What an exciting week! I hope this email finds you all healthy, happy, and safe! Mike, I hope you are not sick from your ice challenge. I expect videos from Stephanie, Trace, Cody, and Jared! haha
Good news! We don't have bed bugs! Hallelujah! We called President Salisbury by command from the zone leaders and he said to try using bug spray and to give it some time to see if it actually was bed bugs and so we went forth with faith that it wasn't, and even though I still think it was, we are bed bug free now! We continued to spray the bug poison around the apartment and I used bug spray and we now have not had any new bed bug bites! The one day I used bug spray though, I got eaten alive by mosquitoes. Yikes! My legs look like I have leprosy, but that's okay, they are healing!
Oh and before I begin, please keep my companion in your prayers. Her grandpa is very sick and she is very close to him, so she could use a few extra prayers for support. Thank you for your love and support!
Now for the exciting things! Last week, I mentioned how Willie and Karen's trailer burned down, well they are in the process of buying a new on and the ward has gone over every day to help clean up. There is also a supply drive going on in the community and church to get them new furniture and everything they need! We did a special fast for them, and they are going to be okay! The cool thing was that apparently, right after the trailer burned down, Sister Campbell, who is the visiting teaching coordinator, called the Relief Society President saying, "Our home just burned down, so I'm going to need a new copy of the visiting teaching routes. Thank you!" Can you say amazing?! Even when they don't have anything but their truck and clothes on their back, they are thinking of others! At church, Sister Campbell came up to us and said that they were wanting us to come by their daughters house so they could give us some biscuits (Willie's famous biscuits). Can you believe it?! Neither can I! Salt of the earth good!
I've also been wanting to write a few more of the neat things about Lexington:
1. When you walk into stores, they give you warm apple cider.
2. There are carriage rides through town.
3. When it rains...it pours!
4. Willie's Biscuits :)
5. Opal Wallace's cakes :)
6. The Glasgow cop who helped direct traffic at the Rockbridge Community Festival.
7. Oh, and Brother Hughes took a picture of us at the Festival for the Ward's Facebook page. I think it is called "Friends of the Lexington Ward" I'm not quite sure, but maybe check that out!
I'm going to try to add a few of these things each week. Good times!
I want each of you to know how much I love you! I want you to know that I have a testimony of this gospel. While at church, the bishop, who had been one of the first ones on the scene of the Campbell's fire, pulled out what he had found at the house. A page from the Book of Mormon had been lying in the debris. He began reading the words, "I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me..." As bishop was reading over these words from the burnt piece of paper, it hit me more than ever that Joseph Smith truly is the Lord's prophet in these Latter-days. He did have the first vision and the fullness of the gospel is on the earth today. We have a living prophet. He leads and guides the church today. He acts under the direction of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church restored today! We have the fullness of the gospel! We have the Book of Mormon! We have an eternal family and temple and the priesthood! We are truly blessed to be living today! I'm so grateful for this knowledge and I'm grateful for the chance to share it daily! I know there is power in the Book of Mormon! Read it! Study it! Ponder and Pray about it! You will receive an answer.
I invite each of you to pray for someone to invite to church, to an activity, to meet with the missionaries, to read the Book of Mormon! It doesn't need to be big, just a simple invitation. What's the worst that can happen, they say NO? :) Pray for the strength. Heavenly Father wants all of His children to return home. It is our job to help. :)
Thank you for all the missionary work each of you are doing! Thank you for your examples, that alone is missionary work! Thank you for your continued love and support! Each of you is amazing! Just like I said in the beginning, I'm grateful to call you mine!
Have the best week ever!
Picture 1 - The Campbell's home. :(
Picture 2- The street we tracted :)