Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two More Missions in Phoenix!

Okay, I know that it’s crazy but Arizona is getting two more missions, Arizona Gilbert and Arizona Scottsdale! The new boundaries are up and my area is out of my mission starting July! Crazy! They aren’t telling us much other than the changes will be made in July.  Who knows what will happen.  At our next transfer in two weeks, we are almost doubling the number of Sisters in the Phoenix Mission.  This means that all female companionships, except for a half of one, will be training.  It’s exciting. 

We are preparing our ward for a ward blitz. On the 20th of April, the ward members and missionaries will go to an area chosen through prayer and fasting to knock doors.  The members will go in families and offer a prayer in the home and then see if they can get an appointment or referral.  I think it is awesome how involved the ward is!  I’m really excited for it

Jesus’s baptism is being postponed further.  We have some specific principles that need to be addressed.  He is really struggling with tithing.  So, we are praying a lot for him right now.  He is 82 years old and wants to be baptized.  He is funny.  During a conversation he had with a member we brought with us, Jesus spoke about being robbed a couple of weeks ago at gun point outside a casino. This was after the conversation about winning “cien mil” ($100,000) a couple of years ago.  Last week, we were going to eat with him on Monday.  When we arrived, he said he had to go help someone and tried to give us $100 bill to buy dinner.  What?!  Hopefully, today he can stay and eat and talk about Tithing.

Fixing Ruben’s baptismal date has been a comedy of errors which included our ward mission leader's phone being swallowed by a pig.  So, Ruben baptism is now scheduled for Saturday and his confirmation on Sunday.  Ruben went with us to the Pastorela.  He really liked it.  The Madruenos drove us all.  Hermanas from the ward made burritos for during the show.  It was so fun and so nice to be entertained!  Saturday, my companion and I went back to work at the Pastorela.  Our job was to walk around and talk to people inviting them to go to the visitor’s center.  It was honestly really fun.  I met a lot of crazy people! I think being a visitor’s center sister would be easier for me because of the reasons a mission has been hard for me.  As much as it would be fun to do for my whole mission, I’m grateful for the placement in the field.  Having a break room with food and lots of other missionaries to talk to would be too much fun for me.  Additionally, there were so many people saying “Hi” to us.  We got attention for sacrificing and serving a mission! Being a missionary was a cool thing to do! Wow, if I had that support every day, I think I’d try harder to look better.  Heads up for Allison!! I will see her in Mesa next year!
Thursday’s temple session was good.  I got to see Hermana Holmes!!  It was so good to see her.  If I was that happy to see a sister that was nice to me for 3 weeks, I can only imagine what it will be like to see y'all. 

Lastly, I am moved by how much my trials, that are so heavy for me to carry, are helping me to testify that "He lives".  God has taught me.  I can’t imagine my life without it.  So, I encourage all of you to think about it.  What does it mean to you personally that "He lives"?  Find out for yourself and if you want to share, tell me! I’d love to know!

Anyway, I know there is more but time does not permit.  Know I love you.  Oh, tomorrow is my birthday!! I seriously forgot till now.  Woo! Happy Birthday to me!! I think maybe I’ll go preach the gospel tomorrow.

Hermana Pickett

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