This week flew by..okay lets be real..every week in the mission flies by. I don't understand how that happens. Haha. But it does. And crazy how another transfer is over! And I will just tell the news now, I am leaving Buena Vista :( I am super sad to leave this area, the ward, the investigators, and especially my baby, Hermana Robles. We have had a blast together this past transfer and we have learned a lot together. I know that she will be great and that she will continue to do awesome things. Now for the awesome events of this week!
Monday- after p-day we had an awesome lesson with a less active Maria and we taught her about the restoration to help her regain her faith and knowledge about the gospel. She is so cute, right now she is taking the classes to prepare for the temple and she wanted to try her dressed on and ask our opinions on them. I just wanted to hug her. Whenever i know someone that is preparing for the temple I am just so happy and excited for them to make this promise with God. After her lesson with headed to contact a referral and guess what, they were sitting outside!! We started talking to them and they knew who we were. They asked us to come the next day and teach them, freak! Yeah, we were like, "YES we can!"
Tuesday- morning we had a lesson with Manuel Felix and man did I miss that guy! It was a long time since we had seen or taught him. He was out of town. We taught him about the plan of salvation and really focused on teaching from the scriptures so he understands that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. We then headed over to Alvaro and Julia (the couple we met monday night that said to come back the next day). Han Robles and I were so nervous for the lesson cause we wanted it to go super well, but obviously if the spirit is there, it will go wonderfully :) So we started talking and the first thing that Alvaro told us is that his mom is a convert of 30 years, and about 15 years ago he used to attend the mormon church, but was never baptized. So fast forward 15ish years, a Christ pass along card is put on the door, he calls the number on the card. The really cool thing is that he called the number on the card to not get the video, but because he knew that missionaries would come...!! AHH. Isn't that just so cool. Talk about prepared. So he goes on to tell us that he knows that the gospel can bless him and his families life. He knows that he NEEDS the gospel in his life. Hermana Robles and I just sat there in awe...it was amazing. Heavenly Father leads you to those who are prepared to receive the gospel. We taught them about the restoration and they loved it. WE gave them both Books of Mormon and they said they will read it and pray about it. AHH. I still can't get over how amazing they are. It will be work and we know that we must be patient still, but this family will be baptized and sealed in the temple for time and all eternity. Later that afternoon we did some service at the food bank and then contacted and talked to a lot of people!
Wednesday- I had another Dr appointment, and good thing is my sinus infection is gone, but I still have headaches. So the doctor gave me some nasal allergy spray and I am still taking an allergy pill a day...so hopefully moving areas will help my headaches! We headed over to have a lesson with our new investigator Carmen, but she wasn't home, so we headed across the street to the family that makes piñatas and talked to them. Guess what, she let us in her house and fed us the most bombing tamales in the world! And she told us that we should feel special cause she never lets the JW's or anyone else in her home. Getting the trust of potentials! They have 5 year old son and the instant we drive past their house, come talk to them, go inside their house he screams and runs toward us yelling "HEY ITS YOU!"..haha. Oh the joy of little children. We then had a lesson with a former investigator and retaught her about the Book of Mormon and read Moroni 10:3-5. She was glued to what we were saying and told us that she would read and pray! It was a short, but powerful lesson. After her lesson we did some service at the library. We then had a hummer dinner at B-dubs with Ruby Cruz. And then we headed to our lesson with Ramon. We read with him in 3 Nephi 11, and it was really awesome. Normally we just leave that chapter for the investigators to read on their own, but when we read it with him the spirit was so strong and Ramon really understood the main topic of that chapter. After that we ran to our next lesson with Gema Fernando, and their daughter Barbara. Their other daughter Fernanda joined us in the lesson which was awesome! She is much more curious about our church so she asked us a few questions. The mom, Gema told us that she loves when we come over because they actually talk and want to listen, unlike when others come over or when they go to mass. We also read 3 Nephi with them and talked about the importance of baptism and church. They hopefully will be coming to churn on Sunday.
Thursday- we had an appt with Julia that got cancelled.. which was sad and we brought a member with us to fellowship her, but we will have to go next time! We then took the member back and talked with her and her two daughters that are at home and then shared a message about repentance and the atonement of Jesus Christ. And it is incredible to hear the testimonies of other members and to hear their conversion stories. I think that is one of the most amazing things to hear and learn about form other members. After lunch we planned until our lesson with Mnaulel, which we continued to teach the plan of salvation, slowly but surely we will get through this whole lesson haha. We then had a lesson with Manuel and Teresa and we brought some members with us that helped a lot! We started teaching about the Sabbath Day Holy, and then they started asking questions about coffee and tea, so we then jumped into teaching the Word of Wisdom.. moral of the story- missionary must ALWAYS be prepared to teach anything! haha.
Friday- morning we had district meeting and took fun pictures. We then headed over to Carmen's and she wasn't there again..so we walked across the street and their 5 year old son ran across the street yelling "HEY ITS YOU!" again.. hahaha. He does it every time! At least someone is excited to see us! We then talked to Veronica for a while until Carmen came home and then we headed over there. We asked her how she was doing and is she had time to read and I what had happened was her sone took the Book of Mormon to work with him cause he wanted to read it..haha. say what!? So she didn't have the chance to read. So we also read 3 Nephi 11 with her and asked her what she got out from it and she said baptism! She then went on to ask us question and how she can become a member of this church.... say what!? SO we invited her to be baptized and she said yes!! We are so exited and she told us that she wants us to teach her three kids as well!! Another family the Lord has led us to! The answers the Lord gives us are amazing :) That night we contacted a couple other people and as a lesson with a guy named Joseph. Log story short, the english elders gave this referral to us cause there are spanish signs all around the house, come to find out, he doesn't speak spanish haha. But we taught him the restoration and it was one of the most powerful lessons I have been in. He has such a curiosity for the church and already tries to teach his kids and students about God and he does bible study. We know that the Lord has been preparing him for the missionaries, and that he will be baptized and feel that complete joy.
Saturday- was kind of a crazy day, but we stopped by Connie's house and talked to her for a bit until we had correlation. After correlation we headed to Veronica's but she wasn't home, so we then knocked a bit and contacted a few people before we headed to dinner at the stake center before the women's conference. The women's conference was AMAZING!! No joke, it was so awesome, like every conference we have with the general authorities of the church. The main thing that I got out was that the temple is the House of the Lord, we can receive personal revelation to help us through our daily lives, that those covenants or promises we make with God, connect us to him and it is so, so, so important that we remain worthy and prepared to enter the House of the Lord. I hope all of you go something that you needed out of that conference! This just makes me even more excited for conference this next weekend!!
Sunday- it was sad saying goodbye to members that I have gotten to know, but something that they all said to me that I was touched by, was that I will do amazing things, that as I trust in the Lord and work my hardest the Lord will bless me and help me. It was really nice to hear those words from the members that I came so close to, and hopefully I will be able to see them again before I end my mission. We then had dinner with Maria and then we passed by a couple investigators houses until our Family Home Evening with Maneul and a family in the ward. We talked about prophets and we hope that the lesson helped Manuel understand the need for prophets.
Well, this week was crazy, but awesome.
I love this work and the gospel. Deciding to serve a mission was the hardest but best decision I have ever made I my life. If you are reading this and trying to decide if you want to go on a mission or not I would suggest that you do. I may ben biased, but I know that you will never regret your decision to serve the Lord.
I love and miss you all! And I hope you have a wonderful week!
Love, Herman Aase
prayer list- Connie, Manuel and Teresa, Manuel Felix, Alvaro and Julia, Gema, Fernando, Barbara, and Fernanda, Fabian, Carmen, and Veronica.