Hey hey hey!
Man, I have so many thoughts and stories and feelings and I wish I could just put it into your brain to because for some reason I can't form any words with it all! Things are great though! We went to the beach again this morning to watch the sunrise so I'm a happy woman! This week has been full of trials and challenges and miracles and crazy craziness. Being a missionary is the best/strangest/hardest thing ever. Since I'm not sure where to start I'll just start with our investigators and the people we have been working with!
Scott is amazing!! He is getting baptized on Saturday and I'm so so excited for him!! He studies Preach My Gospel before our lessons and has already read the entire Book of Mormon and is half way through again! He pretty much teaches us when we meet for lessons haha it is crazy awesome. It has been really amazing to watch him learn and change and grow at such a rapid pace in the last 21/2 weeks. He just jumped right in and has really studied it all out for himself and prayed to gain a testimony and is so ahead of us. He has become truly happy and tells us everytime we meet. Keep praying for him that he will have strength and faith leading up to his baptism!
Isiah's mom said he could get baptized!!! His dad is still thinking about it but this is a HUGE step!! We couldn't be happier for him. He is one of the most amazing kids I have ever met. He really has a light about him and he bears his testimony at every chance he gets. He is so willing and earnest to learn and to share this message with everyone around him! We are still praying that his dad will soften his heart and see the change (for the better) that has occured in his sons life. Isiah's mom has told him how proud she is of him and how he has grown. Warms my heart!
Yoki. Oh Yoki. We had another out of this world weird lesson with Yoki that we taught on the front porch of the house she lives in with like 20 other chinese people. We are pretty sure they are illegal. They all live with the boss of this sushi place and work for him and are all trying to get green cards. She texted us on Saturday night and dropped us. It was pretty sad but also maybe a blessing in disguise that we don't get involved with any of this sketchy illegal sushi shop.
Well we are working on reactivating A TON and the branch is awesome!! I get to work with very inspiring people every day and it is such a blessing. Sister Jasperson (my trainer) can hardly walk because of a random knee problem that just happened last pday so we haven't been super busy. We have a lot of meetings but can't do any tracting or a lot of contacting because it obviously requires a lot of walking. We have had some weird experiences this week but know that the spirit is protecting us! I am so grateful to know that God is watching out for us and we just continue to trust that the feelings we get are from the spirit and we should trust them so we do! I got the package mom sent this week and it was THE BEST!!! Thank YOU Mommy!! Also I got a letter from Janet Cathcart and from Hailey and from one of my MTC teachers with a talk that I had really wanted. Mail is seriously so fun as a missionary and always makes my day so thank you :).
I GOT TO TEACH A LESSON IN PORTUGUESE THIS WEEK AND IT WAS THE BEST!!! There is a lady from Brazil that is in the family ward by us so we did a little exchange so Sister Jasperson took me and Sister Anderson (the other Brazil visa waiter in my district) to teach her. Her name is Anilda and we talked for like an hour in Portuguese!! It felt so good to be able to speak with someone! At the end of the lesson she told me I don't have an American accent when I speak and I like fainted I was so happy!! :) We are going to see her tomorrow so I'm super excited!
Alright well my thoughts this week were: life is hard! We all make mistakes and NO ONE is perfect. So don't judge those around you! LOVE EVERYONE! Love is the greatest motivator in this world. Everyone could use a little pick me up and a good friend, so be that friend! My commitment: think of someone you have held negative feelings towards and forgive them. I promise you it will be worth it. Be that friend that everyone needs.
Okay love love love