Sunday, October 23, 2016

18 months! Say what!?!?!

Happy 18 months on my mission to me! What a great experience!
Saturday, October 15 hit my 18 month mark!!. Where did the time go?!? But that's cool I guess! 

So the reason I am not home just yet is that the MTC went back to keeping new missionaries longer, so that meant that I stay till Nov. 3, the next transfer. 

I only had 10 days in the MTC. They must have decided that was not long enough after my turn there. So lucky me - I get almost three more weeks on my mission! 

Then on transfer day, my transfer is back to chilly Utah - but it will be warm because that's where most of my family and friends are!  I'm blessed to be here and blessed to be loved by my fam!

Celebrating 18 months as a Missionary!!!
This is my itty-bitty person photo - maybe this Candy Bar Ice Cream Sunday will help me grow up! (Not out.)

Nelson Street (almost Nielson Street)

I found a street sign that is almost Nielson Street!- Nelson Street.  Pretty cool. If  you look closely at the house, you can see that the heat and humidity are really hard on houses. That's the South! And big deep porches help people survive the heat by creating important shade - and a place to go when you can't stand the sun any longer!!

And this other street sign (below) is for my big brother, James - not just a street, but an Avenue! That blue metal fence is an overpass wall.

This one's for my big brother, James. Love you, Bro.
Something about the South - there is green everywhere - lots of trees and growing things!

With Sister Call in Calloway for a day!
Something Good: So this past week has been pretty peachy! First! We went on exchanges with the Calloway sisters! I was with Sister Call in Calloway..and let me tell is like a WHOLE new world there than the beach, but we had a great time and I just love and adore her! I love to meet new people;  it is wonderful! It was nice to be in a different area for just a day, but it was good to be back home on the beach. :) A funny though, while we where on exchanges..Sis Law and Sis Crosby went to one of the most expensive places on the beach to eat dinner with a LA named John..and while I was in Calloway we had Subway sandwiches..haha! The day I am gone for a single day, they have the best dinner appointment ever. Haha! #Missionlife. Anyways! We have had some good lessons with LA's that we are working with! We were able to pick up on of our former gators, so that is great! :) Also, to celebrate my 18 months on the mish, I burned 4 skirts that I would never wear again because they had been worn so much that they were super gross. So that was fun! ;) Overall a good week! :) 

A Tender Mercy:  A cool little thing that happened to Sis Law and I was on Monday night we decided to contact referrals and none of them were home. As we were driving our car tire pressure sign popped up, saying that our tire was low, so we decided to go fill it up. We get to the gas station and don't really know how to do it.Well this guy drives up in a jeep and sees us struggling, and asks if he could help us. It turns out to be that we had to go to a different gas station but he let us follow him there so he could help us. He paid for the air in our tires and was so nice and so helpful. We decided to give him a book of Mormon and a pass along card...and we came to find out that he did a whole report on Joseph Smith (but never had read the book of Mormon) for his Master's degree and dated a Mormon girl who wanted to get married in the temple! What are the ODDS!?! He told us he was Christian, and that he had twin daughters our age and if they where ever in our situation he would hope someone would help them like he helped us. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon and promised him that he would see a blessing in his life for helping us that night. We told him that the Book of Mormon would bless him, too, and that we would follow up and text him Sunday night to ask him what tender mercy or blessing he saw that week. We followed up with the text and he was actually really surprised that we even remembered, but he did see a few blessings this week! So we are hoping we can see him again! It was awesome!! Something with our car y'all - it seems that when something goes wrong with it that it always turns out to be a good thing. :)
I live in a place of pure beauty! So thankful for my time in Florida! It has been so great!
Something Learned: This week I have really looked back the 18 months that I have been able to serve, and wow, I am just so thankful and so happy that I have been in Florida. I would not trade it for anything. I have been thinking about the things I have learned and the moments that have impacted my life because of this mission, and I cannot express my gratitude enough to my Heavenly Father for everything that he has let me do and the experiences that he has let me have so far. One of the most important things I have learned about missionary work is Christlike Love. 
We go to see Miss Alice! Many people retire to Florida  and we are so lucky to get to teach some of them!
I have come to see the blessings of loving everyone, no matter who they are or what they do. I really know that the Spirit works only with love and gentleness and kindness and goodness. I am SO thankful for this mission that I have been able to be a part of - it really is the Lords mission, and I am just his little helper! So thankful I still have time to be here! :) 
The FTM is the best mission in the world! Sorry y'all who are in other missions. ;) "The Work of our Missionaries is a Magnificent Expression of our Lord's Redeeming Love." I sure do believe that! :)

What can I say? I'm in Florida!
And lastly - Only in Florida!! This sign made me laugh! Maybe it is in honor of the people we teach who don't a a whole lot longer to live - but then the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just for this earth - it's forever! What a beautiful thing to embrace it's truthfulness and take it to the next life with you!

Love y'all friends!
-Sis N

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