This morning I woke up not feeling nauseus anymore so I had some chicken noodle soup (mostly just the broth.) But I was up most of the night with really bad backpain still. I have had it the last 4 days. The mission medical advisor wants me to see a doctor. What do you think? I can see a Urologist or a Family Doctor. Mostly just for my back pain. It’s really bad. Who should I see?
This week was kind of uneventful, but still good 🙂 We met a 14 year old boy named Jeffrey this week and he is just soaking up the gospel like a spunge! After we taught him the Restoration, we invited him and his mom to pray to know if Joseph Smith really was a prophet, and that God would help them to know the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. Jeffrey jumped up and yelled “BOOYAH! He already told me!” We laughed and were so happy. We told him to still pray about it though. His mom isn’t interested in the church, but is fully supportive of Jeffrey attending. He came to church for his first time yesterday, and it turned out that he is already really good friends with 3 young men and young women in our ward! He is so great. I can see him going on a mission someday.
We are pushing Liz and Marion’s baptismal date back to Nov 14th, instead of this Saturday so that we don’t have to rush all the lessons. They are both doing wonderful and had a great experience again at church yesterday. Liz got up and bore her testimony in Relief Society and said that she knew God puts certain people in our paths for a reason. She said that she knew we were sent from God to her and that this church must be true. Sunday had been a hard day because Sister Reed and I were stressed and that was such a blessing to hear. Just when Satan can make you think you aren’t doing any good, God can show you that by small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. The small, good things we do really mean so much more than we realize. I felt like an instrument in God’s hand to help Liz and Marion, and am so grateful He has allowed me to serve.
On Halloween Sister Reed and I made cupcakes and took them to our neighbors and invited them to church the next day. (Made possible by mom’s package…thank you!) Then we went and volunteered at a Rehabilitation center Halloween Festival and they put us in charge of musical chairs. We had so much fun! It was awesome to see all the cute little kids dressed up 🙂 My favorite costume was a baby dressed up as chubby yoda. So cute!!! Then we went to the G’s and sat in their front yard. When trick-or-treaters came up, we would give them mormon.org cards with their candy! I hope all these children join the church someday haha!
Well, I missed you all on Halloween. I hope you had pumpkin bread bowls with soup and watched scary movies and ate lots of candy! Love you!
I love this area ha ha. It is so southern! A member is going to make sour krout for me because I’ve never had it. Kinda nervous….
Well, Sister Coon got transferred to Lakeland! I am now with Sister Reed, who I came out with 14 months ago! We are so happy together 🙂 She is from Orem UT. We have had a blast together this week. Last Monday Sister Wright took Sister Coon and I to downtown Dade City and we shopped at some cute antique shops. I found an old post card of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from the 1950’s! The lady gave it to me for free because I’m a missionary 🙂 Cool huh? Then we went to get soul food at the most southern food place in the world called Steph’s Soul Food. (Aparently soul food is just super home style southern good…meatloaf, chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, etc.) It was good! On Wednesday we went to transfer meeting and most of our mission was there! We got 19 new missionaries 🙂
While we were walking to the church one evening, we were on a dirt road in the backwoods, and three really mean looking dogs got out of their gate. They were just sniffing around and hadn’t seen us yet, and we were so scared. We didn’t know what to do! I said a prayer in my heart and decided that we should run and jump on top of a random dumpster to get away from them. We started moving toward the dumpster right as they saw us and started barking and running at us! We made it on top of the dumpster and the dogs just kept barking at us on it. We called Sister Wright, who came and picked us up. Life saver! Such mean dogs! President Cusick gave us pepper spray.
Sept. 28, 2015
EVA IS NOW A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was such a wonderful day yesterday! Her baptism was wonderful. The spirit was so incredibly strong, and we had such a good turn out. Earlier that day, Blu, her boyfriend and a formerly less active member, was ordained a priest. He is 17 years old. He told us yesterday that he has loved getting to know us and liked taking the lessons with Eva. He now wants to serve a mission and is going to start preparing to go this summer. Of ANYTHING that has happened on my mission, I think that was one of the happiest moments. By Blu going on a mission, that will not just affect the people he will go help convert, but his family at home, and his future family. To get one person on a mission is to save so many souls. His younger brother, Juanpaul, was ordained a deacon. We were able to attend both of their setting apart blessings and they talked about their missions.
