Mummy and Daddy,
My goodness...these days are flying by! I have a few highlights for you.
Item #1: I'm going to be a movie star :) hahahah We were informed this week that the church is sending a film crew to Worksop to make leadership training videos. They are only filming four parts of the world, and the only English speaking footage will be of the Worksop and Sheffield 1 branches!!!!! They were waiting for me ;) I knew it instinctively. So keep your eyes peeled for any news of said videos. I'll have to look presentable! Heaven forbid I look like "Dumpy McDump!!!"
Item #2: We went to Leeds for missionary leadership training. While Sister Owen was in meetings, I paired up with my MTC pal Sister Rausch and we knocked about Craigside Vesper for two days. K.....it was amazing!!!!! Whenever we felt an absence of the Spirit, we stopped what we were doing, and prayed that we'd find people. K....within MOMENTS of praying, we found people to teach. We met some incredible people like Pete who wouldn't let go of the Book of Mormon, said, "I would make a really good Mormon." Judith who said, "I'm glad you came, I feel all fuzzy inside." and Peter, who was rude to us on the street, but chased after us later and apologized to us. It was so incredible. After each person, we thanked our Heavenly Father and asked for more people...and within MOMENTS he'd send us more!!! Bam! Miracle! Next! He's so magnificent, it boggles my mind.
OH! also...when we were in Leeds, we met with this woman named Christine. She's a recent convert and one of the sunniest people you'll ever meet. We got to talking and she told us her story. She was not always as sunny as she is now (you'd never know it) Just a few short months ago, she had severe depression and severe alcoholism....so severe in fact that doctors diganosed her with some mental illness. Anyways, she was as low as you can get. She thought, "If this is my life....I don't want to live much more of it." So one afternoon, she took her dog for a walk hoping she'd get hit by a bus, but instead of getting hit by a bus, she found the missionaries instead. She read the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and the rest is history. She made a full 180 degree turn. She's the talk of the town now "What's with Christine? She glows?" People can't dismiss the change that has taken place in her life. "What I don't understand," Christine remarked, "is why people aren't breaking down the doors of the church trying to get in. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for this book and this church." I've always known that the Book of Mormon changes lives, but just to have someone sitting in front of me, and watch her face as she tells her story....wow.....BAM! Miracle! Next!
Item #3: I've been driving about. :D (life list #19...check) and I'm doing quite well actually, mother, I adapt quickly :D One afternoon, we got in the car to leave an appointment when the hazard lights started having a fit...clicking away like mad. People were honking and flashing their lights at us, but no matter what we did, they wouldn't turn off. When we got home, we tried everything we could: pushed every button, tried everything with the doors open/closed, opened the "bonnet," everything....we even called the dealership and they didn't know what to do. Our car was surrounded by people trying to fix this problem and Sister Owen and I said a prayer that we'd find a way to turn the hazards off. After the prayer, Sister Owen said, "Lock the doors." *doors locked* *clicking subsided.* Then she pushed the hazards button for the millionth time, and they turned off.........*silence*......... "WHAT THE HECK?!!??!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW!?!?!? WHAT JUST HAPPENED? THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!" Bam! Miracle! Next! The church is true! Prayer works!! The end!
Item #4 I think the biggest highlight of the week was:
ASHLEY LOUISE DONCASTER GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!
Sister Owen and I were so excited!!!!! You should have seen her face!!!!! Oh she is so humble and so willing to do whatever the Lord asks of her.
It's been a good week. I've seen miracles on a daily basis!!! I know that God lives. He is real. He is my loving Heavenly Father. I know he sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for us, to make it possible to return to live with our Father again. I am so grateful for my knowledge of this...there are SO many angry people in the world who don't have the comfort I do. I love it here. I love Sister Owen. I love the branch. I love this gospel. It really is incredible. The only thing that's not 100% awesome right now is this ice cream truck outside!!! "Get out of here!!! Stop taunting me with your treats of joy and joyness!!!!" :D hahahhaha
I'm so glad to hear that all is going well. I'm sorry I couldn't critique the dresses for you....another time :D I love you all so much!!!!! MMMWWAH!
Your Sister Stephanie White
PS Post all pictures. Captions.....hmmm... I trust your cleverness...again...they're optional.
PPS Could you send my debit card PIN# I think I remember, but I'm not sure. Remember how swipe cards aren't really accepted here....yeah....cool.
PPPS We have no food :D don't worry....
PPPPS It's getting cold...er. :D Fret not....
PPPPPS Mum, didn't you get my note!??!?! I found your little giftie and I nearly bawled my face off. It was the cutest thing ever. I thought I sent It, but I suppose not. I'll check.
Ps. I'm so sorry to hear about Craig!!! Please give him a hug for me, poor guy. I love you so much.