First of all, thank
you all for making my birthday a good day :) The love that I got from
all of you was greatly needed and appreciated and I love you all so
After emailing on Monday, we did our normal shopping
and carwashing and then we went bowling with a bunch of the Elders in
our zone!! It was fun to go bowling again and I may or may not have
beaten all the Elders ;) Pictures will be coming shortly... Sister
Hingano and I also explored an awesome little shop in Elko. It was great
We had dinner at the Bishop's house, and they made me a cake! That was really nice of them :)
dinner, we got back in the car and saw that President Chestnut had
texted us "Call me ASAP." That was scary, and my first thought was that
I'd be shipped to Brazil the next day. It turns out that one of the
Sisters in our zone was having a mental breakdown. The President is over 4
hours away, so he left the situation in our hands and the Zone Leaders.
We rushed to the Sister's house (about half an hour away) with the
ZL's. Sister Hingano and one of the ZL's then took care of the Sister
while myself and Elder Johnson helped her companion, Sister Gootee. It
was a really heavy night and I'm pretty sure we all cried at some point.
As we were leaving, we had the strong impression to stay the night,
even though we had nothing with us. So Sister H and I spent Monday night
at their house, sleeping on the floor in our church clothes. Needless
to say, none of us got much sleep that night. In the morning, President
told us that we needed to stay with the Sisters that morning and then
drive them to Winnemucca. We went to their District meeting (in the
clothes we had slept in) and then set off for Winnemucca, over two hours
away. When we got there, we were told that the Sister would be going
home, and Sister Gootee would be tripling with me and Sister Hingano.
The drive back was truly a miracle from God. I was so exhausted and my
eyes definitely closed a couple times, but I knew that I needed to get
us back to Elko and God provided safety for us.
tripanionship has definitely required some adjusting, but Sister Gootee
is really easy to get along with. She has been through a lot and she is
so strong. Trying to cover three wards has definitely been tough. We
drive back and forth between her area and ours every other day and try
to visit everyone. The wards have been very helpful in coming out with
us so we can do splits.
In other news, my permanent
retainer broke, so we have spent a lot of time in the dentist and
orthodontist this week. I have a new one now, so that's good. Just
trying to get used to it still.
Despite the craziness of
this week, God still provided ways for us to help His children this
week. We saw many miracles and met a ton of amazing people. The Spirit
is such an amazing tool and it truly leads us to where we need to be.
have a gained a knowledge and testimony of the battles that are being
fought that we cannot see. There are evil spirits in this world and
Satan is real. I have seen his efforts this week more than I ever have
in my life. But I know that the Power of God is better. That God always
wins. And that He is looking out for all of His Children. He does not
leave us to fight evil alone. Prayer, The Book of Mormon, Church, the
Spirit. These are all weapons that can destroy the efforts of the devil
and keep us safe. I'm so grateful for the influence of the Spirit and
for the calm assurance that can come from knowing we are on the right
side of this battle with sin.
Keep fighting and don't
forget your armor. I love you all and I think about you and pray for you
every day. Don't forget your prayers!
All my love,