Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 24 Arizona

The mission home address:  Hermana Ashley Raynor 
                                              Arizona Tempe Mission Home
                                              1871 E. Del Rio Drive 
                                              Tempe, Az 85282

So this has been a crazy week...and I'll just work backwards and start off with the craziest part, Sunday night. On Sunday we got to go to the Mission President's devotional at ASU. It was super good. I got to see some members from Arizona City and I got to see a few of my favorite missionaries. Also, Sunday was the last day of the transfer and... I'm getting transferred...again. We have 6 missionaries in our ward right now and they have decided that there is just not enough work for 6 so they are pulling a companionship out. So we'll have to wait until next week to find out where I go!

This weekend was stake conference, and it was super awesome. I got to see almost everyone from my first area. The Phoenix stake is massive, and so it is broken up into 2 zones, and so at stake conference... Everyone from my first area was there! It was super fun to see everyone.

On Friday we had a baptism! Victor is this man we've been teaching for a while. He is 20, he just got married like 2 weeks ago, and the baptism was interesting. In all honesty, I thought he was just getting baptized because his wife is a member.  He is super shy and the whole time, I thought he didn't really care. When we were planning his baptism, he said that he didn't want it announced and that he didn't really want too many people to be there. So, only the people who were in the program were there.  His wife gave a talk, the Bishop did the actual baptism, the ward mission leader conducted the program, and all 6 missionaries -  the two witnesses, the music chorister, the pianist, the opening and closing prayer, and the second talk were the only ones in attendance.  It was really an interesting baptism, but the best part was when we were singing the closing song, Victor started crying. It turns out that Victor's mother is LDS and what he wants more than anything is to go to the temple and be sealed to his mother and wife and her daughter (she's not his biological daughter.)  It was super sweet and special baptism.

Love you, 

Hermana Raynor

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