Meet Sister Carter from Nauvoo! She is 19 and from Elkridge Utah.
She is on her outbound here in Texas.
We found out that the Sisters leave Nauvoo in the slow winter months and go to another mission for 6 months. President called on Tuesday and told us that we were going to pick her up the next day. I just adore her. She radiates with the Spirit! Of course she has been walking on sacred Holy ground for the past 6 months. I hope she will stay with us until I go home. I love her and she is teaching me so much! A serious answer to prayer for me and for this area. I cannot even put into words how much I love her already.
That was probably the biggest thing that happened this week. I don't know what could possible top that. With her we have been trying new finding efforts and they have been totally successful. She was the change that we needed. She has never proselyted before so we are getting to show her the ropes. It is a delight because she wants to learn and open her mouth. I have never met such an anxiously engaged missionary.
We have been blessed to meet with some pretty awesome people and we have just had a lot of fun talking with everyone that we see. Sister Carter is like shocked at the things we see out here. Drugs and booze and all that fun stuff. She had no idea that we have to really deal with stuff like that.
It was sad because one night we were visiting M and her grandson N. N had a breakdown because his home life is so bad. He felt that no one loved him and wondered why God isn't answering his prayers for his family to be better. Sister Carter just broke down. I guess one thing that she didn't expect was the real world problems that we have to help people with everyday. She never thought things were as bad as they are. We also happen to be working with a pretty messed up family.
We did have interviews with President this week in Wharton. They were good! Our time was short but President is so good about helping us improve our studies and discipleship. He committed all of us to do the 20 20 20 rule for our personal study. 20 minutes in the BoM. 20 in PMG and then 20 minutes wherever else you feel you need them. It is a nice structure and is helping me finish the BoM again before I go home.
We are also still working at Sister M's house and we should have one more week worth of stuff to do! We have been throwing trailer loads full of stuff. De-cluttering your home every so often is key. I think there are some advantages to moving a lot...you throw things away more frequently. It has been fun, though, as we have come across pictures or other fun memories.
Tonight we are heading up to Sugar Land to stay the night with some members because we are going to the temple tomorrow morning for the 6 am session. Let's hope that tonight doesn't turn into a repeat of the last temple trip. For those of you who need a refresher--Houston flooded.
I am very excited to do a session tomorrow and I even have a family name to do. What could be better?!
Thanks for all the pictures and updates. I get so excited for Christmas every time I see little Nolan. I never see pictures of Kyle so I guess I am kind of excited to meet him, too. Just kidding. I am so excited to meet you, too, Kyle ;)
Hope y'all have a good week! I love you!