Thanksgiving was absolutely perfect. This is the only Thanksgiving that I will have on my entire mission, and it was very well spent. The whole week was pretty much Thanksgiving actually, because we had so many turkey dinners and so much to do! I felt so much love and gratitude for my Savior and my Heavenly Father and for all the blessing and privileges I have. Simply being here on a mission has been a huge privilege in and of itself, along with the chance I have to meet all these wonderful people here in Washington and having a forever family waiting for me back home. I am just so so grateful!!!
|"That's right, I actually CONTRIBUTED to Thanksgiving!"|
All the good stuff started in Wednesday. We volunteered to help put together a Thanksgiving dinner for the people who live at the Central Park Place where we teach our Bible Study class. So we showed up at 11, cooked for 3 hours, then stayed there and served 50+ plus people until about 3:30 or 4. I don't know how to describe the immense feelings of happiness, joy, and true thanksgiving I felt that day. Spending one of my favorite holidays simply serving people is the best thing I have ever done! For a lot of those people, their only Thanksgiving was the one we provided. Most of them don't have family or friends near by, at least not sober ones that they can trust and stay clean around, so it felt super cool to be providing the central part of a main holiday for these people. They were so sweet and grateful and they wanted to know everything about us! It was very very sweet.
|"The lingering residents eating the food we prepared for them."|
|"I cut the ham all by myself!"|
|"Sister B with her Pink Fluff. It was more like Pink Goop the first time though . . ."|
It was simply wonderful. Thanksgiving night, President had invited our zone to come over to his house for his famous pies. :) That was a blast! We mingled, ate pie, and then Sister Taylor asked me if I would be willing to perform some sort of a musical number. I was nervous, but I can't say no to the Mission President's wife! So I picked a Thanksgiving hymn, and after I played it and sang it, everyone wanted to sing Christmas hymns together! So I stayed at the piano and accompanied my zone and the office missionaries and we all sang Christmas hymns together. It was wonderful. The spirit was super strong, and we were all smiling and just having a jolly old time together. :)
|"Selfies with President!"|
|"I told him to make a funny face. :P"|
Sister Nicole Guilott
|"My favorite Rodriguez family came to visit us for lunch on the weekend!"|
|"We found a bat in the caves last week. Forgot to show you."|
|"This little guy sat next to me at his sister's baptism last Sunday and drew me the |
cutest picture of the temple. He is so sweet!"
|"This is where the great chicken massacre took place . . ."|
|"President has a beautiful painting of Joseph Smith in his house, and we had to take a picture with it. |
The First Vision is so powerful!"