So, when we have a transfer week, P-Day is on Tuesdays so that's when I email :) 5 weeks of Monday P-Days, and 1 week of Tuesday. You were right :)
Transfer news...I'm staying in Glen Lakes!!!!! I'm really happy about it :) I would be so pleased to stay here the rest of my mission! I seriously love this ward and these people! Sister Clark is getting transferred. She is my second companion that has been with me for 3 transfers. With Sister Harrah (2 transfers), I feel like I loved her a lot, and Sister Summerhays (1 transfer), too, but that third transfer really makes a huge difference in relationships. I feel like I just love Sister Connell and Sister Clark so much! And it's because of time, and finally being able to work through problems. I'm excited to have her as a friend forever :)
I have emailed President and talked with other people this week about a release date. I will see him tomorrow at transfers, so I will be able to talk with him about it (hopefully) directly and we will finally get it all taken care of.
A new Ward Mission Leader was called this weekend. We are so excited! Well, I am....Sister Clark isn't on the team anymore :P ha ha :) But I had no idea what kind of a difference having a solid Ward Mission Leader would make. Our recently released one was AMAZING! But he was just really, really busy with school and his new family. Our new WML is retired and very anxious to work hard and be useful to the missionaries. I am really excited for this new transfer! I have a lot of goals and things that I want to try and we will have a lot of support from the ward, now :) And it's good, because I've been here for awhile, so more people know me and trust me. So when my new companion comes in, we'll have a lot of things to try together to increase ward involvement :) I want to start watching those Work of Salvation video segments to match my vision with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve's vision. AKA God's vision for missionary work!
We had a really cool experience this week. About a week and a half ago, I had a dream that I was home from my mission and the family was down here with me meeting some of my friends. We were at a certain apartment complex meeting Eydie and Timothy. As we were leaving, one of our former investigators, Marta, came out of her apartment. I went over to her and gave her a hug and said, "Ya know, you should listen to the missionaries. What they have for you is of more value than anything else in this life." Then, I heard a voice, not in my dream, tell me, "You have the opportunity to tell her that now, don't wait until you are off your mission." I was thinking about that for awhile, then we saw her driving a few days later and she asked us to come see her. The next day, we visited with her for a bit. She said, "I feel like there is more for me than what I have." That was my cue! I said to her, "We've been thinking a lot about you, and I just feel like I need to tell you something. What we have for you is of more value than anything else in this life. Will you have us back to share a message with you about the Lord's true gospel?" She got out her calendar and there was already an appointment on it for Thursday at 3:00. She must have written one of our appointments down on the wrong month! We kept that appointment, and now she's learning again! Heavenly Father really is looking after His children!!!
My beautiful friend, Olivia Torres, was baptized over the weekend! You know her, she stayed at our house over night once with our other friend, Coral, from Corvallis :) Even though our friend who we've been teaching didn't end up getting baptized, I was still so happy and filled with the Spirit knowing that one of my dearest friends WAS taking upon herself sacred covenants with The Lord :) The Church is sooooo true! And so are the scriptures that describe the joy you feel when you help bring your friends to the truth :) I want everyone to be able to feel this joy that comes from missionary work! Those who are teaching, helping, and learning are able to feel the love of God swelling and growing, and I know this because I feel it! I'm so happy for Olivia, and I know that she will be continually showered with blessings and love from our Father. I also feel so happy for all of her friends who can share in that joy, who also are being showered with love and blessings! I hope that others will be able to take a shower :) ha ha ha ;) Just kidding, but these blessings are available to all, so why not share that what is most dear to us to those of our friends, who are most dear to us?
Did I tell you that a few weeks ago I crashed on my bike really bad? We were late for an appointment so we were going really fast across town and I hit the curb really hard with my bike and "taco-ed" my front rim and our vehicle coordinator had to come and take the tire off and take it to a bike repair shop. I had bruises all over my body and a cut up ankle and calf. The scar on my calf looks kind of like I had surgery :P I think it's because I didn't take care of it when it got infected. But I just didn't remember if I told you about that! I'm fine now, though :)
Hopefully I will be getting my coat back at transfer meeting tomorrow, so I will be sending the last of my winter stuff your way next week :)
I love you so much! I can't believe how fast the time is going...I will be talking with you face-to-computer-screen in just 2 months! What the?!
Miss you :)