Well well well, I'm just adding to all the other Bishop girls having children this summer. So without further ado, a big welcome to the WaTac world for Sister Kramer!
Hello hello sweet child o' mine!
(perhaps she has inherited my squinty smiles...)
Sister Kramer is from (you guessed it) Utah. But she's been born in the blessed land of Lakewood, and Parkland is as good as it gets.
We were able to start out our first week with a bang (or really a baptism) for Brenda! She is the cutest little thing, really. Chipman and I received her as a referral from the Spanish Elders because her husband didn't want her to meet with men, so we were more than happy to take in Brenda and help her keep learning about the gospel. On our first meeting, she talked about how she was already reading the Book of Mormon and knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. She asked about addictions the next day and said she had given up smoking because it was keeping her from Jesus Christ and being baptized.
Seriously, Brenda has some rockstar faith. She has received answers to her prayers every step of the way and knows that someday she will have her family be sealed together someday in the temple.
Another great thing about this week is having Chipman come back for Brenda's baptism! We were lucky enough to have President and Sister Blatter be present as well - they're just the best.
We had had a fantastic time at the mission home for a Labor Day with them last Monday. Lakewood and Tacoma East and West were the lucky zones to party with the Blatters.
Liao, yours truly, Mission mama, Chipman and Kramer
Just some thoughts on life/training/challenges:
- We learn by doing. By sometimes crashing and burning. But ultimately we learn by loving and by being loved.
- When you get too comfortable with your skills, talents and abilities, it is no longer His work, it's your work. Relying on the Lord never gets old.
- Every relationship/companionship is a three-way relationship. If the Lord isn't involved, it just ain't gonna work.
- God loves us enough to let us fail sometimes. He also loves us enough to help us overcome failure and become better.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
(just the usual antics)