I experienced SO many miracles this week!! Sister Gabbitas and I are so blessed to be in Gainesville! Whitewash miracles are so real. That's for sure.
This week has been crazy. We packed up, said goodbyes, unpacked and said a lot more hellos. This ward is super cute. I have literally never been in a louder ward! There's just so many kids it's insane. Definitely my happy place. The ward is made up of a lot of young men in their residency with young wives and super young kids. It's a young ward, did I mention that? 🙃 It's a lot of fun though. I have already made some many small town Utah connections (most of them are from Utah as well)! It's going to be so great.
The area is definitely not St. Aug (RIP) but it will be good once we know it better. We do have a map with all the areas marked that we are not to go into during the dark hours. I moved my pepper spray into a more accessible compartment of my bag #SafetyFirst
We met the sweetest girl this week. We were actually looking for her brother who used to meet with missionaries but met her instead! She is so genuine! I see some really great things for her in her future.
Not so fun story: it took me about 6 months to see my first cockroach in St Aug and we have already had TWO here. Let me repeat that: T W O. Disgusting.... but it's fine. I can do hard things, right?
Okay let me explain my subject. I was talking to a cute kid and we were talking about what we wanted to be when we grow up. I asked him to guess what I wanted to be when I grow up. His response was "you're already grown up?" Nope. No I am not. I am 20 years old and am young gosh dang it!! He then guessed I was going to be fashion designer... I think it was because I was wearing the skirt S. Gilbert gave me (shoutout to AP Gilbert). It was a funny moment for me. 😌
My scripture of the week comes from the New Testament!
"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."
This verse comes from the parabke of the prodigal son. If you haven't read that recently I HIGHLY recommend that you do. It's such an incredible story. This verse in particular means a lot to me. Especially the line that says "But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him..." He had to be actively looking for his son. He couldn't be standing around doing dishes to see his son from a great way off. He had to be looking. Heavenly Father does the exact same thing! He's looking for us and as soon as we begin to step towards Him, He is "unfailingly running to help us." -Jeffery R. Holland
I love my Savior so much!
I love y'all and hope y'all have a fabulous week!!