Karen's Stampede Through Calgary
Monday, March 21, 2016
I took way too many photos
I have way too little time. So I'm sorry that this email is brief and that I didn't reply to most
of your emails. I STILL LOVE YOU I PROMISE.
We had zone conference and just let me tell you how much I absolutely adore President
and Sister Miles.
I adore them.
They're just the sweetest, funniest, most loving and caring people ever. Besides my own parents. Plus,
President always makes fun of the elders and it's great. Everything they had to say at zone conference
was so inspired. And full of love for us. And they just rock. I wish I could send you all the notes I took
but you probably wouldn't be able to read my chicken scratch and I'm sure you'd be bored. But I enjoyed it.
I also got to see some of the elders I served around in Airdrie and it was like a little Airdrie reunion.
Pronounced Air-dree, for my mother(;
We went on exchanges with the STL's and I went to Banff with Sister Blaser. The sister
that trained her trained me, so we always have lots to talk about(; All good things, Momma Layton,
all good things haha. Banff is really pretty. I love it there. It'd be rough to serve there because I
'd probably just stare at the mountains all day long and forget that I'm actually supposed to do
work lol. We had a blast together. We tried to do family history but we had no clue what we were doing,
so I just stared at my tree at the part where
"Add Husband" and then looked at
trying to decide what
I wanted to name my kids.
Real effective, I know. I also saw deer like right
our car just walking around someone's front
I've seen deer before, I grew up in hick town
where they're constantly hanging from people's
trees in their front yard, but never alive and this
close! So, I
squealed. A lot.
We visited this old lady (I'm still in Banff
at this point) and she was just the sweetest thing
ever. I had to get
a photo. We went
to a retirement
for the dimensia
unit. But they
away from us.
We drove back to
ack and then
I had a lesson w
ith Ryan. When w
e first got to the
institute building for our lesson, we ran into Jacob,
Nutella mustache guy, and they knew each other
high school! So Jacob joined our lesson and
was able to answer a ton of Ryan's questions.
intervention, because Jacob was
about to leave as we were getting there and neither
Sister Sears or I had
answers to anything he wanted
to know. #GodIsGood.
We weekly planned. Forever. It's normally on Thursdays, but we were on exchanges, so we had to
make it up. But we were able to attend a fireside about race and the priesthood and it was super informative!
The guy who spoke on it was really educated in that kind of stuff and he talked a lot about how in the
scriptures, the whole "skin of blackenss" and curses and whatnot is metaphorical for the most part and how
God loves ALL of His children, regardless of their race. I thought that was pretty neat.
We went to Cochrane for the elders' baptism they asked us to teach at. During the break when the
family was getting changed into dry clothing, Sister Sears and I taught a brief lesson of the Restoration and
we showed the new #Hallelujah video. It's so neat how much power that message has. Christ lives! The video
is pretty neat too, I'd encourage you all to watch it(: We then took some photos because Cochrane is pretty
and you can see the mountains. But not from my cheap Canon. Sorry about that. We went back to Calgary
and did service at a community garden, we helped lay mulch with a guy named John, who reminds me of the
moose off of Brother Bear. He said "eh" about 132 billion times. True Canadian. One of our members works at
a pizza place, so he bought us pizza for supper and it was so good, I literally almost cried. So good. So. So.
Good. Mmm. Whoever said the way to a man's heart is through his stomach
didn't know me. (;
We did the usual church meetings and such, but the really exciting
thing was that Scott
passed the sacrament for the first time! It was so neat to
watch that. What a
guy. He and Kelsey are
both attending the family history class to learn how to
take to the temple. Which
brings me to my next cool
story. We had supper with Kelsey
and her parents
at the Cuckow's house.
Brother Cuckow is a family history freak. But it works
for my benefit because
he helped me find T
WO NAMES to take to the temple!!!!
I was so excited,
I squealed, for like, e
ver. Ah. So cool.
Family history is awesome. We also went to a YSA
fireside that evening and
Sister Tilley was there.
At our 1 month mark, we took a photo together. So in honor of our 1 year
mark on Friday, we had to
take another photo together.
And that's my week! Love you all! Thanks so much for the love and support(: It really does mean a lot. I love it
send photos and videos and whatever else is going on in your lives. It rocks to remember what you all look
<3 Sister Pipkin
Ok, really fast, I have to explain all these photos now
, cuz I forgot to do that.
1) bro. Cuckow and I with the names I found.
Imagine lots of squealing.
2) Sister Tilley and I. 1 year! Woo hoo!
3, 4, 5) Cochrane!
6) Sister Blaser and I... our old people left us.
7) Sister Blase
r and I again ft. the mountains that
are kind of hidden by the fog
8) Sister Blaser and I AGAIN in a really cute little
bagelry because om nom nom
Sister Peyto and I
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