Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Letter #34 (May 14, 2014)

James update! Are you excited? I am. I love James. 

So last Sunday he received the Holy Ghost, the Sunday before that he was baptized, and THIS Sunday he was ordained a priest! YAY! He was so excited! 

Another cool thing about last week:

We have had a referral for a "Crystal (Rihanna's Mom)" since before I got here. We have tried to find the house a couple of times and never could. So we tried to get the member who referred them in the first place to show us where it is, but she got really sick. So anyway, she finally was able to show us and we finally were able to contact them!

So Crystal is the mom of the member's daughter's friend. Confused yet? So the member girl's name is Sabrina, and she has a friend named Rihanna who's mom's name is Crystal. Okay? Okay.

So Crystal let us in to talk to her and her three girls. The girls are 11, 7, and 3. Their father died in a car crash a few years ago, so it's just them.

So we taught them the beginning of the Restoration and Rihanna's eyes were glued to us the entire time. She was just soaking it all up like an adorable little sponge. We told her about church and achievement days and everything and she was SO excited about all of it! We asked for Crystal's phone number and while she told it to us, Rihanna ran and got a sticky note and a pencil and carefully wrote out both their home phone and Crystal's cell! And then when we asked when we could come back, she said "Monday! Tuesday! Wednesday! Every day!" She was so enthusiastic and just loving it! Apparently she ran up to Sabrina the next day in school and told her that "the people from your church came over and they're going to come back and I'm excited to go to activities with you!" Sabrina was kind of confused, but got it figured out in the end. SO CUTE. 

Rihanna just seems so ready for us! I think that her mom will take a bit longer because she said that she has really bad social anxiety, so that makes things a lot harder. But I'm so excited for them!

Things are also going well with Carinna and Gerry. We taught them twice since I first wrote about them. They just seem to really sincerely want what is right and what is best for their daughters. I know that they'll be able to find so much peace and guidance through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. It will really turn things around for that sweet family and I'm so excited to see it!

The rest of this week is going to be crazy because we have zone conferences this week. Since Sister Child is the mission nurse, we go to ALL of the zone conferences during lunch so that people can get refills for their med kits (they just have the basics, a few pills of each thing) and ask her medical questions that they otherwise felt silly calling about. So we are driving all over the mission this week! One zone conference per day starting yesterday. Hence my crazy email schedule. 

Anyway, I love you all so much! Write me! Send me cute little packages and hand drawn pictures! It will make my day!

~Sister Kretchman

Ps- I don't know if you'll be able to read it, but here's a picture of our district leader with the shirt that he wears pretty 

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