A Month of Miracles!!

MONTH 4 // Hi Family! 

SOOOO MUCH HAPPENED THIS WEEK! 

On Wednesday, I received a call from President Stevenson and he asked me to train one of the brand new missionaries coming out from the MTC! I happily accepted the invitation so I will be training just as soon as Sister Anderson finishes training me! I am so nervous cause I literally don't know what I am doing! haha but I have faith and I know that the spirit will guide me! I can hardly wait to meet my new little trainee! I will meet her tomorrow! (Sept. 12th) 

The other cool thing is that ALL of the missionaries that I came out with are training new missionaries as well! So I get to to see all of them at a big meeting tomorrow before we all train! I can't wait! 

(Sis Bass, Sis McCarthur, Sis Taylor, Me!) 

On Wednesday night we went to a super fun dinner with the Christiansen family! They were so fun! 

Thursday we went to the zoo again for service and then we went to lunch at Mod Pizza after with our "Zoo Crew" Mod Pizza is the best! That night we went to Stephanie and Tyquanda's house and brought a ton of jumpsuits with us so that they could try them on! We all died laughing when they came out cause Stephanie's jumpsuit was a couple sizes too small! haha she came out and said, "I look like a marshmallow!" hahah! She was laughing sooooo hard and then Tyquanda started laughing, which made all of us laugh even harder! haha! It was so funny!

After that, we went to teach English to the refugees and I found out that Frazia and her family moved to Virginia... I was so sad:( I didn't even get to say goodbye to her:( So for the first time, I worked with someone who wasn't Frazzy:( Her name is Emily and she is so sweet! She is an incredible reader for just having learned and I loved helping her to improve! We played lots of reading and spelling games together and she is doing so well! I love her already! 

Also, STEPHANIE AND TYQUANDA GOT BAPTIZED! Ah! It was such a happy day! It happened on Saturday!!!! They were both so cute and were so emotional the entire day! Brother and Sister Fawson (former senior missionaries who found Stephanie and Tyquanda) Brother Fawson was able to baptize them both and it was so special for me and Andy because we were able to stand on the edge of the font with towels and hug them as they got out of the baptismal font! They were both crying and I started crying too! Sister Fawson spoke and we had a flute solo by one of the YW and then afterwards we had cookies and one of the Senior couples brought Pizza! I made Swig cookies the night before and I frosted them green and purple cause Tyquanda loves those colors! We hung the fabric pennant flags, that mom and I made for my farewell, across the room and I used my letterfolk board for a decoration and put their names on it! It was just such a special day! 

Afterwards, we had so many different kinds of cookies left over that people had brought so I had the idea to have all 8 missionaries that were there go with us to a homeless park and pass out cookies! We ended up going just over to Nevada Ave. and we walked around a park where many homeless people live and we gave all the cookies away and were also able to share uplifting messages about Jesus Christ! It was such a memorable experience for me! We met a sweet man named Rodney and he is a retired vet from the Vietnam war. He told us that he just lost his wife and then lost everything else in his life. He told us that he only get a couple hundred dollars a month from the government and it's not enough to afford a place to live. He said that he doesn't want to be homeless but that he doesn't have any other options right now:( It literally broke my heart! He was so sweet and then began to bear testimony to us about Jesus Christ and how he knows that Christ knows exactly how he feels and exactly what he is going through! I was so touched by him! I was so happy that we were able to give him a cookie and make his day a little bit better! 

On Sunday, Stephanie and Tyquanda were confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I CRIED! It was such a happy day! I know that they will be so blessed for the decision that they have made to be baptized! I can hardly wait to see the incredible things that they do in their lives! 

The rest of the day on Sunday was really bittersweet. I helped Andy pack since we know that she is being transferred. We got all of her laundry and stuff done, (shout out to Sister Wilhelm for always letting us do our laundry at her house) and we got all of her stuff packed so that we could have a super fun/not sad p-day today! We both sat in the car and just cried together! I am going to miss her so much! I can't believe that my training is almost over! 

I want you all to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and perfect! It changes people and brings them more blessings and more happiness than they can ever imagine! The Book of Mormon is true! Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration! We have the truth restored to the earth! God has a plan! The plan of salvation is so beautiful! I know that Heavenly Father is aware and mindful of each of His children! I know that He loves us and I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ loves us! He suffered and died for each soul and he lives today! How sweet it is to have that knowledge! 

I love you all! I hope that you have the best week! 

