Tuesday, January 5, 2010

November 16th 2009

Hey All!

Exciting news! After almost 6 months in this area, I am being transferred! It is both a happy and sad occasion though. I will miss a lot of the people here and I worry that whoever replaces me will never love them as much as I do. But everything happens for a reason. I'm looking forward to a change though. I don't know where I'm going, except that I'm staying on the island. It's possible that I could be going back to the Visitors' Center, but I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet. I'll find out on Wednesday and you'll hear from me in a week.

But I have even MORE EXCITING news! This Friday, before our state-wide stake conference broadcast, we will have a missionary meeting with PRESIDENT MONSON! What's even better is that I'm going to be in a "missionary choir" of sorts and will sing for the PROPHET! Wow. I can't wait! I would appreciate your prayers that I don't sound terrible or do something horribly embarrassing.

We WERE going to have a baptism today, but a few days ago it got postponed. It was for a 15 year old named Bret, and his whole family are converts of about a year and a half, but he was never baptized due to family pressure. So Sister Stevenson and I taught him individually and he really started to progress and WANTED to be baptized. Still, due to time constraints and family pressure, we will now have to wait until the step-dad becomes active in church again and gets the Melchizedek priesthood so that he can both baptize and confirm Bret. I'm sad I won't get to see it happen, because I became so close with this family and especially with Bret. He feels like my little brother. I know he's disappointed, especially because he was READY and it was HIS choice, but he didn't get the ultimate say in things. Hopefully his baptism won't be delayed any longer.

Lately, I've been reading the Pearl of Great Price. I've finished Moses and Abraham. I think they are some of my favorite scriptures so far. The name "The Pearl of Great Price" is very fitting. If I named it, it wouldv'e been called, "The glorious treasure chest of God's mysteries," but that's probably why didn't ask me to name it... Anyway, I really like the book of Abraham. He doesn't use as much biblical language as most other scripture authors. I'm looking forward to learning the full translation of "Fascimile #2" someday.

Finally, I wanted to tell Warren that I am using the same laundry bag that he used on his mission! Whoa! That was like 10 years ago! And also to tell Dad that yes, he can forward my weekly emails to anyone he would like and the same goes to all of you!

Anyway, I love you all and miss you and can't wait to talk to you on Christmas!!



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