September 16, 2013
First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!! =D I hope that you have an awesome day. I'm so glad that you got my birthday card :) I hope that things go well at work today and that you feel much love from everyone around you... and especially from me!! I'll be singing 'Happy Birthday' out loud with Sister Pitts today ;) haha love you :)
I can't believe that you got to meet and talk with Becky Baird!!! That is sooo crazy! I literally saw her a week ago today! How fun is that. :)
This past week has been the most miracle filled week of my whole mission. Hands. Down. The Lord has a lot in store for Sister Pitts and I! I love New Smyrna Beach! I live 10 minutes away from the coast which is kind of fun. Sister Pitts is the sweetest, most fun girl EVER. We clicked immediately and have had so much fun together. I really have no complaints. We teach really well together also! Companionship unity comes so naturally with Sister Pitts and I :) I LOVE IT!!! My mission is really starting to get fun!
The Lord really does have so much in store for Sister Pitts and I. Sister Pitts said that last Monday while she was looking at the transfer list that her phone started going off with tons of referrals! It was a testimony to her that these referrals needed Sister Pitts and I as a team. Pretty cool huh? We have two SOLID investigators. When I say solid, they are both the most prepared people both Sister Pitts and I have seen on the mission. The first is Michelle who was referred to us by a member. She goes over and beyond everything that we ask her to do. She told us that the only problem that she had was knowing that Joseph Smith had translated the Book of Mormon, but after some explaining and prayer, she told us that it's not a problem at all for her anymore! Woo Hoo! She is so ready. We are actually planning on moving her baptismal date up a week because she is progressing so quickly.
The second referral is Debbie. Debbie was given a Book of Mormon by her good friend back in 2005. She told us when we first met her that she has really considered becoming a member. In our first lesson we were going over parts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all of a sudden she was like, "So when can I be baptized?!" hahaha It took Sister Pitts and I by surprise! We are so blessed to work with two very prepared women! It's very exciting. There is a “night and day” difference between recognizing those that have been prepared and others you are trying to almost CONVINCE if that makes sense. The prepared don't need convincing, they are ready and the Spirit is doing literally EVERYTHING. It's so awesome.
Yesterday was Stake Conference. Michelle and her husband actually ended up coming as well so we may end up teaching him also! Debbie also came and they both seemed to be touched by the people and the messages that were given. Sister Berry spoke on "Rescuing" and made me cry. haha Brother and Sister Wescott drove us and Debbie to the stake center. Brother Wescott is the cutest man ever. For almost everything that Debbie would say, he would get super excited and try and make some connection. For example, Debbie was talking about going to a chocolate factory in Germany and Brother Wescott got super excited and said, "Oh my goodness!!! My wife is a chocoholic!!" Because of stake conference I haven't been able to meet a whole lot of the ward members yet but the ones I have met are so sweet. The ward is made up of people 50 plus in age or in the 20's.
I got your care package! Thank you so much!!! That was super cute of you. I probably won't have time for writing today because we are actually moving apartments! I have been living out of my suitcase this past week... so fun. My whole Prep day is going to be super busy with moving, laundry, shopping and cleaning.... sorry :/ but I will try my best!!!
Always remember when life gets tough and nothing seems to be going right, that you turn to the Lord in prayer and do your best to be obedient. When you are being obedient, you will come closer to Heavenly Father and His spirit will be with you to guide you, protect you, and comfort you :) There is a reason for hard times... and there will be better times to come!! Thanks for all your support and love. You don't know how much it means to me to hear from you. Thank you for the pictures you send of the family as well. It made me cry. haha I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!
Love, Sister Kirkham