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"Go knock at your own door at your own apartment!!!"

"I only wear organic ties..."

Jan. 02, 2017


So it was just a really good week. 😍 I'm dying. I love everything about it.


Wowowowowowowowo I spent the ENTIREEEEE YEARRRRR of 2016 in the service of the Lord. What a good feeling that is.

So let me tell y'all about this week.

MONDAYYY we ran on over to Deltona for a zone P-day with all of our homies. We had a white elephant gift exchange. I ended up with a nerf gun. πŸ”« I just rearry love Zone P-days. THEN we exchanged with the Deltona English Sisters and I FINALLY GOT TO GO ON EXCHANGES WITH MY HOMIE GIRL SISTER STATEN! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ˜‚ She was trained by my trainee Sister Hart. So you could say she is my kin. After waiting for eight years for the elders to go give blood (don't ask) we were finally able to drive back to NSB. We went and visited the Hewletts who as always, I adore. Then by 8:00 we finally had our dinner dropped off to us so we had a nice dinner in our fort.

Oh.... did i mention we are still living in a fort in our living room? 

Ya. That is still a thing.

TUESDAYYY we woke up and my buddy Sister Staten and I went to Habitat for Humanity and did service with Elder Amiott and Elder Haderlie. They are such clowns. Haha then we came home and had lunch. Then we went and saw Cody with Brother Portus. Cody is convinced that I am a villain named "Poison Ivy." He is autistic and I love him. 

I just.... I just want y'all to know how cool it is to be a missionary. Because you walk around all day teaching people and sometimes you have these moments where you get glimpses of how God feels about these people you barely know. God loves His children my friends. I know He does.

After that we ran over to Tammy's and I did her dishes.... this time she had dish soap instead of shampoo. 🀘🏼 We're moving up in the world my friends. Then we met a sweet new investigator named Molly. She was so nice! Then we went to Sister Davila's for dinner and I ate a MOUNTAIN of spaghetti. πŸ˜†πŸ I just... I'm a tiny human and sometimes people expect me to eat amounts that professional eaters (I don't know what you call them... those people that go to like hot dog eating contests) eat. But ya know.... we all have to face trials in our lives. And in the strength of the Lord I can do all things.

Then we went down to NSB to the Steflik's to teach Kimberly. She is literally the COOLEST person on the planet. She is so sweet.

THEN I HAD TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY TO DELTONA IN THE THICKEST FOG THIS EARTH HAS EVER SEEN. Like... I'm telling you... you couldn't see very far in front of you at all and if you know me very well you know I have slight car anxiety due to a car accident I was in as a teenager....and by "car accident" I mean "multiple car accidents" But you know... It's fine. 😭😭 So my knuckles were white as I was gripping the wheel like there's no tomorrow and I don't think I've prayed so hard in my whole life. Hahaha But don't worry. I made it.

No sweat. 😎

I gave Sister Staten a pineapple plant.🍍 I was given the pineapple plant at about the same time she came out on her mission. Well it takes about 18 months to grow a pineapple and I don't have 18 months left so I figured it would be our posterity plant and he could grow it for me. We took a cute polaroid.

Then Sister Glover and I came home and it was good to have her back. I missed my best friend.

WEDNESDAYYY we went to DM and we had an awesome district meeting. I gave a Safeguards thought. After DM I was still feeling supper anxious from the fog drive on Tuesday and couldn't seem to chill so I had asked the elders for a priesthood blessing. So ELDER BELNAP, ELDER LIESHMAN, ELDER GOFF, AND ELDER DUMMER all gave me a priesthood blessing and my friends...


I don't know how to explain how I felt, but I will tell you that I know the Lord is real. I know that he hears our prayers. He knows our concerns. And I just felt so incredibly loved. I don't even remember what was said in that blessing, but I know the feelings of anxiety immediately left me and they were replaced with so much joy. And I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many worthy priesthood holders that I can call on at a moments notice for help. πŸ’›πŸ’›

*breaks out into "The Priesthood Is Restored" found on page 89 of the Children's hymbook*

Ahhhhh yup. I love the priesthood.

