My companion is counting down my days. My friends are counting down the days. Even other missionaries are counting down the days. How about no? This is my last full week as a full-time missionary. No, it doesn't feel real. But I'm grateful for all that we have in store for this week! It's going to be so busy! Which just means the time flies faster, but it's so good. I love this work so much ;)
Let me tell you about my week last week:
We got to see Sandra again this week. She's a rock star. She's currently preparing to go to the temple soon!
We also had exchanges with the Jones Falls Sisters! Sister Clawson came here for my last exchange (and I was her first exchange! How poetic.). She's a rock-star :) We got to teach Lacresha who is progressing really well! As soon as she gets off of work on Sundays she can come to church! She mentioned how much she wanted to come and get baptized, like, 50 times! We also taught Kimberly, one of our other new investigators from last week. She let us inside and we had a great conversation about the Plan of Salvation! Now she wants us teaching her whole family! I also got the cutest package from my family this week. Thanks Fam. You da best. Oh, and everyone keeps talking about the elections and the protests going on in Baltimore. It's a crazy world out there, friends. Be safe.
We also briefly saw Latear and showed her the steps she can take to prepare for the temple. She's so solid :) I love her. We then had some crazy lesson with Christie, another investigator. She wanted to have "bible study" so bad, but she had to pay this bill and her friend was going to give her a ride. This friend had parked his car in front of her house and when we went up to knock on her door, he had this Halloween mask on and it was terrifying. So, Christie asked us if we wouldn't mind jumping into the back of the van of this friend of hers and going with her to pay the bill. She wanted to read the Book of Mormon with us on the ride and in the store. So Sister Hale and I looked at each other and said, "Why not?" and we got in. Lol. Do it for the Saints. It was a good lesson, though. Christie has so much desire and she told us her boss is letting her take every other Sunday off of work now! YAY! Miracles exist! Christie is the sweetest. I was the first Sister Missionary to meet her and when she found out I was going home soon she latched on to me like a leach and didn't want me to leave :) I love these people of Baltimore so much!
We also got to meet with Dartisha this week and she's still progressing! We gave her kids a children's Book of Mormon and they LOVED it! YAY! So Dartisha said she can read it to her 6 year old daughter every day for part of her homework! Yes!
We really had an amazing week full of miracles. This is still the best work ever. I've truly come to realize as I've been talking to myself about getting over the fact that I'm going home, that my purpose doesn't actually change. My purpose as a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ, and that's exactly what I'll be doing when I'm home. I will love and cherish this time in my life forever, but it doesn't truly end. And I'm so grateful that there never really is an end to God's work. No matter who you are, He's got a place for you in His marvelous plan. I read this quote this week by Megan Matt, "Enjoy every single moment. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the inspiring, the not-so-glamorous moments and thank God through it all." Amen.
I love you all and I'll be seeing you soon.
Quote of the Week: "Today's trial is tomorrow's testimony"
Scripture of the Week: Acts 5:41
SERIOUSLY LOOK THIS UP AND JUST READ ALL OF ACTS 5
Shout out to Karli for having her 24th Birthday last Monday and to Alexis for turning 19 this Saturday! Snap. My sisters are growing up!!!