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Hi Fam! 

Tuesday was such a sad day because I had to say goodbye to Sister Anderson! On our way to transfers, I pulled into Starbucks and bought Andy and I white hot chocolates cause on my first day in the field, she took me to Starbucks. So it just seemed fitting for me to take her there on our last morning together! It was a hard day but it was also a super happy day because I got to meet the new Sisters and Elders that had just come out into the CCSM! It was kinda crazy because I knew that I was going to train one of them.. I just didn't know which one!

Sooo finally, after lunch, we all went to the chapel with all the trainers and trainees and President Stevenson announced who each of us would be training! It was so exciting! President Stevenson called me up to the front and had me show everyone is the room where my area is that I will be serving in (they brought a massive map!) and then he said, "Sister Morgan, you will be training Sister Allen!" I was so excited!!!! That first day was a crazy one! Cause I for reals have no clue what I am doing! I am just following the promptings of the Spirit and striving for perfect obedience! I am learning wayyyy more from Sister Allen than she is learning from me! On that first day, we basically just got to know each other while she unpacked and then we went to a fun dinner appointment and finally ended the night by going to the home of an African Refugee (Rehema) to teach her how to cook! 

Wednesday was Sister Allen's first FULL day in the field and she did AMAZING! I am so impressed by her! We went to the soup kitchen and I worked next to a woman who is actually homeless and is doing community service so that she can see her daughter again! She said that she has been working in the soup kitchen everyday! I was so amazed by her! We got to talking and the Spirit whispered to me and let me know that she truly is a daughter of God! That she is my Spirit sister and that Heavenly Father loves her just as much as the rest of his children! I grew to have so much love for her over those few hours that we spent together washing dishes! I am so grateful for this experience because I have been praying for God to help me be more humble and this whole week has been full of experiences like that, that have made me stop and think and reflect on all that I have been given. I am truly being changed each and everyday! 

Thursday! We have been really trying to prepare for the people that we teach during our studies and it has made the biggest difference this week! Our study time is always so uplifting and amazing! That morning I had been praying that I would be able to study things that would be of help to Stephanie and that is exactly what happened! I began reading the Book of Mormon in the Book of Enos and the story that I came across was exactly what we needed to share with Stephanie and Tyquanda that day! So yeah! We got to see Stephanie and Tyquanda that first day and they are both doing so well! We are going to start working on Personal Progress with Quanda and are really looking forward to that! For lunch, we went with the Christensen's to Macaroni Grill! AH man, we sure get spoiled here by the amazing members! It was so fun! They would be such good friends with mom and dad! I can't wait for you to meet them someday! 

On Friday, I was mean and made Sis Allen wake up at 5:45 so that we could meet up with our entire zone of Elders for a Zone Workout! It was so much fun and a bunch of the Elders told me that the workout that I led made them super sore! hahha whimps! Anyways, so Friday was crazy! We had district meeting, then one lesson after another, and we didn't even get to eat lunch until 3:00! hahah! We got to see Norma too! Oh man! She is hilarious! She is 82 but soooo spunky! 

On Saturday we had a very long day.. We started the day by going to a huge Stake Service Project where we made scarves for the homeless and then we basically just planned and planned and planned for the week and for all of our baptisms that are coming up! We also ate lunch obviously and dinner and then we studied and did Sister Allen's training stuff! Kinda a long day, but definitely necessary! 

Sunday was incredible!!!! Miracle after Miracle just kept happening! 

First miracle! There is a guy that lives in our building who is always soooo nice to us! He loves to look out over the city from his balcony and we often see him as we are walking in and out and in and out of our apartment all day long. He always waves at us and says, "Good morning ladies!" or "Good afternoon ladies!" you get the picture?! He is just the nicest man! In my heart I always wished that we could start teaching him and I would continually tell Sister Anderson that I wanted to start teaching him.. It was kinda hard though because we have a contract with our landlord that says that we will not proselyte in our apartment building... But ever since day one, I had been praying that this man would show some kind of interest so that we could introduce him to the gospel!

