Lot's of crazy stuff happened this week. First of all, transfer calls came last night and... I'm staying! I will be senior companion to Sister Bohling (who I pick up tomorrow) and..... I'm also going to be Sister Training Leader! Ahh! It's kind of like a sister zone leader. A ton of responsibilities. I have to go on exchanges with the other sisters, train at meetings, go to leadership trainings, and I don't even know what else! Yikes. I don't think I can handle this! I mean, I know I will... but I don't want to. Okay. I want to. I don't know. I'm torn. It's going to be hard work- but I know it'll push me to be a better missionary. I'll have to be an example of exact obedience and how to teach, etc. I guess what I'm saying is pray for me please!
We saw Neil L. Andersen on Saturday and Elder Christianson of the 70. When they got there we took a group picture with them and sang "called to serve". (the picture will be on www.washingtonspokanemission.wordpress.com our mission blog that the mission presidents wife keeps up) So of course I cried while we were singing- the spirit was so strong! Then we each shook their hands and sat down to listen to them. They were both incredible. They were in town for something else and decided they'd take the time to talk to missionaries. Our whole mission got together- all 250 of us. And it was basically a big stake conference. They gave talks. Really good ones on sharing the gospel, and the atonement. I wish I had time to write to you about everything they shared.The spirit was way strong. We had to leave early for Steven's baptism though.
Steven's baptism was definitely the highlight of the week- probably above meeting an apostle of the Lord! Steven's mom walked in 10 minutes late- we were trying to stall to give her time and I'm glad we did. He was kind of bummed when he thought she wasn't going to be there. Seth Abrams baptized him and it was incredible! You could just tell that Seth knew how important the ordinance he was performing was- and he did a perfect job. I was crying. The spirit was so strong. While we waited for them to change Sister Dickerman and Sister Yu and I bore our testimonies. And afterwards the grandparents were just so proud and happy! They told us to keep working hard with Austin and MaKenna- who I don't think are too far from baptism either. And after the baptism we picked up Jacob as a new investigator. He is one of Steven's friends who he invited to his baptism. He's also the grandson of some member's in our ward. We are teaching so many teenagers! I love it :)
So I'm sure you are wondering who Sister Yu (pronounced yo) is. Well she is a missionary who usually serves at temple square. But since temple square missionaries never get to visit people in their homes or tract, they get to serve an "outbound" mission for 3 months. Sister Yu is from Taiwan and her Engrish (see what I did there? haha) is pretty good. We picked her up on Wednesday and she will be my companion until tomorrow. She is wonderful and so sweet! It was nice to have her with us during Sister Dickerman's last week. It forced us to work harder and stay focused. We dropped Sister Dickerman off on Sunday and she should be home in Indio by now! Weird.
Some other cool things that happened this week- a less active family we've been reactivating started talking to us about what they need to do to go to the temple and get sealed. I almost started crying! Chelsea the 16 yr old girl we are teaching is super excited about the church! She came on Sunday and went to a stake dance on Saturday with some friends We teach her this week and I am SO excited about her! Her dad has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we are teaching her the Plan of Salvation this week. I know this will help comfort her.
Well- that's all I could think of to update you on this week. I miss you guys. But I know that I am out here doing what I am supposed to be doing. I'm so glad I finally got up the courage to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost and come on a mission. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people like this!
I love you all!!!
p.s. I've been meaning to say for months that I made it on the "World Report" that they show in between conferences. They did a spot on the Hastening the Work of Salvation broadcast and have a short clip of the outside of the building before it starts and you can see Tela and me standing in the standby line! I'm in a black dress with my heels on... anyway. Just thought you all should know that I'm famous. It's at the 4 minute 50 second ish mark on http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/world-report
With the Brunette's
The Merrill's - another one of my favorite families in the ward
Sister Dickerman's "dying" picture
With Sister Yu
This is where I ate it HARD on the Smith's driveway
Nine Mile Falls on a very icy Charles Road
Nurf gun war last week - I have a hilarious video that is too big to send :(