Hey everyone!

First of all, I just want to say that before I came to Washington I never realized that snow actually could fall in flakes! I always thought it was just clumpy masses of white that fell. But it's been actually snowing giant flakes! I don't know if you can see in these pictures, but they're so cool!

Remember last week how I talked about the humbling experience of having no work? Well this past week we've seen some incredible M I R A C L E S and if you'd have told me last week that they were coming, I probably would have passed out. As soon as I felt humbled to the dust incredible things started happening, and I know that they are tender mercies from the Lord.

So here's a few things that happened ...

On Tuesday we were out tracting in the snow and not really finding anyone. We knocked on a door and met a girl named Irene who told us she wasn't interested, but told us to go by her grandma who lives in a trailer park behind her house. The grandma lives in a no soliciting trailer park which we usually stay away from so that we don't have to deal with grumpy people. When we found the right trailer, we met Paula. She let us right in and immediately started crying, and told us how she recently lost her job and had to take care of a few grandkids because their parents are homeless. Right before we had knocked on her door she had been crying in her room and praying for help. She knew that God sent us to her. We went back the next day and taught her the Restoration. She loved everything we said and is going to start reading the Book of Mormon!

On Friday, we met with Denise and Tyler. Flashback to a few weeks ago--- we were looking for this trailer park on the edge of our area we wanted to tract and accidentally turned on a street too soon, but we found these houses that were hidden behind a car dealership and stacked boxes, so we decided to knock those instead. We found Denise, who told us that she's actually a member but hasn't been to church in years. She remembers close to nothing about the church. She told us to come back, and later we found out that the only reason she let us come back is because she had just been thinking about going back to church when we knocked on her door. Her son, Tyler, lives with her and he's not a member, so we started teaching them. This past Friday, we had a super spirit-filled lesson and Tyler committed to be baptized on February 1st, his birthday! He's looking for a change in his life and he feels like this is it!

So we were on cloud 9 after that, but then on Saturday we had some more amazing things happen. We went by this potential named Becky that we've been trying by forever, got in with her, and she told us that she really wants to meet with us because she has some questions about why things she reads in the Bible don't match up with things taught by churches. So we're going by her on Saturday! And then we got a call from the elders in the area right next to ours. They were confused about their area boundary and tracted in our area by accident. They found an awesome family who's met with missionaries in FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA (!!!!) and that are going to have us over for dinner tonight! We are super pumped about that, because we've been praying for a family to teach.

As if things couldn't get any better, Sunday we went to church and Tyler and Denise came! They loved it! Tyler said that he's already read the pamphlet we left him and the first two chapters of the Book of Mormon. While we were at church, we got a text from the APs who asked if we were free at 6pm to have a pass off lesson with a girl named Regina who's on date for January 28th! Turns out she's YSA aged, and we're going to start teaching her.

Last night Sister Christensen and I were so happy, we felt like Ammon and the sons of Mosiah. At the end of the night, we cranked up MoTab and just soaked in our happiness. 

I feel so grateful that Heavenly Father has allowed us to be a part of so many miracles, and they feel so much sweeter because of the patience and hard work we put in the first weeks of the transfer.

I know that things might not work out with these people and maybe by next week things won't be as great as they are now, but for now I'm just so happy that I can be a missionary and that I can get a taste of the joy that comes from serving others. There's nothing else like it!

Heavenly Father's real, and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had that have turned my belief into a knowledge of His reality and goodness.

I hope you are all able to recognize His tender mercies in your life this week! Love you!

Sister Skousen

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