Friday, July 25, 2014

Our Abby is Growing Up!


I hope you all have fun in Copper Basin! Thinking about you being there made me a little homesick, but it's okay. I know I am here and I am doing good work. I hope everything is well with you. Sister Ard told me that her best friend's family is the Fourth ward there...and I couldn't think of who is in Fourth ward that I know.

I heard that it was going to be a small group, but that's okay(family going camping). You'll have fun anyway! Are you going to Copper Basin or the property? I thought you were going to the property, but I couldn't remember. How is Duke up there? I think that should be interesting. He will probably love it. He'll be dirty and gross by the time it's over. And why would you ride in the back with Duke? The back seat of the truck is pretty spacious. How did Dad do taking less? I'm not sure how much I believe that...

Good luck at school! Don't take any math classes because I'm not there to help you! oh! Speaking of math classes, how did Hunter do at the end of his summer class? I've been praying for that too. I just reread that paragraph and you said you were taking an English class....that will be great for you!

Dad told me about Hunter's games. I didn't know he played forward wing though! That's good! Is that going to be his position in the fall or is he staying at defense? Or is he going to play mid? He'd be good at any of them!

I am hoping my zone leaders have my package with them today. I will see them today at the stake center so hopefully I'll get it. If not...I'm not sure when I'll get it. But that's okay!

I had the opportunity to take a new missionary out named Sister Warnick (I didn't get a picture though--I will when I see her next!). She's so great. For that hour I was with her, I had to be the example of what a great California Fresno Missionary is. So I was. I talked with everyone. I saw miracles because of it. There was a man who asked for a Book of Mormon and then who gave us his number to call. There was another man that I invited to be baptized and he said yes! I was so excited! So I got his address and phone number. It was great! Then Sister Warnick invited this girl to be baptized after we prayed with her and taught her a little bit about the Gospel. She said yes too and it was a great experience for the both of us! I love her and I know she is going to be a great missionary. It was really amazing to see how much I have changed since I went out for the first time. I saw how much I had changed and I knew that the Lord was working in my life. I wished for a moment that my area was as great as the one that we took new missionaries out in but then I realized that it is. I just need to figure out how to get it moving--both Sister Ard and I do.

The sister who took me out on my first day left this week. It was really sad and really hard to say good-bye. I learned so much from her and she helped me so much, but I know that she will have a great life. Oh and crazy story: Austin Coon was her brother's companion! Isn't that so crazy?? Connections all over the place! Another sister from our district left as well and that was hard too. But I know God will help me through everything.

Next Monday, we are going to Yosemite, so I will be emailing on Tuesday. Happy early birthday! I will be sending some stuff home that will have a gift for you and Hunter and Dad as it has been Father's Day, Hunter's birthday, and your birthday. You should get it in the next few weeks.

I love being a missionary. It is the greatest feeling ever and I know that I will continue to grow. When I come home. I will be a completely different person! I love you and I hope everything is going well.

Always <3,
Sister Abigail Reese


Someone told me you were going to Copper Basin this week but I can't remember who it was...I hope you have fun! I've been praying for you all week. They are already playing teams (Hunter's soccer team)? It's July...How come they are already playing? That's sad that they aren't doing well. How did they do against Preston?? I hope they beat them. I am glad Hunter is playing well. I hope y'all tell me how his games go in the fall too!

I have been away from home for two months now and it's so crazy to believe that. I can't believe it! It has gone by so fast...before I know it, I'll be halfway through my mission.

Yes, I am super excited for my GPS! My companion thinks that I can use a map, but she apparently hasn't realized what a horrible sense of direction I have...she has been trying for like seven weeks now to teach me how to read a map. I have gotten alright at it but not the greatest.

Some members told us about the flood in Rexburg! I wasn't sure if Marisa would have been part of it. Is she okay? I hope so!

I am so jealous of this four-wheeler! It is yellow which means it is obviously being saved for me. That's just how it goes...but I like it!

This week was really great. Mostly. It was the end of the transfer so there was a farewell for the departing missionaries. The sister who took me out on my first day went home and I was sad. Sister Weston, who was in my district here, went home too. It was really hard to have to say good-bye. But the next day we got new missionaries! Sister Ard and I got to take two of them out. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I took Sister Warnick, a Spanish sister, out. She is so great. For that hour we were out, I did not have the weaknesses that I have been struggling with. I was able to talk to this man and I invited him to be baptized and he said yes! He isn't in our area so I had to give him to a set of elders in our district, I think. But it was a miracle. And Sister Warnick invited this seventeen year old girl to be baptized after we prayed with her and taught her a little bit about the Gospel. She said yes too! We referred the Spanish elders to them. It's so exciting! I saw the change in myself and a few people commented on it. I loved it so much and it was the highlight of my week.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to lead our area for the day. It was good. I did it and I was able to get the places I needed to be (after getting lost a few times) and we were great! Sister Torres is an incredible missionary. I love her.

I am so grateful to be a missionary. I love it so much and I am so glad that I am here and serving the Lord. I love you and I am praying for you!

Always <3,
Sister Abigail Reese

PS Keep praying that we will find people to teach! I know your prayers will help!

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