Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 9 - Mother's Day

Best District EVER!!! I love them all so much!

Exchanges with Sister Braithwaite

Birthday lunch at Olive Garden with our cute member Lindsay!

Mother's Day FaceTime call

May 2 - Elder Holland Came to our Mission!!

It's fun and crazy to hear all that goes on back at home! Mykelti
looked beautiful!!! Her and Dreasen are the cutest but it's weird
because I've never met him... I guess that life. Where was her
reception held? I had no idea that Kayla was still struggling with her
eating disorder but it makes me so happy to see the family wrap their
arms around her because that's what she needs. It looks like the Woods
found out how great Riverton is and want to raise their fam there.
Looks like you have a exciting week or so ahead of ya! To answer your
question dad: you're right that it really just depends how long it
takes from start to finish before they're baptized but the requirement
is to be taught all 5 lessons (Restoration, gospel of Jesus Christ,
plan of salvation, Laws&Ordinances, and commandments) So it really
just depends how often they can meet, if they accept the invitation to
be baptized--> how well they're progressing, their church attendance,
etc. Just from my mission I would say it usually takes 1-2 transfers
(3ish months) for them to become converted and be baptized. Most of
the people I've met and baptized have been referrals otherwise it's
not too often to see he fruit of your labors. I hope that answers your
question but I may have just created more haha:) I'm excited to talk
to you all as well! It still seems surreal but this will be my last
call home before I come home... That's a crazy thought! Would 6 work
for y'all to FaceTime? It would be 5 for me. And as for the package
you can send it to Dublin house. Transfers aren until May 12th but I
should get it this week:) I couldn't really think of anything I wanted
you to send but maybe some mints would be nice. I'm sorry- I try not
to use my debit card but it's hard at the end of the month if I don't
have any money and I try to be thrifty. Anywho I LOVE YOU BOTH SO
MUCH!!! You're both incredible and I'm so grateful to have you as my
parents! I'm grateful for your trust in me as I've grown up and made
my own decisions. I've never realized what a blessing that was until I
came on a mission and there's quite a lot of rules and it's hard to to
feel a lack of trust and confidence when you're trying to do your
best. I know that's not the easiest way to parent because it's often
times painful to see your children make the wrong mistakes but I
imagine that how Heavenly Father feels with us all too often. But I'm
grateful to know you support me and love me- it truly does mean the
world to me!!! I will talk with you soon:)

Sister Eaton

We were able to go to the visitors center this week with Andy (white shirt on the left) to watch the Restoration film. He's going to be baptized May 28!

Elder Holland came and visited our mission on Tuesday! He is dead center and I'm back 2, 3 to the left in pink if you can see me in a sea of 180 missionaries. 
Elder Holland came and spoke to our mission on Tuesday!!! He's dead center and
I'm 2 back and 3 to the left in pink if you can spot me in a sea of 180

April 25 - Crazy WeEk!!

So if you asked us at the beginning of this week we had 4 people on
date for baptism: Morgan for April 30th, Andy for May 7th, Mitchell
for May 14th, and Edgar for May 21st.... We now have Andy for May
28th. I'm not quite sure what happened! Haha Morgan is struggling with
a strong drug addiction and no one is sure where she's at, Edgar is a
referral we can't contact, and Mitchell.... Here's what happened.
Earlier this week we were teaching him (the night we took the picture)
and the spirit was so strong and he asked if he could be baptized the
next day! Of course there were some things we still needed to teach
and a baptism to plan but we moved his date up from July 24th (his
birthday) to May 14th. We had another lesson planned for Saturday
afternoon but Saturday morning we got a call from him letting us know
he didn't believe it was true and he didn't want to waste our time. He
said he did some no bias research (that normally means he came across
some anti material😭) but that he doesn't want to be classified as one
religion. Ive seen all of these concerns and more in people I've
taught throughout my mission but normally you see it coming- the drop
talk/text/avoidance all together BUT I've relearned a valuable lesson
this week! Heavenly Father ALWAYS has a plan! That's probably the most
difficult part of it all is being submissive and patient but
continuing in faith. I read a talk this week that President Monson
gave in the 1999 Oct. general conference titled Becoming Our Best
Selves. The main idea is "When we [trust in the Lord], we will come to
realize that we have been on His holy errand, that His divine purposes
have been fulfilled, and that we have shared in that fulfillment." I
love it so much! I highly recommend it😉 I'm so grateful for your
wonderful examples! I seriously have the BEST parents!
Lots of exciting adventures coming up! Some things just blow my mind
like Mykelti getting married next weekend.... To answer some of your
questions: I LOVE HIKING HERE!!!! They only let us hike from Oct-June
because it gets waaaay too hot! It's already reaching 100 most days
but I find I get chilly sometimes at 90. Oh boy. As far as pdays it
depends if it's a personal (we spend it with our house) district or
zone pday. Probably my favorite activity to do with other missionaries
is sports or hiking. The next transfers are May 12th and I seriously
don't have a clue if I'll be staying or leaving. My guess is I'll
leave but I also thought that would happen last time. I'll be in this
house my whole mission (ONE year!) 

Love, Sister Eaton

So the guy on the right is Mitchell and we have been teaching him as of Saturday! Then Xavier (Convert of 1 month), Ty and my cute companion!