It is a very sad day :( My time in Warsaw is up.) My very most favorite
area thus far has been swept out from underneath my feet. I must say
my goodbyes to all of those whom I love so dearly. It has been fun
Warsaw..... until we meet again.
Oh wow... cheese fest!! Anyways, I am super disappointed that I have
to leave. Sister Cutler gets to stay, so she will be the baptizing
queen and keep all of our investigators (we have 4 who have dates!!!)
on the straight and narrow path. I am pretty sure that saying goodbye
to her will be one of the hardest things that I have yet to do on my
mission. I loved Sister Cutler for a lot of reasons, but I think that
one of the biggest ones is how we were able to grow together in the
gospel. We were able to find, teach, and baptize together--the whole
purpose of missionary work. Not going to lie, it wasn't all peachy. We
had some hard days and shocker, we sometimes even disagreed. But, I
know that without a doubt I am a better person because of her. We were
able to grow in this gospel, become better teachers, more effective
missionaries, and more like Christ... together. At least I don't have
to say goodbye officially until Wednesday after transfers.
So I do not know yet where I am going, but I was called as a Sister
Trainer Leader. So let the new adventure begin!! Hello to lots of
exchanges and getting to know sooo many more sisters!!! I am really
excited (a little nervous. not gonna lie). I will let you know next
week where my new area is and what my address is as well :)
I have loved hearing from all of you that are going to do the 40 Days
challenge!! Sister Navarro is putting together a video explaining it
all.. which we got to be a big part of!! She has a facebook page for
it called "40 Days and 40 Nights" or something like that. She was able
to share it with "sugardoodle" on facebook (a big mormon blogger site
lady for those of you who don't know) and with in 24 hours the post
had over 100,000 hits!!! To think all of this came from a happy dance
gone wrong and a sprained ankle!! Sister Cutler and I have been
reading together. It is amazing-- the spirit that came as we sat on the
couch and just read. The change in the room was immediate. Then I
started to wonder why I hadn't been doing this with my companion for
my whole mission.... This experience also allowed me to reflect on the
times that we read scriptures together as a family. I know without a
doubt that this was key in my coming on a mission and my conversion to
the gospel. Though some nights I rolled my eyes and read my few verses
out loud like I was bored out of my mind, reading the scriptures
together made my home a Christ centered place and I developed a love
for them. Though this is far from my mind now, I can not wait to do
this with my future family. I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father
has revealed the gospel in this dispensation, that he has provided a
way for us to learn about our Savior. The spirit that comes when we
read the Book of Mormon is so strong because we are feeling our
Heavenly Father's love. It is pure and simple, it is our Savior.
Oh fun fact-- a tornado came through Warsaw yesterday. We spent a few
hours in the afternoon cooped up in our Ward Mission Leader's basement
(The Haas' are fantastic!!)
I also tried riding a bike in my boot and was very unsuccessful.
I can't wait to hear from all of you again!! (I sure hope you feel the
same about me ;)
All of my Love from Warsaw,
If you would still like to join Sarah's challenge you can find the details on Facebook
at The 40 days and 40 Nights Challenge. If you like the page you will get a reminder daily of the reading passages for the day.
Most of all if you join, drop Sarah a note and let her know what experiences you are having. I have been hearing some of them and the Lord is truly hastening his work.
I will have a new snail mail address for her Monday. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to send her a letter.