Hello friends! :) I am currently serving as a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. I'll be emailing home every week for the 18 months that I'm in the Cornhusker state; my amazing mom will be the one posting them on this here blog. Interested in church history? Come on down to the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters and I might just be there to give you a tour!

"As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, April 23, 2017

What's an egg's least favorite day? April 17, 2017

Fry-day! ;)
This week was eggcellent. Allie went to church last week for the first time!!!! She said she loved it a lot. I am so so happy for her and have "seen" her grow so much from phone calls and texting back and forth on teaching center over the course of a few months. She was able to meet the sister missionaries there in Colorado. It was bittersweet emailing them her teaching record, but I know that they're the ones that will help her progress the most!

YSAs are EVERYWHERE. In parking lots by the UNO campus and outside our apartment! There's even a cute YSA girl who lives two floors above us, so we're going to try and see her some day this week.

We also got another referral for a guy, Tika, who speaks French. Our French extraordinaire Spencer is actually currently out of town in France with his parents for a few weeks, so we had to fend for ourselves. We knew we couldn't have a lesson with him, but before we went to drop off his Livre de Mormon I was able to write him a decent length of a text explaining to him what was happening! I definitely know it was the Spirit that helped me dig out the words and conjugations in the corner of my brain from French class 4 years ago! I am so grateful for the companionship of the Holy Ghost that we are all promised after baptism through the proper authority of God. :)

Another cool miracle this week was meeting a lady named Donna who let us teach her the Restoration in her front yard! She lived across the street to a house we said we weren't going to try again (for the 4th time I think?) but now we know why we did. The weather was so nice that day; she brought out blankets for us to sit on and we had a great lesson. She was so interested and sincere! We were able to pass her off to a pair of missionaries for a family ward. 

Easter Sunday was awesome! Our investigator John was able to come for all three hours, which is great because he's been MIA lately with his crazy work schedule. He said he loved it, could feel the Spirit the most with the hymns, and it was worth it to come. Sacrament meeting was cool, because Bishop Biggs just called on a bunch of people to share how they had seen the Lord's hand in their life. Then he also shared his testimony. I think that's one of the few times I've ever cried during church because of the Spirit. The mission just gets to ya! Later that day, we were invited by Brother Washington and the Rockbrook sisters to have dinner with them and a few others. Brother Washington is so sweet and loves the missionaries; he gave us all Easter baskets and ham to take home! Then the trio headed to Sami's with some other YSAs and her nonmember friend Emily for dessert and a mean game of "hit the hard boiled egg with a hockey stick" in the park. It was a blast.

Sister Irwin

1. The Zone!
2. Temple with Sisters Svensson and Bailey
3. Gorgeous temple grounds 
4. Easter treats and Easter meats

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