Well since my letter was lame last week, I figure I should write something awesome! =) I am once again back with Sister Kendell and we couldn't be more excited. The minute she got here, the miracles started happening. Everything went awesome.
Wednesday, we went and saw some on and off again investigators - Cecilia y Jose. They live in Terrace Heights and are church hopping. We had a good lesson with them, added Jose as a new investigator of ours, and just helped them understand more about the Restoration of the doctrine of Christ. It was really awesome to see them understand the need for the Restoration and all that. They were really great and we're working on getting them to church. They'll go to the others, but not to ours. Stinkin' Satan.
Thursday night, we just went forth and conquered. 2 new more investigators. This time for the English work. Matt - who was a referral from an awesome family, was taught about repentence. We extended the baptismal commitment, which he accepted. He just didn't set a date, so we will be working with him on that in the next appointment we have with him. He's just awesome. And later that night, we had dinner with a really nice family and the mom was like 'oh I'm coming out with you guys'. We were like...umm, what? We had no idea. So we had some plans cancel, which was NO coincidence. And we went and saw a lady named JoAnn. She's old and a smoker and we just went in and talked about Jesus Christ and how He's always here trying to gather His sheep. And we know He's trying to gather her in. Her smoking problem keeps her from coming to church because she feels she will be rejected. But, she said we were her angels and an answer to her prayers. She wants to get baptized. The only thing we need to work past is the smoking. And with the Lord, all things are possible. It was cool to see how perfectly our exchange fit with her. AWESOME!
Friday was pretty uneventful except for a lesson we had with a girl named Heather. She has been looking for a change and has come to church 3 times on her own. She's great and so prepared, but we both felt like we needed to extend the baptismal commitment. All these distractions came in and out of the room, and we didn't do it. After some good repentence on our part, we still know that this is something that can bless her life and will some day. Where she's staying, she hasn't been doing very good things, so she's going back to Las Vegas. Maybe Sister Kendell and I weren't the missionaries for her, but she'll still be blessed if she accepts the gospel in her life.
Sister Kendell and I welcomed the new year in in our beds. Sleeping. Call us party poopers, but we were pooped out. We finished our weekly planning that night, as we had to be in by 6:30. But all is well and I made some new year's resolutions for myself. And I'm going to stick to them.
Saturday, Sister Kendell wasn't feeling very good. She's been getting over this nasty bug of some sort. We don't know what's going on, but we went with the Mitchells later that night to visit some people. It was so great and I'm so grateful I live with members as awesome as the Mitchells. I want to be like Sister Mitchell when I get older. She's so great and just full of life, energy, and the gospel.
Sunday was filled with meetings and church. Awesome testimony meetings and such. Couldn't really ask to be in a better position right now. The Terrace Heights ward is great and so is the Spanish Branch. I love serving in both and feel soo blessed to be here at this time. Sunday, we just visited some less actives and tried to figure out more about the work we have to do in the ward. We visited with some families to try and get more information about some potential investigators. It's always nice to build member trust as they see your purpose here as a missionary.
Monday was...insane! We had a specialized training with the Greers and the Assistants. It was all about the doctrine of Christ and I loved it so much! I now more fully understand my purpose here as a missionary and I just love that the Lord has entrusted this to us. He blesses us so much and as we know who we are and our purpose, we can only make the lives of other better. After the training and lunch, we went and visited some people. We came back for dinner and ate a little. After, we decided to follow our plans and go out to contact these people. We knocked on the door and some guy [a roommate] answered. He had his big ugly wrinkled dog on the other side of the door. He picked him up and told us to come in, saying something about the dog being grumpy. Sister Kendell went over to pet him...you know. Make nice with the dog, and then he bit her. She didn't really say anything. We contacted the lady and walked out the door and Sister Kendell started to cry. She just kept telling me her hand hurt really bad. We got back in the car, turned on the light, and her hand was covered in blood. Well, the glove was. But, I took her back to the Mitchells and which Sister and Brother Mitchell were taking care of her, I called Sister Greer. Brother Mitchell gave her a blessing, but then we went to the hospital. The dog really got her and since she's really allergic...yeah. We went and spent our night in the ER. She's fine, but is out of a right hand for some time. So, I'm just helping my companion along and we're a good team. But, we had to cancel all of our appointments for that night. But, we're glad it wasn't worse. I'm not really letting her do anything because I don't want her to hurt herself. It's a fun game. =)
Sounds like your trip out west was awesome! I'm excited to see pictures from the wedding! I want to really bad! And pictures of Brody. I was going to ask about him this week, but you had already written me about it. I'm sure Nichola was a beautiful bride and I'm sad I couldn't be there, but I'm stoked to be there in the summer for the reception! =)
My new years resolutions have been blessing my life. They aren't anything like get married or go on 100 dates or anything like that. It's about me being a more obedient and better missionary. And I know as I do that, not only will I be blessed, but those around me. I've already seen it as I've tried to be more exactly obedient.
I love you and I'm thankful that you're my family and I have you in my life! I'm glad you're all well and safe and I just...I know the gospel is true. I know that we have the pure doctrine of Christ here on this earth and with that, we can know who we are and what we're doing here. We have purpose as we come to know that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father. I miss you all and I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary!