A Pineapple-y Week

My companion loves pineapples, and she also has a pineapple shirt I enjoy borrowing for our pineapple photos.

This week has been pretty awesome. We have been working hard. We taught a lot and also walked a lot. I am thankful that I have sturdy shoes.. Otherwise this would be like when we walked/ran around Paris all day seeing as much as we could. In $10 flats from Target. And minus all the delicious crepes and gelato and kebabs. And all the shopping and hanging out with family. But other than that the same haha.

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(France Summer 2014)

Things are going well here! We are teaching a wonderful family as well as several awesome individuals. I am not going to talk a bunch about them but hopefully we will have a baptism in a few weeks!

Among other things, we have had a few funny incidents at our apartment… I have taken to joking that I really do try to do things but they don’t always end up how I want them. Also, a year or two ago I went to the Seattle Pacific Science Center, and in one of the rooms there was a little book called “Tyrannosaurus Rex Trying” by Hugh Murphy, and it was really funny! You know, like trying to screw in a lightbulb or tie shoes, things a T-Rex can’t do with short arms. So I decided to make my own version, complete with excellent illustrations, called “Sister Tryon Tries.” I don’t have it with me now but will send pictures when I do. The following story is an example of two such incidents this week for my new autobiography:

The other day I caught a toad (you literally just pick it up haha) before we stepped into our apartment for the night. And so I went to wash my hands off so I could do other things. And in the midst of my soapy hand scrubbing, I saw something moving in the sink.

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That’s right. A roach. But not any roach; it was a nasty, huge palmetto bug. And my hands were covered in soap so I ran to the bathroom sink to rinse them off while semi-screaming, bringing my poor companion running into the kitchen. And basically to cut things short I tried to kill it for 10 minutes with a mop and oven cleaner spray (because we have no raid). And my companion yelled at me to kill it while she perched on a table. And then it scuttled into a crevice between our counter and our dishwasher. We didn’t sleep well that night. Well, the next morning I opened up the dishwasher to grab something and half expected a roach to pop on out. But instead I saw a tiny lizard in our dishwasher! And I tried to catch that but it also popped into a crevice within the dishwasher door. Florida is full of crazy things!

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(This is what happens to our car when we visit a member in the Elders’ teaching area!)

(Those are Pass-along cards, by the way!)

Anyway, on a more spiritual note, we have seen many miracles! One of the miracles I saw this week was more personal. One of my reoccurring struggles throughout my mission has been talking to everyone and getting excited during finding times. I am naturally fairly apprehensive of approaching other people. One day this week I was really struggling. I was frustrated and honestly felt so discouraged and unmotivated to work. Thankfully it was dinner time, so we headed home to eat. That’s when my miracle came. I was upset that I felt so apathetic after working so hard to be able to come back out to the mission field post-surgery. I prayed for a large portion of that hour and studied the scriptures and the aides we have been given. I prayed for a desire to find. We went back out and talked with a lady, and I wasn’t as frustrated or distracted, and I figured that would be my miracle. But then as we drove to our golden hour street, I got so excited! I couldn’t wait to knock doors and share our message with people! I found myself breaking out of crutch phrases and earnestly hoping people would answer the door. It reminded me of the truth taught in Ether 12:27: “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

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I am not the most humble or faithful person. I make so many mistakes. I have a long way to go, and I can’t say that I find joy all the time in talking with everyone. But Heavenly Father has given me the slightest glimpse into who I can become, and that’s enough to motivate me to keep trying.  I am thankful for this short time I have to serve God with everything I have.

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Sometimes I take pictures on porches when people don’t answer their door…

I love being a missionary! I know God loves each of us so much! Please please please remember how much your Heavenly Father loves you! Especially you!

Love,

Sister Tryon

PS: One of the members in my area made this Amigurumi Bear in blue overalls for my future first child:

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