Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

What a wonderful opportunity we have to remember those that we love! This week has been a crazy week. I dont think the wind can blow any less. Its not in the nature of the land out here! ;D We have had several opportunities to teach people and meet several others. This area is becoming ripe very quickly and I am worried that I am not going to be able to keep up with it! hahaha The Lords work is moving forward all over the world and it is magnificent to be apart of right now. Something I have found interesting is that its the younger generations which are prepared to receive the gospel. Not their parents or grandparents. Its the kids in elementary and high school. In this ward the baptisms they had were almost all high school students. I find that very interesting. Yesterday we had our recent converts confirmed. It was a wonderful experience and they were given some very specific blessings. My favorite part is when they opened their eyes and smiled. They were so happy and they were just shining!!!! Their mom is now taking the lessons. This family is definitely a miracle. We haven't had a lot of activity to report on other than getting awesome tans from shoes, watches and rings. Dont worry I wear sunscreen! Biking is very slowly getting easier. Although I still struggle with stopping in the middle of the road to talk to people on the sidewalks. Cars just dont watch out enough for bikers! I think the worst was when the bus passed us. It honked then flew past us and I could literally reach out and touch it, it was so close!!!! I thank my Heavenly Father each night that we make it back unharmed. The members in our ward have been so sweet as to share their sincere distaste that the Sisters are on bike. I think if they could they would call President and chew him out! Its wonderful to feel their love and concern for our welfare.

We taught a pair of sisters-in-law (sort of). They aren't married but they live in a house together with a bunch of brothers and sisters and their families. Their is definitely a Chastity problem and we have tried several times this week to teach it. One of the girls asked if we had kids. When we explained that we didn't and why she was astonished. She asked us how we managed to still be virgins. We both were taken back just a little bit with her ability to piece things together so fast and her perplexity at the idea. It was funny and sad all at the same time. Im still not sure if she respects the fact that we have lived our lives that way or if she is just surprised. How sad this world is becoming!!!!!

We also had a lesson with a lady that the Elders had found for us. She first started out telling us that she couldn't wrap her mind around the fact that we have a prophet on the earth today and she hasn't heard about him. The thing we didn't know at the time was that her ex husband grew up Mormon and he didn't talk about it! When we left we both started talking about the impressions we had during the lessons. We concluded that she would make a most amazing Relief Society President and a very down to earth Member! I love her already!!!! Well family sorry this is short! It was a super busy week and we accomplished lots of work. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday!

Hurrah for Israel!


Sister Cottrell