Hola y Aloha!
Oy ve! I sure do wish I could send all the blessings
I'm getting here home to you! I need to start upping my prayers I guess.
I love you all so much and I'm so sorry it's so hard right now! I'm
sending all my love with this email though ok? I am just so thankful
that you have raised us the way you have because when a trial like this
comes by we are able to grow closer as a family. Because of that, we
have definitely been prepared for the trials we go through. I love you
Brandon is doing great. He has fellowshiped himself into the ward
and I'm pretty sure he invited the whole town to his baptism. For one
lesson, we gave him the plan of salvation pamphlet and the next lesson
he ended up teaching us the PoS! He pretty much had the whole thing
memorized! His faith is really growing and he is so excited for his
baptism on Sat. and was super stoked when we told him he could go on a
mission in a year. He says that everybody needs to hear about this and
that he wants to share it with everyone! So we are pretty excited about
Yesterday, we received another miracle. Someone called us and left a
message saying that his girlfriend wanted to get baptized. We called him
back and he said how she had been taking the discussions in another
state but then went back home to Columbia to visit her family (another
Spanish speaker) before she was able to get baptized so now she wants to
review all the lessons and be baptized! We teach her for the first time
I never did make that plastic bag but I did see Brittany Gearhart
and Kylee Moe. It is kinda weird seeing so many people I know. It was
good to be able to give them a hug though. I also met one of Grandma
Rowley's cousins or something like that. I don't remember her name but
she said that she is really good friends with Grandma and Grandad and
that people used to tell Grandma and her they looked like twins.
I'm getting kinda sad and nervous cause Hermana Rodriguez leaves me
on Tyson's birthday, Feb. 6. I've really gotten close with Hermana and
am really gonna miss her! Not only that though, her leaving means that
I'm the only Spanish speaker here! I honestly don't know how I'm gonna
do it but I guess I need to be thrown in the deep end sometime. I love
you so much and I am praying for you so much! The Lord has promised to
bless you all in my blessings I've received for my mission so everything
is going to be ok. Just like I stress to my investigators and to myself
all the time, the atonement isn't for when everything is fine and
dandy, it's for when things get tough and we can't make it on our own.
The atonement is to heal us and change our hearts to become like
Thank you for all your strength, love and support. It really does strengthen me everyday.
Les Amo Mucho!!!!!
Hermana Rowley (Shayla)