Aun yo tengo mi historia. Most common phrase of the week: "Soy la Hermana Reed. Soy de Colorado. Vengo de la rama en Federal Way." with a close second of "si hablo Espanol". Welcome to Renton.
Renton is a pretty cool place, its right under Seattle. Part of our area is actually Seattle and we've gone up a few times because we had some investigators up there, but we're not allowed to go at night so its been kinda hard. My favorite thing about Seattle is they have this place, we're planning on going next week, called "Teriyaki, Doughnuts and Laundry". What more do you need??? There are a lot of hispanics here so its very similar to Federal Way in that way but its way more city. Lots of big streets and highways and freeways and theres always traffic. I feel like its really hot but then I realized its just the exhaust from all the cars. Its a weird mix of Boulder and like new york city, but everyone here has a story, and they're usually INSANE. My companion is Hermana Baird. It's been cool because we already knew eachother because we've gone on exchanges as STL and so we got to skip the whole awkward having to get to know your companion and stuff and just be companions and work hard. She is on her last transfer and so we're ready to work so hard! I don't know why God keeps putting me in areas where my companion will be leaving in 6 weeks, but I'm trying my best to learn the area and the investigators and everything quickly :) She's actually only been in the area fora transfer as well, they white washed (took out both missionaries and put in two new ones) last transfer and they actually took out elders and put in hermanas. To say the elders lacked a little discipline is an understatement... so we're still building the area up and finding people to teach. The branch here is pretty big, it could be a ward if people were active but theres a lot of people who aren't so we have so much work to do and I'm really excited!!
Heres the stories on a few of our investigators, and you'll understand the everyone has their own stories thing.
Lestenia y Ezmy. They're from Honduras and are living with some members because she's dating their less active son. When they were in Honduras, they were sitting at home and the mafia of Honduras came in and behedded their mom in front of them and they've, obviously, been different ever since but came here to America to have hope of a better life. They are just very sad, but its been cool to see the gospel help them find a little bit of joy.
Carla: daughter of a less active as well. Moved here from Mexico and had a baby and has been job hopping but this week she told her boss she can't work Sundays so she can come to church and she's showing her mom its actually important! She's super cute and super awesome.
Suzi: her whole family is member and she isn't but she wants to be someday so she can go to her son's wedding, but not enough motivation to take the discussions from missionaries yet haha her husband was a member but was ex-communicated a while back and she has some hard feelings because he was pretty abusive to the whole family.
This is just a peak. It's been a little hard because theres just a lot of pain in the investigators and the members and really the whole city here, but I'm excited to try and just share some joy because no matter what we've all been through, Christ can bring us joy. Christ can heal us, He's the only one. Big things here in Renton!!!!!! Stay tuned.
ALSO HOW COULD I ALMOST FORGET PETRA GOT BAPTIZED YAYAYAYAYA SHE WAS SO HAPPY SHE CRIED. I cried too. It was such a great day and I heard her confirmation on Sunday was equally as great. She has changed so much as she's come to know her Savior, and I'm so grateful God let her be a part of my life.
Hermana Reed IV
1-4 My favorite day ever, oh and also Petras
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Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.