Sunday, December 14, 2014

10 - 11/17/14

so this week was.... very... eventful. and that's not even sarcastic, it was crazy busy.
10. it happened. it snowed. okay let me rephrase that, it hasn't stopped snowing since like saturday night. its crazy, i'm still trying to get used to the fact that it's going to be this cold for a few more months. but the snow is so pretty when its falling. Sister Scott and i were doing some planning for the week when it started snowing and we ran outside and played in it. the child in me just couldn't be contained. I finally get a white christmas!
9. We are teaching a lady whose husband is a member and who just had a baby! She is so awesome, i think i may have told you about her in past emails but i'm not too sure. she didn't grow up in a church or anything but has loved how her husbands family took her in. She loves the church and wants to raise the baby in the church. But anyways. They told us they would be coming to church this week and we were super excited. but then we got to church and it was snowing so we weren't sure if they would be taking the baby out in that weather. but guess what.. they totally did! and he was even dressed in his little church outfit! The best part about this whole thing is that his parents are in the ward that we share the building with and his dad said that they have just been praying for the right missionaries to come and help them come to church. i love knowing that when we follow the promptings of the spirit, we can be instruments in Heavenly Father's hands.
8. I finished the Book of Mormon this week! woohoo! I know it's true! Reading it this time i marked all the times it mentioned language (said, command, words, etc.) and it was soo good! I love reading the Book of Mormon with a question or just something to look for. Reading it looking for language has just strengthened my testimony that God still speaks. He's guides us by calling a prophet and by giving us personal revelation.
7. i hit 10 months. hurrah for isreal! there were definitely times when i never thought i'd make it, where i have really felt the prayers of you guys and when i really just had to square my shoulders and just say "i'll do it." thank you for everything! and here's to the next 8 months!
6. So we got transfer calls.. and of course i knew i was getting a new companion because sister scott went home this morning. But my new companion is Sister Fernandez! She's great, well i've actually never had a conversation with her but she's serving in the #gmslm (great missouri st louis mission) so she has to be great, right?
5. Yes, Sister Scott went home this morning. It was sad, we cried. and so weird at the same time. We dropped her off at the mission home this morning and I was talking to some missionaries that i've served around that are going home and it just hit me that i have made some really good friends on my mission. It's not really something that i expected to gain on a mission, but there are so many people her (members, investigators, other missionaries) that i just love. a whole lot. Sister Scott and i had fun together, there wasn't a day that went by where we didn't laugh. She's a great missionary, and she's going to do some great things!
4. My goal for this past transfer was to finish the Book of Mormon, but my goal for this transfer is to memorize The Living Christ! It was talked about in conference how a group of young women in Alaska memorized it, and i want to do it too! I'm pretty sure they did this in Young Women's years ago, but I didn't do it then and so i'll do it now!
3. O'Fallon is doing great! We have been getting so many referrals and really focusing on helping members with their missionary work and it's been going great! Some of the members are helping a lot of Less Actives which is so good because helping people come back to the gospel is just as important and helping them come into the gospel.
2. we made cookies&wore cute aprons

1. so remember when i was in st louis hills and we taught a lady named Leona the whole time? well guess what.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SHE GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and guess what else
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WE GOT TO GO TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my heart was bursting the entire time. During it she bore her testimony and in it she thanked all the missionaries who had taught her and never gave up on her. She was sitting with her husband, who baptized her, and she daughter and during it all i could think about was how they will be an eternal family.
Being there and seeing them made all the hard times worth it. there is no greater joy that has come to my life than that of helping families become eternal. I love them, and I love this gospel and what it can do for us. and i love you guys. a lot a lot a lot a lot.
never forget it.

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