If they ever hire me to name roller coasters at Lagoon....I'm naming the most intense one.......THE MISSION.
(I hope that line was worth at least some sort of smirk and I haven't completely lost all of my humor)
For real though...
it would definitely have to live up to it's name......I mean you'd have to laugh, cry, bleed, sweat, call 911, scream, smell marijuana, request a priesthood blessing, and after it was all said and done you would have roller coaster hair and you would HAVE TO SAY IT'S THE BEST RIDE YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED and you would have to love it so much.
THE UPS ARE REAL.
THE DOWNS ARE REAL.
I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
(that are barely worth mentioning because the ups are so good they really are no biggie but hey I like to keep things real)
*also remember that we picked up cute Sister Frazier so there are three missionaries in all these stories
-We definitely called 911 Tuesday night after we were at a gas station and we saw this crazy truck who I guess had a problem with Mcdonalds...run through a red light, drive over a median, knock down about fifteen trees, hit a fence, and then turned around and speed off. (wow that should make Mcdonalds employees want to get an order right) haha. Well obviously whatever damage this driver was trying to cause..it was intentional and he was still on the road. So we decided to call 911 so the operator does their thing...I answer all the questions.....they were a breeze until they asked what my name was. Well for eighteen months my name is Sister Rendon...and that's what I told the operator. So we had about a two minute conversation describing the reckless driving and about a ten minute conversation that went like this....
Operator: What's your name?
Me: Sister Rendon
Operator: One more time....
Me: Sister Rendon....
Operator: I can't hear you....
Me: Sister RENDON
Operator: I can't catch the first name
Me: SISTER RENDON
Me: my name is lindsey.
-We had to drop Eliseo...the investigator we were teaching on the tree stumps...we had been praying about what to do because we knew that he had a learning disability and weren't sure how much of our message he was comprehending. It was tough..but for the best.
-We have an investigator who is nine and there are Elders teaching her Aunt anyway we found out some D.R.A.M.A. about that and I guess our investigators mom is dating her Sister's ex-husband. So...were just praying that everyone get's on board for baptism...because getting on board for baptism is getting on board for the Celestial kingdom...and literally everyone wants that.
-Target has these baby shaped mannequins that make it real convenient to feel like you are holding babies all the while...not holding babies. Also Bishop Haroldsen has this dog that likes to be held in a baby like way. (Please don't call me trunky....it's just that I finally realized that my sister is having a baby and holy cow that is a huge deal)
-I DROVE A TRUCK. literally this has been a burning desire within my heart since day 2 of being in the CFM and hey, hey, hey, blessings do come.
-We were able to take the cute new missionaries out on their first day....they are literally SO PREPARED. I took out cute little Sister Eastman and WHAT A MISSIONARY. She invited fifteen people to be baptized on her first day.
-Sister Kelly has a cute young woman leader who I guess was a big fan of the bachelor....and she sent us single stem roses.....that was also a fun phone call.....it came from Elder Bradshaw who is the vehicle coordinator in the mission....
Elder Bradshaw: (in a very serious voice) Sisters....I'm looking at something for you in the mission office......I don't like what it looks like....
Me: (being very nervous and thinking about all the driving mistakes I have made in the past six weeks)....what could that be Elder Bradshaw.....
Elder Bradshaw: Well there are two long stemmed roses....and I'm a little nervous the two of you have been dating....the delivery man said it had something to do with that bachelor show....
anywho Sister Kelly and I were racking our brains and the thought that we had been chosen to be on next season's episode of the bachelor only briefly crossed my mind before we discovered that Sister Kelly's young womens leader was the one who sent them....haha.
WE HAD THE MOST AMAZING LESSON WITH JENNY AHHHHHH.
literally the most amazing lesson ever. She loves the gospel and literally is probably doing more missionary work as an investigator than you members who are reading this. She was asking us to show her where it was in the pamphlet that she really loved last time we had come over and immediately I knew that she was talking about the pre-earth life. I took her copy of the plan of salvation pamphlet and flipped open to the page and I saw some of the notes that she had made.....she had circled the doctrine that we lived with, knew, and loved our Heavenly Father before we were on the Earth and had written in the corner....'The Holy Spirit spoke to me here.' WOW. In that moment I felt joy that can only be felt by sharing the gospel with others. Every hard day and every hard moment were so worth it to because of this moment. I LOVE THE GOSPEL.
We also had this miracle where this investigator literally found us. WHAT. We got a call from a number we didn't have saved...turned out to be someone who had met missionaries....months ago and was having a hard day..when he went to call his sister...he actually called...the SISTERS.....MIRACLE. Sister Frazier was originally on the phone and literally became speechless...Sister Kelly was driving....and she was directionless.....I was in the passenger seat trying to both give directions and talk Sister Frazier into regaining her composure to set up an appointment. Then to solve all those problems...I took the phone set up an appointment and tried to get some How to begin Teaching points in while trying not to laugh at the fact that Sister Kelly did about 900 u-turns. Long story short he said last time he met with the missionaries he wasn't ready to be baptized....and now he feels like he is ready.
I'M OBSESSED WITH THIS ROLLER COASTER AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.