Monday, July 7, 2014

Sweet Freedom!

Week 18  July 7, 2014  3:35 pm EDT    Sweet Freedom!

Hello Big World

First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATHER OF MINE! - all of you, go tell my dad "Happy Birthday" and give him a hug for me. 

This week has been chock full o' fun. (It's also been really long/hard/lame, but we're focusing on the fun right now) So naturally I have compiled a list:

First Impressions
This week we were able to meet our new mission president and wife at a Zone Conference. The Blatters are very different from the Weavers, but are great in a new way. They already care so much about each of us and know our names and are doing their best to be exactly what the WaTac needs. Also, Sister Blatter made treats for the conference, so her baking skills and President's humor are a big plus.

Fourth of July
Ah. The best holiday for the best country. Independence Day is just the best. For the fourth, we were asked to spend time with the community and with members and having an appropriate amount of fun. That always starts with matching outfits...

Favorite Sister-In-Law
Happy Birthday Vanessa! Even though I only have one sister by marriage, you'd still get the number one spot (:

Furry Friends
It's been the biggest, cuddliest blessing to be able to watch the puppies at the Bishop's house grow up. They are all ready to be sold and so we needed to say goodbye. For the record, almost nothing is happier than seeing a herd of puppies lope excitedly towards you and try to tackle you.
The chunky one Garfield is still our favorite. And it's a good thing we are explicitly prohibited from having pets or Cassell and I would've given a those puppies a very loving home.

Meet Garfield.

Friends (the human kind)
Sister Cassell and I are probably the coolest homo sapiens we know. And our inside jokes are getting out of control.

Our high councilor (literally) hunted down the mission president to ask permission for us to join his family for a fireworks show. Cassell and I were positive that his efforts were in vain, but no no no. Brother Childs is a force to be reckoned with, apparently. President Blatter gladly let us join in whatever festivities the Childs family had planned. We joined them and the Prices for a late show in Puyallup.

#FederalWayFridays (jussssst kidding.)

Fish Farms (of the Koi variety)
Apparently they make for great private fireworks shows. Why not?

Big fishies

 Big Mountains

"Falling asleep to the sound of freedom!"

As stated by a friend of ours, Joseph. The fireworks set off in the streets here rival a lot of community fireworks shows.

Fast Sunday
Few things are cooler than hearing your converts bear testimony. Seeing people grow and change and progress is such a blessing. It is also a huge blessing to have investigators at church to hear those testimonies and feel that spirit. Life is good. Life is better on fast Sunday (i.e. Fasting = Rejoicing  ...D&C 59:14)

Did I mention it's his birthday? (:

We've talked a lot about faith this week - with Jake (an awesome young dad who is set to be baptized on the 19th), with members and with each other.
Faith is highlighted so well in Alma 32, and who am I to say it better than prophets? My favorite verse, 27: 

"But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words."

I love that the Lord gives us a fool-proof way to know for ourselves. We can and should experiment on the words He gives us. He asks us to prove for ourselves what is true (1 Thessalonians 5:21). He will help us fill the faith we lack if we are willing to act on that particle we do have (Mark 9:23-24).

The biggest miracles of faith happen over time - through time that seed will grow into a towering forest; that relationship with the Savior will grow undeniable, unchangeable and unforsakeable. 

Until next week,

- Elizabeth

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