HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO MY AWESOME PARENTS TODAY!!!!
Warning: this e-mails gonna be a random one haha
Basically this week was the bomb.com! We’ve seen miracle after miracle of our branch opening up, fellowshipping others, and strengthening their testimony in the little things like DAILY prayer and scripture study.
Exciting news: Our friend who got baptized last September (and who just got married past weekend) paid his tithing (10% of his income) FOR THE FIRST TIME!!! I was so proud of him and it’s been amazing to see how his attitude and overall happiness has changed since when we first learned he wasn’t paying his tithing. Going along with that- this week I’ve learned something… the biggest blessing of being obedient is the peace we feel inside. Well, at least for me it is. Knowing that I’ve done what’s been asked of me gives me a calming assurance that I’ve done all I can and that He’ll take care of the rest. It’s kinda like a "saving your hide" feeling. haha
Ok where was I… oh yes. The past week in IC (Iowa City) is known as "homeless week" because everyone’s contracts are up. Fun fact for ya (Hamilton… please read that in your voice)- missionaries are excellent at moving people in and out! It only takes 1 hour if you’re 1) not a hoarder 2) packed all your things in boxes and it only takes 5 hours if you’re 1) a hoarder and 2) a crazy cat lady! Needless to say I got a great work out lifting boxes, couches, desks, etc. I love being a missionary!
On Friday we met with one of the members in our branch who has been struggling with his testimony. The Spirit truly guided and directed us… it was amazing. I wish y’all just sit in and watch lessons like that. My companion Sister Kissner was talking and I couldn’t pay attention because there was this pressure I felt on my heart and in my mind I heard, "He needs to know I love Him. Ask him what makes him worthy to be called My son." Not knowing how it would fit into the lesson we "planned" (aka things rarely go according to plan haha), I asked the question. He shared some pretty personal things and we as missionaries were able to promise him specific, powerful, promises. Uhh I love being a missionary. I’m going to be a blubbering mess when I have to leave Iowa and I’ve already decided that I’m never coming home from Brasil…. so…. yeah. #seeyaintheresurrection
Saturday we met with our ward mission leader’s fiance (LOVE HER) and she has set a date to finish the Book of Mormon by August 29th!!! So keep her in your prayers, ok? 🙂 Thanks.
To wrap things up… I get to build a house on my half birthday!!! Wahoooooo! I’m so excited. We’re working with Habitat for Humanity and it’s going to be legit. Also go check out these videos:
Carlos is from Brasil. Just LISTEN to that beautiful language!!! ❤
When Jace Ely was ! (he’s about half way through I think)
Quote: "Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that the love of work is success." -President David O. McKay
Eu amo voces!
P.S- Y’all better be hugging each other AT LEAST 4x a day. Each. OK? I do NOT get enough hugs here!! #boohoomomentforsisterwolfgramm