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December 23, 2013 The Best Christmas Gift
Well this week was an incredible and busy week! I don't even know where to begin. I do have to echo the words of my Brother in saying this is the most amazing Christmas I have had. No offense familia I miss and love you to pieces, but there are no words to write the Joy I felt yesterday as I watched two of the people I love so much enter the waters of Baptism. How neat that both mick and I were able to see these miracles on the same weekend before Christmas. Well let me tell you how the night went. We got there early to practice the musical number and the moment I saw Susanna walk into the chapel I put down my violin and ran to hug her. Tears filled both our eyes as we hugged! I will never forget the way she smiled at me with tears in her eyes and called me her angel. I don't feel like an angel. I dont feel like I did anything. They made the changes and exercised faith and the Lord carried them through all the difficulties and challenges that led up to today. I just had the incredible blessing to be in the right place at the right time and to get to love these people. I have missed them so much these last 6 weeks, but I felt so much joy and gratitude to have been there last night and to be back with my La Cienega familia. There is no words to explain the feeling i felt as Sis Foutz and I helped Susanna enter the Font, watch her be baptized, and hug her sopping wet! She seemed to glow! She said i feel clean. The sins are gone! then the 3 of us stood there all of us wet and watched her now husband, Narciso be baptized. It was beautiful and perfect! If I could only explain to you the joy i feel in my heart every time I think of those two. Tears come every time. Both Mick and I definitely inherited the water works from mom ;) Familia i cant wait for you to meet these people. I Love them so much! It truly was the greatest gift anyone could have received for Christmas! So I got a new companion! Sister Evenson! She is brand new to the mission as you know since I told you last week i was training. She is from Joplin Missouri, the oldest of 5, she is a Country girl, and was studying pre- med. She is a rock solid missionary and I am so grateful to have her! The Visitors Center is still a mad house most of the nights and the other night I had to give a tour by myself to 60 people form a Latino ward. The majority of them were non members. It was actually a blast, but I felt like a bad trainer because I had to leave my companion to man the Christus by herself. But don't even worry when i came back she was in there teaching a big group by herself and testifying like shed been here for months! She is awesome! This week we had our Christmas Devotional which was great and inspiring! and we had an awesome night in our area on Friday! We were able to meet with two of our investigators David and Susan and they both now have baptismal date for January 18th! We had our 3 investigators at church on Sunday too! Things are going great here in Mar Vista. Although I know this is my last transfer here. President called me on Monday and apologized for not telling me himself about being released from my calling. He also told me that i should have been full field last transfer, but because sisters went home unexpectedly and because there aren't enough Spanish speakers they need me in the VC. The VC really has become my home. I even sleep better that I am back up on Temple hill. I Love this place so much. At the Training meeting President told me again that he needs me full field and to prepare myself. I don't know how to really prepare for that. To leave this place that has become so much a part of me. A place where I have come to love and understand this gospel deeper than I have before. A place of Miracles and of healing. I don't know how to prepare to leave all that besides a lot of Prayer. I know it will be good and that the Lord has a plan. I just remember everyday that it is a blessing I got last transfer and this transfer to still be here. A whole year in the VC! what a gift!
Well I cant wait to Skype you all on Wednesday! I am so excited! Just remember I only have 40 minutes and I want to hear from all of you:) And hear mick speak French!!! So FUN! I LOVE YOU! And I am glad you are all okay. mckay was right it gave me a slight heart attach too! And no Mckay I am pretty sure your blessing the fam equally or more.