After Eva’s baptism, her mom came up to us in tears and was so impressed by how our church, all basically strangers to her and Eva, had taken her daughter in and embraced her. She now wants to take the lessons! And Eva’s almost sister-in-law, Rosa, should be getting baptized at the end of October. We taught her the w.o.w last night and she is sad to give up tea, but ready to live the w.o.w.
Last Monday we went to Happy Cow (the best fro-yo place EVER) and said goodbye to our R.S. president, her family, and her son, Jared, before he was off to the MTC. It was actually really emotional for me because it brought back memories. Remember Iggy’s?!?! And how they gave us a free meal? So nice.
I know that Jesus Christ guides this church. I have felt His influence guiding me. I have felt His companionship out here. I know that He loves His missionaries. I am so happy 🙂
So it has been raining nonstop! It is POURING right now and our weather system warning device keeps blaring and telling us which roads are flooded and what areas to avoid. It has been constantly raining since Saturday! Makes missionary work really hard. But I love the rain! Luckily we live in Zephyrhils, which has a lot of hills, so we are probably safe. My old area is COMPLETELY flooded! Poor Tampa.
We have been teaching a man named James, and he is awesome. We met him last saturday, invited him to church, and the Gospel Principles lesson was on the Word of Wisdom. Well, he was enjoying church until suddenly he was told he could no longer drink coffee if he wanted to be a member. In the middle of the lesson he raised his hand and said that he wasn’t going to give up coffee in order to be a member and that someone should have warned him. The members of the class all started raising their hands and sharing their stories of how they converted and stopped drinking coffee and we thought it was a disaster!!! Well, we prayed like crazy for James, that his heart would be softened. We went and visited him this week and the first time he told us he wanted to keep taking the lessons but he wasn’t going to give up coffee. We taught him the Restoration, and moved on to the Book of Mormon. He was touched by the Book of Mormon and agreed to ask God if it was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. This past Saturday night we went over with Sister Hall and James told us that he had a dream. He didn’t remember it too well, but he remembers that he was sitting at a dinner table with the Lord and the Lord told him: “You asked for a home, don’t walk away from it. Come and stay.” Then he said the rest of the dream was just his memory of when he first met us. Isn’t that amazing?!?!?!?!? He says he knows now that he needs to join our church, but he doesn’t know how quickly that means. He says it will take time. (And it will!) He has a long ways to go, but he is going in the right direction! It was such an answer to our prayers. I know the the Lord loves His children and speaks to them in their own language and understanding.
Well, surprise! I am now transferred again to Dade City! I got the call right after emails last monday and left Tuesday morning. It was a hard transfer, but I love my new area.
Dade City is a HUGE area. It covers five cities: Zephyrhills (where we live), Dade City, Wesley Chapel, San Antonio, and Lacoochie. There are lots of hills ( I have never seen a single hill in Florida!) and there are horses and cows and dirt roads and trailer parks! I love it. The ward is so friendly and they take such good care of us.
My new companion is Sister Coon and she has red hair just like me! She is from Houston, Texas, and has been out nine months. She and her previous companion, Sister Hammatt have been teaching a man named David, and he got baptized on Saturday! It was an interesting baptism. He slipped while they were baptizing him and they both about went under. Luckily, everyone was ok and they didn’t have to rebaptize him…he was completely immersed!!! We had invited a non member family the day before to come (reagan and her two little boys) and they looked really astonished. Ha ha, I hope it didn’t scare them away from being baptized! Not only was David’s baptism on Saturday, but it was Sister Coon’s 20th birthday! I made her cinoman rolls for breakfast, and after the baptism, we went to lunch with one of our investigators (Brooke).
Brooke is 20 years old and is getting baptized on July 25th. She is AMAZING and we are best friends! She is dating a member named Josh, who is preparing to serve a mission soon.
Yesterday, we got to church for ward council at eight am, and the police were there! Turns out someone had broke into the church and used a crow bar to pry all the locked doors open inside. Nothing was stolen, and whoever broke in was just looking for money. The church was a mess! There were papers spralled all over, doors were broken, it looked terrible. The police got some finger prints though and are looking for who did it. 2 other churches nearby were broken into that same night 😦 For the first little bit of church all of us members got together and just cleaned up!
Well, I hope all is well at home. Keep Brooke and Reagan in your prayers! Love you all!