So anyways... on Sunday afternoon, we were walking out of our apartment building, heading to a meeting and we saw this man in the parking lot talking to some people. We waved and said hello, and then continued on walking. Then we heard him yell, "Hey ladies, do you have a minute?" We stopped and turned around to talk to him! He introduced himself and told us that his name is Delvin! He then said, "Hey, If you ladies ever go to church sometime soon, I would love to come!" I am pretty sure my jaw dropped! We told him that we would love him to come to church! He then told us about how his mother had just passed away a few months back and that he'd been kind of angry with God. But he said that he realizes now that God did not take his mom, and that he needs him now more than ever! He said that he felt drawn to us for some reason and that he really wants to start coming to church! We then asked him if he would like to start receiving the lessons and he got all excited and said "YES!" We are now planning to start teaching him and his wife! We texted him that night and set up an appointment and he was so thrilled! What a miracle! 

Ok, Second miracle!!!! First of all... earlier in the week I made Sister Allen promise me that she would extend a baptismal invitation to one of our investigators this week as the Spirit prompted her! She was pretty nervous but accepted! So anyway, fast forward to Sunday. We went to a lesson with Chance and Lynn in the afternoon and we were teaching about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! We began talking about baptism and Lynn began to bear her testimony of baptism and she talked about how excited she is to be baptized this upcoming Saturday! She had tears streaming down her face and out of no where, Sister Allen turned to Chance and said, "Chance will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood Authority of God?" I was floored! I couldn't believe that she was so bold! I knew in that moment that it was the most perfect thing that she could have done! The spirit reassured me as I looked at Chance! He then said, "YES!" oh my! I couldn't believe my ears! Chance set a baptismal date for December 2nd! 

I am just so amazed at the way that Heavenly Father is answering our prayers and helping us accomplish our goals, and how much we are being blessed for our obedience and diligence! 

The rest of Sunday was so incredible as well! Our meetings were wonderful and uplifting and we also got to go to dinner with all the "single ladies" in the Cheyenne Meadows ward! It was so much fun! We are going to help one of the Single women work towards the temple! Later Sunday night, we went to the Wilhelm's just to say hey and all of the children began to sing a song for us! (it is a song that Sister Wilhelm's parents wrote! and they are going to sing it at Eliana's baptism!) I welled up in tears as they began singing! I was so overcome by the spirit! 

This next week will be an amazing one! We have Lynn's Baptism at 1:00 on Saturday and then Eliana's Baptism at 4:00 on Saturday! Sister Anderson is coming back up from Del Norte to be there for the big day and we are keeping it kinda a surprise for a bunch of people! She is going to stay the night at our apartment on Friday! Partay! ahhh! I can't wait! 

This gospel is true! I know that with every fiber of me! It blesses lives and changes people for the better! 

I love you all! Have the best week! 

-Abs

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Hi my wonderful family! 

This week was amazing!!!! 

On Tuesday, we had a lesson with our new less active, Sister Wickel! She is so sweet! She has had a ton of addictions but is ready to work towards the temple! I admire her faith and testimony so much! We also painted nails at the assisted living home! It was so much fun! I painted the nails of a lady named Miriam and another lady named Bea! They were so sweet and Bea was a little firecracker! haha! She kept being sassy about everything and it was totally cracking me up! She asked if I had any children and I replied, "oh no, I'm not married." and she said, "Well what the hack does that have to do with anything?!" hahaha and I just thought to myself.. "uhh.. eternal families, DUH" haha! 

On Wednesday, we did service at the soup kitchen again and this time we got to serve! I served the vegetables and the STLs came so Sister Carlson served the main dish next to me, while Sister Allen served the fruit on the end! It was such a blast! This week we also fed Lynn's cat Bebe all week, because Lynn has been in the field for the Army! So when we got the instructions, about feeding Bebe, from Lynn, we were so shocked at how freaking spoiled Bebe is! haha! She will only eat if her food is on the kitchen table, she only drinks purified water, ha, and she gets fed three times a day with treats at each time... oh my! Lynn spoils her so much! haha!

We also got to visit Delvin! He was our miracle from last week! We went to his apartment with the Elders and when we walked in, we saw his wife and his three cute children! They had made us an amazing meal and then we taught the Restoration lesson to them! We gave Delvin a Book of Mormon and asked him to read! I am really excited about this family! They are awesome! 

Thursday, we went to the Zoo again! We met with Stephanie and Tyquanda and then had a great dinner with Brother and Sister Mead! They served us french dip sandwiches with fry sauce on them and they were BOMB!!! SO GOOD! After that we went to teach English to the refugees! 

