(Written Monday, April 25, 2016)
Here we are, the last quarter of the game, the final play to determine
the score, the last ten yards 'til the touchdown and boy do I feel the
pressure. It's been a crazy journey with ups and downs, but I made it
to this very play.
I love talking in football terms because it always reminds me of my
dad. We got to watch meet the Mormons as a ward activity this week and
believe it or not I started tearing up at the football part because I
thought of dad, I'm such a wuss. I've just become even more
sentimental as a missionary. It's such a great movie though.
I had a good week, it's officially started hitting me, though, so that's
weird, but this next week miracles will happen every day! I have been
praying so hard. The allergy came back really bad his week, but I
waited to take my third round of steroids until today so that it would
last me until the end of my mission and I wouldn't feel sick
traveling. The sick eyes are back but won't be here for long.
We did three exchanges this week and got really close with all of our
sisters, I became great friends with Sister Sandoval who I really
didn't know and hadn't served around, but she's incredible and we saw
some great miracles when we taught a girl named Ariana who said she
wanted to be married in a church so her family could have a solid
foundation. We were teaching the restoration, but segued into
temples and how we can be with our family for time and all eternity
rather than til death do us part. She loved it and wants to be
baptized and she's only sixteen! Woah!
We saw another miracle where a member canceled an hour before a really
important lesson so we were frantically texting people and the only
one who could help was a lady by the name of Sister Alberti who just moved
back into our ward. As we taught part of the restoration to Machelle, Sister Alberti kept sharing things and we realized that Heavenly
Father had orchestrated everything to demonstrate his love for
Machelle. They both had similar religious backgrounds, health issues
and current life situations and trials and it just spoke so much to me
that Machelle is a golden, precious spirit daughter of God and he
wanted her to know. I love miracles like this.
We also had a lesson with a woman named Tiara who we haven't been able
to catch recently, but her husband (who doesn't really believe in
organized religion) sat in on the restoration lesson and seemed
interested, as we explained the priesthood authority, it made sense to
him and we really taught to their needs, he seemed very intrigued by
the Book of Mormon and by the spirit that was there and we are going
back to teach them tonight. It's going to be so cool.
truly does answer prayers and show us incredible miracles and
I love this gospel, I love my Savior Jesus Christ, I love being one of
his representatives with the authority to teach others in His place.
This is the greatest blessing of my life thus far and it truly has
changed me. I'll never look at Vegas the same again. It's holy ground
for me. I love it here. It's time to give it my all, sprint to the
finish and see miracles daily and then collapse on my bed when I get
home. Now is the time to perform our labors, rest later.
I love you all and will see many of you soon, but until then, I'm
running for miracles.
Love you all so much,
Since I've been fighting this awful eye thing, I don't have other
pictures.... So just look at this pretty picture someone drew of
Jesus, I always love seeing him smile. I know he's happy.