We've been meeting with the H. family quite a bit and we totally had a yoga party before our lesson. Yes, we're doing yoga with one of my favorite families. Sister H. let me try on a pair of her heels and I think I've found my favorite shoes ever. No joke. Two words: blue and sparkly! Yes! She's just awesome :) We've been with them a couple times this entire week. Another day we went over and had Thai food for dinner, which was DELICIOUS! And, we totally had a nerf gun war. Yes, haha, that's what we do :) Brother and Sister H. told me that their home is always available and that they'd love to have me live with them after my mission. As long as I coach their kids! There is no losing here! Except for my kids back home. I think I'd miss them too much, so I'd only be able to live with them for maybe a month or two... but I'm seriously considering it :) I love them!
On Wednesday we got to go to the Temple for ourselves! The D.C. Temple is absolutely beautiful! I have pictures :) It's just amazing. The stain glass makes it so colorful! I'm so blessed to have that temple as my mission temple. I've definitely already received that extra strength that can only come from the temple. It truly is Heaven on Earth.
So, a couple miracles this week: While shopping we ran into 2 of the F's kids (the F's are a former investigator family that couldn't continue the lessons because of the father) and they ran over and gave us hugs. It was great to get to see them again and it was such a surprise! We also ran into another teen girl in our area that we've been meeting infrequently and she totally just loved seeing us. SO that was cool :)
And I got to hold some more stray kittens! I'll attach a picture :)
While shopping the other day, I totally found a GYMNASTICS notebook! It has gymnasts all over it! Yes, I bought that. I have no idea what I'll do with it yet, but I have it and I'm in love with it. Haha, you can take the gymnast out of gymnastics, but you can never take the gymnastics out of the gymnast. And I was able to coach some of the girls in this ward and teach them handstands and cartwheels during sports night. I totally bribed these girls. I told them that if they came to Sports Night, I would show them a standing tuck, so they all came... and I showed them a back tuck. I miss those :)
*We made 36 people smile in just one day!*
So, Utah needs to have a Sheets gas station. They have the best food. Three words: Made to Order. SERIOUSLY! Delicious. And we ate at California Tortilla, which was delicious, and we helped an RM in our ward talk to 5 of his coworkers about MISSIONARIES! Just because we walked into the store. That's what the Tag does. It's Jesus Christ's church and people notice that.
We were even able to get 22 street contacts in Shepherds town! We were only there for 2-3 hours, too! Super cool. There was this one lady who was asking all these questions and she's a Jehovah's Witness, I think. She seemed very appreciative of all the answers we were able to give her. Hopefully she goes to Mormon.org and finds more answers to those questions.
So, next Sunday I encourage you all to bear your testimony in Sacrament meeting. Especially my kids. In Harpers Ferry, there were more children giving their testimonies than there were adults! I was so impressed! Love those kids!
So, cool story. I'm now in a TRIO companionship! We just got a new mini-missionary. Sister Gonzales. She's 17 and she literally came about an hour ago. She's super cute and we're going to have such a fun time :) She's staying for 5 days, so I'll let you know about how all that is going.
Well, I think that's all for this week. I want you all to read 3 Nephi 17:17-22. It talks about how Jesus Christ came to the people and prayed for them. Jesus Christ prayed for those people just as He prays for US. He prays for you and for me. What a great blessing? No matter where we are in life, we can know that our Brother prays for us. That's how much He loves us.
I'll leave you with a couple great quotes that I've been collecting thanks to my Little Sister for her wonderful work and gift.
"As we give, we find that sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven and in the end, we learn it was no sacrifice at all." - Spencer W. Kimball
"Sometimes a single phrase of testimony can set events into motion that affect someone's life for eternity." -Dieter F. Utchdorf
"Don't give up when the pressure mounts. Face your doubts and master your fears."
S/O to Aunt Pam for having a birthday yesterday!
S/O To Big Bro Cameron for having a birthday on the 6th!
S/O To Abby Donahoe for the amazing package full of quotes!
S/O To Sister Van Vliet and Sister Christiansen for having a Birthday July 31st
S/O to The Schenk family for the package full of goodies! YUM!