Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Family!!!

Mother's Day is Sunday! You know what that means? I get to talk to you! The other exciting thing this week?! I'm staying in South Charleston for yet another transfer!!! I'm so excited! Never did I think I would be skyping from the exact home I skyped from at Christmas! Yay! If we can get the same set up we had last time, that would be perfect! I loved seeing all your beautiful faces and hearing all the exciting news! We get out of church at 4 which means it would be around 5 or 6 that we could skype. Which is about 3 to 4 your time. I hope that works for everyone. If not, I love you still! ;)

My new companion is going to be Sister Snow. She came out with me. She is from St. George, Utah and is a rockstar missionary! I looked up to her so much in the MTC and now I get to serve with her. Oh happy day! Sister Larrabee has recovered from her surgery almost completely (she stayed at the mission home for a few days) and now she is heading to Ripley which is about 45 minutes away. Sister Morgan is going back to Huntington and she is going to be amazing! I've been blessed with fantastic companions so far and I'm excited to see what this transfer brings. I will get to be with the mission president up to when he goes home! Thank goodness! I'm so grateful!

This week we were able to go to a billion and one meetings! Tuesday we had Mission Leader Council and at this meeting they brought in all the new leaders of the mission. It was exciting to see all the new faces and the old faces. We then spent part of Wednesday planning our zone meeting portion with the zone leaders. We were responsible for teaching about family history. (I'm so pumped to do this when I get home!) We then taught the Charleston Zone on Thursday about Family History and the Parkersburg zone on Friday! Phew! It was a rush but I'm glad it's over. Sister Morgan helped teach which was exciting! She is such a trooper! Little did she know she would have to go to all these meetings. :) I always learn so much from each! We also got to go on an exchange with the Ripley sisters and I got to see how things were going in the great tiny area of Ripley! They are doing great and I learned so much from serving a day with Sister Freeland. We met some amazing people and had a great time serving together. We also got to do some service for one of our investigators. They are an elderly couple who needed help planting flowers. When I told them I'd worked in a greenhouse and loved gardening, they said I was hired! haha They took us out to dinner to make up for it. :) Other than meetings and service, we were able to teach a few lessons and see our great neighbors. Funny story you! Last night we were walking up to our house when our drunk neighbors called to us and said hello. One of them, a 60 year old man who has nicknamed me "Blue Eyes" said, "Hey Blue Eyes! I loves you!" hahaha We giggled all the way in! Don't drink! You only embarrass yourself! haha

Sunday was stake conference and it was all about temple and family history work! Please family! Live worthy of the temple! Go often! Love it! If you live close, think of me (without one) and go for me! :) The temple is where we need to strive to be. That is the only place we can be sealed as families forever! That is where we can find peace in today's world, that is where our Heavenly Father wants us to be. We are not the only one affected by temple work. We are necessary to help our loved ones there too! We have unseen forces helping us to go and they want their work done. Goodness, this gospel is true!

I'm so grateful to be serving in Charleston. It is a beautiful area and the people are wonderful. Frankie is still preparing to be baptized, we had to move her date back to May 18th because she didn't realize she couldn't drink ANY coffee. She's given it up though and is doing great! Frank is also excited to get baptized on June 29th, although we want to move that up because he will be ready sooner. (Yes we are teaching a Frankie and a Frank, welcome to West Virginia!) We are excited for transfers tomorrow. I will be picking up Sister Snow and we will be off to work! Oh and she likes to run! Hallelujah! I can't wait to exercise better! I will have to keep up, but it will be worth it. Oh and Mike is still doing well! We are hoping to invite him and put him on date to be baptized tonight! Woohoo!

I have to tell you about the biggest compliment I received yesterday. I got a call from the assistants asking for me to come to the mission office so they could get input on how to train the sister training leaders. They said that the sisters across the mission respected me and that they needed my input on how to help them. Whoa!!! What the?! I have no idea how that happened. We better get that cleared up. :) But it was flattering. I hope to live up to their expectations and I hope I was able to help in some small way. The mission president is striving to get this mission ready for the new mission president who comes into the mission at the end of June. I can't believe President Pitt is leaving, but I know that the new mission president will be exactly what this mission needs. I'm so grateful that I was able to get to know President Pitt while serving here and the wonderful man that he is. Sister Pitt is also an amazing woman and they are great examples to me. Love them!

Well, those were the highlights of the week. I will give you more detail next Sunday! ;) Yay! I want you to know that I have a testimony of the restored gospel. I know it is true! This week I've been studying in Preach My Gospel about the atonement of Jesus Christ in our Heavenly Father's plan. I invite you to study about all that our Savior has done for us individually. He knows exactly how we feel and invites us to come unto him, so that our burdens may be light. He promises to uplift us as we turn to Him. I promise you that He does. Our Heavenly Father's plan is perfect, we get to be a part of it! I know that it is through our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we will be able to overcome our trials, temptations, and weaknesses. I didn't realize all that was covered under the atonement, but I'm beginning to get a glimpse. This gospel is true, I promise you that!

I love you all,

Have the most beautiful day!
Love,
Sister Herring

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