Tuesday, May 13, 2014
MAY 12, 2014 E-MAIL - VIDEO CHAT AND BAPTISM!!!!
We're all in the shot together.
Alex and Britt in the corner, Steve, Donna, Brad and Chandler and Lauren all talking! The screen would change depending on who was talking ... wow... technology!
It was so good to see ya'lls faces yesterday!!! Everyone looks smashing as always! And yes it did work out good! Yesterday was an amazing day!! We had dinner at the Lavender's house (Senior Couple at the VC) with Sister Oa and Sister Lindsay (who serve in the Berkeley University Ward with us). It was so fun and we were dying of laughter (to give you an idea of how fun it was). I just love all of them. So I'll tell you about yesterday and past week real quick (since we didn't really talk about it yesterday!)
So yesterday was M****'s baptism and it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! M**** was sooo happy and her best friend came who we are starting to teach now also!!! Our ward is seriously the best - they are so welcoming and loving and funny!! The talks were amazing and everyone in that ward is just WONDERFUL. That's just all I can say. We had a couple mishaps haha, but it made the experience all the more fun. First we were rushing around because there was another baptism right before ours but they left the doors open to the font, so weren't able to go in to get her suit or else everyone in the congregation would be able to see us (if that makes sense; hard to explain). So we had to wait a little, but then we finally were able to go in to get her suit (and we were serving at the VC right before this so that's why we didn't go in earlier). Then, when we did go in to get her suit, we had a hard time trying to find one for her that was her size! We eventually did find one but it was a really old weird-looking one with a collar and a belt, but she tried it on anyway and ended up liking it and wanted to wear it! Haha, which was good, because right before the baptism started Sister Henderson found where all the extra women's suits were. Haha it was great. We also forgot to tell M**** to bring a towel haha. When she got out of the font Sister Henderson was like "You brought a towel right?" So she dried off with some extra baptismal suits hahaha.
It was just such a spiritual, happy experience. Everyone that was involved has been such a blessing and a miracle to us these past months with M****! I just wish you all could know the amazingness of the people in the Berkeley University Ward. I'm just so grateful to everyone. And I will have to send you all a copy of her baptismal program that we made. :) Oh and Sister Henderson and I sang! We sang "I Stand All Amazed" (P.S. Sister Henderson has a amazing voice (she sings like Snow White) :)) It made M**** cry! Mission accomplished. :-) We were going to get someone from the ward to do a musical number, but no one got back to us in time, but we were glad to sing because M**** loves it when we sing haha. She always asks us to sing for her! She's so funny. It was just so great, and Sister Kim and Sister Cooper were there and helped out a lot too!
Last week we met with M*****'s best friend (who came to the baptism) who is as awesome as M****! We are 99.9% sure she'll be getting baptized soon as well, but unfortunately she's moving back home for the summer so we won't get to finish teaching her (we will get in contact with missionaries over where she lives). We are going to meet with her again this week though and teach her more! Oh and also, last week I forgot to tell you in my email last week about an awesome family we met who lives on our street! It is a grandmother, mom and her daughter (who is 24). Actually I think I did tell you about them. Anyways, on Wednesday we went and helped them move stuff out of one of the rooms in their house because the daughter is going to move into that room. It is a really old house (like 115 years old or something). They are the sweetest people and it was so much fun helping them! The mom actually reminds me of you mom (hehe) she has a little bit of a Southern accent and is bubbly and talkative and animated like you. And has that good ol' Southern hospitality (she's actually never lived in the South though haha). The grandma lives in the house right behind theirs, and her house is FULL OF PIGS!!! She collects pigs. Everything is pigs. Everything. Pigs. Everywhere I look. I told her I used to collect piggy banks and that pigs were mine and my best friend's favorite animal growing up (Lauren H. :)) so she gave me one of her piggy banks! AND her last name is Hamm! Haha. So funny. They are Catholic and say they aren't going to convert (we'll see about that ;-)) but love missionaries. We are going back over there this week to help more and they are going to feed us dinner! Yay! Haha. They are awesome.
Oh yeah! We went to the Temple last week. It was just great. I just really really love the Temple. Like really.
Anywho, those are some of the highlights of last week. We are continuing to be so blessed here. This past week Sister Henderson and I kept saying to each other, "Is M**** really getting baptized? Is this really happening?" And it did! The funny and crazy thing is, we feel like we haven't even done anything. M**** is just amazing and Heavenly Father has been preparing her for this time in her life. What I've realized even more lately is that this is this is truly Heavenly Father's work. I am literally just a tool that he uses. I am a hammer and he is the one hammering and using me to create miracles and masterpieces. I just have the privilege of being a part of it somehow. Which is amazing. I see miracles here every day! Prayer works. Having faith works. Heavenly Father is so aware of us! It's amazing. It's all true!! And It is crazy that this week is that last week of this transfer. It has been an amazing transfer and the joy that I get from being a missionary grows everyday. We meet so many amazing people each day. I just love meeting people and learning about their lives and backgrounds. That's basically what my job is - to get to know people, love them, teach them the Gospel, be their cheerleader and support, pray for them, have faith and then see how amazing Heavenly Father is at making miracles happen. And being a representative of Jesus Christ. No big deal. (Just kidding, huge deal and huge blessing.) Being a missionary is just honestly the coolest thing ever. Soo, yeah. :)
I love you all and thank you for all your love and everything!!!! Talk to you next week!