December 2, 2013
My Dearest Family,
It sounds like Thanksgiving treated you well minus the fact that Dad and James were sick! Sorry about! Things here in LA have been great. We were super lucky enough to be invited to KaRynn Sheranian's home for Thanksgiving dinner. World, just so you know... the Sheranians can cook! Holy smokes the food was so good!! Afterwards we went to our Bishop's. He had some people over who didn't have anywhere else to go for the holidays. After that we still had some time on our hands, so we went around the neighborhood to invite people to the Christmas Concerts that are held every night at the LA Visitor's Center. I found out that a lot of Jews live very close to the Mormon Temple and its Hanukkah...
Okay so a few weeks ago we had zone conference and the big push in the mission right now is to have deeper faith and higher expectations. We've been asked to pray a lot. So Sister Harrison and I took this to heart. Monday night we decided we were going to find an investigator by Tuesday who wanted to be baptized. We texted everyone we could think of in our ward to pray for us the following day. Members, less actives, the Bishop. I asked everyone we saw in the mission office to join in as well. I asked the members as well to talk with everyone they came in contact with and have a missionary experience. And that day we talked to everyone on the streets. Everyone. I've never talked to so many people on the streets before. We had some really neat experiences and some really good gospel conversations. It was amazing! However, at the end of the day we still didn't have a new investigator. And honestly, I wasn't quite sure how to take that. Here I thought we had done everything right, but didn't know what to make of it.
Let's fast forward to Friday. We were going about our day when we saw that we had a missed call. I called the number back and the conversation went something like this:
Me: Hello! This is Sister Pillar.
Brother in the stake: Hello is this the LA YSA sisters??
Brother in the stake: Hi I have a friend that would like to be baptized.
I'm pretty sure the angles were singing in the background. We now have a new investigator, who came to church on Sunday! She's super nice and wants to know what she has to do to be baptized. So four words my friends, Deep Faith, High Expectations and then the miracles come.
Well in the middle of writing this we just got an announcement. We are moving apartments again. Second time this transfer. Beverly Hills here we come! (We will be living with a member.)
Love you lots!!
Sister Mik Pillar