Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Called to Serve... In Seattle?

Sorry that this was so delayed! P-day was moved an extra day (but really I didn't have a P-day :))

This week was a pretty dang crazy one, I have to admit. Lots of strange happenings that seemed a bit out of control. But I'll start from the beginning of it all. 


I love her. We have had such a wonderful week together! As it turns out she has only been on her mission for about three months now, and just finished training. So she was just off the training program when I got her in Bowmanville. We are two peas in a pod, she and I. She is turning 20 this Thursday and is originally from California and has lived in Utah the past couple of years with her family. She is a student at the University of Utah (it's okay, I spared her some rivalry comments out of the Christlike parts of my heart). We decided that we could baptize all of Bowmanville together. Those are some good goals, we thought. Our District Leader told us perhaps it was a little unrealistic... Not sure if I came back with a little sass about his lack of faith. It seems like a long time ago, but it sounds like something I would have done :) 

Something really great happened this week that was quite unbelievable: a new investigator literally fell into our lap... at church. Diana called us earlier this week and said that she really wanted to come to our church service. So of COURSE we weren't about to tell her otherwise. Sure enough, on Sunday we had a fellow-shipper and whatnot arranged and in walked Diana! We were so excited to see her. In perfect timing for the primary program. She was basically taught the first two discussions by the children by their sweet testimonies and in song. It was awesome. I swear we don't have to do anything, the Lord's got it under control. Diana is already planning on coming next week and to all the upcoming activities. 

Do you know what is difficult? Trusting. Especially trusting in things I don't understand. And for me that is what this last week was about. There were some symptoms that I was experiencing that were getting in the way of this missionary work that I love and that were causing me too much pain. After a considerable amount of effort with the medical institutions available to me in Canada, the Missionary Medical department in Salt Lake City decided to send me back to Seattle where I could get the most rapid care available and return with little delay. So that is my current situation. I am currently at home in Sammamish Washington with my beloved family doing all that I can to maintain focus on what the Lord would have me do, as well as trying to receive the medical attention necessary to speedy quick return to the Great White North. Which I heard is actually beginning to get white. It snowed last night. Yikes... 

My my cute bishop's family. I love the Walcers and I'm going to miss them.

Don't worry, I spent my last night in Bowmanville decorating a Christmas tree with one of the members in our ward whom I love. It was a wonderful way to go. There's never too early a time to celebrate Christmas. No matter what anyone says. 

So yeah, Sister Hoki and I mourned our little 6 day companionship. Short lived. But that was probably because it was way too easy. We probably would teach and baptize all of Bowmanville. Sometimes things need to move slower than that. So I guess I needed to temporarily get kicked out of Canada. Don't worry, I'll be right back ;) 

Apparently the Lord has stuff for me to do here in Seattle. Which should be fun. Maybe I'll make Andy  my new companion and turn him into a missionary... Is that allowed? I'll pray about it. 

Sister Hutchings 


  1. I would love to see you!!! I can be your companion if your mom gets busy!!

  2. Hey pretty lady! I just found your blog. Just wanted to let you know how much I love you. You are mature beyond your years. It's crazy to me to see what a beautiful woman you are because I can still remember making up dances and jumping on your trampoline with you ;) You're in my prayers xo