Boy am I ready for a new week! This past week was another wonderful week of miracles, but it was hectic from the first minute to the last minute and I am sure glad to just start over this week. Elder Russell and I are finding great serving here in Culver, Indiana and are feeling increased love for all those who live here (members included). I am going to be terribly sad to leave this area and this branch. I will look on these past four and a half months as some of the fondest times on my mission. Although, I am very hopeful that there are many more fond memories ahead and it will get even better.
The highlight of this week was the Maroules family again! I have been eagerly awaiting for President Kelly to get out there to visit them. He has a way with people and I knew that once he met with them there would be many doors opened, and WA-LA! Sister Maroules and her little 8 year-old daughter came to church last Sunday! President and I went over to their housefor splits and we talked to Sister Maroules and the kids. She vented about some struggles they had been going through and President Kelly invited her to come with her husband and they would have a chat in his office. Well Jason Maroules (the husband) worked late in the shop night and so he didn't make it but Sister Maroules did. She said it felt just as it did before she stopped coming, like home. Her little daughter, Mia, LOVES church and had the time of her life there. After church and the meeting with President, she had agreed to President's committment for the missionaries to come over for dinner that next week and to start teaching Jason Maroules and Mia Maroules. So we are very excited about that.
Other great news is that we met with Richard Hill, our progressing investigator who is on a baptismal date for , couple times last week and he has been making leaps and bounds all by himself with the Word of Wisdom. He is already talking about when he is baptized and is being more open with us. Thesuper awesome thing about it is last lesson we had with him we taught him outside because he loves nature, and he finally prayed outloud! It was so great. He had been really nervous to do it but he was finally able to say it.
The weather down here has actually been very mild and rainy which is absolutely FANTASTIC! People have been saying that this is a very unusual summer for Indiana and that it rarely rains this much, I just think Heavenly Father is watching out for me :)
A really cool experience this week:we went on a very long split with Brother Delane Richhart. He is a gentle giant, former Green Beret, school teacher, and is now a 70 year old farmer. He came out with us for almost 8 hours and we taught multiple lessons and had a great time with him. That night we had planned to give Frances (that coolest recent convert in the world, who also is a better member missionary than many full time missionaries) a blessing of healing. She has lupus and was having some bad pains in her legs. Well we met her at the church and Brother Richhart gave her a blessing, and in the blessing he told her she would be healed from the lupus and the pain in her legs would go away.
Well after the blessing she asked us if non-members could get blessings and when we told her they definitely could she told us her mom (who was out in the car) wanted a blessing. So as we were walking outside Frances exclaimed "wha.. hey! my leg pain stopped, haha!" and she was really surprised :) Then we went out and offered a blessing to Frances's mom who was going to be having hip surgery and was suffering from so much pain in her legs that she couldn't really walk. After Brother Richhart talked to her about blessings she had me pronounce the blessing on her and the Spirit was so strong! She was tearing up a little bit and in the blessing it said the pain would numb and she would eventually heal from this.
Well a few days later, Frances told us that her mom in the car that night said her pain had gone away and she started moving her legs a lot more than she could before. Frances was very happy and has been working on getting her mom to baptism. Cool huh? I love the Priesthood!
We are excited for another week of miracles and personal refinement. Hope you all are doing great and enjoying life! I love each and every one of you and am grateful for your support.