|Sister Haws and Sister Baliar with Jimmy|
Hello! September 9th 2013
Sometimes, when it gets really hot here, I realize I am not in Idaho anymore, but then I think of the Cold, and I am grateful again to be warm!!! It was VERY HOT this week and will be the next couple weeks from what it sounds like. I do love the heat but 103 and up, it is a little hot after a while of walking around in it. YET, the Lord always blesses those who work. We found new investigators so that made it all worth it!
This week was really good. We had another exchange with a set of sisters that went really well and we saw a lot of miracles and just little evidences that God hears and answers prayers. There was one girl who is a less-active that we went to visit and she said she has been praying for guidance and was SOOO happy to see us and knew that God had heard her. It is amazing to me that our Heavenly Father is so powerful and all-knowing, yet he takes the time to care and listen to our prayers and longs to help us in our everyday trials and tasks.
We also had our leadership council meeting that went well. We talked about how to help the mission grow and what we can do as leaders to help the missionaries understand their divine potential. It was good.
BUT THE BEST NEWS EVER!!!!! JIMMY Got BAPTIZED!!!!! It was the most amazing thing to see and to be a part of. The spirit was sooo strong and Jimmy was just glowing after and you could tell that he was just at peace. I realized in that moment just how True the Church is and why I personally am serving a mission. To see his life change and for him to enter into a covenant with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so that he can return to Heavenly Father just made my heart smile. And I loved it because I was there from the beginning so to see the difference the Gospel made in his life just motivates us to keep searching for those that are ready. One of the most touching experiences in my mission so far and we will be life-long friends. There is just a bond that is created as you share the Gospel and it changes their lives. He was baptized on Saturday and then confirmed on Sunday in Sacrament meeting and it was just powerful to be a part of. Our other Investigator, Jose, who has a date on October 26th mentioned that he really wants the Book Of Mormon to be true because he wants that in his life. The Lord has provided so many miracles and it is just amazing. The work is moving forward.
This week we have 3 exchanges coming up but 2 of them will be shorter than 24 hours just because of situations but it will be nice to go with the sisters and spend time with them. We have transfers coming up next Tuesday so this week is bringing a lot of anxiety. I have been here for 6 months now and would love to stay longer but I don't know that I will. I just love the people and the area so much that it is so hard to leave and say goodbye. Even though you know you will see them again. I think transfers are one of the hardest things to deal with. But it makes you grow. and That is what a mission is all about! It is an amazing time to be alive. Even though there is a lot of crazy things happening in the World today, It brings a lot of comfort to know that God knows and is aware and is in control, not man, and that the Gospel can heal the world as we live it and share it. Thank you for all the Love and support!!! I Love you and miss you!!! Love, Sister Haws
P.S. could you get me some good mary kay skin care, like facial wash and repair stuff and a moisterizer. My face is not happy between the stress, the dirt and the heat. I have a pizza face half of the time and I am sick of it :) I just want good skin. It is the money maker, gotta keep it fresh or I will never get married...haha totally kidding :) Thanks for telling me about Sister "O" and sending her my letters, she will like that.