Sunday, June 25, 2017

For The Beauty of the Earth

What an incredible week! We have seen miracles in Middleburg. This week we had several opportunities to bike. I LOVE BIKING. It is such a good feeling. A few times we got rained on but it was still so nice. I really feel like the more we bike here we will see wonderful opportunities open up to us!
We have been teaching an unbaptized youth named Jordan. He is really hyperactive. Sister Harris and I have gotten inventive with ways to keep his attention. Having technology available to use has been such a blessing. He is retaining much better than anticipated and we were able to set a baptismal date with him for July 29! His brother is 8 and getting baptized this week so he is the last of all his siblings to enter the waters of baptism. It is such a special thing to be a part of.
Wednesday was so great. We had the opportunity to have interviews. I love visiting with President Lee. Often, I wish I had longer. It honestly surprises me how often we get to see him. It is comforting knowing He and sister Lee are never far away. I love them with my whole heart and maybe even a bit more. This week I gave a training at district meeting and it went really well! There were some really powerful be still moments. Because of that I know that we were able to really invite the spirit and we all edified each other so much! there was also another really great experience that we had! We felt like we should go to a less active members house. We have tried a few times to get in but they are not very interested. THAT DAY WAS DIFFERENT THOUGH!!! She opened the door almost frantic and explained there was a spider in her house and that she had been praying for someone to come and help her kill it because she is so afraid of them. On top of that she has twins so her hands were incredibly full. I very courageously volunteered my very brave companion, Sister Harris to kill the spider for her! She was SO grateful. So was I because I am so scared of spiders too (and it was really big)! We were able to stay and do some service for her. It was such a blessing to be able to go about doing good. It was really a special thing because neither of us knew why we were going and we really didn't want to. I am grateful Sister Harris is so in tune with the spirit.
Thursday we saw another wonderful miracle!! We went back to try a part member family. It turns out that the husband, who is less active, is a perspective elder! We were able to discern that in the conversation and invited him to advance in the priesthood! We are excited to go back and start helping him work toward that goal!
Friday was our wards Founders Day event! We were able to use the family history booth. The booth is so incredible. Other missionaries from our district came to help as well. It was a really valuable learning experience and I am so excited to utilize it in the future.
Saturday marked 2 Years since my baptism!! Wow. That is really so surreal. Sister Harris had some Paper ribbon and she surprised me in the morning. it was so tender. I was grateful for the simple celebration. We were able to attend the stake conference. I really enjoyed it so much.  I really loved it. Sister Lee had us take a picture to celebrate; It is cute! I am so grateful to be here at this point in my life: Serving int he Florida Jacksonville Mission under President Brent I. Lee. I am so blessed. I feel as though I am so undeserving of the richness that I have in my life but I am also so very grateful. I am surrounded by such amazing new friends and family. Especially, my companion, my district and Y 'all. Thank you so much for helping me along the way. It really does mean so much to me. 
In closing, I have learned so much this transfer. Honestly, I cannot really believe that I am in my last week of training. Time is truly flying. I am grateful to feel like I am really becoming the Missionary and the Woman that my Heavenly Father is waiting for me to become. Again, Thank Y'all for being part of that!

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