asd;fjkasl;dkfjasdkljfakl;sdfja!!!!!!!!!!! asdfjkal;sdkfj;alsdkfj;alskdfj;alskdjf;askdjfalksjdf;l283490823-98*(IJHKLJH*O&^)(7 ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh myyy!!! Okay okay okay okay OKAY. Mi hermana esta emberazada!!!!! QUE BIEN!!!!First of all--what a gigantic tender mercy that I ran into Jenn at the temple?
Sorrry! I was so excited I somehow sent that other email!!
Okay! KAYLYNN! I am soooo sososoosososos incredibly without words! A BABE!!!!! QUE SORPRESA! What in the world! You're due in like five months! ha! Have you known for ages? Family, I am DYING to know how everyone is responding to this. You have have HAVE to tell me about what it was like you all found out. I was writing in my journal about it the other night and I was just sooo excited for Kristen and Pam, and then I got to thinking about Craig and WILL! And I just.. ah. These emotions are unreal. I am FULL of gratitude for you, my family. I am so thankful that families can be together forever because i am bursting with love for you. I won't lie, it's hard not being there for this, but I know it's all going to be okay and that you will send such great phots and stuff to keep me posted. Willy! I want to hear what your first words were! "Another creton!" ? haha. Kay and colb, are you naming her Wilma or Willamina or whatever it was? Ha, dad, thats a way to make it so you can't give her a terrible nickname--because then you'd be mocking your own name! Kaylynn and Colby are so ingenious. Guys, I am so happy for you. I really am. I am without words! Everytime I think about you guys as parents I just giggle! I'm SO excited! CONGRATS!!!!
Ahhhh. First of all, what a tender mercy that I heard this from Jenn. What in the world! I work at the temple once every 14 DAYS and she haaaaappens to come right then? Seriously, there are no chances. It was so good seeing her! She probably told you, but I was so overcome with emotion I just started crying. Seriously, I am so excited! Can you tell? But that was a tender mercy. And then the next day, to get that box from Todd? What in the world--who is just that nice? Mom, thank you for sending that with him! And it's a good thing I found out about Kaylynn from Jenn the night before because I would've had cardiac arrest if I was suddenly just looking at an ultrasound in the mobat. Ha. Dead pioneer girl on the floor. So thank you for that ultra nice package and the BEST possible news in the planet. One thing is certain, baby girl Young is going to have the BEST partents and sets of grandparents around. I wonder if another family has ever been more excited about a new baby comin ever before. Doubtful.
And kaylynn and colby, if you guys are pulling an AJ on me and this baby isn't real.. ohhhhhhhhhh watch out.
We have had an incredible week. Seriously. It has been so beautiful. Namely the fact that Camilla Zacharco was BAPTIZED on saturday! Ah! We've been working with her for awhile (and other missionaries before us, too); Camilla is 12 and didn't feel entirely ready to get baptized. I think I've told you about her before. She's sooo smart and is always throwing down these analogies that blow my mind. That girl was ready to get baptized, and she is a CONVERT baptism. Seriously. So, her dad baptized her--which was so sweet because he was baptized in the same church only four years ago. It's so neat to see the difference of the family as they have been drawing nearer to Christ together. They are alive and light and sooo in love with each other. But seriously, the feeling in their home is, ah, astronomical. This is the essence of missionary work. It is about bringing families together to partake of the joys of SALVATION! So, Paulina, the 7 year old, will get baptized in January, and they're already stoked for that. And I believe the parents, Taurus and Rosanna, are making plans to go to the temple and have those cute girls sealed to them. Again, AH! essence of missionary work. Forever families. Unreal.
yesterday we threw down the law with Zulema as we taught her some straight up commmandments she's been struggling with; we taught the palabra de sabiduria y la ley de castidad and she was suuuuper receptive to it. It was amazing. She is SO open to doing whatever the Lord requires of her--even though it will be hard. She's living with her boyfriend, so that's a struggle, but she said weeeeeeeeeeks ago that she knew she was living in sin. So as we taught her yesterday about this, she knew they either need to get married or she'll have to move out. She committed to talk to him last night and we're going over tonight at eight to see how it went. Keep her in your prayers! She WANTS THIS! She came to Camilla's baptism on Saturday, and not only did she cry her eyeballs out, but she tried to get in the font! ha! She walked down the stairs to check it out, and she literally stepped into the water! Ha ha ha, oh man. She said, "I'm basically halfway there, let's do this!" She knows what's up. I have faith she'll come around.
Seriously, things are great. We are sooo blessed to be in this area. The ward members are so ready to work and are EAGER to help their brothers and sisters come into the fold. They are so fellowshipping and warm and loving. They make all the difference to us as missinoaries trying to get new people enveloped into the ward family. chula 2nd ward is the place to be. I am SO grateful.
Transfers are next week. President was at the mobat last night, and Sister Ploeger asked about them and he said fewer people than ever are being transferred. So we'll see; I'm happy to go wherever the Lord wants me at this point. i see the great need and heck, what is there to lose? I've got so much to learn, gotta start somewhere! If i get the chance to continue working in chula, i won't complain! It is a choice ward. (ps. as mobat sisters we dont' find out until we're AT transfers if we're going or not. other missionaries find out the night before. this is because president is wiiiiiiiiiiise and he knows that we'll keep working hard and stay focused and work to the end--despite if we end up getting transferred or not.)
I'm going to send this now. I hope you can all feel my love, really, honestly, truly. I am so grateful for you. i am SO grateful for my family!!! I hope that everyone is well.
Yo se que esto es la obra del Senor! Se que hay personas alrededor que necesitan el evangelio AHORITA, y son preparados y listos para hacer convenios con El. Estoy tan agradecida por el amor de Dios, y por su mano en la obra. El ama a todos sus hijos. Estamos bendecidos ricamente tener el evengelio en nuestras vidas. Se que Jesucristo es nuestro Salvador, y que El sabe todo estamos experitando. Por El, podemos sentir enorme paz y consuelo. Jesucristo y su padre solo queremos que seamos FELICES!!!! se que familias pueden estar juntos para siiiiiiempre--y esto es mi gozo. :) En el nombre de Jesucriso, amen.
Les quiero familia!! Gracias por su apollo! Hasta proxima semana! Vayan con Dios!
Ahhh it was a PERFECT baptism. Seriously, it went SO well! The spirit was incredible strong and there were FIVE investigators there! so many people came to support the Zacharkos and it seriously just went perfect.