Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Sunday to Celebrate

I hope you all had a great mothers day and celebrated how awesome your mom is!

Clearly the best part of my week was skyping my family. But in other mother's day news, our ward had a mother's day party and of course it started at least an hour late and 5 minutes before it starts the second counselor in the bishopric tells us missionaries that we need to plan something for the show their doing and that we're not allowed to sing a hymn because that's what the missionaries always do and that's boring. Since we were low on time and resources, we ended up spelling the word 'madre' (mom in spanish) with our bodies and shouting out words that start with those letters to describe mom. We pretty much thought everyone was going to think it was lame but we didn't have any better plans. Sister Brog and I got stuck doing the letter R which was extremely difficult so I ended up laughing the whole time. But apparently the ward thought it was really cool because they made us stand there for an extra 5 minutes while everyone took pictures of us. I've included a picture so that you can all see how awesome and ridiculous we looked.

We also got to go to Connecticut for a dinner appointment this week. That was fun! I mean it didn't really look any different or anything but now I can say that I've been to CT so that makes it cool in my book. We were in Greenwich, which is right above our ward boundaries but it was a Portuguese family and the boundaries for the Portuguese members is a lot bigger since there aren't very many Portuguese wards.

Sunday was probably the best day ever. After talking to my awesome family, we went to church and confirmed that our investigator Maribel would be coming to church so we were grateful for that. Then we get a phone call from a less active named Leidi (pronounces Lady) that we've been working with for about 3 weeks. We had a really awesome lesson with her on Friday and talked about how she can feel more peace in her life when she comes to church and takes the sacrament. She told us that she wanted to come to church but that she wasn't sure if she would be able to make it. So when she called us, she was calling to tell us that she was on her way but that she was lost. It was basically the best phone call ever. We were so excited to have her there. Then later on as we're sitting in Gospel Principles, one of the members comes in and pulls us out of the class and standing by the doors are Fernando and Fernando Jr. They've been to church before but not since we started teaching them so we were super excited to see them. Fernando told us that they had made a promise that they would come to church and so here they were. But that they couldn't stay because Fernando Jr.  had to go to the hospital. He had a bad allergic reaction and his eyes were all swollen up. It was so cool that even though they couldn't stay for church that they recognized the importance of being there and so they came just to tell us why they weren't coming. It was a really special Sunday and we are so grateful for God's help in prompting all these people to come to church to partake of the sacrament and learn more about the gospel.

Also we visiting with Leidi yesterday and she told us that she felt really good at church and that she is going to start coming every week and that she wants to start working towards going to the temple and that she would like a calling in the ward. We're so excited to keep helping her progress to full activation in the ward. She's going to be a great member of the ward!

You're all awesome! Thanks for everything that you do for all the missionaries.

Hermana Parkin

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