Friday, September 6, 2013

Just a few more days

Not too much to report this week but we did commit hunter and Carlos to be baptized on the 20th of September so that is really awesome. This week has been really hectic with school starting, we are no longer teaching Stepherson or Mateus. And we got a new teacher Irmão Croskrey, he is replacing Irmão Dodge, and Irmão Hodson is still with us, he is awesome. Sister Reeve got her VISA so she will be my travel companion, which makes me really happy. Sister Francis got her reassignment today and will me in the Oregon, Salem mission, she is super excited, she leaves tomorrow morning so that is exciting. I’m really sorry i don’t have too much to say about this week. It was a really normal week. We hosted again on Sunday. 

It is really important to remember that the Lord is in the details, he knows what will make you happy, better than you do. Remember to pray and to rely on Him with all the Faith that you do have, even if you don’t think it is a lot, because when we exercise that faith it will increase. Read the Book of Mormon, it is true and will help you in your life no matter what you are going through. I’m kind of freaking out about going to Brazil, like I’m excited but freaking out but that only happens when I think about me. When i focus on the people of Natal and all the blessing the Lord has in store for then I beam ear to ear. This is the Lords work, He wants all his children to return to him and be happy. 

Thanks for all the love and prayers. I will post my address when i get it. You may not hear from me until the 16th or so, until then keep the faith and pray often.

Love you all
Sister Aleah Leonard
We love to visit the Temple.  Sisters Reeve. Leonard and Francis

We are all about doing service, even if it is cleaning bathrooms!

With my favorite Elder friends.  Elder Willams and Elder Kesler.  They left last week.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Letter from Sister Francis


Dear Bro & Sis Leonard,

Oi!  I’m Sister Francis, one of your daughter’s companions here at the MTC!  We both thought it would be fun for me to write you a letter.  I don’t know what she’s told you about me, but I like writing letters, and thought it would be good to report on her.

You’ll be glad to hear that Sister Leonard is an awesome companion!  She’s hilarious – you have a very funny daughter and I love her.  The other night, when we were in the bathroom getting ready for bed, I said, “My foot itches.”  She said, “I’m on it” and came and started scratching my elbow.  Another time, not long after we got here, we were standing in the doorway of a classroom waiting for our other companion Sister Reeve, who was talking to a friend. I said, “Man am I tired all of a sudden!  It just hit me.” And she without hesitation turned and hit me in the face.  Good thing she’s fluent in sign language because I think she may have a hearing problem.  At least I know she’ll always be there for me if my elbow itches or if I need someone to hit me!

We have a lot of fun together. The MTC is a wonderful place, but it can get boring sometimes, so it’s good to have a companion like her to liven things up.  Sometimes we’re perhaps a little too lively, but we also work well together as we study, plan and teach.

She’s probably told you, but we’re doing really well here and we are very happy.  It’s impossible to be anything but happy for more than 30 seconds because the spirit is so strong.  I know it was hard for her when she found out about the death of her friend, but she really handled it well.  I’m grateful to have such a strong and faithful companion, and I think it would be awesome if we could be companions later in the field!

What else…?  Sister Leonard is always cheerful, even when things are hard.  Her Portuguese is coming along great too!  Anyways, good job on being good parents and raising such a good girl.  I’m sure it was a challenge, but congratulations—your perseverance and hard work have paid off.  I hope you had all your family are well and happy.  I’ll meet you in about a year and a half when I come to her sealing to Elder Wood, and I look forward to it!  I hear a lot of great things about Texas and I can’t wait to go there myself after the mission. 

I love this work and I know that this church is true.  I feel privileged to be able to serve the Lord fulltime, and I know that He is there to help all of us, no mater what our needs are.  Turn to him and you cannot fail!  The Lord loves you and so do Sister Leonard and I J

Sister Sydney Francis