Great week! Crazy week!
So, we found this really sweet man to teach! His name is Fermin, and he's married to a less-active member of the Church, and they both really want to get into it! They have a 5 year-old son and a 3 year-old daughter and a month-old daughter, and the two older kids could join WWE wrestling. Suplexes and pile-drives and all; super funny! Fermin is so receptive to the Spirit and is just so nice. We're excited to keep working with him!
Thanksgiving was great! Unfortunately, Sister McKnight was really sick that day and didn't really get to eat much, but we did go to two members' houses! Then the next day I got sick. But Sister McKnight went on splits to get our work done, and we were still able to make it to the baptisms. Missionary work: 1 Satan: 0. Nice try!
Speaking of Sister McKnight, her leg is getting a lot better! Still pretty painful, but between physical therapy and resting it (with me going on splits) and everything, she has a lot more mobility with it, and we're hoping she'll be off crutches soon! Woo!
Then....... Chriss and Gabby got baptized!!!! Yayyyy!!!! They were both wonderful, beautiful baptisms with lots of support from the ward. Apparently, after they closed the curtain after Chriss's baptism, she just sank back into the water and stayed there for a little while. She's so awesome! Their confirmations were wonderful, too.
I don't remember if I told you, but Gabby is in foster care right now. Her real dad was baptized two weeks ago by a set of Elders, was given the priesthood last week, and was able to baptize her! It was incredibly sweet. AND her sister is living in foster care in Chubbuck (a nearby city) and, from what we've heard, also wants to be baptized. It's so sweet to me to hear about this family being bound by the Gospel, one member at a time. We know it will bless their lives forever.
With Thanksgiving still in the back of our minds, I've been thinking a lot about how much there is to be grateful for. There's so much. If we peel back the rush and business of our days and think for a second, there is little to NOT be grateful for! I'm especially grateful for all of you. Thank you for your prayers and support and love. Thank you for helping me become who I am. I can never repay everything you've given me.
Also, with Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to start listening to Christmas music! (Side note: we may or may not have been listening to Christmas music since Halloween.) (Also, the Eclipse version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Need a Little Christmas" are pretty much the only songs we listen to. Ever.)
I love you all so much! Make a list of small things you're grateful for that you haven't thought about in awhile. I'll give you a start: chocolate chip cookies. Oxygen. You know, the simple things!
Chriss! (top left)
Thank you for the package! (top right)We LOVE soft things! (the box we sent was full of warm soft wintery snuggly things plus hot chocolate and oatmeal packets)