Dear Family and Friends,
So I am feeling MUCH better. I am still not biking, but we are doing so much more and as long as I don't push myself too hard I should be able to bike later on in the week!! I am feeling really well actually. So this week, if I take like a half hour to an hour nap or just lie down after we finish all our studies (that ends after 11, since I am training and get an extra hour to study) I am good for the rest of the day! If I don't, I usually get really light headed and dizzy around 4 or 5 (hopefully that will finally get completely better this week). My headaches are almost gone, and I don't feel nauseous anymore AND my balance is pretty much back except for those times when I get really dizzy. So basically I am almost COMPLETELY mended. So don't worry :) Thank you for all the prayers I got these past few weeks. I needed them SO badly. So thank you. Prayer really works :)
I honestly just love letters :) Having a note of love and encouragement is all I need. I will try to get better at sending letters home, lately I haven't had much time to write cause it really just hurt my head and such...but I am working on a letter :)
I am sorry I don't have a ton of time to write this week....our chapel is getting renovated, so we have to email on the ipads which takes longer to type...but I will do my best to write a good udpate. Especially since I have a LOT to update you on!
Monday we went to town again quick, we were supposed to have a lesson with one of the Lisa's that night but she didn't show up...which was sad for us, but it is ok! We are going to see her this next coming week at her home!
Tuesday, we did some service for Deb, and visited with her and then had a dinner. We also had a really cool experience calling a former investigator from the area book, and she was VERY friendly and we are going to see her this week!
Wednesday we saw Vicki, went and practiced some wedding songs (more on that on Friday and Saturday) had ward coordination, and I was starting to feel a lot better so we just visited with some other people and it was a good day! I also got a letter on this day from Mom, and from Taylor Devuyst and Kaitlynn Pierson. I am so grateful for getting this letter on this day. Taylor's letter made me cry (because the spirit was so strong). I am so impressed by how amazing the converts to the church are, and the young women in general. They have SUCH strength and power. Please tell Taylor and Kaitlynn how much I needed their letters this week. I will be sending some back eventually...
Thursday was exciting. We had a district meeting which was FABULOUS. I always learn so much from district meeting on how I can improve. I loved it. And then we went and taught John with Sister Dearden from our ward, it was SUCH A COOL LESSON! The spirit was so strong, and we testified to John that his wife who had passed was with us during the lessons. SHE WANTS HIM TO GET BAPTIZED. I cant explain how I know this and how Sister Lowder knows except for that the spirit has definitely told us how much this means to her. It is going to be amazing. We then were talking and walking with this lady named Ann on the street after the lesson, and she basically showed us in to this tea party...a British, Christian tea party with a bunch of 85-90 year old women. We pretty much taught a bunch of lessons with them and got to learn from them, and hopefully will be visiting a couple of them this week! It was the most British thing I think I have ever been to. I half expected the queen to walk in.
Friday we did weekly planning and then...here comes the big new....we started our WEEK AND A HALF LONG EXCHANGE. So the Sister Training Leaders in Merthyr both cant drive at the moment, they are just waiting to get UK drivers licences hopefully next week. So we are on a long exchange with them, Sister Lowder is in Merthyr driving and I am now leading the area in Rhiwbina with Sister Crowley! CRAZY. So now I am getting trained by two people which is interesting, and yeah. week long exchange! New comp for just over a week. After we started the exchange, we went to a wedding rehearsal as I was the pianist for a wedding on Saturday. So that was an exciting day!
On Saturday Sister Crowley and I went to a wedding! So here, they have to have a civil marriage before they can go get sealed in the temple. So we were at the marriage at our chapel, I got to play the bridal march...like "here comes the bride" - that song. That was exciting. I also had to just pick songs to entertain as they signed the register and as all the bridesmaids and flower girls came in. THANK GOODNESS FOR ME BRINGING SHEET MUSIC WITH ME. I brought some classical music and a lot of arrangements of hymns and just kinda made some stuff up from the hymn book too...it was really fun though! And the bishop who was conducting the wedding service totally threw in a bit about missionary work. He just said, "If anyone has any questions about the church, feel free to ask the sister missionaries after the service, they can help out with anything." so that was amazing! I also met a family from Chesterfield I think who knows Kayla Neilson! She served in their ward and is now engaged to someone from there I think? Wow. We also had dinner with the Nunns and visited Rosemary. It was a busy day, but SO good.
Sunday was wonderful, we were able to schedule a lot of appointments with former investigators and potential investigators and just really prepare for the week. I am really excited to learn a LOT from this exchange. Sister Crowley is AMAZING. She knows so much, and I have a lot to learn from her I think. There is a reason this exchange is happening and I am excited to learn why! Also, we are a LOT alike which is crazy. She is also gluten free, which is kind of nice and she loves music (singing with her in the mornings is the BEST) and her family has 3 girls and 1 boy just like ours, and I just so far just LOVE her. This week will be wonderful! I do miss Sister Lowder but it will be good for me to have to explain and lead the area more. I am so excited!
My spiritual thought and challenge for the week is from a talk called the "Cat's cradle of kindness!"
Starting off with a quote from it..
"President Hinckley said something that I just love about our patterns of interconnectedness in the Church. He said: “To those of the Church, all within the sound of my voice, I give the challenge [to] … never lose sight of the whole majestic and wonderful picture of the purpose of this, the dispensation of the fulness of times. Weave beautifully your small thread in the grand tapestry, the pattern for which was laid out for us by the God of heaven.” (Ensign, Nov. 1989, p. 54.) We may not know what contribution our small thread makes to the great tapestry. We may not understand the pattern that our lives make as they intersect, connect, separate, and intersect again, but God does."
I have been thinking a lot this week about the small and simple things we do affecting peoples lives. We really don't know what pattern our life makes with others as they connect, but we can strive our best to make it a good one by being kind, generous, loving, and gracious to all we meet. My challenge this week is to strive to do one small simple act of random service for someone. whether it is giving a hug to someone who needs it, writing a letter to someone you haven't seen for awhile, sending a message to someone, having lunch, helping carry groceries...whatever it is, it will bless their lives in some way.
I love you all so much ! Have a GREAT week and thank you for all the prayers and love I receive!
With LOTS of love,
Sister Emma Beazer :)
|Sister Crowley and Sister Beazer|
She only sent 1 picture this week, so I had to steal one off facebook from a member in her ward this week! This is from Deb - (Thanks Deb!)
|Thankful for the help I received today |
with getting me started with the painting in my lounge