So the weather here in Kansas is crazy! One day it started out at 80 degrees and by nighttime it was 20s. What a drop! But it has been warming up a bit. It's been around the 50s and 60s and occasionally dropping down to the 30s again. We've been sooooo excited to not have to wear tights. haha Also........I'm getting transferred to Holton. I little teeny town of about 3000 people. I have crazy mixed feelings because we've been making progress finding people here in Emporia, and you just LOVE them that you don't want to give them up. But I guess that's a lesson in humility too. I know sister Heger (who is a splendid person) will take care of them all and the Lord will too. Sister Heger and I have been doing really well working together. We keep our spirits up and do pretty well to pick up where the other is faltering (like positivity on a hard day). She has a great desire to work hard and do things right so we get along great :) She is a pro at learning directions too so she's got the area down. I'm going to miss her tons!!! Seriously blessed with the best companions Sisters Heger, Mortensen, and Tycz. My new companion will be Sister Hartung. And she is awesome too!!! It's going to be really funny going around saying Hartung and Harston together. Confusing!! haha
SO glad that Grandma's pain level is down!! Whoohoo!!! Prayers work :D So glad to hear of family jumping in to help her out because there are a lot of families who don't. What a blessing and support system we have!!! And YES Dad, I was listening and learning and crying if you remember. haha :) There are 215 missionaries currently serving in the Kansas Wichita Mission, so when Elder Bednar came, we got a mission-wide photo which I hope to see at some point and send on. I did get the package and thank you they fit wonderfully :) I'll actually be sending a package home of several things I no longer need especially since I have to pack up all my stuff and move to Holton. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. haha Sister Heger and I really are having a lot of fun together and can't help but be goofy sometimes . haha Happy to hear that Tabitha is ok! Something we talked about at church on Sunday, was how our church is unique where we invite the whole family from the get-go. The kids don't have to learn to be quiet first, but that's where they learn :) I love going to church and it flies by when you have the right attitude, desires, and the Spirit. So grateful to be able to partake of the sacrament each week, to be forgiven, and start again, trying to be better all the time.
Brother and Sister Hirsh did come with us to see Debbie and Brother Hirsh was so funny. He did in a loving way say, why in the world haven't you stopped smoking? Do it now, don't wait. haha She didn't feel overwhelmed at all but told us later that she thinks their are super cool people. haha the Elders also came to challenge Debbie to quit and got her to commit to quitting on the 18th, so TOMORROW!!!! She has doctors, and family, and friends, and people who don't even know her rooting for her to quit which is definitely helping. When the Elders were over, Debbie for the first time ever, actually prayed and asked Heavenly Father to help her quit!!!! :D Totally smiled when she said that :) She's felt that she could do it on her own, but now she's realizing that He can help her! I will let her know that she's in your prayers, thank you!!!
Saturday Sister Heger and were picked up by some members from her last area, Andover, who took us to the baptism in Wichita of a family that Sister Heger found and taught. Such a sweet experience! It was also fun to meet some of the people that Sister Heger has talked about.
Pam, we hope to see before I head out. She knows our message is true she just has some hang ups. Sister Davis came with us who is a convert to the church. We hadn't really told her our plan to talk to Pam, but she said everything right. It was so cool to see how in tune with the spirit she was. The gospel does not destroy or take away from what you knew from the past, but adds to it in a marvelous way!
We talked to Tony and Rhonda and they showed us a fun game that is Tetris Jenga, so much harder than normal Jenga! haha We just hope they feel the Spirit and the truth of the Book of Mormon as they read about the Savior coming to the Americas. It's an amazing inspired Book!!! So many addresses to write down so I can keep in touch!!!
We visited Maria Gonzalez again :) She was baptized when she was 10 with her grandma, and hasn't really been back to church in a long time. And Sister Tycz and I found her knocking on her door!! Miracles are happening :) She agreed to review the lessons, and I think she'll come to church soon because it seems like she really misses the experiences she had there in the past.
We also found a potential investigator, Andy, with awesome potential. She has had some crazy health experiences in the past with a weak heart, and totally understands what the Spirit feels like. She said that she's been to a few different churches but didn't get the feeling she was looking for. So, we invited her to our church :) Unfortunately she didn't come on Sunday, but we/Sister Heger will see her this week and actually teach her the first lesson. So neat!
This is what makes it hard to leave, but I know there will be miracles in my next area and hopefully a baptism :) Jacob 4:8 "Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. and no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, bretheren, despise not the revelations of God." This entire work, works through revelation from God! It is amazing to be a firsthand witness.
Novel like usual. haha Love you all dearly!!! I shouldn't need anything sent, but Thank you!!!!!
-- Love always and forever
-- Love always and forever