Hola! Okay, I'll talk in English. Happy Leap Year! This week has been fast. I think after you hit your halfway mark, the mission speeds by.
I actually have time to send a nice weekly email this week. I'll try to be more detailed for my mother's sake. :)
Shout out to Adina who sent me a wonderful letter this week, I got it. And to my mom for sending me one as well. :)
We had a lesson with Gabby, a 17 year old investigator. The elders were teaching her and now we get to. :) We taught her the restoration and she prayed at the end of the lesson! She was so scared to because she hasn't prayed in years but she did a great job! She came to church last Sunday and enjoyed it. I love teaching young women, because the more I am myself, the more comfortable they feel and are able to relate to me. The youth are the future leaders of our church and they are seriously so awesome.
I am going to send some pictures of some mansions we tracted, just for kicks and giggles with Deyeneira. They were HUGE! One answered and said they'd been to Salt Lake City and to a Mormon church before. They weren't interested but really liked our members.
We had the opportunity to do service at the Day Star Care Center again, but only for an hour. We helped put fliers in envelopes for some event coming up to raise money. I talked to the lady next to me at the table and she saw the Book of Mormon play the week before. Her husband I guess was part of the reformed LDS church, the one Emma Smith broke off to. So she knew a little bit more about our religion and is a Quaker herself. It was neat to hear what the Quakers believe, I read a book about them in middle school and that's all I know. If there is one thing you do learn on your mission, its of other religions and beliefs. I've never really cared before but I find it very interesting now.
Stephanie was in a play at her school so we went to support her and sat between her dad and Gabby, our investigator. They did a good job but you know media these days, its raunchy even if its Shakespeare...
We saw Peggy today, I love her. We are basically done with her after baptism lesson which makes me super happy but sad too because I won't be able to see her much. She is recovering quickly from her surgery and is doing great in her faith! She has a lot of time to read so that helps and she is always thirsty for answers. I will miss her but we are slowly convincing her to move to Utah. ;)
Miracle for the week: We went to the church to watch Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (you can find it on netflix and YouTube) with a few people, bringing Gabby. But she didn't show up. After 20 mins we decided to leave because we didn't feel productive (and after you've been a missionary for as long as I have you can't really sit in one place for that long anyways) so we walked out. We said a prayer because we didn't know what to do for the rest of the night. I had a thought that we should start walking, Sis Judkins thought we should go store contacting. Since our prompting wasn't the same, we prayed again. I felt that if we started walking up 4th street, God would place someone in our path. Sister Judkins said okay, let's give it a try. It was really cold so we didn't want to, but we did anyways. As we were walking, we said prayers with a few people but they would walk away right when we said amen so we had no lessons. Finally, we got to a stop light and decided it was time to cross and turn around. We pressed the button but saw a lady with a stroller coming down the road towards us. We asked if we could pray with her. She said yes. After the prayer we got talking and teaching and offered her a church tour and she said yes, that she had just been thinking she wanted to find a different church to go to. We speed walked to the church, which was 10 blocks away, and taught her the restoration on the way. She was very interested in there being a prophet on the Earth today (which there is if you didn't know) and wanted to know what he is saying now. We gave her a tour with her baby, whose name happens to be Joseph. (Not a coincidence). And best of all, she was actually normal! That sounds mean but its hard to find people who are in good living situations in my area. It was a pure miracle that came from praying and listening for a prompting of the spirit.
The ward's ice cream social was that night and it was fun! We had a family feud game show and a newlywed game which was funny to watch all the couples in the ward try to guess the same answers. Stephanie came for a little bit, but had to leave early. We were suppose to have a lot of investigators there, but sadly none came. :(
So that's my week, probably the most detailed weekly email home that I'll ever type! You are all welcome. :)
I am grateful to be a missionary here in Florida. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what brings us happiness. When we follow Christ, we are automatically on a path of peace and happiness. Yes, we still have trials and temptations, but we are stronger and able to fight them off easier. I love my Savior and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve Him full-time. I hope you all have a blessed week and look to the future with faith and hope!
A gross pic of us
A huge tree! Says restoration....
This is in Crescent Lake.
Peggy, my favorite person!
Peggy & her cat
Another library mailbox thing!
Mack Wilberg, the director of Mormon Tabernacle Choir!
Sister Judkins, Mack Wilberg, Sister Smith and I
Mack Wilberg, the guest director at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Pete.