I planned on bringing my journal in with me to help me remember what to write...but I forgot it...so I will remember it next week and have more details.
First off, they changed how they do transfers in the mission this week! We no longer have a transfer meeting, so we find out where we are going and who are companion is on Monday night. It was beyond nerve racking all day on Monday, but it was pretty anti-climatic because I am staying in Port St. Lucie with Sister Morrow. I am SOOOO excited! It is seriously too good to be true. Since we lost a lot of missionaries to Orlando this week, it didn't make a lot of sense logistically to keep us here...so there is a real reason that we have stayed and I'm excited for it!
Also, I have to brag about my mission daughter. Sister Soza is staying in Miami Lakes and finishing training. :) She's a boss. Also, Sister Anderson is staying in Miami, but in the YSA branch as an STL.
The highlight of this week was Josephine's baptism. It was an incredibly powerful experience. Several of the youth came from her old ward in Fort Pierce to support her, and there were 7 young men there that attend church faithfully every Sunday with no support from their family. They are a powerful group and the spirit was so strong. After a year of waiting, fasting, and praying, Josephine was baptized and Sister Morrow and I now get to work with her to prepare for the temple. :)
Jack Richards, a recent convert, had a heart attack this week and underwent a quadruple bypass. He is in a lot of pain, but it was cool to see him in the ICU with a smile still on his face and laughing and joking.
Sister Morrow and I had a lot of opportunities this week to see the stark contrast between good and bad and the longer I am out on a mission, the stronger I feel that we have to choose to follow God and then rely on His direction. It makes such a profound difference in our lives. I will never be able to pay back how grateful I am for my mission and the impact it has had on my life.
I love all of you so much and hope you have a great week!
-Sister Bren Scadden