October 31, 2016

Hello everybody!
How have your days been? I hope you are having the best day so far! Especially since it’s Halloween!πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
This week has been another mellow week, but that’s okay. That just means the area’s gearing up to explode! We have been everywhere preparing for Heidi’s upcoming baptism. I had no idea it was so much work to get dunked! We are very excited for her decision. I recently finished the Book of Mormon and I’ve now started over. Wednesday we had the Lynden Ward Fall Festival. It was really fun because Sister McGirr gave us bags and made us trunk or treat with the millions of little kids that make up half the ward. Before the trunk or treat we had a chili and corn bread cook off. Luckily Someone brought broccoli cheese soup! 😌 We sat with one of the less active ladies we visit. She is such a wonderful women and has recently come back to church! Sometimes work gets in the way, though.πŸ˜‘ Work is the worst! 

We did a lot more tracting this week than I’ve done so far in the mission. Let me tell you, it was scary! I’m not the best at instigating conversations so sometimes we just sat there awkwardly staring at the person, waiting for them to say something. Luckily everyone we talk to is supper nice! Something that I have noticed in the ward is that we have a lot of lonely single people. Some are younger, but most of them are elderly with kids that have moved away. They tell us that they with their kids would see them more. Sometimes they don’t have kids and they are just alone. One lady broke into tears as she talked about how alone she was. She reminisced how people used to invite people over to their homes for dinners and holidays. I now understand why President Monson visited the elderly windows. My heart goes out to these people who crave human interaction, but for varying circumstances can’t get it for themselves. I hope that as the holidays approach, we will seek out for the lonely and make them feel valued and loved.
Well, don’t go too crazy today! Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween!
Sister Tomkinson​



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