Sunday, April 20, 2014

No Longer Homeless

My favorite family.

Attention: We are no longer homeless.
Even though it was a thrilling and grand adventure, it's nice to have
a place that we can call home where we can hang our clothes up and
study at a desk. :)
I learned how to play a really fun game last week, it's called
ultimate ball. I was sore for two days but it was worth it. I'll teach
y'all how to play. It's the BEST.

We had a really good zone conference this week. The training and role
plays were about using the scriptures in our teaching. It was really
great and created the desire within me to memorize the Book of Mormon
or something really intense. I love the scriptures. I have gained a
true and lasting love and conviction for the Book of Mormon on my
mission. I love it. It has helped me, strengthened me, and solidified
my testimony. I hope I can manage my time well enough at home to be
able to have an hour of personal study everyday:) realistic right?
I'll have to make it happen. Family, in the summer, let's have
companionship study all together, yeah? One hour. Y'all can do it. WE

We went on two exchanges this week and on one I got to go out to the
country of Albemarle. There aren't any mountains there but it made me
miss this time last year in the mountains. It was a fun place where
only country people inhabit. They are the best kind. I loved it.

Saturday was bike day and we rode all over creation.  I don't know if
you can google search this, but look for pictures of cars in North
Carolina in the spring covered in pollen. Go find a picture and then
think about how much of that is in my lungs and sinuses after riding a
bike outside all day. It was insane. We were coughing and snotting and
picking silk worms out of our hair all night. #southernlife but for
some reason, I love every second of it. It is the best time of year to
ride a bike. It's not humid yet.
Saturday night when we were on our bikes, we were riding home for
dinner and decided to stop at a members house who told us to come get
water if we were close. So we stopped, no one answered, and while we
were standing on the porch panting, looking so cute with our helmets
still on our heads, the Andrus's pulled down the street. (They're the
senior couple in the office you've probably talked to a million times.
They're also in our ward.) they told us to get in the car so we locked
our bikes up and went with them. They took us to a diner down the
street and got us dinner and one of our investigators ended up being
our waitress. Talk about perfect timing on all fronts. It was the
best. Tender mercies of The Lord all around.

Yesterday I got to take the sacrament. My soul rejoiced after waiting
two long weeks for the sacrament. I have gained a greater
understanding of the significance of the sacrament in recent months.
Because of my mission, repentance has become one of my greatest
friends. If it wasn't for the refining and sanctifying that goes on in
the mission field, I don't think I would have ever really and truly
repented of my sins and felt the Redeeming power of the Atonement in
my life. I have learned the significant role of the priesthood in
repentance and clung to the power behind it. I know the power of the
priesthood is real. I know it was restored through a prophet of God
and without it, we could not return to live with our Father in Heaven
again. This is Christ's church. He lives! Because of Him we can
experience all the Father has.
I testify He is our Savior and Redeemer. What a beautiful time of year
we have to celebrate the living Christ and remember Him! Happy Easter!

Go watch the new because of Him video the church released yesterday.
It's life changing. Share it with everyone you know.

Sister Webber

Heading to NASCAR........

We're #1

Janae Babay

So Saturday afternoons conference rolls around. I warn all the elders
that my sister is singing in the choir and to keep their eyes peeled.
So song one and two and three go by, I'm on the edge of the pew just
waiting sign of janae.

Closing song rolls in and I think, I'll be so sad if I don't get to see her.
Out of fear I'd miss her if I closed my eyes, I said a prayer in my
heart so hard.
I pled with tears filling up my eyes, please let me see janae. I just
need to see her.
The song was coming to a close and my heart just ached. When I felt
like all hope was lost, the camera changed and my sweet janae was
front and center.
You would have thought I'd just won a trip to Disneyland. It was the
happiest moment of all time. I just wept and thanked my Father in
Heaven for hearing my desperate prayer.
After conference we were in the bathroom and sister Tanner said, I
said and prayer in my heart that you'd see janae.

What a tender mercy.
The Lord answers prayers. He knows what we need individually.
I testify that is true.

I love my family:)

Weepy Week! March 31

Happy homecoming extravaganza to Kate and the rest of the party
planning crew. :) Good thing we've got mom on our side. She knows how
to put a party together! I hope y'all have had a fun weekend. It
appears that way, right dad? :) haha  I can't thank you enough for all
those videos!!! I'm just sitting here in the office weeping like a
little babe because I love all my friends and family so much!!! THANK
YOU. So much love is pulsing through my heart right now.

It has been a week of memorable events in North Carolina! Pictures
included for all.
1. We're homeless. Us and the Elders. It has been a whirlwind of a week
in regards to travel, living quarters, suitcases, storage units, and
following the spirit on major decisions. I'll have to tell you all
about it someday but just know we're still homeless but luckily,
President Craven let us stay with the Pineville sisters so I'm HOME.
In my old stomping grounds. And I love driving through this area
everyday. The thirty minute drive back to our area doesn't even bother
me because I love south Charlotte so much.
2. Saturday such a wonderful baptism happened. Keani is the best of
the best. She is the perfect result of member missionary work.
Evidence that this work cannot move forward the way The Lord intended
without members and missionaries being in harmony with one another.
She is incredible.
3. Saturday morning after our leadership conference call President
invited us to have companionship study with him. It was so good. It
was a really spiritual setting and my mind expanded on doctrine. He
talked about how we are not objects to be acted upon but that we are
agents of change. He talked about covenants and ordinances and
becoming more sanctified, Christlike people. He talked all about
observing. Which because of my mission I've learned the importance of
and recognized its eternal significance. We learned all about today,
tomorrow, and forever principles that will stick with me into the
4. Saturday evening Sister Tanner and I turned into a weepy water work
show. I miss my mom and my sisters without the general authorities
talking about how important they are for two hours. The majority of
the broadcast was an echo of things President Craven talked about with
us that morning.
I thought about mom and Kate, J, and Quince all through it, reflecting
on how much I've grown because of their influence and how I'm where I
am and who am because of the love and support I've received from you.
Hence, the weepiness. It was good though, next go around, we'll be
(Side note. I sing "we can be together forever someday" all the time
from the cheesy together forever church movie that's my favorite. And
I think of mom for some reason every time. I don't know if you used to
go around singing that but the child side of my mind has memories of
that, that possibly could have been formed in my subconscious, "I miss
my mom" missionary mind. But, I belt that out for missionaries more
often than not and think of you.)
5. Yesterday during church, third hour was combined and the bishop
taught. It echoed everything we heard all weekend. (Cue the weeper
again). It was fascinating to see the pattern of revelation on all
levels of the church. President, bishop, and the general authorities
all taught similar, linked principles. This weekend was filled with
the spirit to the point where my cup runneth over. President Uchtdorf
says, repetition is the mother of all learning. Amen to that. I've
learned so much the last three days.

I love y'all. I hope you have a good week. You're in my prayers always.
I can't wait to see you. I know y'all think I don't ever want to come
home, but I actually am plenty excited to see you in three and a half
months:) prepare now, I'm a completely different person, but I'm still
funny and I still love y'all. And that's all that really matters. ;)

Sister Madi Carolina Webber