Well, the day has come. Today is my last day in Albany. It has been so wonderful here and it will be so hard to leave in the morning, but I am excited for the new adventure that awaits :) We leave for Macon in the morning and will have our transfer meeting, and then I'll be off in a new area by tomorrow evening! Could go anywhere..too bad I have to wait 6 days to let you know where I'm at!though.
This week has been wonderful. We've met some great people that Sister Trout and her new companion will be able to teach. That's another sad thing about leaving areas, you find all these people who are thirsting for the gospel, meet/teach them once, and then you're shipped out. I am very excited to get updates on these individuals and families, there is so much potential. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to speak in our ward one last time too, and to sing with the other missionaries. We may not have sounded very good, but the Spirit was there. "The song of the righteous is a prayer unto me." Music is powerful. We sang 'Come Thou Fount' and it's now one of my favorites.
So last week I got Jaycee's letter and Emily who I used to babysit drew me a picture and Jaycee sent it with her letter. (Thanks Emily, I love it!!) Pictures from little kids are pretty much the cutest things, I've loved getting them. So, last weekend our District Leader was asking if we wanted to make a dessert and bring it to District meeting and I thought of our birthday ice cream cake--I wanted to make it before I got transferred anyway as a last 'shabang' party thing. Sister Trout and I decided we wanted something in return though so I said if all the elders drew some type of picture for me, I'd make the ice cream cake. They totally did. You can't really see the pictures they drew in the pictures I'm including, but just know they're wonderful. Haha. Some of those elders have talent! I was impressed. But not as impressed as they were with my ice cream cake ;) It was a lot of fun.
Yesterday we spent a lot of time saying goodbye to the ward and people we have been working with. That's what most of the pictures are of. I've made some eternal friends here! Sister Oldham was one of the hardest ones to say goodbye to, I love her dearly. We called her after we found out I was getting transferred and she just started crying... I could only keep it together for so long, you can't see Sister Oldham cry and not cry with her. She's a sweet lady, I wish y'all could talk to her and get to know her like I have.
One thing y'all should do--go watch the Mormon message "Good Things To Come" on mormonchannel.org. It's one of my favorites. The quote I love from it that Elder Holland gave is "Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late. Some don't come till Heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come." Amazing quote, full of truth. It is one of my favorites that I will always remember. Sister Hall told me a good quote too; it went something like "God can't guide your footsteps if you don't move your feet."
This gospel is amazing and I know it's true. I know that we are divine Sons and Daughters of our Heavenly Father, and that the worth of our souls is great in His sight. (Doctrine&Covenants).
I'm excited to hear about this coming week from y'all, can't believe Brandon is already coming home from his mission! Take pictures and send him my love. I can't wait to tell you where I'm serving next! I love you with all my heart and I will talk to you soon!
Pictures that were drawn from the elders in my district, we went on exchanges with Sister Parke and Sister Anderson, the elders put a lizard in our car, we celebrated Sister Oldham's 81st birthday (that's her awesome daughter Lavern in the picture of the four of us), said bye to Anniece and Mr. Cori, Sister Payton and her daughter, the Millerds, coolest family EVER, the most amazing woman in the world, Sister Hall, Sister Oldham again, our group of missionaries (Elder Blankenship, the blonde one is being transferred too), and then the Marburys, Brother Marbury is our ward mission leader. And then the Porter family! (With Sister Payton again). They are an awesome bunch I'm really going to miss them. These pics will be sent in separate emails though, not enough room :)