Good morning family!!
I was excited to see all the emails from you guys. And to hear what is going on!
This past week was a really good week too. This area is just awesome and Hermana Poole and I are doing awesome too! :)
Monday after emailing we headed to hang out with our zone and play some sports and then later that night we had a lesson with two cute girls, one who just recently got baptized. We taught them about the law of chastity...haha that was fun! We just focused on keeping our words, thoughts, and actions clean, so hopefully they understood that! We then had another lesson with a recent convert, Connie, about Eternal Marriage and families and Heavenly Father’s plan for us.
(Our district cleaning up)
Tuesday we had a lesson with a less active in the ward, Hermana Duran and I read with her in the LDM (libro de mormon) and she loved it. We are trying to get her to come back to church and we both feel that reading in the LDM will help her with that. Our miracle for the day was that we got a call from the assistants that we are getting a THIRD companion. Her name is Hermana Moore, she went home for a little bit but is coming back out!! We were shocked but excited :) Later that night we did some carding. It is like knocking doors, but when you are knocking at 8/8:30 at night people don't like it very much, so we do inspired carding, where if we feel something about a house we will put a card on it. There is a certain card that we like to use called "rocket Jesus" They are our favorites! haha
Wednesday we had lunch with a cute widowed lady in our ward named Hermana Josie, and she reminds me EXACTLY of Mamo, just Spanish. So I call her my Spanish grandma! And then we had a lesson with an English lady that we knocked into who used to be a member but isn't anymore, and we just shared the scripture about building our house upon a rock, which that rock in Jesus Christ and that through the wind, rain and storms we will not fall as long as we build upon that rock. After that we did some service at the library. Miracle for the day- air conditioning in the library!
Thursday was busy full of planning, which is always fun, but so necessary! Later that day we ate lunch with the other Hermanas in our area and then we had a lesson that night with Manuel and Teresa. They are a couple investigating the church and they are the miracle for the day. We taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit was so strong there, and the Holy Ghost helped us so much with what words to say. It was just a really good lesson and we are so grateful that the spirit was in that lesson testifying of the things we were teaching about.
Friday we had district meeting and Hermana Poole and I had to give the training, and the assistants showed up!! That was a surprise to all of us. haha. So it was a bit nerve racking knowing the assistants to the president were watching you give a training all in Spanish! But it went well and the message about extending invitations, promising blessings, bearing testimony and following up got across clear! Later that day we were contacting some potentials and formers and our miracle for the day was someone we FINALLY got to talk to. There has been this couple Hermana Poole and all her companions have been trying to contact for the last few months and they have NEVER been home. And today he was home and he told us that he has family that are members and he invited us to come back!! Woo hoo!! And then also we got to teach one of our less active families that haven't been easy to get into contact with either because they have been sick, but we taught about faith and how we need to nourish our faith by reading the scriptures, praying and coming to church.
(Free slurpies on 7/11!)
Saturday was busy, busy, busy. We had a lot of lessons planned that went through that is a miracle all in itself :) We had a lesson with Maunel Felix (he is the old guy who has lots of ideas and jokes for us) and we taught him the plan of salvation and invited him again to pray about baptism and he said didn’t say yes but he also didn't say NO! So that is progress! And then we had another lesson with Hermana Duran and that went well. We are hoping she comes to church on Sunday! Later we had a lesson with Raul (an older guy we found the first week) and that…didn’t go quite as well. He didn't let us talk or share anything, so we aren't sure what to do. He also creeps us out…haha. So we will probably send him to the Elders! The rest of the day was busy with just contacting and tracking and more carding, but my brain was fried by the end of the night! But the miracle for the say was that it RAINED! Only for like a couple minutes, but STILL! It was under 100 degrees that whole day!! We were loving the "cool" weather! haha
Sunday was also a good day, not too much happened. We had a fireside we went to about missionary work and an older sister who used to serve here came back and spoke to us and then later that night we did some more contacting and carding.
Today we are getting our new companion! We are nervous but excited!
Something that I learned in studies this week is that like the Liahona that guided Lehi and his family to the promise land, it was only by their faith that lead them. I must have faith and put trust in the Lord for him to guide me to where I must go to find people who need to gospel.
(My wicked shoe tan line...haha #awkwardmissionarytanlines)
I know that this church is true. Without a doubt in my mind. I come to that knowledge each and every day. I know that my Savior died for me and took upon him all the sins of the world so that when I make mistakes (and I do frequently) I can repent and be forgiven. Reading your scriptures, praying and going to church are ESSENTIAL things we must do to help us endure to the end. When we don't do those things we are letting Satan have more power. I love what I am doing. It is hard. REALLY HARD. But it is SOOO worth it.
I love and miss you guys so much!!
Have an awesome week and tell everyone that I say Hello!