Friends and Family,
So at about 7:30 AM on July 8, another sister and I set off on a long car ride along highway 50 (the loneliest highway) to what would be our new area. Shortly after leaving we realized we only had 1/4 tank of gas and that we would need to stop for some at the nearest gas station- little did we know there is no gas station or any type of civilization for at least 100 miles on highway 50... We ended up running out of gas about 5 miles from the closest city and were stranded on the side of the road who knows where. Luckily, it was a nice 65 degrees outside, a nice man ended up bringing us some gas and it wasn't hailing grape sized particles which ended up happening a little later down the road, (looking for the positive ya feel).
ANYWAYS, we finally arrived to the small town of Ely, Nevada, where every home has dead animals on the wall and the only place I recognize is McDonalds. I absolutely love it here. The people already have my heart (especially the cute old couples) and everyone has been so nice and loving to me. My companion and new trainer, Sister Wilkins, is seriously everything I could ever want- she's so nice and cute, loves to eat healthy and work out with me, and is always working hard and striving to be exactly obedient. I was blessed with the best and I am SO grateful. Also.. we match on Sundays.
I am sunburnt.
Let me tell you a little bit about a miracle we were able to experience yesterday. We had to drive 3 hours to a meeting in a city called Elko and at one point there was construction so we had to stop. The lady holding the stop sign came up and started talking to us- she ended up telling us a a lot about her life and she's been through a lot, including recently getting divorced and her mom and one of her sons killed themselves. It was crazy. After we left her we wrote our testimonies and a quick note with our phone number in a Book of Mormon and prayed that we'd see her on our way back and WE DID! She was amazed that we would take the time to stop and talk to her and she started crying because she's felt so alone and unimportant lately. We talked to her about how much her Heavenly Father loves her and how much she is worth to thim (D&C 18:10). She was eager to take our Book of Mormon and said she would start reading it and praying and that she would call us when she drove through Ely so she could come talk to us.
This is why i'm on a mission, there are so many people out there like this lady who feel so alone and lost. Coming unto Christ and accepting His gospel helps us to feel so loved and important, because we ARE. We're all princes and princesses in His eyes and He is waiting with open arms for us to come to know Him. What the music video "Come Unto Christ" youth theme- it's wonderful. I love you all and you are all very important. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you. Have a wonderful week!
P.S. HAPPY YESTERDAY BIRTHDAY TO QUINNY POO I HOPE IT WAS GREAT XOXO
P.S.S.1144 Ave D
Ely, Nevada 89301