Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Miss Matched Sock Queen

October 13, 2014

Somehow Monday the 13th doesn't seem as terrifying as Friday the 13th.
This week was awesome. We had zone conference! It was a different kind of zone conference because it was solely our zone, and it was more like an institute class, because that's Pres. Bigelow's specialty. He was a seminary/institute instructor and head honcho guy before the mission. So we got to have a missionary institute class with him, and it was amazing. I learned soooo much. It was great.
This week we found a lot of new people! It's been amazing to see how Heavenly Father has guided us, as we have been trying to seek more guidance of the Spirit. Several times this week, appointments fell through, so we prayed to know where we should knock on doors or talk to people, and felt inspired to go to a certain house/street, and found out as we talked with the person, that they had been praying for comfort, or an answer from God. It is the best feeling.
Visited a less active member with Renata, RS counselor. She had visited this lady, Marinalva, and her non-member daughter, Girlaine was there, and accepted the invitation to hear the missionary lessons. So we visited them this week, and met other members of the family as well. Marinalva and some of her daughters were baptized a few years ago, but she has a problem with her bones and can't walk very far, and lives far away from the church. So she hasn't come for a while. But we arranged for a brother in the ward to give her a ride to church and she and Girlaine, and another daughter who's a member, Celine, all came to church! It was so cool :) Girlaine is really receptive. We hope that this time around, we will be able to help her progress and join her family in the church :)
We visited a referral this week, Farias, and taught him and the lady who helps him, Veronica. They are amazing. Farias worked for the police a while back, and is now retired. He has one prosthetic leg, and is almost completely blind, but super intelligent, and very receptive. He lives alone, and so hired Veronica to help him do things around the house. She is super patient and suuuper sweet, and they both loved our visit, and when we left the pamphlet of the Restoration with them, they read it that night, and called us to thank us for the visit, and our message, and said they read and discussed what they read. They accepted the invitation to be baptized, and are super incredible! They wanted to come to church, but his driver was out of town. Hopefully this week, they can work that out.
Other updates, Dennis, one of our recent converts, got to baptize a young woman, Kevelyn, from the other sisters' area. It was soooo cool! He is preparing to serve a mission next year :)
Discovered that my companion is a little OCD with some things, and I didn't know, but my socks had been puzzling her a little bit haha. As many of you know, I never match my socks. I purposely mismatch them. So when we're at home, or at night when I'm cold, I put on my knee-length super-cool mismatched socks that came from a special store of mismatched socks called Little Miss Matched (they come in a pack of three and each sock is different. this trio of socks is the crown-jewel of my sock collection). And every day she would look at me and think that I had lost the other pair, and think that the next day I would go back to wearing normal socks, but I never do. I mentioned this week my sock quirk, and she was like, "Ohhhhh that's why, I always noticed that and thought you had lost all your socks". Hahaha. I wore a normal pair today to see if she'd notice. She hasn't yet.
So yeah that was the week in a nutshell! Love you all and hope you have a wonderful week! Beijos e abraços from Carpina! :)[Hugs and kisses]

Sister Hicken

Chocolates for all the recent birthdays in the Zone.  Happy Late Birthday Camille

Zone Conference with President and Sister Bigelow

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