Date

March 25, 2019

Area

Krasnoyarsk

Companion

SISTER IBRAGIMAVA

LAST LETTER

This is Cecpta Wilcox last letter!! Thank you all for supporting Maddie and sending your love through your letters for the last 18 months. It has meant so much to her and to our family!
Maddie arrives home late on Wednesday night and will be giving her homecoming talk Sunday, April 14th at noon at the Eagle Stake Center in Eagle, Idaho.
We invite you to join us!
Thank you and love you all!!
Andrea


Shalom
This week was pretty awesome.
We got to meet with a lot of people to say goodbye and to take pictures and such and there were so many stray dogs we met it was great.
Sunday was the BEST. Zoya showed up (the babushka from way up north that we are teaching) and she stayed for both hours and said she loved it. She gave me a fat hug and told me to say hello to America for her.
We met with one of our recent converts who hasn't been coming to church and turns out she broke her ankle and misses church so much and wants to come back super soon.
We went and hiked Stolbi again and my legs are still sore. Lots of less actives and friends came and it was a really good time.
Sister Ibragimova taught me that is you say "to do a pile" in Russian, it translates to "poop my pants."
I was sorta shocked to find out how many babushki were sad I was going. They still can't remember my name, but gave me food, magnets, and handmade potholders and I cried because of the goodness of these people.
Honestly my heart feels so full. I don't know what I ever did to deserve something as wonderful as my mission. I'm going to miss Russia so much. This morning I served myself some sour cream and started crying because sour cream is so much tastier here than in America and I don't know what I will do without Russian sour cream.
God has given me experiences and trials and friends and lots and lots of adopted grandmas. He has given me a testimony that Jesus Christ is the Savior. And I keep feeling the acceptance of my sacrifice here. To come on my mission has been the 2nd best decision I've made in my life.

The best decision was to stay. And to work hard. And to love the people who are hard to love and to serve and to open my mouth and to live the Gospel and be a representative of Jesus Christ through it all.
I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. I feel overwhelmed by gratitude for the trust He has given me to help in his work.
I love you all my dear friends. I miss you and am so so so excited to see you all.
Last time,
Sister Wilcox




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