Monday, June 3, 2013

Let us all press on


I feel like everything is kind of same ol' same ol'. So sorry if everything seems kind of boring out here..... it doesn't feel like too much is going on to be honest.

We didn't teach anyone in the Ventana ward this last week. Really the last 2 weeks.

In Volcano we taught Kelly S. Because of everything that happened with his wife's daughter, Tara, we were nervous to go over again. But we had dinner with them on Tuesday night and shared a little message, and everything went alright! I was pleasantly surprised! I'll make sure not to invite her to baptism again anytime soon (i told y'all that story right?)... but I’m glad that it at least didn't ruin a friendship.

We also talked with Christi Tuesday night! She said that her mom had a lot of questions from coming to church, but that she wants to meet with us! Mason is home now, so we're hopefully going to be meeting with them tomorrow. We also are allowed to meet in Christi's home, which is a HUGE step. So basically.... I know that I sound like a broken record. But she's on date for baptism this weekend, the 8th. If we can meet with her mom and get permission, then we will speed plan and get that done! She basically told Mason, that even if he was out of town, she's sorry but she would still get baptized without him. She's that ready to make this wonderful covenant. (Also, transfers are next week, and we're pretty sure that either Sister Morris or I are leaving. So if Christi doesn't get baptized this week.... there's a good chance I’ll miss it. Which is super depressing). But Christi didn't receive her letter yet... her mom is kind of holding out on us I think. So again, hopefully soon.

Oh we taught Bobbie N. this week too! She is still SO solid. Everything we teach her, she automatically knows it's true. She believes every word we say, and already has a testimony of the BOM, restoration, etc. We're slowly teaching her the Plan of Salvation, and she loves it. She told us about her 'hunger' or 'thirst' to learn more. It's neat to see how in tune her spirit is, and how prepared she is. Her convert daughter just bought her a quad with her name inscribed, and Bobbie was pretty excited about that. The only thing is her husband won't sit in on lessons with us, and she doesn't want to make that step without her husband. So, we're still teaching her, and praying that we will be able to see that change with him soon too.

The rest of the week wasn't too much. We did a couple of service activities, (cleaning, yard work, a garage sale). So that was fun! I'm working on drinking a whole bunch of water, because I had a headache for like, 4 days. It was the worst, and we think it's probably dehydration. (It’s a lot of dry and hot out here. I seriously live in the desert.) So now I have to pee a lot (which is a pain as a missionary because I’m always out and about), but I’m feeling better. (Sorry if that was TMI haha).

Oh but we had stake conference yesterday! The whole meeting (all of them), was focused on missionary and temple work! It was seriously the best, and I really hope that the stake will kind of understand how important they are as members to the work. We can knock on doors for weeks... but it really doesn't do us a whole lot of good. We need to be teaching about 20 lessons a week (right now we average 10), and we need the ward to really instigate that. WE also just got a new WML in both wards, and after a quick training, they are both all excited with a lot of good ideas to implement. I can't wait to work with them and see the work progress! I think with the amount of missionaries coming in the next two transfers, if we can get our numbers up, they will split the wards!

Word is, in the next several months, every other unit in the mission is supposed to have 2 sets of missionaries!! How cool is that?!!

Well, transfers are next week. SO, probably start sending things to the mission home if you're going to send me anything. Just until I figure out where/if I’m going. There's also a good chance I could be training, and I’ll find that out this week. That kind of terrifies me..... but I’m way excited too :) this transfer, on the 11th, we're getting 19 sisters, and around 8 elders. It's basically the best thing ever.

Guess I found things to talk about after all..... Not as boring as I had thought!

Well, I hope that y'all are well. I pray for you a lot. And I am SO grateful for the prayers y'all have sent my way :)
Thanks for everything and keep up the hard work!! Love you SOOOO much!!! :D

Sister Brown

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