I could just end my email right there and I'd be as happy as a clam. =D
In other news: We've been teaching lots of less-active members. Sister G is doing really well. Her husband is not very supportive, but she has been reading her scriptures and coming to church and actually has a desire to learn more. We discovered that she last had the lessons when she was 8 and then has been inactive since. So! We are doing the lessons over with her. We explained the apostasy in our last appointment, and a lightbulb went off in her mind. "This is why we needed Joseph Smith!"
She is so great, and the Spirit is really leading her and guiding her as she works hard to become active. Heavenly Father has been blessing her as well. We came to our appointment with her right after a dinner appointment, so we had some left-overs sitting in the car as we came in. She commented that her husband had burned the pizza they were going to eat for dinner, and now she didn't know what they were going to eat. She was flustered and upset because he was a little inebriated and she was taking care of the fussy baby.
So we said "We'll be right back!"
We ran out to the car and got our left-overs and brought it in. "The Lord provides!"
I think that really took some weight off of her and it just made me so happy to see the small miracles in someone else's life. I was really happy. =)
We got weekly planning done in less than 3 hours, which is also miraculous! It's a long process! We planned at the church and just stayed focused the whole time.
We got to teach Alma again! We introduced the Book of Mormon to her and encouraged her to read it and pray about it. And she is going to! She is doing really well! =) She says she might consider getting "re baptized", and that she "wants to find truth in more than one source". We are so excited for her! Please pray that she can continue to progress!
Friday we had zone meeting! We went out with the sisters in the zone to Five Guys afterward, which was really fun! =)
We met a really neat active family this week, the O'dells. Sister O'dell is a recent convert! Her husband was inactive for a really long time, but then the missionaries started coming over and she was baptized. =) They have two super cute daughters named Megan and Sariah. Sister O'dell is a really healthy eater, so we had spaghetti squash spaghetti and fruit. That was so neat - I've never had spaghetti squash like that before!
Yay July 4th! It was so fun!
In the morning we helped a recent convert clean in her apartment, and then we went to the Baysdens for a barbeque! We LOVE the Baysdens/Wards!
They are SO FUN! They totally let us come over and eat with them, and then we played a wild game of Nerts. SO FUN! I'm not as great at it, but I held my own. =)
Then we ate with the Tinneys. She absolutely loves to cook! She's 80 years old and from Tulare, California. She makes the best burgers with thousand island....YUM!
We were so full. =)
Then we got to go watch fireworks with the Baysdens at the Neuse river! We had a blast! They are some of the funnest people! They love playing card games, board games. They are so fun. Sister Ward has four girls, Mia, Zoe, Leah, and Allie. Her parents are the Baysdens and her best friend, Laura, is married to her brother Matt. They are a fun bunch!
So it was a wonderfully fun week and we've been staying relatively cool. I LOVE the summer, and I LOVE July!
I know this is the Lord's work and I am so excited for another week to go out and to work hard!