Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sister D 4.1.13 "I'm usually not a crier"

Happy April Fools day,

I was not able to do any tricks today because it is really hard to do a trick on someone who you live with all the time....maybe I will come up with something by the end of the night. Plus, I'm on the recovery from a flair up that I had this weekend. Started Friday and is finally getting better today. Sister P wouldn't let me drive, which was probably the best option. lol.

We moved into yet another home this week. We were only in the other one for 6 days and will be in this home for about a week and a bit. Spring is slowly coming here. It actually rained instead of snowed! So that was great. Minnesota is getting an April fools of it's own because we had weather in

the 40's all last week :) ...and then today it's barely 30 and should be that way for the rest of the week. I don't believe that it is April because of all the snow that is still on the ground. This place is slightly insane. Oh and the home that I live in is the White's. The White's have a son named Dan and Dan married Tessa Peterson (in HHH ward) last year. So, sister white was showing me around her house and I was shocked to see a picture of someone back at home. We came to find out that we were both eating in Yoplicity at the same time around when they were married. The whites were super stoaked. Oh what a small mormon world it is!

We taught an amazing girl this last Wednesday. Her name is Adri and she has a young adult who has been through a lot in her life. She is recovering from about every addiction that you can think of and has been 5 months sober! She is doing great. She told us about how she has been looking for a church where she can feel at home ever since she sobered up. And that has been her experience ever since she moved in with members and has been coming to our ward. She loves it there and is really searching to find out if the gospel is true. We invited her to be baptized on May 25th. After we extended the invitation, she started to cry and the spirit was so strong because May 25th just so happens to be her sons birthday and because we were lead to pick that day, it meant a whole lot to her. She is really a great gal. We teach her on Tuesday and it should be great. I'm usually not a crier but the spirit was so strong that we cried together as I testified of the peace that will come into her life as she comes to accept this gospel. Things are looking up here in Rochester.

I had a lot of pics to send...but then I left my camera at home! Sorry! I will be better next week.

Love you all,

Sister D

Elder D 4.1.13 "Mission Spliting...where will I be assigned?"

Family and Friends,

Good Day to my homeland. I love you all so much. During this Easter holiday, I've had time to reflect on the Savior and his Atonement and Resurrection. Never before had I thought so deeply of the love that He had for us to take upon Him, the Perfect Son of God, all of the sins and the mistakes that we have made so that we may return to the Fathers presence. Such love. Such mercy. He didn't have to do it. He had the ability to quit when it got hard. But it had to be done. Just imagine what the angel said to Jesus as he suffered in the garden.
 I am so happy for His grace and love for each and everyone of us.  So last week, our district went back to the Air Force Museum on Monday for a few hours. I got a picture in a space suit, we used the flight simulator which was awesome, and just looked around at all the stuff. There had been some new exhibits since I was there last time. It also had snowed from Sunday thru Tuesday so we have a lot of snow. Ohio has crazy weather. One minute it's a blizzard. You turn around for 1 minute and there's sunshine and the snow's melted away. But thankfully, Ohio has realized that it's spring and there needs to be more sunshine. It feels so good not to wear a suit coat anymore,
We found a new investigator last week! It had been a while since we had found someone and so we are very happy. Lynn is a very religious woman who needed help moving. So we helped and she loved it. She had apparently been talking to the missionaries before us for sometime. I really pray that she will even want to learn more about the Church.
For Easter Sunday yesterday, we had a lot of plastic eggs and lots of candy so we decided to decorate them and fill them with a picture of Jesus and M&M's. We drew a tie and name tag on the face of the eggs, then we handed them all out to all the members of the branch. They loved it! The whole branch loves us and we love them. I'll need to get a picture with them before I am transferred.
I've been holding this bit of info back for a while now but I feel that now is the time to share it. Because of all the new missionaries coming out in the field soon, our mission would have way to many Elders and Sisters in the Great Ohio Columbus Mission by the end of the year. So we have agreed to split the mission and the Cincinnati Mission shall rise again. I have no idea where I will be. The zone I am currently in will become part of that mission but I have no idea what will happen. I do know that it will happen in July but I don't know what mission I will be going to. I feel as if I will be going to the Cincinnati Mission and if that's where the Lord needs me then I will go with a glad heart. But I really want to stay in the Ohio Columbus mission. I was called to serve here. But like I said, I will be happy where ever I am sent.
Love you all. Have a happy spring break.
Love Elder Ephraim Kade DeCoursey
Monster from Ohio
The Ground Monster...We found this while tracting. It's pretty intense. I fought it. I'm not sure who won, though.