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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Transfer 2, Pday 7 in Texas! - June 20, 2016

Hello everyone!

    Literally dying because I can't believe I'm already on my 2nd
transfer and 7th Pday. And that's only in Texas! If you count my time
in the CCM this is my 3rd transfer and 13th Pday! The time is flying!
I can't believe I've been out for almost 3 months. I love this work so
much! Deciding to serve a mission is the best decision I've made for
my life thus far. My testimony has grown immensely, and I've learned
so much!
    This week has been great! We had the opportunity to teach a lot of
lessons. Some were with potential investigators, and some were with
less actives! I love watching the Light of Christ change the lives of
these incredible people! We have this new potential investigator named
Tiara! She's absolutely fantastic, and super prepared! A few transfers
ago, my companion and her old companion found her at her apartment
complex. At the time, she didn't seem to be too interested, but gave
them her apartment number anyway. Well last week we were proselyting
in this particular apartment complex, and my companion had a feeling
that we should knock on Tiara's door. As soon as Tiara opened the
door, she invited us in! She was having a little party with some
friends, and she literally said to them, "Can you guys go wait in the
other room? I really need to hear what these ladies have to say." How
cool is that?! She put her life on hold to listen to our message,
she's so elect! We taught her The Restoration, and she LOVED IT. She
asked when she could start reading The Book of Mormon, and we said
now! We gave her one, and invited her to start as soon as she could.
We asked her to attend church, and she literally said, "Of course I'll
come to y'alls church! Can I bring a friend?" All you returned
missionaries out there know the beauty of getting a referral and not
even having to ask for it ;) We love Tiara! Unfortunately her and her
friend weren't able to make it to church yesterday, but we have a
lesson scheduled tonight with them. So we will find out what's going
on, we know Tiara works A LOT. We are so excited for her though! We
are hoping to set a baptismal date very soon.
    My companion/trainer Sister Martin and I get along great! She is
hilarious, I just love her. She absolutely just LOVES the work, and I
admire it so much. She's a very good example of exact obedience- all
in all, I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be trained by her!
    This week I finally tried "Whataburger". I guess it's this burger
place in Texas that everyone raves over, and the members would like
die when I said I hadn't been yet. It turned out to be pretty good!
Another Texas thing is HEB. It's a store that's like Walmart, but
better! We shop there every Pday. I found a drink called Vernors, (and
for those of you Michiganders reading this email, this one's for you!)
and I was so excited! It reminded me of my incredible Michigan family,
so I just had to buy it! I love all the unique Texas places here, it's
so great! I am already excited for the trip my family and I have
planned to come back to Texas! I am starting to have some serious
Texas pride ;)
    I just wanted to take a second and say Happy Father's Day yesterday
to all the Dads out there! And to my dad in particular, Happy Father's
Day, I love you! My dad has been such an incredible example to me-
he's one of the big influences in my decision to serve a mission. And
he is this influence merely by example! My dad is incredible, he is so
selfless. I want to thank him for being a worthy priesthood holder,
and for always being so great in all his callings. My dad has a love
for everyone that is true and sincere. I truly strive to be the kind
of missionary and person, that he was and IS! So thank you for
everything dad, I love you.
    Our mission president, President Slaughter and his sweet wife and
family leave a week from today!! It is so crazy! I'm a little sad,
because I have grown to love them SOOOO much! But I know that I will
love our new mission president and his wife, President and Sister
Polley just as much. I am excited to meet them next week! Next Tuesday
we have a mission-wide conference where all the missionaries in the
TSAM get together, and we will meet President and Sister Polley. I am
so excited for that, I know it will be incredible!

    I'd like to close with leaving you my testimony. I know without even
a sliver of a doubt that this church is true. I know that we have a
Prophet on the earth today- President Thomas S. Monson. I follow him,
and I sustain him and all of the other Brethren. I have such a rock
solid testimony of Joseph Smith; I know that he really did see God The
Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was
unimaginably faithful, and because of him we have The Book of Mormon
today. I love reading The Book of Mormon because when I do, I feel the
spirit so strongly. I know that it is true. I testify my witness that
The Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God. And I want to help
others on my mission understand the importance of reading it. I know
that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that because of Him- I can live
again with my Heavenly Father. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect.
I know that I am no where near perfect, but I know that by living the
gospel I can strive to be more like my Savior Jesus Christ.  I am so
blessed, and I am so grateful!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Freeman

P.S. Lol to describe that last Froyo pic... Every Tuesday night my
companion takes us to Menchie's because it's 5 dollar Froyo. And she
wanted to take a pic of our Froyos with our name tags;)

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