Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MLK Jr. Day and a Crowded Bus

Dear Family and Friends,

Where to begin?! This week was full of miracles. Sister King and I were just running around like crazy trying to stay on top of things! Sorry we didn't get to email yesterday - the campus library was closed due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since we couldn't email yesterday the zone got together at the institute building which was super fun! It was also a holiday bus schedule so the busses didn't run as frequently and when they did run they were PACKED! Riding back from the institute with the Elders was insane! We got on a bus with almost 100 people packed onto it!

Just Walking:
Earlier in the week we were out doing some contacting when we felt prompted to go try to stop by to see Debra. We'd had an appointment scheduled with her for that day, but she had cancelled it because of a doctor's appointment for her little boy. We still felt like we should try to go see her though so we walked and walked and walked and then we ran into her on the street! It was such a tender mercy because we were able to talk with her and help with some of her concerns. It was one of those 'in the right place at the right time' moments and it felt so good!

Debra and Jada's Baptism:
This Saturday everything fell into place and the English Elder's investigators, Debra and Jada, were baptized! We met with Debra and Jada a couple times to help teach lessons so it was fun to be a small part of their journey. It was such a tender mercy that everything worked out and came together - I wish I could explain all the mini miracles that we witnessed this week, but I don't have the time! Guess we'll save the full story for after the mission, but Jada (12 years old) is just the sweetest thing and after she was baptized she was just glowing!

Possibly the Most Spiritual Experience of My Mission Thus Far:
Alright I have sat in on some very spirit filled lessons in the last 6 months, but this one takes the cake! AHHH it was incredible! We had a lesson with our recent convert Kendall as our 'member present' and we taught Ishmael our investigator who will be getting baptized THIS Saturday! It was a pretty simple lesson, we taught the importance of obedience and that keeping the commandments brings happiness. Then Kendall shared her testimony and her experience joining the church. Like Ishmael, she was raised Catholic so she related really well to him and helped answer some of his questions and concerns. She bore such a simple, powerful testimony the spirit filled the room SO strongly! It was such a sweet moment for Sister King and I to see Kendall teaching Ishmael things we taught her just a couple months ago. She has so much faith and is such a great example! Ishmael was really touched by her testimony and we had a few other great lessons with him this week. He passed his baptismal interview today and things are looking good for Saturday - we are so excited for him!(:

The Sacrament:
Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy taught, “If we properly prepare for the sacrament, we can transform our lives.” My understanding of the Sacrament has grown SO much as a missionary. This week we had a cool lesson about the Sacrament with Emily and it made me so excited for church and the opportunity we have to partake of the Sacrament. It can truly be a spiritual experience for us! I am so grateful for the chance we have to renew our covenants each week and recommit ourselves to following the Savior.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement! I hope things are going well back home - love and miss you lots, but there is no where I'd rather be!

Sister Kelley(:
Debra and Jada's Baptism!

Love this kid!!!

Crowded bus pics - sorry so out of focus!

Soooo many people!! Again, sorry it's out of focus!

Me and Sis. King - love her!
(cute coat and hat! she must be loved!!!)

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