Hey! June 24th 2013
Another week has gone by! And a busy and crazy emotional week for that matter. We had our big transfer meeting on Tuesday which was the determining transfer for all who would go to the new Bakersfield Mission or stay in the San Fernando Mission! It is wonderful to feel the spirit testify that each person was going where they needed to be and where we would be serving. It is also sad that some of those people I had come out to the field with that it was the last time I would see them for the rest of my mission. My Trainee, Sister Cottrell has been called to a Sister Training Leader with my old MTC companion, Sister Shrivner, which was really cool and I am so excited for them! So many changes but they are wonderful! We had a Zone Conference for just those that would be going to the new Bakersfield mission and that was our last zone conference and last time being with our mission President before the official mission split. It was wonderful but very emotional! I will miss them so very much! They have been wonderful but thank heavens for email and Facebook and Skype. They talked to us a lot about what was going to be happening and how we can help to set the pace and tone for the new mission and that we are leaving a legacy for those to follow.
Tuesday, it also hit my companion and I just how much responsibility we have as the English sister Training leaders. We are the only ones for the Bakersfield mission and the old Ventura Mission is providing the Spanish Sister training leaders. I will be in Lancaster for sure until Aug. 6 and after that who knows. But we will travel around the mission doing exchanges and things! It will be great and very busy. So we will cover the whole mission this transfer for sisters doing English work and it is exciting, joyful and overwhelming that the Lord has chosen us to represent him. It is a big task but I know we will be qualified for our calling and the Lord will help. We will get to work very closely with the new mission president and his wife which will be awesome and I am so excited to meet them!!! It will be the best!
The work in our area has picked up again and we have found some great people who are ready and willing to hear and act upon the Gospel. We had one man who came to church yesterday that is so amazing and he is ready! He reads the bible each day and already loves the Book of Mormon. We have another little family we are teaching that are so cute and they had met with missionaries before down in LA so it is neat to be continuing to teaching them.
There is one of our investigators who we simply love and we know that he has felt the spirit and knows that this is where he needs to be yet he is kind of denying what he has felt. Which makes us sad but we are still working with him and we know he will come around.
The ward is amazing and we love them so much! They all have wonderful testimonies and we are really trying to work with them to invite their friends to learn about the Gospel.
We have seen so many miracles this week which have been great to see and be a part of! This is definitely the Lord's work and he is moving it forward! The Broadcast last night, "The work of Salvation" was amazing and historical. They are making changes to help the work move forward and we love to see that! And the amazing thing is the work will only keep increasing. It is true in the Scriptures when it says that work will never stop till it has hit every land, and people! I am grateful to be serving the Lord and to be a part of the work and to be able to help with the new mission! It is a great day to be a missionary! Thanks for everything! Love you and miss you! Sister Haws