Okay so a little update on some people:
Basically she knew she wanted to be baptized but didn’t want to have a
set date. So we have just continued teaching her and she reads and
prays and this Sunday was her 3rd at church!
Then yesterday all of a sudden she turns to me at church and says “I
think I have decided.” I’m like “on what?” She’s like “Oh come on,
take a wild guess!” And I was like “NO WAY…..” Then she says “Yes. I
think I’m ready.”
Ann is wanting to be baptized asappp. So as soon as we get through the
lessons and she lives the teachings then she is set.
It’s super cool to see the difference in her progress since she has
been reading, praying and attending church as opposed to those who
only read occasionally. She said she hasn’t even told her lds daughter
and son-in-law yet!
Then as I go to take my seat she says “Stop smiling you’ll give it
away!!!” She’s so cute I love her.
I was like yeah k let me just try to control my smile right okay
So that was exciting news.
Andrew and Baselin:
We go to their house and Andrew is packing up his stuff. Turns out
they are separating. It was a huge surprise. He is leaving and Baselin
and the 3 kids are staying. Kind of broke my heart a little. But we
are still trying to teach Baselin and her kids amid Baselin’s cancer
treatments. The Ward just loves this family and they haven’t even all
come to church yet! People have been visiting them with dinners and
everything, it’s been awesome.
Missionary fail: we texted Baselin a reminder for church and no reply
so we just hoped she would come. Then a half hour before church she
texted us saying they would like to come but needed a ride. We didn’t
check our phone up until after church so we were super bummed BUT at
least her and her kids wanted to go, even without Andrew-that was a
big step for them! Next Sunday for sure.
Cutest, sweetest 17 year old I’ve ever met. LOVES everything we’ve
taught and is so excited to be baptized.
We showed her the font when we had a lesson at the church this week
and she was like “Ah that’s so awesome I’m so excited!” She is
seriously the most positive person I’ve ever met and feels that what
we have taught her is the truth she’s been seeking for.
She’s super smart too and has such a strong relationship with God.
Only hard thing is meeting with her since she has 5 AP classes and
getting her to church because things keep coming up but she really
wants to come!
She says she is for sure coming this Sunday with her friend Sadie so
that will be good. Teenagers and their busy schedules what can ya do.
We had a Ward fiesta this week and tons of non-members came! We also
did 7 hours of community service which is closer to how many we should
be doing. We helped set up for a Gala for a company then picked up
some sticks at prospect park for the Redlands community day of
service. Got to meet some super sweet people and serve alongside
Sister Fife from the MTC!
One of the highlights: We had a dinner with some of the greatest old
people in our Ward. A few different couples got together. The
conversations consisted mainly of how to work their phones. One woman,
who I just love, said that getting apps installed on her phone is too
much of a hassle so she goes to the sprint store and they just do it
I love old people.
OKAY BEST FOR LAST.
We got to go through the temple with Zenah this week!
It was incredible. Seriously incredible.
We sat in the waiting room for a little and she leans over and says
“you can feel such a peace.”
I was like “yeah and this is just the waiting room!”
Then we got to watch her do baptisms for the dead. She did about 7
names then they asked “should we keep going or is that enough?”
She smiles and says “please keep going!”
Then afterwards she said “I never wanted to stop!!! There was such a
power from being baptized for these people-it was so real.”
She walks out of the temple and looks back and says “Wow. I feel so at
peace, when can I go back?”
Oh the best day ever.
Basically I just want this experience for everyone. I want everyone to
choose to go through the temple because it really is the House of the
Lord here on earth. Watching Zenah just overwhelmed me with so much
gratitude for my mission. Heavenly Father lets us be a part of such a
wonderful thing. It reminded me why I am out here away from my family
and friends for 18 months. Those little moments make everything worth
it. There is just nothing better and everyone can be a part of the
Lord’s work, whether on a full-time mission or not.
It’s simple. Just pray to know how to help others each day, share the
truths that you know and love and listen to the promptings of the
Have a great week. SEE YOU SUNDAY!!!!!
Ahhhh so stoked I love you guys.
A dog followed us that looked just like a homeless Brighton.
My heart broke a little. On missions we are here to save humans not dogs.
Then there was another dog just chillin in a house that wouldn’t open
their door. Enjoy.