Tuesday, December 13, 2016

We're Thankful For the Weather

​Coronation Park ward had a Who-ville themed Christmas party and had a Grinch instead of Santa. Please appreciate my hair. They had a little hair-styling booth to have your hair done who stlye.
So we've hit -40 twice this week. If you remember from me talking about it last year, Celsius and Fahrenheit meet at -40. It's really only gotten down to about -25ish, but when you have wind gusting to 60 kilometers an hour, the wind chill hits -40. Have you ever heard of windburn? No? We hadn't either. Well it's feels and looks exactly like a sunburn, except from the wind instead of the sun. We were literally only walking around outside for about 10 minutes and we looked at our faces that night and our faces were still bright red. We thought we had frostbite or something, but it was fine by morning. We asked Anthony the next day about it and he filled us in on "wind burn." Anthony said in his closing prayer to our lesson, "we're thankful for the weather, I mean it could be -50." Very true. We're all excited for next week though because the weather outlook is looking like it'll be around -2! :D

​We were trying to sneakily put our faces
right next to President's
and as we were taking the picture
he said "I can feel your nostrils breathing."
Oh heavens. 
Speaking of Anthony he is doing so dang good. He went to the temple this last weekend and was baptized for his dad and grandpa. President Pattison was able to be there with him and texted us later to tell us how wonderful the whole afternoon was. Anthony also brought his son with him to church this Sunday for the first time ever. SO HAPPY.

My new companion is Sister Hollon! She is the sweetest and we've had a ton of fun this last week. She sings like an angel so we've been singing basically non-stop haha She's been on her mission for 5 months and is so stellar. This transfer is going to have it's mind blown by Hepllon (we came up with that last night ;D)

​Our last selfie
Back story for the next story: when I was back in YSA and we were singing every week, Sister McSweeney had tried to work out something with the University of Alberta Hospital to sing there, but they said they only have groups come in for Christmas time. We were bummed because the likelihood of us all serving around each other at Christmastime was slim.

MIRACLES. We got to go sing at the hospital!! Sister McSweeney put together a whole program and President Pattison even came to support us.
​Our group for singing at the hospital :D
We stood next to one of the front corridors and our voices went through the whole first floor. It was seriously so great. During one of our songs one lady legit started crying she was feeling the Spirit so strong. She said after "I don't know what's going on, but that was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. Like, I'm crying." President Pattison sat and talked with her while we kept singing. It was so wonderful to be able to share this wonderful Christmas spirit with so many people. President was talking to the hospital staff afterwards and said we wanted to come back for Easter. That was weird though cause I won't even be here anymore by the time Easter rolls around. Weird.

​Our first selfie!
We went and ate at Panda Express :D
I love orange chicken so much.
We've been talking about balance a lot lately in the mission. There are so many important things we need to be doing from finding, to teaching, to following-up with the people we find, that it's hard to find a balance sometimes. We have to though. Life is a balancing act. There are so many important things we need to be doing, but we spend too much time on one, we miss all the other important ones. If we spent all day inside reading our scriptures, we'd miss out on opportunities to serve our neighbors. If we spent all day everyday in the temple, we'd never be able to spend time with our families. There's got to be a balance in everything.

Peace and Blessings
Sister Hepworth

​Held a skink.
They have blue tongues.
Very strange.
P.S. Last night we had family home evening with Chrissy and her kids. I don't know about all the rest of you, but my family's go to game for family home evening was always hot and cold. Well our game last night got a little intense haha Chrissy had hidden the little Olaf magnet in Kenzie's pocket of her pants, so when Kayden was moving around trying to find it Kenzie would move to the other side of the room. The hot and coldness of the spot depended on wherever she was standing haha When he finally realized it was depending on wherever Kenzie was standing, he literally tackled her to the ground to try and dig the Olaf out of her pocket. We all sat in the other room laughing our heads off while Kenzie tried to keep him from getting it.

P.P.S. 13 days until Christmas

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