Wednesday, May 7, 2014

So don't have tons of time to e-mail this well so maybe it'll be shorter! haha so yes, I'll be able to skype or call you I believe.  Probably going to be around 3:30pm? Just an estimate. so weird, feel like we just talked! haha Whew. I'll try to call before hand for a few minutes to make sure every one's home and the internet's working :)
So Sherrei is still doing really well and we helped her move on Saturday to another house on the other side of Holton.  We're sad she's not across the street anymore, but it's good because it's bigger and cheaper :)

Mom, you gave a book of Mormon away!!  that is so awesome :) even if they don't convert right away, at least she might open it up and realize it's different that many people assume. I really hope the lady they hire is good for all of you.  That will make work a  much better experience.  And of course the kids would slip up and call you mom. you're just such a good one!! 

Dad, how long has Cole been out? I don't even remember.  We had Stake conference this last week and I got to see some people from my last area in Emporia.  So cool :) Brother Jensen told me he doesn't think I'm going to Brazil because they just pulled a ton of missionaries out of Venezuela. Who knows!  But it's totally fine because I KNOW that I'm where I need to be right now.  The Lord has all control and I trust Him :) That's awesome you made the comment about Preach My Gospel and I'm sure they were totally about to hug you or tackle you or something. haha glad you're enjoying it!!  

Nichole I can't believe you have kittens!! How did that happen? haha so only 7 weeks left for you maybe? I don't know if I'm more excited than you or not. haha Apryl's going to have a baby too.  I can't believe it.  Hope everything goes smoothly!

Katrina, glad your hair is brown. haha  The Gladys Night thing was something that Nichole and Justin got to enjoy in Texas :)  We're having really warm weather out here too, and whew I'm getting awkward tan lines on my feet. haha But we're finding more people to teach so it's a really really good thing!! We haven't been able to get in contact with Shawn, but Graduation is soon so he might be more available afterward.  High hopes!   Sounds like work is putting you to the test :) are your arms still getting sore or are you totally good now?

This week has been interesting. We didn't have very many set appointments because all the potential investigators we found the week before are no longer interested.  So we've been tracting again and one of Butch's friends, a young guy is interested in learning more and took a Book of Mormon!!  Butch is planning on being baptized on the 17th of May too :) We found a member of the ward, brother Self, who likes fishing too and is going to bring Butch to church next Sunday :) so happy for him!  Also, while we were her in Topeka,  (we don't usually do any tracting since it's not exactly our area ) but it was a beautiful day and we decided to drive to an area, park the car and walk to members houses.  On our way we saw a group of young men outside messing around with a basketball and we asked each other, "should we go talk to them?" Of course! so we did :)  We were able to talk with them about their experience and feelings they get from reading the bible and stuff. One in particular was more religious than the others.  We were able to explain that we wanted to build on what they already know and to help them feel that good feeling again :)  As we shared the first vision, they were all quiet and listening intently.  They ALL accepted Book of Mormons, Restoration pamphlets, and a return appointment next Sunday!!! what?!  So cool, we have to hand them over to the elders to teach, but I have to say it was totally worth it :) 

Love you all and pray for you every day!!!!  
-- Love always and forever
Sister Harston
So, Sherrei got baptized on Saturday!!!  Her sons had been really wishy washy about whether or not they were coming and both of them came.  So her sons Devin (along with his girlfriend and 5 month old son CJ) and Walker, and her nephews DJ, Clay, and clay's friend Storm, and her mom Gaye even came too!!!  What an amazing turnout.  Everything went really smoothly.  As we waited at the side of the font as Brother Goodrick was about to say the baptismal prayer, an amazing feeling of love, and awe, and just pure joy came over me. It felt similar to when family is gathered around, but a little different.  it was an incredibly special and sweet experience that I hope never to forget. I know none of it was me and sister Hartung. Sherrei pretty much only needed the pamphlets and the spirit and she was good to go :) Afterward she was practically giddy like a weight had been lifted off her heart, and I'm sure it was :)  What a blessing to be a part of that marvelous experience. Sunday was cool too, it was just her at church but she was given the gift of the Holy Ghost and the whole process was complete.  (Also, a miracle happened.  Tornados were predicted and Sister Hartung and I and Sherrei all prayed for the storm to pass or be delayed at least till after she was confirmed. Sunday, there wasn't even a sign of a storm. The Lord ANSWERS prayers of faith!!!) 

