Mummy and Daddy
What a week we've had. Zone conference...my scratch and sniff stickers were a big hit! AND they sang to me for my birthday! Birthdays on the mission rock...it's always your birthday! :D hahahaha We talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon....it really set the tone for our whole week....
I met this man named Oliver. I talked for him a bit...he was getting pretty heated with me...he told me he had terminal cancer. He's had so many chemo treatments it's unbelievalbe! Ten chemo treatments is considered high. He's had 67! He's almost hit the record he said, but he yelled, shaking his blistered and cracked hands at me, "Why would he put me through this?!". Little Tyler Kelk came over and said, "Sister White, I said a prayer that I would see you today....look! I'm seeing you!" I introduced him to Oliver.
My friend Oliver is sick?
Oh...what's wrong with you?
I have cancer.
Oh...that's a bummer....what's your full name? I will pray for you.
Oh what a sweet lad. Thank you. My name is Oliver.
What is your surname?
You pray for Oliver and God will know who I am.
Tyler scampered off, and I continued to speak with Oliver. He told me his life story. As always, I shared things I knew about God and about why we go through hard things. He looked at me...all welled up, and said, I FEEL your faith.....thank you thank you....what can I do to repay you. Do you take money for charity?
I must do something for the way you've lifted my spirits today.
Take my book and read it...but most importantly pray about it
I will! I will definitely do that!
Let me tell you about what's happening with Jonny Kelk. We had a really good talk with him the other day. He basically poured out his little soul to us (let's talk about your childhood....no....let's talk about YOUR childhood :D.) Anyways it got to the point where he said he was fed up of drinking and smoking......then why do you do it? "It's this house! There's so much junk everywhere...it drives me to do it!" We shall clean it!!!!! So Sister Taylor and I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. :D I got all sorts of chuck-happy. It feels good to throw things out. It felt like repentance in action. Get rid of all the junk in your lives people!!!!! BE FREE! LIVE! :D We sorted out a corner, with this bookshelf (it looks like a big grid...approximately 12 cubby holes) and their really neat art books. I got all spatial and decorator on them...we stood back and they were chuffed to bits. You should have seen the looks on their faces.....summed up in one word.....hope.....hope that something better was possible. Something changed in that house that day....you could tell with the way they acted towards each other and the looks in their eyeballs. Sister Taylor and I got in the car, cranked "There Can Be Miracles When You Believe," and yelled it to the sky! BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT!!!!!
We got Jonny to a Book of Mormon Fireside!!!!! BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT!!!! There we got a hypothetical assignment...which you've probably heard before...but I will tell you anyways:
Pretend you are a 23 year old farmer...The only education you have you got while working on a farm.
Now...write a sensible history of Ancient America that spans 1000+ years
You can't do any research whatsoever.
You can't write it down...you must dictate it to someone.
It must be 531 pages long....300,000+ words....the equivalent of approximately 30 theses...keeping in mind that it takes a doctorate candidate roughly a year to write one thesis.
It must follow two nations...their separate histories and all aspects of their culture: geography, government, politics, society, religion, economics, transport, clothing, currency etc...
You must shift your writing style frequently so that it seems like others are writing.
Use the English Language in fancy ways-parables, allegories, similes, analogies, sentence structure of other languages...etc.
The book you write must fulfill prophecies in the Bible.
You must invent 200+ names that have never been heard before.
The book you write must inspire competent salespeople everywhere to devote 2 years of their lives, paying their own way, to distribute the book to complete strangers.
You must persuade a friend out of his livelihood just to get it published.
(I can't remember it all...it goes on from there...)
But Do it all in 60 days.
There is no way that Joseph Smith fabricated this book! It is true! Look at all the people who dedicate their lives....even are killed because of their testimony of the Book of Mormon. The promise in the Book of Mormon, to read, and to ask God if the book is true is a real promise...I've felt it. I've seen others feel it! It is a pure miracle that we have that book....I just wish more people recognized how incredibly important it is. BAM! MIRACLE! NEXT!
I love this!
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White!