Dearest Family and Friends,
Oh what a week. I don't have much time so I'm going to try and hit all the highlights from the past week. First off, I received a phone call from President Campbell early Wednesday morning informing me about Grandma's condition. He gave me permission to call her. That was wonderful! I'm so glad I got to talk with her. I know I will see her again. Whether that is when I get home or not until the next life I don't know. I do know that Families are Forever and that we will see our loved ones again. Although it is hard to say goodbye here, it is only see you later. I love you Grandma! I know you will have a great welcoming party. President Campbell expressed to me that he honestly believes that we will have the same socialites that we have here in the next life. I know that is true as well. Isn't it great that we have an Eternal Perspective through hard times? Brother Nickle and Curry from the Branch gave me a Priesthood Blessing Wednesday morning. They both work at the High School and after talking to Sister Nickle to use her phone to call Grandma, she called her husband and arranged for us to meet them at the school to give me a blessing. We met in an empty classroom where Brother Nickle gave me the Blessing. It was amazing. In it he talked about God's timing and the blessings of Forever Families. He also mentioned how proud Heavenly Father is for me serving and that there are still people her that I need to teach. What a blessing that was :)
Also, last Monday Sister Bunker and I were enjoying a relaxing P-day. I looked out our window of our apartment and noticed a lady in a wheelchair who seemed to be struggling due to the snow and ice on the sidewalk. I continued working on whatever it was I was doing and looked up a minute or so later. She hadn't gotten more than a couple feet and I could tell she was exhausted. I pointed her out to Sister Bunker and we threw on our boots and coat to go to the rescue. We crossed the street and approached her, "Can we help you?" She was surprised to see anyone there. "Oh yes! This sidewalk is so bad. Were you just walking by?" "No. We were in our apartment and saw you outside here so we figured we'd come help." "Really? You came all the way from your apartment? Wow." I walked her backward (because the bigger wheels did better in the snow) for 7 blocks to her house. We had a wonderful conversation with her. Her name is Lianne. Pretty close to mine hey? Once we got to her place she was so grateful. She couldn't believe that we had walked her all the way home. We gave her our card and told her to call us if she needs anything. I also explained that we'd love to come visit her again and do any service for her and asked for her phone number. She gave it to us and we were on our way. I had such a good feeling after this. About an hour later we got a phone call from a number we didn't recognize. "Hi, this is Lianne. You helped me earlier. I realized that I gave you the wrong number. I said 5 instead of 4. I wanted to make sure you had the correct one and didn't think I was lying." How cool is that?!?! That never happens! It wouldn't be the first time someone has given me the wrong number so for her to call and correct that was a miracle in and of itself. :) Super neat experience. Hopefully we can contact her this week.
Another Miracle from the week happened Sunday. While Sister Bunker and i were teaching Gospel Principles and random Asian lady and her baby joined us. Brother Stark brought her in. Since we were teaching we didn't get the chance to talk to her. She got up and left only about 10 minutes later. After I asked Brother Stark about her and he said she just walked in off the street. She lives close by and said, " I felt like I should be here." That is super neat. He mentioned that she wanted to come next week. Hopefully we can get in contact with her again.
Well, the mission still brings miracles everyday! Bill is scheduled for baptism on March 22nd :) He found out I was going home on the 28th and asked if he could be baptized before I leave. OF COURSE! :) He is amazing and making great progress. He's been praying for me and for Grandma when he found out that she wasn't doing well. It's amazing to see so many people prepared to accept the Gospel. I love it!!!
Love always and forever,