Date

November 15, 2016

Area

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Companion

Sister Hamblin

Teaching, dirty cars, death, and the Hakka

WOW. Family. It's been crazy this week.

On Monday night we decided we needed to go to the college campus and try and talk to some poor, searching young adults. We walked into Starbucks and our eye immediately caught onto this girl who was sitting in the corner, drawing quite vigorously on a piece of sketch paper. She looked like a nerd and I am a nerd so I approached her and asked her what she was drawing. We started talking and I swear, it felt like I was talking to myself. She was majoring in psychology and we talked for 30 minutes about her and her life and how psychology has brought her closer to God. having conversations like that with people really show me how God sends US specifically to certain areas of the mission field, so we can connect to those he needs to send us. She said we could contact her anytime. :)

On Tuesday we had Zone Conference and it was amazing. Well, it didn't start out that way. about five minutes away from the church, at about 6:45 in the morning, Sister Hamblin gasped and said, "Sister Sanborn.... oh no. We were supposed to clean and wash out our car for inspections today and we forgot." My face went as pale as snow. The inside of our car was pretty clean, but there were several books and papers in the backseat and trunk, along with several forum items from our University table. AND OUR OUTSIDE WAS SO GROSS. We freaked out. We stopped at Julie's house, our very best friend who lives behind the church, and completely dumped out everything that was in our car. Our outside looked terrible. But we were going to be late for our meeting if we tried to clean it. NEEDLESS to say, we both learned a very important lesson. Our car was the source of everyone's humor that day, until the cray Polynesian in our Zone stood up in the middle of the meeting and made everyone do the Hakka. That was a sight to see, let me tell you. Not easy to do in a pencil skirt. I love my Zone so so so so so so much. They are my greatest friends and are the best soldiers out here in the field. I'm so lucky to lead and be blessed by them.

That night we had a lesson with Sam, a nonmember who is married to this less active that we teach. He is a hard headed man that scoffs at the idea of morals and thinks what we were dong is silly. But as we taught his wife and his son, Sister Hamblin made a bold invitation by asking him to say the prayer. That was the key. he then opened up to us about his past and we testified of the Plan of Salvation. It was a powerful moment, and at the the end of the lesson, he prayed. #miracles

We had dinner with Bronwyn this week, along with her cute kids and her Agnostic husband. It was great and we really had a lot of fun. Bronwyn is going through a lot right now and is one of the busiest people I know. Meeting with her has been hard lately. She's really stressed and has a lot going on. She definitely could use some prayers.....
I've gotta get going but I'll include a few more fun facts about this week.
-I've taken 7 children on Spirit Journeys this week. The spirit animals they have gained from the journeys h-ave been exciting. Everything from Hedgehogs to Wild Boars to Crowned Eagles.
- This new Elder who replaced Elder Abraham is kind of hard to work with. he makes it very clear that he is holier than the rest of us. Haha. What a sweet soul.
- God REALLY watches over his missionaries. I almost got killed by a Giant German Shepherd this week. I was so ready for death. It's owner grabbed it just in time. I almost peed my pants.
- We are surrounded by members who love us deeply and take care of us and for that I am so grateful!
-Food for thought this week.."Christ’s arrangement with us is similar to a mom providing music lessons for her child. Mom pays the piano teacher. How many know what I am talking about? Because Mom pays the debt in full, she can turn to her child and ask for something. What is it? Practice! Does the child’s practice pay the piano teacher? No. Does the child’s practice repay Mom for paying the piano teacher? No. Practicing is how the child shows appreciation for Mom’s incredible gift. It is how he takes advantage of the amazing opportunity Mom is giving him to live his life at a higher level. Mom’s joy is found not in getting repaid but in seeing her gift used—seeing her child improve. And so she continues to call for practice, practice, practice.''-Brad Wilcox
Love you all!




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