Well this is my last email as a missionary...it's weird how fast time flies by. I don't even have my planner to tell you how are week went! But I will tell you some highlights that I remember. Charles is really progressing towards baptism. It has been really neat to see that change in him. He is really excited and it's great because the ward is going to help him get out of his horrible situation. It's quite remarkable! They are going to help him get a place to live and Charles is on the job hunt so YAY! He won't go back to jail YIPPEE!!!!! No, it really has been awesome teaching him. This week he should be meeting with the mission president for his baptismal interview. He might need First Presidency approval, so I will be anxious to hear how that goes.
Suzanne is funny. Every time we go in there, we plan to drop her and she pulls something out of the wood works how she is so ready for baptism! It's crazy awesome but kind of annoying at the same time.
We also found a new investigator named Brandi and she is hilarious! We met with her this week and she doesn't normally pray, but when she prayed this time, she looked up and was like "I forgot your names! I'm sorry." And when I said my name, she busted up laughing! She thought Earl was my first name...a lot of people here think that and they must think my parents are cruel. Seriously I never thought of Earl as a first name. Crazy! But it was way funny. Brandi is great, and I am really excited for the Sister's to continue to teach her.
Anyway I don't have much time, but I just wanted to email you and let you know how much I love this work. Being a missionary has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have never had to push my self so much to be someone better than I am, and it has been hard. It has been harder than anything I have ever done in my life. I have never sweat more, been more tired, or cried more in my entire life. But it was all worth it. It was worth it to see these remarkable people change their lives for the better and to come closer to Christ through the waters of baptism. I didn't get to see very many until the end, but still I was looking at it, and a lot of the people I taught decided to get baptized somewhere down the road. It was really neat to see that. I love y'all so much and I am so grateful for all the love and support that you gave me throughout my mission. I am anxious to see you, and I am happy to come home, but I am also sad to go. It's like being ripped from a world that you come to love again...but hey, I'll be surrounded by those who love me still. Right? I hope so! I love y'all so much, and I will see you on Thursday.
Sister Stacy Jo Earl
P.S. Sorry this is short. We are going to New Orleans because I've never been! Had to rush. Sorry! Love you bye!