May 11, 2015
It’s been a pretty nice week :) I got to talk to my family yesterday and that was the best! It kind of feels like a dream, almost like it didn't even happen. That time went by way too fast.
Last week for Pday, we had a little district get together. We ate some sloppy joe's that Elder Randall made for us and then we played some soccer, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee. The basketball hoops were so low that I could almost dunk on them, so that was kind of fun :)
On Tuesday we had another mission conference. There is a story in the Bible that I heard of for the first time this week. It’s really the first 7 chapters of Nehemiah. He was an Israelite that was taken out of Jerusalem and served the King of Syria. He asked permission from the king to go back to Jerusalem to build the wall that had been destroyed. So he and a bunch of people went and worked on sections of the wall doing what they could. Despite all the threats they received and the fear that they had, they "had a great work to do so [they] cannot come down." This is the new mission phrase. We are building up the wall of the Washington DC South mission and no matter what happens around us, we will work on our section. Nehemiah and the men built the wall in 52 days, so on June 25th, 52 days after that conference (and a few days before President goes home) we will have another mission conference to see what we have done with that wall. It’s a little story hidden in the Old Testament, but there is so much that we can gain from it.
We are learning to be BOLD in all that we do. And we have already seen the miracles! I am not one who likes to go against the plans we have made the night before, but this week we did. There were a couple people that we had planned to see, but when I woke up that morning I was thing of 2 people specifically. So during the day, we went to go see them when usually we wouldn't find them. But on this day they were home and we finally had some good lessons with them. So that was me practicing being bold and going against the plans.
I have had a couple once in a lifetime experiences this week. The first one was on Thursday. We had just finished dinner with one of the members of the ward and we were walking out to the car. We were joking about getting some ice cream because the ice cream man was down the street. It was a little bit of a walk, but the truck pulls up next to us and the man asks if we spoke Spanish, of course we do. And he asked us if we could give him a copy of the book of Mormon. By this point we were super excited and started talking to him some more. Turns out he is a member of the church, not an investigator, but wanted a copy to read while he was working. So that was pretty weird, but really funny. Then on Saturday night we had a ward party for Mother's day. Of course they asked us, the missionaries, to sing. We don't know why they keep asking, because they don't like it that much, but they keep asking us! Anyways, after all Hispanic ward parties there is a dance, and there was a little 6 year old boy that came up to me and asked if I would go dance with him. It broke my heart that I had to say no to him! He was so adorable and brave and I just felt so bad. I have never wanted to dance so badly in my life until that night. The last one happened right after I Skyped with my family. We were walking out to the car and a two year old girl was running down the sidewalk to "her friend Rachel's house". We didn't see her family anywhere, so we just turned her around and started walking back to where she was coming from. She didn't remember her name or her parents’ names or anything so we just prayed as we walked. Soon enough a man came running towards us and was looking for his little girl. Apparently she escaped from the house, but he was so grateful for what we did. He wanted to pay us, but we wouldn't take it. He mentioned that his wife "used to be Mormon" and that the elders come over every once in a while. So I told him that the way he could pay us back is to listen to the elders the next time they came over. It’s just incredible to me how much our Father in Heaven loves every one of us. He put us there at that time to help this family and maybe this was what they need in order to come back to the church. His plan is perfect and I trust it. He knows what we need and when we need it.
|Hna's Peabody, Moberly, and Pettit|
I had a happy mothers day yesterday! I got a picture with both of my "daughters". We had a baptism in the ward and Hermana Pettit's companion taught her, so they came back for that. That's about all for this week, the rest I told my family. We have transfers this week, so I might be leaving Sudley on Thursday, but I will find out on Tuesday. If I do get transferred I will email my mom my new address and other information. I love you all and hope your week is as good or even better than mine will be! I know we are going to see so many miracles in the near future, so stay tuned :)
|Abby the Escapee|
|Peruvian Rice Pyramid|
|Just a 'small' piece of Tres Leches|