I can't even believe it, I am staying in Deer Park another transfer! I was shocked! I have been telling myself the last couple of weeks that I'm leaving because I was pretty darn sure. Guess not and I feel very grateful about it. I get to be at Amanda and Chris' baptism and continue teaching all the wonderful people we have in our teaching pool. I am also happy to be here for Brother and Sister Gilson. Sister Gilson isn't doing too hot and everyone is feeling like she will be passing away soon. It will be good to see her as much as I can before she goes. If you ever have the inkling, just give Brother Gilson a call and tell him you love him. He is one of the greatest people I have ever met.
I am starting to get some nerves for the baptism haha I just want to make sure Amanda and Chris understand the covenants they are making and that it is a commitment for life and not just requirements that are asked of them before baptism. I realize that we do not have to be perfect before we are baptized or understand everything completely but I just feel like I got spiritual babies on my hands you know? Like it will be on my head if they don't completely understand haha but I know I have done my best and tonight they will be having their interviews with the district leader so that will be a big help in preparing them for this Saturday. I am excited! I will send some pictures your way so you can see them.
Sister Bakly, our mini missionary was so fun! She did such a wonderful job. I hope she had a good time with us haha it was kind of a crazy week, we had a lot of meetings and planning but she hung in there perfectly. She loves Thai food so we all went out for dinner the other night. The Thai restaurant here is my favorite, you would all love it. Then we had a lesson over at the Clarks and they had a surprise for us..... little baby potbelly pigs! SO CUTE. I was dying. We got to hold one and now I want one haha and I want it to stay that small.
This last week I had an MLC meeting. The mission dr. checked me out while I was there and I am doing just fine :) Thank you for your concerns, it made me feel loved but my ankle is doing well. They don't know what it was but I'm pretty sure it was just a horsefly or something. President Boren, in our training, shared something that struck me... he said the temple is a test. The temple represents the presence of the Lord. It is a test of our desires. What is our desire? How badly do we want to be close to God? The temple is a test of our desire to be in the presence of the Lord. We must acquire that burning in our bones to attend the temple as apart of our preparation for eternal life. It is the Lord's house where the veil is thin and we can learn and grow spiritually. I know it is important to our Heavenly Father that we attend the temple and if needs be that we repent and prepare ourselves to be worthy to go back to the temple and return again and again. He loves you and wants you to take part in temple blessings. They are abundant! Once I return home I want to strive for and make temple attendance a high priority in my life. I know I will be blessed both temporally and spiritually. That I will be blessed with the power and strength that the Lord desires to give me as I serve His children there and learn more about His plan for me. I know this is what He wants for all of us. I love you and I wish you all the best this week :) Keep praying for all the lovely people here in Deer Park.