Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Week 20!

So this week was another crazy week but then again every week as a missionary seems pretty crazy haha.  We found out about transfers, some people left and new people came in! Once we found out we went home to tell the Andersons (the people we live with) that we were staying together! Sister Anderson was so excited but sat us down and told us that we would be leaving this house and moving somewhere else.  They have kids moving in and they need the space.  We both started crying because we absolutely love living with the Anderson's.  They have had missionaries living with them for decades so we got pretty emotional about it.  We will definitely miss them, we don't know when we are moving but it is within the next week or two!

So funny story....I think it was on Thursday.  Hermana Bumstead and I were walking to the temple booth for the Provo City Center temple.  Our shift started at 10 and we left the house around 9:15 to have time to walk.  A lady stopped and offered us a ride and we took it because it was super cold.  So we were like 30 minutes early to the temple booth.  O and the temple booth used to be a canopy  outside and now they built a legit booth for us.  Its like a little house and they are putting a TV inside and pictures.  So its going to be like a little visitor center.  So we saw that there were some people in the temple booth and we just thought they were people working on it but we walked in and we saw President McCune there and that's the last person we thought we would see there haha. He was like Hey Sister Garces and Sister Bumstead we were just talking about you.  He was in there with a stake President getting a picture.  So yeah the whole situation was funny because we walked in looking so cold and just not expecting to see our mission president in there haha. 

So Saturday was a super busy day for us.  We had a baptism for Hannah and it was our ward Christmas party.  Unfortunately not many people came to her baptism.  It was such a busy day and a lot of members were busy with the Christmas party.  Her family was there, the primary president, the Bishop, our ward mission leader, and our zone leaders came to support us.  And people that were supposed to give the prayers, lead music, and play piano didn't show up so we were a little frustrated.  It ended up being a really spiritual baptism though.  Hannah looked so happy and her family looked so happy.  Hannah wanted Hermana Bumstead to give the talk on Baptism and she wanted me to give a talk on the Holy Ghost.  So I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost in Spanish, only my second talk in spanish haha.  It went really well and I just focused on Hannah and looked at her and told her how much the Holy Ghost can help her in her life and that Heavenly Father is super happy with her decision to be baptized.  After her baptism we asked how she felt and she said I feel so good, I felt so clean coming out of the water and she gave a big hug.  Despite not many people showing up what mattered most was that she was happy and could feel the spirit and she did. 

After the baptism we went straight to our chapel to help with the ward party.  Our relief society president, Hermana Brett was pretty much in charge of all the food so she had us help a lot in the kitchen and help with serving food. It was really fun and it was a great way to get to know all the members in our ward.  The food was sooooooo good! Before we had dinner they put on a very nice program with singing, a live nativity, and there was a narrator.  It was really nice, the spirit was really strong there.  After dinner and desert they took down all the tables and started dancing.  Unfortunately we couldn't dance but everyone looked like they had so much fun!

So I am about out of time! Thanks for all the love and support!

Family- I can't wait to talk to all for Christmas!!

Shout out to Elder Hodges- I saw your brother this week at the mission office, he was dropping off Christmas presents for you! Such a small world in the Utah Provo Mission haha

Love you all!!

Hermana Garces

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