Mummy and Daddy,
I must dash about again this week, but I had to tell you about a few things. This week we met Phyllis....who is how old?.....Guess......nope.....guess again.....You'll never guess so I'll tell you....She was 103! Hahahaha She even had the official plaque from the Queen congratulating her on her century of life AND she was on the front page of the local newspaper saying, "Phyllis Turns 100!" Oh Phyllis...she's great. She's both deaf-ish and blind-ish. We communicated by writing GIANT on a white board. Bringing the board an inch away from her nose she yelled, each word and waited for some sort of confirmation on our end.
Phyllis: GOD? NO! BECAUSE I PRAY EVERY BLASTED NIGHT THAT I FALL ASLEEP AND I NEVER WAKE UP, AND EACH MORNING I OPEN MY EYES, LOOK AROUND AND SAY.... (I'd best not say what she said :D) YOU SEE, THERE IS NO GOD.
Us: HE WANTS YOU TO GET BAPTIZED FIRST! WILL YOU FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST AND BE BAPTIZED BY SOMEONE WITH THE PROPER PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY OF GOD?
Phyllis: NO! I WILL NEVER DO THAT. YOU CAN'T EVEN PAY ME TO DO THAT!
:D hahahha....well.....can't say we didn't ask.
I also got to see Mick and Joyce last Monday. Mick put his teeth in especially for the occasion :D We entered the train station and I saw them afar, and said, "Man, they are just too cute!" They are so special to me! We shook hands, we embraced, we laughed, Mick cried :D. We had just a normal, lovely natter in Greggs over a cup of hot chocolate. The whole time there was this wonderful feeling there with us. They're doing so well! Then came the time to part ways again. We took pictures, embraced, shook hands, we laughed, Mick cried :D Then Sister Sorensen and I walked away, arm in arm. In that moment, my little heart had this surge of gratitude.... I love these people so stinking much!.....even now...I'm having an issue! I'm just so grateful they are in my life. If I came on this mission of mine, and only met them.....my mission would have been worth it. All these wonderful people I've met have made such a lovely impression on me. It's hard to explain, but it's a very humbling experience to have someone thank you profusely for changing their lives. I feel like they did it all themselves. They were just ready. I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to be a part of their story! I'm getting all worked up so I'll kick over this chair and laugh instead! :D ha ha.
In other news, we celebrated Sister Sorensen's 22nd birthday today! My baby's growing up! We played games with the zone, sang songs, ate Costco cake....they have Costco here believe it or not.....and build GIANT pyramid of chairs (pictures to follow in the near future). All in all....a successful day!
We have a big fireside coming up this Friday all about the Savior's life. We've invited the whole of Horbury so hopefully we'll have a good turn out.
I am so stinking excited for General Conference I can hardly handle m'self. How lucky are we that we have a prophet on Earth. UGGH! We are so dang lucky all the day long! Heavenly Father is so good to us! I wish I had a bit more time today to expound on everything, but I do want to tell you: I love being a missionary. Thank you so much for letting me be here.
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White