Feliz Navidad a todos!!!!!
What a week. I can't believe I've been out 5 months and that it's already past Christmas and wow time is going SO FAST! This was definitely a different Christmas, my first away from family, my first on the mission, but God is so good and we saw some awesome miracles this week that just strengthened my testimony that this truly is His work and that Christ really was born to save us all! I'm so grateful for Him and this time of year we have had to celebrate His birth :) I hope you all had the best of Christmases!
This week had a few interesting experiences. First off, more crazy car stories. I literally hate our car... Okay so it was after contacting and we were late to our appointment and it was pouring rain and this car parked illegaly behind us so it was really hard to get out and I was backing my comp and I was telling her to stop and she couldnt see me because of the rain so she like kept going and hit me and like squished me between the two cars and I was like screaming and hitting the car and she eventually noticed and pulled forward. But yeah after that I was like I'm fine lets go to the appointment so we did and then I realized I was like in a lot of pain so we went and got a blessing and they were like you need to go to urgent care so I did but it was closed so then we had to wake up early to go to urgent care and get x-rayed and stuff... but it's okay because I'm okay! My hips weren't fractured or anything they said they basically bent in but didn't break then just like came back to normal.... CAN YOU SAY GODS PROTECTION OR WHAT. He does protect his cars, AND HE DEFINITELY PROTECTS HIS MISSIONARIES.
Another cool experience we had is we met a woman contacting named Sheila. She said she had talked to missionaries before but really wasn't interested. We got her talking and she ended up telling us alllllll of the struggles she's had in her life, including abusive family, her husband committed suicide, having to send her baby away, spending 17 straight Christmas' alone. It was heartbreaking, but we were able to share the love of Christ with her and she said she was ready to learn more again. We were going to give her to the English Elders in her area. The next day, we felt like we should contact in her same apartment complex again. We started with her neighbors above her and none were really interested, and when we came down the stairs again I turned and saw her coming out of the door in a big long black trench coat and hat. I said "Sheila?" and she turned and just stared at us and started crying. She said "can you come talk to me?" We walked over and we saw in her hand the card we left her yesterday with our number on it. She said "I was about to drive 4 miles to a friends house where I probably wouldn't be welcomed to call you because I didn't know where else to go." I was pretty much SPEECHLESS. God is so good and I love being a missionary because He uses me to help others in their times of need. How else could we have been there right as she was leaving her house to come call us? I know God knows each of us, personally, and I encourage you all to listen to the little things that come to your head because God could be using you to help someone who REALLY needs it today!
Okay and finally for Christmas/Noche Buena we had SO many people reach out in love and generosity to feed us and spend time with us. Over the two days we had 5 dinners, not too shabby! But dinners included Mexican style, Puerto Rican, and American-classic style. What a great Christmas present to my stomach. Loved talking with all the family yesterday and although it was so hard hanging up it helped me remember why i'm here and even though it's so hard to be away from home its all so worth it! A few days ago Hermana Souza and I had the idea to get a few of the members together Christmas night to go sing to the less actives so we organized routes and I had flashbacks to when Mom made me do that for our big caroling group ahha but it was so good and the members were so happy to see us, the Elderes, the Branch president and other families showing love this Holiday season.
I'm so grateful for my Savior and that because He was born that I can be here sharing His message with the world! I hope you had a great Christmas, and remembered the reason we celebrate Him! Les quiero tanto.
Hermana Reed IV
1. Solid Urgent Care Experience
2. Accurate representation of how Hna Souza feels when I hug her
3. christmas shirts found at walmart for 5$
4. ADA IS BACK FELIZ NAVIDAD
5. post Noche Buena bliss
6. Gift from Hermana Brady, matching pajamas with her daughter Samantha #blessed
We (Hermana Reed's family) enjoyed the most WONDERFUl chance to see/talk with our dear missionary, who was radiant, enthusiastic, fluent, and cheerful. We will forever cherish her first "call home" as a missionary at Christmas!
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.