|Sister Bates & I. I freaking LOVE this girl!|
How are y'all doing? I hope everything is good up in the Great White North!
So sad to hear about baby Lolee and Georgia. What the heck Wood's?! Talk about taking care of free health care. Haha, that's so sad. & I LOVE LENI. What even, why does our family have such cute kids. It's hard to live up to these standards.. Talk about leaving me with big shoes to fill.
This past week has been really good. The Hungarian's left for Hungary on Monday, which was really sad because I loved them. It's crazy.. When you serve with people, you truly become like.. Spiritually connected, I don't even know how to explain it. I just love them in such a different way. It sucks because I know it's gonna be like 18 months straight of constantly saying goodbye to people that you come to adore. I'm already not looking forward to saying goodbye to the Finnish missionaries, and I don't even want to think about leaving all my elders once we get to Albania :(
Speaking of! Okay, so mom and dad.. I'll get my flight plans on this Friday for when I'm gonna be leaving/which airports and what not, so I'll have that information for you by next Wednesday. I leave for Albania on April 1st, which means that I'm now in what we call "consecration week". So, basically I speak my mission language all the time. I'm really excited.. But really nervous at the same time, I'm afraid that this week will just make me realize that I'm incompetent. Haha, but so far so good. The language is coming along decent, it's not perfect by any means.. But it's coming. I've also thought of some other ways that I can truly consecrate myself to the work and show the Lord that my mind and my heart are truly dedicated to His work. I think some great things will come of it.
I'm so excited to get to Albania, honestly.. I am so excited to stop talking about the culture and the people and actually experience it and meet the people myself! I'm also really excited to teach with another Motra. That will be cool.
|Elder Penrod's birthday! What better way to celebrate than a|
I am now in a room with Sister Sedgwick, Sister Bates and Sister Johnston, since Sister Feil left on Monday, I had to move all of my stuff into their room and I'm now technically a part of that companionship for the next 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS, Oh my goodness. I seriously have to pinch myself like all the time when I think about that. Ah, so crazy.
Sadly, this week I was released from being a Sister Training Leader and Sister Bates and Sister Johnston were called because I'm leaving. But, apparently when President Hutchings interviewed them, he told them that Sister Feil and I were the best Sister Training Leaders he's ever worked with! I'm so grateful! That's so nice of him to say! I'm sad that I don't get to be apart of the branch counsel meetings anymore. Those were great.
|My Fav Hungarians. Haws Elder, Feil Nover, Chambers Elder & Tuttle Elder|
|Elder Temple & Simons. Love them to death… |
But the constantly make pterodactyl noises
and it make me want to choke them out. haha
I'm seriously so happy here, it's really hard. The language can be discouraging, and sometimes time just doesn't pass the way that it should. But at the same time, I've never felt so much love for other people and I've never felt so close to my Heavenly Father. I literally receive constant direction and guidance from Him and I can't explain how special that is. In this past week, I have been told on multiple occasions, "you just answered my prayer!" and I promise you that it is not me, it is the Lord simply speaking through me, just as He does through others. He will do whatever He needs to in order to provide His children with the help that they need. I promise you that. It is so exciting to be able to watch these things happen. It's amazing. Honestly!
Thank you all again for all of your love and support, I hope that everything is well at home and that it's starting to warm up!
LOVE YOU ALL