First things first... my birthday isn't for another 8 weeks! But I got your packages on Saturday! THANK YOU MOTHER (: It was just what the Dr. ordered.
Not too much time this week. But here's the awesome stuff:
Flor (the young lady we're marrying) got all her information ready and we are eagerly awaiting approval from the government to get her hitched. She's excited and just laughs when we suggest we go looking for a white dress for her. Come on, people, she's like 200 years old. This is a riot. But she's got faith and that's what counts.
We're marrying another couple! Geline (spelling) is 21. She has 4 kids and another one on the way. She has been to church almost every week since I've been here, but she wasn't quite ready to repent. She was scared to admit things to her live-in boyfriend and father of her children. But after 6 weeks of working with her, we decided to be more bold. It really is a simple thing, no matter where you are in life. If you are scared of something that is holding you back from eternal life, that is just silly. There is nothing more important, even fear. Anyways she talked to her man, and they worked things out and are ready to pass in their papers to the government and get married!
Just for fun.. we have another couple we might end up marrying if all goes well. Chris (non-member) has been coming to church and slowly warming up to the idea of truly investigating. His wife is helping a ton (member).
I never thought I would help so many people get married here. I love this.
A new American came into our zone this week. I opened up my journal to my first few days in the field... Brought back some good memories. It's been an incredible 6 months here.
I love you all tons and especially my mother! Thank you for all the support.
Hello mother... lookin fly!
I got your birthday package!!! Thank you (: Just what the doctor ordered. The Reese's might have been my favorite (2nd of course to Dr. Pepper).. They didn't even melt too much.
Love the updates, always good to hear that you are all doing well. When y'alls move, can you make sure not to throw out my guitar and piano? thanks (: and yes you did write me about your day with shane! Glad he did that for you. We can go on a mom date in just 16 months! Plenty of time to plan a good date.
I only got to sit on the bike for a few minutes.. it was a member's from another ward. I do miss all of our activities.. biking, surfing, dirtbiking, the lot. We are so blessed.
Thanks again for the wonderful package (: I'm stoked to get the MoTab cd on my little mp3 player.. but this computer store doesn't have a cd drive so i'll go to a different one later tonight.
I'm learning a ton still mom. But like the Sons of Helaman, you have taught me so well. Turn to alma 56:47-48. "Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the aliberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."
I have never doubted your faith, and that has been a huge help for me in my life. Thank you mom (:
If you're looking for something extra.. I ran out of things to read this week so I read through the Liahonas from the last 2 years that are stocked in our apartment. They have some awesome faith-building stories and ideas to help our family. Love it.
For things to send.. toothpaste is running low ha. arm and hammer is still the fav but i can probably live off of colgate if its a hassle at all. I could definitely use some more books. I'm getting really into learning more about the modern-day prophets.. reading everything i can find about thomas s monson and gordon b hinckley from Church News magazines and Liahonas and Ensigns we have stocked up. If you want to pick out a book written by or about one of them i would love that (: also I've been looking for the TEACHINGS OF PRESIDENTS OF THE CHURCH: BRIGHAM YOUNG. He's one of the only prophets they don't have in our church buildings.. therefore exactly the one i want to read from. Just suggestions. Thank you!
Welp I love you lots and that is all for the week. thank you mother!