May 2, 2016

To my dear fam&pals,

Welp, this has been a weeeeeeek. A very long week. 

Monday: We found out that Sister Washburn was being transferred. :( It was a sad and emotional day. haha. We got out of the house though. We ended up getting our nails done and eating Panda Express, then we pretty much packed and packed and packed. We did play basketball and soccer with the elders for an hour or so. That was fun. That night we had FHE with a cute family in our ward (they wanted to say goodbye). We also went to a returning member’s house to say goodbye. And we went to our bishop's house. He is literally amazing.

Tuesday: We had to do some more packing and cleaning. We had lunch. Then Sister Peterson drove us to transfers. It was definitely a hard goodbye knowing I won't see my BFF for 15 months but all is well in Zion. I have a new companion. Her name is Sister Stacie Barletta. She is 28, she's a convert, and she is from New York. We are about as opposite as it comes, haha. She came out with Sister De Arman (a past companion) so she has been out for a little over 13 months. I have been her Sister Training Leader, she has been my Sister Training Leader, and now we are Sister Training Leaders together. Oh and she was trained by Perkinson.

Wednesday-Sunday: She has been sick so we haven't done a whole lot.

Meet the Mormons movie night: We had been planning this activity for a month or so and we had passed out a gazillionnnnn fliers to people. It started at 7:00 and at 7:05 nobody was there... it was scary. Ha - but by 7:15 we had a full house with 8 nonmembers. It was great!

Mom -Skype at 3:45-4:30 my time... so 4:45-5:30 your time. Does that work?

People say "God doesn't give us any trial we can't handle."  BUT I know that Heavenly Father gives us trials that we cannot handle alone. We have to turn to him and the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. That is why I am here on a mission. He never abandons us no matter how lonely, helpless, and hopeless we feel. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who hears and answers our prayers.
Sincerely, Sister Rodda

There is a renewed effort to “scam” the grandparents of serving missionaries going around. The scammers find out about you and where you are serving by reading on social media (so be careful what your family is posting). Then they figure out who your grandparents are and call them to tell them a lie along the lines of your needing money to pay a fine to get out of jail or for emergency health care. Sometimes they say that the fine and jail is for a DUI and that you don’t want the mission president or your parents to know but you trust your grandparents. Then they ask to have hundreds or even thousands of dollars sent to them using a wire transfer or the WalMart Green Dot or something like that where they won’t be able to get the money back. If your grandparents fall for it, they will get scammed for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Please have your family warn these sometimes vulnerable people that love you so that they know it is a scam or check it out with the mission before they send money. If they call the office with a question about whether you are in jail, we call you to check, then call them back to say you are fine.

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