SOOOoooo anyways..

After that we ran home for a quick lunch. Sister Glover made me a special "R" quesadilla..

Then we went and saw brother Harper. I love that man. He always gives me lemonade. πŸ‹ Then we went and had dinner with the Carey's.

I have a confession to make.

I did an illegal thing. πŸ™ˆ

I fed the raccoons. All of them.


(Don't worry... there was glass in between them)

There were eight of them at one point. 

So now I've done two illegal things on my mission. The first one was launching lanterns like on tangled and the second was feeding forest animals.

I am a Disney princess. 

After dinner we saw Milady and her whole crew. That girl is so cute. Then we saw Herbert who is the boyfriend of one of the less actives we are teaching. He was telling us about how tired he always is and I was all "you know Herbert... If you read the Book of Mormon you will sleep better" and he was all "can I have a copy" and we were all "do you want Cambodian or English?" And obviously he picked English because nobody speaks Cambodian here so I don't know why we have a Cambodian Book of Mormon in our car....

So that happened.


So..... THURSDAYYYY we saw Curt and dropped him... then we saw Brian and  so..... he was taking down his Christmas tree when we got there and so we awkwardly stood in the doorway while he laid on the ground and wrapped his legs around the tree and sawed off the bottom branches so that it would fit through the door.... so we were just there trying to teach him the gospel while he wrestled a tree. 🌲😲 I honestly would use this as a role play for new missionaries if I ever became AP..... Like how do these situations even happen to me? We also dropped him because he doesn't really want to read the Book of Mormon or come to church. Then we met a guy named Mark from Egypt. He was cool. Then we met a Jewish lady named Marlene. She was the sweetest lady ever. Then we saw Sister Chilkott. Since it was the week of New Years we showed her the Look Not Behind Thee video and she got a kick out of it. So we asked her what her new years resolutions are and she was all "um..... I want to learn more about the electoral college......" 




"Well we were thinking more like live the gospel but I guess that works too."πŸ˜‚

Ha. Then we saw Sister Gruber who is my adopted Grandma. She gave us ice cream sandwiches like any good grandma would. I love her. Then we met a sweet old lady named Maralyn. She is just the sweetest old lady on the planet! We were contacting in her neighborhood because Sister Spears asked us to knock her neighbors and so we were at the door of the person on the other side of her duplex and since they wern't home we were trying to catch a lizard.... well she overheard us and wanted to know what the whole commotion was about so she came around the corner to ask about it. Haha She was crying because she had just finished reading a really sad book and man.. she is just the cutest old lady. So we talked about the book because Sister Glover had seen the movie. Then we shared a brief restoration and invited her to come to church and she said she would come check it out soon!

Then we had dinner with the Fedrick's at Cracker Barrel. I love them. Then we taught Brother Schmidt and Brother Randolph. Then we went and saw Patrick who is just the coolest. He was all "sisters... I've been reading the Book of Mormon and I can't seem to put it down!" 


ahhh Patrick.... isn't the Book of Mormon just the most wonderful thing?πŸ˜„

FRIDAYYY rolled around and we weekly planned for a hot minute. Then we went and did some finding and literally nobody wanted to talk to us all day long. Every door we knocked on and every person we talked to turned us away. We went by to see Mark. He told Sister Glover all about how "Sister Reid was this angel sent from heaven...." but then we asked him if he'd read the Book of Mormon and he said "no, and I'm not going to."


It just makes me really sad when people don't to read it. 

Whatever. πŸ™„

Then we saw the Orbans. Who I love. We also had dinner with the Cintron's. Who I also love.

SATURDAYYY we met a guy named John and taught him about how the church has been restored. Then we went on over to the inlet because life is better out there by the ocean. It simply is. We met a guy named Derek on Ogden Blvd. And picked him up as an investigator! Then we met a guy named Arnaldo who became a new investigator, then we met a former investigator named Frank who became a new investigator. 

