Dear Family & Friends,
This week has been amazing! We have seen so many miracles, and have accomplished so much. This biggest miracle we saw this week was definitely in T. T has been an investigator of ours for a little while now-since before I’ve been here, and had a baptismal date at one point, but works every Sunday and couldn’t get it off, so she hasn’t really been able to progress. This week she called us Monday and started asking us all sorts of questions about Mosiah 4 (AKA my favorite chapter in the whole Book of Mormon). Apparently she had just opened her book to a random page and started reading, and it just so happened to be my favorite chapter of all time, and the source of my mission scripture! It was such a miracle! We set up an appointment to see her on Wednesday, which I will talk about more later.
Monday night we had a great lesson with F (my Turkish lady). She is so cool, and is learning so much! Her understanding is so impressive, but the testimony is taking more time, which makes sense. She not only has to come to know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, she has to come to know that Jesus Christ is her Savior! We thoroughly explained the Restoration though, and she promised us that she would keep reading, and if and when she knows it’s true she will be baptized!
Tuesday we had district meeting. Our district is us, the elders, and a senior couple serving in our Ward, The B’s (aka my missionary grandparents). After district meeting we went on exchanges with the Arlington sisters, and I went to Arlington with Sister T, who’s STL I have been her whole mission! (three transfers haha) We started the exchange out by walking up highway 64, a very busy highway, while the heat index was 104 degrees, which is the point at which I generally start hating my life haha. But it worked out, because a member of the Bartlett 1st Ward, sister M, who is an ASL interpreter (important later), saw us walking, picked us up and drove us to an appointment and bought us Gatorades! It was beautiful. So we went to visit this less active, and while we were there, his friend came in and we were able to teach him and set a return appointment! Sister T is pretty new, and she is fairly shy, so having to take the lead in these situations kind of stressed her out, but she did a great job! After that we walked to this potential’s house named S, and when we got there we discovered she has a 27-year-old daughter who lives with her and is deaf!! I was so excited!!! I talked to the daughter, Sister T. Talked with S, and both are excited to start learning and coming to church there in Arlington!! AND, just earlier that day Sister T had met Sister M, who can come interpret for the daughter!!! Miracles!!
After that we had dinner with the T family in the Arlington Ward and Brother T’s mom was there, who lives in the Lakeland Ward!!! It was so fun to reconnect and talk about the Ward with her. Wednesday morning, we helped a member weed, thus the picture of us in pants! Wednesday afternoon we switched back, and Sister S & I headed to a lesson with T. We decided to invite the B’s (the senior couple, my mission grandparents, etc.). When we got there T hit us with a bombshell…she had prayed and decided to quit her job so that she could be baptized!!! It was amazing, the spirit was so strong, and she is getting baptized on the 23rd. She’s not sure exactly when or where she is going to get another job, but she is acting on faith! We also were able to set a date with her 13 yr old daughter, T as well!
After that we went to visit a less active named Sister T for the first time. She let us right in and told us how upset she was with herself for falling away. She invited her 14 yr. old son down to read with us, and we invited both to come to Book of Mormon class that night, which brings me to another miracle! At Book of Mormon class Wednesday night, we had an investigator (C) and a less active (Sister T) and Sister T’s son went to Young Men’s! It was so cool!
Friday we had another lesson with T and we were teaching the Word of Wisdom, which we were super nervous about….so we decided to invite Sister D, who has been a member for a few years and had to quit smoking in order to be baptized. We went in and taught and T responded with “well I already don’t do any of that I just drink coke and water, so I’m good!” She is so prepared!!!! We left the lesson in tears because she is so ready for the gospel and it is such a privilege to be a part of this!!
She came to church on Sunday, along with Sister T and her son, and Brother G & his daughter (they are another less-active family we are working with) and they all had an amazing time! It was an extremely successful Sunday, and an extremely successful week. I am so lucky to be here, and I am so excited to keep working! I love y’all so much!
Thanks for everything!!