Hello Dearest Family and Friends!!!
This week has been wonderful!! It's beginning to feel a lot like Utah here, wahoo! The weather has been pretty perfect, just a couple days that got pretty cold but I still love it. Winter's coming, and the bugs will be dying. Win-win :)
These past few days have been so great, everything is coming along! This week actually was going by so slowly because I knew the Cartmells were coming by this weekend and it was a suprise for Sister Richardson so I was trying so hard not to say anything. But alas,came and it was great! Simone got baptized and it was such a powerful experience. She is really struggling with her family right now and she had zero support from them. It was very sad but she was trying to keep her spirits high because after all, it was her special day. Us missionaries were there and a few members of the branch and it did turn out to be a special day. I wish you could have seen her face and smile when she came out of the water. I asked her how she felt and she said it was like "taking a breath of fresh air" :) It was a great service, there are pictures to come!
Sonight--I hope all you girls, young women and women were able to watch the General Womens Meeting Broadcast, it was SPECTACULAR!! Oh my goodness, Sister Richardson and I have been talking about it for weeks and were SO excited when it finally came! Each talk had so much to offer, and of course President Uchtdorf is one of the coolest guys in the world and he just let Heavenly Father talk to us through his voice. Wow--make sure you go back and read it when it gets printed in the Ensign next month! It was such a great way to start of the Conference 'season' I guess you could say. Make sure you're ready for this coming weekend, it will be a spiritual feast!
These past few months really have been wonderful, I have learned so much. I thought I lived the gospel well at home and I've really learned on my mission that no one is perfect. It's like taking a big helping of humble pie... mmmm. I know dad has been waiting to hear me say that... ;) But really, I have learned so much. So much about people and what they mean to Heavenly Father. Everyone is so different and I am gaining such a great understanding of that. Just in the time I've been on my mission I know I've made mistakes and fallen short. A lot. But that's what's so great about the gospel and the Atonement-it's OKAY. Heavenly Father knows that we will fall short. Even when we learn how to live the gospel so well, we make mistakes in other areas of our life. That really is something to learn. Forgiveness is real. Forgive and forget and when things come back to your rememberance, forget them again! It's good to remember so we don't make the same mistakes again, but Heavenly Father has promised us that He will forgive us and remember our sins no more, and we need to do that as well. (D&C 58:42). Like President Uchtdorf said, "Heavenly Father knows the remorse we feel for falling short, and He still loves us." He knows our potential.
"Every trial and experience you have passed through is necessary for your salvation." -Brigham Young. (Thank you, Haylie) ;)
It's been an exciting and eventful week, with much more to come this week! Definitely keeps me on my toes in an appointment when a mouse comes running by my feet.... *eeepp!!* I will never live out in the woods. Ever. Haha. Oh and we caught a lizard on a sticky trap in our house... don't know if I mentioned that last week. It's a little thing though, my smaller than the ones we caught in our trailer in Waynesboro.
But I just want to tell you all, that's right, you get a demand instead of me encouraging you, watch EVERY session of General Conference--I promise Heavenly Father will speak to you this weekend. Begin watching with a question or concern in mind, I guarantee you it will be answered/addressed. I can't wait to hear of your experiences with it! I love each and every one of you dearly and I can't wait to talk to you again soon. Have the best week of your entire life! And I know I've stunk at wishing people a happy birthday because I can't remember a lot of them, but happy birthday to Grandma this week! I wish you the best! :) I will write you all again next week!
Simone's baptism :)
The Cartmells visiting Hazlehurst!
Brother Cartmell poured water on my head during one of the pictures. Some people never change.... :)
Sister Richardson and I with Edgar, Elizabeth, and Joey :)
So Haylie is pretty much the coolest girl in school. Talk about a friend!!! She sent me this today--my 'box of sunshine' :) How great is she?!?! I know you can't tell half the stuff that's in there, but she loaded it up with everything yellow, sunshine-y, and happy! Love her!