New apartment, flooding and a proposal!

Thank you for writing, even though you haven't had much time! I am glad that you got to California safely! I am so jealous!

This week has been a gong show. Last P-day, we ran around town with the district, taking pictures with the Park City "landmarks." We had an amazing lesson with one of our investigators and her less-active husband, where they both opened up and agreed to change. They have been taking discussions with the missionaries for years, and they decided that this time would be different. I have faith in them! They have such a wonderful family and I am excited to see the work that the Spirit can do in their home.

Family Tree Apartment
Tuesday night, we moved into the Family Tree upstairs apartment! Tree House! Sister Haisila, Sister Summerhays, Sister Zeiner, and I. Of course it was a gong show. One of the pipes in the basement broke, so the basement was flooding! We all said a prayer that we could stay (because we had already moved all of our things into the Tree, and it was 10 at night!) Well, the prayer worked and they stopped the flooding enough so that it wasn't dangerous for us to stay in the Tree. The only bad thing was that all of the water was ORANGE! Sick. So we used the water from the water filter cooler instead! haha. So that was Sister Haisila's last night before she ended her mission! 

Wednesday morning, we all had to go shower at the other sisters' apartments because the water in the Tree was still orange. So we walked down Main Street in our sweats, looking like the Park City Crazies. Afterwards, Sister Haisila's parents and little sister came into the Tree to pick her up. They are all from Australia and have really cute accents! It was so sweet to see them reunited! So Wednesday was our first day as a trio-- Sisters Summerhays, Zeiner, and myself.

The couple who got engaged at the Tree
Thursday morning (the week just gets crazier!), we got a phone call, asking if a guy could propose to his girlfriend in the Family Tree! So the family came in & we set up a room in the downstairs, all decorated with cheesy love decorations --balloons, flowers, fuzzy red hearts, plastic roses! Sister Summerhays and I were upstairs to greet the couple & "casually" gave them a tour. Well the poor guy was so so nervous. The first thing he said when he walked in was, "I'm Michelle," and his girlfriend laughed and said, "No, I'm Michelle.." It was supposed to be a surprise for her, so we tried to be as natural as possible. We walked with them down the stairs and there is a chart that has pictures of famous people in history, but instead, it had like 6 pictures of the couple. She started to laugh as she saw the pictures, and Sister Zeiner was at the end of the hall recording the whole thing (the family had asked her to.) Well, Sister Summerhays and I lead the couple into the room with the decorations, and started to laugh SO hard because they had backed Sister Zeiner into the corner with the video camera! So Summerhays and I leave them & go to the couch, just dying of laughter because it is this romantic moment for the couple and then there's Sister Zeiner standing tall & filming it all! hahah. Oh, it was just the best. So after he proposed to her, the family all went in and congratulated them. 

On Friday, we had a mission conference. Elder Whitney Clayton of the seventies, came and spoke. He made several announcements about the articles that would appear in the church news the next day. He said that there are going to be 405 new missions in the world on July 1, 2013. He announced the name of SLC-South's new mission president, Robert E. Chambers. And he also announced that Salt Lake is going to have a new mission-- Salt Lake City East!! Ahhhh. So the crazy thing is that Park City is the most Eastern part of our mission! There is a chance that I could be in an entirely different mission than I was called to!! Just so wild.
I have been striving to be bold this week, with the limited time that we have had to proselyte. Much of our time had been spent in the Family Tree, working the shifts for both Park City West and East. I have had really wonderful experiences both inside and outside the Tree. One very exciting experience happened while I was working in the Tree on Friday night. A man came in and I went through the Visitors' Center with him, explaining the significance of the displays that we have on the walls. We came to a picture of the Savior and I asked him if he had a belief in Jesus Christ. He said, "I believe in 'Reality.'" I was persistent, asking him to accept a visit from the missionaries--No; offering him a copy of the Book of Mormon--No. As we continued on, I helped him with his family history. He was in the Tree for about an hour and we found a lot of information about his family. I could see the Spirit of Elijah working within him.He thanked me several times throughout the visit and his heart was gradually softened. When he was about to leave, he said, "Why don't you give me one of your books." I wrote my testimony in the front of the Book of Mormon and he said, "I am not an easy sell," meaning that this was a real accomplishment. I explained to him that I wasn't selling him anything, but rather, sharing something that I know to be true that will bless his life.
What a crazy crazy week! I love you mucho!

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