Monday, April 28, 2014

Learning a Second Language

Welcome to Florida!!
In Florida-when it rains it pours!!!

On Tuesday we were knocking doors in an apartment complex near UNF.  I knocked on a door and a man who appeared to be in his 20's opened the door.  He pointed at his ear to signal that he is deaf.  I got so excited because Sister Hale knows sign language!  She couldn't see him from the angle she was at so I nudged her until she looked.  She signed enough to bear a powerful testimony about the Book of Mormon.  He agreed to take the Book of Mormon and read it and pray to know if it was true!  He told us his name is Codey.  His sign name is done by making a "C" by your eye.  Apparently he got that name because his eyes are so blue.  He was very kind and signed thank you with the Book of Mormon several times.  With the language barrier we weren't able to find out if he will be here over the summer or get a phone number or last name to find him on Facebook.  However, there are three girls in the branch who sign really well.  We have one of them coming out with us on Tuesday so we are praying we will be able to contact him again.  I've been having fun learning bits of sign language.  So far I can testify of the Book of Mormon, sign Heavenly Father loves you, and invite someone to baptism!  What else do I need?  Haha, I am still learning, and I love it!
Wednesday night we had a final lesson with Caitlin and Kristen at a sister's house.  She made dinner and we talked about Enduring to the End.  We showed the video Only a Stonecutter.  We will miss these sweet sisters, but we know they are going to do great things if they continue on the right path! 

Friday night we had a lesson with Territa who is a less active member.  She has a very sensitive spirit, but hasn't acted too much to come to church.  She did come once with a friend though!  Someone in her home ward asked a YSA, Clinton, to offer her rides.  That same week we asked Clinton to come with us to her lesson!!!  Coincidence?  I think not!  Clinton was in the navy and he is amazing!  He was baptized about two years ago and we first met him at the Military Relation's home during dinner.  We were telling the story of the Jaredites and Clinton was able to share his own experiences on a boat on stormy seas.  His testimony added so much to our lesson.  Afterwards he got in his car and put on his shades and we realized that with his sunglasses on he looks just like Frozone from The Incredibles!  He is super tall too!  We told him that in church on Sunday and he got a good laugh from it.  So he might just be referred to as Frozone from now on! 

After that we went to family home evening at Sister Ramirez's home.  Her daughter, Marissa, is home from college and taught a lesson.  It was really great and we are excited to have Marissa coming to the YSA branch!
Saturday morning we did some more yard work for Pete and Sister Ramirez.  Then in the afternoon we went to the soccer game of the team Pete coaches (9-12 year olds).  It was really fun, and we got to soak up the sun for a good 45 minutes!  I'm actually starting to get tan... and lots more freckles... but slightly tan! :) 
Sunday night we had dinner with the Caruso's.  Brother Caruso is a counselor in the Branch Presidency.  Dinner was amazing!  We had baked sweet potatoes, sauted kale and squash, the best salmon I've ever had, and ice cream sundaes for dessert!  We love them so much!  Sister Hale and I hadn't realized how much we missed the feel of an established home with the priesthood.  We love the YSA, but the feeling in a home is so different, and we hadn't noticed until we hadn't been in one for so long! 
Have a blessed week!
Love, Sister Murray