Thank you so much for all the love this week, I had a great birthday. Very different since I am a missionary, and was working all day, probably not the same as other 21st birthdays go - ha, ha. I love the new shoes and belt and all the cards! Thanks also to the Las Flores ward/primary, Aunt CJ, the Osterhouts, grandpa Bob & Nan, grandma Marilyn, and grandpa Jim for all the cards, etc. I love you all! On my birthday we had dinner with the Woestman family, and when they found out it was my birthday they put candles in a tub of oreo ice cream and sang happy birthday :) we have dinner from 4-5 so it was perfect timing ;)
|Saying Goodbye to Elder Sharp and the Silverdale Bishop|
|From Silverdale to Manette, WA (same Zone & Stake)|
|Saying goodbye to Investigators (Ginger)|
We had three investigators to church, including Deena and Jamie who came for their second time! It was fast and testimony meeting (yes mom, I bore my testimony ha, ha) right at the end, Deena gets up and walks to the pulpit (I don't think I've ever had an investigator bear their testimony at church). She says how she met Elder Sharp and I and how she started thinking about God as she helped in her childhood cancer charity, and that was right when we knocked on their door. When we met her she wasn't sure if God was really there. She told everyone how we had challenged them to pray for a specific question, and that now she knows God is there and that He answers prayers. How cool is that for a missionary and a ward to hear!
We also saw Ginger at church! She finally made it and was so happy to be there. After church we took a picture together and she pulled us aside and told us thanks for all we had done for their family. She said that ever since she had been meeting with missionaries (about 2 years now) she has been on the fence since she grew up in a different church. But, she told us, "now I know" and wants us to come over this week to figure out what she needs to do next. Basically to figure out her baptism :D :D :D Hallelujah! I felt so happy, heart lifted, and filled with joy to hear that after 4 months of visiting her and trying to figure out how to help their family. There's still a lot that needs to happen, but she is on fire.
|Saying goodbye to Faith and the Suggs family|
|Missionary New Years - at 10:15 PM|
I can't even say how much I love my mission or how many experience I have had that are good, life changing, and so precious to me. I am super excited for the next adventure in Manette and for more miracles to see. All my love, good luck back at school this week,
Ether 1:42 (I read this Sunday morning and it went right to my heart: "Thou shalt go... there will I meet thee" and reassured me for next transfer. "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go")
Ether 2:5-6 (The Lord will show us where to go and lead us, give us directions)
Ether 2:16 (now it's time to "go to work")