Dear Friends and Family,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all my lovely family and friends who sent me gifts, cards, prayers, and love yesterday. I definitely felt and loved it all. It was an amazing day. There is something special about being able to be a servant of Jesus Christ on your birthday. And your 20th birthday for that. Great start to a new decade of my life. :)
It was so cool to see how Heavenly Father was helping me have such a special day yesterday. We had stake conference this weekend and that was amazing! Elder Ketch, from the quorum of the seventy, came and he is hilarious. You can feel the spirit so strong as he teaches. I LOVE the Grand Rapids stake. I was literally in tears yesterday as Heavenly Father showed me how many people that I love and know in this stake. It was the best seeing my family from the Grand Rapids Ward as well as the Wyoming Ward and hearing them wish me "Happy Birthday's" and giving them all hugs. I even got to see my old ward mission leader and his wife from when I was serving in Meridian down in Lansing. That was such a tender mercy because I could give hugs and take pictures with them. I adored them and I only got to say good-bye through a teary sounding phone call a couple months ago, so it brought tears to my eyes when I saw them. Reason #5000 why I know Heavenly Father loves us and cares about the little things in our lives.
Sister Vera is just plain amazing. I don't know how I got blessed with such a great companion. Scratch that. Such great companions on my mission. She cooked me breakfast, made me a cake, took pictures & videos all day long and just made sure I was having a great day! I just love her and I was so thankful! We ate a yummy lunch and dinner at member's houses and came back at night and opened presents and ate cake! Sister Jacobsen even called me to wish me a Happy Birthday from her and President. Love them.<3
The work in Wyoming has been going slow but we are slowly moving up. I just keep looking up to my Savior, Jesus Christ. That was one thing that was emphasized by Stake President Smith this stake conference. As we "Look Up" to the Savior things always seem to work out. Take away the distractions and focus on the one that matters most. And give yourself credit for trying even though you may not always get things right the first time! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us, are patient with us, and are just waiting to pour out blessings on us. I have seen that to be true this week!<3
Remember the church is true and I love you!
Michigan Lansing Mission
The time to look like a sausage has begun!
Got to do trade-offs with the Big Rapids sisters this week! So fun!:) Big Rapids and Sister Newby are a blast!:)
The Ludington Sisters got to spend the night for my birthday!!!.....Jk....it was for stake conference....but we can still pretend!;)
My daughter and granddaughter.....Sister Gardner and Sister McArthur. Sister Gardner made sure to wish me a "Happy Birthday" on Saturday night so she was the first one!;) Love her! Love them both!
One of my favorite's, The Bright's, from the Grand Rapids' Ward. Love them! They are family for sure!:)
Almost started crying when I saw the Robison's from Lansing. You can tell I was just a little happy!;)
Pretty leaves......pretty companion! I just love October in Michigan!:)
And that wraps up this week folks! #1-I am most likely driving you crazy with all my pictures....and #2-The rest are suppppeeerrr embarrasing!;) (A.K.A. Sister Rogers looking like a dork.)