Wednesday, June 26, 2013

too darn hot.

so, coming to Florida, i knew that it was gonna be warmer than i expected. but i lived in Hawaii for a summer, i've felt that kind of heat before right? wrong. this heat is different. it's evil. and don't pray for rain either, it just makes it muggier! it's kinda like this:

man i just want fall already. i seriously cannot wait for October. it is my absolute favorite month! caramel apples, pumpkin carving, harry potter parties, my birthday, eating pumpkin seeds, not-so-scary movies, ugh. October can not get here fast enough.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

spiritual enlightenment here.

the Elders and the Welches are very close here. we live a couple buildings away from each other. we bake them cookies. they teach investigators at our place, they drop by unexpectedly to see if we need anything. we've gotten really close to these two. last Saturday they asked if they could come over to share a message with us. this has never happened-usually the visits are for new members, or investigators, dropping off tupperware from cookies we gave them...etc. we agreed, and i'm a little stressed out because i had to work all day, and wanted some more time to prepare my lesson, and this might cut into my time! well, wouldn't you know, those Elders sure know what they're doing. they had a very relevant discussion with us about something we were struggling with this week (how did they know!?) and then showed us this video. it spoke to my heart, and i can still feel the spirit it left in our home. so beautiful.
i love how alive and active missionary work is here. Addison and i have the opportunity every week to serve the Elders and investigators in some way. i've never had that experience before. it seems like missionary work is so much less scary here. maybe it's because you're surrounded by people you don't personally know. i hope it is something i grasp here, and bring home with me. because it has been such a blessing to me and Addison, even just to witness. an 86 year old Baptist minister just joined our ward this past week, and he's in my gospel principles class. the change that he has undergone is massive. it's just amazing. the gospel is true!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tru and Lai come for a visit!

we had our next set of visitors this last week! and man, did we party. what's awesome about having Truman and Laila here (addison's siblings), is that they were always ready for more. Addi and I even had to take turns going home for a nap in between shifts and park playing. SUCH a blast. these visits make our time here in Florida worth it ;)

Laila and I got some great sister bonding time in, which i LOOOOVED. i always begged my mom to have another baby when i was a kid-i never dreamed i'd marry into a little sister! she's the sweetest, and such a trooper!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

so a few weeks ago i was sitting in our Sunday School lesson at church. i was in gospel principles with all the investigators and new members, and as the teacher was spouting off dates and scriptures and explaining really hard things to people who'd never heard this about our gospel i thought to myself, "i am so glad i am sitting down here, and he is up there." about 2 minutes later, a member of the bishopric poked his head through the door and beckoned for me to come see him....

he informed me that he had a calling for me as the new gospel principles teacher.

wow, the Lord works in mysterious ways. i was scared out of my mind, but accepted the calling. now that i've had a few weeks to mull it over, i'm still scared witless, but have received confirmation that this is exactly where i'm supposed to be. i'm on a rotation, so i only have to teach once a month or so :) oddly enough, all the other teachers are these spiritual giants-all 4 men in their 30's who've served a mission, and whose lessons blow my mind every week...and then little 23 year old me. haha, i'm baffled.

anyway, i gave my first lesson today on the "gifts of the spirit", which can get a little hokey pretty fast, as you're talking to investigators about the gift of tongues and really powerful things like that. but the Lord heard my prayers and concerns and the class went so smoothly. this is my first "adult" calling...i have taught primary the last few years, and am not used to peoples comments in class being relevant and so intelligent! usually the kids i teach raise their hands and say something like, "i like my dog." so that was something to get used to, but i fell in a groove, and LOVED all the comments!

it's cool to learn new abilities you have, that will hopefully turn into strengths one day. it's cool to know that the Lord has these things and challenges in mind for you to grow into your full potential.

we've had a pretty spiritual week around here, lots of little miracles happening for Addi and I's little family. i love those little things that are HUGE to you, because you're looking for them, and the Lord just throws you a little tender mercy. i really love this gospel and the perfection in the plan of happiness.

Oh! and PS-i think i may have made 2 new friends at church today :) 
another little tender mercy from the Lord!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

a week of bliss.

our trip to Utah is over. i may or may not have been in mourning this past week that we are back in Orlando...and been unable to reminisce on our near perfect week. but it's been a week, and i think i better suck it up. our week was filled with FAMILY, friends, and a heavenly funeral. i think we ate at all the places we said we needed our fix on. i was very focused on being in the moment, therefore, the pictures i got were fairly sporadic and random. that being said, here goes!
 Lyle and I at the viewing.
 Momma Melinda and Lyle.
 Addi and I at the viewing.
My family got together for a quick Memorial Day weekend reuinion.
Addi and I were in charge of games-of course we launched water balloons.
 we met the twins!

 this is how we spent the majority of the reunion. COVERED in kids!

It was also Addisons' Birthday!
It's the first time he's been home for a birthday for a decade.

 Charlotte was really excited too.
we played charades, opened gifts, solved the worlds' problems, gave the best-and most needed hugs, ate pie, and soaked each other all in! how i miss these guys.