this email will probably be short, I'm typing really slowly today (I don't know why)
everything happened this week, all our plans worked out! i don't know
how! so many wonderful stories from this week! I'll only be able to
share a few. first is my favorite thing that happened at sister's
(before you read this story you need
to understand the President Simpson is very serious, tall, a lawyer and
a mission president = super intimating)
was really fun. we spent 2 nights in the mission home just hanging out,
talking being girls, etc. sadly, due to the fact that me, Sister Huppe
and Sister Davis had so much going on we didn't have a lot of time to
relax. Sister Huppe and I needed to prepare 2 special musical numbers
(one for Truro church and one for Chase's baptism and they couldn't be
the same because we were singing it to the same people) and so as soon
as we had free time we ran to the piano and started singing trying to
figure out what to sing from the Hymn book. we struggled, nothing was
sounding or feeling good. after about half an hour someone entered the
room and said "here Sister Bentley see if you can play these." I turned
to see President Simpson holding a large stack of sheet music. he came
in sat down on a chair next to the piano took the top song off the stack
and handed it to me. I nervously took the music and began playing, I
was shocked when President Simpson started SINGING!!! no joke! I turned
to sister Huppe and she couldn't hide the shock on her face either!
President handed me song after song and him and sister Huppe sang all of
them. it was so fun! it felt a lot like all the times me, and Henry
just hang around the piano and sing. but it was with President Simpson!
crazy! I said to him " wow President you sing pretty well, I would have
never guessed." he replied "well, Sister Bentley you maybe shocked to
learn that I have been singing for a long time and I also play electric
guitar." .... yes, this is a true story, it really did happen.... and
President helped us find a great song to sing!
earlier that day we were in the temple and I
got the impression that i need a blessing because Heavenly Father had
something He needed to tell me and so that afternoon I I asked President
if he would give it (Which was terrifying). so after singing, when
things were quite again President pulled me and sister Davis and Sister
Huppe into his office. he asked me what I needed the blessing for, I
explained the prompting I received in the temple. then he layed his
hands on my head and gave me a POWERFUL blessing, which said a lot of
amazing things but the most terrifying was that I was about to be giving
a lot of responsibility and that it was time to step up and be a
leader. it said a lot more (sister Davis wrote it down for me) after
that blessing President sat with us and expounded on more of what my
blessing meant. He then flat out told me and Sister Huppe that the Lord
was about to give us a lot more responsibility and that we were to be
key leaders in our mission.
as you can imagine this made me TERRIFIED
for transfers! on friday President made a special call just for us to
tell us transfers. we learned that Sister Davis was to stay in Halifax,
Sister Huppe would stay in Truro and train and that I am to be sent to
Newfoundland as senior companion! I'm freaking out! I'm going to be
senior companion in an area I don't know! which means I'll be making the
decisions, I'll be doing the driving, I'll be responsible for
everything in Mount Pearl Newfoundland. I'm so shocked.
so it is spring time here in Halifax but
yesterday in SNOWED in Newfoundland!!! and the only way to get to
Newfoundland is to take an hour and a half flight from Halifax. the
branch in Newfoundland is so small that the branch president is
President Simpson! the English everyone talks is completely different!
apparently President Simpson doesn't know what they say half the time.
and I'm senior companion! I'm freaking out!
I cried yesterday having to say goodbye to
Truro! it was so sad! Jessica (who was baptized on March 31st) started
crying when I told her I was leaving!
both the baptisms happened this week! Brother Chase who was baptized in
Truro was to happy! he is totally different then he was the day Sister
Davis and I knocked on his door in January! On the day of his baptism
the sisters and I bought him a while shirt and 2 ties (which I was able
to figure out sizes because of my experience with white shirts& 3
brothers). I got to teach him how to tie a tie! (Jayson I taught him a
double Windsor all thanks to you!) it was an amazing day! I wish I could
have put it in a bottle and kept it forever! the spirit was so strong
at Brother Chase's baptism! Sister huppe and I sang well, it was kind of
wish I could write more!
Love, Sister Bentley
PS. thank you for your prayers, I still have a head cold. I'm hoping it will go down when I'm in just one area again!
some pictures from sister's conference. hopefully seeing a picture of president Simpson will help make my story more understandable