Mummy and Daddy!!!!
I'm happy to inform you that the clouds have parted from last week! I wish I had a bit more time to email today, but today is a little weird....we got transfer calls last night....and today we have to make...preparations....I'll get into that a bit later, but point is, I only have a little bit to write today. This week's highlights are:
Beryl's Baptism!!!!!!!! Miss Beryl Dolan got baptized on Saturday!!!! BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT! Oh Miss Beryl...how I love Miss Beryl. She investigated the church three years ago, but felt like she couldn't keep the commitments that were associated with getting baptized. When Sister Owen first showed up, she felt like she needed to go see Beryl. When I showed up, we went to see Beryl once...she said flat out, "I cannot forgive...I will NOT be baptized." Alrighty then...well...we went about our merry way, and a few weeks ago I felt like we needed to go back and visit Beryl. We walked in the door, talked to her for a bit and Beryl told us she missed feeling the spirit we bring with us. She missed seeing the people at church. She didn't want to be a "visitor" any more. She wanted to "belong." BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT!
Her baptism was an experience. She has knee and back problems so we finagled a way for her to get baptized on a chair. Then someone put the plug in the hole too soon and the font over flowed hhahahahha. When Beryl sat down on the chair, she was straining to keep her lips above water hahahhaha oh dear...even now...it's a visual. Then she was baptized....it was all in slow motion...all I could see was that her right hand was not aiming to plug her nose.....oh she's gonna drown. All of a sudden, from the back of the room....some tall girl with crazy long arms....we won't name names....shouted out "ooooooh.....hold your breath!!!!!" She went under for a moment, tossed about, and sputtered her way back out. SHE LIVES!!!!! BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT!!!!! Good day. Good Day.
We were street contacting one Sunday morning on our way to church, and this man approached us saying, "You are from the church on Sherwood Road aren't you?" "Yes" "Oh good. You're the Mormons right?" "Yes" "Ok, brilliant....I'm coming to church next week. See you soon" Perfect. Fast Forward to Saturday night....*ring ring* *ring ring* "Hello, this is Neil, I'm coming to church tomorrow. Is it ok if I bring my kids?" "OF COURSE!" Fast Forward to Sunday afternoon during Fast and Testimony meeting. *Neil and his two kids show up. He shakes his head in wonder "This is brilliant!" He leans to me during the meeting* "Am I allowed to go up there and bear my testimony?" Risky business.....but I decided to let him. He went up on the stand and bore his testimony about the incredible warm feeling he felt in the meeting, and strength he got from Jesus Christ at the hungriest point in his life. He had quite the story, and was so impressed our church meeting. BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT! Wow....
Now for the major news of last night......Transfer Calls......Our zone leaders put us all on a conference call. Our little hearts bounced about while we listened to the different assignments...."Worksop Sisters!" ooooohh....Sister Owen and I literally synchronized our nail chewing....."Sister Owen.....You're going to Ashington with Sister Granier!!!! Sister White....you are.....staying and your new companion is......Sister Terry!!!!!!" Say what?!?!?!?! Homegirl Terry!?!??! I thought for sure I was going to get a follow-up trainer.....Sister Terry and I were in the same MTC group!!! I am the senior companion after three months....well lookie here. BAM! MIRACLE NEXT! It'll be a miracle if I can pull this off :D hahahhah we all know that Heavenly Father will be right there with me, telling me where to go, what to do, and what to say. Sister Owen is sad....who wouldn't be :D hahhaha there is only one Sister White....never mind that she's going to the coldest place in England for the winter with no car....psssh whatevs...she's going to the Harry Potter Castle for Christmas...that's pretty phenomenal. :D
I'm doing so well.....I'm fat and happy :D I've eaten more fish and liver than anyone who has ever lived.....AND I haven't yakked up a storm!!!! BAM! MIRACLE NEXT!!! hahahhahah life is so wonderful!!! I'm so grateful that I get to feel the spirit in such abundance every single day. I wake up every morning and say, "Self, remember how you're in England right now....freezing your knickers off? hahhaha" It BLOWS my mind!!!! How did I get to be so lucky? :D I must have done something right. :D I love you all so so so much! I think about you and pray for you every blasted day. I'm so grateful for my solid testimony that I know that God lives, and that he listens to my silly worries, thanks, and jokes. I know I'm doing His work. I'm so grateful to my Savior.....wow....I love him so much. Thank you so much for letting me come here. I can't tell you how much it means to me. I love you!
Love Always and Forever
Your Sister Stephanie