September 17th, 2012
I hope you all had another great week! mine has been pretty good! I forgot my planner which i usually use to remember what happened through the week to email about and i don't have a very good memory in missionary life because so much happens every day....so i will try my best to get the good stuff in there.
Well i am going to start with a super funny story! So sister park is not a fan of small spaces....and our bathroom is not big AT ALL....and our bathroom door knob is super retarded and gets stuck every day, you have to twist the knob a couple times to get out EVERY TIME you go in there. Well this week it didn't work twisting it a couple times. I went and was trying to help her get out and she was kinda freaking out...i was laughing, and i couldn't figure it out. so we ended up taking to door knob off and the lock is still stuck in there, so that doesn't do us any good. So i call the elders and ask them to help us figure it out, we ended up putting to door knob back on and it worked just fine, but only the one time when we twisted it for her to get back out. because then it got locked up again, but thankfully the door was open at that point. I got some pictures while she was stuck in there so don't worry! Enjoy the pictures! hahah. It was GREAT!! ha!
Also an update, i decided i like cats....okay i don't really like them still, but i am THAT desperate for a pet and everyone in this area has cats...in junction city EVERYONE had dogs...here EVERYONE has cats....so we have a family that we visit regularly and they have a super cute kitten, me and the kitten are best buds, i hold her every time we go over. She cute because she's small and funny, but they got older and boring....hence...I'm a dog person!
This week we got a lot of pictures so that's what I'm going off to remember. haha. We also went to visit an old man that we visit every now and again, he is very funny, he doesn't believe in the old testament, and he doesn't believe in the 10 commandments....and all sorts of other random stuff, but he does believe that we would have a prophet but somehow doesn't understand when we tell him that WE have a prophet. its very funny, the guy makes me laugh every time we visit him.
This week we went to the Liberty Jail with Curt and Terry, the wonderful amazing couple that we have been teaching for a while! They are so awesome! It was a very spiritual experience at the Liberty Jail, i am so thankful we got to go with them. They also fed us for the 3rd week in a row, they are just so sweet and do so much for us! I truly love them! They also plan on feeding us basically every Saturday! Its just GREAT!
We also have a baptism this week!!!! WOOHOOOO!!!!!! So pictures will be coming with next weeks email! Look forward to that wonderful day! We also were able to finally teach nick, our miracle nick the story from the scriptures come true nick! He re-committed to be baptized on Oct 6th before priesthood session of conference! so that is even more exciting, and we also have someone preparing to be baptized Oct 23rd!!!! So lots of good stuff is going on here in Odessa! I love this area, the work really is amazing!
In our mission we have an amazingly awesome event coming up!!! Gladys Knight is going to be having a concert for missionary work type stuff. She and he choir perform and then she gives her testimony! Everyone in the mission has been talking about it, and other people who have been in this event or seen it said that it is truly amazing and the spirit is off the charts when they perform!!! I am so excited. We already have 2 people we are teaching going and hope to have more go!! I don't know if we(us missionaries) will get to go, because they really want us to have the people we are teaching who we are having go, go with a member who they know. So we will see, i really really hope i get to go, but if not, i am so excited for the blessings that will come from this event!!!
This week we are also doing a missionary focused night at mutual. Sister Park and i are in charge and its going to be pretty darn awesome!!! We have put together some pretty good stuff and have others sharing their testimony and lots of good stuff going on!! i am super excited for that.
So as you can see things are going pretty darn amazing in this area. Lots of blessings!! sister park and i were talking last night about what a blessing it is to have things going the way they are. And as we know there is ALWAYS opposition in ALL things. Yesterday was proof of opposition. We had a very difficult appointment.....if you want to know what happened you can go read Alma chapter 30....and i can promise you everything you read in there is what happened in an appointment with us yesterday. Not fun at all. But i am so happy to know that even with that appointment that i can still declare
THAT I KNOW THIS CHURCH IS TRUE!!! I KNOW THAT THIS IS CHRIST CHURCH ON THE EARTH TODAY! I KNOW THAT HIS POWER AND AUTHORITY ARE ON THE EARTH! AND THAT IS THE PRIESTHOOD! I KNOW THE PRIESTHOOD IS REAL AND TRUE! I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A PROPHET A LIVING BREATHING TRUE PROPHET CALLED OF GOD TO LEAD US A GUIDE US! I KNOW THE BOOK OF MORMON IS THE WORD OF GOD! I KNOW THAT BY READING IT, IT BRINGS US CLOSER TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN AND REALLY HELPS US UNDERSTAND HIS PURPOSE FOR US IN THIS LIFE AND THE BLESSINGS THAT HE HAS FOR US AS WE LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS COMMANDMENTS! I AM BLESSED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT FAMILIES CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER! I AM THANKFUL WE HAVE TEMPLES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WORLD TO BLESS THE LIVES OF OTHERS TO HAVE THAT SAME KNOWLEDGE AND TO BE SEALED TOGETHER AND TO RETURN TO OUR FATHERS PRESENCE TOGETHER!! THIS IS MY TESTIMONY AND NOTHING ANYONE CAN SAY WILL CHANGE THAT! IN THE NAME OF MY BIG BROTHER, OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.
Sister Brooke Barnum