because jerome is seriously the best...
a little too excited, i guess, because
I JUST GOT A $160.00 TICKET FOR SPEEDING
....guess I haven't changed too much...
then we come into the library and the lady goes
i'm only giving you a little over an hour because you're late.
...so, hows your day going?
all that aside. these past couple of weeks in Jerome have been the best.
me and texas walker get along SO good.
and she is pushing me outside my comfort zone with music
i secretly love it...but i hate her for it, too
she's currently trying to convince me to sing with her in church before she goes
& she's got a rockin' voice.
every week we go to a Nursing home for an hour an play piano for them
which means... IM PRACTICING AGAIN!!
this week I was flyin solo 'cause we were on exchanges and the other sister didn't play the piano....
so i sat down to start playin a hymn...
& they start singing with me in the distance
but i was not warmed up and slightly butchered a few parts of the song...
threw them off big time...
so they all went to sleep
and it was pretty much practice after that
hahahahaha they are the funniest group of people
and they are so happy when we come to play
i love it! i love playing again!
this week was really good.
we set a lot of baptism dates
JAKE is getting baptized in two weeks!
and then he is baptizing his daughter the next weekend!
we have a sister duo taking lessons and they are the best.
one of the girls' name is miracle and I JUST LOVE HER
she wants to be a member... like yesterday.
she is so excited about everything we teach
and is so happy she found the gospel.
all she wants is to be a member so that she can be a missionary
and share it with as many people as she can!
people like her continue to inspire me and
renew my faith in this whole process.
one of my FAVORITE PEOPLE IN JEROME
has been coming to church for like 50 years
super active, pays his tithing, believes in everything
just won't get baptized.
we go over every week and read the BOM with him
this week was 2 Nephi 9
it was a super powerful chapter
esp as we were reading verses like:
And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.
granny (his wife) read that verse and
cross referenced the word "repent"
for like two minutes she sat there reading
every reference to the word "repent" in the index of her BOM
hahahaha it was hilarious.
she got baptized 50 years ago and is endowed
and JUST AMAZING.
her faith, patience, and love inspires me.
he tried to skip the next verse (24) but i called him out and made him go back and read it. lawlz. #sorryimnotsorry
after that, i would ask him different questions about the chapter
and he is KING of avoidance
buuuuuut i still invited him to be baptized
he said "yep. let's have dessert."
hahaha i stopped and was like "SAY WHAT?!"
he looked at me, smiled, and said
"i'm thinkin about it"
we'll take it! we'll see what happens.
regardless. i love him SO MUCH.
every time we leave his house
i shake his hand and say "love you"
(papa): "love you better"
(me): "love you best"
this week we just kept being in the
right place, at the right time.
and those are the best moments.
i always walk away from those random visits to people
reassured that He needs me and is guiding me
I know The Lord is directing this work
and if we tune in... he'll put us right where he NEEDS us to be.
love you all.