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Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016. LEAP DAY.

WHAAAAT, this week was crazy! It started off with an earthquake that everyone felt BUT ME!! Figures.  But I'll be okay, I think. 

Bakersfield Loves Families!
Sister King, Sister Bryan
February, 2016
Lots of exchanges this week! A sister in our zone has been pretty sick so I went out with her companion so that some work could be done in their area. The prayers said for her are WORKING because she's been able to get out of the house and work! Miracles man, every day.

We also went on exchanges with the Oaks sisters, Sharples and Gallacher. Sister Gallacher has been on her mission a whopping 2 WEEKS, but she's a pro already! Sister Sharples is a beast at jumping in and teaching everyone, they’re so cute and fun!

We finished teaching O and F and they're set to be baptized this weekend! We've become experts at drawing and coloring because if it isn't included in lessons, there will be a mutiny. Speaking of coloring, we went to a family's house for a Family Home Evening (crayons included) and I had the most Bakersfield-esque experience. This person has a huge chicken pen, but full of cats instead. Eight of them. She does not enjoy cats, but since there are stray cats and dogs out the wazoo here, she'd rather keep them locked up and give them food than have them ruin her garden. Living in hick town here!

Sister Pesci, Sister Harmon,
Sister King

February, 2016
But the absolute most INSANE STORY of the week goes out to Mr. L. The APs call us and tell us that their recent convert's ex-husband called her up and said he wanted to be baptized into the Mormon Church and he lived in our area. Of course, we're thrilled, so they text us his name and address and it's none other than Mr. L!  We literally taught him a MONTH ago, one month! And he said he wasn't interested in changing his life. And Sister Bryan went on exchanges in this area 7 months ago and met him and it was the same story. But he's way cool, and reads the Book of Mormon every day, and is excited to turn his life around and we're both still in shock. But what a cool thing the atonement is! God prepares people in His own time, that’s for sure
Sister Missionaries waiting
for a phone call
February, 2016

We had a follow up zone conference where we watched a training video by Elder Bednar on teaching by the spirit and it was amazing! I've seen it before, but I got so much more out of it. I think he puts it best when he says that none of us are smart enough to know what questions to ask, or what exactly to say, or how to help the people we meet. But the spirit IS smart enough, so if we work hard and live worthy of it we'll know what to do to best bring souls unto Christ. Just like D&C 11:21 promises, "Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men."

God never leaves us alone to fend for ourselves, how lucky we are to have a constant friend to support us in all our righteous desires! I'm not alone in this work, none of us are; all we need to do is open our mouths!

Yes, we got a perfect score on our apartment inspection. We have housing inspectors for each part of the mission, usually just some local members. We were literally cleaning when they walked in and we were only working on it for like 45 minutes, they must have been nice or the other places must have been terrible, ha ha.

It’s been 80s, and it will stay 80s... No more rain, just smog everywhere :'(

I love you all, have an amazing week!

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