Hello again family and friends! This week has been an interesting one...
So last week, while I was on exchanges and down in Gilbert, Sister Carambelas and Sister White found a very interesting woman in our area. She is from Romania and speaks very little English. We went and met her on Wednesday, which was interesting, but she is so sweet! And we go our own little miracle- the 2nd counselor in the bishopric went to Romania on his mission! We recruited him to our efforts, and on Saturday we all went over, and he pretty much taught her the Restoration while we just sat there smiling. Sis C turned to me during and whispered, "This is the best day of my life!" We both love other languages and Romanian is so neat! We are working on getting her a copy of the Book of Mormon in Romanian but who knows how long that will take! We might try to make a trip to the distribution center in mesa, but it's outside of the mission so we need a member to take us. But she is so neat and we are so excited to teach her! We are going to work on teaching her English as well! We taught her name was Donna until Brother Carter said it was Doina. So that's cool :)
The other crazy part of this week was Wednesday night, for dinner. The members had two Indian medical students living with them for a month while they did their internship at the Mayo, and Ajay's birthday was the next day so they wanted to celebrate and have us give them copies of the Book of Mormon. Both Ajay and Sukideep are Sikh from Northern India, but they seemed to be thankful for the books- they both love to learn, so that should be good! They are off this week to their residencies in Ohio and California, but it was an interesting and unique experience, for sure!
We were only able to meet with Brenda on Monday afternoon, and she is still doing well. We are going to start the Plan of Salvation with her next! We are really excited. But we hate not seeing her! We are supposed to go to the Gilbert Temple Open House with her on Thursday but we haven't gotten a confirmation from her yet. But we're going to try to take a lot of people before it ends!
We did talk to Jenna again this week.... over the phone. She called us Friday evening, and told us about some scary paranormal activity she's been dealing with, and some 'thing' that follows her from place to place and physically tosses her around and leaves her bruised. She sounded terrified, and we really wanted to come over that night but she wouldn't let us because her house was to dirty. So we were going to go Saturday so she get a blessing, and her house could be blessed, but she ended up going to the doctor instead because it turns out she has bronchitis. Her boyfriend was going to drop her off at church, and we were all excited.... and then he forgot. We were so disappointed! But we have a meeting with her on Tuesday scheduled, so hopefully that one will stick! She is such a sweet girl, so loving and so sincere. We just want to help her! but she needs to let us into her life first, and talking on the phone doesn't count :)
Um, yeah. So that's the people.... We're still enjoying picking citrus off the trees and eating it fresh, and it is still mostly cool outside. It was even cloudy for a day or two this weekend! I took pictures :)
I do love it here in Arizona, and I am so thankful for this opportunity I have to serve the Lord and show my love for Him by loving those around me!
Thank you all for your love and support. It means the world to me!
Stay warm :)
Love, Sister Hailey Brown
Beautiful Arizona Skies
Sister Tenney and Sister Brown
at the Gilbert Temple Open House