I hope you all had a fantastic first week of school! It's weird seeing all the kids around here go back to school because our lives are so different now and school is not on our minds at all.
Anyways, this week was awesome! We got to meet with the mission president and he's just an amazing president, and I love his wife so much. We went to the French Market last P Day and it was everything you would ever expect from New Orleans. Jazz everywhere, people selling alligator heads, restaurants with alligator on a stick, voodoo dolls, and BEIGNETS! I love my mission and my area if I haven't already said that. :)
I'm going to start a new paragraph for this one because Saturday was just our miracle day. It started off with Daisy's lesson. Daisy is the one that I challenged to be baptized my 3rd day here, and she accepted, but didn't feel ready right away, so we didn't give her a date. When we taught her on Saturday, we just had an amazing lesson, the Spirit was there, our Spanish was just coming to us, and it was great. The best part though, WE GOT A BAPTISMAL DATE!!! WOO!! Now, I know, all of you RM's are rolling your eyes and saying "whelp, good luck" but still this is a huge step for her, and for our area in general, so we're going to work our tails off so that this goes through! That was a great start to our day! Then we spent the rest of the day in Metairie. Everyone we wanted to see was home, which was a miracle, we got a ton of contacts, and we found another one of our investigators who we hadn't been in contact with. Turns out, she lost her crazy job but got another one, and was actually pretty happy about it because her old work was stressing her out like crazy. And the best part is, she's free on Sundays now! Her name is Karla and we love her dearly! She's like our aunt. :) Anyways, she came to church with us yesterday. I was so happy we caught her on Saturday so that she could be there yesterday, and I think she had a great time. We didn't have a ton of time to talk to her after, but she stayed for all three hours, met a ton of members, and seemed really happy. We're going back this week to talk more about it, and we're probably going to challenge her to be baptized too. We have another family, Patricia's family, who we want to challenge to be baptized this week as well. The work is going forward and I'm so blessed to be able to watch it happen. I love being a missionary! Also, another little miracle on Saturday was that the weather was beautiful! When we go to Metairie we just park and then walk around to all of our investigators and less actives, so we were super grateful it wasn't 115 degrees again. In the middle of the day, it did start to get a little hot, but when we asked a random Latina lady for directions to someone's house, she invited us into her house (we helped her carry in her groceries from her car... service really works) and we got to introduce the church a little bit, and she gave us otter pops. We got air conditioning, otter pops, and a little message in during the brief hot spot that day. Miracles on miracles!
The Church is true! I love this work so much and I'm so excited about everything I get to do every day. The people here are amazing and I love being able to work with new people every day and try to help them understand that they have a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for them specifically. None of the words I say in lessons are my words, and I feel so humbled and blessed that Heavenly Father trusts me with the Holy Ghost to speak through me. He loves us all so much! Don't ever forget that!
I love you all so much too! Have a fantastic week, and I'll talk to you all next week!