Monday, October 3, 2016

Hello from Odessa!

August 18, 2016

Hello, all!  So I am now in Odessa with Sister Minson!  She is awesome.  She is from Arizona and went to BYU-Idaho for a year.  The Odessa ward is really awesome and our apartment is nice.  My new address is 1530 Villa Capri Circle Apt. 208, Odessa, FL 33556

So on Monday since Sister Anderson helped with the dinner for the missionaries who were going home, I was with the YSA sisters yet again.  (Sister Swanson is now one of my Sister Training Leaders!)  We went on campus for a little bit, but then went to Family Home Evening with the ward.  It was kind of fun, a scavenger hunt and some games.  But we found out at like 8:30 that a new missionary was flying in that night from the Mexico MTC and needed to stay at the other YSA apartment, so we all had to pack up and go over there.  Sister Anderson and I ended up sleeping over there, too.  The poor Hermana had been up since 1 am, was left all alone at the airport, and lost some of her luggage, too.  But she was as happy and cheerful as ever!

Anyway, my last day in Lithia, we got ice cream during dinner.  We had a lesson with our investigator Brian and got Kelsey to come!  She was able to testify of how her baptism gave her strength in her life.  It was so good to see her because she has been so busy.

Transfers were a little bit stressful, but all is well.  We taught five great lessons on Friday and I got to meet the ward mission leader, Brother Werts.  Then on Friday, we had another great lesson with a man named Orlando and his wife, Lynn.  They have recently been through a really hard experience and we talked about how Jesus Christ helped them through that.  They seem open to learning more about our church, and we are so excited for them!  They have great faith.

On Sunday, an 11-year old girl Reese who was baptized on Tuesday was confirmed.  She is so cute!  She is just so happy and friendly.  The bishop had me share my testimony in sacrament meeting.  It was a little scary, but it went well!

Well, that's pretty much it!  Just a public service announcement: make sure if you ever go to Florida to wear lots of bug spray!

Sister Porter
Here are me and Sister Minson at transfers!

Just because Florida is so beautiful...

The second picture was taken from right outside our front door :)

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