Heaven on earth

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Week 40 10/25/2010

Subject: i love you all!!!!!

Hello everyone!!! Hope everyone had an awesome week! Happy birthday on Thursday grandpa!! Tell brian we’ll have a big ufc party when I get back!!! Whats everyone else been up to?

Well lets see, theres not a whole lot that changes around here especially since Wednesday. We did get to go and milk cows on Wednesday with the rest of our district last wednesday though. We got to play with the baby moo cows and I kidnapped one and brought it back to our apartment and named him norman!! (I wish, if we were allowed to have pets I totally would have.) so after we milked cows we all went out to lunch and guess what….Red Robin, yummm!!! They have one in Dubuque. Im sure you can imagine how happy I was and I think the elders think im even weirder than usual because of how excited I was. Lol.

Well we spent a lot of time tracting this week but what else is new. Thursday we got to go out to some of our members (the wouters, they’re and older couple) property and helped them get rid of some trees that got blown over during a big storm a couple months ago. It was pretty fun. I got to wear pants and I got to work outside. And brother wouters made sure to let everyone know at church yesterday that “sister callaway’s gonna make a real nice husband someday!” very nice! So after we were done helping with the trees we had dinner with the wouters and our branch president and his wife which was pretty fun.

We started teaching this guy named ted. I don’t think I told you about him yet but ted is a friend of some of our members, the frandsens (our gma and gpa out here, they take care of us) their dog actually reminds me of roxy, every time we go over there their puppy gets excited andjumps on me pees all over me. Its pretty sweet. Lol. Anyway, brother frandsen told us to go see his friend ted so we did and we taught him the plan of salvation and he loves it. We’ve met with him more than a couple times. He reads the book of mormon and believes everything we teach him. He’s a sassy old man, he’s awesome. But he doesn’t like things that mess with his “routine” but we can change that. Lol.

So kara and woody are awesome!!! We see them all the time. Woody has been a member his whole life and is kind of less active but its mostly just cuz he’s stubborn and he has to act like he’s all tough and doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks but he’s a big teddy bear. And his wife kara got baptized almost a year ago now and she’s completely active. They’re soo awesome I love them!! Saturday night we had a lesson at their house with woodys sister kate who is also a member but hasn’t been active her whole life pretty much but she’s been asking woody a lot of questions and she wanted to meet with us. So now we’re having a lesson with them every Saturday and I know that helping kate get active will help woody be more active too.

We don’t get fed by members that often out here which is weird cuz we got fed almost every night in iowa city. So at the cheneys house we usually just go over whenever we want and help ourselves to the kitchen so we usually go over there every Sunday for dinner. Its awesome! We’re not allowed to knock on the door, we just walk right in its awesome its just like home. I love that family! They’re so much fun! They’re already planning on coming out to California to see me next summer. Lol. But according to president jergensen that wont be happening if he has anything to do with it. I was talking to him the other day and he said he’s giving me a 3 year extension. Im not allowed to go home until he and sister jergensen go home. Lol. And we decided we’re all gonna hangout at lake powell after that. Lol.

Welp that’s about it for now. Hopefully we’ll find some new people to tell you about next week! Have an awesome week everyone. I love you all!!! Thank you for everything!

Have a super spooky Halloween!!

Till next time

Sister C

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Subject: happy happy day!!

Hello loved ones!! I hope everyones having an awesome day so far! Everyday should be awesome actually!!! Thank you for the package mommy! I love my little Frankenstein and mummy bobble heads! And the sweet business cards! Lol.

Well this computers gonna kick me off so lets see what I can tell you guys before it does… this last week was the best we’ve had in this area when it comes to teaching. We had a lot more lessons which was awesome! The members have been getting a lot more involved. We had dinner at the pawlowski’s (awesome family) on Monday and brother pawlowski had one of his friends that he works with (steve) come over and after dinner steve started asking questions about the plan of salvation so we taught him all about it. Hopefully we can keep teaching him! We had mutual with the young men and women and gave them a church tour where we teach them the restoration as we go through the church building. It was awesome! A couple of them brought some non member friends. It’s a really good way to help people feel the spirit in the church before even coming to church on a Sunday. We’ve gotten to teach some people that we’re given to us as referrals from some of the members. Lets see…joanie dropped us! Told us she doesn’t want us to come back, no idea what happened there.

Saturday we got to help at the fall festival for the elementary school here in town. That was pretty fun! Made me miss the good ole franklin school fall festival! Lol. It was really good, we ended up tracting into a couple families that we had met at the festival so that was cool. So I just have to tell you about one of the coolest families I’ve met (don’t worry pres. Gelder or sarah elzinga you guys are up there. My list is pretty long actually! Lol)their in our branch, the Cheneys are so awesome! They’ve got 8 awesome kids! They are our family here! They’re really hard to describe I just realized you just have to meet them! One of their girls, savannah looks just like haley though. Its weird. Then there’s kara and woody but this computers gonna kick me off so I’ll tell you about them next time.

I love you all soooooo much!! Have an awesome week! And everyone should go get a slurpee cuz I really want one right now!! John I am SOOOO excited for you!! Ya Jamaica mon!!!!

