Life in the big city is going GREAT. Sister Veale and I were strutting down Michigan Ave . There was nothing but blue skies and tons of people. They were like cockroaches. But as we were walking around, I realized how much I have grown to LOVE this part of the world. I LOVE Chicago and all it's inhabitants.
One person that I've really come to love here is a woman named Corlis! We have weekly visits where we will either read from the scriptures together, or share a lesson. Corlis has such STRONG faith. She said a few things that I really needed to hear. She testified that us simply choosing to serve a mission is a testimony of God's love. And the fact that we were sitting in her living room was also a testimony of God's love for her. Then she expressed how much she loved us. And of course I was
She was an answer to my prayers that day!
we visited with Bettye. She's another person who we love SO MUCH. Man... how is it possible to love so many people?? Anyways we visited with her and chatted and planned to watch a session of a General Conference together. She's going to teach me how to crochet. Lol. I remember how last year, sister Swayzer in Morgan Park was trying to teach me how to crochet and it didn't go so well. But maybe I'll get it this time. Haha. But Bettye had surgery a couple weeks ago, and we've been going over to help clean her home. And before that, she had never let anyone in her home before! And now we're all like, BFFS. And she'll call us and talk about salads. And, we just flipping LOVE her.
We also had apartment checks this week. They were conducted by the senior couple from our district. I've managed to never have an apartment inspection my WHOLE mission. . But we spent a long time DEEP cleaning and passed with flying colors! Then we treated ourselves to Potbelly's. I can't remember if they have that out west... but it's delicious.
We also got this ready-to-cook meal package from some members who were heading out of town this week. And sister Veale and I made it together. #DateNight
We also went to the Cheesecake Factory night. (Thank you Richard and Elaine for the gift card!!) it was REAL nice 🏼. I got avocado egg rolls and a slice of snickers cheesecake. 🏼 Sister V got pasta and their new hazelnut cheesecake.
We also met with Cindy this past week. She's one of the lady's who called us last week to meet up. When we got there, Cindy was coloring from a coloring book and offered us a coloring page. Um, YES please! So we colored as we chatted and it was the best.
She is the best!
Lol and yesterday was the Chicago marathon. The route goes around our apartment so when we were trying to walk to church, we were stuck on the other side by thousands of sweaty runners. We had to wait for a break, and then we ran across. It was as if we had actually ran in the Chicago marathon. 🏼🏽♀️
I'm also coming down with a cold. So that's exciting news.
I don't know y'all, I just sure love this place. This mission. God. Sister Veale. Taco Bell. Life.
I felt so happy this week.
Before all that happiness, I wasn't feeling too hot. But I opened my scriptures and read from Enos. I felt like God's message to Enos was also a message to me. I felt forgiven and comforted. And then I felt such extreme JOY.
Repentance = Joy.
I'm grateful that we can try again and again. I really struggle with being too hard on myself, but this week I learned so much about God's love, and that we truly are Enough.
I remember a few weeks ago I received a powerful message where the Spirit helped me to understand that we are all Enough!
We were "Enough" when Christ stepped foot into the Garden of Gethsemane. We were all "Enough" when He suffered, bled, and died. We truly are Enough.
I know that Heavenly Father loves us. And I felt that love as we testified of it to complete strangers this week. He loves Us. He Loves everyone. We are His children and we are Enough.
1. Ready for Halloween.
2. My date for date night,
3. Date night
9. CHEESECAKE FACTORY