Saturday, September 20, 2014

Week 39 Arizona

So this has been a crazy week to say the least. Tuesday was soooooooooooooooo long, but we made it through. Then on Thursday we had a day...we had mission tour so there was some serious spiritual lift at that meeting. Elder Schwitzer of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy came and did some training with was just awesome. It was all about repentance and humility and the conversion process. It was super cool, and from then until now we just saw miracle after has been amazing. I'm gonna try and tell you about all of them, so bare with me.

So Hermana Ayala. I'm just gonna say it, re-activations are way awesomer than baptisms. The Elders had been working with this lady for weeks and absolutely no desire to go back to church, then Sister Smuin and I came in and we had this incredible lesson with her, she told us that she had gone to our ward once before but never felt super welcomed, but we got her to come. So she comes, and then she left right before the closing prayer in Sacrament meeting...we thought she hated it and that she ran away. Then we weren't able to visit her the next week and we were super sad, but then she showed up at church again the next Sunday, and... their records were read in. 
     Then on Friday night we went over to visit her, she told us that since she went back to church, Justin (her 13 year old son) has been better. He has ADHD, Asbergers, OCD, and the week before we visited her she found out he also is schizophrenic. Since they went to church, he has been better. Then, this Sunday, Hermana Ayala brought her whole family to church, Justin received the priesthood. To this point in my mission, it was the best thing I have ever seen. I have never felt so happy for another person like this, I cried a little bit during that meeting.

On Thursday, Sister Smuin was struggling a bit, and by a bit...I mean a lot. She got dear john-ed and she saw someone from home on Thursday that she wasn't expecting to (or wanting to) see after she got the letter if-you-know-what-i-mean. So Thursday night, there where a lot of tears and pep talks. By the end of the night, we set up an appointment with president because she just had a lot on her mind.During the whole thing, she just kept saying "I wish Elder Nelson was here, he always knew what to do." Elder Nelson was her last district leader in Phoenix and he had just gone home, so not a chance of that happening. Anyways in to Presidents office she walks and about 20 minutes later, she walks out and standing in the hallway is none other than formerly Elder Nelson. His family just so happened to be coming through on that day at that time. It truly was a miracle.

Funny for the family:

So we live with two other Sisters, and on Saturday night Sister Roth told us something that her grandpa told her once. She was slouching real bad, and so he put his arm around her and said, "don't ever let your stomach stick out further than your feminine charms" (aka your boobs) then on Sunday Sister Smuin and I were in church and I drew something and then she tried to quote Sister Roth's grandpa, but failed. I was crying from laughing so hard.

Us at the temple, peanut butter m&M on sister Smuin's forehead.

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