An Amazing Week & April Showers

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What an amaaaazing week! So much happened, starting with CONFERENCE. So we didn’t actually get to watch hardly any of it as it was broadcasted. A talk here, a talk there. On Saturday we were serving at the Whitmer Farm (where I was last April Conference) and we were so busy all day and through the sessions. On Sunday we were equally busy at the Grandin Building. But we are slowly catching up during companionship study. The talk I’ve used on almost every tour since I heard it Sunday was from our beloved prophet. Wow. With 3.5 minutes what did he talk about? THE BOOK OF MORMON. I echo his words, “If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so.” Enough said.

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Because we didn’t have church on Sunday and conference didn’t start until 12, we took the opportunity to visit some of our neighboring churches in the area. What an interesting experience. There are four different churches on each corner of the main intersection in Palmyra. We picked Zion’s Episcopal Church. This was my first time going to a different church’s service and it was very insightful. Pastor Susan gave a sermon, we declined the wine and wafer, but everyone was pretty friendly. Then we walked through their labyrinth path/meditation thing, and toured the main old church that was built in 1832 (the service was held in a newer wing). It was a beautiful building and a wonderful adventure. So grateful for an adventurous companion! And for Christ’s restored church!

Miracle of the week: A few weeks ago my knee was really hurting after exercise one fine morning. I don’t know what caused it but it soon went away. Then on Monday we ran our 3 mile loop. About halfway from home my knee started hurting again, but by that time there was only one way home and that was running on it. By the time we got home I was in so much pain and I couldn’t straighten my leg. Sister Jacobsen asked if we needed to go to the doctor and I laughed and said, “I am NOT going to a doctor.” So what happened? The Lord sent a doctor to me. A couple walked into the Visitors’ Center and Elder Nielsen showed them around. They were moving from New York to Arizona and the packing they thought would take all day, with the missionaries help, only took them 15 minutes. They used their extra time to come to the sites one last time. Elder Nielsen and I were talking about my knee and he said that the man, who was in the back, was a doctor and he might be able to help. Just then the doctor came to the front and I asked, semi-sarcastically, “You don’t happen to know anything about knees do you?” He said he’d been a sports medicine doctor for thirty years and knew everything there was to know about the knee. His wife said, “you couldn’t find a better man to look at your knee.” All of a sudden the Visitors’ Center turned into a clinic and he was poking and stretching my knee in all sorts of painful ways, but he shortly had a diagnosis. I have isolated Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome. He called the mission nurse and explained everything, told me to ice it and was on his way, just like that!  To quote Elder Bednar, “I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they don’t occur randomly or by coincidence. Often the Lord’s timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them.”

On Tuesday we got to go to a lesson with the Macedon sisters. They are teaching an 18 year old boy, Michael, and he is just soaking it all up. They needed an extra female to teach him that night so I volunteered us and it was such an incredible lesson. Michael has gone through so much in his short life, and his mom recently kicked him out of the house. As I sat across from him in the lesson I just felt so much of God’s love for him, I just wanted to give him a big hug. They taught the Plan of Salvation and invited him to be baptized next month and he accepted! It was good to teach a real investigator in person again. Another tender mercy.
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On Thursday I had the great opportunity to go on exchanges with Sister Cahoon. She is part of the other set of full-time sisters. We served at the Smith farm and it POURED all day! We still had a blast, as you can tell. Sister Cahoon is the kindest, sweetest person. It was so great to spend the day with her.
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Our new wheels, that’s right, we got a van. It’s funny because Sister Jacobsen and I always joke about how being full-time VCT’s is total prep for when we’re soccer moms. Now we have the vehicle to prove it!
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The highlight of my week/mission was being able to see Jannik get baptized Saturday morning. I’m so grateful for my German brother and the decision he’s made!

Fun Fact: I love being a missionary and I love you all!
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