Monday, May 18, 2015

Farewell Franconia - Greetings Potomac

Sister Kelly and Sister Rossi reunited at Gowtam's baptism.
Hey Everyone!

I GOT TRANSFERRED. I had to say farewell to Franconia which was sad. I will always cherish those Franconia: miracles, memories, and marijuana scandals in our apartment complex. Good times man, good times. 

I am now serving in the Potomac Ward which covers the ENTIRE mission. It's a mid-singles' ward which means the ward consists of singles ages 30 - 45. So in other words, a HUGE adjustment. My companion is Sister Tescher and she is so, so, so, so great. Since I arrived here last Thursday, we have stayed up kinda late, laughing and talking (which has been sublime). We are incredibly busy. And by busy I mean not enough time to eat; we are that busy. We have six progressing investigators which is awesome! We street contact in Old Town Alexandria, Pentagon City, and Del Ray (my new favorite) all the time so I finally feel like I'm in the D.C. area.

The Potomac Ward is a riot and I totally adore the ward members here. Everyone is really posh and professional. Yesterday, my first Sunday in the Potomac Ward, I LOVED staring at all the outfits the members wore :) 

We met four new potential investigators on Saturday which included a big black guy from Chicago who said he's "done with the black church and is lookin' for a white church"....uhhh... ok there buddy! He was really cool and he works for a non-profit organization that feeds the homeless. This is great because we might be able to volunteer for him. We also met this guy at the Taco Bell drive-thru...haha. That was an event. 

GUESS WHAT? Gowtam (aka the guy from India that Sister Savage and I Skyped 10 months ago while I was serving in Oakton, VA) got BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!! Seriously, such an incredible thing! All of the Oakton sisters that taught him came to the baptism. I was able to go back to the Oakton Ward which was a treat and a half. AND, I GOT TO SEE THE ONE AND ONLY BROTHER NOEL AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES EVER...SISTER ROSSI.  Such a treat.

Love you all!

xoxo Sister Kelly

Note from Sister Kelly's family:  Brother Roan Noel sent our family a text on Saturday night with pictures. Such a gift. 

In one of the texts he said, and I quote, "She (Sister Kelly) sang in a small group of former Oakton Ward sister missionaries (all of whom had taught Gowtam) as a special musical number. They sang, "Abide With Me." It was stunningly beautiful. They did it in harmony. There was not a dry eye in the room. I knew Sister Kelly was a talented violinist...I didn't realize she could sing like that! Wow!"

Surprising for us Kellys as well. Brother Noel, thank you for your kind words.

Sister Kelly and Gowtam at his baptism. 

1 comment:

  1. Soooo...Sis is in our old stomping grounds! how weird! She's so adorable Maria, who WOULDN'T jump into the waters of baptism for her?? Sidenote: couldn't sing a lick before OR after the mission....but I was Celine Dion during! ( I think god gives us temporary talents when it serves his plans)