Thanks for the e-mails and all the good news and all the good memories! I ALWAYS look forward to Monday for my e-mails.
So, we did have a call last night and my companion is leaving and I'm staying. I'm really stoked, not because I'm getting a new companion - but because it feels like I still have a lot to do in Portsmouth!...so I'm going to try really hard to do those things. I'm pretty bummed that my companion is leaving. It's nice to go back and read all the things I've learned from him in my journal. That's something I'm beginning to really enjoy! (Writing in his journal) It's kind of embarrassing to read of my past - but I can really see how far I've come and from that, my desire to move forward has gotten bigger!
So last night we stayed with the Spanish Elders and it was really fun. I really LOVE to bounce my ideas off of other missionaries and hear their perspectives on the scriptures. It's really nice - plus I like to mess with them a lot! Like last night when it was nice and quiet - I made this cricket noise and they all started laughing and they always ask me how I do that. I learned it from another missionary to get kids' attention during lessons. It seems to work on the Elders too...Haha!
Things are going really well! My studies recently have been really good. I had gotten a letter from a friend (who reads this e-mail) about Alma and realized that I had done a study about being guided by the Spirit and a little more from the T.G. (Topical Guide) and it was really cool to compare notes.
Well, all the members have already been saying goodbye to my companion BEFORE we even had the call. It's funny how things work. I was joking how that everyone was saying that and what if I got the call to be transferred and not my companion, Haha - it happened in Lawrenceville - but it's all good.
Well, I hope that everyone is having a great holiday this Season and I hope that all is going well.
I love you all!
Virginia Richmond Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints.