Saturday, August 27, 2016

Moves Week...Dun dun duuuuuuun

K we'll start at the beginning of the week. We drove some sisters to Belfast, stopping at KFC along the way for some lunch. We got the family size bucket to share and a 2 litre bottle of pop to pass around. Classic road trip. Then we drove back to Dublin with some different sisters to get them all moved into their new place. They brought carrots for snacks. Not as classic road trip...haha but just as fun.Then it was time for Tuesday and Wednesday....Moves Days.

We woke up at 4 to take some sisters to the airport. We had a day of missionary work (yay!), and then prepared to pick up everyone and their mom from the bus station and drive them to their areas. Only problem....there was a huge rainstorm that night, so everything was delayed. All the sisters passing through Dublin missed their next transportation mode, and got to stay at our flat instead! Because there were so many sisters, Sister Petersen and I got an extra car to shuttle them! When we were alone in the cars, we had to stay within sight of each other, and have each other on the phone the whole drive. It was so weird haha! SO imagine fitting 8 sisters and ALL THEIR LUGGAGE into two marivas. Let me tell you, it's the best game of Tetris in the world. All the new sisters seem really cool though, I'm excited to get to know them!
 There are 11 sister teams in Ireland.  So we do exchanges 3-4 times a week. The sisters come to our area, which is nice.  We have zone conferences in a couple of weeks.  The 3 zones are Dublin, Belfast, and Limerick.  Dublin is the HQ of Ireland and Edinburgh is the HQ of Scotland.  Limerick is the only part of the mission I haven't visited yet, I'm looking forward to going there.  We fly to Edinburgh for MLC next week. 

So the rest of the week had smaller events. We sat outside in the pouring rain at 5 AM to get the Garda cards for the new sisters. There was a huge gorse fire on the hills because Tuesday was a heat wave (it got up to 70 And then the torrential downpour was the next day). Most our investigators dropped us, so we'll be rebuilding the teaching pool this next week. We start exchanges this week, so life will be crazy all over again!
Spiritual thought of the week:
"Every one of us is called to wait in our own way.  We wait for answers to prayers. We wait for things which at the time may appear so right and so us that we can't possibly imagine why Heavenly Father would delay the answer. We must learn that in the Lord's plan, our understanding comes line upon line, precept upon precept.  In short, knowledge and understanding come at the price of patience." -Elder Uchdorf 
 Sometimes, you just have to wait it out. Heavenly Father knows what we need and when we need it.  If life isn't going your way, evaluate and see what you can do better.  Pray about it, do your best, then patiently endure.  Not wait, bur endure.  On a hike, you don't sit down after a couple of miles and say, "Well, I've walked this far,  the waterfall should just come to me now."  Nope, you gotta keep walking.  So enjoy the journey and patiently expect the prize. 
Love you all!
 -Sister Stapley

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