Ahhhhhh I love Ponce Inlet.☀️🌴

We learned a lot of things while we were finding. The first thing we learned was from Frank. He taught us that mustard seed will cure any ailment and that you ever have. Ever.

The second thing we learned is from brother Clapp. He taught us that if you ever get shot that you should use tampons to plug up the bullet holes.... he also told us that if you ever get a cut you should just superglue it. Just simply hold your skin together and superglue it.

I can't believe I've gone all my life without this knowledge. πŸ˜‚

Then we went and saw the Sebastian Clan. I love them. Then we went and got ice cream for dinner... obviously. πŸ˜‹πŸ¦ Then we went and saw Patrick and we showed him his baptismal calendar and he was so excited! He was also so pumped to show us that he downloaded the Book of Mormon app on his phone and was telling us all about all the things he has been reading. 

Then we had to be in early because #NewYearsEve is cray and everybody was going to be drunk so they wanted us off the roads.

So naturally we went home and did some face masks that Sister Hewlett gave us for Christmas. They were kinda creepy so we took some creepy pictures. Enjoy.


Oh SUNDAYYY aka NEW YEARS DAY we went to church. Sister Glover spoke and did a fabulous job! Patrick came to church and got there before us and was sitting there reading the Book of Mormon and he was all "oh hi sisters! I've been reading Mormon and it's quickly becoming my favorite book. I can't put it down." 


OKAYYYY PATRICKKKK ah. It kills me. He is so cool. The other best part about Sunday was dinner with the Steflik's. I just LLOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE that family. That's all the end. 

Ah so it was a slamin' week. I'm doing swell. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALLLLLLLL (and HAPPPY BIRTHDAY TO DAD!!!!!!!!!) I've been jammin' out to Ring out Wild Bells all week. 

Here are our Out of Context Quotes for the week:

"I only wear organic ties..."

"I only think about you when I'm PMSing"

"Please stop bringing your horse on temple Square"

"My New Years resolution is to learn more about the electoral college... and then if I don't like it I'm going to send a letter to congress"

"I was born catholic and I'll die catholic...."
"And then we'll baptize ya."

"They stole my tire valve cap..."
"We should cut off their thumbs"
*hears scream from outside*
"Someone cut off their thumbs"

"I thought a bib could be fun."


Sister Whitney Reid

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nothing's wet about my diaper

 Dec. 28, 2016

Wellllllllllllllllllll so I skyped y'all yesterday and so you pretty much know everything about my life BUT I guesssss I'll still write an email for all y'all that didn't skype me yesterday.. I guess.

Here's how my week went.

P-Day➡️Tuesday➡️Exchanges with my home girl Sister Badal and all my friends in Daytona➡️Christmas Zone Conference➡️Josh's Baptism➡️Christmas Eve➡️CHRISTMAS {& Skyping my kin}

So that's about it. 

Talk to you later byeeeeeeeeee

Just kidding.

I'll tell you about it. 

MONDAY we just had a normal P-Day. Then we saw the Hewletts. My best friends. I love them.

➡️Random insert: Elder Goff just walked into the church building wearing the same hat as me... incase you were wondering.

TUESDAY we started off our day at Habitat for Humanity. Always a good time! Then we taught Robbie and Kim the Plan of Salvation. ROBBIE IS SO COOL AND HE'S GETTING BAPTIZED IN JANUARY. We also taught them how they can be sealed together forever in the temple and how they can be together forever in the Celestial Kingdom and they thought that was a pretty good idea. Then we taught Josh. My #1 kid. He's such a champ. You should hear his prayers. We also saw Patrick and taught him the Plan of Salvation too. He was excited about it. HE'S ALSO GETTING BAPTIZED IN JANUARY!!

WEDNESDAY I got to be on exchanges in my homeland Daytona with my BFF Sister Badal (I call her Bad Al). We had fun. I got to see a bunch of people I used to teach when I was serving in that area. It was so fun.

