Wednesday, June 10, 2015

But, behold, our work is not finished‏ May 4, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Apparently my work here in Galveston is not finished because I will be here for at least 6 more weeks. 

Unfortunately, everyone else I lived with is getting transferred so I have to say goodbye to these people I love: 
(hna Christensen, me, Yunda, and Olson)

Thank you so much for your prayers for Jolette. We saw a huge miracle this week! A little background on Jolette. She is a 9 (almost 10) year old girl who belongs to a returning to activation family. We have been working with the family and teaching Jolette to get her ready for baptism. The biggest problem is that she is really scared of the water because of some developmental delays she has. This week though, she had an interview with the mission president and did great! She really wants to be baptized. So we prayed really hard and had a water/font practice this week. Last time we had practiced, she started out crying on the opposite side of the room, and by the end she took two steps into the font. 

But this time.....
She put her whole face in and everything!  I am so grateful that the Lord puts us where we need to be to bless others and for them to bless us. Jolette and her family have changed and softened my heart in ways that were not possible before my mission. Please keep her in your prayers so that she can be baptized this week! 

Other than that, Arles is doing awesome!!!! He is super happy and says he feels totally different. He got the Holy Ghost yesterday and told us he just wants to study The Book of Mormon to know more. 

Ramon also blessed the Sacrament for the first time yesterday. 
They are so crazy!
Also I got a slurpee this week for the first time in a awhile and that made me really happy.
Sorry I don't have much else to say this week, but HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! I am so grateful to all you mothers around the world. You have the hardest/best job ever. 

And a special shout out to my own mom. Without her example and testimony, I would not be here. Thank you for being open to the Gospel at 14 and changing hundreds of lives in Arizona, Florida, Virginia, Texas, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico, etc. I love you! 

This is God's work. We are His children and He loves us. 

-Hermana Ries

Alma 14:13

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