Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Week of Firsts

So begin with, I had my first earthquake this week! We were at dinner and then everything just started shaking with no warning. I thought it was just a large truck going by the house but it just kept getting bigger and bigger.  Apparently we were right by the epicenter so we felt it all.  And it wasn't a bad earthquake but for someone that has never felt one before it sure got my heart a poundin!  The family we were with had several little kids and that Sunday at church, their mom told us that we were now their favorite missionaries ever because we reminded them of the 'cool earthquake!'  Hey, if that's what it gets for people to like us, bring on the earthquakes!
This week we also saw blue sky for the first time in about two weeks.  It only lasted for a day but hey!  Some is better than none!
In Sparks, every year they have what's called the Burning Man.  Apparently it is super famous, or infamous.  People come from all over and spend a week out in the desert doing crazy stuff and then at the end they have this huge wooden man that they build and then burn.  But these people spend all week out in the dessert with no baths, trashcans, phones, anything.  So yesterday was the end of it and they ALL came back to town.  It was crazy.  Hippie buses everywhere and lots of crazy (smelly) people everywhere.  They all come in and load up the hotels and casinos to shower and get presentable and the trashcans are overloaded with all their trash and Wal Mart was insane.  Forget about getting anything you wanted!  Plus it was Labor Day so it was already packed.  It was fun trying to pick out all the 'burnies' though while we waited in line.  
Since yesterday was a holiday, we spent a lot of time walking around and just trying to meet people and their families.  There was this one family that had a ping pong table out in their driveway and were all crowded around it.  A ball comes flying toward us and so we go to take it back to them and end up talking with them.  They were all a little tipsy and offered us beer and a game of ping pong but then told us we couldn't play because their pride would be injured if we beat them (they were big tough looking guys).  Gotta love people :)  I think that is one of my favorite parts of being on a mission, meeting the people that you do!  
Oh!  I almost forgot, transfers came and went and Sis. Ward and I will still be together in Eagle Canyon.  Pretty great!
Well, I hope ya'll have a great week!
Sis. Rae

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