How is everyone!! Things in Brid have calmed down :) We seem to be over the drama...for now ha Since I've been here there seems to be nothing but drama going on...I'm not sure if it's because i got here...or if it's just Brid. From the sounds of it I think it's just Brid ;) But I truly do love it here! The work is moving forward!! Which leads me to...
DANIELLES BAPTISM!!!! :D!!!! Ohhhh happy days days days! (Malory's baby voice) It was a beautiful service! Full of family, friends, and the spirit. We had it early Easter Morning before church because the English don't put ANYTHING over their holidays (Especially their Easter bank holidays ha) So everyone seemed to be away Friday and Saturday so we felt it best to have it Sunday morning so she could be baptized and have the Holy Ghost ASAP
One of the best parts about the baptism was that Danielles Mom and little sister came. Jane (her Mom) LOVED the service and we got a chance to talk to her about it after words and invited her to take the lessons and to be baptized and she said YES! AND she wants all her kids baptized :D!! So we're teaching their WHOLE FAMILY on Thursday!! Woot Woot! Aw....I love being a missionary. It's the best!
I had the wonderful opportunity in Sacrament Meeting to really reflect on the amazing Easter we had. And I was just filled with the spirit of gratitude. I've been thinking about this time last year...that I'm SO grateful that the spirit knocked me over the head in the temple that day a year ago (Can you believe it's been a year since i put my papers in....ya...it's been a YEAR!) So grateful that I was called here. So grateful for the experiences, the people, the knowledge, and testimony I'm gaining...for the person God is shaping me into. Don't get me wrong, missions are tough and A LOT of hard work. But there is no place and no school, job, dating, no experiences in this whole that world would give me what I'm given each day here on my mission.
I am especially grateful for my Saviour. Just like you said Mom and Dad to us every year at Easter. I especially remember one year that Dad gave us each an Easter Egg and most were filled with candy and toys...but one (I think it was Joey's ha) was empty. I remember Joey being all mad that his was empty, but the lesson you taught us I has always stuck with me. Dad I think it was you giving the lesson. I remember you saying something like this, "Joey, you're egg is the most important. You are the luckiest out of all of us to get the one that was empty. Because each egg represents the tomb of the Saviour. And the miracle is...the reason we can live with God again someday as and eternal family...is because the tomb was empty. Always remember and be grateful that the tomb was empty."
That has always stuck with me, "The tomb was empty". I am eternally grateful that the tomb was empty that our Saviour and Redeemer lives. I know he lives and i love being able to tell everyone the Good News of our gospel, that he lives and has restored the fullness of his gospel through a living prophet. Mom I'm so grateful for Joseph Smith too. What courage he had! He gave up EVERYTHING for what he knew.
I love each and everyone of you SOOOO much!! More than i could even describe...the best way I've found to tell you is I love ya to the moon and back!! And I do!! I hope you all have such an amazing week. Thank you so much for your support and love and especially prayers!! Tell Merrick (Elder Taylor) Good luck from me!! Tell him I said the best thing he can do is follow the spirit and be a BOLD missionary!! He's going to be amazing!
PS Anita your Bday card is in the mail!!!! I love you!!!
Til next week! (Which i think is also i bank holiday so it might be another Tuesday letter..)
Love, Sister Brown