Mummy and Daddy!
Let me tell you a story. Remember how we had a freak heat wave this week. Remember how you could grill an egg on the flagstones one minute and then the next it'd be chucking it down with rainy pellets of ice and death!?!??!?! Remember how we started melting in our woolen coats after a wet spell. Remember how the people were especially "friendly".....by "friendly" I mean "not-so-friendly." :D Truth. The only thing that could make life better was a cone of icy refreshment. Lo and behold what do we hear in the background. Doo Da Doo Doooo Da Dooo Doo Da Dooo Doo Doo Da Doo! ICE CREAM MAN! RUN!!!! So there we were chasing down the ice cream man.....we'd stop people on the street....ask them about God, then ask them if they saw Ice Cream Man!
"Do you know that Ice Cream Man?"
"The Ice Cream Man?"
"The Ice Cream Man!!!!!!!"
To make a long story short, we ran up and down streets, following the little bursts of that happy little song we caught on the wind, seeing glimpses of his blue and yellow van turning corners, asking people right and left..."have you seen the ice cream man?" This guy asked us, "Why don't you just pop down t'shop and buy some ice cream? It'd be easier than chasing him down."
"I'm on a quest....besides....it feels important that we find him."
Well we said a little prayer. "Heavenly Father, please...if it's ok...help us find the Ice Cream man. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen." Immediately after, guess who rolls up next to us!!!!! THE ICE CREAM MAN!!! BAM! MIRACLE!!! We sat there, licking away to our hearts content as we taught John of John's Ices the gospel. On two other occasions we just happened to run into him on crazy side streets. What are the chances!?!??! MIRACLES! We exchanged lessons of peace, happiness and salvation for free ice lollies!!!! :D Now that's my kind of missionary work! :D Now He's our friend! Last night we ran into him again...and he said,
"I have news for you two sisters."
"OOOOH news!!!!! What is it?"
"I've read your little booklets.. like you told me."
"Whoo-Hoo!!!!!! How'd you like them?"
"Haahhah they were good....but that's not all. I've prayed about them...we're talking... knelt down...at the foot of the bed....arms crossed."
"WHAT!?!??! WHOO HOO!!!!! AND!??!?! HOW'D YOU FEEL!?!??!"
"It were good.....I near about came to church this morning!"
"WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAM! MIRACLE!!! NEXT!!!!! As we were hobbling to the bus stop, I remembered a comment I made to Sister DeLucchi during our quest to find John of John's Ices. I said, "I wish prepared people played a little tune like the ice cream man....then we'd at least know when we were getting close." Little did we know....the ice cream man WAS prepared! BAM! MIRACLE! That's why no ordinary shop ice cream would suffice....we had to find John! MIRACLES!!!!!!
In other news
Last P-Day, we hiked as Huddersfield Zone through Melthum....little did we know that we'd also be trekking through fields stinging nettle. I emerged unscathed. :D I had my trousers on and kept my lanky arms fully extended above me.....
Put your arms down, you cheese!
....Who's laughing now :D
OH! AND One night we clonked down the street, trying to get home on time. We were beat. We'd been on our feet chasing after people all the day long. There I was...ka-cunk ka-cunk..... then I heard ......*Kaddaoiingdskishhhh*.....in my mind flashed," BAD!" I turned around and there was Sister Delucchi...flat on the ground....Big X....Human pancake....poor Sister DeLucchi. Well we rushed her home, doctored her up....now we've got Little Moe with the gimpy leg at our house. Her injury is a great finding tool though. People stop and listen to us, especially when she just "happens" to drop things :D
I LOVE BEING HERE!!!! I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father trusts me enough to let me do this! I feel like the longer I'm out here...the more I don't know...but that's ok. :D What I do know is that He is definitely there. He definitely answers prayers! The gospel is simple! The Book of Mormon is officially amazing! Jesus Christ is my hero! This mission is quite possibly the smartest decision I have ever made in my entire life!!!! IT'S TRUE!!!!
I love you so much! Thank you for letting me be here!!!!
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White