I'm pretty sure that every sentence in this email is going to end in an exclamation point.(!)
Transfer news!! On Friday I went on exchanges in Toronto. I told S. Zerkle afterwards that I wanted to get transferred to Toronto and be on the buses... and then added in- jokingly- because I didn't think it was possible- in a YSA ward!! President Scott called at about 10:15 and said that 6 of the 8 Sister Training Leaders are scheduled to go home all in the same transfer as me.. so he released me as a Sister Training Leader. And guess what! My new companion and I are opening up a new area in the new downtown Toronto YSA branch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sister Howle is my new companion. I have no idea who she is. She's been out one transfer, and so I get to follow-up train her. In Toronto YSA South! My life is so good!!!!! In addition to all the amazingness.. some of my recent converts go to this branch now- plus lots of my Churchville friends from back in the good ol days. I'm so stinking excited.
Also exciting news, Sister FELIX is the new Sister Training Leader, and is Sister Zerkle's new companion. She'll do so good. :]
Other things that happened this week were:
-Sister Zerkle and I have been praying like crazy to find new people to teach. Yesterday at the end of sacrament meeting a member who was in the foyer came and got us and said there was a lady who had some questions. She told us that she didn't not like her Roman Catholic church, she was just looking for a change and was wondering if we could give her some information about meeting times. We gave her a church tour while teaching her the Restoration. She's incredible. She doesn't believe in drinking or smoking and she really wants kids, but she believes that kids should be raised in a home with a mom and dad that are married and in love- and she's never found anyone who has the same standards as her. Holy Toledo! (Sidenote: We were talking about the Family Proclamation that is hanging next to the Family History Centre, and a kid came screaming down the hall... followed by his mother in a full sprint... who yelled "I WILL TACKLE YOU!!!!" as she passed us.)
-We served at the soup kitchen. It was a blast. Most of the people were very grateful- and one told me that I was his soul mate. Flattering.
-We met an old man in the elevator. He told me that I had a very nice smile. I told him that my teeth were just too big to fit in my mouth. He laughed and said.. "You took the words out of my mouth. I was just about to say you had really big teeth!!"
-Sister Zerkle and I watched 'Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration' in bed the other night after planning. I realized that I need to testify of Joseph Smith more, but I know for sure that he was as prophet.
...I am so grateful for the opportunity that I've had to serve as a Sister Training Leader. I've been able to go on over 100 exchanges and serve with almost 80 sisters! Of all the things I've learned (and I've learned A LOT) I think that the one that stands out the most is that "Charity Never Faileth" is a true statement. It's not just a slogan or theme, but it's a divine promise.
Elder Eyring said, "Let the weight of your innocence be felt as you lovingly motivate others to good works. With your mind so attuned to the Lord and his power, your influence for good becomes immeasurably great."
I know that we can all have an influence for good on others if we lovingly motivate, uplift, and encourage.
I love being a missionary. I'm so excited to go to Toronto!! TTC here I come!!
Love you!!!! Make it a great week!!
Love, Sister Waldron