Friday, we basically just did TONS of baptism prep! We picked up Sister Anderson and her new comp Sister Walker from Lynn's on Friday night because they got special permission from President Stevenson to come up to the Springs from Del Norte for our baptisms! They got a ride from Lynn's parents who were coming up so it worked perfectly! We got to Lynn's about 3 minutes before they did, so I ran into the bathroom and hid in the shower (cause I knew that Andy would head straight to the bathroom when she got there.. haha) anyways, so sure enough, she went straight into the bathroom and then I jumped out from behind the shower curtain and screamed! hahah! I swear she almost fainted! I was dying laughing! After that, we went back to our place and I made her fav dinner (mom's chicken stroganoff ) We all ate dinner and painted nails and then sat up talking.  #approvedsleepover #thankspresidentstevenson

Saturday was the best day ever!!!!!! We woke up early, turned on a general conference talk to listen to, started making cookies for the baptism and got all ready! When we finally got to the church around 11:00, we got everything set up, the Elders filled the font, and then Lynn showed up! We got her interview done and got her in her jumpsuit and she was ready to go!

So many people showed up and the baptism went perfectly! She was glowing the entire time! Sister Romero gave a beautiful talk and then Lynn was baptized! She was a huge puddle of tears and it was the sweetest thing ever! Afterwards Lynn bore her testimony and it brought tears to my eyes! She is the most prepared person that I have ever met! I love her so much! I know that I was called here for her! She is amazing!

After the baptism, all of the missionaries went to lunch and before we knew it, we had to hurry and run back to the church to set up Eliana's baptism! When we got outside it was POURING rain! We booked it back to the church and got all set up for Eliana's! We didn't tell Eliana that Sister Anderson was coming back, so when she saw her, she started to cry and gave her the biggest hug! Eliana cried the whole day! But it was one of those cries where she was smiling at the same time! It melted my heart to see how happy she is! She was wearing a darling white dress and had her hair in a long braid! She looked perfect! And her baptism was perfect! ahh! Sister Anderson spoke and then the Wilhelm family sang a song that Sister Wilhelm's parents wrote! It was so beautiful! What can I say?? Saturday was absolutely perfect! And it was even better when Elder Guzzo and Elder Tome showed up all the way from Castlerock! Elder Tome taught Eliana a while back and so he came back to baptize her! It was so special! 

Sunday was just as wonderful! They were both confirmed and the spirit that was felt was so strong! I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of their journeys! 

The gospel is true! I am sure of that! I love my Savior! His atonement changes lives! 

I love you all and hope that you have a great week! 

-Abs

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Hi Family! 

Wow, what an incredible week! Conference was exactly what I needed! 

For P-day this last week we met up with all of the sisters in our zone and we went to lunch at Panera, and then to Old Colorado City which made me feel like I was up at Main Street Park City of something. It was so quaint and homey, I loved it and felt right at home. It was so much fun! We walked around the shops and went to a cute little Ice Cream Parlour and then we all bought matching t-shirts! After that, we drove about 10 minutes to Manitou and did some shopping there. Sister Allen and I bought cute little succulents to spruce up our apartment. haha! It was probably my favorite p-day thus far. Don't get me wrong, hanging with Elders is ok...  but hanging with Sisters is the best! This is the first transfer that I have had sisters close by and it is honestly the best thing ever! 

Tuesday was a really wonderful day! We went to the soup kitchen to help out, even though we usually go on Wednesdays.. they were short staffed so we thought we would help them out! It was a blast! So many missionaries came and all pitched in and we had such a great time! After that, we rushed to the assisted living place to paint the old ladies nails and I got to do nails for 3 sweet ladies, and one sweet man! hahahha! Then, we had enough time for me to paint my own nails a cute "watermelon" color! It was a super fun day! We also got in all of our studies, helped our refugee friend, Rehema, make dinner, and we had a great and productive meeting at the church with our ward mission leader! 

Wednesday was a crazy good day, but also an exhausting day. We had Zone conference that lasted from 8:00 - 4:00... It was very uplifting but lasted a lifetime! hahah! I always love Zone Conferences though! They always motivate me to be better. Sometime I get down on myself and feel like I am just not doing good enough, or that I am not making my Heavenly Father proud, but I just realized that I need to push those negative thoughts out of my head and just be the best I can be! That is all that Heavenly Father asks of us! 

