So much happened this week that I don't even know where to begin.
I'll start with I'm really upset I have to wait another week to find out where Ashley will be serving....but it's cool, I'll get over it sometime in the next year and a half. haha. No, really Ash, congrats on wherever you are going! I'm excited to find out next week!
We had zone conference this week and JustServe was officially introduced to our mission per the first presidency. I am stoked about this because we are focusing on seeking out opportunities to serve the community and build relationships in ways other than knocking doors(We will still be knocking plenty of doors as well). I am excited to see the impact it makes on the mission!
We've been working with a family that was baptized 3 years ago and after about a year became inactive because the husband started working on Sundays. The wife called us out of the blue and said "Can you come over? We want to come back to church." Listening to their conversion story is amazing and I love being in their home because their family has so much unity and love.
This Sunday was interesting because I knew it would probably be my last one in this area and it was the Primary Program and everything was about Thanksgiving. In Relief Society I was impacted when the teacher asked us to think about where we were this time last year and think about whether or not we were a better person today than we were a year ago. I started thinking about it and was hit all over again with how grateful I am to be serving a mission.
Mission time is weird because I feel like it has been forever since I was home, but last thanksgiving also feels like yesterday. I am grateful for my family and the incredible examples they are to me, for my friends and their support and funny letters, for the changes I can see in myself and the different perspective I have gained from my time here. I am grateful for every single person I have met on my mission and all those people here in Florida that will never know my name but have changed my life by their words and actions. I cannot express how grateful I am to be here and how impressed I am by God's ability to shape each of us individually. He pushes us our breaking point, but never past it.
I have started reading Doctrine and Covenants chronologically in Spanish during my language study and I am loving it. The scriptures are much more to the point in Spanish and I have realized even more reading it alongside Jesus the Christ that Christ does not change in the way he speaks to us. He is very honest and frequently says "Yep, you messed up kid" but always follows it up with encouragement and promises that we can become who He needs us to be. Pretty cool. :)
Also, last night I found out officially that I am transferring! It is bittersweet to see my almost 5 months in Miami Lakes end because I am excited for a new adventure, but will miss the people here so much! I went to Rene's house for dinner and he made us this thing that tasted like a donut, but was actually yuca. I didn't even know it was possible to make Yuca taste sweet, but you learn something new every day.
I love all of you so much and miss you like crazy! Have a good week!
Apparently my years of teaching swim lessons to children didn’t teach me anything, because I plan to one day teach children to speak as a speech therapist. But we all know that my major will probably change at least three more times.
If I’m upset, I’m probably going to be at the pool. I guess it’s more socially acceptable to punch the water than to take it out on people.
I’m blonde, blue eyed, and on February 4th, 2015 I leave to spend a year and a half on the beaches of Florida hoping I don’t get beat up for my gringa Spanish speaking skills while serving an LDS mission.