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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 24, 2010 - Lafayette, Louisiana

Hi family!
It has been a crazy week, but I hope that Andy had a wonderful birthday! Did he get my card? I hope so. I'm glad everything is going well. It's crazy how fast time is flying by. Some days I fell like "AH! THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO DO EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO BEFORE I COME HOME!" Other days I feel like I'm so excited. President told me that's how it should be ha, ha. Weird.
Anyway, On Monday we had a really good lesson with some members to help them with inviting people to share the gospel with their friends and family. It was really cool going to their house. I have never been to a neighborhood with a guard where they check your I.D. before you go in! It was crazy! But it was good. Sister Brown said the lesson really helped her and she is excited to try it with a lady that helps her clean her house. So it was really good.
Tuesday was awesome! We had a really good District Meeting about finding new investigators, and it was really good. We have tried using a couple of them, but still no success. Finding new investigators has been a little bit difficult for us, but we are still finding some because of member referals, so that has been good. But we had an appointment with Marilyn, and she is such a funny lady. She loves, LOVES to talk. We were teaching her about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Spirit was really strong in that lesson. We ended up committing her for baptism, and she had been committed in the past, but we think it is for real this time. During her prayer when we left, she was like "Please help me to try...No...I want to do! Please help me to do..." It was awesome! She is excited. She will be getting baptized on February 12th. Hopefully I'll be here for that.
Later that day we had a lesson with Timmy. Timmy is great. He is still planning on baptism for this Saturday! So we'll see! We are actually having to make his baptismal suit because the temple doesn't have one that is big enough for him. And we are baptizing him in one of the members heated pool. It's going to be an interesting experience. We are baptizing him in the pool because he has a slight walking disability, and he can't get his walker down in the baptismal font, and he is scared of falling in there. The pool will be good. It will definitely be an experience though. Timmy has a heart of gold though. Can I just say that. He is such a sweetheart, and I just want him to really have a testimony. (I don't know if I mentioned that he is blind, but yeah he is blind)
On Wednesday we had quite the experience! We were able to teach Gregory Jackson, and he is deaf. One of the Sister's in the ward just moved here from California, and she is actually a deaf interpreter. It was really neat, and REALLY hard to focus on what we were saying, and listening to the Spirit. You just wanted to watch her the WHOLE time ha, ha! But it was still a really good lesson. He came to church on Sunday, and he really enjoyed it. He keeps telling me how tall and beautiful I am, and it is UBER awkward. Sister Sala (his friend) told me I have to tell him I'm not interested so he'll leave me alone. She had to do it. So that will be awkward ha, ha. But he has a lot of potential and has such a desire to change. So, we'll see what happens.
On Friday we had a really good lesson with Ian about the 10 Commandments, Word of Wisdom, and the Law of Chastity. It was really good. He knows that he has to work on them, but he doesn't have the desire to quit smoking yet. We just need to keep helping him have spiritual experiences so he'll have that desire. He is a really good guy, and he knows that he'll be baptized one day, but hopefully it's sooner rather than later!
On Saturday we tracted ALL day. Nope, we didn't find any new investigators, but we did meet a really cool family. All I know is that the mom's name is Crystal, and then they have 5 girls and 1 boy! Crazy! Hopefully we'll get to teach them soon. She said she's interested, but the husband says he's not. So, we'll see what happens. :D
Sunday was AWESOME!!!!!!! We had FOUR of our investigators at church! It was amazing. Timmy, Gregory, Marilyn, and Ermaine all came. Ermaine is someone that Sister Aka and Sister Schulz were teaching and they kind of dropped her because they weren't sure if they could keep teaching her because she lives in New Iberia. It is quite a ways a way, and there is actually a branch in New Iberia. She doesn't want to go there, so we are going to keep teaching her! We are excited. She just showed up at church on Sunday and said 'I want to continue the lessons. It was awesome! It was a beautiful day and I can't wait for this week to see what it unfolds.
Anyway, I love you all so much and I hope you know how wonderful you are. This church is true. I am so grateful for the commandments. I know that obeying them is so so so so so important. It's been amazing to see how much of a difference obedience to the commandments (especially Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity) makes in lives. While the people we meet, their lives aren't bad, but they could be so much better! I just ajwoeig;ja2io/34jy;wozeh! Ha, ha, I just want everyone to accept the gospel. Well, I need to get going, but just know I love you all. I love my Heavenly Father, and I am so grateful for this gospel and that I am serving a mission. Love you!
Sister Stacy Jo Earl

PS - Transfers are next week so I won't be writing until Tuesday!

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