Subject: Well ... I am glad all is well!
It was really hard for me to hear on Friday that the East Coast was going through a lot of bad weather. It about broke my heart that I couldn't do anything to help. And that I was not able to go to you and be with you while it was happening. On Sunday a lot of people were coming up to me to asking if everyone in my family was alright, and not knowing and truly I wasn't sure was a real shock to my system. For me, yesterday, that was a major part of my fast. I am glad all is well. It was hard to continue to do missionary work when I could feel that you were in a ruckus. I spent most my spare time praying all would be well. The funny thing is, that on Saturday morning I was not feeling so good and normally I am alright. I couldn't think straight and while I was doing my scripture study, I felt like I should just relax. To be honest, I had no idea what that meant, but I just sat there and thought about the things that can and DO bring joy to my life...and I thought about my FAMILY. The most incredible feeling of peace came over me and I felt the most blessed person to know that my family is safe. I felt like it couldn't hurt to fast that all other problems at home would be resolved. PHEW!
Well, our week was pretty busy. We were trying to make sure that we did everything needed to be sure Elder F----- knows the area. This is his last transfer as a missionary, he goes home at the beginning of August. Please pray that I stay for another transfer after his departure so this area does not get doubled transferrred. That would stink because this area is having so much success.
I am so glad the Lord is able to direct us. I am grateful for the Gospel. And I am glad to have such a loving family!
Elder Christian James Delis
Hermana Kate Delis
Subject: PRAYING FOR YOU!!
I cannot believe that you had a storm that crazy and are still without power--what a crazy week. You are in my prayers. I am not surprised that it happened on Friday. I had knots--HUGE knots I tell you--in my back literally all day long. All day! They actually still haven't totally gone away. I got a blessing the next morning because I was pretty sick and stressed out, and it talked a lot about you guys. I know you are safe. And I am praying hard for all of you. :)
This email is going to be pretty short--I am so sorry that this won't be a very lengthy letter after a stressful week! But let me tell you about some fun things happening over here:
A--- is actually getting baptized this Saturday! Cool changes. It's at 7 o'clock and it's going to be the bomb. :) He is a changed man. MAN it is so cool to talk with him. He was talking yesterday about goals and what it means to have a goal that is big enough to capture your focus even when trials are hard. IT WAS INCREIDBLE to hear him talk about the power of humility and coming to trust the Lord and follow Him. INCREDIBLE! He gives me hope that even I can change, too. Haha. The gospel is true!!
This morning I finished my almost 16 month study of the Book of Mormon in Spanish. :) Yes! Can you believe it? It is a true book, even in another language! Haha :) I will forever be grateful for the Book of Mormon. And Spanish, haha. I get so teary-eyed when I think about how much I love Spanish, haha. I can't wait to show you my book of mormon in Spanish. I remember opening a Book of Mormon that W--- B--------- let me borrow before my mission and looking at the words in there and just wondering how on earth I could ever learn this language. And in the start of my mission, I would read it all the time and not really understand what it was telling me. So I would pray to just PLEASE one day be able to REALLY study and learn from the Book of Mormon in Spanish. Now, literally just a bit later, I feel so blessed to be watching all of these little, heart-felt prayers be answered. My gospel study is completely in Spanish, and I can communicate what I love about the gospel in a different language. I feel like I have talked about this my whole mission, ha, SPANISH SPANISH SPANISH. It's that I feel like Heavenly Father just HANDED me this priviledge of knowing another lanugage--He just gave it to me. Cake. I didn't do a thing to earn it, deserve it. But as my faith in Christ grew, so did my Spanish progress. I can't explain to you how grateful I am. It has taught me so much.
ANYWHO, fun little moment in the life of Hna Delis. :) Also, V----- came to church again and he is reading and praying!!!! I LOVE that he's praying. He's pretty open about his experiences with prayer and it ROCKS. He was like "It was weird the first time I did it, but then I did it every day before I went to work and before I read the Book of Mormon and I like it." YEAH!! We were so excited. He's reading the Book of Mormon like CRAZY too! :) We've got lots of friends who are having experiences like that these days, and it's been so fun for us to be apart of it all. We are loving on our investigators big time these days, they are too great. :) TOO GREAT!!
News as well: We have new mission presidents! Pres. F--- and his wife. :) We meet them in a few days! Crazy. :)
Well fam, you are in my prayers. :) I love you lots and lots, and please keeping praying for us here--we ALWAYS feel your support. You can expect the same from us. :)