Also today we got the e-mail about transfers and Sister Hartung and I are staying up in Holton!!!!! We are so excited because that is what we were hoping for :)

KC you have cuter glasses than me!  haha and you dyed your hair what colot? it looks a little purple in the picture.  I'm so glad you have an awesome Family Home Evening group! that makes things so fun :)  only 4 in an apartment, I bet that's SUPER nice.  Ward pianist, no way!! haha you've always been so good at that, but since Rexburg isn't huge maybe you'll still get to hang out with the people you meet this Spring and Summer!

Dad, I don't know that I could teach you anything. haha All I have to say is use the notes area available in the margins, and fill it up! :0) Preach My Gospel is truly amazing and inspired.  It's funny that every difficulty we have, the answer's in the Book of Mormon and Pregar Meu Evangelho :) I'm glad you and grandma got to go to Geniel's farewell talk!  I'm so excited for her.  Spanish will come if she doesn't hold anything back from the Lord.  I'll probably relate with her better once I go to Brazil though.  Is her e-mail She was always good at bringing other to any event, it would be impossible for anyone not to love her :) I'm glad it was you dad to explain things to the young man.  A little fatherly love and guidance will go a long way! 

Grandma, so glad you're doing better!!!! It warms my heart to hear :)  Are you still enjoying indexing? Healing well?

Mom, I know you can pass out a Book of Mormon :) It's an amazing experience that if you have it available to you, whether in the car or your purse or something, then pray to the Lord and say something like, "Heavenly Father, I know I need to give someone this Book of Mormon and I'm going to, but I just don't know who.  Please help me to recognize them when I find them."  Out here we've really been learning a lot about how to pray with faith, so I don't know if that helps.  you probably were already doing that anyways!!!  I'll for sure keep you in my prayers for your test and to give away that book of Mormon. That's a really good quote, I just might have to use that too so thanks! haha We've met a few people this week who just don't want to believe that there could be a prophet because they see no need for one.  They believe they can receive all the revelation they need on their own.  How sad!!  We can receive precious incite and guidance but we need a leader to guide the church as a whole, and he's not the only one leading it!  it's an amazing network that we NEED.  He keeps the doctrine pure.  He will never lead us astray.  He has the power of God to dedicate temples. He and other church leaders can provide answers to prayers. They are great examples, and I could go on and on and on and on!  How people can miss that, I don't know.

Nichole, don't even worry about a hand written letter.  E-mails work just perfectly and their's less chance of me misplacing it :) Sounds like Easter was really fun. and Gladys Knight is coming!!  What a great experience! and super low key to invite others by saying there will be beautiful music.  Haha yeah don't worry about pictures, you can just send a billion when baby Bridger is here:) Such a CUTE NAME! good choice :)

Mostly this week has consisted of meeting with Sherrei and preparing her for baptism as well as continuing to Find.  A miracle is that we met a guy named Shawn who was outside playing football with his cousin.  We walked up to say hi and he was so nice.  He let us share all the way through the first vision and invited us to meet with him again the following morning.  We couldn't find another place to meet so we stood outside with him under a little 2 foot overhang over his door while the rain came pouring down.  It was soo coool!!!  We finished the first lesson and invited him to be baptized and HE SAID HE WOULD!  He's praying about whether to be baptized with DJ (yes they're best friends, what are the odds!) or on May 17.  So exciting.  He is 18 and his mom is ok with it!  He works a lot so we have to catch him on the fly sometimes, but what a miracle.  Hearts are prepared!

Well I love you all and pray you will have a good week, that you'll be safe, and that you will have your needs met!  

-- love always and forever
Sister Harston

So here's Sherrei at her baptism that she was SO EXCITED FOR!! and here's my district with a couple of goofballs in the back haha