Sunday, November 8, 2015

Too many awesome things to count

I'm writing this email using Siri so if any punctuation is bad don't
blame me. LOL I'm just way too lazy to type.

OMG MY SISTER IS MARRIED! Like whaaaaaa?!?! And my brothers had
homecoming 😢 they're growing up too fast man!! And congrats to my not
so baby bro Noah who is going to districts in cross country!! I miss
and love you all so much! 💕

Wow, what a week! Update on the bedbugs. I have over 30 bites but at
least I'm still alive. The mission is sending someone to clean the
carpet and the mattress next week. Pray that I don't get eaten alive!
But last Monday was fantastic! Every Monday we get to go to sister and
brother Perkins house to eat pizza and play pool. I lose every time.
But by the time I come home from my mission I'll be a pro pool player.
This Monday was a little different though. Sister Perkins heard that
my birthday was last month and insisted on having a mini birthday
party for me since I most likely wouldn't be in this area next year.
They bought me a cake and a birthday card and even sang happy
birthday. They are so sweet! We taught Ali after dinner and the lesson
went great. His friend Shafiq occasionally listens to the lessons & we
have a good feeling about him and hope that he will take them himself.

On Tuesday we ate dinner at a recent converts house. He made real
authentic Mexican food. They were so good! We brought Sister Farias
with us so that we eat in his home and well, he may have formed a
crush on her. He asked us if she was single! But she is sooo....are we
missionaries or match makers? :P after that we got to go to the church
building and watch a face to face thing with the Piano Guys. They are
so awesome and really made me want to play the piano again. I've been
practicing a little and I can play most of the hymns pretty well.
Maybe they'll ask me to play some time during my mission. I'm working
on an arrangement of nearer my God to be, our saviors love, and where
can I turn for peace. But it will take a while for me to figure it out
since I don't have a lot of free time or a piano LOL.

On Wednesday we taught Tony. He is progressing so much and truly has a
desire to be baptized. He has a hard time remembering things, but we
help him remember as much as we can and make sure that he knows that
we're always there for him. He can't read or understand the Scriptures
very well but he is really making an effort to do it anyways. He has a
really good heart and we hope that he can get to the point he needs to
be at to be baptized. We also taught Ali again. Sister Sharanion came
to the lesson and it was great to have another member present and for
her to share her testimony as well. Again, Shafiq was at the lesson
and when we were done teaching Ali, we were chatting with Shafiq a
little bit and I felt really inspired to give him a Book of Mormon and
to bear my testimony of it and invite him to pray and read about it as
well. He said he would, but he reads Persian so we are getting him a
Persian Book of Mormon tomorrow, and are taking him to see The
Testament tomorrow at temple square.

We taught him on Friday as well and invited him to be baptized and he
said yes! He used to be Muslim but has a very strong faith in God. He
understands everything we teach him so well and he wants to change his
life so badly. Shafiq has to quit smoking but we helped Ali quit so we
have faith in Shafiq as well. We are praying for what day we should
commit him to. Our dinner fell though on Friday and this random girl
driving by stopped us and gave us a $50 Olive Garden gift card!! God
is real hahaha. We didn't go that night but we are going today. We are
going to go into the city and enjoy temple square. I love being so
close to the temple. It's only a mile and a half from our apartment.

Well there's probably some stuff I left out but this should do haha.
Over all I'm doing a lot better and each day improves. Still just
trying my best to be a good missionary and to stay positive. I love
and miss you all so much!

Write me!! Can't wait to hear from y'all.

Oh my goodness I forgot the most important thing!! Ali was baptized!!
We are so proud of him. He's so awesome. We had to go to one Ward to
see his confirmation then had to book it to another right after he was
done to give talks. Covering 5 wards is so hard!!! Especially when 3
all start at 9! Sister Sauers forgot her name tag lol

Sister Boswell and I! We were roomies in the MTC. We got to see each
other at the trainer trainee  follow up meeting.

Sister Allen and I! I finally got to meet her!! She lives like an hour
away from me in WA and we met on Facebook when we saw we were called
to the same place, but we never got to meet up before she left! So
happy I got to see her.

Sabella and I! So glad I brought her on my mission <3 really. A little
piece of home :)

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