Monday, March 25, 2013

hello :)

tis good to hear from you.

i laughed at the stories of my nephews. cute kids.

thank you for the updates of my friends.

we got our transfer call! i am staying here in the bedford 2 area and i am going to be training a new sister missionary who is probs on a plane or in an airport. sister caffall is going to be opening a new area and training TWO new sister missionaries! man oh man! does that tell you how amazing my trainer is? well it should. she really is great. we have had some lovely times together.

she is sad to be leaving the people here, but she also hasnt written the boy she likes for 4 months! so she will be writing him today. that will be good for her. she hasnt been writing him because his dad is our ward mission leader (who you met). which i still laugh about at least thrice a day. man that is so funny. did i tell you that she also dated another boy and his brother is in our ward? gosh! so FUNNY!

it is exciting to train! good thing the lord qualifies the called!

this area has truly caught fire! when we first got here, missionaries hadn;t been here for months. now we hardly have time to eat! last night we had dinner at 9:30 after we planned for  the next day. it is amazing how prepared these people are. i love being out here and it had been a blessing to open this area with sister caffall 4 months ago. that sister is great.

this week some really cool things happened. jackie duran finally got baptized! she was baptized thursday at 6:30. boy was it a wonderful event. her mom even came to the baptism! we saw jackie the next day and she was definitely the happiest i have ever seen her. on sunday she was confirmed. her mom came to church and stayed for the whole 3 hours! that was great.

robin handlin is a happy lady too! we read alma 34 with her and now she is happy and excited to start praying more often and read the bom more, too! after the lesson, she said a sweet, heart-felt prayer expressing how thankful she is that the lord wants to hear from her more often.

carolina's storm is finally passing. we visited her last night. we met her oldest daughter, elizabeth, for the first time. she is 19
she sat down with us and read the bom. oscany told us that she has been praying more and she has felt a difference and she finds comfort through prayer. carolina cried with happiness and told us that her 3 oldest daughters are coming back to live with her again. she has been praying for this to happen and she knows the lord is answering her prayers. she is so thankful! she loves her family so much! she informed elizabeth that they are going to the church on sundays and that oscany goes to mutual on wednesdays. it was so great to see carolina being so confident about the church!

before we left, i asked the family if they would all read some of the bom before we come back on thursday. they all said yes. elizabeth said "yes! i will! i am going to read a lot! i really want to. i have been wondering what religion i should be a part of." she said this and she doesnt even know what the bom is or where it came from! wow!

this really has been a great week. we see miracles every day!

pray for my mission! we are receiving 26 new missionaries tomorrow! ah! please pray for me to raise my new child well! she will need it!

 something really cool happened also. sister caffall borrowed a skirt of mine which ended up ripping pretty badly before the end of the day. i knew i couldnt fix it without a sewing machine, so i was considering sending it home to you. then, like 2 days later, we went to a relief society thing where we did a service swap. i was looking at my choices of service i could take advantage of. i thought i wouldnt be able to find anything. i mean what could i use? i have no time and no need and also a full belly. but then, to my complete surprise, i saw it. "mending and altering clothes". woWIE! i took that one real quick! my skirt is being mended now :) wow. what a blessing. and i didnt even have to ask for that one!


i love you!

love, sister lani buxton

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