Monday, February 1, 2016

Wow, so I didn't have any time last week to write an email home, and this week I feel like I have even less time, but I will try to fit in some of my thoughts really quickly. 

The past two weeks have been just incredible. God has guided us so very much and I am in awe of what He does for us every day. 3 weeks ago, an Irish woman accidentally got off at the wrong bus stop and walked into our church. She felt so welcomed by all of the members that met her she decided to come back the next week, stay for all 3 hours and then go to dinner with some of the members that she has met the week before. Then we met with her on Wednesday, and she is committed to being baptized on February 20th!! It is so incredible to see how God truly is mindful of all of His children, where they are, what they need, and when they are ready for it. I know that it was no accident that she walked into our building. SO INCREDIBLE!

Then 2 days ago, we were out tracting and literally  no one was answering the door. Not one person. But about half-way through the street, the random cat starts to follow us. But really, everyone. It was intentionally following us!! We even tried running down a different street and 2 minutes later the cat was there just staring at us again. Honestly, I thought it was pretty creepy. But then, we decided that we could either be afraid of it, or have faith that it would lead to something good. So, we turned to the cat and told it to lead the way. It stopped in front of a home, which turned out to be where it lived, and the owners were very kind Catholics who were not interested. But very nice, and we went on our way, not really sure what to do at that point. We decided to start heading back to our car, and on the way we met this wonderful woman named Marcy. She had just went through a horrible encounter with someone she loved, and all she needed was someone to love her. After sharing some tender moments and hugs, we finally  understood why Lottie, the cat, had us follow her a few blocks, and why it was important that we head back to the car. There is always a plan, and I was just so grateful that we had been in the right place at the right time to help someone in need. It was a great blessing.

Wow, there are too many stories to tell this week and no time!! But really, it has filled me with so much love and joy and gratitude. There are many things coming in the near future which are scary and crazy, but there is one thing that will never be either of those, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so simple, and beautiful, and comforting. It doesn't mean extremism, it means love. And regardless of what happens from here on out, it will be my guiding star. I love love love love love love love love love love my mission and how it has brought me closer to my Savior. I love Seattle and the wonderful culture, I love real hispanic food although I haven't had it in over a month now, and I love the gospel. I will miss this more than I could ever explain, but I am also so very excited to see many of my loved ones again and to learn and grow with them. There are no real endings, only progress and new scenes. 

I love you all so much and will see you soon. Hasta pronto! 
-Hermana Brooks