Week two in Bartlett. Our trio is actually a blast. It feels like we've been together for much longer than a week and a half. Sister Bridgewater has us constantly laughing. We've noticed that we are all completely different but somehow it all works out. Also, they are the fastest girls at getting ready that I've ever met in my whole life! I thought I was fast, but they put me to shame. :) The morning routine runs like clock work. No one has a hard time getting stuff done. It's like we all had this unwritten, un-talked about mutual agreement about how everything will run, and no one ever has any problems with it. This is nothing short of a miracle. Blessing from Heavenly Father. You know, I've been thinking about how the Lord says that He prepares places for us. Like in Come Come ye Saints, they say, "We'll find the place which God for us prepared". He promises us that the field is white, already to harvest, which means there are people prepared to receive the gospel. From my experience in Hot Springs, I know that I was supposed to be there to meet the people I did. God prepared that place for me. Similarly, I have faith that God has prepared another place for me in Bartlett. Although I don't yet see the ways in which this is true, I think I will know the longer I serve here. Yesterday in testimony meeting, this lady got up and talked about how her and her husband felt prompted to move to Memphis, even though they had been all settled in their home where they were. Somehow she came across that scripture in D&C where the Lord says something like "I will go before your face. I will be on your right and on your left and will send mine angels round about you"...something like that. They've been here a few months now, but just last week she was taking a walk with her 4 year old daughter. She was talking about how they were blessed to have friends next door to their house. And on the other side. And across the street...and behind them. And it dawned on her that the Lord had fulfilled the promise in that scripture, quite literally. She had a sweet spiritual confirmation that He had prepared that for her. That really touched me. I have felt the spirit too many times to deny it. I can and have explained it away as something else, but the fact of the matter is, I have experiences once in a great while where I feel something that I know I couldn't have made myself feel. I couldn't have created that- God did. He created us and because He did, He knows what we need. Who better to give us what we need than our creator?
Well Bartlett is an insanely nice place. It's like the nicest town I've ever seen. All the neighborhoods are picture perfect. They actually all look the same and most of the time I have no idea where I am. The people are good. We are over two wards. It gets confusing because I can't always remember who is in what ward-and I don't really understand the boundaries, so I especially don't know which ward my investigators are supposed to go to. Also, sundays are like a marathon. We go to both church meetings. So we have church non stop from 9-2 and then we have mission correlation meeting for 2nd ward from 2-3. Also, it was fast sunday yesterday. Man...it was crazy. But how cool is it that there is a TEMPLE in the parking lot of our church? Its on the same street that I live. Pretty cool, except I can't even go inside. So I guess pretty cruel. It's great though, because the people we talk to have seen the temple, and it gives us an opportunity to talk about it with them and they can visualize what we are talking about. It's kinda crazy to be in a new area, after I got so used to the other one. There are things that are harder, but I think I've grown in the past two weeks. We had some crazy weather last week though. As you've probably heard, hurricane Isaac has done a number on New Orleans and is moving its way up Mississippi. We had severe thunderstorms and a tornado watch on Saturday night, so Sis Yuen, Sis Bridgewater and I spent some time camping out in the bathroom cause it's the safest place. We brought in couch cushions and watched the Testaments. We had a good time.
Brother Bledsoe is now passing the sacrament in Glenwood! Isn't that wonderful? He has a calling too. He's pretty proud of it. President Palmer named it something like assistant to the Branch President. He arranges the hymnbooks, and every time a new person comes to the branch he is to take down their name and information and give it to President Palmer. I'm so happy that he has a calling. That was one of the things he was worried about before he got baptized. I don't know if I told you that already, but he said he was worried that he wouldn't be around long enough to do a good job. But he is gonna be around a couple more years yet if I have anything to say about it. He and his wife are planning on being sealed in the San Diego temple next year. You better believe that Sis Gladden and I are driving to California for it. :) They are doing so well.
I hope you are all having a nice time at the cabin going 4-wheeling and watching movies and playing pool and settlers and eating mom's salsa and aunt Denises' congo bars. Don't worry, I'm fine here. haha jk. I'm doing good. Life is good. I love you all!
love sister annonisa wilde