Till next time!!

Sister C

Monday, October 11, 2010

Week 38 10/11/2010

Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010

From: Courtney Lynn Callaway

Subject: XxOo

To: macfamilyfarm@surewest.net

Hello hello everyone!!!! Sounds like everyone had a pretty good week!!! Trev im soo excited for you!!!! Bein so close to lake powell that’s crazy! Tell scott meteer that I said congratulations!! What the heck, first everyone’s getting married while im gone and now everyone’s having babies…..well I guess that’s the way its supposed to work! Congratulations everyone!!!!

Well lets see, this week we were only in our area on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday which we spent that time tracting as usual. Tuesday night we went to go see joanie but she wasn’t home so we started to drive away when we saw this guy crawling across the road on his hands and knees. He’d crawl a couple steps and then rest his head on the ground and the keep going and then do it again. So sister felix and I got out of the car and joanies neighbor sherry was there and said that he was drunk and lived across the road. So sherry and I went to help him get up and take him to his house. so once we got him up I had to catch him cuz he couldn’t stand up at all. He was soo wasted! So we had his arm around mine and sherry’s shoulders and got him to his house and I smelt like alcohol and pee after that! That’s right, he was so drunk he peed on himself!! Gotta love iowa!!!!!

Wednesday morning sister felix and I drove to iowa city and go to des moines and cedar falls from there. So when I was getting my stuff out of the car guess who came to the stake center to surprise me…anna!!!! We both kinda freaked out!! Oh my gosh, she made me day, week, month all of the above! so from there sister felix went with sister whitbeck to cedar falls and I went to des moines with a van full of elders! It takes about 2 hours to get from iowa city to des moines and that’s about as close as we get to a road trip so its usually pretty exciting for us. Lol. So once we got to des moines we met at the stake center where we had our training Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and it was awesome!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, I cant explain how much I loved it! I love being around president and sister jergensen and all the other missionary leaders! The first day we had training from 12-6 and then Thursday and Friday we all had breakfast together at the mission home and then had training from 10-5 and after that everyone went out and worked, tracting mostly in des moines so we pretty much swarmed des moines with about 15-20 companionships of missionaries. So after finishing up the night we all went back to the mission home and hung out with eachother and played ping pong with president and sister jergensen all night (till 10:30 lol ). It was awesome! Our training was really focused on revelation. Revelation through the book of mormon, revelation through church attendance and revelation through prayer. Those are the most important things for an investigator to have. They have to read from the book of mormon or else they aren’t going to progress and gain a real testimony which is important and so true. Even as members we have to keep reading the book of mormon or we’re not going to progress either. I LOVE the book of mormon!!! I have a hard time going to bed at night sometimes cuz I don’t wanna put it down. Throughout the day we would have training on one topic and then we would go into the gym and split up into groups and practice teaching. I loved it! The spirit was so strong. And its not everyday that I get to teach with an elder as my companion. Lol. I got to teach with president jergensen and with a couple other elders it was fun and the spirit was defiantly super strong.

Friday night I went back to iowa city with the elders and picked up our car and sister felix and then we went to dinner with all the elders before heading back to Maquoketa. I got to see the hungers (at the restaurant) that are in the iowa city ward! I miss that ward so bad!!!!

Well that was about it for my week! It was awesome! Next week is transfers so I wont be emailing till Wednesday!! I love you all!!! Have an awesome week!!!

Philippians 1:3-4

Till next time

Sister C

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Week 37 10/4/2010

Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2010

From: Courtney Lynn Callaway

Subject: happy october!!!!

To: macfamilyfarm@surewest.net

Hello hello loved ones!!!! Happy October!!!! Im so excited for Halloween even though I cant really do anything cuz im a missionary but I still love Halloween!! Lol. Maybe I’ll dress up as an elder! Sounds like you guys had a pretty exciting weekend in Utah!sounds like you guys saw just about everyone there. I hope Trev had a good birthday! And thank you for your letter Uncle Mike! Im glad you guys liked the postcard. Im going to say Trevs going to Chile! Conference was awesome! I hope everyone enjoyed it…and stayed awake!! Haha. I loved President Eyrings talk on trusting god and President Monson talk on the attitude of gratitude!!! I cant wait for the conference ensign to come out!!

Well here in maquoketa/de witt we’ve been doin a lot of tracting but what else is new, oh that’s right…nothing. Lol. Just the same old same old, tracting, service at the nursing home and at the museum. We had zone conference this last Thursday which is always awesome! We’re only having zone conferences every 3 months now because the 1st presidency I guess wants the mission presidents to start going out with the missionaries more so Sister Jergensen gets to come out with us. Its awesome but at the same time I love zone conference, it pumps you up for the transfer but we’ll see how it works out. This week we have leadership training on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for all the zone leaders, district leaders and trainers. so sister felix gets to go to either iowa city or cedar falls and serve with the sisters there while I go to des moines for three days which is gonna be awesome!!!!i heard the training is amazing so im super super excited for that!!

Anyway, sorry this is such a shortie but we’ve gotta get up to davenport in a little bit but I love you all!! Hopefully I have more to talk about next week!! Have an awesome week everyone!!

Till next time

Sister C