Thursday, March 6, 2014

I've always been loud, annoying, tough, and willing to stick up for myself... maybe a little stubborn? haha :)

All of your Andrew (Peterson) comments were awesome! I always loved that kid :) and Jakey's pictures of him before his baptism posing on the rocks were so funny! I was laughing so hard!!
(We went to Jacob's baptism - I said to Andrew, "So, what's up?" I thought he might tell me about playing soccer or what he's"oh nothing, just having a pretty average Saturday" His house is full of all kinds of people - what's average about that?!?!
Andrew was up in the playroom and said to Jacob, "You need to go down to the kitchen.  This is your important day, you need to go interact with people - go socialize!")

Sister Huang is 20, went to the Phillipines to learn Tagalog and English and to work before her mission. She wants to do humanitarian work and go to byu when she's done. It was just her and her mom growing up. She is very smart and very hard on herself. I think that might be a cultural thing. She and I are working on feeling comfortable just chit chatting in English and using gospel vocabulary. She is doing very good at being open to doing hard things. Pretty much the last 7 or 8 months of my mission has been a constant battle of trying to get my companions to believe in themselves, so this isn't anything new for me haha! She will believe in herself soon, it just takes time. I'm grateful that that has been something I haven't had to struggle with a lot. I've always been loud, annoying, tough, and willing to stick up for myself... maybe a little stubborn? haha :

Fun facts:
1. I got to be with Sister Huang when she met her very first african american man. And you thought I was sheltered! haha
2. I can't lose my license because Sister Huang has never driven a car. If I loose it, we're walking!
3. My absolute favorite mexican treat is peanut butter marzipan.... oh my that stuff is AWESOME!!
4. I got my new Idaho license in the mail! I'm all old and almost 21! The weight is wrong though... I for sure weigh more than i did when i was 18! hahaha
5. A lady in our ward has NF disease, it's so crazy. you have to look it up!
6. I held a whale tooth this week! It's called a beline (sp?) you know on Finding Nemo when they get stuck in the whale and it looks like a broom inside it's mouth! yeah, that's what I held! It was from a whale in Alaska!

7. WE GET TO GO TO THE TEMPLE NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fingers crossed for the new new video!! 
8. I changed the car icon on my GPS to a bird that flaps his wings around and looks like a dork... every time I look at it I bust up!! man, that thing is funny
9. Everyone in our family is an even age right now! 50, 48, 26, 24, 20, 18. NICE! (hope i got that right)
10. Best quote of the week from an 87 year old woman, "I grew up on a farm. I worked my butt off! Pardon my french!" hahahaha
11. Speaking of French... 4 guys from Africa were yelling at us from a car in French, so I went over and we ended up talking for half an hour! (in english) hehe
12. I've been reading the Old Testament lately at night and I've decided that it's a good read. a little wild and a little "what the heck was that??", but good :)
13. We were teaching a LA guy and he had the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack going in the back ground... I seriously could not keep a straight face... oh man I had the giggles! can't you hear it in your mind right now? "TINA! EAT THE FOOD! EAT THE FOOD!!"
14. I found myself singing "i've been working on the railroad" a few times this week... what in the world is that!? bahhhhh! haha

Well this week we had "San diego's worst storm in 10 years" and it was pretty wild! Just a lot of water! Mamas, I was sitting there thinking "pull up the weather under ground map!! I want to see the radar!! when is the red coming!!?? get in the car!!!! get to the top of Butte Street! We have to go weather chasing!!!!" remember how we used to always do that? :) good memories. I still want to be a weather woman. I want to be too many things. I'm having trouble choosing. but pretty much we got soaked! there was one point where my windshield wipers wouldn't go fast enough and I couldn't see the road at all... I told sister huang to pray quick. man, it was a mess here! but we needed the water really bad. Check out the pictures...

We had a LA lady get SOOOO MAD at us this week. We went over at 7:45 pm and she flipped and was yelling at us through the door. Then she called the office and complained and they had to call the assistants and our district leader. Sometimes I think to myself "do you even know why we're here? i'm at your door at 7:45 at night to try and help you get every blessing that Heavenly Father has waiting for you! this is kind of important!" That was my first formal complaint. baha. 

And here is the closer... I forgot this one last week. So when I lived in my last apartment the porch light was freaking out one day, so naturally I smacked it to try and fix it (yes, yes, i know). Well the cover over it fell off and hit the ground and broke. I was a little mad about that. I tried putting it back on and acting like it was no big deal but then my mind recalled the quote "no one will enter the celestial kingdom unless they are perfectly honest." So i said "fine self!! i'll confess!" We went to the office a couple of days later so I could confess before I moved out and the lady totally lied to the maintenance guys and let me off the hook because I was honest! FIRST TENDER MERCY. but then as we were walking back to the apartment we saw a man that works there that I had tried to contact but he only spoke spanish BUT! I had a new companion for the day and she spoke spoke spanish! So she went over and contacted him and gave him a Book of Mormon! SECOND TENDER MERCY! I would never have been able to contact him if I hadn't been honest.

Heavenly Father blesses us for being obedient, even if it's silly things.

okay peoples :) let's have a good week okay? yolo. 
i love you!!
sister barfuss

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