Hello my wonderful family and friends!!!!!!
Good news!!! ....I'M ALIVE!!! haha.
So. It was Saturday night. We were exhausted from the very hectic day we just had. Ready to go to bed. Now, let me just tell you that our apartment is RIGHT next to what we call the "Great and Spacious Building" hahaha. It's full of college-age students that party every weekend and make a TON of noise. We always have a hard time getting to sleep on weekends because of them. So, I woke up at 1:30 in the morning to all these guys screaming words that I couldn't put together in my mind. I rolled my eyes and rolled over. Then I had to get up and use the bathroom, and noticed an unusual glow in the entire apartment. While I was washing my hands, I could still hear their voices. I was so frustrated! I came back into the room and looked through the blinds..... I screamed, and my heart jumped out of my chest as fast as Sister Denny jumped out of her covers to see what was the matter... Directly above our window was a HUGE, blazing FIRE!!!! Debris and embers were flying down towards us. The men that we heard were pounding on people's doors to wake them up so they could escape the fire. "Get out! Your house is on fire!" Sister Denny and I stared in shock and knew we had to DO something. We heard the men say they already called the fire department, so all we could think of is to evacuate the building, because these flames were CLOSE, and could easily catch our complex on fire. Nearly 200 sisters were pouring out of our building to our evacuation spot. We had to run up this flooded hill through sprinklers!!! We were all SOAKING wet by the time we reached the top. We were shivering, cold, tired, and terrified out of our minds! What seemed like hours was only 5 minutes, and the firemen were finally putting out the flames. We stood out there till 3am, waiting for permission to get back in the building. During that time, we got in our individual zones and prayed together. Later, one of the sisters in our zone said she had been awake ALL night listening to these young men. They were drunk and were saying terrible, vile things about the Church, missionaries, and women. This sister could not believe what they were saying- she was nearly ill because of it. She said it was like the men in Liberty Jail- before Joseph Smith got up and yelled at them to be silent. Well, a similar thing happened to these young men. As they were saying these terrible things, suddenly one of them said, "Dude your apartment's on fire" It took them a while to find out what they should do. Apparently they tried putting it out with a bucket of water, but then it just got bigger. I don't doubt the Lord was in this! They sure suffered the consequences of their actions! Punishment with FIRE! :) And fortunately, our apartment was completely unharmed, as well as all the people in the complex next door. President Holmes even drove down to see how we were doing. It was finally time to go back to bed- we headed back and met some of the fire fighters! They knew we were the sisters and talked with us for a bit. They really don't get paid enough for what they do! They're literally HEROS!! "You go save lives, and we'll go save souls!" we said before we left. haha. We finally warmed up and tried to go back to sleep... what a joke! The whole thing kept playing back in my mind. The words continued to haunt me: "Get out! Your house is on fire!!" ... I'm still trying to catch up on sleep lol. It was one of the scariest things that has happened to me on my mission, but I knew that God was protecting us. And humbling us. I love Him so much and know He watches over and loves all of us so deeply.
The next day was so weird because everyone was walking around like nothing had happened. It was just a normal, typical day. My testimony was strengthened, and despite our tired, weak bodies, we were bold and loving in testifying of the reality of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The closer the end comes, the more I treasure my mission and treasure all the incredible moments that we experience with people. I love this work!!! I love preaching the gospel! I know God lives, and we've been seeing miracle after miracle as we tell that to the world!
I love you all, and I can't wait to hold you in my arms.
Talk to you soon!!!!!! Sorry this is short. I'll include more miracle stories next week!!! xoxoxo
Love,Sister Rochelle Frogget