WOW! What a week!! Kathy got BAPAMATIZED!!!! She was glowing like a glow worm. Only out of her face. It was amazing. We got there about 15 minutes until the baptism started and looked at the font. It had 2 inches of water in it. The plug wasn't working. So what did we do?? (yay for women of the church!) We set up an assembly line. We grabbed all of the kitchen pitchers and ran back and forth from the kitchen sinks to the font dumping in as much water as we could. We even filled up the mop bucket and a garbage can with water to dump it in as fast as we could! We even flooded the mop closet with a few inches of water because the garbage can had a hole in the bottom! But you know what? None of us cared. We were so happy. The baptism started about 20 minutes late but I was completely at peace. Kathy cried through the whole thing. She got into the font, gasped because it was so COLD, and then she covered her face in her hands as tears streamed down. The spirit was so strong. I love baptisms. I love Kathy. From praying to candles to Mormon. amazing!!
Other news...I got my flight plans in the mail. ergheabfft. Its exciting yet sickening. Y know what's great about full Deaf work? I never have to silence my cell phone. Never. (Unless we have a meeting with other missionaries) During Sacrament meeting, people burp and groan and make all these noises and its no big deal. Hope it doesn't rub off on me for when I come home! Something else randomly funny about Sacrament meeting...because there are so few people, they tear the sacrament bread into GINORMOUS chunks. I literally had to take two separate bites last week because I couldnt make it with only one. Sister Oliphant and I have a hard time praying in English now. When one of us is too tired to sign our prayer, we decide to do it in English, but what we've discovered is that we always end up staring at the person who is praying. I can't close my eyes during prayers!! Weird.
The Hudnors (senior couple) are doing amazing things. Sister Hudnor can carry a basic conversation in ASL and she is the new RS 2nd councelor. She only uses sign when we are at church or in our RS meetings. Its so amazing how much those two help us. They drive us everywhere, they feed us all the time, they can both pray in ASL now. The Lord loves this Deaf branch.
I love you all! The church is true! (still!) Oh, and its transfers. I'm staying. I'll probably end my mission here. Also, I am now deeply in love with all Thrift Stores. Why doesnt Utah have more Thrift Stores?!? Goodwill is the greatest buys I've ever found in my LIFE! Seriously, DI....your stuff is kinda crappy. These Thrift Stores down here are awesomely filled with treasures and sales. I love it!!
oh yeah! I almost forgot its my birthday in 2 days! For "our" birthday (Sister Oliphant's is on the 12th, I'm the 13th) one of the sister missionaries who works in the office took us out to this restaurant called the Elephant Bar. It was really fun, and they brought both of us free dessert with candles to blow out. Wow. Cant believe I'm already 26! I'm closer to 30 than I am 20! strange. We have one Deaf investigator, Molly, who is Hmong. She wanted to serve us Asian cake for our birthday. Just if any of you were wondering, Asian cake tastes the same as American cake.