Subject: A week of miracles! Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:07:13 -0600
Good afternoon family!
This week has been amazing for Monica! At her baptismal exception interview last week, the mission president told her she needed to keep the Word of Wisdom in order to be baptized this month. Essentially, she was involved in an accident a few years ago, and has been using an illegal substance to numb the pain which results from it. She has been clean for the whole week! She still goes through the pain, but she has started turning to the Lord in prayer. We gave her a blessing when she was going through a lot of pain, and she described a warmth that just ran down the side of her body and numbed the pain. She is incredible, and she is getting baptized this Saturday! As kind of a cherry on top, she and her husband were getting rid of some shoes, and there was a pair of beautiful brown Italian leather shoes that fit me perfectly! I'm excited to wear them! I'll wear them this week with my taupe suit (Dad, you look so handsome in that suit!).
On Saturday, we went to the Jordan River Temple to see a recent convert do baptisms for the dead, and to see a convert of Elder Aviles receive his endowment. We did the session in Spanish, which was really cool!
On Wednesday, we had a zone conference with President Palmer. It was okay.... It is strange coming from President Chambers, who is very formal, to this mission, which is much less formal. But I will adjust. The Lord put me here for a reason.
Sorry for the brevity! We've been running around all day. But all is well! Tell Brother C......... congratulations! That is so exciting! Mom, please don't kill yourself planning this wedding;) have a fantastic week!
This will be a really short letter, since we have been running around all day. It has been a great week! On Saturday, we worked all day. We were invited to a neighborhood BBQ, appropriately nicknamed the "cul-de-sac of Fire". Later we returned home and cleaned the house (because the Gomez's were coming home from Peru on Sunday). Then we climbed onto the roof and watched fireworks throughout the valley and sang hymns at the top of our voices. It was a blast! I didn't get very many good pictures, but I will send some.
Yesterday, we taught our friends from Brazil again! We even did it without a Portuguese translator! The gift of tongues is awesome! Also, the Gomez's came home. They got us sweaters, satchels, and some small coin purses! They are the best!
Today, we went to the mission office in West Valley with M..... so she she could have a baptismal exception interview with the mission president. She was involved in a bad car accident a few years ago, and she goes through a lot of pain every day. Apparently, the only thing that really helps her is something against the Word of Wisdom. So we gave her a blessing in President Palmer's office, and President Palmer healed her of her pain! The Spirit was so strong! If she stays clean, she could be baptized on the 18th! Earlier this week, we helped her plant a bunch of flowers, and she washed our clothes and made us dinner. She is awesome! I love hearing from everyone! I'm glad you all made it home safely that one day! And Dad, that is so exciting that Brother C......... is getting baptized! I hope this week is full of blessings and happiness for everyone! Ciao!