I spent the first half in Utica with a set of sisters there and I got the flu haha. It was great and I even got to take a nap! Blessings in disguise.
Thank you all SO MUCH for the birthday gifts and wishes!!!! I LOVED THEM ALL!!! I had so much fun opening letters and presents (before and on the 19th haha)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!
WEDNESDAY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. Sister Sampson and I met up at transfers and drove the the 'cuse!!! I am so excited for the next couple of transfers with her!! We have already seen so many miracles and the ward is so excited to work with her. They still remember her from when she lived her 5 years ago.
COOL STORY: So with Sister Jones we felt inspired to invite this certain member to Charvel's baptism. We did and she was so shocked to be personally invited! Anyway a couple weeks after that, she told us she had started to share the gospel with a family she knew! Then a couple weeks ago with Sister Hall, the member invited the family to a missionary fireside we had! They came and they are so cute!! This member is now fired up to have "Annie Sampson" back home to teach their friends about the gospel!!! I have absolutely loved to see all of these events unfold. Stay tuned because this family is golden and member missionary work is the only way to go!!
Sister sampson and I also had a really cool experience this week when we were talking one night about how much the mission has changed us. We knew each other in the MTC and now 11 months later, we are reunited and so very changed. I still crack jokes 100% of the time and I still laugh too loud but I now have an unshakable testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and the miracles we see every day! I now know that life is IMPOSSIBLE without the gospel of Jesus Christ and that I can't afford to go a day without reading the book of Mormon. I am SO grateful for missionary work, for ALL those who have helped me to get here, for the lifelong friends I've made out here, for my strengthened faith in Christ, and for a loving Heavnely Father who knew New York was the place I needed to serve.
Anyway, I love you ALL! Don't forget to be a member missionary and share the gospel. We need your help!