Monday, April 13, 2015

Tornadoes, Miracles, and Baptisms!

Dear Family and Friends,                                                                 4-13-15

This week was a crazy and awesome week! It feels super long because of how many things happen this week. 

To start it out we got stranded in Andover on Tuesday. We thought we could walk back to Wichita in two hours and talk to people along the way, but it was farther then we thought. Plus talking with people as missionaries does take up so much of your walking time. So come 8:45 at night we were still 5 miles or so from home. So we said a prayer and finally one the other many sisters we had tried and who had not answered their phones called us back and was able to come get us. Hooray for that!

We had STL's and extra sisters in our apartment up the wazoo this week! Sister Delos Santos and Sister Siegfried were living with us until Friday, and in addition to them we had another set stay with us on Monday night for MLC the next morning, and a set stay on Thursday night because they were going to the temple on Friday with a Family they had worked with, who was getting sealed in the Oklahoma City Temple. Our little apartment was bustling with excitement and laughter! But now it is just us since the STL's have moved into their own apartment and it is oddly quite with just two of us. I miss them a ton and wish they could live with us again!

This week was really exciting because we had a tornado warning, well actually a tornado too, but it was small and at least 20 miles away so the only thing we really saw happen was some epic lightning. Apparently   the tornado sirens also went off in a few parts of the city, but we didn't actually hear them. Every one was freaking out because there was about two days of warning that this storm was heading our way, but over all it was kind of disappointing because not much actually happened. But I can now say I have seen what people do when a tornado is coming this way. 

Best part of this week... AIDE GOT BAPTIZED! It was so neat to be able to see how it all worked out together. It has been so cool to see how she has grown and changed even just in the two weeks I have been here. I love this ward and it warms my heart to see how they have reached out to this sweet but VERY quite 17 year old and shown her a lot of care and love, and it has been neat to see her warm up and brighten with their love and the love she is feeling from her Father in Heaven! A huge miracle of it was that the Sister who found her and worked with her was able to be at her baptism because she was there that weekend for the sealing of a family she worked with, it was cool how Heavenly Father worked that together. 

We also were asked to help out with the 10 year old cub scouts outdoors-man day. So we got to spend from 3:30 to 9:30 in pants, it was fun. Plus 10 year old boys are pretty funny. We taught the "What to take on a camp out" class with the Elders and Helped them cook the hamburger meat for dinner. It was a lot of fun! Sadly I didn't take any pictures. 

After on our way home we stopped by to see Aide at the Regional Youth Dance. We were amazed she went, and even more amazed to hear that she actually got up and danced with some of the YM/YW after we left! It's crazy how much she has changed! The leaders teased us and said we were undercover because we were still in pants since we had just come from scouts. I felt like a normal person... it was weird. Oh ya and I was also told at the baptism I could actually pull off Girl dread locks. Haha. 

We had two crazy powerful lessons with a cool Older Man Named James. When were where there yesterday following up the Plan of Salvation lesson from earlier that week. We were talking about Joseph Smith and how he was different from other "prophets" who have come along through the ages and how we knew he saw God the Father and not just Satan as an Angle of Light. We read the full account of the first vision from JS-H. And then I started testifying, and I had the spirit tell me to be very bold and so I opened my mouth and said, " I knew Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he was called by God, and That he did in actuality see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It was the most power I have ever felt behind my testimony before. I cannot explain exactly how it felt but I felt like my words had actually power and weight to them in a way that cannot be denied. The Spirit was SO strong! And after a minute of silence James began to talk. Shortly after we invited him to be baptized and he accepted to work towards May 10! It was such a cool experience! I was so giddy after it was awesome! 

Love you all!
Sister Blood :) 

Aide's baptism, all the Andover Crew. Elder Rose (tall) Elder Smith (black hair) Us. Elder Limb (red hari) and Bro Bohne WML
The lightning was from the tornado :)

Aide's Baptism

Andover Crew
Elder Rose (tall one) Elder Limb (red hair) ?,  Sister Williams,  Aide,  Sister Blood,
 Bro. Bohne WML, 
Elder Smith (black Hair)

Lightening from Tornado

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