Hello Friends and Family!
I was transferred! Surprise! I have no idea
where I will be going or who will be my companion! I am actually a
little nervous because 5 sisters will be going home tomorrow. With them
leaving, we are SUPER SHORT on senior sister missionaries. So who knows
what will happen! Pray for me!
This week was pretty good! I had one of those days this week. One of
those days that no one wants to have. I don't know why......but I
literally had no desire to do anything but cry. All of our appointments
fell through, I was sick of knocking doors and being turned away, I was
tired of people saying "Wow, you aren't from around here. I can tell
because you don't talk very well", I was homesick, I wanted to kick all
of the annoying dogs that kept barking at me. Yeah.....one of those
days. I am not saying all these things to complain, but rather to bear
my testimony that the Lord will never leave of us comfortless. He will
always pick us up when we fall. Later that night, I met one of the
investigator's of the other sisters I am living with. His name is Jose.
Meeting this man literally changed my day around. He wasn't going to be
able to attend Stake Conference on Sunday, so Sister Pereira and Sister
Fernandes invited him to the adult session the night before. He brought
his 2 little kids with him. You could tell that he tried to dress as
nice as possible. You could also tell that he was REALLY nervous. He
mentioned how scared he was to come, but he knew that it was something
good that he should do. A member of the Seventy, Elder Itenose
(pronounced Itchy Nosey......I couldn't help but laugh everytime I heard
his name) spoke. Jose really enjoyed it. After the meeting, I found out
from Sister Pereira and Sister Fernandes that Jose does drugs.
Addicted. Also, that his wife passed away. Ah....my heart swelled in
love for this man. This man who has major problems and heartaches in
life, but this man who is honestly trying to do the right thing. And you
know what?? My desire to work hard, my desire to forget about myself
and serve these people came rushing back. I am not here for any personal
benefit. I am here for the Lord and for his lost children.
So......I don't know what my next week will be like, but it will be
an adventure for sure.....new companion, new area, new Mission
I love you all! I pray for everyone back home everyday! Stay safe and stay strong! Don't forget to share the gospel!
Sister Autumn Barnes