This week has been a liiiiiittle bit nuts... like always. But we made it :)
First of all, D got baptized :) She is the sweetest little girl I have ever met. She LOVES praying. She says "Dear Heavenly Fahder" every time :'''''''') She was so so happy to be baptized. There was a major fiasco with the musical number involving a few missionaries having a really bad day but in the end, D got baptized, and she was happy :)
Also! This week we celebrated the birthday of one of our favorite sisters!!! She was in a trio with other favorite sisters :) Sadly, one of them had to get emergency transferred to another area because another sister had to go home for surgery :'''''''''''''''( So it was a little bit of a damper on the birthday celebrations but it all worked out :)
As a zone, we're making a big push for community service! There's a new website called JustServe.org and an app to go with it! Our zone is the guinea pigs for missionaries spending more day time hours serving the community instead of knocking on doors when appointments fall through. We did 113 hours of community service as a zone this week :D
Spiritual thought... I've been reading in Alma about Helaman and the 2,000 stripling warriors.
Most people grow up hearing the story of these great and valiant warriors who righteously defended their families. Well. I found something new I hadn't learned before! In Alma 56 you read about how they had this big old battle and "not one soul had of them had fallen to the earth!" MIRACLE! But, if you keep reading in Alma 57, there are 60 more stripling warriors that came to join their forces. 60 more who for whatever reason were not able to be part of that initial 2,000. And it is after these 60 soldiers join them that the battles get worse. But Helaman says "my little band of two thousand and sixty fought most desperately... yea and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness..." After the battle they find that "there was not one soul of them who did perish; yea, and neither was there one soul among them who had not received many wounds."
The 2,000 stripling warriors were preserved by the hand of God. The 2,060 stripling warriors were preserved by the hand of God, but they were all wounded.
I often feel like one of those 60 warriors. I hardly ever get it right the first time and when I finally get my act together I always get wounded, or have to learn things the hard way. But oh, what a blessing that is! To know that God doesn't forget about those 60. He is patient. He is loving. He is our father.
Helaman often refers to his stripling warriors as "my little sons" with such love and tenderness. Such tenderness and love I know Heavenly Father feels for us.
If you ever feel like one of the 60, don't forget it's never too late! The Lord will still work miracles in your lives!
Hope that kind of maybe made sense :)
I LOVE YOU ALL A LOT!!