First, GO BRONCOS WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were getting updates from people last night so we got to live it a little bit. Good thing it's Mardi Gras this week, otherwise I would’ve wished I was in Denver for all the celebrations.
Second, it's Mardi Gras!! I've actually only kind of gone to one parade, and that's because we got stuck in the middle of one coming out of an appointment. We're going to two of the biggest parades tomorrow, and I'll get cool pictures then. I'll also write about Mardi Gras and what it actually is next week because I don't have a super ton of time this week to write.
This week was great. Sister Portzline was better so we could go hard and do a ton of work. We had MLC again which was fun. I felt like I knew a little bit more of what was going on this time, which was good. Then we had ZTM (again with the acronyms) and we had to do the instruction. Since we cover both English and Spanish zones, we did an instruction in two different zone meetings. It was so crazy because I still feel like I should feel like a greenie, but I'm not anymore. I felt super old giving the instructions. Missions do weird things to your sense of time. I definitely still feel like I'm too young in the mission to be doing this, but no one threw stuff at us so it's fine. :)
I think the highlight of this week was that we went on exchanges with Houma, and I got to be back with Sister Whitney in Kenner. It was so much fun! It was crazy because we didn't feel like we were on exchanges. It just felt normal that we were together. Except, we definitely both felt older. I've noticed this week that I've grown up a lot during my mission. Just from a few transfers ago when I was with Sister Whitney to now, I feel like I've grown up about 4 years. It was fun to be together not as a trainer/trainee companionship because we both know what's going on now. We got to see a bunch of people that we used to teach together. I think the best was seeing Juan Pablo. We met him at chic-fil-a, which is where we taught him the first lesson and first gave him a baptismal date. It was incredible to be back there and to look at how far he's come. It made me feel like I've done something on my mission. Okay, I know I've done stuff, but still it was just an incredible experience to hear him talk about how far he's come. The whole exchange was definitely a tender mercy because I love Sister Whitney SO much and it was awesome to be back together briefly. Also, the Mardi Gras parade we went to was when I was with her, which was ironic because she was my first companion so it made sense that I went to my first parade with her.
Missions are just the best! Every day is a new adventure, and it's just a huge blessing to be able to share this amazing Gospel with the people here in Louisiana. I'm still amazed that I get to be here, and I'm so grateful that I still have a long time left. Time passes by way too fast.
I love you all so much! Sorry this email is super short, Mardi Gras week is crazy here. I'll write all kinds of great adventures next week.