Monday, October 19, 2015

This grumpy guy and too many Thanksgiving dinners

So there's this guy in the other ward's bishopric whose dad lives in
our ward boundaries. Anyways. The old guy's name is Fred. He's not a
member, but his son wants him to be. Go figure, right? Fred's wife is
in a long-term care center and he just moved into our boundaries, so
he needs some help. We set up a time to go over with the elders and
help him out with whatever he needed, which happened to be house
cleaning. And it wasn't really that bad, he's just old and can't do it
himself. Anywho. He was pretty nice. Until we asked him if we could
share a message with him before we go. Haha, that was quite the time.
Basically, Elder Pugh (like a gun noise, pew pew) taught him about the
Book of Mormon and we shared 2 Nephi 32:9 about prayer with an object
lesson. He took it pretty ok, except for that it came out of the Book
of Mormon. And then we invited him to pray and he said no. Haha oh
geez. But he said we could come back next week to help him clean some
more! And share another message, although he doesn't quite know that
that's what he agreed to(;

So we volunteer at the Airdrie Food Bank and oh my it is so fun.
There's this lady who works there, Lynn, and her daughter, Becca.
Jake, she's in the same grade as you and you'd love her! You need to
get sent here on your mission and convert her and then marry her, k?
Anyways. We love the people that volunteer there. Mostly because they
give us food that's expired but still safe to eat. And also because
they're fun and crazy and just plain awesome. It's also a great
opportunity for the community to see that missionaries are normal
people, we just really love our church!

The other day, we were trying to decide which part of our area to
visit people in and I just felt like we needed to visit the Reunion
neighborhood. So we did. And all the less-active and former
investigators in that area weren't home or didn't want to see us.
#LifeOfAMissionary. But then! We knocked on this one less-active
family's door and the girl who answered was SO SHY. But really sweet.
She just turned twelve, so we talked to her a little about Young
Women's and gave her our card and then said bye. NOT EVEN TWO MINUTES
LATER her mom called us and we were so freaking out, we thought we
were about to get the wrath! She started saying, "You know we haven't
been active for years, right?" which we responded with, "Oh, actually,
we're both new to the area!" AND THEN she asked for more information
on Young Women's because her daughter really wants to go! HALLELUJAH!
PRAISE THE LORD! So we got more info about YW and they're doing a
super fun activity this week that we hope she goes to and we're just
so excited!

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. And this weekend leading up to
Thanksgiving has been full of people inviting us over for
pre-Thanksgiving dinner, AND our zone decided to have a missionary
Thanksgiving dinner, so we are getting SO FAT! But that's ok,
because... well... Turkey. And rolls. Which they call buns here. It's
worth it. I love Thanksgiving. And there's enough people here from the
States that we'll most likely get fed on American Thanksgiving too.

You guys, I finished the Book of Mormon again this morning, and let me
just tell you HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!!! Like, what a blessing is it to
have another testament of Jesus Christ? To see how much so many people
went through to preserve these records that we can have them today!
Gosh, it's just so cool how much the Lord loves us! I love that book.
I love this church! And I love you all so much!( :Take care and enjoy

-Sister Pipkin

1) This cat really wanted to let us in. His owner did not. Lol.

2) You guys, it gets so dark here, SO EARLY. It's terrifying


4) (and 5) Just look at those gorgeous sunrise/sunset!

6) the zone at our Missionary Thangksiving Dinner that turned out ok
Sister Pipkin


  1. We are now the Far West Missouri Stake. That is right they split our Stake and Mark and Amber are in it. They didn't move, Maryville got included. See Zion IS growing. Love ya

  2. We are now the Far West Missouri Stake. That is right they split our Stake and Mark and Amber are in it. They didn't move, Maryville got included. See Zion IS growing. Love ya