cat was pretty chunky too. I can't even remember it's name haha 

Also, Sister Gibb and I have set a goal of bringing 3 souls to the waters of baptism by the end of our next transfer together. Will all of you please pray that we will find them? We want to bring Souls unto Christ, and the prayers of many make things work! 
I love all of you! Have a wonderful week filled with Miracles!
I love it here in Jacksonville!
With Love, 
Sister Caton