I have two really big pieces of news for all of you.
1. This week, we broke the 90 degree mark. It was an incredible 86 degrees with wind and it felt AMAZING.
2. Due to my own fault, I left my CDs in West Palm when I transferred which means that I have been listening to the Men Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD every day for 90 days. 90 DAYS! 90 days of the same 15 songs. But! The good news of this is that after I mentioned to the STLs that I could really use my CDs from West Palm, Sis. McGrath told me that since they have a flash drive port in their car she doesn't need her CDs. SO WE HAVE MORE MO-TAB TO LISTEN TO! I think God just really wanted me to appreciate that at least I have some variety in my music. haha.
Okay. Moving on to more important events, last week on P-day I learned that I still have not overcome some of my weaknesses. We went to Aventura Beach and there is a souvenir store there...guys, it's a whole store of hoodies. Like a WHOLE store. I was very, very excited. I also spent more money than I care to admit. But this week as I've curled up in my new hoodie every night I have not had an ounce of regret. Also, while we were in Aventura we went to the mall...which is one of the most expensive malls in the nation. Every store is brand-name. Which was hilarious because we were standing across from a Coach store and my bag broke. Sis. Clement hanged me a bunch of safety pins and I rigged it. There was soooo much judgement from the people around us, but whatever. Missionary life is it's whole own world.
Also, I've hit a really weird mark in my mission. I have always lived with missionaries that were "dying", or going home at the end of the transfer, so I've always felt super young...now I am the missionary with the most time in the mission in my house. So that's super weird.
Another change that came with transfers is a new District Leader....it's Elder Adams, that I graduated high school with! haha, small world.
This week, Sis. Soza and I spent a lot of time knocking doors. It is always interesting to recognize the person behind the door. Like "Oh hey! I met you a couple months ago, how are you doing? Did you check out that website? What did you like about it?" haha. The entertaining part about serving a mission in Miami is you just never know what you are going to get...English, Spanish, Creole, stranger, someone you met at the store that one time. Adventures every day.
I have thought a lot this week about the circles of influence and the different role models I have and the different ways I have watched people lead. We got a commitment this week to read about Christ and think about something he does that we can apply in our work. It has struck me over and over again throughout my mission how individual Christ was. He focused on each person and their specific needs. I think that is why so many people either loved him or hated him. He knew exactly where their heart was and also knew who He Himself was and was never ashamed about it.
I love you guys tons! Miss you!
-Sister Bren Scadden