ok. so like i have so much to tell you i just have to start.
- Yes, sister messer and I painted in the waiting room of a dental office. The employees reminded me of the girls at Dunes Dental 4 Kids. (LOVE YALL.) They were so cute, they even got us plastic cups of water so we could clean our brushes. #donthate
- Elder Solis got transfer calls Monday night. He called his investigator who was fixing to be baptized soon and told her that he was leaving. She told him she wanted him to baptize her, but the only time he could would be before transfers.. aka 5 am. So even before the sun came up, Lety was baptized!!
- I met Elder Avila. He went to Joy School with me in Iowa City when we were toddlers. My mother informed me that he was here, but I had never met him. He is the first (and only) kid I have ever punched... I was like three. The good thing is that he forgave me.
- I was 100% positive that Sister Messer and I would stay together again, but of course, I am almost always wrong. She was transferred. I was heart broken. We had so many plans and things we wanted to do, but I guess the more important thing is to follow the plans and things that God wants us to do.
- The first night of the new transfer we were in an apartment looking for a less active family when we saw this man who looked very distraught. We asked if there was anything we could do to help him and he said, "If you can find a vacuum for me to borrow, that would really help." So we ran down the road a bit and borrowed a member's vacuum. Ten minutes later, we knocked on his door and let him use it. Then we talked about how he can not only clean his house, but clean his life by being baptized. #seehowwedidthat? #gotcha
- Sister Bushman and I played "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" on the piano and flute on Sunday for Memorial day. The cool thing is that I got to accompany her, so I got to make up my own accompaniment. I wish my email capacity was big enough to send it. #ITSSICK
SISTER BUSHMAN IS THE BEST THING EVER. We have decided that if anyone asks us if we are twins that we will say yes. She is the oldest of 6 kids from Flagstaff, Arizona. She came out two transfers after me and was trained by one of my favorite sisters here, Sister MacArthur. We are literally identical. It's funny, I have only been with her a week and I feel like we have been together forever. Fun fact: she is a world-touring flutist (is that how you spell that?) Her favorite movie is She's the Man. (which makes her 2093148 times even cooler.) We just laugh and disfrutar cada momento de la mision. Estar con ella es lo mejor de todo! Estoy suuuuper feliz. (whoa. didn't even realize I was writing in spanish.. woops. #sorryguys.)
So I wish that I could explain all that happened, but here is the basic things: Saturday morning we went to an apartment complex near ours to contact the one referral that we had. As we walked up the three flights of stairs, I saw a little woman walk down the stairs on the other side of the building. We went to the door and knocked. No one answered. A few moments later, the same woman came around the corner.
"I knew you would be knocking on my door." she said.
She introduced herself as Kanesha. She is the mother of two outrageously adorable children, Matthew and Jermaine. They are seriously the cutest things to ever live on the planet. We talked for a few minutes and found out that she was moving. We offered to help her pack, she declined, but after pushing a bit, she let us in.
We cleaned the kitchen up, meanwhile she told us her life story. My love for her was growing faster than a texas rainstorm (in a missionary way.. that sounded weird and awkward.) After cleaning up, we invited her to come to dinner with us at a member's home that night. She agreed, we got her number, and ran out the door to try to find a member who would let us fulfill our promise (we didn't really have a dinner appointment..) It was memorial day weekend, so literally every member was out of town or had family visiting for the holiday. Sister King at the last minute came through. #miracles
Kanesha and her family came to dinner, and for the rest of the night we sat around the dinner table and discussed so much about the gospel. From the godhead, to the restoration of the gospel, to the Book of Mormon, to the Bible, you name it, we probably talked about it. It was the most amazing experience. We invited her to be baptized and she responded, smiling, "Ask me after I go to church tomorrow."
I have never met anyone like this woman. She is every missionary's golden investigator. We gave her a Book of Mormon and some of the pamphlets for her to read to be ready for church. Sunday she came to church and everyone drooled over how cute Matthew was. She loved church and accepted to be baptized on June 14.
Yesterday we went over to help her pack more and as we did, she taught us about the plan of salvation, explained the first two chapters of The Book of Mormon, and showed us that she had downloaded the LDS Gospel Library. #jawdrop.
I just can't explain how happy and grateful I am. I have the greatest companion, the most wonderful investigator, and the best support group at home. I love you all so much. Pray for miracles; God is listening.
To the moon,