Nicole had such a good yet crazy week, she forgot
to send us pictures! Here's what she had to say:
So....this week has been pretty crazy...so crazy I forgot to take pictures..sorry! This week it snowed again! It snows one day, sunny the next couple, then it snows again. Haha, it's crazy to see so much snow but it is so beautiful!
We did another exchange this week...I love exchanges! I love working with other sisters and learning from them! I went on an exchange with Sister McWilliams! I realized just how inspired exchanges are. We went back and forth on who should go where and we finally decided I would go to Sister McWilliams area and that Sister Gosdis would stay in Belle Terre with Sister Norcross. Everything worked out so perfectly!! Sister McWilliams had a really tough week and she was having a rough day. She said she really needed me that day to just talk, love, and hug her! How grateful I was to see that God knows us so personally and knows who we need in our lives at what time!
Ready for another funny, but EMBARRASSING story? Our zone leaders had a baptism this pastthat we got to attend because our investigator, Leslie, was coming with her kids. They were baptizing 2 big Samoans, David and Jessie. After the baptismal talk, they proceeded with the baptism and let the girl, Jessie, go first. She got baptized and then David. After the service, we told them congratulations and I gave Jessie a hug and shook David's hand. Later, before we left, we were telling Jessie goodbye and Sister Gosdis was like "Bye Jessie, you're awesome". Then Elder Folu (the one who taught the family) replied, "Yeah HE is". AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.....I SPAZZED out!! Haha, of course I waited until I got in the car to spazz, but I totally did. I HUGGED A BOY! Now, before you go judging me, let me explain. I'm from Texas and there aren't many Samoans (if there are, I just don't see them...sorry...not trying to be offensive in any way, shape, or form!! I love all Samoans!). They were both bigger people with pony tails and Jesse didn't have a deep voice. It was one of those voices that could fit any gender. It was really funny but I freaked out! I can't even imagine what those who saw me hug him would have thought, haha. So, yeah...no more hugging people unless I know FOR SURE their gender!
On a more spiritual note, the baptism was really powerful. While they were changing into their dry clothes, we watched Because of Him. If you haven't seen it, go watch it NOW! We watched it at the baptism and we've shared it in many lessons following...I cry every time. We need to remember that all the possibilities and opportunities, and just every good thing comes Because of Him...because of Jesus Christ our Savior! I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and that He loves me, He loves US, so much that He willingly sacrificed Himself so that we could be happy. What great love!!
Oooohh...Kristen, the 9 year old, is getting baptized!!!!!! I'm soooooooooo excited for her! She is so excited and so prepared! I love seeing how happy the gospel makes these people and it makes me so happy (:
This morning, I had the wonderful opportunity to receive another, yes ANOTHER, priesthood blessing. Oh my goodness I love the priesthood more than I could ever describe! Through it, I was able to hear what God needed me to know and it was so perfect! I don't know how anyone could ever deny the power thereof. The elders came in, I told them I wanted one for comfort and counsel and then they blessed me. Elder Beckstead said everything that I needed to hear to a T. I know without a shadow of a doubt that it was God working through him to bless me. The priesthood truly is God's power given to men, who's worthy to hold and exercise it, for the blessing of other people. I know that the Priesthood is real, which means Joseph Smith was a true prophet, which means the Book of Mormon is the word of God, which means the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church again restored to earth. I know it, and I know that God knows it (:
This week is my last "for sure" week in Belle Terre. Transfers are coming upand no one has any idea what will happen. I don't really know what I want to have happen. All I know is that God will take care of me (: I love you all and pray that you have a WONDERFUL week full of love, peace, and happiness!
P.S. Okay everyone, I have a challenge for ya'll!!! I literally just read an email from my mission president that we as a mission are going to read the whole Book of Mormon in 1 transfer (6 weeks) starting. To do so, we all need to read 13 pages every day. I know that sounds like a lot, but it is so possible and it will just bless your life! When we did a Book of Mormon marathon and finished it in a week, my testimony was strengthened so much and it brought new perspective. It brought the Book of Mormon to life! I encourage everyone to do so because I know that it will help you through everything and anything that you will go through in life! 531 pages in 42 days... it is so possible!! I'll keep ya'll updated with my progress and I expect to hear how everyone else is doing! It won't be easy but it will be so worth it! Remember "If you don't have the time to read the scriptures, you're way busier than God ever intended you to be". Love you!"