THURSDAY we had Zone conference/Christmas devotional. It was so much fun. I got to see My Tongan Twin, Sister Mohenoa, and a bunch of other mission homies. Sister Glover and I somehow ended up doing a musical number with Sister Von Feldt, Elder Dummer, Elder White, and Elder Lieshman. Nobody died so I guess It went aiight. We also taught Josh and my home girl Milady that evening. I love that girl.

FRIDAY we weekly planned real quick. Then we taught Patrick the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Then we swung on over to JOSH'S BAPTISM!!! It went so amazingly good. Here are some cute Polaroids from the 'tism. 🀘🏼🀘🏼🀘🏼

After the baptism we taught Tammy, then we went and had dinner with our new favorite family. The Littlefields just moved back from the U.K. Where they've been living for 18 months. They have all these cute little boys and when we were going to say a closing prayer the boys were all MOM CAN WE SAY OUR WELSH PRAYERS? And then they all said these cute little prayers in welsh and I decided that I'm moving to Wales so that my kids can learn welsh because it was the cutest ever. Then we went and saw the Hewletts. 

SATURDAY was Christmas Eve... incase you didn't notice. We made five thousand cookies (that's a lie. We only made five dozen.) to give to people. Then we delivered them and headed on over to the Wells family party. We did a "Christmas Presentation" for their whole family. It was a slightly awkward time because everyone was anxious to eat and we just held them all captive with Christmas videos. Hahaha it was really fun though. Then we ran on over to the Orbans to have dinner with them and the Shauvers. I was so full by the end of that dinner I wanted to cry. Haha but I had a blast and a half with them. Then we went and spent some time with our adopted Grandma, Sister Gruber. I always love seeing her. πŸ’› (Then we may or may not have opened all of our Christmas presents because we have no self-control. Hahahaha) #SorryNotSorry Sister Glover took pictures of me while I opened them and I discovered that I'm not a very photogenic present opener.

SUNDAY we woke up because we were supposed to meet the elders at the church and open Christmas presents together BUT Elder Pierson, Sister Glover, and I have no self control so we all just watched Elder Amiot open his presents. Hahaha the Elders also made us breakfast burritos. It was all a plot to get Sister Glover to eat deer meet without knowing it because earlier in the week she had made a comment to the elders about how she didn't like deer meat. Hahaha the burritos were good. Then we had church and MY LIL FRIEND JOSH GOT THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST FOR CHRISTMAS! 

Is. That. Not. The. Cutest. Thing. You've. Ever. Heard?

He was beaming.

Sister Glover and I sang in the choir. It was a fantastic sacrament meeting. Then we did like a thousand and a half lesson reports. Then we had lunch with the Spears and Sister Hutchinson. Then we ran on over the Bottom of NSB to the Biddle's house TO SKYPE OUR FAMILIES. 

Hahaha look at them all taking pictures of me.... haha awkward.

Then we partied with the big crew that was at the Biddle's house. We had a bunch of women decide to tell us ALL ABOUT CHILDBIRTH because we were definitely really curious about that...πŸ˜†πŸ˜... HAHAHAHAHAHA why? Then the elders walked in the room and heard what we were talking about and stuck their fingers in their ears and were all "la la la la la"


Check out this sweet bus Sister Glover and I found...

TODAYYY We are at the Deltona building with all our friends because we are having a white elephant gift exchange.

Welp... that's about all I've got for you today. Stay tuned for a few voice recordings... one of them is us pretending to be a part of Pentatonix. And I'll send some more pictures your way too. 


Here's to spending the entire year of 2016 in the service of the Lord! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰
*raises glass of grapefruit juice to the sky in celebration*

Here are some out of context quotes:

Sometimes I play my guitar like a water bottle 

Nothing's wet about my diaper 

That's what Dr. Phil says...

I love y'all more than Sister Glover loves Polaroid pictures. ✌🏻️Have a great week my friends. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sister Whitney Reid