I hope you all had a wonderful time at the lake. Those pictures you all sent were SO cute. I love seeing how much Jacob, Grant, and Bryson are growing! IT'S UNREAL THAT GRANT HAS THE PRIESTHOOD. What an awesome young man he is becoming. Bryson is almost there! I love them so much. MICKELLE GETS MARRIED THIS WEEK SO YAY FOR HER.
Anne's baptism was nothing but wonderful. She is such a sweet soul. She kept telling us how happy she felt and how much she loves Jesus Christ (SAME.) Thank you for praying for her as she prepared for her special day! The Harlem 1st ward was so awesome and a ton of them came out to support her. She felt so loved by so many people which made US very very happy. An even bigger miracle this past week was that Anne found out that the family she nanny's for lives in the building that the assistants live in!! They met her in the elevator and one of the assistants is one of Anne's first missionaries!! It was cool to see the AP's there to support her because she loves them so much and was able to run into them 3 times during the week leading up her baptism! I know that God is real and that He is blessing us here! I know that He loves all of His children and that He knows each of us by name. I am filled to the top with gratitude that I have the opportunity to know Anne. We went to lunch with her after her baptism with President and Sister Smith and she told us that at first she felt as though she was coming to America to take care of her husband but she said that the reason for her journey to New York City was to find the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I BASICALLY CRIED ALL DAY BECAUSE I LOVE BEING HERE.
We have a YSA investigator named Felicia and the other day when we said good bye Sister Horton said "Bye Felicia!" I died of laughter. If you don't get the joke, it's okay. Just move on.
I've been thinking about prayer this week and what a special privilege we have to gain a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer. I know that Heavenly Father really does listen.
"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."
I love you all so much and hope you have the best week ever!