Soaking our feetsies in the bath tub because of all the walking we do here in Sylacauga. Love me some spa time. :)
Once upon a Tuesday, Sis. Shattuck and I were walking home from an appointment (that went later then expected) in the dark. In other areas of Alabama this would be considered normal; however, in blessed Sylacauga, we are supposed to be in a car at night for safety purposes. Therefore, we decided to take a very ingenious short cut through town on the railroad tracks. With every leap from one board panel to the next, we were filled with girlish delight. As we giggled and pranced, we suddenly heard a warning blow from a Choo-Choo Train! Freezing, we looked up. Sure enough, there were lights coming around the corner heading our way. "Book It!" Sister Shattuck yelled. We went from giddy little school girls to professional male athletes (at least I like to think so) as we turned around and raced to escape the train coming our way! We were filled with anticipation as the main road came closer and closer. Almost there.... Fewf! We made it safe and sound! We finally had a chance to look back. As we did, we noticed the train had come up to that point (where we saw) and STOPPED! We ran for nothing! We were grateful we made it home that night in one piece, although poor Sis. Shattuck tweaked her back in the process, with a pinched disk. But don't worry, all is well. Every night I pamper her and treat her like a princess with massages on her back. :)
Also, this week during weekly planning, I called a woman that we met the day before on Broadway Rd to see if we could go see her. As we called, it led us to a directory of people who all shared that number. It asked for the first 3 letters of the last name or their extension number, but since we didn't have either, we had to go through the WHOLE directory. "[Recorded name] If this is the person you want, press 1 or press 2 for the next name." I sat there pressing button after button waiting for the name of the woman we met. After about 10-15 minutes the recorded voice said, "You've reached the end of the directory. If you know your party's extension, please enter it now..." Needless to say, I had minor rage as I gave a monster roar and said, "You've got to be kidding me!" We dropped her.
The rest of the week has seriously gone great! We are still teaching the men we met at the Half-way house and 3-4 of them are progressing very nicely (and there are a couple others we teach in that group as well.) One, Walter, came to church. All by himself too! The other progressing guys had work or were gone for the weekend. We were so happy to see him there and it seemed like he really liked church too. Justin was so good and very welcoming to him. I think that really helped to have someone he could relate with. Man! Justin is just amazing!
Lastly, I want to share with you something that gave me the warm and fuzzies in my readings the other day. It was in 3 Nephi 19:25, while Jesus was visiting in the Americas. He has taught them already and is now praying with them. It says, "And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing on earth so white as the whiteness thereof." As they continued to pray, Christ prayed unto the Father for them. It then goes on to say in verse 30, "And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples; and behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and he did smile upon them again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus." This is an example of Christ's ultimate love for us. Did it give you the warm and fuzzies as you read it too? I think that as we pray unto the Father and recognize Christ as we turn unto Him, He smiles down at us in love. One day, when we'll get to see Christ face to face as see that smile in person, I know that those of us who lived righteously, will also receive Christ's glory and whiteness in our countenance which exceeds all whiteness. Wow! What a glorious day?! I am so grateful for our Savior and the love He has for us and knowledge I have of it.
I love the mission. Thank you everyone for all your support. I love you!
Sister Heather Salmond