Happy 4th of July and happy birthday to Nixon!!!
We are hiking to the C on a mountain today and then having a ward bbq and watching fireworks so that is super fun. :) I absolutely love it here. It has not taken long for Carson City to feel like home and now I never want to leave! We have met the coolest people who are so prepared by the Lord and is has been the best experience.
Heres some of the cool people:
Latisia is a young, single mom who actually had experiences with the church when she was in jail- members of the church would come sing hymns with them and she has always remembered the spirit that was there. She has such righteous desires and wants to changer her life- she is working towards baptism this month!
Lindsey is a sweet lady who got baptized 8 years ago and hasnt been active since- she has gone through a whole lot and turned away from God for a longggg time. She is now regaining her faith and prayed for the first time yesterday and felt so much love from the Savior! She has came to church the last 2 weeks, her countenance has completely changed and she is wanting to work towards the temple. So sweet!
Ashley is around the same age as me and has also gone through a whooolleee lot- she has had 2 miscarriages and has a little boy who she hasnt seen in a long time. She also turned away from God when she had a miscarriage because she didnt understand why that would happen. She just found out she was pregnant 2 weeks ago and sees this as God giving her another opportunity to be a mom, so she is diving all in to the gospel. We taught her the Plan of Salvation yesterday and she loved it! It has been so cool to teach her because she is the same age as me and we are able to relate a lot!
Billy... oh man, hes the coolest. Hes this old black guy who drives a '73 orange car (not sure what its called but it looks cool and looks like some kind of convertable? who knows) Anyways, he is SO converted. He recently got a restraining order against his girlfriend because there have been a lot of struggles there and he wants to follow Jesus Christ.
Needless to say, the gospel is amazing and Jesus Christ changes lives. It is so cool to the hope He brings to individuals, especially those who have gone through a lot and have suffered with a lot of temptation and pain. He brings hope to all no matter where they have been! I know you probably dont care too much about these people, but I love them soooo much and they are all I think about right now! I loveeee being a missionary and I love this gospel :) The Book of Mormon is true and it has the power to heal the wounded soul. Have a wonderful week!
P.S. We got two referrals for the spanish elders the other day....... IN SPANISH. spanish online is coming in handy ;)
1. MLC with some of my fav elders who are going home :(
Right to left: Elder Palmer (current zone leader), Elder Nieves (ely zone leader and AP), elder cox (Reno Zone leader)
2. My companions super cute!
3. Sister Beh and the APs