11 Months! Tomorrow! 7 months left to rock it! I'm gonna work so hard, it's ridiculous :)
So I'm going to start out with the best news ever... Sister Hunt and I are going to the temple next Tuesday!!! Last Tuesday I got an email inviting me to the temple, and I accepted, of course. Then last night we got a call and Elder Duffin said that some room opened up in the van, and asked if my companion would like to go too. She did, so we both are going! The trip is July 26th. What a great birthday present, right? Woohoo!!
Other than that, this past week has been okay. We've been working hard and doing everything we can to find new people to teach. I definitely am growing closer to God. Actually, my studies are really carrying me through this rough spell. My personal study is going awesome! Yesterday I read "A Summer with Great Aunt Rose", and it helped me learn about the importance of being happy even when things don't work out the way you want them to. Also, I am reading in Helaman right now, and the stories about Nephi as a missionary/prophet are so cool! They apply pretty on point with my situation, so I am learning from his example and applying it. I am finding so much spiritual enlightenment as I read and ponder the Book of Mormon and conference talks. That is one of the reasons why I am so excited to go to the temple next week. I'll be able to receive more spiritual enlightenment as I feel the Spirit there.
I also took a picture that is just iconic of Odessa:
I can't get over the Florida weather and ecosystem. That's the right word, right? Ecosystem?
Here is a picture of a CRAZY storm that blew in a few nights ago. I didn't edit it AT ALL. It looks kinda like a dust storm back home! Except there was lots of lightning.
I love the spiritual lessons I am learning on my mission. These are memories I'll treasure forever! Have a great week!