2nd Companion: Sis. Hoffmeier (from Maryland)
Well it has been quite a week down here in good 'ol Florida! Monday It was one of the Elder's birthdays so I made him his cake that his mom sent him. We just did the usual that day..shopped, emailed, wrote letters, took a nap haha. After dinner we came back to the library for somemormon.org time. Oh my gosh they have this mormon message called "enduring Love" Watch it!! I absolutely love Mormon messages they are sooo good!!! That one will put you to tears! After that we went Knocking and the 2nd house we knocked on a woman came out and she was a Jehovah's Witness. Oh Kay she was talking up a storm! And pulling scriptures out of who knows where??!??!? haha Needless to say... It was exhausting, yet exhilarating and kept us on our toes! So after that we went home and dove into bed!
Tuesday we had District Meeting and Sis. Hoffmeier and I gave a training on working with your companion in unity. The Zone leaders were there that day and they talked to us and basically slapped our hands. Well that's how I took it. Lovingly of course but a slap non the less. (now wouldn't you like to know why? haha- well I can't tell you or I would have to kill you...top secret! haha) After that we visited some members, one member her name is Sister Cruz and one of the elders here she really doesn't like. She tells him he is not welcome in her home. She is Hispanic and has a very thick accent and Elder Harrington can't understand her, so she doesn't like him. It's funny, he laughs at it too. We went there and oh boy did she love us! haha She brought out all these purses she makes and jewelry and told us to pick out some jewelry to take home. And also, that we will have to come over so she can make us some purses. She was a lot of fun! Then we had a lesson with the Mcmillan family. We talked to Brian about his Baptism date being on Sunday and he was like, "yeah I'm ready". We were like, "uhhhhh ok! haha" so awesome! so excited!
Wednesday we visited the sweetest sister ever! Her name is sister Rose and she lives in a nursing home. She LOVES visitors and was just over the top happy that we were there. We were talking with her and she told us that she knows that she has angels in her room and that they walk around all the time. Well as missionaries you hear some pretty crazy stuff and you can tell if a person is crazy or is genuine. She is genuine, once she said that you could just feel the Heavenly Presence there. She has such a testimony and KNOWS that her father in Heaven Loves her! It was a very neat visit!
Later that day we were really struggling with the thought of Brian being ready to be baptized, so we knelt down and prayed. The answer we got was he's ready, so we prayed again to see if that was the right answer and again,... He is ready. So we decided to go forth with faith! One of the things we were struggling with was he didn't really know anyone to baptize him. Which isn't a big deal but we felt like it should be special. So Sis. Hoffmeier and I go about and get ready to leave and I had the thought... Well his older brother is an active member who holds the priesthood and I turned to sis. Hoffmeier and told her and she said, "I just thought that!" Revelation?? I think yes! haha it was awesome!!
Later that night we taught the scripture study class and it was all about Patriarchal Blessings. I loved it! I learned alot!
Thursday we had Temple Service. The temple was closed so we did some major ground work. I think we planted like 1,000+ flowers.. It was a lot! After that we met with Jamie and Brian to get him ready to be baptized. We asked him all the questions and he knew all the answers! He is usually so quiet in our lessons with the whole family, but he has just been listening and soaking it all up. It was awesome! And he had planned on his brother baptizing him and he knew that he had the correct authority to do so! It was so amazing! We felt soooo good about it!
Friday we planned for the week and later had another lesson with the Mcmillan's, we walked in and Brian's dad, Lawrence said "We need to talk about something.... Brian does not have my permission to be baptized. I want him to be baptized but I don't think he is ready. I'd like him to first read the book of Mathew so he knows what baptism is." He also expressed that he likes us coming over to teach his family and he wants us to continue that but he would like us to use more of the bible along with the book of mormon. So we talked and he figured hey we can do that. Then we watched the Restoration video with them. The spirit was so strong!!! during the video I just had this calming feeling that I need to be patient and it is all in Heavenly Fathers Hands and in his timing. After the video the member that was with us, Sis. Paulino, bore a beautiful testimony of the Sacred Grove. And we asked everyone their thoughts while watching it. Brian said he could feel the spirit and Jamie said, " I was just happy while watching it, then it kind of sucked when it ended." and Lawrence said, "I'm not ready to say that Joseph Smith was a prophet... but I don't know, you may have me saying that here soon enough" OH. MY. GOODNESS! How cool is that!!?!?!?! It was amazing!!! We just walked out of that lesson SO HAPPY! like Bursting! We just knew that it is all in Heavenly Father's timing and we are ok with that.
Saturday we had a lesson with another investigator, her name is Maria, she is coming along. We just have to get her to read the Book of Mormon. Then we visited a potential, Raqeul. She is super sweet and we gave her a Book of Mormon and she said she will read it. That night we had dinner at the Forseburg's. They are just so kind and giving! They fed us and then gave us all the left overs plus a ton of food left over from a party from Sis. Forseburg's work. I am so grateful for wonderful members like them. (note to you reading...FEED THE MISSIONARIES! THEY NEED IT)
Sunday the missionaries were asked to speak on Service. Sis. Hoffmeier gave a wonderful talk followed by Elder Harrington, then I sang a Rendition of "Lord, I would Follow Thee" Sis. Hoffmeier accompanied me. and then Elder Bevans' spoke. It was a great meeting! Also, ALL the McMillans came to church!! Including
Lawrence!! WE were so stoked when we saw them all walk in!!! It was amazing and a huge pay day!!! The Lord is blessing this area with many miracles. Pres. Hall a month ago asked us as a mission to all kneel down at 10:20 PM and pray for miracles. WOW. It has made all the difference! Miracles are happening all around!!
Well I love you all and miss you too! I hope you have a wonderful week!! The church is true!!
Love, Sister Forsey
Mom- Thank you so much for being on top of things! I am so appreciative of that! It sounds like you have had a fun week! I havn't read all of your letter yet but I am sure it is a good one! Oh my gosh Halli saying that is so cute!!! haha and Paigers in the tub I just about died!! They are all growing up :( make them stop! haha Send them all my love and I LOVE that you are making a list of movies that we need to watch together! haha keep that up, We will have a moviethon when I get back! I love you, I love you, I love you!!! Thank you for being the most amazing mom a girl could ever hope to ask for!!