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Monday, July 14, 2014

Jestem Siostra Snowywhite

This week was so much fun! Siostra Whiteley and spent most of the week singing... everywhere, at the kaplica (chapel) w domu (at home) out on the ulica (street). We have the same taste in music... rap and hip hop. Siostra Whiteley knows every word to most rap songs, it's hilarious. I don't know if you guys got all the pictures I sent you, but if you did, I included some pictures of Siostra Whiteley, she looks super hipster in those pictures, because of her glasses... and to be honest, she kind of is, but beneath that hipster exterior beats the heart of a gangster. Yesterday someone's phone went off on a tramwaj and their ringtone was gangster's paradise. She flipped out and started rapping alone with it, she knew the whole thing. She is also the only person I know (outside a few of my family members) who knows the song "miss new booty". Shazi and I love that song, it's hilarious, and ridiculous, and Siostra Whiteley has it memorised. We have also picked this transfer's theme song, because every transfer must have a theme song. It is "Check Up On It" by Beyonce. We are constantly singing that one. We sing it before we go to sleep, and we sing it first thing in the morning, it is just always stuck in our heads. The reason for it was because Siostra Whiteley has bought a lot of pencil skirts for when she goes home, and she was lamenting the fact that she can't wear them here because if she does the Elders will "check up on it" haha! It has been a lot of fun!

There was kind of a lot that happened this week, I'm not sure if I can remember it all. We talked with Prezydent Cielański a lot this week. I'm sure I've talked about him before. He's the branch Prezydent, he served a mission in Poland he speaks perfect English bez accent (without an accent) and he's hilarious! His nickname for me is "Sister Snowywhite" We had lunch with him a couple of times this week (which means we got lunch to eat at the kaplica, saw he was in his office and ended up eating in there and talking with him for a long time) On Wednesday we got kebabs with the elders, brought them back to the chapel and all ate with Prez Cielański. I got a fritkebab, which I promised myself I'd only try once because it is "the bane of missionary health" it's basically just fried flatbread with tons of meat and sauce all over in it and then fries... He likes to joke around with us and occasionally ask us deep physiological questions. He also likes to occasionally text us with totally random questions. This week he texted us saying "do you guys want to get coffee sometime?" Siostra Whiteley, knowing he is a big joker said "sure, when and where?" he responded with "on Sunday at the coffee shop below the chapel" lol Siostra Whiteley joked asking if we were going to see how many commandments we can break in one go. it was entertaining.

We had a cool experience this week though. While we were chatting with Prez Cielański and I was doing some of my trainee stuff on one of the computers in his office. Siostra Whiteley is suddenly like "ok, we have to go contacting now." We had very little time until we were supposed to be back at the chapel for our coordination meeting with bobby, and it was raining outside, not good weather for contacting, so it seemed a little random, but I was like, whatever, Siostra Whiteley knows what she's doing. So we went out, and it really felt like we were trying to get somewhere in particular. Usually when we contact we walk kinda slow, but we were at traveling speed. we didn't even stop to talk to anyone, Siostra Whiteley tried to hand out 2 cards but other than that we just walked right by everyone. Neither one of us felt like we should talk to anyone, until we reached a park and walked right up to a lone girl sitting there. Siostra Whiteley and I both felt like we should talk to her. So we did, and she was really nice and totally listened. We didn't set up with her or anything, Siostra Whiteley didn't even know what she was saying going into the contact, she had her read a paragraph in the przedmowa (introduction) and she's not even really sure what it was about, she just felt like she should have her read that one. We left her with a card that had our info on it and then turned around and headed right back to the kaplica so we wouldn't be late for coordination meeting. It was weird, cuz it felt like we were only out there to talk to that one girl. I don't even know if anything will come of it. Siostra Whiteley said something kind of cool though. She said that ours is a mission of hope, most of our efforts we wont see the result of, we just have to hope that every time we talk to someone or give out a flyer that we are making a difference for missionaries down the road.

We've had some interesting experiences with the gift of tongues, meaning that we are called to preach here in Polish. What I mean by that is, we have a few bi-lingual missionaries in our district, Siostra Whiteley speaks French, and Starszy Stumpf speaks German. But neither one of them can speak anything other than Polish, and English (kinda, but even that gets hard sometimes) While whiteboarding the other day we ran into a french guy, so Fotu sent him over to talk to Siostra Whiteley, who found she could not speak French. She could think of how to say something in French, but when she would open her mouth, it came out as Polish with a French accent. And Yesterday the same thing happened to Stumpf with a German lady. He kept accidentally speaking Polish to her, and couldn't remember any German, which is insane because it's his first language! It's funny though, I'm sure once they are released they will remember how to speak their other languages.

What else happened this week?... Oh! The White Elders (meaning Ownes and Whiting) accidentally made sweets akin to Virginia carmels or Bordeaux chocolates (just the inside, not the chocolate part) they were trying to make buttermilk syrup and they cooked it a little too long, so they decided to just keep cooking it to find out what would happen, and the result was some really yummy candies. They gave most of it to me too, and there was a lot, so I've been having a really good week.

I also tried Kaktus Sok (cactus juice). There are rumors about it that it gives you weird dreams if you drink it before you go to sleep. So of course I drank a shot of it like a minute before I went to bed. That night I decided I wanted to have a dream about aliens... and I totally did! It was super cool and really vivid, I thought for sure it was real. I forgot big chunks of it the next morning, but there were some things that I remembered so vividly I was able to draw them. I will have to show you guys pictures though. The details of the dream are not super complicated, basically Abed contacted aliens and they showed up and tried to take over earth so we had an underground resistance against them and Abed and I met their queen and the inside of her ship looked like something out of a haiyo miazaki film. It was awesome!

Lets see, what else happened?... Oh! we also had a girl in church yesterday, an investigator. She read about us on the Internet, found where we meet on Sundays and came to church. Yay for self-referrals! We gave her a book and set up a meeting with her on Saturday. Her name in Anya, pray for her! I'm so excited, she seems super nice and cool.

Also, Prezydent Edgrin was in Wrocław yesterday and today, visiting with his wife and sister. We went to lunch with him today, which was awesome. Yesterday though we ran into him in the rynek as we were going to sing. He was wearing Jeans and a Polo shirt, it was super weird "like seeing a dog walk on it's hind legs!" After we started singing/contacting he went and changed so he could join us. He taught a lesson to a guy with Elder Fotu. The guy looked super interested, I'm pretty sure that they at least gave him a book and might be meeting with him sometime. The look on his face as they were teaching him was so cool, you could see that he was feeling the spirit. While they were teaching him though Siostra Whiteley walked by them, coming back from talking to someone else. She came up to me and told me that Prezydent Edgrin had just invited the guy to be baptized. Prez is freaking awesome, he just goes out contacting with his missionaries because he's in the area and then invites a guys to be baptized right there on the street. He's been learning Polish since he got here and he's almost as good as most of the missionaries who have been here for a while, he's such a boss!
Well, that's basically it for the week, that's all I can remember anyway... except that I'm pretty sure I saw Mila Jovovich in an ad in one of the malls here! It was super cool! Ok, that's all now.
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