Rashauna with Sister & President Thoombs
Oh man hearing about the family makes me so happy. Thank you for the letters :) Thank you for fasting for me, too! I had been sick and throwing up for a few days and Sunday.... the day you fasted.... was the first time I felt like myself again. It was so incredibly difficult trying to work still while feeling like I was about to throw up almost 24/7 and not being able to sleep. Ha-ha, I went a little crazy and thought about how you said something along the lines of: "if anyone wanted to torture me all they would have to do is keep me awake" Well, let me tell you, I couldn't agree more. Anyway, thank you. It amazes and inspires me every time I think about how spiritually in tune you are.
I heard a rumor today we might be getting 2 hours of email time instead of 1 sometime in the future. Keep your fingers crossed. Oh, I've been thinking of a scripture and just can't make up my mind on one (what's new?) I guess Alma 26:15-16. Yeah.
So, this week we followed up with a woman named M that I challenged to read the Book of Mormon. She read and I almost had a heart attack when I asked what she thought about it and she answered plainly, "It's true." My companion, Sister O'Donovan, laughed later as she told me how obvious it was how surprised I was by the look on my face! The sisters before I got here had been visiting with M and now we are finally going to be able to teach her a lesson! Very exciting. P, another person I challenged to read the Book of Mormon, got pneumonia..... so we'll be checking in with him later.
There's a woman named R we met. She was just sitting on her back patio (which is open, no fence or anything) so we walked up and asked if there was anything we could do for her. She was having a pretty bad day and after we were able to talk about some of our basic beliefs and assure her that Heavenly Father loves her, she helped remind me of why we are here when she said, "Here I am thinking no one cares, and you gals come out of nowhere just to check on me. That means a lot." I can't really describe how that made me feel, but it was incredible. It was energizing. It gave me the incentive I needed to keep going that day, even though I felt so nauseated I almost threw up on her dog. O-kay, so I'm exaggerating a little bit :) But, thinking back about what R said just makes me happy. Happy that we were able to uplift her in some way and so happy to be healthy again.
I was able to teach my first lesson!!! It was to an amazing 7 year old, J. His mother, M (incredible woman, I love her), joined the church about a year ago and J is really excited to prepare for his baptism in April. We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and were impressed with how well he answered our questions and asked his own.
Tracting (going door to door) this week resulted in a few possible investigators that we're excited to follow up with. Other than that, life is good, and anything is possible with our Heavenly Father nearby.
Love you all so very much and I think about you always.
Sister Rashauna Hoer