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Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

I would just like to begin this letter by informing you that OUR CAR IS IN THE SHOP YET AGAIN! It's like Satan just looooves to try and stop the work, BUT HE SHALL NOT PREVAIL.

Also, this week ended with a thunderstorm! A REAL one, with rain and lightning bolts! Sister Bryan and I sat outside watching it while members kept texting us to tell us to be safe as if we've never been in one before. It made me miss REAL storms back east. Still miss trees.

ANYWAYS, this week has been the same as the rest except that we went on exchanges with the OAKS SISTERS!!  We actually got to go to their area, which was a first and it was so fun! We had dinner with a recent convert for the elders in that ward, we got to meet their recent converts, some less actives, and we found SO MANY PEOPLE for them to teach!! It was absolutely amazing. And we had them after Zone Conference where they gave us... wait for it.... TIWIS!!!

Tiwi is big brother. It’s in the car and monitors how fast you drive and how sharp you turn or accelerate or brake and if the car leaves the ground or is on too late or is out of your area. And it’ll yell at you. It’s crazy, but it sure is making everyone a safe, anxiety-filled driver, we'll give it that!! 

The APs had a recent convert move into our area that we were able to meet with and she is the cutest thing ever! Her name is J., we taught her dad before and she and her sisters just love church and the gospel and Jesus and whatnot. Plus we found most of our new investigators on one street. Serene Oak Drive. We worked there on 3 different occasions, but the Spirit just kept telling us to go back and every time we did BAM! Miracles. It was awesome. 

Our mission president gave us the talk "Faith to Reap" by Elder Wilford Andersen from a BYU-I devotional and it is life changing!! I won’t bore you with all the details but I will say that it taught me that simply "trying it out" isn’t enough. We gotta WORK to grow, or to see miracles, or to become better. The "faith to try" isn’t enough, it’s the faith to REAP that makes the difference.

I love you all!

Donuts with the Sisters
Bakersfield, CA
April 2016

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Bakersfield, CA
April 2016

Snacks with the Sisters
Bakersfield, CA
April 2016

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