Mummy and Daddy,
This week, Michael introduced us to some of his family members. We went up to Seahouses to teach his sister. Michael looked smart in his new suit. When we knocked on his sister's door, his brother-in-law's jaw slapped against the welcome mat!
"Michael?! WOW.....I......I hardly recognize you. You're a new man."
Michael was all smiles. His sister was visiting her daughter just around the corner....so off we went, trotting towards this other house....long story short and lots of back and forths later, I witnessed a beautiful moment, Michael's sister, and his two nieces gawked at him.....speechless.
"Michael...we saw you in Alnwick last week and we had to double take. Is that Michael?! He's all smart, and clean cut. Michael...you seem different. ... you seem happy. It's so good to see you!"
Words cannot describe the pride that swelled in my little heart, or the satisfaction slapped on Michael's cheeks. Ahhhh....moments like that....yeah....that makes it all worthwhile. We had a powerful lesson with Michael's sister, where Michael bore striking testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true and living church on the Earth. His sister is now preparing for baptism! MIRACLE!
It's getting pretty bitter at night in this land. We have the warmest socks in tarnation, but they are no match for the bite that attacks our fingers and toes for 9 hours each day. One night this week was particularly bad.....pins and needles that you just can't escape, no matter how many times you skip down the street or do finger exercises. I offered a silent, frantic prayer, "Heavenly Father.....I'm so cold.....It really hurts......please......please.....help me deal with it." The very next door we knocked on, this man opened saying, "Oh...how about you come round back and I'll let you in for some hot chocolate." I couldn't get inside fast enough. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude, I could have bawled myself silly right there on the spot....if I wasn't so afraid that my tears would freeze. We taught this wonderful man about the Restoration and now he too is preparing for baptism. BAM! MIRACLE! Heavenly Father always answers our prayers....even the ones that seem only important to us....even now as I'm writing this, I'm thinking...."Ugh! Stephanie, just suck it up...it's just cold. It's not that bad." In the moment it's always a bit different. Heavenly Father still answered my prayer for me. I'm so grateful.
In other news, It was Michael's birthday this week and the Alnwick Branch Christmas Social which we thoroughly enjoyed! AND My wildest dreams came true on Wednesday when my Zone Leader said to me, "Sister White...I have a lot of zone post for you in my car." He opened the boot of his car, and wrestled with the largest box I've seen in quite a while.
"Here you go!"
"That's for me?!?! Who's it from?"
"It looks like it's a Braille Book of Mormon."
"IT CAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" WOW it's big!"
"You're teaching a blind person?"
"Uh....no....it's for me. :D"
I don't know why, but I feel like I have to learn how to do sign language and learn braille. Maybe I'm going to lose one or more of my senses later in life, but just think....if the lights ever go out....I'll still be able to read the scriptures! Success! :D From the moment I got it home, I whacked it open and began deciphering each little bump....I'm actually not too bad at it, by looking at it.....I can't do it with my eyes closed...yet....but just give me time. I love it! I feel the Spirit so much when I focus on each little word! Ahhhh....I love it. Anyways...The end!
I love being a missionary so much! I cannot thank you enough for letting me come how many thousands of miles to do this every day. I appreciate it all the good, the hard, the beautiful, the ugly :D I love being a missionary!
I love you so much! I hope you have the best Christmas of your lives!
Uh.....miss me terribly :D
Love Always and Forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White