Monday, July 7, 2014

wuv is what bwings us togefer today

mi querida familia! 


get this. 

remember the woman I told you about last week? the one who has the friend from West Sac that has been taking her to church? 

we went down to meet her.. and we've taught her.. and SHE'S GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY AT 6PM! tell everyone you know! ... but she probably already has :) haha 

She listens to President Monson's talks as she walks to the church for our appointments. She loves the empasis on the family and the law of Chastity. 

We took her to an english baptism last night and I translated for her :) it's like english people.. BREATH.. so I can catch up haha. She understood everything and felt the Spirit! There was a man in the Air Force from the english ward that gave a talk and so I talked to him afterwards. Angeles saw me talking to him and even though she doesn't speak english she's like:

"I tak to hin..Tank yo fo serv...God bes yo.."

Then Hna Pitcher translated for her. She just thanked him for his service, invited him to her baptism, and told him to be safe.

The sweet man was crying.

then afterwards she's like:
Nos vamos a sentar con los chicos!!! (We're going to sit with the boys!!!) she's shrieked like a 12 yeear old girl haha

then in the parking lot - "Fotos!" she loves a good selfie :) hahah 

Angeles is so special. She has an immense capacity to love. Something that I've really learned from the Spanish people:

You can't assume that people know that you love them, you have to tell them. Before I came on my mission, I wasn't like a super touchy... love expressing kind of person.. I mean I was.. but not nearly as much as I am now. I honestly didn't know it was possible to love people this much. I adore the Spanish people of Sacramento California. and I'm learning to love everyone, better. 

The phrase "What would Jesus do?" has become a real slogan in my noggin. I think about that all the time. He knows all of our experiences perfectly.. he can empathize with everyone.. He isn't biased... He is perfectly humble, and knows when to listen and when to speak. And teaches us that the former is the most important. Listen. Listen good. 

I love this quote from Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard:

"...That's the way it is when Jesus Christ become a reality in your life. It sin't that He somehow make you do things that you wouldn't do otherwise. Rather, you find yourself wanting to do what He would do and respond as He would respond in an effort to bring your life into harmony with His. ANd an interesting thing happens whenever you attempt to place your feet in Christ's footsteps. If you really concentrate on trying to walk the way He walked, loving caring, serving, and obeying each step of the way, one day you'll look up and discover that His path has lead you directly to the throne of God. For  that is and ever has been His great purpose and mission: to lead us to our Heavenly Father so we can dwell with Him in His heavenly home." 

Amen, hermanos. Amen. Angeles always says this and she goes 'Amen.. it means "yeah i agree!" haha

ALSO this week we had the "until we meet again" conference with President and Sister Lewis because.. today is their last day as our Mission President couple.. bleh. During the meeting I'm like "come on Hermana Skidmore - cry! squeeze out some tears! Let's go! Show some emotion onion boy!" yeah.. nothing.. I'm really excited for them. I am so grateful for their service but I also know how much they love their family - mainly their grandchildren - shout out to grandma candy! :) haha. 

AND we were all allowed to hug them! the sister misisonaries are always allowed to hug Sister Lewis and we're not supposed to hug men...just yeah. keep your space, hombres! but we got to give President a hug! I was really nervous I was going to mess up... haha.

Everyone was telling them like "I love you... thank you..." as they were hugging them...

My words of advice as I hugged President Lewis.. my last words to my beloved mission president...

"President, I think it's time you take Sister Lewis out on a nice date!" 

... I felt like it was something Dad would suggest hahah. 

I love you all. so much. 

I know this Gospel is true. I know God lives. 

Hermana Skidmore