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Monday, June 22, 2015
My Week in Pictures
We had a WONDERFUL week! Did you? I sure hope so.
Yesterday was the first day of summer, and boy oh boy, we felt the heat. Gotta love sweating through teaching appointments! I think I will talk about my week through PICTURES. I have a bunch on my iPad that I may as well share with you.
#1. We spent most of Tuesday traveling to, in, and from Manhattan for Sister Hardman's doctors appointment so it was a wee bit boring and a tad bit long. But we made it through just fine! And oh my goodness when we left the doctors appointment it started POURING. well, I was not prepared because I had forgotten that sometimes in the city it can be nice and sunny and the start raining cats and dogs. So I ran through the city to the subway and got drenched! Good times. The only photo we took that day was of me and Elder Goff! His companion was seeing the doctor as well, so we talked in the waiting room for a bit. He's from bountiful so we have lots of mutual friends!
#2. ZTM (zone training meeting) WAS WONDERFUL. we have a good zone. We played jeopardy for online prosecuting rules and listened to inspiring workshops. One of my favorite feelings as a missionary is the feeling of unity you get as you sit with a group of consecrated missionaries and counsel together! For a break the zone leaders and STLs bought cereal and milk for everyone, so that's why we're gathered around the table in the picture.
#3. An inactive member, J and her son had us over for dinner! She prepared a FEAST, I tell you. A feast. I hadn't eaten so fancy since..... Idk when. She doesn't remember anything about the church, really, so we had a nice conversation about the restoration as we ate. We think/hope her son will meet with the elders! And thennnn as we were about to leave she says "oh, I picked up some groceries for you all. My mom reminded me you only get $30 dollars a month for food..." She didn't just pick up some groceries for us, she picked up enough groceries to last my last 4.5 months as a missionary!!!! I was shocked! The elders were pretty happy about it. We shared with them. (By the way we get more than $30 a month for food. Her mom was mistaken)
#4. This is T and 4 of her 5 little girls. They are adorable but such a handful. When we pray with them at the beginning and end of lessons it gets a little crazy, everyone is climbing on top of each other and touching each other ha! We always teach them outside and they are always in their swimsuits hahahah. We acted out the tree of life with them this week.. It was fun!! They neeeeed prayers! Pray for them :) OH, when we went to T's on Thursday, a young man named T was there! When he saw me he said "Hey, I know you!" I didn't remember him, but he went on to tell me that one time during a blizzard I walked up to him at a bus stop and said "it's cold!" and then started talking to him about his family and all sorts of random things and gave him a little card inviting him to church. After he told me that I remembered the one day in February when I randomly said to Sister Ewell "Let's go walk to that bus stop by our house and see if anyone is there to fearless!" So we did. And we met T. I just find it so interesting that the one time I decide to go fearlessing on Long Island I run into the person again! Coincidence? I think not. He gave us his phone numbers so the elders can go teach him :))) yay for T!
#5. This is my companion Sister Amanda Mae Hardman. I love her dearly!! It's been a BLAST training her. We have lots of fun together :)))) Last week was very hard and emotionally exhausting for Sister Hardman :( we have more doctors appointments in the city for her this week, so please keep her in your prayers!!! I don't want her to go homeeee. This picture is when we got pizza with the elders after doing service for a man that runs the West Islip Beautification society. We weeded a beautiful flower garden. I love doing service!!! Oh, and then the old man kissed me (on the cheek) as we were leaving. The elders thought it was hilarious.
#6. This is S (in the middle), her cousin, and N! S is getting baptized
soon- onJuly 12th, so keep her in your prayers.
She's the smartest 12 year old I've ever met. She understands everything we give her to read and completely absorbs the truth. She's going to girls camp with the young women before she gets baptized hahah. She actually will get baptized the day after she gets back! I'm excited, I think it will be SO good for her! Tonight we are doing FHE with her fam :)
#7. Hermana Zambito and I! Her and Hermana Eberhard still come write in their journals with us every night after planning. I LOVE them! My favorite Hermanas ever!!!
Okkk that's all! Love you all bunches. This work is the greatest joy. God is a God of miracles, I know that for sure. Idk what to say, I'm just really grateful to be here! Have a wonderful week and don't forget to PRAY!