It has been the craziest week but a great one! There was one day that we drove over 150 miles. Lots of great stories so here we go!
Tuesday morning I went to my last follow up doctor appointment with Dy Nguyen. It went so well and he was so happy to see us. He couldn't believe how well I looked and was doing. He paused for a second and then said "wow! It must be all those prayers!" I assured him that it was. He told me that another boy with the same problem who was also born with gastroschisis was not doing well at all. I know it really made him think and I have no doubt he will join the church some day. After my appointment he invited us to have lunch with him and his staff. We didn't stay for long when he offered us tea! Haha He is so incredible and I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful doctor. He gave me his number and told me I had to come back and see him! :)
We hurried back from the doctor so I could go to court with one of the sisters for her car accident. It was interesting experience but she did great and all is well! :)
Thursday we had the most amazing zone conference. It was centered on member missionary work which was awesome. President Bennion's nephew named Peter came and spoke to us. He was very bold and had some really good counsel. The spirit was so strong and it was one of those meetings you never forget. He reminded us how missionaries are called and that we are needed here. We need to look the part, act the part and BE the part. You can't fake having the spirit. We have been called to the Bible Belt to teach the restoration!
After zone conference we went to the Level Creek area to tract and have dinner before the stake meeting. However when we pulled up to the church it was surrounded by police cars and fire trucks. After zone conference most of us left except for President Bennion and some Elders who needed to be interviewed. One of the Elders smelt something odd and walked into the gym to see the chairs were on fire. He ran and got President Bennion and everyone else out of the building. Another Elder quickly called 911. They had been working on the roof that day and someone left their piece of equipment on. It dropped sparks into the ceiling which then went into the light and then fell onto a chair. It was crazy and the stake meeting was cancelled. Such a huge blessing that their were people there to catch it. No one was hurt, just a lot of water damage. All the wards are working together to get everything cleaned up ASAP. Hopefully it will be back to normal soon.
There is a less active named Alicia Rivero in our ward that we are working with and she is so sweet. She is a single mom who is really struggling. We found out that her four year old daughter was sleeping on the floor and let the Ward know. The next day a couple in the Ward brought us a toddler bed to deliver to her. We had a lesson scheduled a few nights later with her and decided to give it to her then. Before our lesson we invited her to come outside with us. When we placed it in her hands tears filled her eyes. She said very quietly and filled with gratitude "she won't have to sleep on the floor anymore!" It was such a special moment and the spirit was so strong. It was a wonderful reminder that this is what Christmas is truly all about.
Merry Christmas y'all! I hope it is a great one. In the craziness of it all don't forget to take a moment and remember the reason for the season. I am so grateful for my savior and this time I have to serve him. He gave us the greatest gift of all! Love y'all!
These are the chairs from the church fire. So crazy!