Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 24, 2013

Sister Bly picked me up and we got to the storehouse in about 20 minutes. We then had prayer with Sister Kearl, Elder Kearl, and Sister Pilling and I stocked shelves while they helped patrons and then I got to help patrons while they stocked shelves. I also dry mopped while Sister Pilling wet mopped.

In the evening, I was invited to a baptism of someone (a young woman named Wacey) I didn't really know via text with only 20 minutes notice. When I got to the church, I put my missionary tag back on and ended up helping Elder Baker and another elder give a small tour of the church to a young man named Bruce whom I had met in the parking lot on my way into the building.

As I sat watching the baptism, I started thinking that September 4th is my 6 month anniversary of my mission and it brought tears of joy and pride to my eyes; now, I will be able to tell my future posterity someday that their mom served an honorable mission and that they can give any type of service to the Lord at any time in their life and that will be good enough! I have heard people refer to my mission as half a mission and that hurts, but it's not half a mission to me; it's what the Lord wanted me to do when He needed me to do it.

I accepted this opportunity in faith and I will be blessed for acting in faith.

August 23, 2013

I topped and stocked a lot of shelves today and I was also given a wonderful opportunity to teach a new volunteer about how to get products from the warehouse and properly stock the shelves.

August 20, 2013

I got to the storehouse in a cab and I was sent to get bananas from the warehouse since there weren't any on the storehouse shelf; I got them from the box, took them to the prep room, weighed them on the scales, and then bagged them to put them on the shelves for patrons to take.

I then joined Woolfs, Gallups, and Sister Bly in group prayer and then we all went to work on the out of town orders. After the out of town orders were filled, we all stocked shelves.

August 17, 2013

Sister Bly picked me up at my house and when we got to the storehouse, we had group prayer with Elder Kearl, Sister Kearl, and Sister Pilling. Sister Bly then showed us a book of all the photos she took while she was in France with some of her family and we also did a little bit of stocking. In between visits from patrons, we stocked and cleaned and I also helped Sister Bly take some stuff to the soup kitchen afterwards.

August 16, 2013

I had prayer with Gallups and Sister Woolf at the beginning of the morning not long after I arrived at the storehouse. I then checked produce and topped off product shelves before another volunteer and I stocked shelves that were starting to look empty. I also helped Sister Gallup with applies and swept the warehouse.

Once the time at the storehouse was done for the day, I helped Sister Woolf take some stuff to the soup kitchen.

August 10, 2013

Sister Bly picked me up at 8-ish and we got to the storehouse around 8:15; we then waited for Elder and Sister Woolf to come and unlock the doors since we didn't have keys and they did.

The four of us then had group prayer, I emptied the humidifier, and then I helped the Woolfs and Sister Bly stock some shelves.

Patrons did come in while we were there and we all got a chance to help people take care of filling their food orders; as we all helped the patrons fill their food orders, I noticed that they were all very grateful for the help, love, and compassion that we showed and also that we helped them to feel safe and welcome.

I also learned that we're not really supposed to be giving out things to the patrons that don't come from the storehouse; when I started in March, I would bring treats on Saturdays to give to the patrons who brought kids in or to anyone who wanted it, but I was told that if anyone were to get sick because of something I gave them, the Church was liable.

That's okay, though; I don't have to give material things to others to show my love. I can still give out hugs, kind words, and compassionate service to patrons who come in.

August 9, 2013

I got to the storehouse early and got into the storehouse through the field office because the storehouse doors weren't open quite yet. I emptied the humidifier and turned on all the lights so that others wouldn't have to do that when they arrived. After Woolfs and Gallups arrived, we had group prayer and then I rearranged, cleaned, and stocked a few shelves while the other missionaries stocked other shelves.

August 6, 2013

I got to the storehouse in a cab and helped Sister Bly with the paperwork for the out of town orders and then we had group prayer with the Woolfs and the Gallups.

After prayer, we missionaries all worked together to fill the out of town orders, labeling all of the crates, and putting number sticks in the crates to distinguish which order was which. I worked with Sister Woolf in getting the cottage cheese and sour cream for the order and then I helped Sister Gallup get all of the frozen meat for the orders. We then all stocked various shelves to keep the storehouse looking pretty.

August 3, 2013

Sister Bly picked me up since she was back from France and we got to the storehouse around 8:30 a.m..

After we had group prayer with Elder Kearl, Sister Keal, and their son, Nate, we helped a few patrons, stocked some shelves that needed to be filled, and did some cleaning.

I am about five months into my mission and I enjoy it immensely.

August 2, 2013

I got to the storehouse from downtown in a cab and, after I checked faxes and phone messages, I had group prayer with Elder and Sister Gallup; I then made a list of products that needed to be put on the bottom shelves.

While I was stocking the shelves, Sister Woolf called the storehouse to see how things were going and she told me that I was appreciated and loved. Sister Gallup also told me that I was doing good and worked hard.

Sister Gallup, one of the volunteers, and I then stocked shelves together for a bit until Elder Gallup allowed the volunteer and I to go home because there wasn't anything left for us to do that day.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

July 27, 2013

Today, I worked with Elder Graves, Sister Graves, and Elder LeFeuvre since Sister Pilling, Elder Kearl, and Sister Kearl all took the day off to go enjoy Magrath Days with their familes. I insisted on getting pictures with Elder Graves, Sister Graves, and Elder LeFeuvre in case we didn't work together again for the rest of my mission. Every missionary, no matter what type of service, deserves to have their own mission pictures!

I emptied the humidifier and then, after group prayer, I stocked the depleted bottom shelves and then I topped off all the top shelves so they would look nice when patrons came into the storehouse.

While we waited for patrons to come in, Elder Graves, Sister Graves, Elder LeFeuvre, and I chatted while we stocked the shelves and we all got along splendidly. When patrons did come in, I marveled (and probably will for the rest of my mission) at how much joy the patrons expressed when they received help in the way of temporal food and spiritual food.

Such joy is even more noticeable when they are helped to feel comfortable, safe, and like their true selves: valuable children of God with limitless eternal worth and potential thanks to the Atonement of Christ.

July 26, 2013

When I got to the storehouse, I emptied the humidifier, checked the produce, and doctored a few pieces of produce in the vegetable preparation room. After group prayer, I topped and stocked the shelves.

July 25, 2013

I came to the storehouse in a cab from downtown like I usually do and I signed in immediately after putting my stuff away. Today, a big order of several products came in and they were to fill the warehouse that is in back of the Bishop's Storehouse.

Knowledge of the big order usually comes a few weeks in advance and both missionaries and volunteers are invited to sign up to give of their time to help count the products and store them in their proper places within the warehouse. Many hands make light work and it's also a good opportunity to get to know others and to also feel the Spirit of the Lord that is ever present at any Church facility!

July 20, 2013

When I got to the storehouse, I signed in and then I stocked a lot of the bottom shelves with help from Elder Kearl, Sister Kearl, and Sister Pilling. Around the middle of the morning, we were visited by a steady stream of patrons and we also had time to take care of our cleaning responsibilities in between patron visits.