Sister Emily Mangum is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission.

January 15, 2015

Week of Miracles!

Hi Mom & Dad!

I’m glad to hear that you really like Pennsylvania! It sounds like a great area and a wonderful ward.  It sounds like you are all having lots and lots of fun!

Thanks so much for the package! I really really appreciate it. The chapstick was exactly what I needed!

Here, it can’t decide if it’s going to be warm and sunny or cold and windy.

Here are a few pictures of us squishing cans(mostly beer) for service for a member. The picture is Me and Sister Thompson and Heidi and Karla.

Sister Mangum & Sister Thompson - El Paso, TX

Me and Sister Thompson and Heidi and Karla.

I can’t believe Tanner is already done. I was thinking about that recently and wondering if he was going to be finishing soon.

This week has been a week of miracles! So many amazing people who we are teaching!  People who are so so so ready for baptism and church membership!  It’s amazing and such a great experience to teach the gospel to them.

We have a new investigator; she is so so so sweet. Her name is Meghan and we love her to death!  It’s a special circumstance; she isn't for the YSA ward but from one of the family wards in the area. We have special permission from president to teach her, so that has been fun trying to find people from a ward we have no idea about to be her fellowship and rides. But, she is ready for the Gospel!

Another new investigator is Matt. He took the lessons a while back for his member girlfriend, but now she is on a mission and he wants to do it for himself.  He just gets it. Which is really nice to teach. The other day he was looking at some pictures on a board in the building and he was like "Hey! That's my cousin!"  It was our recent convert Joe is a cousin of his who he hasn't seen in Years. The whole family has come into contact with the church in different ways.

This weekend was stake conference and Elder Robbins of the seventy was here. (He gave the talk in conference "which way do you face?")  It was really good. The Saturday night session was all about councils and how they should be effectively used and we had an investigator there, And at first I was really worried if he was going to get anything out of it. But then he was so excited, he said everything that was said was meant directly for him. Such a relief!  He is already inviting people to his baptism in February :)

We do have a baptism on Saturday. She passed her interview with President Miller and is excited.

So we also got to go to MLC this week. It was a really good training on Attitude. And we set the baptismal goal for the year of 2015. Then we got to stay up really late and plan a training for the next morning :)  It was really fun!

We also woke up to snow in Albuquerque :)   I got to go for a run in the snow with Sister Shaner (My MTC companion) and Sister Hunt who we drove up with and are the STLs in Las Cruces. 

Snowy Run in Albuquerque NM

It’s interesting being an STL. Basically we just deal with a lot of the health needs of the Sisters and do whatever the Zone Leaders want us to.  Whether that be telling a set of Sisters they have to come and participate in Zone Sports, no more excuses. Or helping the Sister that hurt her back really really bad and reporting back to sister Miller.

Anyway, it’s been a really good week.

Not really anything special for p-day today. We are running a bit low on miles and we have to go to zone sports, so probably just a nap.

Love you so very very much!

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