I live in Hyrum Smith's house!
Wow it sounds like you had a busy week! Im glad Maile had a successful birthday! Hope you took some pics!
Well, it's a bit crazy here in Kirtland! It's transfer week. We're getting five new Sisters and the only Sister leaving is Sister Zirker (one of the training sisters). There will be a lot of changes, but we dont know exactly what until Wednesday. We were told who's getting transferred but we dont know where to. My comp and I are staying, so at least I dont have to worry about packing! Im a bit sad though because one of the sisters that Ive grown closest with, we think she's going full proselyting. Which means that we wont see her for at least a few months maybe even longer :( Oh well, we know that the Lord knows best and she will be needed where ever she goes!
I wanted to share a quick story with all of you. I think of it as a small miracle. Every Tuesday, all 20 Kirtland sisters, have a training meeting. The training sisters and the Butterfields (the site director and his wife) give workshops and lessons on things they feel we need. This past Tuesday we had a combined meeting with the Senior couples because we were discussing the new exhibit, which will open up here in the next couple weeks. The exhibit will be "Reflections" the photographs by Mark Mabury (go to reflectionsofchrist.org to see the pics). Anywho, towards the end of the meeting Elder Butterfield was talking about referral cards and how our main goal with every exhibit is to get referrals. He then told a story about a referral that was received from the Nativity exhibit. He said he received an email from a member of a local ward here in the Cleveland area. The member said that last Sunday she was sitting in sacrament meeting and was surprised to see a woman she had known almost all her life, who she knew was a non member, sitting a few rows ahead of her. She went on to say that she felt ashamed that she never opened her mouth and shared the gospel with her, but she was grateful that her friend went to the exhibit and self referred. (To self refer means that the woman who visited the exhibit marked the box on the comment card to have the missionaries visit). Elder Butterfield went on to bear testimony of referral cards. As he did so, I felt a tap on my shoulder and someone behind me hands me a small piece of paper that was folded in half. The outside said "SISTER KINGSTON!" I opened it and read, "The woman who Elder Butterfield is talking about, the one who self referred is Aggie. It all started with you!" My heart was full and my eyes were instantly filled with tears. Aggie came to the Nativity exhibit. I visited with her and instantly felt a strong love for her. She's an older woman, in her 60's and is the sweetest thing! I talked with her for a bit and then gave her a comment card (referral card) right before she went in to watch the six minute nativity movie. When she came out of the theatre she gave me her card, said thankyou for visiting, and headed for the door. I looked at the card and read her comments but I was bummed because I noticed that she didnt mark the box to have the missionaries visit. At that moment I felt prompted to try and catch her before she left the visitor center. I found her in the lobby and talked with her for a bit longer and she accepted to have the missionaries over! About a week later Sisters Barker and Shoemann (who serve in her area) told me that they were meeting with her and that she is solid. They said when they first met her that she asked for me :) This experience taught me a lot. Dont ignore the promptings of the spirit! You never know what can happen! Just open your mouths!
Well, I have to go now but I love all of you and hope you have a great week! Thanks for all your support, youre the BEST! I miss you tons! Talk to ya next week!