The weeks in Saratoga just fly right on by. How have I
already been here a transfer? In some ways I think back on everything
that has happened here in Saratoga and I'm like... oh yeah.... we've
done a lot. And then I think OH MY GOODNESS I DON'T KNOW ANYONE. It's
all good. Let me tell you about the week before I start rambling again.
The little random tidbits.
I'm sick. Seriously. Again. I have dodged this whole sickness business
for my entire mission.... until I arrived in Saratoga. I keep telling
people it's because I'm allergic to Saratoga. Anyway, my point was that
this little illness slowed me down a bit this week. I tried to not allow
it to influence me too much... but sometimes you shouldn't run faster
than you have strength. :)
2. Also, it's fall. This week I wore
tights for the first time. Worst day ever. Ok really I do love fall...
but winter you guys. Ugh.
Ok, now the stuff you really want to read about.
We got the transfer call Friday night. President NEVER calls Friday
night. So as you can imagine, we were thrown for a loop. And guess what
the word is? I'M TRAINING. After who knows how many transfers I get a
brand new missionary. I'm actually really excited. Well... really I'm
like Rapunzel on Tangled after she gets out of the tower and she's like
"I'm never going back!" "That's it, I have to go back!" "I'm a terrible
human being." "BEST. DAY. EVER." Except instead its kind of like this,
"Oh my gosh I'm so excited for all I can teach to this new missionary!"
"Oh no. I don't know anything. I'm going to be the worst trainer." "I'm
going to be such a good trainer! We are going to work so hard." "I can't
do this." "BEST. DAY.EVER." So that's been me the past couple of days.
Oh yeah... I forgot to mention that on top of training I'm STILL a
Sister Training Leader. #eternalSTL Sometimes I'm like, President, what
are you thinking? Anyway, I'm excited. A lot of good things coming this
transfer :) Also, Sister Lloyd is just going one area over. So I will be
her Sister Training Leader next transfer. Very fun :)
got baptized! It was seriously the happiest day. Her testimony is so
strong and she is so sweet. So many of the members came out. There
wasn't even enough seats for everyone in the Relief Society room. Plus
Erin's mom came which was very awesome. (She's not a member) I think my
favorite part of her baptism was after it was all over. I said "Erin,
how do you feel?" She said "So. so happy. I'm mostly excited for
tomorrow when I get the gift of the Holy Ghost. I think it will help me
feel all warm and fuzzy." It was seriously adorable. I love that girl to
bits and pieces. Very blessed to have been part of her journey.
Jim Fish got baptized! He is in Corning. But hey, I found and taught
him, so I feel like it counts. He was the one who had the huge long
beard and then shaved it off to come to church! Anyway, I haven't talked
to the sisters there, but it must have been a great day. It's awesome
that even though I wasn't there to see it happen I still know I was a
part of his journey, and for that, I am blessed.
We have a previous investigator back to meeting with us. She kind of took a detour for a while,
which was hard to see happen. But this week we were able to meet with
her again. It was a really tender experience and it's clear that she
loves the gospel and wants to make it a part of her life. We taught her
with the member who originally introduced her to the gospel. The member, is also a convert. Her testimony was seriously exactly
what she needed, so we are excited to see how things go with her
Paul. Have I talked about Paul at all yet? I probably have.
He's our investigator who is 91 and can hardly hear anything we say.
It's pretty sweet. Anyway, he has been reading the Book of Mormon like
crazy. This past week he made it to 2 Nephi 2. He was so excited to tell
us about it and the cutest part was at the top of the page he wrote in
big letters "Very Best" Ah Paul is very great.
basically the story of the week. Very excited for what this new transfer
will hold. I'm definitely going to miss Sister Lloyd and all her
craziness (Like calling fanny packs "hippy sacks", and trying to hide
from me where ever we go... and everyone calling her short jokes (like
shorty-pants)) But I know great things are to come!