Sunday, July 26, 2015

Words from Sister Abbi Waite in Texas

Dear all,

We had another wonderful week, just as I hope all of you did! Miracles continue to happen in Zilker, and I'm excited to spend most of this next week here before transfer meeting! 

And of course, that means that I am being transferred... And so is Sister Montclair! We're being doubled out... I guess we're both needed elsewhere! I'm sure the next missionaries will love this area and take great care of this portion of the Lord's vineyard! 

So in other news... 

Geoff is going to cut his hair! This has been a long-fought battle (very peacefully, though!) and it's finally happening! (I just realized that I won't be here to see it... sad day!) I'll be sure to get pictures before I leave so that you can see what a miracle this is! Haha! He's still doing well! I have an inkling that he'll be baptized soon! Which is super exciting! This is something he's wanted for the entire time that I have been privileged to know him! 

Dianna is still super great! A few weeks ago, we had her listen to President Uchtdorf's talk "Forget Me Not" and she loved it! Then she surprised us with forget me nots! She actually went out and bought us forget me nots! She loved it that much! She's so great! They're the tiniest flower with the biggest meaning for her! And so pretty! :) 

We also found this awesome new investigator! Keisha is so great! We were planning one night, and Sister Montclair realized that there was a referral from a street contact that we had never actually talked to. So the next day, we knocked on the door, and Keisha happened to be visiting her godmother (the referral)! And she wanted us to come by her home! It's so great! I had felt really bad about not remembering the referral (these are PEOPLE WHO NEED THE GOSPEL!!!) but if we hadn't tried to contact the referral when we did, we wouldn't have ever found Keisha! She's the greatest! She's been taking notes while we've taught her, and she loves the Book of Mormon! We even set her with a date! July 25th! The new missionaries are going to love that! :) 

Cesario is still on fire! (Not literally, though... That would be interesting, though...) He's even going to the temple on Friday! I'm really disappointed that I won't be able to go with him... But I'm so excited for him! He's so great! :) 

The craziest thing happened this week! We were sitting in our car finishing a phone call, and it took a little bit longer than we expected. Suddenly, there were two police officers tapping on our windows! We thought we were in so much trouble! But they just wanted to know what church we were from! So of course, always being missionary minded, we spent 20 minutes telling them about it! One had LDS neighbors and wanted to ask us questions, and the other told us that he had learned a lot! We even gave them some cards! It was really great! :) 

For the first time ever, I was disappointed in the view from my apartment... trees got in the way of the fireworks! Oh well... we'll try again next year! Haha! :) 

I want to leave you this week with some of my favorite words that President Uchtdorf has ever spoken (it's a tough choice, really):

"Whether you are 8 or 108, there is one thing that I hope you truly understand and know:
You are loved.
You are dear to your heavenly parents.
The infinite and eternal Creator of light and life knows you! He is mindful of you.
Yes, God loves you this very day and always.
He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. He is aware that you reach up to Him in heartfelt and hopeful prayer. He knows of the times you have held onto the fading light and believed—even in the midst of growing darkness. He knows of your sufferings. He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you.
And God knows of your successes; though they may seem small to you, He acknowledges and cherishes each one of them. He loves you for extending yourself to others. He loves you for reaching out and helping others bear their heavy burdens—even when you are struggling with your own.
He knows everything about you. He sees you clearly—He knows you as you really are. And He loves you—today and always!"

May we always remember and find comfort in the eternal truth that our Heavenly Father loves us! 

Sister Waite

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