Dear Friends and Family,
Happy Valentine’s Day! And yes, they actually do celebrate Valentine’s Day in Scotland although I have no idea how big of a deal it actually is because I’m never online, I never watch tv, and I only get on the computer once a week to check my email.
This week has been a good week. It wasn’t nearly as crazy-busy as last week. But I really can’t tell because the schedule for every day is the same so the days and weeks are starting to blur together and I can’t remember if something happened two days ago or last week. Haha.
Kathryn is continuing to progress and grow! She is amazing. She actually decided to move her baptism up a week to Feb 27 so her mom could come. Which is a miracle because when Kathryn first told her mom about her decision to be baptized, her mom kind of freaked out. And now she wants to come. So that is great! Kathryn also had the opportunity to see a baptism because Debbie, one of the elder’s investigators, was baptized on Saturday and so seeing that just made Kathryn even more excited.
Sister Hinck and I had the opportunity to make lots of no-bake cookies for the baptism. They were really great and it’s quite amazing that they turned out. We had a list of ingredients for the cookies but no instructions on the order of what to combine them in. So after some debate over what the order should be, I got it right and they turned out and were delcious!
We had exchanges on Friday with Sister DeMille and her new companion, who is a brand-new missionary (she came out to the field on Feb 2), Sister Paxman. That was fun. There is a new guideline that during exchanges, all missionaries will be at the leader’s area. Sister DeMille is an STL which means Sister Training Leader. Because her area is Alloa and she is the leader I went on exchanges with, we were in Alloa all day Friday and got to travel back to Edinburgh by train Saturday morning. That was fun.
For Valentine’s Day the senior sister missionaries who work in the mission office in Edinburgh invited us over for dinner. That was so nice! Dinner was amazing because there was salad, rolls, and chicken with rice. American food and a balanced meal!
You never know what is going to happen but if you follow the Spirit and in the right place at the right time, something will come of it. On Saturday before the baptism, Sister Hinck and I had a dinner appointment that we would have to travel directly from to the church for the service so we decided to drop our cookies off at the church before we did some finding before our dinner appointment. So we walked to the mission home with our cookies, which takes about 10 minutes because the church key is in the mission home. Unfortunately, the mission home wasn’t open when we got there so we couldn’t open the mission home to get the church key and obviously we couldn’t open the church because the key was locked in the mission home. So we called around to see if anyone had a church key or a key to the mission home and could let us in. No one could. And the mission president and his wife weren’t home so they couldn’t let us in. And 10 minutes is a lot of time that would be wasted if we had to walk back to the flat with the cookies and then also have to pick them up again before the baptism. So we were debating on what to do when President Donaldson and his wife pulled into the driveway and were able to let us in and we got to the church and dropped off our cookies but when we were returning the key so we could do some finding before dinner, a guy who had set up an appointment with some elders at the mission home but cancelled showed up. We talked to him for a minute and Sister Donaldson told him that we would be willing to teach him so we jumped right into the lesson about the Restoration. He really enjoyed it and we were able to set up another appointment. Which is absolutely insane because we weren’t even supposed to be there in the first place.
The Lord knows each and every one of us and is aware of our needs. We need to trust in Him. We need to trust in Him enough to pray and ask for help and then to get up and move. The Lord helps those who help themselves because He can only help those who are actively involved in faithfully trying.
I love you all and hope you all have an amazing week!
Sister Michayla Hassing