First of all, I want to thank y’all so much for all the birthday wishes and letters! And thank you SO much to the Jepsens for the ‘birthday party in a box!’ It was very thoughtful. For those of y’all who have no idea what I’m talking about…SHAME ON YOU!!! Haha nah, I just kiddin. But yesterday was the 24th and that was a glorious day because 20 years ago, I popped into the world! Wonderful! (:
Also, my amazin beautiful companion decorated our apartment for my birthday! She made me breakfast, (crepes) and as I walked downstairs she was flickering the lights and singing to me hahaha. I just love her!! It was a special day!
So besides my fabulous Sabbath birthday, we had an investigator show up to churh! Yay! And I also got a birthday present from the branch…it comes in the form of: ‘Next week is the 5th Sunday, guess who gets to speak!’ So yes, Next Sunday I will be getting to speak! I am actually quite excited. (:
Anyways, This past week has been interesting, we have been out of our area 3 days out of the week, first of all we went on exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders because they each had a doctors appointment on the same day and in different areas. So, that was a fun filled day of waiting!! But because we are missionaries, we related to the waiting process in a doctors office to the Plan of Salvation. It totally works. (: Just think about haha. And without technology…waiting for 4 hours can get VERY borin… Made me appreciate technology haha. (:
We also went to Tupelo for zone conference which as always was VERY good and spiritual. I just love learning from President Hanks and the leaders of our mission. (: Then the third day was Saturday where we got to go to a baptism in Sister Platt’s past area! That was fun! And I got to see Sister Larsen again! I just love her! (: It was fun spending time with her again. (: She took us to lunch afterwards for my birthday. So kind of her!
funny quotes this week by Sister Platt: “If that man were a girl, he would make a very nice model.” “I can’t wait til tomorrow’s planning! Every hour is going to say, ‘PARTY!'” I just love her! (:
I think that is all really. I have so much happen here I just cant remember it all. (: But I love y’all!! Thanks again for the birthday wishes! And have a BLESSED week!
Happy Birthday to our beautiful baby girl. Twenty years ago today, Heavenly Father blessed us with a shining star in our lives. You are a joy and a true inspiration to us in our lives. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this special day.
I don’t even know where to begin!! I guess with all the funny sayings that I hear!! Ha. First of all, I LOVE blacks! they are so friendly and they say the funniest things! (:
First of all, I have never been called ‘shawty’ and ‘boo’ so many times in my life! And it makes you feel good when you get a compliment from a black girl sayin ‘Oh girl you lookin fly!’ Best compliment EVER! (: Lastly, we were just comparin the differences between white people and black people, because yes, there is a difference! But! We were talkin about what a ‘whoopin’ and ‘beatin’ would be considered. We hear these words ALL the time. And we found out that “A whoopin to y’all is like a spankin’, and I guess what y’all call a beatin’, to us is like a DEATH SENTENCE!” Wow, it was so funny! We were all dyin cause these cute girl were so serious faced! (:
So here is something sad that completely broke my heart! ): Yesterday we were just walkin around this park and in the distance we saw some girls sittin, so we were makin our way over to begin talkin to them, and as we were gettin closer, they looked relatively young. So alright we can get some young women comin to the branch alright! (: Well we walked up on them…and THEY WERE SMOKING!!!!! I was so heart broken it was ridiculous!! We get to talkin with them and of course they are still in high school…but then I asked how old they were and the oldest one was about fixin to turn 17. They next one was 15!!!!! 15 Y’ALL!!! And the youngest one was fixin to turn 14. I was so horrified when I heard this!! THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS OF GOD AND THEY ARE RUINING THEMSELVES!!! Or in the southern terms, RURNT! GAH. Luckily in the end, the 15 year old started textin us and thanked us for stoppin and talkin with them. She had just moved to West Point only a few weeks before and she was really strugglin with fittin in. So we are going to take her to ice cream and see if we can’t get some good influence in her life! (:
Another thing, I have a lot of pictures to send home, so y’all will probably get a ton of emails in y’all inboxes! Sorry haha. But my email will only put like 3 pictures per email…. Sorry. /:
ALSO!! For those who have been askin, you really don’t have to get me anything for my birthday! I’m serious now. Just pray for me and the people we are working with! Or as my sweet grandma put in her letter, I was 20 perfect investigators!!! (: MUhahahaha. Good luck givin me that. (:
Well, I don’t really know where to start! This has been such a FANTASTIC week!!
My first miracle that I want to share, on Saturday, we got a text on our phone from a random number that we didn’t know and it said, ‘Is this Jesselyn or Danielle?’ I was kinda freaking out! We found out that it was a Texas number so I was really confused first of all because I was no longer with Sister Gomm. Anyways…I found out that it was a guy we met in Tupelo during the tornado cleanup and he was from Texas. His name is Bryce We had talked to him about the church only a little bit. We kept in contact with him for a little bit after and he even went to church in Tupelo! But soon after we lost all contact with him for about 3 months….til Saturday! Come to find out, he was texting us and telling us thank you for introducing him to the church because he is now attending the ward in Westpoint, Texas and he is going to get baptized this weekend!! Wow it was so exciting!! It was amazing to see that I am getting to do missionary work ALL OVER!! (:
Next miracle! SO our mission president has been really pushing us on ‘unplanned invites’ meaning, we have to ‘OPEN OUR MOUTHS’ and TALK TO EVERYONE. Well, even as a missionary, it is hard to talk to people about the gospel. I have been struggling with it for literally my entire mission!! BUT last Tuesday, we had our interviews with good ol’ President Hanks! And wow, I love that man almost as much as my own daddy, he is so inspiring and said exactly what I needed to hear! Because the miracle is that Sister Brunner and I talked to 101 people this week! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!! I am doing it and I am sharing the gospel to everyone. I am a Disciple of Christ. This week has been super busy!
3rd miracle! Yesterday, after the very sad Church service, we had gotten a call from a member telling us that she had some relatives at her house who were asking about the church! So of course, we dropped everything and drove over!! And can I just say, WOW!! The woman we met, her name is Marilyn and she is so prepared to receive the Restored Gopsel!! She had tons of questions, and the spirit was so strong! She accepted everything we said, she WANTS to be baptized. She WANTS to be married and sealed for all eternity in the house of the Lord. She WANTS this. Wow. Amazing. We set a baptismal date for the 23rd of this month. Y’all it was a blessing to see someone else make that commitment right before I leave!
Whoever the next sister is in Booneville is going to have her hands full. Great things are happening here and I am so grateful for my time that I was able to serve here. My time is up and I am needed somewhere else!
Also, Sister Brunner and I went biking this week, and it was a 12 mile bike ride!! WOW! I was dead afterwards haha. And boy was it hot! (:
I love y’all and have a great week!
p.s. Sorry y’all! I forgot to mention that I am getting transferred!! Ha. Wednesday I will be in a new area with a new companion! So PLEASE HOLD ALL MAIL TIL NEXT WEEK! I love y’all! (:
***First picture of a frog we found squished on the ground…everything came out it’s mouth…we hope that is now in frog heaven. (:
The Hill Billy Mall!! That is a great flea market where EVERYTHING is so cheap. (: