Mummy and Daddy,
Update from last week: We got the keys all sorted! I'm wearing another ensemble! AND I've had a shower!!!!!!! :D All is right in the world again.
Big news....MICHAEL RECEIVED THE PRIESTHOOD!!!!! WHOO!!!!! BAM!!! MIRACLE!!!! AND we got to be there for the ordination!!!!!!!! WHOO!!!!! That's what I'm talking about!!! He's doing so well. You should see the look on his face now. His cheeks glow. There's a change in his eyeballs. We were teaching him the other night and he said, "I know the church is true!" and he said it with this twinkle in his eye and the biggest smile on his face! Those are the moments....those are the moments that make all the whacks from old lady canes and all the eggs thrown at you worth it!!! (and yes...both of those things have happened to me....but it's worth it!!!!)
Also at church were our new investigators Mark and Emma and their stinking cute five year old daughter!!! Our miracle family!!! Let me tell you the story...I can't remember if I've told you this already or not. If so...act surprised. Sister Hillgaard and I were planning for our next day and it was just one of those nights. I was beat. I itched my eyes, without washing them beforehand.....I touch so many animals in a day.......needless to say, my eyes were weepy tomatoes...I couldn't see...I needed a little old lady to walk on my back....I had my face plastered to the crumbs....i mean...floor....my butt in the air, with one weepy tomato straining to see the map, "Let's look at it again when we're coherent in the morning..... Ok How about this street? Ok looks good. Let's pray I can't see anymore." We prayed about it the next morning, went there late that night, and the last door we knocked on we found Mark. I forget what we said, but I remember the look he had on his face...and I won't even try to describe it because I won't be able to do it justice, but he was looking off in the distance and really soaking in what we were saying.
"We know it's late right now, but when's a good time we can come back and talk with you?"
"Yes...can you come back tomorrow?"
So we went back, and taught him and his wife Emma. Mark hasn't believed in God his whole life; however, he noticed an inner peace with people, like Emma, who had a faith. Things lately have happened in his life that make him toy with the notion that there really is a God, and he wants to find out for himself.
"I'm open to experiment. I'm willing to see what this might do for me. I'm willing to learn."
BAM! MIRACLE!!!! AND Emma is 100% supportive. There was one tender moment when Mark expressed the concern to Emma if there really is a God would God forgive him for turning his back on him for 35 years? "In a second!"said Emma "in a second!" *tears bubbled up in her eyes, "I've waited for 18 long years for Mark to believe in God and now my prayers are coming true!" BAM! MIRACLE! It's so wonderful to watch them get closer together as they both get closer to God.
I love my job!!!
Thank you so much for letting me be here!!!!
Love Always and Forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White