hey bob :)
thank you for the email
yes we have had a zone conference, it was good. not a ton to report on. it was at the joseph smith birthplace. the thing is, we didnt really get to do anything there. we just went into a church building and learned missionary things, then we went home. didnt get to tour the joseph smith birthplace or memorial or anything. didnt even really talk about him. just had a conference and then left..
but it was good.
my mission president really is the best. he leaves this summer, which no one is looking forward to. but its ok. i am glad i got to have him as my leader for a bit.
we have been trying for a while to get in contact with the grump. last night we finally caught him again on his steps. we talked for a pretty short time. then he warned us to leave. he wasnt very happy with us. i think we shouldnt go back for... some time. :(
jackie went to Massachusetts over a week ago to spend some time with her cousins (lds) and she forgot get phone and also about the baptism.. jackie! stop acting.... 15.. hahaha :) its ok though. she really acts pretty mature for a 15 year old. she is just... forgetful :) hahah. but last night she sent us a text which read: "sisters! i'm back! i miss you guys! i know you guys are sleeping so i'm sorry but i had an AMAZING time giving my testimony to the young women and men!"
so that was rather exciting :) silly jackie. we will be visiting her tonight.
also. her mom is letting us come over again to teach her, so that is really great :)
jeremy was busy when we went to our appointment with him. silly boy. his mom said we should give up on him but i told her that as a representative of jesus christ, i cannot!
caleb, the little boy is doing ok. his mom really likes us, but she has been cancelling appointments recently. hopefully we get to see them again soon. teaching them can be tricky at times because its a crazy house over there.
carolina is going though some really trying times right now. it is really sad, but she seems to recognize that the adversary is coming at her because she is following the lord more and more. it is so sad to see her cry and struggle. she is such an amazing woman and we love her so much. i just hope i am doing my part right and i hope she continues to try and try and not give up. that family sure is wonderful. her little girl fell asleep while i was brushing her hair last night. it was so cute!
robin and becca are doing well. still not coming to church, but they like us and they are even starting to invite people over while we are there, so that is really cool :) i love those girls.
oh! so this week i found out that i am a born again christian! we were talking to a man named bob who is a born again. it was great! he has met with missionaries a lot and has had some incredible spiritual experiences! it was really great to talk with him. but he explained that a born again christian is just a person who commits themselves and their lives to christ and is "born of the spirit" like it says in the bible. ( now we just need to help him understand that scripture even more.) but anyway its not actually a denomination. its just an inner commitment! well hey! thats me! :) this is great :)
did i ever tell you about brother earnshaw? oh man! he is so great. he is my mission leader in the ward i am serving. what a hilarious man. he is sister caffalls x boyfriend's (who she still loves and he loves her) dad!! haha isnt that funny? we see him and his family like.. 3 times a week. and he feeds us waffles every saturday! oh its a hoot. that guy is great. i always tell s caffall to marry her x so that she can have brother earnshaw as a father in law for eternity. that right there would be worth it!
i cant tell you how flattered i am that bum wants my art in his room! wowie!! thank you so much bum! go for it! i know that mom will help and you two will make sure they are safe, so go for it! thank you! i love you bum!
well the mission is going great and i truly love being a missionary. people say its a huge sacrifice, but really its a huge privilege! this transfer we are in is being cut short to only 5 weeks instead of 6. then we are getting 12 new sisters, which is more than sisters we have available to train!!!!!!........ ahh! so this means i am pretty much guaranteed to be training as of march 26.
i hope i do well.
i love you all and i am very thankful for the letters, emails, love, support, packages, and thoughts.
i am not thankful for due dates before i get home.
i love you!!
love, sister, daughter, whatever whatever buxton!