|All 3 of us at the temple! :)|
Next item of business. OUR BAPTISMSSSSSS. Waddup. Morgan, Grant, Joan and Anna were all baptized this weekend and they were wonderful! Especially Joan's. I really felt a strong connection with her. Joan is the 77 year old woman who has full custody of her great-grandson who is 7 months old. She has had SUCH a hard life, but I don't think she's ever doubted our church. The first time she came to church, she said "I've made my decision, this is the church I want to join. There's just such a good feeling about you people." She's so amazing. She has so much faith, I look up to her. When she was baptized, again, Sister Nelson and I were hysterical. Literally. We were both bawling so hard and hugging each other while she was getting baptized! Afterwards, she had a big smile on her face and said "I finally belong!" It was so amazing! Crazy how Heavenly Father trusts us enough to be apart of her conversion! I am one lucky sister!
So kind of a funny story. Last week I had really been struggling on whether to stay here in Virginia or go to Brasil once my Visa comes. I just love the people here so much, I can't ever imagine leaving. So I had been praying, reading my scriptures, praying, reading talks, and PRAYING! I was kind of leaning toward Brazil but every time I thought about that I was like, but what about Virginia? Needless to say, I needed help from the Lord. Well, it was perfect that we were going to the temple, because I was like SURELY I'll receive an answer there! So when we got in the celestial room, before I could even ask Heavenly Father, if I should stay in Virginia or go to Brasil, He said "Go to Brazil." Then I cried some more (apparently I haven't cried enough this week) and I was like but I'm scared! I don't know! Then we had interviews with President on Friday so I told him everything that had happen and his response was "oh, that's not even an option. When your visa comes, you're going to Brazil. You can't stay here in Virginia." I SWEAR, HE'S THE ONE WHO TOLD ME THAT IF I REALLY WANTED TO STAY IN VIRGINIA, I COULD. SO whatever! hahaha. Sister Nelson and I couldn't stop laughing. I had been stressing out this whole last week and question wasn't even valid! I can't even stay in Virginia!!! Goodness! Hahaha. Guess I'll be going to Brazil. :)
I know I say it a lot, but I've LITERALLY never been so happy. THIS is the reason I came on a mission! To find people like Joan and hep bring them unto Christ. That is my purpose. I want EVERYONE to feel the wonderful joy that I felt that day in the temple and when Joan was being baptized. BEST feeling in the whole entire world. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have a year left on my mission! That means, one more year of this complete happiness!!! YAY!! I KNOW that this gospel is the true and everlasting gospel on this Earth today! I'm so honored to have this opportunity to share it with the world. Stateside mission's are the BEST! I LOVE it here! I was worried before I came out that I would be stateside, I was just like ughh, I want to be cool and go foreign. I'm retarded. I would be SO happy if I got called in Virginia! I don't ever want to leave here! My visa can take as long as it wants!!! :)
|Anna's family and I! :)|
|Me, Joan, Sister Nelson, right before her baptism!|
|Right after Joan got baptized!! :)|
|My birthday last Monday!!! Jan 20th I'm finally 20!!|
Sister Wangberg couldn't make a gluten free birthday cake, so she got a gluten free cupcake instead! She's the best!!
My first grey hair on my 20th birthday! I'm getting so old!!! Hehe