I'd like to just start off by congratulating myself that I made it through the month of August. Haha.. am I being dramatic.. yes.. But seriously, I'm so grateful that it's finally September. I'm so sick of vacation month.
I'm so glad to hear that everyone is doing so well, I love seeing pictures of people from home. It makes me so happy to see all the fun things y'all do.
This past week also went by relatively quickly. But the most exciting thing is that our investigator File got baptized!!!!! She's seriously so awesome. We were working with her and making sure that she was all ready for her baptism and that was awesome. It's incredible to see the growth that people make in such a short amount of time. She's so incredible. Any appointment we have with her she is always early or like exactly on time.. and when we're talking about Albanian's.. that's saying something. She was so excited on the day of her baptism, as we were waiting for her to step into the font she was all jittery and excited it was so cute! It was such a great day. Her daughters and her grandson came to the baptism and then on Sunday when she received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, she brought her 16 year old son! We're hoping to start teaching the rest of her family. I would love nothing more than to give her whole family the gospel. Ah! It was great.
As far as our other work goes.. Things really have been quite slow. People have been unable to meet and a lot of things have just been coming up which makes it hard to really get people progressing and things like that. Sometimes it's hard to keep the faith when you look ahead and you don't see much there. But, I'm confident that the Lord always has miracles waiting for those who truly desire to do good and those who are willing to submit to His will.
My testimony is growing in ways that I never would have imagined. If there's one thing I've learned in these past few weeks is that this work requires the Spirit all of the time. Without it you really cannot do anything. I've literally noticed a difference when I talk with people on days where I really feel the Spirit with me. They might not necessarily accept what I have to say but I truly have seen that more people stop, more people are friendly and willing to at least listen. It's a huge blessing and testament to the fact that the Spirit really is the teacher, not me.
What else can I tell you... Oh! Yeah, this is super awesome.. We have a cockroach problem in our apartment. What. the. heck. Haha, I was like okay.. no. Haha not cool. Every night we come in and we kill a few. It's so not my favourite thing.. But whatever. Hopefully we'll deal with that quickly. Seeing as there is a very good chance I'm staying her next transfer too.. I don't want to be roommates with those little buggers anymore.
I dyed Sister Pitcher's hair this week. So, that was fun. She needed a little pick me up so we went and bought some hair dye and it looks good. She felt so much better after. Okay, I get that we're sister missionaries and it shouldn't matter.. But I truly believe that a change in hairdo really can work miracles. We had a good time doing that so that was fun.
Well, I miss you all! A few people mentioned that I've almost reached the halfway point of my mission and that is completely absurd to me.. I don't even know how that's possible! I feel like before we even know it I'll be on the plane ride back home. Ah, I don't even like to think about that. This past week I've really noticed how much I truly love this place. It's absolutely absurd and frustrating sometimes.. But these people are so incredible and I'm so lucky to be here and to be able to serve with the missionaries that I serve with. Seriously, I love being here.
Alright, that's all I got for ya this week! Have a good one!!