Sunday, April 20, 2014

04.14.2014 -- Oh man the most embarrassing moment of my life happened this week.

Oh man the most embarrassing moment of my life happened this week.   .    .   .  :( hahaha

First of all, it was a huge surprise!  On pday I got the birthday package! Thanks so much mom!!! I LOVE the dress!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!  And since I was in charge of that pday so everyone was at south shields- since I got so much candy I shared it with the zone and now you are everyone's favourite!  :) so thank you so much!!!! <3

So Wednesday night we went down to Leeds and slept over with the sisters for mission leadership council.  So council was really good and everything was great then Sister Peck and I took the car to Billingham to go on exchange. Well we were so excited- freedom!! No more 2 hour bus rides each way, life was good!  The zone leaders told us 2 things- first fill the car up and second- the breaks are really dodgy.

So it was a great exchange- I got to go with Sister Seely so that is always great seeing her!!  We leave to go back to Durham to pick up the zone leaders, then they were going to come back with us and watch us nightly plan.  Well we drove from Billingham to Durham- we stopped at McDonalds to get something to eat.  .   .   .   .

So Sister Peck is outside the car to back me up- well I put the key in, and the car wouldn't start.   .  .  . so I tried it again.  Oh no!  Well we called the zone leaders and held the phone up to the car so they could hear the sound.  They gave us some tips- but we went and asked this guy in the car park.  This guy was so nice but he couldn't figure anything out either. After a while I was on the phone with Elder Burrio and he said ''sister monroe did you put diesel fuel in?''  ''no! of course not''  ''are you sure?!'' ''well the pump was broken that we went to but I am positive that we put unleaded in! Let me check the receipt.  . . yep! £40 unleaded!''   ''SISTER MONROE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO PUT DIESEL FUEL IN!!''  oh man!!!! no one told us that we were supposed to put diesel fuel in the car!! We were just two americans who know that you NEVER put diesel fuel in a car!! Well I guess that is different over here in England- yep would have been nice to know ;)

Well long story short- this really nice guy came and pumped out the wrong fuel and put the right fuel in. 

Oh man we still feel so dumb and so so so bad!!!!!

To make things worse- in MLC when we were giving our reports the ZLs told everyone we were borrowing their car- well Elder Burrio had a little accident last week and banged up the side of the car. So president turned to us and said Sisters make sure to take good inventory of the car! Everyone laughed and I said we will for sure president! Then he teased Elder Burrio like 4 more times in the meeting.  Dang it! That is going to be us next time :(

Oh man!!  So embarrassing!!!!! But we learned a lot!!!

So the next day we were at a less actives house.  Well she was having a bad day so we told her this story- we had them laughing the whole time! Then we compared it to the Atonement-- we made a really dumb mistake, there were a lot of nice people to help us in that car park, but only that man could come and clean out our tank- same is true with our Saviour.  He is the only one that can forgive us and help us get back on the road.  We also talked about how even though this was a really dumb mistake God still sent people to help us. Everyone we talk to said it was a miracle we made it so far! and it was because we drove for a while and we just happened to be in a really really nice car park (which was good it was well after 9 pm!) also that guy that came and helped us was SO nice! he was so curious of why we would come on missions- so we got to share the gospel a little bit-- also God sent us Elder and Sister Marsh the senior couple in Newcastle- they were SO SO SO nice to us!!! We ended up driving the car to the ZLs and picking them up but then we met the Marsh's in gateshead and they drove us home since it was late.

We were really blessed, even though we made such a dumb mistake!

The good news is that less active family loved it, they said they would call the zone leaders and tell them it was their fault not ours ;) hahaha but I told them that I had already called and apologized to the ZLs- but they also said that everytime they fill up they will always think of the Atonement :)

oh my heck even though I am laughing about it now- I am still so embarrassed!!!  And tomorrow we have interviews with President.  .   .  . oh man! but I am taking the car again tomorrow so I guess the zone leaders don't hate us too much!!!!

