My dear wonderful family (yes that includes all of you not blood
sheesh) it has been another week! Holy cow, time just keeps
and quicker! Is it just me, or has God made the
minutes years and the hours
months and the weeks days?? Like for real,
I'm all discombobulated right now
trying to think of last week and all
the crazy psycho things that happened...
Oi vai, I got my work cut out
for me today! Type faster
Monday I got to play sports for the first time in 4 months!!!!!
so great to play basketball again- even if it did take me like
hours to actually warm up and be good again (you will not believe
number of layups I missed XD ) 'twas a wonderfully sweaty
Anyone who says elders stink more than sisters has clearly never
me after I've enjoyed a couple hours of kicking everyone's trash.
a condition. Called something like (now I'm paraphrasing here,
forgot what the actual certified professional called it) Sweating
Enough to Cover Your Tears of Shame. Ya. That sounds right
"I remembered it again!"
Tuesday was God's day.
said about that. Done deal. End of story. Walking away after
down the mic. Final credits rolling. Finished.
Nah haha, but for real it was
an amazing day. We had an inspired
District Meeting from Elder Brown, and
then spent lunch with our
hilarious zone. THEN we went to a media referral
that we had called
and set an appointment with. Well guess, stinkin, what!!!
she's not an investigator....she's an inactive member who hasn't
active in 4 years!! I was so blown away. We had NO idea going in
she was a member. So she started using Mormon vernacular and
out "ward" and "stake" and "missionary" and S. Charles and I were
like...........what? Yup. She requested a Book of Mormon to share
with her fiancé's mother- and she quoted "every member a
She's doing more than most active members in the ward right
hahaha! But yeah, her testimony is suuuuuper strong. It's just
bummer, because the whole reason she stopped going to church is
of the people. She was getting hardcore judged for the things
she was doing
when she was young (20 years ago now) and I guess she's
never gotten over it.
We're excited though to see what happens this
week. She was a real sweet
lady. So ya, this is Miracle #1.
We then go to another media
referrals house. And walking up its a
huuuuuuge mansion, so we were a little
worried it would be a person
wanting to bash (cuz hello) but it turned out to
be a reeeaaaaalllllly
nice lady from Egypt/Qatar. She had been searching for
Church close to home and somehow stumbled upon Mormon.org. Well
talked to some missionaries over the phone, and then requested us
come over and give her a Book of Mormon. It's actually really cool.
grew up Muslim in Egypt, and she converted to Christianity when
she was in
her 20s- but she had to hide it for 9 years because she
would be put to death
otherwise. She then came here to America, and
has lived here for 14 years. So
we told her all about the Book of
Mormon and why it's so important, and we
explained a lot about the
functions of the ward itself. She said "I'm 51
years old now! Why have
I not learned of this before?" And she was super
excited to read the
Book of Mormon. We set a return appointment for
Then, Miracle #3, we had an appointment that night with a
Investigator the sisters dropped 3 months ago. He's solid! Since
a lot of crazy things have happened in his life, and he really
to repent and make things right, he says that he knows this is
path God wants him to take, and that he wants to get baptized
We're so excited to help him progress on his path towards our
home. He's so prepared!!
I have no clue why we were so blessed
this day, maybe to make up for
the rest of the week, but it was truly amazing
to see God's hand so
prevalent in our day. It just all worked out right from
The rest of the week goes as follows: knock all day
success. Go to ELLIS ISLAND Thursday for a training!!! Eat at a
farm built in 1802 that night. Knock all day Friday, no success. See
recent convert, Laura, that night and
Answer all her questions and just love her. She's so awesome. And
it was GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!! I learned soooooooo much and the
was so strong and President Uchtdorf cried after Elder Kearons
and Elder Holland is a crack up and it was just amazing, I'm so
we could hear President Monson talk too, he's so strong. My love
all of them has grown so much out here- I truly adore each and
one of them.
My favorite talks (I'll just say the name and then it's
up to you to
go read their talks #Challenge): Elder Duncan, Elder Bednar,
Waddell, Elder Cook, President Uchtdorf, Elder Kearon, Elder Oaks,
Elder Holland. They were so great. I want them to be on Gospel
now so I can devour the text hahaha :)
But anyways, that was
my week in a nutshell. Pretty great! I shall
leave you with a random fact
about Jersey: Jersey has the most dense
system of highways and railways in
I love you all!!!!
Stay Jersey Strong.
P.S. Thanks KC for the graduation card, and thanks to the
the postcard!!! I loved them both :D