Wk #40: I am grateful.

Tender mercies

Errick (L), Antonio (R)
Once again, it was another great, hard, miracle filled week! Campus has had a weird vibe the last couple weeks or so, and their is a lot of opposition. There has been a lot of rejection, but that comes with the work. :) It also has been the hottest week of the summer. Everyday has been in the hundreds, and somehow I am still alive! We hear that August is pretty brutal, so I'm just trying to enjoy what I can now! 
Donut break!

There have been some pretty crazy storms again. The other night, the lighting was so bad that the sky was purple for about half an hour with pure lightning, nonstop! I have never experienced anything like it. I was a little nervous. The rain was comin down pretty hard and the wind was crazy too! As much as I LOVE and pray for rain, I'm not sure the aftermath is worth it! Talk about HUMIDITY! We walked outside the other day after a rain storm, and there was steam coming off the pavement EVERYWHERE. It was so hot. Also, the puddles here are about 187,000 degrees, puddle jumping is a very big no go. Unless you want your feet to be boiled off...

Silly Sisters
Also, lizards and squirrels rule campus. The squirrels I can handle... but the lizards? SO GROSS. Oh, I can't even tell you. I hate them. I also got chased by one yesterday and made a big fool of myself, but what else is new?
On a more awesome note, you know how every once in a while you'll find some change in your couch? Well, let me tell you a story.
The many faces...

We come home for lunch after sweating our guts out, and I sit down to open a package from mom. (THANKS MOM!) I'm lovin my life, and am enjoying the yummy treats. I stand up to do something and realize that I am wet. But not just a little wet... I am W E T. There was NO WAY I was that sweaty! and if I was THAT sweaty, it would be a serious problem! So, after Sister Rindlisbacher stops laughing she comes over to see what was going on. I went to change, and she realized that my water bottle had been tipped upside down and had dumped out onto the couch and me! How I didn't feel it in the process, I have no idea. So, I grab some towels and start trying to dry the couch. We decide that it would be easier to just take the cushion off, so I did, and low and behold.... I found my pink pen that I have been missing forever! I was so excited!! Then, Sister Rindlisbacher points at the couch and says "What is that?" There were some folded papers stuck in the back of the couch. I reach back there (which is always gross... you know how it is..) and grab the stack. Before I pulled it out, I noticed a 100... no way... I pull it out... $100, $50, and a $20... ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Who finds $170 in their couch?! haha I am still mystified and speechless! Tender mercies BABY!

On another awesome note, we got three new investigators this week! Heavenly Father has been pouring out blessings on us. I am SO grateful! One of our investigators is a Corner on the FSU football team! We were excited about that :) He's working hard to get into the league! And he is the most respectful guy I have ever met! He is from Jamaica and is super awesome. They are all awesome! OH I LOVE THE GOSPEL.

This week I have been overwhelmed by the things I have learned on my mission thus far. I am eternally grateful for the physically trying moments, the moments of despair, pain, sorrow, loneliness. I'm grateful for the moments of opposition, rejection, rudeness and adversity. I am grateful for the feelings of inadequacy, fear, embarrassment. The times in which I feel like I cannot go on any longer. I am grateful for the Savior's hand that is continually reached out to ME. For the times I have felt the physical push on my back helping me make it all the way home. I am grateful for the profound joy I have been able to experience that is beyond anything I have ever felt before. I'm grateful for the many opportunities that I trust in the spirit, and say the things that are put into my heart at the exact moment of testifying. I'm grateful for the strength that has and is continually being added to my testimony. I'm grateful for the knowledge I have of my divine potential and the person I know Heavenly Father wants and needs me to become. More importantly, I am extremely grateful to serve my Father and my Savior. I'm grateful to have this time to do nothing but represent Jesus Christ, and this is a time I cherish and will forever hold dear to my heart.

I love you all, and I am so grateful for the continued support you give! 

All my love,
Sister Holmes

ps... transfers are this week! We find out on Sunday. SO if I get transferred off of campus, my next email will come on a week from Monday. stay tuned ;) 


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