MAY the Fourth... and CINO DE MAYO! ...
hello hello!:) This week was quite a week and today has been such a busy day.. hence why I am emailing so late! I am not so sure if I have said this before and if I am I may be repeating myself but truly a mission has been the best thing for me. I love to be busy but I also realize the importance of taking time to breath and be with a person and actually be present and listening to them. There were so many neat things that happened this week!
1.GIFT OF TONGUES. This is real. no but seriously. Sister Dalley and I were out and about on the streets of Washington trying to talk to as many people as we could. (something that completely terrified me as a brand new missionary) but now I love it, I find it to be so much fun to introduce myself:) "We're the SISTER MISSIONARIES" I love that. As we were trying to talk to someone they proceeded to talk to us in Spanish.... ayeyi.. so, we tried are hardest to introduce ourselves as the missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints... she looked a little confused, but hey we tried our best... and then about 20 minutes later we said hi to another women who turned to us and did some sort of sign. BOOM! it hit me. She was deaf, and I signed back to her then we began to have this conversation and I was signing on the street!! It was so cool to see what Heavenly Father brought to my remembrance. after our conversation was over, tuned to my companion and realized I had no idea how I did that. WOW. it was so cool!
2. tracting miracle: the other day we were out tracting AND it was a beautiful day and we had been having no the greatest success and then we knocked on a door where we were able to have a great conversation with a man who told us he one took the lessons in Utah but was no longer interested. one thing led to the next and he then told us his wife was a member but that she hadn't been to church in a long time. WHAT! I love finding those "hidden less actives" it is the best. He invited us back.:)
3. SILLY DALLEY: one time my companion and I took one of the Laurels out from our ward to come teach with us. Lets just say it was quite the experience. We ended up having a really awesome and powerful lesson about the BOOK OF MORMON and we were able to answer so many questions that she had and committed her to come to church. Her name is Obina and she is from the Mashall Islands.... and then after our lesson her family members wanted us to eat these sour plums that had been coated in SALT, and then dipped in chili powder.. I took a small bite to just see what it tasted like and it was interesting to say the least.. and then I looked and saw this Laurel and my companion put all of it in their mouth.. their faces were pretty priceless and we quickly got them a glass of water.. and we were out of there... I would say a mission builds character;)
I love it here. I know that it is getting close for me to leave the beautiful NorthWest. I love being a missionary. It has been the best thing. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that the gospel is the way to happiness and it is our destination but it can also be our path. I have learned the true meaning of what it means to be a disciple. A mission is a very personal and sacred experience.
LOVE YOU ALL!:)
p.s I will talk to you next week:) hahahahah
Love, Sister Norton