On Thursday, we woke up to very interesting weather! It was like nothing I had ever seen! The mountains were gone and replaced by a thick, white, mist. And the air was wet with moisture! As we ventured out on our way to the zoo, we felt a mist in the air. It wasn't rain.. it was almost like a very light snow. but it wasn't cold enough to be snowing.. I swear, I hadn't seen anything like it! As we drove up the mountain to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for our service, the moisture in the air increased and an even thicker white fog surrounded everything! From the zoo, we could see nothing of the valley below, only white. Elder Ashcraft finally said, I think we are inside of a cloud!" which totally made sense! I am sure he was right! The zoo was a lot of fun that day, Sister Allen and I got to sit inside in the warm shed and make seed sticks, while the Elders went out to the Giraffe exhibit to clean it! haha. being a sister is the best! 

After Zoo service, we all went to Costco to get lunch because it is soooo cheap and so good! It reminds me of home! I just always think of the many times that dad and I would run to Costco on a Saturday morning and then get lunch! aww memories. The rest of our Thursday was kinda all over the place.. everyone canceled on us.. so we used our extra time to enjoy some extra long studies which was definitely needed! We then got to go to dinner with the Jones'! They are my favorites! I can't wait for all of you to meet them! They took us to my favorite Mexican restaurant again called Carlos Miguels! Of course I got the Baja Fish Tacos! mmmmmm.. Soooo good!

We then got to go teach English at the church to the refugee families! When we got there, the woman in charge told us that one of the teachers had to cancel and asked Sister Allen and I to fill in for that class! We walked in and saw Rehema and Safi sitting there! (they are the refugees that we help cook dinner!) We taught them the difference between (there, their, and they're)! They did such a great job! I was so impressed by them! Safi was asking so many questions and he wanted to learn so badly! The spirit was so strong as we taught them and I felt Heavenly Fathers love for them stronger than ever. It's moments like that where my mission is so worth it. Where I forget all of the hard times and my heart is full of gratitude. Afterwards, Sister Busath (the lady in charge) told us that Rehema and Safi want to take the missionary lessons!!!! YAY! So we get to start teaching them! I can't wait! They both speak fluent French.. So mom, I might need your help.. hahah

Friday!! Conference Eve! We went to district meeting, taught a few lessons and had another great dinner! 

Conference finally came!! I have been waiting for this moment for my whole mission, and it is finally here! We got to watch conference with the Wilhelm family and also with Lynn and Chance! The Wilhelm's go ALL OUT for conference! It was so fun! They had "pin the tie of the prophet", a hot chocolate stand, conference trivia, a temple building station, and the best pumpkin pie! It honestly tasted just like the pie mom makes! Conference was just absolutely amazing in every way! Watching with Lynn and Chance was also a highlight! I loved watching Lynn soak in every single word and write notes on things that impressed her! 

My favorite part of conference was probably Elder Holland's talk! It was exactly what I needed to hear! But honestly, each and every talk hit me so hard! I can't wait to get the written versions of them so that I can study them again and again! I know that this gospel is true and that it blesses each of us so much! I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father and that he knows us perfectly! It is His work and His glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of each of us! I know that my redeemer lives and that he died for me! I love Him and am forever in His debt for all that He has done for me! 

I love you all and miss you every day! But I know that you are being blessed and protected! I hope that you have a great week! 

-Abs

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Heyy Family! 

Oh my! Best news ever! Lynn and Chance are engaged! If you remember, Lynn was just baptized a couple of weeks ago and she is doing so well! And Chance, "her friend" is being baptized in December on the 2nd! Lynn and Chance have been taking the lessons together but have been telling us all along that they are just friends... um. yea. they lied to us.. They have actually been dating the entire time and have actually been engaged for almost a month! AH! We were so surprised!!!

Yesterday, we went over to Lynn's after church to teach them another lesson and we were kind of nervous because Lynn had mentioned that Chance was going to move in with her to help her with rent.. which is not allowed if Chance wants to be baptized and if Lynn wants to go do baptisms. Anyway, so I was really stressed about having to have "the conversation" with them.. So when we knocked on the door, the door opened all by itself (Chance we behind the door) and the apartment was all dark and there were spooky Halloween decorations up everywhere. I was so confused and then I saw Lynn and said, "this is all new!" and she said, "Guess what else is new?!" Then she flashed her hand at me and there on her finger was a huge, gorgeous diamond ring! I SCREAMED!! I honestly couldn't believe it! This whole time Lynn had been telling me that they were just friends and all of this stuff and now they are engaged!?!?! I honestly dropped by bag and waterbottle in the middle of their floor and basically tackled Lynn! Hahahah! it was so funny! We were all screaming!

