Mummy and Daddy,
Happy Valentines' Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope this lovely day of love is full of love and loveness!
We had quite the eventful week this week. Where to begin?
Mick and Joyce are doing sooooooooooo well. They walked into the church yesterday and guess what......MICK WORE A BRAND NEW SUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT! Oh you should have seen the way their faces glowed as they pranced through the doors!!!!! They keep talking about how all the negative feelings they feel throughout the day seem to follow us out the door when we visit. They feel like a weight has been lifted from their shoulders and they know what we do for people is from God. During one of our lessons, I felt prompted to leave Mosiah 18 (Alma baptizing at the waters of Mormon) for Mick. During our next lesson, Mick said he read that chapter over and over and over again. He couldn't get it out of his head. He was quiet for a while and said, "I'm going to make a promise with everyone right here....in six weeks...I will be ready for baptism." BAM! MIRACLE! (this was before we even taught him the principle of baptism.) Sister Lamb and I looked at each other and said, " We were thinking something a bit sooner. We prayed about a date and we feel confirmation from the Holy Ghost that you can make this.....we feel that you both can make February 26th." His eyes bugged out of his head for a sec then yelled, "I'll do it! I can do that!......I will pray about it and let you know." Joyce was all grins BAM! MIRACLE!!!!
Amanda and Jonathon...had a minor set back....but we're working with them. They'll get there.
Funny Story: We needed petrol, so we pulled into the local Otley station. As I filled in the expense sheet, Sister Lamb popped inside to pay.....I watched her talk with the attendant, Brother Jemel, It went on for longer than usual. Sister Lamb motioned at me through the window. It looked like she made a camera clicking gesture, so I thought.....oooooooooh pictures.....I love playing secret agent. So there I was taking all sorts of sneaky photos in the car. At one point that I trotted to the window, periscoped my inspector gadget arm about and snapped pics of the action. Then I got bored, so I waltzed in.....uggh! Smog of ickiness.....There was NOT a good feeling in that petrol station. Background of Brother Jemel, he is very very committed to Islam. He called President Lindley a few weeks ago to tell him that the Book of Mormon isn't true and how it doesn't coincide with the Bible.....hahahah yeah....President Lindley put him in his place. He spotted Sister Lamb's name tag, connected her to the Book of Mormon and proceeded to thrash her about whilst customers filtered in and out....awkward ( Don't get me wrong, when customers weren't in there, Sister Lamb definitely gave him a piece of her mind :) heh heh) I listened for about 30 seconds..... the barking was nonsensical and stupid, "Time out, my friend and I need to make another appointment. How about this, next time we get petrol, we'll have a chat, just like Sister Lamb suggested. You read the Book of Mormon and we'll read the Bible then we'll compare notes. Sound good." That seemed to resolve things....I can't be bothered with debates...all I know is that we got out of there and I got a free sprite out of it...SUCCESS.
What else did we do? We rampaged a care home and nearly tinkled our pants with all the oldies. We were invited to a "Bridge Church Non-denominational Bible Study" about the Prodigal Son that was more like a book club, analyzing the different relationships "Oh I wonder if the father was a good father when the boys were young." "Where is the mother in this situation?" etc etc. Come on, they failed to grasp the concept that the story was an analogy for our father in heaven. I dunno friends.
Finally, we saw the most breath taking sunset of my life! I wish the pictures did it justice. The lights of Bradford twinkled on the dark hills whilst the deepest colors of red, blue, and orange blazed above me in all directions!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! MIRACLE! It was so amazing, I called over some construction workers and said, "BEHOLD!!!!!!! Isn't it amazing!?!??!?!" They went back to work while I stretched my arms to the sky! WOW. How can you deny that there is a God when you see that!? I don't get it! :D Remember How I'm in England right now? Remember how I'm experiencing the craziest things ever?!??!?! How lucky am I? Thank you so much for letting me come here! Thank you so much for putting up with me :D I love you so much! I know this work is true! How could it not be? It just is....simple as that. WOW I love you!
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White