Friday, May 24, 2013

Week 5

Olaaaaa, there is a lot to say about this week and not much time!
This past Sunday was a little miserable because I was real sick but half way through the day I got a blessing from all the Elders in my district, it was really nice. Relief Society was awesome because Sister Perry who wrote all my favorite Primary songs came and spoke and had us sing. We sang some songs she wrote "Armies of Helaman", "I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ", "Love is Spoken Here", and "A Childs Prayer" all one after the other and it was soooo cool. Then it got even better, she also wrote "As Sisters in Zion" and she wrote a new song as sort of an extension, "The Sisters of Zion" and we got to be the first people EVER to see the words and sing it. It was one of the best moments I've had here, I couldnt even sing the whole song, I had to just stop and listen because no sound was coming out of me the Spirit was so strong. One line I remember was, "We now march with the Armies of Helaman, numbers much larger than ever before". Also on Sunday my companion and I were taking a picture by the map and an Elder walked by and got SO excited because we're going to his home, Brazil. He talked to us and gave us advice and went on for a long time about the people there, and how great they are, and how ready they are, he was in tears telling us that part! He told us when you get down there, "work, work, work". I was so glad we ran into him, I am so excited to get down there eventually, there will be so much work to do in so little time!
Monday was a good day also because we got our investigator to commit to a baptismal DATE for the first time! So far we have committed all our investigators but none are ready for a date until now, it was my first taste of missionary work happiness. We are always happy when they commit to read the Book of Mormon and stuff like that but everything is working towards baptism so it is the best to have someone feel that they will be ready by a set date!
Tuesdays devotional was Russell M Nelson, it was great, being in the same room as an apostle is cool, you can just feel it. Him and his wife talked all about Family History and the mission. One of the coolest things they said was that you can pray for the help of a specific person or specific attributes on the other side of the veil to help you with your work. They explained how angels really help missionaries in their work, and so does the spirit of Elijah and family history... So yeah, if you could email me some ancestor stories that would be great ha.
Wendesday we got to host new people which was great, it's where we go meet them at their car, help them with their bags and find their room and classroom. I love showing people around and getting to tell them about the MTC, we tell them how much they will love it. Wednesday was also a rough day because we were supposed to get our reassignments but we didn't. It was impossible to focus, we just kept checking and checking and hoping. But then a whole day later half way through In-Field Orientation our District Leader came in with them and we were sooooo excited, the whole district counted to three and flipped them over. MISSISSIPPI JACKSON woooooo! I was shocked! I swear I forgot Mississippi was even a state. I am so so so excited to go experience the South. I'm nervous about how much Bible knowledge their gonna have and losing the language, but it is sooo great to finally have a destination. This whole time I've been in the MTC there has never been a place to think of after, a place to hope for yes but now I know where I'm going and I can't wait. I can't believe the mission is more than the MTC, it feels like I've been here for a year and now I'm leaving in 3 days! It's going to be humid and greasy and I'm going to love it. Sorry that I was a little flustered on the phone I should have thought about what I was going to say more but it was good talking to some of you!
Desculpa, eu tenho somente tempo for isso! Proxima vez! Tchau tchau!
Sister Stevens

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