Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sister Hayes AKA The Snake Rangler

Sister Hayes has made it through another week in sunny, hot Tucson!! It's been 100+ degrees there for awhile now! Can you believe that!! SO hot!! It makes our 95 degrees look like nothing!!
It was a very good and spiritual week for Sister Hayes and even a little emotional! Her mission president and his wife {President and Sister Walker} have finished their three year mission are headed home. They had their final Zone Conference with them last week and it sounds like there wasn't a dry eye in the house after their testimony meeting!!
It was President and Sister Walkers last meeting with us, we ended the meeting with a wonderful testimony meeting, and during the closing prayer all you could hear were sniffles. Oh, and I was able to do a musical number, Sister Walker asked me to sing so, I found out what President Walkers favorite hymn is and sang that while Elder Bradley accompanied me. So, I sang 'Our Savior's Love' and after sitting down Sister Mostert told me that President was in tears as I sang. I just love President so much and it was my way of saying thank you to him, by singing his favorite song.

I have never met the Walker's but from everything I have heard about them they sound like amazing people!! I am so glad that they were part of Sister Hayes' mission experience!!
At the end of the meeting we all gave President and Sister Walker a HUG!!! Yep I finally got to hug President Walker! I am so grateful for them and all that they have done to help me. I will truly miss them. As I hugged Sister Walker she whispered in my ear, "Sister Hayes, you will always be our little miracle" it even makes me tearful now. I am so thankful to have been able to serve with them.
I don't know about you, but that makes me a little tearful too!! I am SO proud of Sister Hayes and all her accomplishments so far!!
Now, onto a crazy story in Sister Hayes' own words:

So on Wednesday night we had no one else to go see and it was 8 o'clock, so we decided to go and see Tracie and watch the movie Legacy with her. She was also feeling a little under the weather so we brought her some orange juice. Well, after watching the movie we are saying our goodbyes and as Sister Mostert starts to walk out the door she says, "Tracie, there's a snake in your house." Yep!!! Right as we were walking out a baby snake was slithering in through her front door. (He really was a baby snake, about the same size as the ones we used to kill in the yard but just a little bit longer) So, we all had a little freak out moment for a second and then we said, We have to get him out. Well, my adrenaline started pumping and I was brave enough to say, "give me some gloves and I'll pick him up and put him outside." By the time we found gloves he was slithering up against Tracie's wall behind her shelves which meant that we had to move everything quickly so we didn't loose him. Finally, we found him, as I started to approach him with my gloves and some plastic tuperware to put him in I got a little nervous. I thought, What are these gloves going to do for me? NOTHING, they are only covering my hands, what if he bites my arm. So, I tried my best to get him into the tuperware but he was scared and so was I. (By the way I just got my boot and was hobbling around like a dork.) So, after a few attempts of not getting him into the tuperware I told Sister Mostert to grab me a stick from outside and then we would just scoot him out. As she was grabbing a stick, I started investigator our little snake and thought to myself, wow his head is really profound, what if he's a rattlesnake, well I quickly pushed that scary thought aside and started moving him with the stick. He eventually got to the point  where he was coiled up and he looked either really scared or angry, I like to think he was scared. Well, to make a long story short we led him to the door and off he went. Also, while having this little adventure I kept thinking of the movie Toy Story, where Woody says, "There's a snake in my Boot". Thank goodness the snake didn't find my boot. Well, after telling Tracie that she would be fine and that we would pray that there would be no problems that night we headed home. We were a little late for our curfew but we eventually made it home. Once we were home we asked Sister Charlotte Walker (the member we live with) to look up some pictures of baby snakes. Well, this didn't make us feel any better. After a little research we discovered that our little snake was a baby RATTLESNAKE!!!! AHHHHH!!! Wow I had a hard time sleeping that night. Then the next day we had Zone Conference and we were telling some of the elders about our encounter, and they started telling us that Baby Rattlesnakes are more  poisonous then adult ones, well it's a good thing we didn't know that last night.

Isn't that CRAZY!! AHH! So glad that everything went okay and no one was bitten!!
And I bet you are wondering about the boot she is talking about! Sister Hayes has been having some pain in her foot. She went to the doctor and they gave her a fabulously stylish boot to wear around for the next few weeks!

Unfortunately, they didn't give me a black one so everyone usually tells me that I look like I have a storm troopers boot on from Star Wars. What do you think? 
 Look at these two wonderful hop along missionaries!! Say a little prayer for Sister Hayes' foot that it will start feeling better soon!!


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