Monday, February 29, 2016

7 more weeks in Ocean Springs!!!

February 23, 2016

Hey Family,

 So it sounds like y'all have had a good week. I was so surprised on Sunday finding out that I got accepted to BYU. I am so excited but now I got to figure out what to do. I will be preying a lot to figure out where Heavenly Father wants me to be.

Well this past week has been kind of long but that is just because it was the last week of Transfers.
But on Monday for P-day, we got to go looking around downtown Ocean Springs and went into a couple of the shops. It was a lot of fun and we got to talk with a lot of people. One of the ladies we got to talk to for about 30 minutes and she asked us to pray for a lot of people. It was pretty cool how we could just talk about our beliefs with one another.

So we got to go to Waveland this past week to go on exchanges with the STL's. It was awesome because we got to do a couple hours of service at a soup kitchen. It was a lot of fun. We got to serve the food to the people and they would just keep saying that they loved my smile. We spent about 4 hours there and we loved it.

On Thursday, we went over to Sister Shumaker's house to help with the Valentine's Day this weekend. So we helped cut cookies and make decorations. We had fun and got a little messy, ha-ha. Then we went over to Sister Maisch’s house to have dinner. We had hamburgers and they were pretty good. I always love going over there and chatting with them.

On Friday we had Lunch Bunch with the ward and about 16 people showed up which it has been one of our biggest groups. We went and ate at Sal and Mookies. It's a pizza place and it was really good. We had a good time talking with all the ladies there. Then after we went to see Shunta Thomas because she has been having a hard time. But when we got there, they were leaving so we said a prayer with them and started walking back to the apt when a guy stopped us. He asked us if we were Jehovah Witnesses, and then we got to talk with him a little bit about the church.
So Saturday was a pretty busy day. We went and did serve and Bishop's storehouse, then we had a lesson with Elizabeth. She just got engaged this past weekend so we got to hear the story and it was so cute. Then we went to meet Thelma and we had a good talk with her and got to see how she is doing. Then we hurried and raced home so that the Oliver's could pick us up for dinner. Josh made BBQ chicken pizza and it was dang good. He is a really good cook and he made a caramel apple pizza. I was freaking out just a little bit because we were waiting for transfer calls. I had prayed about it all week and had the feeling that I wasn't leaving. I feel like I have something else to do here. SO after the Oliver's, we went out with Sister Ganschow and we went out to see Steve and Debbie. We got to share with them the first part of the Plan of Salvation and we can see that Debbie understands everything, but Steve is being tough. He kept on saying  false prophets and stuff. So we don't know what to do with him. It is a really weird situation. While we were there, we got calls but didn't answer it till we got home. It was close to 10 by the time we got a hold of the Zone Leaders and they told us that we are staying together. And I get to stay in Ocean Springs 7 more weeks. I am pretty excited because I know that Heavenly Father wants me to do more here.

Sunday, we got to go to ward council in the morning and then church. A lot of people were super excited to hear that I get to stay longer. I love the people here and am so happy I can be here longer. I was so nice to get that surprise from the Cardon's.

So just to let y'all know that the weather is going to get bad today, so just keep us in your prayers. I love y'all and miss you!!!!!!!

Sister McKenna O'Connor

Special thank you to the Cardon family for making the announcement of 
McKenna being excepted to BYU for the Fall 2016 so fun and exciting. Something she
will always remember. We even have a video of it too!

Thank you McKenna for sending this picture for my birthday!

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