Mummy and Daddy,
I have big news......are you sitting down.....maybe you should sit down..... your little bunny....your little Sister Stephanie White is going to be a MOMMY!!!!! I'm TRAINING!!!!! Say what?!?!!? Truth. There we were sitting in our little four-man pow wow, drinking H2O, contemplating life when the phone rang....."Mission Home" Dun da Dun!!!!!
"Hiya, It's Sister White."
"Hello Sister White, It's President Lindley."
"Hello President! How are you doing this fine evening?"
"Very well...thank you. Sister White, after prayerful consideration I have selected you to train an incoming missionary this transfer!"
"Whoo-Hoo!" (I like to make sure people know I'm excited about things.)
"I'm confident that you will teach this missionary how to be a strong, enthusiastic servant of the Lord.......blah blah....It goes on from there, but you get the gist. SO...yeah...I'm training. I felt like it was coming....I'm not as nervous as I thought I'd be. I probably should be...heck...I don't know anything myself. It should be interesting. I'm sure we'll both figure it out together.
Miss Sister DeLucchi is going up to Redcar. She's on the beach in the summer. It's a coveted spot this time of year. She literally walks out her front door and there's the sea. That's pretty amazing. :D She'll have a good time. She'll miss me terribly, I'm sure :D but she'll have a good time.
In other news....I have things to tell you about. I can't remember all the things I've told you about various people, but we have two people that we're very excited about John the Ice Cream Man and Ray of Sunshine. This past week we've had trouble getting in touch with both of them.....so we've been asking members to say little prayers for these people to help us accost them. We went over to a member's home and asked her cute little boy to say a little prayer to help us find John the Ice Cream Man. His little prayer was so precious and so powerful...guess who we found by chance the very next day....Truth!!! Miracle!!!! John the Ice Cream Man!!!! We were so excited and so grateful we took a picture of our excited grateful faces. He's doing well....he just won't come to church because the sun's out....too good for business. "How am I going to get to church when the sun's out? I'll have to pray for rain, I think :D" We called Eben's mom, Lisa, the other night and she told me she had a dream about the ice cream man. "There I was, and the ice cream man came rolling up the road blasting, 'High On a Mountain Top."
I think it's a sign :D
Now....Ray of Sunshine....we've had five encounters with him
Encounter 1: We accosted him on the street and he started laughing saying, "You missionaries keep jumping out at me...you seem to pop out of the strangest places...bushes...rubbish bins....windows....buses...you lot are everywhere!" He's funny...and smart....we left him with a Restoration leaflet with the challenge to read it and pray to see if it was true
Encounter 2: He drove up the street in his bright blue car, honked, waved....we followed :D but we lost him...so we walked up to the street we planned to knock and guess who came out of a shop and flagged us down, "You girls are following me I think.....but all that aside...tell me about this Joseph Smith fellow." We had such a good little lesson with him! He has some of the best questions and he genuinely wants to know.
*We pushed the Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration movie through his letter box.*
Encounter 3: A week later we saw him again driving up the road. He honked, and waved, we followed. We saw him again at he end of his street. He honked, waved our DVD at us and pulled over for a nice little chat. He was surprised how much he liked the movie. He finally accepted a Book of Mormon and a Plan of Salvation Leaflet. We arranged a chapel tour with him.
Encounter 4: We had to shift his chapel tour up one day because of other stuff, which he was happy to do. We showed him around the chapel...during "Band Practice" (I dunno...apparently this band uses our building to jam every Wednesday eve...) We ended up having our lesson outdoors. He whipped out his Plan of Salvation leaflet and it was all marked up :D hahahha success. We had an amazing discussion. All of a sudden Sister DeLucchi whips out some line...She said something to the effect of ,"Jesus Christ is our example. We follow him back to Heavenly Father." Saying that, it seems pretty basic, but the Spirit definitely touched his little heart. His eyes lit up and he said, "That's it! You've done it! That one line!" The discussion continued but he said at the end, "The things you taught me tonight are probably the most important things I've heard in my entire life." BAM!!! MIRACLE!!!!
Encounter 5: He's been really difficult to get a hold of this week. We've pleaded with Heavenly Father to help us find him. Yesterday, we were on the bus out to Ossett, when I felt like we needed to get off the bus and pop 'round to see a potential. "I think we need to get off and see Kevin." "That's handy...so do I!" "It's a sign!" *ding* We lept from the bus and trucked our way down to Kevin's street...no Kevin...but guess where we were....on the street where Ray lives. I felt, "Go see Ray." "Let's go see Ray." So we did. His car was in the drive and there he was in the window washing up! "Ray! Let us in!" We had such a good appointment with him!!! oh! he's so good! I want him to make it so bad!!! Uggh! Anyways....he'll get there. BAM! MIRACLE! I feel like these people could be some of our "Horbury Miracles!" Don't you love the Spirit?! Oh! I DO! Don't you love being a missionary!?!? Oh! I DO!
Thank you for letting me be here!!! I love this so much I can't breathe sometimes!!!
I love you! Thanks for all you do for me!
Love Always and Forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White