Well the good news is we survived spring break! It was slow, but still really good. We got to go over to Cheyenne for a zone conference and it was amazing and wonderful and such a great boost to keep going!
This week I'm not going to share everything that happened, or our crazy adventures. Instead I am going to talk about Sarah. So Sister Meadows and I met Sarah the very first day we got to Laramie. She was living with a less active at the time and we were meeting with that girl. Sarah came out at the beginning of the lesson and asked to sit in with us. We told her of course she could, and we began to ask her questions and see what her belief was. Sarah grew up heavily Catholic and that has been all she's ever known. However, she's always had a lot of questions and anytime she would ask them, she would get "just because" answers. When she started meeting with us, she finally started to get answers to her questions and concerns that she's had for years. She came to know of the truthfulness of this gospel very quickly, and expressed very early on a desire to be baptized. Her baptism will be taking place this Saturday. Her journey to this point has not been easy though. After she told her family that she was getting baptized, they told her she was a disappointment and a disgrace and that they want nothing to do with her if she is baptized. All of her friends have abandoned her, she has no support and no one that is helping her. To many people, they might give up at this point, and think there isn't a point if it means giving everything up. Sarah told us that this has been one of the most challenging things she has ever gone through, but that it is all worth it. That is because she finally has answers, she finally has come to a knowledge that God loves her, that He has such a glorious plan in store for her. It makes her so sad that her family and friends have left her and abandoned her, but she knows that Christ and our Heavenly Father are right beside her every step of the way. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to teach Sarah. She is the most incredible example to me of someone who loves the Lord and ready to take up their cross and follow Him. I would just like to echo what Sarah told us, that no it's not easy. God never promised us that this would be easy! How could we learn and grow if it was? But when we live and follow the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ, it makes things easier. Sometimes it is difficult, sometimes it is hard, but it is all worth it. I know that to be true. I know that my Savior suffered all things for me so that I could make it through the rough times. The rough times are what helps me grow and become more like my Father in Heaven. My wise trainer Sister Jenks would often tell me, "There is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone." There will always tough times, but we will always be able to get through them with the help of Jesus Christ. I miss you all and love you so much!!! Keep going! Tough times will end!! You don't have to go through them alone. Alma 7:11-12.
Love, Sister Hooper
Me, sister Burden (goes home this transfer) and sister Ligon at zone conference
A sister here went to New Orleans for spring break and she brought me back
beignets from Cafe Du Monde because she knows I love them!
Sister Meadows and I . It was like 15 degrees and blizzarding that day.
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