Guys... it's my last transfer. It's actually here. And I'm staying in Chesapeake for another transfer. I'll be in Baltimore for 6 months! AND my next companion, Sister Hale, is super awesome.
This will be the best transfer of my mission.
AAAAHHHH!! I just want to scream!
I don't want to make this email too long, but we had so many miracles this week! The biggest being LATEAR GOT BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS!! She's officially clean and she can officially access the Atonement :) #BDE. It was a beautiful baptism and she invited so many family members! Many of them came and multiple family members came up to us after the baptism and asked us what they needed to do to be baptized! We're hoping to start teaching them soon! And Tykira and Antonio, her two kids, bore their testimony before Latear at her baptism and they were just crying! It was so cute! Antonio told us that he couldn't wait until they could all be a "baptized family" and Tykira, through her tears, said she couldn't wait to "follow the example of [her mom]" and that she was proud of her mom! It was the cutest thing ever. Not gonna lie, a few tears of my own were shed. It was so great :)
We also had the great privilege of finding 3 new investigators this week! First we met Christie. She was a referral from the Elders. She works on Sunday, but is doing everything she can to get off of work so she can come to church! She has such a desire to learn and build a relationship with Christ. Her life is crazy, but it's been so good to get to know her! SO MUCH POTENTIAL! God just leads us right to the prepared people :) Next we found Angie. Now, that's a funny story. Angie was a referral from other elders and we were driving to contact a HQ referral, Kathy, but I accidentally put Angie's address in my GPS.... so we go up to her on her porch and ask for Kathy and she says she's Angie and we have been trying to get a hold of Angie forever now... so we put the two and two together and figured it out! ha-ha... so, basically the Spirit led us to Angie and we taught her about the Book of Mormon and set up a return appointment, then booked it over to Kathy, our 3rd new investigator, for our actual return appointment! Kathy is this sweet 55 year old who's going through a really hard time. She was describing a church to us that she wanted to find (she's been going to Baptist and catholic churches, but doesn't really like them.) and she literally just described our church ha-ha. So we told her she'd love it, got a return appointment, and gave her a Book of Mormon :) YES!
Aside from that great miracle and our 3 new investigators, here are a few bullet points from my week:
-Sis. Hokafonu got her going home outfit.
- Our District Leader bought us pizza for dinner because we hadn't gotten fed all week.
- I had a little trip to the doctors and Sis. Hokafonu took ridiculous pictures (no worries, I'm fine).
- We saw Tykira all dressed up for homecoming- pictures will be attached.
- A man rolled down his window and started calling me "bae" while we were at a stop light; he asked for my name and I just said, "I'm a SISTER!" and drove away laughing. Super funny.
- We went to B-dubbs (Buffalo Wild Wings) for their 60 cent wings during weekly planning. Why not have fun doing the routine stuff?
- We made the Elders come over to our apartment door and kill a spider that was waiting to kill us...
-A Tongan family in the neighboring ward took us out to Olive Garden because my companion's Tongan... so funny.
- We had a little "farewell" party for Sis. Hokafonu with cake and everything :)
And that was my amazing week. I seriously can't wait for all that this next transfer holds in store for us. So many miracles have already come and I know there are more just around the corner!
I hope you continue to see those miracles and keep the faith! I love you all!
Scripture of the Week: Alma 26:12
Quote of the Week: "My dear brothers and sisters, there will be days and nights when you feel overwhelmed, when your hearts are heavy and your heads hang down. Then, please remember, Jesus Christ, The Redeemer, is the head of this church. It is His gospel. He wants you to succeed. He gave His life for just this purpose." -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf