email received February 3, 2013
Last week I forgot to mention, that there were 5 baptisms in our mission, one with Sister Christensen and one with Elder Schneider!
It is hard at times when I feel like we haven't made much progress since we've been here but Heavenly Father always gives us miracles each and every day. Saturday I started a fast to find a progressing investigator. We have a few people we meet with, but none of them are really progressing and we got on a bus and some girl came up to Sister Huber and said she looked cool. She wasnt fully sober so we couldnt do much but she did talk about how she knew she needed to change, etc. We couldnt get a hold of her Sunday but she called us back at night and said she was super sorry and we could meet up today or tonight. So I'm praying that everything works out and that she really is interested. It's obvious that she needs the gospel so we just need to help her see this! Regardless of whether she is ready and will accept the gospel, I'm grateful that I can see the Lord's hand in our work everyday here and He always reassures me that we aren't doing this alone. We also had another cool experience with an inactive who we visited who was so much warmer than usual and when we asked her if she was reading the Book of Mormon she said yes!! She still has to deal with work but said she could at least come half the Sundays this month and asked if she could plan a RS activity. What?! I have seen how the Book
of Mormon literally changes people and if we read everyday, even just
a chapter or 5 minutes, our lives are so much better! Oh and I dont know if I mentioned that our branch pres and wife moved to Vlad so our new pres is Pres. Karus, the dad of the boy who got baptized. Hes been in the branch for awhile and even all the inactives know who he is so i think it will be really good. Oh another miracle, we bought a new phone and put our sim card in, which is the same card that's been in the city forever, and there was an inactive's cell number in the phone who had moved and we had no idea where she was. And she answered and lives super close to us, like a few blocks away! She was super nice and young and is going to Moscow for work but i have high hopes for her. But miracle that we randomly had her number again!! I know Heavenly Father is aware of each and every one of us every single day and He really does hear all of our prayers!! I love you all! Sister Allison