Monday, December 9, 2013

Lots of Ice

Hey family!!!!

This week has been super busy. We've had lots of appointments and unfortunately a lot of them fell through, so we ended up doing a lot of contacting. We still had a great week though and were able to teach a lot of people. The Wabash Elders (they're in the other ward) had been teaching a woman named K, but she was actually in our area. They handed her off to us and while we were teaching her, she told us the most amazing stories about revelation she's been able to receive from God about her life, her sons and about the Book of Mormon. While we were there she was just hugging and kissing the book like it was her child. The Spirit was incredibly strong with her! She's pretty much all set for baptism (cross your paws!). We just need to finish a few lessons and set a date officially. She's supposed to be coming to Church next Sunday with her husband. Pray she actually does!

We've been covered in ice in the Haute (PS we are known as the Terre Haute Pterodactyls, pretty cool, eh?). Thank goodness today is in the 30s. It's been in the 20s the last few days, so it's been a pain getting around but we're safe and warm! My boots have definitely been broken in.

Last night we had dinner at a members house and they had their neighbor come over. She's the sweetest, smartest little old thing you've ever met and she has an incredibly strong testimony about Jesus and agency. The elders in our district- Hill and Wallace, taught her the Restoration and I've never felt the Spirit so strong in my life! Since I've been out here, my respect for Elders and everything they do has grown so much! Sisters could never succeed without Elders, honestly.
We had a baptism on Saturday afternoon. This girl is 11 and was being taught by the previous sisters. She is adorable and incredibly smart. Everything went well and she only had to be dunked once. We've got another baptism in 2 weeks for our bishops mother, and we're planning on at least one more next month. The boy we're baptizing next month is 10 and in a tough situation with his family, but when we were talking to him he remembered just about everything he'd been taught before we got here. He told us all about the Stripling Warriors and Abinidi. Mostly we're just reviewing all of the lessons with him since he pretty much knows it all.
Hopefully we'll be able to have K baptized around the same time as this kiddo.
The members here have been so supportive and have missionary fever! We taught the boy at a member's home and their three sons were there to help as well. They're 13, 14 and 17, but they were all really into the gospel discussion and were so good at fellow shipping him and being really friendly. We constantly get referrals and names of less-actives we should go and see which has made finding people so much easier!
In about a week and a half we'll have a Christmas Conference for the ENTIRE MISSION! Did I tell you there's over 250 missionaries here? Doesn't seem like a whole lot, but when you get all of us together it definitely is. The conference is about an hour or so away from the Haute, so we'll be gone from 8:30am to 7pm by the time we get home. I'm super excited for it!
I hope you all got to watch the Christmas Devotional last night! I only got to see President Monson talk and then we needed to leave.
Lately me and my companion have been using Ether 12 a lot, as well as 2 Nephi 29. I'd encourage you all to study those chapters and see how you can increase your testimonies and look for missionary opportunities!
Love you all!

Sista Bible

Hannah sent me some pictures. Here are a few!
MTC-Hannah and her Companion Sister Sessions at "The Map"
MTC- The whole district and one of the teachers, Brother Barrett.
Left-right: Elders Earl, Marshall, Gurney, Twitchel, Bro. Barrett, Sisters Odermott, McMillan, Me, Sessions, Brooks, Oskins
 MTC- The Girls Dorm, all 6 of them were together
 Terre Haute- Tiny Apartment Kitchen
 Terre Haute- Giant map to help them navigate without the Grid System
Square donuts. Hannah says, "Everyone here thinks these are better than Krispy Kreme. Not sure about that, but they are dang good!"

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