November 24: Today was my last day with Sister King and I really am going to miss working with her because she was an absolutely amazing companion. On our very last knocking day together we had a cool experience. We were knocking on this door when all of a sudden the owner of the hope drove up on his motorcycle. It's always awkward knocking on their door when they come up, but we walked up to him and told him we were there to say a prayer with him. He didn't want a prayer or a picture of Jesus but as we were walking away he offered us a drink of water. We of course accepted and he went to get us a drink. While we were drinking the water we started talking to him and finding out what was going on in his life. As we finished up our glass of water we asked if we could say a prayer with him and his heart was totally softened and he accepted the prayer and said it was refreshing because he hadn't prayed in a long while. Long story short he is not quite prepared for the gospel at this moment in time but one day he will be and it will be because he stopped to give us a drink of water.
November 25: Transfer Meeting!! So Sister King went to serve in Fort Pierce South up in Port St. Lucie so now I'm finishing being trained by Sister Jeppson. She is from West Valley and has been on her mission for almost 9 months, she is a Portuguese called sister and a total nerd like me. Well while out knocking today we met Angelina and her daughter Naiema who are going through a rough time after just losing a few family members and after we said the prayer with them Naiema just gave the two of us a big hug. It was cool to think about because as a representative of Jesus Christ me giving this little girl a hug was like the Savior personally giving her a hug in her time of need and it was really cool to be those loving arms of the Savior.
November 26: Thanksgiving!!! You will all be glad to know that I did have thanksgiving with some members and it had all the classics: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and yes even jello. Everyone we met today was pretty nice but most just wanted to know why we weren't home celebrating thanksgiving with our families so it was a cool opportunity to tell people that I had left my family for 18 months to tell them about the restored gospel because I know it is true.
November 27: Thanksgiving #2!!! We had a couple who gave us thanksgiving today as well so that was awesome because it was like having thanksgiving leftovers which is a tradition in my family. Also today after eating second thanksgiving we needed to go out and knock for an extra 15 minutes before 8:30 so that we could be exactly obedient in knocking for at least an hour and so we found the soonest houses we could because we were cutting it really close. The first door we knocked on was Sonny's and we taught him the restoration on the spot and gave him the pamphlet to read and so now we are teaching Sonny and he seems super interested about the gospel. Yeah Miracles!!
November 28: Today while knocking we met Ruth who is a buddhist and we had a really good conversation with her and taught her about the restoration, a little bit of the gospel, a little plan of salvation and she just soaked it all up. She told us that she wasn't going to convert to our religion but we gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read it so now the spirit has the opportunity to work on her and to help soften her heart and give her a desire to learn more.
November 29: Today in church I gave my very first talk on my mission. The topic was 1 Nephi 14-15 because our stake has been challenged to read the BoM in 90 days and so the YSA has all of their talks on Sunday relating to the reading we were supposed to do that week. It was really cool focussing on these two chapters and I really learned a lot from them. After church we were knocking doors in this slightly nicer neighborhood and we were knocking our last door when all of a sudden the cops pulled up. The cop was super friendly and told us he was here for the prayer circle which we laughed at. Apparently someone in the neighborhood called the police on us because they didn't think that we were actually there to offer prayers and thought we were doing something sketchy. That's okay we talked to the police officer and he was very nice and we even invited him and his colleague (that's right two police cars for two missionary girls) to our Stake's live nativity.
How the work is going?: The work in Delray is slow but the work in South Florida is doing amazing.
So do Floridians put up Christmas lights and camp out in warm weather for Black Fridays, or are they smarter ?: They still put up Christmas lights and its really cool to see all the palm trees decked out in Christmas lights. I don't know if they camp out for deals but I assume they do and I assume they participate in all the crazy because our stake had a push to get to the temple and make it White friday instead of Black Friday. We don't know about all the black friday stuff because we don't participate in it.
Any local traditions we don't have ?: Not that I know of yet
As always I love you all so much,