Other than that we had a really really good week!  Meeting, packages, exchange in Billingham, and lots of finding :) I just LOVE it here in South Shields!!!!!!!! :) Sis Peck and I are having a  good time!!

Well love you loads!
<3 Sister Monroe

04.07.2014 -- Conference was so so so good!

Hello family!!!  Well we had another great week here in South Shields!! Life has been really crazy but I am loving being here with Sis Peck, Lybbert and Nigido! 

We pushed our bunkbeds together to have a giant slumber party every night-  Sister Nigido- our italian <3 is the craziest person I know!  She is always dancing and coming out with the craziest things!

Well to answer dad's question- we don't have anyone progressing towards baptism at the moment- so we have had a lot of time to go finding :) 

Conference was so so so good!!!!  The biggest surprise happened- when S. walked into the chapel Saturday he was wearing a suit- all the members did a triple take, he looked so smart and it was so amazing to see the night and day change!!!

By the end of my mission I'll be a qualified painter :)  for service we went and painted E.'s baseboards- I can't believe she trusted us! But they look pretty good :)

I'll send pics today! We have been taking some good ones!!

I loved how a lot of conference was standing up for what we believe in and how we can't just stand in the background!!!  There was a lot about families and missionary work and I am so grateful for both of those things in my life :)

I hope that you are all doing well!!!  But you would have to be if you are at Disneyworld!!!  :) 

Thanks for all you do!!

Love you!

<3 Sister Monroe


04.01.2014 -- Great Week!

AHH i'm so sorry I don't have a lot of time!  But this has been such a great week!!!!!

SURPRISE- E. got baptized!!!! It was such an amazing experience!!!! Wow!  She and J. were both so happy!  E. got up and spoke after she was baptized- she had set a goal to finish 2 Nephi by the time she was baptized and she did it!!!  She was really touched by 2 Nephi 31 when it talks about baptism!  So she read from that and it was an amazing experience! I have never met anyone as prepared as E.! Seriously, the Lord prepared her and then placed her in our hands!  I feel so blessed to have found her!! She is already involved in the ward- the ward loves her!  So many people came to her baptism!!!!  The Spirit was really strong at the baptism!  It was great :)

My birthday was great!!!!!!  Sis Lybbert and Nigido decorated my study room with so many balloons and sticky noted my wall with all of our good times :)  then Sis Lybbert made french toast :) we had district meeting so that was fun to be with the zone for my bday :) then I went to Gateshead with Sis Neilson on exchange- seriously the best! We laughed all day long! And we had so many miracles- we found a new investigator- through knocking she let us in and we taught her- extended the baptismal invite and BAM new investigator! Which is Gateshead is A HUGE DEAL! seriously!!! It was a huge miracle!  It was just so fun to be with her <3

We had a FHE with E. on Tuesday- and when we walked in she had made cupcakes for my birthday and they sang and she and J. got me a present!  It was so nice of her!  It made me feel so special that she loved me enough that she would think of that :)  I loved being there with her sis peck and J.!!!! :) I was one of the happiest moments of my mission!!!

Oh and Sister Lybbert got a union jack flag and had all the sisters of the north sign it secretly and then they surprised me with it :) It was so sweet!!!!!!

Oh man so many happy moments this week!

At church on Sunday I saw S. open the door for some of the old ladies- and it was such a small thing that really meant the world to me!  To see how much S. has changed!  It is incredible! He went from hard core smoker- didn't smile- to helping people in the ward wearing his white shirt and tie! :)

I am just so grateful that I get to stay here in South Shields for the next 5 weeks! I LOVE it here! I love sis Peck and I love Sis Lybbert and Nigido! E. and S. and the whole world! I am just the luckiest person ever!!!

Oh and I've been driving a lot more! :)  but I can only keep driving on my american license until my year in the UK mark- so I'm going to have to pass my test soon- because I guess my year mark is coming up. . . I don't think about that.  .  .  . .

Well I love you lots! YAY for Spencer and Emily!!!

Tell Whitney and Syd and Scott happy birthday!

love you!

<3 Sis Monroe