Thank you for writing, even though you haven't had much time! I am glad that you got to California safely! I am so jealous!
|Family Tree Apartment|
Wednesday morning, we all had to go shower at the other sisters' apartments because the water in the Tree was still orange. So we walked down Main Street in our sweats, looking like the Park City Crazies. Afterwards, Sister Haisila's parents and little sister came into the Tree to pick her up. They are all from Australia and have really cute accents! It was so sweet to see them reunited! So Wednesday was our first day as a trio-- Sisters Summerhays, Zeiner, and myself.
|The couple who got engaged at the Tree|
On Friday, we had a mission conference. Elder Whitney Clayton of the seventies, came and spoke. He made several announcements about the articles that would appear in the church news the next day. He said that there are going to be 405 new missions in the world on July 1, 2013. He announced the name of SLC-South's new mission president, Robert E. Chambers. And he also announced that Salt Lake is going to have a new mission-- Salt Lake City East!! Ahhhh. So the crazy thing is that Park City is the most Eastern part of our mission! There is a chance that I could be in an entirely different mission than I was called to!! Just so wild.
I have been striving to be bold this week, with the limited time that we have had to proselyte. Much of our time had been spent in the Family Tree, working the shifts for both Park City West and East. I have had really wonderful experiences both inside and outside the Tree. One very exciting experience happened while I was working in the Tree on Friday night. A man came in and I went through the Visitors' Center with him, explaining the significance of the displays that we have on the walls. We came to a picture of the Savior and I asked him if he had a belief in Jesus Christ. He said, "I believe in 'Reality.'" I was persistent, asking him to accept a visit from the missionaries--No; offering him a copy of the Book of Mormon--No. As we continued on, I helped him with his family history. He was in the Tree for about an hour and we found a lot of information about his family. I could see the Spirit of Elijah working within him.He thanked me several times throughout the visit and his heart was gradually softened. When he was about to leave, he said, "Why don't you give me one of your books." I wrote my testimony in the front of the Book of Mormon and he said, "I am not an easy sell," meaning that this was a real accomplishment. I explained to him that I wasn't selling him anything, but rather, sharing something that I know to be true that will bless his life.
What a crazy crazy week! I love you mucho!