So I made it through my first week of training and taking over the area! Yay! :)
Though this past week has been one of the most overwhelming and stressful of not just my mission but my entire life, I could definitely feel the power of your prayers helping me through. I could also see the hand of the Lord in helping me. It was a great week.
To finish out my birthday on Monday we were able to go out to lunch with the elders in the district and then go to dinner at one of my favorite member's houses. They made me the most delicious chocolate almond birthday cake. And then for FHE we went over to a Spanish part-member family's house and tie dyed t-shirts! It was definitely a fun day.
|My birthday lunch with my district at Nitty Gritty|
|The Allred's made me a birthday cake :)|
|The Thurston's got me a birthday present!|
Tuesday was pretty crazy because we were running around doing so many last minute things before transfers. We were able to say goodbye to a lot of investigators and less active members and they all seem excited that I am still going to be here. So that's good. We had a super powerful last lesson with Rachel. The experiences that we had with one another of her journey to baptism were amazing and we grew really close. So that was a tough goodbye. Later that night we went and stayed at the Madison 2nd sisters apartment to make things easier for transfers the next day.
Wednesday was TRANSFERS!!! It was pretty crazy and hectic but everything ended up working out fine. Instead of waiting at the church, 4 sisters that were waiting for their new companions all came and we worked in the Mad 2 area. we visited some recent converts and then went out to lunch together. Then we headed to the church to pick up my new companion.
Some last pictures with Sister Brewster.
Sister Sierra Hammatt is an amazing person. She is 19 and she is from Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a trial missionary because when she was 16 her lung collapsed in an accident and they just want to make sure that she can handle a mission before they send her out for good. But President told me that there is no doubt in his mind that she will serve the rest of her mission. So one cool thing is that she will be receiving her actual mission call within the next few weeks and we will get to open it together! So that will be cool. Sister Hammatt went to BYU for a year before and she is studying English and Editing and plans to go to law school after her undergrad. She is so awesome and we have a lot in common and we click really well. She came out on her mission so prepared and already pretty much knows what she is doing! Also- she speaks Spanish!!! So she has been able to communicate with a lot of the Spanish members and she can talk to the Hispanics that we meet on the bus and stuff. So that has been pretty much the coolest thing. We are going to have an amazing transfer together.
My greenie Sister Hammatt!
When we got back to our apartment she unpacked a little and then we headed out to work! I was able to navigate the buses and get us to our appointments that night which was a huge tender mercy. AND we ended up meeting 2 new investigators along the way. So that was pretty amazing.
Thursday we were able to meet with an investigator again but she had some pretty sad news. She ended up moving to Indiana this weekend! :( that was really sad because she was our most progressing investigator. But I have faith that the Lord is going to bless us and send us some other investigators to help keep us busy. It is also cool because Sister Hammatt has a family friend here in Madison that actually doesn't live too far from us. So we went to and gave her a Book of Mormon and will hopefully be able to start teaching her this week.
Friday we spent most of our day volunteering at a Blood Drive at EPIC. If you haven't heard of EPIC then you should look it up because it is a really cool company with the most amazing facility I have ever seen. And they like to hire people from BYU, so that is pretty cool. Many of our ward members work there. We met a lot of cool people at the blood drive and planted many seeds. But I think the coolest part was when we were driving back in the shuttle with another one of the Red Cross volunteers. She told us that she thought that it was amazing that not only do we come on missions to spread the gospel, but we also come to give service and to help people. She was super sweet and her heart is softening too!
Saturday was pretty crazy. We met with some more recent converts and then we were also able to have a lesson with Rachel. We talked to her all about the Gift of the Holy Ghost. We talked about the different roles that the Holy Ghost plays in our lives, especially when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and have it as a constant companion. Something that I have realized since I have been on my mission is that recognizing how the Spirit is really hard for me. I was blessed enough to grow up in a home where the Spirit was constantly and consistently there. So because I am so used to feeling it, sometimes the only times I can notice the Spirit is when it is gone. If that makes sense. But I love the Holy Ghost and my goal is to do everything I possibly can in my life to always be living worthy to have it has a constant companion. And how cool is it that Heavenly Father loves us to much that he has given us the Holy Ghost?? Like we get to have a member of the GODHEAD with us constantly to help us! What an amazing blessing.
Then Sunday morning, Rachel was confirmed! It was a beautiful experience and I for sure felt the Spirit there.
Overall, it was a great week. I really could FEEL your prayers this week. It was the coolest thing. Thank you so much for all that you do for me. I love you so much!! Have an amazing week!