July 21, 2014
Oh my lanta it’s been a busy week. Okay.
FIRST. Gavin was baptized on Thursday! I am so giddy that he got baptized. He is a special kid. He is easily the most chivalrous 11-year-old I have ever met. Always concerned for everyone around him, especially his grandparents. His entire family came to his baptism. It was a loud, crazy Cuban affair. As are all our baptisms it seems. His older sister Kailee gave a talk and this Sunday, they were both confirmed. Oh happy day! Carmen is convinced that they are going to have to make a chapel out of her house, seeing as there are already 4 members and we’re currently teaching her son and other grandson. I’m fairly confident the entire DeAcosta family will be baptized.
Allllllso, we moved apartments. Yo odio la mudanza. But that’s okay cause we live in some really nice apartments now. We took over the Browers (the senior missionaries) old apartment. So even though we have to share a bathroom, we’re not complaining. And the tennis courts are conveniently located 10 steps from our front door. P day activity today?
We’ve been working so hard because we’ve combined our areas, so we are now covering and actively teaching all of Naples. And there are a LOT of people in Naples. We’re praying we can get more miles because if not, we’re going to be biking for my last missionary weeks. But it’s really exciting. We sat down to plan after Gavin’s baptism and realized–we have the potential to baptize…..EVERY SINGLE WEEK this transfer!! We squealed and jumped and Hermana Despain did the funniest happy dance I ever saw. We wrote the names down and we know it’s absolutely possible. And Heavenly Father is helping us.
Esperanza is back. She is doing lots better and still wants to be baptized. The only problem left…….transportation. We were trying and calling and praying to get her a ride to the church for her baptismal interview. And….nobody. That was Thursday afternoon. We got to the church to prep for Gavin’s baptism that night and we got a call from her. “Ya voy para la iglesia. Ya estoy en camino!” Um what?! Her friend, Alberto (who is a member of the ward but lives most of the time in Colombia) got back to the states and went and picked her up to bring her to church. Elder Walker came, she got her interview, her baptism is this Thursday!
Miracles miracles miracles.
And more to come.
As far as updates about home. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked to President Cusick more in the last 3 weeks than I have my entire mission. But I’m so grateful for him. And I continue to be so grateful for all the YELLOW nails, emails, prayers, and love that seems to come from all sides. I feel the strength of my family and this incredible support group that has formed in the last couple weeks. Family, friends, companions, other missionaries, and apparently youth groups in the UK?! Kenzie who in the heck do you know in the UK? But nonetheless, it’s been that strength that has kept me going as I continue to finish out my mission.
Heavenly Father really does give us just what we need in the moment we need it.
I am so happy and full of love.
For all of you.
Keep the faith. Miracles are real.