Saturday, November 26, 2016

Week 76

I love this time of year. I am grateful for this holiday season and I am especially grateful for wonderful people like you all in my life! I am most of all grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the opportunity I have to be a missionary and share His gospel with those around me.
Every week seems to just fly by! Here is what happened:
1. TAKE ME BACK TO DANVILLE: Last December-February I served in Danville and ever since I've been in Springfield I've been DYING to go back! We had exchanges with the Danville sisters this week and I finally got to spend some time in Danville. We went to visit Shaniah, Za'Nyra, and Isiah who were all baptized when I was there. We knocked on the door and their grandpa answered it, I peeked my head in and saw the girls and they yelled "SISTER TURPIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?" Then they ran up to me and attacked me with love and hugs. It was a tender moment and I was so grateful to be able to see them again! 
2. ZONE CONFERENCE: Since this is my last transfer, I had my last zone conference as a missionary. I love zone conference mostly because you are surrounded by missionaries and the spirit is always so strong. They showed us the new Christmas initiative for this year, #LIGHTtheWORLD. It comes out the day after Thanksgiving so you all should watch it:) 
3. FOLLOW THE SPIRIT: Friday night some of our plans had fallen through so we weren't quite sure what to do. We felt like we should go and see one of our investigators, Dory. We knocked on her door and she was there with one of her friends and they started opening up to us about some hard things they were going through so we decided to read the Book of Mormon with them. We helped relate the story to their lives and how they could pray to God for peace and comfort. It was amazing to see how the spirit worked on both of them as we read from the BOM and their attitudes had almost changed completely. We invited Dory and her friend Tawanda to be baptized and they both said yes! 
4. KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS: This week we taught Florence and Deandra some of the commandments. We taught them about the Word of wisdom and when we told her that we can't drink tea or coffee she was a little surprised at first but then she said, "God knows better than we do. I will keep the word of wisdom because I know God will bless me." It was amazing to see her testimony of commandments being blessings and not restrictions. 
Well, I love you all.
Make sure to eat lots of food on Thursday;)
Sister Turpin 

Back in Danville with my favorite kiddos! 

Sister Curtis is our mission nurse who went home yesterday!

With Florence Deandra and Destiny. WE LOVE THIS FAMILY. 

My last zone conference... *tear*

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