There are always many people who touch our hearts and strengthen our souls in so many ways. I feel it would be injustice to go without mentioning the many that touched my heart.
I mentioned the Lotz in my training segment, but they are worth mentioning again. This is the day of their beautiful baptism. I learned from this great family the importance of going back to the basics in life. This doesn't involve just the gospel basics, but also doing the things that are meant to make you happy. Run. Eat healthy. Hummus is perfection. Celestial herbal tea. Be a friend. Serve. Love with all you have. All who come in contact with this family can't help but feel the spirit. To them, I say thank you.
The number of nights that we prayed Phyllis and JR would get married so that she could be baptized was at least 72. (We reaaaaally wanted this to happen) I don't know what happened, but I do know that Phyllis is now baptized, and I am better because I got to teach these two beautiful people. I learned to be bold and loving. I learned the importance of being strong, kind, and generous. I learned that truly, "the blessings WILL come" no matter how long it takes.
Sister SYKES! She made us laugh and laugh and laugh all the time. Sister Sykes would come out to lessons with us, tell us what we were doing well (or wrong if necessary). She may not realize how much I needed a positive light then, but she was among the great. I am grateful for her bold attitude and desire to do good always.
The Clement's. 5 kids, one great momma, and a WHOLE lot of crazy;) Sister Clement would do all she could not just to share the gospel, but live it. Her kids were a much needed uplift on the hard days. She provided service for many, loved all, and was a great example to her kids. I love this family. If I wasn't getting married, I'd be in Colorado right now being their nanny. I learned from this sweet family to find the joys in every day.
The Weyandt's. MIRACLE STORY! Jenny and I are weekly planning day one and she's all "hey, I'll text Krista Weyandt" Me: "Oh funny, the only Weyandt I know is Celeste. She was my old EFY counselor." ........... "THAT IS HIS SISTER AND THEY ADORE HER ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!" So there was my little "in" and ever since we've been great friends. Krista and Kaleb were this couple that we could not give up on. No matter what, we were going to keep teaching, loving, spending time with them. I love them so much (and now I'm obsessed with the cuteness of their son.) I learned to just have fun! Take the time for yourself, support one another, and work hard. I love this family, and am grateful for this small little world.
The Lofton family was one that I think us sisters really connected with. We had weekly appointments with them, and occasionally a lunch or dinner. If anything, I learned to eat delicious food! Haha but more than that, I learned to take a look at the Book of Mormon through new eyes. I saw what it means to love someone. I am grateful for this beautiful family. I wish them well in all they do!
And of course, my house parents: The Betts. Love young, love old. Serve well. Give cards on special holidays. Buy flowers. Do hard work. Enjoy a hobby. Be happy. When you live with someone for 4 1/2 months, you miss them lots when you go! Thanks for everything!