Then Lynn and Chance told us everything and Chance told us how he proposed! It was perfect! I knew all along that they would eventually get married but I didn't think that they were already dating and engaged! They told us that they are planning to be married in February or March and then Chance will be leaving for Iraq in June so they will have 9 months apart.. but then as soon as he gets home, they will come to Salt Lake City and be sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple! It will be a year after they are married so that will be really special! And I will be home from my mission so I will get to be there! I am so thrilled! 

This week was definitely a hard one because I was feeling sad that conference was over! 

Last P-day, we went on the Seven Bridges hike! It was beautiful! I will attach some picture of the hike down below! 

On Tuesday we taught the plan of Salvation to Eliana and her family and she was so darling the entire time! She was so full of the Spirit and was answering all of the questions perfectly! I love having lessons like that that are so amazing and where the people we are teaching are so engaged with the Spirit! Isaac set a date for baptism while we were there as well! He will be baptized on the 21st of October! We can't wait!!! I am so happy for their family! 

Wednesday, we did service at the Soup Kitchen again and then we literally had EVERY SINGLE lesson fall through after that... We stayed busy though and kept working hard despite the challenges we were facing. That night some members took us to dinner at a place called "Edelweiss" it is a German place and was actually really good! The member that took us served his mission in Germany and when I told him that mom served in France and Switzerland, we had a lot to talk about! 

On Thursday, we had inspections, had a few stop bys and lessons and then drove out to the middle of no where to have dinner with the Perkins family! They showed us their chickens and ducks and Sister Perkins made a wonderful chicken and potato soup that was sooo good! Then we went to go teach English to the refugees and they had changed their plans for that night.. so again plans were cancelled.. So many things got cancelled this week.. it was really sad and hard for me, just because the past few weeks have been so amazing and uplifting! But it's ok! Everything will work out because we have the Lord on our side!

Friday was actually pretty amazing! We hurried to the Toyota dealership early in the morning to have something on our car fixed.. I don't really know what was wrong with it.. but I do know that the driver's side door has a mind of it's own and keeps locking by itself.. so yea, we got that done and then had a lesson with Steven! We went through that Baptismal interview questions with him and he got 100% hahah! He is so ready! The 17th is his date so it is getting close!!!

We then taught a lesson at Lynn's which was amazing and Chance told us that he is going to pray about moving his baptismal date up closer.. (this was before we even knew that they were engaged..)

We then went to dinner with the DeMoss family and we rolled California Rolls with them.. You all know how much I love sushi..... haha. But it was ok. They also had Japanese Pears and this really yummy chicken with Japanese mayonnaise that was SOOO good! After dinner, we went to Rehema and Safi's to teach them the first lesson. They don't speak English very well.. but the spirit was able to help us understand them and to also help them understand us. They accepted everything we taught about Joseph Smith and the Restoration and then we gave them each a Book of Mormon and they promised to pray! Safi said a closing prayer for us in his native language that he spoke in Rwanda(don't know how to spell it.) but I heard him say the name (Joseph Smith) in his prayer and it made me so happy! They then asked us to sing to them. which totally caught me off guard haha but we were happy to. We sang "I know that my redeemer lives" and Rehema got a huge smile on her face and told us that she learns best through songs. So she loves music! 

Saturday was basically just a planning day where we did weekly planning, training stuff, and a few stop bys. But it was definitely necessary for us to get all of those things done! We also got to clean the church on Saturday morning and it brought back sooo many memories of us cleaning the church together as a family! I remember we would always do the downstairs of the building with Dad and Michael and I would dust while Dad vacuumed! Aww I miss that! 

Sunday was really hard.. I have been getting sick with a really really sore throat and chills and stuff so we only stayed for one of the wards.. We came home and Sister Allen laid down oh her bed and I went into the kitchen and cried.. hahah It was kinda pathetic and I didn't even know why I was crying but I was. I prayed so much and then I made a list of all the things that I was stressed about and prayed for guidance to help me with these things and I felt so much better afterwards! We then got to go to Lynn's shortly after and that is where we got the news that Chance and Lynn are engaged! So that really turned the day around!!! 

It was a week full of ups and downs but it was definitely a good one overall! I am just so grateful for conference talks! Cause they have totally been getting me through the hard times this week! 

I miss you all and love you so much! THE GOSPEL IS TRUE!!!!! 

-abs 

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