Howdy from Woodville, TX where a piece of my heart will always reside. As much as I hate to admit it, this may or may not be my last email as Sister Pilmer- full time missionary. I might be able to email next Monday, but I'm not quite sure. I truly do love Woodville and I truly love Texas. It's really easy to love a place where you feel so loved and are able to give so much of your heart to the building up of the Lord's kingdom.
Monday was a busy, but normal preparation day. We had dinner w/ Bro and Sis EarlWayne and Linda O*. The A* were there too, and we all enjoyed Sis. O*s green enchiladas w/ delicious sides, and Sis. A* lava brownies for dessert. After dinner and a lesson we met up w/ Emelie O* who drove us to Vidor. In Vidor I switched places w/ Sis. Salsberry, a new missionary serving in Sulphur, LA. I rode to Sulphuer w/ my temporary, beloved companion Sis. Kinikini, and the fabulous Sis. D*- a treasured member friend from my days in Lake Charles. We got home in time to settle in and get ready for bed. Sis. Kinikini and I had to make a concious effort to stop talking to go to sleep. We were just so excited to be together and had so much catching up to do.
Tuesday was a wonderful miracle-filled day of working in Sulphur. We visited lots of people- 3 investigators, 3 less-actives members, and 1 active member family. We had so much fun and even ended up having 2 dinner appts.... plus lemon cake at our final appt. of the evening. We came home exhausted and full of way too much food! I love Louisiana and it was such a blessing to return for a day and see familiar faces and to learn so much from working w/ Sis. Kinikini. I just loved it!
Wednesday we woke up early to head to zone conference in Beaumont. The meeting was not only my last zone conference, but also the Moldenhauers'. It was a very edifying, spiritual, emotional meeting. I bore my final public testimony as departing missionaries do in zone conferences and I didn't cry... but I did do my nervous hair-flipping thing. One day- I'll kick that habit. When I sat down after, I realized that I had just born my testimony from the very same pulpit at which I bore my testimony for the first time ever in public as a young child. That was a tender moment. We drove away from the meeting in a sweet new white Chevy Colorado. The Woodville sisters now have a truck to drive :) It's needed in this area and we love it. We had an awesome church tour w/ new investigator Miriam O* that afternoon and enjoyed a wonderful dinner w/ Sis. Doloroes L*.
My time to finish this email is drawing to a close.... so I'm going to skip over the remainder of the week. I'll actually try to recount the remainder of the week and post it to my blog when I return home (I have notes). I would just like to take these last 3 minutes and express the gratitude my heart is filled w/. I am SO grateful the Lord has allowed me to come and work in the portion of His vineyard. This time has been such a precious gift filled w/ treasured learning and developing treasured friendships. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is TRUE!! Christ lives and is our Savior and Redeemer! I love y'all to pieces!!!!