I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. We sure did!
On Monday we had a district activity, we played some glow in the dark games in our gym. It was really fun. After that we had a normal night of knocking doors, and visiting some former investigators.
was zone conference. They introduced the Light the World video, and we were all so excited about it. We had some great training on how to set inspired goals, and then achieve them. We also had a short break off where all of the Sisters met with Sister Garns in the Relief Society room while the Elders were with President. Sister Garns just shared her testimony of the Book of Mormon, and told us some amazing experiences she has had. She encouraged all of us to have our own experience with the Book of Mormon, and by the end of the conference we were all in tears. The spirit that radiates from her is absolutely amazing. The whole time I thought to myself, if I could be like Sister Garns one day, I would definitely be on the right track. She even made each of us an individual loaf of delicious pumpkin bread. I love her, and she is a great example to all of us. So is President. I feel so blessed to be able to serve with them!
was a fantastic thanksgiving! We did a little bit of knocking in the morning, and a lot of people were busy. We had a delicious dinner with Freddy and Darlyne. It was a mixture of the typical American Thanksgiving, and Hispanic food because of Darlyne's background. We had turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, spanish corn, rice, collard greens, yams, and so much of it! Needless to say we were very full. We had it in their trailer, there was not much seating and no air conditioning, but it was such a great experience. Darlyne's sister came as well, so we got to talk to her a little bit. We also had fun teasing Jaylin and Macho (5 yrs and 4 yrs). After Thanksgiving dinner we met up with our district in our area to do some Christmas caroling, that was so much fun! We saw some good success with it too, and ended up with 2 potential families to teach. Then we switched and went to the Wellington sister's area for a while. We sounded pretty good, and we had a lot of fun with it. Lots of people cried, and everyone recorded us with their phones. At one house there was a large party, so about 25 people came and stood on the porch to listen. Every single one of them took out a phone to record us, it was pretty funny.
we were out knocking doors at a spot we had felt as we prayed the night before, and I was getting eaten by mosquito so I requested a return trip to the car for some bug spray. On our way back Sister Carling saw a man standing outside his car, and suggested we talk to him. As we approached he immediately recognized us as Mormons, and was only surprised that we were girls instead of boys. He explained by saying that he had been meeting with Elders in Oklahoma for a while, but had lost contact with the church when he moved to Florida a few months ago. We were able to share the Light the World video with him, and invite him to church. He is super busy right now, so he was not able to make it, but it was a great miracle to be right where the Lord needed us.
we did a full day exchange with the Wellington Sisters (we live with them). I went with Sister Long to Wellington, and we had a great day. I have a lot of respect for those sisters, their area is very wealthy, and we got yelled at more than once, but they just press forward! We had a great day together. That night we visited a less-active family in their ward, they are from Haiti and there are so many people living in that house I could not keep them all straight. The night before they'd had a sleepover with a few friends, and it totaled to 36 people in the house, and it wasn't all that big! I loved seeing how close their family was, that is something really cool about the Haitian culture.
Yesterday Freddy was sick, so they were unable to make it to church. We had a fairly normal day, but we ended up having a great visit with a less-active guy in our ward. He knew that God had sent us to him at the right time, and he is very excited to come back to church.
Overall it has been a great week! I just love missionary work, and I love the people in Florida. I know that the Savior's love is real, and I am so grateful for it!
Love, Sister Monson